There are some great animated images over at weather.com of Hurricane Rita. Recent updates are that she is losing strength and will make landfall tonight as a Category 3 storm, but just barely. Check out Hurricane Central for the most current conditions and updates.
NOAA Portrait of Hurricane Rita. More information available from NOAA.
I am an avowed Movie Freak. The only thing that I like better than a good movie is a good book. As long as I can remember I have loved movies. When I was a kid growing up in Atlanta the best way to escape the heat was in an air conditioned movie theater. I remember summer days when it was 95 degrees and 95% humidity and you just dripped. Walking into the cool darkness anticipating a new movie was a thrill. I remember walking out after an afternoon movie and the sun just blasting heat and light and your eyes screaming for mercy. I wish I had done 2 things in the course of my life…
1) Kept a list of all the books I have read
2) Kept a list of every movie I have seen
There is no way I can capture every book, way to many to even think about, but I have captured every movie I have seen since I joined Netflix in 1997. I was on the original pre pay Value Pack plan before they went to a subscritpion service. I have also been using a cool little app called Netflix Freak that syncs with the Netflix site and allows you to download your viewing history and store it locally(Great App if your on a Mac). It rates right behind ecto as one of my favorite programs. So, for your viewing pleasure I present my Top rated 4 and 5 star movies from my Netflix history. I tend to lean towards Action and Adventure, Drama, Comedy, and a smattering of movies rated by my kids. There are 640 movies in my history but I am only sharing the 219 that I rated 4 or more stars. If you know of anything that I need to watch please share it in the comments.
DVD Title and Star Rating in alphabetical order:
10 Things I Hate About You ★ ★ ★ ★
200 Cigarettes ★ ★ ★ ★
50 First Dates ★ ★ ★ ★
A Beautiful Mind ★ ★ ★ ★
About a Boy ★ ★ ★ ★
Almost Famous ★ ★ ★ ★
American Pie ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Angels in America: Disc 1 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Angels in America: Disc 2 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Antwone Fisher ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Arlington Road ★ ★ ★ ★
Army of Darkness ★ ★ ★ ★
Interesting essay, especially when you look at the failure of authority in New Orleans.
Luke Mitchell of Harpers says: “We have excerpts from a great essay by Rebecca Solnit up at Harper’s right now, about how authorities deal with disaster, and I am hoping I can get it as well distributed as humanly possible, because it might help to build a counter-narrative to the story that is being constructed this very minute about what is going on in New Orleans. Rebecca’s argument is that disaster always calls authority into question, and when authority is in question, the powers that be will often attempt to create a narrative of human behavior that calls for (surprise) even greater authority.
“It’s a great essay, and the postscript (written yesterday, for the Web only) plugs it into what is going in New Orleans (in terms of mythical race riots and cannibalism) more directly. (Also, if we get lots of traffic, the powers that be here at the magazine will let me do more of these sorts of things.) The amazing thing is, Rebecca wrote the essay before Katrina hit. Indeed, we were printing the piece that Monday. Thanks to Harper’s
I have been following the LiveJounal Blog of Michael Barnett and his WebCam Feed since Monday. Michael Barnett and the staff of Intercosmos Media Group and directNIC are a web company holed up in their 10th floor Data Center in a 27 story skyscraper since Sunday Morning. They are located in the Central Business District in Downtown New Orleans and are fighting to keep their Data Center live and the 800,000 customer web sites that would go down if they surrendered the position. They are surviving on food that the company brought in for employee lunches before the storm and a diesel generator. You can subscribe to the feed or click on any of the links I added under “Interdictor” in the right column of Boggled. Digital Pictures can be found here and here. It is absolutely amazing to see and read what is going on live in New Orleans. Michael has added more recent picture links here
You can also see complete coverage by The Times-Picayune who for the first time in their history are publishing exclusively on the web.
Remember also that the most important thing in life is the health and safety of our loved ones. My heart goes out to all the people of the Gulf Coast that are living, and dying, through this catastrophe as I type this. It’s sobering. Please donate. I did.