Am taking a break from my Humble Abode updates as December closes out another great year for Enjoy the Music.com. While you may hear this from other magazines and consider it hype, for us 2008 brought in two new magazines, ten new writers and so much more! It is right now 6:46am and have been hard at work since 5am updating the site and looking at a few of my past WCES show coverage reports. Calendar year 2008 has seen the addition of our DIY Magazine plus the excellent Hi-Fi+ publication coming aboard. Add to that, many new reviewers are beginning to chime in with their writings; two of them making their first appearance within this issue! If you are a talented writer with a great system and excellent set of ears please let me know, am still hiring new reviewers (Enjoy the Music.com promptly pays writers for their hard work too!).
Reading my first WCES show report, the first virtually live CES show coverage anywhere in the world for the Internet way back in 1996, this was when the 'net was a young a newfangled toy. And yes, those who knew me from back then also will remember my (eh hem) creative dress code, various body piercings, long hair and dude-like ways. It was the Wild West of sorts as i sk8boarded through life and (in)formally into this industry (both literally and figuratively). Then in 1997 came a timeline tie between myself and Tyll Henderson of Headroom for the first WCES live coverage with images. Looking back at the photos from the 'early web daze' brought a huge smile to my face.
Since i 'embarrassed' myself in the photo above, below are a few photographs from past shows. Anyone recognize these faces? Apologies for the lack of image quality in their first few, digital camera back then were $900 and took lousy photos... but it was newly-developed technology at 'consumer' prices. A modern-day breakthrough! And now some memories from past CES', nyNOISE and other shows/events:
My deepest and most sincere thank you to everyone for the great times... and for the memories yet to unfold. And with that said i have decided to take a year off from personal show reporting. With nearly 100 shows under my belt, it is time for me to take a breath and rejuvenate my soul. No worries as with the many writers on the Enjoy the Music.com staff, with more hiring planning during 2009, am sure they will do a great job in my absence. Of note is that i have already begun the CES / THE Show 2009 pre-show coverage!
It Is You
And on that note thanks once again to... everyone! Have a great winter holiday (summer for my friends in Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi). To my Asian friends, a most humble thanks and may luck always be yours plus the power and wisdom of the Dragon continuously be with you. Of course in the end what really matters is that we all...