29 September 2009

Runnin' Tings

Runnin' Tings
Amkelwa's new trainers.

I have said for the longest time, defiance in my voice, that I won’t start running. I have never liked jogging. I have tried it many times and I basically have always wished that I’d be a bit more of a runner. But with walking I am able to think about stuff and while I am hardly such a philosopher that the UN convention acknowledges my thinking as crucial for.. well anything, I am a dreamer. That might be more accurate term. And I like it. With running, I am afraid this dreaming, let’s call it that, is under a threat. Of course I can dream other times, but now I’ve really digressed far from my motive to open the computer and update this blog. To put it simply: I’ve started running and blogging about it.

Yep, me and my wife Amkelwa have decided to take up a two month experiment where we run and write about it (at least a bit). The reason we decided to blog about it is to ensure that we stick to our promise and not slip so easily. Also partly to try the talk of town, Posterous blogs.

Link: Runnin' Tings blog

18 September 2009

17 September 2009

...CC me as well!

I licensed my blog long time ago with the Creative Commons. At some point, while changing the layout or doing some such reconstruction work I have lost the bit of code; the CC (Creative Commons) icon, that tells what can be done with the content here. I can’t even remember if the licence was based on UK, Finnish or what legislation.

But these things are not so important now. I have licensed it again, now definitely based on South African copyright laws. You may use, distribute and rework all of this material freely so long as you make mention it’s by me and don’t ask money for it. If you should have a money making scheme in your mind, then we’ll talk.

Creative Commons licences are pretty cool. It’s still a copyright only you don’t pursue quite all of your rights to the point that people are allowed to hardly even think about it. I don’t expect, in a blog like mine, this even making too much difference; it’s mainly a symbolical gesture and to be part of the movement because copyright laws as we know them (and as most don’t know much about them) are so incredibly faulty, that something needs to be done.

Here’s a reading list for free content about copyrights. I am currently studying some of this as a part of my Masters Degree so why not share the links if you are interested.

Full E-Books:

12 September 2009

Road trip and few other things.

Sunset on the road
Sunset on the road to the east.

It has finally happened; I am a student again. Officially. I’ve started doing my Masters Degree at UCT (University of Cape Town). Continuing similar media related studies that I already did in England. Getting permits took a moment longer than what I hoped for, but it’s all good in the end. The lectures are few times a week and on evening time so the day time struggle still remains in the real world.

We also had some visitors from Finland which was very nice. Great week with my family from that side who came down to celebrate my new decade. Having off week from University this week, we then decided to do a road trip to the great province of Eastern Cape. The home of so many heroes I look up to. Our destination, as per usual, is Graff-Reinett. One of the least progressive farming towns I’ve ever seen, but home to my in laws and birth place of the late Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe.

Summer seems to be starting. I was careful today not to get burnt by the sun, and I guess I was successful in that. I am happy about summer and just in general. That’s all I really wanted to say today.

Sunset on the road

Sunset on the road

Link: Flickr site for the photographs.