Archive for April, 2005

More about commercials

Perhaps everybody can agree on this: If you are a local, and you are making a commerical, don’t put your kids in it. You are the only person who thinks they are so cute they demand screen time and our attention as an audience. Lately, it seems like every third commercial on New Orleans’ television features inarticulate moppets confusedly testifying as to the value of their parents’ wares. You know who I don’t trust when I am making a purchasing decision concerning cars, fine dining, or expensive electronics? A 6-year-old.

I’d stop watching television, but I just can’t get enough of Judge Joe Brown.

Pretty salty

Is nobody else completely unnerved by the “Toyota Power Team” commercial in which a fatigue-clad, shotgun-toting man walks toward the camera with his dog, surrounded by similarly dressed men, discussing “Toyota’s quality bloodline.” Quality bloodline? Unless I’m missing something, it seems like our local Toyota dealer is making explicit use of the language of white supremacists to sell their trucks. Maybe I’m reading too much into the commercial, but I get the awful feeling that they’re not hunting deer. Now that’s pretty salty.

Racial Bias Found in Bourbon St Clubs

The study commissioned after the murder of Levon Jones is complete.
I’m not surprised at the results.

From the T-P:

The Bourbon Street discrimination took three forms, according to the study:

— Black “testers,” or patrons, were charged more than white testers for the same drink, often served by the same bartender minutes apart. This was the most common form of discrimination and occurred in 40 percent of the audited locations.

— Black patrons were advised of drink-minimum rules while white patrons were not. This occurred in 10 percent of the audited sites.

— Black patrons were advised of dress codes while white patrons were not. This occurred in 7 percent of the audited sites.

I don’t condone this behavior but let me serve up a few explanations:
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The Great Outdoors

There are about three weeks in the spring and three weeks in the fall when a strong urge comes over me to drink outside. The rest of the year I’m content to get drunk inside bars, living rooms, movie theaters, restaurants, cars, airports, airplanes, offices, abandoned houses, subway tunnels, cardboard boxes, treehouses, etc. But right about now all I want to do is sit outside at a patio table and do some real no-nonsense beer swallowing.

The problem is that New Orleans is severly limited when it comes to places where one can do this. I suppose this is because the outdoor drinking season is fairly short here. Granted, I could just get a 12 pack and go to a picnic table in City Park, but I want a little more atmosphere. I want someone to open the beercans for me. A bathroom would be nice too. At the same time, places like the Columns Hotel veranda or the Napoleon House courtyard seem a little too rich for my blood. I’m craving something like this or this. I’m stumped for a place to go. I’d like to solicit recommendations from the public in the comments section below. Thanks.

Hurrah for Harrah’s?

Little man in the air…yes, I’m looking at you…the guy in the director’s seat of that huge-ass crane…towering above the green globe…that adorns the top of Harrah’s world of orgy-like “fun”.

You’re building what? Oh, a hotel?
Wait, and word on the street is that you’ll be developing the alleyways that stretch back to the Warehouse District as well? To create a living, breathing, “hopeful” community where gamblers gather? Oh, and it will be exclusive as well? I gotcha.
(These facts confirmed by the Marketing/Development Director of the local Harrah’s location)

Basically, our city has given much freedom and exclusivity to Harrah’s. They have given them incentives to build the hotel, the ability to be LAND-BASED, and the ability to make civic moves that some would label unwarranted…some.

And as they turn that crane and build the hotel for the money-hungry to sleep between stints of magical sheets of cash…or the contrast, as well…do we agree?

I really don’t mind at all. Bring them…keep giving New Orleans the fraction of glamour you provide…

Why am I so agreeable? When in the past I’ve stood so completely against the loss of local flavor for the sake of corporate growth?

Well, in short, they won me over.
I tripled my money the other night…
They win. Because I won.

Neworleanist.com – To the highest bidder.

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I’m selling the Neworleansist.com domain for sale on ebay: Link
Proceeds from the auction will go to the EFF.

Yesterday, Gothamist.com publisher Jake “french benefits” Dobkin jumped to some wild conclusions after I posted a comment on Gothamist with the neworleansist.com url. Instead of taking it in good humor, Dobkins went overboard on our friends here at Metroblogging even after he found out that they were personally not responsible. More details are available on the ebay auction post.

New Orleans Experience Outsourcing

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I’ve got a joke for you:

How many uptight New Yorkers does it take to boil a pot of crawfish?
None. They hire people to do that for them. Seriously.

Laren Spirer at Gothamist tells of a New York-NOLA experience brought courtesy of CrawfishNY.

You kids in NYC enjoy, just don’t confuse it with an authentic southern experience.

Only you can save Toby

Sure, he’s a fighter but he’s in a battle now that is going to challenge his every fiber. Only you can save Toby now.

Homeland Security? Whatever.

Community liasion officer to the Attorney General’s office, Willie Fontenot, has recently been forced to resign his post. The Sierra Club’s Executive Director, Carl Pope reports:

His offense? Standing on a public sidewalk with some college students while they photographed a refinery. When sheriff’s deputies and refinery security guards demanded, in the name of homeland security, that Willie confiscate the IDs of the college students, he refused, saying he was not leading the trip and had no authority take anyone’s ID. He was told to resign or face being fired.

If someone associated with the law can get this type of treatment, the rest of us are screwed. (Thanks BoingBoing)

“Am I legal?”

Or “Is my web site legal?” Get your question answered by Bill Kelly (same law firm as me), who will present Beyond Netiquette: Legal Issues on the Web, a 90-minute class, on April 20 at 7:30 a.m. (Caffeine IV not provided, unfortunately.) Location: 1215 Prytania, Suite 301. The cost is a mere $20, unless you’re a member of the Louisiana Technical Council, in which case it’s free.

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