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So long “amber” streetlights of New Orleans

In a paper I wrote in 2010, I outlined the need for New Orleans to revamp its streetlights in order to provide a modern appearance as well as to attract new visitors. Personally speaking, being beneath an “amber” colored streetlight incites a feeling of despair and hopelessness. I am sure others can agree. What the city of New Orleans has been noticeably undertaking this past year or so is replacing these “amber” colored streetlights with LED white lights. This is a long overdue  improvement over the “amber” colored streetlights which have occupied the streets. Beforehand, what I understand as a sodium mixture/solution was used to create the amber effect, now these are largely becoming replaced with a LED light panel. Here an electric lineman works on one of these light poles (courtesy of Fox8live.com):

electric lineman

 

This can be great for the city, in my opinion. It will remind our citizens that we deserve state of the art technology, it will lighten our streets, and it will just looked better and not so depressed. However, environmentalists and social justice advocates among others may not agree with me. The environmentalist’ argument in regards to insects is as follow: the white lights will confuse insects that there is no darkness and the bright white lights will suggest to the insects that the sun is up which will then disrupt the natural mating patterns, flight patterns, which in the end disrupts the food chain which the end game will be killing us all. They refer to this as some type of light pollution. I wonder if they deem volcanic eruptions as pollution? The social justice advocates advocate for lights which have not been restored since Hurricane Katrina to be prioritized higher than these replacement lights. Sure, they have a point, but it is important to not pass up opportunities . Every governmental decision does not have to indicated there being a winner and loser, but that is how some people think. Another complaint I have personally heard is how these new lights are not as bright as before. Honestly, they can cover a bit less space than the amber lights but it is white light instead of amber orange lights.

Nevertheless, I wish my farewell to the “amber” streetlights and welcome in this positive change. And so to you “amber” streetlights, “So loooooooooooong, you have lit this city for a long time, now it is time to rest in peace.”

Nolamanblog is back up and running!

Due to some minor setbacks, the blog has been down for a while.  I will still be providing you with some of the best content in New Orleans.

Why do People from New Orleans…(Google Auto-Complete Edition)

Funny things happen all of the time on the Internet. One of the funnier things is to use the Google auto-complete tool to find out what people are searching for. Today I googled, “Why do people from New Orleans” and let the Google auto-complete tool do the rest. The following is a screenshot of what came up:

What do people from new orleans..........

Why do people from new orleans……….

 

I’ve put the list below. My answers are italicized. Here’s the list:

Why do people from New Orleans sound like New Yorkers?

  • Getthefuckouttaheaaa..I don’t think we sound like New Yawkers, maybe our vernacular is a bit similar.

Why do people from New Orleans have an accent?

  • Why do people from all over have accents?

Why do people from New Orleans speak French?

  • The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 was drilled in our heads. Of course, French were here long before that. Think 1718.

Why do people from New Orleans talk funny?

  • We don’t talk funny. Your ears are funny.

Why do people from New Orleans “Who Dat?”

  • Baby, we’re some Saints fans, that’s why we say “Who Dat!”

If Google auto-complete is a true barometer of what people are searching, it clearly appears out-of-towners are mystified of how we talk down yere. Ya heard me? Who dat?

The Second Tallest Building in the World is in Louisiana

Not the 5th, not the 4th, not the 3rd, but the 2nd tallest building on Planet Earth is located in Louisiana. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the only building on Earth that is taller than this lesser known building located in Louisiana. Have you figured out which building it is yet? Well we know for sure it is not One Shell Square on Poydras since it is only 51 or so stories tall. There are buildings right there in Mobile, Alabama, that are taller than One Shell Square.

One Shell Square New Orleans

One Shell Square New Orleans, LA

RSA Battle House Tower Mobile, AL

RSA Battle House Tower Mobile, AL

Still haven’t figured it out? Expand your mental faculty and think outside the box. Like, really outside the box. OK, now think water structure. Figured it out yet? What if I told you the second tallest building in the world is in Louisiana and it’s underwater? You would think I am crazy. Well, I am crazy, but that is neither here nor there. The second tallest building in the world is indeed in Louisiana and is located mostly underwater. The Petronius Platform is located about 210 km (130.5 mi) SE of New Orleans and stands 2,001 feet tall. Wait, so you are telling me there’s a building almost a half a mile tall in Louisiana? Yup. Take that Empire State Building, Sears Tower, and CN Tower!

Petronius Platform Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana

Petronius Platform Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana

 

That’ll do it for this weeks’ lesson in cool facts. Now go make some money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghetto Tracker New Orleans Edition

The Ghetto Tracker app is an application that will allow people to report on a place and determine whether or not a place is “safe” aka where the black neighborhoods are.  Here’s more information about it here:

Traveling to a new city? Will you be visiting a safe part of town?

Ghetto Tracker can help you determine which parts of town are safe and which parts are not. It’s simple. We use a rating system that allows locals and people familiar with area rate which parts of town are safe and which ones are unsafe.

Who can benefit from the Ghetto Tracker?

People who can benefit from this site include, but are not limited to, students, traveling professionals, people on vacation, anyone moving to a new city, and it can even help people become more familiar with their own city.

In this post, I am going to comment on the locations of some of the New Orleans hot spots of this application. Here’s a screenshot of the New Orleans Ghetto Tracker Map:

ghetto tracker

 Let’s take a look at the “red” hotspots of subjective criminality according to Ghetto Tracker:

  • Hollygrove – Agree
  • Gert Town – Agree
  • Tulane Avenue – Agree
  • Central City – Agree
  • Iberville Projects – They’re being torn down so I disagree.
  • Upper 9th Ward – Agree
  • Seventh Ward – Agree

If anything, this tracker did not include a few neighborhoods. However, biased it may seem at first glance, it is actually quite accurate for the city of New Orleans. We need more apps like this that will cause controversy.

 

Google has shut down SMS

What the *fill in the blank*? I am one of the few people (in the US/developed world) that does not have features such as 4G and constant internet. Therefore, I actually cared for the SMS feature google had. All one had to do was text whatever to GOOGLE: 466453 and it would respond with instant hits. I used it for four main purposes: 1) definitions of English words i.e. “define impetuous” 2) translations i.e. “t I was going to help but could not english to spanish” 3) websites i.e. “web speckled trout” and finally 4) directions “3700 Orleans Avenue to US 1 Miami, FL”. So all of that shit is gone and I am now left with truly a transmitter. First World Problems, I know but c’mon google, reinstall it. It was a great tool to have in the arsenal!!!!!

New Orleans Restaurant Review: Voo-doo BBQ on St. Charles Avenue

I will start with this is not the best BBQ place in New Orleans, not even in uptown (Ms. Heisters or whatever on S. Claiborne is excellent).

The potato salad is the worst potato salad I have had in a long time. It is consistently bad. I went to Voodoo BBQ to watch the NFC championship game and ordered a plate.

It came with sour tasting potato salad and cut up hot dogs for “pork.” Best in New Orleans? Give me a break! It is a shame that this place is as popular as it is. It’s in a prime location and it really does a disservice to New Orleans.