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This past weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Boston for a two-day conference on addiction at the Picower Institute at MIT. I flew in on Friday with my newfound friend via SI, Dave Becklund. Dave’s company is a third-party health care payer for large companies and, thus, he was invited to attend. The conference was by invitation only with 150 available seats. Dave called me two weeks ago and asked if I would like to go. I work with addicts every Friday night, so it was a great opportunity to listen to the leading researchers on addictions as they relate to neuroscience. I gotta admit, 50%+ of the conversations were over my synaptic-transmitting brain. However, it’s good to be stretched.
The highlight of the weekend was actually meeting Austin and Matzko and his wife M. for the first time. I was introduced to M. via Joy McCarnan as a writer for SI back in the early days. Her husband, Austin, gradually became immersed in the site and volunteered to provide us with technological support. He joined our lean, mean team several months ago and was the chief architect behind the redesign.