NOLA Weather blogger organzing TX relief

Active Weather Underground blogger Patrap is putting together a relief truck bound for Texas. I will post more details as I get them but what this space, the nola-bloggers@googlegroups.com list and risingtide on Twitter for more details as they are available.

I think this is a good opportunity to NOLA Bloggers to help Texas by helping the efforts of one of their own.


Conference Live Blogging Links

From Leigh at Liprap's Lament: Notes from the front table
From Maitri at Maitri's Vatul Blog:
Day 1092: Live From Rising Tide 3 - Politics Panel
Day 1092: Live From Rising Tide 3 - Journalism Panel
Day 1092: Live From Rising Tide 3 - Education Panel
Day 1092: Live From Rising Tide 3 - John Barry Keynote
Day 1092: Live From Rising Tide 3 - Blogger Award
From Greg Peters at Suspect Device: Deadblogging Rising Tide III
From Deidra of G-Bitch: RTIII
Bart at B-Rox: My Education Question

I expect a lot of day after posts at some point, especially since the remains of TS Fay will be making it a rainy day in the Crescent City. I will round up after posts tonight and list them here.

If I have ommitted a post here just drop me an email. If your post was primarily about the altercation between two attendees, I have omitted it intentionally. I don't want that spilling over here.

Rising Tide 3 Media Coverage

So far, there is a story in the Times-Picayune here.

I will round up links to live-blogging entries and after posts as well from the NOLA Bloggers as soon as I get enough coffee to compensate for beers at the after party.


Radio Days - Or Minutes

God bless Varg.

He got Sheckrastos and I to do a radio talk show - Eric Asher's over at WIST 690 AM - at about 1:30 in the afternoon today to chat up Rising Tide. I've called in to radio shows before, but have never been in a sound booth with a fuzzy mic in my face. You can listen to the aftermath of our time on the air here, beginning about 22 minutes in.

First off, Eric is a sweetheart for having us blogheads on his show, and he's pretty savvy about what's being put out there by the NOLA blogpocheh. He mentioned Bayou St John David's The Nagin Files as a particular fount of information that he draws upon regularly, and he was an all-around great host.

On listening to the podcast, though, I've noticed a few things:

-I sound like my mom. I'm also laughing so much, people might think that my corner of the booth was full of nitrous oxide. Sorry 'bout the giggles, guys.

-Somebody in this town better hire Varg full time, dammit, and pay him well. We forgot to fully recognize him as the webmaestro of the RT site. At least I pointed out the stirring gothic beauty that is The Chicory over the airwaves. And if not a single one of these awesome flyers of his makes its way to the people's penthouse on Friday night, something ain't right with the world.

-Adrastos needs his very own talk show. His personality cannot be contained in an Ed McMahon-ish role opposite Eric Asher's Johnny Carson. Somebody, get the man a sound booth and some airtime so's he can reveal the mysteries of those who are Naked On Roller Skates.

-Eric brought up Ashley Morris, and in our race for superlatives to best describe Harry Shearer's favorite mime, we forgot to mention the first-ever Ashley Morris awards, which will be presented at the Zeitgeist on Saturday near the end of the day.

When all is said and done, if nobody else registers for RT III after this, then I'll have to whip out some Jewish mother-style guilt on y'all.

"It's all right. I'll just sit here by the glow of my laptop, blogging away for you. And only for you."

Problem is, that sounds too much like a come-on. Just register already!

cross-posted at Liprap's Lament- The Line

Rising Tide Weekend Starts Tomorrow!

It's time for Rising Tide. Meet the NOLA Bloggers Friday night, 8/22 at 7:30 PM to kick off the weekend of events at Buffa's Lounge, 1001 Esplanade Avenue. Pick up your badges, grab some refreshments, and chat with other bloggers. Cash bar.


The Katrina Myth

From Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal:

Dear all,

I am hoping to meet a lot of you this weekend at RTIII. On Saturday, I will present a sneak preview of levees.org's brand new eye-popping video The Katrina Myth; the truth about a thoroughly unnatural disaster.

The hard-hitting 10-minute documentary produced for levees.org by FoodMusicJustice.com dispels a lot of the harmful myths that are slowing the metro New Orleans recovery.

I also will share some things that levees.org tried that were very effective in growing our membership, and we think they could work for you, too.

But most important, I cannot wait to meet the people who have been so critical to the recovery and to the strength of this city!

Again, I hope to see you there!


As we get down to days to count off until Rising Tide 3 on Aug. 22, here's a link back to a blog copy of a Katrina second anniversary letter written by our featured speaker, John Barry.

A city worth saving

Remember, it's never to late to register, and you can sign-up at the door. See the details below.

And don't forget Friday night's kickoff part at Buffa's Lounge on Esplanade Avenue in the Marigny.


2008 Rising Tide Conference Schedule

Friday night, 8/22, 7:30 PM - Meet and Greet at Buffa's Lounge, 1001 Esplanade Avenue. Pick up your badges, grab some refreshments, and chat with other bloggers. Drinks are not included in the conference fee.

Saturday, 8/23, 9:00 - Conference begins at
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd - coffee and pastries are served.

The following presentations include 15-minute Question and Answer sessions:

9:30- 10:30 - Keynote speaker: John Barry, author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America and commissioner for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East

10:45 - 12:00 - The Past, Present, and Future of Elementary and Secondary Education in New Orleans.


· Dedra Johnson – professor and blogger, author of Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow

· Jeffrey Berman - teacher, Booker T. Washington High School and Schwarz Alternative School

· Grayling Evans - teacher, Coghill Elementary School

· Leigh Dingerson - Education team leader of the Center for Community Change, editor and contributor to Keeping The Promise?: The Debate Over Charter Schools

· Clifton Harris - concerned parent and blogger

· Christian Roselund - UTNO Communications, blogging at Dirty South Bureau

Moderator: Patrick Armstrong, former Recovery School District teacher and blogger

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch provided by J'anita's

1:00 - 2:15 - Journalism and Blogging: Intersections and Digressions


· Lee Zurik: WWL-TV investigative reporter

· Kevin Allman: author, journalist, and blogger, frequent guest blogger at Gambit's Blog of New Orleans

· David Winkler-Schmit: journalist and frequent contributor to Gambit Weekly and the Blog of New Orleans

· Eli Ackerman: blogger at We Could Be Famous

Moderator: Jeffrey Bostick

2:30 - 3:45 - Local Politics Panel - Panelists and Moderator TBA

Refreshments can be purchased at the Zeitgeist concession stand for the duration of the conference.

Sunday, 8-24: Community Service Activity TBA


Rising Tide details taking shape!

This year's Rising Tide registration fee is $20 in advance, $25 on conference weekend. Of course, donations are also welcome. After making your purchase or donation, you'll receive a confirmation email. The Rising Tide package includes:
  • Friday night meet & greet party, beverages not included in registration fee
  • Saturday's Conference, with John Barry as keynote speaker, and lunch included
  • Sunday's optional public service component
  • Party venue/menu, Conference panels, Saturday lunch & Sunday service project details to be announced

Our registration PayPal is now online at right.

We're looking forward to seeing you all there. Please feel free to visit the Rising Tide Website and contact us with any questions or suggestions. You can also leave comments on this blog.

This is shaping up to be the best Rising Tide Conference yet! Click here to see the Rising Tide Flickr Pool for pictures of RT I & RT II!


John Barry keynoter for Rising Tide 3

John Barry, author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, will be keynote speaker at the third annual Rising Tide Conference sponsored by the NOLA Bloggers, a community of writers, citizen journalists and on-line advocates for the rebirth of New Orleans.

Barry is the prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won more than twenty awards. In 2005 the National Academy of Sciences named The Great Influenza, a study of the 1918 pandemic, the year’s outstanding book on science or medicine, and the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Pathogens gave Barry its 2005 “September Eleventh Award.” Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, won the 1998 Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians for the year’s best book of American history.

The annual conference started in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding of the city when a small group of New Orleans, La.-based bloggers decided to expand their on-line advocacy for the rebirth of New Orleans into a public event. The third annual conference will be held Aug. 22-24 2008. Saturday’s main event will take place at the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd (@ Felicity) New Orleans, LA 70113.

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Rising Tide 3 Poster

We are going to have to use paste pots to put these up, or they will fly off the walls as fast as they go up. Hell, even Fred Radtke will want one to add to his collection.
If you're wondering where the hell the cranes we were promised are, join us in New Orleans August 22-24 to help solve this riddle.



Rising Tide III

It is that time of year again, and the New Orleans bloggers are laying the ground work for a third annual conference on the recovery of the post-Federal Flood city. The tentative date is August 23. The venue and program are in development and will be announced as they take final shape. The preliminary plan is for a Friday night social/registration event, a day-long conference on Saturday and a volunteer activity on Sunday.

Watch this space for more information.

The risingtidenola.com web site was both registered to and administered by the late Ashley Morris but we hope to straighten that out soon. I have registered risingtidenola.org and risingtidenola.net just in case.