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Brice Arnould
I always have a plan B (plan A is to improvise)
I always have a plan B (plan A is to improvise)
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I'm in China and well. Thanks to those who asked, my thoughts to those who worry.

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Goodbye Dublin, it was nice exploring you. I'll keep you in my heart.
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Gender 101, two Lego books side by side in a shop:
Book 1: The tribes of Chima used to fight each other over CHI.  [They] have chosen their bravest animals to form a band of heroes.
Book 2: Stephanie is very sociable and she has many friends all over the world. She is super organised and keeps in touch with all of them.
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Game: Look for my friends in the entrance of this cave.
Petit jeu: Cherchez mes amis dans l'entrée de cette grotte.
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Nope, I won't be growing long hair any time soon.
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Some hikes are too rich to be described by pictures, I want to share today's.
After walking for a few hours from Xingping where we had bought torch lamps, we could see the Luotian Cave, our final destination, struting North West of us. We had no idea on how to proceed further. Nicolas brushed up his Chinese and explained our intent to a local girl. She warned us it would be hard to find, and showed where to board the mountain.
So we climbed up, through fields at first, then forest. Less than one hour later we were at the cave's entrance.
Maybe it would have been routine for a spelologist, but I felt it was to mountains what a cathedral would be to a religion. A religion for giants. Immense rooms of red stone with water bassins, antechambers whose yellow-gleaming stalacticts played as pillars, the fresco drawn by the shadows of our lamp. A forbidden temple, with deadly chasms and sometimes little oxygen. We explored the labyrinth for two hours. To our good fortune, a previous explorer had marked his way using a poker deck.
On the way back, we looked so exhausted an old men we met in the fields gave us six mandarins. With that burst of energy we headed back to Xingping seeing the sun set. We arrived four hours ago.

Can't wait to see tomorrow :-D

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I had actually never read Alan Sokal's conclusion on his hoax. It's really inspiring.

Excerpts:
In its concluding passages, my article becomes especially egregious. Having abolished reality as a constraint on science, I go on to suggest (once again without argument) that science, in order to be ``liberatory,'' must be subordinated to political strategies. […] What's more surprising is how readily they accepted my implication that the search for truth in science must be subordinated to a political agenda, and how oblivious they were to the article's overall illogic. […] I say this not in glee but in sadness. […] On nearly all practical political issues -- including many concerning science and technology -- I'm on the same side as the Social Text editors. But I'm a leftist (and feminist) because of evidence and logic, not in spite of it.

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Behold the mighty Religieuse au Chocolat.
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