Archive for the ‘New York’ Category

History of earthquakes in NJ

Consider the recent tremble that hit NY state today (originating iN Canada), this article in NJ Monthly about the history of earthquakes in jersey and the Ramapo fault line is quite timely. it’s also pretty damn interesting.

ha-ha… they evacuated the courthouse in hackensack because of it.

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jaguars just over the NY border?

Big cat sitings in Palisades NY? Really? And not cougar or bobcat, we’re talking Jaguar or black panther, those sleek sexy big black cats. Odds are it’s mis-identification since those cats do not live anywhere but South America and Asia, still…

new PBS web video about NBI

PBS has a new series on it’s website called The City Concealed. it’s first episode focuses on North brother Island, and it’s use by birds as a nesting ground. It’s short but interesting and features interviews with the Audubon Society. Below is a press release about the show.

THIRTEEN LAUNCHES UPDATED WEBSITE THIRTEEN.ORG/VIDEO
With Niall Ferguson’s ASCENT OF MONEY and THE CITY CONCEALED: NORTH BROTHER ISLAND July 8th

FULL-LENGTH PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE INCLUDING NATIONAL AND LOCAL SHOWS

New York, NY – July 1 – To kick off the launch of the newly updated Thirteen.org/Video, the local website of New York public media provider, THIRTEEN, the station will feature the full-length mini-series of Niall Ferguson’s ASCENT OF MONEY. Each episode of the program, which premieres on PBS stations nationwide on July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 9 p.m. (ET), will be available online the morning of its broadcast air-date. This groundbreaking four-part series traces the rise of the modern financial system by taking viewers on a global trek through the history of money.

With its new video capabilities, Thirteen.org/video, will deliver hundreds of hours of programming to its users, including national programs such as NATURE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, MASTERPIECE, PBS NEWSHOUR, WIDE ANGLE, and NOVA and locally produced programs including THE CITY CONCEALED, REEL13 SHORTS, WORLDFOCUS, and IT’S THE ECONOMY, NY.

In addition, THIRTEEN will continue to produce its own original online content, catering to a hyper-local New York audience with shows like THE CITY CONCEALED and REEL13 SHORTS. THE CITY CONCEALED is a series of short documentaries about New York City’s hidden treasures. The latest episode, North Brother Island, will premiere with the new video player. Past episodes include Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island, The United Palace Theatre in Harlem, and Weeksville, the city’s first African-American free town established in the 1800s. REEL13.org is a destination for short film submissions, voting and viewing. Three shorts are presented each week and the winner of a public online vote is broadcast on THIRTEEN on Saturday nights. The REEL 13.org video library has close to 130 films available for streaming.

Thirteen.org/video will provide superior improved navigation capabilities, allowing users to search and find their favorite shows by theme, episode, host and date and watch full-length programs on demand.

Another Montauk Monster has watched up on the beaches of long Island

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it’s not a tardis (that would be a police box)

The Bates Motel

This is a farm house whose owner donated the land to the state many years ago. The place is really run down and we were very concerned as we walked around that we might go thru the floor… The last 2 pics are of a nearby building which we figure was either a slaughterhouse or a holding pen for sick animals.

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The Grave of Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist who work was published in the New York Evening Journal and the New York Evening Mail. He was of the belief that people seemed inclined to seek the most difficult way to accomplish easy tasks, and so many of his cartoons were of complicsated machinery, leading to the term “a Rube Goldberg machine” Purdue University holds a contest every year in which a problem must be solved. The most laborious devices that can solve the problem wins, as long as it has at lesat 20 steps.’

In other countries such types of devices are known under different names, because many other countries had cartoonists drawing similar types of convoluted machinery.

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His is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York.