Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Here’s the full-on Crown Royal costume in all its glory. I drilled two tiny holes through a Crown Royal cap to make her crown. Two leg-holes in the classic Crown Royal bag (1.75 liter) and voila — instant costume. I feel I should clarify that Crown Royal is no particular favorite of mine. I mean […]

Why Halloween Sucks

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Why do I hate Hallowe’en? It’s because of the Electronic Light-up Scary Yo-yo from Gealex Toys. It’s because of the Ma & Pa Bones Permaplastic Glow-in-the-Dark Skeletons. It’s because of the Sound-Activated Pumpkin Novelty from Hallmark: “It Lights Up — It Laughs!” It’s because of the Spooky Vampire: “Light-sensor activated! Lifelike animation! Talks in a […]

And Yet…

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I’ve articulated some of my thoughts on the election, yet I see I have left some important stuff out. For one thing, although I’ve been mildly disgusted by this presidential campaign, I’m actually less disgusted by the two major candidates than in any race I can remember. Some friends have expressed dismay that they can […]

This Old Mac

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Alex, Just wanted to let you know what’s up with this old Mac. I’ve ended up taking it in to work in order to get my old data off of it. The good news is that it’s working. I’ve even scored an old ADB keyboard and mouse from a co-worker. Turns out they’re a little […]


Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

This morning the car wouldn’t start again. Only three weeks since the last time. Cocking the wheel didn’t help. Nothing helped. I waited about five or ten minutes, and it started right up. I don’t think this is related to the colder weather, because when it didn’t start on the 9th the low was only […]

Partly Nippy

Monday, October 27th, 2008

It was cooler today, with a bit of a nip in the air, the first hint of cold weather since spring. I object to this turn of affairs. I don’t know if it’s my body or my mind that takes greater umbrage. But I can feel myself clench up, mentally and physically. I was a […]

Her First Halloween Party

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

They had a Halloween party at our daycare. Besides seeing all the kids in their costumes, one of the highlights was a ride around the block in the six-seater buggy. That’s our girl up front wearing the Crown Royal bag. I hope to complete her costume with a little crown by the time Halloween actually […]

Her First Dance

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Here’s Persephone hanging out with the 6th grade boys from the Eisenhower Elementary Royal Homecoming Court. She might look vaguely alarmed, but don’t worry — she had a great time at the dance. There’s a few more pictures in this here Flickr set.

Big Sculptures on Campus

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Last Friday I noticed a new sculpture in the quad. Then I saw another, not too far away. What’s going on here? Could it be a part of Prospect.1? On November 1, 2008, Prospect.1 New Orleans [P.1], the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States, will open to the public […]

Truncated Scale

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

A friend recently commented on how our country is politically polarized. Yes, I feel that — but I also feel that many of us are apathetic and alienated from the political process. How could these both be true? It seems contradictory, paradoxical. Perhaps the answer, or part of it, has to do with our narrowly […]

Conversation at the SpeeDee Oil Change

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Male Employee: I sure do like a short woman. Xy: Well, my husband is 6’4″. That cooled his jets for a bit. But then he came back with: If you ever get divorced, let me know.

Eight Months

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

What a month it’s been. You came down with your first bug a few weeks ago; you’ve still got a cough and a runny nose, but the doctor says that’s not unusual. You’ve got four teeth now, with a fifth one coming in, and they are sharp. This morning you were nursing at your mother’s […]

Bucket & Torch

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I was talking to Howie and he shared this passage with me: Education is now prized not because the culture values truth and wisdom, or views scholarship as a lifetime vocation, but because it is the means to economic success. So the study of science, engineering, and business takes precedence over theology, philosophy, literature, and […]

Neighbor Kids & Roller Girls

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

The neighbor kids are always knocking on our door. The reasons seem to come and go in waves. Most recently my wrench has been enjoying a great popularity. Hassan in particular will come over and borrow the wrench several times a day, as he fiddles with his bike. Hassan usually asks for the pliers, but […]

Open Sound New Orleans

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

I was recently contacted by the good folks at Open Sound New Orleans. This is a website where people can post audio clips to a map of the city. They loaned me a sweet little audio recording device called the Samson Zoom H2 and told me to go crazy with it. So over the past […]


Friday, October 17th, 2008

“All two-valued systems are false.” — Gene Wolfe Consider the left-right continuum of political thought. It often strikes me as tired and played-out. Yet at other times it seems quite relevant. It certainly is one-dimensional, by definition, and thus it can’t begin to reflect the rich variation and nuances of political philosophy. For example, Nazis […]


Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Since I didn’t get to sound off on these issues on the radio, maybe I’ll just give vent here. I watched all four of the so-called debates. Mostly they were pretty boring. I thought the last one was the most interesting, but all in all they were disappointing. The debates frustrate me. Once upon a […]

Hangin’ with Garland

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

WWL 870-AM is broadcasting from our campus today. The office of University Media Relations asked me to sit in for a while, so I did. I thought we’d be talking about the debate last night and the presidential race in general. I had some incisive remarks at the ready, about how the debates make a […]

Old Men Just Start the Wars

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

This Beetle Bailey strip ran a couple weeks ago and caught my eye for a couple reasons. 1) Beetle and Plato appear to be under fire. This strip never depicts war situations. The characters are in perpetual training, and never actually ship off to real combat. Presumably this is another drill at Camp Swampy — […]

Frustrated with Bebo

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I’ve been researching social network sites for a presentation I’m making at the end of the month. There’s quite a few of them out there. As part of my research I’ve been signing up for all the major ones and exploring them a bit. I already had accounts on Facebook, MySpace, Plaxo, Friendster, Orkut and […]