Last Friday I gave a presentation to my bosses about this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, TX, which I attended in March with a colleague.
Highlighting for them the latest digital trends, hardware innovations and hot internet memes showing up IRL at SxSW such as Grumpy Cat (yes there is a glossary of geeky terms at the end of this blogpost, just in case you were now feeling overwhelmed), I realised that there was one major innovation I was missing, and I have been missing ever since I have been writing my first prose: the “scriptwalker”. Continue reading “Of grumpy cats, the next innovation and the end of (my) blogs”
Yes, I know. I should be focussing on much more challenging questions such as eradicating world hunger or education for all, but heck, it’s 1am, it’s the end of my first day at the über geek Mecca also known as SXSW, and this question has been haunting me since the death of Hugo Chavez 3 days ago. (By the way, if you read to the end of this article, you’ll be in for a surprise – seriously). Continue reading “What happens to celebrity Twitter accounts when they die? The Hugo Chavez case”
Avec un enfant de 7 ans en 1ère année de primaire, il faut s’attendre à ce que certains mythes, comme celui du père Noël ou de la petite souris, soient brisés. Et c’est ce qui est arrivé hier, d’une manière assez peu orthodoxe qui mérite d’être relatée ici. Continue reading “Fin du mythe : la petite souris friande de dents de lait”
Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a new Twitter meme, the citizen curated location account, whereby citizens embody and represent their country or city during one week before passing on the torch to another citizen. Sweden, through its @Sweden account, was the first to launch this trend in December 2011 (see Curators of Sweden for more info on the how and the why). Continue reading “Miss France on Twitter for a week: getting to the root of stereotypes”
Vos enfants font des bêtises ? Tant mieux pour eux et pour vous ! Voici pourquoi 🙂 Continue reading “Les bêtises sont nos meilleurs souvenirs d’enfance”
Et voilà, j’en arrive au stade qu’en tant que parent de deux enfants on redoute : celui où l’aîné va se rendre compte que le père Noël n’existe pas, et du même coup Saint Nicolas, les fées, les monstres, les superhéros, les sorcières et tout le toutim non plus. Et celle où l’on va devoir gérer de manière quasi schizophrénique le besoin de croire du petit et le besoin du grand de lever le voile sur ce grand mystère. Continue reading “L’enfant en moi qui ne voulait pas grandir”
Saturday 20 November was a special day for me, my daughter, over 200 girls aged 11-15, and the organisers/volunteers of the event.On that day, the Greenlight for Girls international NGO organised a Science Day at the International School of Brussels. The aim of the day was to encourage young girls to pursue a scientific education/career and to see math, physics, engineering, IT as fun activities. Continue reading “You’ll be a man, my daughter”
It’s funny how simple sentences you hear can stick with you and clutter your brains even at ungodly hours of the day (or night, as a matter of fact). The conversation that triggered this reaction of mine is the following:
- (friend) – Hey you’re famous now!
- (me) – Yes, kind of. *stupid grin*
- (friend) – Well, you can’t just sit here like that. You need to capitalise on this fame. Why don’t you write a book?
Continue reading “You are famous now: why don’t you write a book?”
The European institutions were celebrating Europe Open Doors Day in Brussels on Saturday, in honour of Europe Day on 9 May. It was my first celebration of it here in Brussels, and I had planned to take my five year-old son to visit the European Parliament, having heard that there were games for kids too (just in case he would get bored… 🙂 Continue reading “Europe’s bureaucratic image”
It’s already hard getting away from my newly acquired MBP (Macbook Pro – I didn’t know what it meant last month too don’t worry ;-)), but just imagine if I owned an iPhone:
- Kids – oh, I have kids?
- Sex – yes, I do remember something about that in biology class 15 years ago…
- Social life – well, I do have tons of friends (on Facebook), fans (on Twitter) and colleagues (on Linkedin), ok that doesn’t count then 🙁
- Books – isn’t that what computers used to be called before?
- and the list goes on…
Continue reading “Why I’ll never own an iPhone – at least not this year”