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Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:50 am
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Monday: A four-hour-long meeting that basically ate the entire rest of my day. Oof. It was good, it was just... long and tiring.

Tuesday: My Evening Canticles were sung at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, Parliament, by ULCC Choir (in which I sing tenor, unless I'm singing alto). This was very nifty. I couldn't hang about afterward but I am told that the chaplain (one Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who I believe [personal profile] liv encountered recently) was pleased, and that one person in the congregation asked if they could have Evensong every day. That latter strikes me as a bit odd as Westminster Abbey does, in fact, have Evensong most days. And it was good to see Nicholas O'Neill again, and I met a former member of the choir who is interested in hearing more of my work.

I then went and caught a train to Aberdeen. I think I like the concept of the Caledonian Sleeper more than the reality; and that is mostly because, well, I don't get a lot of sleep on it. I have been contemplating alternate names, like the Caledonian Lie-er Awake All Night, or the Caledonian Tosser; obviously these would be unsuitable for promotional purposes. But I think I am gradually settling on the Caledonian Dozer, as that was what happened last night; I dozed for a few hours, then gave up on trying to lie down and read a book for a while, and then dozed a bit again before the 6.30am breakfast call.

Tomorrow I have a supervision, a tutorial with Michael Zaugg, and there is a concert by Juice vocal ensemble in the evening. So I am attempting to take today gently; I'll mooch around town a bit longer, then when I'm allowed to check-in to where I'm staying I'll do that, hang up clothes so the wrinkles come out (they'll have been stuffed in a bag for 24h by then), have a nap, and then figure out whether there is a concert I'm suppposed to attend tonight as well.

Internet here is rather bitty, so I may end up posting this later.
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Today was the first of two "Postgraduate Research Induction" sessions at the University of Aberdeen.

The morning included a lot of talking from the Dean of Graduate Studies, and some talking from a number of others -- the library services, careers services, and so on.

There was a "networking bingo" game which is a sort of specially-designed hell for introverts where we had to talk to people to find out if they had attributes printed in the squares. It was, in fairness, a lot better than just being encouraged to talk to people without that kind of structure, but there wasn't really enough time to get to know anyone properly and also fill in the sheet.

There was nothing at all on how to do a research PhD that's actually a portfolio of your own artistic work and an accompanying dissertation, nor did I meet anyone else who's doing that. So I feel like I used 4 hours of concentration for something that was actually pretty low-value for me. But at least I'm writing about my work more, now, and reading other people's thoughts about contemporary music, and even doing some listening (not much yet, but give it time).

I ran some errands and had some lunch, then came back and listened to Kyle Randall's New Gothic Mass, which I wasn't desperately impressed by, though I'll listen again when I'm less tired.

And I've transferred over my bulletjournal, finally, not having managed to get around to it last night after all.

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Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:27 pm
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Yesterday: packing, mostly, which involved lots of laundry and turning the radiators on specially to dry it. But in between that I found some poetry to add to Words for Songs, and another modern poet whose feed to follow. So there's that. I also found some bits and pieces to listen to on Bandcamp.

I think some of the issue for me with getting my academic reading and listening done is that I don't have regular, routine reading or listening times *at all*. So turning this DW account into a place that I do at least some of the reading, and trying to figure out how listening fits into a schedule, is a good thing. Academic research-like reading is going to be different than reading poetry on the internet, but just doing some work-related reading each day is stil better than nothing. Ideally, if I want these changes to stick, they're going to have to be organic and habitual, rather than attempting to do an immediate complete overhaul of my routines. And ideally, I do wnat these changes to stick beyond the PhD. Not reading enough poetry is the main reason I so often struggle to find the right words for a composition; not reading enough of the researchy, theoretical stuff is less obviously limiting, but being able to do self-directed intellectual study at a higher level than "hey, that book looks interesting" or "Oh crap I need to know about widgets, what does the internet say about them?" is going to serve me well no matter what I do. (The practical skills side of this I can already self-direct to an extent I'm fairly happy with, but it's a while since I pushed myself in the arena of learning information.)

Today I spent on the train to Aberdeen. I was going to transfer over to a new bullet journal but the train was too bumpy, and I was not concentrating well. So I mostly spent the journey reading non-PhD stuff, nodding off, and staring at the sea.

Going to have some supper, unpack, and then see how much of the BuJo transfer I can do before bed, and try to figure out what tomorrow's schedule is like -- it's some kind of postgraduate induction thing, with a lot of emphasis on experimental ethics committees. I think there's a concert in the evening, too.

It would be sensible for me to make a post here with things like the regular times of services at St Andrew's Episcopal, opening hours for various restaurants, and so on; I tend to forget while I'm away and no longer need the information, and as I'm currently getting through a bullet journal every 3 months (I have a lot of ideas, okay?), and it's the sort of thing that's useful to have but not crucial to have offline, it's more sensible to store some of that stuff in a bookmark.

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