September 15th, 2004


Update on the Cayman Islands.

Disconcerting post from hammockgal, who was back in the States away from her family who live on the Cayman Islands when Hurricane Ivan hit.

"There's one fellow who has a site assessing building damage. I'm somewhat certain of his accuracy, since I've heard some of these previously. Similarly, there are reports on this site too.

South Church Street is simply *gone*. It's difficult to grasp. It's barely been three weeks since I had lunch at a restaurant on the beach side of that area. And now even the street itself is gone. Grand Old House, Naked Fish, the condos, the houses, the gas reserve....perhaps some of that facility is still in tack, but the impression I'm getting is that nothing that was there exists now. Also, Ocean Club apartments are gone. And that's relatively close to my residential area, although it is on the sea side, and my house is farther inland. Or at least was, I just don't know.

I still haven't located my family, and neither has Kris. I'm still holding out for the best, and I'm trying to help her feel optimistic too."

Let's hope she's able to get in touch with her family soon.

**Update: She got in touch with her uncle in Cayman Islands. Her family is ok!**

The new gangs of New York.

Digital Street Game is an interesting mobile social gaming project, where people claim turf based on how cool/outrageous the stunts they pull are.

I don't really love the rules, as such -- I don't really want to be limited to playing stickball with loaves of sourdough through the streets of San Francisco -- but if the rules were loosened up a bit to let people do the coolest (!) things they can think of, or at least compete against others in certain categories (art, music, performance art, culture jamming, etc.) and share photos, video, audio, etc. it would be a really great way of encouraging cities to be the kind of cool, quirky places we'd like them to be. Hell, maybe you can even find a way to offer financial incentives for pulling off the best coups -- tip jars, etc.

Imagine a website where musicians, artists, culture jammers, etc. competed with each other to pull off the latest, best, most outrageous things in the real world. Sounds inevitable, really... I just hope it won't be completely MTV/Jackassified anytime soon.

Sounds like a neat idea for a site. Now all I need is a team of pranksters to help build it.

They said it, after all.

White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said this about the CBS documents that allege Bush disobeyed a direct order to appear for his standard military physical.

"We had every reason to believe they were authentic at the time."

But if the President never disobeyed a direct order and went AWOL, then wouldn't the White House *KNOW* whether the documents are forged or not?

Then again, it's entirely possible that the President has no recollection of those years. Drugs and booze will do that to you, I guess...