While an undergraduate at Princeton University, BJ Miller was electrocuted and nearly died, and the accident left him a triple amputee. Today, as executive director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, he has built his life work around the care of others who are approaching death. Miller joins us as part of our First Person series on local leaders and innovators.
Facebook Inc. (FB) rolled out the red carpet for Michael Sayman when the social network hired him for a job that started last month, including flying him out to meet Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg. Sayman, 17, brought his mom along on the trip. The position Facebook recruited him for: summer intern. “When I got the e-mail saying — oh my god — Mark Zuckerberg wants to meet you, I had to make sure nobody was playing a prank on me,” Sayman, who wears braces and recently graduated from high school in Miami, said in an interview.
The group’s name, translated from the French expression “chien de faïence,” means “frozen with emotion” – like bristling dogs the moment before they fight, or lovers immobilized in one another’s gaze. The moniker is perfectly apt for this explosive, unpredictable trio, which pairs Ribot’s slashing guitar work and vocals with the remarkable rhythm team of bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Lou Reed, Yoko Ono) and Bay Area grown drummer Ches Smith (Mr. Bungle, Mary Halvorson). “Humor, melody, and weirdness rule…” is how the Boston Phoenix described the band’s 2008 debut.