>> UPDATED: 3/5/2009 <<** (If you don't care for my blathering, hop to the last paragraph to find a downloadable version of this year's Philly Beer Week Schedule) ** Do I ask for too much? Well, sometimes the answer could possibly be, yes. But, for the second year in a row, I'm struggling to make sense of the Philly Beer Week schedule on the official website. Last year's was downright impossible, so I put a little something together that made it easier for myself and I shared it with all of you. It was fine, but admittedly, not great. This year's version, it's a tad better, but still I've gone a step farther and made what I think is a very useful spreadsheet out of the calendar by copying all of the events off the website. Now, at a glance, we can ask some questions and get some very quick answers: ~ I can only go to PBW on Tuesday night after 7pm, how many events do I have to choose from? One click...done. ~ How many events is Tavern 17 having? One click...done. ~ I don't like the City, how many events are in Paoli or Wayne? One click for Paoli, one click for Wayne...final answer. ~ I'm on a strict budget and can only go 3/13-3/15, how many Free/PAYG events are scheduled on the last weekend of PBW? Two clicks, done. And on and on and on....I think those examples illustrate the point and get you thinking about how you can use a more practical calendar. With the website's current calendar, you pick a day, wait for the images to load, scroll up, scroll down, scroll all around until you find some event(s) that you are looking for, click the details to find more information, click the map...and on and on with the hunting and pecking process from day to day, back and forth, jotting down notes or however you find it convenient to make a list of things you'd like to do. Then, you forget what you do, or the schedule changes from one day to the next and you almost have to star over. Great, right? Only if you've got the time for that sort of thing. But, if a clean and concise list of all the events that you can sort and filter your way through is more your thing, you can either download it from here (then be sure to do File/Export/.XLS to complete the download....or just drop a note to me over here and I'll email a copy out to you. The list is sure to change over the coming weeks, and I'll update every few days or so. Until then, prepare thyself...it's coming, again.
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