YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019 – Churches and Books

Welcome to YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019 – it’s time to talk books and writing!

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YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019

The shock of the fire at Notre Dame in Paris weighs heavily. A few introductory thoughts here, then we’ll get on with getting on.

Writing about churches

Let’s talk about other churches for a moment. So, sticking to “write what you know,” I focus on New Orleans. There are two stories that may turn into a full-blown Talents book, set in Europe. While one can write about well-known places, it works to write about the cities I walk around. Vienna is a setting in Trusted Talents for that reason. Utrecht, Stockholm, and Copenhagen figure into the in-progress cities. Work cities for me. I”m comfortable there. Oslo as well!

American cities, too

Same goes for American cities. The Orthodox church on High Street on Columbus calls me. It’s easy to visualize the great, potentially evil Nationwide Plaza. Transporting to Midtown Atlanta clicks. Switching to Manhattan Beach is easy.

When travelling, I stop in not only the Big Church. It’s fun to explore the parish church blocks away. Take time to check out the synagogue. When a character tells me something, I know exactly where they are. While I could make a Notre Dame scene happen, it’s more likely going to be a scene set in Nice.

Books

Edinburgh

Reading for YatPundit’s Pub 18-April-2019. So, I’m finishing up the 21st “Rebus” novel by Ian Rankin, Rather Be the Devil. John Rebus is retired. Therefore, he’s sticking his nose in the cases of DI Siobahn Clarke. Malcom Fox figures prominently in the story as well. There’s another “retired Rebus” book out, but I’ve got a ton of stuff to get to first.

IRA

Something that will jump the line, however, is Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. As I flew up to Columbus a couple of weeks ago, a friend messaged and said, read this book. So, last week, Pesca had the author, Patrick Radden Keefe on his pod, Slate’s The Gist. The book is fascinating! Two recommendations move it up to read-now.

Don’t forget Art in the Bend on Saturday!

Last Thursday’s pod.

YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud

YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud

YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud

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YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 Tech Wednesday in the Cloud

YatPundit's Pub 17-April-2019

Enterprise Storage in a data center

Back in the “pre-World Wide Web” days, we used to have a small, informal group of programmers, sysadmins, BBS sysops, and other nerds who got together occasionally for pizza and beer. We hung out at Godfather’s Pizza, out on Veterans Blvd. The pizza was OK, and they had a big back area. We pushed a few tables together an talked tech. Occasionally, someone would present a topic. Most of the time, it was just beer and casual talk.

So, YatPundit’s Pub 17-April-2019 invokes the spirit of those gatherings! We’ll have a topic or three, some covering Enterprise Computing, some Personal Computing.

Enterprie Cloud

The term “the cloud” focuses on specific needs of businesses and individuals. While we do have definitions, It’s still confusing to some. We work in the Enterprise Cloud with more confidence in 2019 than a few years ago. It’s easy to go to “the cloud.” Companies exercise care what goes up there, though. Public cloud options work for some. Others require more security and reliability. It’s one thing to say, “our stuff lives on Amazon Web Services.” It’s another to maintain business continuity and compliance with regulators while doing so. Some enterprises opt for a “private cloud” as a compromise. Public or Private, either way, the data physically resides somewhere, on hard drives. So, the folks I teach make that happen.

Personal Cloud

Things change at the personal level. Individuals worry less about government compliance. We focus on maintaining backups. Folks want solid copies of their data from Microsoft Office and other personal tools. We want our photos, videos, recordings, and other stuff from their phones stored off the device. If the phone is stolen or ruined, the data lives elsewhere.

That’s not the full story. So, your data may be backed up away from your phone, but can you easily recover it? Things to think about and plan for.

YatPundit’s Pub 16-April-2019 Party Buses and School Zones

YatPundit’s Pub 16-April-2019

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YatPundit’s Pub 16-April-2019

Two brews on tap today, both local, but hopefully not too bitter. Mr. Tim Morris of T-P/NOLA.com wrote an interesting piece discussing party buses and school zones, raising concerns about how Mayor Cantrell is treating some of her constituents.

Our first tap in the pub talks about the party buses. So, hese are those converted school buses you see downtown. So, they have loud sound systems. They flash lots of disco-style lighting inside. Groups charter the party buses. Party-goers load them up with a few ice chests of beer and wine (and possibly some of Lady Goddess’ Own Herb).

Now, the problem with these buses is compliance. They’re not legal on many counts. Buses lack CPNC certificates. Electric lights don’t meet code. Cantrell ordered them to get compliant. They didn’t. She extended the time period.

I also mention a bit about the “curmudgeon class” on Da Twittah. When I do, let’s be clear, I’m not talking about Tim Morris and his colleagues at Da Paper!

School Zones

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St. Anthony of Padua on Canal Street, sight of a traffic-cam school zone

So, contrast that with the treatment some drivers in the city received in the last two weeks. The mayor’s office made a significant change in school zone enforcement.

Traditionally, we enforce school zone speed limits with a traffic cop out with a radar gun. You go over the speed limit, you’re breaking the law and could get a ticket. The cop would usually spot you five miles. So, if you’re going, say 23 in a 20, they’d let you slide.

Now that the traffic cameras and street-installed rollovers detect your speed and document who you are, things are quite precise and less human.

It’s still possible to toss out the violations that are less than 5 miles over the speed limit. Cantrell’s decided go zero-tolerance. Morris argues in his column that this is unfair. Like the business owners, drivers deserved fair warning.

I’m at the point with this where safety trumps whinging drivers. I discuss.

Monday’s Pod

 

YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday

YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday

YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019

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YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday

Pre-Game

YatPundit's Pub 15-April-2019

Meyer Lemon Margarita at Bakersfield Short North in Columbus, OH

Welcome to Yatpundit’s Pub 15-April-2019! Somebody make this happen in New Orleans!

Bakersfield Short North

Wine me, Dine me! 

Two segments for the Pub today, both related to NOLA Brewery, on Tchoup.

The Food

Yatpundit's Pub 15-April-2019

Pulled Pork Sandwich by McClure’s at NOLA Brewery Taproom

Three of us at the NOLA Brewery Taproom, where the food is brought to you by McClure’s BBQ. Wife and kiddo had their usual, pulled pork sandwiches. Mrs. YatPundit usually has the Kansas City BBQ Sauce, while kiddo is like me and gets the N.O. East. It was a nice, sunny day, so we ate on the upstairs deck. The view isn’t the most scenic in the world, being the wharves, but the trains are fun to watch go by.

YatPundit's Pub 15-April-2019

“Philly” by McClure’s at the NOLA Brewery Taproom

I had McClure’s Philly-style cheesesteak, which is essentially a pulled brisket sandwich with onions and peppers. Good sandwich, much better bread than the hoagie roll or whatever you usually get for a cheesesteak. The cheese was better, also. That’s the N.O. East sauce on the sandwich. I usually get a two-meat combo, like sausage and chicken, but they didn’t have sausage on this outing, so I thought I’d try something new. It was worth it.

YatPundit's Pub 15-April-2019

Mac n Cheese at NOLA Brewery Taproom

I had mac n’ cheese for the side with the Philly, fam had fries.

Poutine!

YatPundit's Pub 15-April-2019

Poutine

We also got an order of Poutine. It’s obviously a variant of what you’d buy in Canada, with fries, cheese curds, and pulled pork. I ended up taking some of the sandwich home, because I forgot how big the order is.

Beer

YatPundit's Pub 15-April-2019

Vanilla Coffee Stout

A flight of four, four-ounce pours, first Boil Advisory, a variant of NOLA Blonde

YatPundit's Pub 15-April-2019

Boil Advisory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then two special/limited stouts, from the NOLA Brewery/Sucre partnership: Sucre Blackberry Stout and Sucre Chocolate Stout

YatPundit's Pub 15-April-2019

Sucre Blackberry Stout

YatPundit's Pub 15-April-2019

Sucre Chocolate Stout

NOLA Brewery

McClure’s BBQ

Thursday’s Pod

YatPundit’s Pub 2019-04-11 – Two Taps Open

YatPundit’s Pub 2019-04-11 – Two Taps Open

YatPundit’s Pub 2019-04-11
YatPundit's Pub 2019-04-11

YatPundit’s Pub 2019-04-11

YatPundit’s Pub is back! Starting here with YatPundit’s Pub 2019-04-11, we’re going to attempt to be consistent with this now. Tuesdays will be politics and commentary, Thursdays will be books and writing. So, there are two taps at the bar.

The first is a remembrance. Ms. Margie Person passed away last week. She was mom to two of my friends going back to Brother Martin, John and Bob Person. Ms. Margie was also grandmother to Lady Artist, Elizabeth Person. Liz is Bob’s daughter. She’s a brilliant artist. I was very flattered when Bob told me one day that his mom really enjoyed my first urban fantasy novel, Hidden Talents. I never thought a lady in her 90s would fancy the magick and dueling, but he said she really liked how I described New Orleans. So, when it came time to write the sequel, he mentioned she would occasionally say, tell your friend he needs to finish that next book! Personally, I think she wanted to see what her granddaughter had in mind for the cover. 🙂

(On a side note, Lady Artist did a wonderful job with both Dragon’s Discovery and Trusted Talents. If you can hire Liz, you should!)

Dragons Update

YatPundit's Pub 2019-04-11

Dragon’s Discovery by Edward J. Branley (cover art by Elizabeth Person)

Dragons 3, tentatively titled Dragon’s Defience, is in progress. The first five chapters have been red-penned by Dara, and I’m done with chapter seven. It’s going to be eleven total. The Fading Signs of New Orleans book for The History Press ate up a lot more of my time, so the fiction’s taken a back seat.

Talents Update

YatPundit's Pub 2019-04-11

Trusted Talents by Edward J. Branley (cover art by Elizabeth Person)

Talents 3 doesn’t have a name yet, much less a firm outline, but I have an idea of how things turn out. It felt odd, I had a bit of a dream/daydream of what happens after the third novel. So, I have the end of novel three and the beginning of novel four! Who knows if things will stay that way, of course.

Next week

We’ll do a Tuesday sit-down in the pub, talking local stuff, like the airport and traffic cameras, then more books/literary on Thursday.