Today marks the end of the academic year for me as it is graduation day. It is always nice to see the final year students for a last time and to gown up. So congratulations to all.

Personally such occasions mark for me the passing of time, as my attention turns to the summer projects, a few weeks holiday and of course preparation for the next academic year.

Scripture records Moses (perhaps in such a mind),

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm‬ ‭90:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

It is interesting to notice the association with wisdom, that an awareness of my mortality will aid in gaining a heart of wisdom. However such an outcome is only likely due to the fact that the scripture also teaches that their is an eternal component to my being, whom’s destination is determined as a consequence of now.

So congratulations once more, to all those who have graduated this summer from programs I have the privilege to teach on. May your journey seeking wisdom continue.

Voting To Remain

Well after the months of European Referendum campaign I remain a support of the European Union and believe that ongoing membership, is in the best interests of the UK. It is with great disappointment that the progressive, pro-european, pro further integration case has not been made effectively as a remain vote built on this case would have offered the mandate to create a better Europe.

Hence my position is effectively unchanged from the the one I detailed in February 2016.

Vote Remain, then lets work to create a Europe and UK of peace and tolerance built around fairness and opportunity.

Lead not Leave

Gordon Brown on the European Referendum.

Requiem for the American Dream

Recently I had the opportunity to watch the documentary file Requiem for the American Dream by PF Pictures featuring Noam Chomsky.

An interesting film discussing the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few, its consequences and the role if the citizenry.

Personal I found the disconnect between educational efforts, personal value and the requirements of neoliberalism to function for the few very well explored and challenging.

Jekyll Conf 2016

Today I am presenting at the online web conference, JekyllConf 2016 with a talk entitled, Jekyll For Every Case.

Jekyll is a static site generator which this blog is built with. You can find the presentation slides online and read more about using Jekyll for websites on the GridGiant blog.

JekyllConf is streamed online for free 10am - 5pm (PST), Saturday May 7th 2016.