• Cleveland,  Outdoors

    Hiking Near Cleveland

    This is my working list of hiking trails near Cleveland.  I’ve tried the hiking areas in the following table. The table below contains a list of hiking areas I have heard about, but I haven’t tried them (yet). Resources Northeast Ohio Hikes and Bikes

  • Cleveland,  Drones

    Flying Drones in Cleveland Metroparks

    Cleveland Metroparks has drone regulations which specify what, where, and when you can fly a drone in their regional parks. I created this page to provide some additional information about those sites, and distill their regs page into a table that’s easy to understand and use. There are three sites specified for year-round flying, plus six golf course fairways available for drone use in the winter (November 1 to March 15). Except for those sites, it is against Metroparks’ rules to fly drones anywhere in the parks. All drones must weigh less than 4.4 lbs (2 kg). Known airspace restrictions are noted below.  Be sure to check B4YouFly or Airmap…

  • Cleveland,  Drones

    Cleveland Area Local Drone Laws

    This is my working list of drone regulations in the Cleveland Ohio area. It is checked periodically to ensure it is current, but rules change frequently so it’s possible something is missing or out of date. Do your homework when you fly. Where local and state laws don’t restrict drone use, you must still always adhere to federal (FAA) regulations.

  • Cleveland

    Good Videos Featuring Cleveland

    People are constantly referencing those Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Videos.  Here are some videos about Cleveland that capture the feeling of the city for me. They’re the ones I show people when I hear “why Cleveland?”  

  • Cleveland

    Supporting Myles Garrett

    I donated to The Waterboys this morning, in honor of Myles Garrett. Most of my non-Midwest pals probably aren’t tracking this, so I’ll add a little explanation as to why I suddenly have something to say about football. Myles is an exemplary player and human, not just among Browns players, but across the whole NFL. He writes poetry. He listens to jazz. He invites people from the community to hang out with his puppy at the dog park (“no autographs, please”). He’s friendly in public and universally liked by the people of Cleveland. Have a look at the Emmy-winning series “Building the Browns” for more of his backstory. Most people…

  • Cleveland

    Where To Get Tacos in Cleveland

    I grew up in Texas and learned to eat in San Antonio, so Mexican food is an important part of my weekly diet.  Popular opinion i Cleveland has it there’s only one place to get authentic tacos around here:  La Plaza. This Mexican-focused grocery store in Lakewood used to serve tacos from their deli counter, but they became so popular they opened a dedicated restaurant space in the front of the store. Due to their popularity, the taco’s aren’t cheap… $3/ea at the time of writing. They’re reasonably sized, but they still provide a bit of sticker shock. If for some reason you don’t want to go to La Plaza,…

  • Cleveland,  Music

    Born in Cleveland: Henry Mancini

    Henry Mancini (composer, conductor) who is known for things like the Pink Panther and Peter Gunn themes, won a Golden Globe, four Academy Awards, and twenty Grammys and was born in Cleveland’s Little Italy in 1924. His family moved to Pennsylvania when he was five, but pretty cool even so.

  • Biology,  Cleveland,  Conservation,  Family

    Green Burial

    I am interested in green burial (aka natural burial).  Traditional cemeteries are arranged for the living.  Traditional burial is expensive, wasteful, and weirdly permanent.  Green burial (as defined by the Green Burial Council), is a way of “caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat.”  That resonates strongly with me. Green burial uses non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns. I found these resources helpful. General Info New York Times Article (2018) Green Burial Council Wikipedia Cemetery Survey Results Videos Will For The Woods…

  • Cleveland,  Software

    Blockchain Skepticism in Cleveland

    Cleveland civic leaders are gaga for blockchain right now.  Organizations are pulling together in an uncharacteristic way, in support of Bernie Moreno’s moonshot “Blockland“. This week, Noriel Roubini’s delivered well-researched statements for the Senate banking committee, on why cryptocurrency is a scam (“the mother or father of all scams and bubbles”), and blockchain is massively overhyped (“In practice it is nothing better than a glorified spreadsheet or database”). Roubini is a professor at NYU, studies asset and credit bubbles, and correctly predicted the 2008 mortgage crisis. Roubini is not the first to raise concern about cryptocurrency, but he has includes something you hear less often:  critical statements about the future…

  • Cleveland,  Drones

    Main Street Diamond

    In August 2018, I decided to check out the Cleveland Metroparks permitted drone site at Mill Stream Run. I had a really difficult time finding it. I mean really difficult. There are no signs, and it’s not marked in any way. The are is not marked on the online map of Mill Stream Run, and not described in detail in any material that I could find. This flight area is a recent introduction by the Metroparks so everything is obviously still pretty new. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Metroparks’ website lists it as “Main Street Diamond located in Mill Stream Run Reservation”. After driving the length of the…