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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 Grainsalt.com 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.

Duolingo

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!

Californian letuce

In Manchester on the customs side, it is the context that causes the climate to be tense, since afterwards, as before the Brexit, England do not belong to the Schengen zone. On the other hand, it is a withdrawal into oneself that restricts the rights to work, to study or simply to reside on both sides of the Chanel.

I have heard that the course of the pound does the business of the Europeans. I did not really realize that. I especially noticed that the food was worst. After the best restaurants in Lyon this is a shock. There is an industrial orientation in food production that is intensifying.

Spanish lettuce has become difficult to import from Spain. It comes from California. Bravo for sustainable development! In the restaurant of my hotel he must have problems with the supply of tomatoes. I am entitled to a thing called pizza which is actually a kind of tart covered with a thick layer of ketchup. My taxi driver warned me: to eat well you have to avoid the hotel, you have to go to the nearby restaurants, they are frequented by football players.

It will become more difficult for in England to respect the rule that it is necessary to eat fruits and vegetables every day. More things wrapped in plastic or cardboard, that’s for sure. This does not mean that it becomes impossible to eat well in England what I am saying is only true for the popular classes.

For the meal tray we must congratulate Thomas Cook: the packaging is very successful. On the other hand if you want to drink you will have the choice between tea and coffee at the end of the meal. Of course the sale of beverages works continuously … like credit cards.

With the Brexit the English will be winners? For now not really. But as usual capitalism will reborn from its ashes. After destroying past agreements, the English will be able to improve their position as a financial center and consolidate their position in a position that will make it even more a tax haven. I am only talking about those who will continue to make good meals at restaurants because for the others they will have more trouble drinking good French wine and eating ketchup-free pizzas made with good French, Spanish or Italian tomatoes .

Obviously Theresa May is there to remind us that she can play good offices with the Trump, but as it was reminded her the great communicant does not need her services since he uses Twitter directly. Obviously too, the same Theresa may recall that Europeans may feel uncomfortable with what is truly a state, a power that is not ready to fall apart and that will resist to the turpitudes of its president who will continue to make his show on their TV sets.

If Europeans can feel bad this is because they have been betrayed. Because their leaders sat on their votes. After that you have to know what you want. A currency in every country with beautiful walls and military to close the borders, what a beautiful project! In France we can still add some borders for Occitania, Brittany and Corsica? A beautiful project with our young people busy in the army, customs and police. With a little more weapons to please the older American brother, he who had this ignoble attitude to give us his bloodthirsty advice when we suffered attacks.

Not this Europe is not the one we expected. But no, the suppression of Europe is not what we expect either. We have a Europe that makes it possible to circulate money, cars, tourists and students. In order to be more coherent, it may be necessary to integrate other institutions, such as justice and police, which differ from one state to another, but which must follow a minimum of common policy.

In the corridors of the airport the newspapers are free. In the columns we of the Sunday Times I discover an article that evokes a function of “bridge” for Theresa May. Astonishing the last sentence: “Beggars can not be choosers”. I went through the article quickly, and I guess the author was talking about Theresa’s posture. It is certain that for the eagerness to bow to the dictators, we have known better from England. We can see the effects of a poor diet of fruits and vegetables.

We must also ask ourselves in what context an England which has just left the EU (when it had never really entered) wants to play. The Brexit would be easier french with a leader having some aptitude in the world of finance … if not to defeat a desoriented Europe is probably also not to displease the City.There is this very classical way of knowing how to adapt by always following their own rules in our English friends, but when you drive to the left, when you measure in inches or miles while perpetuating an aristocracy, necessarily the change is never really now.

Manchester-Cancun

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 !

Back to Mexico

Hisse the big jib! Everything is paid for!
Departure tomorrow for Isla Mujeres. The period that has just passed will have been rich in nautical events. Record time of 78 days for the Vendée globe, 40 days for the Jules Verne trophy, there is at least one area where our country is brilliant.

For the rest it’s less safe. Yet our country has values to defend. As I had to resort to medicine during this glacial period I was able to appreciate the good functioning of our social security system. It seems to me that my fellow citizens do not see how important it is, and this month will also have been the month in which the Obamacare a pale start of social protection could be wiped off with a stroke of the pen. Compared to Trump, our Fillon is a choirboy.

This period is peculiar, the sequel may be as well. To me it evokes April 2002. I was in Tahiti and I really wondered if my compatriots had not fallen on the head. Remember Chirac and Le Pen lead in the first round. I see things in black? These are negative waves that will lead us to catastrophe? I would rather ! Yet there is one that I really did not expect, the one who wants to make a remake of the great wall of China in really more ugly between the Atlantic and the Pacific!

From my point of view there may be a chronology that could be salutary at least as far as our electoral calendar is concerned. When we see the disasters that can be caused by racism and xenophobia, we can hope that connections will be made in those who are the most permeable to the songs of populism. Because to observe what happens in our neighbors we witness the gesticulations of a madman, one of those champions who made that 1.1% of the GDP is shared by 50% of the Americans. Someone who has largely exploited the immigrant population to build his walls and who intends to continue.

Tomorrow I will be back in a country where the walls that were built are those of the Mayan temples destined to honor deities. Tomorrow I will find the population of Quintana Roo, of which I could only appreciate the kindness. Among these people workers are very skilled, although sometimes under-equipped. Sometimes I also realized that the education system had its shortcomings.

Obviously the wall is intended to operate in one direction only. Mexicans will not be able to cross the desert at the risk of their lives, but American tourists will continue to flock to come and sip their tequila. They also know how to appreciate the beauties of the place. No crossing of the desert for those who disembark by plane and take a taxi to do sex tourism before joining their resort. These brave tourists will continue to exhibit their dollars with a contempt more or less assertive but still very real.

Obviously I also use the plane, and the sailboats I see crossing the oceans are the ones I see on my screens. By cons I belong to a country that can still claim its culture and its place in a difficult to build EU. A country that faces a major challenge that the US may have already lost: fight barbarism wherever it comes from.

Html and xml

Writing a program in a language is a form of communication subject to imperative and universal standards, leading to a production devoid of any sensitive or cultural reference. On the other hand, writing for a publication intended for the Internet gives the opportunity of a publication in different languages. Publishing in different languages is technically easy. The difficulty is obviously to write in languages other than the one acquired at birth. As for languages, their appearance as a vehicle of communication dates back to the 80s, before the computer language is reserved for engineers specialized in techniques where the mastery of the material is preponderant. Appearing with internet, html and xml, are the necessary frameworks for the transmission of information.

It Will be Xampp

For a long time I used WAMP as localhost. Proust would have chosen to begin his novel “Du côté de chez Swann” this way if he had lived now ? I am free to believe this as the process of writing has the particularity of requiring isolation to get involved in games and to observe the world with the necessary detachment. In the area of writing my ambition to match Proust will stop there. My work is of a different nature since it is primarily based on a scripture that comes from the use of these strange machines that among other various functions provide our brain crutches.
I wrote a long time but especially I often erased. For over ten years I polished my grain of salt to turn it into a jewel. If I had not prepared for all that time spent at anchor in various ports and other beautiful lagoons I would not have persisted in this somewhat futile approach as I always rewrite the same sentence as Jack Nicholson does in he movie “Shining” writing the same sentence for the eternity. I recommend the stay at anchor to improve productivity. I had this revelation in Cook Bay on Moorea Island where I knew delightful hours by sharing my time between engine repair for my dinghy and the writing of an accounting application in ASP. Retreat into a cockpit for writing code pages in such an environment is one of the most memorable experiences of my life, probably because it is an extreme expression of freedom. The slopes above the lagoon gave the water a color of deep green. Green was tinted blue when I turned my gaze towards the entrance of the lagoon with sandy beaches. After a day of work in the shade, diving from the boat to immerse yourself in this world of pure beauty, so much happiness after a task that you might assume arid generates in me a pleasure so extreme …
I wrote a few texts, but I always tried to present them in a mold that was mine. WordPress is an exception. For a long time I used WordPress without need of my localhost. I gave my love to XML an kept away from databases.
My literary preparations have last too long. “The vase does not matter as long you get drunk?” Having been breastfed of technology I chose not to neglect the vase and more than a common pot in which I could pour my sentences I’m used to carry the casket in which I shall be able to show my best sentences. All that for this ? All this work to come to use an application written by others? Not at all! My XML structures are ready, my Javascript code has been painstakingly developed my PHP progresses. I set up my capital, it is stored on my hard drive, it is also in the recesses of my memory. It was built by all those hours spent and yet always resume writing a function to give it the perfect accuracy. It was built from the sites where a chosen people confronted his opinion on the possibilities of the code. I’m a writer developer. Whoever loves me follow me !

Jean-Max Thuille