Interview of Guillaume, member of the BDSM (Mountain Sport Office)

⇒ Hi Guillaume! So, can you introduce yourself to those who don’t know you yet?
Hi! Of course!
My name is Guillaume Colin, I am a GCC student and the Material Manager of the BDSM.

⇒ And you are also a high level athlete, aren’t you?
Yeah, in rock climbing, I won the University French Championships and I participated in a World Cup in Chamonix last year.

⇒ So, can you tell us about the BDSM, what are the purposes of this organization?
The BDSM was founded by Thomas Bioud and Marylou Pellerin, which are currently president and vice-president of the office.
The idea of creating this organization emerged in the spring of 2018 :
the main goal was to provide the opportunity for students to meet new people and to go hiking, skiing and climbing around Grenoble.
We recruited the office’s members in the different sections of Polytech, and we started the administrative steps quickly, so that the association could be ready for the school startin September 2018.
The other purpose of the BDSM is the equipment loan : we provide members with mountain equipment.
The school management was rather against this idea, mainly for responsability’s reasons, that’s why I made a training, provided by the FFME (French Federation of Mountain and Climbing), in order to be able to manage the material.

⇒ Can you tell us about the events you have already organized, and those you planned to organize?
The first event we oragnized was an aperitif at the top of the Moucherotte, over the 60 participants, 50 of them took their BDSM membership after this event.
We also organized a DVA (Detecting and Locating Avalanche Victims) formation.
For the end of the year, we plan to organize a barbecue at Fort St Eynard, and for the next year, we want to organize a week end in the Callanques with the collaboration of Polytech Marseille!

⇒ Okay, thank you for your time and I wish you all the best for your exams!

How to decorate Easter eggs

Maybe you were in need of inspiration to decorate your Easter eggs a few weeks ago. If so, here is a very simple and original way to beautify them for next year! This method is inspired by Eastern Europe (especially Poland) where onions are used to create a thin coloured surface for drawing patterns on the eggs. You will only need about one red onion per egg to decorate and a touch of white vinegar.

First, you must boil water (enough to cover the eggs) in a saucepan with the onion skins and a few tablespoons of white vinegar. Then, let the mixture cool for about 30 minutes. After that, add the egs, wait for about thirty minutes again, remove them and dry them properly; they will have a red tint and with a fine needle, you will be able to draw on them as in the following image:

It is also possible to decorate them with leaves or plants by sticking them directly to the eggs during cooking. Let’s get creative!

Tip : How to make a paper plane

Today I will show you how to make a simple paper plane that flies well !

First you need a classic sheet of paper, place it in front of you vertically and then fold it in half vertically.

Next, you have to unfold the paper and to fold the corners into the center, as shown below.

Fold the top right edge to the center.

Now repeat with the left corner.

Then, fold the plane in half.

Finally, you just have to fold the wings down in order to meet the bottom edges of the plane body !

Job’s done, all that remains is to test it !

You can find a large variety of paper plane with folding instructions, video tutorials on https://www.foldnfly.com.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Does it live up to its name ?

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice poster
Artwork for the cover of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Following its release on March 22, 2019, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has already been praised by critics, streamers, and most of the gaming community.

With titles such as the trilogy Dark Souls or Bloodborne behind them, the Japanese studio FromSoftware set the bar very high. How does this evilly difficult game differentiate itself from its predecessors?

The one-armed wolf

The game takes place in Japan at the feudal age, more specifically during the Sengoku period in the 16th century, where you play as Sekiro (隻狼, short for one-armed wolf in Japanese), a shinobi with a mechanical arm rescued to the brink of death, whose mission is to protect a young lord from a clan who wants to sacrifice him for his blood.

When the lord is kidnapped, you embark on a dangerous journey to regain your honor, and will succeed no matter the cost, even through death …

Similar games…

Like the other games from video game studio FromSoftware, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is known for its incredible difficulty, challenging even the most skilled players.

The game features melee combat against a wide variety of enemies; you can also fight many bosses, some of which are optional. The world is vast and full of secrets for the player to find.

A fight with one of the bosses of the game, Gyoubu Oniwa ( 鬼庭刑部 )

…but not really

Despite similarities with Dark Souls and Bloodborne, the game system is based on fighting enemies with parries to perform with precise timing. This way, you make them lose posture and balance, which leads to an opening for landing a hit. You will need to adapt to this combat system, otherwise fights might seem impossible to win.

Moreover, a big part of the game is stealth. The game lets you execute enemies who did not notice the player’s presence. Developers at FromSoftware say they originally wanted to create a spiritual sequel to Tenchu, a series of infiltration video games.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is available on Steam (Windows PC), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Have you played the game? If so, what did you think about it? Otherwise do you plan on buying it? Tell us in the comments below!

« Love, Death & Robots » une anthologie qui décoiffe

Do you like short films, sci-fi/horror/comedy and beautiful visuals? Then you might want to check out on the new Love, Death & Robots.

This brand new TV series aired out on March 15, 2019 on Netflix executive produced by David Fincher (Alien 3, House of Cards, Fight Club, Mind Hunter) and Tim Miller (Deadpool, Mass Effect 2). There are 18 episodes of 6 to 17 minutes covering NSFW adult topics (racism, war, free will…), each independant from the others and produced by different animators and filmmakers from around the globe. They are inspired from the movie Heavy Metal (1981) except two from original ideas.

In the trailer you get a glimpse of all 18 episodes. I personnally love good animation and the trailer immediately made me want to watch it and I absolutely don’t regret it: each episode has a radically different art style and it is gorgeous! « The witness » with its mix of bright colors, 2D and 3D and « Good hunting » with its amazing action and detailed streampunk cyborgs are probably my favorite regarding the aesthetics. There are plenty of details, rich textures and ingenious design ideas. And not to forget, the music and sound ambiance are a delight to the ear.

screenshot of the episode
« The Witness », image from IMDb

Even though a couple stories probably lack originality the vast majority of them are refreshing, interesting, funny and/or moving. Their only link is that they all evolve kind of around « love », « death » or « robots » (as the title suggests) and this leads to interesting topics. There’s this guy who doesn’t want to leave his home (a dump), a girl who’d mother has been killed because of rumors, mankind’s absurdities and failings, the meaning of life and so much more. At the end of an episode you’ll probably feel like you would want to spend a little more time in its world. The characters too are great, they are described spot-on in a press release as « Sentient Dairy Products, Rogue Werewolf Soldiers, Robots Gone Wild, Sexy Cyborgs, Alien Spiders And Blood-thirsty Demons From Hell ».

screenshot of the episode
« Good hunting », image from IMDb

The series looked very « real » to me. One example of this is that some characters sometimes are shown fully naked, with no mysterious light beam or plant hiding their genitals. I don’t know about you but when I see this kind of trick in movies this reminds me that I am watching something, I’m not « in » anymore. Bodies are just bodies and it is nice to see that it is not a shame to see a tit or a butt. But to be fair, it is true that female characters are way more often exposed, sometimes in an unnecessary way.

screenshot from the episode
« When the Yogurt Took Over », image from Imdb

Love, Death & Robots really hooked me up, both thanks to the art and the stories, I would give it a 4.5 out or 5. I hope that there will be a second season or more series of shorts like this one! Before you leave, if you already binged th 3+ hours series and liked it, you will maybe also like « Last Man », « Final Space », « Devilman Crybaby » and « Black Mirror », all available on Netflix. Check out also Les Gobelins school’s YouTube channel for even more shorts! 😉