A song, with the sheet music available in the Downloads section as PDFs, because my dear friend KarlSebaL kindly typed the notes and lyrics into LilyPond and put them on GitHub. It is in both English…Continue reading
A new video, with all five audio recordings and 403 illustrations, mostly by Midjourney. The illustrations were a suggestion by my wonderful sister (who also gave me lots of practical help!) that in retrospect makes perfect sense. Only a minority of people who might be interested will want to close their eyes and “properly” meditate for 80 minutes, so visuals should be available as an option. So now they are.
I filmed and published a short excerpt from the first Sermon.
The video quality is a lot better than my older videos, and maybe the brevity makes it more approachable?
The formidable speech generation tool 15.ai is finally back online and it lets Twilight Sparkle, the Princess of Friendship (if you don’t know who that is, you need to watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) read “Adrift in Space and Time” in her own inimitable (well, actually, obviously imitable) style. A welcome diversion from my own sedate cadence…Continue reading
That song my dad and I wrote? I emailed it to the wonderful Bayesian Choir, a group of excellent people in the Bay Area who have performed beautifully at the Bay Area Secular Solstices and who produced the spectacular HaMephorash (which you need to read Unsong to not be confused by (and I firmly recommend that)).
What utterly amazed me was their response! One of them is James Cook, who is not just a software developer and a composer of music, but actually develops software to help compose music. How cool is that! He took a liking to this little tune and produced a hymn-style arrangement for four voices which… I’m frankly unqualified to judge, but my dad as a classically trained composer assures me it is quite good. Here’s what it looks like: Continue reading
I hope to make the Secular Sermons more available, and that’s not happening on this tiny obscure blog. So there’s now a new YouTube video of the first three Sermons, and I’ve uploaded the audio recordings to the excellent guided meditations site and app insighttimer.com. Here’s the YouTube version:
I’m done with the recordings! Hooray! This took way longer than I wanted it to, but that’s the reality of having to scratch together minutes of spare time between the job, the baby and life in general.
Making these recordings was an important step, because like all meditations, the Sermons work when listened to, not when read. Check them out!
The new downloads page contains the three Sermons that exist at the moment, for download in different formats.
There are two PDFs, one plain (for cell phones, ebook readers and similar devices) and one illustrated (for printing out).
There is also a bare bones ASCII text file, for convenient remixing.
I’ll add MP3s next.
The Games of Entropy is now on Youtube! While at it, I also re-recorded Adrift in Space and Time. I recommend this recording over the former because it has much better quality, with improved sound, bluescreen magic and in HD.