I am renting out my place in VA, moving stuff to SF. Living in SF. Currently visiting my folks and friends in Philly.
I love chillaxin’ and being creative and comfy. The last few months have really challenged me. So far I’m kicking the challenges ass, even though it’s whacking away small chunks of me.
It will be nice to settle down in SF though, travel is nice and it’s fun to see all of the people I care so much about, but the act of “moving”, be it via plane, train, automobile or actually moving my stuff is getting tiring.
I’m going to be at the Web 2.0 Summit in SF which is sweet, and the Le Web conference in France which is amazing, and I’m glad to make SF my home. I’ll be floating back and forth between coasts, but the left coast will be home home.
I am very lucky to get to do what I get to do for Strands, and lucky to be surrounded by amazingly talented, supportive and caring people. I feel like I don’t have all of me to offer when I’m running around like this, so bringing a temporary end to that on Monday (when I go back to SF) will be nice.
They have the stuff, we have the recommendation h0tn3ss. If you haven’t seen their catalog you’ve never flown. If you haven’t been to their interwebpage you have to now. Santa shops there, so does your mom. So should you.
Or at least I’m on the road to quitting. So most people know that I’m a smoker, a pretty heavy one at that. Not something I’m really proud of honestly. I was in the mall today and saw a stand selling something and I checked it out. Why? It had a picture of a cigarette. Lame eh?
Anyways, it made sense to me and I’m giving it a shot. They let me test it out right there and I told them that if it doesn’t work for me I’m going to blog and write about it, and the same if it does work. It cost me $190 for the unit and for the equivalent of 5 cartons of smokes. I consider it an investment.
I’m hoping it at least cuts back my smoking, so I’m coming in with realistic expectations. I’ve smoked since I was 16. I’m going to be 29 in a few weeks. It’s time.
It’s really nice working for a company who is doing something proactively to help other start-ups get off of the ground. Go check out the finalists and spread the word about them! Really really talented folks.
cc: Lance Armstrong, President Bill Clinton, Senator John Kerry, Senator Tom Harkin, Senator Ted Kennedy, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach (Head of FDA)
Mr. Mullen, my name is Andrew Baron and my father Frederick (61 yrs. old), has final stage multiple myeloma has been recommended the drug Tysabri as a last chance effort for life.
Please read this carefully.
Last Thursday, his doctors at the Mayo Clinic determined that he may only have about 24-48 hours to live.
In what can only be defined as a miracle in timing, a few days ago, one of his doctors who has been studying his tumor cells in the lab for years found an antibody with an exact match: Tysabri which is manufactured by your company, Biogen Idec. In the test tube, it attached to the antigens on the surface of the tumor 100%.
Though the drug has never been used before in this way, and because time is running out, the head of the FDA, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach has granted special approval for use of the drug for this purpose but you have personally decided “no”.
Lance Armstrong, who you spoke with on Friday, has also pleaded with you to say “yes” to my father, but you personally said “no”.
President Bill Clinton, Senator John Kerry, Senator John Harkin, Senator Ted Kennedy, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach and others who you spoke with on Friday and again yesterday on Monday have all pleaded with you to say “yes”, assuring you that there would be no legal risk and no negative consequences to your company if something went wrong, but you continue to say “no”.
If this drug was rare, scarce, or if people were waiting in line to obtain it, we would not be expecting any privileges. But the drug is readily available, cheap and even sitting in our clinic’s pharmacy just 6 floors below us right now… . All we need is for you to just say “yes” to save his life.
I’m the CEO of my company so I can appreciate the pressure of doing what’s best for your company. Is denying my father access the best thing for your company? How could it be? What’s the risk?
What is the justification? No one knows. We have gotten back reports from everyone that spoke with you and others at your company and they do not see any justification as to why. All I know is “No because no”.
The very best doctors in the entire world from the Mayo clinic which is one of the most experienced treatment centers in the world have recommended this drug to save my father’s life and it’s the only thing known that could work.
After you refused on Friday, the doctors decided that they must do something, and resorted to another antibody called Campath which is working to prolong his life.
Please Mr. Mullen, there is no time left. There is no justification. Just say yes.
To anyone else who reads this: Please help! My father is a saint who has given his life and his resources to better humanity. He has spent his entire life seeking to protect the rights of others from harmful death and has spent an enormous amount of money and time in helping to shape our government to protect the rights of people everywhere. He is a philanthropist at heart.
1. Call Mr. Mullen or anyone at Biogen and ask them to please say yes (or provide a justification for whynot). Speak with anyone in the company in any department that you can find: http://www.biogenidec.com/site/contact.html
2. Contact an elected official and plea with them to call Biogen to seek approval:
3. We have been searching all over the world for international options and continue to look for a country that we could fly to to obtain and administer the drug. Do you know of anywhere that we could go? So far we have found that by law, Biogen controls use in every country that the drug is distributed in.
4. Do you know of any options in alternative medicine?
"Why did you buy ReadBurner?" is a question Adam and I have fielded quite a few times since we took the site over from Alex.
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Whew, what a past few weeks er days. Er weekdays or whatever.
I kind of hit the wall last week, was just really worn out from all of the travelling and such, but I’m back to 100%. My time in SF has been really different from my previous SF experiences. This time I’m staying with some really awesome Strands folks, and we’ve had a blast (as you can see by the Karaoke videos).
I’ve also gotten to meet up with some really great startups and I plan on continuing that while I’m here.
I will more than likely also be spending a lot more time in SF, and travelling coast to coast now and then. This will rule, because the family is in Philly and I like having the option of visiting whenever I want. Strands is really cool in that way, very supportive. I can’t ask for anything else.
I got to see Sean Bonner and Clintus the other night, that was a treat. Wish I spent more time with them, but seeing people you haven’t seen in a while feels good. The internet as we know is great, but it never replaces the human contact we have. Don’t forget that y’all. I’m seeing the flip side of that here too, and I hope we can help change some of that with Operation mainSTREAM.
I’ll be blogging more, not that anyone reads it (which is so fine), but I need to keep my “house” clean and tidy with lots of updates and schtuff.
So to recap. I will be bi-coastal more than likely. I like turtles. I will be starting a puppet show soon, and Strands is teh b0mbz.
I have a secret. And I can’t even tell you what it is in English. But my crap doesn’t smell because of it. It’s a spray that I squirt twice into the toilet water right before I you-know-what and, like magic, my shit don’t stink. BOOYAH!!
I actually got it as a gift from my roommate, who brought it back from Japan. I hope she wasn’t implying anything…but that’s besides the point. The point is, I am that much cooler cause I have it and you don’tttttt.
Sorry, I really don’t know where you can get yours. Unless you go to Japan. AHH how I love being able to just tell people that my shit don’t stink. (I know it’s grammatically incorrect to say ‘don’t’ instead of ‘doesn’t’ but it just adds to my gangsta coolness.) And in a strange way, I think it’s kinda geeky. :-)