About This Blog

•April 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

My name is Johnny and I am aspiring Musician and DJ.  This blog chronicles my efforts to get out and play more.  

You are probably here for one of the following reasons:

A. You enjoy my music and you are part of my small, but growing fan base.  I uploaded my first mix to Soundcloud and today I’ve got a little over 75 followers.  We all have to start somewhere.  You are the main reason why I keep doing this.  Thanks for your support.

B. You are part of the global community of aspiring musicians, superstars, and bedroom DJs and you are interested in my journey to get out of the bedroom and play to a real live crowd.  We all dream of someday playing to a crowd of music loving party-goers, but whether we ever make it there or not is almost irrelevant when you consider how much fun the journey can be.

As I continue to pursue my passion for all things related to Electronic Dance Music (EDM), I’ll share with you all my trials, tribulations, research, findings, and most importantly of all, my music.  

Thanks for stopping by.


legendary hairy crab

•October 13, 2007 • Leave a Comment

legendary hairy crab, originally uploaded by thisisjohnny.

after waking up at 4:30 AM thoughts of china’s legendary hairy crab dominate the morning. meeting and greeting local team members at people’s square I learn new chinese phrases and quickly test them out on late arrivals. its clear from the confused look on their faces that I’m butchering this beautiful language and should probably stick to “ni hao”.

we board our buses and depart for Shangjiang before 9:00 and a few false alarms, several u-turns, and two confused bus drivers later, we arrive at what I can only describe as a hybrid revolutionary museum / meditative boat ride through shallow calming willow reed waters. a strange juxtaposition of chairman blessed marriage certificates and see-saw rides on a back drop of IT team building fun.

morning festivities soon give way to lunch in a floating town of legendary hairy crab restaurants that exists for two-months out of the year. rows upon rows of these floating behemoths enclose a sprawling make shift concrete parking lot. inside our team of forty-some-odd IT developers and analysts are greeted by an entourage of uniformed wait-staff. dish after dish of local Chinese delicacies build to a climax of two individually hand wrapped crabs. the pictures ought to speak for themselves.

The rest of my day three photos can be found here

shanghai day one

•October 11, 2007 • 2 Comments

crowded shanghai subway train, originally uploaded by thisisjohnny.

i had a chance to get out and snap up a few photos before the jet lagged kicked in and discovered that shanghai is a lot like new york except everyone is asian and i’m not the shortest guy on the train. stepping back a few hours, I was pleasantly surprised to see a familiar face in a strange new land. Shanghai’s biggest sweet heart, Jane Xiao-Chun Yang was definitely a sight for sore-eyes. A short walk and a train boarding later, we’re now zooming into downtown Shanghai at 430 km/h (I’ve got the pictures to proove it).

you can view the rest of the photos here: day one and day two.

wii bowling is serious business.

•October 3, 2007 • 1 Comment

yarly. if you don’t believe me, just check out the video below. Cliff “lefty” LaMason, Otto “SixPack” Rehm, and Sally “HighRoller” Pendergast are proof positive that the wii pwns joo nubs.

JLTC 2007

•October 3, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Thank you to my fellow leaders for putting so much time and effort into JTLC. Hopefully Tr. Khoa and I didn’t bore you too much with our rants and ravings on emotional intelligence. I think we can all agree that the kids are much better with tinker toys than we are. Thank god we’re better cooks though. See the rest of the photos here.

Hello world!

•October 3, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Every programmer starts with a hello world, so why should my first blog post be any different?  I get and process so many streams of information throughout my days, so I figured it’d be nice to have a place to process and share the somewhat interesting ones.  I hope my musings on a broad range of topics will elicit comments and feedback from my dear friends and family.  Thanks for stopping by.