WELCOME TO THE CARNIVAL OF NEW JERSEY BLOGGERS, #10
Last week’s host Sluggo Needs A Nap after all his work but this week he’s been reading up on Eudora Welty. It’s going to be hard to come up with as good a post as Sluggo’s, but welcome to this week’s Carnival of the NJ Bloggers. Let’s start with dessert, of course.
Dojo Mojo has the latest on ice cream festivals and ways to enjoy the Summer in the Jersey City area, including Aloha, say the pretty girls. Wine Goddess likes to add some Pedro Jimenez to her ice cream. Mmmm.
Life is short, have dessert first, especially if it’s spiked.
Commuters As a former commuter I know a little ice cream is good when you take the train to and from the city since commutes are frequently delayed.
Commuter Jeff Jarvis says search me even if it adds to his commute. Another commuter, Jersey Side, reveals what’s in the bag, and, like myself, keeps cheese sticks handy. Update Gigglechick not only got searched, she got interviewed, and quoted.
You’ll find NJ bloggers in all the professions, some commuting to New York, some to Philadelphia, and some commute within NJ. TigerHawk managed to do some Parkway Blogging on his way to the Adirondacks. Not commuting to work yet is Mary of Mary’s Lame Attempt at Fame, who’s studying for the Bar exam.
Covering the news Armies of Liberation explains Some Context to the Yemeni Protests. Armies of Liberation blog consistently does an excellent job of analyzing the Middle East.
Mary of Exit Zero examines the idea of classifying terrorists as we once classifed Pirates, as Enemies of the Human Race, in her post Terrorism: Been there, done that. Northeast Corridor posts on why they hate us, and on multiculturalism backlash.
Likelihood of Confusion Blog by lawyer Ron Colman posts on copyrights and trademark cases, and has been taking a look at Little McCain Feingolds and Their Allies. Blogger Dan Riehl, who’s been doing an excellent job covering the Natalee Holloway investigation, has also been posting on other matters, like terrorism and a Sex Smuggling Ring Busted.
SloppyDawg posts on a different item in the news, and the subsequent Deep Smear. The Opinion Mill looks at reporters and finds them Weak In The Knees.
Imagination, and reality Imaginary Therapy, which is from a blogging therapist, comes across some precocious baby talk, imaginary or not. Speaking of therapy, Extreme Psychosis has been watching “reality based” TV and its Skewed Reality, and doesn’t like what’s there.
Not imaginary at all are the shipwrecks of Shipwrecks Blog, whose creator, David A. Bright, just got back from Newfoundland after visiting the Titanic and will be reporting his findings at a conference in Washington next September. Before that, he asks us to make sure we watch the Discovery Channel today
Please don’t miss James Cameron’s LIVE dive to Titanic documentary that will air July 24th on the Discovery Channel. I have seen the equipment used while on Keldysh and it is on the cutting edge of underwater technology. This documentary is a must-see event.
The Center of NJ Life takes a peek at some of the things visitors have come searching for at her blog, while Poor Impulse Control ponders karma and The Fine Art of Acting Nonchalant while minding the store.
Joe’s Journal is Looking Back At New Year’s Resolutions, and Joe has earned our hearty congratulations – take a look at his list, and wish him continued success.
Rob of Laughing at the Pieces remembers Ed McBain in Evan Hunter, R.I.P., a writer whose work defines a genre.
New Jersey NJ politics are always a ripe subject for writers, journalists, and of course for bloggers. Jackie Corley, who’s all three, looks at the Aberdeen-Matawan Train Station redevelopment project asks, Does the arm of 1260 Stelton have Monmouth in its grasp?
Hondo at inadmissible evidence posts about a politician trying to ban smoking in cars. As Hondo says,
Now that New Jersey has solved the problems of high property taxes and outrageous car insurance premiums, it’s time to move on to other pressing problems.
Mr. Snitch! has a post on Our “forgiving” political culture and a new “star lobbyist”. Mr Snitch’s post led me to Eye On Hoboken’s article on Kay Elizabeth LiCausi’s questionable “Climb Up the Ladder”. As Eye On Hoboken points out, Ms. LiCausi is also vice chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Party, an elected position.
Smadanek takes statistical analysis to Educational Performance and finds that
New Jersey classifies school districts by District Factor Group (DFG), which indicates “the socioeconomic status of citizens in each district.” Based on US Census data, the factors include adult education levels, occupations, population density, income, unemployment, and the percent of residents below the poverty level. DFG is strongly correlated with student performance.
NJ Conservative finds a snake — not on the grass, but on the wall — that makes yet Another Reason School Taxes are out of Control
eCache realizes that the Gas Tax Hike Does Not Solve the Problem of mismanagement at the Transportation Trust Fund. I urge you to not only read this post, but to look into how your municipality is budgeting its expenses.
Carnival creator Enlighten NJ looks at which of the New Jersey’s House members support the Patriot Act.
Here at Bad Hair Blog HQ our bad hair is due to high taxes, but Katespot’s post about doing the roots is a hair care lesson as of itself.
Jim of Parkway Rest Stop notices how some people are bothered that in NJ the liquor stores on Sundays open Not Until Noon. Last month Jim had a Village story that reminded me of a song from the dying days of disco.
The Rix Mix visits Asbury Park and listens to a radio broadcast, for which he says, At last, Asbury Park wins a kewpie doll!.
Down The Shore blog remembers Saul the Vegetable Man of Bradley Beach.
Beach Blog is always ready for the beach, and is now pledging allegiance to the sun.
The Jersey Shore Real Estate Bubble Blog remembers when Sea Bright used to flood.
Speaking of real estate, The Art of Getting By will be buying her first house soon and she explains what it’s like to go looking to live in all the wrong places.
The Barista survey their neighbors, and you, too, if you’d like.
Gregg reminisces about Main Street, West Orange. There’s talk of redeveloping the area, including Thomas Edison’s former factory
Currently, there are no large monuments to Edison’s achievements in town. A fading black structure, called the “Black Maria,” sits on Main Street. It is the world’s first movie theater. The Middle School named in his honor has since been renamed. There are, however, plans to “redevelop” the site and turn it into luxury loft-style condominiums. Much of the plan also includes the potential taking of residential and commercial property via eminent domain — made much easier by the recent Supreme Court decision involving the City of New London, Connecticut.
Which brings us to the next blog: If you are worried about Eminent Domain issues, stop by
NJ Eminent Domain Law’s bog. This week he’s looking at New Jersey Eminent Domain Redevelopment: Forest City Ratner coming to Bloomfield
Culture and sports Nordette Adams announces New TV show “Freshman Seminar” Director, Producers, Creator, and Cast Members Live on PowerTalkFM.com.
The interview with the producers, creator, and cast of “Freshman Seminar” has been scheduled for this Thursday, 7:00 p.m. EST, July 28 on PowerTalkFm.com.
Tune in for a behind-the-scenes look.
Roberto at DynamoBuzz notes that the new hockey arena in Newark is built on a centuries-old cemetery and wonders if the hockey NJ Devils will experience some poltergeist type activity. Or a jinx that will foil their attempts to win a Stanley Cup.
The Nightfly comes up with the World’s first friendly fisk,
Popular culture is lazy. It settles. Actual accomplishment, on the other hand, requires effort. It’s work to come up with a good idea and see it through. It’s hard to come up with a persuasive argument that makes sense. And of course, the rewards are not always apparent – the idea may be slow to find an audience, and the argument may not convince until reinforced years later. It’s quicker to grab attention with bawd and spectacle, or to lob insults.
Friendly fisk, yet accurate.
On Friday Jersey Writers started a 3-part series on the proposed New Jersey Music Hall of Fame, and she opens the post with something written by Old Blue Eyes himself. While the NJ Music Hall of Fame would be in Asbury Park, Sinatra’s probably Hoboken’s most famous native, and Maxwell’s is one of Hoboken’s best known nightspots; Mary of Exit Zero was visiting Maxwell’s the other evening and found that it’s got a great beat.. If this is paradise I wish I had a lawn-mower looks at some talking heads.
One Trick Pony tells us that “One Trick Pony is a humor magazine available in print and online. Featuring stories, poems, lists, essays, and tomfoolery. Also contains the adventures of Arnold Schwarzenegger”, so drop by sometime.
This weekend Dan of 11th and Washington took to Baseball and the road,
Three games, three ballparks, three cities, three days. Three teams in the tight NL East race. Had I thought of tackling this trip on a different weekend, when the Braves and Marlins were visiting two of the stops, I could have seen the entire division.
while fellow sports blogger Liss is More pays attention to the Mixed messages on steroids.
Today’s Carnival started with ice cream and commuters, and will leave at the ballpark with some coffee: Coffeegrounds found out that a little Cream would cost $3,295 That’s US$, not pesos, kopecks, or lempiras. At those prices, I’ll take my coffee black, thanks.
Remember to watch the Discovery Channel tonight, and listen to PowerTalk FM Thursday.
Next week’s carnival will be hosted by Smadanek. Please send links to firstname.lastname@example.org for posts you would like featured in the next Carnival.
Thank you for visiting, and don’t miss next week’s Carnival!
The Pink Panther recovers, and finds out that the past is the new black.
A REMINDER If you’re a NJ blogger and want to participate in the Carnival, please PLEASE remember to email email@example.com a link to the post you want featured. As you can see, the Carnival’s been growing. It’s up to you to send the posts each week you want to participate.
Welcome, Instapundit readers!
(technorati tag New Jersey)
Terrific job Fausta!
Jim - PRS says
Nice going, Fausta. This collection of good things will provide a couple days’ worth of reading and might even give my resting muse a kickstart.
i suppose being quoted about the bag search in the star-ledger, being groped in penn station by a freak and also performing at the New York Improv all in one week doesn’t warrant a link… not a problem (sorry, but i haven’t had to email a link into the carnival since it started….)
for some reason i knew this would happen, so, that’s why i’ve created the Carnival of the Gigglechick.
Definitely lots of great reading material here. Thanks, Fausta!
Gigglechick, you’re on, with 2!
thanks for the links. technically i wasn’t searched. some pervert sexually assaulted me in penn station.
Great job Fausta! This week’s Carnival was huge. I’m getting nervous about hosting it in October!
Fausta, you rock. Thanks for hosting the Carny this week.
Ken Adams says
Man, how do you people get up so early?
Great job, Fausta!
Great job Fausta. But the fresh competition is making Gigglechick anxious.
I think a week in Aruba should be the prize for hosting.
Here! Here! Sluggo
You should have put a link to this Gigglechick post, but it is not on her page any longer.
COME OFF IT. USE LESS WORDS TO MAKE YOUR POINT.
well well, i just received an email from “enlighten nj” about my carnival comments…
Subject: You Must Have Forgotten Your Two Emails To Last Week’s Carnival Host
We noticed you wrote the following in the Bad Hair Blog comments section about the Carnival of the New Jersey Bloggers:
suppose being quoted about the bag search in the star-ledger, being groped in penn station by a freak and also performing at the New York Improv all in one week doesn’t warrant a link… not a problem (sorry, but i haven’t had to email a link into the carnival since it started….)
for some reason i knew this would happen, so, that’s why i’ve created the Carnival of the Gigglechick.
As you know, when Enlighten New-Jersey has hosted the Carnival we often linked to GiggleChick without you sending us a link. We have highlighted your accomplishments and plugged your Improv gig. We didn’t care whether or not you agreed with our political viewpoint and we still don’t. Previous comments you’ve left on our site, gave us with the impression you didn’t. However, we do read your blog and included your posts.
You obviously don’t agree with us on the transit security funding issue. That’s fine by us. If everyone agreed there wouldn’t be much purpose to a political blog. What we find surprising is that you would imply on your blog and on the above referenced comment that you were left out of the Carnival because you disagreed with us.
Now, we will put it down to you having your mind on other things, including your Improv appearance last week, but you did email “Sluggo”, last week’s host, and ask to be included in the Carnival. We will assume it slipped your mind. We hope we have jogged your memory and you will amend your post and your comment on the Bad Hair Blog to reflect this fact. (We can send the two emails you sent to Sluggo via the Carnival address and his reply if you can’t find the originals in your AOL email.)
Obviously you were left out of this week’s Carnival because you didn’t send a link for Fausta to include. Why blame her? If you have a bone to pick with us, pick it with us and not someone that nothing to do with the opinions expressed on Enlighten-NewJersey.
Each Carnival host asks for people to send links to posts they would like included for two reasons – 1.)It would be unreasonable to expect a host to read every post written by each New Jersey blogger within the past week and 2.) It’s a self selecting process, if you want to be included you send a link and you’re your in. You could have sent a link to Fausta, as you did last week to Sluggo, you didn’t. We believe it’s very unfair of you to suggest otherwise.
We are always open to suggestions for improving the Carnival. If you have ideas for making the Carnival more inclusive or fair, let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.
oh for the love of God. not for nothing, but i really am not going to go out of my way to email people my links on a friday… they can read the site themselves… over the past 9 weeks sure, i was tickled that they linked me… and when he writes that i emailed Sluggo last week… not for nothing, they had that idiotic stick figure at the keyboard animation as the link to my site – i merely emailed to steer them in a different direction such as i was PERFORMING AT THE IMPROV this week and to put that on there…
as far as my not agreeing on the “transit security funding issue” – is THAT what the post was about? because after the first paragraph, my eyes glazed over then started bleeding… i merely wrote what was the equivalent of me yawning.
no, i am not “amending” my comments or my posts.
the 15 visitors that a link off their site provides me with is not exactly going to make a dent in my visitor stats…
whatever, carnival, good luck to you and your clicque… perhaps i will still continue to have my Carnival of the Gigglechick each sunday giving a recap….
Wow – the number of participants is growing with every edition.(Heads up, Ken – better start yours tonight!) Looks like there are a lot of first-time submitters this week. I’m looking forward to reading these links over the next few days. Nice work, Fausta – now go put your feet up.
Great job. Just don’t let this thing blow up before I have to do the links in October, k?:)
Looks great. I miss the Jersey blog scene. I should note that I’ve set up a blog for my father, who is running for the municipal government in Lacey Township.
The Pink Panther says
Woo hoo, you did a great job Fausta! I’m going to have to take notes for when I host the Carnival!
Great job, Fausta! Checkin in from Cedar Grove. Nice to see aggregated content for and about NJ. Funny thing is I never knew your blog existed until I was reading a post on ‘open tags’ from Jeff Jarvis this am and noticed his mention of your blog.
You might be interested in the ‘open tag’ idea since it looks as if your using closed tags (technorati) on your posts. My point is with open tags I would have found your great site sooner. I use an open source blogging tool that pings several thrid party services using ‘open tags’.
check it out: http://www.advancinginsights.com/mybiz/finding_conversations_in_the_blogosphere
Great job, Fausta, thanks.
Far be it from me to beat this drum again, but I was also non-linked one week, thanks to computer problems on my end. Given the burgeoning number of blogs I see with each passing week, it’s a wonder that hosts don’t accidentally leave off some folks who have written. (I might start building links NOW, and I don’t host for six weeks.)
I won’t finish everyone’s contribution before the next go-round, but congrats to all. This thing definitely has critical mass.
Best Carnival I’ve seen.
Excellent job — thanks for the linkage!