So having arrived yesterday evening today was my first full day at LSU, started with an enjoyable cup of coffee at Highland Coffees.

Afterwards head on to the LSU campus for two workshops. (At this point I should explain that I am here to attend the first every Symposium on Laptop Ensembles & Orchestras SLEO comment about the symposium can be found on my research blog.)

After the workshops I had my first experience of Crawfish apparently a local delicacy enjoyed a few but its a lot of effort for only a little meat and I ended up just using my Crawfish bodies to talk to people sitting next to me. Due to the Crawfish incident I went to Chimes and enjoyed Hush Puppies and a burger with Barq’s Root Beer.

 

So have had a full day to explore New Orleans, had an enjoyable trip to a farmers market after walking along Camp St. via Coliseum Square Park. Enjoyed a cup of cold coffee after getting the research poster printed.

Then head to Stein’s Market and Deli for a Jeff Berger for a lunch with a root beer, the first of this trip.

Then along to the french quarter, a stroll down Bourbon and Royal with a quick viewing of the river and lots of photos.

Finally rode a Street Car back along St. Charles back to were I was staying.

Once getting back I persuade Ray as to the importance of playing ottd while he attempted to persuade me to start playing Dwarf Fortress,

At which point we went to get tea, real good pizza and I headed upto Baton Rouge to get to SLEO. I plan to blog about SLEO at http://ablelemon.co.uk/ .

 

 

So a day late but my day of air travel went fine.

Flight from Manchester to Philadelphia was quiet and very enjoyable enjoyed watching Mission Impossible Ghost Recon and Real Steel on the flight as well as writing my presentation.

The internal flights went well and was nice to pass through Charlotte Douglas International Airport and see all the Duke and Tarhills memorabilia brought back nice memories.

Finally made it New Orleans and enjoyed all you can eat Catfish at Joey K’s followed by IceCream at The Creole Creamery followed up by a stroll through a bit of the Garden District past The Prytania Theatre.

 

I finally made time to sit down and watch the Kony 2012 film.

Its a powerful film about the ongoing criminal actions of a Joseph Kony in Uganda, the campaign to see him brought to justice and how we as citizens of the earth can act against this.

I find the idea of individual citizens uniting as a group to achieve something exciting and the enabling power of the internet makes this a unique time for this kind of citizen activism.

It is interesting to also consider how this highlights the inaction of governments on some issues until it is prompted to by its citizenry. While I understand that many will cite the failings of Make Poverty History and the Climate Change campaigns as an illustration as to how ineffective these campaigns can be I still think that it is always worth trying.

So please make time to watch the film,

https://vimeo.com/37119711

and apologies I suspect I will mention this a few more times.

The Guardian has a great discusion about the issues online here.

So a little milestone reached the AudioPodcast pushed over a 1000 page views in day thanks to the dual effect of the live MSP Symposium coverage from the Electric Spring and an interview with Frank Bry of therecordist.com .

So that is ace :)