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VMworld Photos: Lego Las Vegas!

If you were looking for Legos, VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas this week was the place to be.

I spent four days in Las Vegas for VMware's annual customer event, probably because I learned nothing from going to CiscoLive there two months earlier. I braved 100-plus degree temperatures outside, excessive air conditioning inside and bad coffee to bring you the latest news.

As always when I travel for Enterprise Cloud News, I took photos of weird and interesting sites, and peppered my social media friends with observations (when I wasn't doing serious work or stuffing my face-hole with food). Here's some of what I saw and said.

Prior to the first day's keynote, an entertainer warms up the crowd creating art in virtual reality in real time, accompanied by jazzy music.
Prior to the first day's keynote, an entertainer warms up the crowd creating art in virtual reality in real time, accompanied by jazzy music.

The view from my hotel window.
The view from my hotel window.

Obligatory 'holy cow it's so hot out!' screenshot of my iPhone weather app. The temperature hit 113 degrees earlier this week.
Obligatory "holy cow it's so hot out!" screenshot of my iPhone weather app. The temperature hit 113 degrees earlier this week.

A contest at the Densify booth: Guess the number of workloads in the block and win a prize. I guessed 'more than two' but did not win. What a ripoff! Densify provides cloud tools for workload placement.
A contest at the Densify booth: Guess the number of workloads in the block and win a prize. I guessed "more than two" but did not win. What a ripoff! Densify provides cloud tools for workload placement.

Recruits get indoctrinated for a digital mind-control cult. Either that or VMworld attendees get a virtual reality VSAN demo at the Intel booth.
Recruits get indoctrinated for a digital mind-control cult. Either that or VMworld attendees get a virtual reality VSAN demo at the Intel booth.

The Spectrum Navisite booth displayed a Lego model of the Mandalay Bay hotel, with a contest for folks to guess the number of bricks in the model.
The Spectrum Navisite booth displayed a Lego model of the Mandalay Bay hotel, with a contest for folks to guess the number of bricks in the model.

Breakfast. I like to start the day eating healthy when I travel. By the end of the day I'm shoveling lard into my mouth with a spoon.
Breakfast. I like to start the day eating healthy when I travel. By the end of the day I'm shoveling lard into my mouth with a spoon.

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Mitch Wagner 9/6/2017 | 4:27:01 PM
Re: Basic needs in the press room Go ahead and quote, Susan. I'm glad you enjoyed the piece. And I hope you get your tea!
mhhfive 9/6/2017 | 3:23:55 PM
Re: Basic needs in the press room The world needs more Lego replicas of cool architecture, but I'm not so sure about the Vegas strip... which is it's own kind of meta-building. 

Also:

https://xkcd.com/878/
Mitch Wagner 9/6/2017 | 11:56:57 AM
Re: LegoWorld and questions The ice sculpture held up surprisingly well. 
Susan Fourtané 9/2/2017 | 2:42:20 AM
LegoWorld and questions Mitch, are you sure you didn’t get confused and went to LegoWorld instead of VMworld? Wasn’t there a generation that was particularly addicted to Lego? Perhaps they were the ones converting VMworld into a Lego playground? What was the resulting art work using VR at the beginning? Then I wondered about that ice sculpture. Was it slowly melting throughout the day? And finally: I like that breakfast!
Susan Fourtané 9/2/2017 | 2:34:17 AM
Basic needs in the press room Mitch, your photo reports are always memorable. I particularly liked this, which made me laugh so much: “Me, starting out my career: "It's 20 degrees and I can't feel my face but I'm thrilled because I'm a REAL JOURNALIST covering TRUE CRIME." Me, now: "This press room doesn't have soy milk for the coffee. I can't be expected to work under these conditions."” I need permission for using and quoting you. :) Yes, I loved it. I had a similar moment last year. Press room: no tea, only coffee. They promised me there will be tea this year. Did I make too much noise about it? :D
Ariella 9/1/2017 | 5:29:54 PM
Vegas I don't envy anyone who has to be out there in 106 degrees!
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