Friday, September 23, 2011


Several years ago Jonathan developed an ingenious piece of software — initially to meet our own needs — that would keep databases synchronised in real-time.

Starting with our own local customers we've since sold it to nearly fifty customers in almost every county around the world.  Of course we have it all over Europe, but also in Australia and New Zealand.  In North America we have clients in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Washington, Saskatchewan and Mexico.  We've gotten orders from South Africa, Israël, and even Mongolia!

I was really surprised how far this program has spread with no other advertising than it's own web site and word-of-mouth.  It is deployed on dozens of sites — simply because it fills a niche market that is not served by anything quite like it.

Anyway, next month both Jonathan and Raphael are going to Verona, in Italy to attend a development conference (Delphi) where they've been asked to speak and give a presentation of this software, called CopyCat.

As participants in the conference we've taken out some advertising in the brochure to give the participants something to take home with them.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Extreme programming!

Pascal just send around a picture he'd taken while on his trip to Bordeaux with Raph the other day.

He called it "Extreme programming" and the caption was "A picture is worth a thousand words."  And he added, "Note: an iPad, a Blackberry, a Macbook Air, and an HP — and it's all connected !!!!!! at 130 Km/h in the left lane !"

We don't waste a minute around here! :-)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

They nearly got that translation right!

Raph, down near Bordeaux for a couple of days, sends us this sign which was proudly displayed at their hotel:

How do you translate "gourmand" in that context so that it makes sense?

There's no one word that'll do it!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011


It's always nice to get a note from Raph so I'm passing it along to you all.  He's working in Germany this week and here are a couple of pictures he sent along.

After work yesterday we visited Heidelberg which is a very beautiful city 15 km from Ladenburg where the plant is.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Visit to Paris

Rebecca and Sebastian (Becky & Bas, to us) were in Paris this weekend for a couple of days of playing tourists.  I want to express a special thanks to the Christian friends in Nanterre who made the visit possible by showing them such kind hospitality!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A hoax

In a further response and closing (I hope!) comment to my post of the other day regarding the 911 commemorations, today I'd like to share with you this little five-minute video which presents a very tongue-in-cheek look at the main facts involved in the event.

Though it's style is what it is, it nonetheless give a quick résumé of facts and shortcomings; questions that need to be answered.  It's called "9/11: A Conspiracy Theory" and purports to give you "Everything you ever wanted to know about the 9/11 conspiracy theory in under 5 minutes."

Let me know how you like it!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Legend of 9/11 -- 10 Years On

Last week I ran across this presentation of the events of 911.  I thought it was so good that I am offering it to you.

Please take a minute of your time and listen to it.  I encourage you to leave a comment, if you have one, for I would like to read it.

The Legend of 9/11 — 10 Years On by Anthony Lawson

This video concentrates on the two major 9/11 issues: The Unidentified Planes and The Controlled Demolitions.  Nothing else.  It does not mention the NORAD stand--down; the don't-fly and don't-go-to-work warnings or the Dancing Israelis or any of the other anomalies and suspicious happenings.  The alleged amateur suicide pilots are not mentioned, either, for obvious reasons, and I do not know what happened to the allegedly hijacked planes or their alleged passengers and crews.

It is my contention that the 9/11 Truth Movement has got to concentrate on the most blatant and provable lies in the official story, and stop trying to be an amateur Police Precinct or a citizen's District Attorney's Office.  The Movement must bring pressure to bear in the authorities for a new enquiry, so that the police, the FBI, the NTSB and all of the other law enforcement and investigative agencies can do what should have been done 10 years ago: Find out who was responsible for the crime of the attacks on 9/11 and bring them to justice.

While I was thinking about a video for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, an English artist named David Borrington got in touch, and asked if I would write and record some voice commentaries to be included in a set of prints that he was making for the same occasion.  When I saw his strangely haunting artwork, I decided to incorporate David's images into my video.  So, my sincere thanks go to David Borrington, whose website is

I would also like to recommend that anyone who is interested in the research done on the Murray Street engine take a look at Christopher King's excellent web page:

Music: Adagietto - 4th Movement from Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.5

The author would also like to point out that he is not associated in any way with VT: the Veterans Today website.

This topic of course gives rise to numerous questions.  But it has occurred to me that one doesn't have to have the answer to be able to pose the question.  Everyone has the right to question.  We don't have answers, we only have questions.

Here, then, is Anthony Lawson's video.

Saturday, September 03, 2011


This year (as every year) I brought all the children (eight this morning) to the 381st Fête du Chausson aux Pommes being held this weekend at Saint-Calais.

This year I won't bore you by repeating the details of the origin of the festival but I'll just give it a personal twist for everyone had a wonderful time!

Here, in case you missed it, is last year's report.  And here is the report of the first year time we went here in 2009.

Just as the church doors opened and everyone gathered on the steps for the traditional "family photo" the heavens opened and it started to rain in a steady stream drenching yours truly to the bone.

Saint-Calais sous la pluie

But this didn't dampen the festivities and the parade proceeded as planned, the crowds, instead of filling the side-walks, filled every porch or shop entrance trying the stay dry.

At the end of the parade at the town hall, I took Susie inside a nearby café for a hot chocolate to warm her up.

Warm and dry!
After she'd drunk a little I asked her if she was warm now.  She said, Only my throat, which is such a clever thing to say and so typical of her!

Becky had all "her" girls there (Claire, Christine, Eve, Céline, Sussane) at the washer-woman's stand while Claire and Christine did some spinning.

As the for boys (Olivier, Romain, and David),  they were happiest when spending their time doing battle and parading around as medieval knights!