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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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Republican National Convention
Geek Event

The weekend before the RNC was busy around East 4th Street, Public Square and Playhouse Square.

Welcome to Cleveland RNC


See photos from the RNC in Cleveland

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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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Estonia has emerged as a digital society

The Honorable Mrs. Marki Tehhonova-Kreek, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Estonian Embassy, Washington DC as keynote speaker at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Estonian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio. It was also the annual celebration of Victory Day (Võidupüha) and St. John's Day (Jaanipäev).

This part of her speech was about how Estonia has emerged as a digital society with the highest number of tech startups in Europe.

She said that they rely on and trust information technology more than any other nation. They have the highest number of tech startups in Europe. 2 decades ago, ½ of the population didn't even have a phone line.



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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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Rock Hall's Terry Stewart at Alan Freed event
Geek Event

The ashes of legendary disc jockey and creator of the term Rock and Roll Alan Freed were laid to rest in a ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland. A ceremony was held and a monument was unveiled.

Former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president Terry Stewart spoke and told stories of Alan Freed and rock and roll.



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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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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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