Archive for December, 2005

WWW - Cool tools

I’ve been browsing this collaborative site for a while and found numerous interesting products, goods, ideas and materials. It’s a gem among more shiny and specialized gadget blogs that I’m brosing regularly. Cool tool

The picture on the right may seem very prosaic but illustrates perfectly one of the goods dwelling into this site. The water you use to wash your hands is used to flush.
These fixtures were standard items everywhere in Japan until a few years ago. They are gems of green sanity, cleverly designed, easily retrofitable, and impossible to find in the US.

There are also interesting bits about hiking, backpacks, commuting goods, travel stuff, home made furnitures, glue, electronic hardware and so on…


Perso - Joyeux noël !

  • Juste un petit message à tous, envoyé de France pour les fêtes: Joyeux noël et bonne année! :)
  • Just a few words to all from France: I wish you a merry Chrismas and an happy new year! :)

We’ll spend the holidays visiting my parents, familly and friends. We’ll be back to Canada in a few days, then. Cheers!


Perso - Snow snow, happy happy, joy joy

Well, in a nutshell. It’s been snowing for a couple of weeks now. With, meanwhile, the usual disappointing raises of temperatures which melt our hopes of an oncoming afternoon of snowboard. But tomorrow, and sunday, it’s going to be the real shit. I mean, nice fluffy snow, low temps and all… Like Steve, a friend from Ubi wrote in an email he sent to us lately : “Snow snow, happy happy, joy joy”. That’s my state of mind actually (Not much room for deep thoughts, as it seems. Mix it with long hours on the 360 playing NFS and you’ve got the idea).
We went to Mt St Sauveur this last monday with Oleev, and that was a pretty honest and pleasant first trip for the season. But I’m now eager to see more of it, and quickly please. :)


WWW - Five days with Katrina

He was there, downtown New Orleans. He simply took numerous beautiful pictures during the 5 first days and then added comments. No sensationnalism here, just the views of a simple pedestrian, living here, about what happened to his city. Five days with Katrina


WWW - Razzle Dazzle camouflage during WWI

The Razzle Dazzle Camo of World War I
The Brits called it “Dazzle Painting,” and the Yanks called it “Razzle Dazzle.” It transformed ships of war from plain gray hulls into brightly colored, floating works of cubist art. British, American, and French forces adopted the wild, colorful designs, and the patterns became commonplace in World War I navies. Witnesses were heard to comment on the striking, dramatic scene that met the eye upon seeing a convoy of dazzle-painted ships. It must have been a sight. The warship cubism was not intended as an artistic statement, however.[…]
found in DamnInteresting

Related links : Example pictures of razzle dazzle boats and designs


WWW - Early color pictures from Russia

Color Photos From the World War I Era
Color film was non-existent in 1909 Russia, yet in that year a photographer named Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii embarked on a photographic survey of his homeland and captured hundreds of photos in full, vivid color. His photographic plates were black and white, but he had developed an ingenious photographic technique which allowed him to use them to produce accurate color images.
found in DamnInteresting

Related links : The empire that was Russia & WWI color photos