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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Wed 28 Jan 2004, 06:16 PM
I went and sat in blogger's row at Tom Duff and Joe Litton's session, and has a great time.  The two were engaging and funny, the information was accessible, and Tom even threw a cup of water in his own face on purpose.  Wow!

Seriously, it was easily the best session I attended at Lotusphere this year, even including my own, and it was clear the audience (which fairly well filled a large Swan 10) was very into it.  More than just fun though, the entire presentation made it feel pretty easy to start with Java, and I bet there were many eyes opened and many people who will really go back and give it a try.

Good show, guys!  I'll certainly watch for whatever sessions either of you choose to do next year (and I'm fairly confident they'll let you do whatever you want after thus).  Bravo!

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Wed 28 Jan 2004, 01:56 PM
Long before reality TV sank down to the nadir of poor taste and then pulled out a pneumatic drill and kept going down, before Peewee Herman was caught with more than just his hand in the not so proverbial popcorn, Peewee's Playhouse was one of those guilty pleasures on television.  Nobody would admit to watching it, but everyone knew all the references.  One of the many odd traditions on this show was word of the day (I am sure it had some more specific name, but then, I never watched it, right?).  If anybody happened to say the word of the day, lights would go off, bells would ring, and a great deal of mayhem would ensue.

The word of the day at Lotusphere this year seems to be "coexistence".  When I talk with business partners on the showcase floor and mention that I am working on coexistence these days (along with rich text), you can almost see the lights dim.  "That's great!" they say.  One even indicated he was glad I was not just "wasting my talents" on rich text.  Sheesh!  This is before I tell them what sort of coexistence, or what I mean by the term, but it doesn't seem to matter.  The magic word had been spoken.  This may explain the rather peculiar abundance of people at my Advanced Lotus Notes/Web Coexistence session, which went to two overflow rooms, I am told.  Oh well, I should have known - I wasn't so much loved as buzz-enabled.

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