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Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
"Ramen profitability is an unfamiliar idea to most people because it only recently became feasible. It's still not feasible for a lot of startups; it would not be for most biotech startups, for example; but it is for many software startups because they're now so cheap. For many, the only real cost is the founders' living expenses.
The main significance of this type of profitability is that you're no longer at the mercy of investors. If you're still losing money, then eventually you'll either have to raise more or shut down. Once you're ramen profitable this painful choice goes away. You can still raise money, but you don't have to do it now."
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
You can imagine my delight when I read Colby's comment on my Healthcare Myth's post, which was originally referred to be my Taylor Meyer. I'll post Colby's thoughts below and she references some great resources. I took many classes with Colby at Kellogg and was always impressed with both her intellectual horse power and her ability to compassionately see the other side of an argument, especially in Healthcare, her passion.
Not to be overlooked in the discussion is my friend Shalon's comments from a few days before. I met Shalon on AVMSurvivors.org, a social network that I help run with Ben Munoz. Shalon is an incredibly positive force on AVM Survivors and she is a healthcare services consumer, undergoing precisely the experimental treatment for AVM that might not be available if the healthcare system socializes. Shalon is an inspiration to me and many others, and her comments deserve a lot of thought.
Her are Colby's thoughts:
He has a few accurate points - most notably, as you point out, I definitely agree with him that the US is subsidizing medical innovation for the globe. We'd better be careful about how we mess with the incentives to innovate, because all these smart people will go do something else if no one wants to pay for their research.
However, I do have a problem with people who say that a) our healthcare is expensive because we get more from it, or b) our healthcare system is expensive because of the tort system. We'd like to believe both, but neither are true. We consume more healthcare, but our outcomes are NOT better in the country, and who really wants more drugs, tests or procedures if those things don't create better outcomes? (Not me. Nothing in medicine is riskless.) Also, even combined costs of malpractice litigation and defensive medicine have been shown to be relatively paltry.
You can read McKinsey on exactly where we spend the extra dollars -http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Health_Care/Wh... - but far more interesting is Atul Gawande's diagnosis of WHY we spend those extra dollars, recently published in the New Yorker, which analyzes the most expensive (to Medicare) town in the US, McAllen, Texas, and compares it to El Paso as well as national averages. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/0... It's worth reading the whole thing, but here's a summary: fee-for-service payment structure creates some funky incentives for physicians. The bad news is that this is an incredibly de-centralized problem, and current reform plans haven't figured out how to address it, which is why Obama is wandering around the Cleveland Clinic looking for clues.
All of this is totally separate from how to meet the challenge of providing coverage for all Americans, which I personally feel is an imperative for an industrialized nation, although I'm not going to weigh in right now on the touchy subjects of how we should achieve that or how to pay for it. Let's just say I'm obviously still a capitalist, but we can have a capitalist approach to getting everyone health insurance and preventative care.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Before the concert, I took Alex up to the top of the Greek where we could see all of Berkeley and the Bay. He took this shot looking down on the crowd from our perch.
They opened with a Van Morrison cover which was awesome and closed with Mr. Jones and then a cover of This Land. Great show.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The author goes a bit off the rails mid-way through so I don't endorse his more extremist political views, but I think the points he makes earlier in the piece are worth posting.
Health Care Mythology
Friday, July 24, 2009
First up is a cool video of Blitzen Trapper playing Black River Killer. I saw these guys before the Fleet Foxes and they were only ok. I had been expecting big things but was a little disappointed. In the video below, they sound awesome, so I guess it was me that night. I found this clip via the Sports Guy on Twitter.
One of my favorite new artists, Bat for Lashes, did an appearance on KRCW in LA. It's a great session, with about six songs including Daniel & Pearl's Dream, my two favorites. She also talks with a British accent, which is pretty awesome. Walm, can you weigh in on the "poshness" of the accent?
Great Neko Case song, People Got a Lot of Nerve, I just don't get tired of listening to her.
Next is a song from I'm All Ears blog, called Walkabout by Atlas Sound. The song just works. It's not a blockbuster, but it's a pleasant listen.
We'll end with a great Stone Temple Pilot song, the Big Empty. I loved this song when it was released and still do. Plus, it was played during the movie, The Crow. It was dark, mysterious and seemed deeper than I could understand at the time. Kind of like Stone Temple Pilots in the early 90's.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Nike article is a great read. My favorite quote:
"The gist of the idea is that people change their behavior—often for the better—when they are being observed (which is why it's sometimes called the observer effect). Those workers at Western Electric didn't build more relays because there was more or less light or because they had more or fewer breaks. The Hawthorne effect posits that they built more relays simply because they knew someone was keeping track of how many relays they built.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
as Holmes says, "This man is an inspiration to all who hope to do nitrous and go on Wheel Of Fortune."
Click through but this is my favorite excerpt:
Monday, July 20, 2009
But...we did see 500 Days of Summer, with noted crush, Zooey Deschannel. She was awesome. Actually, the movie is pretty much a commercial for how awesome it would be to date her, except for the pesky fact that she is acting to a script designed to further my crush.
The movie surprised me though and it was really good. Matt Belloni wrote a great review of it in Esquire this month and this quote from the story summed it up.
"It's the least-romantic romantic comedy of the summer, and it works precisely because it refutes everything romantic movies stand for."
I emailed Mat from the theater for his take because I wasn't sure I wanted to see it and he had a good point:
Sunday, July 19, 2009
'Why did he keep the mohawk? It suits him, he says. " - about the future Ron Weasley
Btw - I'm a huge Harry Potter book fan but not so much with the movies. However, friends who have seen the new movie say it's good, so I'm going to give it a shot. Let me know if you're hitting it up in SF any time soon.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
"My grandma's life was saved by Rituxan in 2003, a biologic drug developed by Genentech that is very expensive. She's lived 6+ years since and we joke that she has the energy of a teenager. Since 2003, she has had 7 great grandchildren come into this world, provided care to my grandpa during health problems and has greatly enriched many lives.
Sometimes it's helpful to put a face on a debate."
Friday, July 17, 2009
First up are the Silversun Pickups with Lazy Eye. I love this band and need to check out their newest album. Lazy Eye is off their excellent last album.
Next is Neko Case's cover of Bob Dylan's Bucket of Rain. I'm still not quite over seeing Neko in concert a few months ago. She released an iTunes Original album this week. She does a bunch of songs in their studio and it's excellent.
My newest album purchase besides Neko is the Dirty Projectors. It's awesome. Here's a quieter song from their new album called Two Doves.
The Shins are one of my favorite bands and her is a great mellow song called Past & Pending.
Finally, just an outstanding song by Bob Seger called Night Moves. I'm a huge fan, hope you are too.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
She heard the electricity crackle and looked up at the wires. It was unexpected; she associated this crackle with some place rural. Some place where telephone poles interrupted the landscape. In the dark, the hum drew her attention to the space above and she winced as the base of her head met the top of her shoulders.
She had woken with a headache behind her left eye so strong that it had muscled into her dreams. It was a typical plane-going-down-everyone-into-the-life-rafts scenario, but she awoke more alarmed by R’s presence than the (recurring) theme of near death. It seemed that her subconscious couldn’t be trusted. The conscious, at least, she could beat into submission, beat like the tiny mental box into which she placed her feelings. This imaginary box was metal with latches, and she’d hit those latches with a metaphorical hammer so that they would be too mangled to pry open. Except, it seemed, in case of emergency. When the plane was going down, those latches would spring open and out he would pop. The Jack-in-the-box of things better left unsaid.
The left side of her head still throbbed. Pain, thick like dish soap, rolled through her skull as she stared at the wires. Maybe they were the culprit. Maybe those nutjobs who believed that people should live in yurts, as far away from microwave rays and cell phone radiation as possible, were onto something. Maybe she could blame the electricity for her headache, could blame the tangle of wires for the way the latches malfunctioned.
She briefly considered taking an axe to the telephone pole, but that was the irritation of the headache talking. Instead, she resolved to replace the metaphorical hammer with a metaphorical axe.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I highly recommend the article, one of the best I've read this year. My friends Alex Bain and Papilicous posted on the article with Alex writing an insightful bullet point breakdown of the article.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
First up is John Hamilton's cool summer mix. There is a lot of new music on it and I really liked a lot of the stuff. I'm listening to it right now as I type.
Next is a cool video from Bon Iver's performance at Outside Lands last year. The song featured is the Wolves and the chorus goes, "What might have been lost..." The Author of Fuel for Friends, Heather Browne, posted this clip because Bon Iver was able to get the whole audience to sing a long. Pretty cool stuff and can't wait to see them in Oakland in September. Btw, Sasha Frere Jones of the New Yorker nails what is so cool about the chorus, "what might have been lost":
"The recorded version doesn’t approach the ruckus that Bon Iver made that evening; as we all sang along, the band pounded harder and harder, blending in little eddies of feedback and clatter. Those words are what get me—joined with melody, they seem like a summary of the entire album, especially with that highly conditional “might.” Trying to keep track of everything lost? Or celebrating what wasn’t? When the band was done, and the crowd had filed out, I was still in my seat." - Jones
Finally, the ladies at I'm All Ears posted two new great songs. The first is called Embrace and it's by PNAU. It has an amazing beat and it just feels right. The second is a new Jim James song, (or Yim Yames) as they call him. It's mellow and I listened to it a couple of times last night. Enjoy.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I've pasted in the trailer, which looks really cool, in below. Here are some quick reviews:
"Phenomenal" - Boston Globe
"Miraculous" - Aspen Post
"Transcends one's perceptions of medicine, music, and even miracles" - indieWIRE
"A film that has caught the fancy of critics around the globe...an inspiration to thousands" - Concord Monitor
Monday, July 6, 2009
"At the Wiltern, Wilco demonstrated that its two main threads of musical tradition — roots music and full-tilt experimentation — make for a grand live act. Watching the current lineup kick into gear is like seeing an enormous steam shovel rear to life. During a sprawling two-and-a-half hour set Mr. Tweedy seemed to be having it both ways: loping singalongs framed by over-the-top shredding, reverence alleviated by goofiness."
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
My favorite song on the new album is One Wing. I wish it went on for another 2 minutes. Maybe as they get used to playing it live, they'll stretch it out a little bit.
Muzzle of Bees is one of my favorite B-Sides and it was the second song they played. So smooth and I love when the guitars kick in. When they played this, I knew it would be a great show.
Thirteen is a song they didn't play but I really love it.
Wilco the Song is another great new one. The guitars are really sharp.
California Stars is always one of the best sing-a-longs. There's something magical about staring up at the stars at the Greek and singing this with Tweedy.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
"By the way, I don't want you to think that I think that everything for the next 15 years will be cozy. I think it's almost inevitable that, with a billion people in China wide awake for the first time, and a billion people in India, there's going to be some kind of a terrible run against the dollar. And I doubt it can stay orderly, because all of our own hedge funds will be right in the vanguard of the operation. And it will be hard to imagine that that wouldn't create different kind of meltdown."