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I've decided to open up the weblog archive. At one point is was closed off except to registered members due to an incident, However, that company has since closed its doors so they can just eat it. Use the search to find something that youmight be looking for. Maybe you'll find it.
weblog archive : september 2005
This Katrina thing...
Rochelle Montrel, dedicated middle school teacher, thought she should stay in town to prepare for the first day of classes. "We have all this testing now, earlier and earlier," she said Wednesday, "and I wanted to be ready." Instead, she spent Monday clinging to her roof, and that turned to Tuesday, and then "the wonderful man" in the helicopter finally swooped in, after 24 hours, and delivered Montrel, her mother, father, sister and the poodle onto the ramp outside the Superdome. They had lived. "We were so grateful," said Montrel, 35, "and now we are in hell."The scene inside the Superdome is described as "Four levels of Hell" - each level corresponding to the various levels of seating found inside the stadium. The first two levels are where the families are set up. They use their cots to create personal space. The third and fouth levels...
Within the skyboxes, on the third level of hell, life was dark 24 hours a day, a place for abandonment and coupling. Also up there was "a sort of speakeasy," said Michael Childs, who had some beer in an empty Dannon water bottle. "You got to know where to go," he said, and grinned. "And you just put your bottle under the spigot. It is disgusting in here, and I lost everything I had, and I'm glad to have found a little beer." On the fourth level, the darkest and highest of all, the lurkers lived, scary in the shadows. The fourth level, people explained, was for the gangsters and the druggies. The rumors sprang from there: Two girls had been raped; one girl had been raped and one killed. Someone was abducting newborns. A man had jumped from there and died. A murder had occurred.The authorities, for whatever reason, dismiss the claims of rape and murder as perhaps fanciful stories. Yet they have no control of the situation and many fear for their own lives. From the LA Times:
The soldiers — most are sleeping two or three hours a night, and many have lost houses — say they are doing the best they can with limited resources and no infrastructure. But they have become the target of many refugees' anger. "They've got the impression that we have everything and they have nothing," 1st Sgt. John Jewell said. "I tell them: 'We're all in the same boat. We're living like you're living.' Some of them understand. Some of them have lost their senses."And more will lose their senses, especially once disease, dehydration, and hunger start to set in. Oh, and the Superdome isn't the only place where people are stranded. There are at least 9 other places like the Superdome where tens-of-thousands of more people are trapped and waiting. But waiting for what?
Google likes Apple more than Microsoft
The Internets are abuzz this morning
By integrating Skype with its own software to bring voice calls to its online market, Ebay would be able to ease communications and increase the level of trust between its buyers and sellers, according to the person close to the deal.That's why eBay. To be able to make calls between buyers and sellers eBay would help the guy who's making a living selling products online behave like a true, live business with a real person that people can connect with if they have questions. Only time will tell if the dollars eBay is willing to spend will have a big return in the end. But before you write this deal off as a little wacky don't forget what eBay did with Paypal... Also, if you haven't heard already, Gap Inc. has relaunched it's websites Gap.com, BananaRepublic.com and OldNavy.com after being down for 2 weeks. This downtime allowed Gap Inc.'s web team to deploy some hott new shopping technology built in-house. The sites all use a custom made backend system developed by Gap Inc. Direct, the company's corporate catalog and online division, which means no other e-retailer is going to have the same infrastructure which could prove to be Gap's advantage.
Really digging Opera
It's Banned Book Week
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 8. Forever by Judy Blume 13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 27. The Witches by Roald Dahl 32. Blubber by Judy Blume 40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras (my sister got this book. My brother and I shared the What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys. We did look through the one for girls, though. It had drawings of boobies and other naughty bits.) 41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein 52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 55. Cujo by Stephen King 56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras (there it is! Apparently, it's not as controversial as the one for girls. What a shame.) 62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume 65. Fade by Robert Cormier 70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding 77. Carrie by Stephen King 83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King 88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford 96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas RockwellI've read all of those books. In fact, I'm THRILLED to see my all time favorite, The Chocolate War, is number 4 on the list. The ALA later listed it as the Top Most Challenged Book of 2004. But just look at that list. That's just the books I've read and I don't like to read. I imagine some people have read all 100. I'm sure kids actively seek out what is considered banned or challenged and try to read those books. I found it interesting that the Harry Poter series is listed as number 7 yet parents wait with their kids outside of the bookstores at midnight to get the book. Seeing all of this makes me want to think I want to read a good, challenged book again. But I'll give my brain a little drinky-drink and it'll forget all about this silly talk of reading for pleasure. Further reading from the Forbidden Library
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