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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Gnomedex 2010: Attended At A Distance. . .

Before the event even started I looked at the possibility of attending.

Cost to get in the door, no problem. Cost for a plane ticket and hotel room, well....slightly tight but doable.

It's when it came down to the "time" involved, it wasn't going to work. "Time" became the stopper in attending. This wasn't going to be a total wash though, because with today's technology and social media formats that are online via the internet, I felt I could follow Gnomedex 2010 in a scaled down sort of small way. I even made a YouTube video on the RichTVTioga YouTube channel of what I was going to do. Here's the video...

So, I was all geared up to pay close attention to the goings on at Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle WA via all the online internet tool that were available. Well, I wasn't disapointed. The #gnomedex Twitter feed was good as well as following individuals on Twitter who attended. The YouTube videos that were recorded by individuals attending were great also. All you have to do is do a Goggle Search for "Gnomedex" or head over to the lockergnome's Channel on YouTube and you'll see a wealth of videos to watch.

The two online tools of Twitter & YouTube alone were great on keeping up, again in a small way, with what was happening at #gnomedex. It's when you add in the factor that Chris Pirillo had all the event's presenters/speakers that took to the stage streamed LIVE feed through UStream that it made you feel that you were actually there from a distance. Now Gnomedex 2010 is a event toted as "the Conference of Inspiration and Influence - where we showcase how Technology is changing the world!" The event's web page gives a very good breakdown and idea of all the happenings in Seattle WA for the two day event. I think that Gnomedex once again accomplish exactly what it was billed as.

Now there was thousands of thousands of videos and pictures taken at Gnomedex but there was a certain picture that was quickly making the rounds at the conference as well as on Twitter...

The title of the famous photo is "How geeks go to the bathroom at #Gnomedex." You talk about a Kodak Moment! lol

It wasn't till later on the final day, at the sing along of the Gnomedex 2010 Song, that it was reveailed who belonged to the iPad on the stall floor and who was the owner in the stall. lol

Here's Derek K. Miller playing & singing the Gnomedex 2010 song with all attending singing along also...

This is the #Gnomedex conference that had a action pack lineup of speakers that keeped you engadged even while checking that Twitter feed on the TweetDeck.

Robert Scoble, @Scobleizer, a attender stated about Gnomedex, "This is the first conference where everyone is on a computer and using it during the conference and typing on it while the conference is going on."

Mattew Inman, @Oatmeat, one of the highlighted speakers/presenters said at the events after party, "I thought it was a PR Marketing conference and I was puzzling surprised it was just a big geek mix."

For me, I attended Gnomedex 2010 where there was a distance from Up-State New York to Seattle of about 2300 miles. But, because of todays technology as well as a forward thinking person, I as well as others attended "From Afar" virtually via the LIVE UStream feed. I was at #Gnomedex and I say Thank-You Chris Pirillo for providing the LIVE feed.

I felt like I was there & I was there at #Gnomedex 2010! : )

"We'll E You Later!"

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; this is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

National Fire Fighter Health Week 2010

National Fire Fighter Health Week (Aug 16-20) kicked off yesterday for a week long initiative to educate the community of fire and emergency services, as well as the public concerning issues of heath and wellness that affect first responders. This annual initiative was first started in 2007 by The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). This week long event was created to "create awareness around important health issues in the emergency services and encourage first responders to take action.

2010's theme is, "Only you can Keep It Strong are you up to the Challenge?"

This theme asks first responders to take personal responsibility for their health and wellness to take the necessary steps to keep their heart, mind, and body strong. Each day this week is dedicated to a different health issue of particular concern to emergency services service personnel.

Yesterday's health concern that was highlighted was "Head Strong - Behavioral Health" awareness.

For information about each of these support in health topics, and steps that fire and emergency services first responders can take to protect themselves as well as their love ones head over to The National Volunteer Fire Council website:'d=720

What you'll find on the NVFC's web page is a link for each day this week that takes you to some very good insight as well as what you can do for the day. The five focus topics this year are behavioral health, personal protective equipment (PPE), heart-health, cancer, nutrition, and fitness. Most importantly though, it gives you very good references and important resources to refer too.

Today's focus subject is "Respond Strong - Put It On" Today's topic focuses not only on the safety reasons for wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), but the important health reasons for doing so as well. Here's a video. . .

Just like having the right tool on the fire ground to use to combat a fire or provide valuable emergency medical service, having the right, current, and updated information to keep us all in the emergency service/first responders healthy is just as important.


(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; this is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Check Out Exits In Public Buildings


Everyone knows to be aware of fire exits in their own homes. It's important to know your way out quickly in case of fire. But what would you do if a fire occurred while you're shopping in a department store, visiting your dentist, watching a movie in a theatre or attending a musical, concert or play in a crowded auditorium? Experience tells Tioga Fire Protection and Fire Prevention that you would get out the only way you remember... the way you came in. That reaction is typical and deadly.

In a theatre, for instance, all patrons trickle in through one door near the ticket taker. In the theatre is full, a fire occurs and everyone tries to get out the way they came in, obviously they all won't fit. Fear may then cause people to panic and push and shove. Injuries occur; people are trampled. This compounds an already serious situation.

Instead, when you enter any public building, check out the exits. Note where they are and keep track of the ones nearest you. Make this a habit and teach your children to check out exits too. If you ever noticed a marked exit door chained or locked from the inside, call the management and have it open. If they refuse, leaves and call the fire department immediately.

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; this is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Topical Reports From U.S. Fire Administration

Our friends over at U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), who you can also follow on Twitter @USFire , are a wealth of information for fire protection and fire prevention related issues for everyone's concern. Here’s a U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) press release from last week with some very important information:

Press Releases for 7/29/10

USFA Releases One- and Two-Family and Multifamily Residential Fires Topical Reports

Source: U.S. Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announces the release of two special reports focusing on the causes and characteristics of fires in one- and two-family and multifamily residential buildings. The reports, One- and Two-Family Residential Building Fires and Multifamily Residential Building Fires, were developed by the USFA’s National Fire Data Center. One- and two-family residential buildings include detached dwellings, manufactured homes, mobile homes not in transit, and duplexes. Multifamily residential buildings consist of structures such as apartments, townhouses, rowhouses, condominiums, and other tenement properties.

An estimated 253,500 fires in one- and two-family residential buildings occur each year in the United States. Annually, these fires are responsible for 2,150 civilian fire deaths, 8,775 civilian fire injuries, and 5.3 billion dollars in property loss. Additionally, there are an estimated 108,400 fires that occur in multifamily buildings each year resulting in 450 deaths, 3,800 injuries, and 1.1 billion dollars in property loss.

+ One- and Two-Family Residential Building Fires (PDF)

+ Multifamily Residential Building Fires (PDF)

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; this is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

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