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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Good bye Vancouver
As I sit at home in an almost empty apartment, sorting out my fireworks pictures while waiting for Craigslist to do its magic and rid me of a few remaining pieces of furniture, I am peering through my immense window at the city beyond. Without leaving my seat, I can count around 60 buildings - the tallest being Shangri-La at 62 floors - and less than 10 of these are office towers. With more than 100,000 people living on a 5 by 5 km peninsula, the heck if I can't sell a couple...
The Tweetboard experiment
July 1, 2009
There's a new kid on the blog. You will have noticed the green (or red) vertical tab, left of all things major - on the very edge of Coriolistic Anachronisms. It's called Tweetboard and it's a new widget that links to the blog's Twitter account and allows, among other things, for visitors to leave threaded (or nested) messages, a feature blatantly lacking on Twitter itself. The sweet little thing is still very much in alpha phase and being released on an invite basis, but s...
Great blue heron
June 30, 2009
Part 3 of the rainbow evening shoot, here are my herons, photographed on the beach just across the street from home. I wasn't the only one interested in the herons, as can be seen. They most likely nest in the huge rookery just a few blocks away on the edge of Stanley Park - guano smell and constant cacophony, if you ask me... ...
A balcony with a view
June 28, 2009
There is something to be said for living on the 15th floor of a Vancouver high rise. Beach Towers will have been a haven of peace and the most fantastic location I've ever lived in. In over two years spent in my 23 floor building, I've never had really inconsiderate neighbours. The premises are kept squeaky clean, the parking is hidden underground and newly repaved (ok, that was a bit of disturbance at times, but quite bearable.) The building managers were nice and the rental...
The rainbow that reached across a continent
June 28, 2009
Earlier this afternoon, I called Marie on Skype. She answered a little out of breath, and untangling her earphones she said in an excited voice: "I was on the terrace. There is a beautiful rainbow!" Nice, I said, thinking that New York's really got it all, mammatus clouds, rainbows and black cats. Then later tonight, after the wind had picked up and blown hard bringing low grey clouds and rain, I caught a glimpse of orange light through my curtains and thought tha...
10 best ways to download the 5 most useful free social networking tutorials from 7 startup sites in less than 20 minutes via a new faster photoshop plugin
June 27, 2009
Of course, the title doesn't mean anything! It never tried to. This just illustrates what I think of the direction blogging is taking nowadays: a tangent to nowhere via this visceral need and pathetic attempt at magnetizing traffic by using catchy and keyword-savvy titles, and the corresponding topics. So what do I think? It's SHIT. And yet I'll bet anything that this very title will get me more traffic than a post about Stanley Park's incredible beauty and the pictures th...
Approaching D-Day
June 25, 2009
Once again - as I have felt it so many times before - time is up to its usual tricks, reminding me that it might well after all only exist inside my brain... It coils itself tightly like a threatened snake, slowing down to a hiss until an eternity seems to hang in mid-air, waiting for the strike. The rhythms around me appear to dash ahead and lose their depth while I curiously raise a hand in slow motion and watch my fingers wave against a background of furiously blurred, ...
Owls of Kirstenbosch
June 21, 2009
Nested right at the foot of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is, among other things, an approach path for those headed up to the plateau and its reservoirs via Skeleton Gorge. But there is a lot more to Kirstenbosch than access up. For one thing, it grows only South African indigenous plants. For another, it is home to very cute owls. So when we heard reports of chicks being spotted, we went for a visit and tracked them down. We found a parent and...
South African Flowers
June 19, 2009
Bizarre, beautiful, maybe simple, often exquisitely complex, at times shy and others outrageously loud, whether orchids or carnivores, these are the flowers and plants of the Western Cape. They are the fynbos, part of the Cape floral kingdom, smallest of the world's six floral kingdoms but also the richest per area unit. Most shots were taken around Cape Point, Table Mountain and Silvermine, magical places if I ever knew one, on many a beautiful walk with Marie, nature all...
Neuroplasticity: I think, therefore I change
June 17, 2009
I've always believed that what we put in our brain directly influences who we become. That's one of the reasons why I refuse to watch violent and horror movies, and will always favour comedies and adventure stories. I've long been a firm believer of visualization as a training tool for physical activities and even after 20 years away from Aikido, I still catch myself mentally rehearsing tsuki kote gaeshi and shomen uchi irimi nage. I recently found a fascinating CBC docu...