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I've established my Lotusphere Base Camp

By Andrew Pollack on 01/21/2005 at 01:37 PM EST

I've made it to the Swan, and am establishing base camp. The weather is good now, I hope to make the ascent for the summit before it turns to storms. More later. For now, its time to lay in provisions in the form of a cheap cooler, ice, beer, soda, and 25 boxes of shirts.

Wish me luck. Over.

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My own thoughts on this are...By Simon Barratt on 01/22/2005 at 10:00 PM EST
I'll be lucky if my flight is even running.

Philly got hit with a lot of snow today (10.5")
URGENT Action Needed THIS WEEK to Protect Lotusphere 2006!By Marshall Wilensky on 01/23/2005 at 04:19 PM EST
By now, it should be painfully obvious to everyone that the weather gods have a
BIG problem with Lotusphere.

This is not the first time that horrible storms have interfered with staff,
customers, Business Partners, analysts, the press, friends, Romans, and
countrymen getting there. (Maybe we all should have acted even more
humanitarily in response to the Tsunami.)

Clearly, urgent action is needed THIS WEEK -- before the end of Lotusphere 2005
-- to make amends and protect all future Lotuspheres!

I propose a four point plan (one for each day of Lotusphere):

1. Opening General Session -- Monday, January 24, 2005

Either Ambuj Goyal or the host of the Opening General Session -- whomever is
the first to speak -- must ask everyone in the ballroom to refrain from any and
all complaints about the weather for the entirety of Lotusphere 2005 -- that
is, from that moment until the last paying attendee leaves the ballroom at the
end of the Closing General Session.

2. Innovators Panel -- Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The panel member with the earliest hire date (preferably at Iris Associates,
but Lotus is acceptable), on behalf of every developer who ever worked on
Notes/Domino code, must apologize for every single SPR that was opened in
response to a customer support call.

At his or her discretion, the panel member may choose to apologize for every
single Lotus SPR ever written -- including those written by the developers and
QA/QE teams themselves. Including IBM Workplace would be a good idea, too!

3. Lotusphere 2005 Party -- Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Turtle ( must be the
guest of honor at the sacrifice of a small animal. (Preferably not a turtle.
Or a Disney character. Maybe one of those plastic lobsters from a few years

I hereby charge the C.U.L.T. guys --

Henry Newberry

Rocky Oliver (

Andrew Pollack (

-- and anyone they deem appropriate, with the tasks of creating the ceremony,
choosing the precise time and place, and performing the ceremony.

4. Closing General Session -- Thursday, January 27, 2005

Sandra Marcus must ask everyone in the ballroom to observe a moment of silence
-- prayer optional -- begging forgiveness on behalf of everyone who has ever
been involved in any way with Lotusphere, Lotus Week, or any other conference,
trade show, symposium, or Web seminar where Lotus products were shown or talked
about for any weather-related inconveniences they ever experienced.

Respectfully submitted,
Marshall Wilensky

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