Archive for November, 2006

Good News/Bad News

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Good news: A recent survey indicates three-quarters of the greater New Orleans population has returned. Bad news: The same survey says the city itself (Orleans Parish) is only at 41% of its pre-storm population. Worse, another survey indicates one-third of people here are planning to leave within the next couple years. Good news: Hurricane season […]

Slated for Demolition?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

3319-21 Iberville Street [map] This building has been proposed for demolition by FEMA. Since it’s in a historic district (Mid-City, my neighborhood) FEMA is “requesting the aid of the public in identifying alternatives to demolition.” But how can we provide any such suggestions if we don’t know why the owner has requested demolition? The house […]

Tag Cloud

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I’m putting together a workshop here at the University about using del.icio.us and ran across this tagroll feature that I thought was pretty cool. Here’s my del.icio.us tag cloud:

How’s the House Coming Along?

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

There’s a question that dogs me these days, everywhere I go. Everyone wants to know the same thing: “How’s the house coming along?” My answer is always the same: It’s not coming along at all, really. No one’s done any real work on our house for months. We are living in half our house and […]

Editor B Gives Thanx

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Xy flew up to Indiana to visit her family. I stayed here in New Orleans because, frankly, I had enough of Indiana during my evacuation to last me a while. I think this is the first Thanksgiving Xy and I haven’t spent together in thirteen years or so. Nevertheless it was a festive holiday. I […]

Proto-Borat

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Back in the late 80s, when I was just getting interested in video production, I shot some stuff at the County Line Mall in Indianapolis with my friend, Butt. (Yes, yes, that’s his real name, his last name. I will refrain from telling his first name in order to spare him potential Google embarrassment.) He’s […]

Smoke Signals

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Yesterday a store in the Carrollton Shopping Center caught fire. My office is across the street. My co-worker Janice noticed the smoke first, but thought her glasses were dirty. After she cleaned the lenses and the haze was still there, she asked me if they were sending up smoke signals over there. When I saw […]

More Guerrilla Art in Mid-City

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Spotted this morning on the way to work on the Jeff Davis neutral ground: It’s a pitcher full of water suspended above a map of Louisiana made of sand. A strange, elegant, and disturbing metaphor for our current situation. I have no idea who’s behind this. Could it be the same person (or people) who […]

Celebrity Smackdown

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Jimmy Pardo just read my list of annoying people on his weekly podcast. Er, pardon me, it’s a “Pardcast.” Check out Episode 33 — the fun begins about 27 minutes into the program. They rake me over the coals pretty well, and I gotta admit I have it coming. “All the insight of bad stand-up […]

Tribute to America

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to present a temporary art installation which I like to call “A Tribute to America.” On trash day, if we’re lucky, the garbage truck comes around and the collectors dump our cans in the truck and leave them lying on the street. There they stay all day until I come […]

I’m Back

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

I took two weeks off. During that time I barely left Orleans Parish, except for a couple errands. I rode my bike into Metairie via Veteran’s Boulevard. Don’t ever try that; you’re taking your life into your own hands with the traffic and the lack of any provision for bicycles. Mostly, I spent most of […]