[Surfnetkids: 20 Jul 2011] Hurricanes

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#1. July 20, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

As a few of you probably know, my flagship site Surfnetkids.com began in 1996, back in the early days of the Internet. Over the years, I progressed from writing HTML code in a text editor, to writing HTML code in an HTML editor (my fav was Homesite), to using Movable Type as a content management system (aka a CMS).

Within the last few years, however, I began moving some sites to WordPress, and now all my new sites are being created in WordPress.

The WordPress community is certainly one of the reasons why I moved, since so many talented people know and love WordPress, it is easy to find talent to hire, or to get answers to questions (for free) in online forums. So, last year when WordCamp (a community produced one-day WordPress love-a-thon) came to LA, I happily drove the 2.5 hours at the crack of dawn to get to the conference for the 8AM registration time. But — woo hoo — this year WordCamp was coming to San Diego! I eagerly put it on my calendar, and then forgot about it. I forgot about it until about 2 weeks ago, when I realized that ALL THE TICKETS were sold out! Boo hoo!

Fast forward to last week, when local WordPress/Web Design company BinaryM held a contest giving away a few tickets. To enter, I needed to write a creative entry (20 words or less) about why I loved WordPress. And, guess what? I won! They picked my poem! I felt like I won an Oscar or a Pulizter! Ha ha ha!

So, without further ado, here is my twenty-word poem. (Okay … it’s a little geeky, but the prize was a Geek fest … so ….)

My sites began on MovableType.

I thought WordPress was all hype.

But at 2010 WordCamp LA,

I grokked WordPress. Hooray!

Your comments welcome on this post at my blog:


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

#2. Hurricanes

by Barbara J. Feldman

Hurricanes Printable (** for premium members only)

Hurricane season in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico runs from June through November, and averages seven named storms. To be named by the National Hurricane Center, a storm must reach speeds of thirty-nine miles an hour. When a storm reaches sustained speeds of seventy-four miles per hour, it is called a hurricane.

NASA: Earth Science Enterprise: Tropical Twisters
“Most people associate twisters with tornadoes, but in fact tropical twisters come from hurricanes.” Visit this NASA site to learn how hurricanes are created, why they move, and how deadly they can be. Hurricane damage can be caused by wind, floods or a surge of huge waves along the coast. “Even Category 1 hurricanes can cause death, property damage and flooding and should be taken very seriously. Coastal areas are often evacuated by the police when a hurricane is approaching.”

Scholastic: Weather Watch: Hurricanes
“Hurricanes start life as a cluster of strong thunderstorms moving across the ocean, called a tropical disturbance or tropical wave. Atmospheric conditions must be just right to turn a tropical wave into a hurricane ?less than 5% of them ever become full-blown hurricanes.” Scholastic.com has a great hurricane section that includes a glossary, experiments, videos, clickable infographics, recommended links, an interview with a meteorologist, and a quiz.

Sky Diary: Facts about Hurricanes
Sky Diary publisher Chris Kridler is a storm chaser and journalist. Her site answers commonly asked questions about hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning, as well as housing her amazing storm and sky photos. The hurricane section addresses how hurricanes form, how they are classified using the Saffir-Simpson scale, and hurricane safety. “We are fortunate to have technology now that can detect the formation of a hurricane long before one is a danger to land. Yet, despite all the data we have, we can’t predict exactly where a hurricane will go.”

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#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

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Hurricanes Printable

Hurricanes Wikipedia Printable
Weather Printable

Earthquakes Printable

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#5. Surfing the Calendar

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#6. Quote of the Week

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” ~~ Leo Buscaglia ~~ (31 March 1924 – 11 June 1998) American professor. Click here for more God quotes.

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