The Mike Moffat (#2 at Schiit) Blog

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  1. Jinxy245

    Jinxy245 Vegan Puss

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    Obviously we're all happy to be still stuck with you. "Work on your terms" seems to be your M.O., even if the terms change as time goes on. Here's hoping you enjoy the ride for many more years to come.
     
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    Jesus Mike, you're one tough SOB! Thanks for sharing your story with us.
     
  3. earnmyturns

    earnmyturns Smartest friend

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    I'm so glad Dr. Alphabet did not give up, neither did you! For the curious

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11220734
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6028676/
    http://www.clinicsinoncology.com/pdfs_folder/cio-v4-id1620.pdf

    Oh, and what CRMP stands for.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collapsin_response_mediator_protein_family

    "The neurological syndromes associated with anti-CRMP-5 include peripheral neuropathy, limbic encephalitis, ataxia, paraneoplastic chore or optic neuritis but most commonly, small-cell lung carcinomas is detected."

    I'm not an MD, but I've been curious about molecular biology and neurological stuff throughout my decades in computing, I spend spent part of my career working on bioinformatics so had to learn a bit more about this stuff.
     
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    insidious meme Ambivalent Kumquat

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    Continued ass kickin, Mike! Good to see you posting!
     
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    Bullschiit! indeed, especially in these times.

    I wish everyone good health.
     
  6. Thad E Ginathom

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    Thank god for that. Or, rather, thank Soltanzedeh for that!

    The wheels of medical science are wonderful, but they do sometimes grind exceeding slow. We can be thankful for the times when they get there while we are still here. Been there, with five years of don't know, until they eventually found something to remove (not even knowing what it was until they did) and surgery restored health.

    Apparently, a member of my mother's family was told that he had a few months to live. He may or may not have exclaimed Bullshit, but he did decide that he might as well sell up and go to USA to be a cowboy. He lived sixty years.

    This may be myth, but as another of her tribe was a ground-breaking anthropologist/explorer who found eventual retirement boring, so finished off his lifespan exploring Tierra del Fuego, it might not.
     
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    You’re such a force of nature, Mike!
    I guess after tackling seemingly impossible math problems, cancer didn’t seem so hard to beat!
    Kudos to Dr Alphabet and your wife for figuring things out!
     
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    aamefford Nothing like chamberpot coffee

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    This just makes me happy! Welcome back Mike.
     
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    rtaylor76 Can't wipe his tag

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    My wife is an RN in neurology and says this is pretty new breakthrough stuff. She also says the medications they give to these CRMP epilepsy patients is really new and very expensive.
     
  10. baldr

    baldr Schiit-sterer

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    Back to work, sorting out what the fuck to do first. One circuit block we really need is a Unison USB out – it would seem to be simple, right? Just turn around a Unison USB input. No such luck. It is an engineering nightmare in the same sense that it was on the Unison USB input. The chipmaker says the part will not work for audio over USB, either as an input or an output. Period. So why use the part at all?? It seems we made it work for the input. Besides, there are no other chips I know of that say they will. So to do our own USB audio I/O, we’re on our own. At the end of the development, we will have an edge, just like we do on the USB in. It is just that we really had to work for it, Dr. Ivana and all. Perhaps the real problem is that I just do not listen sometimes.

    We cobbled together one more new kinda DAC that seems to be interesting. Seems is the keyword, as the DAC got re-cobbled into a DAC evaluator circuit. It seems there are a few new DAC chips worth evaluating. If the chips survive the DAC evaluator, we put them in my own Yggdrasil just to try. We haven't found any “the king is dead – long live the king” DAC parts yet, but the trials must go on.

    That’s it for now. It is just I haven’t been back for that long. More will be revealed.
     
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    @baldr Glad to see you back at work and can't wait to see what you'll release in the years to come. I imagine you saying "bullshit" to the chipmaker and get it to work for USB out.

    side note: glad UCLA Health was able to diagnose and treat your condition. They helped solve my own chronic skin condition that I suffered with for over twenty years. Several doctors and dermatologist couldn't figure out what I had until a UCLA doc gave a proper diagnosis. Turns out I suffered from Confluent and Reticulated Papillomatosis (CRP, and pronounced "crap") and haven't experienced an outbreak since treatment. I'm hoping all of the med students they brought into to see it first hand will prevent future misery for others.

     
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    Mike,

    Great to have you talking about Circuits again instead of Medical issues!

    Cheers!
     
  13. baldr

    baldr Schiit-sterer

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    We lost John Prine this week. The next day Ivana shows up and before the sun went down the Unison USB Out worked. Fuck-ton of bugs but good enough to compare to S/PDIF out. Damn - I then cued up JPs Tree of Forgiveness. What a loss, regardless of the sound good as it is. I'm listening to Bruised Orange right now as I write. You know, I have seen the Ring dozens of times, I have seen Earl Scruggs play Foggy Mountain Breakdown, and Janis sing Every Little Piece of my Heart. I've seen the David #1 but John Prine really works right now. The magnitude of the loss is now sinking in.
     
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    Mike.... I once suffered what sounds like your symptoms. No doctor would have figured out. Even the doctor that caused it (oral surgeon) did not understand. Our brain runs on electrical current. If I have fillings in my teeth of differing alloys it forms into a mini battery via oral galvanism. Besides the high mercury content in the old fashioned metal filings, the metals themselves can play games with the electrical signals in the body.

    Well, I went to an oral surgeon who insisted that titanium implants are not really a problem after initially asking for the newer type, ceramic implant. He insisted it would be okay. About three days after the implant was in I began falling sideways when bending down to pick up something. Because I had other fillings in my mouth it was acting like a conductor for the galvanism one step closer to my brain. I begged the doctor to remove it. He insisted that it had to be something else and suggested some over the counter sinus medication.

    As time went on my legs became affected. They became heavy. It felt like I had weights on my ankles, and to walk just a block was a frightening experience. I found a blog online with others having experienced the same symptoms after receiving titanium implants.. I printed it out and showed to the oral surgeon who finally reluctantly removed the titanium implant. It took about two years for the feeling in my legs to return. I learned about an oil soluble form of thiamine (usually water soluble) that is used used by diabetics to help avoid nerve damage "Benfotiamine". It me got closer to full recovery.

    Long story short. I had to learn how metals in the mouth interacted to form oral galvanism which can effect our brain waves I probably would not be posting this today if I had not found out.

    Not sure what you got going wrong. But, thought I should say something just in case.

    Wishing you well, GeneZ
     
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    How is your hair? Hairs are your aerials. They pick up signals from the cosmos and transmit them directly into the brain. This is the reason bald-headed men are uptight.
     
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    Thanks. That explains a lot!
     
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    Some people can pick up radio with their fillings. Wait... is this still a thing? And that weird feeling when biting on a piece of silver paper that got stuck to the chocolate is an electrical thing, right?

    So electricity and the mouth... not entirely complete-and-utter-nutter stuff.

    Granted, whilst strictly true, "Our brain runs on electrical current," tends not to precede a proper-scientific discourse. But I'd be interested in knowing if galvanic action between titanium and mercury is possible?

    ...Even though I am one of the many millions with both mercury and titanium in my mouth. My pair of implants has been there for sixteen years.

    Google suggests it might not be fiction. But then, I have no way of knowing what this amounts to in real life. It certainly hasn't been a problem in my real life.
     
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    Hi Mike,
    I am so happy to hear that you are recovering and back at work breaking the rules! I have enjoyed listening to your design magic for over 25 years.
    Stay well!
     
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    baldr Schiit-sterer

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    Probably best to avoid this subject in a forum as sophisticated as this but fuck it, it is meant partially in jest anyway. (With apologies to Fred Reed). So here we go: What is the point of measurements? Who decides(ed) which ones are significant? AES? Julian Hirsh? I always tended to do them on prototypes without considering WTF I was doing and why. Granted,if the prototype is really fucked up, the measurements will tell. But really, who cares if the S/N is -120 or -130db. Bragging rights? Self hand job? What are we doing with our measurements that indicates we really know what we do? Are there better tests? Faster ones? I have never read a paper on the methodology on the need for, suitability, and development of such tests. Bam, the key word is methodology. There is so much audio thinking that resembles an amoeba globbing around, slowly and randomly. No methodology. In fact, my bragging right is methodology. You can’t build Schiit that lacks prior art without it. Come to think of it, art is an interesting word in this context. Subject for another missive.

    Take that to the sound science guys. Sometimes it seems the only certain knowledge over there is that they haven’t any. Nothing that make me sport audio wood. Kinda like trying to read Bertrand Russell. High IQ but talks/writes way too much; insufferable. Another reason that measurements are suspect is they are defined in a plane. Ninth or tenth grade Geometry. The whole of Geometry is points, lines, angles and planes. Suitable for defining an audio measurement but useless for a taco, a cheeseburger, or the feminine mind. Hmpf.
     
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    lol, Wittgenstein FTW.
     

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