This is really a case of hearing it straight from the guy on site. Blogging live from New Orleans, the Interdictor is the manager of an internet firm located there.
Worth reading, as he describes with verve the situation there : the obstacles they have to face up to, the ugliness of the looting mob, the scared policemen whose HQ is 6 meters under water…
Reading it made me realize two things :
1. The strenght that some people have. The interdictor chose to stay to keep things up and running, even when urged to evacuate.
2. The thin veneer of civilization wears of easely when the clockwork organisation of our society runs amok.
A term comes to mind that I gleaned from reading ‘Iron Sunrise‘ by Charles Stross : warblogger. Yup.