Speedflying on the edge of death

Go Pro video of Jamie Lee speed flying in Romania

Most of the time my Facebook feed shows me a bunch of garbage… but sometimes… just sometimes, you capture a nugget of something insane. This has got to be one of the most crazy things I’ve seen anyone do. BTW, how in the world does this video only have 819 views? Hat tip: Roger

Portrait of Mike Kitzman

I shot a photo of one of my coworkers last friday in the office, using available light. As much as I’d love to get a 85mm f1.4g lens, my dad’s old manual 85mm f1.8 still gets the job done.

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I need to get a reflector to bounce a little light next time… but this works for something quick and dirty. ^_^

I have Atrial Fibrillation

A totally unexpected discovery

For the last couple of months, I struggled with an on-going battle with my sinuses—stuffy nose, cough, post nasal drip, etc. It felt like an chronic cold, I suspected I had some sort of bacterial sinus infection. I went into the Dr’s office about 2-3 weeks ago for something simple, and came out with some unfortunate news.

As I talked to the doctor, he covered all grounds and asked me everything, including my previous conditions. I briefly mentioned that I had hyperthyroidism, and one time my girlfriend noticed that I had an unusual pulse. The doctor started asking more questions relating to my thyroids and heart, and then 15 minutes later I was on the bed hooked up to an EKG.

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I wasn’t entirely sure what was happening, but I just went with the flow. They printed out the results and said that I had a heart condition, most likely attributed to my hyperthyroidism. In fact, he emphasized that I needed to see a cardiologist immediately to investigate my condition further. He was fairly certain that I had Atrial Fibrillation (an “unusual heart beat”). I made several inquiries like, “am I in immediate danger?”, “is this reversible?”, “what kind of treatments are there?”… but most of his answers seemed deliberately unclear.

In a nutshell, he expressed that the severity of my condition could range anywhere from minor to very serious. He also stated that I was at risk of suffering a stroke if left untreated. At this point, he had my full, undivided attention.

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As a precaution, the Dr. requested that avoided the following things:

  • No Caffeine
  • No Exercise
  • No Sudafed
  • No Alcohol

And then he said, “come back in 2 weeks and we’ll follow up on your sinuses. In the mean time, make sure to stay on your hyperthyroidism medicine”. Since then, health has been my number 1 priority. I am taking all my pills religiously.

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The bad news

When I went to the cardiologist, he did some more tests including an echocardiogram. The Dr confirmed that I had Atrial Fibrillation, however, it was unlikely for me to experience a stroke since I’m still relatively young. Treatment can range anywhere from medication all the way to electroshock (that’s where they would sedate me and shock my heart back into a normal rhythm).

Before the Dr begins treatment, he wanted to see all the data from my heart monitor. He said he would examine all points of data to ensure his recommended treatment would lead me to a safe path towards recovery.

The good news

According to the Dr, I’m in no immediate danger. As long as I avoid the stuff I bulleted above, I should be fine. The other part of the good news is that it should be reversible in time. They mentioned that a part of my heart has been enlarged because of overuse, but it shouldn’t affect me in the long run. Right now, my priority is to get my thyroids under control, followed by reversing the affects of my heart condition.

Next steps

While I usually have a cool demeanor, I’ll have to admit that I’m moderately stressed. As I mentioned, health is my #1 priority right. I just have to take one day at a time.

Anyway, I figured I’d let you guys know what’s going on. It’s challenging to keep up with everyone these days—so if you’re reading this, thank you for all the support. Don’t be too worried… I am doing everything within my power to get this under control. I’ll keep you guys posted every step of the way.

To learn more about Atrial Fibrillation, read this.

Endangered Species

In pieces is an interactive exhibition turned study into 30 of the world’s most interesting but unfortunately endangered species.

I love the transitions. What a cool exhibition of front end dev skills. It’s beautiful as it is thought provoking. I’m really digging the colors and illustrations. Hat tip: Appy

Bowling a 227

So, I admit it, they put together some teams at AddThis and I totally sand bagged on my average. I haven’t really bowled in a while, and I’ve never been that good. On average, I used to get around a 120 on a good day. But for whatever reason, I’ve figured out how to throw a house ball with a natural hook. Recently, this has resulted me in bowling at a higher average.

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The last time I went bowling with AddThis, I threw a 208. This time, for whatever reason, I threw a 227 in my first set. Honestly, it was kind of lucky. The good news is that my throw appears to look more consistent.

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Anyway, it seems that no-one in my office seems to trust me anymore when I say, “I’m not really good at that”, or “It’s my first time playing”. I’ve lost all element of surprise and now everyone expects me to be good at everything.

I’m actually terrible at several things. Just to name a few:

  • Singing
  • Swimming
  • Snowboarding
  • Skiing
  • Basketball
  • Long distance running
  • Lifting heavy things
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    Check out this thread from slack. Just to be clear, horwitz has beaten me before… but his victories are far and few between. We all know who’s the king (of slop). Hah! Anyway, I had a great time tonight. Hopefully, we’ll go bowling again soon.

    Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

    Filet Mignon

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    Medium to medium-rare in the middle.

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    Ribeye with chimichurri sauce.

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    Insane amounts of chimichurri sauce.
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    Pretty tasty. Definitely getting the steak down. Who wants to come over and give it a try?