December 2008 Blog Posts

How to Recognise Code Constructs (from quite a long way away)

No. 1 the Foreach Loop Last weekend I attended JB Evian’s code camp in the l’Ardeche département in the south of France, just to the north of the Provence region that forms the south east part of the French Mediterranean coast. (I was very interested in visiting this area since my wife and I became begin fans of Nigel Farrell’s “A Place in the France”  and  “A Place in the France – Indian Summer” when we first move to France, Nigel’s problems seem to dwarf any we had and helped put things in perspective). Anyway the aim of the project was to create...

Artist Models on Strike

The models at Paris’ prestigious art school “Beaux Arts” intend to strike today over the mayor of Paris' decision to ban the tips that students pay to them. Traditionally at the end of the session, if the students liked the model because they sat still or because they inspired their imagination, they pay a small tip called “cornet”. The mayor of Paris has decided to bad this practice because it is paid directly to the model in cash and so not taxed and therefore “argent au noir”. This decision does seem a little mean given that the models are paid...