Friday, February 03, 2006

Petition for service from Cingular

I keep running into Cingular customers who are unable to make or receive calls. Turns out we've all been told that no one else is having problems. So we've started a petition to document exactly how many people are the "only person" reporting problems. If you live in New Orleans and have Cingular issues, please join us here.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Tornadoes hit New Orleans Lakefront

Last night we had a major storm. Thunder, lightning, torrential rain and wind. There's nothing unusual about that. But this time it went on for hours. Brando stood on the bed trembling, which resulting in the bed shaking like crazy as well. Sula was hyperventilating in her crate. After a few hours I thought, "Is this another hurricane?"

Remarkably, the power did not go out. But the news is now reporting that tornadoes did touch down in the Lakefront area, destroying at least one home, undoing the repairs on others and causing some additional damage at the airport.

Five and a half months have passed since the big storm hit, and the government is still deciding whether or not they care, so I guess a tornado is no big deal either.

UPDATE: A friend just emailed to say that her flight to NYC has been delayed...until Saturday.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Amazon Connect

For the past month I've been posting on a second blog over at Amazon, as part of the Amazon Connect program. Essentially, blog posts from "your favorite authors" are added to their individual book pages, and sent via some kind of message system to customers who have purchased their books.

To be honest, I'm still trying to figure out how to distinguish between these two blogs--should they be the same, or different? Should my Amazon entries be only about books and such? Currently, I'm trying out a variety of approaches, including recommendations of other books that I"ve read.

You can check out my stuff there at my "The Dogs Who Found Me" page.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Malcolm Gladwell on the faulty logic of banning pit bulls

In the current issue of the New Yorker (linked in the header), Malcolm Gladwell writes a lengthy analysis of breed bans and the pit bull reputation and finds that they are ineffective, lazy and illogical. His conclusion: It was a textbook dog-biting case: unneutered, ill-trained, charged-up dogs, with a history of aggression and an irresponsible owner, somehow get loose, and set upon a small child. The dogs had already passed through the animal bureaucracy of Ottawa, and the city could easily have prevented the second attack with the right kind of generalization—a generalization based not on breed but on the known and meaningful connection between dangerous dogs and negligent owners. But that would have required someone to track down Shridev CafĂ©, and check to see whether he had bought muzzles, and someone to send the dogs to be neutered after the first attack, and an animal-control law that insured that those whose dogs attack small children forfeit their right to have a dog. It would have required, that is, a more exacting set of generalizations to be more exactingly applied. It’s always easier just to ban the breed.