Everyone has a bucket list of things they want to do before the die. Mine is mostly experiences that align my interests with locations and history. I am pretty good when I travel that if I am close to something that is on my bucket list, I find a way to do it. But never before have I been able to check off three things from the bucket list one a single day.
Item 1: Stonehenge - from inside the stone circle
I have been to Stonehenge before, back in 1988, but I always wanted to see it from close up. Thanks to Carl Tyler, he pointed out that anyone can if you sign up for the Stone Circle Access. This picture is from the center of the ring lining up with the summer stone. A great experience with less than twenty people. Sadly, we did not meet the man who legally changed his name to King Arthur Pendragon to protest the fences and charging for access to Stonehenge. The nice young security guard suggested he was a bit nutter ;)
Item 2: Oxford and to sit in the same place as Tolkien and C. S. Lewis
Most of readers of this blog know that I love the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, but I am a fan of all early fantasy writing. This includes C.S. Lewis and many others. It was always a dream to see Oxford and where both Tolkien and Lewis used to share a pint and discuss their work, history, and the news of the day. So when a stop at The Eagle and the Child was possible, it was done.
Above is the plaque marking The Inklings.
And what do you do at The Eagle and the Child? You have a pint and read ...
Item 3: The Ceremony of the Queens Keys at the Tower of London
While I have no picture of this (photography and mobile phones are not allowed), anyone who has read Patriot Games knows about this ceremony. As the Tower of London is locked up for the evening every night, a special ceremony, which has taken place for over 700 years, marks the importance of tradition. It was even more special to witness this on the US Memorial Day weekend.
IBM Digital Experience 2014 Conference - General Session Thoughts
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 10:50a John D Head I am at the IBM Digital Experience conference for the first time. Of course, that leads me to doing the compare and contrast with the other major IBM event I have attended, IBM Connect/Lotusphere. About 700 people here, and 85% of the sessions are technical. And from what I have seen, there is a great community of partners and customers here. I have spent most of my time in the business / customer story sessions. All of them have been pretty good. One item I wanted to really highlight was the [read] Keywords: ibm
PSC is proud to introduce our new partnership with Intuit QuickBase
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 1:10p John D Head PSC and Intuit Quickbase are proud to introduce our new partnership. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the amazing views of Downtown Chicago from the penthouse floor of the Swissotel. Network with local QuickBase users and learn about our new partnership with PSC, a Chicago based services firm. PSC is an expert in integrating dynamic reporting and collaboration. Admission includes: Networking with other QuickBase users Cocktails & Appetizers Chance to win Blackhawks memorabilia [read] Keywords: collaboration
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:30p John D Head As you probably guessed, I turn 40 today. Not sure if I should look at this as an accomplishment or milestone or a warning - but it's a good day. No longer 'a kid' - but still 'the kid' to many. With June being such a rough month for me, and this June being even harder, this July is special. That number '40' I was never sure I would make. But at 40, I find contentment with who I am. I have a great family, especially those closest. Wonderful friends. Awesome coworkers. I am part of man [read] Keywords: ibm
Mon, Jun 30th 2014 7:20a John D Head In my world, June has been renamed Suckuary. With the anniversary of my father's death, Father's Day, his birthday - it's a hard month. My Uncle (father's brother) had the same heart attack as my father this month. Luckily, he survived and is on the mend. Add in end of quarter/end of year for a lot of companies, licensing deals that barely closed, and a bunch of other personal stuff. Damn. I am glad June is done. July is a brighter month. Mom's birthday. My Birthday. Holiday. Vacation. and [read] Keywords:
Memorial Day - Remembering Jack Head
Mon, May 26th 2014 8:11a John D Head Today is Memorial Day in the states, the day we remember and honor all of those that have fought and served this country in our military. I thought I would share a few stories of my grandfather. John "Jack" William Head was a veteran of World War 2. A marine who fought in the battle for the Pacific. He was on Guam. He was part of the 3rd marine Division assault. Unfortunately the Marines were dropped on a beach at surrounded by a high ridge. Japanese soldiers opened fire immediately and th [read] Keywords: office
Mon, May 12th 2014 1:00p John D Head Today the news tells us that one of the Lotus/XPages community has let us, much to early. Tim Tripcony was one of the good guys. No,Tim was one of the best guys. Besides being smart and talented, Tim was a gentle soul who loved to share knowledge. I remember many chats with Tim talking about XPages, something new he was working on, or music. I will always remember seeing Tim at the first MWLUG in Chicago - just after he cut his long hair. I didn't recognize him at first. We laughed at my confus [read] Keywords: lotus
Why STEM education matters - The Lumity Story
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 9:50a John D Head I have talked about Lumity before on my blog, but I wanted to share why I think it's mission matters. Here is a great video that we created for our Annual Dinner earlier this month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfRFqTxOIjY I am proud to be involved with Lumity as a board member, and helping with the services arm, but the STEM initiative is something I really believe in. My career path was not a straight arrow, and my STEM schooling as a kid really had an impact. I am looking forward to [read] Keywords: