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Announcements / 2016 donation drive
« on: May 23, 2016, 12:12:04 pm »

Hi all! Long time no see.  The account balance is running low for our servers - currently $36.79 (you can see a live figure here -  (edit: that link seems to be broken right now for some reason...) )

Here are historical costs for keeping the site up for the past 4 years


( I don't get any of this money, it's just going directly to the hosting company )


previous donation drives here (2008, $200 raised) and ... oh, the 2012 ($200 raised) thread was moved to a moderators area, but that also got $200.  I get that it's less active now.  But oh well.

I'll update this post daily as people give money, until the account's reached $200 again or a month has passed.


Current donations, $5.00 + $20.00 + $10.00 + $10.03 + $100.00 + $30.04 = $175.07

Announcements / A question to the membership about election procedure
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:07:56 pm »
The current moderator election procedure goes as follows:

Every six months I (the administrator) make a bunch of threads, asking people to vote for a moderator (there are 3 moderators at any one time), send stuff to an account, &c., then count the votes when they come in - these votes are double-checked by the two mods whose term isn't up.

This duty, though quite slight, has started to drag a little on me after, gosh, seven years now (scary!).   I'm wondering if ye'd be okay if I was to delegate this task to the other two moderators.  And, indeed, if the moderators would be okay with this (I asked a while ago, they said I should just post a thread here and ask).  Part of being a sane forum administrator in the long term involves doing as little work as possible - I'm here to keep finances in order and keep the forum from crashing or terrible things happening, to assist with the mods behind the scenes where technical tasks are involved.  On the other hand, I don't particularly want to burden the moderators with extra stuff to do (on the other hand, they do have the luxury of fixed terms...).  On the other other hand, me doing them lent the proceedings an air of gravitas and impartiality.  Hmm...


Making Music / Recommendations of short easyish piano pieces
« on: November 09, 2012, 05:12:07 pm »

my skills have atrophied.  I can fiddle through some bach preludes and alkan esquisses  (or whatever), but want to play unfamiliar pieces rather than my old repertoire.  So shortish not too easy but not too hard (right now the fugues are a bit of hard work for me :( - I was a reasonably advanced pianist before my music holiday able to pick things on the basis of liking them rather than difficulty, but no longer (at least not for now) ).



Literature and Poetry / Shakespeare
« on: July 04, 2012, 11:19:32 pm »
Im currently trying to work my way through some sonnets, so maybe a thread might be appropriate...

I am having more trouble than I thought with grammatical coherence of them - take the couplet from sonnet numero 2

  When forty winters shall besiege thy brow,
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field,
Thy youth's proud livery so gazed on now,

Will be a totter'd weed of small worth held:
Then being asked, where all thy beauty lies,
Where all the treasure of thy lusty days;
To say, within thine own deep sunken eyes,
Were an all-eating shame, and thriftless praise.
How much more praise deserv'd thy beauty's use,
If thou couldst answer 'This fair child of mine
Shall sum my count, and make my old excuse,'
Proving his beauty by succession thine!
   This were to be new made when thou art old,
   And see thy blood warm when thou feel'st it cold.

What's going on with the tenses in the first line of the couplet? (also, what does "this" refer to? The child? I don't really get it, and the paraphrases don't make it any clearer to me either. The Poem seems to be encouraging the guy to have kids at an early age rather than leaving it until late.)

Theatre / The Book of Mormon
« on: May 09, 2011, 06:10:35 pm »
Musical by the South park guys + the Avenue Q guy coming out soon.

Cast recording of all the songs is here:

Listening through it least a couple of quite catchy numbers...

Not sure if it's quite as endearing as Avenue Q, but it'll do :)

Announcements / Mod nominations opening on 4th
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:16:34 pm »
Increpare here, with my admin hat on:

Nominations for moderator position open on 4th May, closed on 11th and voting opened to run 2 weeks which would take us neatly to 25th, almost the end of the month.  See the rules thread for more info, or the Mod/Admin Duties thread to find out about what it is that mods do.

News and Current Affairs / Double take
« on: February 13, 2011, 09:53:48 am »
reading cameron's guardian essay here, I find myself doing a double-take on the following paragraph:

So the big society doesn't apply to one area of policy, but many. For example, if neighbours want to take over the running of a post office, park or playground, we will help them. If a charity or a faith group want to set up a great new school in the state sector, we'll let them. And if someone wants to help out with children, we will sweep away the criminal record checks and health and safety laws that stop them.

(emphasis mine)

And, low point of the article:

"We are in the process of opening up billions of pounds' worth of government contracts so charities and social enterprises can compete for the first time"


Announcements / Election Results
« on: January 01, 2011, 03:50:24 am »
Pleased to announce that Perfect Wagnerite is will be our new Moderator, joining Tommo and Morticia for the next while, while we all get to say thank you to tim for modding for the past year.  Thanks for helping out over the past year, Tim :-*

Thanks to Sydney for running as well  :hthumbupl:

News and Current Affairs / US Diplomatic Cables
« on: November 28, 2010, 07:58:49 pm »
Guardian Report Here

So, so far I haven't seen anything very damning, just lots of really interseting stuff.  This I found a little unexpected.

I have this no doubt quite ignorant, romantic fantasy about the life of a medieval polyphonist being quite unfettered/experimental compared to his successors (for the next several hundred years), and I realize that I should probably EDUCATE myself.  So, does anyone have any recommendation of books that might help me get a picture of what the creative atmosphere was like back then in the good old days?

Broadcast and Recorded Music / The Spotify Links Thread
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:50:21 pm »
Now that I've waved goodbye to my physical music collection, I'm appreciating spotify a lot more.  Its music collection seems to have grown a lot larger since I last looked about.   If you are listening to something on spotify, and idly want to share links to tracks, do so here.  I'm not listening to anything interesting right now, though, so someone else will have to start the ball rolling...

The Coffee Bar / Musopen
« on: September 14, 2010, 08:39:09 pm »
An interesting project

Easily accessible, freely editable/competent recordings of classical music are a good thing in my book : )

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