Paul Atlan

Growing up, I thought my two countries, France and the US, where allied forever, and that enlightenment was here to stay. How wrong I was … (in French)

Mais qui veut la peau des lumières?

Remembrance on the Champs Elysées. November 11th wreath at the foot of the statue of Charles de Gaulle. BA2DFE9C-7EAB-4317-B6D1-1ACA1F7E370B.jpg

Je cherche des recommandations pour des podcasts/newsletters en 🇫🇷. 99pi et dd c’est bien, mais je suis sûr qu’il y a des francophones qui font aussi bien!

Is it just me or is the Discover 📸 tag stuck on two weeks ago?

France just beat the US and Russia to snag the first leg of the women’s Sabre World Cup in two gripping back to back matches. Also, world class athletes can be super nice. And my starry eyed 10 y.o. Just told me she has her sights on the Olympics in 2028!

This lovely young woman from Hungary just won the women’s Sabre World Cup stage that’s hosted yearly by my daughter’s club. I had the privilege of helping backstage. Fun day

Paris photo


My boss had a vip pass to Paris Photo and snuck me in with her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Leicas in one place.

Mount Orgueil castle on Jersey has some really weird pieces. A flayed man depicting all the ways to die in battle, a intertwined family tree of French and English royalty starting with Alienor d’Aquitaine, Elizabeth II with her eyes closed, disguised German artillery posts

I’m slowly starting to learn how to organize myself when I’m working from home. The first few off site days where disastrous: no brain, I’m not on vacation ;-)

Re reading book 1 of the Laundry Files by Charles Stross. Palm pilots are the latest in technology and computers run Windows NT. 📚

Just saw John Scalzi do a signing in Paris. He’s impressively gracious with hosts, fans and his co-signer, going so far as to ask him questions to balance out the attention.

I’ve been commuting for three months for 4 hours each day. It’s less tiring than I thought, and it’s changed my family dynamics in good and bad ways. I worry it’s putting an undue toll on my wife.

There’s a legend that it always rains in Brittany. I suspect the locals spread it to keep tourists away: it’s November 3rd and we’re eating outside! 9AB64C82-4077-4997-AD08-F54B3A52DA43.jpg

Nobody Else Is Awake (She’s entered that phase when you have to physically pry her from her books)

I think I like the Flickr announcement, but the talking points are shoddy: “the free TB brought in people who disrupted the photo-centric community” and “97% of users have less than 1000 photos” can’t both be true.

Watching « Norsemen ». Thanks to @jack for the recommendation - which goes to show Netflix algorithms are no patch on humans. 📺

And just like that, winter.


Somebody recently posted about lack of sleep, and I stupidly didn’t favorite it to read later. As a chronic “short sleeper”, I’m looking for resources to get to the mythical 7 hours …

Started playing with Live Photos a little bit and I think I can finally understand some use cases. It’s frustrating theres are so few places to post them!

📚 Currently reading In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard. An excellent, engaging story.

📚 Finished - The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi. Does a decent job of being the middle installment in a series. Typical Scalzi : imaginative and well written entertainment, but very little depth to the villains’ psychology.

I’m guessing my train isn’t leaving in time. 6E37FE4B-3B4F-49B8-A1A2-1AEB213ADB8F.jpg

My daughter getting ready to win her first fencing competition. 85035793-0A91-4B1B-8E58-C71752D15DC0.jpg

The Guardian wins the Internet today with their take on Fendi’s faux-pas : Fendi’s £750 ‘vulva’ scarf makes wearers look like they’re being born - The Guardian