Category Archives: France

Coup de Coeur: Le Live de Mister Cool

Coup de Coeur, for those who don’t know what it means, translates to a “hit with the heart”. It just means something I like and I feel is worth mentioning. I thought I’d just talk about it, since I have a wordpress void to fill in.

Once every weekend, when I get the chance, I watch a radio show hosted on a website of a French game reviewer (Hooper, which I also like and might do another Coup de Coeur some other times). The show is all in French, and it is a live stream with Mister and Madame Cool (they’re married), who talk about video games. Usually, Mister Cool does most of the talking, and Madame Cool kinda chills on the side, monitoring the chat messages. Both are very cute together. During the show, around 7-8 people will join the live stream and give their comments and bring news about the video game industry. All the people on the show are big video game fans, they own or try to own the latest game console but also play PC games. The only type of games they don’t really care for are Flash games (unfortunately for me). Still, listening to them gives me good insight about what gamers like and how gamers think.

There’s usually a section by a user named psicomantis who presents weird games (usually from Japan). There’s a section about high-tech gadgets (they talk about the latest phones,  latest smart watch, various hardware who might or might not be related to games). And at the end, they have a section “geekettes” where they vote on chicks in cosplay (that’s not very PC but we’ll give it a pass…).

I do have a few shows I enjoy watching regularly on YouTube. What I like about this show is that it feels cozy and authentic. A lot of shows I enjoy like Nostalgia Critic or AVGN are great, but they’re there to put on a show and get into a character (I hope AVGN is not like that in real life!). I know that’s obvious, this is a completely different type of entertainment. Still, for me, scripted scenes are hit and miss, especially when a show tries to be funny. In Le Live de Mister Cool, I can enjoy nice honest discussions and joking around video games. I don’t feel someone is trying to put out a performance or something. Mister Cool is a fun host, and he can be a big asshole sometimes (I mean that in a good way). The show is on and appears around 9pm every Saturday, which is around 2pm where I live.

Anyway, a fun show to watch. It’s all in French so if you don’t speak French you won’t be interested. For me, I grew up in France and I’m now in SF, so it helps me keep in touch with some part of French culture, on a subject that’s current for me which is video games.


Ce sont tes yeux noirs

There exists those bands, those songs, that hit you right in the heart.

Those songs, you can hear repeatedly over and over, yet it’s never enough.

Before those songs, you did not really understand words like fans, idols.

Before that, you did not believe that music could bring out a tear in the corner in your eye.

There’s this song you find so beautiful, that you can’t even conceive another person listening to this song without loving it

However irrational that sounds.

After all, words in this song don’t make much sense, even for a French.

Translated, it might go like this: “Where do you go, when you go in the street towards nowhere…”

Who on Earth would fall for something like that?

Me. I fell for it

And I can’t conceive someone not falling for it.

I already know, I’ll never be a fan of any band other than Indochine

And I’ll never love any song more than Tes Yeux Noirs.

Indochine - Tes Yeux Noirs (Acoustic)

Indochine – Tes Yeux Noirs (Acoustic)

Julie - Tes Yeux Noirs
Julie – Tes Yeux Noirs

I have decided to write a blog. Reading the blog, you might know Jack Le Hamster a little better, even though you might never know who he really is. This first post is about my favorite song Tes Yeux Noirs, from my favorite band of all time, Indochine. It sets the tone for my blog: yeah, it’s all about me and what I like. Why putting this paragraph at the end? Well, it’s just blah blah blah. I couldn’t possibly begin my first post like that, right? So as you can tell, I’m a big fan of Indochine.

When I first heard the band, I was torn between finding it absolutely amazing, and borderline unbearable to listen to. Really, I think at that age, it was shameful to tell my peers I loved Indochine because it was considered by a lot of people to be so bad. Out of curiosity, I kept digging further into their albums. When I first heard Tes Yeux Noirs, time just stopped. Suddenly, I didn’t want to get out of my bedroom. I just wanted to sit there and listen to more Indochine songs. That’s how it all started.