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Michael Stanley talks music before his free Cultural Gardens concert this Sunday
Geek Freebie

Rock and roll musician Michael Stanley is the headline act for the Centennial celebration in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens at the 71st annual One World Day on August 28, 2016.

He spoke with Cultural Gardens board member Dan Hanson in the Hungarian Cultural Garden in front of a monument to Franz Liszt. Michael Stanley told who would be in his all-time favorite band (Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Clarence Clemons, etc.). He also spoke about how the audience sings the line (Thank God for the man who put the white lines on the highway) in his song Lover at concerts.

The acoustic concert in the Cultural Gardens will be a free event to celebrate the Gardens Centennial Year.



Learn more about the concert and One World Day this Sunday

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Why immigrants choose to come and stay in Cleveland

Leaders of the Cleveland Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese community spoke on a panel run by the Maltz Museum and Global Cleveland titled Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community. They were asked why they chose Cleveland and stayed there.

Gia Hoa Ryan from Vietnam, Asim Datta from India, Johnny Wu from Panama and China and Nupur Goel whose parents came from India answered.

No, it isn't the weather.

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See more from the panel of Asian community leaders

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Opera and Ballet in the Italian Cultural Garden
Geek Culture

In 1930, the Italian Cultural Garden opened as a "symbol of Italian culture." Almost 70 years ago the Italian Garden hosted the San Carlo Opera in the lower level amphitheater. In 2008, the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation revived this tradition by presenting Opera in the Garden.

Opera Circle Cleveland performers

Opera Circle Cleveland performers

Cleveland Ballet ladies

Cleveland Ballet ladies

A record crowd of over 2,000 attended the July 31, 2016 performance by the artists from the Opera Circle Cleveland Company who were joined by dancers from the Cleveland Ballet.

Photos and Videos from the Opera and Ballet

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Mughal India Exhibit at CMA
Geek Culture

Art and Stories from Mughal India presents the story of the Mughals — and stories for the Mughals — in 100 exquisite paintings from the 1500s to 1800s. It runs from July 31, 2016 through October 23, 2016, and is free to the public in celebration of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s centennial year.

Art and Stories from Mughal India is organized into eight sections based on the Persian idea of the nama. Nama may be translated as any of a number of English words, among them: book, tale, adventure, story, account, life and memoir. Paintings were integral to the production of namas in book form for royal collections in Mughal India. Art and Stories from Mughal India sets the paintings, now long separated from their bound volumes, into their nama contexts.

Kneeling Holy Man Mughal India painting at CMA

Kneeling Holy Man


See more from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s new Mughal Exhibit

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Dr. Ben Carson in the Purple Tent at the RNC in Cleveland
Geek Politics

2016 Republican presidential candidate and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Purple Tent at the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland hosted by Project Love-Purple America. Project Love-Purple America erected a large Purple Tent during the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland. Purple America supports and encourages Americans to engage in civil dialog.

Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson


Dr. Ben Carson's thought on America in the Purple Tent

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Cleveland Public Square
Geek Places

If you haven't see the remodeled Public Square, here is a quick look. The four quadrants of Public Square are connected and features lots of green space, a restaurant, speaking area and water feature.

statue of Mayor Tom L Johnson in Cleveland

Statue of Mayor Tom L Johnson

statue of Mayor Tom L Johnson in Cleveland

See more of Cleveland Public Square

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Bone Broth
Geek Business

Erie Bone Broth was launched in 2015 by Kelly, a home cook, who personally discovered the health benefits of bone broth as a wholesome dietary staple in their everyday lives. Kelly personally discovered Bone Broth because she had severe joint pain and found out that bone broth fights inflammation. Dan Hanson of ClevelandCooks.com caught up with Kelly at North Union Farmer's Market at Shaker Square and learned more about bone broth and small business.



Cleveland Cooks

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Cleveland Cavs Championship Parade
Geek Event
We were offered media credentials for the historic Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade on June 22, 2016 but did not apply because we wanted to be part of the people celebrating rather than standing inside barricades. And we are so glad we did. Watching parade highlights later in the day on TV we were amazed at how what they showed on TV was so different from what we experienced. TV showed fans behind barricades with the streets wide open as the parade circled the Q and Progressive Field. But on East 9th Street there were no barriers and fans converged from both sides of the street almost meeting in the middle. Mounted and other Police did their best to keep people back as the parade came down East 9th. But as you will see in the videos it was very close up and very real.

Cleveland City Hall


Cleveland Cavs Championship Parade - Street Level

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Dr. James Zogby talks politics in Cleveland
Geek Event

Dr. Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.–based organization which serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community. He received an award from Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) and then took questions from the audience.

Dr. James Zogby

Dr. James Zogby

Dr. James Zogby answers on politics, Refugees and the Middle East

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The Making of the Alan Freed Memorial
Geek Maker

As techies, makers and, yes, geeks, we appreciatye that things don't just magically appear. They take design and hard work. Witness the beautiful new monument to legendary disc jockey Alan Freed.

The Alan Freed memorail unveiling ceremony was world class but there was little mention of the designers and craftsmen behind the project. Michael Johns of the Johns-Carabelli Co., producers of the monument, shared the background and hsitory of the project.

The making of the Alan Freed memorial monument

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Alan Freed Memorial Event and Unveiling
Geek Event

Alan Freed was a Cleveland disc jockey who has been called the "Father of Rock and Roll." He coined and popularized the term "rock and roll" and produced the nation's first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena, in 1952. This was an important part of the decision to have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum built in Cleveland, Ohio.

A memorial was held and an unveiling of a monument at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland on May 7, 2016. and hundreds of fans and music industry people attended.

Little Steven Van Zandt and Norm N. Nite with Alan Freed monument

Little Steven Van Zandt and Norm N. Nite
with newly unveiled Alan Freed monument


Photos and video of the Alan Freed event

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Apple and FBI
Geek Humor

Apple and FBI


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Costumes at Comic Con Cleveland 2016
Geek Fun

The most fun at Comic Con is seeing how people dress.

Mr Spock at Comic Con

Live Long and Prosper


See the Comic Con costumes

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Raspberry PI
Geek Hardware & Software

Did you know that the Raspberry Pi computer has a version, the Zero, that sells for only $5?

Read more about the Rapberry Pi Zero.

It features:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
  • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
  • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm
Currently the local Micro Center (Mayfield Hts) is sold out of the Raspberry Pi Zero but they have a few MCM Electronics Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Media Centers in stock for $64.99.

That includes the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Board, 8GB Operating System microSD Card, Multicomp Black Pi 2 Model B Case, Raspberry Pi Power Supply, Wi-Pi Wireless Adapter, 3' HDMi Cable, 7' Ethernet Cable, 36 Page Raspberry Pi User Guide

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Write your own OS
Geek Software

The Great Lakes Geek thinks that programmers of his generation (harrumph!) are better because they didn't have all the visual tools. In fact the best learning experience, in his not so humble opinion, is writing directly to the processor, without an operating system.

A great learning tool is writing you own OS in assembler. There is a free online course from the Cambridge Computer Laboratory that teaches you how to write your own operating system using assembly code.

Give it a try you young whippersnappers

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More Geek Humor
Geek Humor

Q: Why did the Higgs Boson go to church?
A: For the mass.

Did you hear about the company that sells elastomeric insulators?
Their motto is "Resistance is butyl".

Intern: How I get to the marketing department?
Engineer: Easy, go west until you can smell it and then turn north until you step in it.

We had our engineers work in HR for a week to encourage better teamwork. They immediately sent out an employment ad that read "Supermodels wanted, (must be able to solder.)"

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Books with a Cleveland focus
Geek Contest

Congratulations to the winners of some terrific new Cleveland focused books.

Winners have been notified and books were taken to the post office for delivery.

The books that were won were:

  • Let's Have Another by Dan Coughlin
  • The Ashtabula Hat Trick: A Milan Jacovich Mystery by Les Roberts
  • The Making of Major League: A Juuuust a Bit Inside Look at the Classic Baseball Comedy
  • The Bone Lady: Life Lessons Learned as One of Football's Ultimate Fans
  • Cleveland TV Tales Volume 2: More Stories from the Golden Age of Local Television


See more about the books

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Scientist Logos
Geek Fun

This is Great!

Scientist logos


Do you understand them all?

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What the Great Lakes Geek is reading
Geek Book


The Great Lakes Geek just finished reading The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics

The author (cartoonist Grady Klein) wrote two volumes of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics with the intent to make a potentially dry topic, palatable and even fun. He tries it again here with The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics.

I would guess that the audience for the book is youngsters who are interested in math, science and learning beyond their age and school coursework or older students who are struggling with their Intro to Stats course and need the extra help.

Read the Great Lakes Geek review of The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics

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Geek Domain Names

Order Domain Names, e-mail accounts, web hosting, SSL certs and the usual menu of Internet items for great prices at Great Lakes Geek Domains. Follow the link at the bottom of the nav bar (under search) or click to visit


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Certified Partner News
Magnum News

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Desktops, Servers and Notebooks - Oh My!
Geek Store

Need new hardware? Why pay extra for those expensive name brands?

Check out our on-line hardware store and browse pre-configured systems or tweak the configuration options yourself and get instant pricing.

We'll ship the custom built system right to your door. Take a look at the Magnum Computers Webstore

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