Saturday, December 26, 2009


a model of simplicity

Application Gallery - NYC BigApps

Ride the City

Jordan A., Brooklyn
Data Set(s) used: LION centerline data
Ride the City helps bicyclists find safe bike routes in major cities. Like MapQuest, Google Maps, and other mapping applications, Ride the City finds the shortest distance between two points, with a difference. First, Ride the City avoids roads that aren't meant for biking,... [read more]

Spokes NYC
Matt A., Brooklyn
Data Set(s) used: LION: single line street base map GIS: MapInfo Table, CITYRACKS: City Bicycle Parking Racks
Spokes NYC is a free iPhone application (available here) for New York City cyclists. It generates ideal bike routes with turn by turn directions for cyclists within city limits. Other features include a bike rack locator, bike shop locator, and the ability to report thefts from a... [read more]

Video of Application
Adam C., NYC
Data Set(s) used: cityracks.kml - a list of bike racks installed allows users to locate the nearest bike racks to their current detected location or a specified address. Bikers can save time and ensure their bike's safety by using this tool.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

NCIIA 14th Annual Conference | NCIIA

NCIIA 14th Annual Conference | NCIIA: "NCIIA 14th Annual Conference

NCIIA 14th Annual Conference

Matychak, X and J. Schull:  Collaborative Innovation Program
a creative conspiracy for cross-college collaboration at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. March 25, 2010.

Mayavi User Guide — Mayavi v3.3.1 documentation

Mayavi User Guide — Mayavi v3.3.1 documentation:

Welcome. This is the User Guide for Mayavi (version 3.3.1), the scientific data visualization and 3D plotting tool in Python.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Op-Ed Contributor - A Fish Oil Story -

Op-Ed Contributor - A Fish Oil Story -

"For the last decade, one company, Omega Protein of Houston, has been catching 90 percent of the nation’s menhaden. The perniciousness of menhaden removals has been widely enough recognized that 13 of the 15 Atlantic states have banned Omega Protein’s boats from their waters. But the company’s toehold in North Carolina and Virginia (where it has its largest processing plant), and its continued right to fish in federal waters, means a half-billion menhaden are still taken from the ecosystem every year."

Paul Greenberg is the author of the forthcoming “Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food.”

The Best Walking Partner: Man vs. Dog - Well Blog -

The Best Walking Partner: Man vs. Dog - Well Blog -
Is walking with man’s best friend better than walking with man?Suzanne DeChillo/The New York TimesA dog will never try to talk you out of going for a walk.
Flawed study (because subjects were self-selected) but great caption, and probably a real phenomenon.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CYCLING: Rochester: an emerging world-class cycling spot - News Articles - Rochester City Newspaper

CYCLING: Rochester: an emerging world-class cycling spot - News Articles - Rochester City Newspaper
CYCLING: Rochester: an emerging world-class cycling spot

Andrew Dollard, Gary Young, and Frank Regan, all members of the Rochester Cycling Alliance. PHOTO BY MATT DETURCK

One way to make the region more bicycle-friendly is for municipalities to make sure they connect existing trails and trail segments. Over the past decade or so there has been progress, DeSarra says.The Erie Canal trail and the Genesee Valley Greenway are examples; they even connect to each other. But there's still work to be done on those trails, such as making more connections or offering better markings.

The Greenway, combined with the Genesee Riverway, provides a straight shot from RIT to downtown, says Jon Schull, an RIT professor who's involved in bicycling-related projects at the school. The Greenway and Riverway are actually the most direct way to get from RIT to downtown. And the University or Rochester is along the way.

Students could live downtown "without having to worry about cars and parking and all of that," Schull says. "So I see that as a real transportation innovation that could make a difference."

The Greenway and the Erie Canal trail are not complete or connected in certain parts, mostly in lesser-populated areas. If they were, those paths could be useful to commuters, Dollard says. They could act as a bicycle highway from outlying areas into the city.

On a broader scale, there's the potential to connect trails from Lake Ontario and the City of Rochester to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, via 230 miles of trails, including the Genesee Riverway Trail and the Genesee Valley Greenway. The only hurdle is a few short gaps and one 20-mile gap that need to be connected, Schull says.

And that doesn't even touch on the cycling opportunities that are available in the Finger Lakes region, east of the Greenway. Bike-based scenic tours and wine country tours are already popular.

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Ever confused, cyclist Jon Schull leads the way

High Falls is a stunning natural landmark and attraction in downtown Rochester, but to people bicycling through the city on the Genesee Riverway Trail, there's no clear, marked way to get there. Cyclist Jon Schull says that he takes a different route each time because he doesn't know the best way to go.

"We are already one of the best bicycling destinations in the world, but no one is telling that story," says Schull, a member of the newly formed Rochester Cycling Alliance, an advocacy group. "And if you were going to tell that story, you'd want to take care of a few embarrassments, like what's the right way to ride to High Falls? And how do I get from High Falls back on the trail that will take me up to Seneca Park and Lake Ontario?"

Schull is one of several people trying to hammer home just how close the Rochester region is to becoming a world-class cycling destination.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

AJAX APIs Playground

AJAX APIs Playground

AJAX APIs Playground

Extreme Programming Roadmap

Extreme Programming Roadmap

Specific ExtremeProgramming practices:Results in...

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