Archive for December, 2009

Editor B’s Year-End Closeout

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Yo here’s a mix of my favorite tracks released in 2009. There’s 23 in all, so it’s about an hour and a half long. 8tracks terms forbid me from providing a complete listing, but I can tell you there’s some music by A Tiny Window, Prince Rama of Ayodhya, and Интеркосмос (aka Interkosmos). Enjoy, and […]

Twenty-Two Months

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Dear Persephone, You’re twenty-two months old as of yesterday. Not long ago I had a fleeting vision of what you might be like when you are twenty-two years old. We were napping together and it came in a dream as I was half-asleep, so vivid and so real and so beautiful. I woke up and […]

Ocular Emergency

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Friday night my daughter stabbed me in the eye. Not intentionally — she was just waving her arm around. Her little finger somehow got past my glasses, and her nail sliced right across my cornea. When she realized I was in pain she gave me a kiss. Very sweet. It was pretty painful, but I […]

FOLC Presentation

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Here’s a presentation I made last night on the Lafitte Corridor, the greenway project, the revitalization plan, FOLC, and everything else.

Broke My Damn Toe and Other Entries in the Annals of Idiocy

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I’ve been wanting to visit a podiatrist, but I am daunted from seeking healthcare, daunted by my insurer. Humana refuses to thoroughly update their database of “approved” physicians to reflect the reality of post-Katrina New Orleans. This may come as a shock but after the floods of ’05 many doctors simply ain’t there no more. […]

Milo Needs a Caption

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

It has just been brought to my attention that Ulysses Press has canceled publication of LOLcats: Teh Most Funyest, Cutest Internet Kittehs. That’s a shame because they were going to use my photo of Milo (may he rest in peace) in the book. The worst part is now I’ll never know what clever caption they […]

Vehicular Challenge

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Michael gave me a lift early Sunday morning to pick up the car from where Xy had abandoned it on Airline Highway the night before. It wouldn’t start. While we were unloading her Xmas shopping a cop pulled up and chastised us for leaving the car there overnight. He waited while I called Progressive Roadside […]

Trial by Water

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

I wasn’t feeling quite right. When Xy offered to take our daughter with her on a shopping expedition I assented. It was just starting to rain so I urged her to drive carefully. Off she went. We’d heard the weather reports the night before talking about a possibly severe “rain event” but I thought that […]

A Poster Boy for Brainwashing

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Imagine my surprise when I discovered my nursery school photo is being used by Cory Frickin’ Doctorow for an article on Boing Boing. The subject? Counter-terrorism, natch. England’s West Midlands counter-terrorism unit is putting nursery schools on notice to check out their four-year-olds to make sure that they’re not being “brainwashed” into “Islamic extremism.” It […]

48 Really Dumb Questions

Friday, December 11th, 2009

These are my answers (from about a month ago) to a really dumb chain e-mail which I got from a really close friend. I’m posting this here just for fun but please, if you get the e-mail, don’t propagate it. Invent something better. These questions are really dumb even for a goofy “getting to know […]


Thursday, December 10th, 2009 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 I’ve made a few changes to the streaming audio station as I continue the constant pursuit of perfection. Finally came up with a name: radio.rox — blindingly obvious but thanks to Charlotte for prodding me in the right direction. The name suggests the new web address: …which is where […]

The Waif of Persephone

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Thanks to Sean for turning me on to this animated short. The Waif of Persephone from Nick Cross on Vimeo. At first I was thrown off by the complete absence of Demeter, but it becomes clear that Mr. Cross has quite a different take on the old story. Amazing work! I’m getting the DVD because, […]

Well, Crap

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Overnight New Orleans got pounded by heavy, heavy rain for several hours. Also some serious gusts. We lost power for a while during the night and there was of course some street flooding throughout the city. The weather has caused our fumigation to be postponed. They were set to tent the house this morning, but […]


Monday, December 7th, 2009

We’re having our house tented for fumigation to kill off some drywood termites. It’s kind of a pain, because we have to relocate three cats, a rabbit, and a fish, not to mention a baby girl and our own damn selves and our food. We became aware of the drywood infestation when we inspected. The […]


Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Awrite — I’m taking the plunge and starting my own net radio station. This will be going 24/7 or as long as I can keep it up. Want to listen? Please be my guest. If you know my “taste” in music (and I do use the word “taste” advisedly) you’ll know what to expect. If […]

Collaborative Story Assignment

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

A photo I took in 2005 was recently used to spur a collaborative writing assignment. I have no idea where the class was even located. I only found this through Flickr’s referrer logs. The students used EtherPad to collaborate, allowing me to see the final product. Here are their instructions. As a group pick one […]

Saints Metaphor

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

I was listening to WWL and WBOK yesterday. These two talk-radio stations could not be more different in so many ways. And yet the theme was the same on both — the Saints as a metaphor for this city. Not a metaphor for what we actually are, but a metaphor for what we could be. […]

Doing the Wave

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

It was some fun watching the Saints dismantle the Patriots last night. And now I’m doing the wave. No, not the audience wave — I’m not that big of a sports fan and I do still have my basic sense of human dignity. I’m talking about Google Wave. Google describes Wave as “a personal communication […]