2005 World Series of Poker

November 30th, 2008

Yes, sorry another poker post. I finally got to see the WSOP in person this summer in Vegas but after browsing youtube for random poker videos I realized after watching the Top 10 Moments of Poker that the 2005 series is where I really started to get into the sport. Around then I also met fellow poker player/drifter Chuck from St. Louis who really helped me step up the poker madness. Anyways, even though I am moving to Los Angeles next week I am trying to figure out what my plan of action is for WSOP 2009. Not sure if I will still play in Tunica or wait and play in San Diego. Anyone planning on playing in San Diego that is a Drifting fan let me know, a +1 for the event would help sway my choice pretty quickly.

Personal Adventures from Redbull Drifting Weekend

November 25th, 2008

Check out my Flickr gallery for tons of personal content from my Redbull weekend. We even caught up with Yoshioka and went out with him in Hollywood. Sadly he was not a seeded driver over the Redbull weekend but he came as a spectator. During the event the wildfires ripped through Los Angeles and caused some amazing colors and look to the sky along with some ash all over everything.

Flickr Gallery:http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeyredmond/sets/72157609173348558/

Bullet Train to come to California

November 25th, 2008

As a new resident of Los Angeles I am pumped to here they have a bullet train in motion from San Fran. to Sa Diego. This is an amazing way to travel in case you haven’t before. I rode the train from Toyko to Osaka this January and it was the best way to travel ever, talk about avoiding the headache of planes. Although the plan isn’t slated for completion in around 20 years. It will be my travel option of choice once completed however. The photo above is a bullet train going through Ginza in Japan.

More info on the bullet train: http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/

2009 World Series of Poker Circuit Event – Tunica

November 24th, 2008

I have been on poker hiatus since winning a tournament in Vegas this past July. I plan on invading Tunica with a great and solid frame of mind and taking home some victories! The Tunica WSOP circuit events will have the toughest competition on the east coast by far. Not sure which events will fit into my schedule but the Tunica circuit events sprawl from January 20th to February 9th. I will be attending hopefully with my trusted poker confidant Chuck Litterest. I met Chuck while shooting Slide America back when and he has continued to persue his driving passion and licensed in the 2007 Pro Am. Hopefully we will see him in the pro circuit soon. If anyone else who reads the blog is planning on attending Tunica, drop me a line and perhaps we can get together or enter the same events. I am debating on playing in March down in San Diego as well with it’s closeproximity to my new home but looking for some partners down in San Diego as well.

Check out the 2009 Tunica Circuit Schedule: http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com/tourney/tourneydetails.asp?groupID=5083

The 5 Best Business Cards Someone Ever Handed Me

November 23rd, 2008

So I got into this huge conversation at a friends place about business cards and how they are a true extension of your brand but does yours send the right message? After talking on end about this topic and the person realized I have never seen American Psycho they thought I was nuts for caring so much about business cards. I find that most business cards are almost there but make simple mistakes. I went through every card I ever received and found many that would lack a website address, explain what they did, lack a physical address, or just something real general and silly. Some even lacked e-mail, come on!? These are in no particular rank but they are the five best cards I ever scored.

Andy Williamson – C-16 Magazine

This card is super old from my collection and Andy actually owns the company of another card I have featured in this blog post. This is the few things I feel that make this card perfect. It’s see through and die cut but it’s still average business card size so it fits in my Rolodex sleeves. I do have another clear card but it’s annoying and bigger than a normal card. As cool as you think this is, don’t do it. It gets annoying and your card ends up getting tossed at least out of my book if it won’t fit in my Rolodex. Some failed marketing/branding at that point if it’s in the trash. The second thing that won this card for me aside from it’s uniqueness is that it tells you what C-16 Magazine is in case you didn’t know. “Car Culture Style and Design” is a great piece to throw in, especially something this simple since magazine is in the big title. So this way you can figure out that Andy Williamson works at a magazine about car culture. Then they nailed every topic you could need. Physical address, telephone, cell, fax, e-mail, web address. You need all this stuff!

Scott McNearney – SXSW Sponsorship Manager

This card is very simple but it sends a great message out. SXSW for those who don’t know is a music/film/interactive festival in Austin, Texas every March. The three men doing the topics with a bubble that goes up to SXSW is perfect and simple branding on a business card! One glance and I know what this company is all about in case I had forgot. The few negatives on this card are they don’t list a physical address. This denies FedEx/UPS deliveries I could make to Scott. With people I meet now I try to send a package to them overnight afterwards with some basic gifts and a hand written note, I cannot do this to a PO Box. The other flaw is if people do business with you they will forever be hitting you up for the physical address to send stuff since they will never remember it. At least invest $200/year in a UPS store box and have a pretend physical address. At least you can get packages and the UPS store will sign for stuff in your name, it’s quite marvelous. The only other strike on this card is nothing is on the back. At least print a little SXSW logo on it somewhere.

Dennis Trilles – Babe Blvd.

This card almost didn’t make the cut but I couldn’t find anything much better. Babe Blvd. is an automotive industry model website. The back of the card clearly has some good branding on it and even some space to jot notes about the meeting with this person. I should of done that because I don’t ever remembering meeting this guy. The card on the other side is nice and green but matches the sites overall branding and message. It has a phone number listed but doesn’t tell you if this is a cell/fax/office which is a small oversight. No physical or fake address listed either. A cool tid bit is that he did list his AIM name which is a cool creative reach out for contact on a card.

Haley Kilpatrick – Girl Talk (www.desiretoinspire.org)

Haley is an old buddy of mine from college and I almost passed up her card until the back sold me on hers big time. Girl Talk is a 501 (c)(3) non profit based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Her charity basically creates chapters in middle schools that are pier to pier support groups for girls in this age bracket. If you know any middle school girls then clearly you know this is important and needed. The simplicity and colors won me over on this selection. The light pink back with the website was an excellent touch and it really communicated the good feeling and female esque look without even visiting the website. This means the card is a great branding plug, you already know what your in store for. the front side lists all of her proper information including a website along with a logo that you can find and identity with on the website. Physical address is nailed along with e-mail and proper phone listings.

Phil Luis – Theory Communication and Design

This card is the company that I referenced earlier that Andy Williamson owns. This puppy is a homerun. The wood is unique and cool but the card is proper standard size. I haven’t gotten a splinter from the thing yet either or it would be off the list….injuring people you want to call you is never good or productive. This card has a front/back print that establishes the brand very well. He nailed all of the contact information again like in the C-16 card but I feel it lacks one major key element. I understand they are Communication and Design but I would like a little listing telling me about more of their core perhaps? Like automotive specialist or just a quick lineĀ  in however they want to niche themselves. 365 days of PR or something kinda neat that if this card sat in a pile with a ton of other cards it could communicate to the potential client we are what you need before they even hit your website.

That is all, hopefully I can take this into consideration when we make our next round of cards for PM Lifestyle. I have been doing quite a bit of brand studying over the past few weeks *hint hint* and it looks like next week is an Atlanta to Los Angeles roadtrip with Bertha so stay tuned for news on that.

The G37 Vert from the LA Auto Show

November 21st, 2008

The LA Auto show rolled out some great products like the Infiniti G37 convertible. This is the same exact color/wheel package I am running on my hard top and I must say that it has a nice look to it. Seeing the car in person and looking at these pics instead of the horrible sky blue render they released earlier. The new vert comes with powerful a 3.7-liter V6, good for 325 HP. In S trim the G37 will also get the same sport tuned steering and larger brakes. Both models have the choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or a paddle-controlled 7-speed gearbox. I think I am going to stick with my hard top but it is going on me.

NOS TV – SEMA 2008 ACP Rally Interview

November 12th, 2008

SEMA 2008 – Day 3 with the ACP Rally Team

This is something I was writing for PM Lifestyle but I want to share this with you guys here. I shot this sequence and for anyone who has done SEMA or tried to shoot in a large crowd you should know how great it was to get this shot off. Thanks to Jason and Phil for shoving people out of my way to make this great video happen. The ACP rally shooting was my favorite sequence we shot at the 2008 SEMA show. Somehow we managed in the middle of the SEMA show to shoot one long continuous take around the K&N booth with the ACP rally team. The video starts with the Evo 9 image flipping over from the 2008 X-Games event and we walk to the Evo 10 that is hanging from the ceiling. What an amazing layout and Andrew and Jen just busted out a great interview on the first take. Our tripod dolly really came into play for the 2008 SEMA show for this interview. I had a blast filming this ACP interview for NOS TV.

My interview with Chris Rado

November 12th, 2008

SEMA 2008 – Chris Rado

So after all the Chris Rado drama that was started by this post http://wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2008/10/24/chris-rado-ready-to-leave-the-sinking-ship-spotted-drift-testing/ and left me and Chris as frienemies or something? I’ve been watching to many teen dramas and TMI weekly lately (sorry). We talked it out and I told him he could come on the site and say whatever he would like. Above is his 5+ minute interview where he told us he is building a Toyota RWD factory drift car that isn’t a “Scion.” This sounds pretty interesting, for those of you still bent out of shape about the Chris Rado incident, check out the interview, hear the guy out at least. I cared so much that I conducted the interview instead of Kelly. Truthfully, somewhere between the last booth and Chris Rado’s interview she quit for like 5 minutes so I suffered it out with no voice, sick, dead, and no sleep. So bare with me on that part. I cannot wait to see him in Tony Angelo’s S13 this weekend at Redbull for his first public runs at Pro Am. Don’t miss it this weekend.

The world is still spinning……trust me

November 12th, 2008

So I have so much I need to talk about. SEMA 2008, the death spiral of General Motors, LA Auto Show, new content, and new features across Wrecked Magazine. We even have tons of new and excited stuff going on at Wrecked’s parent PM Lifestyle right now as well. So I haven’t forgotten about you blogites, great stories are coming soon. Right now I have to tackle some P/L charts, clean up the palace, and pay our 31-60 day late utility bill that was buried on my desk under some Fuze bottles and misc. credit card offers. And yes, that is me laying dead on Thursday at SEMA and Evan from Exedy sitting on top of me. I have no idea what is going on, who took this picture and why it’s on my blog. Ok this post is done.

Wrecked Magazine Issue 7

November 10th, 2008

Now that Issue 7 has come out I feel it is one of my favorites we have produced to date. While it is already special to everyone that has worked on Wrecked Magazine since it marks our one year anniversary issue. After some long late night talks and debates with friends and Industry people the Top 10 Wrecks in Formula D history was a very nice touch to Issue 7. Justin Pawlak’s piece was amazing and I learned a good bit about him in his interview including why his National Wave sponsorship is a passionate sponsor to him and his family. When you have a few minutes make sure you open up this issue and check it out.

Read Issue 7 of Wrecked Magazine: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/issues/issue7/issue7.html

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