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National Weather Service makes Twitter accounts operational | Washington Post

After a couple of years of testing the social media waters, the National Weather Service has announced it is going to continue to use Twitter in an official capacity to share weather information with the masses.

The change, which was announced on Tuesday, will become effective October 31.

“Use of Twitter will provide a complementary means to disseminate important information about hazardous weather conditions,” wrote the Weather Service in the announcement. “The posts will also be used for public outreach and education and to direct users to official NWS Web sites.”

While you might not see the Weather Service Twitter feeds change as a result of this announcement, it does open the door for partnership opportunities between NWS and Twitter, including the possibility of severe weather Twitter alerts.

via Washington Post National Weather Service makes Twitter accounts operational.

This web site and old browsers

You may have noticed that I’ve  upgraded the web site.  It’s got a new look and feel and a new navigation system.  It was designed and tested with the latest versions of Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Unfortunately, keeping up with the times is causing a problem with older versions of Internet Explorer – like the one we’re forced to use at my office.

So, my workplace friends, don’t despair.

If you’re using an outdated browser, you may notice that the navigation menu is missing at the top of the page. For now, I’ve put a menu at the top of the right sidebar, for those of you without a top menu. Everything else should work relatively well.

If you don’t work where I do, using a browser from the eighties, it would be better to download the latest version of whichever browser you prefer so you can enjoy all of the hassle-free content.

If you prefer, you can switch to a more basic site (used for mobile devices) by clicking this link:  http://www.tulsawxchaser.com/blog/?am_force_theme_layout=mobile

Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.

Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it’s also less than half the cost.

Phoenix-based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Already, more than 27,000 people have reserved one. Elio hopes to make 250,000 cars a year by 2016. That’s close to the number Mazda sells in the U.S.

via Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale.

Here’s the video.  Pretty cool!

And here’s their web site:  http://www.eliomotors.com

Voting for the “The Ultimate Urban Utility Bike” ends on Sunday

 

Update, August 4, 2014 – The winning bicycle is Denny.  Congratulations to the winning team TEAGUE x SIZEMORE BICYCLE.  For more info:  http://oregonmanifest.com/and-the-winner-isdenny/

 

Five teams of designers and fabricators from five cities revealed their entries at the Oregon Manifest – Bike Design Project.  Now the votes are coming in and the winner will be announced on Monday.  With the help of Fuji, the winning bicycle will go into full production, showing up in bike shops in 2015.

My favorite?  Well, it’s the “Denny”.

Designed by Seattle based TEAGUE and built by Sizemore Bicycle, this urban bicycle could become the norm for city-dwellers who depend on their bikes to get around.  It’s functional, innovative and stylish.

Of course I voted for the Denny, but if you’d like to vote for your favorite visit the Oregon Manifest – Bike Design Project web site, watch the videos showcasing the bicycles from all five teams and then cast your vote.  You have until August 3rd to vote.  The winner will be announced on the 4th.