The Drake Concert

A few weeks ago I had the chance to go to the Drake concert. I actually had not planned on going to the concert, but I ended up winning tickets in a contest. I had two free tickets so why not right? After talking to a few people my 2 good friends Kimiko and Krissy actually were taking a bus to the concert, so I decided to go with them. The concert was at 1st Niagara Pavilion, which is about 30 minutes from Pittsburgh.

Taking a bus is a great idea because you don’t have to worry about driving and you can bring everything for a great tailgate party in the bus. We brought food and alcohol with us and had a pretty good tailgate. Since this was such a big concert I ran into so many people that I knew.

After a while we decided to go into the actual concert. We got in right towards the end of Waka Flaka Flame’s set so we were able to see J. Cole and Drake. We all had lawn seats, which I really liked actually. You could really relax and it was not a hassle to go get drinks or food. Anyways here are some videos I took at the concert.



I had a great time at the concert and if you ever have a chance to see Drake live I would highly suggest it.

5 Things That Have Changed in the Past 5 Years!

The other night I went through and read a lot of my blog posts from back in 2005-2009. If you didn’t know I’ve been blogging since 2005! That is one thing that is great about blogging, you can go back and see what you were up to, it’s like a journal. Looking back on these posts it’s funny to see my opinion on things and how different they are from now. So I decided to pick 5 things that I’ve blogged about that have changed in the past 5 years.

I own an iPhone – Back in 2007 I made a post about why the iPhone was not for me. 5 years later and 3 iPhone’s later it is my go-to phone and I couldn’t imagine using any other phone out there. I think the whole app craze really sealed the deal for me, and the fact that I could be productive on the phone. Here are my first impressions of my first iPhone.

I love living and going into the cityThis post really makes me laugh. For the longest time I lived in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, it was nice, but quite boring. Now I actually live in the city and love going into the city. In the post I talked about having to park in the parking garage and how I prefer suburbs much better. Now it is the complete opposite. I could not image living in the suburbs and I love going out in the city!

I enjoy salads with dressing – For the longest time I would not eat salads with dressing. I mentioned this in my 8 fun facts post and the 5 things you don’t know about me post. I don’t know what it was, but I never did it. In the past 2 years I have really gained an appreciation for salad dressing. I guess my favorite would have to be Italian.

I’ve connected and met a lot of Pittsburgh bloggers and tech companies – In a 2007 post I said that Pittsburgh is not really a tech city and there were not that many Pittsburgh bloggers. Well after going to events like PodCamp and hanging out at StartUpTown I now know many Pittsburgh bloggers and tech companies. It is great to meet people who live in the same area as you and have the same interests!

I love tea! – Incredibly in 2008 during getting my 2nd Pho ever I tried tea for the first time….ever! Sine then I’ve really go into tea. If you come to my house I probably have 6-7 different types of loose tea and I always try new types of tea when I have the chance.

So those are 5 things that have changed for me in the past 5 years. Have you been blogging for a while? What has changed for you since you started blogging?

The Porch at Schenley


The Porch at Schenley is a relatively new fixture across the street from the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland.  Schenley Plaza is actually one of my favorite places to go for an afternoon, especially in the spring and summer.  Before I was really only limited to the food stands that are there, but now I can sit down and really relax and enjoy great food in a great atmosphere.

Atmosphere, that is something I really did enjoy about this place. The building has a very modern look to it and upon doing some research I found out that more than 50% of the building is made of glass and recycled materials were used in its construction. Because of all the glass along with the high ceilings it is nice and bright inside. On one side of the building are large garage doors that of course were open since it was nice outside. There is a nice outdoor dining area as well, complete with a fireplace.


I came to The Porch with my friend Katherine for lunch. The way they have things setup for lunch is pretty cool. You go in, pickup a menu and order at the front desk. They give you a number and you go sit where you like. In no time they bring out your food.

I decided to go with the chefs special for the day, which was Brisket with green beans and taters ($10).

It was extremely good and I was a bit worried because many places do not cook brisket that well. It was cooked perfectly and the seasoning on it was perfect. The taters and green beans were good as well.

Katherine went with the Margherita pizza ($11).

It comes out on a tray atop parchment paper with a small portion of parmesan cheese and oregano on the side. The pizza was good as well and you could really taste the homemade mozzarella cheese.

The Porch is a great addition to Schenley Plaza and I plan on being there a lot this summer! Oh by the way the do serve both beer and wine! Remember to follow me on Twitter to see what I’m up to.

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StartUptown Pittsburgh


The past few months I usually take one day a week to head over to StartUptown and work from there. StartUptown is a co-working space where many Pittsburgh technology-based startups have their offices. StartUptown says that they are “An urban campus/incubator for technology and social innovation — StartUptown is a nonprofit organization that provides collaborative work and living space for early-stage entrepreneurs and their companies at below market rates. Its location is the underserved community of Uptown, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.”

There are a few reasons I go over there to work. The first is just to get out of my apartment. When you work from the same place day after day it can get boring, exhausting and sometime it is hard to get work done from the same place so getting out of my normal office is always good. Second it is a great place to work from and has a really great atmosphere. It is more or less an open office where you can really feel comfortable. Check out my photos below to see what I mean.



Third it is great to be around startups and people who work in the technology and internet industry. There are quite a few companies who work out of StartUptown. I’m not going to list all of them, but some of them are No Wait, CloudFab, Hack Pittsburgh, and Group16.

If you are a small startup in the Pittsburgh area you should definitely check out StartUpTown.

Refresh

If you haven’t noticed I have not been blogging that much at all.  Blogging is something that I’ve always enjoyed doing and I don’t plan on stopping.  The past few months have been a little weird for me that is for sure!  For a while I was having a real hard time sleeping, well falling asleep rather.  It was taking me 2-3 hours just to fall asleep.  Besides not being able to sleep I was very out of shape.  These things combined made it seem like the days would just go by and I was sort of in a trance.  My apartment was a mess, I was not eating right, hell I even had a semi beard!  Obviously this pattern was not healthy and I had to break out of it.  Here are some of the things I’m working on to better myself…

Relaxation
Normally I would go from being on the computer to bed. This is a really bad thing, it does not give my mind time to really relax. This is one of the causes that made it really hard for me to fall asleep. Now I read a book or watch a movie before I go to bed. This keeps my mind off work and when it is time for bed I can easily fall asleep. Also I am using a pretty cool sleep guide called Pzizz. They had offered a 60 minute guided sleep and a 20 minute power nap audio files for free so I decided to check them out. Let’s just say they really work! There is also an iPhone App which I will probably end up getting.

Exercise
I’ve never been a person to go to the gym, it’s just not me. But I did know that never working out was catching up with me. I live within walking distance of one of the biggest parks in the city of Pittsburgh so I have been going there and running a few miles each day. I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram you have seen my photos! This gives me exercise that I need and as always it is great to get out of the house.

Working Smarter
One of my biggest problems I had during this time was the fact that I would just sit around and stare at my monitor for hours with no real direction. I needed to have a definitive to-do list for each day and I have been keeping one with TeuxDeux. I also make my list for the next day hours before I go to bed so I am not thinking about it. I am also working at least a day ahead on ThinkComputers. It is extremely stressful trying to get a review done the same day I need to post it. So now I am working a day ahead so I can have a review ready the night before so I’m not rushed to put it out the next day.

Taking a Personal Day
I never really take a day off, I always am doing something that has to do with my business. But every once in a while you need to just take a day to yourself and relax. The first personal day I took in a long time I cleaned my entire apartment, went out and bought healthy food and came up with a plan to change things around. Personal days are important and I plan to take one every once in a while when I am feeling overwhelmed.

Things have been going great since I’ve put this plan into motion. When you are your own boss it is very easy to get behind, lose focus and get into the same funk I was in. Just remember you can always get out of it!