Tuesday, August 29, 2006

We Are Not Okay 8-29-05

We Are Not Okay.

Please watch Spike Lee's film,
tonight on HBO.
(or Cox Channel 10 if you're local.)


Friday, August 25, 2006

As The Sun Sets, The Tide Rises...

Rising Tide Mixer 8/25/06
Originally uploaded by LisaPal.
The Rising Tide Confence kicked off this weekend with Friday evening's social/mixer at the New Orleans Yacht Club. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the folks whose blogs we read. But tomorrow is the Big Day. I have to tell you, these are some of the nicest and most interesting people I've ever met. Tomorrow is going to be an extraordinary day.

It's not too late to come spend the day with us. More to come...

Rising Tide Mixer 8/25/06
Originally uploaded by LisaP
Photo Note:
The Club subjected five of the conference organizers to one of its rituals. Not a drop was spilled. There are pictures up and there will be lots more to come.

More pictures here, or in the Rising Tide photo pool on Flickr.

Once Was Not Enough

YOU"RE ON NOTICE (reprise)

Yes, the risk of sexual side effects is the only thing standing between me and antidepressants right now. I just can't see how the effect of the medication would be enough to offset the depression caused by its side effects.

I expect that the Rising Tide will lift me and my spirits for the next couple of days. You can come, too. (If you're not taking any of the aforementioned class of drugs...hahahahhahhhh....)

NOTE: Maitri has a list up, too. Check it out.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Your turn.

(Thanks to Ashley, via Schroeder. Since everyone's list is a little different, you should definitely check 'em out. )

UPDATE: Adrastos and Ray have them, too. Ray has two. I had two, but figured I'd leave some items for others. But maybe I'll rethink that.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Geek Dinner 2.0

How Could You Pass This Up?
Originally uploaded by LisaPal.
Well, we did it again. Pictures are up. But without descriptions, for now. Loki was our host for this one and his goal was to be make as many crazy faces as possible whenever anyone took his photo. Alan was again the mad self-portrait snapper. Maitri couldn't make it, (she's cooling her heels in Canada) so I took enough shots to make up for what she would have contributed. (We missed you!) It was as hot as you'd expect it to be in the middle of August, but we had a great crowd and a great night. More about it to come when I'm in the write mood.

Others seen snapping photos (besides Loki and Alan) were Dangerblond and Dr. A, wife of the Mighty Adrastos, and perhaps others. As soon as they're posted, I'll link to but them.

UPDATE: Loki's photos are up.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Come On Down, Up, Over! There's a Rising Tide!

That's right. The Rising Tide Conference is The Place To Be on the weekend of August 25th - 27th. Because I'm rather overwhelmed right now, I stole copied this schedule right off of Maitri's blog. So read on, and then register and come spend the weekend with us.
The following Rising Tide Conference schedule is up at the conference website. Also available on the front page is a registration form, which I strongly suggest you fill out so we have an idea of seating and food requirements.

8:00 - 9:00 Arrival & Registration

9:00 - 10:00 Keynote Address by Chris Cooper and Robert Block, authors of Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security

10:15 - 11:15 Panel Discussion: Personal Viewpoints moderated by Mark Moseley

11:30 - 12:30 Think New Orleans by Alan Gutierrez

1:30 - 2:30 Panel Discussion: New Orleans Politics moderated by Peter Athas

Local politicians Michael Duplantier, Shane Landry and Peggy Wilson

2:45 - 3:45 Panel Discussion: Influence of Journalists and Bloggers moderated by Maitri Venkat-Ramani and Mark Folse

4:00 - 5:00 Panel Discussion: Bloggers & Neighborhood Associations moderated by Morwen Madrigal and Peter Athas

Bloggers and neighborhood activists representing the Gentilly, MidCity, Northwest Carrollton, Broadmoor, Irish Channel and Bouligny Riverside neighborhoods

5:00 - 6:00 Mixer & Cash Bar


Friday, August 04, 2006

Lisa's Hurricane Predictions

When I first heard about Chris way back when he was an infant sprung from the loins of the eastern Atlantic, but now # 3 on this year's Tropical Trouble Hit Parade, my gut immediately told me that we would not have to worry about him. Why? Well, as I said, part of it is my gut. The other reason is because he only has one syllable in his name. It just doesn't pack a punch.

If you look back at the records, there have only been four storms with a one-syllable name to attain anything beyond Category 2 when they made landfall in the U.S. The first was Hurricane King back in 1950. He was the third storm on record that was given a name and I suppose he had something to live up to. Never mind that his predecessor, Hurricane Easy made landfall as a Cat 3 despite its name. Easy. Two syllables. The other monosyllabic Cat 3 storms were Fran, Bret and Jeanne. Now I don't know about the girls, but I'd never have pegged a storm named Bret to be of any consequence. And, in fact, despite being a Cat 3, he caused so little damage that his name wasn't even retired. He'll show up again in 2011.

Now, I heard something else while at the salon today. According to one of the same chatty pair of women referenced in today's other post, the Farmer's Almanac predicted two major hurricanes for the Gulf last year, one of them within days of when You Know Who struck. The women were impressed. The Farmer's Almanac also has an article explaining how to predict weather using a pig spleen.

As for the remainder of this season, NOAA predicts that we'll name 13-16 storms this season, with 10 of those becoming hurricanes and 4-6 of those hitting Category 3 or higher. So, using my Syllable + Gut Theory, and the remaining storm names, here's my prediction:
  • Ernesto-hmmm...I used to work with a guy named Ernesto...watch out for this one.
  • Florence- there's something about her...she sounds like someone's spinster aunt, but I think she may have a stiletto on her lap, under the afghan she's knitting.
  • Helene and Oscar might give us some pause, and may even come close, real close to dangerous, but maybe not Cat 3 (which is why they're not bolded and not as red.)
  • Isaac Nadine Rafael have real potential.
  • And if there's going to be a one syllable killer, it's going to be Joyce.

That's my prediction. I figure I have as much chance of being right as if I'd used a pig spleen.

Fresh From the Rumor Mill

Today, while out procuring "product" for my hair, I was treated to the musings of a salon patron and her hairdresser regarding the usual abominations of life in New Orleans in general and of the mayor (C. Ray Nagin, for you foreigners who might not know), in particular.

Where the hell is he? He just disappears and there's no hide nor hair of him, then he pops up for a second, then he disappears again.

At first I thought about how good it was to see that it wasn't just the bloggers who noticed this. (Forgive me if I should know that the average (wo)man on the street has been talking about this, too, but you have no idea how bereft of contact with actual people my life has been, mother, kids, boyfriend and a handful of bloggers notwithstanding.)

Anyway, my mind immediately began to entertain itself with images of a Whac a Mole game with that shiny head popping up from this hole and that one. I bet lots of us would find a great deal of therapeutic value in such a game. It would be called See*Ray*Nagin? but I'd have to cut Ashley in on the deal as credit for the pithy name, because I first saw it here.

Anyway, I was jolted from my playful little reverie when I heard the patron inform the stylist that the reason we don't See much of Ray is because he's been busy writing a book. I've heard people rumble about the likelihood that El Hombre will do such a thing (surely with a ghostwriter, but it would be a much more entertaining read if written in his own words, man), but since this woman chose to say it without equivocation, I thought I'd just lay it on ya.

Now, I'm off to do my usual weekend disappearing act for the next 24 or so hours. Maybe I'll see some of you out at SatchmoFest, weather permitting.