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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

First snow
December 19, 2009
Shyly, slowly, New York skies have begun to sprinkle the year's first gentle snow. As we are packing our bags for tomorrow's long train ride to Montreal, listening to Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 while the cat follows our every move with suspicious eyes, the light is dimming outside and we can hope to wake up to a white world. Better, still, the countryside might be snowy. End of a long road. A new one soon to appear behind some hills. Scary freedom. Time to recover. To rest. ...
Fighting the mob at the Bottom of the Rock
December 13, 2009
It was Saturday night. My week-end spirits soaring with ideas of grandeur and dreams of fluid, motion-blurred skating photography, I set out in the cold for the Rockefeller Center and its giant-Christmas-tree-adorned skating rink. It would seem that I had not gotten the hint at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and was still ignorant of holiday crowd prognostics. I was about to learn my lesson.  [sound of needle scratching old vinyl record] No, this will not be a long...
Fotopedia: when photos are worth a thousand Wikipedia words
December 5, 2009
It's a fact that Wikipedia has now entered our lives just like Google has. Despite a certain lingering mistrust of its user-submitted and hence potentially error-prone content, most people - including me - will probably seek information on Wikipedia after checking Google, or instinctively click on the Wikipedia link in the Google SERP right off the bat. Wikipedia, however, still suffers from a major weakness: it lacks the support of quality photographs. In comes Fotopedia. ...
First Deep Solo
Solo dives were a scuba diving instructor’s privilege. On our rare days off, if bored on land, we could always go on a personal dive, une plongée perso’ as we called them - if and when the boat dropped anchor as most of our days were spent drift diving, divers jumping in with the boat at idle and picked somewhere down current later. These taboo dives greatly helped protecting our interest and motivation levels that might otherwise have been blunted by the repetitive baby...
More Google Wave invites available
November 30, 2009
I have more Google Wave invites to hand out. As always, ask very nicely or trade! Once I send them out, be patient, they take a while to arrive. I can't say that Wave has hooked me at all yet, but I'm still experimenting with it......
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: strange balloons over Manhattan
November 29, 2009
Last Thursday, at Marie's suggestion, I got up at 6 AM to go watch giant balloons float through Manhattan streets. I wasn't there alone. An estimated 3 million of my fellow homosapiens had converged on the city. We were a little cramped. Marie had stayed in bed. Une femme avertie en vaut deux. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the 2nd or 3rd largest in the US, they say. It begins at 9 AM and lasts about 3 hours, winding its way from mid-Central Park level down to Macy's on ...
Waving SexyLightbox goodbye
November 23, 2009
Well, fame will have been short for the newcomer SexyLightbox. At 1:30 AM the same day, I have just decided that Shadowbox was stronger, more polished and better built. Inspired by SexyLightbox' rounded corners and colour schemes, I've adjusted Shadowbox to resemble it using CSS3's new border-radius property. It's a work in progress, but Shadowbox prevails......
Introducing SexyLightbox slideshows
November 23, 2009
Starting with the previous post "Taming Coney Island" and on, all slideshows will be powered with the SexyLightbox script, replacing Shadowbox - at least temporarily. It's not necessarily better but looks very slick and was worth a try since I am always on the hunt for new tools. Click on these links or the images below, have a look, and please don't hesitate to leave feedback!...
Taming Coney Island
November 20, 2009
There's no way around it, the place is a zoo. Too close to the city to be off limits yet far enough to yield a vague disorientation, Coney Island is the closest ocean-front beach as the famous crow flies from Manhattan - and that bird doesn't fly so well. For those unfamiliar, Coney is no longer an island. A creek separating the peninsula from the mainland was filled long ago and what had been the southernmost barrier island of Long Island was integrated and tamed. Its name...
A weird trick
November 16, 2009
New York, as it turns out, is plagued with late season-blooming mosquitoes. As the temperature rose yesterday to 18°C and is now hovering around 15°C, the little bastards manage to rise again and again, like Peter Sellers failing to die in the hilarious opening scene of "The Party". By late autumn, one grows weary of slapping around frantically - and often missing. Fly swaps are messy and leave red stains on the walls. So let me give you a trick that has done wo...