A few weeks ago Casey Neistat, upload a YouTube video indicating his decision to vote for a particular presidential candidate in the upcoming american presidential election. As well as endorsing a candidate he also challenged other YouTubers to endorse a candidate as well.

This challenge was met with a wide variety or response from those who made simple endorsement videos, to others who suggested that calling out other YouTubers in such a manor was a TOS violation as it incited cyber bullying. Some however questioned the reason why they should have the right to tell there viewers who to vote and questioned the value of doing so.

While celebrity endorsement is not in anyway a new feature of elections, YouTubers often lacking legal and staffing support are perhaps poorly equipped to offer an informed endorsement. This practical reality combined with the relativism of private truth and the current post truth, political discourse makes an interjection difficult.

However, engagement in politics is a crucial role of the citizen (this is the reason I tend to indicate my voting intentions online here) and the lack of engagement of any part of the electorate is inherently problematic. Therefore, I think Casey Neistat interjection should be welcome and his challenge to others, to consider there political position is worthwhile.

A New Phone The Nokia 215

Back in 2015 I gave up on smart phones blog here. I ended up getting a second hand Nokia E71 which has been awesome(I knew it would be I had an E61). However the E71 battery life (it was an original battery) slipped to less than a day so I thought it was time to get a new phone.

I had been using the E71 in combination with an iPod touch which I intend to continue doing. After a little investigation I ended up going for a Nokia 215.

I have used it for over a month now so the summary review would be, very long battery life, very good reception, speaker phone could be louder and the Facebook Messenger implementation is usable but not quick. The built in Twitter app work well. A slight issue is the address book which really struggled with contact importing, especially with contacts with more than one telephone number.

In summary if you want a phone to be a phone and occasionally a little more than the Nokia 215 is a great choice.

While published over a year ago I was recently remind of this great video by New York based film marker, Casey Neistat, Life Explained in 27 Seconds.

Seamed kind of appropriate with teaching starting on Monday!

Deep Space 9 The Best Star Trek

Recently I finished rewatching DS9. I remembered it being good but did not remembering it being that good. In fact I would go as far as declaring it as the best of all the Star Trek franchises.

Perticular highlights of the show for me are, the dominant war, evil Ricker, the Defiant, Bashir and Miles, and the Ferengi. I also really like the singing as well, with Vic in the hollow suite and Worf with his love of Klingon Opera.

I admit the DS9 is much harder viewing than TOS and TNG. But, it is the greyness of the characters and the complexities of the relationships which make the show so compelling to watch.

If it was possible to change one thing about then I must admit that I had kind of hoped that the Enterprise with Picard turned up as part of the final fleet!

So if you have never watched any Star Trek and someone is nagging you to watch it, go for DS9 first.

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.