Snipers & Campers


In the 90s I played a lot, online, with guys around the world, with Myth II. 4 persons at a time in a small map with, you see, forests and hills. Each player had to lead a small company, with swords and spears, the whole magic medieval stuff. “Real Time Strategy”, they called it. And indeed you had to think about strategy : waiting for the enemy, attacking with small fast commandos, etc. It was possible to chat a little with your opponents, and that made it all fun!

What people really hated here, were campers. Some guy who will find a good high spot and wait here, hidden or protected by rocks and trees. Campers, in fact, never lasted long because the 3 other armies often ally to seek, flush out and destroy the camper. Which seemed a good idea (high position means good arrows range, for example) lead to destruction.


I used to sell books on eBay when it was a smart company. I had to think a lot about strategies : when to sell, how many days, how to present a book, the price, etc. It was fun (and good for business) to see some bidding battles too : how two persons fought to get something.

One strategy (and there are apps and websites for that) is sniping. Snipers do nothing until the last second of the bid. Then they place their price. It works well because they all in a sudden appear for nowhere, and can get a good price for an object : it comes one dollar over the higher bid. So if you attack at €100 something who is, at the moment, at €36, you’ll get it at €37 – unless there’s another sniper around!


What is interesting here? Efficiency, of course. And feelings.

  1. Snipers and Campers sometimes win. I wonder if it’s a guilty pleasure, though – because it is like cheating, right? Act with surprise, cunning. Aren’t ashamed?
  2. Their opponents are frustrated and angry if they lose.

And : 

  • They can be tempted to use the same trick, next time.
  • They can seek revenge, or “act worse” (on eBay they can contact the seller and propose a higher price), or use a better cheating skill.
  • They can quit (for example in the game : “You’re not funny, camper”).
  • They can invent counter-strategies (ally against a camper, use a better tool to snipe).

What is your type? Where else do we encounter snipers and campers? Companies? Love? Art? Can we put them in a box with other cheaters, boot-lickers? What happens in real war time? What’s the thing to do against a sniper? What did Napoléon do with campers?

Thanks for reading!

The “Titanic Octet” state : stop panicking & arrange twinkles

The beginning is this : when you’re in a group, in a system, when everyone panics and runs, trying to save the situation from a complete wreckdisaster.

Imagine you’re working in a store in December. It’s crowded like hell. You need forty employees to make it work, but there’s a flu epidemic and you have ten persons on board. Donc, so, yes : it’s a disaster and everything is falling apart. Everybody runs to (try to) save the day. Mais c’est la catastrophe !

It can be fun, funny, at least sarcastically funny, right? When people begin to laugh (inside their belly, or really) because it’s all crazy, right?

This article is about AFTER that state. When you now know that the boat will sink, you and your colleagues stop trying to plugseal all holes. You take your instruments and you all quietly begin to play.

When you can’t save the situation, and after you laughed watching many little panics and disasters around you, there’s an understanding : you reach a quiet place where you feel like a zen tree in the middle of a storm.

Then, in this calm, you arrange sparkles where you can : a smile, a five-seconds quiet dialog, a treasure. You do your 2% of good thing in the middle of the catastrophe. It’s not about resistance anymore, it’s about humming, life poetry and micro-elegance :

offering glimmering moments for those who can notice it…

Breathe! Thanks for reading!

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Enemy Tools & Peace Pipes

There are dozens of tools about Power (48 Law of Power, Greene) or the “Art of War” (Sun Tzu, but the 36 Stratagems is better – I’ll tell you soon). My blog is more about little tools for life. So… Let’s talk about your “enemy”.


It’s an old trick that all business guys know : when you have exploited everything against your enemy, work with it ! Nelson Mandela goes further :

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

More craftily, if you work/absorb your enemy, you have the possibility to trap it, to watch it, because you’re closer ! There’s something to dig for, here. Your enemy’s is too strong ? Too different ? Too smart ? Open the gates, let him come. Then : hit. Ouch !


It’s very political. It seems that in History (big H to this word, please), you sometimes have to invent an enemy. Look at Iraq and “weapons of mass destruction” after the 9/11. It’s very useful when you have to regroup and feel safe. Invent an enemy.


After all, wars and battles are unpleasant. Sometimes it’s very cool to realise that your enemy was… not an enemy. Then you can go to ONE ! Peace ! Talk, find the links, realise that your enemy wasn’t an enemy at all (after all, you invented it, right ?). Shake hands, talk, weave, smile.

OK. Cheers ! Thanks for reading !

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What to Do With Stupid Orders – Que faire face aux ordres stupides ?

OK I’m french. My english is a frenglish, it’s rusty and wobbly, et voilà. Try me, though. I’ll do my best. I promise. If sometimes it’s too bad, just laugh at me or roll you eyes.

If you evolve within une hiérarchie, you have probably at some point faced… stupid orders. What can we do against stupid orders ? We can think, but we can also act.

Of course, we can choose to secrete some of the stress caused by stupid orders into our heads and that’s OK ! Try doing this for a while though and you’ll most likely stop, because you’ll find it’s useless.

Stupid orders make us think.

Maybe we first have to realize that our managers KNOW his or her instructions are dumb, useless, or counter-productive because after all this game of hierarchy is a matter of masks. At points, it can even become humorous to think that maybe the manager is hiding his own embarrassment when he asks us do – that. Donnez-lui un coup de coude (en pensée).

On the mood-dial of our brains, the needle can go from complete zenitudness (you don’t care about the consequences of disobeying stupid orders – you’re the Zen Master) to complete madness and murderous wishes. Alas, in the hierarchic work world, whatever you “think” can become completely useless. So what happens when your tired skull is fighting responsibility?

We play with this, manage it, compress it, try to understand it, and document it… it’s all ours. Maybe you are great at being able to detect stupid orders, however you prefer not to think about it. So then what do you do with the entire keyboard of options in front of you?

1. You can fight and say NO (aaaand… you’re fired. Goodbye).

2. You can try to explain to your manager (or to his own manager if you like danger) why the order is sooo stupid.

3. You can disobey and hide your “good work”.

4. You can just shut up and do the thing (muttering and mumbling in you beard if need be).

5. Discrete resistance is also an option. For example:  Sabotage.  Slowing the process.  Killing the branches of stupidity in silence and hiding your effort to make these stupid orders a partial or complete failure (however this could lead to betrayal by colleagues and your activity might be detected.)


It can be useful to try various types of dissonance in an effort to develop your stance.

Inner Exile can be perfect at times. You are simply not there. You hide like a spider in a hole, linked by a casual thread.

Disguised Acceptation is cool too.  You merely say yes (and smile if you want), but you follow your own path.

At the most you’ll be found guilty of being a free electron. So there!