Archive for January 2012

Pleasure of blogging.

January 28, 2012

connection amplifies the pleasure of writing. we write and we publish. We have an immediate return on what is written. this provides a satisfaction that the writers have never known before.
Source: T Crouzet quoted by FC Place de la toile, jan 2012.


Lawyer and thermodynamics.

January 28, 2012

whenever a lawyer enters the room, the temperature decreases by 2 degrees.
Einstein, quoted by FC Science publique, jan 2012

Greener sounds wanted. No more compression please, save our ears.

January 25, 2012


These screenshots highlight the difference between dynamic and powerful sound: highest peaks reach 0 dB in both cases, but it is clear that compressed sound and maximized on average stronger.

The musical signal oscillates mostly below the peak of the song.

For example, imagine that your guitar recording lasts 2 minutes and its maximum is below -6 dB during these 2 minutes, except in one place where you find a peak at 0 dB.

It is very fast and almost inaudible.

It would be unfortunate if the entire piece is 6 decibels below what it could be without this peak!

So we will “crush” (hence the term “compress”) it at the same level as the others and increase the overall level of the music of 6 dB.

Conclusion: The level of the piece will ultimately higher without the sound is so far amended audible




4000 euros eider duvet.

January 25, 2012

Eider duvet is considered the best filling for a quilt. The eider is a protected species. Its duvet is mainly collected on the nest. Eider duvet price is high: about 4000 euros for a 140 x 200 cm quilt. This price reflects more the difficulty of harvesting duvet than the intrinsic quality of the product.
Source: Que Choisir. Jan 2012

Some local shortages of drugs in France?

January 20, 2012

The pharmaceutical companies consider that some wholesalers have a heavy hand on the export of products initially intended for the French market. To limit this practice and maintain control of the profits originating from drugs, pharmaceutical companies set quotas on hundreds of products. They ration the monthly quantity of products assigned to each wholesaler, based on its market share. Once the quota is reached, the company do not deliver the wholesaler anymore, and the wholesaler do not deliver the drugstore anymore. A local shortage is threatening.
Source: Que Choisir, jan 2012

AAA effect.

January 16, 2012

The loss of the AAA effect leaded by massive debts and uncontrolled public spending, the Denmark, the Finland and the Sweden were all three gradients by agencies of notation in the 1980s and 1990s, said economist Norbert Gaillard. The three countries then began deep structural reforms, which have enabled them not only to return to their triple-A, but also to take full advantage of the Decade of growth that has known the world economy between 1998 and 2007. Their public debt decreased 6.5% during the period. During this time, that of the G7 countries increased 81 %.
Source: Le Figaro. Jan 2012

Baseball for freedom.

January 14, 2012

playing baseball in the yard of their prison, 15 inmates of Kingston Ontario clumsily sent the ball over the wall. they immediately went to get it. They are still looking for it.
Source: Desproges’ Petit Reporter. 1976