thursday . august 31 . 2005

Wow. I just found out that my poem, Cave Fish, is a Daily Deviation for DeviantArt today! New website up, AND a Daily Deviation Award, AND 10,000 page views reached at my DevArt gallery. How cool is that?

I promised CheeseGimp that I would mention his friend's site, Art for Katrina. The idea is that you donate artwork, which will be auctioned off on eBay, and the proceeds go to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. It's a neat idea, but it could probably use a few more artists.

Clare found this neat art project, which uses the flags of various nations as graphical representations of statistics about those countries.

Taken from a journal entry yesterday: Shades of 1906.

I've been thinking: In April, a few weeks after I'd moved to San Francisco, a friend and I showed up at Lotta's Fountain at god awful o'clock on the morning of April 18th. Every year, the survivors of the 1906 Earthquake (and the subsequent fires) get together and tell people what they remember. Since next year will be the 100 year anniversary of the earthquake, you can imagine that survivors are A) very old indeed and B) remember very little that actually happened. Mostly they have memories of being snatched up by an older parents or sibling, and camping for months in Golden Gate Park. It was the camping for months, the idea of being without any home other than a tent or borrowed shelter that reminded me.

So I went to look up the earthquake again, and the first thing that caught my eye was this notice:

http://www.sfmuseum.org/1906.2/killproc.html

And yet, if I read these timelines aright, the city burned for up to four days after the initial earthquake. People couldn't stay in houses that were destroyed, and yet, they were told to remain indoors at nights, or risk getting mistaken for looters and other malfeasants.

If history is any guide, maybe folks should take a look at one of the US's other crown jewels coming to the brink of destruction and anarchy. We might find some parallels.

http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist10/06timeline.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_Francisco_earthquake

Compare:
San Francisco in 1906
New Orleans in 2005

San Francisco in 1906
New Orleans in 2005

At least one thing I'm taking from this: Our nation has nearly lost one of its cities before and survived and rebuilt. I hope the same fate can be salvaged for New Orleans.

wednesday . august 31 . 2005

I feel very rusty since this will be my first non-Live Journal blogging post in almost three years. It's like trying to dig out my soul with a plastic spoon. Anyway, I'm relaunching my website, but at a new location. I'm sure those of you who have wended your way here have noticed our change of venue. We're still bodging things into shape, but most of the framework for the new site is up. Expect the formatting on this page to change some as I experiment with various blogging tools.

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