The World Music Project has been released. There is a video which goes along with the music which you can see below.
This was a very unique project for me personally. I spent a lot of time with it partly because it was such a challenging project to mix. Hundreds of tracks. A wide range of recording techniques from amateur to professional. It was also unique because, aside from Trevor, I did not know anyone on the team.
This is a video that I did which provides my overview of the project.
And this is the video for the project. I really enjoyed seeing all of these artists from across the world for the first time. The video is not perfectly produced however it is authentic. And that authenticity comes through the music.
If you are a photographer then you have heard about the red dot.
I finally got one.
After all of this time shooting with Nikon, I can at last begin to start taking some good photos 😉
I took it out for a spin over the weekend and I am quite impressed with the results. Here are a few photos of downtown Kingston. Such a beautiful town.
Florida. In August. The weather can test the stamina of a Canadian. The sun and the heat can be alarmingly intense.
Surprisingly enough, after a few days, the intensity of the Florida heat moderates. You get used to it. You screen. You mix indoor and outdoor activities. Indoors for air conditioned comfort. Outdoors because the sun looks so inviting.
That said, I’m not sure I would go out on the bike for 2 or 3 hours of hard riding in this weather. That might be a bit too much for someone not used to the heat and humidity.
Why did we come down to Florida in August?
To attend a wedding.
This particular wedding was unique in many ways. All weddings are special. Some weddings can be moving. This wedding was especially moving.
It was held outdoors. There was one focal point under a canopy of tree branches. Simplicity and minimalism intersected with creativity and informality. The charge and commission of marriage. The union of a young couple. The start of a journey. A new chapter.
As Lorraine and I approach 36 years of marriage, a wedding like this one brings back a flood of memories. Our journey together has gone by with such surprising speed. So many wonderful times together. This wedding was a reminder of the special joy and privilege of our love and of our commitment to one another.
Here are a few images from the day. The last photo includes a quote from C.S. Lewis, hand painted by the bride on one of many signs that surrounded the wedding place:
Now at last they were beginning Chapter 1 of the great story that no one has ever read, and which goes on forever in which every chapter is better than the one before.
I took them both. My Sony RX100 and one of my Nikon DSLRs, the Nikon D600. For the Nikon, I brought along a 50mm prime and a 24-120mm F4 zoom.
The Nikon kit is heavy. And, in the Florida heat, a tad uncomfortable.
We spent yesterday at Universal Studios in Orlando. I decided to leave the big DSLR behind. I took the very small Sony as my camera.
I have to say that it performed well above my expectations for a compact point and shoot camera. Well enough that I doubt I would have captured any significantly better images with the DSLR particularly given the location and the time of day.
It was quite liberating to walk the park with a camera that could easily fit in my pocket when needed. No hassles when doing the rides.
Here are a few photos from the day.
Travelling down in Florida this week. Weather feels like 35 Celsius. Really, really warm.
Posts will be a bit infrequent for another week or so.
From: A vendor
I’ve been trying to reach you and understand you are very busy. Please advise for your reason of no response:
A. You are not interested in our company at this time.
B. You have gone down a deep dark Wikipedia rabbit hole. Your lack of response is really a cry for help.
C. You are interested in our company, let’s sync up in a few weeks.
D. You are interested in our company, let’s sync up next Wednesday.
From: Richard Cleaver
To: A vendor
Please advise for your reason to keep sending me unsolicited emails:
A) You did not read my last response
B) My email went directly to your SPAM folder and so you assumed that I had never responded
C) You are using a RoboMailer so you really don’t know who responds
D) You like sending me emails even if you think I don’t respond
Fearless recipient of thousands and thousands of unsolicited emails from vendors
So. Many. Vendors. So. Little. Time.
I was out on the road last night at around 6:30pm. I go out later during the week to avoid all of the heavy trucks that are busily removing material from the rural countryside in our area. They are doing work to prepare the land for roughly half a million solar panels.
This massive green energy project does seem to ravage a lot of green space.
For the most part, I don’t have too much trouble with the heavy traffic.
Last night, however, I had a close call with a large dump truck.
I was heading southbound on Westbrook road. Westbrook is a usually a very quiet country road. The surface is tar and chip. There is a fairly sharp bend across from where a new solar farm is being developed. And, I guess the crew decided to work late as construction was still underway.
I average about 30 kph for most of my rides. And on this stretch, the wind was to my favour and I was closer to about 40 kph.
The bend can be taken at speed as it is banked.
Most experienced riders will tell you that they are always listening for traffic coming from behind. I do. And I always look back when I hear something and I always look back before I take a turn.
This particular truck was really not moving much faster than me. However, as I approached the bend, driver elected to pass. At the entry to the bend no less. Only to brake at the exit of the bend to turn left into the solar farm site.
One of the most dangerous places to be on a bike is to the right of a large truck on a bend or on a turn. You can easily be run over.
This truck was so close — less than a foot from my handlebars.
I only had a few choices: panic stop, sprint or maintain my pace and hope for the best.
Unfortunately I was already committed to the turn. And, at 40 kph, it would be hard to try and sprint out of the bend in front of the truck. The problem with stopping was that the truck was so close that the turning radius would probably have resulted in an impact. I maintained my pace and my relative distance to the truck and I hoped for the best.
Then the darn guy, once in front of me, hit his brakes!
I could not go left because I did not know what he would do if I tried to pass him. He had stopped abruptly specifically to go left. I could not go right as his truck was at the edge of the road.
I hit the brakes and came to a stop within a meter or so of the back of his truck.
Although most rides go without any incidents, I am always very, very vigilant.
Over the years I have had people dump their ashtrays at me as they pass. I have had people throw cans and bottles. I have had people try to clip me with their mirrors. And cut me off after they pass. Fortunately only a few specific instances. But no record of the event.
This case in Kansas certainly got me thinking about how disadvantaged cyclists can be when they are out on the road.
I am very much a conservative and law-abiding cyclist. I stop as required. I signal my turns. And I stay very courteous on the road. I do that because I want to come back and ride another day.
Oh, when your heart’s on fire
You must realize
Sweat gets in your eyes
With apologies to the Platters.
On Saturday, I went out for a long ride. I left the house at roughly 6:30 in the morning. It was very cool. Only 14 Celsius. I wore my Spring/Fall base layer to provide a bit of warmth. Great ride. Beautiful morning.
On Sunday, I had to delay my long ride until about 3:00 in the afternoon. It was hot, hazy and humid. The temperature was over 27 Celsius. The humidex made it feel closer to 35 Celsius. Tough ride. Started to boink towards the end.
After only 2 or 3 kilometers, I had to wipe the sweat from my eyes. And I had to keep wiping the sweat every few kilometers. The sweat was literally pouring into my eyes. Sweat in the eyes is very, very annoying.
It is a very delicate maneuver this sweat removal activity.
I have to remove my eyewear with one hand and use that same hand to maintain control of the bike and hold on to the eyewear without dropping it. At higher rates of speed, it is not necessarily a good idea to be hands off the bike for the length of time it takes to wipe sweat.
So, with the right hand, I keep control of the bike. With the left hand, I remove the eyewear. I grasp the handle of the eyewear with my thumb and forefinger and then place my left hand over the hood of the bike’s handlebar. Somehow, I can find a way to hold the hood and the eyewear handle. I can then use my cycling glove on my right hand to wipe the sweat off my forehead and out from my eyes.
Once complete, the left hand replaces the eyewear making sure that Rule #37 is observed:
Rule #37 // The arms of the eyewear shall always be placed over the helmet straps.
No exceptions. This is for various reasons that may or may not matter; it’s just the way it is.
All of this while moving along somewhere north of 30 kilometers per hour.
I use a style of cycling glove which includes fleece over the top of the glove for nose wiping. It can help to deal with exercise induced rhinitis (EIR) — a common affliction for cyclists. Of course, you can always execute the snot rocket protocol when riding in hot, humid weather to free the fleece for sweat wiping.
The fleece on the cycling glove must never be called into dual service. Sweat removal and snot removal should never,ever be combined. In my opinion.
I use the right hand glove for sweat and, unfortunately, I also use the right hand glove for EIR. That might have something to do with me being right-handed. It can be surprisingly easy to forget that the right hand glove has been called into service to deal with EIR when attempting to also deal with sweat in the eyes.
After several seasons of battling sweat in my eyes, I finally broke down and ordered the Halo Headband. Many cyclists recommend the Halo as a way to deal with the sweat. The band includes a ridge which guides the sweat away from the eyes and back towards the ears.
For whatever reason, sweat pouring down by my ears is not nearly as annoying as sweat pouring into my eyes.
The joys of cycling.