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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

A run around the new Vancouver Convention Centre
April 26, 2009
As the new Vancouver Convention Centre finally opens its doors and stands proudly next to Canada Place in the most urban-ly futuristic part of our downtown core, the Seawall regains an uninterrupted length of thirty-something kilometers from the east side of Canada Place, along Coal Harbour, around Stanley Park, down into False Creek to Science World, past the Olympic Village, through Granville Island and on towards Kitsilano and Point Grey.  A few days ago, I rerouted...
Polishing the template
April 26, 2009
While the option for the visitor (you!) to change this blog's skin remains, said visitor (still you) might have noticed that I've pushed the drop-down box that allows this all the way down to the bottom of the right sidebar. In effect, this means I will soon commit the current template as my standard - and only - look for this blog. (I'd be happy to keep alternate skins but it means that every time I make a change to this template's functionality, I have to multiply the work ...
Web winks
April 23, 2009
Introducing a new entry category (ya' know, those categories we assign to each post, usually listed at the bottom of an entry and which mostly make us look like we are organized and thorough? Someone I know who is really witty calls them "pigeon holes"), re-morphed from the initial "Cool" which now only applies to things real and tangible. Web winks, to be pronounced with a foreign accent that would mistakenly turn an "L" into a "W", wi...
Stanley Park, First and Last and Always
April 22, 2009
There is much that comes to mind when pondering Vancouver's exceptional charm, but Stanley Park was, is and will remain in my heart the flagship of our city's uniqueness. I have written about it quite a lot and will keep doing so, but every once in a while, it's fun to simply post a few silent ordinary pictures, snapshots and glimpses of a day now gone by, for the pleasure of sharing daily beauty with faraway eyes. Spring arrived incredibly lazily this year and cherry b...
Costa Rica's postal mess: it's still jungle law
April 21, 2009
We live in a world of precision and ours is a life of numbers and data. Things have to be by-the-book, there are methods and guidelines for just about everything and formatting, more than ever, rules. The postal system as we know it, is no exception. It's common knowledge that if one wants a letter to arrive, one follows very a strict recipe, arguably tinted by national habits but nevertheless rather rigid and border-proof. Name first. Title. Company. Apartment. Civic number....
New York, Easter
April 20, 2009
It was the Easter week-end. I had to get up at 3:30 am to get to Brooklyn around 7:30 pm. Such is the life of budget travelers. When I arrived at YVR, Alaska Airlines' computers were down. No ticketing, no check-in, no nothing. I waited in a line that grew to a few hundred people - it would seem many of them were going to Hawaii. Yet I finally made it through US Customs and my plane only took off a half-hour late. Weather was bleak on the West Coast but I got a nice view o...
Grind in the City 2009 - Running up that staircase
April 18, 2009
The 2009 Grind in the City charity stair climb was held today at Harbour Centre. Starting at street level and ending up at the Vancouver Lookout, the 700 step or almost 500 vertical feet run has become a classic in downtown Vancouver. There are two kinds of participants: the open, general-public category of braves wearing shorts and running shoes, and the firefighters from municipalities as remote as Whistler who race up in full gear. OK, you want numbers? I'll have to ...
Skribit, or involving the reader
By now you have probably noticed the new "Suggestion?" tab up on the left edge of the blog. It's the unobtrusive appendix of Skribit, a 2 year old web initiative that provides a content suggestion service helping bloggers discover relevant topics to write about from their readers. Ya click on the tab and ya get an overlay window giving you the possibility to suggest (to me) a topic you'd like to see me blog about. Sure, you're going to say, but I can just leave ...
Dark
April 17, 2009
The hour is a bit dark with distance weighting heavily on my heart and wallet but, as Marie rightfully noted recently, we seem to draw deeper creativity from our tortured self and moments of agony than from joyful bliss and boring satisfaction. So since I have always been attracted by dark skins for the blog, here is the fruit of my latest descent. It is part of an ongoing effort to integrate the blog's design more directly to that of the main site. Don't fear; if the sw...
Fed up with Google
April 14, 2009
For the first time since I willingly got in bed with Google, signed up for multiple services and opted to surf the wave along with most of the world, I am really fed up with them and their stupid SERP relevance algorithms. After months of struggle to recover from a devastating spamming attack and a domain name change, I still haven't managed to even get back to a modest level where I would rank first (or even just high) for keywords that are basically my own content. Come o...
BC's new Enhanced Driver's Licence: welcome to the future and kiss your privacy goodbye
April 7, 2009
It had been done in countless movies and it was just a matter of time before reality caught up with fiction. Uncle Sam wants to know where you are, at all times. Period. It's much easier to control the masses that way, and under a convenient cover of fighting against crime and terror, our individual rights and privacy bubble* grow thinner every day. In comes British Columbia's new EDL, or Enhanced Driver's Licence. Having just been approved for public use, it represents a b...