Author Archives: David

About David

Hi, I'm David. I live in Aberdeen (UK) with my beloved wife and two (sometimes beloved) cats. By training I'm an engineer, but a strange sort of engineer who has social skills and is happier working with people rather than designing stuff. Professionally I work in the oil industry facilitating collaborative technology development. In my spare time I'm a non-exec at Aberdeen Forward, an environment/sustainability social enterprise. If you're interested then check me out at twitter.com/davidriddell or linkedin.com/davidriddell.

Keep Calm and Start Talking :: Aberdeen mental health awareness event, 12 October

A friend of mine, Heather, is running a mental health awareness event on 12 October and is looking for some supportĀ  and/or sponsorship. The event is entitled “Keep Calm and Start Talking” and aims to enhance awareness of the mental … Continue reading

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5 things: summary execution

Five things that I think we might consider summary execution for: Designing websites using Flash HDR photography Verbing nouns (e.g. diarise, action something) Parking outside of the marked bays Watching reality TV then boring your poor work colleagues about it … Continue reading

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It’s that cat again

Mylo loves cuddles. This has been his sleeping position ever since we came back from New Zealand in November…

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Social Media, Social Good – #smwabz

On 23 September, I did a talk about social media and the 3rd sector at the inaugural Social Media Week event in Aberdeen. During this talk I rattled through a load of resources that I’d seen, used and liked so … Continue reading

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Five things I do that really annoy my wife

B is a saint for putting up with me sometimes. So, in the first of an irregular series, here are five things that really annoy her. Repeat poor taste (well sick really) jokes, normally found on www.b3ta.com. Witter on endlessly … Continue reading

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Digital photography and the traditionalist

Those who have known me for a while will know that I have deeply held views about digital cameras – well I certainly did have. They could be summarised in short by “digital is cheating”, “I don’t see the point” … Continue reading

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Are you a leader if no-one follows?

I've had a number of conversations and read several articles that made me think a lot about the leadership/management boundary. Can you be a leader if no-one follows you? It seems a littleĀ counter-intuitive but I think it raises some interesting … Continue reading

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It’s the people who make my job

The speakers who you brief and who you leave with your head full of ideas. The contacts who are really grateful for the easy ways you can help. The participants who are inspired by the courses that you run; and … Continue reading

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Over-stimulation and Modern Life

I’m a child of the smart phone generation. Not an early adopter by any means, but I reckon that I’m always close behind. So Twitter, web forums, rss feeds, email alerts, Facebook, podcasts and a variety of other more conventional … Continue reading

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What’s your big idea?

What’s your big idea? I used to have lots of ideas, some of them practical, some of them realistic, many of them utterly ridiculous. They all had one thing in common though: I did absolutely nothing about them. There was … Continue reading

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