Bits about software development, and about some other forms of art too...

Friday, June 29, 2007

Love at second sound

Lumineuse JulietteI hope you have already been stricken by sudden beauty : the grace of a movement, the fading colors of a sunset, the glimpse at a particularly gorgeous woman passing by... Part of the magic of these moments is that they just happen : they do not last. Their beauty can hence be (somewhat) eternal ; you will just have to cherish it in your heart (and in your dreams).

As for the beauty of (relatively) immutable "objects" (persons included), or easily repeatable moments (like listening to a particular song on your iPod), the opposite is true : perception of their beauty can evolve over time. And more often than not, I noticed that barely noticeable (at first) faces for instance could hold the most intense and addictive beauty, on the long term. And I found the opposite to be true as well : the most striking beauties could reveal to be boring after a while.

(...) ; but the face which, in silence, does not announce hidden mysteries is not beautiful, regardless of the symmetry of its features.
Khalil Gibran, Broken Wings

Blatant beauty does not stand the test of time , only beauty that has to be revealed can. Usually.

More than a year ago, I bought the last album of the french band Holden, Chevrotine. I had never heard about them before, and I had barely listened to a few seconds of the album in the store. I remember thinking it was alright (only), but I guess I compulsively had to buy something on that particular day...

When I happened to listen to it, I found nothing quite exciting about it. I gave it a try every few months, and was always somehow disappointed. But I knew there was this vague feeling of attraction growing. Even during the autumn, when its dense melancholy could have clashed with my own mood at the time. I then just fooled myself pretending to forget about it.

I rediscovered its existence a few weeks ago. It has since become one of my favorite albums, and I seem to enjoy it more every time I listen to it. I find the soft, sweet melancholy of the music, the melodies and the voices always more addictive. And the more I get into the lyrics, the more I discover moving meanings and hidden mysteries (and you know how I feel about lyrics). This is a great revelation.

The band seems to be on tour in Chile for now. They took this opportunity to have the chilean director Pablo Solís shoot a video clip for one of their songs :

So, I must be a bit late for this, but I hope they will soon come back to France so that I can express my love to them. Live.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

HowTo : Flickr from your Nokia N70 phone

You have to know about by now : it is one of the most successful online photo management and sharing applications (others include shutterfly, snapfish, photobucket or Kodak EasyShare Gallery). They recently partnered with so that you can upload your photos to Flickr straight from your phone, provided it is a supported device and you have a web access. Check it out !

The world inside the windowThanks to a recent promotional offer from my network operator, I have been able to play a lot with my new N70 for the last few months : 39€ for this device was a good deal I think. And, as I already have a Flickr account, I was thrilled to try this new feature. Alas, only the N70 Music Edition is supported. End of the game.

But wait, are these two editions so different that this (seemingly) small application can run on one an not on the other ? I could not believe it, and I was right. So here is the (yet) undocumented way to set up your N70 :

  1. Get the "Online share software". That is the piece of software that comes bundled with the Music Edition of the phone. As it is quite tricky to find, here are two links : Nokia Europe or Nokia Asia.
  2. Install it on your phone.
  3. Follow the instructions for the N70 Music Edition. The only difference here lies in step 1 : instead of "Options" → "Open Online Service", read "Options" → "Send" → "Web upload".

Well, this one was easy, right ? Enjoy !

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