Jeremy Herve That's me. And my blog. In English and in French. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:43:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jeremy Herve 32 32 53262711 TV Series: Band Of Brothers Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:43:51 +0000 I watch a lot of TV shows; 113 days worth of it, according to But I’ve never told you about Band of Brothers before. Let’s fix that today!

Band of Brothers is a 10-episode mini-series that was released on HBO back in 2001. 15 years after its release, it’s still the number 1 rated TV show on IMDb. I find myself watching it again every couple of years, and it’s still one of my favourite TV series of all time. In my opinion, no other movie / series grasps the varied experiences of war soldiers that well.

It was an expensive series at the time, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. They put that money to good use. Yes, there are a lot of explosions. Yes, battle scenes are epic. Even today, you won’t find a better, more realistic take on combats and the horrors of World War II. But that’s not all. There are no cliches, no side stories. The only focus is the war, and its impact on all of us.

We travel from Camp Toccoa, Georgia to England, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Austria with the men of Easy Company, a unit of paratroopers in 101st Airborne division. We get to know them, feel their struggle, and discover the different ways the war changes them. We also watch them die. Each episode focusses on a different person, and highlights a different aspect of the war. The series doesn’t just show you heroes, and cliche warriors as you’d see in other movies; we get to know real people and some of the survivors even get to share their little anecdotes with us at the beginning of each episode.

A lot of actors went out to become famous in other series years later. Damian Lewis became more famous in Homeland; 2 replacements, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, are now well known for their roles as Magneto and Charles Xavier in X-Men; Tom Hardy was recently seen in Mad Max; you can even spot Jimmy Fallon if you pay attention!

All those actors are part of what makes Band of Brothers a must-see. If you haven’t watched the series yet, do! I can guarantee you’ll enjoy it!

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On Repeat Today: Paris on t’aime aussi, Ena-N Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:40 +0000 I’m not Parisian. Hell, I wouldn’t even call myself French. But I really liked the video below. It was released a few days ago and feels like a good preview of what Paris can be, whether you’re a local or a tourist.

The video was put together in a few days by Léo Bigiaoui and Maxime Baudin (kudos to them!), in response to an official video posted by the city of Paris. While the official video is nice, doesn’t it feel a bit too artificial, and a bit too cliché? Where is all the mess? Do we really need to see the Eiffel Tower so many times?

But enough about videos. Can you guess the first thing I did once the video was over? I looked for the DJ behind that awesome soundtrack! Ena-N has a ton of great stuff on his SoundCloud account, I love it! Enjoy!

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On Repeat Today: Grand Départ — Fritz Kalkbrenner Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:11:24 +0000 You’ve probably heard of Paul Kalkbrenner, best known for the movie “Berlin Calling“. His brother, Fritz Kalkbrenner, is also a DJ and just released a new Album, “Grand Départ”. Enjoy!

If Spotify isn’t available in your country, sorry! I couldn’t find any other way to share the album. You could enjoy this song he shared on his YouTube account, though:

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Danny MacAskill — Wee Day Out Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:57:58 +0000 Scotland again! :) Last year, Danny MacAskill had us discover Gran Canaria. It was gorgeous. This year, he’s back in Scotland for more tricks, this time on a mountain bike.

Looking for a way to promote your region? Have a rider like Danny ride through your countryside, and the video is guaranteed to go viral!

Danny makes it look easy and fun, but there is a lot of work involved behind those videos. He always seems to reinvent himself, and comes up with new tricks that have never been done before, and yet look super impressive and fun.

Liked this? You’ll love The Ridge, the video he published last year about his trip to The Cuillin, a chain of mountains on the island of Skye.

You’ll also want to check his other videos, most of them shot in Scotland!

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On Repeat Today: Wax & Wire, Loch Lomond Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:58:14 +0000 Scotland is becoming a thing on this blog. After Closet Organ last week, I would like you to discover another band, Loch Lomond. Contrary to what the name suggests, they’re not actually Scottish though; They’re from Portland, OR. I’d have a hard time describing their music genre though (just pop, maybe?), so I’ll just let you listen and enjoy.

Their SoundCloud profile is here if you’d like to start following them!

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Google Play Music / Avast: fix uploads from a Mac Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:59:27 +0000 Google Play Music is my music player of choice: it’s available everywhere, fully compatible with my Android device, and allows for easy download and upload of tracks. Its lucky mixes are also always on point. I use the free version for now, but I plan on switching to the Paid version once YouTube Red is available in Hungary (one can dream, right?). I believe the paid version gives you access to a library that’s way bigger than Spotify.


Google Play Music can be used via the web, or via a Chrome Extension. You could even use this Electron app if you wanted to. You can also use those tools to upload music from your local computer. However, that upload feature won’t work if you also happen to use Avast Mac Security. When you try to upload, you’ll receive the following error:

Can’t establish a secure connection

It seems that its Web and File System Shields block all uploads. To solve the issue, open Avast Mac Security, go to Preferences, and disable both shields. Don’t forget to turn them back on once you’re done with the upload!


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On Repeat Today: Pop Tarts and Panther Milk, Closet Organ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:05:11 +0000 Do you like Grunge? You’ll love Closet Organ! It was hard to pick a specific track, because I like the whole album.

I’ve been listening to their album on repeat for the past couple of days, and I find it helps me concentrate, while reminding me of the old days when Nirvana was one of my favourite bands 🙂


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The Power of Emoji in Slack 👍 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:18:19 +0000 aka, how Slack can change the meaning of the majority of my reactions with a small UI change.

I think an explanation is in order.

Slack is great. We use it at work, I use it with other communities. It has its drawbacks, too. A lot of misunderstandings can happen in written communication, often because we lack context about a message: was this a legitimate question, or a sarcastic comment? Was this a real opinion, or just irony?

That’s where Emoji come in: a little 🙂  helps get the tone across and clarify your intent. I love them, and abuse them. I’m a big fan of 👍. I use it as a seal of approval, or a sign of acknowledgement. Up until last week, I would type :y and then hit tab to quickly 👍. However, since yesterday, that quick shortcut brings up another Emoji:


Now don’t get me wrong, I love Yoshi. 🙂 It’s just a bit confusing for my colleagues. So, if we work together, this is a PSA: 





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Join us for the Via Lux Anomaly! Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:14:09 +0000 Via Lux? Anomaly? If you don’t know what any of those words mean, you haven’t read my post about Ingress yet. Go take a look, I’ll wait!

Now that you know everything there is to know about Ingress, let’s talk about anomalies.

Anomalies are events organized by Niantic, the company behind Ingress. Each anomaly lasts several weeks, and takes place in many different cities, all over the world.

Each anomaly ties into the main story behind Ingress. At the end of each anomaly series, the winning team (Enlightened or Resistance) influences the direction of the storyline to fit their end goals.

The current anomaly series is named Via Lux. It started in August, and over the past few weekends, each team has been battling at anomaly events in Denver, Wroclaw,… The fight is real: each team scored 7 points so far, and the last anomaly weekend will decide of the anomaly result.

That’s where you come in! Do you play Ingress? Are you an Enlightened agent? Do you live, or can you travel to Budapest, Toronto, Cologne, Granada, St. Louis, Santiago, Setouchi, Mumbai, Singapore, or Macau? Your team needs you! On September 24, we’ll need the help of all our agents to win this anomaly, and ensure our protection against the rebirth of A.D.A., a maleficent A.I.


If you haven’t played Ingress in a while, now is the perfect time to pick your scanner back up! Join us, and come have fun with us!

If you’re not familiar with Ingress anomalies, you’ll discover that they’re quite different from your usual gameplay. You must come ready with a specific gear inventory, and for the 4 hours of the anomaly event, you’ll be giving all you’ve got to help the fellow agents standing next to you. You’ll learn to coordinate your attacks, work together on defense, manage your inventory as a team, all the while making sure you don’t run out of battery 🔋! ☺  We’ll also be walking quite a bit. It should be fun!

I’ll be in Budapest with my fellow Enlightened agents, and I’d love to see you there!


Remember: the world around is not what it seems.



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Family Weekend Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:30:06 +0000 Walking the dog, blowing bubbles;

making waffles;

posing for our yearly family pictures;

visiting a local aquarium, where we could discover sharks through an observation tunnel and even touch rays.

This weekend was good. And since my wife is a great photographer, I have great shots to remember all of this! :)

Batteries are now recharged. I’m ready to go back to questions about Stats. 🙂

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