My pal Shona Main has a very beautiful little project - to make a short film of an 82 year old crofter in Orkney, who has been active in the lambing season for most of his life. A great story about age, health, resilience, tradition... BUT she needs a bit more on her Crowdfunder to make sure she gets the cash! Can KILTR community help?
Good to see that Shona exceeded her crowdfunding target and is now filming!
Sorry I caught this post too late, but glad she exceeded her target. I'm now following her blog for updates and hopefully will get to view the finished film.
Thanks for all your support. Off to Shetland again next week to film the shearing of the sheep and to do some field recordings. It's all coming together...
Brilliant newst Shona, it's about time people recognised that traditional values matter. I do hope the sunshine prevails for your trip and that James Robert John Sinclair is thriving as well as his sheep. Gaun yersels and hope you have a lovely time, you both deserve it xx
Saw Prometheus yesterday, in a room full of London film critics (they all looked *exactly* like the guy in the YouTube cartoon below, see comments). If this is a revival of the Alien franchise, I'm a mightily disappointed fan-boy, I must say. Sets amazing, monsters splendidly intestinal. But the dialogue felt like it was written by GSCE-drama students (four too many "God Damn You To Hell!!"s), the acting straight out of a Roger Corman movie. Micheal Fassbender's android David was every … RP-speaking-super-baddie cliche rolled into one. Will I go and see it again to make sure? Er, probably. More
Begins with an "Alien" review
So it has actual Giger-style aliens in it then, Pat? Any face-hugging?
Facehugging aplenty, and the most alarming emergency Caesaerian ever... the origin of life on earth is a pretty cool opening scene too. If the dialogue had just been closer to 7.5 than 4.5...
Think we should get it into a Glasgow Studio and dub the whole thing with a proper script. Still worth seeing though.
I really like these Sony Futurescapes - four little video scenarios of how we might use consumer technology in 2025, with a lot of sustainable/green awareness in them. I like the "Prosperity Redefined" one best.
Interesting and I too am optimistic about the future - we need optimism. The present however is my current concern and sees me and many other skillful and experienced individuals battery-farmed by the growing number of governmental organisations like Jobcentre+ where our personal data is harvested & stored by software originating in the USA.
Even as an out-and-out independence supporter, but also on the Left generally, I'm getting a little anxious about some of the policy positions being taken by the SNP in order to "get the population over the line" of voting for a nation-state. This compromise on NATO membership is an acute case in point (never mind the Murdoch-courting). Anyone in KILTR community feel expert enough to comment on my Scotsman article here? Not my field, and I need help...
Sorry Pat, I'm no expert, just like you I wrestle with the quandary of priority - Independence - and principle - No NATO & No WMD - and for the moment I too look for discussion & direction, from the SNP & others (yourself & Peter Curran for example). I don't want to lose on either but if compromise is required then I would favour Independence first & "nurse my wrath" on NATO & WMD for afterwards. My opinion is, of course, blighted by the fact that having had no work here … for some time I may have to move elsewhere before the referendum.More
Eric what line you in ?
Anything that pays but background is IT (AS400 & JBA System21). Worked as an IT Contractor for 12 years then the work dried up & technology moved on.
Ok Pat and Kiltr
How about getting Eric some work ?
That WILL be social Networking !!
Come on anyone ?
Hi I have blogged on defence in an independent Scotland and I am one of those within the SNP supporting NATO membership, I have spoken to my branch about bringing a motion to national council, I am ex armed forces and have worked within defence here and in the states
Be interesting to read your blogs Gillon - please post links here
On the Scottish politics front, never mind Murdoch, Salmond and whoever, but I'm getting increasingly upset at the idea that an independent Scotland would automatically want to join a nuclear club like NATO, as recently floated in the press. I'm going to be writing a big piece opposing this for the mainstream press. But here's a very interesting document I've turfed up in research - http://rki.lt/I5Itel - a report on how it's possible to do "military conversion" from making nukes, subs and … warships, to more sustainable energy tech. We should at least consider the option in the arguments around independence.More
Just been told that Jane Street in Soho, where my hotel (The Jane Hotel) in New York is, features in one of my favourite Steely Dan songs, Shame About Me. With typical lovelornness, the line goes (from 2.26 below), "Thinking of a major Jane Street sunrise/The goddess on the fire escape was you" . I'm out for a walk now...
Hope you'll be 'Throwing Back The Little Ones' Pat. And hope it's all going well. One of my personal favourites, well top ten anyway, has to be Brooklyn Owes The Charmer Under Me. Great New York band.
...but Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More...
HA! funny we were talking about Bernie Purdie tonight in The mother of all funk chords:
Time for some "wisdom of crowds" from you all... Here's my chair's notes for tonight's NY discussion on "The Future Is Niche: KILTR, the Scottish Diaspora, and the future of social networks". Have I missed out anything obvious? Let me know in comments.
CHAIR'S NOTES FOR KILTR NYC DISCUSSION EVENTS …
215 million migrants around the world - 3% of the words population, a nation larger than Brazil
More Chinese people living outside China than French people living in France
22 million Indians scattered over the globe
SCOTTISH DIASPORA FACTS
20% of Scottish born population live outside scotland
70% of Scottish-born diaspora live in the rest of the UK (Same for many nations: 66% of Irish-born disapora live in UK, 83% of Canadian-born diaspora live in US)
90% of Scottish-born emigrants go to US, Australia, New Zealand as well as England and Wales - English speaking nations clearly preferred.
4.8 million people in the US census report they have Scottish ancestry (1.7% of US population). About 4.8 million in Canada too - together almost twice amount of Scottish-Americans as live in Scotland.
With all the dimensions of diaspora - including "affinity" Scots, as well as ancestral and emigrant - perhaps about 40 million in total representing the Scottish diaspora
Instagram purchase by Facebook shows that there's a next evolution of social networks underway - represented by Pinterest, Foursquare, Quora, Instagram... and Kiltr!
- People feeling overwhelmed by Facebook, bored with their friends updates, confused by FB's constant attempts to maximise your interaction in order to serve advertisers better
- Some are now turning to social networks sites which allow them to express a particular interest or passion, alongside people who share that interest or passion precisely, and to do it in an appropriate way
- Curating an interesting collection of items - become more aware of the quality of one's digital profile for self-image or career
- Design and user experience important - particularly on mobile: Give me one thing to click, with impressive results
- To some extent, it's a return to the Web 1.0 world of forums/message boards. Those group of motorcycle or Star-Trek obsessives you joined - but with a much more visual orientation, increasingly better designed input tools and devices, and much more universal and powerful net access.
- Is disapora network the same as a niche network? Discuss...
For diaspora, KILTR could exist in your media diet as the place to go to sample everything interesting and useful about Scotland - curating lifestyle, culture current affairs and business about the country, while also having access to jobs, investment and relocation opportunities.
Viadeo the French professional social network has built up 45 million users, has beach heads in China and Brazil, and just secured $32 million dollars funding - based on their "multi-local" approach, customising each site to the language, business and culture of its members.
How might a diaspora network relate to entrepreneurship?
- Indian diaspora been essential to the rise of India's tech sector - many Indians getting to the top of IT companies in late 80's - then set up networks like The Indus Entrepreneurs - 13,000 members in 12 countries. Indian tech disapora have helped with outsourcing endeavours, provided venture capital to start-ups in India. Govts and orgs in many other countries - Chile, New Zealand, Nigeria - have set up similar networks
- Very important is the home countries attitude to disaporas - do they encourage the entrepreneurs who leave the shores, take risks abroad? Does the home country celebrate success?
USAid paper on "Diaspora Entrepreneurship" says there are five levels of commitment to diaspora entrepreneurship from govt and orgs
- Mentoring (EG, Global Scot - £30 million of business since launch - but exclusive and elite, not open to all, corporate heads and high net-worth individuals, membership a status indicator. Does it need to be more open than this?)
- Venture capital and partnership
Read this as an inverse triangle - the most passive forms of support at the top of the list
Networking/Mentoring is clearly something that Kiltr is already doing, as a vigorous social network - people creating professional and occupational groups, finding other people with appropriate skills and talents for projects. Could investors, companies and governments use the Kiltr network to identify potential diaspora enterpreneurs?
All looks good to me, Pat. One thing, though, that might make an interesting point of discussion - why is claiming Scottish heritage so important to second and third generation ex-pats? What do they 'get' out of it?
Pride Michael and valuing their roots,knowing how they came to be, just a thought.
I would say there is something in the notion that what people hear and read about, in the main, on Fb is trivial and often mundane.
People's Fb Home feeds I believe are, again in the main, full of noise. A network like KILTR is establishing itself as the definitive place to go to 'network' in a business like way, similarly to LinkedIn, but also find creative and cultural content from … Scotland and further afield that is more sophisticated, for want of a better term, and orientated/geared towards thinking adults. Less throwaway and ephemeral than Fb is what I am getting at. Hope that is useful. Maybe not!More
Actually most of these points have been addressed in your bullet points Pat. Apologies!
You need to remember to get a mention of Andrew Carnegie in there somehow as well!
How do businesses typically make inroads into international markets ... and how might diaspora networks as a whole influence their thinking and approach to this model? Will we see more grassroots social connections via diaspora relationships used as a research too into international markets?
With the increase in niche networks, will we eventually start to see threads that join them together, will conversations span many niche networks as tey evolve and will we see tools emerge to facilitate this, or will these networks remain as 'social islands' steadfastly focused on a particular overarching subject matter?
Also i'm not sure if i like the term 'niche networks' as many, many specialist … subject areas are discussed daily on KILTR for example, sure the glue is 'Scotland' but surely Scotland and it's diaspora is far too expansive to be reffered to as a niche in itself? More
Some shots from a wander down Bleeker Street last night in NYC, getting set for tonight's Kiltr launch http://rki.lt/HwSi5L That strange contraption in the bookshop is a self-publishing machine.
Very strange to switch on C-Span for 5 minutes in my Jane Hotel cabin room and find George Bush launching his Bush Institute... he's like a bad b-movie actor version of himself
Bush Institute - God help us! Bush "How do we promote freedom?" ... maybe he should have asked that some years ago and then maybe he would not have been charged with being a war criminal.
As someone who is at least 50% old media, it's sad to hear that good editors of Scottish newspapers - like John McLellan of The Scotsman - are being axed due to rising debts and falling circulation. I've been commissioned regularly by the Scotsman over the last few years (see my Thoughtland site www.thoughtland.info). At least in opinion-editorial, they take the country seriously. Poignant, as Kiltr prepares for its global launch in New York tonight...what's the new, more viable model for Scottish-oriented media?
To prepare you for our Kiltr global launch in New York tomorrow, here's four pieces from the Scotsman newspaper this week which talk strongly of Scotland's vibrant economic future. Main one is from Lena Wilson from Scottish Enterprise, but check out the others in the comment boxes.
In the departure lounge at Glasgow waiting for my New York flight to host the discussion at the KILTR launch... and I noticed exactly the kind of high-end tech success that we want to be shouting about in Scotland. Linn Products have entered into a deal with Universal to market their Studio Master sound format - 24 bits in each soundfile, and as endorsee Neil Young says, 'it's a relief that you feel when you finally hear music the way the artists and producers did when they created it in the studio.” Ambition and … excellence from a brilliant Scottish company. More
Google Glasses: like beer glasses, only for social media addicts. But will we want to be so mirrorshaded by information? The utterance of the word "Dude" in the promo video would turn you into an instant Luddite. But I'd like to try them, when they make them happen...
The lame ukulele playing folk-pop-loving hipster in this video just mindlessly does everything that Google tells/suggests him to do. That can't be a good thing, can it?
And Microsoft were not far behind as the video which documents the experiences which all us windows users are far too familiar with
Augmented Reality is for people who cant find their way about a bookstore and want to learn to play the ukulele.
I tell you, it's a rare day I can out-hip my Skrillex-loving teenage weans... but here, I present to you Baconhead's FlyTraps. Taken from the free CD on the cover of the cosmically-up-itself Wire magazine. It sounds like a robot flagellating itself... which is a good thing?!?
Check this out as a Kinect hack. I particularly like the bit when he tweaks it to turn himself into the Honey Monster.
Interesting blog post from SXSW this year - the "New Aesthetic". Meaning, what's the world look like when you look from a machine perspective? Lots of pixellation, numbers on the screen?
A Very Important Infographic: density of Metal Bands maps almost directly to high levels of social and economic development. We need more metal in Scotland, clearly.
Ok, hold on to your lengthy habit, Mother Superior... Irvine Welsh is back with Skagboys, the pre-quel to Trainspotting, his iconic 1993 novel. Promo video is below, and it couldn't be cooler, with a rare Rod Stewart song as the soundtrack, and a chilling marionette star. Anyone else remember sitting on public transport in Glasgow, mid-nineties, and seeing every second person with Ecstasy (the book) on their lap?
I'm working for NESTA at the moment on a big project, but one of their predictions for 2012 - crowdfunding takes off - seems to be so far right on the money. I have pals coming to me to ask advice on how to do it. This Nesta blog http://rki.lt/GQLIG4 pointed me to a new law going through the US Houses which will formalise crowdsourcing - making it easier to solicit money, and offer a stake in the biz, via social media. Details being worked out... but something to keep an eye on for future Scottish legislative power?