ICON UK Call for Abstracts is OPEN - have you submitted yet?
Thu, May 23rd 2013 4:30a Warren Elsmore I guess you might have missed it with the new name announcement and all the other excitement, so this is just a little reminder:ICON UK call for Abstracts is OPEN!Yes, as in previous years, we're asking the best and the brightest in the industry (that's you!) to step forward and submit abstracts to speak at ICON UK. If you have spent your life creating Domino admin best practices, finally got your head round migrating content into Websphere, connected Tivoli with Active Directory or really, an [read] Keywords: admin
ICON UK - an update (it's going well!)
Mon, May 13th 2013 6:40a Warren Elsmore Well, it's been just under 2 weeks since we announced ICON UK. I'll admit - there was some in-trepidation here as we launched it. LUGs have been around a long time, would our new name scare people off?Well, it seems not! In the last two weeks we've already had nearly 80 attendees sign up and 6 sponsors (with more waiting in the wings to be added to the site). It seems that our vision of an all inclusive IBM user group event has been well received. Either that, or Brighton was a good choice of [read] Keywords: ibm
Announcing ICON UK 2013 - the new name for UKLUG
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 5:50a Warren Elsmore Well, we said we'd be back - didn't we?I'm very happy to announce today that the conference formally known as UKLUG will be back in 2013. We are going to be at the;Brighton Grand Hotel 2nd - 3rd September 2013But we also have much more than that to tell you. There was a lot of talk at the end of last year as it was announced that 'Lotusphere' was to be renamed as 'Connect' - but with the same great content, speakers and community. In the end of course, it all worked out very well. The exp [read] Keywords: ibm
Brick City: LEGO for Grown-ups | Brickset: LEGO set guide and database
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 6:00a Warren Elsmore Brickset review Brick City (that's alot of bricks....) - Overall then, this is an excellent book that will appeal to fans of LEGO Architecture in particular, and to non-AFOLs who have an interest in becoming one. Even if you don’t, or can’t build any of the models, it will provide inspiration and ideas for tackling your own projects and might encourage you to start modelling your own local landmarks.
— Huw Millington
:-) [read] Keywords: database
Brick City - UK book launch event details
Mon, Apr 15th 2013 8:00a Warren Elsmore If you live in the US and pre-ordered Brick City, then there is a good chance that you might have already received it.If you're in the UK though, you get your own special treat - we get to have a proper launch party! Here are the details:Edinburgh - Blackwells South Bridge, 6pm - 7:45 on the 2nd May. Free, but ticketed.London - Waterstones on Piccadilly. All day May 6th. Free, just turn up.I'm going to be at both events, as are a few models from the book itself. We've more space in London, s [read] Keywords:
Warren Elsmore on YouTube
Sun, Apr 14th 2013 4:30p Warren Elsmore New on my Youtube channel - 3 timelapses of the drive from Edinburgh to Copenhagen. Yes.... they are well overdue for being uploaded!Anyway, enjoy three days of driving in under 10 minutes ;-) [read] Keywords:
Busy as usual
Fri, Mar 15th 2013 8:00a Warren Elsmore Yes, my usual standard of ever-constant blogging continues... not ;-)Actually, things have been very busy here. The trip to Copenhagen was great - amazing models of course and the chance to catch up with many, many friends. You know that feeling when you have hug people goodbye, saying 'see you again - somewhere, sometime? At worst, back here next year?' well, that was the case for me. Lots of pictures here and whilst it's not guaranteed that I'll be invited back again, I'm sure as he [read] Keywords: ibm
Truckin' to LEGOWorld Copenhagen
Tue, Feb 12th 2013 11:40a Warren Elsmore Yes, it's two weeks after Connect - so it must be time to be in another country entirely already! In fact, make that 5....This week I'll be at LEGOWorld Copenhagen, exhibiting the Olympics display that was on show in London during the games. Sadly, pallet shipping to Denmark is really very, very expensive - so it's actually slightly easier and cheaper just to drive it there. All 1100 miles there.So, on Sunday morning I left Edinburgh for Kent. On Monday, I drove from Kent to the tunnel, throu [read] Keywords:
The conference with no fixed agenda.... lets get started!
Thu, Feb 7th 2013 5:30a Warren Elsmore Well, my last blog post seemed to gather a lot of momentum - so I guess we had better continue that on!Whilst I work on UKLUG and its' venue (which I am going to suggest we re-use for the first event), there are a few things that this new event will need in particular. As an initial starting point I've setup http://no-fix.org for the conference with no fixed agenda. It's a simple Google group at the moment, but I will happily take suggestions of a better way to collaborate (assuming it's fre [read] Keywords: ibm
A week in Florida. I have an idea.
Sat, Feb 2nd 2013 3:40p Warren Elsmore You know that feeling when you know exactly what you want to say, but you can't quite write it down?With huge thanks to Kristin, Mike and their kids.This last week I've been working in Orlando. Not in the area above, but the floor below on the trade floor for Teamstudio. Working on an exhibition stand is something I've done a fair amount of - and as I concentrate more on the LEGO side of my business it's going to increase (LEGO pulls people onto a stand). The last week in Orlando was someth [read] Keywords: ibm
Penumbra signs on for UK NIGHT
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 3:00a Warren Elsmore That's it, folks - all 10 sponsorship slots are gone. The kind people at Penumbra have taken up the last UK NIGHT sponsorship place so we have a full house!
Penumbra was formed in 1995, as a group of primarily smaller Business Partner firms seeking to collaborate and to share skills, knowledge and opportunities. Currently Penumbra comprises 20 business partner firms, throughout the US and Europe, with expertise across the IBM Collaboration Solutions product range. The Penumbra members ar [read] Keywords: collaboration
OpenNTF joins UK NIGHT
Wed, Jan 16th 2013 2:50p Warren Elsmore I'm happy to announce that OpenNTF will be joining the group at UK NIGHT. Remember, just a week on Monday, the UK Lotus User group will be throwing our annual reception to celebrate another great year with IBM Software. UK NIGHT is generously supported and made possible by our sponsors so it's great to have OpenNTF on board as well.That leaves one slot left. Is your company at Connect? Do you want to be able to invite your customers to the best reception of the week? All you need do is email m [read] Keywords: ibm
No LEGO Show for 2013
Fri, Jan 11th 2013 5:10a Warren Elsmore I've just posted on The LEGO Show site to confirm that we won't be running The LEGO Show in 2013. Many (many!) people have been asking for an update on this, and I'm sorry it hasn't happened sooner really.2013 is already shaping up to be an exceptionally busy year for me. Organising a show like The LEGO Show is a huge undertaking and if we were to be running a show in May, we'd already need to be selling tickets by now. Sadly, that isn't going to happen this year - but it does give me the [read] Keywords:
Is your business at Connect 13? Looking for a GREAT way to entertain clients?
Thu, Jan 3rd 2013 5:10a Warren Elsmore If so, you'll be pleased to hear that I still have 3 places left for sponsorship of UK NIGHT. Unashamedly (and from a completely unbiased source) the best event of Lotus-Connect-o-sphere!The format is simple. The nation best known for running bars (ie, us, the British), take over Shulas bar for one evening. The bar tab is covered and you ge the change to invite your best customers in for a drink or three. Entry is by INVITATION ONLY and your company will be giving out those invites. So expect a [read] Keywords: lotus
Changing slide masters in Keynote
Sun, Dec 16th 2012 5:14a Warren Elsmore I've been asked this a couple of times, and it's not terribly hard - so let's pretend that you have a slide deck from 'Conf 12' that you want to re-use for 'Conf 13'...First off, you'll need a Keynote template for 'Conf 13'. Lots of events won't supply that (no idea why not... I do...) which you'll probably get as a 'pot' or 'potx' powerpoint templates. To open that in Keynote, simply rename to ppt or pptx and it'll open straightaway. Now, in Keynote, check the fonts sizes etc l [read] Keywords:
Time to tidy the office....
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 11:37a Warren Elsmore It's nearly Christmas... and Brick City is nearly finished...Now that I'm into the final stages it really is time to tidy the office. Especially when you've already packed away half the models and this is what greets you as you open the door!Too many models! [read] Keywords: office
UK NIGHT is back for Connect 13!
Mon, Dec 10th 2012 3:50a Warren Elsmore And there you all were wondering..... ;-)Yes - UK NIGHT will be back at Connect 13 (the conference formally known as Lotusphere). We'll again be celebrating the best of the UK in Shula's lounge on Monday evening. For those of you that don't know, UK NIGHT is an annual get together of UK IBMers, Business Partners and customers. And space is limited! We are sponsored by 10 of the best Business Partners in the business and we can only let 100 people in. So, you can do the maths!For 2013 I would [read] Keywords: ibm
Wed, Nov 14th 2012 1:30p Warren Elsmore Well, that was it. My last day at Bluewave, and probably fittingly, I was onsite with a client in London.So... what next? Well, this post is almost by way of an apology. What is next is the book. SOLIDY. I did a recap of the spreadsheet today and I have alot of models still to make. Within the next month I have to produce three models a day - seven days a week.Thinking about it though, that probably doesn't mean much to many of you. So here's what is actually involved. I take a building that w [read] Keywords: blogging
Tue, Nov 6th 2012 6:00a Warren Elsmore I said I'd say when and where soon, didn't I? Well:When: Tuesday November 13th, from about 5:30pm ish (as soon as I get there)Where: The Betjemen Arms, St Pancras StationWhy? Well, it's this pub, here: The Betjemen Arms - St Pancras StationMy St Pancras model was the model that started off the conversation about Brick City. Which started the possibility of trying out a new career. So, it seems fitting to me. That, and the beer is good, the food is good and it's really easy to get to ;-) If y [read] Keywords:
Mon, Oct 29th 2012 2:00p Warren Elsmore I have news :-)The 14th November will be my last day with Bluewave.12 years ago I joined GE Capital IT Solutions as a Collaboration consultant. After a couple of years, GECITS was bought by Computacenter. After a few more years at CC, they decided not to have a Lotus practice anymore and so I left to start up BE Systems. After a couple of years of BE, we sold the company into Bluewave 5 years ago. After 12 years, in just two weeks time I'll be leaving for pastures new.So, where am I going? We [read] Keywords: collaboration
My Lotusphere / Connect justification letter
Sat, Oct 13th 2012 2:00p Warren Elsmore Thanks to Hitesh, who filled in my contact form for reminding about this!8 years ago (!) I wrote a nice little document justifying my attendance at Lotusphere 2005. As we get nearer to Connect '13, it might come in useful again for a few people. So here it is. A quick document explaining what to your boss why he or she should be paying for you to go to Orlando in January.Of course, it may badly need updating - but the principles are sound. It's good training. It will let you plan you [read] Keywords: ibm
They think it's all over...
Thu, Sep 13th 2012 3:30p Warren Elsmore ...it is now.(apologies in advance for a gushy post. But it's my blog, there you go!)For those that know me, you'll know that sport isn't really my thing. I was the bespectacled kid chosen last for football (actually, not really, I setup football as a sports option that I ran myself. Primarily so I could bunk off actually playing. Anyway....) I don't watch sports on the TV - though I will say that Kitty has convinced me of the merits of Wimbledon.But I am patriotic and I am proud [read] Keywords: twitter
An unusual delivery
Tue, Aug 28th 2012 2:40p Warren Elsmore So, by now, you'll hopefully know that I spent all of the Olympics in London. Not working for the IOC or LOCOG or watching any sport, but working at the Danish hospitality house, 'IMAGINATION', with a pretty large display of the Olympic Park. Piccies here if you didn't. Anyway, I returned home late on Monday night a couple of weeks ago to an email. Literally returned home - I sat on the sofa, wondered why my phone was buzzing at me and opened an email. It was from the GB Paralympic team, [read] Keywords: email
Rounding the corner and into the final straight....
Wed, Aug 8th 2012 7:23a Warren Elsmore Well, almost! Only 5 days to go of the 19 days I've been in London so we must be nearly finished, right?It's been a long few weeks here in St Katherine Docks. Rewarding certainly, but for those of you that have manned a sponsor stand before - imagine a 19 day show of 12hr days. With half your audience as children. Actually, as hellish as I might have made that sound, the real difference here is that every 5 minutes someone screams 'wow!' or 'cool' or just stands there with their mout [read] Keywords:
Well, today's been a busy day....
Wed, Aug 1st 2012 2:26p Warren Elsmore Website trafficWith 2 London blogs, 2 design blogs, Pocket Lint and Gizmodo linking to me...I'm rather glad I moved the blog to Squarespace really. Poor old Sake would be having kittens by now! [read] Keywords: linking
The Olympic Park Made From LEGO | Londonist
Mon, Jul 30th 2012 9:23a Warren Elsmore The kind people at Londonist have featured the Olympic stadiums on their blog. All the details here:LondonistBrickmeister Warren Elsmore has created this miniature version of the Olympic Park made entirely from LEGO. Warren tells us that it’s constructed from approximately a quarter million bricks and took 300 hours for him and his wife to build.
— Londonist [read] Keywords:
Working the Olympics
Sat, Jul 28th 2012 1:54p Warren Elsmore There are thousands of people working in London over the next few weeks. Not the usual commuters, perhaps, but thousands of volunteers and event staff working all over the city.In case you hadn't guessed, for the next 15 days I'll be one of them. Working in the Danish 'House', I'm presenting the best of Denmark to the public. LEGO, of course ;-)The really special thing for me is that here, working and living amongst 50-odd Danes, I'm pretty much the only Brit. So watching the opening [read] Keywords:
Stratford Stadiums in LEGO Bricks
Sat, Jul 28th 2012 1:23p Warren Elsmore It's been a long three weeks - but the stadiums are finally finished! On Thursday, I installed the Olympic park display for Visit Denmark and it will stay on public display (with me) until the 12th August.The Stratford stadiums - in LEGOSo, if you are in London over the next few weeks - please drop by and say hello!Flickr Set [read] Keywords:
UKLUG 2012 DATES ANNOUNCED
Thu, Jan 19th 2012 10:00a Warren Elsmore Believe it or not, I haven't been withholding
the dates from you all for UKLUG 2012 just for fun! Until yesterday, we
actually didn't have them confirmed. But as Lotusphere closes, I can now
announce that UKLUG will be back in 2012 on;
3rd and 4th September 2012
As already announced, we'll be going
to Cardiff and we're happy to announce that we'll be at Cardiff University
as a venue. We'll be publishing more details about hotels / session abstracts
etc later in the year, so [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Monday night - 8pm - be there there or be square!
Wed, Jan 11th 2012 4:00a Warren Elsmore We're back, baby! Yes, UK NIGHT is back
for Lotusphere 2012 thanks to our wonderful sponsors - Bluewave, Collaboration
Matters, Crossware, Epilio, Firm, LDC, Teamstudio, SNAPPS, the Turtle Partnership
Remember - there's no entrance without
a UKLUG sticker on your badge. And you get that sticker from one of the
companies above! So, go find them, listen to what they have to say and
get yourself a ticket to the best party of Lotusphere! [read] Keywords: collaboration
And then there was one....
Tue, Dec 20th 2011 12:20p Warren Elsmore One sponsor slot left! Teamstudio have
joined the party, also taking advantage of our offer to sponsor both UK
Night and UKLUG. Who'll be next? Will it be you?
me for more details! [read] Keywords: email
Down to the last two! SNAPPS joins the UK NIGHT party
Wed, Dec 14th 2011 3:10a Warren Elsmore Our good friends at SNAPPS have decided
that UK NIGHT is just too good to miss, and we're happy to announce them
as our eighth sponsor.
So that leaves only 2. Will your company
be next? As SNAPPS have so eloquently proven, you don't have to be British
to sponsor UK NIGHT! [read] Keywords:
Interested in Sponsoring UKLUG 2011? I have a very special offer for you...
Thu, Mar 10th 2011 10:50a Warren Elsmore UKLUG 2011 - 23rd & 24th May 2011 from Warren Elsmore on Vimeo.Like this? The video above was shot (by me) at Lotusphere, to trial a little bit of what UKLUG has to offer. You should see the outtakes! Not bad if I do say so myself! Anyway, UKLUG 2011 still needs a few more sponsors, so I have a special offer to make to you all.... For any company that sponsors UKLUG 2011 and is attending BLUG in a couple of weeks, I will shoot, edit and produce a 3 minute video elevator pitch for you. All y [read] Keywords: lotusphere
UKLUG 2011 - coming up fast!
Wed, Mar 2nd 2011 9:30a Warren Elsmore It's a busy start to the year, with SkiLUG
just gone, BLUG around the corner - but don't forget, UKLUG 2011 is here
soon! To remind you, the all important facts are:
UKLUG 2011, Manchester
23rd -24rd May 2011
of Science and Industry
If you're wondering why we chose the
museum then do check out their website - or even better, take a look at
Show, which was broadcast live
from there at the start of this series! More important news: We are
[read] Keywords: gadget
Mon, Feb 28th 2011 5:00a Warren Elsmore There, I said it. Read the following and
tell me it doesn't.
I have a shared database, that myself
and a few others are going to review some things in. It has commenting
and fields and all sorts of stuff. Good.
I have 500 entries I need to import,
that are in an Excel 2007 spreadsheet. Reviewing in Notes will be much
better than a collaborative document.
I shall import them to Notes. Oh, except
Notes won't import Excel files.
Export to CSV - nope, that doesn't work
[read] Keywords: notes
UKLUG 2011 - IMPORTANT - CHANGE OF DATES
Fri, Dec 17th 2010 10:30a Warren Elsmore At the end of ILUG last month, we announced
the dates for UKLUG 2011 in Manchester. I've now a very important announcement
that we have had to change the dates to:
23rd - 24th May, 2011
We'll still be at the same venue in
Manchester, but just slightly later. After announcing the dates for UKLUG,
we've realised that our dates clashed with at least two other major IT
conferences. Unfortunately, that gave us real problems not only in terms
of sponsors - but also finding enough ' [read] Keywords: ilug
Details for UK NIGHT @ Lotusphere 2011 are confirmed!
Tue, Nov 30th 2010 5:10a Warren Elsmore The fax machine has done it's thing, sending
back the contracts etc - so we have some confirmed details!
UK NIGHT will be on Monday, 31st
January from 8pm to 10pm in the Shulas bar, Dolphin hotel
As usual, you'll need two things to
get in. One will be a UKLUG sticker on your conference badge. Where do
you get one of those? From one of our wonderful sponsors, that's where.
Who are these wonderful sponsor I hear you ask? Well, it's these kind folk:
And if you wan [read] Keywords: lotusphere
Announcing another conference for 2011 - A LEGO conference!
Tue, Nov 16th 2010 9:00a Warren Elsmore This one was announced a few weeks back,
but I didn't want to blog it until we'd also announced UKLUG
too! I had a conversation with a few LEGO employees and ex-employees all
the way back in February. If you came to my session at ILUG, you'll know
that there is a strong community of Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL) around the
world. In fact, over in the US there are even a few very well attended
conventions for AFOLs.
Well, chatting with my friends about
the Lotus community and what we d [read] Keywords: ilug
UKLUG 2011 is on it's way!
Mon, Nov 15th 2010 1:17p Warren Elsmore Yes, it's true - UKLUG will be back in
I announced this at the closing session
of ILUG, but for those of you who weren't able to be there - here's the
- UKLUG 2011 will be on the 4th and
5th May 2011
- We're going to Manchester (UK)
- We are almost open for business!
We've chosen Manchester this year as
it fills out a big chunk of the UK that we've overlooked so far. Manchester
was the 'Industrial North', but it's far from that now. A great city with [read] Keywords: ilug
Back from ILUG 2010 after a great week and the first time I got to present LEGO101 !
Sun, Nov 14th 2010 6:30p Warren Elsmore Another year goes by, and another ILUG
is in the can
...for anyone who followed me on twitter,
you'll be glad to know that although the van did make it back (just!),
after unloading 2 tonnes of A/V kit, it's now officially broken again
and will be going back to the hire depot tomorrow along with a little chat....
But that aside, the last week has been
great. Catching up with old friends, making new friends and just generally
hanging out and drinking a beer. Another cool thing [read] Keywords: ilug
Londonist out Loud
Sat, Nov 6th 2010 7:30p Warren Elsmore Londonist, a blog dedicated to all things happening in London, sent an podcast reporter to cover the DK Mosaic whilst we were building the other weekend. Check it out below!
Londonist Out Loud: Warren Elsmore And LEGO Star Wars from Londonist on VimeoApologies for the audio quality, it sounds like it's been over compressed from my ear - but that's the best I have at the moment! [read] Keywords: podcast
Busy breaking Guiness World Records for the largest ever picture (with LEGO!)
Fri, Oct 29th 2010 7:00a Warren Elsmore You might have seen a few tweets from Kitty
(@MrsElsmore) or I over the last weekend as we helped break
the Guiness world record for the largest ever LEGO mosaic!
A whole bunch of the tweets I've received have been more about the 'how'
than the 'what' - so I though I'd give you all the back story!
A while ago, Dorling Kindersly (the
book publishers) approached the Brickish Association to see what could
be done to promote their new book release - a LEGO Star Wars 'B [read] Keywords: ilug
There's still some space left for our archiving webinar tomorrow!
Wed, Oct 20th 2010 4:20p Warren Elsmore If you're not already registered - note
that there's still some space left on our archiving webinar tomorrow. If
you've ever had problems with Domino storage, over running quotas, over
running backups - or just plain ole 'she canna take any more captain!',
then believe me, you really should be taking a look at enterprise archiving.
link is here, trust me - it will
be an hour or so really well spent - and it's FREE! [read] Keywords: domino
Getting very annoyed by things I never used to....
Fri, Sep 17th 2010 1:20p Warren Elsmore A few caveats in advance....
Comments on this post are moderated.
It should be obvious why, if you want to get in touch with me - dm me or
If you're offended by this post, sorry.
But there you go.
I'm atheist. Always have been since
I can remember (thanks, Mum and Dad for letting me make my own mind up!)
I have nothing against anyone who is
religious. FFS, I'm married to one!
The 'annoying' thing is the Popes' visit
to the UK. Actually, I'll be more honest about [read] Keywords: community
St Pancras Phase 2 - Update 6
Mon, Sep 6th 2010 6:30p Warren Elsmore Well, this might well be the last update before we go public - because I've now got so little space left in the office I've had to pack most of St P up!
Anyway, I've been building alot of this:Actually, an awful lot of that...12 48x48 stud baseplates, 10 16x32 baseplates and a few other odd parts. 6 Escalators, 2 bars, 1 half of a shopping mall... One end at least is now looking like this:Mrs E and I spent some time over the weekend to put in the final Bricklink orders to finish up the bar, [read] Keywords: office
St Pancras phase 2 - Update 5
Tue, Aug 24th 2010 12:10p Warren Elsmore Lummy, 18 days since I last blogged. Well, in my defence I'm been busy. I've also been away from home which has made the following a bit had. Anyway, here's the latest St P update!
I've built some buffers:
Well, actually, lots of buffers:Laid out the whole of the station floor area:Put it all together:http://www.flickr.com/photos/warrenelsmore/4915505241/in/photostream/...and then realised how much more building I still have to do!! See all that inside? It still needs building. 6 platfor [read] Keywords: