2018-12-01 14:42:35

Well let me be the first none advertisement to wish everyone celebrating a happy christmas, since its december which means  its the time of year to have fun despite huge amounts of crass commercialism.

Anyway, hope people are having fun.
Since my lady and I both sing, December is always a busy time. We have a charety concert for a local hospice to do a week on Friday, and since we still need to learn "A little priest" from sweeney tod we'll be rather busy with that.
I also have started a new hobby myself and am taking harp lessons. yes harp!

I've never had much luck with the guitar, but the harp is proving much more intuitive to play, or at least it is to me. Accompanying either my or my lady's singing on the harp would be cool, though at the moment I'm still at the scales and arpeggios and picking out tunes point, though at least the scales and arpeggios still sound lovely.

My lady and I sang selston music festival a couple of weeks ago,  things didn't go as well as they could, indeed we dont' know if the adjudicator had a bit of a thing against blind people given that neither of us did particularly well, bloody adjudicators!
Still on the fun side I've been doing a few local  writing type things.

I went to a poetry society with some of my poems last night and people seemed to, ---- well not exactly enjoy given a couple were quite grim, but at least appreciate them. and I also did  workshop on writing microfiction last week which was an interesting challenge, trying to write stories in as few words as possible, albeit I personally like words too much to really cut down to ridiculous levels (my short microfiction was still 185 words, as compared to one person who wrote one in 16). 

I'm also working on the db as usual, indeed its been a yearly tradition to get a big update done for Christmas eve, and I'd like to maintain that if at all possible.

Reading  wise I'm currently putting together a review for Elizabeth Anne Scarborough's book "the healer's war" whilst rading Stephen King's collection night shift.

buffy season 7 is proving good, I'm liking where the plot with spike is going. Actually since my brother's fiance owns all of stargate whilst I own all of Buffy and angel, we're probably going to do a swap at Christmas, so I need to get buffy season 7 and angel season 5 finished for then, though as the writing is mostly extremely good on that series that shouldn't be too hard.

I also still need to catch up with the latest doctor who, since I really want to see what the series is going to be like now we've got rid of moffat, actually, the removal of the moff is to me far more interesting than the fact that the doctor is now a lady.

So, hope everyone else is having a fun december so far.

With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)

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2018-12-02 03:21:58

hello dark and all, november has been a good/bad month
i am going to actively try to learn how to code, as before i tried to, but for some reason i gave up, i don't know why i gave up, i played bk2 and 3, and a lot of other games,
might get a new computer, and dark, the harp seems like a good instrament,
school has been busy, and hard, in literature, we are reading a book called of mice and men, by john stinebeck or however you spell his name, its a good book has anyone else red that book?
i mite try to actively poast on here
that's my month
by people

i am the bio control system, i can’t be stopped

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2018-12-02 13:38:44 (edited by Phil 2018-12-02 13:41:10)

Dark,
I once knew a woman who had a large harp in her living room.
It was about six feet high, 2 meters, and was very heavy.
She played it by sitting on one end and strumming both sides of it with her fingers.
I used to baby sit her cat when she went on vacation.
She played it with her fingernails, finger pads, and two plastic guitar picks when her fingers got tired.

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2018-12-03 10:34:59

Dark,
You are a busy man!
The harp is a lovely instrument though, and lately, I've been looking for Christmas music with only harps.
Skyguardian,
I have read "Of Mice and Men" and it was very moving. I read it when I was sixteen, and it made me think deeply about a lot of things.
Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah to all.

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2018-12-04 15:55:53

@Sky guardian, we did of mice and men in school, however its oddly enough one of these books that I appreciated more when I didn't! have to analyse every inch of it and could just appreciate  story as it was.

@Phil, the practice Harp I've borrowed to play isn't quite that huge, and thus far I'm still just on the practicing stage, getting used to where the strings are etc. Learning the tuning of it is a nice challenge, since basically the entire harp is in e flat major and if you need to play in other keys there are small levers at each string that alter it by a tone. You can get peddle harps that let you play accidentals, but the one I've borrowed from my teacher is just the standard harp with no peddles.

@Mirage, We once found a harp quartette who did some amazingly arrangements of christmas carols for four harps which were quite something else, the harp does lend itself to carols and folk melodies so I might try and pick out a few just for the sake of practice.

Last Sunday we did something pretty awesome, we had tickets to Birmingham arena where they were doing a full showing of Starwars a new hope with a live orchestra playing the soundtrack.
though I wasn't really close enough to make much of the screen, its not like I don't know the film backwards at this point, and having a full orchestra, especially in bits like  battle of Yavin at the end was quite something.

The coordination of how to play exactly in time with a running film must be pretty staggering big_smile.

With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)

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2018-12-07 16:30:06

The month of December, where season of marages is just starting here in India, exams start, (they are just preparation, but still,) and winter.

For those who don't know, I really don't like the cold season in general. coldness due to rain is just fine, but cold season in general, like in winter, simply does not sit well with me.

I know I have been missing for a while, but my programming lessons have just crancked up to next level, the colege failed to provide me any reasonable amount of reading material, so I have to by the books scan them, convert them and then read them...

Not a thing which I enjoy.

On top of all that, the native language Hindi (which I have to study, not that I mind or anything,) needs fonts for showing Hindi text.

I know I will need different voices for reading the language, so I did set them up in advance. so, I got a trial scanned PDF in Hindi, converted it, and got a garbled mess.

Apparently, the fonts which comes with word by default (Arial unicode) are not up to the task. I will have to download and install different fonts if I want to read Hindi in word.

But the problem is, I am not sure whether if I scanned and converted a PDF to word file, those fonts would work or not.

Also annoyingly enough, I don't have anyone who have knoledge of such things.

I guess downloading them and installing them, and then testing them is my only option.

Yes, I also know that I can always make notes in braile, but most of the notes and text of the subjects are in my computer. and organizing notes written in braile is simply not something I would like to do for a single subject.
Other than that, I find myself slowly drift away from the online games, because the shear amount of time they require to play. I also was getting annoied that I have to play them so much just to progress little bit. thus, time to put my foot down, and say, "Enough!"

But, my interest is still on offline games, well not offline, considering you can play with people through there connection, but I never do that. I really am a lone kind of gamer.

Hope you guys are having more fun then me this month.

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2018-12-09 07:34:55

Hi Dark eagle, sorry about the extreme hassles and trouble converting Hindi, that sort of thing always strikes me as hyper complex so I'm glad I never need to do it big_smile.

Interesting you mention December being marriage season in India, traditionally weddings over here are supposed to be in the spring, though mostly that has dropped off and people just tend to get married whenever. My lady and I got married on  third of July 2016 because it was an important date, as it was a year to the day since I told her the way I felt about her which makes it a very lovely double anniversary

Well things have been interesting over here. We did the charity concert last Friday which was fun, particularly singing A little priest from Sweeney tod, although I had to speak a lot of it since its extremely low in my range, also as we only have one microphone between us we couldn't really do much by way of actual acting.

We have a church service we're singing at  a bit later on which should be fun, though for now my friend from university is staying with us a few days.
Last night we watched the fantasy film Krull, from the early eighties which was amusing if a wee bit ponderous, and with a rather cliche script, though it had fun bits including a pretty awesome comic relief character.

We're probably going to see Fantastic beasts and where to find them today which should be good, plus my friend is making us Goulash as he's recently been in the Ukraine and has the recipe. He's a pretty awesome chef, and  runs his own wine import business,  he's pretty random  but we always end up having a lot of fun big_smile.

With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)

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2018-12-10 14:02:00

@Dark: wow, that's a busy month!
I sing too. Heads up, long post ahead!
Tomorrow Dec 11 the theatre group I'm a part of, called First Act, it's a group involving clients with disabilities that run the gammot, and we're doing our Christmas show for the year. It's Goldilox and the Three Bears but we always change things up a bit. So, our tutors set it in a town called Storyvill, and are bringing some other fairytale characters into the mix. I'm playing Jack, as in Jack and Jill, and we're a sort of comic relief duo for our scenes. We've also got a bunch of songs running the gammot from The Jacksons Can you Feel It, to Shrek The Musical's Big Bright Beautiful World, all the way to A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman from 2017, plus a custom-made, orchestral/midi, medley of tunes as in act 2 there's a big running away scene, and that one incorporates the Automatic's Monster as the main hook plus a custom melody for one section, and even The Mob Song from Beauty and The Beast. I'm doing a harmony for the final monster bit! We've also got some new cast members this year and they are awesome.
Then, on the 15th in the evening I should be if all goes well, singing at a cabaret event, as far as I know, solo! Two Christmas songs, It's the Most Wonderful Time of The Year in the style of Andy Williams, and a jazzy version of Holly Jolly Christmas in the style of Lady antebellum.
Then, on the 23rd, I'm singing with a choir, and we're in an abbey! It's Voices of the Isle of Wight this choir is actually on YouTube so have a listen to some of our past songs if you wish although I don't know how many I'm in. But, we're doing a bunch of new stuff this year. Absolutely can't wait!
So, that's what I'm doing this month. Oh and we've got our decorations out, it's great hearing my noisy Christmas stuff again especially, the stuff from Hallmark US that I was able to obtain last year. Absolutely loving the sounds that those ones make. One of them sounds like a train as the music plays, it's quite clever.

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2018-12-11 07:14:14

@Aaron that sounds awesome, good luck with all the random performances.
I've never done panto type stuff though my singing teacher suggests I should and I admit I always have had a bit of a desire to play the panto villain and get all the audience to boo me big_smile.

Well We went to watch fantastic beasts yesterday which was good fun if a little unsatisfying, I wrote my thoughts about it In post 14 of this topic.
My friend is heading back to London tomorrow though its been good, and that not just because he absolutely loves trying out his cooking on us. This time around it was goulash with a recipe he picked up in Hungary, he also bought a surprising amount of libations with him, including a bottle of Grand Marnier which we wound up drinking at the cinema.

Actually it was nice to go and see a film for once. There is a cinema in this town but I've not been for a while since there's not been a lot I wanted to see, but my lady would definitely like to see Mary poppins returns I think, and I didn't realize they were making a film of battle angel elita, something I wouldn't mind seeing myself since I did enjoy the anime.

With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)

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