Ride the Virtual Train

What the heck is this?  I’m not entirely sure.  Sort of an augmented reality version of an Amtrak ride from New Rochelle to Penn Station, with real buildings and landscape blended with digital additions and place-holders.  Not sure what purpose this serves.  A video game, I guess?  But I’m finding it kinda mesmerizing.

 

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I’d Like to Solve the Puzzle: N E _ R _ _ _ E L L E

New Rochelle’s Marc Hartzman on Wheel . . . of . . . Fortune!

OK, so I admit that I am not a faithful viewer of Wheel of Fortune, but I will try to tune in this Friday, September 27th at 7:30pm (on ABC – Channel 7) when New Rochelle’s own Marc Hartzman spins the wheel. Good luck, Marc!

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Rainbow Over New Rochelle

Best. Rainbow. Ever.

This is a real, unaltered photo taken yesterday afternoon behind New Rochelle City Hall by my colleague Prince Guerra. Best. Rainbow. Ever.

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Why Can’t My Kids Cook Like This?

New Rochelle’s own Arielle and Alfie Wayner on Chopped.

Three cheers for the Wayner kids, Arielle and Alfie, who are competing in a special siblings episode of Food Network’s Chopped. There’s more about this impressive New Rochelle family in this article from Westchester Magazine. Full disclosure: their mom Ayanna is our former Deputy Commissioner of Development, so I’ve also got a sorta professional reason to root for the Wayners. Now, why can’t my kids cook like this?

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600,000 Miles in 2 Minutes

Alpha Centauri, Only 4.37 Light Years Away

Alpha Centauri, Only 4.37 Light Years Away

A group of billionaires and scientists is reportedly planning an interstellar mission to Alpha Centauri involving a fleet of iPhone-sized ships that would be accelerated to a fifth of the speed of light by ground-based lasers.  They would travel 600,000 miles in the first two minutes of their journey and reach Alpha Centauri in about 20 years.  (Although – unfortunately – don’t expect a launch date before the mid-2030s.)

Called “Breakthrough Starshot,” the plan is described in today’s New York Times.

As a confessed science fiction nerd, I have to say that this is really, really neat.  I just hope to live long enough to see the first images beamed back from another star system.

 

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