Thursday, September 15, 2011

Oil rig workers survived Gulf storm in raft

Then and Now: Pictures of NFL QBs "before they were stars"
Alejandro de los Rios, Gambit

Report: La. overpaid on jobless claims

Comment Bump~ American Zombie

I have a sneaking suspicion…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Future NASA rocket will be most powerful ever built
~The Ares-V (left) and Ares-I. Click to enlarge.
~View Expanded Views of Ares-I, Ares-V (293 Kb PDF)
Fact Sheets: Ares I Crew Vehicle (PDF, 690 KB) | Ares V Cargo Vehicle (PDF, 381 KB)
~"It's appropriate that we named these vehicles Ares, which is a pseudonym for Mars," said Scott Horowitz, associate administrator for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, Washington. "We honor the past with the number designations and salute the future with a name that resonates with NASA's exploration mission." The "I and V" designations pay homage to the Apollo program's Saturn I and Saturn V rockets, the first large U.S. space vehicles conceived and developed specifically for human spaceflight.

Pedicabs Are a Go in N.O.

1880: Humble beginnings for Commander's Palace, a landmark New Orleans restaurant

Black N' Gold Kick-Off Party! Bonerama + Cha Wa + Ying Yang Twins
~Humid Beings

Sunday, September 11, 2011

On this day in New Orleans, snowballs were still a Really Big Deal
Haley, 7, and Shane Babb, 5, anticipate the cool sweetness of their snowballs as they wait for Shiela Marriott to prepare them at Ro-Bear's in Harahan.
Photo: John McCusker
building some kid a perfect snowball, at the Flora Cafe' that morning when Valentine came in for his early juice.
{I also did fresh-squoze juice for Ali.}
Only this morning Val was a bit up on breaking news: "Hey, Juicy," he says "Did you hear that one of the World Trade Center towers is on fire?" "Nah", said I, more interested in making sure to swirl the Condensed Milk just right around the cone of crushed ice to the top, without breaking it down, which would not do at all, mashing up all the color layers I had painstakingly laid in the snowball already. While the kid watched, Val, stepped across Royal to get a paper and comes back in looking a little scared...looking me right in the eye he said, "You may want to get over to Big Daddy's and check the TV." "What?", I said, stepping around a few more of the children waiting for their snowballs. Then da'Angel storms into the cafe, "HEY EVERYBODY! SOMEONE HAS JUST FLOWN A GODDAMN AIRLINER INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN NEW YORK!"

The place emptied like fire in a theater, as everyone ran to the bars across the street to see it on the Tube. Suddenly Schiro's was packed too. Suddenly there was not a car on the street outside, as I suspect anywhere else in America either. Me, I turned around and looked at the children waiting on their snowballs and asked, Who's next?