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Your Top 5 Articles for 05/06 ~ The Diddly Center rides again

Seriously? $750 million for a “mixed use” mashup on a swamp? Yep. And as @rachbarnhart reports, the developers are looking to get $250m out of the State of New York in the form of sales tax-paid financing. But that’s only part of the story of this past week. Photos of the Gemini mission stole the show on Monday, followed by a sun pillar on Tuesday. Apparently, the photography thing is really working!

Plus lots of tech in the classroom news, including some original reporting by RIT journalism students Michael Roppolo and Lyndsay Saunders. That article will be part of what will be a larger series, analysing local schools’ policies on personal electronics. Look for it this week! Speaking of which, have a great one!
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A Martian sunrise » NPR.org

Photo: NASA/JPL

Beautiful photography to start the week off, this one coming courtesy of NPR and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. A view of a sunrise very few have ever seen before, from a rover on Mars.

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A “sun pillar” over Michigan » Earth Science Picture of the Day

Photo: Kevin Povenz @ Flickr.com

Another one of those strage phenomenon of earth science which, if you haven’t seen it, you’ve probably never heard of it. Sun pillars are caused by light from the sun reflecting off of plate-shaped ice crystals in clouds.

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NYC schools issue first-ever social media guidelines for teachers » First Amendment Center

Photo: mrsdkrebs @ Flickr.com

In what is most likely to be a trend, New York City schools adopt new rules for teachers regarding social network availability and students.

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Medley Center wants $250 in financing from the state » 13WHAM.com

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The project to replace Medley Center drags on an on, and now the project is estimated to cost $750 million, of which developers want $250m to come from State financing. For perspective, the F22 fighter – latest plane in the U.S. fleet – is estimated to cost around $668m.

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Technology in the classroom: how do local schools handle personal electronics? » DragonFlyEye.net

Photo: Gustav H @ Flickr.com

I’m very pleased to see this article be as popular as it turns out to have been. This is part of what will be a series of articles dealing with local schools and personal electronic devices. RIT journalism students Michael Roppolo and Lyndsey Saunders help me out analyzing Rochester City, Gates-Chili and Hilton Central School policies.

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Your Top 5 Articles for Sun, 04/29: Photobombed!

This week’s Top Five includes lots of bizarre politics, from Planned Parenthood investigating alleged undercover activism to Justice Antonin Scalia comparing undocumented workers to bank robbers. And the fun doesn’t stop there! The importance of being social, photobombs and more.

Remember that to join in the fun each week, follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus! See you next week!
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Planned Parenthood fears it may be the target of undercover activist stings » Huffington Post

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Apparently, James O’Keefe has friends in the Conservative movement and they’re staying on the case. This time targeting Planned Parenthood over what they allege are “sex-selective” abortions.

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The importance of being social » Scientific American

Photo: Digital Environments on Blogger

The science behind the noted health benefits of being social. It’s not just something you “ought to do,” socializing appears to improve general health and increase life span.

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SCOTUS Justice Scalia compares undocumented workers to bank robbers » Talking Points Memo

Photo: The Higgs Boson @ Flickr.com

Apparently ignoring the question of whether undocumented workers living in this country have committed any crime by being here – which they haven’t – Justice Antonin Scalia moves straight on to demonification. A handy guide to just how he comes down on this issue..

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Boobstagram allows social networkers to get a little skeevie » Gizmodo

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We may as well just get to the point: girls who want to look pretty on their favourite social networks tend to just show off their boobs, regardless. Why not one site to focus on just that?

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Here it is! Your photobomb of the week, cosplay style » Women of Comic Book Cosplay

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Proof positive that not every guy at Comic Con is concerned with getting laid.

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Your Top 5 Posts for Sunday, 04/22. Maggie’s loot

Ever wonder what causes men to shiver when they pee? C’mon, you can be honest.

From the Digital Divide to the Cybernetic uterus, this week had thrills, chills and spills. Oh, and Maggie Brooks. See you next week!
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Richer, better-educated and connected: the Digital Divide continues to languish » DragonFlyEye.Net

New study shows a consistent gap between those with better educations, more wealth and everybody else in digital connectedness.

Every so often, a study like this comes up and we would love for it to show something different from it does. But consistently, education and wealth provide better access to the technology we once thought of as the Great Leveler.

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Slaughter has %530k, Brooks $250k » Roc25.com

Roc25 breaks down the latest fund-raising numbers in NY25.

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Bad news, Rochester: Red Light cameras really do work » DragonFlyEye.Net

Big Brother? Maybe, but studies show their job works.

This article keeps popping up to the top of my stack rank. As much as I wanted there to be a different result to my story, I found compelling evidence to support the notion that these menaces to public privacy do make us safer. How much is your safety worth? I guess that’s the question, now.

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Residents to learn more about the new 590-Winton Road interchange » WHEC.com

Good news! This complicated rendering is what will make life simpler for you.

Fancy new type of on-ramp/off-ramp system to be installed at this intersection on 590. Based on the drawing, its hard to figure how this improves the situation, but I guess that’s what the meeting is about, yes?

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Rochester, New York: The Capital of Cyborg Nation » DragonFlyEye.Net

Is this the pin-up of the future in Rochester?

Rochester leads the way in many different areas of human body augmentation, from internal networked biosystems monitors to genetic engineering. This has Jillian wondering: is Rochester soon to be the center of the cyborg nation that overthrows us? If it is, I certainly hope they find a way to maintain the Genesee Brewery despite its obvious lack of purpose…

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Your Top 5 Posts for Saturday, April 14th

Kate Winslet’s boobs in China. Concern trolling masking as legitimate discussion on Rochester’s biggest print media outlet. Red light cameras. Fleas and ticks (shiver). Yes, it was a full week this week on the blog. Best of all (for me, anyway), some of the most popular content all week came from my latest cadre of RIT journalism students. I am so proud to be a part of the future of news, though I suspect many in the media are probably in full anus-clench over it.

See you next week!
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Louise Slaughter: Time to Retire? (Link to “Down the Memory Hole”, Roc25.com)

Photo: Politico

I would have preferred to have pointed you to the actual much-read article. However, the D&C, after not bothering to do any editorial work on the original post, opted to just pull the whole thing once the heat got too much. Blogger for the D&C opines that Louise Slaughter’s recent injury is grounds to consider her too old to serve in Congress. “Concern Trolling” is what they call that, and the blogger in question is actually a Republican who has run for office in the past…

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Bad news Rochester: red light cameras actually do work » DragonFlyEye.Net

Photo: cityofrochester.org

I’d hoped to find evidence that red light cameras were shit. I was disappointed. Instead as it turns out, most of us analyzing the situation have focused on the wrong metric: its not about tickets, its about accidents, and accidents in cities that use red light cameras do reliably decrease. Sorry, man.

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Matt Groening reveals that the real Springfield is in Oregon » WHEC.com

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The longest-running gag on The Simpsons is the fact that “Springfield” is in fact the most commonly-used name of a city in the United States. But the Simpson’s creator has decided now is the time to reveal the truth behind the joke. Kinda makes it not funny, anymore…

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The dog days of.. spring? Rochester’s pets bombarded with fleas and ticks » DragonFlyEye.Net

Photo: left-hand @ Flickr.com

RIT journalism student Leah Shae reports on the influx of fleas and ticks that come with an early spring. Lime disease and other ailments also on the rise.

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It’s Friday the 13th! Kiss that $900m goodbye! » DragonFlyEye.Net

Photo: quinn.anya @ Flickr.com

Just in case you thought there were no consequences to phobias, Jillian Seaton gives you the what-for on just how much it costs American business three times a year when Friday the 13th scares people into not even leaving the house.

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Your Top 5 Posts for 03/10: of hookahs and duck-faces

Up until quite literally the last minute of this week, I would have told you that the Look A-Hookah store drilling incident was going to be the hands-down wackiest shit you’d hear all week. Boy, was I ever wrong. Christine Wright Darrisaw was arrested on Friday for threatening to kill the President of These United States back on February 24. But… well, it’s the picture that really sells this one…

Ok, I’m not going to lie: I read the affidavit and boy, oh boy, did the local media miss out on all the fun. I’m going to need to write another post immediately after this one. Enjoy and get ready!

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Suspect drilled 65 holes into the roof of Look-ah-Hookah » 13WHAM.com

Is it cashed?

This is one of those crimes where you have to wonder how pissed off you have to be… and how much extra time you must have on your hands. Dude (allegedly) climbed up to the roof of Look-ah-Hookah and proceeded to drill not one, not two, but 65 holes in the roof. I get that the leaking water did a lot of damage. But seriously: wouldn’t busting a window have been quicker and easier?

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Red Tape: State agencies, colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords » MSNBC.com

Al ur passwerdz iz belong to Boss Man!

This borders on a social engineering attack. Beyond the question of whether you have a right to privacy as you define it on the Internet, the idea that you would voluntarily give up username/password combinations is insane. Especially since most of us end up repeating those combinations for more than one account.

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Romney’s anaemic Super Tuesday is a warning, not a joke » DragonFlyEye.Net

Yes, he's a goofy bastard that reminds you of Thurston Howell. Of course he is. But Mr. Howell had a lot of money that could buy a lot of things.

I was surprised by the number of people who seemed confused and irritated by this article. In fact, I even got a note from someone accusing me of being a shill for Romney. But money buys elections, and Mitt’s got that shit. And the ever-increasingly Conservative opposition makes him look sane. He’s a threat.

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Girl, look at that genome! » DragonFlyEye.Net

David Banner needn't have gone to such great lengths to alter his DNA.

Scientists have discovered that you can root your DNA! Well, sorta. Exercise is among the many things which alters the expression of genes in your DNA, which is akin to altering settings on a phone. Jillian Seaton reports.

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Rochester woman accused of threatening President Obama via phone » WHEC.com

I'm no psychologist, but I think someone is in a less than ideal frame of mind for responsible decision-making. (Image: WHEC.com)

Our last-minute, run away winner for most popular link this week. I suspect the image alone will attract many, many more hits. This is the woman who police say called the White House and threatened to kill President Barack Obama.

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Your Top 5 Articles for January 6th, 2012

Finally, I’m getting back to publishing these very popular lists! One New Year’s Resolution down, I’m-not-going-to-tell-you how many more to go…

This week has all been about matters of the heart and, erm.. lungs. From Rochester’s tawdry love affair with Alec Baldwin[1. You know, that guy from Wegmans] to Rochester’s unrequited love affair with our erstwhile Mayor Bob Duffy to a woman who coughed so hard, her lungs made a break for it through her ribs.

Meanwhile, English-speaking kids get deported to Columbia, an Iowa salad legend is born, and everybody makes a big deal out of it when someone leaves East Rochester drunk. Its a great round up and as always, you have excellent tastes, my friends. See ya next week:

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Arg, maties!! Thar be pirates about! But be that really the issue at hand? Er.. Hook?

SOPA: Piracy isn’t non-existent, its irrelevant » DragonFlyEye.Net

Is piracy really the most important thing we need to worry about in this country? Is it really even the biggest thing to worry about in our digital world? Because #SOPA advocates would certainly like for you to think it is.

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We understand, Alec. But think of the money.

Wegmans Pulls Alec Baldwin Commercials » 13WHAM.com

Nobody panic!!! He’s not really gone. It took less than 24 hours for Wegmans to pull the plug on the decision to pull the plug on the commercial campaign, after an outpouring of support for the Botoxed celeb. And speaking of plugs, check out the coif! Well played, sir.

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Scarry, scarry Wiccans and Native Americans! No wonder they blocked her. That symbol looks like she did well on her English essay.

Library patron sues after filter blocks religious sites » First Amendment Center

We’ve tangled with this issue here in Rochester before, as well. Library computers setup to use proxy filters are blocked from viewing websites on “alternative” faiths that aren’t Christian. In some cases, the First Amendment Center reports, certain religions were labeled “illegal,” though it doesn’t say which religions. Wicca? Fair bet.

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I think they guy he's waving to from afar is Bob Duffy...
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An Energy Highway? Really, Drew?

Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address was notable for a couple things, not the least of which was a billion-dollar promise to Buffalo and jack-squat for Rochester. But the thing that got me was the idea of selling energy to New York City because apparently, they need it.

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Yeah, the pink stuff? That should say inside.

The Body Odd – Woman coughed out a lung, new case study says

No, you can’t quite cough up a lung. But you can certainly do some serious damage as one unfortunate asthmatic woman in the UK discovered. Shiver….

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