In a recent Slate article, Mathew Yglesias proposed moving all the big tech firms from the Bay Area to Cleveland (Move Silicon Valley to Cleveland). It’s a pretty well-informed piece that gets beyond the tongue and cheek suggestion of Google moving here…kind of:
All you need is a city that has bigger problems than douche-y Facebook posts, creating plenty of room for local housing investment to become a win-win rather than an engine of displacement. Cities such as Buffalo, N.Y., or Pittsburgh come to mind, although unlike Detroit and Cleveland, they lack a major airport. Plans to save Detroit, however, are a bit cliché at this point, and I worry that any tech hub you tried to build there would naturally drift over to Ann Arbor, Mich., anyway. But Cleveland’s got plenty of affordable housing, plenty of available office space, flights to every important North American city, and even its own Federal Reserve bank.
Whether it is coverage of the surprisingly good food scene (the New York Times has continuous amnesia on this topic) or favorable rankings of world-class institutions like the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Orchestra, the world seems to be composing a new tagline for our city. Cleveland: Better Than You Think. Continue reading
Featured Artist: Glob Life Glass
With a glass Bumble Bee!
Featured Artist: Brians Flameworks
Four honeycomb drip pendants.
Featured Artist: Blown In Ohio
Soft glass mandrel beads tied into a necklace, with a borosilicate pendant.
Today I made a trip down to Akron to visit with Ken Burns from Tiny Circuits. TC is located in an old tire factory that’s been transformed into the kind of art studio/ startup / light industrial center that seem to be popping up all over the rust belt.
It was great to learn how Tiny Circuits are made and meet many of the brilliant people that work there. It’s also great that TC is planning at being at Maker Faire Cleveland!
Follow that cat!
Here’s a great winter project: make your own Nest style digital thermostat.
At Spark, we’re making it easier to bring connected devices to market with the Spark Core, our Wi-Fi development kit, and the Spark Cloud, our cloud service for connected devices. And to prove it, we built our own approximation of the Nest Learning Thermostat in one day — and we’ve open sourced everything. In this process, we’ve come to respect the incredible technical challenges that Nest has solved while also coming to understand how much the game has changed since they first started.
…besides a snowman of course.
Here’s a super cool project that only take ten hours of freezing cold temperatures, some balloons and food coloring…
Kristin and her kid decorated their frozen walkway with these colored ice-balls, made by filling balloons with water and food-coloring and then letting them freeze outside (it took about 10 hours).
I put this in the category of “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?”
As far as I know, the ingredients for this have been around for a very long time. Love it!
What re you making in the cold?
It’s cold and snowy outside. What better way to chase away cabin fever than a few Maker Projects? Here are a bunch from makezine.com. Tinker this winter and then show off your projects on March 29th at the Cleveland Mini!
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The deadline for entries is February 28, 2014. Our deadline has been extended to give you the weekend! Entries will now be accepted through Monday, March 3, 2014.
We’re still looking for entries and participants for the 2nd annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire. To apply, visit: makerfairecleveland.com/2014call or just click on the link on the right-hand side of this page!