After 6 long years, my good old Shuttle server died a week ago 🙁 Even if both the power unit and the CPU burned (!), there were absolutely no data dammage. This little fellow used to run web sites, home-automation services and share internet connections between all my devices. I tried to replace my Shuttle[…]
The last couple of days have been terribly hot here, reaching 41°C yesterday. Alas, it was way too hot for my home server hard drive, which was already in a baaaad shape. Of course, it died while I was in the process of a much needed system upgrade (in the spirit of this other upgrade).[…]
Nope, watching the Olympic Games wasn’t an option. Time to upgrade this old blog to a decent version of wordpress. It was about time… Migrating to the latest version of wordpress (from such an obsolete one) wasn’t exactly a piece of cake. I had, of course, to migrate the theme, but also rewrite a few[…]
Ok, the title of this post is very silly. Anyways, as I mentioned before, I moved a couple of months ago to a new apartment, right in the center of Lyon, France. Some have asked for a few pictures. Here goes, although it is not yet fully furnished. These are pictures of a new[…]
Let’s start this new year with a fundamental question: what kind of a nerd am I ? As some may know, I’m a huge fan on “The Big Bang Theory” TV series. How could it be otherwise ? Geeks, physicists, addiction to comics and a cute neighbor. The perfect cocktail. Yep, I’m the kind of[…]
Alright, my server’s been up again since a few days. It took much longer than I thought, “thanks” to Orange which messed up for two long long weeks with my phone line… That said, it showed how difficult it was for me to live without Internet connectivity. Not a very good sign, I guess :-/[…]
Good news: I found a new apartment (VERY excited about that). Bad news: since I’ll be moving my server, there will be some downtime within the next weeks. Hopefully, It’ll will be short. Next posts will be written from my new apartment 😀
So, I did a little gardening this summer for my parents, while they were on holidays for a few weeks. Every other day, I managed to fill a full basket of fresh veggies: tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, … Cool ! So, I treated myself with a few (mostly) veggie-based meals. Their garden produced quite a[…]
The only difference between a kid and an adult is the price of the toys. Of course, I got myself a brand new iPad and I’ve been playing with it for a couple of days now. Yep, I think I’m turning into a freaking Apple fanboy… This baby is sleek and fast. Of[…]
My new LED TV and Blu-Ray player are DLNA compatible. Since the Blu-Ray player came with wifi connectivity out of the box, I tried to connect it with my GNU/Linux Home Server. In the end, it worked well, but the process wasn’t as easy as I expected… My main devices are interconnected (more or[…]
Hopefully, never. I’ve finally received my brand new toys: a Samsung 55” LED TV along with a Blu-Ray player (Samsung as well). Yes, it’s a 3D player, and, well, 3D movies generally suck. But for some reasons, it was cheaper and it came with wifi connectivity out of the box, so it was easy choice.[…]
While doing a little housekeeping, I dug out a pile of old magazines I preciously kept for many years. I used to read Hebdogiciel (an old french computer magazine) when I was a 13 to learn and share programming techniques. So much memories. Thinking of all the events, amazing gadgets and people I had[…]
Well, I wish I were… Anyhoo, I went to the movies and saw Iron Man II a few hours ago. Slightly disappointing, maybe because I was expecting much from Don Cheadle and Mickey Rourke, and, well, because the french speaking scenes were so totally weird (I had no idea that people from Monaco were speaking[…]
To celebrate my first real day off (and an almost sunny weather), tonight’s meal is a “Marmite de filets de loup à la vanille et au lait de coco“. I served the seabass with a few “Bananes Seyssinet poilées“. Drag your mouse over the image to see the other shot.
Lots and lots of stress at work. A creole meal is a good way to boost once mood. Tonight is a “Carry de viande” along with a spicy hot “Rougail” and a “Mélange quinoa-blé” on the side. Actually, I was up for a “Rougail Saucisse”, but I couldn’t find the appropriate sausages. I definitely need[…]
Last week was totally frantic at work, and the beginning of this new one is no better. Cooking a “Lapin aux deux moutardes, bière et petits lardons” with “Croquettes de pomme de terre au parmesan” on the side is a real help to ease a busy mind… It’s a variation of my usual recipe, in[…]
Last evening before going back to work. Tonight, I’m up for something Asian and tried a “Porc au caramel et petits légumes“. As usual, the picture doesn’t due much credit. Yes, it looks bad, I was a little sloppy with the presentation 🙁 Anyhoo, I really enjoyed it while watching Princess Mononoke on Arte. This[…]
According to some, since started to publish my cooking experiments, my blog is turning into a clone of aufeminin.com. Gasp. Am I losing my Geek mojo ? Hopefully, this book will be geeky enough…
Still lazy, probably because this is my last day off and because the rest of the week is going to be frantically busy. Today’s lunch is a classic “Quiche aux brocolis et au roquefort“. It’s actually enough for much more than one lunch.
Tonight, I’m definitely lazy. I’m introducing “quick meals” to my list of cooking improvisations. I was up to something Spanish : “Tortilla de patatas” with a side of “Chirozo poêlé sur lit de roquette“. Yes, I know, the tortilla is way too thin 🙁 But I wasn’t in a good mood. I saw Clash of[…]
I wrote a few times about the passion I have for single malts. Here’s a list of the bottles I keep in stock at the moment. Yes, I’ve been known to sometimes call them “friends”. Which is scary for my mental health… The Jura is the little buddy I spoke about before. Truly excellent. I[…]
Okay, today is not much of an improvisation (apart from the vegi egg roll). But it’s a first nonetheless, since I never “cooked” salmon tartare before. Lunch is thus: “Tartare de saumon” with a side of “Croustillant de légumes au gingembre façon nem“. So, you might ask: what? I thought next improvisations would revolve around[…]
I got a nice pair of botargo (thanks Mom !), so the next improvisations will most certainly revolve around this delicacy. Today’s special for lunch is “Tagliatelles fraîches à la boutargue, tomates confites, roquette et pignons grillés“. I love botargo just as much as a single malts (just found a 21 years old Jura, more[…]
I had to wake up at 5am to be on time at the Fréjus Road Tunnel for a meeting. Back at the office for 3pm, then home at 9pm. Not much energy left to spend time cooking. And then I opened my fridge and I “remembered” the Saint Marcellin I bought a few days ago…[…]
This were last hours of this sunny and relaxing week-end. I’m in a good mood and still got a few asparagus to play with. Today’s improvisation for diner is “Risotto crémeux aux asperges, oignons rouges et tuile de parmesan“. I cooked a bit too much of risotto, enough for two dishes. But it was nice,[…]
Today’s lunch was rather quick and simple: “Asperges vertes aux petits lardons et oeuf mollet“. Tasty nonetheless. I would have been better with a dash of Gérande‘s fleur de sel sprinkled of top of the asparagus. But I forgot to buy some… Bummer. Tip for next groceries: turn brain on before.
This long week-end DVDs are Jason Reitman‘s “Thank you for smoking” and Darren Aronofsky‘s “The Wrestler”. Both excellent films.
“Fearful Symmetry” has been sitting on a shelf of mine for many years. I was about time to pick it up ! It’s probably going to keep me busy for a couple of weeks. You guessed it, symmetries are at the very center of the weird way that stuff I’ve got for a brain works.
Tonight’s diner is “Filets de rougets sur un lit de purée de carottes au cumin” with a side of “asperges vertes croquantes et sauce au gingembre légèrement citronnée“. The red mullet fillets were unfortunately very small and thus were tricky to cook. The dosage of cumin in the carrot purée was also tricky. No too[…]
I worked late tonight… Too tired to spend much time in the kitchen. Since I had some leftovers from previous experiments, this fourth improvisation is a bit of a recycling: “Emincé de poulet aux morilles en chausson” with a side of “écrasée de pommes de terre à la ciboulette“. And for once, the picture is[…]
Okay, last book of the week was a little heavy and I haven’t finished it yet. To keep the pace, I’ll pick something lighter as soon as I’m done with it. Still geeky. I guess I’ll never change
This week-end DVD backlog is consecrated to Jim Jarmusch. I bought these films almost two years ago and never took time to watch them ! How crazy am I ??? Bill Murray, Iggy Pop & Tom Waits. Nothing can be better than that. Well.. maybe except a 25 year old single malt Speyside. I’ve been[…]
Tonight’s improvisation focuses on sauce. Everybody knows my loooove for crème fraiche and morels. Tonight’s improvisation: “Côtes de veau aux morilles” with a side of “pommes de terre nouvelles sautées” and a nice glass of Pouilly-Fuissé. I’m extremely happy with the sauce. Here goes the improvised recipe: Ingrédients / Ingredients: 2 échalottes / 2 shallots[…]
Tonight’s improvisation was kind of a challenge. I’ve never been great at cooking deserts. I’m definitely not a sweet tooth. And my fridge was … well … almost empty. And by almost empty, I mean a couple of apples and a few slices of white bread. But it was worth a try. Tonight’s desert is[…]
This “reboot” thing is going pretty well. Home at 7:30pm. Nice. I was in the mood for a little improvisation in the kitchen with the few remains I had in the fridge. Today’s special is “Cassolette de poulet au roquefort et sa tombée de poireaux” I’m a lousy photographer, the picture doesn’t do much credit.[…]
I’ve been totally swamped by work for months and months. Ok (mostly) willingly… No time for friends. No time to draw. A huge backlog of unseen DVDs (the fact that my old flat screen plasma TV caught fire didn’t help either…). No time to read. Six months without tweaking my Linux kernel (gosh !). No[…]
It’s been freaking cold around here. A huge amount of snow. Buses are stuck, and I had to walk for two hours from work this friday night. I usually don’t mind walking. I actually love to walk. But I heavily fell while helping a girl in the street who was slipping on an icy patch.[…]
This year, no fancy whisky nor lightsaber (yeah, I know, I’m not a REAL Jedi Knight). This year, It’ll be … a tie. No, not that kind of tie ! That kind. I received the one I ordered from Since 1337 just a few days ago. And It looks pretty good. At last, I’ll be[…]
Okay, I’m on a diet ! I ate and drank way too much since the beginning of the year. So, I’ve decided to lose (yet again …) a few kilos. Three or four would be great. Not that fun, actually: it’s freezing cold around here, and I’ll happily go for good old wintertime french food.[…]
Guess what ? I’m on holidays. Yep. Never been so glad. Which is strange since I usually get bored and get back to work rather quickly. But the last 4 months were absolutely frantic… Well, actually it’s been 3 weeks now. Only (?) one week left of vacation to go… The good news is that[…]