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Photos from San Francisco

I went to the states recently and spent some time in San Francisco and the East Bay. A few photos are below and the rest are here: Photos: San Francisco 2014

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Published on April 21, 2014

One Night in Qatar

On my recent flight from Washington DC to Chengdu, I had an 8-hour layover in Doha, Qatar. I had never been in Qatar before but knew it to be a newly-rich Arab nation attempting to challenge Dubai’s ostentatious reputation with their own over-the-top luxuries. Although I was only in the city for an evening, it was eye opening and not like anywhere else I’d ever been.

For starters, it seemed that most people I encountered fell into two categories: fantastically wealthy and clutching a gold iPhone in pristine white robes, or a poor immigrant.

I passed the time by exploring the sprawling Souq Waqif market, drinking mint tea, and smoking peach shisha in the hot evening air. Here are a few photos from Souq Waqif:

Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif

Published on April 17, 2014

Visiting Beijing’s 798 Art Zone

I recently visited Beijing and spent an afternoon in the historic 798 Art Zone, which is set amidst 50-year old decommissioned military factory buildings on the outskirts of the city. Now it’s a collection of art galleries, studios, and exhibits by local artists. Local specialties are painting, graffiti, and sculpture, and the star of the Art Zone is Ai Weiwei, China’s most respected, and notoriously anti-authoritarian, rebel artist.

Here are a few photos: Beijing 798 Art Zone 2014

798 Beijing

798 Beijing

Published on April 17, 2014

Photos from Amsterdam

I recently had a wonderful time in Amsterdam, where I went to speak on a panel about East Asian mobile game markets at a game industry conference called Casual Connect. Below are a few photos from my trip with the entire set here: Amsterdam 2014 Photos

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Amsterdam photo

Amsterdam photo

Amsterdam photo

Amsterdam photo

Amsterdam photo

See the rest here: Amsterdam 2014 Photos

Published on February 27, 2014

Trouw & Minilogue in Amsterdam

I arrived in Holland yesterday morning after a 17 hour flight from China. I drank coffee all day to stay awake during the day but decided that I couldn’t miss the opportunity to go to a legendary Amsterdam club since it was Saturday night.

That club is called Trouw, built out of an old Dutch newspaper factory in East Amsterdam. Last night Minilogue, Swedish techno duo, were performing there before next playing in Tokyo.

After visiting Trouw and seeing Minilogue I emailed Nemo and he sent me the Youtube links below which introduce them both. They’re below, too. All of this was new to me until yesterday.

About Trouw

Whenever I visit a new international super club I always measure it against the super club that I first developed my DJ senses in: Nation in Washington DC, which hosted Buzz . In contrast to Nation, Trouw is singularly focused on techno music. From when patrons begin to come in the club at 10pm until the crowd thins at 5am, techno music pounds through each of the two massive industrial areas of music.

Trouw featured on Slices, including a lot of beautiful footage of the space:

About Minilogue

Before yesterday I had never heard of Swedish techno producers Minilogue. They made enough of an impression to be unforgettable though, on stage surrounded by an amazing amount of live production equipment with wires running everywhere. They begun playing at 2:30am in the industrial basement room of Trouw.

Their stage setup didn’t look too far away from the image below, taken in their Swedish studio.


Their music is described by them as “hypnotic” and it is certainly that. Being a techno novice, their entire set sounds like a single 2-hour long song to me with subtle twists and turns in long, smooth movements.

Here’s a recent Youtube clip produced by Ableton about Minilogue’s setup:

Published on February 9, 2014

Taiwan Trip Photos

I recently went to Taiwan for 5 days to speak at the Game Developers Conference there (known within the industry as GDC). As with previous sessions at GDC, the topic of my speech was Creating International Hits From China (or Anywhere). The conference was fantastic – better organized and more well attended than GDC Shanghai – and the city of Taipei was a joy to experience for a few days.

Taiwan itself is difficult to describe, but I found it to be a mishmash of China, Hong Kong, and Japan. It’s amazingly clean, orderly, and civilized, but feels very traditionally Chinese like Hong Kong. Walking on the street you’ll see the urban landscape covered in traditional Chinese characters, small eateries, and captivating temples hidden inside small alleys. At night, the streets are lit by night markets containing dozens if not hundreds of vendors selling knick knacks and amazing street food, including bubble tea, which is a Taipei invention.

Below are a few photos from my trip, with more photos from my trip here: 2013 Taiwan Photos

GDC Taipei

GDC Taipei

GDC Taipei

GDC Taipei

Published on January 3, 2014

Germany 2013 Photos

I went to Germany recently to speak at a conference in Hamburg and was lucky enough to catch some great weather. A few photos with a link to more at the bottom:





More Photos from Germany 2013

Published on November 10, 2013

Shanghai September 2013 Photos

A few weeks ago I briefly visited Shanghai to speak at the GDC Conference. Seeing as the weather was so beautiful in Shanghai for that week, I decided to stay for a few extra days.

A few photos from my trip:

Shanghai Cityscape

Shaghai Skyscraper View

Shanghai Alley

Eugene in Homies

GDC Billboard

Pho Real in Shanghai

Published on October 10, 2013