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Post by Sue Anderson » September 17th, 2019, 4:31 pm

Note: knotyouraveragejo is Metacoordinator (MC); Sue Anderson is Book Coordinator (BC); Soupy is Dedicated Proof Listener (DPL)

Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 070

This collection is dedicated to recordings of short nonfiction works in English which are in the Public Domain (generally meaning that they were published prior to 1924). Nonfiction includes essays and speeches; letters and diaries; biography and history; film, book and music reviews; descriptions of travel, politics and sports; instructional manuals, even a favorite recipe from a public domain cookbook! Your nonfiction recording can be on any topic. Some suggestions for source material can be found here.

Please select and record any short nonfiction piece in the public domain. For clarification of what it means for a work to be "in the public domain," see this section of the LibriVox Wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Copyright_and_Public_Domain. Try to stay with works that run less than 60 minutes. You may read up to 2 selections per volume. There is no need to "sign-up" before recording; as long as the work is clearly in the public domain. Multiple versions are welcome, so don't worry whether someone else has recorded your selection already; we're happy to hear your version too. :)

After 20 recordings are submitted, we will prooflisten, catalog and make them available to the public.

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  • If this is your first Librivox recording, we will also need your name as you would like it to appear in the LibriVox catalog, and, if you have a web page and want it linked to your name in the catalog, the URL of the web page.
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Post by Sue Anderson » September 17th, 2019, 4:31 pm

Welcome to the 70th volume of the Short Nonfiction Collection. This is a place to share a special interest by recording a short work of public domain nonfiction. If you haven't something already in mind that you'd like to record, there are many bookshelves at Gutenberg.org to explore http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Bookshelf. The bookshelves for Countries, Education, Fine Arts, History, Music, Periodicals, and Technology are some places to start.

Hathi Trust and Archive.org are good resources:

https://archive.org/
https://www.hathitrust.org/

The Online Books Page has over 2 million PD listings! It was suggested by Soupy (Craig), our Dedicated Proof Listener.
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/lists.html

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a great source for natural history. It was suggested by LibriVoxer MillionMoments. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

The Linda Hall Science, Engineering, and Technology Library has some unique items in its Digital Collection https://www.lindahall.org/collections/

Sourcing your recording from Wikisource is NOT recommended.

If you have any doubts about the public domain status of anything you want to read for the collection, please feel free to post the source along with your query in the thread, and I will be glad to help you! Thanks!

Please note: There is a limit of two selections per reader for this volume of Short Nonfiction.

Please check the "vitals" of your recording with Checker https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Checker before sending it up to the Nonfiction Collection! :) Checker is an easy to use "open source tool that looks for common problems with recordings for LibriVox... Checker saves time by checking contributions for common issues before files are uploaded." Thanks! :) :)

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Post by Sue Anderson » September 19th, 2019, 9:54 am

soupy wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 4:25 am
I'll start you out Sue.

The Blues and the Greens of Justinian
by Procopius 500-570 AD

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procopius

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12916

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf070_bluesandgreens_procopius_cc_128kb.mp3.mp3

11:19

Craig
Thanks, Craig, for starting off Vol. 070 with, what to me, was truly a startling account of civil discord! :) Wow... Procopius' description of life in 6th century Byzantium under Justinian is quite an eye-opener.

"Life became so uncertain that people lost all expectation of security. . . seeing that men were slain indiscriminately in the holiest churches, and even during divine service... Justinian's fault was, not only that he turned a deaf ear to the complaints of the injured, but did not even disdain to behave himself as the avowed chief of this party." Also, Procopius' judgement on human nature: "Indeed, most men are naturally inclined to evil-doing."

One small thing: you've got your sampling rate (Hz) set to 48000 Hz and it needs to be 44100 Hz. Could you please fix this and re-upload. Thanks! Other than that, all is ok.

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Post by soupy » September 19th, 2019, 10:38 am

Thanks Sue.

He sounded very modern in a way.

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf070_bluesandgreens_procopius_cc_128kb.mp3
Corrected rate

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Post by Sue Anderson » September 19th, 2019, 1:44 pm

soupy wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 4:25 am
I'll start you out Sue.

The Blues and the Greens of Justinian
by Procopius 500-570 AD

Craig
PL OK.

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Post by Horner94 » September 21st, 2019, 4:01 pm

Hello!
Here is my contribution:
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
URL to text: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1212/1212-h/1212-h.htm#link2H_4_0001
Audio recording ready for PL'ing: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf070_loveandfriendship_austen_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 01:47
Kind regards,
Chad

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Post by Sue Anderson » September 21st, 2019, 5:40 pm

Horner94 wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 4:01 pm
Hello!
Here is my contribution:
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
URL to text: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1212/1212-h/1212-h.htm#link2H_4_0001
Audio recording ready for PL'ing: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf070_loveandfriendship_austen_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 01:47
Kind regards,
Chad
Hi Chad, Welcome back to the Nonfiction Collection! :) Jane Austen is a great fiction writer. What you've sent up to the Nonfiction collection is from one of her early works, written in an epistolary form. What you've sent us reads like a real letter, but it's actually fiction, and we cannot accept it for inclusion in the SNF collecttion. I think you must have missed the note I wrote you in regarding "Love and Friendship" in Vol. 068, so I'm appending it here. We would gladly accept a nonfiction selection from you for this volume! :)
Sue Anderson wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Horner94 wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Hello,
I have attempted a recording.
Author: Jane Austen (1775-1817).
Title: Love And Friendship And Other Early Works (Love And Friendship) A collection of juvenile writings.
URL to text: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1212/1212-h/1212-h.htm#link2H_4_0018
And below is my audio recording ready for PLing:
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_loveandfriendship_austen_cjph_128kb.mp3 Time: 05:37
Many thanks,
Chad
Hi Chad, Not so long ago, the Short Story collection sent you over to the Nonfiction Collection, and now I am going to send you back over to the Short Story Collection with this recording. According to Wikipedia:" Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790... Written in epistolary form like her later unpublished novella, Lady Susan, Love and Freindship is thought to be one of the tales she wrote for the amusement of her family. It was dedicated to her cousin Eliza de Feuillide, known as "La Comtesse de Feuillide". The instalments, written as letters from the heroine Laura, to Marianne, the daughter of her friend Isabel, may have come about as nightly readings by the young Jane in the Austen home. Love and Freindship (the misspelling is one of many in the story) is clearly a parody of romantic novels Austen read as a child."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_and_Freindship

If you are ever in doubt about the nonfiction status of something you are interested in reading, please feel free to post a link to the reading in the nonfiction thread, and ask for clarification. We'll be glad to help.

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Post by Horner94 » September 21st, 2019, 6:10 pm

Sue Anderson wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 5:40 pm
Horner94 wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 4:01 pm
Hello!
Here is my contribution:
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
URL to text: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1212/1212-h/1212-h.htm#link2H_4_0001
Audio recording ready for PL'ing: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf070_loveandfriendship_austen_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 01:47
Kind regards,
Chad
Hi Chad, Welcome back to the Nonfiction Collection! :) Jane Austen is a great fiction writer. What you've sent up to the Nonfiction collection is from one of her early works, written in an epistolary form. What you've sent us reads like a real letter, but it's actually fiction, and we cannot accept it for inclusion in the SNF collecttion. I think you must have missed the note I wrote you in regarding "Love and Friendship" in Vol. 068, so I'm appending it here. We would gladly accept a nonfiction selection from you for this volume! :)
Sue Anderson wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Horner94 wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Hello,
I have attempted a recording.
Author: Jane Austen (1775-1817).
Title: Love And Friendship And Other Early Works (Love And Friendship) A collection of juvenile writings.
URL to text: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1212/1212-h/1212-h.htm#link2H_4_0018
And below is my audio recording ready for PLing:
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf068_loveandfriendship_austen_cjph_128kb.mp3 Time: 05:37
Many thanks,
Chad
Hi Chad, Not so long ago, the Short Story collection sent you over to the Nonfiction Collection, and now I am going to send you back over to the Short Story Collection with this recording. According to Wikipedia:" Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790... Written in epistolary form like her later unpublished novella, Lady Susan, Love and Freindship is thought to be one of the tales she wrote for the amusement of her family. It was dedicated to her cousin Eliza de Feuillide, known as "La Comtesse de Feuillide". The instalments, written as letters from the heroine Laura, to Marianne, the daughter of her friend Isabel, may have come about as nightly readings by the young Jane in the Austen home. Love and Freindship (the misspelling is one of many in the story) is clearly a parody of romantic novels Austen read as a child."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_and_Freindship

If you are ever in doubt about the nonfiction status of something you are interested in reading, please feel free to post a link to the reading in the nonfiction thread, and ask for clarification. We'll be glad to help.
Sorry again, I picked something else which might be better for this collection:
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Title: Poets As Policemen
URL to text: www.gutenberg.org/files/3188/3188-h/3188-h.htm#link2H_4_0017
Audio recording ready for PL'ing: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf070_poetsaspolicemen_twain_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 01:28
Kind regards,
Chad

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Post by Availle » September 21st, 2019, 6:11 pm

Here am I with:

A Metric America: "A Decision Whose Time Has Come" - For Real
By Gary P. Carver

https://web.archive.org/web/20111113000612/http://ts.nist.gov/WeightsAndMeasures/Metric/4858.cfm

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf070_metricamerica_carver_ava_128kb.mp3
20:29

Note that this oevre by the head of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is from 1992... I guess his job is still not obsolete.
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Post by Sue Anderson » September 22nd, 2019, 7:48 am

Horner94 wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 4:01 pm

Sorry again, I picked something else which might be better for this collection:
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Title: Poets As Policemen
URL to text: www.gutenberg.org/files/3188/3188-h/3188-h.htm#link2H_4_0017
Audio recording ready for PL'ing: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf070_poetsaspolicemen_twain_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 01:28
Kind regards,
Chad
Hi Chad, Thanks for this idea about policing from Mark Twain! :)

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Post by Sue Anderson » September 22nd, 2019, 7:57 am

Availle wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 6:11 pm
Here am I with:

A Metric America: "A Decision Whose Time Has Come" - For Real
By Gary P. Carver

https://web.archive.org/web/20111113000612/http://ts.nist.gov/WeightsAndMeasures/Metric/4858.cfm

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf070_metricamerica_carver_ava_128kb.mp3
20:29

Note that this oevre by the head of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is from 1992... I guess his job is still not obsolete.
Thanks, Availle, for this discussion about the U.S. adoption of the metric system! :) It seems to me that metric mileage is the only conversion that has gained wide public acceptance. 5K charity runs are ubiquitous in my locality; perhaps 5K sounds more enticing than a "3.1 mile run?"

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Post by soupy » September 22nd, 2019, 11:36 am

Thanks Chad - your reading is plok :thumbs:

Thanks Availle - well read. One minor error.

4:49 Since 1901, NIST has played a major role in the evolution of a national measurement system policy by providing the measurements, calibrations, data, and quality assurance that are vital to U.S. commerce and industry.

You read evaluation for evolution

Craig

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Post by KevinS » September 22nd, 2019, 6:50 pm

"E agora, José?"

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Post by Sue Anderson » September 23rd, 2019, 4:24 am

Thanks, Kevin! :) I added "Wisconsin" to the title to make it more searchable. This will be the second account of the ravages of the Wisconsin forest fires to appear in NSF. Pschempf read a different account for Vol. 57 (A Forest Fire in Northern Wisconsin by John L. Bracklin) https://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-057-by-various/. I think these back-to-back accounts are quite valuable given current environmental concerns.

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