Thanks. JM Blakely is a freaking genius. ..and for those of you who are thinking "What? He writes an article about candy bars and you call him a 'genius'?", no that's not why - it's because he has a knack of telling people the truth in a no-BS way that is easy to understand. I read his other articles over the years in PLUSA and he, seriously, changed the way I looked at the sport. Amazing. I know he made a DVD - hmmm, might have to make that purchase sometime soon if it's still available.
I'm not really sure what you're getting at with the "as fast as possible" angle... Getting strong is going to be hard no matter what. Gaining 50-100lbs on a "clean, slow bulk" just doesn't happen at all for most people...