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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.

MAGNET open house display


Photos and videos of the MAGNET facility

The beautiful new building has an extra component for the community. On the west side of the building there is an incredible playground with fun activities that will also teach scientific principles.

Magnet playground


See the playground page for pictures and videos.


Cleveland Tech History

Having come of age with many of the luminaries of Cleveland Technology the Great Lakes Geek has begun a series of episodes on Cleveland Tech History including:

  • Ron Copfer - Serial Entrepreneur and Tech Pioneer

  • Jim Cookinham - Godfather of Cleveland Tech Industry

  • Chris Thompson -Journalist who changed Cleveland's Tech Scene

  • Tim Mueller - From Web 1.0 pioneer to Deputy Mayor

  • Kevin Goodman of BlueBridge Networks

See the Cleveland Tech History inteviews





CFO’s & CIO’s Let’s Talk IT Budget 2023

Free Webinar on November 9, 2022 - Budgeting for IT in a Volatile World.

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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.

Learn more and sign up for the free BlueBridge webinar

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.

Sign up on the website or Contact Kevin Goodman, Managing Director for more info and to sign up.

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Aer Lingus Cleveland and Dublin direct flights

Paula Svadlena is Aer Lingus Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest USA and Canada. She sat down with Dan Hanson and told about Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) which took its first flight in 1937 and started transatlantic flights in the 1960's. The big news for people in Cleveland and NEOhio and nearby is that Aer Lingus is launching 4 weekly non-stop flights from Cleveland to and from Dublin Ireland starting in May 2023.

Paula told us the details and the great ease of making the trip (including clearing international customs) between the two cities. In addition, travelers can fly to Dublin and spend some time in Ireland before continuing on their final destination in Europe such as London or Paris without additional fees. Plus travelers from Europe and Ireland now can visit Cleveland quickly and easily.



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Cleveland Airport's John T. Hogan

John T. Hogan is Deputy Chief, Marketing and Air Service Development, for the Cleveland Airport System which includes Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport. He sat down with Dan Hanson and told about how both leisure and business travel are picking up since the pandemic with about 9 million passengers per year, almost back to the normal 10 million passengers. For the 300+ people who travel from Cleveland to Europe each day they will be able to fly direct to Dublin, spend some time in Ireland if they choose, and/or continue on to Paris or Frankfort or Amsterdam or wherever. Plus, with a US Customs Office in Dublin they can clear customs there and when they arrive in Cleveland they can leave right away.

Chief Hogan said this direct flight is an opportunity for Europeans to visit Cleveland and the surrounding areas. He credits several organizations for making this happen.



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RIP Michael Heaton

So sorry to hear of the passing of Michael Heaton, former Plain Dealer writer and more. I did an interview with Michael Heaton in 2007 when his book Truth and Justice came out. It has some great stories and many Cleveland connections - Danny Green, Michael Symon, Frank Jackson, Joe Esterhas and the like. Some great stories as only the Minister of Culture could tell them.

Plain Dealer Minister of Culture and author Michael Heaton signing his new book

Listen to the interview with Michael Heaton

Rest in Peace Minister

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Keithley Gives Back

Clevelanders and beyond will know the Keithley Instruments company which was founded by Joseph F. Keithley in Cleveland in 1946. His first product, the "Phantom Repeater," amplified low-level electric signals so that they could be measured by more standard equipment. The device was used by physicists, chemists, and engineers in the development of hearing aids and amplifiers.

The company took off with the introduction of the second product - an electrometer. Now there are about 500 products with major product lines including testing and measurement products such as electrometers, voltmeters, signal generators, data acquisition, and production and benchtop parametric testers and analyzers.

In 1964 they moved to Solon and later (2010) was sold and then merged so it now exists wholly as a brand of Tektronix Inc.

The latest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is called Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection.

See photos and take a video tour of the Keithley Collection.

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Fairly Easy Problem

Your first guess/attempt will probably work. Can you solve it any other way?

Math problem


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Who would ever need 10MB?

10 MB PC


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Fan Expo Cleveland 2022 (formerly Wizard World)

Fan Expo (formerly Wizard World) was back in Cleveland the weekend of April 30, 2022. Billed as "the ultimate playground for Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming. Three BIG days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities including William Shatner, Katee Sackhoff and many more.

William Shatner at Cleveland Fan Expo

William Shatner at Cleveland Fan Expo


The huge show floor had lots of vendors selling collectibles, original art, comic books, toys, games, clothes, gear, etc. There were also educational and entertainment sessions off the main show floor. As always the costumes of the vendors and attendees were the best part of the event.

COSplay at Fan Expo 2022 in Cleveland


See pictures and videos from Fan Expo 2022 in Cleveland.

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COSplay and other costumes at Fan Expo Cleveland 2022

COSplay and costumed characters at Fan Expo Cleveland 2022

Cool costumes at Fan Expo Cleveland

COSplay and costumed characters at Fan Expo Cleveland 2022

See lots of costumes from Fan Expo 2022 in Cleveland.



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Great Lakes Geek Calendar

With the pandemic dwindling and hopefully leaving for good we are bringing back the Great Lakes Geek Calendar of Events. The Calendar features virtual and in person events about technology, business and science.

We are honored to have the technology leaders of BlueBridge Networks as a sponsor of the Great Lakes Geek Calendar of Events.

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Submit your open-to-the-public event (it doesn't have to be free, just open to all) and we will post. You can also sign up for the free Great Lakes Geek eNews which includes upcoming events.

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Rebuilders XChange
Geek Business

Rebuilders Xchange RBX sign

Rebuilders Xchange (RBX) buys and sells construction material from ordinary to extraordinary. RBX is in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood in an organized, 50,000 sq. ft. warehouse. (The address is 5401 Hamilton but it's easier to go North on East 53rd - their webiste has clear directions).

On the supply side, they work with local contractors and individuals who have access to overstock, new or salvaged building material. RBX inventories, markets, and sells dropped-off items. Once an item sells, RBX cuts the 'consignor' a check at the end of the month for 50% of each sale. Instead of dumping, donating or storing usable material; both businesses and individuals finally have a streamlined solution for making money.

On the demand side, they are open to the public 4 days a week! Customers have access to an ever-changing inventory of over 1,000's of new, unique, and vintage items.

Jessica Davis and Ron Copfer

Jessica Davis and Ron Copfer

Pictures, video and more of Rebuilders Xchange

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Fun with Maps - Latitude and Longitude

There has been a lot of math and science in developing the systems of latitude and longitude and the time zones and related items. From early astronomers and mathematicians to Ptolemy and Galileo and others the creation of instruments like the pendulum clock, quadrant and sextant were brilliant innovations.

In this special episode of Fun with Maps with Dan Hanson instead of looking at one particular area, he look at some items that affect all the maps of earth. These are the terms latitude and longitude. Using those coordinates you can pinpoint any place on earth. They are essential for ship captains and pilots and others.

Maybe this will be a refresher course or maybe it will be new for you as we discuss latitude, longitude, the Prime Meridian, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, the Equator, International Dateline, Greenwich Mean Time, Time Zones and more.

And we explain how you can be at a spot on Earth where it is both today and yesterday.



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Other Current Items
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.



See more PC and Tech History


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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