About me

My name is Olivier Bruchez. To make it short, here's my Twitter bio*:

"Software engineer living in Switzerland, working at EPFL, passionate about software development (incl. Scala), science, technology, philosophy, music, and more."

You can find more information about me on my profile page or in my CV / résumé.

* Dynamically retrieved from Twitter, of course!

Looking for a new job as a software engineer in Lausanne (late 2017-early 2018)

I've been working at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) since May 2012, as part of the Metamedia Center. I've mainly worked on the Montreux Jazz Digital Project. My current fixed-term contract will end on February 28, 2018. For various reasons (end of project, budget cuts, etc.), I don't think it's very likely that my contract will be renewed (or at least not for a long period).

As my manager is fine with me leaving before the end of my contract if an opportunity arises (with a reasonable notice period), I'm already officially looking for a new professional challenge!

You can read my full CV / résumé, but, basically, I'm a software engineer, working in the Lausanne, Switzerland area. I've been programming almost exclusively in Scala since 2011 and I have used popular Scala-related frameworks such as Play, Akka, Slick, etc.

Over the years, I have acquired a lot of knowledge about audio, video, archiving, etc., as well as developed a personal interest in machine learning, big data, among many other things. I've kept my skills up-to-date by practicing them professionally, of course, but also by reading books and articles, going to meetups, taking online courses (MOOCs), etc.

My ideal job would be one located in the Lausanne area, full-time or part-time (80%), in a team using a "modern" and/or functional language (Scala, Haskell, Kotlin, Rust, Swift, etc.).

The easiest way to contact me is by email (olivier@bruchez.org).

About this website

This site is meant as a central repository for my public lists and documents, which were previously stored on Github, Google Drive, etc. It was also an excuse to start a new programming project, using Scala, Play, Akka, and more.

Most of the content on this site is stored on Github, but some of it also comes from external APIs such as the Blogger API or the Twitter API.


I have a blog on Blogger since September 2006. It is not completely integrated with this website yet, but I'm working on it.

Here are my latest posts:

  • 2017-09-10: Les podcasts et la crise de la quarantaine
  • 2017-05-17: Confort et Bois / Centre Romand de la Literie : notre mauvaise expérience
  • 2017-05-14: Just asking questions
  • 2017-04-05: Premiers pas dans la domotique
  • 2017-03-07: I've heard it all


I'm also on Twitter since February 2008.

Here are my latest tweets:

  • 2017-09-21: "True Tone, though, is the sort of feature [...] that you notice the absence of in other devices. It ruins you." https://t.co/0RTCouGlJN
  • 2017-09-16: Don't talk about the speed of light, talk about the speed of causality and, hence, massless particles. https://t.co/vgblaNwDDp #physics
  • 2017-09-15: "All told Cassini sent back about 635 gigabytes of data, much of it consisting of gorgeous images." https://t.co/HPylcwUnMD #archiving
  • 2017-09-15: RT @antirez: There is some hope for me, at 40 I write definitely better code I used to write a few years ago. IT ageism is probably not a v…
  • 2017-09-12: RT @TerribleMaps: Electricity consumption in Europe in 1507 https://t.co/9YFlFkeGJO

What have I done lately?

The last books I read, concerts I went to, movies I saw, etc. Yes, I'm a list addict. This is a recurrent theme on this site.

2017-09-21 - How to Pick Your Life Partner – Part 1
2017-09-17 - How to Live More Wisely Around Our Phones
2017-09-08 - Intelligence and the DNA Revolution
2017-09-07 - How to Recognize Burnout Before You're Burned Out
2017-09-07 - Aging Parents With Lots of Stuff, and Children Who Don't Want It
2017-09-14 - Peter Elsdon - Keith Jarrett's The Köln Concert
2017-08-26 - Yuval Noah Harari - Homo Deus
2017-07-31 - William B. Irvine - A Guide to the Good Life
2017-07-04 - Voltaire - Micromégas
2017-06-28 - Milan Kundera - La Plaisanterie
2017-07-10 - Mike Stern & Randy Brecker - Montreux Jazz Club, Montreux, Switzerland
2017-07-10 - Saxophone Summit - Montreux Jazz Club, Montreux, Switzerland
2017-07-10 - Olli Hirvonen New Helsinki - Montreux Jazz Club, Montreux, Switzerland
2017-07-07 - John Scofield Überjam - Montreux Jazz Club, Montreux, Switzerland
2017-07-07 - Kurt Rosenwinkel's Caipi - Montreux Jazz Club, Montreux, Switzerland
2017-09-17 - Musée de Bagnes, Le Châble, Switzerland - Claudio Moser - I come from the other side
2017-09-09 - Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland - Cézanne - Le chant de la terre
2017-06-10 - Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland - Hodler Monet Munch. Peindre l'impossible.
2017-04-21 - Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan - Permanent exhibition
2017-04-21 - National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan - Postwar German Posters for Films / Permanent exhibition
2017-09-18 - Michael Curtiz - Casablanca
2017-09-17 - Christopher Nolan - The Prestige
2017-08-11 - Edgar Wright - Baby Driver
2017-07-02 - Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai
2017-06-03 - Maysaloun Hamoud - In Between
2017-06-17 - Toc Toc - Casino Théâtre, Rolle, Switzerland
2017-05-19 - A number - Pulloff Théâtres, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-02-24 - On purge bébé - Pulloff Théâtres, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-01-13 - L'enculé au chapeau - Pulloff Théâtres, Lausanne, Switzerland
2016-12-01 - Une femme à Berlin - Pulloff Théâtres, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-09-22 - Very Bad Wizards - Nothing but a "G" Thing (Intelligence Pt. 1)
2017-09-20 - Waking Up with Sam Harris - The Nature of Consciousness - A Conversation with Thomas Metzinger
2017-09-15 - Very Bad Wizards - It's a Celebration
2017-09-13 - Waking Up with Sam Harris - What You Need to Know About Climate Change - A Conversation with Joseph Romm
2017-09-11 - The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe - Podcast #634 - September 2nd, 2017
2017-08-25 - 2017-08-25-2017-08-27: Adelboden, Switzerland
2017-07-28 - 2017-07-28-2017-08-04: Alcúdia, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
2017-04-08 - 2017-04-08-2017-04-23: Tokyo / Kyoto, Japan
2016-12-29 - 2016-12-29-2017-01-03: Berlin, Germany
2016-07-30 - 2016-07-30-2016-08-17: Namibia
2017-09-17 - Bob's Burgers (season 4)
2017-09-10 - Black Mirror (series 3)
2017-08-28 - Game of Thrones (season 7)
2017-07-19 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 1)
2017-07-17 - Mr. Robot (season 2)