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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

I must be dreaming
July 8, 2008
Today a glance at the Weather Network left me in shock. Such a perfect forecast is a rare sight. I feel bad for reporting our luck while over on the Eastern Seaboard everyone is overcooking, but the flip side is that Vancouver will get a million days of rain in a just few months.In the meantime, next week-end should be perfect for a Grouse - Lynn Creek or Lynn - Deep Cove trail run, and even better for watching some aerial dancing. And maybe I'll finally pay the beluguita a...
Flan pâtissier - Update
July 6, 2008
Bon, 'faut pas craquer, je m'applique. Having not yet achieved the results I was hoping for, which would be nothing short of "divine perfection", I am still regularly experimenting with le flan. Here's the updated recipe. See also [[Flan pâtissier - 1er essai]] for the initial results and full length cooking drama.The dough hasn't changed much, but the quantities are now reflecting an overwhelming North American tendency to use the dreaded "cup" as a me...
July 1st, Canada Night
July 5, 2008
[2:00 pm prelude. Don't look at the pictures yet.] It's hot. I don't do the beach thing too often but after writing my epiphany of bitching and highlighting the fact I live on the water, I figured I might as well take myself seriously and cross the street over to summerland. Don't they say that life is a beach and then you dive? Of course, today being the first of July, I'm not alone here. However so far the crowds haven't given me the creeps. The day is warm and slightly h...
Life and death in the ocean - Or was it the Vancouver Aquarium?
July 4, 2008
After reading a post over at Des orques dans la brume, I have been keeping an eye on the health of our newborn beluga calf at the Vancouver Aquarium. Qila, the mother, is a first-timer, which always increases the risks. When the calf got sick last week, everyone took a deep breath. Having now mostly recovered, the two-week-old cutie is playfully swimming around her tank; updates are posted here and the mother and calf can be watched live on the beluga cam. Cute!But just as ...
Browser trends - Firefox going strong
June 30, 2008
Less than 2 weeks ago, Mozilla released its latest marvel, Firefox 3. The new browser is sleeker than most and includes exciting new features like the Smart Location Bar and Color Management support. However an exhaustive list of all the cool features would take pages and I'll leave it up to you to do your research. One thing I can tell you: if and when you switch to Firefox, you won't come back, even if only because of its fantastic add-on architecture.I've been having fun...
Five Things I Wish School Would Have Taught Me Instead
June 28, 2008
Goals and focus. Sure we were given homework. Sometimes a helluva lot of it. But homework doesn't really address itself. It overburdens a student into spending entire evenings or even nights fighting for some essay or a score but it never includes instructions. Students are left on their own figuring out how to properly manage their time, set priorities and achieve their goals, and most never do. They treat homework and school classes as annoyances, unavoidable pains that ...
Five School Brainwashing Topics I Could Have Done Without
June 28, 2008
History. My ancestors were barbarians. From immemorial times, they have killed, plundered, coveted, destroyed and trashed. They have waged wars, endlessly, showing that greed and cruelty are two of mankind's main assets. So to make sure all this History is retained and passed on, our education system rolls its students in it thoroughly, day after day, year after year, insuring they are properly branded and labeling them psychologically as the descendants of the beasts. We ...
Carpe Diem, when I can
June 23, 2008
Sometimes, unaware, I catch myself complaining. It happened to me last night as I’d gone out to shoot the sunset. I was missing my bokkie. A stubborn layer of clouds was obstructing MY horizon and dimming what I had hoped would be an explosion of airborne colors. And there were too many people on MY beach - well behaved, mostly quiet and enjoying a beautiful end to the day, but too many of them. So I snapped a few pictures and went back home without touching the fancy dri...
Sleepless
June 19, 2008
Despite being dead tired I can’t sleep so I might as well write maybe my fingers will get sleepy and drag the rest of me to bed today I learned that medicine has a name for that annoying feeling people get in their legs sometimes which isn’t really painful but bugs the hell out of them and keeps them awake for hours counting sheep they call it RLS Restless Leg Syndrom I’m having RMS Restless Mind Syndrom man it sucks I tried banging it against a wall but it sounded em...
Balancing The Stone
June 17, 2008
There are times and places when - and where - one wishes the former would stop and the latter could be taken home. But time surely never stops and those places only follow us home on frozen photographs and wrapped up softly in our memories. It's up to us, then, to match our pace to that of life around us and to make sure the memories live on and generate new dreams.The Seawall is one of those places, and last Sunday night, one of those times.I had noticed on my afternoon run ...
Crossing the Strait of Georgia with Prince of Whales
Strangely, the idea waited to cross my overexcited mind until Marie and I were happily browsing through the colorful aisles of Granville Island Public Market on a late Friday afternoon. So while she was busily acquiring amazing organic strawberries, our ritualistic duck prosciutto and other wonderful goodies, I whipped out my Blackberry, browsed my way to a web page and found a lost phone number. It was 4:30 pm. Around 5:00 pm, the phone buzzed back. That was it. At 7:30 the ...