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Résolutions 2013, part II

  

Je recopie ici quelques résolutions que j’avais rapidement écrit sur Twitter hier pour la prochaine année, avec plus d’explication pour chacune:

  • Donner une conférence dans mon domaine de travail: ça me “démange” depuis quelques temps. Je vois de plus en plus d’amis et connaissances commencer à s’impliquer dans le milieu des conférences web et techno professionnelles, et je dois admettre que ça m’intéresse beaucoup. L’idée de partager mes connaissances, mon expérience du milieu et mes expertises avec le public en général m’intrigue, et je me demande si je serais capable de “faire le saut”, en quelque sorte. Aux nombres de conférences et séminaires auquel j’assiste, je me dis que ce serait bien à mon tour de donner du temps et de l’expertise. Malgré la peur intense qui me prend lorsque je parle en public (damn you séquelles du secondaire lors d’exposés oraux!), je veux bien tenter l’expérience.
  • M’améliorer au travail: 2012 n’aura pas été facile pour moi sur ce volet. J’ai un super boulot et un super patron, mais les rénovations sur le triplex m’ont affecté grandement sur le volet moral et psychologique l’an passé, et j’ai bien failli y laisser ma santé mentale (ça ne paraissait absolument pas, parce que je suis ultra orgueilleuse, mais je voulais tout le temps pleurer et tout laisser tomber l’automne passée). Bref, je trouve que je n’ai pas donné mon 110% (peut-être 80%, genre), et je compte bien être encore plus organisée. C’est dur travailler de la maison (surtout sur la concentration quand la famille y est, ou sur la motivation quand tu es tout seul), mais j’aime bien. Maintenant que nous avons réaménagé notre appart et que j’aime mon bureau, je retrouve peu à peu ma motivation – et ma confiance en soi!
  • Réoganiser ma présence virtuelle: oui oui, vous avez bien lu! J’ai commencé à abandonner tranquillement Facebook (parce que je suis tannée de leur interface de marde – tant mobile que app – et de leur manière de fonctionner. C’est rendu extrêmement différent de ce que c’était quand je m’y étais inscrite en 2005), et juste mon script de IFTTT maintient à jour mon compte (et c’est seulement pour indiquer que je viens de bloguer). Sinon, je me concentre sur Path, Twitter et Google+ comme sources d’information, et sur mon blogue pour donner de mes nouvelles aux gens que ça intéresse encore (et pour me garder un journal online de mon histoire). J’ai activé mon compte FlickR pro, mais je ne suis absolument pas certaine que je vais l’utiliser (je vais lire les terms & conditions juste avant d’y mettre quoi que ce soit), et j’ai mes comptes Goodreads, Picasa et DeviantArt.
  • Continuer à bien manger, bien cuisiner, et m’intéresser au compost, jardinage et cannage (voir post précédent);
  • Me remettre au dessin: ça fait super longtemps que je n’ai pas mis un nouveau dessin sur mon compte de DeviantArt, et pourtant ce n’est pas les idées qui me manquent. C’est le temps, comme n’importe quoi ces temps-ci dans ma vie.
  • Prendre des cours d’hindi et/ou arabe: histoire de commencer à comprendre l’histoire des nations et bouts du monde qui m’intéresse;
  • Plus de sport! Il y a deux ans, j’allais partout en vélo à Montréal, mais en 2012, j’ai dû laisser le vélo de côté suite à notre déménagement temporaire chez notre ami Guillaume dans Villeray. Faire minimum 2h de vélo par jour n’était pas possible pour moi (je devais quand même travailler, tsé), alors on utilisait le transport en commun pour aller porter Nano à la garderie. Par contre, 2013 sera le retour du vélo pour moi :D On va espérer que ça va m’aider pour la ligne (qui diminue, soi-dit en passant).
  • Mieux consommer et dépenser. En fait, continuer mon modèle simplicité volontaire que j,ai commencé en 2012. J’ai commencé à repayer mes dettes d’études depuis quelques années, mais 2012 aura été l’année où j’aurais commencé à rembourser un gros montant, Je suis assez fière de moi-même, et 2013 continuera sur sa bonne lancée. Aussi, depuis que nous avons Nano dans la maison, j’ai appris à faire un budget et commencer à le respecter. Un bébé, ça te responsabilise d’un coup! Tu ne veux certainement pas qu’il manque de nourriture et de vêtements adéquat.
  • Passer au travers de ma pile de livres, et essayer de les commenter sur mon compte de Goodreads.
  • Have fun!
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Updates sur moi (je sais, ça fait trop longtemps)

  

Je cherche ma motivation.

Je suis en fin de session et je n’arrive juste pas à me motiver à faire mes derniers devoirs et lectures. J’ai un examen le 10 décembre pour mon cours de sociologie du cyberespace, et un take-home exam pour mon cours d’égyptologie. Entre temps, j’ai encore quelques lectures à faire pour faire mes examens, et je vous avoue que je ne suis juste plus “dans mes études”, ma tête trottinant ailleurs. L’envie d’écrire ici, de partager sur pleins de sujets autre que ce que je vois dans mes cours; l’envie de m’évacher sur le sofa avec le Mari et de se taper nos séries télé en rafale; l’envie de partir une soirée de temps avec l’ami Lorien, à la re-découverte de notre cité, en fouinant partout…Bref, comme à chaque 3 mois où j’étudie, j’ai juste envie de passer à autre chose. Sérieux, mes cours devraient être en mode “intensif”: si j’avais un cours étalé sur 1-2 mois maximum, au lieu de 15 semaines, me semble que je serais plus motivée…D’ailleurs, les cours en ligne gratuit sur Coursera.org me tentent beaucoup plus que ce que je me fais offrir à l’université: des cours plus orientés vers mon domaine de travail web, mais aussi variés et court sur le laps de temps. Je trouve juste dommage que tous les cours qui m’intéressaient à l’université cette année sont soit pleins, soit annulés.

Aussi, je dois avouer que mon cours d’égyptologie a été une grande déception. Quand le professeur se trompe sur le nom du Dieu principal du panthéon Égyptien – en anglais, Atum – et le confond avec le Dieu unique de Akhénaton – en anglais, Atun – , mettons que ça change grandement la mythologie Égyptienne et confond les étudiants encore plus. Et me fait sacrer encore plus contre le prof. J’avais déjà tenté de mentionner la petite erreur, mais se faire répondre: t’as le droit à ton opinion…va chier! Je suis tombée dans l’Égyptologie quand j’étais petite (littéralement!), alors c’est clair que j’en sais déjà pas mal sur la matière de base, et c’est clair que je vais m’obstiner quand on se trompe sur un fait aussi élémentaire que le nom d’un Dieu au top d’un panthéon. Voyons don!

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Sinon, comme certains l’ont lu sur Facebook/Twitter/G+, je suis en mode “asociale” ces temps-ci. Peut-être était-ce le début de dépression que je commençais à me taper suite à l’extension du “déménagement temporaire” chez l’ami Guillaume dans la Petite-Patrie. Presque 7 mois en dehors de notre logement – et de notre quartier -, à devoir revoir constamment notre mode de vie, à se taper de longues périodes de voyagement vers la garderie en transport en commun (maudite ligne orange de marde, toujours trop de monde en tout temps!), et à couper dans mes activités sociales à cause de mon manque de temps. Je commençais à devenir de mauvaise humeur cet automne. Je m’ennuie de mon coloc temporaire, Guillaume, mais j’avoue que ma qualité de vie a grandement augmentée depuis que nous sommes revenus à Pointe-Saint-Charles: tout est maintenant si proche de la maison!

Peut-être est-ce aussi  mon écoeurantite aigüe de tout ce qui mentionne GEEK ces temps-ci. Le Geek est à la mode, et ça me tombe sur les nerfs. Sans compter que j’étais tannée de toujours faire partie d’événements/groupes où finalement, c’était toujours les mêmes qui faisaient tout.

Ouin, j’suis dûe pour un petit peu de changement je pense…

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Rien de mieux qu’une bonne marche dans les rues de la Petite-Patrie un dimanche soir pour se revigorer l’esprit…et l’estomac!

Je suis tombée en amour ‘culinaire’ avec les tartares! Celui à l’omble au Café Ellefsen était excellent! Et le smorrebrod aux lardons, pommes et mayo au thym…je salive encore!

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from my Google Reader: 28 Great Books You Can Read For Free

  

A few years ago, I received a Kindle as a gift from my wife. It’s a pretty nifty little device, perfectly designed for reading the text of books.

The problem is that in order to read a lot of books, you have to buy them from the Kindle bookstore. Yes, there are other options out there – you can check out some e-books from your local library, for example – but the selection is often really limited.

Naturally, my frugal side wanted to find ways to really extract value from my Kindle. I wanted to find free books worth reading – and, it turns out, there are a lot of free books out there.

Many of them are trash.

However, there are a lot of diamonds mixed in with all of that charcoal. For example, virtually every work first published before 1920 is considered to be in the public domain and thus it’s pretty easy to find a free electronic version of almost every well-known book from that timeframe.

There are also writers who distribute some of their works for free, either for philosophical reasons or in the hopes that it will attract new followers to the other things they’re engaged in (public speaking, teaching, other books, etc.).

Over the past few years, I’ve been digging through a lot of these resources and cataloguing the books I’ve enjoyed. Here’s a list of 28 of them. Why 28? As I made the list, I kept the ones I really enjoyed and thought about and didn’t include the rest. Now seems like a perfectly good time to share this list.

For the most part, I’ve simply linked to the Kindle-compatible version of the book. You can download a free program for your PC to easily read Kindle books on your screen, so you don’t actually need an e-reader to enjoy these. If you use another device for reading, like Sony’s e-reader or the Nook from Barnes and Noble, a quick Google search will lead you to the resources you need.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
This is often known as a romance novel, but it’s actually a revenge story. The book tells the story of Heathcliff, a rather strange child who is adopted by a family and is later made to be their servant. Eventually, he runs away after being jilted by a lover, and when he returns, he’s obtained wealth and refinement, but also has a burning desire to destroy both of the families he believes has done wrong by him.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
This book tells the tale of Pip, an orphaned child who climbs up and down the social ladder of Georgian England. There are a lot of wonderful things going on here: family loyalty, coming of age, a few nice action scenes, and some really memorable characters (of which every Dickens novel has a few).

Bleak House by Charles Dickens
This is a legal drama, believe it or not, that basically exposes how painfully the wheels of justice can turn and how some court cases can drastically affect the lives of many. It does delve a bit into specifics of how the law worked at the time in England, but get past that and you have an interesting novel with a lot of subplots that are all tied together by a painful and dramatic trial.

Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau spent two years living in a self-made cabin on Walden Pond and during that time, he took down his thoughts on the value of solitude and self-reliance. This is a wonderfully thought-provoking book on what it means to be an independent and self-reliant person, mixed in with some great tales of independence and nature.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
This is just a really wonderful action story, with double crosses, fights, romance, and humor. There have been countless film adaptations of this and the various sequels to the story, and no wonder – it’s just a really fun adventure.

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
I have never read a better story about a person growing, changing, maturing, and developing a strong sense of right and wrong than this one. The slow change in Jean Valjean from the beginning to the end of this book, along with his interactions of people of various moralities, is simply wonderful to read. There are about a dozen deeply memorable characters in this novel who will stick with you for a long time.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This is a horror story, but also a very timely commentary on the public face that people put out there while they sometimes hide darker things. Wilde can’t write a novel without incorporating some humor, but there is a lot of thoughtful darkness in this novel.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
This tells the tale of Siddhartha, a man who simply wants to understand how life works. He starts off being an ascetic in that he gives up worldly possessions, but eventually he moves on from there through various stages and eventually reaches some powerful conclusions about life.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
In 2007, Time declared this to be the greatest novel ever written. Oprah picked it for her book club. Read it. You will be glad that you did.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
This is, hands down, my favorite collection of poetry. It includes my single favorite poem and countless other great poems, including the amazing I Sing the Body Electric. If you read a book of poetry in your life, make it this one.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
This is an amazing story about an individual driven to madness by the darkness of the Congo wilderness and the darkness of the reality of European colonialism of Africa. Marlow’s discovery of Kurtz after a long ride up the river is just chilling. The book was re-made into the powerful film Apocalypse Now.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
As my wife once said, “They don’t write romance novels this well any more.” While there’s a romance going on, the book also looks at upbringing, morality, education, gender, and marriage in upper middle class England in the early 19th century. Austen had great observations and could also create some very strong characters.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
A man survives for twenty eight years on a tropical island, surviving cannibals and attacks by mutineers while also building some semblance of a life for himself. It’s a powerful novel of self-reliance and adventure.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
There’s a wonderful adventure story here, but what makes Huck Finn stand out is the stark pictures of prejudices and education at the time is how Huck Finn largely ignores society’s ideas of right and wrong to do what he thinks is the right thing. He does this over and over again, which causes him endless problems with polite society.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
This is a wonderful telling of the story of a truly amazing life. Not only is it a great record of an absolutely vital early American, it’s also quite fun to read. Franklin is one of those people with such a varied and impressive life that you can’t help but be amazed with all of the things he achieved.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
This is a harrowing story about workers in a meat-packing plant around the turn of the twentieth century. The descriptions of the work that they do will really shock you and make you want to investigate where your food comes from. The novel ended up having an enormous impact on the food industry in the early twentieth century.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this novel. It’s just a lot of fun. What happens if you take a very intelligent modern man and drop him into King Arthur’s world? That’s the premise here, and Twain tells it with humor and thoughtfulness.

The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
What sort of evil things might you do if you were invisible? And what does that say about the person that you actually are? Those are the real questions asked in this great science fiction novel.

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
This is somewhat a sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but this one is better and you don’t really need to have read the first novel to enjoy it. Several people become shipwrecked on a strange island where things don’t always happen as you might expect them to.

From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, as it is a very entertaining fictionalization of what people in the late 19th century believed that travel to the moon would actually be like. Mostly, this novel is a “space race” of sorts, with an individual overcoming all kinds of obstacles to develop and build a device to launch a man to the moon. The sequel Around the Moon is also entertaining, but more fanciful.

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
What’s the line between science fiction and horror? This novel rides that fine line. Doctor Moreau lives on a strange island where he creates sentient beings by combining the parts of various animals. The novel dwells quite a lot on the issues of pain in the name of progress and animal cruelty, while telling a strong story.

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
I found Vanity Fair to be incredibly funny. It makes fun of society as a whole, particularly the hypocrisy of people and how they’ll willingly step on someone’s neck to reach a few inches higher. It ends up with an intriguing murder mystery, one that I used to frequently argue about with an old friend.

Roughing It by Mark Twain
On a rather different note, Roughing It is Mark Twain’s memoirs of his years spent in the wild West. Twain’s humor is evident here, but it’s also a great adventure story that reveals quite a lot about the nature of the old West.

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
If you’re interested in knights, chivalry, and Robin Hood, you’ll enjoy Ivanhoe. It’s as simple as that. It’s a very fun adventure story, vibrant and yet realistic, though the language is just a touch dated in places.

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
This is a very powerful look at what morality is and how we can internally and externally determine right and wrong based on objective truth, not on the ideas of the society around us. More often than not, they overlap, but a sense of what’s right based on what we objectively know to be true is a much more powerful guide than just following what others tell us.

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
This is a wonderful adventure story set during the French-Indian War of the 1750s. Be careful when reading Cooper, though; if you’ve read one book by him, you’ll get a feeling that you’re just re-reading the same book if you read more. One is very well worth reading, though, and I suggest this one.

Accelerando by Charles Stross
Accelerando is a 2005 science fiction novel that Stross has released as a free e-book for anyone to read. It’s actually a series of nine somewhat interconnected short stories telling the story of a family before, during, and after a technological singularity – in other words, a merging of man and machine for a level of superintelligence that neither could achieve on their own. It’s a very enjoyable read with lots of thought-provoking ideas.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Little Brother is a 2007 novel by Cory Doctorow that describes how four teenagers respond to a terrorist attack in San Francisco. During the aftermath of that attack, the Department of Homeland Security tries to crack down on civil rights in the area, and the main characters fight back against it in various ways, often utilizing technology in a clever way. Much like Accelerando, this one is a great new novel that’s free for anyone to read.

Hopefully, you now have plenty to read without exploding your pocketbook.

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from my Google Reader: ToS;DR Is a One-Stop Shop for Webapp Terms of Service Ratings [Webapps]

  

Terms of Service and Privacy Policy agreements are next to impossible to read in their entirety. Most of us agree to them and then get upset when something goes wrong down the line. Terms of Service; Didn’t Read is a new service that offers a quick rating of the Terms of Service and Privacy Policies of most major web services. More »




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from my Google Reader: A Not So Fairytale Ending: Zombified Disney Princesses

  

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Nooooooo, not my Ariel! This is a small series of zombified Disney princesses from Thai artist Witit Karpkraikaew, whose name may have been chosen by someone slamming their head into a keyboard. Wait — so there are zombie merpeople now too? Because that’s just wonderful. Well, I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again — it’s high time we fill the oceans with concrete. Think of all the extra earthly real-estate we’ll add! “The earth would die without the oceans.” IT’S ALREADY F***ED, WHO CARES. Plus no more sharks and I could walk to Japan. I wouldn’t — I would totally take the bus, but I could.

Hit the jump for Cinderella and Snow White.

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from my Google Reader: 25 Fun Lunch Box Ideas

  

Back to school is just around the corner! Lunchtime at school can be the highlight of their day!  We are always trying to fill those lunch boxes with fun and creative food choices.  
Here are some of our favorites:

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from my Google Reader: Forget chickens, I’m getting a cat

  

Today I had to address the mountain of paperwork growing on my desk because I’ve seen the hoarding shows, and if you let things go long enough all of a sudden a possum is hiding somewhere in that stack and is going to be pissed when you find him. Also, I thought I might find all those gum wrappers I’d been collecting (no luck).

I stumbled across this video when I took a small break and had to take my left hand and force my right hand to stop clicking the play button again and again. I’m more mesmerized by this video than the cats are by that damn laser.

Do you screw with your cat like this? Because I may be willing to overlook my allergies just so that I could have this much fun with an animal.

by dooce in Daily

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