On April 8, 2024 a total solar eclipse will cross North America. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon's shadow completely covers the Sun - known as the path of totality - will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.
Since 1969, the famous weather predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has had an abysmal overall accuracy rate of less than 40%. Even flipping a coin will get you 50%. And his Ohio copy, Buckeye Chuck, has been replaced by a stuffed animal.That leaves the orange cat Concord Casimir as the go-to spring forecaster.
Concord Casimir studies the weather maps
John Niedzialek teaches Earth Science and Meteorology at Lakeland College. A dozen years ago, John found the orange tabby outside St. Casimir Church in Cleveland and annually predicts the weather in the way he eats pierogis. If he eats them sloppily, Cleveland is in for a long, messy spring; if Casimir eats them normally, then it's winter as usual; and if he swallows the pierogis in one gulp, the region can look forward to a warm coming summer.
Concord Casimir will make his forecast again this Friday at High noon. No, he will not be getting up at 6 am like that not so smart critter in Pennsylvania. After all, why would you get up at 6 am when you can eat a pierogi at noon to predict the weather? Niedzialek says, "He works one day out of the year and still complains about it."
Concord Casimir and his Master, John Niedzialek
Casimir has not missed a forecast yet and his Master, John Niedzialek says that it has something to do with where he was found at the church that many say is a miracle story.
Come back to see how the miracle cat does this year.
Annual Magnum Holiday Lunch
Each year we like to gather an eclectic group of friends and business associates for a holiday lunch. 75 techies, media, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented at Bo Loong.
Dan Hanson with serial entrepreneurs Tim Mueller (Vantage One, City of Cleveland Tech Czar, etc.) and Ron Copfer (Fathom IT, Visual Evidence, RBX, etc.)
Rania Abbadi, Lisa Wong, Johnny Wu, Carmen Blackwell and Dan Hanson
The Hudson Library & Historical Society hosted a virtual evening with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Author of iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It.
So cool to hear from the Woz and to be able to ask questions in the chat.
Wings of Women Event
Women Tech Leaders Event
Science at new Art Museum Exhibit
A new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art called China's Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta will be open from September 10, 2023 to January 7, 2024.
It's a large and diverse exhibition. It features more than 200 objects from Neolithic times to the 18th century, ranging from jade, silk, prints, and paintings to porcelain, lacquer, and bamboo carvings.
Portraits of the Qianlong Emperor and His Twelve Consorts
One part of the exhibit shows the Lifecycle of a Silkworm.
You can also see Carbonized Rice from Mount Tianluo which is the earliest archeological evidence of domesticated rice in the world.
The Greek Cultural Garden hosted a Lecture Series in the summer of 2023 showcasing some of the great thoughts from Greek cultural luminaries. On August 19, 2023 the topic was Demystifying the Golden Ratio and it was presented by math professor Athanasious Sarantopoulus.
In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. It's usually denoted by the Greek letter phi and is an irrational number with a value of about 1.618. What makes it interesting is, as Athan explained, the principles and applications of the Golden Ratio, and the interconnectedness of art and science.
Making commemorative prints at Cleveland Asian Festival
Zygote Press is an established, nonprofit community printmaking studio, gallery, archive, and education center that supports artists through residency programs, studio access, and artistic development in a collaborative environment open to all. They had a booth at the annual Cleveland Asian Festival on May 20 and 21, 2023 and showed attendees how to make their own commemorative prints using their relief printing press.
Liz Maugans, Joe Sroka, Bellamy Printz, and Kelly Novak founded Zygote Press in 1996 as an open, collaborative shop - to give artist printmakers affordable access to facilities. At the time, many college print departments and print businesses were downsizing and transitioning to digital production. The Zygote founders worked to inherit and purchase discarded presses and other pieces of printing equipment, and so populated the shop with the tools necessary for a functioning studio.
The Cleveland Guardians have a lot of new merchandise and promotional items for the 2023 season. One of the interesting new things is the abundance (about 50%) of cashless options to buy a hot dog and a beer or whatever. Not just at the stands but also for about half the vendors coming to your seat.
There is also a new system to get a beer quickly. Visit the area, swipe you card, grab the beer you want and as you leave the area the technology charges your credit card while you are heading back to you seat, never missing any action. I can't wait to try that
Cybersecurity Update with Terin D. Williams - DHS - CISA
It's been a while since peers could gather in person and learn about and discuss important IT and Business issues. So it was great to see so many people out and about at this event sponsored by Box and ASMGi.
The hot topic that drew the large crowd was Cybersecurity with a presentation by Terin D. Williams, Cyber Security Advisor, Ohio, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency.
Since we started in the mid-90's the volunteers (we are all volunteers) of Computers Assisting People (CAP) have refurbished over 25,000 PCs and countless peripherals and donated them to over 550 Cleveland area schools and non-profits in every ward of the City and East Cleveland and beyond.
We are partnering with the Rotary Club of Cleveland to have a Community Day where people can learn about how to get a computer, how to donate, how to volunteer and more. Resources, pizza and fun.
We hope you can attend. Let us know if bringing a group (school class, Scouts, etc.) so we can have enough pizza. If you are a company and want to be involved - a resource table or just chipping in for the tchotchkes and food - please let us know.
Here is a flyer you can share. Thanks
The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England
The Cleveland Museum of Art opened a new exhibit - The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England - which is the first exhibition in the US to trace the transformation of the arts in Tudor England.
It includes huge tapestries that fill entire walls, suits of armor, sculptures, portraits and more.
The Tudor dynasty ruled for only three generations but it transformed England from a land devastated by the War of the Roses to a major player in Europe and eventually the rest of the world. This exhibit covers the larger than life personas of Henry VII, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Tudor Family Tree
As a mathematician (and geek), I was very interested in the Astronomicum Caesareum books. Henry VIII had a large and impressive book collection
Each year we like to gather an eclectic group of friends and business associates for a holiday lunch. No, it's not just techies. Media, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented.
The food and atmosphere at Emperor's Palace in Old Chinatown is always terrific and they opened up just for our 70 or so guests
Victor Ruiz, Jessica Davis and Ron Copfer
George Koussa, August Pust, Margaret Wong, Annie Pu and Mehmet Gencer
See how to get invited next year, who was there and view:
Nela Park is the headquarters of GE Lighting, located in East Cleveland, Ohio. Nela Park was 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 2022 display.
Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) Open House
For more than 30 years, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) has been providing Northeast Ohio manufacturers with the guidance they need to achieve long-term success. They service 18 counties in Northeast Ohio and consult on a wide range of manufacturing needs to create jobs and drive change by collaborating with manufacturing CEOs, governments, community leaders and educators to solve problems and build opportunities.
They opened a new facility at 63rd and Chester and Great Lakes Geek Dan Hanson took a walk through the amazing new facility. As you will see, there are robots, arc welders, tools for forming metal, grinders, vacuum lifts, 3D printers, injection molding, die cutting and much more. Plus state of the art classrooms and information showing the well-paying job and career opportunities in manufacturing.
Free Webinar on November 9, 2022 - Budgeting for IT in a Volatile World.
In order to properly budget for your IT needs in 2023, you must first understand the changing landscape of business. In today’s world, companies must be agile and able to respond quickly to changes in order to remain competitive. The days of spending huge sums of money on an inflexible IT infrastructure are over. As technology becomes more and more essential for business success, the need to carefully plan and budget for your IT needs becomes increasingly important. In this webinar, we will explore how to aggregate your 2023 IT budget with compliance, risk, and agility in mind.
Panelists include George Mehokwho is a chief information officer, author, and advisor with more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry. George is currently the founder and managing partner of robotic process automation and systems integration consulting firm ApertureXI Technologies.
Branndon Kelley is the CIO for AMP. He has more than 20 years of experience providing vision, leadership, governance and execution for technology programs, projects and departments.
Kevin Goodman is Managing Director at BlueBridge Networks, Ohio’s leading managed IT and data center provider.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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