Archive for May, 2010

Post Protest

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Despite the rain, hundreds of people turned out for the protest yesterday, so many I couldn’t fit them all even in this wide panoramic shot. View full size for maximum impact. Be prepared to scroll horizontally. I posted a set of twenty photos in all. (Of course, Derek has a set that’s twice as big […]


Friday, May 28th, 2010

Here are the seminars I’ll be attending at Tales of the Cocktail. You can expect an in-depth account of each one on this blog come late July. Prohibition & Gin: “This seminar will explore gin and gin cocktails during some of the golden years of the cocktail (1890’s – 1919), the Bath Tub Gin and […]

Salmon Quandry

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

We’ve been in the habit of eating salmon about once a week, usually on Sunday. I’ve perfected a very simple method: a sprinkling of Tony’s and twelve minutes on the Big Green Egg. That’s it. The results are always spectacular — moist and fatty and delicious. Xy has even had to stop saying she “doesn’t like […]


Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

I haven’t been to a protest for a while. Think I’ll make this one. BP Oil Flood Protest Sunday, May 30, 2010 1:00pm – 7:30pm Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans Join us on SUNDAY, MAY 30th at 1 PM in Jackson Square, New Orleans, to demand the Federal Government and BP devote all possible […]

Sandbox Dialog

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

We stopped by our friends’ house yesterday and I talked to a couple four-year-old-boys playing in the sandbox. One of the boys had a sucker that had gotten coated with sand. Me: Mmm, sand, that’s my favorite flavor. Russell: Do you want it? Me: No thanks, I just ate a bunch of sand before I […]

Dark Cloud of Oil

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I hesitate to write much about the oil apocalypse in the Gulf, because it’s complicated and technical and I don’t want to be perceived as setting myself up as some sort of self-styled expert. That would be foolish. All I know is what I read in the papers and online. (Mainstream press coverage is bleak […]

Strange Egg

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

We found this anomaly at our local grocery store. Ever seen an egg shaped like this before? Both ends are the same size! Such eggs would have put an end to the war in Lilliput.

Twenty-Seven Months

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Dear Persephone, For some reason, I didn’t realize you were old enough to appreciate stories. I mean, even though I read you storybooks every night, I had never actually just told you a story. I guess I thought the pictures in your books were an essential element. Then, a couple weeks ago, I told you […]


Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I can’t take the blame for this one. That goes to Michael Homan. But if you watch closely you’ll see me a few times throughout this incredibly weird video. Xy’s in there too. Also, Persephone makes her first appearance in a speaking role. I always thought that would be in ROX. Guess I’ve been slacking […]

How Marxist Are You?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I was recently contacted by a college student at a certain large Midwestern state-sponsored university. It seems he was enrolled in a revolutionary film studies class, and was working on an assignment to give a Marxist reading of a radical media text, and he chose ROX. His task: to compare us on a scale of […]

Street Flood Panorama

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

We got some heavy rain Sunday morning. It caused widespread street flooding throughout New Orleans. I know our street certainly flooded. I used the panorama feature of our new camera to take this picture. Of course it is better viewed at a larger size. You may even want to examine the original full size photo, […]

My Introduction to YouTube Poop

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

We played host over the weekend to an eleven-year-old boy whose mother (a friend of ours) had to make a trip out of town. But it was a trip for us as well even though we stayed here. I was reminded of what a radically different way children have of being in the world. They […]

Air in the Paragraph Line #13

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

As if I didn’t have enough problems, Air in the Paragraph Line #13 recently landed in my lap. It was sent to me by a distant acquaintance with dubious motives. I consider it nothing less than an all-out assault on my mental health. I didn’t know quite what to make of this thing when it […]

Coffee Reduction #7

Monday, May 17th, 2010

It’s that time of year again. Early last week I cut my coffee consumption down to three cups per day, then two, and I’ve been down to one for several days now. Tuesday will be a half-cup. By the end of the week I will be a free man. You have to step it down […]

American Flag

Monday, May 17th, 2010


Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Our new camera arrived yesterday afternoon, a Sony DSC-HX5V. This is the first shot, straight out the box, without understanding how anything works. Not bad. So far, I’m quite happy with the camera. It is small, exceedingly easy to use, and the image quality is more than satisfactory. It also has number of “gee whiz” […]

Hike Report 2010

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Saturday was the Sixth Annual Hike of the Lafitte Corridor, a great day for me — or it would have been, if it wasn’t sandwiched between the death of two pets and some other personal drama I don’t want to go into right now. As it was, my mind was just a bit clouded. The […]

Requiem for a Cat

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

We adopted Archer back in 2002, I think, when we were living uptown. Actually we didn’t so much adopt her as take over feeding her when some guys down the street abandoned her. I’m not sure how old she was at that time, but she was already full grown. When we bought our house in […]

Requiem for a Rabbit

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Nicky came our way last summer, under circumstances that can best be described as silly if not stupid. I was never too close to him, because I frankly hardened my heart against all pets after Lucy disappeared. But even I had to admit this docile little lagamorph held a certain charm. Alas, Nicky died this […]

Helen Hill Birthday Fundraiser

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Of course I will be hiking Saturday morning, and I encourage all to come with us, but there’s another event that deserves your attention. The aim is to raise the funds necessary to finish Helen Hill’s final film. The hike may preclude my attendance, but I’ll be showing a video there featuring Helen — the […]