Rochester Lightning Storm

It’s a good thing the RIT Big Shot took place earlier in the evening because shortly after it was all over a storm moved through the area so quickly and forcefully it felt like a hurricane.

I took the (rare) opportunity of being out alone and with my camera to attempt some lightning shots.

Boy am I glad I did!

Lightning in front of the Aqueduct Building

Lightning in front of the Aqueduct Building

RIT Big Shot 27

I made it to the 27th RIT Big Shot last night.  The venue would have been perfect for the whole family this time but we felt everybody is still a little young to be out that late during the week since so they had to sit this one out.

This is hands down the most people I’ve seen at a Big Shot yet.  I’ve heard it was somewhere around 1500 but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was more than that.  The entire SeaBreeze park was packed, It seemed like there were hundreds of people assigned to each of the lighting areas.

As always, the picture was online before I had a chance to check (ya gotta love Digital Photography). I thought it came out beautifully but check it out for yourselves below:

 

RIT Big Shot No 27

RIT Big Shot No 27

I managed to sneak my own picture (handheld as they didn’t allow tripods in) with one hand while lighting things up with my other:

My Vantage Point of the RIT Big Shot

My Vantage Point of the RIT Big Shot

Sorry it’s a little shaky 😦 I still thought it came out pretty neat.

Snowstorm in Fairport

Took a little walk with my Camera and MonoPod tonight.  It was my first time using a Monopod and it’s alright, but I couldn’t drag the shutter as much as I wanted to so I had to crank the ISO a bit more than I’d like for pictures like these.  Ahh well, turned out ok anyway.  Kinda fun to shoot too.

I love the snow and I love snow storms. They make Fairport so pretty.  Glad I took the time to go out even if it was for only a few minutes.

Rochester’s Broad Street

The plans to rip up Broad Street and reconstruct the original Canal Aqueduct over the river are progressing.  I’ve mentioned the plans before and I’ve always thought it was kind of a neat idea but never thought it would get anywhere.  Now that it seems to be getting some traction it deserves more thought.

I for one think it’s completely ridiculous, and the City has more important things to do with its money.

The following is a letter I sent to:

  • Louise Slaughter
  • Paul.Holahan@cityofrochester.gov
  • info@broadstreetcorridor.com
  • Hackt@cityofrochester.gov
  • info@cityofrochester.gov (The closest I could find to Mayor Bob Duffy)
  • Patricia.malgieri@cityofrochester.gov
  • darryl.porter@cityofrochester.gov

Regardless of how you stand on the issue, I suggest you do the same.

Broad St Closure – A Concerned Citizen

The closing of the broad street bridge this week has me frustrated.  It’s something I cross on the bus at least once a day and has increased my bus commute time by about 5-10 minutes in each direction. In the morning due to the detour, and in the afternoon due to the additional build up of traffic on Exchange st.  Even in the past two days, the inconvenience this has created has been significant.  This has also been during a week of school closures and lighter than usual traffic.  I’m concerned how the effects would be during events at the Convention Center and War Memorial.

Why is the bridge closed anyway? Are we really going to tear out the bridge and flood the original aqueduct to create a POND over the RIVER?  Or are we just going to blow millions of dollars planning it and studying the effects of possibly doing it and then do nothing?

Rochester citizens have watched many other big projects fail and cost them millions of dollars with no gain.  Sure we got a new port building from the Fast Ferry debacle, but now it sits mostly unused and unoccupied.  One of the few ideas (The Casino) which stood to bring in direct revenue for the city was even voted down.  Now we plan on sinking millions into a plan to create another Manhatten square Park or another Genesee Crossroads with a manmade water feature in the middle instead of a river.

Rochester has proven time and time again that it can’t deliver on ideas like this.  Therefor we need to spend the money on things like better public transportation systems, Better education, maintaining (or improving) the parks we do have.

We don’t need another money pit, we need something with some real return on investment.

Stop wasting our money and end the study of the Broad St bridge closure early.

A Concerned Citizen,
Randy Aldrich

A Saturday full of Hockey

The Labatt Blue Rochester Pond Hockey Regional was this Friday through Sunday. Saturday morning I took it in for an hour or so & It was sweet!  It was great for the town as well.  Lots of people heading in to restaurants, lots of added business for the shops and vendors on an otherwise freezing cold non-inviting snowy February day.

After picking Rachel up at work we headed out to Henrietta and managed to catch about 20 minutes of Liams Hockey game at the ESL complex.  That kid is gonna be a hockey star some day.  He’s been skating since 18 months old and he’s crazy competitive.  I see scholarships & drafts in his future.

Old Pictures of Downtown Rochester

I love seeing old pictures of Downtown Rochester.  Historical photos of places we see all the time are just so interesting.  On top of that I work in one of the most historical buildings in the city, the old Aqueduct Building, with the statue of Mercury on top close to it’s original place.  The building is located near main street on the Genesee River.  As such, our building is almost always visible in these old photos.

The following is a Panoramic picture from 1906 of the Genesee River area.  You can see Mercury in it’s original position above the Cigar factory.  Just across the canal (what later became broad street) you can see the Aqueduct Building.  I found the picture (amongst others) on the Rochester Subway site.

So damn cool.

My Missed Opportunity

I missed a great opportunity recently and it’s really bothering me.

TEDx Rochester was last Monday and it was sold out before I even heard of it.  If you’ve never heard of TEDx, it’s an independently organized TED event.  If you’ve never heard of TED, I’m sorry…  All the TED talks are available online. My personal favorite is Ze Franks nerdcore comedy, but they’re all excellent.  They’ve also started putting up TEDx videos although I can’t find any from Rochester TEDx.  The best I’ve found is their CoverItLive notes.

A day before the event, I got an email saying a ticket had become available and I had been selected from the waiting list in order to go.  The event took place from 2 to 7pm Monday afternoon and I had to work.  Normally I’d have had no problem getting out of it, but at such late notice I had difficulties getting away.  Lots going on at work lately.  From the notes, however, it was a great event.

I know this is a stupid pointless post and I’m sorry, but I’m disappointed and frustrated and wish I had made it.  Here’s hoping to getting to the next one which is only 355 days away.

Protest in Rochester NY Erupts in Violence

Those who make peaceful revolution protest impossible, make violent revolution protest inevitable ~JFK

I’m not sure how I missed this but it seems last Wednesday October 7th there was a protest by the Students for a Democratic Society in Downtown Rochester NY that ended in a lot of violence and brutality.

If you read section 240.20 of the New York State Penal Code it’s pretty clear that the protesters broke the law. To me it’s also pretty clear that the police overstepped their bounds.

Although it’s pretty hard to tell exactly what happened, it’s pretty easy to see the police were excessively violent.  Two protesters were even sent to the hospital and 12 were arrested by brutal means like throwing them to the ground.  The video clearly shows several officers pushing and shoving, yelling, screaming and pulling out their billy clubs.

Frankly, I don’t see how this type of blatant power trip can be tolerated.  They should all be fired.

The following is a press conference the SDS gave after the protest.  There’s tons more interviews and articles about the SDS protest online if you’re interested in reading more.

http://blip.tv/play/AYGmpAYC