Chris Schiffner's Corner of the Web http://www.schiffner.com "Always thinking one step ahead... Like a carpenter, trying to build stairs. " Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:35:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mother Nature’s Fury: Flooding In Avon, NY http://www.schiffner.com/mother-natures-fury-flooding-in-avon/ http://www.schiffner.com/mother-natures-fury-flooding-in-avon/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:31:47 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7743 We’ve had a run of bad weather in our area. A harsh winter coupled with extreme weather throughout spring and summer has left many wondering if this is the new normal. Normal or not, it’s left residents with plenty of work to do and today was no exception. Starting around 11pm last night we’ve been experiencing heavy rainfall to the tune of more than 5 inches. Luckily we’ve only had a small amount of water in our basement. People in neighboring Avon, NY aren’t quite as lucky. Being one of the lower lying towns in the area, the storm has severely flooded basements, caused property damage, and damaged roadways. The most significant damage appears to have been on Littleville Road where an entire section of the roadway washed-out at approximately 9am today. Check out the pictures of the Littleville Road collapse below.

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Calm After The Storm: A Look At Yesterday’s Micro-burst in Honeoye Falls, NY http://www.schiffner.com/calm-after-the-storm-a-look-at-yesterdays-micro-burst-in-honeoye-falls-ny/ http://www.schiffner.com/calm-after-the-storm-a-look-at-yesterdays-micro-burst-in-honeoye-falls-ny/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:32:18 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7725 we’ve had a massive manhunt AND we’ve been impacted by a major weather event. Late yesterday afternoon a destructive micro-burst tore through Honeoye Falls, NY. Luckily no one was killed in our area and the impact of the storm was relatively minor with most residents having power restored by morning.…]]> When I moved to Western NY from New York City I thought I was leaving the “excitement” of the big city behind. Boy was I wrong–just outside the span of a week we’ve had a massive manhunt AND we’ve been impacted by a major weather event. Late yesterday afternoon a destructive micro-burst tore through Honeoye Falls, NY. Luckily no one was killed in our area and the impact of the storm was relatively minor with most residents having power restored by morning. This in itself is miraculous considering how many giant trees, utility poles, and power lines were down along the path of the storm. Here’s a few pictures of the damage in our area and the overnight repairs that helped restore everything to normal. (photo geeks: the night shots were taken on a Nikon D5200 freehand)

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Manhunt: Lima & Honeoye Falls (Exclusive Photos) http://www.schiffner.com/manhunt-lima-honeoye-falls-exclusive-photos/ http://www.schiffner.com/manhunt-lima-honeoye-falls-exclusive-photos/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:48:59 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7694 window.addEvent('domready', function() { var scrollGalleryObj17 = new scrollGallery({start:0,area:150,thumbarea:"thumbarea_17",imagearea:"imagearea_17",speed:0.1,enableSwipeMode:1,toElementClass:".caption_container",diashowDelay:6 }); }); Here are some exclusive photos of the manhunt and arrest that was conducted in Lima & Honeoye Falls this morning, following a shooting in Bath, NY. No one expects to wake up to a manhunt in their front yard, yet that’s exactly what happened to us today. During the early morning hours, suspects wanted in connection to a shooting in Bath, NY abandoned their vehicle in Lima and took off on foot.…]]>
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Here are some exclusive photos of the manhunt and arrest that was conducted in Lima & Honeoye Falls this morning, following a shooting in Bath, NY.

No one expects to wake up to a manhunt in their front yard, yet that’s exactly what happened to us today. During the early morning hours, suspects wanted in connection to a shooting in Bath, NY abandoned their vehicle in Lima and took off on foot. Police set up road blocks around the area and deployed SWAT teams to conduct a massive manhunt. Local authorities conducted vehicle searches and closed roads throughout the morning while searching for the suspects. Thanks to a civilian report, the suspects were eventually apprehended ~2 miles from the site where they abandoned their vehicle. The suspects were apprehended without any additional bloodshed.

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Winter Wallpaper: Snow Traxx http://www.schiffner.com/winter-wallpaper-snow-traxx/ http://www.schiffner.com/winter-wallpaper-snow-traxx/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:07:10 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7654 SnowTraxx_1920x1200
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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How Obamacare Can Lead To Double Taxation http://www.schiffner.com/how-obamacare-can-lead-to-double-taxation/ http://www.schiffner.com/how-obamacare-can-lead-to-double-taxation/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:50:45 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7639 ObamaCare-health-care-AP
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 always been conflicted about the ACA for one reason. It is essentially a tax for being a living breathing citizen. Now, for the first time, I’m encountering a real issue with the ACA—double taxation.

Ok, maybe it’s not “me” that’s encountering double taxation so much as “we”. I recently moved on from a job that I held for the majority of my adult life. Since my health insurance was provide by my previous employer, I was faced with losing health insurance. Besides not being the wisest decision, it’s illegal to discontinue health insurance coverage—the ACA mandates that all citizens hold health insurance. Thankfully Cathy’s employer offers health benefits to domestic partners (we’re not married). Great! The downside is that we’re now trapped in archaic (and discriminatory) federal tax code. Domestic partnerships are not treated in the same manner as marriages. My health insurance is deducted from her paychecks post-taxes (if we were married it would be pre-tax) and the value of the employer-contributed insurance premiums are added to Cathy’s tax burden through imputed income (which would not happen if we were married). Cathy will have the privilege of paying taxes on my health insurance premiums for the “benefit” of making health insurance available to me, and I am accepting the health insurance that’s available to me through Cathy. Insurance that is required to by law. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can force individuals to pay for health insurance because it represents a tax, we are basically being double taxed. I’m required to hold health insurance—it’s just a tax after all—but Cathy is required to pay additional taxes on this “benefit”. If we were married we wouldn’t face this additional taxation.

This discriminatory disparity in taxation was recognized by the 110th congress and legislation was drafted to amend the offending tax code, but the bill was not adopted. The Affordable Care Act did not address the issue at all and the offending code continues to ensnare thousands of Americans each year.

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My Earliest ExposureTo Computers (Happy Birthday Macintosh) http://www.schiffner.com/my-earliest-exposure-to-computers-happy-birthday-macintosh/ http://www.schiffner.com/my-earliest-exposure-to-computers-happy-birthday-macintosh/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:25:12 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7630 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…]]>

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 grade. I used Applesoft BASIC to plot an image of a ghost on screen. I ran home, printed program in hand, excited to show my father what I could do with a computer. He too recognized the importance of computers and had recently purchased one for our home. I sat in front of our home computer for an hour, diligently entering the program, and ran it. Nothing… But it’s a ghost! It prints a ghost on screen I declared! The computer my father purchased was an IBM compatible. The program only worked on Apple computers.

In fact the program wasn’t compatible with Apple’s latest generation of computers either–the Macintosh. By the time I was exposed to computers, the Macintosh wasn’t new. To the contrary it had already failed in the eyes of many. It didn’t utilize a hard-drive for storage. It didn’t have a large software catalog. It was expensive. Cost was the very reason my elementary school stocked itself with dated Apple II’s instead of the more-modern Macintosh. By contrast the IBM PC’s of the era used hard-drives for storage. They had extensive software catalogs from Microsoft and IBM. While being expensive, IBM compatibles looked cheap when compared to Macintosh. In the years that followed Apple maintained it’s foothold in the education sector but most home computers were IBM compatibles. By the time I reached high-school every computer-owning friend I had owned an IBM compatible. Mac’s were essentially dead. I grew up a PC.

Today, Apple’s Macintosh is a success story. Thanks to Steve Jobs’ perseverance the Macintosh didn’t die. The IBM compatible–now simply know as a PC–is still the dominant force, yet Apple is steadily pushing PC’s out of the very market they dominate. Mac’s have a massive software catalog. Mac’s are priced at a point that most people can afford. Many would argue the latest Mac hardware and software has PC industry giants scrambling to compete. I now own a Mac. The Mac lives on!

Check out the video above to see how the Macintosh began.

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Get In The Holiday Spirit With the Empire State Building [UPDATED] http://www.schiffner.com/get-in-the-holiday-spirit-with-the-empire-state-building/ http://www.schiffner.com/get-in-the-holiday-spirit-with-the-empire-state-building/#comments Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:39:21 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7592 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…]]> 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 to 106.7 FM and look up! For those of you who cannot make it to NYC to see the show first hand, you can check out the light shows for December 20th through December 23rd below!
[UPDATE] The Grand Finale (tonight’s light show) has been added!

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Video: Frozen Frontier Shootout (Amerks vs. Monsters) http://www.schiffner.com/video-frozen-frontier-shootout-amerks-vs-monsters/ http://www.schiffner.com/video-frozen-frontier-shootout-amerks-vs-monsters/#comments Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:31:03 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7579 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…]]>

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 time we got around to the shootout I was frozen myself. It’s better than nothing though!)

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#FrozenFrontier – Everything You Need To Know http://www.schiffner.com/frozenfrontier-everything-you-need-to-know/ http://www.schiffner.com/frozenfrontier-everything-you-need-to-know/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:00:58 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7577 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 entertainment is being provided by Labatt in the Blue Zone tent. There will be a band playing pre-game and during intermissions and there should be copiuous amounts of alcohol flowing. Just remember–Porta-Potties!
  • At the time of writing this post the game is officially sold-out. There are, however, limited quantities of standing room tickets available. Standing room tickets are $20.
  • Crowd Favorites Baylee Morrison (National Anthem) and Fred Costello (Organist) will be filling their ceremonial roles.
  • Game start is scheduled for 7pm.
  • EXPECT SNOW!!! Predictions are calling for anywhere between 1-3 inches and temperatures are going to hover around 15 degrees fahrenheit. Dress warm!
  • For those of you not braving the cold tonight the game will be broadcast on the Time Warner Sports Channel.

So what’s the rink look like? The Amerks have been posting pictures all week long, and it looks spectacular. The ice surface is ready. Snow is on the ground (and in the air)! It’s just about as wintery and “classic” as anyone could ask for. In fact it’s snowing as I write this post. #WintersComing

Now for the most important bit of information…

HOW TO SURVIVE FROZEN FRONTIER

  • Dress warm. Very warm. Skiing in the north east during a blizzard warm. Why? You’re not going to be moving around much and temperatures will be squarely in the teens. Your going to feel much colder sitting watching the game than you would normally feel walking around in the same temperatures. That being said, the stadium should provide protection from the wind and the Labatt Blue Zone tent will likely be heated throughout the game.
  • If parts of your body start to feel abnormally warm, hit up the Labatt Blue Zone tent and check the abnormally warm part for signs of frost-bite.
  • Keep hydrated, but not so hydrated you need to use the Porta-Potties. Besides the normal Porta-Potty issues, we’ll have temperatures low enough to freeze urine quickly. We all know people, even sober, seem to have trouble hitting the portables sweet spot. The last thing we need is people slipping on frozen urine!
  • Beware of BARES! No, not those bears. Never approach a body-painted bare-chested person. It’s really really cold! They are bare chested! Treat them like you would any BEAR.

Have fun out there Rochester. Tonight is going to be a blast!!!

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Kryptonite Neutralized – Amerks Take Marlies 4-1 http://www.schiffner.com/kryptonite-neutralized-amerks-take-marlies-4-1/ http://www.schiffner.com/kryptonite-neutralized-amerks-take-marlies-4-1/#comments Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:01:46 +0000 http://www.schiffner.com/?p=7527 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…]]> IMG_70972
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? Luke Adam answered that question at 9:46 when he blazed a shot past Toronto goalie Garrett Sparks for a gorgeous top corner goal. Adam’s game has dramatically improved this season. He looks more confident. He’s taking shots. More importantly he’s scoring. Adam leads the Amerks in both goals (4) and shots on goal (19). Friday night’s first period easily represented the Amerks best period of the season. They played commanding hockey and dominated the tough-to-beat Marlies.

More second period woes
The second period was thoroughly uninspired. A different Amerks team took to the ice. They sat back on their heels. They let the Marlies have (and control) the puck. The first 5 minutes of the second period were spent in the Amerks zone. The Marlies would get their only goal in the second. With 3:58 remaining Toronto’s MacLeod found a hole through Lieuwen, who played an exceptional game. The Marlies might have been able to stage a comeback had it not been for Lieuwen’s unshakable composure in net–something we haven’t seen much of this season from Hackett. The Amerks escaped the second period with just one goal against. Lieuwen was the only reason Toronto didn’t come out of the second period tied or even up one. Thankfully the Amerks showed up for the third period and stuffed another pair home (Ellis and Varone).

Shooting is still a problem
There isn’t a whole lot to say here. SHOOT, DAMN IT! The Amerks have just 82 shots in 4 games. Luke Adam has taken 19 of them. That makes Adam responsible for 23% of all Amerks shooting. Adam has 4 goals. Shooting equals goals. Follow Luke’s Lead! The next highest shooting player on the Amerks is Tardif (7) who has 1 goal this season.

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There’s no doubt this debate will rage on most of the season. Buffalo wants to groom Hackett to play upstairs. Lieuwen is ready for the #1 spot right now. There’s no doubt in my mind that had Hackett been in net during the second period against Toronto last night the final score would be very different. Hackett has had trouble maintaining his composure in net. When he’s on, he’s on. When he’s off, the flood gates open. You can teach positioning. You can’t teach mental togetherness. Lieuwen earned another start against Utica tonight. I hope he gets it.

The Amerks take to the ice against their newest rivals the Utica Comets tonight at 7:05pm.

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