It’s a family tradition, eating Maryland Chesapeake Bay Blue Point Crabs cooked with lots of Old Bay Seasoning. Old Bay is a staple ingredient for steamed Chesapeake Bay crabs, crab cakes, and other seafood recipes.
Blue Point Crab is the Maryland State Crustacean and the subject of an extensive fishery.
How to Pick a Blue Crab
Flip the crab over
Flip open the apron
Flip off the top shell
Pull out the gills and innards that are hanging out.
The yellow stuff is called the “mustard.” It’s actually the crab’s fat and many people enjoy eating it.
Break the body in half, leaving the legs and claws on.
Squish down the flipper end (backfin) and twist it to produce a big piece of backfin meat.
Pull off the swimming legs and claws one by one. Suck out the little piece of meat at the end of each. Save the claws.
Take a paring knife and split each half of the crab through horizontally, exposing chambers of crabmeat. Use the knife to pick out the meat.
Take a claw and break it apart at the joint. Break the claw with a mallet and pick out the crabmeat.
If you like to drink, eat and be merry, the Duval Crawl is something you ought to try. Great for groups of friends.
Bars line the entire length of Duval Street, Key West, Florida, 33040. As you crawl from one bar to the next, you hear so much live music coming from just about everywhere. On the street, there were street musicians, in the bars there was an excellent variety of mostly late 60s to late 80s music. However the Irish bars still played their traditional folk music.
Here is the Duval Crawl List
Bull & Whistle
801 Bourbon Bar (had the drag queens out front)
Bourbon Street Pub (had the shirtless bartender)
Green Parrot (live music, funny signs)
Virgilio’s (stuffy, can’t eat in the window seats)
Rum Barrel (where we had great onion soup)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café (foofoo drink land, packed all the time)
The Top (roof of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, see slideshow for photos from the roof)
Hard Rock Café (ok place, but nothing that special)
Fat Tuesday (wall o frozen drink machines, many flavors ready to go)
La-Te-Da (where we had shrimp cocktail, shrimp good coctail sauces, not so good)
Rick’s Key West (live music, draft beer, long bar next to Durty Harry’s)
Captain Tony’s Saloon (suprise entertainer at Hemingway’s place)
Sloppy Joe’s Bar (loud, crowded, young and fun)
Hog’s Breath Saloon (folk music, older crowd, nice place)
Pier House Resort (really nice hotel at the end of the street)
Here are a few of the bars on the Duval Crawl List: No snivelling, excess in moderation, hippies use side door, enforcing the two-tooth minimum at the Green Parrot. Come inside and see the invisible men the signs all said. We went inside, I had a Newcastle. This bar is NOT on Duval, but its on our list. This place has live bands.
We had frozen drinks at Fat Tuesday. They had a whole wall of frozen drink mixers. I had a Rum Runner – 151 Rum, Banana, Blackberry and Tropical Punch with Pineapple Juice. Got a brain freeze.
If you like drag queens, then you need to go to the show. Don’t look now but that one wants to talk to me. I said hi, then we went inside the bar portion of the place, we didn’t make the show. There were two bartenders who were serving a full bar like it was a walk in the park. They were fantastic as they waisted no moves mixing complex blender drinks. It was as if they were in a ballad and we were watching them dance around and make drinks. Oh, did I mention that this was a gay/transvestite bar?
These guys were great at the Hogs Breath Saloon. They played 60s folk music such as Simon and Garfunkel.
The Bull and Whistle bar are two bars in one. The Bull had nice live entertainment and a good variety of draft beer. This was our first stop, I ordered a Key West Pilsner, it was ok.
These guys were great, one played a 12 string guitar, the other, a 6 string.
Sloppy Joe’s was a young crowd with very loud music. The place was packed, yet the service was good. But this was not the Sloppy Joe’s that Ernest Hemingway frequented when he lived in Key West. If you want to have a drink at Hemingway’s favorite watering hole, you have to go to Captain Tony’s.
The live entertainment was just ok. But when this patron asked if he could play a few songs, and then did, the place came alive with appause. I guess he was better than most.
Here is the unknown entertainer’s photo take at Captain Tony’s.
I am sure Hemingway sat right where I sat at the bar. It was a lovely bar and the people were all nice and friendly. Many of the people at Captain Tony’s appeared to be local.
From Captain Tony’s to Jimmy Buffet’s Margarettaville Cafe to The Bull, even drinks in the 3 gay bars on the list, the walk along Duval and its side streets gave us three nights of fun bar hopping. And yes, we conquered the entire Duval Crawl list, having a drink at each one, but it took us 3 nights to do it.
The best thing was really the food. There were so many restaurants, great seafood, steaks, salads and more. I think we might just do this again.
On Monday, January 3rd, the State of Ohio had its Senate Confirmation of new and existing senators in the Ohio Capital Building. Ten Democrat and 22 Republican Senators were present, with one senator seat currently unfilled. (There are 33 Senate Seats and 99 Representatives for Ohio).
Family and friends gathered in Senator Bill’s office. Later that morning, Bill was officially sworn-in by Judge Robert R. Cupp during a private session held in the Finan Hearing Room. Later that afternoon, Bill was ceremoniously and unanimously confirmed in a full senate session.
At lunch we had a Cincinnati fare including Montgomery Inn Pulled Pork and Skyline Chili. Governor John Kasich and Senator Rob Portman (on slide show below) were on hand to shake hands and to speak to anyone and everyone. I spoke briefly with Governor Kasich about his budget cutting plans and the de-railing of the High-Speed Rail program. The governor assured me that he was serious about budget cuts and that his administration would not make the same mistakes as previous administrations.
The Senate Chambers, fully restored in the early 1990′s, gave the ceremony an historic air. The capital building was started in 1839, and was restored 1989- 1993. Within those historic walls, Senator Bill Beagle, from the 5th district of Ohio, was unanimously confirmed as the next senator of his district.
Afterwards we took a tour of the Capital Building. Tours are available every day the building is open, and are provided at no cost. Tours for casual visitors, tourists or small groups are given on the hour seven days a week, and groups larger than ten persons can schedule through out the day between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:15 pm weekdays.
As a conservative, I am glad to see the 129th General Assembly on a mission to cut government waste and assist Ohio businesses. My brother and Senator Bill Beagle, will be another voice for the small business person in an important elected position. As Senate President Niehaus has said, this senate is dedicated to representing the best interests of ALL Ohioians, including those Ohioans owning businesses. As a small business owner for over 24 years, I feel that finally we have a voice at the statehouse.
Best of luck to my Senator Brother, all those elected to the Ohio General Assembly and Governor Kasich in dealing with the $8 Billion budget shortfall by March 15th.
The University of Chicago Computation Institute (UC-CI), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are pleased to announce the introduction of Beagle, a 150 teraflop Cray XE6 supercomputer that will support computation, simulation and data analysis for the biomedical research community. Beagle will be managed by the iBi. -Source:iBi
“A supercomputer is a way of answering questions that you couldn’t otherwise answer,” said Ian Foster, director of the Computation Institute and principal project investigator. “It’s like an accelerator of human ingenuity.”
The system is named after the HMS Beagle, the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his famous scientific voyage in 1831. While Darwin’s Beagle enabled discoveries that established a unifying theory for all life sciences, the unique capabilities of UChicago’s Beagle will enable transformative innovation in basic, translational and clinical research leading to improved diagnostic strategies and life-sustaining medical treatment.
Beagle is anticipated to place among the top 50 fastest supercomputers in the world and will be one of the fastest systems fully devoted to life sciences. Planned availability for early users is targeted for the first quarter of 2011.
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I took a few photos of PubCon 2010 at the Las Vegas convention center, you can see them all in this slide show above. At the end of this slide show is Day One Keynote speaker, New York Times Technology Writer, David Pogue playing music and singing his #1 You Tube – iPhone Video.
Day One – Keynote: David Pogue
David was enlightening and entertaining as he highlighted the MEGA TRENDS in the tech industry.
He discussed his wireless everywhere prediction, mobile phone applications such as TWITTAROUND which lets you point your phone at a building ad see who is tweeting at that time. His prediction that phone calls will be FREE, was backed up by some good facts about the convergence of Skype, Line 2 and Google Voice into one service that can provide calls to any phone in the world, including land lines, cell, and skype.
The best point David made was that all those communication inventions haven’t gone away. TV was supposed to replace radio, But it never did. There will always be phones, radios, tv, the internet and what ever else is next. Just every new technology crows out and provides a smaller channel for legacy technologies.
Nice job David, too bad you had laryngitis AND you had to sing.
Science of Social Media Marketing
An excellent expose of growth and market share charts to back up his scientific hypothesis.
To summarize, Google and Facebook have approximately the same number of views, but Facebook is on a much steeper growth trend than Google. He has created a report called “The Science of Retweets Report”
Dan also discussed other social sciences.
Twitter – Targetting Retweets and Influentials
Brett spoke about retweeting and how to be cool about targeting influential twitterers. He made the case for ‘getting’ your social network ‘before’ you need it.
I’m not sure if Brett brought up that a re-tweet could get your page indexed in Google in 82 Seconds or not, but that was a general thought for the day as this conference in general was largely discussing twitter and its effects on all things business including promotion of press releases via your relationship with expert journalist in your industry.
The Best Tactics in Landing Page Optimization
Tim Ash, Brad Geddes, Kate Morris and Joanna Lord presented their thought on landing pages and getting your estore products promoted and sold.
Pages with less clutter and more social ties do better than cluttered pages. Make sure you have a ‘Like’ Button on your product pages.
Twitter – The Latest Topics
Warren Whitlock, Dan Zarella and Chris Winfield spoke more on how important it is to have twitter be an integral part of your company marketing strategy.
Sarah Evans, Lisa Buyer, Sean Jackson and Victoria Harres spoke on strategies on getting your Press Release noticed by building up your twitter network with top people in your industry especially journalists in your industry. Sarah had a great story about the Chicago Earthquake. She tweeted in the middle of the night that she thought there was an earthquake. By the next day, due to her twitter network picking up that tweet, she was mentioned in new stories across the country. As a result, she picked up several new clients due to the publicity.
Why Google Doesn’t like your backlinks
Mac Leod spoke on google and the value of your links.
Melanie Mitchel, Chris Brogan, Sarah Evans, Scott Stratten, Brian Clark
The Convergence of Social Media & Search
Aaron Shear, Rebecca Murtagh, David Wallace, Bill Hartzer and Tony Adams discuss ways customers are finding companies with social advertising, search and relationships.
Bing is adding social connections to search results based on how many people clicked the “LIKE” button.
Google results include social profiles, which help you and your company dominate page 1 of results. Creating a barrier between you and bad pages from complaints etc.
Keyword Research, Selection and Optimization
Photo: Amanda Watlington
Hosted by Stephanie Leffer, featuring Amanda Watlington, Stoney deGeyter, Marty Weintraub and Ken Jurina.
Make sure you are documenting and being methodical in your KW research, consider it a science.
Use Negative KW in your Google Adwords campaign and turn on broad match. For the best results have a huge negative keyword list. For example, job should be a negative keyword if you are not an employment service. Very good presentations. I look forward to the slides.
Mentioned Scrapebox, Kwyword Scraper
SEO Design and Organic Site Structure
Taylor Pratt moderated Scott Polk, Tec Ulle and Michale Martin
Hyphens are preferred because they are easy for humans to read and add to the legitimacy of your page.
Look into MICROFORMATS – Read “Microformats Made Simple”
Move toward CSS3, explore WCBP features in Chrome, that’s where we are going
How to Start and Grow a User Generated Content Community
Social Media in the Public and PR Sector
Super Session with Matt Cutts
Keynote: Tim Mayer
The future of Search: Mobile, Social and Verticle
How SMBs Can Use PR Campaigns to Grow Traffic
Hosted by Taylor Pratt with Guillaume Buchard, Lisa Buyer and Sean Jackson of Copyblogger Media
Write ‘socially-suited’ articles, ask the media for a link, create 120 twitter channel to help with re-tweets, optimize before you publicize your press release. Add a video to every press release. Video is cheap and easy, use it often. Like button everything. Lisa Buyer mentioned Muckrack, haro and pitchengine. Also Foursquare was mentioned, again.
The power of the retweet, 82 seconds to indexing in Google. – I think Guillaume said this but can’t remember. Someone said it damnit.
Sean Jackson talked about authority and how much it matters. First he defined authority broadly, then he sought to include any relative authority to the press release. Authority conveys authority. HEADLINES matter the MOST, limit them to 72 characters.
You need a quote from an authority in EVERY press release. Each press release should be 400 characters and include links.
PRNewswire is #1 best for SEO distribution. TIP: Send Word Doc with Links to E-Releases email address and save $300 in linking costs.
Businesswire and Marketwire are both good. BW owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
Always thank people who RT.
Make it easy for reporters to find you and your stories.
Read: Jeff Crilley, Free Publicity.
Real World Low Risk High Reward Link Building
Lee Oden Moderates Greg Harnett, Dixon Jones, Rae Hoffman and Aaron Shear
Dixon recommends you organize bloger tweetups in your area to get links.
Look for companies going out of business and reclaim links in general. Majestic seo can help you find links
Monitor bankrupt companies, post on Yahoo Answers, Run “Good Will” websites, Use Clique Hunter and speak at conferences.
Greg started “Best of the Web” and recommends nitche directories, google places, (he mentioned my friend David Mihm)
Yes you can have multiple director listings for the same domain.
Read Searchenginejournal ’20 places to submit your blog’ mentioned the Librarians Internet Index
Aaron said look to Zappos and how their employees twitter. Also to reach out to bloggers.
Rae said to write about bad service to get attention and if you have clients, ask for a link.
Tools for Competitive Intelligence
Todd Friesen moderated Michael Gray, Michael Streko, Matt Siltala and Andy Beal
Matt mentioned Spy on Hubs, PrWeb, Yelp and Digg to spy on competition Also SEOMoz and authority labs are good tools to review your competition.
Andy said to follow your competitors employees and other company social accounts. Read fan pages, create private twitter lists so completion doesn’t know your are watching them.
Andy also mentioned domaintools.com and oodle.com.
Michael Strecko recommends you take a look at the competitions code. Get their Robots.txt and go to places no robot can go. Monitor twitter with dotheyfolloweachother.com, Look at what domains they own. Call them on the phone as a customer.
Graywolf recommends Blekko.com a new search engine and Quarkbase.
Community Hacking: 96 Baiting Strategies you can employ
Aaron Sear, Todd Malicoat, Gill Hartzer and Gillian Mussig
Bill recommends using link bate in the post titles. For example: Breaking News. Look for hot trends and blog about them. Provide giveaways, offers and deals. Social media participation is the key.
Gillian who is the co-founder of SEO MOZ talks about motivators:
Fear, Vanity, Guild Greed, Comedy, Shock
Top 10, list trends and news-bated posts.
Todd Malicoat likes linkbait on Facebook ads. Quarkbase and #followfriday
Competitors from the Darkside – Rogue SEO Tatics
Joe Laratro moderated Steve Plunkett, Carolyn Shelby, Giovanni Gallucci, and Brett Tabke
They spoke of linkwheels and xrummer and recommended you do not use them.
Stumbleupon Bookmark every page in your website by every employee
use Youtube and Flickr often
Also FB and Twitter
He spoke of gaming Linkedin, bookmarking Demon, Twet Adder, Subvert and Profit
Get a page ranked then 301 redirect.
Know the rules, read Peter’s Evil Overlord List
Me and my brother, Bill Beagle, waiting for Senatorial Confirmation
Darke, Miami and Montgomery County just elected my brother Bill Beagle to State Senate in the Fifth District of Ohio. When you read the senator-elect’s Facebook page, one can realize that there was a huge effort by many volunteers to make this happen.
John Boehner and Bill Beagle
During his campaign travels, he spent an entire day following the next speaker of the US House, John Boehner, to Huber Heights, Troy, and Greenville. Candidate Bill heard Representative Boehner’s detailed conservative plans for the next Congressional session. Bill told his voters he wanted to bring that same common sense thinking back to Columbus, Ohio.
Bill received support from the Darke County League of Women Voters, Leadership Troy Alumni, Precious Blood Catholic Church, the Darke County Republican Men’s Club, the Republican party, hundreds of volunteers and many other groups/organizations. Bill was endorsed by the Tippecanoe Gazette, NFIB, Montgomery & Miami County GOPs, The Ohio Society of CPAs, Buckeye Firearms Association, ABC Associated Builders & Contractors, Ohio.
Bill said, “I am running because I want to go to the Senate to help businesses create jobs and to get the state’s financial house in order – not as a stepping stone in my career.” I am sure this no nonsense attitude is what got Bill elected.
Central Avenue in Middletown, Ohio has changed over the years. Middletown was incorporated in 1833.
This west-to-east drive down Central reveals mostly old, vacant buildings and newly vacant lots from demolished old buildings. However there is a small patch where the city has tried to revitalize, this area is shown at the beginning of the slide show.
The Middletown is divided amongst two zip codes, 45042 and 45044. The dividing line for these two zip codes is generally Central Avenue.
As Middletown struggles to create an identity downtown, the future of Middletown really lies at the other end of this slide show. Where Central Avenue intersects Cincinnati-Dayton road. Most of the most recent development for Middletown lies on the east end of town.
Still, Middletown has many beautiful old structures on Central and around the downtown area. Just how do you capitalize on a downtown that is miles away from the real growth are of Middletown?
Here is my pictoral visit to Sawyer Glacier in Alaska, USA. This visit was interesting due to how close we were able to get to the glacier in the huge Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
Sawyer Glacier is located about 100 miles south, south east of Juneau.
View Sawyer Glacier in a larger map
Though not as well known as Glacier Bay, it is at least as spectacular if not more so. Located in the Tracy Arm Fjord, Sawyer Glacier is one of Alaska’s most massive glaciers.
Its 6am, its cold and it takes quite awhile to navigate down the fjord as it is long an narrow. We pass the right side of an island as the ship barely makes it threw the narrow passageway. still no sight of the glacier as we bend around yet another corner. Then finally we see it, the Sawyer Glacier.
As we approached the glacier, we see an ice and snow formation that looks as large as the surrounding mountains. This is an amazing glacier living at the far end of of Tracy Arm Fjord. We see an amazing iridescent blue mass of ice that reminds me of Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, we had seen earlier in the week.
We heard the loud noise boom around us as the ancient Sawyer glacier calved off a chunk of ice. The ice probably was a big as a house, but it’s hard to gain perspective from the distance we were viewing.
He stood tall since 2004. Then on June 14th a Monday night at about 11 pm, during a fast thunderstorm, lightning struck the 60 foot statue causing it to catch on fire.
Photo by Vincent Rush
Some say this was a fitting end to a sacrilegious statue of Jesus Christ named the “King of Kings,” but renamed by locals here as Touchdown Jesus and Big Butter Jesus, McDonald’s Jesus. Others, including the Solid Rock Church Pastor Darlene Bishop who proclaimed the statue made people ‘remember Jesus or at least think about Jesus’.
Monroe Fire Chief Mark Neu said the fire spread to an amphitheater next to the statue but was confined to the attic area. Losses are estimated to be in the $700k range. It was reported no one was injured in the fire.
There has been quite a controversy regarding the statue.
First of all, the Hornet Football team was partially to blame for the name ‘Touchdown Jesus’. For years the Hornets had losing seasons. Sometimes horrible losing seasons. But the very season the “King of Kings’ statue was completed, the Hornets won. The Hornets have had winning seasons ever sense.
Secondly, there are protesters who don’t want the statue rebuilt because it violates the ‘false idols’ commandment. Here is a debate on The Voice: Should Jesus be Rebuilt?
Thirdly, there are people who see good in the work of the Bishops and their Solid Rock Church, the church own’s the statue. These people want some sort of tribute to Jesus back on display in the reflecting pond.
Lastly, it looks like the Bishops won’t be inviting Brad Coriell back to remake the statue. Darlene Bishop was quoted as saying, “it’s likely that there will be something different” than a 60 foot statue.
People like to PhotoShop Touchdown Jesus like the one below.
What will it be next, Jesus in the Manger? I can’t wait to find out.