Crowdsourcing Mornings: Rudi Rainbow Children’s App


Geek Alabama Crowdsourcing Mornings

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

“Rudi Rainbow and the Lost Colors” is an interactive storybook app teaching kids aged 6 and older a lot about the weather. Join Rudi and his friends on their search for the colors and meet fun weather people on the way. Learn how wind or rain are formed and apply your knowledge in 6 interactive mini games! The iPad app will be in English and German and completely safe for kids to use, without any advertising or in-app-purchases.  Support them in getting Rudi’s story to the App Store and on your iPads – they are raising the money for the final steps of development: programming, professional music & sound recording in the studio, a proper English translation, a German and an English narrator.

The children’s app consists of more than 30 beautifully illustrated scenes with a lot to discover: there will be hidden goodies like animated objects and fun sound effects.  They are implementing a parallax effect: by tilting your iPad, a little more of the scene will be revealed. Choose between English and German, read the story by yourself or listen to the narrator’s charming voice.  The story takes place in Novemberville, the capital of an adventurous world where the weather is made. Each resident plays a part in a very important task: fulfilling the weather forecast.  One day, Rudi’s colors get blown away by a huge storm. So he and his friends head out to look for the lost colors. Let’s join them!

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As of March 6th, this project has raised around £1,500 of their £7,000 goal. This project only has 19 days left to raise the £7,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of £2, you will get the Rudi Rainbow Children’s App.  For a pledge of £13, you will get the app, wallpaper, and a personalized PDF poster to print at home.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rudirainbow/rudi-rainbow-an-educational-childrens-app-for-the

Good News Fridays: View My Let It Rain Frozen Parody Video


Geek Alabama Good News Fridays

Man what a week!  No snow in Anniston, then Leonard Nimoy passing away, then government officials in Alabama being corrupt, it’s been a very tough week!  So last night, to combat getting shafted in Anniston by getting no snow, I recorded my very own Frozen parody!  The song is called “Let It Rain” and it features me talking about not getting any snow, and me wanting to take revenge on Mother Nature.  Yep, if you need a laugh this Friday, watch this below!

The February 20-21 Alabama/Georgia Winter Weather Threat


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Today NE Alabama and NW Georgia has another threat of winter weather.  And I think we will see temps stay below 32 or freezing for a longer time.  For most areas, you won’t see temps above 32 degrees before 6 am Saturday morning.  For the more extreme areas of NE Alabama like Fort Payne, Rainsville, Scottsboro.  And the more extreme areas of NW Georgia like Layfayette, Summerville, and Trenton, you might not see temps above freezing until around 10 am Saturday morning.

So, I am putting out this call map below of the conditions and weather you might see in your area in NE Alabama and NW Georgia.  For starters, this is nothing like the January 2014 snow event!  Yes, you might see some roads begin to ice over, but most roads should still be passable.  And by Saturday morning, all roads will be just wet.  I would not travel tonight unless you have too!  If you must travel, slow down and take longer to get to your destination!

Most areas will see some snow and ice accumulations.  And the map below will not be in straight lines.  Your area might see snow and/or ice on the ground, while the next town 5 miles down the road might see nothing!  There should not be enough ice and snow accumulations to cause power outages, but roads might become icy!  So below, here is the Geek Alabama call map for the February 20-21 winter weather threat!

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Alabama Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday 2015


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Even though Alabama has a Winter weather threat today.  The weekend will be warm enough to have you go out and purchase supplies to get you ready for severe weather!

This weekend from Friday February 20th to Sunday February 22nd is a very important weekend in Alabama.  This is the weekend to go to your local retailers to stock on items that can get you prepared for severe weather.  If you live in Alabama, you know what we have gone through in weather.  We have had the horrible tornado outbreak on April 27th 2011.  And we have had major snowstorms, hurricanes, flooding, wind storms, big hail, heat waves, cold waves, and everything you can think of when it comes to extreme weather.  Alabama experiences some of the most diverse weather in the world.  And YOU are responsible for being prepared if you are without power and water for a week or more.  You are also responsible for having supplies ready if you have to evacuate.

After the governor formed the Tornado Recovery Action Council; one of the recommendations was to hold a sales tax holiday for supplies to get ready for severe weather.  And right now you can go to a retailer or shop online to get your supplies.

My weather radio.

Some cities and counties are also participating in the sales tax holiday.  The first thing everyone should have in their homes is a weather radio.  You should have several ways to get a weather warning.  For me I have a weather radio, alerts through my phone, TV, weather siren nearby, and the internet including social media.  Some people still relies solely on an outdoor weather siren for weather warnings which should NEVER be done.  You need to have multiple ways to get the warning.  Weather radios are not very expensive to get and you can program them using the SAME codes.  Click on the link to find your county.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/coverage/ccov.php?State=AL

Here is also a great video on how to program your SAME code into your weather radio.

Everyone should also prepare an emergency kit for everyone in your family.  We all keep hearing these reports of people waiting for the government to come rescue them.  But YOU are responsible for getting the supplies ready to be without help for several days.  You should have enough emergency supplies on hand for each person for up to 72 hours after a disaster has struck.

My bottled water stash.

No one can come help you immediately after the  disaster has struck.  It takes time for rescuers to reach the area that was severely  damaged.  So what do you need in your disaster kit?  You need a first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered or hank crank radio, enough water for each person for three days, portable or canned food, fully charged cell phone, cash, extra medication, whistle, bleach, trash bags, fire extinguisher, masks,  and a generator.  For a list of even more suggestions for your emergency kit click on the link below.

http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

Here is a great video of the stuff that you need in an emergency kit.

For a list of cities and counties participating in the sales tax holiday click on the link.

http://revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/WPholiday.htm

Here is a list of the items you can buy sales tax-free during the 2015 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. ($60 or less per item or generators under $1000)

  • AAA-cell batteries
  • AA-cell batteries
  • C-cell batteries
  • D-cell batteries
  • 6-volt batteries
  • 9-volt batteries
  • Cellular phone battery
  • Cellular phone charger
  • Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, two-way radio, weatherband radio or NOAA weather radio
  • Portable self-powered light source, including battery-powered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks
  • Tarpaulin
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Other flexible, waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kit
  • Duct tape
  • Plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings
  • Non-electric food storage cooler or water storage container
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Artificial ice
  • Blue ice
  • Ice packs
  • Reusable ice
  • Self-contained first aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Gas or Diesel fuel tank or container

Please get ready for the upcoming Spring severe weather season!  The last time we had a very active Winter, we had the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak.  There is no telling if this Spring will be active like the 2011 Spring severe weather season, but you never know!  Get prepared!  Learn more about the tax-free weekend at:  http://revenue.alabama.gov/news/02172015.pdf

Why Jacksonville State University Thinks Weather Safety Does Not Apply To Them


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So administration at Jacksonville State University, who is in charge of making the decisions to delay or cancel classes for the day due to bad weather and road conditions?  Because I think that person needs to be fired and replaced with someone who has some common sense!  While every other school in Calhoun County and Etowah County was on a three-hour delay, including Gadsden State, and other universities were also on a delay this morning, and here is proof of that!

You JSU thought there was no big deal and went on with a normal schedule.  I mean when the AHSAA NE Regional tournament, being held at Pete Matthews Coliseum on your campus, delayed games until 10 am, that should have been the trigger to delay classes until later in the morning.  But no, you thought it would be safe enough for the thousands of commuter students to drive to your school this morning.  And while the main highways were fine, the many side roads had plenty of ice patches early this morning.

When you made the decision to start classes on time this morning and not delay, many people took too JSU’s social media to let them know about this bad move!  Here are some of my favorite comments on Facebook and Twitter.  Read more comments from JSU’s Facebook update by clicking here!

Thanks for thinking about your students and putting their safety first. Way to go JSU.

Thanks JSU nice to know how much you care about us as students over your sports.

If roads are closed from being iced over. Then your insurance want cover your car wreck or medical bills etc no matter who is at fault.

Civil emergency… But make sure you go to class guys.

Thanks JSU for caring about your commuting students and faculty. So glad I spend my money to go here.

Smh…clearly they don’t care about the safety of the students especially those that don’t leave in Jacksonville

JSU why are you ALWAYS last to follow suit?!

Cherokee County, Etowah County, Calhoun County, even Talladega County has a 3 hour delay? So many of us commute and have early classes. This does not seem right or even logical.

I think the real question we all should be asking is exactly who makes the decision? That our safety as commuters is no longer important! But that our attendance in classes is more important than the safety of our lives! Many of these commuters also have children whose schools get delayed in situations as these then we ultimately have no choice to miss classes test or not! Thank you to the ones who are making my decision in the morning ultimately tuff!

So is JSU going to tell all the professors to cancel all tests tomorrow and not count us absent if we decide it’s not safe to travel during a civil emergency?

JSU is in middle of nowhere, lots of country, not heavily traveled roads to get there…and I’m up at 4:00 a.m. to see if my son needs to get up and drive an hour to class to the only school open between here and there. JSU: where YOU ARE going. No matter what.

This is not the first time Jacksonville State University decided to wait until the last-minute to end or delay classes for the day.  During the January 2014 snow event, JSU did not make the decision to end classes for the day until all the roads were already iced over, and students were left stranded.  Heck, they were probably thinking about re-opening the school early, while some roads were left iced over.

So JSU, who is in charge making the decisions to make sure the students and staff are safe commuting to and from the school?  Last night, we were under a civil emergency.  And the state and county wanted everyone off the roads until about mid-morning unless it was an emergency.  Don’t believe it, here’s the text!

The administration at Jacksonville State University needs to start thinking about the safety and well-being of the students and staff who goes to the campus on a daily basis.  It would not kill you to delay for a few hours this morning!  You claim you took the decision seriously, but many have a hard time believing that.

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I wonder if it’s going to take a student getting seriously hurt or worse wrecking on an icy road for JSU to get smart about weather safety?  Somebody needs to be replaced on campus!  I wonder if the administration will actually read all of the comments left by students, parents, and staff?  They need to be read, and changes should be made!

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