A Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

The darkest hour
February 8, 2005
It comes just before dawn, so long after the light once disappeared it seems as if darkness will never end. The air is cold and brisk and hard. My eyes are unseeing and I walk like a blind man, arms extended, probing the night. Tiny obstacles make me stumble and often manage to throw me to the ground. I fumble and hesitate. Sleep is elusive and agitated. Dreams get populated with monsters and my heart weakens. Where do I seek the light? What if sunrise never came? ...
New Header for February
February 3, 2005
1:00 am. I've just put the final temporary touch to the new site header. It's still being adjusted here and there but I'm rather pleased with the way it looks so far. The logo will eventually be changed into its final form. The guestbook is also wearing its new skin, check it out!
Le roi est mort, vive le roi!
January 31, 2005
)arrow It took me 10 years! 520 weeks to finally snap out of a glazed stupor that had me convinced Internet Explorer was the ne plus ultra of browsers. Micro$oft does such a great job at controlling the market that they had me controlled too. But no longer.I am now happily - and safely - and freely - surfing at the wheel of my freshly updated Firefox 1.0. The new Mozilla little browser, I mean brother, has managed to conquer my trust in just a few days. Granted, I'd had ...
A view into the thoughts of a machine
January 30, 2005
For chess enthusiasts, here's a totally cool link. I'll let the authors describe it: Thinking Machine 4 explores the invisible, elusive nature of thought. Play chess against a transparent intelligence, its evolving thought process visible on the board before you. The artwork is an artificial intelligence program, ready to play chess with the viewer. If the viewer confronts the program, the computer's thought process is sketched on screen as it plays. A map is created f...
Photo morphing
January 29, 2005
Earlier thoughts of mercury generated this new little toy: I've created a slideshow with the best images throughout the site, in a morphing sequence. No new content, it's basically an experimental tool I might eventually incorporate into each gallery. The whole thing is based on TwinHelix's Photo Morpher script. I also use their great menu script. Awesome stuff. 02-12-08 Update: that page is no longer available (due to site redesign.)
Slow start to a slow day
January 29, 2005
)arrow Up at dawn this morning, with a serious hang over and an even more serious mug of coffee, I set out to clean up the mess I left behind me yesterday. I had forgotten Banana Wind at the dock, ran the scooter out of gas half way down the airfield and faxed a set of key boat dimensions to have a canopy built with a very important measurement missing.Now it's all taken care of. Sort of. The coffee still tastes like liquid mercury. )huh )oquote A quien madruga, Dios le ...
When the paintbrush is digital...
January 28, 2005
2009 Update: I'm afraid the digital arts gallery has been removed since posting this. It just didn't belong on the web site. They are hybrids. Born from a combination of photography and digital painting, the newcomers of the Digital Art section keep defying my attempts at categorization. I guess that's why I called it that way. I've selected a few photographs that don't appear in the photo galleries and subjected them to a highly sophisticated process called "super - r...
Quintessential French Expressions Translated
January 26, 2005
Here is the result of a wine induced slight delirium attack, months ago ; I was dreaming of visiting my dear France soon, and ended up trying to summarize the essence of “la langue de Molière”. The following are my own updated translations – and explanations – of a few typical expressions… La France est le nombril de l’univers. France is the center (“belly button”) of our universe. (I know, it’s obvious to you, but you’d be shocked if I told you how many Americans ign...
Harvesting the shadows of unemployment
It's a fact: these present two weeks will rank among the most unbearable of the year. Having been "laid-off" for lack of work and of a better word (tourism is dormant since the passage of hurricane Ivan; or at least such is the most common excuse for this defeat), I suddenly find myself with a whole lot of time to flirt with my camera. So I get up before dawn and haunt the shores of Little Cayman until the light is turned on by a mighty hand and another day explodes aro...
January 25, 2005
)arrow A few excerpts from Hugh Macleod's Gapingvoid marketing and advertising blog...)oquote Quality isn't job number one;Being totally fucking amazing is job number one. )cquote[From a cartoon on the Hughtrain])oquote The market for something to believe in is infinite. )cquote[From the Hughtrain])oquote A business is either growing, or it's dying. )cquote[From the Hughtrain]
One More Step Towards Firefox
January 25, 2005
I've been working hard to improve compatibility with the fast-rising free browser Firefox (and all other Gecko based browsers, not to mention Mozilla, Netscape and K-Meleon, among others). It's a tedious process, but today's suffering was lessened by the discovery of the "CSS hacks" principle. It allows me to solve discrepancies between browsers locally, at the CSS style level. It's a cheap fix, but it works! If you're interested in alternative browsers and security ...