By now, it’s obvious that my fears about the fate of New Orleans were justified, that government on all levels have failed the people trapped there, and that the city will never be the same. But we must carry on; alternate plans must be made while the city rebuilds, repairs, regrows.

We will instead be taking our very short vacation in Ithaca, at my parents’ house. While Ithaca is not a tourist destination in nearly every sense, it will provide familiarity and a chance to get out of the city. We depart tomorrow evening, and return Sunday afternoon. I will be delayed in response to most forms of interaction.

I hope and pray, though, that New Orleans will eventually return to the state it once was, so I can return and do the things I intended to do.


Just My Luck

Katrina a top-strength hurricane, aims for U.S

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (Reuters) – Shopkeepers sandbagged galleries and stores in the French Quarter of the vulnerable Gulf Coast city of New Orleans and workers boarded up city hall as Hurricane Katrina strengthened dangerously on Sunday into a top-ranked storm.
Officials in the low-lying city famed for its Mardi Gras parades urged residents to evacuate and stranded tourists to shelter on at least the third floor of their hotels as Katrina threatened to make a second and possibly more deadly assault on the U.S. coast after killing seven people in Florida.
“This hurricane has the potential to cause extreme damage and large loss of lives if they don’t take action very soon,” Max Mayfield, director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, told WSVN television in Miami.
Katrina grew into a Category 5 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale by 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT), with winds of 160 mph (260 kph) capable of causing catastrophic damage. The storm was around 250 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The hurricane center warned it could come ashore with a storm surge of up to 25 feet, and douse the Gulf coast with up to 15 inches of rain in some area.

We were scheduled to go to New Orleans for a short but much needed vacation on the 9th. My fingers as crossed as tightly as they can be that this won’t fuck everything up.


The Process To Get To This Post Was Neither Big Nor Easy

I’ve had a bit of blogblock over the past week or so, and I’ve been demotivated to get some necessary database work done on VJ Army and Pop’n Navy. I apologize to the faithful readers and users, I will attempt to rectify both sides of this problem over the coming days.

But complicating this is the fact that 24 hours ago, I was informed I need to go to New Orleans next week for an Sakai Project conference; now I sit here with a Jet Blue itinerary and a W Hotel confirmation and it hasn’t really hit me yet that I’m actually going to New Orleans for three days next week.

I will have barely any time away from the conference but I’ll attempt to at least bolster my Flickr account with some photos and quirky anecdotes. I should, of course, also have the trusty Sidekick on – as the great philospher Calvin Broadus has been heard to remark, “Everybody needs a Sidekick.” So I shall remain in touch, in tune, and hopefully on time.

More details as they become available.