The End Is Near


I am at the Gartner Symposium this week. Sold out. Somewhere north of 8,000 attendees. It is a big event.

Lots of predictions about technology. They even quoted Jack Welch this morning:

If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.

The end is near.

I worry when I hear technologists talk about the world ending.

I Get Mail

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Dear Partnership Development,

Yes, my website is best ranking in many areas. Take mushrooms for example. Lots of traffic from mushroom lovers worldwide.

As the folks who follow my blog will attest, there is nothing more rewarding than reading another one of my posts about divorce. That is why this site is one of the best ranking sites in the divorce niche. No splitting hairs here. No forks in the road. No you going your way and me going mine. Well, you get the idea.

Your offer is is kind and generous. However, this blog does not take in any advertising.

Best etc.,
Rockin’ Rick

New World On Its Way

The mastering work for the New World project finished on Monday. And the packages for CD duplication and Mastered For iTunes have also been delivered. Ball Media is doing the duplication of the physical media.

And so, after almost two years elapsed, we can finally close the project.

George Seara, one of the top audio engineers we have in Canada, mastered the project and he was kind enough to send me his feedback:

Wonderful work. Thoroughly enjoyed working on this one with you again!! Mixes were all well balanced and dynamic – a pleasure to work with!

When you live with a project for so long, it is hard at a certain point to create enough distance from the overall sound. That is one reason why I prefer to work with a top flight engineer to master a project. They can give the final product that extra lift to make it sound its best on a wide array of playback devices.

Final product comes out in a few weeks.


I have migrated the blog over to Genesis. Genesis is a WordPress framework. Quite powerful. You can learn more about it here.

I have a basic child theme up right now until I have some time to work on a new design. What you are looking at from a design perspective is not so bad and at least I know that it supports the latest version of WordPress.

Broken Site

I have been using Thesis 1.8 for several years as my framework for WordPress. WordPress is the CMS that powers my blog.

Unfortunately, the latest upgrade for WordPress broke Thesis. The main issue is that comments are not showing up on the posts. They are all still there but until I get a new facelift and framework up, the comments will not be visible.

I guess it was time to think about refreshing the site anyway. And really, who needs to sleep when there are blogs to maintain?

I Get Mail


I purchased a new video from the Sufferfest. And this was the thanks I got.

They say that inspiration is to be found in simple gestures.

Now, here was a champion!

Here was courage!

Here was someone willing to be put to the sword for honor, for glory!

Into the distance we stared, forgetting our daily work for a moment.

We imagined you filling your water bottle, adjusting your heart-rate strap, stepping over your bike. And we imagined you starting, legs spinning, mind finely tuned, spirit focused on one goal: suffer like a greased pig at a rodeo.

We reflected on your incredible determination during the intervals, and your peaceful tranquility during the recovery.

One of the more literate members of staff, paraphrasing Plato, jumped up and shouted “For one to conquer oneself is the first and noblest of all victories!” And another responded, in the words of Proust, “We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full!” A raucous cheer went up and there was some chatter about you, your vast potential as an athlete, and the rumors of you being ‘the next big thing.’ A wishing to be more like you crossed the faces of a few.

And then – pity. An instant when we thought of your riding buddies. Of how they go about their innocent ways, how they delude themselves that, on the next ride, they will be the stronger. Oh, the fools! Do they even comprehend the kicking they are going to get when you’re next out with them? Do they have even the briefest inkling that you will not be the same rider? We shuddered.

Our bodies turned back to our work, but our minds lingered on your commitment.

You have inspired us.

Thank you.

David McQuillen and all of The Minions at Sufferfest Studios
Official Training videos of the UCI and the UCI Women’s Road World Cup
Proud sponsor of the The Sufferfest-ACE Lesotho Pro UCI Team, BikePure-Lemond, OCBC-Singapore Pro, MuleBar Girl, Scott ProMTB and many other teams around the world.