Get Out Geeks!

08/21/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi, Community, Geekism

Hey I'm talking to you, the guys (and girls) that never take their nose out the monitor. Sure you blog, read blogs (that how you got here), code a little ditty, boost the power on your radio card...but Hey! What about the rest of the world?

Well here's your chance. Tremont Wifi Neighborhood is have their first Techno-geek Hack nite this Thurs. August 24 from 6-8pm at the Jefferson Branch Cleveland Public Library.

Come see how different everybody is from their avatar. Share stories, solutions, and other geekery. And see what TWifi is doing, see how you can help, and maybe show off how big your brain is by solving a problem somebody else (like me) has.

We can always adjourn to one of the many wateringholes that are in our historic neighborhood.

Come on out, bring your laptop and/or linux box, and have some fun.

How'd This Get by Everyone

08/13/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Political

Earlier in the week, I noticed the crappy report in the PD about Michael Vu, Cuyahoga MisDirector of Board of Elections, escaping the unemployment line again.

First, why I think it is lousy journalism. Not once but twice, I read:

He [Vu] read a lengthy list of accomplishments...

In the print version, I think that was in about the fourth or fifth paragraph, and then again in the second or third to last paragraph. The Cleveload.crap has edited things down some so it is only in paragraph 16, if you count all the single sentence paragraphs. What do you think they're writing, poetry?

But nowhere is there a renumeration of Vu's accomplishments in the view of Vu. (now that's poetry). If it was so important to mention it twice, at least let the public know a summation.

Not that I'm a Vu supporter, but the bias in this report is ludicrous. If this was given to me while I was editor of my national award winning high school paper (1980), I would have kicked it back to get the balanced story. Let Vu have his say!

Second, I found it funny that the reason Vu was retained was that the proposed interim Director Joseph Nolan, the former personnel director under Mayor Michael White, as Ohio Republican Party Chairman and a Cuyahoga Board of Elections board member Robert Bennett said:

Bennett criticized the Democrats' choice for interim director, saying Nolan has no election experience.

I propose that we, the people of Cuyahoga County, put forth Tim Russo, the original DemocracyGuy, as interim Director. He has the experience as outlined in his Armenian memoirs, certainly more than Nolan. Both the Ohio Democratic and Republican parties hate his guts and visa versa, so there will be no bias. And Tim can use the work as opposed to CSU VP Nolan.

What we get out of it is maybe we will finally have some truly honest elections around here. Let's start a petition!

Gaad more poetry!

08/09/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry

Believe it or not, I really do other things in life besides poetry. (Though I'd love to do nothing else if I could). It might even be more fun if I was actually good at it. However, this post is yet about more poetry.

Specifically, I'm pimping Poetry Nite at the Literary Cafe again. Andy has even created a special webpage just for us! Check it out. We even have video posted.

Tomorrow nite the featured poets are two of the best in northeast Ohio, nay all of Ohio. We have Cavana Faithwalker, a poet, 3-D artist, performance/installation artist, and lecturer under the auspices of Left Thumbprint Ltd. He has been writing poetry since 1972 and has been winning poetry contests since 1973.

Also on the card is Adam Brodsky. Adam has been in the Cleveland poetry scene for nearly a lifetime (poets don't last long), has edited Whiskey Island literary magazine, teaches at CSU, and recent put out "3 x 5" a poetry publication of index cards thru his pub house

With these two I would expect some great spontaneous verse from the audience. As usual for the Pedpad-Padpen Poetry open, pads and pens are made available to everyone and everyone is encouraged
(constantly encouraged) to write during the readings. Then after a brief intermission, the now-famous poetry freeforall in which audience and
featured poets are encouraged (again, constantly) to read what they've written during the evening. Poetry written at the readings can be submitted at the end of the night for inclusion in our annual chapbook.

The Literary Cafe is at 1031 Literary Road in Historic Tremont. See you there and every second Thursday thereafter.

Oh yeah. did you see the fine review of ArtCrimes 21 (get it at Mac's Backs, bookstore on w25th, or email deepcleveland's mark kuhar) in the FreeTimes? Though my fine example of email was not mentioned specifically (p.61), other notables like Ginley was. I thought maybe Utter just didn't like correspondence, but he even quoted from Bukowski's letter to Gulyas. Maybe the editor cut me out...

NonProfits and Wifi

08/04/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

BFD linked to this AP article on Boston's approach to citywide wireless internet. Jack was good enough to email me the day before and I responded like this:


At the National Summit, the folks from around Boston said that this was an idea floating around. I find it amusing to see their reasons for going this route, "to ensure the project meets its civic goals and steers clear of special interests." I hate to sound like Gomez's article on TeamNEO, but that wouldn't work here, not with the initial task of raising $20 million.

Also, "Other U.S. cities launching wireless initiatives have created various layers of oversight to ensure private contractors serve the public interest by keeping prices down, expanding access to low-income neighborhoods, and, in some cases, opening up the network to rivals." The non-profit will also have to have some oversight since they will probably subcontract much of the work. The difference is that they will be accountable if they do not meet the low enduser cost, or they will have find some method to subsidize that private providers don't have access to. This would probably add another nodule of bureaucracy to what I think would be come another big organization.

I'd love to see Valdis map this network and compare it to the RFP winner model. Darn I should blog this.

Thanks for sending this.

I might point out OneCommunty/Cleveland/Cluge is NOT about wifi, but about using the dark fiber that lies below the whole region. They still haven't figured out how to tell their story and dispell the myths that they themselves have created in the early days. Give them time though. I know that they have things in the pipeline that will actually will help the community at large.

Also notice I blogged this.

What Are We Doing

07/26/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Buddhism

Just finished Silence by Shusaku Endo (the Johnston translation). Thanks to Adam for recommending it. The plot is about the trials and tribulations of a Portuguese missionary in Japan during the 17th century. Very Graham Greene in influence.

I like how some Buddhist and Christian concepts converge and are only separated by terminology.
My example:

Sin, he reflected (the priest), is not to steal and tell lies. Sin is for one man to walk brutally over the life of another and to be quite oblivious of the wounds he left behind.

Ignorance vs awareness, there is the source of suffering acknowledged by two great religions.

It's a BIG Day

07/22/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry, Blogging

It's Bloggapalooza Day! Go over to BFD is see all the cool items to raffle. WITB donated this.

You may ask “what’s in the bag?” Appropriate, dunncha think?

Handmade meditation mala (made by my hand).
Copy of Gelek Rimpoche’s book Odyssey To Freedom.
Full can of Pringles potatochips & bulkhead N-connector.
How-to instructions for making a wifi “cantenna”.
Bag of my special “Beatnik Blend” coffee from Phoenix.
Green coffee mug (the mug is green, not the coffee).
Jim Lang’s Bagozine #47, a collection of poetry, art, and surprizes in a bag.

The fest is TODAY from 2-10pm at

The Town Fryer
3895 Superior Ave
Cleveland OH 44114

I however, have a conflict in the early hours with the annual picnic and open mike for Jewel Heart down in Medina. But I will be up later and will fill-in between bands with a little poetry if it doesn't get in the way or float as server if I'm not already exhausted.

See you there.

What Does the Bear Do in the Woods?

07/10/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry

Poetry of course!

Three Tremonting Poetrists and I traveled to mountain country Pennsylvania to meet up with a bunch of Kent associated folk to camp and do poetics around the campfire all night.

It was a much needed break from the self-distilled workahol consumption I've been imbibing. Yuengling tastes better anyway.

Check out Adam's post for a review and pictures.

My Bio

07/06/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: personal, humor, rant, Geekism

babysteveI have to come up with a bio for the panel I'm sitting on at the TechMix conference in Columbus next week. I hate doing these things cuz I really don't feel like I've done anything that that anybody would care to listen to or that would help give me credence.

I noticed WITB was referred by a Google search for "steve goldberg" and decide to see what else it pulled up. There's alot of me's. So I may just use one these bios for Steve Goldberg. That's not cheating, is it? I think I like the last one best.

I currently work at Gooooooooogle. Before that, I was at EarthLink as Sr. Director of Engineering. Before EarthLink, I was Vice President of Technology for Excite@Home, which was the merger of Excite and @Home (the company that brought cable modem to normal people). I was an early employee of Excite which went bankrupt along with @Home because AT&T destroyed @Home to get access to the cable modem business so it could sell the assets to Comcast. We got stuck in the middle.

I grew up in Macon, Georgia (USA), and went to Georgia Tech for my undergraduate, and Stanford University for my Master's degree. I majored in Computer Science at both schools, with my graduate work in Distributed Systems. I went to work at Apple Computer straight out of Stanford as a Research Scientist in operating systems, and was there for 9 years (1988 to 1997) before they shut down the department I was in.

I am an amateur linguist, having studied at least eight languages, I can safely say I am fluent in English and French, completely conversational in Spanish, and I get by just fine in German. I have studied others (Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, and Czech), but don't speak them well enough to get out of trouble. I can get myself beaten up in about 95 countries without the use of gestures (so send me your favorite insults)!

Claim to Fame: When I was 17, I wrote the radar-jamming software for the F-15 while working at TRW, Inc. in Warner Robins, GA. It was downhill from there.


My current project uses VR and telerobotics to view statues. This is a posible home page for this project. Annenberg Virtual Gallery

This is a GUI created for my current project

Here's the coolest animation I've done yet. It's for an up coming proposal. Painters.mpg


Steve has nearly twenty years of experience at the intersections of media, advertising and technology. Most recently Steve was a senior vice president at Go2Net and prior to that, worked at Microsoft where he was instrumental in helping the software giant enter the advertising sales and service arena. While at Microsoft, Steve co-founded the Internet Advertising Bureau. Steve holds a B.A. from Columbia University and Masters degree from the ADL Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Born into a family of Chechnyan goat farmers and orphaned at an early age by a tragic encounter with a marauding pack of feral dogs, Steve Goldberg was soon taken in by a kind-hearted band of gypsies with an unabiding love for 60s guitar pop. Reared on a steady diet of The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel, young Steve soon stowed away on a cargo freighter and braved the treacherous journey across the ocean to Philadelphia. He worked odd jobs at the docks there, biding his time until he could afford an instrument of his own. When that glorious day finally arrived, he bade farewell to manual labor and began making his bread as a travelling troubador, performing the songs of his youth for indifferent bar patrons. In a short while Steve began to spin yarns of his own creation: whimsical tales of lost love, frustrated penguins, and brave knights-errant. But after finding himself framed for murder as part of a nefarious plot hatched by a local bookie as payback for an old debt, Steve was forced to flee America or face capture. His travels have brought him to London, where he has begun a new musical odyssey.

No doubt a surefire method to become a geek is to be named "steve goldberg".

RA and the Sexspurt

07/06/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Poetry

Cuz I'm a lazy bastard, most of this is stolen from Andy Timothy of the Lit.


A double bill featuring local poet and author of several books RA Washington and San Francisco sexpert Jen Sincero , who writes the column Living in Sin for the LA Alternative and author of Don't Sleep With Your Drummer and The Straight Girl's Guide to Sleeping with Chicks . This is the July installment of the Literary Cafe's monthly poetry foray. As you can tell this is going to be a "special" night. So much so that the readings will take place in the front part of the bar.

And as usual, we will have open mike after RA and Jen do the features and, of course, the FAMOUS Penpad-Padpen Poetry open with You the audience creating spontaneous poesy and sharing with the rest of us slightly intoxicated brethren.

Poetry Nite at the Lit is Thurs July 13 at 9:30pm. The Lit is located at 1031 Literary Road in the historic neighborhood of Tremont.

A much better and entertaining description is by co-organizer Nick Traenkner here.

Why Worry?

07/06/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: Buddhism, Business, personal, humor, rant

Venerable TC
Jewel Heart was fortunate enough to get Venerable Thubten Chodron to come and teach us again. This has become a regular affair over the last few years that both Venerable and us celebrate.

As usual, she seems to be talking directly to me and cuts right to the quick (compassionately, of course) and hits me on a sensitive spot, my attachment to reputation. Reputation is important in sales (or evangelizing), so tho I've have tried to keep my ego at a distance with work, I find that I'm still grasping. Recently, I have been called a traitor to friendship, a liar, and a poseur and though they are not deserved and based on misunderstanding, misinformation, and a poor perspective, they still hurt.

Paraphrased excerpts of what Ven. Thubten Chodron had to say about reputation:

Reputation is other people's thoughts and of course other people have nothing else to think about but me.

Worrying about reputation has us trying to become what we think, they think what we should be. Which is not what we are and causes dis-satifaction cuz we are being what we think they think we are.

I'm so fortunate to get to know teachers like her.

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