Mike did what most would think is easy, and for those that have tried, know to be almost humanly impossible. Mike wrote a book. Writing, from a distance looks like fun, looks easy, but until you sit down day after day, then months, and before you know it, years to complete. Until you try you won't understand the struggle and perseverance this took. Congrats Mike we look forward to reading all your hard work HEY SUBURBIA: A guide to the emo/pop punk rise
Should I get the vaccine right away or wait?
If you have the ability to get the vaccine sooner than later, I would recommend it.
Moderna and Pfizer’s efficacy is very good at ~95%. It seems that both 2-dose vaccinations show some protection to the other variants. I think it is beneficial to obtain partial immunity against Covid even if these 2-dose vaccines only provide some protection against newer variants. We are still learning about these variants and if the vaccine actually shows its effect towards them. UPDATE** Pfizer has been approved for kids between the ages of 12-16.
How long does a vaccine last? Does one brand last longer than the others?
At this time, we do not know how long it lasts. Many of us in the medical community are anticipating that it will be an annual vaccine like the flu vaccine. However, if you stop the spread, the virus doesn’t have a way to replicate and survive. Unfortunately only the amount of public use of the vaccine will give us a clue if this is possible as time goes on.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, although not as effective as moderna and Pfizer, has the ability to prevent severe illness in up to 84% of the population. This is promising and ultimately what we would like for the future as it’s a one time vaccine instead of 2 shots. *UPDATE 4/15 At this time, the US has paused the use of JnJ vaccine due to chances of clotting (6 cases in 6.8 million doses given). For anyone who has JnJ and is scared, the likelihood of getting a blood clot from daily birth control is higher. **UPDATE 4/26 J&J Vaccine has resumed.
Can an N95 mask be reused? ( if given a break between uses?)
As far as N95 masks, certainly! If one plans on using the mask all day long, we suggest designating a mask for each day of the week. Rotating through different masks is helpful in longevity. If you are using a mask for shorter periods of time, this can extend its life expectancy as well. Early on in the pandemic healthcare providers unfortunately were stuck with only one mask for weeks at a time.
What are the questions you get most asked from people or friends?
The biggest question is when are we getting back to normal. It is pretty uncertain as I think even 2021 will be somewhat of a continuation. As the vaccine is given to more and more people, again, we’ll start to have a better idea.
Other questions include what helps treat and prevent Covid. There is a monoclonial antibody IV therapy called bamlanivimab and etesevimab that have shown to significantly improve symptoms within 10 days of onset of Covid. Supplements like Vitamin D, Zinc, or Vitamin C have not shown significant findings that would suggest in the prevention of or a decrease in severity of Covid. We do know that masks and socially distancing DO work.
Generally people that are infected with covid are usually treated at home with over the counter medications unless having severe symptoms like difficulty breathing.
And finally the last question is, how long is someone contagious for? As per the CDC, you are no longer contagious on the 11th day (10 days +1) from the START of symptoms.
For the most up to date info visit the CDC
Make March Matter is an annual campaign that unites businesses and the community in support of children’s health and Children’s Hospital LA. Shop, dine or participate in an event with a participating partner and funds will be donated to help ensure the hospital can provide sick and critically injured children with the best quality care.
We here at HMNIM are proud to be participants of this annual campaign, as long-standing supporters of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. There are many many good causes out there, but this one is close to our heart. We pledged 50% of the proceeds of any sales on March 15th to this great cause. And you customers did not let us down. We had hundreds of orders poor in over the day, raising thousands of dollars for the Make March Matter cause.
To learn more about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, please visit www.chla.org
Many of you doubted that Mark took the time to hand screen 100 tees. And you probably doubted that he came up with the design, and burned the screens himself. But what you are forgetting is that Mark is a man of many talents and passions, and one of those passions is photo emulsion.
Here we see Mark "burning" the screen with a lamp. A delicate and precise step in the screen printing process. Once this step is completed, the screen is throughly cleaned.
And now we jump to the printing step, putting the printing in screen printing.
Running a hot iron over the design to baking it into the fibers and ensuring that it's not going to wash off. Remember, Mark had to do this 100 times, for each tee.
Once the ink has been set, all that needs to happen is waiting for them to dry. Not easy finding places to lay 100 tees around to dry. In the end it was all for a great cause, raising money for CHLA.
The magicians in the shop were all older crusty men saying the most foul mouthed jokes I had ever heard in my life as a young teenager, but they really fostered a deep sense of passion for the craft in me. Bob Elliott was a regular at the magic shop and he was a real legend - he taught people like David Copperfield and Criss Angel - and he would just floor me. Years later I met an old pitchman, Don Driver, on a magic forum who changed my life and would become my best friend over the years until he passed away. He gifted me a straitjacket for my birthday one year and completely changed the trajectory of my life. I'm very fortunate to have had such great mentors who took the time to teach me and help me along my journey.
I'm currently working on Houdini's Metamorphosis which would be a personal dream of mine to be able to share and perform.
In Metamorphosis, Houdini would have his hands tied, be roped into a sack, and then locked in a trunk. The trunk would be pushed into a curtain cabinet by Bess who would draw the curtains and clap her hands three times. Houdini would immediately appear free, and when the truck was opened, it would be Bess now sealed and tied in the sack. A coat borrowed from an audience member was also sometimes used, being placed on Houdini and then ending up on Bess.