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My favorite videos : incredible music in the woods

This video is an advertsisement.

I like it because it’s nicely done, quiet, and the system to produce the mucis is just magic !

Relax, smile, and enjoy !

 


  

New theme for this blog

As you can see, I did several improvements on the blog.

First one is the theme.
Beginning of January I switched to very minimalist theme proposed by Leo Babbauta.
I really loved it because it’s clean and nice.
I’ve decided to switch to a new one because Leo theme is too minimalist for me.
It’s not possible to insert widgets in the sidebar or footer for example.

It’s also not possible to add comments.
Of course I could spend time to improve it and develop using php and css, but I’m not good enough, and don’t have time for that and it’s not a good idea, as Leo didn’t implement these features on purpose.

Finally I’ve bought a theme : Purity 1.0 by Tauris.
It costed me 35 USD.
I choose it because it’s minimalist, clean, but proposes all functionnalities from a standard wordpress theme.
I took me some time to switch to it as I had to “redevelop” pages.
I took me around 8 hours, which is a lot ! But finally I’m very happy by the result.

I hope you like it, do not hesitate to feedback to me and tell me if you’d like to see some improvements !

Outme

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My experience with ZTD : Week 7 results

Pasture Juniper  (Juniperus communis ssp. depressa)

This is the report #7 of my experimental implementation of  Zen To Done the productivity methodology by Leo Babauta.

As a reminder, the first habit I’ve decided to implement 7 weeks ago  is to define every morning the 3 Most Important Topics (MITs) I want / need / commit to achieve during the day.

The 2nd one I started to implement last week is to manage emails to stay inbox 0 and for this to spend 30 minutes per day in an “email cleaning” session.

During week #1, the success rate has been 52 % (11/21) , during week #2, it has been 47% (9/19), and during week #3, a total failure (6%), week #4 had been better : 59% success , week #5 has been so far the best week, with 78% succes , week #6 went done with a 39% success.

 

[h4]Here’re the results of week #7 :[/h4][list_check]
[li] 3 MITs for the week : Did I defined 3 MITs  ? :  YES, How many did I achieve : 2/3[/li]
[li]Day 1 (March 5th) : Did I defined 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve :0/2. Did I clean emails : Yes[/li]
[li]Day 2  (March 6th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 1/2. Did I clean emails : Yes[/li]
[li]Day 3 (March 7th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 1/2. Did I clean emails : No[/li]
[li]Day 4 (March 8th) :Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 1/2. Did I clean emails : No[/li]
[li]Day 5 (March 9th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : Yes, How many did I achieve : 2/2. Did I clean emails : No[/li]
[li]Total : I’ve defined the MITs everyday, I’ve achieved  9/18 (50%).[/li]  [/list_check]

[h4]What are  my conclusions ?[/h4]
[list_check]
[li]9/18  is  a “standard” week.[/li]
[li]The new email habbit has not been so successfull yet.  I did it the first 2 days and then did not really stick to it (even if I still manage my emails !)[/li]
[li]Defining MITs everyday really helped me to be (at least feel) efficient ![/li][/list_check]

Next week I’ll not try to implement any new routine, but just have better result on the emails !

Results next week …

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My running report : February 2012

After my big failure last december at Singapore half marathon, I’m now training again to run another half-marathon in Annecy on April 15th.

January has been a recovery month, with not so high motivation, and I ran 5 times and 39km.
February was better. I ran 9 times for a total of 74 km.
It’s better compared to last month, but still not enough.

My objective is to run 3 times per week which is at least12 times per month…

I really appreciated running this month.

I did one of my best run ever on the snow. It has been a fantastic experience, alone in the woods, listening to good music.

March will be very important to come in good shape and by ready on april 15 th,.

It should be ok, because high motivation is back, and the weather is really better now with better temperatures.

Dashing Through the Snow

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Google 2011 revenues breakdown

In 2011 , 96% of google revenues came from advertising.

This infographic gives the breakdown of these advertising revenues.

My prefered number : the cost per click for “Cheap car insurance” is $33.97 !

Google 2011 revenues
(source : wordstream)


  

The problem with the wires…

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IT wires are a pain :  network wires, power wires.

I fight everyday to have my team installing workstations, network plugs, … with nice cabling.

It’s always difficult, and often we have a big mess under the tables.

This picture has been taken last week during a TV show with french president Nicolas Sarkozy.

What interest me in this picture is what I see in background… Even in the context of a tv show, with the french president, the cables are messy !


  

My best photos : Train in HongKong

 

I took this photo in the funicular railway that brings passengers up to Hong Kong’s Victoria peak.

This post is part of a serie of posts in which I present my best photos. All of them have been taken by me. The quality is not professional of course, but I love them. You can find all the posts here.

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“Let’s do better presentations” : all about good powerpoint presentations

One of my favorite topics is about how to improve bad (powerpoint) presentations.
At work we spend a lot of time in meetings where the speaker uses powerpoint presentation to support his speach.
Powerpoint is also used for sales meeting, to introduce products.

These presentations are too often boring : too long, not enough structured, messy, too complicated.

Powerpoint ios not a bad tool. It’s even a good one : a lot of functionalities, easy to use.
In fact t becomes a problem because it makes it too easy to produce slides.

On this blog I post time to time about good ressources on the topic to help us to improve.

To make it more efficient I’ve created a specific page where all these resources are listed :

[h4] “Let’s do better presentation”  [/h4]

Feu d'artifice du 14 juillet 2011 sur le sites de la Tour Eiffel et du Trocadéro à Paris vu de la Tour Montparnasse - Fireworks on Eiffel Tower

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I hope you’ll like it, and it will help you to make your next presentation as interesting as fireworks !

 


  

My experience with ZTD / Week 6 results (3 MITs per day) : 39 % success !

Pasture Juniper  (Juniperus communis ssp. depressa)

This is the report #6 of my experimental implementation of  Zen To Done the productivity methodology by Leo Babauta.

As a reminder, the first habit I’ve decided to implement is to define every morning the 3 Most Important Topics (MITs) I want / need / commit to achieve during the day.

During week #1, the success rate has been 52 % (11/21) , during week #2, it has been 47% (9/19), and during week #3, a total failure (6%), week #4 had been better : 59% success , week #5 has been so far the best week, with 78% succes.

[h4]Here’re the results of week #6 :[/h4][list_check]
[li] 3 MITs for the week : Did I defined 3 MITs  ? :  YES, How many did I achieve : 1/3[/li]
[li]Day 1 (February 27th) : Did I defined 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve :2/3[/li]
[li]Day 2  (February 28th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 2/3[/li]
[li]Day 3 (February 29th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 1/3[/li]
[li]Day 4 (March 1st) :Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 0/3[/li]
[li]Day 5 (March 2nd) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : Yes, How many did I achieve : 1/3[/li]
[li]Total : I’ve defined the MITs everyday, I’ve achieved  7/18 (39%).[/li]  [/list_check]

[h4]What are  my conclusions ?[/h4]
[list_check]
[li]7/18  is not a very good result in term of % of success, even if last week has been very productive for me.[/li]
[li]The main explanation of the low success rate is because I had 2 actions that needed few days to be completed. I should have divided them in really achivable daily MITs. By the way, it does not really matter as I managed to finish these important actions on time.[/li]
[li]Back from Hollidays, I’ve successfully continued my new habbit. I can now consider that it’s a win ![/li]
[li]defining MITs everyday really helped me to be (at least feel) efficient ![/li][/list_check]
Starting this week, I’ll start to implement a new routine.
The objective will be to come back under control with emails. I’ll manage emails to stay inbox 0.
To achieve this, the new habbit will be to check emails daily for 30 minutes.

Results next week …

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6 reasons to switch from Google reader to feedly

I spend around 1 hour per day browsing hundreds of feeds.
A Good Book

Since many years, I'm a big user of Google reader.

Recently I've started to use feedly, based on an advice from Tac Anderson.

The switch is now definitive, I'll not come back to Google reader (at least for few weeks…).

Here're 6 good reasons for you to do the same :

  1. Feedly is very nice. The design is just fantastic, ad the reading experience very nice (on all platorms)
  2. Feedly is available on pc, android, iOs. Today I use it in Chrome on my lpatop, on my iPad and on my Galaxy Note.
  3. Feedly implements very good sharing features, easy to use.
  4. Feedly proposes a chrome plugin “feedly mini” that gives me access to the sharing features when I'm reading a site
  5. Going from Google reader to feedly is very easy to set-up as feedly synchronize with google reader feeds in 1 click
  6. Feedly keeps synchronised with google reader (subscriptions, posts read, …) so it's very easy to go back

I hope I've convinced you to give it a try!

Let me know.

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