Archive pour la catégorie ‘Humour

The writer’s blog

Mardi 10 mars 2009

Recently I read a book by a contemporary Russian novellist, playwright, actor and music artist Yevgeni Grishkovets entitled, in my plain translation and omitting the Russian play of words, « A year of Livejournal ». The book is a collection of writer’s blog articles of 2007, a period in which he was working on his currently bestselling novel « Asphalt », performing his one-man shows across former Soviet Union and recording his songs. The book born from his blog is an intelligent and entertaining read, but the fact that made me write an article about it myself is this: the writer Yevgeni Grishkovets does not actually know how to type.
All his manuscripts are written by hand and then typed out by a professional typist.

Grishkovets is not an old writer – he is only 42 – he just never learned how to use a keyboard. Computers, as he confesses in the book, are still a foreign country to him. His articles are typed by his wife to whom Grishkovets dictates. In the 19th century the person writing the final manuscript version of a novel was often the writer’s wife. Both Tolstoy and Dostoevsky employed their beloved to do this tedious job. This is actually how Dostoevski met his future wife – he needed somebody to write the « clean » version of his manuscript and Anna was a hardworking young woman who knew stenography.
Dictating to his wife leads to anecdotal situations about how, being on tour, Grishkovets calls her from the hotel and dictates his daily portion of the blog – saying at the end that he should stop now because his wife has « more important things to do ». Or that one time when he arrives in Paris, finds an internet cafe and… gives up on the French keyboard. He continues to refer to the Internet continuum as HERE (with capital letters) and admits to not really understanding how HERE works, which however does not prevent him becoming one of the most read blogs in Russia. After reading his book I, of course, went to see his blog. Once there I somehow got that strange cinema feeling of « liking the book better » which I can’t really explain…

Humour : Steve Jobs et l’action apple

Vendredi 27 février 2009

Tout le monde sait aujourd’hui que Dieu Steve Jobs se retire pour quelques temps. Sans rentrer dans le sujet traité en long, en large et en travers un peu partout ; juste deux petits dessins humouristiques sur la relation privilégiée entre Steve Jobs et l’action Apple…

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Create, edit, delete… or just create?

Mardi 3 février 2009

Recently YouTube added a new feature to its service: the user now can delete his/her own comments below the videos. This news has been spread around throughout tech blogs and praised by YouTube as a useful feature.
It was at that moment that I realised for the first time that you could not delete your comments before. This came as a shock. Does not the rule Number One of Interaction Design say: The User shall always be able to edit and delete whatever The User has created?
YouTube is notorious for its torrents of passionate comments (which are sometimes funny to read and sometimes not really). It is of course very good that users who are sorry for their passionate outbursts can now quietly retreat. But a « feature »? What in any application is considered a basic user right?
And how could I not have noticed that before?
One feature I am still waiting for from YouTube (or maybe just have not found yet) is being able to trace all the comments of a particular user. Should provide a fun reading. If those users do not delete them all before that…

First step to a greener cyberspace?

Mercredi 28 janvier 2009

Here is an initiative very much to my liking: Disposable Web Page.
The idea is very simple, as any good idea usually is. Instead of piling more stuff on the big internet pile you create a web page with an expiration date – for a party, an event, a marriage, a birthday – anything that would only pollute our virtual environment once it’s become a thing of the past.
The interface isn’t very sophisticated nor very pretty, it is basic text editing reminiscent of Wiki websites.
But then again, this is disposable material, recycled bits, biodegradable pixels.
Brilliant, really.

The tram experience in Amsterdam

Lundi 5 janvier 2009

Going to another country is always an opportunity to stumble upon interesting examples of design in public spaces. Below the monitor on the tram number 10 in Amsterdam, indicating, from left to right, the next stop (« Volgende halte »), the 4 stops to come after that and the destination (« Bestemming »). The tram line number is in the left bottom corner, not very visible on this picture (taken with my mobile).
I am quite a fan of Dutch design, which I usually find clear and efficient, even if this particular example is aesthetically not the most elegant. Add to this display a friendly voice saying ‘The next stop is…’ and you get a very reassuring user experience of public transport, especially for the tourists who, unlike me, do not know the city.
Stop display in Tram 10, Amsterdam

Un perroquet très web 2.0

Lundi 22 décembre 2008

Pour des maquettes papier réussies, voici l’outil idéal pour tout webdesigner. Le bloc papier imprimé navigateur et le trace forme web 2.0!!! A vos crayons…

via Design Commission

Comment offrir des vêtements sans se tromper de taille

Vendredi 19 décembre 2008

Parce que c’est toujours un peu galère d’offrir (ou se faire offrir) des vêtements comme cadeau à noël, Made in England propose la feuille des « mensurations » pour avoir le cadeau à la taille parfaite. A distribuer…

Existe en version « boys » & « girls »

Plasticine world

Jeudi 11 décembre 2008

Plasticine, a brand of modelling clay, is a putty-like modelling material made from calcium salts, petroleum jelly and aliphatic acids. (Wikipedia)

The Polish design agency Malum has created an unusual website for themselves using… animation of plasticine figures. The idea makes the site stand out among the numerous mostly Flash-animated sites so popular today, with a funny, completely different style.

This website reminded me of the animation movies, which were extremely popular in Russia when I was a child, them too presenting a world made completely out of plasticine. Below is one of the finest – and funniest – examples, the animation cartoon ‘The plasticine crow’ (Plastilinovaya vorona). Even if you cannot understand the lyrics you will surely enjoy the animation.

Pixels de chien

Mardi 9 décembre 2008

Après la Tour Eiffel en allumettes, ou le Faucon Millenium de la guerre des étoiles voici une belle idée de cadeau pour Noël : un chien en pixels !

Est-il aussi intelligent que le lapin Nabaztag ? on ne sait pas trop… en tout cas, comme un vrai, il se laisse caresser…
Et non il n’y a pas d’interface pour lui demander de ramener le journal ou le laisser descendre seul dans la rue pour faire ses besoins, c’est juste une pub… plutôt sympathique ;-)
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