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Dining In At Del Taco

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Del Taco

Yesterday, my girlfriend and I decided to venture out into the thunderstorms to find something to eat. We ended up at Del Taco since my girlfriend wanted mexican and had never been there. I had been there before, but it’s been a long time.

As soon as we walk in, we notice that there is absolutely no one in there besides the staff. As we approach the ordering counter, this very hyper teenage cashier points at me and says “Dude, I love your shirt!” I had to look down because I forgot what shirt I was wearing. At first I thought I was wearing my Firefox logo t-shit because all the young kids comment on it, but it was instead my Bob Marley t-shirt. I reply, “Thanks dude!”. We proceed to order 6 $1 classic tacos, at which point the cashier replies “Or, for the same price, you can get 12 mini tacos.” The he points at me and says “I’m just thinking like a stoner dude! That’s what I would do”. So I reply, “we’ll take the 6 $1 classic tacos please.” I couldn’t believe he did this right in front of his manager and the rest of the crew, who were just standing there waiting for the order to give them something to do.

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Why I Deleted My Facebook Account

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

For me, Facebook has run it’s course, so I deleted my account. Sure, it’s a great place to connect with your family and friends and stalk that old crush from high school, but does it really benefit you and your family? One of the reasons that I’ve waited this long is because my mother joined Facebook a while back and I love my mommy! She loves seeing pictures and videos of her grand kids, but is that enough for me to continue to steal time from my children and bring stress and anxiety upon myself? Is Facebook the only channel in which to share your life with family and friends? Does Facebook have a monopoly on social interaction? I don’t think so. I’m on Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr, Youtube, etc. You can email me at elizeo@interactivebynature dot com and I have my own blog which you’re reading right now.

Facebook Deleted

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Whatever!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

We want the sex and not the kids. We want the check and not the job. Most of all we want the blessing but don’t answer to God. Got a closet full of clothes and empty bank accounts. If you need a handout, we got nothing; we bounce!

So, we do whatever, eat whatever, smoke whatever, f*** whoever, wear whatever, shake whatever, sell whatever, it’s now or never.

If Grandma and Grandpa saw how we behaved, they would probably spin around like yo-yo’s in their grave.

~Brother Ali

Listen to Whatever by Brother Ali.

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On Dating With Children

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

As a single father, I’m starting to realize how difficult it is to date with children. One thing that makes this even more challenging, is that I prefer to date women without children. Call me double-standard, but I know what I want.

I haven’t done a whole lot of dating since the divorce and have only brought 2 women around my boys in an attempt to get serious and take it to the next level. Both of them broke it off with me because of my youngest sons all-of-a-suden manipulative behavior. He would do things like ask my girlfriend to help him hang up pictures in his room, but when she would look to see what the pictures were, they were of me, the boys and my ex-wife all happy together. Another time he randomly walked up to her and handed her a VHS tape and said “Look! It’s my mom and dads wedding video”. His signature move was to go to his room and cry as loud as he could while I had her over.

How do you react when it’s so obvious that he doesn’t want you around? I don’t blame either one of them for bailing on me. Both of them have never dated a man with children before, so I’m sure this left a bad taste in their mouth about dating men with “baggage”. My oldest son seems to be okay with whatever I do. When asked how he feels about me dating, he said “I just want you to be happy dad”.

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Labor Day Bar-B-Que

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Today, Labor Day 2012, Diego, Chayo and I went out to have some Labor Day fun at a friends house. When we returned home, we sat in our living room to watch a little TV before putting them to bed. We heard sirens in the neighborhood, but assumed they were going to the apartment complex a couple blocks away like they always do. Not even 5 seconds later I looked out the back window because it looked like daytime back there. I saw the neighbors house on fire. I couldn’t tell it was just the garage at first because the flames were so high. This went down at approximately 10PM. I ran to the back yard and got my phone out and captured the following video.

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Reflecting On An Event Apart Seattle 2012

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

An Event Apart Seattle 2012 was refreshing. I say this because as a developer I spend a good portion of my day writing code in order to meet functional requirements. Most of the presentations focused on inspiration, design and content strategy. These things are easily forgotten when working on existing applications that require little to no further design work.

The Five Most Dangerous Ideas by Scott Berkun, was most inspiring to me personally. It’s all the things that designers/developers don’t want to talk about or deal with, but it’s a reality. Designers need to realize that they’re never going to grow if they try to protect their power.

Seattle, Washington

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fIREHOSE – Flagstaff, AZ

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The first time I heard fIREHOSE was in 1989 when I watched the Santa Cruz skateboarding video Streets on Fire. This video session featured Natas Kaupas, one of the Godfathers of street skating as we know it today. The song Brave Captain and Natas’ skateboarding blew me away! From that moment on, I had a new favorite band.

Streets on Fire – Natas Kaupas

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No More Homework

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Chayo Elijah

Today’s post is brought to you by my 9 year old son Chayo Elijah Benavidez.

Listen teachers, you should not give out homework to students. We should not have to work at home. We need to take breaks from doing homework. If you don’t understand your homework, you can’t do it. So, like I said, kids don’t deserve homework.

Listen up, kids should not have to work at home. We need to rest our brains. It takes time to do other stuff too. We need to do fun things like play games and go to the park instead of working at home.

We need to take breaks from doing homework. We need to relax our brains because if our brains are working too hard our heads would hurt. We work hard in school all day and don’t need to work more at home.

Lots of kids are struggling on homework. If you don’t understand your homework you can’t do it and will have a hard time trying. We don’t even do our homework especially if we’re frustrated. Then the next day you will get in trouble. If you are still giving homework to your kids, I suggest you read this again!

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My Thoughts On “App Internet”

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

A little disclaimer before reading this post. I recently attended the Breaking Development Conference which focuses on Web Design and Development for Mobile Devices. I’m so fired up about mobile web, that I might come off a little bias here.

In August, 2010, Forrester coined the term “App Internet“. What does the App Internet mean? “The Web, as the dominant software architecture of the Internet, is dead.” But, since then we have only seen the mobile web progress with the help of HTML5, APIs and mobile web frameworks like jQuery Mobile, Sencha and jQ Touch. In my opinion, it seems that the “mobile app fad” is dwindling down due to progressive web enhancements making mobile web more accessible across multiple platforms and older browser/device versions.

At a high level, the problem with native apps is that they must be downloaded to your device, and it’s becoming too much trouble to organize and maintain ALL the apps and scroll, scroll, scroll all the way down to find the one you’re looking for. Sure, you could keep adding them to your home screen, but where does it end? It’s not realistic to have an app for every store you buy from or every website you visit.

As mobile web improves, users will be more likely to take advantage of the idea of “use it and lose it”. Meaning, they don’t need to go through the pain of finding and downloading an app when they can open a browser based web app, use it, and move on.

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Denver Zombie Crawl 2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011

This past Saturday, Oct 22nd, we attended the 6th annual Denver Zombie Crawl, and on this day, Occupy Denver wasn’t the only one’s occupying downtown. There’s no final count as of now, but there was an estimated 16,000 to 30,000 zombies, which is more than enough to beat the Zombie Crawl record set in October 2010 in New Jersey of just over 4,093.

This is the second year in a row that we enjoyed this gruesome event. Again, Chayo and I went as traditional zombies that were raised from the grave. Diego, my oldest son brought along some of his friends and they went as survivors, fully equipt with nerf guns, plastic swords and axes. They wore X’s on their shirts to make sure the zombies chased them through 16th Street Mall.

BRAINS!

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