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.
Thu, Dec 18th 2014 7:50a John D Head 14 years and counting at PSC Group, LLC - hard to imagine that a third of my life has been spent working for the same company. Looking forward to many more. [read] Keywords:
2015 IBM Champions
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 8:10p John D Head IBM has announced the IBM Champions for the ICS brand for 2015. I am honored to be selected again, my fifth year, as a recognition for all the evangelism I do for the IBM products. More importantly, I am again so proud to be one of 5 at PSC Group, the only company with five IBM Champions in the world for the second year in a row. Congrats to Kathy, Mark, Brad, and Andrew. [read] Keywords: ibm
Hear me talk at the Chicago SharePoint User Group (CSPUG) panel as part of SPFest Chicago
Mon, Dec 1st 2014 9:20a John D Head SharePoint Fest Speaker Panel Discussion The Chicago SharePoint User Group (CSPUG) is excited to announce we have once again teamed with SharePoint Fest to host a moderated Panel Discussion at SharePoint Fest Chicago. The panel of speakers bring an abundance of insights and thoughts about the future of SharePoint, its capabilities, and resolutions to challenging issues. Hear about SharePoint Online, the state of the App Model, best practices, and adoption solutions. Bring your questi [read] Keywords: networking
Happy 25th Birthday to Lotus Notes!
Thu, Nov 27th 2014 9:00a John D Head Hard to believe that Lotus Notes was officially released 25 years ago today. Now, we can trace the birth of Lotus Notes back to University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana (Go Illini), but as far as the official product - today is that day. Hard to believe the product is 25 years old and still around. Most of those 1.0 applications still work in the current 9.0.1 product - which is just another testament to what an amazing product Notes is. Thanks for the career Lotus Notes. Thanks for friends an [read] Keywords: lotus
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