It would be cool if there was a "live stream" monitor of Batsto Lake. When I visit Germany for business I watch TV in the morning to see the "live streams" of geographic sites all across Germany, from nature in the mountains and the cities, too. German polka music plays the whole time. Something very cool about that experience. The weather readings were on the screen, too. All in "real time". All state subsidized, I'm sure. If you take up a collection for such an endeavor I'll pledge $100. LOL !
lol, a live stream would be nice... however I don't see that working at Batsto from a technical standpoint the way things are now. You can however see the weather from one remote Pine Barrens location if you'd like, in data form.
This is named Oswego Lake, although the actual sensor is on the Rutgers cranberry research station, downstream from the lake. There are a few others scattered around, all of which show some interesting radiational cooling microclimates on certain nights.
FWIW, I remember that HotDog stand theme... ouch! A blast from the past. There were a few other very "bright" ones too.
No problem... that isn't a cam site however, its only weather data from the State "Mesonet", which is a collection of weather observation sites across the state (theres a bunch in the pines if you search). The pictures you see on there are for location reference only.
I don't mean to hijack Ben's thread, lol, so to put it back on track... Maybe some of those weather conditions could be reflected on the site somewhere. I know there is a weather hack for Vbulletin to display your local temperature.
There's a widget on the front page of the site that displays the weather.
With the tighter integration between the forums and the CMS (front page) that will be coming in the next version of the forums software, it's likely that we'll start seeing things like weather show up in the forums proper.
If I actually lived in the Pines (I'm on the very, very, very northernmost fringe) I'd likely setup a webcam of some sort. If someone who lives in the pines and has a nice view would like to set one up, I would be happy to donate the space and bandwidth for it to run.
Just an update. I know I've been MIA for a while. Been working on things behind the scenes.
vBulletin 4 is close to being released. I'm in the process of working on some cosmetic things with it right now. I have a feeling it will go live sometime before the end of January. There's going to be some big changes, mostly because of the way the new software is architected. They shouldn't impact you guys, but what probably will change is that the site (front page, forums, etc.) will all come from www.njpinebarrns.com. forums.njpinebarrens.com will just redirect or mirror the same content as www.njpinebarrens.com. Still not sure on that yet.
But I felt that I needed to reach out since my posting has been few and far between. I assure you that things are still progressing here on my end and that the site is not being abandoned.