The Planet Lotus Hot Blog list is currently made up of the 6 boggers that have received the most clicks for the past 5 days from all their posts, i.e., from searches, mobile.planetlotus.org, inside their profile, previews, etc.
Is this fine or should it be limited to clicks on the past 5 days worth of blog entries; take the poll?
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I saw this book "Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain" in the pile that my wife got from the Library, "Cool, what's this one all about", I said as I totally judged the book by its cover. She went on to describe one of the exercises. It went something like this. Walk around your house and take 20 pictures of things that make a circle and make sure that circle is about the same size in every picture.
1. Cup of orange juice in a red plastic cub
2. Small glass milk jug
3. Stained Glass window
4. Simon Pierce bowl
5. Top corner of a antique bookshelf in the living room.
6. Fake flower
7. Light in the Den
8. Logitech WebCam
9. Northeastern emblem
10. Boston University emblem
11. Hose/Floor toggle on the vacuum
12. License plate
13. My oldest Son
14. My oldest son's cochlear implant
15. A shell
16. The back of my daughters head
19. Wreath on the exterior of the house taken through the window.
20. Top of Lamp
Now I have to check out the 249 other projects .
My head is spinning from all the excitement in the Lotus air. The short lived post Lotusphere lull came to an abrupt end with the release of ND 8.0.1. and then Notes Widgets everywhere. Caucuses formed, catalogs were built and the masses started contributing at break neck speed.
Now Sametime is pop'n. Not due to a specific release or even an announcement, rather a clever re-announcement that drops names. And yes, the bleedyellow.com podcast also helped! The lowdown; Bleedyellow.com is hosting a Sametime server that is open to all that register and connecting to it couldn't be easier.
So if you're looking to IM via Sametime with the greater lotus community do check it out!
Nice work Lotus 911!!
Sun February 24th
4.00 miles at a 8:39 pace
ROWLEY, MA - I set out to do 8. There were a couple things that cut this run short. In random order, the first was my legs were burning at the second loop option. With the bridge work they are doing on my running route i can't do an out and back 8, i have to do two out and back 4's. When i got back home after 4 my legs were burning and since i did so much 'carb' in take at the last nights bachelor party i figured it was a good speed work out or 'faster run' work out since i was moving pretty fast. I will maybe do my long run or longer run tonight. I have to be careful with my language here. Its funny to call an 8 mile run a long run, 4 or so years after a weekend 3 hour and change run use to hold that title.... i guess its all relative.
Thu February 21st
7.00 miles at a 8:57 pace
ROWLEY, MA TREADMILL - You can never really judge how you are doing based on one run. But if I were to do that I'd pick this run. My legs were not a factor and at the end at the 6 mile mark my legs wanted to go faster. When they ask I listen. The last mile was done at a speed that I was very happy with. Watching the Tour of California on tape helped.
I just noticed, my pace was 8:57, sweet Only 40 more seconds to drop
Tue February 19th
7.00 miles at a 9:02 pace
ROWLEY, MA TREADMILL - I feel someone replaced my legs with one's that don't fit. I don't know what is wrong with my gate. Could it be that im so removed from my base that i have to build it back up again? If so how do i explain at 220 lbs i am able to run just 8 times and be up to 7 strong miles? When i was in HS and going to the chiropractor my lower lumber would constantly get miss aligned; causing what she said a different length in legs. Maybe this has happened? We'll see. Today was all about toughing it out and concentrating on my gate; that is bad, it should come natural. I also thought it could be the treadmill being off kilter; i'll check that later but this doesn't explain having the same feeling on a road ive put 1k miles on. Im not liking this. The only good that can come out of it is when im done stressing i have gotten back to some semblance of speed well see.
Mon February 18th
5.75 miles at a 9:12 pace
ROWLEY, MA - I'm feeling the pain of two days on the road. The treadmill is soo much softer but i'd much rather be outside. Today was such a switch from yesterday. I was able to get my head into it but not my body. I did have spurts of comfortable running at a faster pace but i couldnt keep it going. I can feel the progress. I know it will come, i am excited by it and for once im not getting frustrated with the speed at wich im attaining it. I know from experience there is nothing more then repetition. Nothing. When i get up in the milage and speed my body will crave the foods i need to fuel the effort. For now i have a veracious hunger. With in minutes of coming back from runs i stuff myself. I know this is temporary.
The next phase of this all. When i can run more milage with it totally taxing me is to bring on different types of runs. Intervals, speed work outs. This just improves speed. I won't rush this, i won't rush this, i won't rush. OK 3 times, im sooo not hung up on it. .
I spent some time thinking about what running means to me while out there suffering today. What i concluded is autopilot is completely gone from my running and i won't get it back for some time. Autopilot, in hind site is what i got from running everyday with a group from work back at Lotus. From the moment you start running with a group you are in autopilot. You feed off the group. I get this with cycling as well. This all means that i just have to suffer a little more and use more discipline at night when its time to get on the treadmill.
Thats all for now.
As always more at yancylent.com/running
One thing that coincided with the release 8.0.1 was a widget feeding frenzy. Every widget related blog post faired huge click through numbers at planetlotus.org. Light bulbs started firing off and within hours, Turtle Partnership / IdoNotes, OpenNTF.org and Planet Lotus jumped in to help facilitate the embracing of this exciting new feature.
But what if you don't have 8.0.1? If you're interested in the inner mechanics of what Notes widgets are all about, look no further then Chris Brandlehner's blog.
His latest posts give in-depth step by step detail on creating and enhancing the integration of widgets with Lotus Notes. It's a must see from those that want to expand their widgets or just see how they work.
A couple of months ago I started this blog and set it as my default home page; yancylent.com and moved my running log back to yancylent.com/running/. This was all well and good until I recently got back into running. I am now struggling with how to combine them.
I think for now I'll post a summary of the week on Sundays. This way I can keep my running log which I've been keeping for years intact. I like having the blog up front. I would love to integrate the two but for now that's not going to happen. Over time I will add the last couple of runs to the blog sidebar. Earlier today I moved the run log data into the WordPress blog database so I can mix and match the data.
With that said… Here are my runs for weekending today:
Sun February 17th
ROWLEY, MA - I haven't taken the car out like this in a long time. It feels so slow and doesn't take the turns like it use to; like the tires are low. When i hit the gas its almost as if the fuel line is blocked. If i get going to fast it rattles. It just doesn't run like it use to... the car is me.
I finished this run, the last 2 miles very strong. I got down to the 9 minute range and it felt nice. The problem today was not getting my mind into it... the two pieces of chocolate cake after lunch, 2 hours before didn't help either. I have to start taking my nutrition more seriously.
5.75 miles at a 8:53 pace.
Fri February 15th
ROWLEY, MA TREADMILL - It was nice to feel strong from the start. I could actually feel the short progress my leg muscles have made on my road back to decent distances. The overall run went by so fast. The 1993 Ironman World Champoinship helped. Mark Allen and Paul always make for great motivation. I did a solid 6.0 speed them put it up to6.5 for the last couple of miles. I want to get my legs use to the distance then speed. I'm typing this while the boys take turns on the treadmill. Ethan went 2/3 of a mile and Eliot is just getting use to it. He just finished and told me he went on it for 20 hours; drama boy .
6.00 miles at a 9:35 pace.
Wed February 13th
ROWLEY, MA TREADMILL - I'm Back! This is my first real run in a long time. I've done 4 others in the last couple of days but i won't count them. I jokingly referred to them as 'traveling 4 miles'. Today i felt good. I didn't know weather to go with distance or time so i went with 5. The ironman 1993 championship vhs helped. Can't wait to the 2007 championship this Saturday. Thats all for now. I could write a book, consider this the very early pages.
5.00 miles at a 9:54 pace.
Totals for the week:
Run Time: 52:43
Mitch Cohen has put together a step by step walk though of his Lotus Connections implementation. Mitch goes beyond his choices and presents all the different implementation options, i.e., db flavors, directory integration, etc. It's a great introduction to this exciting and very MODERN offering from Lotus.
If you're interested in taking a peek under the covers, do check his post out!
Now the story behind the story. Mitch starts his post expalaining how it came to be. Now my side of the story. Simply, thanks for posting this Mitch. I literally walked out of the Connections demos at Lotusphere saying to myself... "Cool, but what does it look like under the hood???". Having read your post I can now visualize it.
If anyone is urning to see a topic blogged about; like I was, don't hesitate to post it here. You never know, someone might just pick it up.
Check your local listings! I've been burned by this and missed it more then once!
If you're looking for any motivation this weekend, you'll find a ton in this broadcast. Even if you're not into triathlons the production quality, editing and the personal interest stories will win anyone over.
They've posted a teaser on youtube.
From the moment Ben expressed this idea at the Blogger BOF I was on board; for the simple reason that I struggle for things to blog about. I could blog about planet lotus all day but that would bore the piss out of everyone. Having a place to go to bat around blogging ideas would be fantastic...
Eiher the blogger could float an idea he/she was thinking about, or a non-blogger could post a topic he/she would like to see. Quickly, the community could give feedback on whether that was interesting. There would need to be a slight modification to allow people to clearly "take on" a topic, but the Completed view would be far more popular there than on IdeaJam.
In an effort to take this to the next level, why not use a simple, old fashion dedicated forum to get this going? To start everything would be informal, “taking on” a topic or “closing it out” could be done as a reply to the main topic.
I've gone ahead and setup a board on the Planet Lotus Forum to do just this. Since many bloggers and fans of their work hang out here, why not host it here? If it does take off I can always integrate new ideas on the front page navigator to give it more attention.
To get it started I posted my first curiosity here.