Archive for July, 2008

Gatherers of Light

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I’m nearing the end of my project of excavating old images from the depths of my hard drive. There have been some interesting discoveries along the way. A few days ago, I found a set of photos I thought had been lost, from March 23rd, 2002. That’s when I made a road trip to Shreveport […]

Displaysia

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Bad news everywhere. The sunken barge shifted in the Mississippi last night, spilling yet more oil into the river. Stacy Head (my Council rep) is attacking Jerome Smith for no good reason. Derrick “Saggy Pants” Shepherd is going down in flames. But I don’t care, because I got a new monitor at work. Actually, I […]

Drop Off

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

I left my daughter with a bunch of strangers this morning. Kind of an odd experience, but not as upsetting as I might have thought. The folks at the daycare seem to know what they’re doing, and the whole scene inspired confidence. This is teacher prep week, so Xy’s not quite back at work full […]

Around the Corner

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Here’s an excerpt from the 1st District Crime Activity Report for July 24, 2008, reproduced verbatim and without editorial comment: Type: Aggravated Assault Location: 3100 block of Bienville Gist: At 6:30pm, the victim had a verbal confrontation with her live in boyfriend over the one month old baby not being his son. After being informed […]

Packing Up

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

I spent a few hours over the past week helping a friend pack up and move. Something I’ve done many times before. Only, in this case, my friend already left. And wherever he is now, he won’t be needing his file cabinets or his shoes or his pipe collection… or any of his worldly possessions. […]

The Boboli Video

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

And now here comes a video from the unfathomable T Bill featuring Xy and yours truly at the Kroger grocery in Bloomington, Indiana, circa mid ’90s. I guess I gave this raw footage to T Bill when he visited years ago and then forgot about it. I never expected to see it again. But, lo […]

Puddling

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Rainwater collects in little puddles on several of the steps leading up to our front porch. Ideally these old worn treads should be replaced, but that’s a lot of work. As an interim measure, before I put down the second coat of paint, I was thinking to drill a few small holes to allow drainage. […]

Poetry Party Photo Collage

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Dipping into ye olde hard drive, I found this photo collage I made six years ago. I still think this is pretty cool. I didn’t use a flash and so most of my pix turned out blurry, but when reduced for this collage they actually look decent. Of all the people who read and performed […]

A Few Humble Suggestions

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The Louisiana Department of Transportation held a public meeting at City Park Tuesday night to gather input for a statewide bicycle/pedestrian master plan. I missed it, but good ole Charlie London tells me we can still send ideas to [email protected] Here’s what I sent: I commute to work every day in New Orleans using the […]

Out (and About) with the In-Laws

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Just wrapped up a four-night visit with the in-laws. (Actually they left town yesterday morning.) What to say? They read this blog, so of course I can’t be too honest. Heh heh. No, really, I love my in-laws. I just like to make fun because they’re, you know, my in-laws. They’re fun people. Xy gets […]

Puppy Theft

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Here’s an excerpt from the 1st District Crime Activity Report for July 20, 2008, reproduced verbatim and without editorial comment: Type: Theft Location: Dumaine and North Rocheblave Gist: The victim stated that at 6:15pm, she received a response to an ad that she had in the newspaper for a puppy. The victim met an unknown […]

Five Months

Monday, July 21st, 2008

You don’t cry much, but you’ve been grunting and making a lot of other noises, pretty much since the day you were born. Over the last month you’ve been gurgling and cooing more. Then, a couple weeks ago, you went swimming with Sebastian, who’s two years old, and he taught you the joy of squealing. […]

Weekend Update

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

You’d think a guy like me would be all over Tales of the Cocktail. (Hell, I should be on a panel. After all, I’ve co-hosted almost a hundred episodes of a show about mixed drinks.) But every year it sneaks up on me, and I find myself obligated elsewhere. This year I’m hanging with the […]

The Voskhod Experiment

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Here is some random audio mess I mixed up lately. Voskhod [26:15] Proton [25:53] Cosmos [26:35] Soyuz [27:58] All files are in MP3 format; each clocks in at just under half an hour and just around 50 MB. Actually it’s not entirely random. There is a method at work here. How best to describe this […]

Poster

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Three years ago, I became aware of a collaborative poster project which made use of a couple of photographs I’d published under a Creative Commons license. According to the krazy genius who put it all together: This mosaic was made from 2500 individual photographs of circles, photographed by 542 talented individuals. The mosaic was constructed […]

Another One Gone

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

It would have been nice if this big old house could have been preserved. It would have been nice if someone had taken responsibility for this property and not allowed it to further deteriorate and become a haven for vagrants and a (perceived) threat to the residents across the street. Instead, we get another empty […]

McKinney

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Four years ago I was at the national convention of the Green Party. This time around, I was barely aware of it before it was over. Preoccupied I guess. But Cynthia McKinney just got nominated as the Green presidential candidate, and she gives a great acceptance speech. Via C-SPAN and YouTube.

Call & Response

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

I was playing with the girl yesterday, and I asked her some silly question I don’t even remember now. Then I answered my own question, “Yes you are,” and gave her belly a little rub. She laughed. So I repeated myself, “Yes you are,” and rubbed her belly again. And she laughed again. “Yes you […]

FOLC in the Zone

Monday, July 14th, 2008

WWL-TV will do a feature on the Lafitte Corridor this Thursday morning at 7:45 AM. This is part of a series called “In the Zone.” They’re covering a different recovery zone each segment. They’ve done almost all of them, so this is one of the last. If you want to see previous episodes in this […]

The Speed of Dark

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Title: The Speed of Dark Author: Elizabeth Moon Published: 2002 So here’s a book that I enjoyed despite some glaring deficiencies. It’s the tale of a young autistic man. He’s high-functioning with a genius aptitude for pattern recognition, so he’s gainfully employed. In fact he’s part of a whole unit of autistic employees at some […]