Monday, September 16, 2013

Y@ Speak: tiny victories

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Y@ Speak returns this week to review last week's Week In Twitter: from the joys of illicit Craigslist ads to Rising Tide triumphs to ruining the week of a football team's fanbase — we celebrate our small and not-so-small victories. #GooseBumps

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Y@ Speak: file a complaint

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

How haunted is your apartment? How many fedoras did you count at the anime convention? Is R. Kelly hosting a Ku Klux Klan rally? Does the NFL hate women? Are you an adult with sincere opinions on Batman or a music awards show, both of which are for children? Twitter is your safe place to voice these concerns.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Y@ Speak: seasoning

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

"Area Man Wakes From Post-Football Slumber, Wears Dress, Runs"

What season is this? Football has seemingly replaced our collective brain matter, already. Schools are coming back to life. Barbie conventions are a thing. Big butts can kill you. Meanwhile, air conditioning units file for OT as fat chunks of rain "cool down" our heat-ravaged minds and bodies. Driven by madness, New Orleans takes to the streets in its last-ditch "festival" effort, wearing red.

As we melt away into whatever "season" appears between now and fall, let us reflect on a week of our city's insanity.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Y@ Speak: expectations

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

First it giveth, then it taketh away. Newspapers are dead and buried then return to a daily schedule. New Orleans Pelicans come and go within minutes. Prison donuts are a thing and likely will not be anymore. The right and left react to landmark decisions in Texas and D.C. A $100 brunch institution shuffles off this mortal coil. Service industry employees slumber in unusual ways. Governors — do they poop?

In this week's delayed edition of Y@ Speak (not what you expected, right?), New Orleans examines what is real, or really real, and whether they're, you know, cool about it. If not, one can always seek refuge in Target on the West Bank, where the celebrities go.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Out visits Bywater

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

This website inadvertently turned into the city's archivist for Internet idiocy. Today's submission: Out's city guide for New Orleans, an alternate universe in which Plessy v. Ferguson was a Reagan-era triumph and a bar that opened last year saved the "unmoored" people of the 9th Ward — either the "end of the world" or "beginning of a new one."

I am the first person in the room to groan loudly at tired "dey stealin' our cultcha" bullshit, which often is just xenophobia wearing a Saints T-shirt, but this is just pure ignorance and insult. The self-righteous arguments over cultural preservation (that seemingly only take place on Twitter and not where it matters), as if it's a thing that can be jeopardized by whimsical cocktails, will likely have a field day with the Out piece, but for the wrong reasons.

It's not just about the major factual error in the New Orleans timeline. (It's just a typo, but still.) What irks me most about the whole "new New Orleans" mentality is how it remains blissfully unaware of the city as a whole. It falls for what they see as the city's seemingly detached sense of the world. I don't care what anyone does here, to be honest. Want to open your dream business selling vintage sex toys? Go for it, dude. Build a house that's a ball pit? Live the dream, my man. What irks me is dressing that up as some kind of agent of salvation. New Orleans needs saving pretty much 24 hours a day, and it's not up to someone's bathroom art project to do it. Don't let that stop you from doing it. But Out perpetuates the idea that New Orleans begins and ends in someone's fantastical idea of whatever neighborhood they moved into. In New Orleans, can "business" just be that, or is tied to "big important cultural moment"?

The plans were controversial at the time — comments surrounding New Orleans alt-weekly The Gambit's coverage range from praise for Booty's "salvation" of the neighborhood to criticism of "hipster pretense" pushing out natives — but Booty's has in short order become an anchor in a formerly unmoored neighborhood

If Out believes Booty's is somehow the savior of an "unmoored" neighborhood, I'd hate for them to tell me what Cure did for Uptown.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Y@ Speak: winners and losers

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

This week, Y@ Speak revisits the inaugural #twitterprom and its graceful champions and also-rans, as well as the last gasps of the 2013 legislative session, punctuated by colorful and unnecessary signage, poor grammar, and a writer's return.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Y@ Speak: awards season

Posted By on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

As I am handed a golden scepter and draped in my red velvet cape, I present to you this week's Y@ Speak following our farewell to the reign of Lauren LaBorde. Her rule will be difficult to follow.

Nevertheless, New Orleans Twitter basked in the warm glow of its inaugural Y@ Speak award nominations, got really excited about Hubig's rebuilding its pie factory, ate oysters, met @BeingNOLA, and battled termites.

All in preparation, presumably, for #twitterprom, aka the Y@ Speak Awards. Winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Publiq House (4528 Freret St.). Your host is dream job conjurer Ian Hoch. Can't make it in person? Follow along on @yat_speak.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Y@ Speak goes to the rave

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 1:58 PM

The second annual BUKU Music + Project, which I predict has left the Mississippi River covered in a sheen of glow stick juice and littered with sodden furry animal hats, was either the best weekend of your life or a noisy nuisance depending on your attitudes toward rave drugs, electronic dance music and teenagers. Also this week: celebrities' opinions on McDonald's and has a retweet snafu.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bill seeks to eliminate Jindal's favorite excuse for keeping records under seal

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

A bill filed this week by state Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, Independent of Thibodaux, and Sen. Rick Gallot, Democrat of Ruston, would repeal an exemption to the state Public Records Act called the "deliberative process privilege." The privilege protects deliberative (or pre-decisional) communications within the governor's office — though it's unclear just what is meant by "deliberative" and "governor's office."

The privilege has recently been applied to requests for (1A) records that were submitted after a state policy decision was made, (1B) records of communications that (arguably) themselves took place after a policy decision was made and (2) records from any executive agency, not just the Office of the Governor.

From our earlier coverage:

 The News-Star attempted to confirm [Louisiana Department of Education Superintendent John] White's remarks by filing a public records request for internal DOE emails, specifically those "regarding phases included in the process for school approval for the Louisiana Scholarship program." A copy of the request was provided to Gambit by News-Star attorney William McNew.

The department did not hand over the requested emails.

After the paper published an editorial excoriating the state for its lack of transparency, White responded, claiming DOE was not obligated to produce the records because of something called the "deliberative process privilege," an exemption to the Louisiana Public Records Law that Jindal rammed through the Legislature in 2009 over the objections of the state's largest newspapers. White claimed in his letter that the privilege, which critics say applies only to the governor's office, "protects documents reflecting advisory opinions, recommendations and deliberations comprising part of a process by which governmental decisions and policies are formulated."

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Y@ Speak: The Beyonce Blackout Bowl edition

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

New Orleans: You're like a quirky, twentysomething daughter who insists on hosting Thanksgiving dinner at her tiny shotgun house in a "weird" part of town. Things are going well at first — no one's arguing about politics and grandma actually seems to enjoy the silken tofu and kale dip — but then you end up burning the turkey.

The great Super Bowl blackout happened after unprecedented amounts of bootyliciousness during the halftime show. But you know what? It's fine. The week leading up to the big event was a fun, decadent time for celebrities, media and regular folks alike; I doubt visitors enjoy themselves this much during Super Bowls in other places. You may have burnt the turkey, but Aunt Cheryl totally wants to come back next year.

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