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.
My OpenNTF.org retirement starts today
Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 9:16a John D Head As of 10 am today, I am officially no longer part of the OpenNTF.org elected Board of Directors. Itâs the first time since the rebirth of OpenNTF.org in 2009 and elected officers that I am no longer participating. I made the decision a year ago to retire and it was the right call. I will miss OpenNTF.org and working with it actively, but I knew it was time to do something new. I have been really active with STEM in Chicago and a non-profit called Lumity, and I have to pick where I spend my [read] Keywords: application
Speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 9:46a John D Head I am very excited to announce that I will be speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014 on December 8 - 10, 2014 at McCormick Place Convention Center West. This is not a user group, but a paid conference. The session: DEV 201 - Beyond Responsive Design â Turning SharePoint into a mobile and modern web application platform John Head and Chris Johnson - PSC Group When you think about building modern and mobile applications with SharePoint, most people think about responsive design. [read] Keywords: application
ProgPower 2014 - An Experience of a lifetime
Mon, Sep 22nd 2014 12:33p John D Head So those of you that follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram know this - but last week, I was lucky enough to attend ProgPower 2014 in Atlanta. I made the first ProgPower 15 years ago here in Chicago, but this year's line-up really was a no brainer for me. So we all have our own musical tastes. Mine have shifted in the past 15 years or so. I used to really love the power metal style - think Helloween, Stratovarius, etc. along with progressive - my readers know how much of a Dream Theat [read] Keywords: ibm
Taking a new role at Lumity - Outreach Director on the Executive Committee
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 10:03a John D Head I am really excited to announce that I have accepted a position on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of Lumity as the Outreach Director. As a current board member, this just extends my involvement. I have been lucky enough to help with the business development processes and performance the past two years, and in July took over as the chair of the Operations Committee. My new role is slightly wide open in terms of specifics, but it will let me get more involved in an organization [read] Keywords: community
Inviting you to particpate in the IBM Domino/Notes Community Survey
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 1:33p John D Head Have you ever wondered what other companies plan on doing with IBM Domino? Now is your chance to find out. PSC has committed to collecting feedback from Domino users worldwide, and sharing the results of this survey back to the community. Please take 30 seconds to answer the questions below and share this URL via social media. The more responses gathered, the more valuable this information is. Letâs work together to capture the big picture view of where companies see Domino in their futu [read] Keywords: domino
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 6:56p John D Head So my blog turns 11 today. [add comments about number of blog entries] [read] Keywords:
PSC Group reconigized by Inc 5000 and Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 12:06p John D Head Over the summer, PSC Group received two recognition's that I wanted to highlight. The first was back in June. PSC was named one of 'Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For' for the third year in a row. PSC Group was also named to the Inc 5000 for the second year in a row, jumping over 1000 places since last year. This is a testament to the amazing team at PSC Group. Congratulations to everyone! [read] Keywords: