kevan + france   45

The Reverse Geocache Puzzle | Arduiniana
"Let's assume, then, that they go outside and push the button again. This time the series of messages is different: This is attempt 2 of 50. Distance 391km. Access Denied. Powering off..."
puzzles  gps  arduino  france  via:jodi 
november 2009 by kevan
Tourists miss out on town of Eu as it does not appear on web searches - Times Online
"Type Eu into a French search engine and you are more likely to get the past participle of the verb avoir, to have, than the estimable château, hotels, restaurants and gardens of the ancient royal borough. For English surfers, Eu predictably retrieves a long list of European Union websites." [...] "Now Marie-Françoise Gaouyer, the Mayor of Eu, wants to add extra syllables to make the town more internet-visible."
tourism  web  language  france 
march 2009 by kevan
Le Corbeau (1943)
The film that the Small Town Anywhere social game was based on; the power and freedom of anonymous letters, and how cheaply you can fake omniscience. Fun to see how well and how quickly the Small Town organisers had cast the players.
filmlog  3stars  secrets  society  france  paper 
june 2007 by kevan
French expressions you won't learn at school
"Je te vois venir avec tes gros sabots - Now we are finally getting to the point (literally: 'I see you coming with your big clogs')."
language  france  via:jodi 
june 2007 by kevan
The Solar Mount (Le Mont Solaire)
Turning Mont Saint-Michel into an enormous sundial.
architecture  time  france  photos  via:holly 
march 2007 by kevan
To Catch A Thief (1955)
A Hitchcock, but not really having any of his style to it; Cary Grant being an irked ex-jewel-thief trying half-heartedly to clear his name from recent crimes, whilst wearing an alarming mahogany-varnish suntan.
filmlog  2stars  crime  secrets  france 
february 2007 by kevan
The Lion In Winter (1968)
Back-and-forth lineage politics at an anachronistic 12th century Christmas, with everyone complimenting their enemies on how good they are at it. Some great lines of dialogue, and a lot of wonderfully bad.
filmlog  3stars  history  politics  france  lies  children 
january 2007 by kevan
Les Diaboliques (1954)
A slow and dark Hitchcockian murder mystery, with the mystery in unexpected places. A good strong twist at the end, and an even better title card telling the audience not to give away spoilers when talking to their friends about it.
filmlog  4stars  death  mysteries  crime  france  secrets  education 
december 2006 by kevan
Wee planets - a photoset on Flickr
"All these pictures are 360° panoramas projected to look like small planets."
art  photos  design  france  via:leonard 
december 2006 by kevan
How to Steal a Million (1966)
A light and pointlessly elaborate art-forgery heist, pulled off by a reluctant but obligingly over-prepared Peter O'Toole.
filmlog  3stars  art  crime  money  cheating  police  france 
november 2006 by kevan
The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)
Half-watched. David Niven being nonchalant in a ridiculous collar, with a few particularly clever flourishes of bluff and subtle psychology.
filmlog  3stars  history  france  secrets  prison  illusions 
november 2006 by kevan
Un Ticket Pour l'Espace (2006)
The French space programme holds a tourist lottery to raise funding, and one of the winners takes the space station hostage. Some absurdly throwaway joke scenes, and nicely lost-in-translation running gags. Had forgotten how odd French comedies could be.
filmlog  3stars  space  france  comedy  secrets 
september 2006 by kevan
Lemming (2006)
Suicide as romanticised and misunderstood exhaustion. One good simile, horribly over-diluted at two hours.
filmlog  2stars  death  depression  mammals  france  ghosts 
september 2006 by kevan
Google Maps + Google Video + Mashup - Claude Lelouch's Rendezvous
"On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB [driven] at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris. No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit."
maps  videos  france  transport  cities  via:yoz 
august 2006 by kevan
Buffet Froid (1979)
Entertainingly casual deflation of the murder mystery, every guilty character confessing immediately and nobody really caring.
filmlog  3stars  death  mysteries  france  police  memory 
july 2006 by kevan
Times Online - Cheating chefs leave bad taste with fake food
"The site also explains how to inject wild-mushroom flavour into duck, make a 'wine sauce' with a violet-coloured powder, add a zest of bottled scallop to scallop tagliatelli, and spray saffron perfume on to a marzipan turnover."
food  france  cheating  illusions  science  via:hoaxes 
june 2006 by kevan
The Transporter (2003)
Like watching someone else playing a fun but linear driving-and-shooting video game. And apparently skipping through a lot of cutscenes.
filmlog  1star  transport  crime  police  france 
may 2006 by kevan
Caché (2005)
Secrets and surveillance, with a nice sense of the audience being shifted and positioned as if they were the camera, and a subtle ending that's invisible on tiny aeroplane screens, it turns out.
filmlog  3stars  surveillance  secrets  france  society 
april 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Freezer failure ends couple's hopes of life after death
"Raymond Martinot and his wife were the toast of the world cryonics movement. [...] The couple's bodies were removed from their faulty freezer and cremated this week. Under French law a corpse must be buried, cremated or formally donated to science."
ice  death  science  technology  france  via:arbroath 
march 2006 by kevan
Les Revenants (2004)
Calmly socio-political zombie film, reintegrating the muted and sonambulist dead into service and manufacturing industries, while families try to make sense of things. A slow and bloodless progression that's not quite worth it, but a good atmosphere.
filmlog  3stars  zombies  france  society  love  death 
march 2006 by kevan | Paris is buzzing
Parisian beekeeping. "The urban biotope is completely artificial, but a lot more varied than in the countryside. There are dozens of different species, and there is something in flower from April to October."
bees  france  cities 
december 2005 by kevan
Le Temps du Loup (2003)
A vague and rural post-apocalypse, towns being locked down as fresh food and water run out, and unlucky wanderers clashing and coalescing. Rebooting society, and children being the future because they're so evolutionarily gullible.
filmlog  4stars  france  apocalypse 
december 2005 by kevan
Travaux (2005)
Parisian lawyer having her flat rebuilt by immigrant workers, at the mercy of an overenthusiastic architect and vague romantic-comedy cliche, all made a bit more bearable for being French.
filmlog  2stars  france  law  architecture  construction 
december 2005 by kevan
Les Degonfles
Activists deflating the tyres of Parisien 4x4s, and spraying them with mud. "Mais la mauvaise surprise n'était pas dans le message, elle se trouvait dans leurs pneus... à plat."
transport  france 
october 2005 by kevan
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes
The mysteries and vagaries and pit-traps of literary biography - slightly too random musings on Flaubert, stitched together with not quite as much narrative as it looked like it was going to have.
booklog  books  france  birds  history  secrets  lies  mysteries 
september 2005 by kevan
Lundi Matin (2002)
A blankly-frustrated welder walks away from a mundane life in rural France to wander around Venice. Feels like two completely unconnected films, and that we don't really see any genuine perspective from him. Good range of pick-your-own metaphors, though.
filmlog  3stars  italy  france  cigarettes  travel 
august 2005 by kevan
Comme une Image (2004)
Complex networks of one-way attention, and the hidden motives of them, and how not to change them. Most characters end up being slightly too unlikeable as a result, though.
filmlog  2stars  france  love  books  children 
august 2005 by kevan
Before Sunset (2004)
A couple meeting again nine years after a brief thing, wandering around Paris and looking at where the future's left them. Mediocre one-voice American dialogue, for the most part, but nice lighting.
filmlog  2stars  france  love  memory 
july 2005 by kevan
Three Colours White (1993)
A Polish barber understatedly "down on his luck" flees from Paris with only a comb and a suitcase, to rebuild his life back home. The ascent is patchier than the descent, but it's all good, the whiteness of the set design is quietly all-pervading.
filmlog  3stars  france  love  transport  death  depression 
july 2005 by kevan
Être Et Avoir (2002)
Understated and impossibly charming documentary, quietly watching a tiny, one-room school in rural France for six months, with no commentary. Fun to watch a film with foreign dialogue simple enough to pre-empt it from the subtitles.
filmlog  4stars  education  children  france 
june 2005 by kevan
Le Goût Des Autres (2000)
Perfectly-balanced, luxuriously-paced look at the boundaries of people's opinions, and how easy and difficult and doomed and liberating it can be to adopt arbitrary ones.
filmlog  4stars  love  art  france  theatre 
june 2005 by kevan
Flickr: 50 people see the Eiffel Tower
"Combined view of 50 photos on Flickr tagged with "Eiffel". Each photo is from a different user."
photos  emergence  france 
march 2005 by kevan
n i c e b o t s
Magnificent wooden-shelled social robots. "By observing the audience's interaction with the bots and the effects the bots have on the audience, we are able to make adjustments and "teach" the bots different behaviors."
art  france  robots  society  wood 
september 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - 'Spider-Man' Climbs Building Bare-Handed
An urban climber scales the Montparnasse Tower in forty-five minutes, sans rope.
architecture  france  spiders  sport 
september 2004 by kevan People | Spelunking the empire of death
Another journalist visits. "Oh, people open their skulls on the ceilings or they trip and hurt their ankles, but there is only one death we know for certain. Philibert Aspairt. Two hundred years ago."
death  france  monsters  secrets 
september 2004 by kevan
Infiltration: Paris Underground
Running with the cataphiles: "The whole map is a giant Photoshop file that he has printed in Switzerland. While it's black and white, it shows over six levels. Stephane dreams of producing a colour-coded version."
bones  france  photos  secrets 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Paris's new slant on underground movies
Update on the Parisian cinema: "The biggest hassle was that everything - tables, chairs, bar, projector, screen, the lot - had to fit through a 30cm by 40cm hole on the surface."
films  france  secrets 
september 2004 by kevan
Tableaux de maitres en carrieres par Morthicia
Classic artwork reproduced as graffiti in Parisian underpasses.
art  france  graffiti 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | In a secret Paris cavern, the real underground cinema
"Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital's chic 16th arrondissement."
electricity  films  france  mysteries  secrets 
september 2004 by kevan
La Grande Arche Paris by von Spreckelsen
A giant hypercube in Paris, mentioned on R4 the other morning, that I'd never noticed.
architecture  design  france  maths 
september 2004 by kevan
Matrice des sauces au moment
"Many of these sauces [...] are in reality, variations on a theme - change one ingredient and Sauce A becomes Sauce B. By applying a bit of imagination, it is possible to see the recipes as elements of a matrix rather than individual prescriptions."
food  france 
july 2004 by kevan
Daguerreotype of Rue Vavin, Paris
Destruction from the Siege and Commune of Paris, 1870.
architecture  dereliction  france  history  photos 
july 2004 by kevan
Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert
"By the time the last volume was published, more than 140 people had contributed articles to its pages. In the same spirit, this website is a collaborative effort of volunteer translators."
france  language 
june 2004 by kevan
Morrissey interview - Les Inrockuptibles, May 19, 2004 translation
On MP3s:- "How can you love a record that arrives so easily? [...] Even if music was my only love, it was a permanent fight to get it into my arms."
france  interviews  morrissey  mp3s  music  web 
june 2004 by kevan

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