After more than 7 years as a Happiness Engineer / Happiness Rocketeer at Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com, the Jetpack plugin, the Akismet service, and many more), I am moving on to a new role as Project Manager at Transit! At Automattic, I have been privileged to be part of the mission of Democratizing Publishing;… Continue reading Joining Transit!
I recently re-read Dune for something like the 5th time. I love the book; I find that I always look at water in a different way for months after I’ve read it. On reading it this time, I came across this word in the text and the glossary: As a native French-speaker, I immediately saw… Continue reading Dune – “etymological” riddle solved?
As many of my friends know, I am spending most of the summer in Mexico City, visiting my wife’s family. I have a few posts to write about some of the things I’ve done, so keep reading my blog later this week for more! So far, most of the summer has been spent with me… Continue reading Playa del Carmen with the family
Last June, I went to Paris for WordCamp Europe. There, I met up with Jug Cerovič, an amazing transit map maker, whose maps are truly works of art. We talked about his book and his work, and during our conversation, I said that it would be absolutely fantastic to be able to gather all the people… Continue reading Transit Mapping Symposium
Tomorrow is election day in Montreal. Last time around, we elected Denis Coderre, ex-immigration minister, and ex-MP from Montreal North, where I grew up. I didn’t like him back then as immigration minister, and I did not vote him as Mayor. I disagree with many of the things he has done or wants to do:… Continue reading Projet Montréal
Back in August, I attended a conference in Montreal which was all about polyglots and languages: Langfest. So many attendees at the conference had name-tags that said which languages they spoke or were learning to speak. Most people had 3 or more; several were even on their 7th or 8th language! While I was there,… Continue reading Learning Dutch: Beginnings
In 2010, I went to my very first WordCamp. It was my first time going to an event like that: a conference on a subject which, at the time, I was just starting to delve into. I really enjoyed my experience that weekend; I met some great people, and learned a lot! The local community was… Continue reading WordCamp Montreal
A couple of weeks ago, there was a freak windstorm in Montreal. Winds reached speeds as high as 110km/h in short bursts in some parts of the city (mostly in NDG, but also in St-Henri and a few other parts). These high winds managed to bring down dozens of trees; one large park in NDG… Continue reading Trees
Antoine wanted a “tattoo” so I let them draw on each other with a pen. At first it was little things, but then Antoine wanted a big one. I am flabbergasted by Guillaume’s talent; he’s 7 years old! He did this by copying from a coloring book.
For the past 8 months or so, my oldest son has been part of an Intro to Water Polo class and team, offered by the local aquatic sports club, CASO (Club aquatique du Sud-Ouest). He’s been to weekly practices and several matches. In March, we went to matches that were part of Les Jeux de… Continue reading Water Polo