Archive pour avril 2007

Coda First Impressions

Mercredi 25 avril 2007

Well, like everybody, I’ve been impressed with the eye candy of Coda. Its nice to have everything bundled in one window. Unfortunately, for me, the bundle is not right because the text editor is not good as TextMate or BBEdit, and the CSS editor doesn’t look good as CCSEdit. And missing in action are bookmarks for the Web browser and bookmarks for the books included.

Also, the terminal have problem with my FreeBSD server. If I load my .bashrc config or launch vim, I get a garbled screen. And then, the only way to really quit the terminal, is to quit Coda, closing only the window seems not to work, because when I launch a new terminal, I get again the old window.

My mini reviews sound very negative, but in fact, Coda is very nice. I could use it as a sysadmin. I like very much the integration of a SFTP browser, a terminal window, a Web browser and a good editor. I can foresee a use to edit configurations files on the server, or do a quick modification on a web page. But I don’t see myself working all the day in Coda. I think Panic could do a « sysadmin » version, less expensive, with just the FTP/SFTP browser, the Web Browser, the text editor and the terminal, getting rid of the CSS editor and the included books on Javascript, CSS, HTML and PHP.

For a full fledged review, see Daring FireBall.

The Theremin

Mercredi 25 avril 2007

You must listen to this if you don’t know or never heard of the theremin, one of the strangest musical instrument in existence. It’s the only musical instrument that you don’t touch to play it.

Leon Theremin [Vincinnati / Flickr]

Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Passion: The Theremin (mp3)

Not falling in an Ideological Trap: Israel and Apartheid

Mardi 24 avril 2007

An articulate and informed discussion on applying the word « apartheid » to the situation in Israel and Palestine. This review of President’s Carter last book by Joseph Lelyveld of the New York Reviews of Books shows the limitations and analogies that can help or impede the discourse when Israel is considered like an apartheid state. Although, I think that the comparison of Israel with South African apartheid is not an equivalence, it still contains underlying truths. Yet, this advice by Meron Benvenisti cited by the author nevertheless makes some sense for me.

Meron Benvenisti, who has been intrigued by the comparison to South Africa over the years, now calls for a rhetorical cease-fire. The use of the term « apartheid, » he wrote back in 2005, has become in Israel a « mark of leftist radicalism, » while its denial stands as proof of « Zionist patriotism. » Objective comparison or discussion of the validity of any comparison is « nearly impossible. » Anyone who goes into the question, Benvenisti wrote, « will be judged by his conclusions. » The choice, he said, is between being called an anti-Semite or a fascist. The occupation should be seen in its own harsh light, he concluded, rather than subjected to a comparison.

Joseph Lelyveld, Jimmy Carter and Apartheid, The New York Review of Books

It’s also worthwhile to listen to J.J. Goldberg, the editor in chief of the Forward on Zionism. Too much people equate zionism to racism or apartheid while this word cover many different realities and historical contexts.

J.J. Goldberg, But Is It Good for the Jews?, (mp3)

Tristant Peloquin: La tragédie à portée de clics

Mardi 17 avril 2007

N’importe quel internaute peut s’immiscer dans la tragédie. Est-ce pour le mieux ? Je ne sais pas. Je constate seulement que les sites de réseautage social changent drôlement la donne. Et qu’on n’a pas fini d’en voir des manifestations étonnantes.

Tristan Péloquin, La tragédie à portée de clics,


Mardi 17 avril 2007

This is funny. With Launchbar, I start MarsEdit with « me ». Hope you get it :) .

BBC’s Alan Johnston: One Month in Captivity in Gaza

Vendredi 13 avril 2007

You have to wonder why the BBC journalist Alan Johnston is still a hostage in Gaza. I have seen a number of its pieces on BBC News, and you can say that he is not an advocate of the Israeli intervention in Gaza. Quite the contrary. He is one of the occidental journalism that was able to give you a taste on how Israel was conducted itself as a ruthless killer in Gaza. I have in mind a particular segment where Alan Johnston was hiding on the top of the roof of a building, while Israeli drones where humming, trying to find a target. You could feel how frightening the situation was, with the BBC journalist whispering, trying not to attract the missile carried by the Israeli drone.

Now, clearly this journalist is in the hand of a gang of mobster. You have to wonder why either the Fatah or Hamas are not capable of liberating someone that you perfectly know in what hands he is. This show the limit of the power of the government in Gaza. In my opinion, the culprit is Israel which attacked what have been proto state entities, capable of imposing the law, and the Fatah and Hamas themselves that have, by corruption (Fatah), maximalism (Hamas), and infighting, discredit themselves to the point that they are no more capable to impose their legitimacy and will to mobsters carrying actions that are detrimental to the Palestinian cause.

Martin Fletcher, Mafia-Style Violence in Gaza and BBC Reporter, NBC News

The Observer, Feuding clan holds key to kidnap riddle, The Guardian

Coptes et dévotion en Égypte

Vendredi 13 avril 2007

Intéressante entrevue d’Abdelwahab Meddeb avec Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen sur la religiosité des Coptes en Égypte, et le syncrétisme des pèlerinages coptes et musulmans. Analysée dans une perspective historique, Mayeur-Jaouen montre comment la commémoration religieuse copte a influé sur les musulmans égyptiens, qui en retour, ont aussi influencé les rites coptes.

Culture d’Islam, Pélerinages d’Egypte (mp3)

La langue française au XIXe siècle : libre ou corsetée ?

Mardi 10 avril 2007

Entrevue avec Alain Rey (qui a longtemps dirigé les dictionnaires Le Robert) sur les rapports de la langue avec l’argot, la norme, le passage du langage parlé à l’écrit. Extraits sonores savoureux.

Concordance des temps, entrevue avec Alain Rey, La langue française au XIXe siècle : libre ou corsetée ?, France Culture, (mp3)

Mona Eltahawy on Yusuf al-Qaradawi

Lundi 9 avril 2007

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a Muslim issue. It is a dispute over land, it is about an occupation that must end and it is about a people who deserve a state. But it is not a religious dispute. Clerics, rabbis, priests and any one else who claims religious authority for his opinion should stay out of it. As a Muslim, I’m particularly eager to keep our clerics away from Palestine.

For too long the easiest Friday sermon to give began and ended by cursing the “Zionists”, often interchanging Zionist with Jew, stopping along the way to enflame the worshippers with news of the latest humiliations or atrocities committed by the Israelis against the Palestinians.

The conflict has been one of the most jumped upon bandwagons in both the Arab and the Muslim world – but framing it in religious terms serves no one’s interest, least of all the Palestinians. With the Islamist Hamas at the helm of the Palestinian government the temptation is great to lose ourselves in the religious kaleidoscope they would love to wrap around the conflict. But just as Islamists are more about power than religion, so is the conflict less about religion than land.

Mona Eltahawy, Qaradawi Damages Palestine’s Cause by Turning Global Issue Into Islamist Weapon,

À déni, déni et demi

Samedi 7 avril 2007

(…) le PQ d’aujourd’hui constitue un drôle d’amalgame. À sa tête, un chef qui de toute évidence est le mauvais messager, mais qui tient, si on lui en donne la chance, à changer le message. Puis, un parti qui ne sait plus trop quel message il doit porter, celui du chef ou celui du programme auquel le chef n’adhère pas. Pour compliquer cette mayonnaise qui décidément semble de plus en plus difficile à faire monter, le chef doit tenir compte de l’influence disproportionnée d’une gauche aussi nationaliste que Lionel Groulx et aussi sclérosée que le Parti communiste français.

Gil Courtemanche, La quadrature du cercle,

(…) on peut bien vouloir recentrer le PQ, mais il y a déjà deux partis dans le coin droit de l’arène politique québécoise, il n’est pas certain qu’il y ait beaucoup de place pour un troisième.
La solution est beaucoup plus celle que l’ex-ministre Joseph Facal évoquait, hier, dans un colloque à l’UQAM, soit de «partir des préoccupations des Québécois, et chercher ensuite à y répondre par des politiques fidèles à ses valeurs sociale-démocrates».
Or, pour faire une telle réflexion, le SPQ Libre est beaucoup plus utile à l’intérieur qu’à l’extérieur de la coalition péquiste. Lui faire porter l’odieux de la défaite – et ne pas voir le rôle qu’il pourrait jouer pour l’avenir – serait un signe de cette maladie du déni, qui menace toujours le Parti québécois.

Michel C. Auger, PQ : la recherche de boucs émissaires,

Déjà, comme membre des «Trois mousquetaires», M. Valois avait dit à son parti quelques vérités qu’il ne voulait pas entendre : que la souveraineté ne touchait plus les jeunes. Que c’était l’objectif politique de la génération de papa, pas de leur génération à eux.

Cette fois, il va plus loin, mais parle tout aussi vrai : la souveraineté est en train de devenir «un refuge contre le changement». Que le mouvement souverainiste, qui est supposé être porteur de changement soit en voie de devenir «un mouvement de plus en plus conservateur» et même un «rempart contre le changement».

Michel C. Auger, PQ : poser les bonnes questions,