Saturday, July 29, 2017

When mathematicians get hungry

While we are talking math...

Note - the real Fibonacci number image would be:

The best way to get girls

NFL player John Urschel, seeking Ph.D. in math, retires from football at age 26.

There is only one explanation: he did it for the babes. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dining with Duchnovic

Rusyns and friends gathered in the Rusin Cultural Garden on Sunday July 23, 2017 for a musical picnic.

The bust of Aleksander Duchnovic became the focal point as the picnic turned into a sing-along, dance and czardas lessons accompanied by the accordion music of Tom Katrenich.

More about Rusyns in Cleveland

Cleveland American Middle East Organization Picnic

The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. Each year they host a picnic for friends and candidates running for office. The 2017 CAMEO picnic was held on Sunday July 16, 2017.

Faris Alameh and Tony Abdulkarim

CAMEO president Pierre Bejjani (on right)

More pictures from the CAMEO picnic 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Joseph Meissner received the Freedom Award at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio’s 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017.

Meissner called up Gia Hoa Ryan and Oanh Loi-Powell to tell about the new Vietnamese Cultural Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden update - photos and video

Gia Hoa Ryan

Oanh Loi-Powell

POW Toan Huynh warns about Communism in Vietnam

Toan Huynh has been a Cleveland school teacher for the last 36 years.

During the Vietnam War, Huynh was kept prisoner and beaten daily in a communist concentration camp.  He warned of the evils of communism in this short presentation at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio’s 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017.

Video and photos of Toan Huynh speech

Toan Huynh

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall

Judge Ralph Perk Jr. introduced Terrence J. Smith for a special presentation at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio’s 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017

Mr. Smith gave a recreation of Ronald Reagan's June 12, 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany.

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.

Video of the Reagan Brandenburg Gate speech recreation

Terrence J. Smith

56th annual Captive Nations Dinner

In the early months of 1959 US Senator from Ohio Frank J. Lausche and Congressman Michael Feighan had submitted the Joint Congressional Resolution 111 authorizing the United States President to issue the “Captive Nations ‘Week” Proclamation. That resolution condemned the aggressive Soviet policies that had caused the subjugation of many ‘captive’ nations to harsh communist regimes.

Then Cleveland Councilman Ralph J. Perk responded to Senator Lausche’s and Congressman Feighan’s request for support by bringing together a bi-partisan coalition of ethnic organizations that contacted nationality leaders all over the country and urged them to work for passage of Resolution 111. It took place on July 17, 1959 and was then signed by President Eisenhower.

The Resolution encouraged annual Presidential Proclamations focused on the plight of the captive nations with suggested appropriate ceremonies to be held every third week in July.

In 1990, the American Nationalities Movement held the first “freedom Celebration” and awarded “freedom” medals to its steadfast supporters including one to President George H. W. Bush.

The 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner was held July 20, 2017.

Irene Morrow, Kathleen Vencl and Judge Ralph Perk Jt.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flying Squirrel photobomb leads to new discovery

A photobombing squirrel helped a Northland College student document the highest recorded observation of the gray tree frog in northern Wisconsin.

As part of a larger study of old and large white pine canopies, Northland College senior Madison Laughlin of Edmonds, Washington, documented the tree frog almost 70 feet above the ground - more than double the highest previously on record. Her findings were published in the May issue of the scientific journal, Ecology.

"This frog appears to be able to weather sun during the day in the canopy by finding shady and cool spots,"said Laughlin, who studies natural resources and geology.

As part of the study, Laughlin and her tree-climbing professors set up three motion sensitive cameras in three white pines to observe life at the tops of the trees. They have already identified 17 species of animals - squirrels, birds, mice, and tree frogs - as well as a mushroom species, a variety of insects and many lichen species particular to this special habitat.

"This is research that is literally being done in our backyard," said Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson. "That is one of the beautiful things about science - we don't have to go to the ends of the Earth to make new insights into our world."

In this case, capturing frogs in unexpected places. Tree frogs are small and similar in temperature to their environment so do not set off the motion sensitive cameras. However, flying squirrels do. And on four different occasions, flying squirrels have exposed tree frogs up high.

"It was really exciting to find something that wasn't a squirrel," Laughlin said of looking through hundreds of collected camera captures.

Laughlin says that there is a gap in what we know about tree frogs. "Oddly, there isn't much research on tree frogs in trees. Most of the research is about their breeding, which takes place in ponds," she said. "This research is helping open the door to the vertical dimension of habitat."

These images suggest a higher level of habitat usage in the tops of trees than previously thought. "I love forestry and forest ecology,"Laughlin said. "And I've never thought about the three-dimensional aspect of habitat - there's a lot going on up there."

Additional work is underway to describe the habitat usage of other animals high in the trees and to begin to answer the question of why tree frogs go so high.

"We're not surprised that the canopy is an important habitat, but we are surprised how many and what species are up there and how often they visit," said Assistant Professor of Forestry Jonathan Martin who is co-directing the research. "The combination of the scale and growth patterns of these trees as well as the habitat surprises gives me a renewed appreciation for the complex processes occurring high off ground." 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RIP Judge Jean Murrell Capers

Judge Capers was a pioneer as the first black woman elected to the city council of any major U.S. city when she was elected in Cleveland in 1949. She was also a tennis champion among other accomplishments. She has passed away at the age of 104.

Judge Jean Capers was the Grand Marshall of the 38th annual Glenville Community Festival and Parade in 2015 when she was 102.

Councilman Jeff Johnson introduced Judge Capers at the event and she passed on some words of wisdom. 

RIP Judge Jean Capers

Serbian folk songs at 38th annual SerbFest in Cleveland

The band Dijamantija led by Ranko Stankovich performed traditional Serbian folk songs at the 38th annual SerbFest at St Sava’s Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio.

More of Serbs in Cleveland

Here are two samples:

Serbian food at 38th annual SerbFest in Cleveland

Ranka Obrenic told about the food available at the 38th annual SerbFest at St Sava’s Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio.  She also told about Serbian food in general such as ćevapi (grilled minced meat) and palatschinke.

See more at ClevelandCooks

Serbians in Cleveland

Monday, July 17, 2017

RIP Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. 

Her research topics include Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry. In 2014, Mirzakhani became both the first woman and the first Iranian honored with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics. The award committee cited her work in "the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces".

Mirzakhani died from breast cancer on July 14, 2017 at the age of 40.

First Female Incarnation of Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker was unveiled on Sunday as the first female Doctor Who in the program's history.

The previous incarnations of the Time Lord were played by:
  1. William Hartnell (1963-66)
  2. Patrick Troughton (1966-69)
  3. Jon Pertwee (1970-74)
  4. Tom Baker (1974-81)
  5. Peter Davison (1982-84)
  6. Colin Baker (1984-86)
  7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-89)
  8. Paul McGann (1996)
  9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)
  10. David Tennant (2005-2010)
  11. Matt Smith (2010-2013)
  12. Peter Capaldi (2013-2017)
  13. Jodie Whittaker (2017-)

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Free diagnostics tool in Windows 10

There is a useful Resource and Performance Monitor included in Windows 10.

Click on the Windows key and type perfmon /report (keep the space between perfmon and the slash) and press Enter.

A box pops up with System Diagnostic and says "Generate a report detailing the status of local hardware resources, system response times, and processes on the local computer along with system information and configuration data. This report includes suggestions for ways to maximize performance and streamline system operation. Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to run this Data Collector Set."

Report Status

It will collect data for 60 seconds and then reports on Errors, Warnings, Basic System Checks and Resource Overview. There are then more reports for Software Config, Hardware Config, CPU, Network, Disk, Memory and Report Statistics with Computer Information (# of CPUs, Windows build, etc.)

You can then print, e-mail or save the report. A good diagnostic tool to be aware of.  And free

Friday, July 07, 2017

Which ethnic group was most popular?

The Top 5 groups with the most visitors in June 2017 on ClevelandPeople.Com were: Hungarian, Indian, Lithuanian, Irish and African American.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Carpatho-Rusyn Society's 11th Annual Vatra

Over 200 people attended the Rusyn Vatra festival in Burton, Ohio on June 3, 2017 under sunny skies to enjoy Rusyn culture, food and camaraderie. Visitors came from as far away as Dallas, Texas, Alaska and South Carolina.

The Lucina Folk Ensemble, Living Traditions Folk Ensemble, Slavjane and the Zumbercani Tamburitzans gave spirited performances.