Sunday, December 30, 2012

Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity

The 3rd annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity was held in the City Hall Rotunda on December 12, 2012. The event was put on by the Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) Northeast Ohio in conjunction with the office of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

At the 3rd annual party, a diverse crowd sampled ethnic food and drinks, watched multicultural performances, listened and danced to world music and mixed and mingled with the attendees who represented dozens of different cultural backgrounds.

ClevelandPeople.Com was proud to again be a sponsor of the event.

3 pages of photos and videos from the event

Sunday, December 23, 2012

CyberWall of Non-Violence at Philanthropia

At the 2012 Philanthropia, Paramjit Singh and I set up a display to let people know about the Cyber Wall of Non-Violence.

Over 100 people signed the pledge including Beachwood Mayor Merle Gorden, news anchor Leon Bibb and Singing Angels artistic director Charles Eversole.

See more from the CyberWall at Philanthropia.

Philanthropia 2012

Philanthropia, phil·an·thro·pi·a, is Executive Caterers’ Annual Fundraising Luncheon at Landerhaven designed to benefit non-profits throughout Northeast Ohio.

After the tragedy of 9/11, New York City absorbed such a large portion of all charitable donations that many local non-profits struggled to reach their own goals. In response, Harlan Diamond and Executive Caterers rededicated their December Corporate Club luncheon to the support of local charities, especially smaller organizations without substantial resources of their own.

Over $143,000 was raised this year for local non-profits.

See MC Leon Bibb, the Singing Angels and more of Philanthropia 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Bohemian National Hall Home of the Czech Cultural Center

The historic Bohemian National Hall, Home of the Czech Cultural Center, is located at 4939 Broadway Ave. in Cleveland.

It has been renovated by volunteers and hosts the Sokol Greater Cleveland Czech Cultural Museum.

See more from the Bohemian Hall

American Nationalities Movement Annual Christmas Program

The American Nationalities Movement held their Annual Christmas Party and Program on December 15th at the beautifully renovated Bohemian National Hall Ballroom at 4939 Broadway in Cleveland.

Freedom Awards were presented to Rev. John M. Loejos and Richard A. Ganim.

Cleveland Council's Joe Cimperman, Dona Brady and Mike Polensek
 with Rev. Loejos and Judge Rocky Perk

See more from the American Nationalities Movement event

ClevelandPeople.Com in Congressional Record

We are pretty excited about this.

Thank you to Congressman Dennis Kucinich for recognizing ClevelandPeople.Com into the US Congressional Record. Michael Patterson from Congressman Kucinich's office presented the proclamation at our annual holiday event.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thank You for the Gifts

It's the civilized thing to do to send than you notes for gifts or when people do nice things for you.  But we (myself included) neglect to do it most of the time.

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Cleveland Police Administrative Review

From Director Martin L. Flask, Cleveland Department of Public Safety.

The Cleveland Division of Police, under the direction of Chief Michael McGrath, continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of the November 29, 2012 pursuit that ended in East Cleveland with the use of deadly force by Cleveland Police Officers. Although the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, East Cleveland Police and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office are actively investigating the use of deadly force incident, the Chief of Police and his staff are conducting a thorough Administrative Review to determine if the officers involved were in compliance with well-established policies and training.

This Administrative Review includes all available surveillance video; audio communications between officers, supervisors and the Communications Control Section; duty reports completed by officers and supervisory personnel; Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) information; and any other information that becomes available during the investigation.
The volume of information being reviewed by the Chief and his staff is substantial. However, the Chief of Police has assured Mayor Jackson and me that the Administrative Review will be timely and thorough, and results of the Administrative Review will be made public immediately upon conclusion.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Contest Winners

Cleveland Christmas Memories

Congratulations to the winners of a copy of Cleveland Christmas Memories: Looking Back at Holidays Past by Gail Ghetia Bellamy. The books were mailed this morning.
  • Evelyn G from Hinckley
  • Margaret F from Akron
  • Lauren L from South Euclid
  • Dan D from Cleveland
  • Jim S from Mayfield
  • Carol R from Lakewood
If you didn't win a copy, you can still order the book online from Amazon and receive it by Christmas.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Worst Passwords of 2012

In an effort to encourage adoption of stronger passwords, SplashData, a leading provider of password software for more than 10 years, released its "25 Worst Passwords of the Year" list for 2012.

Here are the Top Ten.

Rank Password Change from 2011 List
1 password Unchanged
2 123456 Unchanged
3 12345678 Unchanged
4 abc123 Up 1
5 qwerty Down 1
6 monkey Unchanged
7 letmein Up 1
8 dragon Up 2
9 111111 Up 3
10 baseball Up 1

Morgan Slain, SplashData CEO. "We're hoping that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will start taking simple steps to protect themselves by using stronger passwords and using different passwords for different websites."

See the rest of the Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2012.

So who are all theses people are that use 'monkey' for a password!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The 2012 Diversity Center Humanitarian Award

The Diversity Center is a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism. The vision of The Diversity Center is building communities where all people are connected, respected, and valued.

Founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), The Diversity Center is currently a member of the National Federation for Just Communities, a network of 20 like-minded organizations across the country.

Since 1949, The Diversity Center has honored men and women of outstanding dedication and community service in our region at the annual Humanitarian Award Dinner. Nominees exhibit an extensive record of involvement in civic, charitable, volunteer, and professional organizations. Each nominee has contributed to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in Northeast Ohio.

The 58th Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner was held Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The sold-out crowd honored Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President & CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System and Charles D. Fowler, CEO, Fairmount Minerals and William Conway, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Fairmount Minerals. 

Monday, December 03, 2012

I Shot the Sheriff

Nice version of I Shot the Sheriff by a steel drum band called Island Flava at our Labor Day International Festival.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Encyclopedia of Electronic Components - Book Review

As the author states in the Preface, Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1: Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors is not the kind of book you will read from page one till the end. It's not sequential in that way. But a complete reading would certainly greatly improve your knowledge of these electronic components.

Author Charles Platt is a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for O'Reilly Media's Make: Magazine, where he writes about electronics. If you are looking for more of a tutorial, consider Platt's introductory hands-on book, Make: Electronics.

In this era of immediate access to information from search engines, why do you need a physical book on electronic components? As Platt suggests, the information available online is often inconsistent in quality. Volume 1 (this book - Vol. 2 and 3 are in the works) is thorough and consistently high-quality.

The book is broken down into sections for Power (such as battery), Connection (fuse, switch, relay), Moderation (resistor, capacitor, inductor), Conversion (transformer, inverter) Regulation (Voltage regulator) Electromagnetism (solenoid), Rotational (motors) and Discrete Semiconductor (diodes, FETs).

Each section has a standard group of information presented. Each starts with other common names and related components. Then there is a What it Does section with photos or drawings and then a How it Works section. The Variants sections may include, for example, the different formats for capacitors. Sticking with the capacitors example, there is then a section on Principal Types of capacitors, Dielectrics, Values associated with the component (farads for capacitors) and a lot more details and variants as the component may have.

Each section has a useful What Can Go Wrong section that lists the common problems that may affect a component (wrong polarity, heat, vibration, etc.) and what to do about it.At the end of the 278 page book are a few pages of Schematic Symbols.

It's a complete and detailed reference and the information is presented logically and in an appealing way. Either the Index or Table of Contents (or a quick flip through and browse of the headers at the top of each page) gets you to the desired information fast.

I think it's a terrific resource and am eager to see the next volumes.

Great Lakes Geek Rating: 4.5 out of 5 pocket protectors.

Reviewed by Entreprenerd Dan Hanson, the Great Lakes Geek (11/12)