classier by the moment

Posted on Monday 7 December 2009

sense :: taste // lemon pepper barramundi
miku serenade

It’s been a long long week, not to mention a long weekend, but I managed to finish a lot of things in the past week that I’ve been meaning to get done for months now. I’ll make another announcement tomorrow on the big news so I don’t spoil or bury it here, but suffice to say it’s been a project months in the making and I’m so so so glad to have it all finished and ready to release to the public. There’s even more I want to do with it, but there’ll be time for that.

I can’t believe I didn’t mention it last week (unless I did it this week and time just flies) but it’s official: I’m going to CES 2010 in Las Vegas! The lovely Narilka had a coupon code to get me in for free, which I had every intention of using, but then I discovered that if I registed as press I could get in for free and get access to some other shiny behind the scenes goodies – so I cleared it with my editor at PC Magazine, made sure she’s okay with me working for her while I’m out there, and there we go – I get in for free and get to cover the event as a freelance writer!

I’ll be staying in The Bellagio in a lovely suite while I’m there – and I’ll be there for the whole conference, complete with the pre-weekend show days when things are traditionally a little quieter but still packed with product releases and other interesting things. I really can’t explain how much I’m looking forward to this.

Before I get there though, I’ll be in New York City this time next week for a couple of days – flying up next Saturday and then back the following Thursday to hang out with some good good friends, one of whom is coming in from out of town and bringing her girlfriend with her who I’ve never met. I haven’t been to New York City in years, and I love the place. It’ll be good to be back. While I’m in town I’m going to try and eat at every landmark place I can think of, and I can get started by eating at the Tick Tock Diner, which is on the ground floor of The New Yorker Hotel, where I’ll be staying at least for some of the nights while I’m in town.

I’ll also wind up dropping in on my PC Magazine friends while I’m there, and hopefully taking a tour of their labs and offices and seeing where the magic happens up there – and reconnecting with the people I work with via e-mail. It’s kind of an unusual vacation in both cases, but I’m definitely looking forward to them both. I haven’t been on a plane in entirely too long, and it’ll be nice to take the one-hour jaunt from DC to New York City to get warmed up, and then the longer 5-7 hour flight out from DC to Vegas after New Year’s for CES. I said I was going to make this a jubilee year and I was going to get off my ass and start traveling and experiencing the world around me, and I think I’m finally making good on that promise.

In not quite as exciting news, I finally got around to posting the last 2 mixes I spun over at Plastic Bohemia, and I’m uploading a third (that I spun tonight actually) as we speak. My little plan to set aside 2 tracks every night for a week and then have a full mix for the weekend has actually gone really really well (holiday weeks not included, of course) and I’ve spun and recorded more mixes in the past couple of months than I have in the past couple of years. It’s really refreshing to have some time behind the turntables again, and it’s not so much time that I can’t fit it into an otherwise busy schedule.

Admittedly some things have had to slip because of all of the time and attention I put to writing, music, and friends – namely video games. I can’t remember the last time I logged into World of Warcraft – probably while I was at my parents’ place after the office LAN party. The LAN party made me want to play more video games something fierce, I just haven’t had time. Now though, I’ll make a point to relax a bit this week before I have to fly out of town.

Hey, at least I managed to finish my holiday shopping!

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