I remember working with my friend Lindsay on a group project last fall and she would be really tired randomly for what she thought at that time was no real reason. As it turned out she was (is) actually suffering from lymphoma. Read her story below and please consider donating to her bone marrow donor fundraiser.
"Every year almost 140,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with some form of blood cancer. Lindsay, a 22-year-old Ohio native and graduate of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, is one of these people:
As a senior at Duke University I was expecting to face many transitions; from the classroom to the corporate office; from living on my parents’ dime to striking it out on my own; from living in the protective bubble of college to figuring out how to navigate city life. The transition from healthy young woman to bald cancer warrior, though, was a big one that I’d never anticipated.
In November 2008, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Over the past year and a half, as an ongoing patient and survivor, I have learned to replace “Why Me?” with “What’s Next?” I have endured three different regimens of chemotherapy, laid in the exact same position every day for a month for radiation, and rehabilitated from too many surgeries to count. After each failed attempt at remission, I have felt myself grow stronger rather than weaker. However, my cancer just won’t take the hint.
My current “What’s Next” is a stem cell transplant, a process that utilizes a matched donor to revamp my entire immune system. I have been unable to beat my cancer with my body’s own resources, so I am searching for someone else’s stem cells to do the trick. In short, I need your help. With the stem cells of a matched donor, I can put my Lymphoma in remission, and transition from bald cancer warrior back to healthy young woman.
70% of the people who need stem cell or bone marrow transplants do not have a compatible donor in their family and must look in bone marrow registries for an unrelated donor. As more people are registered and the database grows, the chance that someone like Lindsay will find a match increases significantly. DKMS has helped match donors for over 19,000 bone marrow transplants by adding more people to the national database.
Lindsay and the other people around the country battling lymphoma and other blood cancers need your help! Our goal is to raise $65,000, the amount it will cost to register 1,000 donors, in our efforts to help Lindsay. Any one of these donors could be the match that Lindsay needs to beat her Lymphoma. No amount is too small, and 100% of the donations will go directly to registering bone marrow donors.”
“A lot of companies have the “no assholes” rule. So if the greatest programmer ever is also a jerk, he’s fired. Our rule is “no neutrals.” So when the new guy walks down the hall, is my team drawn to him? Or do they divert their glance? If they divert their glance, we fire that person. I call it the hallway test, but it’s more of a conceptual thing. The idea is when you put superstars together, you can ask, “What did you do today that excited the people around you and made them better at their jobs?” If you can’t give examples, I don’t want you here.”—The Way I Work: Paul English of Kayak (via jeremyk) (via mdfsmash) (via caterpillarcowboy) (via mikehudack) (via thepursuit)
Since there are nine possible digits, you would expect that one-ninth (11.11%) of the numbers would have 1 in the leading digit position. However, this is not what you will find– about 30.1% of the numbers will start with 1. It gets even stranger from here.
DJ Screvy - You Belong With 3 (Britney Spears vs Taylor Swift)
Though I am not a fan of T Swift, I have no problem admitting that Britney has some good hits. I tend to mostly think this when I’m drunk.. maybe that’s a sign? OR MAYBE it just means you should all have a drink in hand when you listen to this? OR MAYBE you should just be really prepared to want to dance. Cause you will, I promise.
Browsing the OED is a tantalizing experience because it provides windows into so many obscure corners of history. But since the citations are small and fragmentary, they invite the imagination to fill in the blank spaces.