Archive for June, 2010

The Chic’s going through a little maintenance right now so things may be a tad jacked up for a few days.

This page has a time lapsed video of the first piece of truss going up on the Huey P. Long Bridge widening project. I’m a little sad. I think during the next thunderstorm, I’m going to get in my car and drive to the Huey P., sit at the bottom, wait for a freight train and saddle up next to a big truck for the harrowing trip over.

Here’s a Times-Pic article too…

Huey P. Long Bridge’s ‘big lift’ is dubbed a success

I like this paragraph…

Parrales said she was encouraged by the public’s reaction to the weekend’s bridge shutdown. Instead of complaints about the inconvenience, Parrales said she heard only supportive comments and questions. In addition, she was impressed by the dozens of families who braved the heat and set up lawn chairs on the levees to watch the steel trusses rise into the air.
“They have such ownership of this project and this bridge,” she said. “That was really refreshing to hear.”

Also, here is more information than any non-engineer needs to know about truss bridges.

Bad Astronomy Blog at

I have been listening to Tom Ashbrook’s “On Point’ show out WBUR in Boston for a while now. It normally features a range of timely and cerebral topics and Ashbrook and the staff at On Point have been kind to New Orleans over the years. Last week they focused on leadership in the aftermath of the oil spill. President Obama’s speech is critiqued and the guests were outstanding:

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University. His books include “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America” and “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Naomi Klein, bestselling author and columnist for the Guardian and The Nation. She’s author of “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies” (just reissued for its 10th anniversary) and “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” She has been reporting from the Gulf on how the oil spill is affecting people and the environment.

Julia Reed, author of “The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story” and “Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomenon.” She was born in Mississippi and lives in New Orleans.

I greatly encourage everyone to download the podcast of this episode and in particular listen to Doug Brinkley at the 21:15 mark until the 25:45. He is worked up and says what almost every New Orleans blogger has been saying for a while, right down to the exasperation. “Be Walt Whitman.”

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM EDT
Leadership, the Gulf, and Obama

Former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister was on Meet The Press this morning and said…

With respect to the cleanup, I think it’s been ham-handed. It’s been just awful. To use booms and, and mops and dispersants and burning and so forth, skimming with shrimp boats, where’s the imagination and the scale? One of the things that the oil industry does best is it knows how to scale things, to do the big jobs very well. And scaling to me means bring hundreds of barges and block the marshes with hundreds of barges with big suction pumps. Take supertankers and cruise them back and forth and back and forth on the surface of the ocean, depositing the oily water in refineries on the coast.

Unfortunately, I am convinced it is too late for any of that to hav its full effect. The only thing that can be done now is preventing the scenarios from worsening and I am convinced that won’t happen either. But the disaster has already occurred. There is no stopping it because it’s in the past.

Check out the rest of the show for Mary Landrieu and Haley Barbour seemingly on the same page about keeping BP viable and the oil flowing…

Saw this in everyone’s favorite magazine next to National Geographic, Popular Mechanics…

How Unleashing the Mississippi Could Protect the Louisiana Coast

Last week, G. Paul Kemp, a former professor of marine science at Louisiana State University and current vice president of the National Audubon Society’s Louisiana Coastal Initiative, sent a memo to the Environmental Protection Agency proposing an additional strategy, which calls for using upstream dams to increase the flow of the Mississippi River into the Gulf. Kemp says the river is “the biggest tool in the toolbox” when it comes to keeping oil out Louisiana’s swamps and marshes, which make up nearly 40 percent of the nation’s wetlands.

The water level can be raised using large concrete dams, called the Old River Control Structure, which sit 315 miles upstream from the river’s mouth. These dams, which are maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, control flow between the Mississippi and a smaller tributary to the west called the Atchafalaya River. Usually, they direct about 70 percent of the water down the Mississippi, with the remaining 30 percent diverted to the Atchafalaya. Kemp’s plan calls for a gradual daily increase in the amount directed to the Mississippi, so that over the course of 10 days the river’s proportion would increase to about 81 percent—maintaining the approximate level of the river in May. He is also looking into manipulating additional dams even further upstream.

Sounds great but I am usually shitting my pants all through April and May when the river is at its highest levels for fear my lil house is going to wash away. I guess I need to get diapers because I seem to be in a constant state of shitting my pants here in lovely Care Forgot.

Like I promised.......the ring!!!

That’s pretty damn tight. Click for a larger version. And in case anyone forgot, here’s a pic of Lance earning that ring…

Recently dug into a few pages that demonstrate the wide effect The Meters’ had on ’80s hip hop sampling…

The Greatest Hip Hop Samples of All Time #21: Look-ka Py Py

The Greatest Hip Hop Samples of All Time #8: Cardova

The T.R.O.Y. Blog: The Meters – Samples Volume 1

The T.R.O.Y. Blog: The Meters – Samples Volume 2

The T.R.O.Y. Blog: The Meters – Samples Volume 3

So let’s see, the list now is …

- Red light cameras
- DUI checkpoints
- Placard reentry

and now…

Street musician curfew enforcement

The master ofFre Flo Do is now guided by “an uncanny inner gyro” …

On the football field, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush has almost always found the right way. Guided by an uncanny inner gyro, he has dodged, ducked, juked or sprinted his way past defenders throughout his career.

New Orleans Saints’ Reggie Bush has all the right moves on the football field and the wrong ones off