<P>With the news about Katrina coming ashore and the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.neworleans/index.html">devastation reported in the city of New Orleans</a>, the media has been clamoring for a map that can accurately describe the cost of the storm, not only in terms of destruction to the state but to the US energy situation. <P><a href="http://www.pannexresearch.com/katrina/LAOil.gif">This map</a>, found through <a href="http://www.agonist.org/">Agonist</a>, does the trick.
<P>Got to post this while I'm thinking of it: <a href="http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/recommends/">McSweeney's Recommends</a> is a collection of things, each one not related to another, not in the least:
<P><code>The Man Without a Past<br/>
We may be on a Scandinavian kick (see Show Me Love, below). Probably not. But this is a good flick. It's Finnish, being the second of a trilogy by Aki Kaurismäki. We laughed. Interesting soundtrack too, strangely enough.<br/>
<br/>Hot tea with honey<br/>
Any type will do, but what you have is a spoon, some honey, and hot tea. The real deal is, it's a double delight: not just that honey is a fine, fine additive, but that the spoon used to stir the honey is removed with the slightest layer of residual sugar, and that Darjeeling-basted sweetness is pert near joyous. And that thing about local honey being good for allergies? Seems legit.<br/>
<br/>Small pads of paper, maybe 4 inches by 4 inches<br/>
Lots of times, there are things we want to write down. These do the trick.<br/>
Because have you ever had to pack your stuff? As if there were ever a more obvious recommendation. We're embarrassed we had to say it.<br/></code>
<P>Something that I've been aching to do for a while is to create my own theme; after some dinking around with CSS, I've not only been able to make the site 'left-handed', but this makes it more like my home pages at <a href="http://aduni.org/~tomh/">ArsDigita University</a>. <P>The top photo is a great-looking panorama of Davis Square, Somerville, Mass, captured by fellow Fletchie <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pamelabeecroft/">Pamela Beecroft</a>.<P>In short, this is a fun diversion which deserves a lot of tweaks, but it's time to get back to <a href="http://www.openclinica.org/">work</a>.