• # News from the gym

I don't watch the news and to be honest I don't understand why anyone with half a brain would. That is, I don't watch except when they put a screen in my face with the captions on like it's the case at the gym. I didn't think I would ever regret being able to read. A TV screen is a terrible thing: it's very hard not to look at it. And I had forgotten the Zune.
So I watched the news.
Here's what I learned:

Tags: Science, Religion

Saturday, December 5, 2009 5:35:00 AM
• # Metrics in software and physics

Every so often, somebody points out how bad of a metric code coverage is. And of course, on its own, it doesn’t tell you much: after all, it’s a single number. How could it possibly reflect all the subtlety (or lack thereof) of your designs and of your testing artillery? Of course, within all the various *DD approaches, some better than others enable you to know whether or not your code conforms to its requirements, but I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the general idea of a software metric and how it relates to the mothers of all metrics: physical ones, cause you know, I used to be a scientist. Proof: the lab coat on the picture.

Tags: Science

Saturday, November 14, 2009 7:32:00 AM
• # Why Guitar Hero is dead to me

I bought the new Guitar Hero 5 because I needed a new fake plastic guitar and Activision’s guitars are the best that are not outrageously expensive. The Rock Band guitars I just can’t stand. So as I was going to buy a guitar from them, I thought I might as well get a (couple of) cheap game(s) with it.

Tags: Gaming

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:14:00 AM
• # The symmetrical universe

Warning: this post is devoid of contents.

During one of the very first classes of my Bachelor of Science in Physics, I got struck with a particular piece of information that sounded like a revelation to me:

If a problem exhibits a certain symmetry, the solutions to this problem do not necessarily exhibit that same symmetry, but the set of solutions always does.

Tags: Science

Monday, August 17, 2009 8:01:00 AM
• # The French are so lazy...

The economist has a piece about how much American kids study (http://www.economist.com/world/unitedstates/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13825184&source=most_recommended) that starts with the requisite clichés about the lazy French.

Did you know that the French are the fifth most productive people of the OCDE, before the US and way before Japan?

It's true that the American work on average 11% more than the French but did you know that on average the French work more (and better) than the German?

Interestingly, there seems to be an inverse correlation between hours worked and productivity: the less you work, the better you work.

Tags: Politics

Thursday, July 2, 2009 7:34:28 PM
• # Five gems of XBLA

What are your favorite XBLA games?

Tags: Gaming

Sunday, May 3, 2009 7:20:00 AM
• # The PlayStation’s Flower power

Yesterday, I bought Flower for the PS3 and played it through in one sitting (the game is really short but still, couldn’t get my hands off the controller once I started).

Tags: Gaming

Monday, February 16, 2009 11:34:00 PM
• # We need Rock Band / Guitar Hero song compatibility

In this post, the Penny Arcade guys make the point that beyond instrument capability, what we really need is song compatibility between the two. Beyond the licensing nightmare that would probably represent for both games publishers, this resonated really well for me. Here’s why and why it makes perfectly good business sense below the apparent “yeah, right, you wish” appearances.

Tags: Gaming

Saturday, October 25, 2008 6:11:00 AM
• # I don't like Braid. What's wrong with me?

I really, really like a good puzzle game. So when I saw Braid announced and read the raving critics, I was quite sure this was a game for me. I really wanted to like it. Then I downloaded the trial version... and pretty much hated it. So here are some critic's citations and how they resonated for me:

Tags: Gaming

Monday, August 11, 2008 6:24:00 AM