Stephanie’s modeling debut featured in San Francisco’s DailyCandy

My super-fantastic friend Kathy just forwarded me today’s San Francisco DailyCandy because the event that Stephanie is rocking out tonight for her first-ever modeling debut, Operation Aisle Style, is featured in it! This is pretty awesome, seeing as DailyCandy is one of the most popular and trusted websites when it comes to figuring out what to do with your free time. This gets me even more excited for tonight and I wasn’t sure if that was even possible…I mean, you would think that I’ll be hitting the runway by how giddy I’m getting over here. I guess I’m just proud of Stephanie and can’t wait to see her all dressed-up, made-up and done-up tonight. She’s going to make one super-hot punk rock bride. :)

For all of you planning on heading to the W tonight to catch the action, get ready to get after it and I’ll see you soon!

Hangin’ with MC Hammer at the Crunchies

Yeah, that’s me, Stephanie and MC Hammer last night at the Crunchies, which are basically tech’s version of the Oscars. It’s put on by the biggest tech-related blog in the world TechCrunch (which I’ve written for in the past) and was held up in San Francisco. The awards ceremony was held in the Herbst Theater and the MySpace after party was held across the street in City Hall – yeah, right in the freakin’ City Hall.

The actual awards event was packed full of the who’s who of tech, including Mark Zuckerberg (CEO and founder of Facebook), Marissa Mayer (manages all of Google’s products), Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Jack Dorsey (founders of Twitter) and of course, MC Hammer.

I want to give a huge thanks to Michael Arrington (founder of TechCrunch) for hooking me up with the tickets, as always we had an awesome time hanging out. Also, even though it was a pretty hard core tech crowd, even Stephanie loved the shindig. Now that’s a sign of a great tech event right there.

Also, there were a couple things that really stuck out to me as I was running around the Crunchies last night with Stephanie – things that I’m noticing more and more and that I’m pretty excited about. Things such as:

You can find out more about the Crunchies over here on TechCrunch.

p.s. Since we now are homies with MC Hammer (at least we think so), I sent him over a link to this video of Stephanie gettin’ her groove on to one of his chart toppers, 2 Legit 2 Quit. I’m sure he enjoyed it. :)

Hup gets TechCrunched

Last Friday I decided to send over an email to TechCrunch regarding some problems that I was having with MySpace’s new self-serve ad platform that’s cleverly called ‘MyAds’. After trying to get some of my ads for HubPages approved and after half of them were quickly rejected due to them classifying us as a direct competitor, I decided to pretty much give up on it. But, I didn’t just stop there, I also decided to write up my issues and see if TechCrunch thought that it was worth posting up on their uber-blog, which is the top-ranked tech news blog in the world. Basically, it’s the New York Times of the tech world.

After I sent the email over I was surprised to get a quick reply back from Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch(and one of the 2008 Time 100), saying that he was taking a look at it. Well, no more than an hour or so later he had practically posted the entire email that I sent him and titled the post HubPages Blocked From MySpace MyAds As Too Competitive. Needless to say I was super-excited as I was getting messages from all over the place from friends who had already seen the post and from my team at HubPages, who thought that it was pretty damn amazing that we got a shout-out on TechCrunch.

Even though it was incredible to get a write-up on TechCrunch, the really cool stuff came as a result of the literally hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people who read it. I will get into more details later, but this last week after being featured on this one, powerful blog has really shown me once again the power of the web(not to mention the power and reach of TechCrunch itself). I need to crash out for the night, but I promise to give you all an update on all of the amazing things that I’ve been doing over this past week. Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.

Good times at Disney On Ice

A couple of weeks ago me, Stephanie, my mom, my niece Madison and both of my sisters Angie and Megan headed to Oracle Arena to take in the best entertainment that the West Coast has to offer – Disney On Ice. We all had an amazing time and I would probably say that Stephanie and I had more fun singing than my 6 year-old niece did. But, don’t take my word for it – check out the video below or over here on YouTube when you get a chance. M-I-C…K-E-Y..M-O-U-S-E.

Kevin Rose from Digg tried to steal my girlfriend.

Stephanie just posted about the Diggnation party that we headed out to last night at a night club in San Francisco. It was Stephanie’s first time venturing up to ‘the city’ and it was definitely an eye-opener for me as far as the level of diversity that a city such as San Francisco has – especially when compared to our last experiences with Indianapolis. Stephanie wrote an awesome post about how the night went, so I’m just going to post a few things that you all should be aware of and that I noticed throughout the night:

Kevin Rose got me in a headlock and tried to steal my girlfriend. Ok, well he did get me in a headlock (see pics below)

– When we walked into the club, people were literally cheering while Kevin and Alex played Halo 3 on the big screens

Mighty, the night club that hosted the event, is supposedly one of best new clubs in the nation, plays mostly techno and just hosted a party that was full of computer geeks like myself. Amazing.

– The place was crazy packed with people. Some who flew/drove pretty damn far just for this event.

– Stephanie’s step mom, Shannon is a dancing machine.

– Kevin and Alex literally took pictures with fans for about an hour straight

Here are a couple of the pics of the night – be sure to click the CRANK IT button in the bottom right-hand corner of the pic to view/add some Cranks!

I “Digg” Nerds!

One of my favorite parts about moving is experiencing all of the fun and exciting events and happenings of a new city. Lucky for us we are only a short 20 minute drive away from one of the coolest cities I have ever been to, San Francisco. It’s truly an incredible city and the options are endless for fun things to do.

Tonight we had the opportunity to go to one of the top-rated night clubs in the United States, Mighty in San Francisco. Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht of diggnation.com hosted their live tech/web culture show at the club and wow was it an experience.

As you can imagine the show brought quite the crowd of nerds out to see the two digg guys talk all about techie stuff that I personally don’t understand a word of. :) Of course, Ryan and Abdo had a blast and felt right at home!

After the show was over we had a chance to meet both Kevin and Alex ( see above photo where they obviously wanted to leave Ryan out of the picture ) and then later show off some of our sweet dance moves!! I can’t wait to go to more of these awesome events and meet more and more incredible people in this great city. Have I mentioned recently how much I love California?? Well… I do… A LOT!! It keeps getting better and better!

Holy crap, that’s Jeff Bezos.

I just wanted to give all of you a quick reason why I was so excited to move out to Silicon Valley – check out the image below of the line-up for Startup School 2008, which was held over at Stanford last Saturday. There were some SUPER heavy hitters that presented there like Jeff Bezos (uber billionaire who created Amazon.com) and Marc Andreesson (created Netscape among other many million-dollar making startups). Including myself, there were like over 650+ geeks in attendance and the air was full of Silicon Valley hopes and dreams. Check out the presenter lineup of the day below and you’ll see what I’m talking about and if you want more info on the event check out this post over on TechCrunch.com.

Chewing on balloons is ill-advised

The United Way’s Night at the Oscars that Stephanie and I rocked out about a week and a half ago was an amazing night filled with open bars, paparazzi and balloon chewing. See exactly what I mean in the video below or check it out over here on YouTube.

Rubbing elbows with Oscar

With all of the media hype that is always generated around this time of year, I am sure that you are all aware that it is one of the biggest times of the year for the entertainment industry. Well, believe it or not, I have been doing some research and all of this hype can be traced back to one name…one single name that can bring tears to people’s eyes, a huge smile upon their face and an official stamp of legitimacy for all who are graced with with it’s presence. This simple name is Oscar. No, not this Oscar, but this one.

Ok, enough about the Oscars – you’re probably starting to wonder what this has to do with Steph and I, right? Well, I’m not sure if you were aware of this, but the Academy(yes, THAT Academy) grants one official Academy Awards event per state each year that can occur during the actual Academy Awards on TV. IMAX and the United Way have hosted this event the past couple of years as a way to give the people of Indianapolis a cool way to watch the awards, all while raising some money for the United Way. The event is called Lights, Caring, Action and they wanted Steph and I to be the dinner emcees as well as the red carpet interviewers before the show started. Sounded fun so of course we told them that we were in.

As usual we had a blast and we met some new friends along the way – Miss Indiana USA, Brittany Mason and the always crazy Dave Smiley from The Smiley Morning Show on Z99.5. When I get a little bit of time I’m going to put together a video from the night, but until then you can check out some more pics from the event over here on IndyMojo.com.