[Surfnetkids: 29 Sep 2010] Gulf Oil Spill

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#1. September 29, 2010

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

First a confession. I have never owned a game console before. Up to now, I was in a demographic that wasn’t targeted by video games. Starting with Dance, Dance Revolution and the Wii Fit, the game console folks were moving in, getting closer and closer. But no bulls eyes, however, until I saw Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2 at BlogHer 2010.

Ubisoft had a stage at BlogHer, and ran a continuous dance demo/contest with their upcoming Just Dance 2 video game for the Wii. So, after tapping my feet for awhile, I jumped up on the stage for a round of dancing. Brave? No, not really. I would NEVER sing Karaoke, but I will ALWAYS dance! I love to dance.

After the conference, I couldn’t get Just Dance out of my mind. Should I buy a Nintendo Wii so I could get Just Dance? It nagged, and nagged at me, until I …
[click to continue reading at my blog: Just Dance Wii Game]

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Gulf Oil Spill

by Barbara J. Feldman

Gulf Oil Spill Printable (** for premium members only)

On April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico fifty miles off the shore of Louisiana, an explosion occurred on BP’s offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, leaving eleven rig workers dead and injuring seventeen others. Four days later it was discovered that the damaged wellhead was leaking oil into the Gulf. Learn more about this eco disaster at this week’s website roundup.

Fast Company: Infographic: The Gulf Oil Spill
“The BP Gulf oil spill is the worst ever when you combine its size and location. While it may not be the biggest, as you can see from the graphic, it certainly will be one of the most economically damaging and costly, simply because it occurred in some of America’s most productive waters.” Click on the infographic to enlarge it, and you will see the Deepwater Horizon oil spill compared to other accidental spills, dating back to 1967. Because the extent of the Gulf disaster has not been completely tabulated yet, Deepwater Horizon is represented by both a best case and worst case estimate.

LiveScience: Looming Disaster? Gulf Oil Spill FAQ
This LiveScience article dated April 28, 2010, answers six common questions about the Gulf oil spill, and is followed by links to additional oil spill FAQs, such as “The Science and History of Oil Spills.” Questions answered include “How does the spill compare to the Exxon Valdez disaster?”, “How big is the oil slick and how fast is it growing?”, and “How is the oil leaking out?”

Newsweek: Gulf Oil Spill By the Numbers
Newsweek brings us a “numerical look at the magnitude of the disaster and the enormous response” with a slide show of photos, videos, and statistics. “About 520 miles (2.76 million feet) of boom – a floating barrier to oil – have been deployed to protect sensitive areas of the Gulf Coast. If laid out in a straight line, that length of boom would reach from New York City to Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately, boom isn’t perfect and can be overcome by the elements. High winds and waves, for instance, can send oily water sloshing right over it and on toward shore.”

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