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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

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...
QRN sur Bretzelburg
November 15, 2009
I know I'm not posting much these days. It's just that, there's that thing. It's sneaky. It comes in stealthily and creeps into daily momentum, coating all things great with a fuzzy interference blanket. It's a kind of existential static, the white noise of life that sometimes obstructs clear line of sight to the essential stuff that Saint Exupéry confirmed invisible to the eyes any way. Like a fog bank over complicated shores, existential static renders simple navigation...
The Catskills in a yellow autumn robe
November 7, 2009
Living in New York, one tends to forget. When daily routine is deeply impregnated by the constant sound of emergency vehicle sirens, the furious honking of horns, the growling of hovering choppers, the roaring of an underground train, the trepidation of manic cab rides, when one gets accustomed to meeting 50 people at a street corner and taking on 100 more when the light changes, when boarding a ferry in five minutes along with half a thousand others becomes casual, when, nav...
Google Wave Invites Available!
November 3, 2009
My Google Wave invites have just been replenished. I've got a few to give away if you are interested. Just ask very nicely. A thoughtful comment would be nice. Or some barter exchange. A script. A piece of software. I don't know. Surprise me. Update 5: No more invites available for the time being, I'll wait until the ones I sent have been activated, which hasn't happened yet. I guess the latest wave (pardon the pun) of invites released to current users overwhelmed the te...
Much to do these days...
October 27, 2009
I've fallen behind in posting and picture-processing but fear not, I've got fall colours brewing from our wonderful trip upstate, and various older posts pending. In the meantime, Marie has documented it all beautifully over at 66 Square Feet......
Getting bent for the Brooklyn Bridge
October 16, 2009
Fellow divers, did you know that the first people to get bent were not divers but bridge builders? You see, decompression sickness (DCS) - also labeled decompression illness (DCI) when diagnosed and treated on a common ground with the similar arterial gas embolism, was actually born under the name of "Caisson Disease" and although it involved pressure and the surrounding water, its unlucky victims certainly never saw little fishies. They were building a bridge. Th...