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Oh, and happy birthday to me, I guess...
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So I'm applying for a new passport. One that will allow me to enter the United States of America. Which kinda makes it official that I'm going there in the near future.

I have no dates yet, but it'll probably be around january. I hope to get 4 weeks of vacation. I suck at making long-term plans, anyway...

I don't have any particular destinations, either. I mean I'd like to see New York, and also San Francisco but I'm not sure it's wise to do both on the same trip*. So here's my question, Internet : What are some cool places to see/visit/stay in the US ? Where do you live ? Is it cool ? Would you like me to drop by and say hi ? Do you NOT want me to drop by, under any circumstances ? Make yourself clear, Internet, because I'm coming at you !


*but you know, I've been known to do very unwise things in the past. That's what vacations are for.

Music

Aug. 8th, 2008 01:10 am
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I've been playing around with Muxtape. Here's the result : the weird things I love.

Musicals !

Jul. 18th, 2008 12:40 pm
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I guess most of you guys have already heard of Dr Horrible's sing-along blog. If not, your should check it out pretty quick, because it's only up for free until july 20th. It's a musical mini-series by Joss Whedon about a mad scientist played by Neil Patrick Harris. (I dare you to find one part of the last sentence that isn't awesome)

Speaking of musicals, I've recently found this little gem : 7:35 de la mañana. (in spanish, with subtitles) Amazingly enough, it's more or less on the same subject as Dr Horrible : how to talk to that beautiful girl you see every day at the coffee shop (or every week at the laundrette)... But the humour there is a little darker.
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"There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist."

Terry Pratchett

Toe Jam

Jun. 16th, 2008 12:25 am
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In case you haven't already seen it, this is the funniest music video I've seen in ages :

WARNING : there's a lot of naked people in this clip, but don't worry, censorship is protecting your innocence by way of adequately positioned black rectangles...

THE BPA 'TOE JAM' FEAT. DAVID BYRNE & DIZZEE RASCAL


(The BPA is actually Fat Boy Slim's new project.)
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"If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books. Don’t fuck ‘em."

John Waters, This Filthy World
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La Lanterne Brisée is back from the dead ! (in French)
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Hey, people, did you know the Ditty Bops had a new CD out ? It's called Summer Rains. (you can listen to excerpts here)

I received it in the mail the other day, and I love it so much. These ladies don't disappoint.

Even the packaging is amazing : As a kid I was always a fan of pop-up book, so I was completely delighted when I unwrapped this album :

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More pictures ! )
Also, a new video clip : I stole your wishes.
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Lately, I've been watching episodes of Midwest Teen Sex Show and laughing my ass off. It's just the best sex ed show ever. I would have loved to have this thing when I was a teen. Not that it would have helped me solve my main problem at the time, which was "how to actually talk to a girl without blushing up to my ears, sweating heavily and mumbling incomprehensibly the most sutpid things that came to my mind". But still, pretty cool and funny.

Also : the worst sex ed video ever
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Aaaand I'm finally in Tallinn since yesterday evening. Bloody new credit card took more than one week to arrive.

More later
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First day in Vilnius and I manage to lose my credit card in THE MOST STUPID WAY IMAGINABLE.

I forgot to take it back from the ATM. At the airport. Nice one, man, really !

You see, In France (and in most of the countries I've visited) you get your card FIRST and your money NEXT. But in Lithuania, it seems that you get your money first and your card next. And I was so tired from the trip that I just took the money and left without the card... that's the force of habit : you get the money = it's finished.

It wasn't until I got to the hostel that I realized I hadn't got the card. So I rushed back to the airport and asked the police officer, who called the bank, but they said it would take 2 to 3 weeks to retrieve the card from the ATM due to paperwork and such. So I called my bank at home to get a new card, they said it would take at least 4 days, so I'm hoping to get it before the week-end. Hopefully I had brought a large sum in cash "just in case", so I think I have enough to last the week.

Not exactly a relaxing vacation so far...

Vacation !!

Jan. 6th, 2008 07:42 pm
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I'm leaving tomorrow for my Baltic trip ! Then it's Angoulême, then Paris !

I've finished packing, and am now running in circles like a headless chicken screaming WHAT AM I FORGETTING O GODS I'M SURE I'M FORGETTING SOMETHING.

In other news : how come I'd never heard of these umbrellas ? They look like exactly the thing I need here, in Brest...
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What's this ? A complete Calvin and Hobbes collection online ?

Is... Is this even legal ? Even if the scans aren't high-resolution, I can't see how it would be legally defendable.

What would Bill Watterson think ?

Also : this is scary.

A test

Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:18 pm
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tell me what you see there :

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Merry Christmas, or as they say around here : "Nedeleg Laouen !"

Jackpot !

Dec. 18th, 2007 11:17 pm
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I couldn't find any article in english about this, but maybe I wasn't looking at the right place, but it was all over the news here in France :

Archaelogists just found a treasure of 545 electrum coins (electrum is an alloy of gold and silver) from the gaulish period. They believe it was buried between 75 and 50 BC, just before the roman invasion. For that era, it's a real fortune.

Here's an article about it (in french)

here is the place where they found it. It's in Britanny, not too far from where I live.

I can't help thinking that when the guy who hid this treasure died, he was wishing he'd spent it instead, and had some fun...
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R.I.P., Fred Chichin. In our heart you'll always be "Andy" :


more 80's nostalgy after the cut )
I'm fully aware that if you're not french, you'll have no idea what I'm speaking about.

readings

Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:50 am
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Two awesome comics that I read recently :

Zombie Calling by Faith Erin Hicks (preview)

Have you ever wondered why in every zombie movie people seem to have never heard about, well, zombie movies ? So they keep doing the same mistakes that were done in all the previous movies ? Well That's not going to happen to Joss, Robyn and Sonnet. They've seen the movies, so when their campus is overrun by an undead horde, they know all the rules to follow and alle the tricks to use... Only one problem remains : they're in London. Not London, UK, London, Ontario, Canada. And it seems that unlike in the U.S. where ,if you believe the movies, guns seems to be available everywhere, in Canada the best you can get is a spork.... This first published book by the author of  hit webcomics Ice and Demonology 101 really made my day. I have no words strong enough to recommend it. Also : it's not expensive. Less than 10 bucks

Scott Pilgrim vol.4 : Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, by Bryan Lee O'Malley (preview)

If you haven't been reading the Scott Pilgrim series, you've been missing much. Scott Pilgrim is the most original comic I've read these past years. It's impossible to tell in which genre to classify it : It's a romance story, of course, but it's also an adventure story, a video game story, a mystical quest, it's just totally indescribable. I'll only say this : this fourth volume does not disappoint. It's still as good and the only regret is that it's over too soon... Also, in this volume there are pages in colours !
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So this is what I'll probably do this january for my vacation :

Agrandir le plan

(note to myself : get a warm coat ASAP)

And then I'll probably attend this too.

And if I can manage it, I'll stay a few days in Paris... Always something to do or to see in Paris.
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