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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Symtoms Described

In this video, Dr. Joe Bresee, with CDC's Influenza Division, describes the symptoms of swine flu and warning signs to look for that indicate the need for urgent medical attention.

For further informational video's check out the CDC's Youtube Page.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Myrtle Beach Wildfire Photo Slideshow

Edward Jordan, KF4ECK sent me some photos taken of the wildfire that swept thru the Carolina Bays and threatened the Grand Dunes section of Myrtle Beach...pretty dramatic stuff. I went and made a slide show and posted it on Youtube for all to see...(I'd say enjoy, but that just wouldn't be right)

As of this writing, the wildfires have all been contained, 30 sq. miles of land has been scorched, 75 homes destroyed, +100 homes damaged, no deaths, no major injuries. Estimate damages over $80 Million.

My thanks to Edward J. and SplashStudioPhotography.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Veggie of the Week...CARROTS

Eating carrots will improve your eyesight.....NO!

Carrots protect military secrets...YES!

Straight from the "Gee-Wiz" Catagory comes this week's Veggie...one that gives your salad zing, & helped win the war for the allies...THE CARROT!

You've heard it before, eating carrots can improve your night vision...sounds plausable... baseless, but plausable. Most never questioned it, but who came up with this tidbit of occular advice?

I'm guessing it was someone who worked for this guy...
(Hint:...that's former Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain)

OK, so like Bug's Bunny, you're asking "What's up Doc?", for that, check out the story from the myth busting website, Snopes.com

Now that you're well armed with that piece of vegetable trivia, howbout' catching some great tips on cultivating some lovely roots for your very own. Check out all the great garden tips about carrots from gardenersnet.com

And keeping with the Veggie of the Week Tradition, here's Jarred from Stone Soup Farms, who shows you how to add carrots to your garden...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Horry Co. SC Wildfire 7PM Friday Update

Here's the 7PM Update direct from the Horry County Emergency Operations Center. Many thanks to Lisa Bourcier, Horry County Public Information Oficer. The map at left shows the current hotspots as of 5PM Friday.

Wildfire Update:
Conway, South Carolina – In response to the wildfire, the Horry County Emergency Operations Center and the Joint Information Center remain fully activated. In addition, the Call Center (915-5150) remains fully manned for citizens with concerns and questions.

Updated information:
Approximately 20,000 acres have been consumed and the fire is 50% contained.
Two shelters remain open: the House of Blues (Barefoot Landing) and the Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (which is now on stand-by and may potentially close later this evening. The Church is located at 2105 Hwy. 501 in Conway.

Watertower Road, off of Hwy. 90, is closed, but open to residents.

Preliminary damage assessment for unincorporated county: total of 13 homes (5-totally destroyed, 1-major damage, and 7-minor damage). All homes were mobile homes, except one of the minor damaged homes was a stick built home. Total damage estimate of $174,200. All damage is reported in the Woodlawn Drive area, off of Hwy. 90.
No injuries and no fatalities reported.

Hwy. 90 from East Cox Ferry Road north to Tilly Swamp Church remains closed.

Hwy. 31 remains closed from Grissom Parkway to Hwy. 9.

Hwy. 22 remains closed from Hwy. 90 into Myrtle Beach .

Citizens are, once again, advised that the smoke in the fire area may continue to lie close to the ground from 8 p.m. through 11 a.m. this morning. Extreme caution should be exercised as there may be extremely low visibility. Roads may need to be closed due to this smoke cover.

Citizens with respiratory issues are advised to remain indoors.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Horry County SC Wildfire battle rages on...

The map at left depicts the area currently effected by wildfires that have scorched more than 19,000 acres, and have caused more than 2500 people to evacuate.

With no rain on the immediate forecast, fire officals are hesitant to speculate how soon the largest wildfire to hit the region in over 30 years may be put under control.

Myrtle Beach NBC TV Station WMBF has this report...

The Horry County Information Office has released this map showing current hotspots,(as of 2AM) The 10AM News Conference had officials stating that approx. 50% of the wildfire is contained, but with forecasts of winds increasing in the area conditions may still change for the worse.

Current damage estimates are at $8.2M; Fire 50 percent contained, but expected to strengthen and threaten Poplar community on S.C. 90.
Here's additional information from Myrtle Beach Local Newspaper, The Sun News...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Veggie of the Week...TOMATOES

Oh yes! The Rock Star of the veggie world! A favorite garden crop, tomatoes are this weeks featured veggie. Absolutely, the tomato is the number one planted crop in discerning backyard gardens everywhere. Looking through the garden center at your favorite big box store... except for ornamental shrubbery, tomato plants are the biggest cash crop to expand a Lowe's or Home Depot's profit margin. Easy to plant, cultivate, and ACCESSORIZE. Grab some wire trellis or Rapid-Grow tomato sticks while you choose between picking Beefsteak or Bigger Boy varieties.

A member of the nightshade family of plants, tomatoes were subject to suspicion. Once called "Wolf Apples", it was once thought to be poisonous. And there's still debate in botanical circles as to whether it is a fruit or vegetable. All that aside, the tomato has become a delicious favorite at the dinner table with countless uses.

I'm featuring a geocities website... "How to grow tomatoes" since it's simple, stuffed with links, articles, and tons of tips & info.

For those who like video's, Melissa Allman tells it like it is with the best southern "Ax-sent"...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ummm...Remember that Conficker C Worm? ...well guess what.

Remember the April Fool's day computer worm that was supposed to melt your hard drive or worse? That, by all accounts, became a Chicken Little exercise in media hysteria?

Well...according to the experts, it's alive, and it's on the move.

Or so says at least one expert,Yahoo's Christopher Null, "The Working Guy".
He's reporting that the worm has finally began to show signs of life. Although what it's doing is still anybodys guess.

Here's his report...

The real propellerheads at Baylor University who work on fighting this stuff has posted a "Eye Chart" that will show you in a moment if your computer is infected. There's also a long explanation by Christopher Null as to what you are seeing when you view the page. If you feel a little "wormy" over this thing, feel free to check out Christopher Null's explanation first.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Veggie of the week...The POTATO

Today we feature a hardy & versatile friend in the garden & in the kitchen. A friend that's easy to nurture, & equally easy to harvest & prepare for the table. Presenting...The POTATO!

Once banned by the medieval church as "the devils plant", the potato has since become a worldwide celebrity, known far & wide for it's great nutritional value...just ask the Irish...that country practically lived on potato's, and almost died when a blight occurred on it's crop.

There'd be no, (or just not that many) Irish Cops in NYC if it wasn't for the potato famine.

Today, it's a tuber common in all kitchens...want to know more? Check out all the info mahalo.com has on how to cultivate a close relationship with your friend, the potato.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Streaming Internet Webcam nabs 2 Burglars in Fla. Home

It's great when justice is served, and thanks to Internet technology, two Florida Burglars were on the receiving end.

As reported in The Smoking Gun:APRIL 9--A Florida woman who used a live Internet video feed to monitor the interior of her home was shocked yesterday when she saw two men burglarizing her residence in real time. Jeanne Thomas, 43, was seated at her office desk when two strangers appeared in her living room (the intruders got into Thomas's Boynton Beach house through a doggie door at the rear of the home, according to the below probable cause affidavit). Thomas, who set up the live video stream after her home was burglarized last October, immediately called 911 to report the burglary.

Police arrested two men inside the residence along with two others who helped plan the break-in. Mugshots here...

The 911 call offers a chilling account of what happened.

A perfect example of due-diligence, installing a webcam, while being an added expense, has paid for itself for this Florida Homeowner.

Ed. Note: If you notice the time-lapse backyard webcam here on this blog, you can figure out that I'm a firm believer in Remote Video Security, It's not "Big Brother" when you do it to yourself & your property, it's common sense.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Composting...it's a dirty job

OK, here's the dirt...(pun intended)...on composting.

I can't help it, I just gotta put a giggle in all this. Composting ain't one of the most sexy of topics...in fact it's literally worm dirt. But I gotta tell ya, if you want to grow a garden and your dirt is pretty poor...you're only gonna grow a bunch of weeds if you don't buy bags of fertilizers...Costly......or start composting a pile of the err...stuff.

Composting done right will turn household kitchen & yard waste into nutrient-rich soil. Add a little moisture, a little air, toss in some worms, and voila!...potting soil better n' store bought. Plus, you'll never run out of live bait (worms).

Don't take my word for it...check out what the good folks at http://www.enviromom.com/ have to say on the subject.

And if that ain't enough dirt-digging, here's a great website that can really get you knee-deep in the pile.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Keep your Food a long...long...LONG time.

Back to real Preppers stuff. We feature today Bob at PAW productions with a great series of videos detailing how you can set up a long term storage solution for your food supply.

How long is how long? You'd think it'd be 6 months, but it ain't, 1 year doesn't even scratch the surface, 5 years is child's play, 10 years is a snap...20-30 years is the target. Yeah...we said it...20-30 years!

PAW productions have a long string of videos on Youtube covering food storage and other self-sufficiency topics. According to their channel page "P.A.W productions was formed in order to motivate and challenge people to be better prepared, with movies made to make you think through and explore the many options that are available to preparedness minded folks these days."

Yeah, you bet this is "on-topic".
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