The skydiving season is finally upon us. My 4-way team, the Hawks, are taking the season off after the departure of our videographer, Amy, and Outside Center, Mike V. Steph and I will be spending the season learning 8-way with the SDC Rhythm XP coached team: Octomino. We've both flown and competed in 8-way before, but this time, we will be training all year for it (aiming for 90 jumps, 4 hours of team tunnel time).

We had our tunnel training a few weeks ago and will be making our first jumps together in the coming couple weeks. Should be a fun season!

Recipe: Habanero Pineapple Barbecue Sauce


  • 6 habanero peppers
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 head of garlic (about 12 cloves) 
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp hickory liquid smoke


  1. Chop onion and start to sauté
  2. Chop garlic and finish sautéing with onion
  3. Deseed and devein habaneros and chop
  4. Chop pineapple
  5. Blend onion, garlic, habanero, and pineapple until smooth
  6. Mix all ingredients into a deep sauce pan (to minimize splatter) 
  7. Heat on medium, stirring occasionally until thickens

Recipe: Zuppa Soup

Scott Johnson (@extralife) posted this on Twitter a few days ago, looks like a great, simple recipe for Zuppa soup. Reposting here so I don’t forget to try it.


  • 1 pound of spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 6 large red potatoes
  • 2 cups of chopped kale
  • 1 cup of heavy cream (or 2 cups of half and half)


  • Sauté Italian sausage, onion, and garlic together until fully cooked. Set aside to cool.
  • Quarter cut and thinly slice potatoes. Boil in chicken broth until fully cooked.
  • Mix in Italian sausage mixture, heavy cream, and chopped kale. Heat throughout and serve. Serves 6-8.

2010 Reading List

I continue to use the “Reading List by Amazon” application inside LinkedIn to track the books I read throughout the year. I finished 2010 with 24 books, and there are a lot more on my shelf for 2011.

  • Speaker for the Dead (Ender, Book 2) by Orson Scott Card
  • Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming by Peter Seibel
  • The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
  • Heat Wave (Nikki Heat) by Richard Castle
  • The Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story of a 23-Year-Old’s Summit of Mt. Everest by Bear Grylls
  • Last Words: A Memoir by George Carlin, Tony Hendra
  • iPhone SDK 3 Programming: Advanced Mobile Development for Apple iPhone and iPod touch (Wiley) by Maher Ali
  • Zodiac by Neal Stephenson
  • Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
  • Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss
  • Xenocide (Ender, Book 3) by Orson Scott Card
  • Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software by Scott Rosenberg
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • The Fuller Memorandum (A Laundry Files Novel) by Charles Stross
  • Being Geek: The Software Developer’s Career Handbook by Michael Lopp
  • The Great Book of BASE by Matt Gerdes
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
  • Children of the Mind (Ender, Book 4) by Orson Scott Card
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  • The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
  • Naked Heat (Nikki Heat) by Richard Castle

Tunnel Skills Camp 1-2 May 2010

Stephanie and I are partaking in a 4-Way Player-Coach project this summer to improve our skydiving skills. The first part of this project was 1.5 hours of tunnel time (each!) at the Paraclete XP SkyVenture wind tunnel in Raeford, NC. We had an amazing time and learned a lot from our coach, Steve Lefkowitz of SDC Rhythm XP.

You can check out the rest of the videos on YouTube:

  1. Tunnel Skills Camp (Michael) Part 1/8: Body Position and Slow Flying
  2. Tunnel Skills Camp (Michael) Part 2/8: Forward and Backward Movement, Side Slides, Slow Flying, and Forward/Backward + Up/Down
  3. Tunnel Skills Camp (Michael) Part 3/8: Forward/Backward + Up/Down, Up/Down + Side Slides, Push and Pull, Horizontal and Vertical Box
  4. Tunnel Skills Camp (Michael) Part 4/8: Touch Tag, 180 Turns, 360 Turns, Stairstep – 180 Stairstep – Side Slide
  5. Tunnel Skills Camp (Michael) Part 5/8: Stairstep – 180 Stairstep – Side Slide, Star – 540 – 180 – Star, 180 Turns, Bipole – 540 Bipole – Forward
  6. Tunnel Skills Camp (Michael) Part 6/8: Bipole – 540 Bipole – Forward, 180 and Forward, 360 and Side Slide, 180 and Backward
  7. Tunnel Skills Camp (Michael) Part 7/8: 180 and Backward, Compressed Accordion – 180 Stairstep – Side Slide, 90 – 180 – 270 – 360 – 540, 4-Way: Star – Sidebody – Satellite
  8. Tunnel Skills Camp (Michael) Part 8/8: 4-Way: Star – Sidebody – Satellite, Burble Exercises, Sidebody – 360 Sidebody – Compressed Accordion – 180 Compressed Accordion