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Giving and Receiving

(12/18/10)

Here I’d like to give two birthday shout outs to Phuong P. and Ashley SL.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 😀

Phuong held her birthday dinner at TacoLu. ‘Twas a fun night. The highlight of the night was when Gio sat down in his chair and it broke. To his defense, the chair was broken already but it was just hilarious. We laughed for like 5 minutes straight. He was a little embarrassed to say the least, the whole restaurant basically stopped what they were doing to see what was going on. The only down side to the whole situation was that I was the only one there early enough to see it happen.

BTW, Taco Lu = Awesome Tacos at reasonable prices. I would recommend the place to anyone. Definitely going back. And now, a few pics:



Probably the funniest picture of the night:

This sticker was on a van that was outside the resturant. It’s still so true.


(12/18/10)

Today was my last day of work. Today, also, I felt most in the Christmas spirit because throughout the year I’ve been taking pictures of the kids while they play. Recently a co-worker and I printed the pictures and sent them home with their parents. The gratitude and happiness on these parents’ faces made me all warm and fuzzy inside. This definitely was the highlight of my week. I hope one day — maybe like in 10 years or more these kids can look back at their pictures and just laugh.. I know I always do when looking at pictures of myself when I was in elementary school

In other news, the first phase of the Ultra Music Festival (UMF) 13 has been posted. Let me just be the first to say: damn! Anyway, I’m a little sad that WMC (winter music conference) decided to disassociate with UMF this year. What does this mean? Well it means that WMC is not occurring at the same time as UMF and thus there won’t be as many parallel music events happening (as is usual) during the weekend of Ultra. For a better explanation on what went down, heres a link.

Cliffs notes: WMC is slamming UMF for being too greedy and wanting exclusive contracts with the DJs (so they can’t play anywhere else during the weekend of Ultra). In response WMC was moved to two weeks earlier.

Will this hurt UMF’s bottom line? Will it make people less interested in Ultra? The answer to both questions is no. But, with ticket prices topping 200$ (will increase later) for three days of Ultra — even though its an amazing deal — is a little steep and you can see where WMC would be pissed about Ultra trying to monopolize that event.

I could go further in depth about UMF vs WMC but I’ll just leave it at that. It’s a little disheartening to see people putting revenue as their top priority — whilst stepping on other people — in a music genre that has always touted PLUR [Peace / Love / Unity / Respect] and been about getting good music to the masses.

With that said, there’s only 2 things on my Christmas list:
Tickets to Ultra
Money for Ultra

Here’s to a Merry Christmas to all!

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And of course, ending with the LOVE [music] Stimulation part of my blog.

This first track was given to me — via facebook wall post — and I LOVE when people send me new music. Thank you Brian N. This song has easily become one of my favorite trance songs.

ATB – Twisted Love

Since it’s the end of the year, I figured I should post a few of my favorite songs that I fell in love with — most of the ones that have caught my eye recently have been posted previously but here are a few more to end the year with.

Trance:

Dash Berlin – Never Cry Again
Claudia Cazacu – Translucent (Paul Vernon Remix)
OceanLab Vs Mike Shiver – If I Could Fly On The Surface (Daniel Kandi Mashup)
DJ Tiësto – Bright Morningstar

House:

Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Otherside (Benny Benassi Remix)
Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – Stereo Love
MOGUAI – 8001

D&B (Drum & Bass):

Danny Byrd & Zarif – California (Dub Mix)

Dubstep:

La Roux – In For The Kill (Skrillex remix)
Blame ft. Camilla Marie – Star (Doctor P Remix)

Breaks:

K5 – Mysterious World
Nalin & Kane – Beachball (DJ Icey’s Bass Mix)

misc:

Sharaz – I Still Believe (Club Mix)

Sharaz is a breakbeats DJ but this song clearly is not breaks.. so to misc it goes. Still a great song.

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