| Andrew Cooke | Contents | Latest | RSS | Twitter | Previous | Next


Welcome to my blog, which was once a mailing list of the same name and is still generated by mail. Please reply via the "comment" links.

Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

Personal Projects

Lepl parser for Python.

Colorless Green.

Photography around Santiago.

SVG experiment.

Professional Portfolio

Calibration of seismometers.

Data access via web services.

Cache rewrite.

Extending OpenSSH.

C-ORM: docs, API.

Last 100 entries

Small Success With Go!; Re: Quick message - This link is broken; Adding Reverb To The Echo Chamber; Sox Audio Tools; Would This Have Been OK?; Honesty only important economically before institutions develop; Stegangraphy via PS4; OpenCL Mess; More Book Recommendations; Good Explanation of Difference Between Majority + Minority; Musical Chairs - Who's The Privileged White Guy; I can see straight men watching this conversation and laffing; When it's Actually a Source of Indignation and Disgust; Meta Thread Defending POC Causes POC To Close Account; Indigenous People Of Chile; Curry Recipe; Interesting Link On Marginality; A Nuclear Launch Ordered, 1962; More Book Recs (Better Person); It's Nuanced, And I Tried, So Back Off; Marx; The Negative Of Positive; Jenny Holzer Rocks; Huge Article on Cultural Evolution and More; "Ignoring language theory"; Negative Finger Counting; Week 12; Communication Via Telecomm Bids; Finding Suspects Via Relatives' DNA From Non-Crime Databases; Statistics and Information Theory; Ice OK in USA; On The Other Hand; (Current Understanding Of) Chilean Taxes / Contributions; M John Harrison; Playing Games on a Cloud GPU; China Gamifies Real Life; Can't Help Thinking It's Thoughtcrime; Mefi Quotes; Spray Painting Bike Frame; Weeks 10 + 11; Change: No Longer Possible To Merge Metadata; Books on Old Age; Health Tree Maps; MRA - Men's Rights Activists; Writing Good C++14; Risk Assessment - Fukushima; The Future of Advertising and Surveillance; Travelling With Betaferon; I think I know what I dislike so much about Metafilter; Weeks 8 + 9; More; Pastamore - Bad Italian in Vitacura; History Books; Iraq + The (UK) Governing Elite; Answering Some Hard Questions; Pinochet: The Dictator's Shadow; An Outsider's Guide To Julia Packages; Nobody gives a shit; Lepton Decay Irregularity; An Easier Way; Julia's BinDeps (aka How To Install Cairo); Good Example Of Good Police Work (And Anonymity Being Hard); Best Santiago Burgers; Also; Michael Emmerich (Vibrator Translator) Interview (Japanese Books); Clarice Lispector (Brazillian Writer); Books On Evolution; Looks like Ara (Modular Phone) is dead; Index - Translations From Chile; More Emotion in Chilean Wines; Week 7; Aeon Magazine (Science-ish); QM, Deutsch, Constructor Theory; Interesting Talk Transcripts; Interesting Suggestion Of Election Fraud; "Hard" Books; Articles or Papers on depolarizing the US; Textbook for "QM as complex probabilities"; SFO Get Libor Trader (14 years); Why Are There Still So Many Jobs?; Navier Stokes Incomplete; More on Benford; FBI Claimed Vandalism; Architectural Tessellation; Also: Go, Blake's 7; Delusions of Gender (book); Crypto AG DID work with NSA / GCHQ; UNUMS (Universal Number Format); MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses); Interesting Looking Game; Euler's Theorem for Polynomials; Weeks 3-6; Reddit Comment; Differential Cryptanalysis For Dummies; Japanese Graphic Design; Books To Be Re-Read; And Today I Learned Bugs Need Clear Examples; Factoring a 67 bit prime in your head; Islamic Geometric Art; Useful Julia Backtraces from Tasks; Nothing, however, is lost with less discomfort than that which, when lost, cannot be missed

© 2006-2015 Andrew Cooke (site) / post authors (content).

Interesting report on New Orleans Flood Safety 2003

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 23:59:37 -0400 (CLT)

As you probably know, there's a hurrican heading towards New Orleans,
which, for some strange reason, is built below sea level in reclaimed
marshland.  For example - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4192218.stm

Anyway, while searching around looking for more info, I turned up this
article in Civil Engineering Magazine from June 2003.  It discusses the
ongoing work to improve safety and, just after 1/2 way through, has the

If a storm of category 4 or 5 were to hit New Orleans before the city was
adequately prepared, what toll would it exact?
In the 1990s, Suhayda began modeling category 4 and 5 storms hitting New
Orleans from a variety of directions. His results were frightening enough
that he shared them with emergency preparedness officials throughout
Louisiana. If such a severe storm were to hit the city from the southwest,
for instance, Suhayda’s data indicate that the water level of Lake
Pontchartrain would rise by as much as 12 ft (3.7 m). As the storm’s
counterclockwise winds battered the levees on the northern shore of the
city, the water would easily top the embankments and fill the streets to a
depth of 25 ft (7.6 m) or more.
Experts say a flood of this magnitude would probably shut down the city’s
power plants and water and sewage treatment plants and might even take out
its drainage system. The workhorse pumps would be clogged with debris, and
the levees would suddenly be working to keep water in the city. Survivors
of the storm—humans and animals alike—would be sharing space on the crests
of levees until the Corps could dynamite holes in the structures to drain
the area. In such a scenario, the American Red Cross estimates that
between 25,000 and 100,000 people would die.

Which is why people are concerned, I would guess.


` __ _ __ ___  ___| |_____   personal web site: http://www.acooke.org
 / _` / _/ _ \/ _ \ / / -_)  list: http://www.acooke.org/cute
 \__,_\__\___/\___/_\_\___|  aim: acookeorg; skype: andrew-cooke

compute mailing list

Comment on this post