One of the nicest things about Spring in Seattle is the arrival of Seattle Beer Week. On May 13th, the week kicks off with an opening party at Hale’s Brewery (the producer of this year’s official SBW beer). Following the kickoff – breweries and taphouses around Seattle explode with activity dedicated to enjoying quality beers. The week (which is actually closer to 10 days) was established to recognize Seattle’s role in the micro and craft brewing industry and to encourage locals to get out and appreciate the great beers that this region is known for producing. A complete list of events is available here and a map of participating locations is also available.
This edition of the CrapMonkey Podcast is a bit of a mixed bag. In technology news, Internet Explorer 8 has released and is available for free download (you might also want to check out this funny ie8 promo video that includes web celebs like the Ask a Ninja Ninja). Also, scientists have developed a macromolecule that should lead to a self-healing clear coat that may make your car’s paint or your devices screens repair their own scratches. Addicted to Twitter? Find more people to follow with WeFollow.com. Speaking of following, you should also follow the Love Long and Prosper Podcast – so I included a fun promo for it in today’s show.
Discover Magazine has a cool series called “20 Things You Didn’t Know About…” that is worth checking out. The topics of “Television” and “Time” are certainly worth a read. Are you in to retro 3D? If so, get your glasses on and check out Swell3d.com. However, if this episode is getting you into too good of a mood, maybe you should take a look at thingstobemiserableabout.com.
Finally, there is just a smidge of beer news in this eposide (since I missed the Washington Cask Festival). Seattle Beer Week is coming up in May. Check out the Seattle Beer Week website to learn more about what that entails.
The song of the day is Hangman by Zach Harjo and we close the show on Broken Halos. Both songs are from Zach’s upcoming album called Dark Poems. It’s not out yet, but you can catch Zach this Wednesday (April 1st) on KEXP or on Saturday April 4th at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. The website of the day is Playboy’s cover-to-cover site, a free archive of high quality, scanned playboy issues spanning the publication’s history. Also included in this episode is a restroom review of Sully’s Lounge in Queen Anne.
What’s wrong with the picture below? This is a rare glimpse of the Seattle Space Needle at night without its normal illumination. The lights were shut off for one hour on Saturday night in observance of Earth Hour. As you can see, very little of the rest of the city played along.