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Great Lakes Science Center New Periodic Table

Great Lakes Science Center has a new periodic table of chemical elements exhibit thanks to a donation from the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF). NEOSEF donated the funds for the exhibit in honor of Dr. Glenn Brown and Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown.

Great Lakes Science Center board member Tom Brick, Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Science Center President & CEO Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen.

Great Lakes Science Center board member Tom Brick,
Jeanette Grasselli Brown and
Science Center President & CEO Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen.

Great Lakes Science Center New Periodic Table

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Infinite Sun

Solstice sun shots




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Nela Park GE Lighting Holiday Light Display 2021

Nela Park is the headquarters of GE Lighting, located in East Cleveland, Ohio. Nela Park is the first industrial park in the world and was home to most of the lighting breakthroughs of the last century. Thomas Edison was a founder. Albert Einstein and other notables visited. Dan Hanson was raised in East Cleveland and his family visited the world-famous Christmas lighting display every Christmas season. You used to be able to drive through the campus but in recent years the display is all along Noble Rd. He takes us on a tour of the 2021 display.



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Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia's Sacred Mountain
Geek Art

According to Sanskrit texts, Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, once hoisted a mountain overhead to shelter people and cattle from a mighty storm brought upon them by Indra, the god of rain and lightning, whom Krishna had angered. At the time, the dark-skinned god was just eight years old, and after this feat, his fellow villagers came to recognize him as a divinity. Around the year 600, a sculpture was created for the temple site of Phnom Da in southern Cambodia to honor this feat.

Krishna sculpture

The Cleveland Museum of Art's highly anticipated exhibition, Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia's Sacred Mountain opened November 14, 2021. The groundbreaking exhibition incorporates mixed reality and reveals the CMA's newly restored Cambodian masterwork, Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan, through an integration of art and experiential digital design.

The exhibition transports visitors to the dramatic floodplains of southern Cambodia and illustrates the history of the sculpture, spanning 1,500 years and three continents.

Visit https://www.clevelandart.org/exhibitions/revealing-krishna-journey-cambodias-sacred-mountain for more information and ticket availability.

Watch Dan Hanson's video preview of the exhibit which includes comments from Sonya Rhie Mace, CMA's George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art who speaks about the participation of actress Angelina Jolie among other items. It also takes a look at the incredible HoloLens 2 virtual reality tour which includes a life-size holographic representation of the original cave temple on Phnom Da.



See more from the Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia's Sacred Mountain Exhibit

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Social Distancing for Geeks
Geek Public Service Announcement


Geek social distancing


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Other Current Items
Geek Honor

Proud to have my book, Murder in the Cultural Gardens, in Mac's Backs on Coventry. #SupportLocalBusiness.

Mac's Backs Bookshop


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Geek Joke

Due to the pandemic, my boss ordered me to turn off TCP/IP and only use UDP.

Handshakes are no longer allowed.

Ba da dum!

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Fun with Maps
Geek Fun with Maps
Like millions of others we are fans of the Big Bang Theory and especially Sheldon Cooper. We even liked his Fun with Flags videos. Seriously. We have also been a longtime fan of maps and the role they play in a region's history, commerce, politics, culture and so on.

So we started a new video podcast series called Fun with Maps. Watch the intro video.

I take a look at maps of countries, states, cities and other regions and explain the geography of the area and how that plays a role in its culture and history. Three videos are posted right now.

Fun with Maps - The Horn of Africa

Take a look at the Horn of Africa which consists of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia. The close proximity to the Arabian Peninsula and the extended coastline of the peninsula have influenced the politics, commerce and culture of the region. Hear a story that connects a popular Beatles song and a famous fossil millions of years old.

Watch Fun with Maps - The Horn of Africa


Fun with Maps - The Nile River

The Nile River is the longest river in the world. (Sorry, Amazon) The Nile River and Egypt are intertwined but the Nile travels through almost a dozen countries in Africa including Sudan where the White Nile and Blue Nile merge. And, there is a surprising fact about the Nile that makes it unique.

Watch Fun with Maps - The Nile River

Fun with Maps - Finland


The Nordic country of Finland is one of the most northern countries in the world. Some say the map of Finland looks like a whale, some say a rabbit. What do you think? While the south and capital Helsinki have most of the people, the northern Lapland has unique features including a very special inhabitant. Finland is famous for Linus Torvalds and Linux, Nokia, Angry Birds and my favorite word in any foreign language - sisu.

Watch Fun with Maps - Finland

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Stay Home, Stay Well, Stay Busy
Geek Stuff To Do

We are assembling a list of online resources you can try while you are homebound. Take a look.

Local Restaurant Takeout and Food Delivery Suggestions

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has virtual classrooms

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame free learning

Cleveland Metropolitan School District has learning resources

Day by Day Projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing

Cleveland Orchestra online learning

Cleveland Orchestra Teacher Workshops

20 virtual field trips that you can take with your kids

Math Card Games

Cleveland Museum of Art resources

Cleveland Institute of Music concerts

The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World

Shaker Lakes Junior Naturalist Activities

Daily Mass online from the Catholic Diocese

Learn or brush up on 40 different languages (including Latin, Navajo and Klingon!)

Cleveland Museum of Natural History new digital series, CMNH@HOME

Virtual Tours of 12 Famous Museums

Cleveland Opera Theater - Opera For All Online

Cleveland Hungarian Museum Virtual Exhibits

Learn to Code, Build Projects, Earn Certifications

Entertaining Math Videos

Web Development Crash Courses

Learn multiple languages from videos from Polyglot Pablo

More multiple languages from Eko Languages videos

Learn a language with free podcasts from CoffeeBreak Languages

Crash Courses on a variety of AP high school curriculum topics

Khan Academy - free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere

1,500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Top Institutions.

Alison Free online courses from the world’s leading experts.

Stanford University Online Courses

MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content

Learn to Code with CodeAcademy

TED-Ed@Home - Online learning based on TED Talks

Nation Geographic learning for Kids


Murder in the Cultural Gardens
Geek Whodunit

"It just didn’t seem right to DJ. A body found bludgeoned in a place known for “Peace through Mutual Understanding.” But there she was, crumpled behind a bust of composer Franz Liszt in the Hungarian Cultural Garden. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. “What is the nature of your emergency?” the dispatcher queried. With a suddenly very dry mouth DJ managed to get out, “There’s been a murder in the Cultural Gardens.”

That's the beginning of the recently published first novel by Dan Hanson.

Murder in the Cultural Gardens book cover - Franz Liszt statue


The whodunit, titled Murder in the Cultural Gardens, takes place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and all 30+ gardens are featured during the mystery. You may even recognize some of the characters.



Click the link above to learn more or to purchase in paperback or Kindle version from Amazon. Or contact Dan via the Murder in the Cultural Gardens webpage to have a signed book delivered.


What the Great Lakes Geek is reading
Geek Book

The Great Lakes Geek just finished reading (listening to actually) Make Your Bed - Little things that can change your life by Admiral William H. McRaven (US Navy Retired)

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Read the book review of Make Your Bed

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Bob and Dan's Adventure to the PC Graveyard
Geek Blast from the Past

Computer techies (OK, geeks) Bob Coppedge and Dan Hanson used to take groups to various places of interest to computer professionals (OK, other geeks). They called it Bob and Dan's Excellent Adventures.

This video from 2004 was just unearthed from some old DVDs. This was a different adventure as Bob and Dan visited a cemetery and visited the graves of some old technology - from dBase to Win 95 before facing their own demise.

Watch it if you dare.



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Pi in the Mirror
Cool Geek Stuff

Pi reflected in the mirror

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It's Baaaaack
Geek eNews

By popular demand (really, would we lie to you?) the Great Lakes Geek is bringing back the free Geek eNews. It will be sent via e-mail whenever we have something really good to share. Not too often, we promise.

So sign up and look for the news, tips, puzzles, contests, special offers and other information that only the Great Lakes Geek can bring you.

Great Lakes Geek free eNews Signup Form

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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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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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Tech Timeline
Geek History

The Great Lakes Geek has been working on a Tech Timeline of important dates in the region's tech history.

For example, Cindy and Jim Cookinham started a publication in late 1981 called IPCO INFO. It was the first publication for the IBM PC.

On May 19, 1997 programmer John Hill started Aztek.

And so on.

So if you have a milestone that should be added to the Tech Timeline, let us know.


Bill Gates Book List
Geek Reads

Several of you asked about the Bill Gates recommended reading list from Wired Magazine that was referenced below.

What I found interesting is that when I went to Amazon to order Feynman's Tips on Physics I noticed the section that Amazon calls "People who bought his book also bought…"

I expected to see other Physics books but what I saw was books from Gates' reading list such as Tap Dancing to Work and other books that had nothing to do with Physics. So obviously the Great Lakes Geek is not alone in trying to read what Bill Gates reads.

Here is the list that Bill Gates titled "Here Are the Books I Read When Out on the Road"

  1. Feynman's Tips on Physics - A short companion book to Richard Feynman's classic Lectures on Physics. Always worthwhile to return to the feet of the master.
  2. The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics - Bought this to use with one of my kids. Helpful in explaining a complicated subject to a teenager.
  3. Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel - I don't read a lot of fiction, but I thought this was an interesting study of the moral implications of technology. Will technology contribute to everyone's well-being or just make people more narcissistic?
  4. The Great Courses (DVD) - I left college early, but I'm probably the world's biggest consumer of academic courses online and on disc. Lately I've been enjoying Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception and Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness. Neil deGrasse Tyson's lectures on astrophysics, My Favorite Universe, are also really compelling.
  5. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? - I'm a big Jared Diamond fan; I invited people to read this with me last summer.
  6. Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffet on Practically Everything - Any compilation of Warren Buffett's wisdom should be kept close at all times. Financial journalist Carol Loomis gathers some of his best here.
  7. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal - I read this to prepare for a family vacation to Panama. It's pure McCullough: epic drama, political intrigue, heartbreaking defeats, and eventual triumph.
  8. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - One of the most important books I've read. Steven Pinker demonstrates how the world evolved to be far less violent. Counterintuitive, if you watch the news, but true.


Geek Domain Names

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Desktops, Servers and Notebooks - Oh My!
Geek Store

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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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