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Saturday,  07/19/08  10:27 AM

Ever since Aperio began, we've had two main challenges.  The first is obvious for any young business, we've had to build products and provide services to meet the needs of our customers.  And over the past seven years we've done our best, and have grown significantly as a result.  But the second is less obvious but equally important, we've had to create awareness of digital pathology and its benefits.

Scanscope Over the past year, and especially in the past few months, the general awareness of digital pathology (and Aperio) really seems to have grown.  It has gone from a niche subject in a corner of pathology to a primary area of discussion; most pathologists now feel that digital pathology is the future of their field.  Evidence for this comes from all sides, and it is nice to see Aperio covered in major business press like NBR.  But it is perhaps even more significant to see grass roots mentions like Dr.Yang's MedBlog, in China, or Dr. Bhargava's MedSpin, in India.  And more and more we are seeing hospitals purchase digital pathology systems and feature them as new technology, such as this mention on Rhode Island's Hospital website.

An effort like this is never done, but it is gratifying to see this kind of progress.  Slowly but surely digital pathology is becoming mainstream, joining digital radiology as a major medical imaging modality.  Very cool.



Saturday,  07/19/08  11:10 AM

A quiet weekend, no plans, maybe do a little cycling, a little coding, a little hanging out...

Wall-E and M-OWe saw Wall-E last night, I guess about the last people to do so; it was great.  I can't wait to see it again.  The story was great, but honestly this did take animation to a new level... the expressiveness of motion as a million things go on all at once was almost overwhelming.  I wanted to slow things down just to see it all!  (I loved little M-O, pictured at right...)

Oscar Freire in green!The Tour de France will be won this weekend, as the big guns fight it out in the Alps.  VeloNews had an interesting conversation with Matt White, DS of the Garmin-Chipotle team who's GC contender Christian Vandevelde remains a surprising third, less than a minute back of leader Cadel Evans.  The last few days have featured flat stages and congrats to Mark Cavendish who won his fourth of the tour yesterday; green jersey leader Oscar Freire won today's.  (Freire is a worthy sprint leader, but my favorite thing about him being in green is the clash with Rabobank's orange and purple kit :)  Tomorrow's alpine stage will really sort things out, but right now you'd say Evans, Frank Schleck, Vandevelde, and [my favorite] Denis Menchov have a chance.  Bernard Kohn and Carlos Sastre are both still in there, but I can't see either of them winning given the time trial on the penultimate day.  Kim Kirchen has an outside chance too, but he's already two minutes back.  It should be great!

Wired: Julia Allison coverJust got the latest issue of Wired, the "how to" issue; on the cover, someone named Julia Allison who illustrates "how to make yourself famous".  So I've never heard of Julia, but apparently she is well known in some blogging circles, and promotes herself incessently online.  So be it.  But after skimming the article about her I found a sidebar called "five ways to be like Julia"; the last way seems the most pertinent: be a hot woman with an exhibitionist streak.  Er, that's not new guys, that's about the oldest thing going...

(I have to say, sadly, that yes Wired is slipping; after Conde Naste bought them I was worried this might happen, and it has.)




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Saturday,  07/19/08  12:20 PM

So I had a pretty empty weekend, no plans at all...

Mount WhitneyEmail received from my friend Mark Elliot:

I'm sure you have some critical ride but I thought I'd ask... Want to climb Whitney on Sunday?   ... Leave late Saturday back on Sunday...

Wow.  Guess I'm climbing Mount Whitney...



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