There are quite a few Mac fans around the office. There was even a white board where people put up their guess as to what the big announcement from Apple was going to be about on Tuesday. Nano? Love it. Rokr phone? Nah. The designer geeks were all over the cosmetic changes to iTunes which are best expressed in this hilarious exchange between “Brushed Metal” and his agent on Daring Fireball.
Our friend Michael Karp scored tickets to the Opening Day of the football season at UC Berkeley and invited Tyler and I to join his son Nicholas and Ethan on the 50 yard line. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it but for some reason I never went to a Cal football game while I attended Berkeley. In fact, this was the first live football game I’ve been to since watching the ASJI Mustangs play when I was in 7th Grade.
I’ve forgotten what a pageant it is, the cannon that fires off every time Cal score a point, the chanting crowd, students on one side of the stadium chanting “Go!” answered on the other side by the alumni “Bears!” The marching band, the cheerleaders, Oski the Bear – all the rah, rah stuff. It was a beautiful Bay Area Day, and in the end, our Bears creamed Sacramento.
Tyler’s never been one to dread the classroom and despite having had only one month off for Summer because of his two months at Japanese public school (shhh, he still doesn’t know that the rest of his friends had three months off), he was eager to get back to see his friends and crack the books.
This year Tyler is going into the 1st Grade and knowing parents have told me that this is a big step. The first few weeks are ok as they just review what they did last year. This shouldn’t be too taxing as they spend 26 weeks covering the alphabet taking an entire week to explore and savor each letter. After the review, the whip comes down and things get serious. It gets darker in the mornings and the days seem longer – the kids get tired and they have homework that actually challenges them. All this makes them cranky and even a bit sarcastic.
We’ll see if this happens to young Tyler. I just can’t imagine a sarcastic Tyler, he’s still so wide-eyed and genuinely inquisitive. We’re going into the Labor Day Weekend and over breakfast he asked, “What does labor mean?” to which I replied that it meant “to work” and then I knew what was coming next.
“Daddy, why do you have a day off work on “to work” day?”
The enormity of the suffering and absurdity of the federal government’s response is beginning to sink in. Some are turning to sarcasm:
Two images transposed by mrfurious, President Bush posing with a new guitar given to him while he was visiting a San Diego Airforce Base the day after Katrina hit New Orleans. The original photo can be found here but I think everyone agrees that this is going to be a photo op that Bush is going to want to forget.
Others are just plain angry. Listen to the full interview of Ray Nagin, the Mayor of New Orleans. Very powerful stuff, his outburst struck a chord with the interviewers and left them speechless.
That was yesterday when tempers were fraying at the lack of response. The President later admited that the initial response was not enough and, thankfully, we now see that food and water is getting through.
Four sites that I want to highlight that are excellent sources of information about Katrina.
Earthlink has put up a site where you can search for someone or add information on how to reach someone. They also provide links to other sites that provide the same information.
Craigslist has put up a page with links to all the various relief organizations and information on how you can help.
Metroblogging New Orleans is covering the disaster from the local angle.
The Inderdictor is a LiveJournal user who looks after one of the few (maybe only) ISPs running in New Orleans (he’s on diesel power). Minute-by-Minute postings of the chaos on the streets.