In Search of Gilligan (and Information Integration)
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Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip...
I arrived in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon to blog the inaugural IBM Information on Demand conference. I opted to come out a day early to take in the sights and sounds of greater Los Angeles, a city I haven't visited in several years.
Feeling a bit nostalgic, and after my friend Ed explained that Marina Del Rey was where the Minnow set out before Gilligan, the Skipper, Ginger and all the rest got lost somewhere in the Pacific Ocean at the start of the 1964 TV season, I decided to set out for Marina in search of the hapless sailor.
Alas, there was no sign of the Minnow's point of debarkation, but I was able to find my way to a much-heralded steak house, The Galley, in Santa Monica, which had its own interesting lore and bills itself as the "friendliest and oldest restaurant bar in Santa Monica" (since 1934).
Older even than Willy Gilligan, the Galley came complete with a seafaring interior and small portholes for checking out the action on Main Street in Santa Monica. And fortunately for me, the New York strip was more than ample enough to stave off any seasickness I might encounter on my voyage.
Meanwhile, like so many other conference attendees, I've been working in the background to map out the most strategic and enlightening conference agenda possible. I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that one needs an information integration solution simply to figure out the Information on Demand conference agenda!
It's an embarrassment of content riches and speaker expertise...so I think I'm going to head on over to the Universal Studios Tour to help clear my head and prioritize.
Meanwhile, know that I'll be writing in this space over the next several days about what I'm hearing and learning at the conference. Feel free to send any tips, tricks, and other relevant various and sundry conference observations to turb