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Hey, sometime after I finish my PhD...

...would anyone be interested in being in a Fediverse Virtual Choir to sing some of my work so I can put recordings online?

Eric Whitacre did this (not on the Fediverse) and it worked super well. I... definitely don't have his resources, but I can probably film a conducting track that people can sing to.

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I'm a choral composer; I like to release my music under free culture licences, usually CC by-SA.

I'm working on a PhD in contemporary sacred choral composition.

I'm neurodivergent, and I have multiple healthcrap issues. I'm a migrant. I'm Christian.

You can find my work at artsyhonker.net/ and fund it at artsyhonker.net/support

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I also run Cecilia's List, a project to highlight Christian sacred music composed by people who are not men. That's very much on the back burner for the time being because of PhD stuff, though.

ceciliaslist.org

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New rule:

You don't get to say "oh, you could sell that on Etsy/set up a Patreon/write an e-book and sell it/etc" unless you promise to buy stuff from the person you are saying it to, at a price that pays them a living wage for their time *after* material and admin costs.

I'd say "I don't make the rules" but I totally just made a rule, there, so.

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death, prayer request 

Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of Don Wright, my stepdad, who died this morning.

death, possible covid, prayer request 

Found out yesterday that a friend from church was found dead in her flat. She'd had what she thought was a cold and stayed home, then stopped returning calls. Vicar went round to check on her, had to get police to break in. We don't know of any next of kin but if she has any they'll be in Australia. Church was basically her family. She was incredibly welcoming to me and it made a difference.

Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of Ramona Adams.

hymnody 

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine:
truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

OK, transcription largely done, just waffling around in MuseScore so it will be readable by humans who aren't me.

Soup kitchen at church has served 4000 meals (and the food parcels to go with them) since start of March lockdown.

Kyrie eleison.

Nine Lessons and Carols from my church is at 18.00 GMT on YouTube.

This is not Carols from King's, this is what our small community can put together during a very difficult year.

youtu.be/wzfSabRFaG4

My H2 zoom microphone has ceased working with the latest release of #Ubuntu studio. Perhaps it will work again when the next release comes out in April. Perhaps it won't.

I was using it to live stream my tuba. What's another mic that might work for that?

(Or, how do I get it working again? More context here: askubuntu.com/questions/129666 )

Next task: record my reading, and supply lyrics for music, for my church's online carol service. I stayed up very late last night messing around with multi-track stuff.

Viva Voce today. 16.00 BST.

Currently alternating between worry and calm, which is probably fine.

uk will-writing is a good idea 

Even if you don't have much money, you may still want to make a will. Citizen's advice has a lot of good information about how to do it and what needs to be included.

citizensadvice.org.uk/family/d

You will need: a list of your assets including pensions funds and bank accounts, a list of who you want to get stuff, who is getting your kids, who you trust to carry this out.

uspol, voting 

Save your "I won't vote for an imperfect candidate" ideological preciousness for some time when perfect candidates are available, eh?

Elections are absolutely about choosing the lesser of two evils, and you aren't morally compromised by seeing that practical compromise and engaging with it to try to get the least-bad option.

Purity culture is bullshit.

subtoot I guess, 2020, uspol, climate change, 2021 

And yeah, climate change keeps going, and is the most urgent problem.

But probably the most effective thing *anyone* can do about that right now in the US is work to ensure Trump doesn't get re-elected. Those of us not in the US can help support that too.

That does, in fact, make the rest of 2020 pretty important. There is, in fact, a way to make 2021 be probably better, on balance, and it is a very 2020-focused effort.

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subtoot I guess, 2020 

People aren't all "let's just try and get through 2020" because they believe 2021 will be magically better, they're doing it because they are overwhelmed and need to mentally parcel out the time to remain functional. People do this all the time. Sometimes I have to do it day by day. I do consider the longer term, but I can only meaningfully plan what I can do *today*.

You aren't saying anything profound, unknown or kind with your "it's not just about 2020!" hot takes.

politics, racism 

national borders are racist

Very gently trying to get bck into "real life" after submitting my PhD thesis.

Can't get too stuck in just yet, as I've still got the viva voce to go (probably end of October).

Simultaneously feeling quite a bit of freedom and quite a bit of overwhelm. I've put off *so many* shiny things that I want to do, I don't quite know where to start. And I'm way behind on general life maintenance stuff.

politics, crapitalism, economics, subtoot I guess 

But please save your outrage about governments giving companies money to create jobs and the jobs not being as many as you think they should be.

Giving 500 people a job for a month is next to useless: nobody gets back on their feet in that time, it just puts off the inevitable. Giving 56 people a job for 108 months is likely to make a real difference to those people.

That's not me being a Tory (I'm really, really not), it's just arithmetic.

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