Monday, December 31, 2007

Friday, December 28, 2007

Surfing Tubes jingle

Here's a west coast version of Jingle Bells, performed by me and the Absters.
Let me know what you think!


video

Yosemite Valley


I took this photo after a treacherous hike up to Yosemite Falls with a giant backpack on my back, it makes it so worth it for me.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Why are health insurance companies for profit?

This revelation struck me this morning as I was reading an article on the front page of sfgate that I have a personal connection to.
(http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/12/15/MNQETTOVL.DTL)

Kaiser profited over $2.9 BILLION dollars in a 9 month period this year. (http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2007/11/05/daily36.html)

Kaiser also forked over $96.1 million dollars to the consulting company McKinsey, in 1995. (http://www.kaiserpapershawaii.org/kaiserwatch.htm)

But Kaiser can't afford $250,000 to pay for one person's experimental therapy when it's their fault their "prevention and early detection" strategies didn't work? A simple biopsy could have prevented their need to pay this money, instead, IT'S TIME TO FORK IT OVER KAISER.

this makes me really peeved.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

John Legend

Last year I was introduced to John Legend, a UPenn grad with an amazing voice who plays the piano and writes his own lyrics- very awesome lyrics mind you.

I highly recommend checking him out on youtube, his song "Ordinary People" is wonderful.

Books I recommend

In no particular order:

A Call to Conscience - A compilation of Martin Luther King speeches
Granada -A historical novel based on the conquest of Arab Spain
The Audacity of Hope -Barack Obama's political thesis
The Kite Runner -so much better then the movie will be
Uncle Tom's Cabin -Harriet Beecher Stowe, an absolute must read.

more to come when I think of them...