Andy Ciordia




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learn to play the ukulele
Picked up a Lanikai LU-21..

..for my birthday, so this is now finally in motion. There are some nice sites online so that’s a plus. I find I am not very eager to learn theory but definitely enjoy chord and strum patterns.



Learn to freefly (read all 3 entries…)
Wow.. How far you come and how far you have to go..

Looking at this list, it’s funny that Egg and I are the only ones who leveraged this. Two years ago. Wow. I’m an adept at basic sit and travel, my docks are sloppy but coming along. My head-down needs a lot of work.

Overall I think I’ll say this is learned but never mastered and now I’d like to make more granular goals within the disciplines.

If you find this, go for it. Freeflying has some real fun to it if you’re into more kinesthetic forms of flying.



Learn to freefly (read all 3 entries…)
Better and Better

Did two solo FF’s this weekend in shorts and achieved stability and sit within moments. Wish I could stay in it out the door but I don’t have the feel for the hill on my back. I end up almost fully on my back and then having to push arms back legs down to regain it. Oh well. I’m starting to adjust to the sensations and am kinesthetically gaining the upperhand of right and wrong form. Next stop, turns, slides, and spins to head down. Wheee!



Learn to freefly (read all 3 entries…)
Call me the Tumbler

Four man exit, we forgot to cross grip so we basically did a two man exit hahaha. About 2k out we separated and began work. I was in shorts and I could not get into the sit. I’m better at it in my RW suit than shorts. I could stand easily but that wasn’t what we needed.

Clocked myself at 180mph hehe. We went 180’ from each other and tracked at 5k. Me being the fastest I pulled first.

Somewhere in the mix I got a good nosebleed. I looked AWESOME upon landing. Luckily it didn’t get on my rig.

I need a freefly suit or at least some pants.



Get my skydiving license (read all 7 entries…)
'A' Licensed, Yea.

It took me a little longer than I anticipated to get my license but this past weekend I buckled down, finished reading the SIMMs manual did my check out dive and passed my test.

Wheee! With 48 dives I need to start looking at my ‘B’ level requirements.

Get out there in the atmosphere. It’s good for you. Vitamin S. ;D



Get my skydiving license (read all 7 entries…)
24..25..26..

Having a blast. Got my Tony Suit in last week, been working on more aggressive manuevers in it. Practice Practice Practice. My wife and I have committed in a big way by buying a cabin on the DZ premises. Can’t shake us now!

Composite landing:



Get my skydiving license (read all 7 entries…)
13 & 14 Wheee!

13th & 14th Jump done. Worked with our master rigger and ordered some gear too! I’ve been told by late March most of my new gear will be here.. man I am psyched!



organize better (read all 3 entries…)
My files.. My files..

I took them all out, all mis organized, mis treated.. “What! How did that get there”, kind of stuff.

Ejected what wasn’t needed.
Retagged what was.
Made files A-Z and filed accordingly.

Just looking at it all clean makes me grin. Tomorrow I process my backlogged filing into the new buckets.



Get my skydiving license (read all 7 entries…)
Step by step..

Jump’s 11 & 12 last weekend. Spring is coming, I can smell it.

Got my first coached jump in and saw just how weak I am. I’m pretty tight on my large controls but balancing multiple fine tuning points for relative work, need work. heheh.

Ordered a TonySuit (http://tonysuits.com). Hopefully slow my big frame down a bit and give aid in control sensativities.

-a



make people effective
We've Started Talking

We’ve finally started to talk publicly about what we are working towards. Follow it all and participate, http://blog.nuancelabs.com



Get my skydiving license (read all 7 entries…)
AFF 7 E-2 & 1st Solo!

I did my phase 1 graduation jump and my first solo jump this past saturday. It was a phenomenal event.

Posted about it: Reflections of a Newbie Skydiver



see the Daily Show live
Applied for Tix..

I wonder how long it takes for them to let you know. I love (sarcasm) their email responder telling you that if you don’t hear from them then that was the answer.

I’ve applied for tickets in Februrary, any clue how long it takes them to process?



Get my skydiving license (read all 7 entries…)
AFF 4 Complete

Had a great jump. Check out the new datalogging.

Clocked in at 149, woosh!



Get my skydiving license (read all 7 entries…)
Holding for 4

Up to my 4th AFF jump but we were scrubbed last weekend due to wind conditions (14 steady w/ 19 gusts). Trying again early sunday morning (hopefully before the wind wakes up) but boy it’s getting cold. Picked up a pair of winter skydiving gloves from SQ1 and an Altitrack. Can’t wait to datalog a jump.



Skydive (read all 4 entries…)
Mission Accomplished

I’ve done my First AFF and second AFF jumps this past weekend. It is a wicked wild ride that I recommend everyone at least doing a tandem in their lifetime. I look forward to building on the skills I have learned thus far and taking this into my A licensure.

It will certainly change your perspective.

-a



Skydive (read all 4 entries…)
Weekend Wash

We rose a little before 6am on Saturday getting our things together to head down to Skydive Carolina in Chester, SC. I was scheduled for an 8am AFF (Assisted Free Fall) class to start my multitude of jumps to aquire a class A skydiving license. We arrived on schedule and it was going to be a beautiful day. Clear skies, light breeze, and a cool morning…man it felt good. Signing away all liability, putting down a chunk of change for lessons, jump, A/V recordings, and a USPA membership I was ready to begin.

Unfortunatly this was not the weekend to be as the winds gusted too high for us to jump. The rest of my article can be read here.

-a



Skydive (read all 4 entries…)
Scheduled!

It’s been on my list for over two years. September 23rd begins my AFF training. I’m so excited and nervous wheeee!



tell my politicians what I think (read all 3 entries…)
Republicans Rock..

Now I’m not getting inflammatory, maybe dems write back the same way. However, my representatives (reps) every time cite the “The world has changed since 9/11” spiel for everything I send them. My grandkids are gonna have a hoot reading all these letters I’m collecting and how grandpa was never paid attention to. heheheh.



Meet up with Charlotte Flickrites
Flickrites Unite ;-)

We had our first meeting this week and it was nice to put some soul to the digital identities. We’ve got some neat ideas for future groupings and I think it will grow rather well. If you’re local and feel like participating sign up to: http://www.flickr.com/groups/62158993@N00/



pid my espresso machine (read all 2 entries…)
Labor of love

If you lack the experience of plumbing, boilers, electrical, assembly, and some simple analysis you may want to get some help or have a test machine to take your time on.

This is a fantastic project and worthy but it took me far too long to complete. Feel free to see my culmination post on my blog. I’ve dialed in my brand-standard Counter Culture Coffee, Tuscano 119.4c and I've been tweaking a Single Origin Ethiopian Sidamo 119.2c with great flavorful results.

You can’t beat geeking on things that give you sensory feedback.

-a



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