You might know New Jersey wizard inventor Thomas Edison for his light bulbs and movie cameras & projectors, but this short film shows you that he and his Black Maria studio mates in West Orange, NJ knew the viral video potential of two cats boxing (complete with gloves and boxing ring).
This appears to have been filmed in July 1894, which was less than a decade after Edison invented earlier models of motion picture exhibition devices. So cat videos are almost as old as film itself.
This is not an endorsement of cat boxing or cat videos.
njdotcom: Ocean City, NJ
round and round over the Point Pleasant, NJ boardwalk
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly dark phase female
Does anyone recall color bars? This is the door to the old LHS TV Studio where I taught my TV classes
If you’re on the beach at the Jersey shore, what country is directly across the ocean from you?
Maybe not the country you would guess… check here for world beaches and the countries they face
After some pizza, cheesesteak, or a deep-fried Oreo, you need a frozen custard and lemonade to cool down the tummy.
Jersey boardwalk food.
Sure, it’s quiet now, but soon…
Take a live look at http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newjersey/seasideheights/
(Photo of the NJ Pine Barrens with Atlantic City in the distance)
The Pine Barrens, also known as the Pinelands or simply the Pines, is a heavily forested area of coastal plain stretching across more than seven counties of southern New Jersey.
The “pine barrens” are not “barren” but the term applies to the sandy, acidic, nutrient-poor soil which frustrated early European settlers’ attempts to plant their familiar crops. The Pinelands has a diversity of plant life(including orchids and carnivorous plants).
The area is also notable for its populations of rare pygmy Pitch Pines and other plant species that depend on the frequent fires of the Pine Barrens to reproduce.
The sand that composes much of the area’s soil is referred to by the locals as sugar sand.
Despite its proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, and the fact that the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway run through it, the Pine Barrens remains largely rural and undisturbed.
It is a critical water source. The Pine Barrens territory helps recharge the 17 trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer containing some of the purest water in the United States.
In 1978, Congress passed legislation to designate 1.1 million acres (4,500 km²) of the Pine Barrens as the Pinelands National Reserve (the nation’s first National Reserve) to preserve its ecology. A decade later, it was designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve.
The Pinelands Reserve contains the Wharton, Brendan T. Byrne (formerly Lebanon), Penn, and Bass River state forests. The reserve also includes two National Wild and Scenic Rivers: the Maurice and the Great Egg Harbor.
NJ author, John McPhee, wrote one of my favorite books about the area’s history & ecology - The Pine Barrens (1967).
climb the dunes on Flickr.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
― Albert Camus, The Stranger