Category Archives: quote

Velominati on The Hail Mary Shift

Maybe, in a few years, when we are all forced into electronic shifting, a soothing voice will emanate from the lever. “Really? You want an even easier gear? You don’t have one so get your fat ass off the saddle, get in the drops before I auto-shift you into the big chainring and leave you there. And you call yourself a Cyclist.

via Velominati › The Hail Mary Shift.

One the most recent reminders as to why I still read the Velominati blog. No reason to TL;DR here, there is always a payoff. Thanks Frank & Gianni

Tipping and The A-Game

Leaving a pleasant note of encouragement or a decent tip may be enough to turn their day around.

No way, leave a loonie or a penny and there is no mistaking that they need to pick up their game. However if you work in the service industry and don’t bring your A-game then you deserve to be reminded in the wallet. I don’t know of any other jobs apart from civil service where you can be rewarded for not actually doing a good job.

I know it’s a hard stance but just think about the number of times you have been chewed out for missing a deadline or not catching the error before it went  out. If your daily motivation is being patted on the back by strangers who think they know you then you need to re-evaluate what your doing and why you are still doing it.

via How Much to Tip for Good and Bad Service, According to an Ex-Waitress.

$20M for West Island Trains … in 2 Years… Maybe

The idea is to reduce delays and allow the AMT to add six more trains per day to the Vaudreuil-Hudson line when the work is complete in a few years.

But it’s only a temporary fix and what the West Island really needs is a who new set of tracks splitting the narrow burrow even further. Expect to see green space along the powerlines north of the 40 come up in the plans and then get swiftly kicked out again.

via $20M for West Island train improvements – Montreal – CBC News.

Past Hour 24

People have discovered that after hour 24, there are no more hours left. Suddenly, you can’t get ahead by outworking the other guy, because both of you are already working as hard as Newtonian physics will permit.

Damn Seth makes a good point. And don’t forget what Steve said about being at the intersection of Technology and Liberal Arts.

On Publicly Following Your Competitors

BELL: Yes, as someone who tweets publicly I want to know what others are tweeting publicly.

JohnnyCanuck: Then create searches or lists or use Tweetdeck. Public following is as good as an endorsement. You’re doing it wrong.

Via (Twitter / @Bell_Mobility:).

When you do things like this, not only do you show the world how incompetent you are at Social Media but also with talking with people in general. As an added bonus you show the world how badly run your marketing department is. The fact that no one in a 50,000 employee company sat down with this person and checked their very very public work is pretty bloody scary…

This is why my TV, Internet and Home Phone are with a cable company, and my 2 iPhones are with your competitor.

Paul Thurrot Still Doesn’t Understand Upgrade Cycles

There’s a long-running joke that Apple’s fans would buy anything the company sold, no matter the quality. But this past weekend, the joke became reality when the Cupertino consumer electronics giant sold 4 million units of a smart phone, the iPhone 4S, which even its most charitable supporters have described as an evolutionary update over its predecessor.

The sad thing about this is that Paul Thurrot still doesn’t get the iPhone 4S is totally revolutionary for anyone using a 3GS or even a 3G. And yes there are still a lot of us out there rocking a phone for more than just one year.

When Paul talk about Windows, he’s a reputable source and a pretty smart guy. When he tries to bash Apple, he just sounds like an ignorant child.

via Apple Sells 4 Million iPhone 4S Handsets at Launch Sourced by 512Pixels.

@Julien on Disobedience and Anarchy

Disobedience, in the beginning, creates independence. But the later acts of disobedience that most of us perform don’t creating anything. They’re small and pathetic. They are useless acts of control performed to create an illusion of agency that no longer exists.

What you need now is a big act of disobedience.

via in over your head.

The problem with disobedience on a large scale is not one anarchy, but actually one of uniqueness. When you were a kid and did bad things you were establishing your own identity and demonstrating uniqueness.  A “Big Act of Disobedience” when you are an adult will only work if you are the only one doing it and you already have a reputation of being a leader or a trendsetter. Anyone else will simply be marginalized and therefore ignored.

The only time “Big Acts of Disobedience” ever work on a large scale is: Revolutions to overthrow governments and the formation of unions in Walmart. The latter usually ends with everyone getting fired or Walmart moving to another town.

I get the idea of what Julien is trying to say, but the reality of “Disobey” is to be branded “Troublemaker“. If you can manage to pull of troublemaker without getting fired, your Disobedience should just be labelled Leadership.

Seth Godin on Paying More for Less

Marketers have figured out that the incremental cost of promising better service to better customers is pretty cheap. Of course, delivering that is expensive, but that’s someone else’s problem.

via Seths Blog: Mass elite.

Sadly this is becoming the norm, even at the Apple Store, where you Genuis appointment is regularly delay by 10-15 minutes because some wit ProCare just trumped your AppleCare.

Go Habs Go: Geoff Molson Rocks!

Our esteemed club owner decided to take a brave stance and speak out to the fans regarding the controversial hit on our bright young and strong power forward Mac Pacioretty:

You are the best fans in the league, and I am proud to have you behind us. Both the team and Max need your support now more than ever.  A solid playoff run is just around the corner and we are counting on you to carry us deep into the spring!


Geoff Molson
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Team Owner

I don’t think I have ever known a club owner to have his thumb so close to the fan’s pulse in my life. It’s probably because Geoff is as much of a fan as you and I!




What Your 16-Hour Workday Says About You!

char* – What Your 16-Hour Workday Says About You!:

“What Your 16-Hour Workday Says About You!”

  • You’re a really hard worker
  • Your time is poorly managed
  • You don’t know what to do with your life
  • Your boss knows you’re gullible
  • At least 40% of your diet consists of pre-packaged food
  • You send out work emails at inappropriate hours
  • You have no perspective on life
  • You don’t sleep enough for proper brain function
  • You have very little self-respect
  • Your salary should be higher, but isn’t
  • You drink either too much or not enough 

Damn that smarts!

(Via Kung Fu Grippe.)


This Saturday, the 27th, in Longueuil, Montréal, and Québec City there are Premiers pas dans la nature events for kids aged 5 – 12. These are leave-no-trace sessions that teach kids how to enjoy getting outside without roughing up Mother Nature.

There are a stack of events and sessions at all of our Quebec stores, from a presentation on an expedition to K2 and Nanga Parabat, to special club-nights in Longueuil, Montréal, and Québec, to courses on backcountry skiing and alpine climbing.

Check out the Quebec section of our events calendar for the full menu.

Upcoming Outdoor MEC Events Now get dressed, get out and have some fun.


He used my blackberry to make a voice recording of me orgasming, then set it as my ringtone while I was sleeping. I discovered this during a staff meeting this morning.

Speaking of Text from Last Night, this has got to be the best one I’ve read all week.

Fashion retailer Jacob stops photo retouching

The company says it has always felt strongly about women’s issues and respecting its customers and decided it was time to “take a stand on retouching.”

‘We hope to reverse the trend in digital photo manipulation that has become excessive in our industry.’—Cristelle Basmaji, Jacob’s communications director
“As a socially responsible company, Jacob has always made an effort to promote a healthy image of the female body,” spokesperson and communications director Cristelle Basmaji said in a news release.

“By adopting an official policy and broadcasting it publicly, we hope to reverse the trend in digital photo manipulation that has become excessive in our industry.”

Employing tricks like needless pagination, auto-refreshing (see, misleading headlines, and the like is cheating. You didn’t earn those pageviews, you tricked people into giving them to you. And then you look at shit like popups, popunders, double underlined links, Snap previews, Tynt scripts, and so on, and it’s pretty clear how hostile it all is. It’s nothing but money-grabbing. If you’ve got it set up so bad that your readers are employing things like ad blockers and Safari’s Reader, you fucked up. You did something wrong. You overestimated how much your readers are willing to tolerate.

Richard Dunlop-Walters  (via marco)