iPhone Apps I used the Most – 2014 Edition

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If you are like me your phone is with you at all times. I am using an iPhone 5s as my main phone and it actually keeps me pretty productive and able to keep updated with what is going on with all of my friends. I wanted to go through some of the apps I am using the most on my iPhone, so here we go!

1. Facebook – Yes I use Facebook daily, maybe too much at times. I not only use it to see what my friends are up to and to update you on my daily life I use it for business and networking as well.

2. Instagram – It is crazy to see how Instagram has grown over the past few years. If I am sharing photos it is normally done through Instagram.

3. Splashtop – This is a great remote desktop app I use for my systems at my house. I install the program on my systems at home and I can remotely access them anywhere I have service with my phone. It works great and is well worth the $2.99 price on the iTunes App store.

4. Lyft – Lyft has been in Pittsburgh since the beginning of this year and I happen to use it a lot. It is great for getting downtown so you don’t have to pay for parking or after a long night of drinking so you get home safe without getting a DUI.

5. Camera+ – This is a great app for editing photos. All of the filers and effects are really great, I’ve had this app for years!

6. Expensify – I use this to track all of my expenses for my business. It is extremely easy and keeps track of everything so I don’t have to save receipts.

7. Soundcloud – I have been using Soundcloud a lot lately to find new music. A lot of my favorite DJs are on there an upload unreleased tracks. You can follow me on Soundcloud if you want.

8. Twitter – Yes I still use Twitter! The iPhone app from Twitter works great and it is actually easy to manage multiple profiles. If you want to follow me on twitter you can!

9. Snapchat – While many people think Snachat is for sending certain “types” of photos to people, but it really has turned into a way to share your life in real time. I get snaps all day from my friends and the new “Live” section its just awesome! Add me on Snapchat: bobtv.

10. Timehop – One thing I always like to do is go back and read my old blog posts and look at old photos. Well Timehop is an awesome app for doing things like that. You connect it with your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and it shows you what you posted each day in history. I check this app daily!

So what iPhone apps are you using the most?

Lounge 5280 at the Denver Airport

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On my recent trip out to Silicon Valley I connected both ways at the Denver International Airport and had lengthy layovers both ways. The first time through I noticed a cool looking bar called Lounge 5280. Since it was early in the morning and I did not feel like I drink I did not stop in and check it out, but on my return flight I sure did!

Lounge 5280 is located on the B concourse, at the Mezzanine (upper) level. The thing that really caught my attention when walking by the bar the first time were the smaller tables that sit along the railing. They have very comfortable tables and power outlets, which if you travel often you know are hard to come by at airports. So I walked in to 5280, sat at one of these tables, pulled out my laptop and took a look at the drink menu.

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I was actually surprised at how many different options there were, especially wine! If you travel a lot you know most places in airports will only offer and handful of beers and wines. Well 5280 has 52 hand-selected wines to choose from and also a long list of spirits and other alcohol. One page that caught my eye on the menu was the Colorado inspired cocktails page, which featured Colorado made or owned products. I decided on the Blackberry Lemonade which was Woody Creek Potato vodka, Leopold Brothers Blackberry liqueur, fresh squeezed lemon juice and Rocky Mountain Loveland limeade.

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My drink was made very quickly and once it was brought over I was set. I relaxed with my drink and started on my work. For a second it did not even seem like I was in a busy airport. Lounge 5280 also offers appetizers and small plates, but I did not try any.

If you happen to be in the Denver Airport check out Lounge 5820, I’m sure they will have something you’ll like!

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Staying at Aloft Silicon Valley

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Last month I had the chance to stay at an Aloft hotel. Aloft is Starwood’s boutique hotel chain. These hotels are actually pretty cool and offer a unique atmosphere. I actually first heard of them when they made a custom playlist for Spotify a year or so ago. Since then I’ve always wanted to check them out. I attended a press event for ThinkComputers and the company put us up at the Aloft Silicon Valley so I was pretty excited.

The first thing that I’ve always liked about Aloft hotels is how they have a more modern design. This not only includes the rooms, but also the bar and lounge areas. The biggest thing I’m sure you want to know about are the rooms so let’s get to that.

From what I know all of the rooms are pretty much the same at this Aloft location. When you walk in your room there is a desk for getting work done followed by a large couch a coffee table. Separating the room is a sort of shelf unit that has the flatscreen TV on it. The TV can actually pivot so you can watch it from the couch or bed. On the opposite side of the room is your sort of mini-kitchen. You have a fridge, sink, microwave and coffee maker. Aloft does provide free coffee and two bottles of water each day for free.

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As I said the bed is separated from the best of the room by the shelving unit. The bed in my room was a king-size bed and was extremely comfortable. On each side of the bed you have reading lamps and shelves to put your phone etc. There are outlets on the wall behind the bed, but they were a little hard to get to. The bathroom was pretty impressive as you got both a normal bath tub and a standing shower. Besides that the sink area was pretty awesome as well. I shot my ALS ice bucket challenge in this bathroom!

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The hotel also has a outdoor pool area. I hung out here for a little bit each day. There were your typical lounge chairs, but there were also these massive circlular chairs that were extremely comfortable. Both times I was relaxing outside I was in one of those big chairs!

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I did have a chance to eat at the hotel too. Aloft calls their restaurant +Plus. I ate there for breakfast on my birthday and got the Eggs Benedict, it was extremely good! I also was a fat kid one day and ordered room service. I got the wings and seasoned fries, both were good!

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If you are heading to Silicon Valley Aloft is a great place to stay, not only to relax, but to get work done as well. Great atmosphere and very friendly people, I hope to be back soon!

Summer 2014 Highlights

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Well as you may have noticed I have not blogged in a while. I only really published 1 post a month for the entire summer. I hope that changes soon, but I wanted to recap some of my summer for all who are interested. I should have made posts these things as they were happening, but I guess I was just too busy living in the moment. That is something I learned this summer was to really appreciate good times with friends and to not take things for granted.

As I mentioned before on both on Twitter and on this blog this summer has been the best summer of my life! So in no particular order here is what I have been up to!

Boating on the River

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The thing I would say I did the most this summer was go boating. I had not done it much in the past and a few of my friends have boats and it seemed I was on the river every chance I could get. Not only is boating a lot of fun it is pretty huge in Pittsburgh with our three rivers. You can park boats right by PNC Park, Heinz Field and all other places a long the river. Boating not only is fun but it is relaxing and something different. There were so many boat parties this summer and it all culminated with a party we called “The Slip N Slide to Save Summer”. Shout out to Chris for shooting the video below.

EDM Shows

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If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know I am a huge fan of trance and EDM. I normally only go to 1-2 shows a year, but this year I’ve been to quite a few. If you haven’t been to an EDM show they are just awesome. The music and atmosphere is amazing and it just gives you a great feeling. So far this year I’ve seen Markus Schulz, Audien, The Chainsmokers, Seven Lions, and Sultan & Ned Shepard to name a few. I am heading to DC in a week to see DVVBS and there are so many great shows coming up!

Cookouts & Get-Togethers

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I kicked off the summer with a cookout at my house and it just went on from there. It seemed so many of my friends birthdays were in the summer and we all would get together for them. Also this summer I spent so many Sunday’s at Skybar, it just seemed like the place to be and there were so many cool people there. It does not get much better than cooking out and spending a weekend with friends, that is what summer is all about!

Nights out with Friends

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Besides the cookouts and dinners I did do my fare share of partying as well. It seemed like every weekend we were all out at Cavo, Diesel, or Static! It is so great after a long and stressful week to be able to kick back and have a night out with your friends. I think I went out more this summer than I did all of last year! Although, as I mentioned before going out is great motivation to work even harder!

FoodPorn!

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Of course if you follow me on Instagram you know I enjoyed plenty of foodporn over the summer! I think out of all places I went to Nakama the most (who does not love their sushi!), but my favorite place has to be Capital Grille, that is where the above photo was taken at. I think I ate there at least 4-5 times over the summer, best place to get a steak in the city! Now the best “summer spot” has to be Redfin Blues, not only is at the marina where my friends have their boat, but their outside deck overlooks the river. It is one of the only places in Pittsburgh like this, perfect for a date!

So this is what I was doing in my free time this summer, and as I said it was the best summer of my life! How was your summer? Remember you can always see what I’m up to by following me on Twitter!

10 Things I’ve Learned In the Past 10 Years

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Today I turn 30. It does not seem like a big deal to me, but I guess it’s one of those big birthdays sort of like when you turn 21. My 20’s are over and wow does it seem like time flies. When I turned 20 I had no clue how my life would turn out, but I think things have gone pretty well. I am my own boss and I love what I do. I have amazing friends that support me and knock on wood I am still very healthy. Instead of doing my normal post where I reflect on the past year I decided to give you 10 important lessons that I’ve learned in the past 10 years.

It’s not all about money – of course money is a good thing, without it we couldn’t buy nice things or go places, but don’t make your life all about money. When you do that you forget about actually doing things you enjoy. I know people that make over 500K a year and are miserable because all they do is work. What is the use of having that money if you can’t enjoy it. We all think we want to make a million dollars, but in reality we want the lifestyle that we think a million dollars brings. The truth is you can have that lifestyle for far less.

Follow your passion – What are you passionate about? Is it a big part of your life? What is the point of living if you are not doing things you are passionate about? I know not everyone can have a job that they enjoy and they are passionate about, but if you are not going out on weekends or in your free time doing things you enjoy, what is the point? You will be happier in life if you do something you are passionate about, even if its only once a week.

Say Yes – This has been a big change for me. For the longest time I would always say no to things. This past year I have said yes to a lot of things. Some of the best times of my life have been from saying yes to people. Saying no all the time just limits your opportunity and you never know what experiences you are missing if you say no. As the famous quote goes, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

Fail early on – This way sound weird but try and fail early on. These failures will teach you a lot and lead you to your biggest successes.

Be nice to everyone – While this may seem like a simple thing many people do not follow it. I’ve always tried to be nice to people regardless of anything whether it be social status, race, etc. This is why I have so many different “groups” that I am friends with. This has made me a very well like person and you never know when you may need a favor from someone.

Not getting what you want is important – As they say the world works in mysterious ways and it is true. Always remember when one door closes another one opens. If you are going through a bad breakup or things are not going well with business it is ok. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. This was very true for me this year as I myself went through a bad breakup, but that actually turned out to be a blessing as I’ve had the best summer of my life!

Eat well and take care of your body – As we get older this is huge! Stop eating like crap! Over the past few years I have really changed my diet around and I eat very well. Instead of shopping once a month and getting mostly frozen food I shop weekly and get everything fresh. On top of that I mainly eat healthy food. Hardly any snacks, sweets etc. I see people that I’ve grown up with not take care of their body and I’m glad that I have.

Better to have a small group of real friends – Growing up it seemed all you wanted was a ton of friends. As you get older your group of “real” friends gets smaller, but that is a good thing. People show their true colors and over time you find out who your real friends are. I am not saying don’t be friends with people, but do not consider everyone a true friend. It is far better to have a small group of people that actually care and that you can count on.

Don’t take anything for granted – There have been times in my life that I’ve taken things for granted. When these things leave our life they all of a sudden become the most important thing in our lives. Do not wait until that moment to appreciate what you have.

Have a positive outlook – You have to go through life with a positive outlook. Bad things are going to happen in life it is inevitable. But it is all about how you take them. Life is 10% what actually happens to you and 90% how you react to it. And who wants to be around someone that is negative all of the time?

Wow so I am 30, what will the next 10 years of my life bring?