Good dress rehearsal!

Oct. 26th, 2016 08:14 am
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We had an excellent dress rehearsal last night, though sans trumpets and timpani; we'll have them tonight for a runthrough in the warm-up before the performance.

The choir was done around 8:15 pm! Shortest dress rehearsal ever! I had time to lay out my clothes for today and pack up my knapsack with my music, folder, makeup, shirt for performance, etc.. I had a separate bag with items for the reception - I need to hang around tonight to help clean up.

After this, I am going to crash for a bit. And get back on my gym schedule. And, this weekend, write a book review.

Rehearsals start mid-November for the Xmas Oratorio.

You can’t make this stuff up

Oct. 26th, 2016 05:36 am
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Serial adulterer Newt Gingrich accuses Fox’s Megyn Kelly of being “obsessed with sex.”

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Oct. 26th, 2016 08:58 am
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Happy birthday. [personal profile] finisterre, [personal profile] rivka and [personal profile] taelle!

Pennsic XLI, Tuesday, Peace Week

Jul. 31st, 2012 10:03 am
[personal profile] syntonic_comma
Tue Jul 31 10:03:34 EDT 2012

The tent is now too hot for sleeping.

Tuesday 23:28

It's been a laid-back day. We had french toast for breakfast. There were no classes today. As usual, the classes look interesting, and I'll probably be out for classes earlier than breakfast happens in this camp. So that will probably be the last cooked breakfast until maybe the last couple of days. Dinner was beef stroganoff (not from a mix). After dinner I finally took my car up to the parking area. (I was parked in all day at the camp, not that it was a problem.) I'm on row 13, which is way closer than I've ever parked before – but this is way earlier than I've ever come to Pennsic before.

High Sierra® Mesa Family Dome TentBetween breakfast and dinner I got the air mattress inflated, found the hammer to put in a few fluorescent stakes for outlying guy lines for the pop-out window and the fly, made a combined schedule for the two choirs I'm in this year, and generally sort-of unpacked. I should get a twin-sized air mattress; this queen-sized takes up too much of the floor space. (I suppose if I had overnight guests it would be a good size....)

The regular choir has 2-hour rehearsals Thursday through to the concert next Thursday, and the "select" choir has an additional hour Sun-Wed, and will be part of the same concert. And there's also a children's choir this year, which I guess we'll be hearing more about. (I suspect I would have heard plenty already had I been bringing kids to Pennsic.) The rehearsals are a chunk out of the day, and often mean missing some interesting classes. But even without the rehearsals I'd still probably be missing some interesting classes, since most hours there are several that look interesting. Some are held a 2nd time (and a few even 3 or 4), but they still usually conflict with something else good. You just have to pick. And some don't have room, so that decides it too sometimes.

Sandisk Sansa Fuze Black Media Player w/FM tuner, 1.9" LCD, micro SDHC slot.I tried to transfer the MP3 files of the choirs' music into my MP3 player, but I couldn't get it into USB-disk mode when connected to my laptop. I spent a lot of time on that, getting nowhere. It did charge up the MP3 player (which didn't need much), and further drain the laptop's battery. I think I'll have to hook it up to the inverter tomorrow. It's actually running much easier than usual on the battery tonight. The weather's cool, and the fan's not running. I don't have many of the regular applications running either – Pinta (image editor) Aisle Riot (Solitaire), feh (image display/slideshow); and Firefox has only a few tabs loaded.

I also went to the camp store for ice for the camp – 3 22-lb bags – 11 lb for me, 22 lb for Ray, and 33 lb for the camp coolers. This is a new size, added to the 10-lb bags they've stocked before. Ray got a collapsible cart (at Costco) for carrying ice. They seem to be all the rage; I saw 2 more at the store, and another 2 went by our camp after I got back. (I.e. 5 identical carts in 30 min.)

No new arrivals at camp today, so we're still just 5: Anna, the land agent; Michael, her son; Jim, her boyfriend; Ray, long-time camp member (widower of [ profile] butterfluff, whose last Pennsic was [ profile] anniemal's first, the year before my first), and me.
I'm planning to have a shower, and be up in time for 09:00 classes; Pop-Tarts for breakfast.

Tuesday 23:55

Ubuntu just experienced and internal error, and wants permission to report it. I'm not going to be connected to the Internet any time soon. It was probably a weather application dying. It starts when I log in, and usually dies after a couple of days. I suppose these diagnostic reports may help get it fixed, eventually....

Wednesday 00:51

My camp is dark and quiet. But people are out and about; it feels like a party night. The drums down the hill are incessant. I will find my earplugs. (Actually, I have at least 3 sets; I have wax and foam.) My sinuses were going crazy last night (from the campfire smoke?); they are fine tonight. And the shower was good. The shower is always good.

at Pennsic XLI

Jul. 31st, 2012 01:01 am
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Tue Jul 31 01:01:47 EDT 2012

I left home at 15:47, and stopped at an ATM before getting on the highway. It was too late to use the HOV lanes on I-270 (15:30-18:30), but traffic wasn't too bad. I stopped for gas in Breezewood, PA, which is our habit because it is reliably cheap there before getting on the PA Turnpike.

But I didn't take the turnpike; I took US-30 west instead to US-220/I-99 north. I intended to take PA-869 to cut a corner off my route, but never saw it. When I passed US-22 I thought something was amiss and took the next exit and checked the map. US-422 forks off of US-22 and is the most direct route to Cooper's Lake. But I also missed US-422 splitting off, and ended up taking US-219 north from US-22 to US-422. After that, it was a straight shot, until the detour around the one-lane bridge that is out on the approach to the campground. Having reviewed on-line maps before I left, I was able to manage the detour in the dark – as it was quite dark by the time I got here.

I passed a Wal*Mart on US-30, and stopped there to get various things I had not been able to find at home – a doormat to put outside the tent, tealight candles, lighters (to light the candles, although I did manage to find one before I left), packing tape (simply forgot that), sewing needles, some canned food, and bread. The gas station in Breezewood had a "general store", but it was useless – travel snacks, travel electronics, and souvenirs (of Breezewood?). WAMU reception held most of the way to Breezewood, but then there was nothing appealing. At the Wal*Mart I found the Johnstown repeater of Pittsburg's classical station, WQED.

I don't listen to "classical" music any more. I listen to Early Music, but I don't play the classical station at home, so I don't hear much 19th-century music. WQED was playing a Bach partita for the last part of the trip, as I left US 422 and found my way on the detour around the closed one-lane bridge.

I'll have to check the Troll stamp to see what time I got here. The tent is up, the rugs are down, and the car is unloaded. (I think there were a couple more small rugs last year, but I didn't notice them anywhere as I was gathering things.) The air mattress is not set up yet, and the locations of many things (like the hammer for the tent stakes) is a mystery. I haven't really had dinner. So far, there's 4 other people at camp. I think [personal profile] dglenn is the next one expected in.

I didn't get any beer or cider on the way here. There wasn't room for it in the car or in the ice chest. I'm not sure how I'm going to add ice to it tomorrow, but it needs some.

Tuesday 03:05
Finally getting to bed. There are some real talkers here....

still PRE-pennsic

Jul. 30th, 2012 11:30 am
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Mon Jul 30 11:30:23 EDT 2012

Icon Link Carabiner LED FlashlightI wish I had checked woot! last night. They had another style of Icon flashlight today, a single AA with a carabiner clip. It's probably not as bright as the flashlights we just received, but it should still be pretty bright, and much more compact. It would be a good replacement for the flashlight I keep in my fanny pack, and would be useful for emergency nighttime bicycle repairs. It's available in orange or black, but the black appear to be sold out now. (Which is why I wish I had checked earlier; [ profile] anniemal would probably prefer black.)

I got about 4-1/2 hours of sleep, but I still need to load the car. I'll need to get some groceries and beer/cider on the way, and I couldn't find the door mat I had last year, so that might be one more stop. (It really makes a difference for keeping dirt out of the tent.)

pennsic prep

Jul. 26th, 2012 01:47 am
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Thu Jul 26 00:26:28 EDT 2012

Icon Rogue 2 100-Lumen Flashlight (green)USPS tracking shows the Rogue 2 flashlights from Woot! at a local post office at 15:00 this afternoon, so maybe they'll be delivered tomorrow. I was hoping they might arrive before Pennsic. There's a lot of enthusiastic commentary about them on the 'net – the brightest 2-AA flashlights available, somewhat waterproof (30 min @ 1 meter), and apparently you can drive a truck over them – so maybe they're a really good deal. (The woot! price was about 1/3 of list.) They should last us a long time, if we can manage not to lose them.

Thu Jul 26 01:47:42 EDT 2012
37-Key Roll-Up Portable Piano Keyboard with 100 Rhythms and Timbres
37-Key Roll-Up Portable Piano Keyboard with 100 Rhythms and TimbresI just pulled this roll-up keyboard thing out again tonight, and I was able to squeeze batteries into it. I didn't take it to Pennsic last year because I coudn't get batteries into it. I guess it's going with me this year.

Thu Jul 26 21:13:58 EDT 2012

Icon Rogue 2 100-Lumen Flashlight (gray)The flashlights are bigger (and heavier) than I expected. I won't be able to fit one easily into the fanny pack of stuff that goes everywhere with me, and it's going to take up more space than I'd like in the pouch I wear at Pennsic. Then again, it's probably a better shape for space utilization in the pouch, so it may still be a win.

I don't know what happened in transit. The box looks fine, but inside one package was mangled, one was cracked, and the 3rd package was fine but the light was turned on inside it! They are bright – except for the one that arrived turned on. ☹ I guess I can see how it does with NiMH batteries; I don't have to wait for the included alkalines to run down. The review websites mentioned a lanyard; there aren't any, and the package doesn't mention it.

[21:52:20] The flashlight will run off NiMH AAs, but it's not quite as bright as with alkalines. (But it's still really bright for a campground at night. The dim setting is going to be fine for most use.)

free lunch

Jul. 25th, 2012 09:45 am
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Wed Jul 25 09:45:07 EDT 2012

We often don't think about things that don't affect us. I don't spend much time thinking about the Olympics anyway, so it's not surprising that I didn't connect it with Ramadan and fasting. The Olympics occur during Ramadan, and fasting all day is an obvious handicap for most athletes.
Pizza World woot! T-shirt (by Radscoolian)

We had a pizza lunch at work last Thursday. I thought Thursday was an odd day for it. I didn't realize at the time that Ramadan started Friday. We have a lot of Muslim employees, and bringing in pizza when many people would have to fast would be, um, insensitive.

less tv

Jul. 25th, 2012 12:13 am
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Wed Jul 25 00:13:23 EDT 2012

I just disabled many channels in the DVR, channels I don't want it to pick for recording while I'm gone: home shopping, Hispanic, weather, listings, and HD. If a program's on both HD (high definition) and SD (std def), the DVR won't be able to pick HD. And if it's not on SD, then it's not going to get recorded.

lj scrapbook?

Jul. 24th, 2012 07:33 pm
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From Tue Jul 24 21:19:26 2012
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I've never used the Scrapbook service. You'd think they'd know this. You'd also think that having zero photos there would be a good clue too (although I guess there could be other reasons for transferring zero photos.) I don't think the migration report is going to be very interesting. I didn't think the Scrapbook service was available to the free accounts. (And they should of course know what kind of account people have.) I hadn't given any interest to whatever the new service is either.

When I do post (which has become pretty rare), I post to Dreamwidth, not Live Journal. They look pretty clueless, thanking me for using something I've never used. (Maybe that's the sort of thing that shifted me from LJ to DW....)

Oh, wait – zeroes in the account name – this isn't the Basic (i.e. old-style free) account, this is the Plus (i.e. ad-burdened) account. Plus accounts do have photo storage. But I've still never used it.

Good things

Oct. 25th, 2016 10:56 pm
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--Dried mango
--Trail mix
--The marshy area I drive by on the way back from the pharmacy. Sometimes it looks very wild and alien
--Internet friends

Don't just do something, stand there

Oct. 25th, 2016 07:03 pm
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Leading doctors list dozens of procedures that 'give no benefit'.

40 things you can stop doing right now: A group of senior doctors has released a list of 40 procedures it considers to have little or no benefit. Could we apply similar thinking to everyday life?

Some medical treatments are pointless. But will patients want to know?

The truth is that many aspects of life are simply uncontrollable. Ageing, infertility, death and disease – even broken bones – are most often out of our hands. And hearing this news now, post-Brexit, when unemployment, housing and the economy are looking so precarious is an added kick in the teeth. When things are this bad, we want the illusion of control at least.

Partly, I suppose, this is because people feel they need to be Doing Something - is it not well-documented that people expect to come away from a GP appointment with a prescription, which has led to the massive over-prescribing of antibiotics for conditions for which they are not even a treatment. Also, I guess, docs like to feel that they are Doing Something.

I suppose Doing Something may at least be something to occupy one while Nature's Healing Powers take effect...*

I also wonder how much this relates to a society that supposes that you can Fix Things and you should - I was absolutely horrified at that, I think it was Lemsip, ad, that claimed that if you took it you would be able to get into work even with the flu. How bad an idea is that?

I'm fairly sure that there are several things I do less because I see any positive benefit than because a) they are a habit and b) the 'always keep a hold of nurse, for fear of finding something worse' mindset that maybe things would be worse without.

*Not that I am advising the kind of Extreme Rest that was involved in Weir Mitchell's Rest Cure rather than a more moderate regime of Taking Things Easy if one is not feeling quite the thing.


Oct. 25th, 2016 10:35 am
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Oct. 25th, 2016 08:33 am
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Singers will talk at great length about their mucus, what it is doing to them, and how to make it go away. Consider this a warning for this post, which I write for my own records. GROSSNESS AHEAD!

I am still having occasional coughing fits, some of the more violent resulting in me urping up a half-mouthful of water. That's happened maybe three times so far. Post-nasal drip won't go away, though it's worst in the morning and evening. The coughing is exhausting, but nowhere near as bad as when I last had bronchitis.

I got nose drops from my doctor on Friday, that have been working okay at night in combination with Benadryl. Though they leave a nasty taste in the back of my throat, I do not wake up coughing, though I still need to clear out in the morning, by nose-blowing and coughing, for up to maybe three hours. Today, I took the nose drops in the morning after initial coughing and nose-blowing, and will use them for the recommended three times a day. I am praying that will easily get me through dress rehearsal tonight.

My favorite remedy, recommended by a friend who is a professional alto: "take a laxative; then you're afraid to cough." LOL!

I sang some tricky and crazy-intervaled music last night but did not have a coughing fit. I drank lots of water. My voice is a little hoarse, but it's moving as it needs to. I hope this is a good sign.

If this doesn't improve, I might request a doctor visit.

Donald Who?

Oct. 25th, 2016 10:52 am
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Republican candidates threaten lawsuits over TV ads linking them to their party’s presidential candidate.

we few, we happy few

Oct. 25th, 2016 09:06 am
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This is the 601st anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. Why do we remember it? In 45 minutes of battle, a ragtag English army of 10,000 at most, archers and infantry led by a handful of nobility on horseback in light mail armor and the king himself, Henry V, worn down by months of campaigning on the road, took down the well-rested, heavily armored and armed 60,000-man French army -- against all expectation, against all common sense. The English, in theory, should not have won. They were too few, too poorly armed, wearing splint armor (bits of metal reinforcing double-layered boiled leather) or at the best light chainmail, which did not have the defensive strength of full plate armor.

So why the win? Mud. The armor-clad French knights, charged at the front to clear the way, thinking to mow down the English footsoldiers and light cavalry, but were struck by a blizzard of arrows from English longbowmen positioned in the rear and fell from their horses -- and couldn't get back up. This was in part because of the weight of their armor and in part because of the torrential rains of the previous days -- they drowned in a foot or two of mud, churned deeper by their horses' hooves, or, struggling to rise, were killed by the English soldiers.

Kenneth Branagh's brilliant movie did very well by the conditions of that battle, even if he edited Shakespeare to Henry's favor by removing a few morally dubious scenes (one does not kill captives; one holds them for ransom and trades them for one's own people, similarly held.) But Branagh got the mud right. The butcher's bill for that battle was a handful of English -- and the vast majority of the men of French royal and noble families between the ages of 16 and 60, those who owned property and ran the government, for the French king was elderly and mentally disturbed and did not himself do that much. That battle changed French society for generations to come, much as the deaths of a generation of young Englishmen in World War I changed England.

I can't help but compare the French to the current Republican party, which has churned up so much political mud and covered itself deeply in so much corruption and dirt that it is drowning in it. If there is even a party remaining after this election, it may end up looking far different than it does now.

Here is the St. Crispian's Day speech from Branagh's movie.
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R found a place to live in California.

Sort of.

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No excuse

Oct. 25th, 2016 06:14 am
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Fiction, unlike fact, needs to be plausible.

Thanx to File 770

skip the olympics

Jul. 24th, 2012 12:02 am
[personal profile] syntonic_comma
Tue Jul 24 00:02:46 EDT 2012

I disabled some DVR recording searches for my vacation:
alcoholism, breweries, Carole King – James Taylor Live at the Troubadour, cycling (this one's getting hits from the Olympics, and they tend to be long), Ideas in Action With Jim Glassman, poodles, Princeton, Tucson.
The Old Guys and Outnumbered (two britcoms) will record as deleteable.

Here's the upcoming Olympics cycling coverage:
Sat Jul 28, 201213 hrs
Swimming, Cycling, Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Basketball, RowingSat Jul 2805:004 hrs
Swimming, Cycling, Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Basketball, RowingSat Jul 2809:009 hrs
Sun Jul 29, 201211 hrs
Gymnastics, Swimming, Cycling, Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Water PoloSun Jul 2907:0011 hrs
Wed Aug 1, 20127 hrs
Swimming, Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Water Polo, Cycling, Rowing, CanoeingWed Aug 110:007 hrs
Thu Aug 2, 20128 hrs
Swimming, CyclingThu Aug 200:351 hr
Swimming, Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Water Polo, Cycling, Rowing, CanoeingThu Aug 210:007 hrs
Sat Aug 4, 201210 hrs
Track and Field, CyclingSat Aug 400:351 hr
Track and Field, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Water Polo, Cycling, Rowing, TrampolineSat Aug 409:009 hrs
Sun Aug 5, 201213 hrs
Track and Field, CyclingSun Aug 501:301 hr
Track and Field, Beach Volleyball, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Basketball, Cycling, EquestrianSun Aug 506:0012 hrs

All kinds of times of day. (Not quite – never after 18:00. Not a prime-time sport, apparently.) Not only would these consume a lot of disk space, they would keep a tuner busy for a long time, limiting what else could be recorded. And in a 12-hour recording of 8 sports, how much of that would be cycling? (I can't imagine viewers would be unhappy to have the listings show 8 shorter programs of individual sports, so they could figure out when to see (or record) what they want.) Un-triggering these recordings is the simple solution to avoid filling the DVR's disk.


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