August 30th, 2005

Hit the road

7690 - More Hurricane Katrina Updates

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Interesting use of Hurricane Data and google maps to chart the path of Katrina - zoomable, and each marker is clickable for storm info at each waypoint.

New Orleans is worse off than I'd initially heard - "80% of the city is underwater, up to 20 feet deep" and "both airports are under, the yacht club is gone, water is still entering, houses have broken off their foundations and are floating free." This is all presumably because of the delayed breach of the 17th Street canal. Lake Pontchartrain is entering the city and become Lake New Orleans. The cable news networks have not really caught on yet to what is happening. Underwater Gas leaks.

"Mayor Ray Nagin reports the Twin Span Bridge is 'totally destroyed' and that 80% of the city is underwater (Everything North of I-10), electricity out for 4-6 weeks minimum, tainted water supply, many many reports of bodies floating in water, and people trapped in homes under water, Pharmacies being looted by drug addicts"

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FEMA just announced that this relief effort is going to be far greater than all of last year's 4 Major storms in Florida put together. NOT including the oil industry, Insurance company risk managers have pegged the cost of cleanup at $15-$30bil. And with each hour the scope of what is being discovered seems to make the $30bil seem more likely. the Mayor of MSY along with the FEMA lead are talking about this as in fact being a Catastophic disaster - only the buildings and people within the New Orleans city limits seemingly have been spared. Catastrophic damage is absolutely the proper characterization for the Gulfport to Biloxi to Ocean Springs ocean front. Inland wind damage was generally CAT 3 to Cat 4 -- but the storm surge was CAT 5 with an exclamation mark.
OK - All right

7691 - Porgy Tirebiter! He's a spy and a girl delighter!

Power restored to the office about 3:30pm yesterday, so it's going to be back to the building, business as usual. I'm glad I can take a little time off from fielding calls!

Lots of paperwork the last few days... a side effect of working with law enforcement, and government-types in general.

"Shes got a balcony you could do Shakespeare from!" - Best quote heard yesterday. (Firesign Theater)

Take off your shoes, or at least let the air out of 'em.

Kevin Kline is starring as Guy Noir in a 'Prairie Home' movie!

A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets. But on the 12th floor of the Acme building, one man is still trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions . Guy Noir, Private Eye.

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I currently have 5415 mp3s on my system, or 42 days, 21 hours, 22 minutes and 16 seconds worth of recorded media. Not sure how much of that is from games, and how much is from tunes, but there you go.

A lot of cartoon themes.

Good news about the condo in Deerfield. Looks like the guy is moving out the first of October, so I might be in there before Halloween!

I just have to hustle with approval and closing costs now. I'll be doing a surf through on Sunday, just to make sure it's not a rat's nest. It'll be a bit of a haul to get to work (an hour and a half commute each way, I figure), but it should be worth it to own my own place. Dan's not going to be happy that I'm moving that far North, either.... I'll be much closer to Boca than I will be to Davie.

Owning property in Fort Lauderdale is nigh impossible unless you're independently wealthy, it seems.

Tentative plans to go see Valiant with Danny on Friday, depending on his level of burnout... he's got the sickies lately, but is being a macho man dumbass and not using his insurance to its fullest ability. I nagged him twice, I won't pester him again... he's a grownup, and knows what he has to do. If he's still sick on Friday, I'll bail, because I have no desire to re-catch a mutated version whatever it is I had before. He wanted to shoot for Saturday, but I'm on call.

He calls it a cartoon, but I have trouble referring to stuff like Shrek or Reboot as cartoons. CGI doesn't seem to be in the same category as Kim Possible and Speed Racer... more like Claymation stuff, like Wallace and Gromit (which Danny also calls cartoons.) I tend to think of cartoons as fairly 2-d, drawn on cels and animated that way, not 3-d models. Maybe just refer to them as "Animation?"

Moment of Lyric (In honor of Katrina)

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Years ago
I was an angry young man
I'd pretend
That I was a billboard
Standing tall
By the side of the road
I fell in love
With a beautiful highway
This used to be real estate
Now it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town
Now, it's nothing but flowers
The highways and cars
Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we'd start over
But I guess I was wrong

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Pictures taken in my neighborhood, mapped

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I'm not sure how I feel about a pee-powered mp3-player. The "lick and call" cell-phone is sort of a cool idea, though.

Favorite picture of the moment -

1 year ago - JLU, comparison shopping, bro drama, earache, presidential candidates

2 years ago - art fair, skippy, Danny's Sci-fi club, morning newt pics, snake oil watch, dali, reading hero 5, female gamers outnumber boys, N. Korea Nukes, kim possible

3 years ago - wonka, hypno powers, got my computer desk

4 years ago - stoic, codex seraphinianus, fruit poll

5 years ago - remembering a hard month