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Dans les profondeurs du panier de crabes

Longtemps j’ai considéré qu’un téléphone mobile c’est avant tout un telephone. Après avoir utilisé un premier GSM qui ne pouvait tenir que dans une poche de taille respectable, j’ai adopté des modèles rustiques ayant pour principale vertu d’être des téléphones avec quelques fonctions accessoires. Le modèle bon marché avec un petit écran en noir permettait de téléphoner aussi bien que des modèles plus sophistiqués. Une coque plastique résistante aux chocs, c’est une qualité appréciable quand on voyage.

Un épisode dont je me souviens c’est le plongeon de mon téléphone dans feu la marina de Fare Ute à Papeete. Lorsque je me penche au bastinguage pour dire bonjour à mes amis du yacht voisin (le BuBu) mon téléphone choit de la poche de ma chemisette et il descend à 25 mètres. Alain enfile sa combinaison et il va me chercher l’objet en toute simplicité. Après le téléphone marchait beaucoup moins bien mais la puce était sauve. L’avantage du téléphone bon marché c’est qu’il est moins douloureux à remplacer.

Tous ces jeunes gens fascinés par leurs écrans ça m’a tout de même intrigué. “Que toute connaissance commence avec l’expérience cela ne fait aucun doute”. Suivant cette formule kantienne (critique de la raison pure) j’ai donc fait l’acquisition d’un téléphone nouvelle vague avec toutes les belles icônes. Comme je suis loin de la virtuosité des artistes qui parviennent  à écrire d’une main tout en maintenant leur équilibre à l’aide de l’autre main quand je les côtoie dans le métro (je me demande d’ailleurs où s’arrête cette dextérité dans leur quotidien) j’ai décidé de progresser en ayant recours à un mode d’emploi.

Si la somme est insignifiante, elle prend sans doute un sens dès lors qu’elle est multipliée par … Mais par ailleurs je suis de la vieille école qui considère que l’on ne sort pas sa carte bancaire pour 25 centimes. Ce qui me paraît par contre plus ennuyeux c’est de devoir donner mon numéro de carte bancaire … ce qui n’est d’ailleurs pas utile puisque la notice est diffusée gratuitement si l’on clique sur un lien quelques lignes plus bas. Aujourd’hui bien sûr dans ce monde provisoire.

Tout le monde il est beau et gentil dans ce joli monde de Facebook, Samsung, Google et compagnie. Tout de même monsieur le crabe vous avez de bien grandes pinces. Moi là dedans je joue pas les homards. Je n’ai pas encore trouvé le moyen d’obtenir votre numéro de carte de crédit avec 25 centimes en prime. Il est vrai que les beautés littéraires d’une notice sont inégalables. Je vous le dis tout de même, les gars les filles, mieux vaut faire gaffe !

Jean-max Thuille :

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The time of the buddies

Between friends of the Lycée Naval in Brest we made jokes about the theme of our future marriage. One was: the day you get married I will send you my vows on a scroll of ass paper. Determine from the institution but also to prevent the traitors who would have wanted to free themselves from an approach in which the girls were there only to enable us to demonstrate our talents as seducers. The web pages to the indefinite length are marked for me of this image of ass paper  and that is why I wrote my programs to display page numbers that make it possiblei to have pages at the size of The screen. It turns out that it is not very complicated and that the algorithm is very short.

Bank statement and Facebook

There is also a point on which I have meditated at length, which you have all noted, but on which I insist here because it has effects on our way of writing: “The story on Facebook is now “. We do not begin history by the beginning but by the present event. It is the same model as for a bank statement: one begins by reading the most recent operations. Besides if I tell a navigation (link) my first page concerns the most recent stopover. For the event, logic consists in beginning with the end. The problem is probably different to tell a story.

Two reasons to enjoy Facebook

Facebook is intrusive but nowadays unavoidable. For me there are two reasons that make interest:

– Posts on pages that I will not have consulted by myself.

– Posts from close friends who give me news of them wherever they are in the world.

At least four reasons not to love Facebook

– The first reason is related to gratuitousness. For its owners the flow of messages from our beautiful assembly of friends, these are meta-data, it is the raw material that fuels their bank accounts.

– The number of unverified quotes, formulas supposed to reveal great truths, false or biased information.

– Posts of specialized informants. I know that for the most part each of my friends is specialized on a theme: humor, animal defense, surfing, sailing, painting. There are the themes that interest me and the others. In general my friends are not too cons … I keep only a few in this category to see how far they can go! 🙂

-Intrusion into private life, the modern version of the gossip of our villages. For my part if I do not feel concerned by the question it is because my approach is much more proud: I address myself to the world since I have my place on the web to the letter for Grainsalt, just behind Google. How did I get this result? I smoked a lot of the carpet. Yet if you type “interactive novel” you will see my site appear in the first pages … only if you are in France. If you type “interactive new” in the US you will see sites that offer cough pellets. This is the result of referencing called “natural”: I do not work on my SEO and I do not pay my SEO. I only know that there are pros whose specialty is to occupy the least space on the canvas.


More proud than I am! Not only did I not design my site to address my compatriots but I designed it to address the world! I do not know about you, but for me the canvas is the discovery of modesty. I abandoned pages in Chinese and Arabic. Writing takes time, translate also, even with Google-translater. I can make translations in English, I abandoned the German that I learned in school since I speak English with the Germans and I learn Spanish with a tool that I recommend: Duolingo. It’s simple, especially with a tablet, and it’s free. Otherwise this should be reimbursed by the security for the positive effects on the neurons.

Choosing a writing frame

I started out late and with the awareness of the difficulty of the business. In my prof work I worked on economics law and management, but I chose computer science. When I found time to write I became interested in the form before I became interested in the fund. I can say that today I came to a conclusion on what is not a detail in my opinion. I have made the rounds of my subject. How could I spend so much time on the question ?

First of all because I had no account to give me long breaks. Then, because this domain is that of excellence (again of pride) that the geniuses attain immediately (false because the languages evolve and we must start again) while the others erase and start again. If I erased much I also progressed.

Write in the sustainable.

It is no longer necessary to write fifteen pages of programs to move the mouse. Computers run faster. Languages are more powerful. What changes is:
– Access to self-publishing
– A writing that can aim at the international
– A writing that can integrate ludic approaches, not only games based on graphics but texts, images and what paper can not bring: interactivity.

Write on WordPress

I could have collaborated in the development work of Facebook. I am too proud for that. Of course nobody followed me to develop Grainsalt, of course I did not ask anything. I chose my chalenge.
I was too interested in my subject to dedicate time to WordPress. Between my site Grainsalt and WordPress the difference is that I am the man orchestra (webmaster-developer-photographer-graphic designer-writer) sole master on board on my pages, while WordPress is a professional application open to all. All contributions on the topics of news and writing are welcome.

Two principles

The show he offers on the political scene reminds me of the staging of a boxing bout with Rambo in the lead role. Not really for his ability to take blows, but especially by the surreal side of the show. For who is riding in a ring, Rambo boxer, is screaming laughing. And we are not going to deprive ourselves even if at the end of the first five minutes, to see this great benet advance without protection to get screwed the face is a bit tiresome. Before I zapped I would have been repeated “Good God! What the hell is that!” A good ten times. Rambo is the concentrate of an “America great again”. Once he has received the dose that would have transformed his brain into porridge, he still has enough resources to deal with the decisive blow. All this is done with candor. As always the victory was obtained when it became impossible and of course it only makes it more beautiful.

When I see Trump put all his energy to make his wall, I see a company whose immense stupidity evokes for me this very particular character of American mythology. Rambo is the winning warrior, the one who can redefine a triumphant America within the bounds of a cinema screen; it is not the fighter of a defeated army, forced to recognize the Vietnamese people’s right to dispose of his destiny. What brings Donald and Rambo closer is the same contempt for what is not on the “good” side of the border. Otherwise Rambo does not belong to the same social class as Donald, it is even to the opposite extreme. The only way for Donald to leave him for a while the illusion of proximity is to show him how cruel he can be towards the rest of the world. He seems to have natural dispositions for this. All his approach is the use of power for the increase of privileges against the disinherited, it is malice combined with stupidity in the accomplishment of evil.

Mexico is the gateway to a vacation for the average American. It is also the setting in which he will be able to stage his manhood. There is an impressive collection of films that have exploited this vein to give a rewarding image of the man who comes from the north with regard to a Mexican whose role is that of a figure or a tenure , always in the role of the wicked. The Texan more than any other belongs to this superior race which must face the horde of the invaders who are bloodthirsty savages evidently ready to kill and rape. It is true that life is not always a long, quiet river in the northern part of Mexico, but one must also ask why violence is more localized in this zone compared to the rest of the country.

When Rambo can allow some brave citizens to delight in this image of the bloody hero who eventually defeats adversity, I do not really see it as a disadvantage. On the other hand, the prospect of seeing the landscape sluggish for centuries is truly unbearable. It is not a question of boundary, it is first of all a land issue. I do not care if this wall is built on American soil. It is not only an ugly work to put in the passive of a dictator, he may well disfigure the zones that belong to him, but it is an attack on the environment in an area where the desert already constitutes a natural barrier,  it is a nonsense, and for its author it is an unhealthy way of giving oneself pleasure.

While attention is concentrated on terrorist actions towards a neighboring country, we forget the two economic principles that should guide the action of the President of the United States.

The first point is called the marginal propensity to consume and it is one of the basic principles of the Keynesian economy. This is reflected in the fact that it is among the poorest populations that an increase in incomes will have the greatest effect. Increase the income of the Donald family and this will have absolutely no effect on their consumption. Increase the income of a poor family in Mexico and the effect will be immediate. Conversely, if one has the cruelty to reduce the income of the weakest, their consumption will immediately decrease. Less Coca Cola obviously could be beneficial to them but also fewer products in the shelves of Walmart, Home Depot, Starbuck and other banners of the empire planted in Mexican cities.

A second principle that is part of the basis in economics is that of the advantages to the exchange for countries when they specialize in the productions for which they are the best performers. It may be the cost of labor, raw materials or climatic conditions. Thus, it is clear that Americans, who are large consumers of tequila, mescal and cocaine, have an interest in importing these products, while Mexicans import Coca Cola and other products manufactured in China and resold to the rest of the world With a US label And at home electrical products unlike ours do not require adapters or transformers.

Aggressive, racist and xenophobic discourse is unworthy of a statesman. There comes a moment when the only winner of the fights lost in advance must remain the one who makes the clown on the screens. To each his job. There comes a moment when the only issue is that of common sense which must dictate their conduct to the leaders. I am old enough to remember to have heard it already:

– Stop the shit!


5 February 2017

It becomes a habit. For each of my departures I find myself confronted with the very special attentions of the employee in charge to receive me. Denied boarding in October on the pretext that I did not have a return flight. This time in Manchester, after having scanned my passport the employee tells me that I need a visa, which is perfectly stupid. She made an appeal, consulted her colleagues and her management. Her leadership gave her the right answer: it’s absurd. Finally she gave me my boarding pass. In all these different checks will have taken more than a quarter of an hour. In the event that I had been asked to justify the fact that I did not have a return ticket, I had all the proofs possible, but this time the fact that I present a one-way trip did not arouse No questioning.

Once the visa issue has been settled, the luggage remains. I have no luggage in the hold, I have a small suitcase with wheels that is perfectly adapted to travel in baggage accompanied, but according to the emplyée it must not weigh more than 6 kilos. Inside there is my little backpack and I do a distribution that raises my luggage to three items.

Direction the luggage control. Elsewhere it is rigorous but in Manchester it is not a joke at all. My small suitcase, my laptop bag and my little backpack are making little ones with my tablet, my dock charger, my laptop, my keys, my files and of course my jacket and my belt . My stuff is scattered in seven plastic bins. I am searched to the body like buddies. I have difficulty finding objects that have followed their trajectory. Everything is stirred, everything is combed. A tube of almost empty toothpaste will reach my suitcase after being inserted in a plastic bag. The employee searches each of my luggage and then passes them a second time in the scanner!

Once passed the controls, the duty free contrasts with the area where I had rather the impression of being among the refugees of a zone at war. Opulence and luxury suggest that some passengers travel to shop around rather than to see the country.

Then I worry that I did not find the number of the boarding gate on my boarding pass but it’s normal, it appears on the screen only at the time of embarkation. Still a little more for a relaxed atmosphere!

On arrival in Cancun we are well two hundred tourists to queue at immigration control. After more than half an hour waiting, I give the form I filled in the plane, my passport is stamped.

– Bienvenido en Mexico !