Sunday, April 8, 2007

Alizee - Oh La La!

Alizee is one of my favorite singer. Known by her nickname Lili, Alizée started dancing early in her life. By the age of four, she became quite proficient in it. A year later, she enrolled herself in Corsica's renowned dance school, Ecole du Spectacle de Monique Mufraggi, and received her training there till she was 15.

In 1995, at the age of eleven, she won a coloring competition organised by Air Outre Mer, a former French airline now partly acquired by Swissair. Her design won first prize and ended up being reproduced on the cabin of one of the airline's aircraft. The aircraft was subsequently named after her and for her efforts, Alizée won a trip to the Maldives.

In 1999, she appeared on the TV talent show "Graines de Star", broadcast on Métropole. She initially intended to sign up for the programme's dance contest. However, the dance category was reserved for groups only. Alizée therefore participated in the singing category instead, performing the song Ma Prière. She went on to win the "Meilleure Graine" award for most promising young singing star of tomorrow.

Her winning performance was seen by veteran French pop diva Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat, who were looking for a young, fresh voice to partake in their new project.

Here is one of my favorite video of Alizee live in concert.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Real Open Source

Well, I just get back from dinner with some friends, and usually when I get home I'll do some works, other stuff and reads few my favorites blogs, one of them is Richard Bejtlich blog. I'd like to quote of what he posted today on his blog which is I found very interesting. I hope it will open your eye instead of just keep talking about 'open source' every day. You may visit Richard blogs for the original posted.

- quote -

Open source doesn't just mean access to the source code.

"If you want to call your project Open Source, you have two options.
  1. Release your project under an approved license.

  2. Create your own license and submit it for approval. If approved, congratulations. You can now use option 1.
Creating your own license and calling it "open source" is not an option. It's not a good marketing tactic either. Any "halo effect" you think you might get from bearing the "open source" label is going to be removed when people realize your project is not really Open Source."

- end of quote -

And yeah, you probably need to read Matasano Blog.