Jeff Schuler's blog

Guy, Powerless

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 23:23.

Questministries called me at 6pm -- said his electricity had gone out 30 minute prior, and he asked that I post here for him.

He's on Cleveland Public Power: said he and Yogi had already called CPP, and also spoken with Councilman Cimperman's office -- that it was known there were folks on Professor without power, too, but that was the first they'd heard from Brayton.

He reminded me that there are many elderly and handicapped in his neighborhood, and was worried that the powers-that-be weren't being...

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how any town can become bike friendly.

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Tue, 10/06/2009 - 12:12.
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City Planning holds an online poll

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 00:55.
NorthCoast HarborPed BridgeConcepts.png

North Coast Harbor Pedestrian Bridge: Vote for your favorite bridge design

Federal funding has been secured to develop an iconic pedestrian bridge linking the finger pier from Dock 32 and the southwest corner of Voinovich Park fully connecting the existing waterside promenade around North Coast Harbor. To see concepts for a movable bridge click on the images below.

After viewing all of the presentations below take a quick survey to tell us which concept is your favorite.

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Visions for the Crooked River.

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 23:56.

Pontoon-pedal the Cuyahoga...

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Where do you keep your chickens?

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Wed, 08/26/2009 - 12:13.

And what do you do with your dryer when it don't work no more?

Here's one way to keep your chickens dry. Pete Betchik of Madison on the Lake, Ohio built a chicken shelter using found materials. "The frame is made from wooden pallets, the roof also is pallet wood. The sides are old steel shelves. The inside is lined with old pizza boxes, the nest box was once used to ship fresh fish to market, and the front door was an industrial clothes dryer front."

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Recent decisions about libel and anonymity on the net

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 21:20.

Check out Cleveland blogger Erin O'Brien's post, A beautiful comeuppance, on a Manhattan Supreme Court judge's decision to require Google to reveal the identity of a [previously anonymous] blogger found guilty of defamation, having called a semi-famous fashion model a “a psychotic, lying, whoring, still going to clubs at her age, skank.”

See The First Amendment rights of anonymous defamers for a bit more on the legal precedents involved.

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REALNEO: What Is and What Should Be?

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 14:15.
lmcshane suggested a possible funding opportunity for REALNEO: a New Voices Grant through J-Lab. (Referred through The Appalachian Independent: Our Grant.)

I wonder what our ask would be?

If we're going to ask for money, we need a focused proposal.
To make such a proposal, we need some agreement on what our goals are.
To establish goals, we need some agreement on What is and What should be REALNEO.

Drupal 5.18 Upgrade

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Thu, 06/11/2009 - 03:59.

REALNEO's Drupal installation was upgraded to the most recent version in the 5.x branch early this morning, and all contributed modules as well.

We were pretty far out of date, and there were a number of kinks to work out that were holding up the upgrade process, so I'm glad we're past this.

Or nearly past this -- please comment here or let me know if anything doesn't seem to be working properly.

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REALNEO changes web hosts

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Mon, 05/18/2009 - 03:08.

Tonight, REALNEO moved to a new web host.

If you see the location of the site as "", don't worry: you've got the same site, it just means that you're still being redirected through the old address. Domain name changes take time to propagate through the net, and the updates haven't yet reached your computer.  (You can try clearing your DNS cache, if you're anxious, but it'll eventually pass.) If you see the normal URL, great.

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A Glimpse into Drupal's Open Source Process

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 19:37.

Drupal is free and open-source software. Anybody can download, use, modify, repackage, and redistribute it (event at a price,) freely. Open source is not only key to its distribution but also its development, culture, and very nature.

Identity Online and Nicknames on REALNEO

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Fri, 03/06/2009 - 15:34.

Is there a dichotomy between your online/offline selves?
Does your online self have split personalities?
What defines your identity online, and are you able to fully and effectively manage it?

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REALNEO: Down for System Upgrade Tonight

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 17:18.

I spoke with Robert Scales, RainCity Studios' founder and CEO, here at DrupalCon yesterday, to tell him how great the folks at Bryght, -- our host, recently acquired by RainCity -- have been.

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DrupalCon DC 2009, Day 1

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 00:12.

The Drupal brand of geek is to me a tasteful breed -- a nice mashup of programmers, designers, and administrators -- and those for whom these interests/skills overlap.

I've never been able to relate extremely well with the hardcore Linux kernel hackers. Folks with that incredible sort of domain-specific brilliance definitely abound in the Drupal community, but, (I may piss off said hackers to say,) the Drupal folks tend to have their heads more in this world.

tech-savvy administration?

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Sun, 02/22/2009 - 01:04.
Mac-user Obama

"because the only thing better than the president using a mac is the president having a motherf*cking PAC-MAN sticker ON his mac."

-- theslyestfox


REALNEO fonts and colors

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Sat, 11/22/2008 - 23:07.

I've been messing around with some ideas for a favicon for REALNEO -- the little icon that shows up next to the URL in your browser, or when you bookmark the site, etc. Don't know about anyone else, but I'd really like to see REALNEO with its own icon instead of the standard Drupal raindrop.

I haven't gotten far yet, but I do believe I've hunted down the two fonts used in the logo, (heretofore a mystery, as far as I can tell.)

An old logo I found:

realneo logo


All Comments listing

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Mon, 11/03/2008 - 15:19.

Since comments are such a rich part of the REALNEO site, and a common entry-point into discussions, I've added a page listing all comments ~ instead just the last 10 that appear in your right-sidebar's Recent comments block.

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Radical Collaboration in Architecture

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Sat, 10/18/2008 - 18:04.

Bringing collaborative design methods and frameworks from open source software to physical architecture.

The abstract made real, and the possibility of community planning by the community...

Software Freedom Day Cleveland 2008

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 15:57.

2 years ago, Norm asked, Tomorrow [Sept 15, 2006] is Software Freedom Day... what about Cleveland?

Cleveland will have an answer this year.

Software Freedom Day - Cleveland, Ohio


REALNEO going down for upgrade

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 12:04. will be going to maintenance mode very soon, for a Drupal upgrade and transfer to our new (old) host, Bryght / Raincity Studios.

Please bear with us. The site should be back to (better-than-)normal within a few hours.

Good things are in store!

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civic media engagement and participation

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Fri, 06/27/2008 - 09:44.

Is REALNEO safe for lurkers?

Identity is a crucial part of social software systems, but it can (and should) take time for an identity to reveal itself. Certainly, you can be invited to join an existing community by a friend—and that’s something we specifically designed for—but, even then, when you start to reach out from your “safety blanket,” your own identity comes to the fore. What do you do when you first hear of a new site to visit? I don’t know about you, but generally I’ll head on over and perhaps even sign up. As I poke around, I’m essentially anonymous. I have no ties to anyone or anything, and am free to move about without any recognition. This anonymity is important. It allows a new visitor to look around and get a feel for the place, and choose when and how to get started.

-- George Oates, Community: From Little Things, Big Things Grow (A List Apart)

How are we encouraging the lurkers to ditch their safety blanket and begin to participate?

Drupal Meetup in the Making

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 13:19.

If you're interested in having group meetings about Drupal in the Cleveland area, please show your interest by signing up on

Drupal Cleveland Meetup

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New forum for site questions and suggestions

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 17:14.

REALNEO is under construction -- by you, its community.

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Uploading REALNEO Header Images

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Fri, 02/15/2008 - 22:45.

How to upload an image for the RealNEO header -- without using a blog post:

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Input Format filtering changes

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Sun, 02/10/2008 - 00:15.

Susan suggested that the text Input Format options (when posting a blog/comment/etc.) provide more choice than is needed or wanted for the typical user.

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