You can find us upstairs: The Walkabout: Wiston Terrace (off Friar Street) Reading RG1 1DG **NB The venue is licensed for 18 and over ** http://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/details
- 8:00pm Welcome and Introductions
- 8:05pm Social Media, Smartphones and Relationships (Martin Graff – University of South Wales)
- 8:35pm Networking & beers
- 9:00pm Short announcements/updates*
- 9:05pm The Story of Carbon Arc Lamps Part II (John Holden)
- 9:35pm End (Networking and beers downstairs)
Social Media, Smartphones and Relationships (Martin Graff – University of South Wales)
More and more people now meet through dating apps, although it is possible that relationships that start this way will differ to relationships that are initiated face-to-face. Furthermore, social media allows people to keep in close contact with relationship partners and even engage in partner surveillance behaviour arousing jealousy and suspicion. Additionally, social media has a function in validating romantic relationships and allowing people to communicate romantic love in ways not possible before. This talk will explain how smartphones and social media have changed the way in which people conduct their romantic relationships, and present data outlining the types of people more likely to conduct their relationships in this way.
The Story of Carbon Arc Lamps Part II (John Holden)
In the later Victorian period the carbon arc lamp had become a well established common electric light source. The Victorians developed surprisingly sensitive automatic controls for these lamps and this talk will explain some of the later Victorian developments. Illustrated with examples of public lighting as well as applications in the theatre, photography, military and lighthouses. The increasing use of these lights is linked to the developments of electric sources of sufficient power and economical costs so there will be a brief outline of the generators from this period.
Usual format is to gather from 7:30pm and commence the talks at 8:00pm. Talks are ~20mins + Q&A with a break of 20mins for networking and beer.
*Before the second session there is an opportunity for any short announcements so please let us know on the night if you would like a slot or 1-2mins.
FYI: BCS (Berkshire) Social Tech Group meet up (7PM) before our talks. Its a great opportunity for food, drinks, networking and discussions about IT technology, business and advice.
Look forward to seeing you there!
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