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The 'Yes'

Lesley went along to the 'Yes Scotland' launch and reports back in this week's podcast. There were a number of missing elements and, as you would expect, Lesley puts her finger on a couple.

It is difficult not to appear and sound 'nippy' in this podcast. However, this event and 'Yes Scotland' launch was trailed as 'the best event in 300 years' on Twitter. I had expected dry ice, at least.

Twitter and augmented reality

I am just starting to get it. As the floods of information come pouring over the digital ramparts, we need tools to prioritise, discriminate and just plain manage the deluge. Remember, back in the day, the proud boast was "300 emails today ", sigh. There was a dream of the 'zero inbox'. Well, today with Twitter is different. If you succumb,even for a second, to the thought Twitter is some hybrid form of email; you are lost , destined to drown. Enough of the warning baloney. 

Tools are arriving in short order to assist...Tweetdeck, Hootsuite and so on. But there is one I really like; Thirst. It is a great App and go check it out. It's like Flipboard for Twitter. Thirst is a start.

I suspect the future is going to be more augmented reality. The Muppets and plasters are a good example - view the video and note a couple of things. The users get it ( without RTFM ) and enjoy the two "realities" ( reality and virtual 3D ). My guess is when they are old enough to enjoy the pleasures of Twitter, their portal into that world is not just a keyboard and mouse.

The Mojo, Minimum Pricing and Scotland Tonight Podcast

This weeks's podcast was a roll and tumble around the hiatus which seems to developed, now we are past the first independence consultation and the local council elections.  Prompted by an excellent blog from 'burdzeyeview' , we plunged into mojo speculation and reflected on the arrival of minimum pricing of alcohol. It was a bright idea which started 5 years ago. Lesley also reflects on some of the time she has spent recently on sofas in television studios...notably Scotland Tonight. She also poses an interesting question. 'Why does television think no one in Inverness has an opinion about the referendum?'. This week , all this and more, in the Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

A conference from your desk.

Virtual Summit
Check out the venue

Cool conference title; "Virtual Summit 2012". Loved the idea of the 'create your own avatar now' and the 'Venue;Your Desk'.  But what really impressed me was the idea security experts, cyber threat specialists and other top industry features were going to meet 'online'. This must be one of the most gold plated endorsements of an emerging technology any company could hope for; like mechanics driving your car or chefs eating in your restaurant.

Having slogged around enough industry shows and exhibitions in my time, this seems like an interesting new development. All the value of the keynotes and interactions without the lugging luggage, standing in line for tepid coffee, fighting to get a decent seat at the session(s)...and so on. Great to see Haymarket thinking ahead of the curve. Book here.

Finnish Lessons - the podcast

The Nordic Horizons had a meeting in the Scottish Parliament on the subject of Finnish education with a couple of distinguished speakers on the subject.  It was excellent and everyone commented it was inspiring, interesting and challenging. The plan was to record the meeting for your listening pleasure. Sadly, there was a technical problem. So, we did the next best thing and devoted this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast to a report on the meeting. Detailed notes of the speakers;  Pasi Sahlberg and Donald Christie are available on the website. Photos of the meeting are posted on the Nordic Horizons Facebook page - do join. Powerpoint slides from the presentations will be made available shortly. Enjoy the podcast.