Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Keeping Us Out and in the Dark60 thousand of us fled Galveston under the mandatory evacuation orders of Galveston's Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas. 20 thousand stayed. Many of us ran far enough away to flee the flood waters but not from Ike himself. We rode out Ike here 75 miles North of home.
All we want to do is get near home so we can start to mitigate the damage. Tuesday at noon Lyda Anne Thomas announced a look and leave policy. We immediately started our preparations and left towards Galveston to rescue our poor cat Coco whom we had to leave behind. because of long gas lines and long lines to get onto the Island we arrived at our home at 5:30 We did find our Cat and got to quickly survey the damage that 4 feet of water can do to our home. We met some of our neighbors quickly swapped a few war stories and left before 6:00 like we were supposed to. On the way home home we heard on the radio that Lyda Ann decided that the look and leave plan wasn't working like she wanted it to and immediately cancelled the program. There was no explaination the press isn't allowed on the Island and Lyda Anne isn't talking to anyone. The staff is ordered to speak to no one. While contractors are allowed on the Island to work on major businesses we serfs aren't allowed even a short visit attempt to mittigate our damages to our homes and belongings. Everything we have is sitting dank, wet and stewing in mold, While we are forced to do nothing. Thanks Lyda Anne. You have probably caused us more damage to our homes and property than Ike did.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Hurricane Ike kicks Our AssWe didn't dodge the bullet this time. We ran to Tomball and are quite safe. But Ike tore up Galveston, and our lives. We are doing well, but Ike filled my car and home with the backwaters of Galveston Bay.
Its been an adventure and I will tell more about it later. We just got electric at our refugee camp an hour ago. Tomorrow I return to work for the first time since the adventure began, and I'm tired.
I do find it interesting that 4 days after the storm CNN reports that problems are being solved at Starbucks coffee clutches.
Java was flowing Wednesday at nearly half of the Houston area's 150
Starbucks locations. Perhaps just as welcome to weary residents: So were ideas
about how they could give or receive a helping hand.
"People will be drinking
their coffee, and they'll be talking about clearing out their front lawn [of
debris]. Someone will say, 'I know someone who can take care of that,' " Amy
Christensen, a Houston-based director of business operations for Starbucks, said Wednesday.
Believe me Ike was much more than coffee house chatter fodder for those of us forced to live with it. CNN has shown a poor understanding on the effect of this storm on those directly involved and the rest of the nation. Our ordeal that follows this event will be much more than coffee house gossip
Friday, September 12, 2008
The Evacuating from Ike
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Running from IkeHurricane Ike is on its way, best guess is that it will make landfall late tomorrow night somewhere near Colombia Tx. There are 4 of us two people and two cats, Coco who is our cat, and Honey ruok's cat. Unfortunatly they don't like each other much.
Hopefully we will ourselves in Tomball this afternoon. We will still be getting much of the force of the hurricane, but we will get away from any life threating surge tide.
Hopefully, we will be back in a couple of days and complaining how it was all for naught. We are afraid, but we will be safe.
I'll be blogging while away.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Chrome makes its MarkGoogle released their new web browser Tuesday and it shows promise. Google has a reputation for releasing Betas that are pretty solid and Chrome is no exception, although it is a beta, it is rock solid and their have been very few reports unstability.
The first thing that one might notice is the clean interface. There is no menu bar, no tool bar. There is a history bar and a navigation bar thats it. Options and functions are accessed from two tiny icons in upper right hand corner. There are lots of keyboard shortcuts. Navigating the way around the program pretty easy. One enters a search or a web site all in the same textbox. Chrome figures out what it's suppose to do.
There is some concern that Chrome is just another method for Google to gather more information about us so that it can aim targeted advertising at us. While Google promises extension and add-on capability it just isn't their yet. One has wonder whether ad blocking will be allowed to work in further versions. Chrome does have a "porn" mode though where site information isn't logged onto ones PC to ensure privacy.
Both Microsoft and Firefox are due to release new versions before the end of the year. Firefox is promising enhanced performance with Version 3.1. Microsoft is still prommising not to support Linux or older versions of Windows.
Chrome shows promise, but right now the lack of extensibility to allow ad blocking and not being ready to run on Linux or Mac machines is going to limit it acceptabilty.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Gustav Arrives.Gustav has made landfall and while the New Orleans levys are being topped by the tidal surges and there is sure to be lots and lots of damages. Biloxi seems to be holding out well so far. The wind has picked up here in Galveston and as you can see the surf in Galveston is magnificent. The storm still blows and its still to early know what the full damages will be, but I think its pretty clear this isn't any Katrina nor even a Rita. Perhaps the biggest casualty of all of this is the Republican Party Convention. I can't help but wonder if they haven't just given away the Presidency by giving up on politicking at this time.
We will want to keep an eye on how fast the refineries come up. If they all come online quickly oil prices won't take to big of a hit.