Vélo Concept


(in french)
Hi there,
Juste mon petit délire du jour.
Un vélo très graphique, coloré, cadre en forme de Pi (π).
La selle est déportée en arrière de l’axe de la roue arrière.
Le pédalier est découplé pour que l’axe ne soit plus en avant de la roue arrière.
Deux courroies synchronisent les deux demi-pédaliers.
Cela donne la possibilité de rapprocher les deux roues à l’extrême et ainsi raccourcir le vélo au maximum.

Ci-après un croquis réalisé avec Microsoft Fresh Paint.

Created with Microsoft Fresh Paint
Created with Microsoft Fresh Paint

N’hésitez pas à critiquer ou commenter, like et share.
Take care!
Pascal

Arnaque de l’iPhone à 1€


(In french)

Salut.

Juste un message rapide pour vous rappeler de faire attention à l’arnaque de l’iPhone à 1€. En effet, je viens de tomber à nouveau sur une de ces pages qui circulent maintenant depuis 1 an. Ne soyons pas naïfs, l’entreprise qui fait actuellement les plus gros bénéfices de la planète ne va pas donner à 1€ un téléphone qui vaut entre 700€ et 1.000€..

Méfiez-vous, celles et ceux qui tentent leur chance en croyant ne risquer qu’un euro vont se voir prélever 49€ ou 89€ par mois pendant plusieurs mois avant de pouvoir arrêter l’escroquerie!

Alors de grâce faites-moi plaisir, rappelez-vous toujours que ce qui est trop beau pour être vrai, et bien justement, ça n’est pas vrai! Si des ados ou certains de mes élèves me lisent, si vous avez fait la bêtise de prendre la CB de vos parents, prévenez-les immédiatement. Mieux vaux une grosse brimade tout de suite, qu’une énorme punition dans 6 mois… Et puis quand je m’évertue à conseiller aux moins de 13 ans de ne pas aller sur le web sans la supervision des adultes, voilà pourquoi, entre autres… 

Rappelez-vous, toujours, soyez prudents en ligne, et si la bêtise est déjà faite, avouez-la avant qu’il ne soit trop tard.

Take care

Pascal

Mug – LethargicDog – Prototype #1


Hi there!

This mug is a prototype for a gift that will be given away to the backers who pledge for my Kickstarter.
I have been inspired by many pics and blog comments over the internet but I forgot where I found them all. So bare with me guys if I haven’t mentioned you yet.

Features:

This is a beautiful ceramic cup with spoon in handle. One side is an humouristic fake C# piece of code about coffee. Opposite side contains original content from this very blog such as header pic, social networks links, and many logos of my favourite tools.

In between you can find a serial and part number, as well as copyright notification and also a qr-code (that works, it’s amazing 🙌), and that’s about it.

Comments, like and share.
Feel free to add your contribution in comments. For those who want to know more about my projects, stay tuned as I will update this blog with everything that I do. And please feel free to reshare and like, I don’t bite (much), I’m too much lethargic for that 😪.
Take care.
Pascal

Merchandising – Annoucement


Hi there,

I am very excited about what’s coming next at LethargicDog.com

Indeed, in order to prepare the launch of our fundraising campaign, I am working on two prototypes that will be given away to our premium subscribers (who will pledge for our upcoming Kickstarter project).

The first one is a Mug with Spoon in Handle and the second one is a higher quality T-Shirt that will ship in different colour and size according to contributor needs. Both will be customised with our favourite tools brands (text and logo), plus LethargicDog visuals as well as a funny piece of code based on coffee. Mugs will also come with serial numbers in order to make them unique.

I will publish the project images with watermarks as soon as possible.

Stay tuned.

Take care.

Pascal

 

 

LETHARGICDOG UPDATE – JAN/FEB 2016 – PART 2


(Cliquer ici pour l’article en Français)
Hi there!
Here are some news today about various LethargicDog projects for 2016.
This post is intended to let my followers know about what I am working on at the moment and encourage some more people to join in!
I will split the following text in several parts to make it easier to read and to refer to.
Here are the topics that will be discussed below:
0/ Foreword and Announcement.
1/ Books, Games, Blogs and Apps in progress.
2/ Educational Content.
3/ Social Networking and Online Stuff.
4/ Software/Hardware/Services.
5/ Funding
6/ Roadmap/Calendar/Deadlines
7/ Comments/Likes/Shares
8/ French/English Content Breakdown.
9/ Personal Stuff.
10/ Bottom Line

This document will be updated all year long, mainly to add pictures, drawings and links to other posts or pages for more detailed information on each particular topic. Apart from that, it will remain unchanged in order to compare to achievements at the end of year 2016.
Let’s start!

2/ Educational Content
I am working on several tutorials that will be gathered into a book (Technology for Everyone, as mentioned in chapter 1).
Main topics are app and game programming, 2D and 3D design, Word Processing (writing text, documents), social networks, internet security..
The whole list of subjects are listed in a French document available here, I will provide an English version as soon as I can)
The content is for teenagers, students and adults who want to catch up the latest stuff regarding everything about IT and Technology.
My goal is to produce one post per week ideally, on this very blog. Other technical content will also be available on my Twitter, Google+ and other places, so then people can find more stuff to learn and discover.
I will try to combine audio, video, text, photos, drawings, charts, everything that can be the most appropriate to a particular topic.
I will also provide a lot of link to external contents, such as MOOCs, notorious YouTube accounts, universities, and every places when valuable I formation is available.
I will do my best to write stuff both in French and English.

3/ Social Networking and Online Stuff
I always do my best to let my followers know about my work. I use mainly this blog, twitter and Google+ for that matter.
There is a page here where you can find all my public stuff, most of it being accessible for free.
Once books and games are available, I will add direct access to them on this page, as well as the link for funding purpose(check chapter 5)
I invite you to subscribe, follow, like ands comment my stuff, in order for me to improve my work and adapt it to my readers and followers.
For example, my English being really bad, I’d be sincerely grateful if some of you guys can suggest best sentences or find typos or anything that can improve my English for it to be read by a global audience.
(To be continued. Click here for Part 3)

4/ Software/Hardware/Services.
5/ Funding
6/ Roadmap/Calendar/Deadlines
7/ Comments/Likes/Shares
8/ French/English Content Breakdown.
9/ Personal Stuff.
10/ Bottom Line

That’s all for now!
Take care.
Pascal.

Toolbox #1


Toolbox #1.

Hi there,
Some of my students always ask me links or directions about Apps and Websites we use at school. That’s why I have decided to make lists of tools we use all year long.
Here is the first toolset for the first four categories that are Learning How to Code, 2D Drawing, 3D Drawing, Writing Calculation and Presentation.
Enjoy!

1/ Learning How To Code.
code.org
codecademy.com
scratch.mit.edu

2/ 2D Drawing.
– Paint
inkscape.org (vector graphics)
gimp.org (pixel, bitmap)

3/ 3D Drawing.
Sketchup.com
blender.org
ldd.lego.com

4/ Writing, Calculation and Presentation
libreoffice.org
openoffice.org
Microsoft Office (charges apply)

That’s all for now.
Take care!

LethargicDog Update – Jan/Feb 2016 – Part 1


(Cliquer ici pour l’article en Français)
Hi there!
Here are some news today about various LethargicDog projects for 2016.
This post is intended to let my followers know about what I am working on at the moment and encourage some more people to join in!
I will split the following text in several parts to make it easier to read and to refer to.
Here are the topics that will be discussed below:
0/ Foreword and Announcement.
1/ Books, Games, Blogs and Apps in progress.
2/ Educational Content.
3/ Social Networking and Online Stuff.
4/ Software/Hardware/Services.
5/ Funding
6/ Roadmap/Calendar/Deadlines
7/ Comments/Likes/Shares
8/ French/English Content Breakdown.
9/ Personal Stuff.
10/ Bottom Line

This document will be updated all year long, mainly to add pictures, drawings and links to other posts or pages for more detailed information on each particular topic. Apart from that, it will remain unchanged in order to compare to achievements at the end of year 2016.
Let’s start!

0/ Foreword and Announcement.
This very post takes place in a new strategy for the LethargicDog Project. This year I will take the whole thing to a higher level. For that matter I will raise funds in order to invest in the tools I need (new laptop, cloud services, backup, security, documentation, training..). I will also cut unnecessary spending like Car, Television, and too many distracting activities that I may have at the moment. I will improve my health and my ability to deal with tougher workloads as well, thanks to improved diet and fitness routine.
If lucky I should be able to release one game and one app this year, as well as a couple of books, while maintaining a high frequency online presence.
The current document is a list of projects in progress, along with many release dates expected.
This will be a reference document when it will be time by the end of 2016 to check achievements compared to this initial planning.
I will split this current message into 3 or 4 posts in order to make it more enjoyable to read, and will probably translate it back to French within the coming weeks.
Thanks in advance for reading and support. Enjoy!

1/ Books, Games, Blogs and Apps in progress.
1.a/ Books
LethargicDog Geek Challenge.
A collection of 16 books of 16 challenges each, from Lego design to basic game programming. Book #1 in progress. Expected to be published in 2016/Q2 (Both English and French version) Book #1 English version available for free.

Technology for everyone.
A book teaching basic concepts for most people to read and understand. Affordable computer based application design, 3D drawing. Expected by the end of year.

1.b/ Games
Project X100309. This 3D Puzzle game development has taken place in 2010 initially. Models in Blender and the game itself in C# XNA 3.1 then 4.0. Target systems are Windows PCs and XBox One/360.
This is a Puzzle game based on a dodecahedron shape (12 faces).
Game Logic: the player has to move around the shape and rotate and drop faces at the right place in order to match colours and shapes.
Work in progress: this game development has stopped 2 years ago for 2 main reasons. First thing is XNA is no longer maintained by Microsoft and there is no point to work on a discontinued product. Other reason is that my very old laptop cannot handle 3D design anymore.
Next Step: the plan is to invest in a new laptop next month and install Unity 5 + latest version of Visual Studio and port most of code and assets in the new environment. Blender will be kept for 3D assets design and improvements. This game will be released in 2017.

Project Y150114. “The light”. This game is a much more simple 2D game developed with stencyl, a Scratch/Blockly-like environment. Target systems are Windows Android phones.
Game logic: multicolour bubble lights are crossing the game screen horizontally and vertically into a 5×5 grid. The lights turn automatically on once they enter the central 3×3 grid. The player has to turn the lights off before they leave the central grid. In order to succeed, they have to select one or several lights of a single color and click the matching color switch on the side of the screen.
Lights can be of 3 different color, speed increases at each level, goodies, bonus and traps can happen at any time.

1c. Blogs
WordPress blog: This blog is updated on regular basis since 2013/2014 and is the central point of the whole project information and communication. I intend to maintain it the same way it is working so far. See chapter 7 of the current post about engagement.
The content will be 80%, in English (Basic English, Globish), and 20% in French.

Google+ : Google plus account is split into 10 collections, discussing about fitness, motivation, Inspiration, human rights, 3d design, Game design, programming skills, Manufacturing, Robotics…
Most posts are mainly visual, pics, short videos (usually less than 3 minutes)_ content is English at 90%+
Other blogs: more accounts such as twitter are discussed in chapter 3 in this post.

1.d/ Applications
One single application is on the pipe at the moment. A windows 10 UWA (Universal Windows Application) that is supposed to work well in any Windows 10 device (Laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone, web..)
The main goal is to show my ability to run such a project and publish my very first app for mobile.
The app is another tasks/get things done with an original multidimensional loop system. This development is at his very early stage and no delivery/release date has been set at the moment. Other projects have to be finished prior to this one to start, but I intend to start it this year 2016.
(To be continued, click here for Part 2)

2/ Educational Content.
3/ Social Networking and Online Stuff.
4/ Software/Hardware/Services.
5/ Funding
6/ Roadmap/Calendar/Deadlines
7/ Comments/Likes/Shares
8/ French/English Content Breakdown.
9/ Personal Stuff.
10/ Bottom Line

That’s all for now!
Take care.
Pascal.