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For four-and-a-half years, LibriVox volunteers have been making audiobooks for the world to enjoy, and giving them away for free. We’ve made thousands of free audiobooks that have been downloaded by millions of people; our site gets 400,000 visitors every month. To date, all our costs have been borne by a few individuals, with some generous donations from partners. However, these costs have become too big.

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Here is a special treat for all German speakers – Walpurgisnacht writen by Gustav Meyrink and read for LibriVox by Hokuspokus!!!

Here is a short summary:

In der Nacht des 30. April, der Walpurgisnacht, stört ein schlafwandelnder Schauspieler die

Walpurgisnacht

Walpurgisnacht

Abendgesellschaft im Hause des Barons Elsenwanger auf dem Hradschin in Prag. Für die nächsten 4 Wochen steht das Leben der dort versammelten Personen unter dem Zeichen der Walpurgisnacht.
Meyrinks Werke habe einen starken Zug ins Fantastische und Esoterische. “Walpurgisnacht” erinnert in seiner Dichte und Tiefgründigkeit an die Erzählungen aus “Des deutschen Spießers Wunderhorn”.
(Zusammenfassung von Hokuspokus)

[Short summary in English: In the night of the 30. of April, Walpurgis Night, a sleepwalking actor disturbs a dinner party in the house of baron Elsenwanger…]

I enjoyed (proof-) listening immensely. Its a very special and unusual book, that really get you thinking! So listen, it’s fun! 😀

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Hey, everybody! Just another short blogpost about my latest knitting project. Since my fingers always get so cold when typing, I’ve done a pair of fingerless mittens.

My new self-knit (no kidding) fingerless "computer gloves"

My new self-knit (no kidding) fingerless "computer gloves"

So while I’m at it, here is my latest pair of odd sock:

Yet another pair of odd socks

Yet another pair of odd socks

I really like the yarn of those. But they are soooooooooo scratchy, that I’ll probably never wear them. 😕 (…I’ll keep them just to show off though! ;))

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This Giddy Globe

Here is another really funny and super-awesome LibriVox audiobook! Neeru discovered and BCed it, while I did the prooflistening. 😎

A perfect day in London
A perfect day in London

It’s called the “Giddy Globe” and was written by Oliver Herford. Actually it’s a geography book, but it’s hilarious. Best read along with the Project Gutenberg text. The pictures are just too good to miss.

Here is a short summary:

Is there a genre called FUN? Yes, and this is it! Insanely humorous geography that will have you rolling on the floor laughing with your sides hurting. (Summary by Neeru)

Oh and here is another expample taken from the book:

The Friendly Cow. From an instantaneous photograph of animal cracker. Owing to the high price of living the cow was partially eaten by the author before the photograph could be taken.

To be sure the Earth produces the Tobacco Plant, and many other things that we classify among the needs of Man, including the “Friendly Cow”—

She walks among the flowers sweet
And chews and chews and chews,
And turns them into friendly meat,
And pleasant boots and shoes.

So, listen! It’s fun! 😀

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Last week I finally finished my German Solo. It’s Frances Hodgson Burnett‘s “Der kleine Lord“, which in the orginal is called “Little Lord Fauntleroy”. (click booktitle for etext) Here is a short summary:

Der kleine Lord

Der kleine Lord

Cedric Errol, ein kleiner Junge aus New York, wird von seinem kaltherzigen englischen Großvater, dem Earl of Dorincourt, trotz der standeswidrigen Ehe seines verstorbenen Vaters, als einziger Nachfolger für den Grafentitel bei sich aufgenommen und aufgezogen. Seine Mutter, eine bürgerliche Näherin, darf dasAnwesen aufgrund von Voreingenommenheit und Standesdünkel des Earls nicht betreten.
Nach und nach aber schafft es Cedric, mit seiner freundlichen Art das Herz des Großvaters zu gewinnen…
(Zusammenfassung von Wikipedia und Elli)

Listen to chapter 1:  derkleinelord_01_burnett

I hope you’ll enjoy the listening experience as much as I did reading the book.  Click here to get the whole book!!!

I started this Solo way back in May 2009 (not even a month after joining LibriVox) and it’s very special to me.  It more of less chronicials my time spent recording for LibriVox almost from the day I joined until now. In the course of this solo project:

1. I completely changed my reading style (and hopefully improved it too)

2. I got a fancy new mic (which brought a huge number of new difficulties… will blog about it some time soon)

3. changed my recording software (from Audacity 1.2.6 to Audacity 1.3.7.)

4. developed editing skills (at least I think I did)

5. discovered noisecleaning (acutally I changed headphones and the new ones all of a sudden made me realize the awful hum my computer was producing)

6. completely changed my method of levelling and amplifying

7. and did my very first attempt at doing different voices (I hope I managed to keep them consistant)

I could list many more things, but I think that’s enough!  So please forgive slight inconsistancies in qualitly, reading style… and just enjoy yourselves! (In case you like F. H. Burnett, there are several other books by her in the LV Catalog)

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We’ve had lots and lots of snow over the last few weeks, but it almost always melted the moment it touched the earth. (I just love it when it snows…. except when I have to get up extra early to remove it ;)) But this weekend it didn’t melt and covered everything in a lovely thick blanket! (YAY) And so I used to opportunity to fool around a little.

Let me introduce you to Mr. Snow 2010:

Mr. Snow 2010

Mr. Snow 2010

And here is Mr. Snow 2010 modeling an “old” hat. (which in my opinion makes him look incredibly like my grandpa! ;))

Mr. Snow with Hat

Mr. Snow with Hat

Btw. I’m about to finish one of my current solo recordings for LibriVox.org. But I’ll blog about that seperately! 😀

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When looking through my folder of drawings I discovered that I did the same motive in graphite too. So here it is:

Drawing with a graphite pencil
Drawing with a graphite pencil

Besides this being what I consider a “bad” drawing…. I’ve aged Sarah considerably and  if you look closely you can see that I’ve given her a very straight profile with a rather strong jaw (almost bordering on a mandibular prognatism)… I didn’t not like drawing with graphite much. So far charcoal is my fav., even though I’m still in the testing phase! 

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