In the past, I’ve helped my friends to Blame Drew’s Cancer out of existence, and even to Stand Up to Cancer. For the second summer in a row, I’ll be taking on cancer sitting down. That’s right, on my bum – for 50 miles.
Proceeds from my ride will fund unique programs and research to help cancer survivors through exercise, nutrition and psychosocial support. Cancer survivors need follow-up care for life and I am helping them. The research being done will benefit everyone who’s had to go through chemo and radiation, and find new ways to help survivors get healthy again.
I know lots of people in my family and my life who are battling cancer or who are survivors. You do too. Let’s honor them.
My friends and business colleagues know I’m passionate about nonprofits, causes and philanthropy.
For the last few months, I’ve been working with a social giving website called One4All, first helping start their online presences, and now acting as an advisor. One4All Members can donate to any US-based 501(c)3 organization and the non-profit receives the full amount (unlike other sites that may take 5-7% from the charity). It’s free to join, you can donate to your favorite non-profits, support friends’ causes, and create your own fundraisers. Your account saves your donation history forever. Continue reading “A Little Philanthropy Smackdown”
This year, once again, I’m riding for Team Jamie and BikeMS NYC.
3 years ago, when I said I wanted to ride 30 Miles for an MS Bikeathon, my step-but-real sister JamieÂ said “I can barely walk 300 feet – why do they do these events that people with MS could never do?”
I said “Maybe it’s because we hope someday you’ll be able to.”
3 years later, life is harder for Jamie, but I’m able to ride farther, and hopefully raise more money. This year it’s 50 miles for Team Jamie! I’ve got some Awesome team mates and we’re going to blow the pack away, and blow out the fundraising goals. I’m looking to beat $1000!
Way back in the early days of computing, the first computer I had at college was a Mac 128k. It was eventually upgraded to 512k, but I managed to sell it and get a Mac Plus (which I still have). The decision to get that Mac Plus was significantly influenced by my having seen Hypercard.
I worked for Cornell’s campus store computer department, and was a member of the campus Mac users group. I recall writing an article for the campus newsletter about how to use Hypercard on one floppy (for those of us who didn’t have 2 drives.) This required lots of disk swapping, but was still doable. I was a huge Hypercard fan, and learned lots of introductory programming and scripting concepts via Hypercard.
When I graduated college and applied for my first job, at BBDO, I sent them my resume on a Floppy Disk using a Hypercard stack that showed my experience, jobs, and even a page with a picture of Cornell where the bell tower sound would play if you clicked it. I got the job, and that same stack helped me when I applied to NYU’s ITP program. Though I do recall Red Burns taking me down several notches for inconsistent interface design, difficult navigation, and more, it did get me in.
At JP Morgan in 1992 or 93, there was a need to roll out some custom software for 360 peer review to every mac user-over 3000 around the world. I ended up developing a Hypercard stack that did the majority of the work (with some custom code from Microsoft to communicate with a mail server), and I did it in my “spare time” with my tech friends at the bank doing the testing. This ended up getting me an advancement and helping shape my future career.
My friend Christopher Allen mentioned that Â this weekend is the 25th Anniversary of Hypercard, so I Â wanted to put down this smallÂ reminiscenceÂ and thank Bill Atkinson and the team at Apple that made Hypercard such an amazing product.