Superbe projection lumineuse à Budapest.

January 14, 2007

J’ai filmé ca lors de nos vacances de Noel en Hongrie.

Budapest light projections by www.limelight.hu/


light projections budapest

budapest parlement

This is the Hungarian parlement in Budapest.

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Good Old Times à l’île

December 20, 2006

Originally uploaded by Vincent Arsenault.

I miss this place.
I grew up in this house on l’île d’Orléans, near Quebec city.
http://www.iledorleans.com/

L’île d’Orléans est fréquentée depuis des temps immémoriaux. Les premières nations venaient à «Minigo», l’ensorceleuse, pour la pêche, pour la chasse et sans doute pour le charme mystérieux qui lui valait son nom. Le sol fertile y a très rapidement attiré les colons et elle devint un des premiers foyers de colonisation de la Nouvelle-France. Elle fut le point de départ de près de 300 familles souches, qui essaimèrent partout en Amérique. On la qualifia de «microcosme du Québec traditionnel» et on la désigne encore comme étant le «berceau de l’Amérique française». L’île d’Orléans est aujourd’hui le plus important arrondissement historique du Québec. L’Île, située à cinq kilomètres en aval de Québec, est un pays d’entre deux.

…Pendant ses trois cents premières années, elle est passée à travers toutes les mésaventures de la colonie, mais en gardant toujours son aura bucolique, sa réputation de tranquillité et son je ne sais quoi de légendaire.

 

“Un pays d’entre deux”,,, j’ai pas trop changé aujourd’hui ;)

Ma grand-maman et moi, sur la Kawasaki semi-route semi-trail de mon père.

me and grandma


Cock Blocking in Action

November 30, 2006

On sort Part 3 – http://tetesaclaques.tv/video.php?vid=35

Cock Blocking in Action

On voit dans ce clip des Têtes à Claques… un exemple parfait d’une tentative de “Pure Cock Blocking”.

Some of you may recognise yourselves.


Can’t Sleep? Try OTR.

November 8, 2006

http://www.otr.net/

“The OTR.Network Library is a free resource for Old Time Radio (OTR) fans. We have over 12,000 OTR shows available for instant listening, with 100 more added each week.”

What is OTR?

From Wikipedia:

Old-Time Radio (OTR) and the Golden Age of Radio are phrases used to refer to radio programs (audio theater) mainly broadcast, in the USA, during the 1920s through the late 1950s.

By those who listened to the shows at the time, vintage radio is now most vividly remembered by its most vivid fragments: fanfares and show openings, running gags, trademark sounds and newsworthy events, such as the headlines generated by The War of the Worlds when it was dramatized on Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater on the Air. Some still recall the creaking-door sound effect on Inner Sanctum Mysteries, the Dragnet theme music, the “Hi-Yo, Silver!” call of the Lone Ranger or the cackle of The Shadow: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.” 

I’m really hooked on this stuff. It’s very simple and naive. It has these very cool intense and DRAMATIC orchestral music  effects that can’t help but put a smile on your face.

My personal favorite is”The Saint” with Vincent Price.

Vincent Price The Saint


California Road Trip; Our Top Ten

September 30, 2006

#10 Malibu: Getty Villa

“The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.”

We were not sure we would stop by. The guide talked about reserving 3 weeks before hand (even though the visit was free). It even sounded a bit kitsch “Roman Villa Reproduction”???. But we had enjoyed the Getty Center (see below) SO much..that we turned right from Pacific Coast Highway at the last second, almost made the car behind crash into us… A Bentley and a Rolls Royce in front of us made us smile and wonder if we would be able to go in. The security guy asked if we had tickets…. I said: “no”. Then he asked were we were from… I said: “France”. He yanked 2 ruffled tickets out of his shirt pocket and with a big smile said: “Enjoy your visit!” We really did. (wikipedia) Getty Villa, Our photos and a short movie below.

#9 Berkley: Taste Restaurant\Wine Bar

Our Lonely Planet guide said the food was the only reason to visit Berkley…. it was right. We wanted to go to Chez Panisse but it was full till 10.30pm. Since we didn’t have that much time we went to a resto close by. We usually kept to the guide for restaurant choices… but we risked it and were not disappointed. The best food we had on our trip. Taste was a mix of French, Mediterrean and Californian cuisine.

#8 Santa Barbara

Beyond what the name conjures up; TV shows, Soap Operas, rich & famous, retired people from LA… we loved this city: great shopping, beautiful flowers\trees\plants and people watching on State Street, many Mexican reminders everywhere. The restaurant with the best atmosphere and great harbor view; Brophy Brothers Restaurant and Clam Bar. Our photos,

#7 Pigeon Point

A nice little spot suggested by Zu. It had this kind of romantic-horror movie atmosphere. Very calming, yet intense. A bit Hitchkocky. You could stare at the ocean, the fog, the waves, the pelicans flying by and the lazy seals on their rocks for a long time.

#6 Santa Cruz Sea Lions

#5 Organic Strawberries

From Santa Cruz to San-Francisco we saw many of these Organic\No Spray road side produce vendors. Reminded me of “l’ile d’Orléans” à Québec. We just had to stop.

These were the best strawberries I ever tasted. Actually, all the fruits we had there were delicious. The morning orange juices were also incredibly tasty. As if I had never had real orange juice before.

#4 Pacific Cost Highway

Beautiful drive! Breath-taking roads and views. It was often hard to drive and try to look at the sea and the cliffs. Many available “view points” make it easy to stop and take in the beauty of it all. Being next to the sea imposes a certain life perspective, makes you remember how small you are…. a very relaxing feeling.

#3 Venice Beach

One of the “poems” that had it’s beginning on this beach was The Doors “Hello, I Love You,” (1965) which was inspired by a young, tall, thin black girl who was walking towards Jim as he sat on a Venice Beach bench.

Sidewalk crouches at her feet
Like a dog that begs for something sweet
Do you hope to make her see, you fool?
Do you hope to pluck this dusky jewel?

#2 San-Francisco

This is the US I love. It’s hard to precisely explain why. It’s multicultural, beautiful, friendly, intense cultural scene, environment friendly, tech friendly…. I think this is what we all imagine when we think of the US. Not the Bush US, but the intello, left wing, socialist, French loving America ;)

In this 10 minute montage of a bunch of clips I did during our 2 days in SF you’ll see: steep hills, cable car, Union Square, The Mission, Racist War!, Castro, Indians secretly filmed on the bus and downtown atmosphere. Enjoy!

#1 LA: Getty Center

Modern architecture and gardens.

What a place! We only spent a couple of hours at The Getty. We would have spent easily a full day. It’s the only attraction that would bring me back to LA. It’s on top a hill and you need to take a train shuttle to get there. Once there you are surprised by the modernity and beauty of it all. Everything feels right. All the material used, the spaces, the buildings, nature… it’s all extremely well thought of. Walking and visiting it seems natural. Everything just seems to flow right.

Thanks to JR, Steve, Kristian, Pat and Zu for your great suggestions. We didn’t get to visit everything…I guess we’ll just have to go back ;)


The Globe and Mail on the “Defense”

September 21, 2006

Jan Wong : Le Globe and Mail se défend | Société | Radio-Canada.ca

What a bunch of loosers. Even Harper’s on “our side”.

 


Off For a While! – Un ti break!

August 11, 2006

Ciao à mes milliers de lecteurs! Je reviens vers le 5 sept.

Je vais m’amuser dans ce coin là, pis .

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To my legions of assiduous readers I bid farewell. See you around the 5th of Sept.

I’ll be having fun around here, here and there.