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Post by TriciaG » September 29th, 2020, 5:44 pm

Yep, we're doing it again...

Insomnia Collection Vol. 5.

Recordings with the avowed aim of boring our audience to snores.

Obviously, soporific dullness is in the ear of the listener, and what's Tedium Incarnate to one person will be another person's Passion and Delight. Thus NO INSULT IS INTENDED in the choice of material here. Lists, tables, and repetitive material are especially appropriate. You may NOT nominate other Librivoxers' existing chapters for inclusion. However, should you wish to read your own version of something you've found particularly insipid, please feel free.
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  1. New to recording?
    Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording! Post here or PM me if you have any questions.
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  2. How to claim a part, and 'how it all works' here
    You don't need to announce what you're reading, unless you're doubtful it will be boring enough, or if you are not ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN of its public domain status. Please post here if you want to confirm that, or if you'd like to offer or receive suggestions for something to work on, or need help with dividing a longer document.
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  3. What are the requirements for the reading?
    Readings should last between 30-70 minutes. (Longer than that -- please divide it into two parts. Shorter readings are unlikely to give listeners enough time to be relaxed.) Please read in a Calm and Placid manner. If you find your chosen topic too exciting, and that affects your serene speed or tranquil tone, please consider donating your recording to another Collection. Readings may be contributed in ANY LANGUAGE but the text must be potentially dull to other speakers of that language.
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  4. Where do I find texts?
    There's a list in the next post of some I thought suitable, but you're welcome to choose any text that's in the Public Domain. If in doubt, please get it checked by posting here FIRST (particularly if you are reading from print and not an online source.) You are welcome to pick a couple of chapters of a book, or a particularly slow section from a scientific paper, or divide the material in another way you find appropriate. Please do NOT change the content itself or the order of what has been written. This is probably the only opportunity that many utterly banal texts will ever have to be recorded by us, so choose wisely.
    CLICK HERE to see what was included in volume 1.
    CLICK HERE to see what was included in volume 2.
    CLICK HERE to see what was included in volume 3.
    CLICK HERE to see what was included in volume 4.
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  5. Is there a deadline?
    No, this will be catalogued when it reaches 20 entries, or readers' interest is lost for more than 3 months consecutively, whichever comes first.
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    Also, please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
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  • POST the following information in this thread:
    • The link you copied from the uploader to your file
    • Name of your story
    • Author (birth year - death year)
    • Translator if applicable (birth year - death year)
    • Source from which you read (e.g. Gutenberg etext url)
    • Length in minutes:seconds of your file
    • If this is your first Librivox recording, I will also need your name as you would like it to appear on the catalogue page and the URL of your homepage if you have one and would like it linked to your name on the catalogue page.

Also, please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!

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Please post below or PM me. :)

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Elizabethan Poetry: The Psalmes of David
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5
Short essays: Elia, and The Last Essays of Elia

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Post by TriciaG » September 29th, 2020, 5:50 pm

These suggestions are carried over from the previous Insomnia Collection threads, with some new suggestions added.

Texts on Gutenberg.org:

Description of the Process of Manufacturing Coal Gas, for the Lighting of Streets Houses, and Public Buildings

Copyright Law of the United States of America: contained in Title 17 of the United States Code. (Preface, Sections 101-102 recorded in previous collection)
Current law: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3

U.S. Copyright Renewals, 1951 July - December (there are a ton of these, if you search under "copyright renewals")

Wholesale Price List of Newspapers and Periodicals, by D. D. Cottrell's Subscription Agency (Season 1905). - easiest view is plain text rather than html

The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. 1, No. 3

A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery With a Short Explanation of Some of the Principal Natural Phenomena (chapters 2-4 recorded in previous collection)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Book 3 Chapter 2, "A Bird's Eye View of Paris" (Plain text version is better; html has character errors in the French)

Census Statistics of the Negro by Walter F. Willcox (not tables, but paragraphs of text about statistics)

Texts on Archive.org: (These are some I came up with, especially when searching for "directory". There should be plenty of other material on Archive as well.)

A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles: Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by the Philological Society (1900)

Directory of the Dominion Methodist Church (Ottawa, Ont.), 1877

Directory of Grinnell College, 1922

Aberdeen (Scotland) Post Office Directory, 1869-1870

A collection of upwards of thirty thousand names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776: with a statement of the names of ships, whence they sailed, and the date of their arrival at Philadelphia, chronologically arranged, together with the necessary historical and other notes, also, an appendix containing lists of more than one thousand German and French names in New York prior to 1712 - The title is long enough to put one to sleep!

Passing English of the Victorian era : a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase

List of officers and men serving in the First Canadian Contingent of the British Expeditionary Force, 1914

The Library of Congress area of Archive.org has a lot of rosters and lists. Browse here: https://archive.org/details/library_of_congress

Telephone Directories:

San Francisco 1905 https://archive.org/details/telephonedirecto1906paci

Abstract of the Massachusetts School Returns - nothing but data

"I found these at Project Gutenberg by searching under various terms such as 'history', 'lecture', 'essays', 'analysis' etc. However, there are likely to be all kinds of gems with quite interesting names, which are actually akin to ditchwater in practice, so feel free to do whatever you like!"
Texts on Project Gutenberg (search for them by title key word):
  • A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe, Being A Graduated Course Of Analysis For The Use Of Students And All Those Engaged In The Examination Of Metallic Combinations
  • Spalding's Baseball Guide and Official League Book for 1889
  • A Manual of Analysis of All the Structural Factors and Designs Employed in Musical Composition
  • The Natural History of Wiltshire
  • Elements of Civil Government
  • Greek in a Nutshell
  • Fires and Firemen: from the Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science and Art, Vol XXXV No. 1, May 1855
  • The formation of vegetable mould through the action of worms, with observations
Elizabethan Poetry: The Psalmes of David
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5
Short essays: Elia, and The Last Essays of Elia

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Post by KevinS » September 29th, 2020, 10:09 pm

Do you think Concrete for the Farmer would be boring enough?

https://archive.org/details/UniversalPortlandCementCoConcretefortheFarmer0001/page/n8/mode/1up

(Don't mark me down until I give some of it a go. It may go too long for me to attempt right now.)
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Post by TriciaG » September 30th, 2020, 5:12 am

Yep, very well could be, especially if it's read in a nice, calm manner. ;)
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Post by maxgal » September 30th, 2020, 2:40 pm

OOO!!!
I could do something from the Catechism...
Probably Chapter VIII: Capers, Almonds, Oranges, Lemons, Citrons, Limes, Olives, Oils, Melons, Tamarinds, & Dates.
It's about 2700 words, so that's a good 30 minutes or more from this slooooowwww reader that I am, even when I'm trying to sound exciting. :lol:
...O, and I think I'll omit the illustration caption ("Beavers Building Their Huts")... though no one might notice one way or the other.
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Post by TriciaG » September 30th, 2020, 3:11 pm

maxgal wrote:
September 30th, 2020, 2:40 pm
OOO!!!
I could do something from the Catechism...
Probably Chapter VIII: Capers, Almonds, Oranges, Lemons, Citrons, Limes, Olives, Oils, Melons, Tamarinds, & Dates.
It's about 2700 words, so that's a good 30 minutes or more from this slooooowwww reader that I am, even when I'm trying to sound exciting. :lol:
...O, and I think I'll omit the illustration caption ("Beavers Building Their Huts")... though no one might notice one way or the other.
If you can make it that long, go for it! Or is the next chapter such that you could include it as well, to be sure it's long enough?
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Post by maxgal » September 30th, 2020, 3:18 pm

TriciaG wrote:
September 30th, 2020, 3:11 pm
maxgal wrote:
September 30th, 2020, 2:40 pm
OOO!!!
I could do something from the Catechism...
Probably Chapter VIII: Capers, Almonds, Oranges, Lemons, Citrons, Limes, Olives, Oils, Melons, Tamarinds, & Dates.
It's about 2700 words, so that's a good 30 minutes or more from this slooooowwww reader that I am, even when I'm trying to sound exciting. :lol:
...O, and I think I'll omit the illustration caption ("Beavers Building Their Huts")... though no one might notice one way or the other.
If you can make it that long, go for it! Or is the next chapter such that you could include it as well, to be sure it's long enough?
I certainly can make it that long. 8-)
But if we want to be super-sure, I can cordon off Chapter IX as well...
So everyone else, keep your grubby paws off Chapter IX. :evil:
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Post by commonsparrow3 » September 30th, 2020, 5:27 pm

Oh, goody! Time to bring on my Boring Voice again!
I won't have free time to record anything until the end of October, but I'm posting intentions now, to bookmark this thread so I can find it then.
Meanwhile, I'll be browsing around for something even more soporific than my entry in the last collection!

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Post by TriciaG » September 30th, 2020, 5:29 pm

No worries. The last one was open something like 6 months. :)
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Post by Steve » October 1st, 2020, 12:37 pm

Hi Tricia

The contribution that I would like to submit to this project is a long list of items / descriptions / values but the author has at various points added various supplementary notes to some of these item entries.

Is it OK to omit these notes (& various footnotes) from the recording as these would tend to make the recording interesting and risk grabbing the listener's attention, which is not really what we want to achieve?

Thanks

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Post by TriciaG » October 1st, 2020, 12:46 pm

Steve wrote:
October 1st, 2020, 12:37 pm
Hi Tricia

The contribution that I would like to submit to this project is a long list of items / descriptions / values but the author has at various points added various supplementary notes to some of these item entries.

Is it OK to omit these notes (& various footnotes) from the recording as these would tend to make the recording interesting and risk grabbing the listener's attention, which is not really what we want to achieve?

Thanks

Steve
Footnotes definitely can be omitted. You can probably omit the other supplementary notes as well; it's not easy to tell just from a description of the text, but we've picked and chosen parts of other texts before for these collections, so it is probably okay. :)
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Post by adrianstephens » October 2nd, 2020, 11:07 am

I'm not volunteering, I was wondering about: http://gutenberg.org/files/20146/20146-h/20146-h.htm
BOILER and FURNACE TESTING

It's about 11,000 words total, about half of that is a big table. Would it be possible to omit the table?
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Post by TriciaG » October 2nd, 2020, 11:54 am

adrianstephens wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 11:07 am
I'm not volunteering, I was wondering about: http://gutenberg.org/files/20146/20146-h/20146-h.htm
BOILER and FURNACE TESTING

It's about 11,000 words total, about half of that is a big table. Would it be possible to omit the table?
Well, if one WERE to read the table, it would certainly be boring enough! :lol:

But yes, the rest of it could be read. It appears to be about 5700 words without the table, so it should be more than 30 minutes.
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Post by KevinS » October 2nd, 2020, 12:00 pm

commonsparrow3 wrote:
September 30th, 2020, 5:27 pm
I'll be browsing around for something even more soporific than my entry in the last collection!
I feel that all my recordings qualify for the insomnia thread.
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Post by TriciaG » October 2nd, 2020, 6:16 pm

Feels weird moving this to SHORT works, when these are deliberately long, but that's where I've moved it. :lol:
Elizabethan Poetry: The Psalmes of David
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5
Short essays: Elia, and The Last Essays of Elia

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