Super Bowl XLIV South Florida Photos

What a great time in South Florida for Super Bowl XLIV. I didn’t bring along my Canon Rebel DSLR because I didn’t think it would get past security (but of course, I saw loads of people with professional cameras and no photographer credentials inside the stadium) so all I had was my iPhone and a Nikon CoolPix S560 camera. Taking photos with my phone turned out to be an easier task anyways. At some point during the Superbowl that would’ve certainly been beer spilled on my more expensive camera rig.

Super Bowl XLIV ticketsAFC NFC World Championship Game

I picked up my tickets at will call early Sunday afternoon, which left plenty of time to head on over to the stadium early. Tickets read… National Football League Super Bowl XLIV – AFC-NFC World Championship Game Sunday, February 7, 2010, 6 PM Dolphin Stadium, South Florida.

Dolphins Stadium South FloridaDolphin Stadium – South Florida

Once we got past the massive security lines and screenings this is what things looked like on the inside. The huge Superbowl 44 Roman numerals can be seen from miles away. Like I’m seeing at lots of stadiums across the US, there was a Wal-Mart nearby, it was crazy packed, but there was no stadium parking permitted in the lot. Parking for Super Bowl XLIV was at a premium, starting at $75 and easily up to $300 for a premium parking space.

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Once you were inside the official tailgate area there was a multitude of things to do. There was lots of beer, BBQ’s, cars on display, vendors giving away Superbowl 44 schwag, and a player display for every team in the NFL. I really like that every team was represented, and the displays were really popular amongst fans. If you weren’t a die hard Indianapolis Colts or New Orleans Saints fan, you could get your photo taken with team colors of your choice.

Dorausch RaidersOakland Raiders – Silver and Black

I really liked that they had these NFL team displays set up. At this point I wished I had brought along my DSLR camera, but I settled for handing someone my iPhone and snapping pictures on several occasions. Fortunately, the Southern Florida sun was cooperating and giving us pretty good light throughout the daytime festivities.

Colts End ZoneEnd Zone Super Bowl XLIV

The view from our seats was spectacular. There were huge TV screens on either side of the stadium, and we had a clear view of all the action taking place on the field. I recently paid a premium to sit front row on the 40 yard line for a Ravens Raiders game, and while you are close enough to meet players, the seating turned out to be a horrible view of the field. I’d much rather sit up higher so I can get a clear view of action taking place.

Super Bowl XLV will be taking place in Dallas on February 6, 2011, at the recently built Cowboys stadium.

2010 AVN Awards Red Carpet Photos

Disclaimer: There are links in this post that are potentially not safe for work (nsfw). I want to give credit where credit is due and I believe providing links to source material (and those who made this post possible) is the best way to do so. I’m also linking to twitter profiles (some of which may be considered nsfw) in cases where persons permitted me to take their photos.

Thanks to the Internet, what happens in Vegas, doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas (especially when I’m traveling with two cameras and my iPhone). What fun would my trip down the red carpet for the star-studded adult video awards show be if I couldn’t share any stories or photos? How is it that I got invited to the 2010 AVN Awards and to walk the red carpet? I’ll address that in more detail in another post. For now, I will just say thank you to my friend Kimbirly Orr at Viral Media West.

Many of those who know me are aware I love taking photos. I post stuff consistently to my Flickr photo stream and I often use photos in posts I do about conferences and other topics. I took hundreds of photos while at the AVN Awards (I never actually got to see the show live as I backstage taking even more photos) and I got permission to post a few sets here. Please note that while I took these photos, they are exclusively licensed to AVN, and they (along with the talent featured) should receive link credit if used.

Enough already, here’s a select set of my photos from the 2010 AVN Awards Red Carpet Walk at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. If by any chance I identified someone incorrectly, please post a comment and I’ll get the information updated, my apologies in advance if I’ve done so.

Jessica Drake Jesse Jane

Jessica Drake & Jesse Jane

Jessica Drake and Jesse Jane hosting on the 2010 AVN Awards red carpet event. Photos were taken inside, before celebrities and adult superstars walked along the red carpet towards the theater inside the Palms. There were thousands of fans outside, and as you could expect, the place was a madhouse.

Dylan Ryder w Tommy Gunn

Dylan Ryder w Tommy Gunn

You may think I am odd (it’s my anatomically correct mindset) but I love this photo of adult film star Dylan Ryder because her clavicles line up perfectly. You may not have noticed at first but I’m happy to point it out.

Sasha Grey Being Interviewed

Sasha Grey Being Interviewed at 2010 AVN Awards

There were lots of interviews taking place along the red carpet. The above photo is of Sasha Grey being interviewed just before reaching the AVN Awards Twitter Pit (there was a whole group of social media peeps broadcasting tweets and pics of red carpet happenings live during the event).

Savanna Samson on AVN Awards Red Carpet

Savanna Samson on AVN Awards Red Carpet

There’s something about Savanna that really grabbed my attention, thankfully Savanna Samson paused long enough so I could take her photo, while she was walking the red carpet.

Dana DeArmond Visits the Twitter Pit

Dana DeArmond Visits the Twitter Pit

No stranger to twitter, Dana DeArmond (who had iPhone in hand) stopped and visited the Twitter Pit during her walk along the 2010 AVN Awards red carpet. She has perfect teeth.

2010 AVN Awards Host Kayden Kross

2010 AVN Awards Host Kayden Kross

One of the hosts for the 2010 AVN Awards was Kayden Kross. Not only is she a stunning beauty, in the brief moments I spoke to her, she showed a glowing attitude and a great sense of humor.

Angelina Armani Red Carpet 2010 AVN Awards

Angelina Armani Red Carpet 2010 AVN Awards

I’m so thankful people paused so I could take photos. It may not seem like it in the pictures, but the place was chaos with people, fans and photographers everywhere, trying to grab pictures or just say hello to adult celebrities. Angelina Armani not only stopped for photos, she paused so we could take photos with some of the people working the twitter pit (I will share those pictures in another post).

If I keep adding photos this page is going to take forever to load. I still have pics to share from backstage, and I’ll include a link right here when that post is complete. Once again, many thanks to the awesome folks at AVN and Kimbirly Orr of Viral Media West for making my entire AVN weekend in Las Vegas sensational!

WordCamp 2008 Weekend Summary

This past weekend’s WordCamp in San Francisco renewed my spirit for WordPress and the ginormous community that supports it.

I’ve attended WordCamp events in the past, and they’ve been spectacular. The 2008 event however, exceeded all expectations I had.

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WordPress Schwag

It started with a hasslefree flight to San Francisco Airport from LAX at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning. I had volunteered to assist while at WordCamp so why was internally a bit nervous about experiencing flight delays. Fortunately, my geek traveling buddy Curtis Cunningham and myself, made it to SFO airport early (thanks SWA), getting us to the convention center before the nine o’clock registration.

Unlike San Francisco WordCamp 2006 and 2007, this event was held at the Mission Bay Conference Center instead of the Swedish-American hall. In my experience, the conference center at UCSF was an excellent place to hold this event.

We hopped out of a cab in front of a welcoming WordCamp San Francisco placard. Of course we stopped to take photos in front of it, as did nearly every other person I saw getting out of taxis at our time of arrival.

WordCamp San Francisco 2008

We are in the right place -- WordCamp San Francisco 2008

Registration was a breeze and I really liked how the name tags included avatars (gravatars), blog URLs, and first names in bold letters. WordCamp staff and volunteers did an excellent job with those. Who has a photo of one?

I was in the second floor sessions all day didn’t get a chance to listen to any of the developer sessions that were held down stairs. If anyone has some good summaries of those, leave a comment and I’ll update this with some links.

Among presentations given upstairs were an SEO basic and best WordPress practices presented by Stephen Spencer of Netconcepts. He gave some great tips regarding optimizing pages so they don’t squander crawl equity, talked about offering more than one RSS feed, and discussed the importance of properly formatted SEO title tags. Although I’m aware of the practice, I was reminded to no index and no follow link use going to my admin pages on WordPress sites.

Ben Huh of I Can Has Cheezburger did a funny presentation on how to Achieve Viral Virility. The summary of his presentation was don’t be a Dick. He graciously uploaded the PDF presentation for anyone that wants to view it.

Aaron Brazell had kicked off the morning with a presentation on Search and Findability which was brought across again later in the day by Tantek Çelik and his presentation on microformats. Each presentation on Saturday seemed to build on the last, inspiring me with new ideas and motivations for getting things done.

I saw lots of familiar faces from WordCamps and BarCamps past and got to be face-to-face with lots of people I had only known from twitter profiles. I was reminded that when at events like these you should make an effort to introduce yourself to the guys and gals sitting next to you, as you may have already been conversing with them online.

When Matt Mullenweg was giving his State of the WordPress talk the guy next to me was excitedly publishing a post regarding WordPress favorite plug-ins. It turned out to be Chris Heuer, founder of Social Media Club. Being that I just spoke two weeks previously at a Social Media Club Los Angeles (SMCLA) meetup (thanks to Mahalo.com for hosting the event) with Jackie Peters, Nicole Jordan, Brian Solis, and Robert Richman, I thought I’d introduce myself and say thanks for bringing SMC to LA.

Steven Zabronsky & Derik Anderson

Steven Zabronsky & Derik Anderson

Chiropractor turned SEO, Steven Zabronsky introduced himself when we were at the Genius Bar on the first floor. Turns out he and business partner Derik Anderson (also a chiropractor) operate a company called Rocket SEO.

Not only were the presentations above my expectations, at a really good time hanging out with Curtis, Patrick Sexton, Todd Malicoat, Stephen Spencer, and David Klein (another chiropractor).

When it comes to the food I ate, I could have used the Saturday session as a carb loading day preparing for a marathon. Caffeine, bagels, some kind of sweet sugary pastries, followed by more bagels, macaroni and cheese, tri tip beef and barbecued chicken, pizza & Anchor Steam beer, and lots and lots of hefeweizen at the Saturday night open bar.

Finding pizza was an adventure. Since I pay a monthly service fee I was determined to use the GPS on my Verizon LG Voyager. As a discovered, it works better when you are in an automobile or some kind of moving vehicle. We did locate some great pizza on Potrero Hill at a place called Goat Hill Pizza. Excellent pies and hot wings with ranch dressing. Having not paid attention and just following the GPS, we ended up walking a few miles in the opposite direction of the after party, which was at Pete’s Tavern on King Street. That was some good exercise walking back.

Since we were leaving Sunday and were going to be out late I figured we were better off booking a hotel near the San Francisco airport so we wouldn’t have to get up too early for transportation. The Marriott Hotel did us right (although it was a few miles further from the airport than I expected).

We were fairly wasted when leaving the bar Saturday night and I hailed a cab ride outside the pub. The cabbie decided the rate was meter and a half (neither Curtis or I have ever heard of such a thing) since we were technically traveling into San Mateo. While the meter at the end of the trip read $44 and change, the driver calculated the total in his head to be about 80 bucks. I put it on my AMEX and figured I to check into the legitimacy later. Too drunk to argue.

Two of the idea highlights I had from the weekend were thoughts on a new WordPress plug-in that involves conditional IP redirection. Some of the guys I was hanging out with inspired me to hammer out some of my ideas and experiences dealing with big Yellow Page type companies and how they are extorting millions of dollars from business owners all across North America. Lots of blog post ideas from that.

If you’ve stuck around this far, here is a link to my wordcamp 2008 flickr set.

BTW, think I’ll be blogging here more often, so I’ve got a start working on a theme that successfully¬† encompasses the different activities I’m engaged in.

Plugins to Add

This is pretty much a raw install of WordPress. Activated three plug-ins after setting this up but I plan to add a number more.

This site is a place where I can share more personal information and I’ll likely be posting lots of photos. Plug-ins on my list include:

something to connect to my flicker account

something to connect to my friendfeed account

updates from my twitter profile

maybe a gallery2 photo plug-in, or some other plug in for large amounts of photos

some kind of location plug-in, so I can update where I am at

And I’ll see what other plug-ins come up as I am updating this blog. OK back to work.

Time to update the blog

It’s time to update this site and begin adding info here, mostly so I can keep track of various social things I’m doing.

Check my blogroll if you are looking for a particular MD. Be back soon.