Culture and Art



The previous nights were the occasion to see the Perseid meteor shower. It was also the Nuits des Etoiles in France, where hundreds of events are organized to allow people to watch stars and (re)discover the sky and stars above our heads. As you perhaps know, I am quite an […]

Animation : Borrowed light, by Olivia Huynh


For Christmas, our family reunion is generally the occasion to sing Christmas carols and read texts that are inspiring us. This year I intended to read one of the most inspirational texts of all time: Charlie Chaplin’s final one in The Dictator. Despite being over seventy years old, there is […]

Charlie Chaplin’s speech in The Dictator



Canada is said to be an open country, democratic, always welcoming new people and new ideas. In theory… Indeed, Franke James, an absolutely brilliant and amazing artist is learning it’s not always the case. And she is learning it the hard way. To make a long story short : ” […]

Franke James needs YOUR support !


Today I went to see the American Power photo exhibit at the Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson, in Paris. Pictures are the result of years – from 2003 to 2009 – of travel and photography by Mitch Epstein. I believe these pictures clearly enable us to witness how energy, power, is […]

American Power, by Mitch Epstein


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Despite I have a very optimistic personality – a trait inherited from my beloved grand-father Louis – It’s hard not to be pessimistic when we look at some news on climate these days. The socio-economic situation ain’t that bright either. So I had a look at some quotes on pessimism. […]

A few quotes on pessimism



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I watched this weekend the latest film from the Studio Ghibli : Arrietty, also known as The Borrower Arrietty. As usual with productions from the Studio Ghibli there was great pictures and scenery, awesome music as well as an excellent story. But what I particularly like with this film is […]

Film review : The Borrower Arrietty


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I wanted to publish for Christmas and New Year’s day a list of books I particularly liked in 2008-09 (I already did a selection in 2007) but couldn’t publish it in time. So, here it is with a few weeks late. From readings on sustainable development and energy issues to science fiction […]

My 2008-09 selection of books


Many people think that the current Copenhagen climate conference is about saving the planet. I believe this not true as we are just trying to save ourselves from our own folly. Our planet – whom you may refer to as Gaïa – will still be there long after we are […]

It’s not about saving the planet, but ourselves



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Earlier this year I read three sci-fi books I strongly recommend you if you are interested by the genre. The five books making this cycle were written by Alastair Reynolds, a UK scientist who dedicated himself to writing space operas. Back to 2007 I read Chasm City the second opus […]

The Revelation Space cycle by Alastair Reynolds


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I finished reading this weekend a book I strongly recommend to anyone interested by sustainable development and energy as it is packed with figures and findings that are due to start discussions among CleanTechies. One of the main findings of this book is that electrifying our cars and installing heat […]

Book Review: Sustainable energy – without the hot air


My main trades and areas of interest before climate change mitigation and sustainable development are international business and management. This brought me to focus early on India. So when I discovered today’s book via The Daily Show with Jon Stewart I knew I had to read what promised to be […]

Imagining India, by Nandan Nilekani