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The Basics of Flood Survival

By Bryon On March 4, 2013 No Comments

Flooding is a natural disaster that has touched nearly every country or locale in the world. It has always been a problem, and it is not going to go away, even with the advent of global warming because the hydrological cycle will always exist; water will always be recycled by the environment through rain and storms.

Now, since we can’t do anything about the natural phenomena that regularly causes flooding, what we can do is be prepared for flooding when it does occur.

There are two general types of floods. The first type is the regular flood that occurs after long periods of rain. So, the water level in the immediate land area steadily rises until the water has to flow where the land’s slope is lower.

Then we have flash floods. Flash floods are far more sinister than regular floods, because a flash flood can submerge a whole neighborhood in a matter of minutes with little or no warning.

This is one of the reasons why you should stay awake in the advent of a large storm, because a flash flood can come from anywhere, and even if you are far away from the usual sites of flash floods, water can still reach you if there is a sufficient amount of water (and debris) coming in from a higher area.

Safety during a flood

Floods can destroy property and take lives just as easily, so being in a flood-prone area is no laughing matter. If you have just moved into a new city or neighborhood, it might be a good idea to ask your neighbors if the area has experienced any recent flooding.

If it has experienced flooding before, even if the flood took place five years ago, then it is likely that a big storm can cause a flood in the area again. It doesn’t matter if the last flood was ages ago, the mere fact that the area has been flooded before means the geographical topography of the area is susceptible to flooding.

And, unless extremely large counter-measures have already been taken to ensure that the landscape does not encourage flash floods and regular floods, it is still not safe to assume that flooding in your neighborhood is not possible.

If you live in a house with a second or third floor, move important items to the upper floors during a storm so that these items will be safe even if it does flood.

Also, avoid driving through flooded areas, because your vehicle might stall and you could end up getting stuck in the middle of nowhere during a flood. Six to twelve inches of water is enough to stall and float a one ton vehicle, so beware.

During a flood, both electricity and water have to be turned off to minimize any problems. The flood will eventually subside and you will be able to turn on these utilities after a few hours.


Disaster Preparedness Information

By Bryon On March 4, 2013 No Comments

 

Disaster can strike at any time, and if you want to keep yourself and those around you safe when a disaster suddenly strikes, you need to make sure that you have all of the necessary information you will need to survive the disaster in the first place.

There are generally two types of disasters: natural disasters, and man-made disasters. Natural disasters include: hurricanes, typhoons, floods, and volcanic eruptions. Man-made disasters on the other hand can include: biological attacks, hazardous materials incidents, and even terrorist attacks. In any disaster, it is possible to keep yourself and your family safe.

General guidelines for disaster preparedness:

1.    Create an emergency supplies kit for the entire family. Supplies included in this kit include: complete changes of clothes for each member of the family, at least one gallon of water for each family member, flashlights or rechargeable LED lamps, food supplies that won’t spoil easily even without refrigeration, important personal documents such as bank account records and birth certificates, extra cash (not credit cards), sleeping bags, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and any prescription medication that you or any other family member may need.

2.    In the event of a disaster, you have to be aware of any public announcements, or bulletins, from the local authorities. By local authorities, we refer specifically to emergency services personnel, such as the police, and the fire brigade.

These departments may periodically send out bulletins to inform the public of any changes in the situation. Local agencies often transmit bulletins over the radio, television, and these days even over the Internet.

3.    If you have to drive to a safe location during a disaster, make sure that the roads, and all of the other areas that you will be passing through, are safe before proceeding. Driving through flooded areas is generally not a good idea, but if you really have to do it, try to measure just how deep the flood is.

If the flood is less than six inches in height, then you can probably drive through it and survive. But if the flood is more than six inches in height there is a good chance that your car will stall.

If the water is more than six inches in height, that amount of water has been known to stall, and even carry away sports utility vehicles. Do not underestimate the power of muddy water, because you can really get hurt doing it.

4.    In case there is a man-made disaster (such as a biological attack, or a hazardous materials incident), staying at a location that is up-wind is best.

Chemical and biological agents can actually travel through the air, so it is best to steer clear of the affected area until the authorities have announced that the emergency is over, and people can resume with their normal activities without any fear of contamination or disease.

If you think you have come into contact with any hazardous waste or any biological agent, go to any hospital’s emergency unit and have yourself checked out. That is the only way that you can be sure that you are safe, and that you won’t need any special procedures after you have been exposed.


How do I get wordpress to auto upgrade with 1and1 hosting?

By Bryon On September 2, 2012 No Comments

 

If you are a 1and1.com user and are having problems getting the auto upgrade to work (for both the core and plugins), here’s the fix.

Add the following line to the top of your .htaccess file (in the root directory of your WP install):

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

 

 

This post is to help anyone who is using 1and1 hosting services with a custom install of wordpress. If you are having problems getting  WordPress to update automaticly,  This will also make the plugins and themes auto update.  If you have had this problem for a long time and just continued on without updating you might need to update wordpress manually first.  If you plan on upgrading across more than two major releases, please consider upgrading incrementally to avoid potential conflicts. For example, if you plan on upgrading from 2.5 to 3.4.1, upgrade to 2.7 first, followed by 2.9, and finally 3.4.1. Essential, it’s okay to skip one release, but never skip TWO when upgrading.

Older versions of WordPress can be downloaded from the release archive.

If you are using a recent version of wordpress and this is the first time for you to upgrade,  the auto upgrade function will be fine when you get it to work.  This is a common problem that has a pretty simple solution. However there are a few problems that may prevent most people from fixing it.

  1. Maybe you don’t know what the problem is, or how to identify it.
  2. You don’t know how to use an FTP program to upload files to your website.
  3. You haven’t found the  .htaccess file is or how to edit/upload it.

How to get wordpress to auto upgrade with 1and1 hosting.

To fix the problems associated with your auto-updates for the WordPress system, you’ll need access to your .htaccess file. This file is generally in the root directory for your website – the same folder that contains your wp-config.php file.

I use fielzilla for ftp purposes,  it is a free tool built by mozilla firefox.  If you don’t know how to use a ftp client this is a great time to learn.

Open filezilla and connect to your site.
locate the .htaccess file.
right click and select edit.  this will open the file in notepad
copy and paste the line  (  AddType x-mapp-php5 .php  ) to the top of the file.
save and close the file,  filezilla will ask if you want to upload the changes, select yes.
Return to your blog and try the auto update function again.

 

Your .htaccess file needs to contain the following code in order to configure your WordPress site to update/upload files to itself:

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
If you have anything else in your .htaccess file already, place this above that information.  When you open the file to edit it, just add the code to a clean line at the top.  I have  been able to make the updates/installation process work by adding  just the one line of code to the top of my .htaccess.  Good luck with your WordPress website. If you have FTP access and a simple text editor like Notepad to open the .htaccess file, these are pretty simple changes.

 

 

 

 


Fort Collins Series of poker season 4

By Bryon On September 6, 2010 No Comments

Season Four kicks off

  September 11th, 2010!

 

!New Location!

Clubhouse 1415 W. Elizabeth

 

 

 

Selected Dates:

 

Sept 11th, 2010 (Saturday Event)
Nov 13th, 2010
(Saturday Event)
January 30th, 2011

March 27th, 2011
May 1st, 2011
May 22, 2011

All events will be at the C.B.& Potts Clubhouse. Cards will fly @ noon each event.

 

 

Sept 11th “Challenge Event” ($1500 WSOP Seat Grand Prize)


We will be “Challenging” each VIP player invited to bring a friend to also become a VIP .
We will also be challenging players to use our pledge forms and showing them how easy it is to hang the form up at work and encourage family and friends to donate $10-$20 each. The player then brings that money to our FREE poker event as a donation to the RFC Triumph Awards.
Players will also be encouraged to “Challenge” their friends to see who can outlast one another.


Nov 13th “Caribbean Adventure Tournament”
(Cruise Package Grand Prize)


This event will feature a Caribbean Vacation as its prize instead of a WSOP seat as usual in our qualifying events. We will decorate appropriately and encourage lots of Hawaiian Shirts and other stuff to add a bit of fun.

 

 

January 30th “Sports Themed Event” ($1500 WSOP Seat Grand Prize)

Our January event is the weekend between the Playoffs and Super Bowl each year. Players are encouraged to wear their favorite sports jersey and we hold a silent auction of signed jerseys donated by one of our players who has an Online Sports Apparel store.

March 27th “Celebrity Knockout Tournament”($1500 WSOP Seat Grand Prize)

 

We will invite at least 10 “Celebrities” to play in our event. Whoever knocks that celebrity out will get a trophy and an autographed picture or t-shirt. Last season we were blessed to have two time WSOP Bracelet Winner Mark Seif fly out to promote our event. This year he will hopefully return, as well as other well known poker celebrities and local celebrities.

 

 

 


May 1st “Last Chance Qualifier”
($1500 WSOP Seat Grand Prize)

This event is always a big draw as players try one last time to make the Final Table which will automatically get them entered into “The Finals”. This event is also the last chance our players will have to earn points for the Season Four Triumph Cup.

 

May 22nd “The Finals”

 

At the finals we will award a $1500 Seat in the 2011 World Series of Poker and other sponsor prizes. We will also award the Season Four Triumph Cup and, this year’s winner will be crowned “The best player in town” and will be guaranteed a write up in a local publication (Coloradoan, Style etc).

 

 

 


The Triumph Cup”

This is our big award this year. This is a trophy awarded to the winner (based on a points system). This is a large cup that we will engrave with the winners name and all throughout the year will be filling this cup with gift certificates from sponsors. Each gift certificate will be worth at least $25 and it will have quite a value by the final event. The cup will be at all of our events so the players can see it and watch it fill up.

 


Super Chevy Show presented by Stevinson Chevrolet

By Bryon On August 22, 2010 No Comments

30th Anniversary of the Super Chevy Show – Returns to Thunder Mountain!

Dates:
   Aug 20, 2010   Aug 21, 2010   Aug 22, 2010 SUPER CHEVY SHOW Stay in tune with the Super Chevy Show at Link to SuperChevyShow.com FEATURES
6-SECOND “WEST COAST OUTLAW” PRO MODS presented by Coors Light!
WHEELSTANDER!
ALL-CHEVY DRAG RACING ACTION!
LS CLASS presented by CORVETTE CONNECTION
CHEVROLET JUDGED CAR SHOW & SHOW’N SHINE
CAR SHOW CRUISE presented by CORVETTE CONNECTION from INVESCO FIELD
CAR TOYS AFTERSHOCK STAGE WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
SWAP MEET  Photobucket

1st Round Eliminations

(W) Williamson 6.17 @ 233.36 over Myers 6.54 @ 213.06
(W) Kay 6.33 @ 226.89 over Burbage 6.31 @ 228.31 (-.002 red light)
(W) Meadors 7.29 @ 213.84 over Diedrich 7.36 @ 223.52
(W) Scialpi 6.33 @ 219.33 over Jones 6.63 @ 175.91

Semi Round Eliminations

(W) Williamson 6.18 @ 234.17 over Kay 6.63 @ 165.21
(W) Scialpi 6.35 @ 221.45 over Meadors 6.51 @ 197.57Final Round Eliminations

(W) Williamson 6.20 @ 234.37 over Scialpi 6.52 @ 175.32


 

Final Round Qualifying

These passes were all made at an altitude of between 8900-9000Ft.

#1 Bret Williamson 6.13 @ 233.52
#2 Jay Diedrich 6.21 @ 237.09
#3 Shawn Jones 6.24 @ 233.32
#4 Randy Kay 6.277 @ 224.14
#5 Rod Burbage 6.278 @ 229.08
#6 John Scialpi 6.31 @ 223.50
#7 Marc Meadors 6.39 @ 222.69
#8 Dan Myers 6.68 @ 186.20

Not Qualified 

 

 

#9 Mark Lovell 6.80 @ 205.29
#10 Jim Allen 7.22 @ 188.07
#11 Bill Bernard 7.28 @ 191.59
#12 Robbie Ward 7.61 @ 178.05
#13 Jeff Andre 7.62 @ 181.79