A few days ago I posted a picture of Milo and me, and noted that we had the same color eyes.

Milo & Me

My friend Sean went a little crazy with this picture and swapped my eyes with Milo’s. The results are funny and a little disturbing. According to Sean, “Milo’s eyes fit perfectly inside the iris part of your eyes without resizing.”


No Glory

It really chapped my ass to read the story on the front page of today’s paper, about the big movie production studio which is planned to be built next to the Lafitte housing project.

I’m not opposed to the project — I see it as a hugely positive boon to the neighborhood. The inclusion of a vocational school is great.

What irritates me is that I learned about this three months ago. Continue reading “No Glory”

Volume Five

Though my box of journals was left on the bottom floor of our house during the flooding of New Orleans, all is not lost.

Vol. Five: Front Cover

I brought Volume Five back to Indiana with me and photographed each page. I’ve posted the whole set.

Pix from NOLA

Utility Room

I’ve posted a bunch of pictures from the trip Michael and I made to New Orleans a few days ago. I’ve put ’em all in this set.

Xy in the Trash

Mostly I took pictures of my home and possessions, for insurance purposes, but I did take a few pix of more general interest around town.

Molly's at the Market

I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I might have, because I was busy shooting video which should appear in a future episode of ROX.

Michael has posted a lot more pictures.

Common Ground

He put the best ones in a small set but if you want to see them all try looking at the photos he’s tagged “katrina.”

Evacuation Note

Of course you might also do some tag-surfing to look at the many Katrina-related photos posted to Flickr — take this cluster of photos for example. Or the most interesting photos tagged with “katrina.”

Complete Beauty

Semi-Random Roundup

  • Viriler. That’s the word I used as the first play of our first game of Scrabble last night. (It was four-way Scrabble: Xy vs. me vs. MaPó vs. Martin, whom we had over for basil burgers.) Because it cleared my tray, it was worth 70-some points, and of course awed my opponents. A pretty good word, I thought: the comparative form of virile, of course. You know, virile, viriler, virilest. No one challenged it, and I won the game easily. Only it turns out that viriler is not in the dictionary. I guess more virile is the preferred form. How embarrassing.
  • Thru Flickr and my blog, I’ve made the acquaintance of one Todd A. Price, who happens to be the food critic for the Gambit Weekly. He just published an article about his job in the Chronicle of Higher Ed. Anyway, I got a chance to tag along on his recent visit to a po-boy joint in the Bucktown vicinity, and it was supercool fun, because he has to stay under cover and use a fake name. It was like being a secret agent, only without the risk of being shot. Mission: Fried Pickles! I’ve read restaurant reviews with an almost religious fervor since moving to New Orleans, so I got a real kick out of this.
  • Speaking of culinary experiences, I had lunch at the Marigny Brasserie today with the science fiction club. First time I’d ever been there. I had the Oyster BLT. Check out the description from their menu: “Crispy Fried Oysters, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Romaine Lettuce, Ripe Tomatoes and Horseradish Remoulade Dressing served on Toasted Brioche Bread.” Also had the truffled mushroom and pork confit. Damn, that’s some good rich food.
  • Ned used one of my Flickr pix on TanqueLogue to head up a rant about graffiti in Bloomington. He even mentioned the “No @nswers” tag in front of the church on Kirkwood! What a cranky old man.
  • A blogger made the front page of the Times-Picayune this morning, which may be a first. Seems the author of the Daily Ablution exposed a Guardian columnist’s affiliation with radical Islamic groups. Also seems the blogger, Scott Burgess, is from New Orleans.
  • Lee Harris has written a thought-provoking article titled “Do We All Worship the Same God?” which contrasts two different atheistic perspectives on the religious experience. I don’t necessarily care for the author’s views on other subjects, but I like where he’s coming from here. Essentially he seems to be arguing for an atheistic perspective which doesn’t simply dismiss religion but attempts to understand it. And it ends with a great one-liner: “Few things matter more than how men choose to deceive themselves.”

Update: As of 2012, the Lee Harris article has gone missing from the address originally cited but can still be found on the web.

A Dozen More for Good Measure

Remember when I said I was done posting pix from our vacation trip? I was wrong. I found a dozen more which I’d meant to post but forgot. The Devil’s Kitchen! Caveman BBQ! The DeVille Motor Inn! The Factory Bowl Outlet! How could I forget? I’ve added them to the set, which now stands at an even 100 pix. If you’ve already seen the others you may want to dive right in to the photostream.

Red Beans & Tags

I just discovered the Technorati Tags page, and I was tickled to see that a picture I just posted on Flickr was displayed at the top of the Food page (but not for long). It is, however, the sole content listed for the tag.

Red Beans & Rice

Oh, and in case this picture makes you hungry, here’s the recipe:

Soak the beans overnight
Bring to a boil
Brown sausage and salt pork, then add ’em to the beans
Sauté celery, bell pepper and onion, add to beans
Season with salt, pepper, bay leaf, etc.
Simmer for two hours or longer
Serve over rice


Turkey Prep


Jaylene Marsh came to visit us for Thanksgiving. She drove down from Indianapolis yesterday, and today she took this picture with her phone and e-mailed it to me. I posted the picture to Flickr. (Thanks, Rachel, for turning me on to the site.) So this is my first real attempt to post from Flickr to my blog, and thus to the roxlyst.