You would bring something fresh and important to the conversations on the site, in all your capacities, including scientist, knowledge-disseminatrix, and New Orleans resident. Of course, the point on Sepia is to work from desi angles, but as you may have noticed, we interpret this quite broadly. With the Katrina anniversary coming up, it would be, I think, valuable to have your voice and your perspective.
*squeee* This is a real honor, y’all. If it goes sans hiccup, coconuts that are not thrown at me will be offered to Ganesh. Incidentally, Siddhartha and our very own Lolis Eric Elie know one another.
2. It’s shaping up to be a busy week. Between a deadline at work and the Rising Tide conference this weekend (and being joined at the hip to Mark Folse until our panel discussion is over), I may need an occasional pat on the head with a There, there, it’s ok. How about recruiting Kalypso as Junior Alternate Conference Coordinator to cover for Oyster and me in case we are both rendered insane simultaneously?
Here’s the latest list of Speakers and Panelists. I want you to go to the registration page NOW and sign up even if you don’t pay online. For now, we need a headcount and will gladly accept cash at the door the day of.
$20 for an entire day of hanging out at the Yat Club with us and all of the fine New Orleans reporting talent we worked hard to get together, with a boxed Dunbar’s lunch, is the best deal I’ve seen in these parts yet. It’s worth saving up for. Of course, if you’re feeling especially generous, please feel free to donate some more to the cause. We’ll need it for post-conference meds.
3. The “very strong tropical wave [that] moved off the coast of Africa” yesterday is freaking me out. The vibes ain’t nothin’ but the vibes, but they are all we have to go on in post-deluge, pre-probable-next-deluge New Orleans. Pete assures me that there is a lot of dust coming off Africa north of the winds, which should help smother them before they aggregate into something large, snarly and … large and snarly.