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!

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.

Blog

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:

  • 2020-06-27: A Guide to the Good Life: my notes
  • 2020-05-03: COVID-19 : le point après sept semaines de semi-confinement
  • 2020-04-22: Partager ses voyages
  • 2020-04-04: De l'inutilité de l'armée suisse
  • 2020-03-29: COVID-19 : le point après deux semaines de travail à domicile

Twitter

I'm also on Twitter since February 2008.

Here are my latest tweets:

  • 2020-04-27: @captain_says You're not alone. :) I absolutely love "Funky Design", but it's the live version from 9 Sept. 1995 (a.m.) that does it for me. It was on "The Park, Vol. 2" from Moonraker. The studio version is missing the "complete chorus", as you said.
  • 2020-02-23: "Apparently very few people actually know how to program a computer" https://t.co/XKpA8HDBsa
  • 2020-02-14: RT @buster: Imagine if someone had a button that could automatically trigger your anxieties, fears, and anger whenever they wanted to. Each…
  • 2020-01-04: "Plants evolved caffeine to poison insect predators, and yeasts produce ethanol to destroy competing microbes." https://t.co/YH0Rpz8E5e #smbc
  • 2019-12-23: I'm not completely sure about that (is the recording complete?), but Miles Davis' last song ever played live could be a Prince song. Nice. https://t.co/PfGddeucRx

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.

2020-05-23 - In Praise of Idleness
2020-04-12 - The Death of Hype: What's Next for Scala
2020-04-11 - Splendid isolation: how I stopped time by sitting in a forest for 24 hours
2020-03-29 - Boredom is but a window to a sunny day beyond the gloom
2020-03-22 - Why Is Uranus The Only Planet Without Interesting Features On It?
2020-05-27 - Milan Kundera - L'Identité
2020-05-11 - Terry Pratchett - The Carpet People
2020-04-15 - Douglas Adams - Life, the Universe and Everything
2020-04-10 - Paul Éluard - Capitale de la douleur
2020-03-30 - Milan Kundera - Une rencontre
2019-11-03 - JazzOnze+ Festival Lausanne - Salle Paderewski, Casino de Montbenon, Lausanne, Switzerland
2019-11-01 - Charles Lloyd & Kindred Spirits - Salle Paderewski, Casino de Montbenon, Lausanne, Switzerland
2019-11-01 - District Five - Salle Paderewski, Casino de Montbenon, Lausanne, Switzerland
2019-09-27 - The Black Shoe's Button - La Cave du Bleu Lézard, Lausanne, Switzerland
2019-07-12 - Chick Corea - Montreux Jazz Club, Montreux, Switzerland
2020-02-20 - Maison d'Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland - Mondes (im)parfaits
2019-11-09 - Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland - Rodin – Giacometti
2019-07-31 - Narvik War Museum, Narvik, Norway - Permanent exhibition
2019-07-25 - World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum, Alta, Norway - Permanent exhibition
2019-07-22 - Polarmuseet, Tromsø, Norway - Permanent exhibition
2020-06-29 - Vince Gilligan - El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
2020-06-27 - Buster Keaton - Sherlock Jr.
2020-06-20 - Nora Fingscheidt - Systemsprenger
2020-06-17 - Richard Linklater - Waking Life
2020-05-30 - Naoko Yamada - A Silent Voice
2018-01-12 - Lucrèce Borgia - Pulloff Théâtres, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-12-01 - L'Avare - Salle Charles Apothéloz, Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-11-11 - Le Direktør - Salle Charles Apothéloz, Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-10-27 - En découdre - Pulloff Théâtres, Lausanne, Switzerland
2017-10-19 - Wicked - Gershwin Theatre, New York, NY, USA
2020-07-05 - Very Bad Wizards - All the Rage
2020-07-04 - Very Bad Wizards - The Anality of Evil (Freud's "Civilization and its Discontents")
2020-07-02 - Making Sense with Sam Harris - Existential Risk - A Conversation with Toby Ord
2020-06-25 - Peach & Black Podcast - Prince's Lighting & Production Designer - LeRoy Bennett
2020-06-22 - The Peter Attia Drive Podcast - AMA with Jason Fried: Work-life balance, avoiding burnout, defining success, company culture, and more
2019-09-14 - September 14-16, 2019: Leukerbad, Switzerland
2019-07-18 - July 18-August 2, 2019: Oslo / Northern Norway
2018-09-07 - September 7-16, 2018: Cala Mesquida, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
2018-03-09 - March 9-11, 2018: Leukerbad, Switzerland
2017-10-07 - October 7-22, 2017: Chicago / New Orleans / New York, USA
2020-06-27 - Breaking Bad (season 5)
2020-06-03 - Rick and Morty (season 4)
2020-06-03 - Breaking Bad (season 4)
2020-05-20 - Breaking Bad (season 3)
2020-05-06 - Breaking Bad (season 2)