Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My 2015 Spotify List

Here is my yearly list of songs of 2015. You can listen to it by clicking here: Lista 2015 Stefvanef

This year, I've changed the set-up of the list. It's not longer first my Top 5 Albums and then some nice songs. It's just nice songs this time.

It's been a bit of a funny musical year. I can't remember a year where everybody was so full of some albums (Kendrick, Courtney Barnett), except for me. Even the entire Sufjan album didn't move me the way he did when Illinois(e) came out.
But still enough to make a nice list for a nice year. Beginning with Jamie XX, who I've listened to over and over and over again. Best song was in my opinion Natalie Prass beautiful single.I haven't done much concerts this year, but Dawes with just a few here in Paris was great to see: a not-near perfect sound made for some anachronistic nostalgia. Very happy also that Ms. Lauryn Hill has finally returned to the studios, to make a tribute to Nina.

I'm looking forward to discovering new music newt year - especially hoping for new good stuff from Yeasayer and The National.

Enjoy listening and enjoy 2016.

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

My 2014 Spotify List: new and newer.

Here is my traditional list of songs of 2014 I really like. You can listen to it by clicking here: Lista 2014 Stefvanef

The set-up of the list is as any year: first 5 songs come fgrom my favorite albums. Afterwards there are some songs I really enojoyed as well.

Maybe 2014 was not the best of years when it came to music, but there were still some fine new tunes. Besides Ed Harcourt and Mogwai, not so much great stuff from the oldies. So 2014 was the year of discovering new and newer things, with notable mentions to Strand of Oaks ans FKA Twigs. Hippie Sabotage provided for the perfect summer soundtrack, and I'll be listening to them again as soon as temperatures start rising again. There was also a very nice concert by Peter Broderick, which is more or less why he's in this list.

Enjoy listening.

Big thanks goes this year to Dalons from Burgetto for pointing in the right direction at times.

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My books in 2013

This is what I've read in 2013:

Adapt by Tim Harford (2011)
I'm Feeling Lucky by Douglas Edwards (2011)
Wie Gelooft die Coureurs Nog? by Hans Vandeweghe (2013)
De Man zonder Ziekte by Arnon Grunberg (2012)
Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes (2008)
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (2008)
Black Hole by Charles Burns (2005)
Drive: The Surprising Thruth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink (2009)

Monday, 23 December 2013

My 2013 Spotify list: I'm getting old

Here's my list of songs for 2013. You can listen to it clicking here: Lista 2013 Stefvanef

It's the same set-up as every year: the first 5 tunes are from my favourite albums of this year, the others are a list of nice songs. 2013 hasn't been the incredible year like 2012 was, but there has been some wonderful stuff to listen to.
When I was making the list I realised that neither Iron & Wine nor The National would have been on this list if I were 15 years younger. Guess I'm getting older, since they are going top. Even during The National's concert I was thinking: what happened with all the rock-bands I used to like so much?

But there is still that younger Stefvanef within this list, with some great noise and desturbing music, like tunes from M.I.A., Madensuyu, Death Grips and - hell yeah - Fuck Buttons.

Enjoy listening.

Big thanks to DJ Yolapongo, his friend Deniz and den Humo for the tips.

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Ryanair and Conversion Rate Deconstructing


This year we are not flying Ryanair, even if it was cheaper to fly with them. I left the buying process on their website at one particular place without finishing the process.

Everybody who works in e-commerce deals with the same problem: lots of visitors start your on-line buying process, but a lot of these visits don't end with a completed sale. We spend a lot of time and energy trying to optimize this buying funnel to get more people to finish their sale. It often comes down to a specific step.

The last time I tried to buy our flights on ryanair.com, I knew exactly when I decided not to finish the buying process and buy somewhere else. So I'm writing this post for the guy responsible for Conversion Optimization for the ryanair website: this is the step where it went wrong.


When I wanted to add pieces of luggage to my flight, I saw a combo indicating 2 options. I didn't look too careful (nobody reads on the web, we all just scan), so I thought I had the following 2 options:

1 piece: 50€
2 pieces: 70€ 


This sounded OK: the second piece came with a discount

Of course I wasn't thinking clearly, this is nothing like Ryanair. So I looked again and saw what it realy was:

1 piece of 15 kg: 50€
1 piece of 20 kg: 70€

Say what?


So this combo summed up the whole Ryanair experience: I already saw how I would be checked and re-checked and then be asked by some unpolite and unhelpful groundstaf to pay more, just because I came with 20,9 kg. So no humiliation for us this year: we paid more with another airline and get spared the Ryanair-way.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Infographic: Email Marketing

In 2012, I was happy to be part in the creation of the following infografic on Email Marketing.

The complete process of Email Marketing
Created by Ventura24 and Internet República

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

My films in 2012

Here are the films I've seen in 2012

January
Shutter Island by Scorcese (2010)
There will be Blood by Paul Thomas Anderson (2007)
An Education by Lone Scherfig (2009)
A Single Man by Tom Ford (2009)
La Môme by Olivier Dahan (2007)
Days of Heaven by Terrence Mallick (1978)

February
Moneyball by Bennet Miller (2011)
Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen (2011)

March:
Red Lights by Rodrigo Cortés (2012)
Les Triplettes de Belleville by Sylvain Chomet (2003)
Hugo by Martin Scorsese (2011)
Die Fälsher by Stefan Ruzowitzky (2007)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Stephen Daldry (2011)
The Departed by Martin Scorsese (2006)

April
Hodejegerne by Morten Tyldum (2011)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol by Brad Bird (2011)
Good Will Hunting by Gus Van Sant (1997)

May
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by Tomas Alfredson (2011)
The Avangers by Joss Whedon (2012)
Dark Shadows by Tim Burton (2012)

July
Transformers by Michael Bay (2007)
Batman - the Dark Knight Rises by Christopher Nolan (2012)
The Breakfast Club by John Hughes (1985)
Rundskop by Michael R. Roskam (2011)

August
Alien by Ridley Scott (1979)
Aliens by James Cameron (1984)
Prometheus by Ridley Scott (2012)

October:
Lo Imposible by Juan Antonio Bayona (2012)
The Terminator by James Cameron (1984)
The Cabin in the Woods by Drew Goddard (2011)

November:
Looper by Rian Johnson (2012)
Never Let Me Go by Mark Romanek (2010)
The Game by David Fincher (1997)
Jerichow by Christian petzold (2006)
Skyfall by Sam Mendes (2012)
Capote by Bennett Miller (2005)
De Rouille et d'Os by Jacques Audiard (2012)

December:
Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin (2009)
Limitless by Neil Burger (2011)
End of Watch by David Ayer (2012)
Amour by Michaël Hanneke (2012)
The Hobbit by Peter Jackson (2012)
No Country for old men by Joel and Ethan Coen (2007)
The Life of Pi by Ang Li (2012)