Making Christmas cards

6 Dec

I started to make Christmas cards yesterday, thinking that was going to be a quick thing. Wrong.

I wanted to use either or both watercolour pencils and watercolour pens. I went for the latter.

The pens are easy enough to use. Either apply colour on paper and quickly work with a brush and water, or apply colour on a plastic surface and mix on brush with water. My paper was barely thick enough, but that will do. 

I sketched my scene, cut the elements, did the layout, drew on paper, painted cut out the elements and glued them.


Christmas cards with red baubles 

And I continued today, with different colours.

 Christmas cards with blue baubles 

Update 12 December: I made a few more this week:

 Christmas cards with Santa and reindeer 

 Christmas cards with Santa, presents and little cabin 

I intend to create a few more and hope there is time, as it’s quite time-consuming.

Update 19 December: I made a few more today and I’m done:

 Christmas cards with Santa and reindeer; and with Santa, presents and little cabin  

Photo of all the Christmas cards I made this month 

Webizen became W3C Developers Avenue

8 Nov

Webizen is no more. Yay! We released W3C Developers Avenue instead, and it’s a good thing! It’s much simpler, streamlined and more scalable.

Webizen kept a public task force busy for a year and went through two major iterations between W3C TPAC 2013 in Shenzhen and TPAC 2014 in Santa Clara, where the W3C Advisory Committee approved the proposal.

In the year leading to last week’s TPAC 2015 in Sapporo, we redid all again! An implementation of Webizen representation groups was going to be a forum. Meanwhile, the Team had been experimenting with a new forum, Discourse, to which anyone can bring ideas; and the Web Platform Working Group charter was being developed, a component of which was for the community to incubate new web platform features via Github and Discourse. So, we slowed down rolling out Webizen as we realised some Webizen participation benefits were going to be made available for free under the Discourse banner, and to rethink what would make sense to put together.

While Webizen was a modestly fee-based participation program, we abandoned the idea of benefits for a fee, and introducing instead a gratitude program, Friends. We focused on how W3C gives developers a greater voice, and which services the Web developers value in particular: our free validators and tools, to build Web content that works now and will work in the future; W3C Community Groups that more than six thousand people have embraced since 2011, to propose and incubate new work; our free and premium Training program, to learn from the creators of the Web technologies; and Discourse, to share ideas and feedback with the community on Web Standards.

It was important for us to release during TPAC 2015, and it was high time we did, really. After all, it was an anniversary date of the question from which it all stemmed. The first anniversary was the approval of a version, the second had to be the launch. And we did it, in the nick of time, but it was challenging.

I tested my abilities to manage a project and I learned a lot for the future, to say the least. Meanwhile, to make up for this, I worked over weekends, in the plane, and every night in Japan leading to the launch. Karen gave good feedback on content and Guillaume, as designer and integrator, scrumed with coding. The foundations of the work had been laid out months ago, but many of the building blocks still needed attention and polish, that we applied right up to the release on the W3C Technical Plenary Day, literally two minutes before the H hour.

I had aimed for much earlier in the day and for a fuller version, but a piece of code in the Friends component stopped working and when it was obvious it was not going to be fixed in time, we had to back-track a little. Donations to support the W3C mission and free developer tools are thus possible via Paypal only at this point, but soon we will accept contributions via credit card through MIT, a 501(c)(3) organization, which are tax-deductible for United States citizens.

Next steps for W3C Developers Avenue are more Developer meetups and outreach, and general (r)evolutions to further developer engagement at W3C and the value of W3C to the Web community. You have thoughts on those? I welcome your input!

I wrote on the topic before: Individuals influencer of the Web at W3C –utopia? (February 2014), Introducing #Webizen electoral college (April 2014).

Recette : roses aux pommes

10 Oct

Roses aux pommes 

Ingrédients pour 6 roses aux pommes :

  • 2 pommes rouges
  • 1 pâte feuilletée 
  • 1 citron (optionnel)
  • 1 ou 2 cuillères à soupe de sucre en poudre
  • 1 cuillère à soupe de confiture d’abricot 
  • Cannelle en poudre (optionnel)
  • Sucre glace (optionnel)

Préparation :

  1. Couper les pommes en deux dans le sens de la hauteur, retirer le centre, couper en lamelles fines.
  2. Disposer les lamelles dans un saladier rempli d’eau, du sucre en poudre et du jus de citron; passer au four micro onde pendant 5 minutes. Égoutter. 
  3. Déposer la cuillère à soupe de confiture d’abricot dans un bol, délayer avec un peu d’eau. 
  4. Étaler la pâte et la segmenter en 6 bandes, dans le sens de la largeur. 
  5. Sur chaque bande, étaler du mélange de confiture.
  6. Disposer les lamelles de pomme en les chevauchant (7 à 10 selon la longueur de la bande). Elles doivent dépasser de la pâte. Saupoudrer de cannelle. 
  7. Replier la bande de pâte et recouvrir la base des pommes. 
  8. Saisir une extrémité et enrouler le tout en formant une spirale; la rose. 
  9. Disposer chaque rose dans un moule à muffin. 
  10. Saupoudrer de sucre en poudre. 
  11. Enfourner 25 à 30 minutes à 180°C. 
  12. Décorer avec du sucre glace. 

 Roses aux pommes avant cuisson 

 Roses aux pommes avant cuisson 

Recipe: Mojito

1 Aug

Yummy mojito!

Follow my recipe for yummy mojitos (for 2 big glasses of ~33 cl each):


  • Fresh mint (the more, the better)
  • Sugarcane juice
  • 1 lime
  • White rum
  • Crushed ice
  • Iced soda water
  • 2 sprigs of mint


  1. Use scissors to shred 20 to 40 rinsed leaves of fresh mint in a bowl.
  2. Transfer equally in each glass.
  3. Pour 30 ml sugarcane juice in each glass.
  4. Muddle mint and sugarcane juice. If you add a spoonful of powdered sugar in each glass, it may help extracting further oil from the mint.
  5. Pour 30 ml white rum in each glass.
  6. Squeeze one lime, pour equally in each glass. That’s about 30 ml per glass. Add pulp (unless you’d rather not bother or don’t care for pulp.)
  7. Add 6 ice cube per glass, or crushed ice.
  8. Fill up with iced soda water.
  9. Cheers!

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