The EU parliament passed a new law stating that, from late 2024, small electronics such as smartphones, tablets, handheld consoles and cameras will all need to use the same type of charger (a USB-C charger, specifically). This means that a single charger can be used across different devices, from the same manufacturer as well as across manufacturer. … Continue reading Will USB-C become the new charger standard everywhere, following the new EU law?
September had a sense of transition. There is a new monarch and a new PM. I have a new job. Child 1’s graduation signalled the end of education for her (for now, at least). And so on, and so forth. At a personal level, September was a good month for me. In addition to having … Continue reading September 2022 round-up
Why is that so many young adults in England still generate a large amount of food waste, and fail to dispose of food waste separately from other waste? This was the question that inspired a research project conducted by a team at Brunel University London (of which I was a member), in collaboration with the … Continue reading New paper: Capabilities, opportunities and motivations that drive food waste disposal practices: A case study of young adults in England
One of the advantages of using Google Scholar to check how your (academic) outputs are being used is that, now and then, you bump into really interesting papers that build on your previous work. This is what happened, recently, when I received an alert that the paper "Conceptualising a digital orientation: antecedents supporting SME performance … Continue reading What’s stopping organisations with data-centric practices from benefiting from their IT-related investments?
On the power of symbols Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, September 8th. In addition to being a person, Elizabeth II was also an institution, and, in that latter role, she was promptly replaced by her first-born son, Charles. The change in Head of State will be reflected in ceremonial as well as functional objects … Continue reading [Miscellany] The Monarch’s symbols, writing for the algorithm vs. your audience, and people that shaped me
I can hardly believe that this time last year we were preoccupied with face masks, hand sanitising, and Covid-19 tests. This summer, Covid-19 seemed very much a distant memory. Instead, we bemoaned the cost of living and alternated between enjoying and cursing the heatwave. At a more personal level, in July and August we celebrated child 2’s … Continue reading July and August 2022 round-up
What I did, on Tuesday, 19th July. 07h07m: Alarm goes off but, really, I have been awake for a while because we are in the middle of a heatwave and it’s hard to sleep. Get up, cold shower, coffee, quick breakfast, and head out of the door. Today I am going to Brunel, for one of … Continue reading Day in the Life of an Academic #13: Graduation￼
The high volatility in the global stock markets (due to the war in Ukraine, etc…) has resulted in a reduced appetite for risky assets, which has led to a crash in the cryptocurrencies’ market: the global market for cryptocurrencies has lost more than 2/3 of its value in the last 8 months. Consequently, the market for NFTs … Continue reading The rise of crypto marketing
Emotions are central to how we respond to stimuli around us, and consumption is no exception. For instance, the emotions that we are exposed to on Facebook, influence our own emotions and our subsequent posting activity on this social network. With so much of our daily interactions (shopping, leisure, education, conversations, …) taking place online, … Continue reading ￼[New Publication] Approaches to emotion and sentiment analysis
June was good. People and things were dully celebrated, as I had hoped for last month. That included child 1’s 21st birthday and conclusion of her undergraduate studies at Oxford University; Portugal day; and my friend Sarah Quinton’s promotion to Professor and Associate Dean Research & Knowledge Exchange (no photos because we were so engrossed … Continue reading June 2022 round-up