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The end nears for Walter White of ‘Breaking Bad’

Roger Smith, author of thrillers Dust Devils and more recently Capture, tweeted about this article from the Los Angeles Times. Vince Gilligan, creator of the brilliant Breaking Bad, talks Walter White, metaphysics and morals. Most Hollywood creative types won’t openly judge their characters. Judgment, the reasoning goes, corrupts honest, organic storytelling and alienates the modern audience, which sniffs out the invariably distorted and preachy tale. Tell that to Vince Gilligan, the creator and executive producer of “Breaking Bad,” who believes his main character, high school chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, should go straight to hell. That is, if there is one. “I’ve got to believe there’s a hell because I can’t stand the thought of Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and Idi Amin, you pick your poison, dying in some bed with satin sheets in Saudi Arabia,” Gilligan said over a recent late lunch at his Burbank offices. “I…Read more


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Music




Martial Solal and Sidney Bechet have been samazed!

I like to draw some Sama everywhere I can. On a piece of paper, on photos, on CD covers… You can see some on them on this post: When I heard Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum, I closed my eyes… and on this one: Dianne Reeves: Good vibes, and Good work. This time I chose Sidney Bechet / Martial Solal Quartet Complete recordings. As a huge fan of Martial Solal, I had to samazed him ‘on the fly’, in the literal sense of the word. Plus I think it would make a perfect piece for the ‘Pimp My Jazz’ contest by Radio TSF Jazz. Don’t you think? 😉 Talking about Jazz, I’m working on this new project I will soon unveil. Some of you have been asking about it and now there is a clue right before your eyes! ^_^  


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Design / Art




Street Art : 26 artistes se liguent contre la publicité

Le monde du Street Art s’en prend à la société de consommation illustrée par la publicité. Dans cet article publié le mois dernier sur le site FranceTV, le propos est clair et sans détour : ‘C’est une première au monde : 26 street-artists internationaux se liguent pour dénoncer l’invasion de la publicité. Baptisée “Brandalism”, contraction de “brand” (marque) et de “vandalism”, leur opération fait du bruit ces jours-ci outre-Manche. Pour cette campagne de subversion inédite, qui coincide avec l’avalanche de réclames pour les J.O. de Londres, ces anti-pub ont détourné à leur profit durant cinq jours une trentaine de panneaux publicitaires de Manchester, Londres, Birmingham, Leeds et Bristol.’ Une action que l’un de ces activistes, Bill Posters, qui a notamment détourné le slogan ‘Just do it!’ en ‘Just Loot it!‘ explique sans détour: ‘L’industrie de la publicité fait pression quand elle manipule nos besoins et nos envies. La pression d’avoir…Read more


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Misc.


Kandaka: Resurrecting the Sudanese Queens

This article was published on Sudanese independent online magazine 500 Words, ‘an amalgamation of various thoughts and opinions on Sudanese society, culture and life. It is concerned with the opinions of the Sudanese youth on all things regarding the two Sudans.’ Once again, it is an intellectual pleasure to read one of the many articles published on this website, especially when it come to History. In Kandaka: Resurrecting the Sudanese Queens, Dalia Abdelrahman writes: ‘The Kingdom of Kush was an ancient Nubian state centred on the confluences of the Blue Nile, White Nile and River Atbara in what is now the Republic of Sudan. Kushite kings ruled as Pharaohs of Egypt for a century, which is a historically insignificant period of time, I am very proud nevertheless, and will tell anyone who listens. The Kingdom was a prosperous land ruled from the capital, Meroe. They farmed, traded with Greeks and…Read more


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Design / Art




Rubik’s Cube for the blind

I first read about the Rubik’s Cube for the blind on Yanko Design a while ago: ‘This current iteration uses only Braille. Colors embossed include green, blue, red, yellow, white & pink. One of the more sensible concepts in a long time that hopefully will delight the sighted folks too!’ Last month, Maria Popova (whom I’m following on Twitter @brainpicker and you definitely should as well) posted about this Rubik’s Cube. She also added a link to one of her always interesting posts published on Brain Pickings: Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects. This Rubik’s Cube was designed by Konstantin Datz.


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Misc.


The League Of Extraordinary Women

Last month I read on Fast Company website : Meet The League Of Extraordinary Women: 60 Influencers Who Are Changing The World. Ellen McGirt writes: ‘The previously untold story of how an unprecedented network of high-achieving women from the world’s largest companies, innovative startups, philanthropic organizations, government, and the arts combined forces to change the lives of girls and women everywhere.’ Promising, isn’t it? This article is indeed truly inspirational and every woman reading it can imagine accomplishing big things. Among the women listed as ‘example’ there are LEILA JANAH CEO, Samasource; CHARLOTTE OADES, Global director, Coca-Cola’s 5 By 20; PAT MITCHELL, CEO, The Paley Center for Media; LAURA PINCUS HARTMAN, Founder, Zynga.org; TORY BURCH, Founder, Tory Burch Foundation. And many more. Full list of Extraordinary Women available here. As always, I would say ‘easier said than done’. But one thing is for sure: women should be more confident and…Read more


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Opinion


The revolution in Sudan and the ‘villains’

Why is the Sudan revolution being ignored? I’ve been asking the question for a while now and we have to face the facts: recent protests in Sudan have received little to no attention from the media. Since 1989 and the first article I wrote on Sudan, I have seen and heard many things. Or maybe I haven’t seen and heard enough to say the truth. In the media, I mean. Because on the ground, there have been plenty to see and hear. For more than two decades, I have discussed a lot, with many different people from here, from Sudan, from everywhere. I’ve listened to the ones who think everyone has their own problems to deal with; the ones who talk too much and don’t do enough and some others complaining ‘It’s always the same out there’… Hopefully, many others try to understand and don’t turn a blind eye; some people…Read more


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Science




Higgs boson: our understanding of the universe is about to change

I’m not saying it, CERN is: Higgs within reach – Our understanding of the universe is about to change… Scientists may have found the so-called Goddamn particle, eventually. Or at least what we would expect to see from the decay of a Higgs boson, which is part of a theory first proposed by physicist Peter Higgs in the 1960s. But scientists still don’t know which Higgs boson it could be, the results presented today are preliminary, as the data from 2012 is still under analysis. If you’re still wondering what is the Higgs boson (basically, Higgs boson gives the particles -quarks and electrons- their mass), John Ellis, theoretical physicist, answered the question in this video. From the press release: “We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV. The outstanding performance of the LHC and ATLAS and…Read more


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Misc.


Support #SudanRevolts and take action!

My interest in Sudan started with Omar-Al Bashir’s military coup in June, 1989. I was young but I already knew it could change the fate of Sudan and its population forever. Since then, I always kept an eye (let’s say two) on the country, doing my best to raise awareness on the situation, especially when Darfur happened, and more recently Blue Nile and South Kordofan. For decades now, I have heard Sudan was not a priority. That the International community was not interested, they had (and apparently always have) other fish to fry. Even the media have been shy about covering Sudan. A few days ago, I asked a journalist about ‪#SudanRevolts‬ lack of media coverage and I got a bewildering answer: ‘Not enough deaths for the frontpage. ‪Syria‬ has more, daily’. For years, and despite the amazing work done by activists, organizations and even some brave journalists, the least we can say…Read more


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TV Shows


Dexter and Morality: Is Dexter Moral?

In 2007, I wrote about the TV Show: Dexter and The Shield: bad is good. When I first watched the show, it did feel right, I explain it in my article: […] Some people would say killing serial killers or child molesters is OK, some others may think Mackey is doing right using the same methods the gangs use in the streets. I’m against death penalty and I don’t think corruption is good in any kind of way, so how can I enjoy watching Dexter and The Shield? These shows are definitely good entertainment. Both series succeed in getting you close to the personality of the main characters; Dexter might be a serial killer but he can emulates feelings (or he tries to) and have an apparent normal life, Vic Mackey might be violent but he truly loves his family. I was talking about these shows with friends and some…Read more


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Video games


Zelda ‘Ocarina Of Time’ Gets Broadway Treatment

If you are, just like me, a huge fan of Zelda and if you missed this video published a couple months ago, then this post will make your day! From the news published on the Huffington Post: “Zelda The Musical,” a new Broadway-style adventure written and composed by Mitchell Moffit, a Toronto-based singer, actor and musician. Inspired by the theme music of Koji Kondo, Moffit and animator Chris McGregor cast Link, Zelda, and other 8-bit characters in a mini-epic musical based on “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.” Click below, now!


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Tech




Way-C touchpad by Congolese inventor Verone Mankou

Semhar Araia is Founder and Executive Director of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN) and she recently tweeted: ‘By 2050,Africa’s population will reach 2 billion. By 2040, its workforce is expected to reach 1.1billion. Whos pushing govts to create jobs?‘. That’s a very good question and hopefully, there are already many talented and creative entrepreneurs in Africa, just like Congolese inventor Verone Mankou. Last year I read several articles about him and I thought it was perfectly illustrating how many countries in Africa are undergoing a profound transformation. In this article on Kumatoo.com we can read: ‘Verone Mankou, a young Congolese inventor aged 25, is the designer of a touchpad called “Way-C” for which the entire design and architecture have been conceived in Congo-Brazzaville.’ On a side note to some people I know who still don’t know the difference:  do not confuse the Republic of the Congo, commonly referred to as Congo-Brazzaville, with the Democratic Republic…Read more


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Misc.


Les femmes libres, de Mona Eltahawy à Jocelyne Robert

Le débat sur l’article de Mona Eltahawy intitulé : Why Do They Hate Us? The real war on women is in the Middle East publié le mois dernier sur le site de Foreign Policy n’en finit pas de soulever des réactions, souvent assez inattendues. J’ai d’ailleurs organisé une discussion sur le sujet et elle a été particulièrement animée… J’y reviendrais certainement plus en détail à l’occasion d’un prochain article. Cette semaine c’est un article de Jocelyne Robert, sexologue et écrivaine Québécoise qui a retenu mon attention. Le sujet n’est pas le même, bien plus ‘léger’ que celui évoqué par Mona Eltahawy qui mettait en évidence les difficultés qu’ont les femmes à tout simplement exister en tant qu’être humain à part entière avec un minimum (et guère plus) de droits dans certaines régions du monde. Du côté Occidental, si la situation n’a rien à voir, il reste encore une coutume qui révèle à elle…Read more


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Design / Art




Keith Haring, some ‘Hiéroglyphes’ and a Google Doodle

Keith Haring was an artist and social activist, and he directly influenced me as a teenage artist. Last year I had the chance to go to the Musée en Herbe in Paris and see the show ‘Les Hiéroglyphes de Keith Haring’. It was clearly aimed at children with puzzles and games but Haring’s work was everywhere. I had a great time seeing the paintings, prints and murals. I even bought a black and white Keith Haring watch and a small pin (I like goodies) as a souvenir of this wonderful afternoon! Google is celebrating the 54th birthday of Keith Haring with a homepage doodle in his honor. I though it was the occasion to write again about the artist (my posts mentioning him) since he is among my favorites. Below, a photo I took of one of Haring’s mural.


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Design / Art




Sgraffiti, graffiti and now moss graffiti

Five years ago, I posted about graffiti and its origin: From sgraffiti to graffiti, from Cauchie to Seen. I mentioned French artists like Lokiss and Bando and also Futura 2000 and Seen. But if graffiti is about scratching a design into a surface, sgraffiti is about scratching through one layer of pigment to reveal another beneath it (a technique still used by remarkable Morocco’s artisans with intricate and carefully carved stucco). British street artist Paul Curtis (a.k.a Moose) creates graffiti by cleaning dirt from sidewalks and tunnels; this is the contemporary form of sgraffiti. So if you thought graffiti was only about spray painting, you were wrong. Now (it has been a couple years) it is also about eco-friendly materials like moss. Anna Garforth and Edina Tokodi are moss graffiti artists and their client list includes banks, design schools and galleries. I would consider moss graffiti artists more like stencil artists like Miss.tic or Blek Le Rat than strictly…Read more



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