Having a Ball: See Photos of the Times Square New Year’s Ball Through History

I love history, perfect timing also!


It’s been over a century since the New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped, in 1907, in New York City’s Times Square. According to the Times Square Alliance, the first-ever ball was a metal-and-wood orb that clocked it at 700 lbs. Since then, it’s gone through several iterations, with the current ball — known as the Big Ball — clocking in at nearly 12,000 lbs. of LED lights and Waterford Crystal facets.

The location, TIME declared in 1988, is a meaningful one: “Americans’ emblematic visions of their country incline toward the arcadian — cabins in a peaceable countryside, a small town with no entertainment wilder than a Sousa band in the park. But in this century, as the U.S. became an urban nation, NewYorkCity‘s TimesSquare emerged as a different sort of American apotheosis. TimesSquare exemplified a certain idea of the city carried to…

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Yankees Will Pay for Education of Slain NYPD Officer’s Children


The New York Yankees will pay for the education of the two sons of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, one of two cops fatally shot in an ambush on Saturday.

The funds will pay for the schooling of Ramos’ 13-year-old son, Jaden, and another son who is currently in college, the New York Daily Newsreported Sunday. The money comes from late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner’s Yankee Silver Shield Foundation, which for 32 years has funded the education of children of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority workers who are killed on duty.

The other NYPD officer killed on Saturday, Wenjian Liu, does not have kids. He had recently gotten married.

[New York Daily News]

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Rochester Leads The World In Optics

New York Photonics Focus

Last week Rochester once again demonstrated its importance in the optics and photonics global economy by hosting the SPIE Optifab meeting — North America’s largest exhibition of optical manufacturing and testing equipment and technology.hpsportrait18apr2011highres2.jpg

Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and co-sponsored by the APOMA (American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association), the event’s collaborators included the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC), New York Photonics (NYP), and other local and regional organizations.

Photonics — the science and application of light — is the technology that connects you with friends and family via the internet and your smartphone, enables your doctor to find the exact cells in your body that need treatment, keeps firefighters and soldiers safe, powers sustainable lighting and energy sources, and explores the universe.

And — in places such as Rochester — it creates jobs.

The global optics industry market is estimated at $500 billion, with…

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How Newton Was Wrong About White Light

Hammering Shield

It is my belief that Energy is radiated in spheres. To think instead of the emission of “waves” is misleading.

The sun is nearly a hundred million miles away, and yet its heat is still incredibly intense when it arrives on Earth. How does this work?

For starters, the sun if very big.  Okay, you probably knew that.  At any given moment, the sun is home to many trillions of light-emitting nuclear reactions. How does this situation give rise to a ray of “white” light which contains within it all colors (and thus, all frequencies)?

The answer is, it does not.

The Energy from the sun does not, in reality, arrive on Earth with any semblance of frequency. What is actually occurring is that all those countless light-emitters of the sun are sending out expanding spheres of Energy in such a barrage that their frontiers are crowded back to back…

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UPS: We’ve Been Hacked


The United Parcel Service announced Wednesday that customers’ credit and debit card information at 51 franchises in 24 states may have been compromised. There are 4,470 franchised center locations throughout the U.S., according to UPS.

The malware began to infiltrate the system as early as January 20, but the majority of the attacks began after March 26. UPS says the threat was eliminated as of August 11 and that customers can shop safely at all locations.

“The customer information that may have been exposed includes names, postal addresses, email addresses and payment card information,” wrote the company in a public statement. “Not all of this information may have been exposed for each customer. Based on the current assessment, The UPS Store has no evidence of fraud arising from this incident. The UPS Store is providing an information website, identity protection and credit monitoring services to customers whose information may have…

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“It is Up to You”

Amazing post and I needed this right now. I’m having a rough time in my life right now and this is exactly what I needed.

Reginald Canon

 by Jim Rohn

One of the first things successful people realize is the old adage, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” That is, for you, the fact that your success and your course is up to you. This doesn’t mean that you do it all alone. It simply means that you take responsibility for your life and your career.
Too many people today look at opportunity and figure it is up to someone else to make sure they get it. They look at financial security and hope that the government will make sure they live safely in retirement or in case of disability. They wait and wait, figuring that it is up to someone else. And then the wait is over, and it is too late to do anything. Their life is over and they are filled with regret.
This isn’t true for you however. You…

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