Thoughts of a Shoe Slut

I hate spending a lot of money on clothes. I have never been a clothes horse. Possibly the most expensive garment I ever bought was my dress for my second wedding — a gorgeous romantically lacy thing from April Cornell, for a whopping $225 plus tax. HOWEVER. Shoes are the one thing I will spend money on. Not just any shoes, though. My shoes must be, first of all, COMFORTABLE. I cannot stand to have my feet hurting, so you will never see a pair of half-a-block Manolos or Jimmy Choos anywhere my feet. Then, they need to be cute. …

Minor Rant

Dear Student, I know that you have a lot going on, and that sometimes other parts of your life keep you from attending class on a given day. However, it is imperative that, when this situation happens, you understand that you are still responsible for learning the material that we cover in class that day and for being prepared to move on to the next subject or area at the next class meeting. You should not expect me to take time out of class to explain old material just for you, just because you weren’t there the first time we …

What in the HELL are they thinking?

I just finished reading through a group of discussions on Lampwork Etc. that have gone way beyond the pale. Tensions have been building, in a very ugly way, there and on several other lampworking fora recently; I guess the nuclear explosion was inevitable. The anger, spite, jealousy, self-righteousness, pain, smugness, and general all-around nastiness so publicly stated has been a sad thing to see…yet it’s hard not to watch, just like a “train wreck” as several people have called it. It may be time for me to spend way more time in the studio and on my work, and way …

Good Mews and the Hurricane

When I went to do Clean & Feed at Good Mews yesterday morning, I met three new residents in Intake. Nola (a gorgeous Russian Blue mix), Lucy, and Lizzie (a pair of real cuddlebugs) were rescued, along with three kittens in Isolation that I didn’t meet, from Slidell by one of our volunteers. Shannon says we have another ten or so cats coming in just a couple of days from Best Friends/No Homeless Pets — they have evidently transported HUNDREDS of cats and dogs from the devastated area to Atlanta for fostering and eventual new Forever Homes. Even though thousands …

Waffle House Gets It Right

I heard this on the radio as I was driving over to meet my Mom at Beads By Design. According to Neal Boortz, Hurricane Katrina forced the temporary closure of 120 Waffle House restaurants along the Gulf Coast. Eight of those restaurants were completely destroyed (including the one on Beach Blvd. in Biloxi where DH and his dad eat breakfast on their casino trips). As of yesterday (Thursday 9/8) 110 of the remaining 112 restaurants had reopened, in some cases using generators. The remaining two restaurants will reopen by tomorrow. Also, from Waffle House’s own web site: Waffle House has …

“Find a Way!”

Yesterday at dinner DH asked me if I would do like some of the Gulf Coast residents and refuse to evacuate my home if it meant leaving my cats behind. No, I would not refuse to evacuate, but I would not leave Sarah, Donovan, and Shadow either. It wouldn’t be necessary because I would have already prepared to take them with me, and I would ensure I had the needed resources to do so. As the mantra that is DH’s screensaver says, “Find a way!”

Education???

I continue to wonder about today’s sorry state of education in this country. Yesterday and today I talked about text representation in Intro to CS. One of the topics is the Unicode character set, which contains binary definitions for every known written language alphabet in the world. That includes the Cherokee language, which was invented by Sequoyah, a Cherokee himself, just about 60 miles up the road at New Echota. I know I learned about this in Georgia history when I was in school. But when I asked, out of five classes, over 100 students, only FIVE knew that the …

From the Front Lines of Katrina

Herbie sent out this link last night to the AB lists. READ IT. The Interdictor — a blog from the front lines of the aftermath of Katrina. Directnic.com is a web service provider in the CBD of New Orleans on Poydras Street (not far from the Superdome). Michael and a small group of his coworkers have been in the datacenter since Saturday 8/27, keeping their business running as well as providing a near-constant stream of commentary about the situation. As he stated: This journal has become the Survival of New Orleans blog. In less perilous times it was simply a …

eBay and Katrina — a Rant

Lampworker Kim Neely, who lives a mere 70 miles north of New Orleans, posted an eBay auction on Thursday, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Red Cross’s Hurricane Katrina effort. Some other eBay seller ratted her out and eBay pulled her auction (they only pull listings for violations if someone brings it to their attention). She reworded it and relisted it and it’s been pulled AGAIN. That official charity auction method (missionfish.org) isn’t exactly well-publicized. I had to dig to find out about it. Apparently it isn’t exactly easy to use, either. Plus, if it were me, I’d …

Musing on Katrina’s Aftermath

I don’t care for playing “Monday Morning Quarterback,” nor do I care for people who do so. However, after four days of monitoring the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I, like many people, am going to be asking some very tough questions of the world around me. Why is the relief effort so disorganized? The computer models have apparently been there and predicting this accurately for several years — where was the esssential preplanning?. Why does the descent into anarchy, crime, violence, looting in what is left of New Orleans surprise ANYONE? In many areas of the world disaster brings out …