Relaxing In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo


Hola amigos!  The CrapMonkey went pretty dark during the holidays and now I am taking a time-out in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.  So far, Wendy and I are having a great time relaxing and enjoying the area.  Ixtapa is a Marina / Resort town – not a lot of culture but lots of nice places to have a drink and watch the sunset.  Zihuatanejo is a larger fishing town (roughly 80,000 people) with lots of great restaurants, shops, and bars overlooking a bay marina (you may remember Zihuatanejo as the place Andy and Red go at the end of Shawshank Redemption… so far I haven’t run into them).  We left the fog of Seattle and had a brief stop in LA, then we continued the rest of the way to Mexico.  Overall, the flights were uneventful and on-time.  We are now at the Las Brisas Hotel and, since being here, we’ve watched a few sunsets, swam in the Ocean and the pool, and treated ourselves to massages in the hotel’s Salon.  I think I’m just about relaxed now.  Tomorrow morning we are going horse back riding on the beach – so I need to head into town to find a hat to cover my pale head.   For the beer lovers that follow my blog, I have little value for you today other than to say Modelo Especial and Corona taste far better on the beaches of Mexico then they could ever hope to taste at home.  as usual, I’ll be updating photos as I can to Flickr and there is also an audio recording of a Mariachi band we had play a song for us as we had dinner on the Beach.  Audios for now!


Click Here To Listen To the Mariachi Band!

A Weekend for Big Wood and Winter Ale.

The Bigwood Festival is happening now at Brouwers Cafe in Fremont.  Over 40 beers that have been conditionedBrouwers in wood make this festival a must attend event.  The beers were rolled out Thursday night and will continue until supplies run out – so get there sooner than later.

Also, don’t forget, the Washington Winter Beer Festival starts tonight at Hales Brewery.  Given that Hale’s is only a stone’s throw from Brouwers, this could be the night to stumble through Fremont and check them both out.  By the way, if you are a member of WABL (Washington Beer Lovers), you get a special head start on Winterfest – exclusive WABL hour starts at 4pm.  Tis the season to enjoy quality beer.

Top Five Twitter Faux Pas

Keyboard GuyIn face-to-face conversations, sometimes our thoughts get ahead of us and things come out wrong.  In the Twitterverse, there are even more ways to trip over yourself and convey the wrong message.  However, Twitter has the added feature of archiving that stumble for generations to come.  Following are the top five ways to flub with Twitter:

  • The Gatling Tweet:  This is when Twitter is flaking out and your updates fail to update, so you continue to re-type your check in, only to have it continually fail to update.  Eventually, the site comes back to health and all of your Twitter updates rattle off one after another like a Gatling Gun -spamming Twitter with a comment that was barely worth reading the first time. 
  • The Forgotten Follower:  Once you are being followed by a decent number of people, it can be hard to keep track of the folks from your virtual posse that transcend into your real world (at least until you make a Tweet you regret): 
    • CrapMonkey is Twittering: Skipped out of work to have a beer and a shot of Jameson at the Pub.  Expensing as a “business meeting” of course.
    • (Sudden relization that the boss is a Follower)
    • CrapMonkey is Twittering: @BossMan – I was just kidding, (LOL), I’m actually filling out that TPS report I promised you.
  • The Roaming Cursor:  Let’s face it, cursors tend to roam around the browser sometimes.  Nothing worse than typing in the address of your next destination only to find that your cursor was in the Twitter Update field.
    •  CrapMonkey is Twittering: 
  • The Drunken Tweet: This one needs little explanation, but after a few too many – one should probably steer clear of Twitter.  Twitter is taking the drunken booty call public in a big way:
    •  CrapMonkey is Twittering: @hotmamma – I’m gonna come over and get my lovin’ on – yeah… I don’t care who knows it!
  • The Truncated Tweet:  We’ve all had to train ourselves in the ways of brevity, but let’s face it, sometimes we stumble and Twitter is unforgiving.  When the 140 character limit is exceeded, you can do little more than hope the part that made it conveyed your message appropriately.
    • CrapMonkey is Twittering:  I have got to say, I’ve known jenny for a long time and work out with her at the Gym all the time. I can’t wait to be invited into her Association of Fitness Instructors.

These are my top 5 Twitter faux pas, do you have any others?  Leave them in the comments.

"_____" the F@#K Out of It!

So, this isn’t the most politically correct idea I’ve ever had, but it seems handy nonetheless.  I’ve launched the first in my series of “the f@#K Out of it” properties designed to provide more value around the sites you leverage everyday.  The first is dedicated to Twitter.  Try it out and let me know what you think.  Other sites are coming online soon (and I’m looking for a volunteer developer to help if you are in the mood to do some simple pro-bono work).

Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

From time to time I speak to classrooms and groups about Podcasting and RSS.  When doing so, I’ve always struggled to communicate the impact of XML over the traditional HTML that defined the web for so long.  Today at Podcamp SeattleEric Weaver played this video in his presentation and I was extremely impressed at how well it delivers the message.    

CrapMonkey Does Maui

Maui Map

Wendy and I have made it to Kihei, Maui.  My brother is getting married here on Saturday so the Petershagen family is beginning to rain down onto the island like a tropical storm.  WiFi in the condo seems to be holding up, so we will try to make regular Flickr updates.  It may not be quite as exciting as when the Brady Bunch went to Hawaii (haven’t found a bad luck Tiki charm yet), but between our camera and our cell phones we should be able to keep the coverage coming.  Aloha!