Time Magazine


 He’s been touted as the “Pharaoh of the Pacific Northwest” for his renovation of South Lake Union in Seattle, and listed among Time Magazine’s Most Influential for two years running. He owns 3 major league sports teams, and has left big footprints in several industries, including computers, medicine and space travel. And yet Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen has been described as a down-to-earth, regular guy—“the nicest billionaire you’ll ever meet.”

 

But just in case you never do meet him, you can still see that “Regular Guy” side of Allen via a few videos that have been floating around the Internet lately.

 

Check it out:

1) Shaq Attack:

Basketball phenom Shaquille O’Neal recovers gracefully from a tumble into the stands by shaking the hand of Trail Blazers owner, Paul Allen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKvm63hfFo8

 

2) High Five:

A Seahawks win has owner Paul Allen and fans in a very good mood. Check out this video of Allen high-fiving Seattle Seahawks fans as he walks off the field.
 
http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/thebigblog/archives/128891.asp

 

3) Twice Bitten:

Here Paul Allen is a good sport as he is attacked by a “vampire” while chatting with a comely news reporter about Gwen Stefani and technology.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1807044/stylela_paul_allen/

 

4) Cannes Hello:

Here is a video of Allen in Cannes, France, coming ashore from a trip aboard one of his megayachts, Tatoosh. His lovely home in St. Jean Cap-Ferrat, called Villa Maryland,  was a hangout for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt during the 61st Cannes Film Festival last summer.

http://x17video.com/celebrity_video/brad_pitt/paul_allens_luxury_yacht.php

 

5) Blazers Workout:

Here is Paul Allen again after a Blazers workout, chatting about chatting with some dynamic new potential players from France — in French, no less.

http://videos.oregonlive.com/oregonlive/2008/06/paul_allen_on_tuesdays_workout.html

 

6) Blazers Press Conference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur38bh1Ze4A

And here he is again talking about his favorite basketball team.

 

 

 7) Beard or No Beard?

 Here is Paul Allen joking around with Bill Gates as the famous photo from 1978 is retaken 30 years later: (2:30 minutes into the program):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyyYvdswn9Y

 

(From BBC’s “The Money Programme: Bill Gates: How a Geek Changed the World.” (Part 2)

 

8 ) A Computer on Every Desk:

 

And here he is talking about the realization of the dream that he and Bill Gates had of putting a computer in every home and on every desk:
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOuaT9r-YVk

 

9) Best Computer History Video of All Time:

If you haven’t seen Robert Cringley’s “Triumph of the Nerds,” in which many of the pioneers of the computer industry, including Paul Allen, were featured, you’ve got to check it out. Here is one place where you can find it :

 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5816243901626409784&vt=lf&hl=en

 

10) Jamming with Friends:

Finally, here are a few of my favorites—-Paul Allen performing in concert through the years, just being a regular guy, having a good time and playing some pretty decent guitar rifts besides!

 

Here he is hamming it up with his band:

http://2008.thecableshow.com/Popups/ContentPopup.aspx?ID=427

 

And here is a bearded version of Paul Allen in 1995, having a great time performing with some good friends:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7736241993066088463&q=%22paul+allen%22&ei=rC0ZSI9SjqyuA9D3-OoG&hl=en
 

So maybe this post isn’t “Evri”-thing you wanted to know about Paul Allen—

in fact, you can find that here:

http://www.evri.com/person/paul-allen-0x49a77.html

 

But it’s still fun to see Allen in candid mode. :-)_________________________________________________________________________________

BTW—I know I’ve been away for awhile.

I’ve been a little sidetracked lately, doing some serious cyberspace exploration with my mini-pc, a Flipstart, and I’ve been having just too much fun with it to stop by.   But I’ll be back soon, I promise, with more six degrees connections, and a list of cool sites and other things I’ve discovered lately along the way.

Stay tuned…..

Sorry for being away for so long —-
 
I’ve been hanging with Brad and Angelina ……….
http://ok.co.uk/celebnews/view/954/Brad-and-Angelina-to-marry-at-sea/
 
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20196636,00.html
 

 

Starting new companies……
 

 www.mineboxx.com
 
http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/venture/archives/135164.asp
 
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2008/02/18/story4.html
 http://www.evri.com/about.html

 
Sticking up for my homeboys against the whole NBA (except for Mark Cuban ) ……….
 

 
 
Doing Some Remodeling ….
 
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7761738065392890378&q=south+lake+union&ei=SN4fSNeWNpDCqAPssdm3AQ
 
And Accepting Awards…………
 
http://www.worldscreen.com/newscurrent.php?filename=ncta033107.htm
 
http://www.variety.com/awardcentral_article/VR1117983178.html?nav=news&categoryid=1983&cs=1
 
http://media-newswire.com/release_1064357.html
 
http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/0,28757,1733748,00.html?iid=redirect-time100
 
 
All of those awards…where in the world am I going to keep them all???
 
 
OH, WAIT A SECOND…..THAT’S PAUL ALLEN’S LIFE, NOT MINE…..:-)

 
The truth is, I’ve just been really busy doing a lot of pretty mundane things.
 
This has been a quiet Spring for Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen, but I imagine that Allen’s most uneventful day would seem pretty exciting in comparison to mine. 🙂

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Here is a quick glimpse of just a few of the things that Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen has been doing recently:
 
 
—– Paul Allen was one of only two NBA owners who voted against moving the Seattle SuperSonics team to Oklahoma as the new Sonics owners wanted.  As reporter John Canzano noted, although from a business standpoint Allen had the most to gain from a “yes” vote, he put his own interests aside, stood up to NBA Commissioner David Stern and 28 other NBA owners and voted “no” in the best interests of the people of Seattle.
That took guts. Way to go, Paul!
http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf?/base/sports/120857553122610.xml&coll=7
 
—–Allen’s Brain Institute is continuing to push the frontiers of Neurology, giving away expensively acquired medical research findings in order to help other researchers to find cures for diseases of the brain that much faster.  In March, Paul Allen’s Institute launched 3 new landmark Brain Atlas projects focusing on the human brain, developing brain and spinal cord. The projects “have vast potential to help scientists worldwide gain new insight into neurological diseases and disorders.”
http://www.alleninstitute.org/content/Press/2008_0313_PressRelease_NewProjects.pdf
In addition……

“The Institute will create three new Web-based atlas resources that map gene activity in the brain and spinal cord. These include an atlas designed to provide insight into gene expression in the human brain; an atlas of the developing mouse brain designed to illustrate and enhance understanding of gene activity across multiple stages of development from birth through adulthood; and an atlas of the mouse spinal cord designed to inform research into spinal injuries due to disease, disorder or trauma.

The new atlases will be officially known as the Allen Brain Atlas (ABA)—Human Brain, ABA—Developing Mouse Brain, and ABA—Mouse Spinal Cord. Upon completion, the atlases will be made publicly available on the Internet at no charge to users to encourage widespread use and scientific collaboration.”

See…
http://www.paulallen.com/NewsDetail.aspx?id=178
 
Although the Brain Institute’s latest developments have not been met with as much fanfare as the first time it made a major scientific breakthrough, Time Magazine has not forgotten to recognize Allen for his achievements. This is the second year in a row that Time Magazine has nominated Paul Allen as one of its “100 Most Influential” (for 2008).  Check it out below: (Excerpt written by Thomas Insel and Story Landis)
 
“If the brain is science’s great frontier, you need someone to lead the expedition—someone with smarts and curiosity, not to mention a large bank account to finance the journey. In the terra incognita of the brain, that’s Paul Allen.  Co-founder of Microsoft, owner of three sports teams and lead backer of SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 made the first private manned space flight, Allen, 55, is also head of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, which was founded in 2001 with the goal of mapping the brain, cell by cell and gene by gene. His scientific team began with the mouse brain and finished the job in 2006, posting all the data online. Scientists everywhere now have a free neural GPS to learn where and how specific genes are expressed—a vital tool for studying similar functions in human brains.The institute has now begun its own effort to map human gene expressions, hoping for insight into the molecular basis of consciousness and creativity. Allen founded his institute in the belief that with the right tools you can transform the speed of science itself. Not many people accomplish that even once. Allen is doing it yet again.”
 
http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1733748_1733754_1735855,00.html  *
—– And this is not the only honor that Allen will be receiving in May.
See…
At the NCTA conference this month, Allen will be among those receiving the cable industry’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership, which is “presented annually to individuals who excel in both business and personal commitment to their colleagues, and whose accomplishments merit the recognition of the entire cable industry.”
 
 Watch for the “battle of the bands” during the conference, which will include a performance by Paul Allen’s band. http://www.capitolvalley.net/2008/04/im-headed-to-the-big-easy-for.html .
 
(BTW—-If you’ve been invited and have a video camera, please, please, please use it that night, ok? We seriously need a Youtube of Paul Allen in concert! 🙂
 
I’ve already found a few videos of my favorite musician on the Web—but could certainly use another one… 🙂
Check out these links: 
 
(Paul is the guy in the baseball cap)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1260080481509617254&hl=en
 
Ok, the video above is pretty cool—Allen is performing with Spinal Tap and a number of other musicians during last year’s Live Earth Concert at Wembley Stadium in London. But it’s also impossible to tell whether Allen is a good guitarist or not in the midst of so many rock musicians.
 
So—check out this video from 1995—many, many years ago. Here is Paul Allen back in his bearded days, performing with “The Paul Allen Group” at a Ticketmaster event in Santa Barbara, California. It’s absolutely priceless, and you’ve got to admit, this guy plays a pretty mean guitar! 🙂
 
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7736241993066088463&q=%22paul+allen%22&ei=rC0ZSI9SjqyuA9D3-OoG&hl=en
 
And here is one more site to check out for a taste of Allen’s own music.  Most of the songs on this album were written by Allen, and all of them were performed by his band, Grown Men.
 
http://www.grownmen.com/interior.asp?section=clips
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What else?
In April, Paul Allen was awarded an honorary Ph.D in Science from the Watson School of Biological Science in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.  In addition, during the last few months he has been founding startups, buying up wireless airwaves, donating to charities, “scouting” in Spain for his Trail Blazers, and basically having a really good time, as you can imagine!
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What a remarkable life!
 
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*(BTW—It is interesting to note how Time defines “Influential.”
 
“The TIME 100 is not a hot list. It’s a survey not of the most powerful or the most popular, but of the most influential. Influence is hard to measure, and what we look for is people whose ideas, whose example, whose talent, whose discoveries transform the world we live in. Influence is less about the hard power of force than the soft power of ideas and example.”)
 

‘Ever wanted to be someone else? Now you can….’ 

That line was the promo to the movie, “Being John Malkovich”   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120601/ 

The movie featured a little door on the 7 ½ floor that lead into the mind of actor John Malkovich.

But just for fun, let’s change the script a little.  Let’s say that you’ve discovered a similar little door in the wall underneath your desk; a portal to another dimension of reality that leads not into the brain of John Malkovich, but directly into the mind of Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen.

Wouldn’t it be fun, just for a week or so, to step through that door and see what’s on the other side?

 It is true that Paul Allen is a remarkable person. But he also has a very, very interesting life. So let’s step on in and take a slice of life tour through the “Paul Allen Experience.”

…………

Now, before we go, let me brief you a little about the world you’re about to enter… Let’s start with the basics:    

 Here’s a copy of this year’s Wired, Time, Seattle Magazine and Discover. As you can see, you’ve been interviewed, dubbed a “hero,” pictured on a magazine cover, hailed as one of the world’s most influential and chosen as “person of the year.”  The Brain Institute you founded a few years ago just made a major scientific breakthrough, but it’s not the first time you’ve tried to change the world. A couple of years ago you helped to jumpstart the private space travel industry with a really brilliant spaceship designer, Burt Rutan. You’ve been renovating the city of Seattle for awhile now. And then there’s that “Basic” thing you invented years ago and that company you co-founded with Bill Gates that nobody ever seems to forget about.  And, of course, the story’s not over yet; you still have a few ideas up your sleeve.

What you do:    You are the CEO of some really big companies, you have a few gazillion dollars in pocket change, you own 2 professional sports teams, and things are going really well. A couple of years ago your football team went to the SuperBowl. And your basketball team is not doing too badly either (more on that later).

What you own:   You also own—well—a lot of stuff. In addition to some other toys and some really valuable art, you are also in possession of a few Megayachts, (the 414 ft. one is parked in Australia right now), a submarine and a couple of nice jets that take you to your many gorgeous mansions in beautiful cities all around the world. 

What’s happening now:   A month or two ago you were partying with a few celebrity friends at the Cannes Film Festival when you discovered that your basketball team, The Portland Trail Blazers, had just won the NBA lottery, entitling them to the first choice in the NBA Draft. The news created such a frenzy of excitement among Trail Blazer fans that your team sold 3000 season tickets in one week, thereby reviving a phenomenon called “Blazermania.”

And, oh yeah, you like to play the guitar.

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O.k., let’s get started. You are entering the “Experience” on June 28, 2007. And as Paul Allen, you and your staff have a few decisions to make……

1….On June 28th you choose the number one Draft pick—phenom Greg Oden—for your basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers. Click on the Trail Blazers link below and choose the icon that says “Portland Selects Greg Oden” to watch the actual moment the choice was made, how it aired nationally and how the fans reacted.     http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/2007_draftcentral.html  

 The Experience: Watch the excitement generated by a simple phone call—a phone call that you got to make because, well, you’re the owner of the team.

2….Afterwards, with a little extra pocket money, you, Blazers owner, Paul Allen, do a little player trading and buy up a few more hot draft picks, just to make sure that you make it to the NBA Finals this year.  http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/Trail_Blazers_Acquire_Draft_Ri-230217-1218.html  http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/Trail_Blazers_Acquire_Steve_Fr-230245-1218.html    http://www.portlandtribune.com/sports/story.php?story_id=118340914108691400    

 The Experience: This is real-life NBA Monopoly, and you own the bank.

3….A few days later, on the 4th of July, you jet off to Europe to attend an exclusive party, the Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1993 International Launch hosted by Karl Lagerfeld and super model Claudia Shiffer, held at a private mansion in Paris. Some of the celebrities who join you there include Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, Paz Vega, Maria Bello, Pedro Almodovar, Zhang Ziyi and Mia Maestro.   http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/domperignon/28866/

Your date for the evening is a beautiful French actress named Aure Attika.  See … http://pro.corbis.com/popup/Enlargement.aspx?mediauids=%7b506e9a89-3fe0-4739- adad-7272d984af66%7d%7C%7bffffffff-ffff-ffff-ffff-ffffffffffff%7d&qsPageNo=1&fdid=&Area=Search&TotalCount=302&CurrentPos=2&WinID=%7b506e9a89-3fe0-4739-adad-7272d984af66%7d   and dvdtoile.com/Filmographie.php?id=6993   

The Experience: Need I say more?

4….On July 7, 2007, you’re in London, backstage at Wembley Stadium with British actor Ricky Gervais and a group of young friends. You’re at London’s Live Earth Concert, one of a number of concerts that were hosted around the world to raise awareness about climate change issues.*1 The upbeat concerts, which featured more than a 100 music artists and celebrities appearing across the globe, were organized by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, and attended by billions of fans, including over 10 million who watched it via MSN streaming video. The reason why you’re backstage at Wembley right now is that you were invited by your friend Al Gore to perform at the concert too. 

http://www.liveearth.org/?p=226

http://www.salon.com/ent/music/feature/2007/07/08/live_earth/index_np.html  http://www.wireimage.com/searchresults.aspx?cbi=3342&s=al%20gore&sfld=C  http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2007-07-05-live-earth_N.htm  http://www.wembleystadium.com/events/pastevents/liveearth.htm  

So, several minutes later, you and a number of other Bass guitarists from rock bands like Foo Fighters, James Blunt, Madonna, Bloc Party and Beastie Boys are introduced by newly reunited Spinal Tap* and brought onto the Wembley Stadium stage.  The stadium is packed, and as you look out over the sea of fans jamming to the music, you begin to play Spinal Tap’s tongue-in-cheek song, “Big Bottom” on your guitar, accompanied by Spinal Tap and all of the other musicians onstage.

 

Here’s the video —-(Note: you’re the guy in the baseball cap)

Scroll sideways to video #58 Spinal Tap’s “Big Bottom” (You’ll have to wait a moment for the menu to appear—there’s a commercial that appears first. The menu is on the left…..”play clip” segment 57-63.)  http://entimg.msn.com/i/ExperienceData/p1-7/us/x.htm?sh=LiveEarth&ep=le_london 

The Experience: Check out that crowd—is that cool or what? You’re a rock star, man!

And now we’ve come to the end of our tour. We hope that you’ve enjoyed the Paul Allen Experience.

Before you go, don’t forget to take a souvenir photo of your trip… (see Gettyimages link below).

Thank you, come again….

http://editorial.gettyimages.com/Search/Detail.aspx?axd=DetailPaging.Search|1&axs=0|75311819%2c75310590%2c75310353%2c75309335%2c75304894%2c75304807%2c75303893%2c75302275%2c75301480%2c75300360%2c75298446%2c75298047%2c75297513%2c75297320%2c75297150%2c75295795%2c75295750%2c75295748%2c75294775%2c75294773%2c75294770%2c75294277%2c75293858%2c75293856%2c75293416%2c75293415%2c75293396%2c75265577%2c75263776%2c75263296%2c75263254%2c75031140%2c74336436%2c74153467%2c74153462%2c74079982%2c74079290%2c74079289%2c73745004%2c73578657%2c73687379%2c73539310%2c73645874%2c73465454%2c73408586%2c73408469%2c73408458%2c73389532%2c73389455%2c73389446%2c73392428%2c73392384%2c73556097%2c73556052%2c73556031%2c74679586%2c73533779%2c73533777%2c73279992%2c73279984&id=75265577  (p. 28 of 60, Gettyimages–Also check out 29-31–scroll to the right)

Footnotes:

* Http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088258/    BTW, “This is Spinal Tap” is one of the funniest movies ever made–if you haven’t seen it yet, you’ve got to check it out. The reunited group that performed at Live Earth was the actual rock group from the movie…..

*1     You’re quite an environmentalist in your own right, and here’s the proof:

Your “OneWorld Challenge:”   http://www.seattleyachtclub.org/Sailboat/sycAmCup/Public%20Releases/sycAmCupPRO6-17-02/

You invest in alternative energy companies:   http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=22595&hed=Startup+Chases+Nuclear+Fusion§or=Capital&subsector=VentureCapital   

Over 14% of Allen Family Foundation charity $$ goes towards environmental causes.

 http://www.pgafoundations.com/TemplateMain.aspx?contentId=12

And, your Vulcan Productions movie company produced a PBS show on the issue:   http://www.pbs.org/strangedays/episodes/onedegreefactor/

 

*2 Six Degrees Trivia:

Your new one degree connections include the musicians who performed at Wembley Stadium for Live Earth London:

Beastie Boys United Kingdom Hip-hop/Rap
Black Eyed Peas United Kingdom Hip-hop/Rap
Bloc Party United Kingdom Rock
Corinne Bailey Rae United Kingdom Pop
Damien Rice United Kingdom Rock
David Gray United Kingdom Rock
Duran Duran United Kingdom Rock
Foo Fighters United Kingdom Rock
Genesis United Kingdom Rock
James Blunt United Kingdom Pop
John Legend United Kingdom R&B/Soul
Kasabian United Kingdom Rock
Keane United Kingdom Rock
Madonna United Kingdom Pop
Metallica United Kingdom Rock
Paolo Nutini United Kingdom Rock
Pussycat Dolls United Kingdom Rock
Razorlight United Kingdom Rock
Red Hot Chili Peppers United Kingdom Rock
Snow Patrol United Kingdom Rock
Spinal Tap United Kingdom Rock
Terra Naomi United Kingdom Rock
     

 (From http://liveearth.msn.com/artists ) 

As I passed by the magazine rack at the gym today, a headline on the cover of Wired Magazine caught my eye:

“Heroes of the Wired World.”

I’m a sucker for that kind of news, so I grabbed the magazine and started looking for the story. And guess whose name was included among those “Heroes?” That’s right, Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen! The May issue of Wired listed its 2007 Rave Awards for the “innovators, instigators and investors who are changing the world,” and Allen was given the award for his most recent contribution to science, The Allen Brain Institute’s Brain Atlas.    

Here is a link to Wired’s terrific article about Paul Allen’s Brain Atlas: See… http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/multimedia/2007/04/ss_raves?slide=5 

 From the article:         “If the brain is the ultimate computer, the Allen Brain Atlas is the ultimate tech-support manual. Launched with $100 million in seed money from Paul Allen — Microsoft’s other founder turned philanthropist — the atlas provides researchers with the first complete genetic map of the mouse brain. The map identifies more than 21,000 genes, and because mice share 90 percent of their genetic material with humans, the project is a huge step toward understanding how genes regulate the brain’s structure and function. (The next rev of the atlas will map the human neo cortex.) Allen, who survived Hodgkin’s disease in the 1980s, funded the atlas after asking neuro scientists what single project would give them the boost they needed to better tackle disorders like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and schizophrenia at the genetic level. By determining which genes are active in each cell of the mouse brain, the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science has given researchers a breakthrough tool to understand how things go wrong, while giving drug developers the data they need to design innovative treatments with minimal side effects.”  

It got me to thinking….you know, Paul Allen is having a pretty good summer. 

Before the season even started, Allen was named among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential…. see… http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100/article/0,28804,1595326_1595329_1616322,00.html  

In May, Wired Magazine called him a “Hero.” 

And a little while later that same month,  Paul Allen joined celebrities like Bono at the Cannes Film festival in France, where Mr. Allen learned, in between movie screenings and lavish parties, that his basketball team, the Portland Trailblazers, unexpectedly won the NBA lottery, entitling the team to the number one draft pick. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003764854_webblazers27.html    

So right now, in June, Paul Allen is in Portland, Oregon making some exciting decisions about his basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers.  Ever since
the Blazers won the first round draft pick in May,
Allen has had a smile on his face. Watch the “pinch me I must be
dreaming” comment he made at this press conference the other day)  
http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindblazersbeat/2007/06/video_press_conference.html

Tomorrow, June 28th, he and his staff have the daunting task of deciding which phenomenally
talented player (Kevin Durant or Greg Oden) will be taking the Blazers
to the NBA finals this year. And to do it he’s been getting to talk to them, watch
them practice and watch mountains of basketball videos.
(It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it… :).

Among the good things that have happened recently, Allen’s Trail Blazer franchise has made an incredible turnaround. Allen has a terrific staff this year (how can anyone NOT like Kevin Pritchard?) and everyone seems to be excited about the future of the team. In fact, after the draft pick win was announced, the Trail Blazers sold 3000 season tickets, making it the all-time greatest week in franchise history.*1 (BTW—check out the free Blazer Draft party at 3 pm at the Rose Garden Arena on June 28 th  *2 )


 
So what happens in July?  

I don’t know for sure, but Mark Bowling from down under ( http://markbowlingrunningamok.blogspot.com/ ) writes that Allen’s spectacular 414 ft. yacht Octopus is moored right now in Darwin, Australia beside the beautiful “Athena,” software mogul Jim Clark’s megayacht . (http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/royal-huisman-yacht/3738-review-royal-huismans-athena.html) ( http://powerandmotoryacht.zeroforum.com/zerothread?id=20    http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/megayachts/1103top100/index1.aspx). PMY reports that Allen’s ship arrived in Darwin on June 16th, and apparently it hasn’t sailed away yet.

And there are a few exciting things going on in Darwin right now. In less than a week, starting July 3rd at Darwin Stokes Hill Wharf, Baz Lurhmann will be filming his epic movie, “Australia” starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Lord of the Rings’  “Faramir” (David Wenham). (see…. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455824/  and …http://www.australiamovie.net ) * Supermodel Kristy Hinze, granddaughter of Queensland politician Russ Hinze, could be in the area too, as she is rumored to be Netscape Co-founder, Jim Clark’s girlfriend. http://www.topbusinessentrepreneurs.com/10/Billionaires/James-Clark-Netscape-Founder/ 

 But if and when Paul Allen joins the party down
under remains to be seen.   And of course, t
he fact that his ship is in Darwin might mean nothing at all—it could all be a really big coincidence. But I don’t think
so.  Despite the fact that this guy is a visionary and a philanthropist, and despite the fact that he has some serious business to attend to right now—the daunting task of choosing the most talented new player in the NBA for his own personal basketball team—there is always room in Allen’s life for another party. 
 

Yep—I think he’s having a pretty good summer………..  
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Links:  * http://www.australiamovie.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=0 Baz Lurhman’s Australia *1 http://www.sportsbusinessradio.com/node/1189 The Trail Blazers won the NBA lottery and then proceeded to sell 3000 new season tickets and have their all-time greatest week financially in franchise history.  *2 http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindblazersbeat/2007/06/blazers_draft_party.html   http://www.nba.com/blazers/fans/Trail_Blazers_Draft_Party-181984-1179.html

Time magazine has unveiled its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Listed as a Scientific Philanthropist, Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen is on Time’s list this year: 

See….http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100/article/0,28804,1595326_1595329_1616322,00.htm 

Harvard Professor Steven Pinker wrote a short but eloquent synopsis of Allen’s life and achievements—in fact, I couldn’t help wishing that I had been the one to say it.:-). 

Here’s an excerpt from the Time Magazine article:

“Paul Allen is the world’s most obscure celebrity, its hippest geek, its most flamboyant introvert….………

………….Having made his fortune as innovatively as he did, Allen has always been diligent about spending it just as imaginatively.  He bought the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA to keep them in his beloved
Pacific Northwest, and he bankrolled SpaceShipOne, winner of the Ansari X Prize for the first private manned spaceflight.

Most promisingly, he established the Allen Institute for Brain Science, which has produced an atlas of gene activity in the mouse brain, mapping 20,000 genes so far. Nobody, arguably, needs to know that much about the brain of the mouse, but science always needs to know more about the human brain, and since the first often serves as such a fine template for the second, Allen’s work can help advance the entire neuroscience field.

Shy in personality but dashing in vision, Allen shows how a thoughtful billionaire can make the world not just a better place but also a far more interesting one. ” _______________________________________

Pretty nice, eh? 

It is interesting that the Psychology Professor who wrote the article noticed the contradictions in this man—Allen really is a mystery.  He’s also a deeply spiritual hedonist, a playboy philanthropist, a sentimental technologist, and a left-brained artist. He’s a guy who lives the life of 10 people with such reckless creativity that it reminds me of that Jack Kerouac quote: 

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”

Not that I’m partial or anything……