Bo Diddley Dies

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 06/03/2008 - 10:53.

Bo Diddley died yesterday.  We should all appreciate people before they die, but his was a great life and I can say that I appreciated his life lesson.  He came to perform at Miami University, while I was in college there and I worked on the student program board, so I saw a bit of the off-stage persona, as well as the on-stage persona. 

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Could we have this much fun in Cleveland???

Submitted by Charles Frost on Mon, 06/02/2008 - 22:18.

Solar Cup 2008......

The Solar Cup Program

Solar Cup is a seven-month program that begins in the fall, in which high school teams totaling about 900 students build and race solar-powered boats at Lake Skinner, in Temecula Valley, learning about conservation of natural resources, electrical and mechanical engineering, problem solving and much more.

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CORRECTION regarding speaker: Essential Footing: Our County-Wide Land Bank Initiative @ Insivia

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Mon, 06/02/2008 - 10:25.

Nathanael Hoelzel, Brownfield Programs Manager, Department of Economic Development, City of Cleveland will not be an official speaker for this week's Midtown Brews program. Nate will be attending and participating in Thursday's Midtown Brews Open Conversation.

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Remember That Place

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Sun, 06/01/2008 - 19:59.

 That Place



Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/01/2008 - 09:06.

Where do the tracks take us?  Pondering the fate of trains in America.  My Aunt just told me about the Hiawatha Trail in Idaho.  Interesting to see how it is financed.

This shot was taken in Frostburg, MD, with a simple, plastic box camera--no gizmos.

More shots attached.


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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 22:22.
Norm Roulet views Scott Miller works at Grays Auctioneers on December 14, 2007.   Life's an unfinished mash up
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The Next Big Thing: Millennials, Mobility, Advertising

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 17:23.

Here are two interesting articles outlining next generation enterprise opportunities focused on the Millennial market, the trend toward higher levels of mobility, and advertising and communication. Don't think in actual terms of "next generation" because the market is already here!

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Real NEO Chiefs

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 16:37.
Nana Kodwo Eduakwa V and Nana Kra Kwamina II

Dress of Chiefs of the Village of Atonkwa near Elmina, Ghana - Nana Kodwo Eduakwa V and Nana Kra Kwamina II - at a reception at the Ashe Cultural Center in Cleveland

Non-Collaborative Behavior = Ohio agreement to join Great Lakes water plan stalls again

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 00:27.

Single agendas have no place in large scale collaborations that engage multi-state agreements and alignment of resources. The cost is high: time investment (just think of calculating one Governor and that Office's staff time, then multiply by eight states), tried patience, and a splintering of camps generating what Jack Ricchiuto calls, "shadow conversations" deteriorating future interest in the next collaboration opportunity. Worse yet, people act as if we have time. What do citizens have to say about this? Is this efficient and productive? What's your take on this?

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Scott may be gone...but I’ll never forget him

Submitted by Gary Penca on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 00:01.

Scott Miller Self-Portrait

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 16:07.


I am continuing my theme of kites driving the economy.   Today I introduce another type of kite - this kite is an exhilarating  transportation vehicle.   With fuel prices going up (which is good) our entertainment outlets will be modified.  Power boats will be the losers, and wind powered sports will be the winner (which is good).

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 10:46.
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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 18:23.

With my criticism of the Memorial Day Indy 500 race behind us,  and the need for transportation still in front of us,  I introduce the Realneo audience to Marcelo da Luz.   Sig. Da Luz is a prime motivator in the development of the slick 3 wheel (two front/one rear) solar car on display behind him last Sunday at Kensington Market in Toronto, Canada.  The solar project is called the Power of One, and “Xof1” cleverly and concisely captures the solar contest in its domain name:

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 15:58.

One of the big pleasures I have is engaging people and finding what interests them. 


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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 14:03.

Here is a frog photo taken on July 31, 2004.  The green frog is on a lawn chair on the near Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.  Anyone know the species?  I am posting this here to get a url for the photo, so I can then paste the url into zoomuse's other frog post.

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Midtown Brews: Essential Footing: Our County-Wide Land Bank

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 13:42.

Essential Footing: Our County-Wide Land Bank With Meet The Bloggers

Conversation topics:

  • The County-Wide Land Bank
  • Housing Foreclosures
  • Vacant Properties


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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 09:47.
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Frog Blog

Submitted by metroparks muse on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 18:10.

Jeff - This is my kind of exhibit (actually a road toad)

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 17:40.

Cleveland's Port Authority has been spending money on "consultants" studying the feasibility of operating a ferry across Lake Erie to Port Stanley, Ontario. In 2004 Toronto was served by a fast passenger and auto ferry from Rochester, New York.  The Rochester-Toronto ferry service operated for one summer.     The photo above is the empty Toronto terminal - now occupied by a movie making business.

In 2007 Bill Callahan reported on the Cleveland ferry spending on his blog.  A 2006 report in the Painesville News-Herald outlines the complexity of setting up a ferry service - whether in Lake County or Cuyahoga County.

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Mobile digital gaming: Something new from Bob Sopko

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 11:04.

Here's a note I just received from Bob Sopko, Strategic Technology Alliance, Case:

.."I've been working on this for a number of months.  Here's a release we sent out last week.  You may find it of interest.  Ad supported mobile games.
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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 10:28.

There are people and organizations working on establishing a healthy view about automobiles.  In Toronto, Canada Streets are For People. org has created a brilliant crowd stopper - a CAR PLANTER!   

Almost everyone, me included, did  a double take as they walked by and noticed that the hood of the car was a lawn, the moon roof was hatching a healthy tree, and the trunk was full of rooted shrubs.  

The window glass makes it easy to see if the soil is moist or dry - every pot should be so well designed. 

"PARKS - NOT PARKING" one message proclaimed.

I am thinking of what model car I will use in Cleveland - anyone have a place to park the nursery vehicle?  

Here's the Mission Statement from the Streets are for People web site :

Mission Statement!

Since 2002, Streets are for People! has used costumes, trumpets, and big tricycles to liberate the commons from the mundane rule of that deadly beast — the automobile. We deliver the straight-up message that CARS SUCK, while creating the city we all want to live in, a comfortable place where laughter, romance, and dancing children fill the streets.

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