About this website

I have never been very good at maintaining websites. However, as I sometimes feel the need to write (sorry about that), I once decided that keeping an online repository would help. Of course it does not: it has been fun (and time-consuming) when I had the leisure to roll my own software for the task, and boring at best when I tried to use other people’s soup.

So, I guess that this is the N-th attempt, using a great piece of software named hakyll which sits on the fine line between DIY and not my business.

Finally, this site helps me a lot to keep in touch with family and friends. As I have been living away from most of them for quite a while, and not all can afford to travel to Mexico, France, or wherever we are.

About the author

I’m a French guy, sharing my life between France and Mexico with my wife and kid. Currently I am in: Paris, France.

I have been selling my services as a software engineer for some years now, that means I understand how everything went so wrong. I can’t stop making things with computers, that is my passion: as such, if you need help fixing a program, website, or cluster of connected rice cookers, you could hire me.

I work remotely, but I can assure you that I like to meet people. :)

Computers

Curiosity is the main reason I’m into computers, and also a sense of practicality: I like to (re-)program things around me to do whatever I want. This is sadly less and less permitted by hardware and software vendors, and so requires more patience and skills than it should, but we can still have tons of fun.

I’m using this

My main computer is an old Lenovo X220, that has been with me since its release date sometime in 2010 or 2011. It has been running Debian, Freebsd, and lately Archlinux. These tend to just work on this particular laptop, I’m not going to evangelize any of it to you but running a free libre OS is better for (y)our freedom.

I spend most of my time in terminals running tmux, and let i3 manage windows for me. I use Firefox for browsing, and Chromium for web development. I store passwords in a KeepassX safe, and synchronize files between various devices using a combination of Syncthing and git-annex. Musicpd is probably playing music close by.

Daily, I’m editing code from Neovim, Emacs, or even Atom (I know!): Ruby, Javascript, Go, and Haskell are my favorite hammers. I’m always looking for an excuse to play more with Rust, Elixir, or even Crystal… The thing is that, as long as it introduces new programming concepts, I’m probably interested in your new language.

From time to time, I have to use macs. Mostly because Adobe’s Lightroom doesn’t run (yet?) on Linux, so Apple is getting some of my money here.

I have to mention that I have zero loyalty for phones, and have run Nokia’s Maemo, Plam’s webOS, Apple’s iOS, Jolla’s SailfishOS, and lately Google’s Android. They all suck.

Photography

I have been into photography on and off for years.

A few years ago, I got a small Leica D-Lux, and experimented for a while until I decided I actually wanted a camera. So I upgraded to a fat Canon 5D (mark 2 at the time) which kept me busy for years with its billions megapixels, until I sold it. Canon makes great DSLRs and some excellent lenses, but I wanted lighter and less flashy gear. I also did not need that much megapixels.

Meanwhile I had been playing with borrowed Holga and Diana cameras ; however terrible tools they were in my hands, the film process was a fun distraction. I was hooked. I got myself the little Lomo LCA+, and carried it everywhere, happily snapping without thinking of how I was engaging my four Instagram followers.

Film, surprisingly, refuses to die. I am thankful for this.

In the end, I found a Leica M6 in really good shape on e-bay, bought 35mm and 50mm lenses for it, and started to think a little before I take a picture. These days I always carry the Leica and Fuji in my little camera bag, and seem to have quenched my Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

I am by no mean a professional or an artist, but photography is a good way for me to get me out of my comfort zone. It has allowed me to meet incredible people. Finally, shooting film rather than only digital is part of a collection of details and setups that make my brain happier. Which is a good reason to keep using film as long as they sell it.

Still reading?

I have many projects related to my interests. One of these is to own all the data I produce voluntarily online, in order to make it available under this domain first-hand, before federating to various services. However, time is not my friend, and you’ll find me on various centralized online services: