Charles Basenga Kiyanda

It’s the simple things

Every time I buy music from amazon in mp3 format, I’m absolutely amazed at how well it works. I’m not just talking about the no-drm mp3 stuff, that’s only half of the equation. What’s the other half? Convenience. Amazon has a download utility for their digital music sales. I was amazed the first time I […]

The 6 months music challenge 2: Girl Talk

A friend of mine sent me a message telling me about the music of “Girl Talk“, a DJ from Pittsburgh. I’m not such a huge fan of this type of music (or at least I didn’t use to be), but I’m starting to discover interesting stuff around that I actually like. Girl Talk samples popular […]

The 6 months music challenge, Issue 1: Hipster, Please! Compilations

I’m a strong supporter of free and open source software. To be honest, I’m a supporter of free and open source anything really. That’s why I contribute to wikitravel (sporadically, but still), why I started wikiscuba (well, still trying to make it take off, really), openstreetmap and anything I can get my hands on that […]

The Discovery Channel Artvertisement

I’ve just seen this (new?) ad for the discovery channel, and I think it rocks!

People don’t really watch advertising anymore. With all the (illegal) downloads, the Tivos and DVRs, there’s no reason for people to watch advertisement. In light of this, I’ve often said that businesses should start to make art-advertisement (maybe I should call […]

Vacation encounters

I was on vacation in Québec for 3 weeks over the holiday period. I took some of that time to go back to my home town of Rouyn-Noranda and visit friends I hadn’t seen in a while and introduce them to my fiancée. One of these people is a photographer I worked with about 8-9 […]

Conference at George Washington University

If anyone wants to go to Washington on monday, there’s a half-day meeting on “Copyright and the University: An academic symposium“.

Wikipedia licensing will be compatible with creative commons

[I know I’d promised this post would be about the great idea I have and which I’ve been dangling around without really being descriptive, but as far as I can see, this has just come out and I need to talk about it.]

So the wikimedia foundation just announced a deal was accepted by everyone that […]

Science and copyright

I swear, in my next post, I’ll give all the details I think I can give (that is, all the details which are set in my head) about my “great” idea for the future of scientific communication. In the meantime, I just want to have a little chat about science and copyright.

Part of the reason […]