The Mike Moffat (#2 at Schiit) Blog

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  1. Taverius

    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    Damn, there goes my dream of an IoT CD changer that knows when I'm on the loo and plays appropriately dramatic music. /s

    :pirate07:
     
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    OhMyGod that image is a real mind poisoner!

    :eek: :)
     
  3. johnjen

    johnjen Doesn’t want to be here but keeps posting anyways

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    I've seen the term snowflakes bandied about recently, and in diverse sets of circumstances.

    It does seem to apply as there are those who seem 'entitled', and some do seem to be skilled at making their drama, your drama.
    And I'd add curiosity as another related trait along with unwillingness, or rather the lack of curiosity, which seems like it's an off shoot of instant gratification.

    JJ
     
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    Oh it gets better, the social media raised post-millenials are a whole new breed unto themselves:
     
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    haywood Almost "Made"

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    Cspirou They call me Sparky

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    This is true. It's specifically made for industrial applications (as opposed to hobbyists) and doesn't have a miniSD card slot.

    It's still a lot more computing power then you need for a transport and it'll probably cheaper in the long run to do something in-house.
     
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    Hmmmm... We know of another funky DAC this would be super useful in! ;)
     
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    MWSVette Wow, I made it this far without being a friend?

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    As long as it works with my Theta Cobalt 307, cool. :D
     
  10. baldr

    baldr Schiit-sterer

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    It seems it has been some time since I have posted -- not because I didn’t want to, but more like I have been pretty weirdly sick. So here goes the narrative, in the proper style of the most polished of hypochondriacs. This started about ten years ago when I noticed some funny gait sensations when I walked. Within 3-4 years, I was morphing into a genuine gimp, but what the hell, I was still moving. Then the slurred speech started – I sounded like a drunk at 10 o’clock in the morning. Funny thing was, these symptoms would come and go.

    So I went to the Doctor who solemnly intoned that I must have suffered a stroke (I was badly slurring when he examined me) and sent me out for a MRI. The MRI came back negative for a stroke. Puzzled, he examined me again. I asked about how this could be a stroke when all of these symptoms come and go. He diagnosed me with the IDKWTFYH Syndrome (I don’t know what the fuck you have). I worked around the limp and slur and attempted to ignore them. I settled into a bit of an interrupted routine, for example not showing up at trade show booths until I wasn’t slurring, and so on. Over the next few years, the on time for the slur was getting longer and longer, and all of a sudden I couldn’t button my buttons, write a check, or solder anymore. Besides all of that, my walking was getting worse and worse. However, all of this was still coming and going.

    I stepped up to once more to Valencia’s best neurologist to see what he had to say. I was well examined to by an attending nuerologist who could not conceal his puzzlement. Once more I was diagnosed with IDKWTFYH Syndrome. A year or so ago I noticed that when I would attempt to type, a sort of “letter salad” would appear instead of my intended prose. I took solace in the notion that all those symptoms would soon pass, but it was taking longer for them to do so. Those who knew me well told me that my body motion was encumbered, but I did not listen.

    Please allow this digression: In Vietnam we had a neuro-toxic snake called the Blue Krait. I witnessed one fellow soldier who was bitten. Within a few hours, his extremities were going numb. Within a day or so, his ability to walk was gone. He still could talk after a fashion, and his brain was 100% functional. Another day passed and he was only capable of slight eye motion and his muscles which enabled him to breathe failed that night – at least that’s what the medic said. That is one of my greatest fears – to be caught in a failing body fully awake and aware of everything as it slowly dies. I bring up the Blue Krait because a month or so ago, I woke up one morning and could neither walk nor talk. Scared the bejezus out of me. I was newly motivated!!

    My poor wife Rosie had been trying to find more through and comprehensive medical attention. She opted for UCLA and we awaited an appointment, the first of which was a month or so ago. The neurologist examined me, gave me a tentative clinical diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis, a rare but treatable disorder. Diagnosis! She gave me medication for that but insisted, however, that I required specialized testing which could only be given and assessed by a Neuro-Muscular Junction Specialist. Further, the pills worked for some of the symptoms, particularly the low strength. It seemed like progress – until the labs came back with the result I was missing some Myasthenia Gravis antibodies in blood tests.

    So, it seems as of now, I currently stand half diagnosed and until I see the next UCLA Neuro-Muscular specialist in two weeks, hoping for more specific data, I’ll settle on a Myasthenia Gravis-like deal which responds in part to Myasthenia Gravis medicine. I realized that, until then, what’s best for me (and those around me) is just to keep moving forward, albeit at a slower physical pace. My brain still works fine, I love my work and life without my work would suck. I’ll just work a bit differently, with an added tool, my new walker, which I call The Schiit Wagon – and my unusual and ever-changing (ahem) vocal “accent.” But this whole distraction has been going on too long..
     
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    Arrgh, an autoimmune disease :( These are so hard to diagnose, since so little is known about mechanism in most of them. I'm glad that the medication is helping, that's an important step forward.
     
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    @baldr - each of us passing through this ephemeral existence experiences “interesting” challenges during the process of aging. Yours is one of the more troubling given the rarity and also your awareness. Nothing more frustrating than knowing your capabilities have been compromised while the mind is still sharp. I’m fortunate that my own issues are treatable by rather large doses of magnesium, creating moments when the rectum is so fired as to roast marshmallows. Yay, s’mores.

    My hat is off to you for your contributions to the collective auditory delights, myself included, thank-you.
     
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    @baldr appreciate your candor, and your inventions past and future.
    am forever hopeful that you find that one Dr to provide the best meds or ramrod to drive the Gravis from your being.
    fight on with good spirits and positive energy.
     
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    Wilson Socially Anxious Volleyball

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    I'm sorry to hear this, but you do seem like a tough hombre. I hope you get better soon.
    Also, I didn't realize you are a veteran - thank you for your service.
     
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    I really hope they can continue to give you more information at the next appointment. Very frustrating that it has taken this long for you to find answers, for sure. At least you seem to have finally found some progress towards an eventual solution. Great work on the part of your wife getting you there! Wishing you the best of luck, @baldr .
     
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    @baldr Fun getting older, but worth it. I send you good vibes for a real diagnosis, and as we used to say back in the day “Keep on Trucking”. With your Schiit Wagon. Hopefully only a temporary tool.
     
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    Vtory Illogical Spock

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    Wish you a best luck as well as a best service possible. Thanks for your candor and enthusiasm, too.
     
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    You have bettered so many around you as well as those far away, I amongst them. I am grateful and wish you the best. Time to better yourself and care for that which ails you. Thank you @baldr.
     
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    Alls I can say is ah schiit.

    It really sucks what you're going through no doubt, but I'm really glad (for you personally as well as the community) that this has only changed how you work, not weather or not you do. I've never met you, but online you conduct yourself with intelligence, integrity, and not a small amount of good humor.

    I sincerely wish you well & hope you recover.
     
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    aamefford Nothing like chamberpot coffee

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    Mike, I don’t know if your are a believer or a doubter. As I have actively chosen to be the former, I’ve put you in our prayers. I hope you and the MD’s are able to find a working treatment, and with luck, a diagnosis to go with it. As others have noted, you and your work have brought many a lot of joy. Your products over the years have been groundbreaking. Your writing has always made me smile. Thank you.
     
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