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.
Social Selling in the Real World
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 4:10p John D Head I was honored to be asked to speak at The Sales Association Midwest 2013 conference in November. The event was focused on sales best practices, tools, and techniques for sales organizations and individuals. It was a great experience for me - especially since it was a brand new audience and community. Looking forward to giving this presentation more in 2014! [read] Keywords: community
Speaking at Connect 2014 on brand new content!
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 3:10p John D Head I am once again honored to have the privilege to speak at IBM Connect 2014. I am speaking with John Beck, Business Unit Executive, IBM, but this year we decided to start fresh. Our topic is "he Mobile Disruption - Why XPages Development is Targeting Mobile First." This is an executive / strategy focused session on how mobile is becoming the primary development platform choice. We will look at this topic from the perspective of an XPages platform, but expect IBM MobileFirst, IBM Worklight, and [read] Keywords: ibm
Rethinking The Seductiveness Of Mobile-First
Mon, Oct 21st 2013 1:20p John D Head There was a very interesting posting on TechCrunch by Semil Shah this morning entitled Rethinking the Seductiveness of Mobile-First. The artcile talks about some reasons why an application should be targeted at the web first, not mobile. Here are the high level points he makes: Some markets make mobile-first simply unnecessary or unviable. Relatively speaking, easier to recruit web developers versus mobile developers. Faster cycles for iterations, testing, and moving toward product-market fit [read] Keywords: notes
The mobile disruption while make mobile your target platform
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 8:21a John D Head The disruption in the application space is having an impact on every technology. That major impact is in the preferred client type for any enterprise application, bought or built. The prediction is that by 2017, 90% of the enterprise apps will be both desktop and mobile, up from 20% in 2013. (Gartner Predicts, 2012). Think about that ... within the next four years, no matter the platform, the majority of development you do will be consumed by users on a mobile device. Are you prepared for that? [read] Keywords: application
The impact of current tech trends on XPages and SharePoint
Tue, Oct 8th 2013 12:10p John D Head I found this great presentation on slideshare that talks about the "50 Mega Trends Affecting Every Business - Power statistics about tech" and thought I would share it. 50 Powerful Statistics About Tech Mega Trends Affecting Every Business from ValaAfshar The trends are grouped into five areas: 1. Mobile 2. Social 3. Cloud 4. Big Data 5. Apps I think all of these are impacting anyone doing custom development today. XPages, SharePoint, Salesforce, Python, etc. And interest [read] Keywords: xpages development
The day a ’server’ showed up on my desk ... #thanksbruce
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 8:10a John D Head It was many years ago (sometime in 2002) to be exact, when a big box arrived via UPS. What was in it? This is the original OpenNTF.org 'server' that the website lived on for many years until more hardware was added. Today, the OpenNTF.org website is many servers at host Prominic. I will always remember being one of the second tier of supporters, including Vince and many others. Bruce is retiring his position as OpenNTF.org director today. I think his election by the community as direc [read] Keywords: lotus
Retiring Content and searching for something new
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 7:20a John D Head It is that time of year when a certain conference in Orlando makes many people think about what topics they want to speak on. Since the explosion of the user groups a few years ago, I began to think about content not as a once a year presentation, but as content I could deliver for the entire year. I tried to tie that content to theme of the year and what was going on at PSC. The past couple of years I have been blessed with being able to speak with John Beck all over the world on why XPages sho [read] Keywords: domino