By the time this hits your mailbox, I’ll be home from my cross-country trip to visit my daughter in Miami, FL. But I am penning this note to you the night before my trip. Next up? Packing!
Hopefully, I’ll have taken lots of pictures and had time to share them here. This is the first time I’m traveling with my new Samsung NX300, and I haven’t decided if I am bringing the bigger lens and the entire camera case, or just the shorter pancake one. For years, I’ve just traveled with just my phone in lieu of a camera, and I am really undecided about how much stuff I want to haul around. Hmmm. I guess this will be a trial run for the bigger trip coming in October, when Howard and I will be traveling to France and Israel in celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary. Now, off to pack!
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Thomas Edison Printable(** for Premium Members only)
With a lifetime dedicated to invention, Thomas A. Edison (1847 – 1931) earned 1,093 U.S. patents, more than any other single inventor. His impressive achievements include the invention of electric lighting, the phonograph, and motion pictures. Edison was not only a successful inventor but also an excellent businessman who created companies to manufacture his inventions. As befits a man of his talents, there are many websites devoted to Edison and his inventions. These are my favorites.
PBS American Experience: Edison
“By the time he died in 1931, Thomas Edison was one of the most famous men in the world. The holder of more patents than any other inventor in history, Edison had amassed a fortune and achieved glory as the genius behind such revolutionary inventions as sound recording, motion pictures, and electric light.” Visit to watch the 2-hour PBS special, and to peruse the photo gallery and a timeline of Edison’s life.
PBS American Experience: Edison's Miracle of Light
Produced as a web companion to the 1995 PBS television special, Edison’s Miracle of Light is a worthwhile stop even if you’ve not seen the film. Best clicks are the photo gallery of eight of his inventions, and the Special Features. “In 1887 direct current (DC) was king. At that time there were 121 Edison power stations scattered across the United States delivering DC electricity to its customers.” Learn all about AC/DC in the first interactive article. The audio snippets are five tunes the Edison company produced on phonograph records between 1919 and 1926.
Library of Congress: Inventing Entertainment
“In addition to being a renowned inventor, Edison became a prominent manufacturer and businessman by selling his inventions. This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 sound recordings, photographs, original articles, and other related materials.” This Library of Congress site is a curated collection of primary resources showcasing Edison’s work in the creation of recorded movies and sound. It includes a biography and a timeline of his entertainment-related inventions. My favorite clicks are the movie clips such as “A Day with Thomas A. Edison” and “The Great Train Robbery.”
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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~~ Thomas A. Edison ~~ (1847 – 1931) American inventor. Click here to find more on Thomas Edison.
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