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Outpost Lounge: A great Brooklyn cafe for inspiration

I went to Outpost cafe for the first time today with Jess and Paula. It's a Cafe in Clinton Hill. Jess heard about it from someone at the Brooklyn Flea, was told that the owner is from Seattle (not positive about this) and we went to check it out.

Such a great spot! If All Saints and Zombie Hut had a baby, it'd be Outpost. The interior had exposed lights and plenty of tables to read, work, and hang out around. The back is where it reminded me of Zombie Hut. Also, they have outlets outside! Being from Seattle, I forget that you can work outside without getting rained on.

I'll definitely come back here to work, read, and enjoy the great coffee. If anyone is every interested in meeting up for a coffee, let's go here!


Photos from Justice at Hammerstein Ballroom

Justice was in town on October 21 and got to see them live. This is the second time I got to see them—first time was Coachella this year. They put on a damn great show. Here are few pictures from it.


Staying Crazy, Hungry, and Foolish

This is by far my favorite Apple commercial. It really encompasses what Steve Jobs is about and what Apple is. Honestly, it's not about the products solely—they are just part of it. They are just tools to use to unleash creativity, passion, and to make a dent in the universe. As Steve says, "It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing."

Even something as synthetic as creating software, applications, and hardware...the X-Factor is the human element. I still can't believe it's been a year since Steve has past. It is quite amazing to imagine how much impact someone you have never met has in your life, but they do. A dent in the universe is created by all the smallest movements. Imagine all the impact we are making right now. We are changing the way things are every second. Why wouldn't we do more to change it in a positive way?

It was this time last year that we decided to make Xhatch exclusively dedicated to iOS design and development. I've been blessed to work with some of the most dedicated people I know. Every second I work with them feels like fun. We love what we do, and not many people can say that.

Last year we said we would set a goal of having one app in the app store in dedication to Steve.

We have four.

Yet, we feel like we haven't done anything, because we can do so much more.

Thank you, Steve. We hope to continue your work in the best way possible.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.


How to see the world and get shit done

I get this question a lot: "How do you go travel around the world and get work done?"

It's actually quite easy but requires focus, discipline and preparation.

You need to actually work!

Traveling and working isn't a fancy way of saying traveling without doing anything. You need to still get your shit done. This means there are some nights you will need to stay in and be available for meetings and work. The key to working and traveling is working as well! I like to block out four hour increments throughout my day of when I will be working, site seeing or hanging out, napping, client meetings, etc. Build a routine and treat your travel as if you were at home, not on a short vacation where you must do everything at once.

Prepare your clients

There is nothing more a client appreciates than to know where you are. No, it doesn't matter where you are, but it's good courtesy to let them know so they have an idea. Before any extended trip I BCC all my clients informing them my travel schedule and that I should be available at certain local times. Since they know I am abroad, they will know that you are traveling and the communication is usually pretty understanding.

Where to stay

I personally swear by AirBNB and if you can afford it, I really suggest renting through them. A lot of the flats will have a good wifi connection and you can rent your own room or an entire apartment. You don't want to try to get your work done while staying with eight other people in a hostel. Also, you might not want to be working while your Couch Surfing host is trying to be accommodating with your stay. With AirBNB, you can look for apartments or homes that really invite a good work environment; whatever it is you do.

Things will go wrong

Plan for things to go wrong. In Europe the wifi is not as consistent as it is in the states. When you settle in your place of stay, look for coffee shops or alternative places where you can work if you need to do it. "I'm sorry the wifi wasn't working" is not a great excuse to a client, nor should it be.

Tools of the trade

My workspace on the train from Paris to Florence.

This will vary for all of you but here is a list of the tools I bring with me:

  • 15" Retina Display MacBook Pro
  • Retina Display iPad
  • Unlocked iPhone 4S
  • Sketchbook
  • MagSafe 2 Adapters (in case mine goes bad and I need to bum someone's power)
  • Mophie phone carger

That's basically all I bring with me. It all fits in my small messenger bag. The less you bring and more inconspicuous you look, the less likely someone will want to rob you.

Remember what timezone you are in and working in!

Here are the timezones I've been operating in.

Hope this helps you consider things as you plan to travel and work.


I found the lock I left in Paris

I put this lock up last year when I was in Paris. It's on the 13th panel on the right of the bridge behind Cathedrale Notre Dame. There were not as many locks last year as they are now. People put the locks on the bridge symbolizing a promise to return to Paris. Typically, couples put their names on there.

I decided to write my own name and leave it blank, since I'm not married. My hope is one day to return to this place with my future wife so she can write her name on it. I have a copy of the lock, so when I know who she is, I can give it to her.

No luck so far though! I have to admit, there were times where I was really discouraged and was actually going to go take it down today. A girl walking by asked me what I was doing and I explained to her. She said to me "you should keep it there, no matter what happens."

I thought about it, and think I will, for now. Some day, I hope there will be two names on it. If not, at least there will be something that is evidence of my attempt to find love.


My Dark Knight Rises Predictions

Note: This may or may not be a spoiler as they are just predictions, which might possibly be true. I don't know for sure, but just my guesses.

Last weekend I watched Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in preparation of the final film, The Dark Knight Rises. I started thinking about what possibly could happen in the new film—if there would be any ties to the other two.

Overall Theme

I think we're going to see Occupy Wall Street as the primary theme of the movie in subtle (or very obvious) ways.  Selina's quote "You're all going to wonder how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us" makes me think that.

Batman Dying or Becoming Incapacitated

Everyone knows that Bane is famous for breaking Batman's back. Will Christopher Nolan introduce this in his universe? I think yes. My feeling is that Nolan has his own vision but enough respect for the comics to even introduce this.

There has been little reveal of who Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character is. It seems as if he is a detective or a police officer, from what I've seen. Perhaps he's a "good cop" who fights the greed and corruption. I think he's the next Batman.

Nolan's respect for the comics makes me believe my next point will happen too...

Catwoman

I have no predictions, except Anne Hathaway looks great in leather? Oh, am I being objectifying? Go see Magic Mike then!

Return of the League of Shadows: Ra's al Ghul

I hope and pray to Joe Pesci every night that this happens. I have not been reading anything about the movie, but hope that Liam Neeson is in the movie. It would be the perfect way to have the films come full circle. Bruce Wayne is merely human and cannot take this on by himself.

Also, Bane was part of the League of Assassins (Shadows in the film). He must be more than a man. He has to become an idea.

If there is indeed another Batman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) then this ties everything together perfectly.

I believe the title "The Dark Knight Rises" refers to another batman, leaving the door open for the franchise. A new face in Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a new director.

Let's see how wrong (or right) I am this weekend. Enjoy the film!


Dreaming of the bi-coastal life

I have talked to some of my friends about this and they think I am insane for even thinking this. It might make sense to just pick a city to call home and live there. However, I really love Brooklyn, New York and San Francisco, California. I don't want to choose, I want to live in both.

My dream is to live in San Francisco for a week or two each month and have most of my stuff in New York. When I want to stay longer in San Francisco, I can just bring my cat with me.

Here is how I think I'll make ends meet:

  • I do not have a car so I don't pay for gas, maintenance or car insurance. For what I was paying before is comprable to a plane ticket to NYC to the Bay and BART pass or Uber.
  • When I am not at the other place I can have a friend help me out with house sitting or using AirBNB to rent it out to absorb some costs.
  • Go on a spending freeze for new electronics and unnecessary products.
  • Rent a small one-bedroom or studio in San Francisco.

How it would work:

Saturday night: I spend the day relaxing by having brunch with some friends and doing my thing. It's a typical weekend like everyone else. The thought of flying five hours to San Francisco is not intimidating because it's flying to another place, not planning a trip.

Sunday morning: I take an Uber or the A/C subway to JFK airport and jump on Virgin or JetBlue to catch my flight to SFO. Since I already have the other apartment, I do not need to pack any clothes or computers—just one simple small bag or even nothing.

Sunday afternoon: By the time I land it is probably the early afternoon or evening—still plenty of time to get to the apartment, take a nap and relax, or go see friends. I greet my girlfriend who lives in SF or call the one in New York City to see how it's going. Please note that I mean one or the other (or neither) but not BOTH! :)

Sunday night: I go have a drink with my SF friends, check work emails or watch some sports. At this point my body is already adjusted to pacific time and I'm ready for the work day tomorrow.

Monday through Friday: Just another day of work. I get on my iMac at the apartment and field our typical Monday meetings. With Dropbox I have everything synced so I just pick up on the latest project seamlessly. Depending on the work load I can work a full 60-70 hours during the week. If it's slower, I can go network with startups and companies in the Bay Area and find some new leads. I go have drinks with the prospect and really pitch to him and her about presence—the fact that we have a team physically bi-coastal. I can spend a week out of the month working on site.

Saturday and Sunday: I choose which day I want to take the flight back to New York, hop on a red eye flight. By the time I wake up, I have a full weekend or have a full day left to go back to my New York life.

I'd love to hear what you think. Don't tell me I am crazy because I know I am, but if you have some insights or advice I'd love to hear it.

 


Why the Super Bowl needs a Beastie Boys halftime show in 2014

I've been talking about this for years but wanted to write down some words expressing my thoughts about why the Super Bowl needs the Beastie Boys to perform for a future halftime show. Every since Janet Jackson popped her 87 year old titty it seems like they have been going for a "safer" performance: Tom Petty, Prince, The Rolling Stones, (oh God) the Black Eye Peas and Madonna. It has gotten so bad that I'd probably enjoy seeing Creed, Nickelback and Pitbull performing together just to see a huge train wreck.

The answer is simple: The Super Bowl needs three MCs and one DJ. The Beastie Boys. Here are some reasons why the B Boys are perfect:

  • They don't have titties that can accidentally pop out.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted, they span generations and everyone can enjoy them. Younger people might not be as familiar anymore but I can assure you their parents would love this performance.
  • The Super Bowl in 2014 is in New York, where they are from.
  • Their music can easily be mixed and mashed with other artists so you can have a pretty fresh sound—see video above.

What do you think? Would you enjoy a halftime show performance by the Beastie Boys?

Also, the last song needs to be "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" and have Jay-Z come on stage and sing this with them.