Archive for August, 2005

Backfill: Christmas in New Orleans

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

A happier New Orleans just eight months ago.

Our hotel was at the corner of Bourbon and Canal.

A New Orleans Frontline Account

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Ernie the Attorney has been a valuable, if understandably sporadic, source of information about what the Katrina experience was like. He escaped from New Orleans the other day, and I thought that might be the end of his “citizen reporting”. But today he posted an account written by Greg Henderson, a doctor working to help [...]

Time to Pitch In

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

It’s time to come to the aid of our neighbors. I’m going to ask Wendy tonight if we can make a small donation to the American Red Cross fund for hurricane relief; it won’t be much, but if everybody donates something, then together we will be able to help many people. Please consider donating what [...]


Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

The reports of the devastation from the Louisiana-Mississippi-Alabama gulf coast just boggle the mind. Levees breached. Buildings collapsed. Flooding. Over fifty dead in one Mississippi county alone, and that toll expected to rise. You expect lots of property damage from a class 4 storm, but the death toll is sadly astounding. New Orleans may not [...]

The Big Uneasy?

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Katrina has made landfall, but the storm’s eye has not yet passed over New Orleans. People there still have to face the worst, but three developments bode well for the city:

The storm weakened slightly to category 4 overnight;
It increased its speed to 15 mph;
Its track shifted a few miles to the east.

So it will spend [...]

Katrina Is One SCARY Storm!

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

Every time I saw Wendy yesterday she’d say “Well, Katrina still hasn’t turned to the north.” I’m still not 100% convinced that she’s going where they say she will, but it’s becoming clear that she’s headed for somewhere along the Louisiana coast.
Most national news sources are covering the Katrina story, so you all probably know [...]

Making Music Videos With Google Earth

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

As many of you know, I’ve made a hobby in the past couple of years of making music videos. Well here’s a new twist on that idea: use Google Earth to generate some video, set it to music, and you have a nice geographical music video. Here are three nice videos made with Google Earth:
“My [...]

An Open Letter to Katrina and the Waves

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Dear Katrina,
Please turn north. We’ve had an excellent summer so far, and we don’t want you ruining it. So please turn north and visit the good people of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana. And please do so immediately.
The Texas Gulf Coast

PS: The Central Florida Hurricane Center is now using a Google Map to keep track [...]

Speed Kills

Friday, August 26th, 2005

Message to the Earth’s core: slow down! It seems that scientists have suspected for about a decade that the Earth’s core rotates faster than the rest of the planet. They have now presented data showing that the core rotates about a half degree more per year than the surface. This is not entirely unprecedented in [...]

Google Talk Online

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

The rumor mill was running extra hard yesterday with news that Google would be launching a new instant messaging site. I went over to Google this morning to see if there had been an announcement. No announcement, but the site is now up at with software for download.
I don’t know if I’ll be using [...]

Medusa was a beauty compared to…

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

The World’s Ugliest Dog.

Update: Here’s a Houston Chronicle story about this ugly mutt.

Monday Miscellanea

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

When I came home this afternoon, I parked in a much cleaner garage. That was the weekend project: clean it out and throw some stuff away. We spent pretty much all day Saturday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, working at it. We took everything out, swept it out, hosed it out, and then put everything [...]