Xavier Defrang

I am a Software Craftsman at BigUp where I build web and mobile apps

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Metaprogramming Elixir: Write Less Code, Get More Done (and Have Fun!)

Great step by step explanation of the awesome Elixir macro system, including testing. I've picked up a few clever tricks while reading it. Highly recommended for anyone already familiar with the language.

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Programming Elixir: Functional |> Concurrent |> Pragmatic |> Fun

While still in beta, this is a must read for anyone interested in the future of computing. Elixir is one of the most exciting programming environment I've seen since for a decade.

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Confident Ruby

These great catalog of Ruby patterns and tricks will improve your daily coding habits. Well written, clearly structured and to the point.

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Clojure Programming

Convoluted examples and sometimes heavy handed writing, drowned in the haze of academia surrounding the topic.

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Understanding Computation

A very fun bottom-up approach to the science of computation. Excellent companion to SICP.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy

Fun read for all social assassin wannabes out there.

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Listened

Locust: After The Rain

Amazing melancholic analog synth work, reminiscent of late 70s french movie scores. Heavy rotation material.

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Douglas Dare: Whelm

At first, I didn't care much for the universe of Douglas Dare but his live performance at the Feeërieën was so convincing that I gave him another shot. This is actually an artfully crafted record, intimate and deeply melancholic.

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Children Of The Stones: MCM

Mark Van Hoen definitely is the hardest working man in show business. Another brilliant record at the intersection of shoegaze and electronica.

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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart: Days of Abandon

There's something absolutely euphoric about this record. And yet, bitterness never seems to be far away... awesome pop music!

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Fatima Al Qadiri: Asiatisch

The hold music when you dial Hannibal Chew Eye World.

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Beck: Morning Phase

Utterly unexpected , dreamy and borderline sadcore. Parts of this record are simply overwhelmingly beautiful.

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Pragmatic Episode 13: Safety, Safety Everywhere

Outstanding episode about personal safety in everyday life.

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Suzanne Vega: Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles

Artfully chiseled gems of musical poetry, beautifully arranged and interpreted by an unmistakable, one of a kind voice.

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Gessafelstein: Aleph

Loud and sharp industrial textures meet the angst filled melancholy of the Detroit underground. Remarkable production.

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Special Request: Soul Music

The amen returns. Solid mixture of classic hardcore jungle beats minus any sign of rave euphoria . Dark and abstract stuff.

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Face B with Bertrand Burgalat

Burgalat fills in for a couple of weeks and shares delicate playlists full of bittersweet pop and retro-futuristic oddities. Strictly for the connoisseurs.

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Heart Drive: 02 Empathy Reboot

dBridge and Kid Drama deliver

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How Did This Get Made?

Really enjoying Paul Scheer and his buddies chat about weird movies. Check out the Cool as Ice episodes.

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Rival Dealer

Burial back at the top of his game, arguably even better than Untrue

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7 Days of Funk

Snoopzilla & Dâm Funk in a exercise of style and nostalgia

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Watched

The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films

The story of an unquenchable thirst for movie making at the origin of cult-classic exploitation movies from the 80s.

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Citizenfour

Absolutely fascinating and unprecedented look behind the scene of one of the bravest act of whistleblowing in recent history.

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Locke

More than a claustrophobic ode to family / business men living a second life in their sedan. Fantastic performance by Tom Hardy.

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Chappie

Die Antwoord and some leftover vfx from Elysium hardly make a movie. A gorgeous looking failure.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Miller's post apocalyptic world building aesthetic elevated from ozploitation to Fine Arts. A gorgeous, relentless chase movie chock-full of insane non-stop action, sweating details like a purulent tumor.

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Ex Machina

Nothing ground breaking in here: feels like just another derivative AI movie. I should have rather rewatched 2001 or Blade Runner.

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Cobain: Montage of Heck

Incredibly intimate and wildly organic portrait of the eternal icon of the 90s. Heartbreaking account of the slow but steady decay of broken teenager, destroyed by smack and euthanized by fame.

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American: The Bill Hicks Story

Can't help but think that Bill deserved more than VHS quality gig footage and horrible faux 3D photo montages...

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1)

It's getting hard to stand out with a "fish out of water" story and I don't know how far they can go with it but this was very entertaining. Great writing, dumb jokes, dark humor, a great lead character and a solid supporting cast.

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Jodorowsky's Dune

Fascinating post-mortem of one of the most influential film never made.

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Big Hero 6

Quite simply of of the most visually stunning movie I've ever seen. The plot and characters are definitely aimed at a young audience but the picture and animation is so gorgeous that it worth watching for the eye candy and the creativity alone.

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Gone Girl

What could have been an average thriller quickly turns into a multi-layered social commentary about marriage and media. Fincher delivers a solid 145 minutes of gorgeous cinematography.

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John Wick

Predictable and with Keanu Reeves. For one-man-army movies completionists only.

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People Just Do Nothing

Brilliantly funny and spot on parody of the UK garage pirate radio sub culture.

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Orange Is The New Black (Season 1 & 2)

Late to the party but I binge watched this one pretty hard. Most prison movie clichés are nicely avoided, great characters and good use of flashbacks to slowly build up the backstory. Can't wait for season 3.

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Experienced

Slowdive at The Kentish Town Forum

Another mesmerizing and powerful performance by a band having the time of their life. They sound even better than this summer. It's hard to describe the power of the wall of sound unleashed at the end of When The Sun Hits or the ever haunting Golden Hair.

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Pukkelpop: Slowdive

A year ago, I would have never thought that such a moment would be remotely possible and yet it happened. Slowdive sounds better than ever. I cannot wait for a follow up tour in smaller venues, hopefully after the release of new material. Unforgettable show.

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Silence Is Sexy: Christina Vantzou

Interesting universe. A bit bummed by some of these beautiful constructions ending in such an abrupt, anticlimactic way.

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Silence is Sexy: Hauschka

Playful and yet serious prepared piano. Some very impressive analog sound design.

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Monument Valley

Mesmerizing escher-esque puzzle game. Absolutely gorgeous.

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Threes

As addictive as you may have heard.

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Limbo

Mentally draining but fantastically eerie and gloomy. An exercise in frustration.

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Shadowrun Returns

Deliciously cyberpunk, despite the fantasy crap. Far from being bug-free though.

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Clumsy Ninja

The cuteness factor and the ever-impressive physics engine largely make up for a repetitive gameplay and regular IAP nagging

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F-Sim Space Shuttle

A subtle balance between the zen-like experience of gliding and the adrenalin of a realistic landing

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iPad mini with retina display

Such a major leap forward in performance and responsiveness. An amazing, truly magical device to which I'm already addicted.

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Astoria, OR

Gorgeous, friendly and peaceful. Added to my list of places to retire

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