Author Archive: Chris Schiffner

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    2014

    Winter Wallpaper: Snow Traxx

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    Winter’s officially over but that didn’t prevent Mother Nature from dropping a ton of snow on us last weekend…so I did what any sane person would do at the end of March. I strapped on some snow shoes and trekked through Mendon Ponds Park! The park is particularly breathtaking in the snow and as I arrived at a chicane I captured some of it’s beauty. The winter of 2013/2014 was a rough one–Forever remember it with this wallpaper set I’ve affectionately titled “Snow Traxx”.
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    2014

    How Obamacare Can Lead To Double Taxation

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    We’ve all heard horror stories concerning the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare or ACA). Death panels! Doctor shortages! Loss of employment! In truth, most of these “issues” are nothing more than rumors and misinformation. Personally, I’ve avoided discussion of the ACA as much as possible—primarily because few of the changes affected me. Sure, coverage for pre-existing conditions it great…but I’ve had continuous insurance. Insurance companies can no longer drop me if I develop a serious/costly illness…but I have not yet had to cross that bridge (thankfully!). That being said I have
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    2014

    My Earliest ExposureTo Computers (Happy Birthday Macintosh)

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    Twenty-seven years ago I was exposed to my first computer. The elementary school I attended (John Lewis Childs School in Floral Park, NY) recognized the importance of exposing children to computers at an early age. The school built a computer lab and stocked it with Apple II and Apple IIe computers. With increasing frequency, grades 1 through 6 shared use of the computer lab. Activities included everything from playing games to entering simple programs in BASIC. The first time I used a computer for a creative task was in second
    24
    2013

    Get In The Holiday Spirit With the Empire State Building [UPDATED]

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    Last year the Empire State Building upgraded it’s lighting arrays. Not only were the new LED arrays far more efficient–they made way for fancy light combinations and light shows. We’ve been treated to a few spectacular shows since the upgrade (like this one on Halloween) but last Friday the ESB stepped up it’s game. They’ve been putting on light shows every night at 7pm since December 20th. Tonight marks the Empire State Building’s final light show of the year. If you’re anywhere near the ESB, tune your radio
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    2013

    Video: Frozen Frontier Shootout (Amerks vs. Monsters)

    If you missed last night’s game at Frozen Frontier, you missed a magical event. It was cold. It was snowy. It was the perfect setting for a winter classic. The Amerks almost etched out a 4-3 win but the Monsters managed to tie it all up with 1/10th of a second remaining in the 3rd period. After an uneventful overtime period the game was decided in a shootout. Ultimately the Amerks prevailed and won Frozen Frontier! (Sorry for the video quality–our seats didn’t have the best angle and by the
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    2013

    #FrozenFrontier – Everything You Need To Know

    We’ve been waiting for this day since it was announced back in August. Tonight the Rochester Americans take on the Lake Erie Monsters in Rochester’s first outdoor professional hockey game! Here’s everything you need to know for tonight’s game. Gates open at 5pm with parking lots opening at 4:30pm. Parking is available in the Kodak lots surrounding Frontier Field for $10. Tailgating is prohibited. Bathroom facilities at Frontier Field are not winterized and are closed. Porta-Potties have been provided instead. Concessions will be open. Here’s the full menu. Pre-game
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    2013

    Kryptonite Neutralized – Amerks Take Marlies 4-1

    Toronto who? We might be unimportant this side of the border and we’ve had our share of difficulty against Toronto in the past, but the Amerks showed the Marlies we can play at their level. Just 9 seconds into the first period, before half the fans even had a chance to settle into their seats, Catenacci stuffed one home with a sensational setup from Ellis and Hutchings. Catenacci’s goal set the tone for the evening. Second period aside, Toronto was playing catch-up all night. Was the first goal a fluke?
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    2013

    The Amerks Have A Lot To Prove This Weekend

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    If you haven’t been to an Amerks game in a few years, you certainly got smacked with a dose of reality at the 2013-14 home opener. The same team that won it all in ’96 and went to the finals in ’99 and ’00, lost 8 to 1 in a completely one sided match versus the Grand Rapids Griffins. Even worse, the Griffins hardly broke a sweat. We knew the Griffins would be a tough team to beat–after-all, they won the Calder Cup in 2012-13. We just didn’t know they
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    2013

    Rochester Americans Past Media (Pics/Videos)

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    I might not be a career reporter and I’m certainly not an archivist, but I’ve accrued some Amerks media through the years. I’ll be updating this post with past media as I dig it up. Videos 2012 Home Opener Shootout (Amerks) Rochester Americans vs. Lake Erie Monsters – Shootout: 2-25-2012 (15 Rounds) Moose’s Birthday Mascot Broom-ball Game 2012
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    2013

    The American Congress

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    So you call yourself a fiscally responsible republican? Great! You stopped providing me with federal services at midnight. Kindly stop collecting taxes for these services until they are reinstated. Oh, you’re a tax and spend democrat? Awesome! Kindly spend some of those taxes you’re collecting from me by reopening the federal government. For those of you that are not a member of congress here’s some food for thought. While republicans attempt to put Christ back in Christmas by denouncing evolution and democrats try to socialize America through health care legislation,
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