Last year Mark Martin over at Baton Rouge Advocate for Safe Streets asked me to do a quick GoogleMaps mashup that would allow people to easily visualize how close a lot of the places they travel are to them. It didn’t take long to do, but then it’s languished on my development server since. So with the idea that those 3 beers I had this afternoon whilst Mark asked if I still had the code actually did some good to the world other than my immediate enjoyment of them, find the link to my 1, 3, 5 Mile Radii Mapper (it really needs a better name; suggestions welcome). Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions about it.
1, 3, 5 Mile Radii Mapper
Just dropping a note to wish everyone a festive Mardi Gras weekend. It’s largely been a dark and cold January and February here in Baton Rouge and between that and coping with the end of the football season, with its ready made weekends of food, friends and fun, it’s good to have one of the biggest parties on the planet to look forward to and help usher in Spring’s arrival. (more…)
I finally succumbed to the ’25 Random Things About You’ whatchamahell that’s wandering around Facebook these days. Since A&W has been starved for content I thought I’d share the wealth. Without further ado: (more…)
I’m slowly working my way back into keeping the digital version of my life more up to date. As you can see, I’ve added my Twitter feed to the right hand column of the site to take care of the small stuff, which will hopefully make A&W seem less static than it has been over the last months (ok, ok, years). Hopefully that will help assuage the guilt of not posting even the smallest of items just to get something of interest up here so that I can actually write a few decent posts. (more…)
It’s been seventy-something days since Gustav and I’ve been looking for the right time and place to pick up the A&W thread. Right now I’m sitting on the back deck in front of the fireplace finishing off the last of the handle of Makers Mark I bought in the days before the storm and am burning, for the first time, wood cut from the tree that landed in the front yard during the storm. So the circle is complete. So mote it be. (more…)
…is when Gustav is supposed to come a knocking on Louisiana’s door. The helicopters I’m hearing are real. We’re as ready as we can be here in Baton Rouge unless someone has invented some type of battery powered force field-esque falling tree defense that I’m unaware of. In which case I don’t have one. Losing power is always a big inconvenience but the only thing that I’m really worried about is trees on the ground and the house.
So we’re pretty much just bummin’ around waiting for this thing to happen and doing anything that requires electricity that we will not be able to do for a few days (washing clothes and dishes mainly). We’re not really nervous about the storm at this point, you pretty much have to take what it gives you, and all the anticipation is kind of fun in a weird way (see Alex’s entry on the matter for more on that). I bought the last items on my hurricane supply list on Friday: a half gallon of Maker’s Mark and a half gallon of Bombay gin, so at the least we’ll be able to weather the storm in a fashion befitting the southeastern Louisiana aesthetic. Unfortunately ice is already hard to come by so lukewarm cocktails might rule the day. But you make do with what you have.
The next week might be a tough one but unless we get a direct hit from a tree, assume that Maddie Potter and I are fine down here in the Red Stick. I’ll be updating our status as power and internet availability allow.