• 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…

  • Cleveland,  Family,  Home

    Why I am Moving to Cleveland

    My wife and I are planning a family move in 2018, relocating from Denver to Cleveland.  There’s no one thing that’s pushing or pulling us, really.  Many things aligned to make this a good time to consider a move.  She went to college at Case Western Reserve University, so she has some familiarity with the city.  She’s always had good things to say about it.  Until recently though, I had the typical outsider attitude: “Rust Belt city? Why would I be interested in that?”  We weren’t planning a move from Denver, and even if we were — I wasn’t interested in any Midwest city. A musician friend from Denver moved…

  • Cleveland,  Family,  Home

    Why I Am Leaving Denver

    My wife and I are planning a family move in 2018, relocating from Denver to Cleveland.  There’s no one thing that’s pushing or pulling us, really.  Many things aligned to make this a good time to consider a move. There’s lot of great stuff happening in Denver, and it’s a neat place to be.  When I talk to people in other parts of the country, they often say “Oh, you’re lucky! I’d love to live out there.”  Intentionally giving it up seems odd.  Since people have been asking, I decided to provide some more detail why I’m ready to leave Denver.  (Why Cleveland? See here.) It’s Expensive It’s not San…