First of all, if you didn't see the Spam Letters, go do it!
Thursday ten friends and I board a plane and are off to Ukraine. We'll be in London Friday morning. (No chance to ping anyone from London.pm, but then again, no one knows me that well, anyway.) Then another plane ride to Kiev, and then a 12 hour train ride to Donetsk.
What am I doing? Teaching singing! Strange thing for a programmer, but I've been singing since before I started programming (sometime in fourth grade). Lots of new churches in Ukraine, and since we do not have instruments in our worship, training in singing is real important.
The Ukranian churches have plenty of songbooks, but they are English hymns on the left page, with Russian and Ukranian (two separate languages) on the facing page. It's also traditional round notes, but I prefer an older, shaped-note system that makes singing easier. So, I spent all weekend typing Russian lyrics and pasting them onto copies of songs. Now these churches will finally have their own language right there with the notes, plus the ease of the shapes that should hopefully make it easier to learn the songs.
One of these days I'll be adapting GNU Lilypond (sorry, no Perl involved
Three more songs to glue. Rubber cement fumes sure do crazy things to your mind. Can't wait to replace this junk with some 21st century technology.
This week is going to be one wild ride. Three working days, and then I'm off. But I have a test in my Wednesday night class (8:30 PM to 10:00 PM ugh!), and then another one Thursday night. And as I mentioned I'll be flying out on Thursday, that means I get the test Thursday morning. Perhaps I should start studying now. The classes are Neural Networks and Distributed Systems. Fun stuff, if only I weren't trying to do so many things at once.