Refresh, Q3 2016 edition

July 8th, 2016

There’s been quite a bit of work behind the scenes these past few weeks and the most visible result is a refresh of the site to reflect this evolution.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about refocusing the core offering of the business, and the natural result to that is a return to only localization and LSP-grade services. As a consequence, a few adjustments were needed:

- First, as of July 1st, photography services are no longer offered. The existing portfolio will remain published for reference, and I don’t exclude the possibility of one-off assignments, but it’s off the list;

- Localization management and consulting are now their own suite of services, to separate them from purely linguistic jobs. Coaching and training programmes are now available;

- A new contact form is now online to facilitate requests and queries from visitors and/or potential clients.

That’s all for the main developments, next will probably be a refresh of this very blog’s looks soon for consistency, and I’m working on an ebook about localization-ready design, of which a free sample will be posted here.

Feel free to comment below, and stay tuned!

TEDx IESE Barcelona

March 16th, 2016

I was lucky last saturday to attend the first edition of TEDx IESE Barcelona. TED is a non-profit dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading”, and TEDx events are licensed ones that are independently organized. The running theme last week at Barcelona’s IESE Business School was hidden potential, and the various speakers shared their vision, insight and inspiration to spur the audience to find their own. I thoroughly enjoyed their talks and for me, it strengthen even more my resolve to stay the course I’ve chosen, which every day is taking me farther from my comfort zone than I’ve ever been.

#TEDxIESEBarcelona

Posted by IESE Photo 2015/2016 on Sunday, 13 March 2016

More information at http://www.tedxiesebarcelona.com/ and videos of the talks coming online very soon.

Cat Pack update

February 23rd, 2016

EC-FMC is leaving Europe it seems. According to David Pajus’ blog, the PBY has been sold to an overseas buyer.

More details likely to come as the story develops…

Ciao Umberto

February 21st, 2016

Que dire ? Umberto Eco, avec Saint-Ex, était l’un de mes écrivains fondateurs, et a eu une influence considérable sur ma manière de voir le monde et son étrange population, de le sentir, de le décrire. Un géant d’érudition qui restait accessible, qui donnait libre cours au langage, qui taillait sa route au milieu des mots là où d’autres peinait à s’ouvrir ne serait-ce qu’un sentier. Une perte immense, un autre jardin secret dont la clé est à jamais perdue. Adieu, maestro, merci de nous avoir éclairé aussi brillament, aussi fugace qu’ait été le moment. Je vous dois tellement. J’aurais aimé vous rencontrer et vous le dire. Trop tard désormais. Sic transit gloria mundi. Mais je n’oublierai pas.

Barcelona streets

February 7th, 2016

Went out and did some street photography with my good friends of Barcelona Photo Project.

The objective today was to try and do some impro shots and “shoot from the hip”, as it were, and snap candid street life protraits.

My results can be seen in this album and they will be incoprorated into my own galleries during the next round of updates. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment below!

war stories – chronicles of an uncertain war

January 26th, 2016

The Uncertain War – Deschamp’s Last Stand

Another story build upon the foundations laid out by Luigi.

microstories

January 24th, 2016

Hi everyone, gather around the camp fire, it’s time for some storytelling :)

My friend Luis “Luigi” Alvarez and I are engaged in a little writing spree of “microstories”, ultra-short little tales that may or may not reference each other and it’s been a lot of fun, so much that it’s leaving Facebook and coming here for your reading pleasure! Last year, I created a small compilation of our work so far which comprised 6 microstories:

volume one

(Cover illustration courtesy of Luigi lui-même!)

We followed up with a purpose-built Volume 2 around themes of duality: Black/White

Check it out by clicking the pic below:

volume two

Enjoy! :)

10k

October 31st, 2015

I just passed the 10,000 word mark on the current WIP. Yay!

For this occasion, I will share a bit more about it.

title:
Embarcadero

Synopsis:
In 1938, a French pilot is hired by British MI6 to ferry a scientist from Stockholm to London before his discoveries can be tapped by German intelligence. With hostile forces on their heels and war brewing, will they manage to fly to safety in time?

I plan to hit 60k by the end of November, with a projected final wordcount of maybe 80 to 100… The goal is to finish the first draft by the end of 2015, let it sit for a bit, then start the editing process in February.

Work In Progress

October 6th, 2015

After a long hiatus I have restarted work on two long-term writing projects, the first a SF novel set in the universe that contains the spaceship Freylia, this very website’s namesake,  and the second a historical spy story set in 1938 that I’ve been planning for a good while.

I don’t know yet if I can work on both concurrently,  so I’ll have to commit to one or the other pretty soon I believe. I  have a little over 70k words written on the SF side, significantly more than the other, so that’s that…

We’ll see. I think it’s time for this universe to blossom in full and get to publishing stage.

the Cat Pack — “Miss Pick Up”

October 4th, 2015

This series of posts will retrace a few of the surviving airworthy (or close) PBYs around the world, and their history.

If there’s one bird I know well, that would be G-PBYA, a.k.a. “Miss Pick Up”, the white bird of Duxford where she’s being lovingly maintained by the dedicated crew of The Catalina Society. This aircraft was the first (and come to think of it, to date, the only) Catalina I saw “for real”, when they visited Barcelona for the Festa al Cel airshow in 2010. I saw it again two years later at the flying-boats/floatplanes meeting in Biscarrosse where it displayed how graceful it can be on water. For my third visit, it turned out she had something special in store.

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G-PBYA – detail

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G-PBYA – detail

As some of you may know, I’ve been collaborating this year on a special project called the Féria de l’Air, an airshow in Nîmes, southern France. This airshow took place last week on the 26th-27th of September, and G-PBYA was there, and I had the immense privilege not just of getting another tour, given by crew chief David Legg, whom I had the pleasure to meet at last, but also to fly aboard as a passenger during one of their rehearsal flights.

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G-PBYA – running

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G-PBYA – in flight

G-PBYA (CV-283) was built in 1943 in Cartierville, Québec, by Canadian Vickers for the Royal Canadian Air Force. This makes it a Canso A, which is a variant of the US Navy PBY-5A. After a long life in military and civilian service, it is now a regular sight on the European airshow circuit, where it flies in the colors of a wartime USAAF OA-10A Catalina 44-33915 of the 8th Air Force 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron at Halesworth, Suffolk.

Here’s a small, somewhat shaky video of my flight on this beautiful bird, with tremendous thanks to all the people involved:

Full album of the airshow available soon!