Kind of amazing that the East Coast will be going through an earthquake (albeit a mild one that didn't really cause any major damage) and a hurricane (this one I'm far more worried about) within less than a week. The big concern, of course, is for the folks down south that are right in the path of the hurricane. I'm not overly worried about New York City getting more than a super-bad tropical storm/minor hurricane—which will suck, but you know, not the same. For instance, no need to evacuate and make hard decisions about what to do with pets. However, there is a strong chance the city will lose electricity, possibly for days, so we're preparing for that.
Our thoughts are with our neighbors down south. We hope your evacuations go smoothly, your property stays safe, and most of all, we hope that those who cannot evacuate for some reason stay safe.
In the meantime while we wait, there's not much we can do but do our jobs, get prepared, and of course, Panda Party. For those who don't know, what we're doing every Friday is getting on Turntable.fm in the Panda Party room, where we get ready for the weekend by taking playing music. (Here's Turntable's FAQ if you want to learn more about the service, which is free.) Some rooms have a no "no lame-ing" policy, but Panda Party is not one of those rooms—we feel free to lame anything we don't like. But also feel obliged to awesome anything you do like. Since it's a room that spins off a political blog, I feel everyone in there is good with the concept of democracy.
Last week, we started doing hourly themes, and that worked out really well, so that's going to be a permanent fixture. You can go to the Room Info to find out the theme. The idea is to play songs who have lyrics, titles, or even just band names along those lines, though most people end up going with lyrics or song titles. For instance, last night I went into a room where a New York theme erupted, and I played "New York" by Le Butcherettes, "New York, I Love You" by LCD Soundsystem, "Take the A Train" by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, "South Bronx" by Boogie Down Productions, and "Rockaway Beach" by The Ramones. Most of the time you won't need so many songs, since we change the themes hourly.
So jump on in to Panda Party, the water's fine!