January brings us a brand new 2014. Benjamin Franklin was born this month in 1706. The drinking straw was patented in 1888. Make Your Dreams Come True Day fall on the 8th. Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Pacific Ocean in January 1935, and first flight of the supersonic Concorde happened in 1976. The United Nations General Assembly first met in London in January of 1946. And, in the words of Suze Orman, “No one’s ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.”
December brings us International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the third day of the month - the theme of 2013 is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.” Inventor Eli Whitney and composer Ludwig van Beethoven were both born this month in the 1760s. The first day of winter falls on December 21. Texas became the 28th state in the United States in December 1845. And in the words of William Shakespeare, “When we shall hear the rain and wind beat dark December, how in this our pinching cave shall we discourse the freezing hours away?”
November brings us World Hello Day on the 21st of the month, a day to bestow simple greetings to others and express your concern for world peace. Magellan sailed into the Pacific Ocean in November of 1521, and Lewis and Clark trekked the United States from east to west and reached the Pacific this month in 1805. Scientist Marie Curie was born in November 1867. King Tut’s tomb was discovered this month in 1922. The first iPod was sold in November of 2001. And, in the words of J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”
At Rackspace, we pride ourselves on driving creative conversations by bringing together thinkers with diverse experiences, skill sets and perspectives. That’s why on Saturday we were incredibly excited to welcome a sold out crowd to our global headquarters for the fourth rendition of TEDx San Antonio.
October brings us International Day of Non-Violence on the 2nd of the month, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The International Red Cross organized in Geneva, Switzerland in 1863. Pablo Picasso was born in October of 1881. Thomas Edison showed the first motion picture in 1889. World Food Day on the 16th is a global movement to end hunger. The first space vehicle, Sputnik 1 launched this month in 1957. Billy Joel’s 52nd Street was the first CD released by Sony in 1982, and now can be found on millions of iPods, which was first revealed this month in 2001. Halloween ends October on the 31st. And, in the words of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, “There is no reason when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feeling, as now in October.”
VMworld 2013 was an enormous success for VMware. It attracted 22,500 attendees from all over the world. Its sheer magnitude cements VMworld’s spot among the biggest enterprise IT infrastructure conferences. In my view it is THE EVENT OF THE YEAR for anyone involved in IT operations, whether they are a technology provider, a service provider or an SI partner.
Last week, OSCON brought together people in the open source community from around the world. While attendees heard experts talk about their respective languages and projects, I noticed several overall trends that emerged throughout the conference.
August brings us International Left-Hander’s Day on the 13th. Columbus set sail on his first voyage to the new world in August of 1492. International Homeless Animals Day takes place on the 17th. This month saw the premiere of the movie The Wizard of Oz in 1939. Celebrate International Strange Music Day on August 24. Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Ind. in 1958, and became a worldwide music sensation on MTV, which made its debut in August of 1981. The 44th President of the United States, Barak Obama, was born this month in 1961. And, in the words of musician, writer, actor and activist Henry Rollins, “Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity.”
July brings us International Joke Day on the first day of the month. Jokester Bugs Bunny first debuted in cartoons this month in 1940. Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14, dates back to 1790. Princess Diana was born in 1961. You can make your best move on the 20th during International Chess Day. And, in the words of Shooter Jennings, “You were pretty as can be, sitting in the front seat, looking at me, telling me you love me, and you’re happy to be with me on the 4th of July. We sang Stranglehold to the stereo, couldn’t take no more of that rock ‘n roll, so we put on a little George Jones and just sang along.”