Hi everybody!

Here’s Lab Surprise, a game bundle store built with just 2 Google Cloud Functions (and an integrated payment service API!).

The idea: Get a surprise bundle of 3 VR apps from 19 games (the more you reveal, the lower your discount). 19 choose 3: that’s 969 different bundles, with 4 discounts possible for each bundle 😂

VR Scout explain it nicely: https://vrscout.com/news/app-lab-bundle-major-quest-discounts/

What is it?

Mid-march, after a first successful indie VR bundle with 12 games, the idea of Lab Surprise emerged as an inclusive way of giving our now 14 very different games, in terms of price, gameplay, etc. …


In 2009 I interviewed Alex Payne, then Twitter API lead. The interview was published, in French, on now defunct ReadWriteWeb France. It was never released in its original english version.

Following the publication of the new Twitter API roadmap, and apparently much rejoicing from developers, it’s a good time to revisit the future of Twitter that was laid out in the interview. It was a future with the API becoming a central utility of the modern web, and a core value of Twitter itself. …


We really *don’t want* to program computers using meetings and decks of slides.

I categorized a new branch of code-denial.

When I published Why we believe everybody must learn programming, the article got some very interesting reactions against teaching code to kids and adults.

We all know the argument that goes: “Kids used to grow up just fine without knowing programming, thank you. Drawing and running is great”. It generally comes from people that are fed up with the techno-utopian blind faith in technology (and most probably rightfully so) and mean well for the kids. …


Tout le monde les détestent, tout le monde veut les garder. Pourquoi ?

Les notes. J’ai croisé de nombreux enseignants — depuis l’élémentaire jusqu’aux niveaux universitaires — qui trouvent que les notes sont un indicateur inadéquat comme reflet complet d’un élève et un outil de mesure peu efficace. Qu’elles sont génératrices d’angoisse et qu’elles détournent de la motivation intrinsèque de l’apprentissage au profit d’une motivation extrinsèque. Et qu’elles provoquent un effet pygmalion négatif (“je suis un cancre”).

Dans le même temps, les discours sur les notes continuent de leur trouver des vertus ad-hoc, et elles sont toujours ardemment défendues comme utiles dans un cas ou un autre.

Que se passe-t-il ?

Il se…


2000 new gTLDs coming! Let’s splurge.

Domain names are about to change. Massively. Hundreds of new generic top-level domains — extensions like .club and .education— are to be released starting now. It’s a good time to tell the tale of a indulgence inherited from the 20th century: buying domains for the sake of it.

Over the years I registered around two dozens of domain names: a few for projects and business use, and the rest just for the pleasure of it. I also leave most of them unused – I even let some of them drop back into the available pool. …


Code education is about literacy, fun and freedom. And power.

Awakened by your phone, you start the washing machine. Oh look, a new fully automated train in the metro. At lunch you pay with your credit card. In the evening you enjoy the timed lights on the Eiffel Tower. It’s an endless list. There is not an hour of your life (one minute?) without a programmer participating in it by writing… code.

Technologies surrounding us are animated by code. This is transforming society and our lives, in nearly every aspect. The examples of this transformation… well, you’ll be able to find them by yourself. You already know them, most probably.

The danger of de facto illiteracy


When building an open community, remember that free-libre licenses exist to protect user freedom, not author copyright.

Free licenses are here to protect the end users, not the authors. Copyright already over-protects the authors.

A good license for open creative communities is a license that aims to protect the users *from* the contributors, not to protect the contributors from the users.

Because, in the end, the one with all the power is the author.

By licensing work under a free-libre license, an author willingly chose to give a broad, permanent protection to the user against the author’s own rights.

That’s what the GPL is all about. That’s what the CC-BY-SA is all about. (And, yes, the Share-Alike…

Julien Dorra

Creative technologist. I build creative-tech formats & communities: #museomix co-founder • ArtGame weekend • @codinggouter • Fête #codecreatif. ➡@SavoirsCom1.

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