Khalili Center 5k Run

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 17, 2014 by livittodalimit

Recently I participated in the 5k run for the Khalili Center prior to the Los Angeles Marathon and it was fantastic. 

The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care specializes in all bariatric surgeries including Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-Band. The reason they are the best is 3 fold; The Facility; The Doctors and the multi disciplinary approach. 

The Facility is  one of the most beautiful centers I have ever seen.

The Doctors are incredible. Dr. Khalili and Dr. Nishi are double board certified in both bariatric surgery and trauma. They still operate at Cedars Sinai occasionally. They have conducted over 5,000 surgeries. And can perform bariatric and general surgery. What ever your body needs to stay health. They also do single incision belly button robotic surgery using the Da Vinci Si Surgical System. 

The Multi-disciplinary approach is crucial to the patients keeping the weight off. They make sure you not only lose the weight but you keep it off.

Annie Duke: Decision Making – Art or Science?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2013 by arielcampos2013

Recently Annie Duke posted a new video on her YouTube page entitled “Decision Making – Art or Science?” In the video the celebrated World Series of Poker bracelet winner ponders the question of whether decision-making is an art or a science.

“Is decision making an art or a science? I think it’s definitely a combination of both,” explains Annie Duke.

Before embarking on a career as a professional poker player, Annie Duke studied cognitive psychology and was in fact pursuing an M.A. degree before she became a poker pro. However it seems that her educational background in cognitive psych has informed the way she makes decisions, both at the card table and elsewhere.

“When you try to mathematically model these things or do experiments that are controlled studies, you’re reducing things down to their component parts, you can only model these behaviors so well.”

“I don’t want to think very hard about whether I’m gonna run away from a lion. I’m gonna run away from a lion,” says Annie Duke. “The problem is that there’s other cases where when that system takes over that’s really good for lion running away, it’s not particularly good for other things. There’s kind of an art to understanding what are the irrationals in the system.”

One of the most well-known celebrity poker players, Annie Duke is also an author and a high profile speaker. Recently she has stepped back from playing poker professionally and is concentrating more on her career as a speaker.

She’s also still highly active in the charity world where among other things, she along with actor Don Cheadle, is a co-founder of the Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament. Miss Annie Duke has also increasingly turned her attention to applying the lessons she’s learned in poker to other aspects of life, society, and politics.

She’s cultivated a unique, insightful viewpoint, that’s informed by what she refers to as “decision science.” On her YouTube page and on her blog at annieduke.com, she uses decision science to offer valuable insights into current events and contemporary issues. For more of Annie Duke’s views, opinions, and insights, check out annieduke.com.

Annie Duke: The Value of Our Ideas

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2013 by arielcampos2013

In a recent video blog posted on her YouTube page, celebrity poker player Annie Duke offered her opinions on the “The Value of Our Ideas.” Miss Duke, who is well known as a World Series of Poker bracelet-winning poker champion, often translates lessons learned at the card table into valuable personal and professional insights. She then communicates these insights via blog posts, videos, or through her high profile public speaking engagements (Annie Duke is a much in-demand motivational and business speaker).

In “The Value of Our Ideas” Duke discusses the way in which our own ideas get endowed to us, much in the same way that objects get endowed to us.

“If you own something and I ask what you would sell it for,” says Annie Duke in the video. “That would be much higher than what somebody will buy it for. Because you own it, it’s now been endowed with extra value beyond what the value of the item is, and that’s true of ideas too.”

“We really fall in love with our own ideas,” adds the former Celebrity Apprentice runner-up. “So when you combine all of these things, endowment and anchoring along with sort of how we view in a winning state that’s skill, you can get into really big trouble.”

Lately Annie Duke, who has taken a step back from competitive poker playing, has been applying her own “decision science” to all kinds of personal and political situations. Duke’s unique insights, gained from a lifetime of playing poker for a living, have a surprising relevance to many political and societal situations.

Recently in her blog at annieduke.com, she offered her own commentary on the Syrian situation. In the post, which was titled “Syria: The Problem with Ultimatums,” Duke explained how President Obama’s “red-line” warning to Syria over chemical weapons has now backed him into a corner.

“This is the problem with issuing ultimatums,” explains Annie Duke. “Once the ultimatum is challenged, you only have two options: follow through or lose credibility.”

“We can think about ultimatums like bets in a poker game. When choosing what the best bet is, a player has to think about not just what is going to make them the most money in the moment but also what will make them the most money in the future.”

 

Alexi Yulish sells finger paintings

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 20, 2013 by livittodalimit

Check out this article in Flaunt Magazine about Alexander YulishAlexi Yulish is a friend of mine and whenever I want to throw a party I ask Alexander Yulish about where I should go because he always knows the hottest spots in town. His finger paintings have also been talked about on the paddle8 blog. Alexi Yulish is a good guy and one day his finger paintings will be worth millions.

Annie Duke Lends Support to After-School All-Stars Blinds and Bluffs Fundraiser

Posted in Uncategorized on August 12, 2013 by livittodalimit

Annie Duke is best known as the professional poker player who won a bracelet at the World Series of Poker and later appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2009. Recently, Annie Duke was back at the card table, taking part in a for-charity poker game held at the home of former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Billed as the “After-School All-Stars Evening of Blinds and Bluffs,” the event succeeded in raising $450,000 for After-School All-Stars, a charitable organization whose mission is to help children succeed in school and in life.

After-School All-Stars is just the latest in a long list of charitable foundations to which Annie Duke has lent her celebrity and poker-playing prowess. Although Annie Duke is best known for being one of the most successful female poker players the game has ever known, she is also well-known for her involvement in charitable organizations.

Annie Duke’s celebrity was perhaps at its height when she was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. During her time on that show, she raised more than any other contestant that season for her charity, Refugees International. Annie even outraised comedienne Joan Rivers, who was the show’s eventual winner that season. 

Apart from the millions of children who will benefit from the proceeds raised at the After-School All-Stars event, the other big winner was actor Joe Manganiello, who took home the grand prize that night after defeating Annie Duke herself. Joe received a gorgeous Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa flyback chronograph, a Magnum of Moraga Vineyards 2009 wine, and a pair of custom-made shoes from Barker Black.

The Blinds and Bluffs event was held at the stunning home of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor and former California governor is one of the many celebrities Annie Duke’s charitable works have led her to work with over the years. In collaboration with actor Don Cheadle, Annie co-founded the Ante Up for Africa foundation, which hosts an annual poker tournament benefiting underdeveloped African nations.

The best dentist in San Clemente

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by livittodalimit

So I’m not a big fan of going to the dentist… Until now. Dentist Dana Ghorab DDS in San Clemente is the most clean, high tech, effective, kid friendly & family dentist in the area. Her beautiful smile always radiates positivity. And I always leave with a bigger more beautiful smile.  Dana treats all of her clients like they are the most important patient. Finding a San Clemente Dentist like Dana is a blessing and if only I had been coming here sooner.

David Pulman: Children’s Health Advocate

Posted in Dr. David Pulman GSK with tags , , , , on May 6, 2013 by livittodalimit

Dr. David Pulman is well known in the international business and pharmaceutical communities for his role as President of Global Manufacturing and Supply at GlaxoSmithKline plc. Dr. David Pulman GSK role has seen him taking responsibility for global manufacturing and supply chain networking among other things.

GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline is a British multinational pharmaceutical, biologics, vaccines, and consumer healthcare company that maintains its headquarters in London. It was established in 2001 through the merger of Glaxo Wellcome plc and SmithKline Beecham plc. GSK employs 97,000 people worldwide.

Children’s Health Fund

Outside of his work with GSK, Dr. Pulman has taken a very active involvement with the Children’s Health Fund (CHF); a non-profit organization that was founded in 1987 by musician Paul Simon and pediatrician/advocate Dr. Irwin Redlener.

The Children’s Health Fund is a charity organization that received a top rating from Charity Watch, a prominent independent watchdog organization that evaluates charities and issues ratings to help donors make more informed decisions regarding the causes and charities they choose to donate to.

“We partner with (CHF) because they’re so effective at delivering value to underserved children who don’t have access to healthcare,” explained Dr. Pulman. “You have to give every child the potential to fulfill its true potential.”

David Pulman Honored at CHF 25th Anniversary Benefit

In October of 2012, David Pulman was on-hand for the CHF’s 25th Anniversary Benefit show at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Performers on the bill that night included the likes of Paul Simon, Sting, Steve Martin, Stevie Wonder, Amy Grant, James Taylor, Tom Hanks, and Tina Fey. Others, like Morgan Freeman and Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, appeared via recorded messages that expressed
their support and admiration for the CHF.

Dr. David Pulman was awarded the prestigious CHF Corporate Award that night. Formerly his role with the organization saw him serving as Chairman of the Children’s Health Fund Corporate Council. Currently, he serves on the Leadership Team for the New York based non-profit.

Charity Work at CHF a Natural Extension of GKS

For David Pulman, there is very little gap between what he does with GSK and his charitable work for the CHF.

“We know that poor health impacts education, it impacts the ability to get a job, it impacts the ability to live a full life in society and that is absolutely in line with what GSK does as a company,” explains Dr. Pulman. “Just seeing the professionals involved with Children’s Health Fund is both humbling and uplifting.”

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