I took these minutes on my 39th birthday, which was the day the University re-opened after the flooding of the city. What a strange day. We’d seen our city on the brink of annihilation, and the future was very uncertain. We came into our conference room, sat around the table, looked at each other and […]

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Yesterday the verdicts came down in the Henry Glover case. According to the morning paper: Federal prosecutors won the first convictions in their sprawling probe of police misconduct in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as a jury Thursday found three New Orleans police officers guilty in a high-stakes case accusing them of killing Henry Glover, […]

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It’s that time of year when remembrance dominates our minds and the media. For some it can be painful and even oppressive, for others it is necessary and therapeutic. But no matter your attitude, it’s virtually inescapable. Because humans have five fingers on each hand, this anniversary gets special attention, and the remembrance is not […]

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I’ll be on that panel tonight (Katrina 5.0) and they’ve asked me to read a post from my blog from the first few weeks after Katrina. The question, of course, is which one? My mind immediately sprang to something I wrote at the end of that dark November, which I titled Random Electronic Squawking. But […]

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Flattened Home by Joshua Miller / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 A friend of mine made a joke last week in an online discussion, and it really rubbed me the wrong way. It was a Katrina joke. I tried to play it off and make some jokes of my own, but ultimately I found, even after a […]

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It’s been three weeks since the Lutheran Invasion, but there’s still a pile of four-year-old flooded junk in front of the house next door. Don’t blame the Lutherans for this mess. Blame the Preservation Resource Center. Blame Operation Comeback. I was so excited when my neighbor donated his house to this program, so looking forward […]

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Back in the late ’80s I bought a dedicated word processor. My main criterion at the time was something that seems silly now: I wanted printed output that would be indistinguishable from a typewriter. So I got a Brother WP-500, which featured a daisywheel printer. This enabled me to produce documents that appeared to have […]

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I commented a year ago (to the very day!) that some sidewalks around our home were impassable, some friends recommended a stroller upgrade. They didn’t understand that our stroller wasn’t the problem. The major obstacle just around the corner was Gwen’s FEMA trailer, as pictured here: I don’t think any stroller in the world could […]

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This month’s Harper’s Index contains the following nugget: Year by which New Orleans is expected to be rebuilt, at the current pace: 2028 Their source is listed as the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute but I can’t find the specific citation. Anyway. 2028. That prediction sounds about right to me. The girl will turn twenty […]

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Three years ago, I became aware of a collaborative poster project which made use of a couple of photographs I’d published under a Creative Commons license. According to the krazy genius who put it all together: This mosaic was made from 2500 individual photographs of circles, photographed by 542 talented individuals. The mosaic was constructed […]

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