Category Archives: Travel

Space Shuttle Discovery and other Images from Washington DC

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days last week in Washington DC.  Last time I was there was back in 2000, it was great to be back there again.  For me the highlight of the trip was our first stop to see the Space Shuttle Discovery.  Here are some images of Discovery and others form the trip.

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Catching up, and heading out again

This week I was in San Francisco attending the Frost & Sullivan Growth, Innovation and Leadership conference.  On Tuesday I participated in a panel moderated by Melanie Turek (blog) on Unified Communications.   It is always interesting to have the opportunity to discuss my experience with Sametime and UC, and hear what others are doing with UC with Sametime and other products. This was my first time in San Francisco and I did manage to ride on a cable car, and take a quick boat trip to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz (though I wish I would have had the time to take the tour of Alcatraz not just cruise around it. IMG_8908 San Francisco Photos Sunday I am off to Hollywood, Florida for the Lotus Leadership Alliance (LoLA), and event bringing together the GCPC, and other IBM councils for the first time.  The even starts Sunday with a meeting of the Lotus Connections Customer Advisory Council, before the opening reception Sunday evenings.  More on LoLA next week.

Wrapup of the Catalyst Conference and San Diego last week

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Burton groups Catalyst conference in San Diego.  I was one of the panelists in a session titled “The Practitioners Handbook: Social Software in Action” moderated by Mike Gotta.  It was an opportunity to discuss my experiences with Social Software in general, as well as some of the specifics of Lotus Connections and why I am working with that platform.  The panel discussion was well received with many good questions both during the panel and in conversation afterwards, but I think the entire audience was blown away by the presentation that preceded the panel given by Alan Gutierrez of Think New Orleans.  Alan spent about 45 minutes showing how the citizens of New Orleans are using Web 2.0 / Social Computing tools to save / rebuild their neighborhoods post hurricane Katrina.  If you want to sell the power of Social Software (not a specific product) this presentation is a perfect example as Alan showed how citizen groups used Yahoo message boards, Google Maps, Flickr and many other Web 2.0 tools available on line to share information and organize neighborhoods to look out for their own best interests in the rebuilding process. I got a lot out of my two days at the conference where I spent time mainly in sessions focused on Web 2.0 / Enterprise2.0 / Social Software, as well as a few sessions on Identity Management.  While the Burton group is vendor neutral and the conference was not about a specific vendor or product, from the sessions I attended and the different individuals I spoke with I walked away feeling strongly that I am on the right path working with Lotus Connections as a key component for Social Computing. In addition to the conference I was able to see a little (very little) of San Diego, this photo was taken from the airplane on the descent in to San Diego (not a bad photo considering it was taken with an iPhone out of an airplane window) Descending in to SAN You can see my photos from Petco Park and the San Diego Zoo by clicking on the image below Mosaic

In Dublin this week

I arrived today in Dublin to spend a week with the team here.  The week will be spent reviewing our 2008 plans, and some training.  I suspect I will be doing another Lotus Connections demo sometime this week as well.  Hopefully we will find  a little time for some sightseeing before flying home on Friday. Right now I am getting ready to watch Giants – Cowboys via a Slingbox, THANKS Carl!

More of Chris Whisonant in Times Square

So I happened to ping Chris Whisonant this evening, that is Chris who was made famous yesterday by Bruce Elgort, so Chris and I are chatting, and turns out he was back in Times Square again (Chris is incredibly talented at walking any typing on his blackberry, not an easy task in the middle of NYC), so we snapped a couple more shots of Chris, from a different camera.  Now it looks like he is smiling in the picture, but he is really depressed over the Yankees loss last night. A picture named M2 A picture named M3

3 hours before scheduled takeoff, and this already is not looking good

3:30 local time in Kansas City 3 hours before my scheduled departure and it already looks like it will be a long trip home. newarkdelay.png 2137stat.png