February Announcements from Bruce

I hope you all had a good month. The regular West Gallery workshop is
coming this weekend, and we have some other news items as well.


The next regular West Gallery Music workshop will be on Sunday, Feb.
13th, from 1:30 – 4:30 PM, at the usual place, St. Mary’s Church in
Newton Lower Falls. I hope the thermostat will be working this
month. I’ll try to remember to check with them this week.

Last month I gave out 2 new pieces; “Psalm 23” by Thomas Clark, and a
new version of the “Psalm 56” which we already had. We’ll do these
songs again; if you missed last month, be sure to pick up copies of
these when you come.

I don’t think we have any tunes suitable for Lincoln’s Birthday,
Chinese New Year, nor Valentine’s Day (except maybe “Lydia?”), but
it’s the beginning of Lent, and we have plenty of mournful dismal
songs to choose from. Also we haven’t done “Old Foster” for a while;
I think it’s time to give that another hearing. Another one we
haven’t done lately is “Bridstow” with its time-changes.

Please bring your friends! We’ve been getting lots of newcomers
lately; I hope this trend continues. If you know any Oboe, Clarinet,
Bassoon, or Concertina players, twist their arms – we don’t get many
reed instruments, and it would be nice to have some.

If anyone is involved with concerts, dances, sings, or other events
with other groups, please bring some flyers. This is more efficient
than trying to announce them during the meeting.


The Tune List has just been updated at the web site
www.laymusic.org/wg.html). Please check this to see if you’re
missing anything; let me know what you need and I’ll bring it to you.
I can also give you a printed copy of the song list if you prefer.

You should take your music booklet with you if you plan to come
regularly, or even irregularly. Put it in a 3-ring binder so it
doesn’t explode. I always bring a few extra booklets for newcomers
and so-forth, but I’d rather not carry tons of stuff around.


We’ll be performing at the Sunday Morning service on March 6th at the
Episcopal church in Medway.

I have about 22 people signed up for this, which is a goodly number,
well-distributed amongst the parts, and with a reasonable variety of
instruments. If you haven’t volunteered for this, there’s still room
if you want to – if I remember right, there was plenty of space.

We’ll have a couple of rehearsals, at the site itself, on different
week-nights. I’ll be sending separate emails about this, so watch
this space for further updates.

4. WEATHER OR NOT (repeated from last 2 months):

A) Now that the Weather season is upon us, be careful on the stairs at
the church. We’re supposed to use the door at the right-hand end of
the building, but please use the ramp at the center door instead if
you need to; I always unlock this door.

B) If I need to cancel a meeting because of weather, I will send an
email to this list, probably on the morning of the meeting. If you
don’t have access to your email on that day, please call me if the
weather is questionable.

C) If you need a ride from the T or elsewhere, send a message to this
list; if someone’s coming your way, maybe they can give you a lift.

I hope to see you on the 13th! As the joke goes, “Bring your friends,
if you have any.” And please pass this message on to other people who
might be interested.

Best wishes,

Bruce Randall




Log entry for John’s problem browser

I got John to look at the blosxom log on the main site, and here’s
what the log thinks he’s using: – – [03/Feb/2005:23:33:25 -0500] “GET
/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi HTTP/1.0” 200 13750 “-” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;
MSIE 5.1b1; AOL 5.1; Mac_PowerPC)” – – [03/Feb/2005:23:33:58 -0500] “GET /cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/cantabile HTTP/1.0” 200 8813 “http://www.laymusic.org/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.1b1; AOL 5.1; Mac_PowerPC)”

More blogging implemented, google in the works

I managed to set up categories on blosxom. The categories plugin
doesn’t work for me, but the categorylist one does exactly what I wanted
out of the box.

So now I have categories on both my
personal blog
, and the laymusic.org

I also set up a link from the http://www.laymusic.org one to the
serpent.laymusic.org one. This is the first time I’ve put a link to
serpent.laymusic.org from http://www.laymusic.org; I doubt that my little
webserver will be overwhelmed, but we’ll see.

I have written John to see whether he can read the blogs. If so, I’ll
change the css so that it works more like the blosxom html flavour.

I also applied for having google ads on the page. I don’t expect to
get rich this way, but I’m getting a couple of thousand hits a day, so
it could be a small income stream if they’re the kind of hits that
lead to clickthroughs.

Sets for the summer performing season

I’ve been promising lists of sets to work on for the Walk for
Hunger and other possible performances next summer. Comments and
suggestions are welcome.

River set

  • Billings, By the rivers of Watertown
  • Estans assis, aux rives aquatiques
  • Gibbons, Silver Swan
  • Silver Swan round?
  • Dowland, “Me, me and none but me”
  • Arcadelt “Il bianco e dolce cigno”
  • Possibly the 5-part “Il bianco e dolce cigno”
  • Possibly other “Rivers of Babylon settings”. I particularly like
    the one we sing in West Gallery to the Walter Scott “Dies Irae”
    translation, which was originally published to a Thomas Campian
    “Rivers of Babylon”

May set

  • Morley, Now is the Month of Maying
  • Morley, April is in my Mistress Face
  • Dowland, “Clear or Cloudy”
  • Maybe Campian, “My love hath vowd hee will forsake mee”
  • Possibly Morley “Good Morrow fair ladies of the May”
  • I have the impression we’ve run into other stuff about spring and
    May celebrations lately — do other people remember better?

Drinking Songs

  • Rounds
    • He that will and Alehouse keep
    • Let us drink and be merry
    • 5 reasons
    • He that drinks is immortal
    • Tis Women
    • I gave her cakes and I gave her ale
    • Slaves are they that heap up mountains
  • To Anacreon in Heaven
  • Quant je boy du vin claret tout tourne
  • Vignon, Vignon
  • Changeons propos
  • Vive la serpe

I have ommitted several rounds that we could pretty easily work up,
so if anyone’s favorites aren’t here, let me know and I’ll add them.

I think at any particular performance, we wouldn’t do all of those,
but it’s good to have that many available.

How to keep permanent links permanent

“touch -r” changed the modification date to be the date of the file.
So if you want to change a file without changing its modification
date, you make sure you have a fresh buffer in emacs and then say
“touch -r file~ file”.

I think it’s a good idea to change the color of the added code, the
way Peter Flynn does at his blog.

Update: Feb. 10, 2005
This seems to be the way to write the html for that. The way to
actually get the date to stay the same seems to be to name the file
with the date
and use the permtimez plugin.

Or maybe just date the update the way Philip Greenspun does in his blog.

header of blog item title

I’ve changed the markup for the blog entry to be equivalent to
header 2. So if a subsidiary item should be on the same level as the
title, like this one, use header 2, if it should be a lower level, use
header 3.


Gorgeous scenery. I didn’t make as much sense of the plot as I
might have liked to. I asked John Littler whether he’d been there,
and apparently he had, although he hadn’t seen the movie. But he’d
bee in desert areas north of Adelaide.

Installing OpenZaurus 3.5.2

To set up network translation:

On tuba:

route add -host usb0;
iptables -t nat -F;
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -j SNAT -o eth0 –to;
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forwardpp;

On zink:

route add -host usbd0;
route delete -net usbd0;
route add default gw;

(This is from the website I was using
http://www.ruault.com/Zaurus/ethernet-over-usb-howto.html — history doesn’t work on the
OZ shell.)

It looks like the zink side survives a reboot, but the tuba side does not.