Seeing Armin Van Buuren 9 Years Later

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All the way back in 2006 I went to see my first DJ, it was Armin Van Buuren. I took a little road trip down to Washington, DC with friends to see Armin at a placed called Fur, which is not even there anymore. Armin at the time was ranked #3 in the world, but many of you probably had not heard of him yet because Trance and EDM was not even close to how big it is today. Since that first show I have been a lifelong fan of Armin and Trance.

Fast forward to last month I made the trip back down to Washington, DC to see Armin again. This time it was at EchoStage, which I have been to quite a lot of times before. I am going to let the videos speak for themselves, but I have to say Armin still brings the house down. He is still my favorite DJ and his shows are not like any other. He just has this power over the crowd that not many DJs so. Anyways I’m not going to make this post that long, here are the videos!

You can see the rest of the videos on my YouTube page!

The #TIM08 Shipment from Quarterly

#TIM08 Shipment from Quarterly

It has been a while since I’ve talked about Quarterly on the blog, this is because their last shipment was actually pretty late. I did not get it until February 5th, when I was actually supposed to get it around Christmas time. Anyways Quarterly is much like those monthly box services, except it is each quarter. You don’t get to pick what goes inside of the box, but you pick a curator who hand picks what goes inside the box. The curator I have picked since his second box is Tim Ferriss.

Tim’s box costs $100. This is his 8th box that he has sent out so what all is inside?

#TIM08 Shipment from Quarterly

Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels: $39.99
RAD Roller: $29.99
How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life (Book): $19.56
uBiome Gut Kit: $89
Liz Lovely Ginger Snapdragons (2): $5

So the total price of items inside the box is $188.54 and you get all of that for $100!

I think the thing I was most excited to see was Clocky. I have a horrible time getting up in the morning so having an alarm clock that runs away from me is a good thing! The uBiome Gut kit seems pretty interesting and I tried one of the Ginger Snapdragons tonight and they are amazing!

While not as good as the #TIM07 shipment I was still pretty impressed with the #TIM08 shipment and I will continue my subscription.

The Palms Signature 2 Bedroom Suite

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Well it looks like the ThinkComputers crew is starting a tradition. Last year we decided to stay an extra day and get a really pimp room for the last day of our CES trip. We stayed at the Vdara in their 2 Bedroom Hospitality Suite and really enjoyed it. It gave us a chance to relax, get some work done, and feel like we really accomplished a lot during the hectic CES week. This year we did the same thing, but wanted to check out a different suite. Upon Jack’s suggestion we went with the 2 Bedroom Suite at Palms Signature (Palms Place).

Palms Signature, or Palms Place as we know it is Palms residential tower. Mainly because of the bad economy and housing market Palms is not able to sell all of the units at Palms Place. So they rent them out or rent out rooms that are not in use by their tenants. This is actually quite cool because Palms Place does not have a casino or anything like that so it lets you get away from all of the madness of Vegas. So without further ado here is the video we shot of the suite, MTV Cribs style!

The set up of the suite is quite interesting because it is more like a 1 bedroom suite and studio suite combined. There are technically two rooms completely so you can have privacy in each room. And another thing that is cool is that you can close off the corridor so you have your own private hallway, which is shown in the beginning of the video. Palms calls this “Double door suite entry”. Here is a photo overview of the first part of the suite.

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And now the second (studio) part.

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Being on the 50th floor is great and the view out of the window is amazing. Our suite faced the mountains, which I actually enjoyed a lot more than looking at the strip. Palms Place has its own pool, spa and restaurant so you do not have to really leave for much. If you happen to want to gamble you can go over to Palms by using the skytube. I actually did this the next morning to go get a coffee, it takes about 15 minutes round trip.

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As far as the internet goes it is free and its not bad, but it is limited to one device per suite. So technically we would get two devices with this suite. The best thing to do would be to invest in a travel router, which I’ve had for a few years now. The suite does offer a wired connection, which I do prefer and makes it easy to connect the travel router to.

A couple of things about this suite did bum me out though. First we were not able to access the balconies. Apparently this is because the owner of the suite is the only person that has access to the balcony keys. I also think that is has something to do with an insurance issue because this is a residential tower and was not meant to be rented at first. Also when we stayed at Vdara they gave us complimentary roundtrip limousine transportation to and from the airport. Palms does not offer that with this suite rental.

In any case I think that this is a great suite to relax in, have a party in and much more. It is nice to be off the strip and you are still close enough to Palms Casino to have fun without having to get into a cab.

How To Throw a Good CES Party

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The week of CES is a lot of fun and it seems like every night there are a few parties. CES parties are quite interesting because they are not like your typical party. Most of the people who work in the industry are not typically “party people” or at least not like the people who I party with on a regular basis. Because of this CES parties usually are not all that fun and are more or less networking events. I think that CES parties could be a lot more fun and I actually went to one this year that was a blast. Here are some tips on throwing a great CES party.

Venue – This is one of the most important things. If you have a bad venue your party is not going to be fun at all. I’ve been to parties in cramped hotel rooms and they are just not fun at all. Typically the better parties are thrown at clubs and large suites. Everyone tries to get into CES parties, I know I did my first few years when I was not invited to any! And they let me in! So you need to make sure the venue you pick can handle a lot of people, or be really strict on the guest list. More than likely the venue is something that most companies get right when planning a CES party.

Open Bar – This is a huge thing. If you are throwing at party you better have an open bar. It’s crazy to think, but I’ve actually been to CES parties where I had to pay for my drinks. This is just unacceptable. If I’m going to pay for my own drinks I would rather be at a bar or club talking to women!

Girls – Let’s face it, the industry is mainly made up of men. Getting girls to come to CES parties is a hard thing. Most companies normally hire girls for their parties, this is a good thing but you have to make sure these girls are very outgoing and make an effort to make sure everyone is having fun. Also whoever is organizing the party should make an effort to try and get the few females that do work in the industry to come, it just makes for a great mix of people.

Good Music / DJ – Music is what keeps the party alive. At the end of a long day of meetings we want to let loose and have fun. You need to have good music at your party for this to happen. So make sure you have a good DJ, not someone playing music on their iPod! A good DJ will keep thing up tempo and make sure everyone is having fun.

With all of that said there was one CES party this year that really had all of these things, it was the MSI Level Up Launch Party! Check out the video below of the party!

On a final note I’ve been slacking a little bit on finishing up my blog posts from my Las Vegas trip. I should be done with them this upcoming week and I have some great personal development posts coming, stay tuned!

A Trip Back To Beijing Noodle No. 9

Beijing Noodle No. 9

When I’m in Vegas I typically try restaurants that I haven’t been to before, but I always seem to make a trip back to Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars. If you didn’t know I am a huge fan of Asian food and on top of that they actually hand-pull their noodles there. That is something you don’t typically see, unless you are in New York or L.A. So Beijing Noodle No. 9 is usually on the list of restaurants I want to eat at each year.

One thing that I really like about Beijing Noodle No. 9 is the style of the restaurant. It is more bright and trendy, again something that you typically don’t see. There are also sets of large fish tanks towards the front that add to the ambiance. I went with Derrick and also my friend Mark who was in town for CES as well. To start we each ordered appetizers.

I went with the Mini Wonton in Sichuan Chili Oil ($10.99).

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Derek decided on the Pillow of Pan Fried Shrimp and Chives Pancakes ($12.99)

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And Mark ordered the Lamb Pancakes ($12.99)

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All of the apetizers were great, although I definitely liked the Mini Wonton in Sichuan Chili Oil the best. Moving on to my main course I was feeling like noodle soup so I decided on the Beef Brisket Noodle Soup ($16.99).

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The soup was great and the noodles were cooked perfectly. This meal was the perfect thing after a long day of working and covering CES. If you are looking for something a little bit different than your typical Las Vegas restaurant Beijing Noodle No. 9 is a great choice. I will definitely be back on my next trip to Las Vegas!

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