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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Cloud computing and the file sharing puzzle
The bottom line is this: when the time comes to send large files to someone out there, email has serious size and functionality limitations. But the cloud computing future is upon us and with it, multiple large-file sharing options have surfaced. The following is a review of the few I've investigated recently. Keep in mind that much of this stuff is still in beta and searching for its true identity. Promising but not quite there yet. When it comes to sending large TIFF file...
Cogito, Ergo Zoom - An Evening Walk Along English Bay
May 31, 2009
With summer knocking at our door once more, evening walks along English Bay become more frequent. A few nights ago, I'd brought the tripod but decided to play with my lens' IS instead and these were all hand-held. There are - and here I shall repeat myself shamelessly - very few places on Earth where the peace in the air is so tangible. With Stanley Park at my back and the bay stretching in front of me, a few sleeping giants at anchor offshore, sea birds flying by while a s...
To be pondered...
May 27, 2009
What a folly it is to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal. John Howe ...
Klein Constantia: rebirth of Vin de Constance
May 27, 2009
I read about it in my youth. It is mentioned in the works of Balzac, Beaudelaire and Alexandre Dumas. Some even whisper it could have been the vector by which Napoleon was arsenic poisoned. Et après tout, with such a French name, I had always assumed Vin de Constance came from France herself. I was wrong. It's South African. The wonderfully sweet wine's origins go back to the late 17th century when the Constantia estate was created by Simon van der Stel, second Governor ...
New: a random post when I lag too much
May 26, 2009
I am busy. I do stuff. I play. I process photos. I work (a little). I dream. I get caught up. So as most of you will have noticed, my posting rhythm isn't always Swiss-like. With my readers' utmost satisfaction in mind, I hence added a custom feature to the blog: it will now serve a random entry from the past it you arrive here with great hopes only to find that nothing new was posted for the last two (2) days. A huge thanks, as always, to mighty Garvin over at Serendipit...
Dog Story
May 24, 2009
Who needs them? as would say Estorbo. Granted, it's not like me to post about dogs. But these ones are special. They are therapy dogs. The two corgis dispense good vibes like the sun its rays on a beautiful spring day. And they live in a special place, with special people. 'Bottom line is, we love them to bit(e)s. On the day these pictures were taken in Hout Bay, near Cape Town, the dogs were joined by many of their kind. We carried plastic bags - need I say more? It's a do...
Tweeting from Space: The NASA Prank
May 22, 2009
As it turns out, good old astronaut Massimino wasn't actually tweeting from the orbiting space shuttle Atlantis but rather sending emails to Houston where some twit entered them into his Astro_Mike Twitter account between two bites into a Big Mac. Never mind the fact that they actually labeled his tweets "From Orbit", I am most disappointed by the crushing realization that for all we know, maybe the space shuttle was never up there in the first place. It could al...
The state of things
May 21, 2009
It had been a while since I last visited the very cool world of Wordle and I was thrilled to find an option that I did not remember from before: the applet now analyzes not only your own submitted text but also an entire web page as per the given URL. So I ran Coriolistic Anachronisms through it as a test and as always, I like the looks of it so much I feel compelled to show it.  Here, hence, is Wordle's rendition of this very blog's main page, based on pure word frequ...
Another French astrophotographer attempts to duplicate Atlantis pictures
May 20, 2009
The first round was quite a success. The pictures by French astrophotographer Thierry Legault of the space shuttle Atlantis transiting in front of the sun on its orbit to rendez-vous with Hubble are now all over the internet. Inspired by such beauty and motivated by his talent, I decided to attempt my own experiment with the shuttle's sun transit. My gear is nowhere close to his, but I figured that ingeniousness and creativity would compensate. With transit times shorte...
The Shop & Print section goes live!
May 19, 2009
It was long overdue. I've just put the finishing touches to the new "Shop & Print" page that will allow visitors (yes, you!) to buy select prints from the main galleries. Granted, the current selection is rather limited but now that I have a functional site, I will be adding more pictures as time goes by. The service is provided by SmugMug straight from my site, and most prints are done by Bay Photo, a professional California-based photo lab. Not all who wan...
French astrophotographer captures Atlantis silhouette against the sun
May 17, 2009
Ok, I rarely do plugs like this, but I found multiple references to these photos on Stumble Upon and they are truly amazing. I'm sure I won't be the only one. Voyez plutôt. Thierry Legault, a French (cocorico) astrophotographer, has managed to take incredible photos of the space shuttle Atlantis during its transit in the company of Hubble in front of the sun. He shoots with photo and astronomy gear that is quite beyond my understanding, except for the Canon 5D Mark II,...
An A for (Macro) Effort
May 17, 2009
Up at 4:15 AM this morning again, I headed for Stanley Park long before sunrise - only to find out the wind was blowing 5 or 10 km/h over Lost Lagoon. How ironic! Went I'm not waiting for the wind to pick up in order to fly my paraglider, I'm hoping for it to die down to do some macro photography. I ended up in the rhododendron garden. These pictures are the result of multiple focus-bracketed exposures blended together for a small bit of extra depth of field. Mixed results...