Animation : Borrowed light, by Olivia Huynh

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 astronomy fan and I believe… Continue reading Animation : Borrowed light, by Olivia Huynh

Charlie Chaplin’s speech in The Dictator

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 a lot of things we… Continue reading Charlie Chaplin’s speech in The Dictator

Franke James needs YOUR support !

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 : ” The Canadian Government, led by… Continue reading Franke James needs YOUR support !

American Power, by Mitch Epstein

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 shaping and altering the United… Continue reading American Power, by Mitch Epstein

A few quotes on pessimism

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. Nearly all of them point… Continue reading A few quotes on pessimism

Film review : The Borrower Arrietty

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 the reason I loved the… Continue reading Film review : The Borrower Arrietty

My 2008-09 selection of books

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 and from graphic novels to… Continue reading My 2008-09 selection of books

It’s not about saving the planet, but ourselves

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 gone. The brilliant George Carlin… Continue reading It’s not about saving the planet, but ourselves

The Revelation Space cycle by Alastair Reynolds

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 of the cycle which can… Continue reading The Revelation Space cycle by Alastair Reynolds

Book Review: Sustainable energy – without the hot air

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 pumps in our buildings would… Continue reading Book Review: Sustainable energy – without the hot air

Imagining India, by Nandan Nilekani

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 a fantastic book on India’s… Continue reading Imagining India, by Nandan Nilekani

HOME : a must watch movie

On June 5th, for World Environment Day, the French photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand released globally a brilliant environmental film, Home. It is available for free on Youtube in many languages. To the message carried by this film, we have ten years to change the way we live and avoid the worse with “the depletion of natural… Continue reading HOME : a must watch movie