I was reading Homer’s The Iliad this morning
A great way to kick-start inspiration.
There’s around 15,000 lines of hexameter verse. Using repetition, branching, drifting and no two performances or hearings will ever be the same.
The use of sound and rhythm is something we improvisors thrive on.
I set myself a task to write some text.
Starting with six titles: Travel Advisory, Pandemic Corona, Coronavirus Update, Symptoms 2020, Keep Your Family Safe, and Coronavirus Advice.
These became six internet searches, using the browser, Brave.
Then, using the found text from each search, I was able to write three verses for each of the six titles.
See the world at a glance on our colour-coded map Note that conditions can change rapidly To receive updated travel advisories and alerts The advisory is an extension of the Jan 23 Check the full advisory for further details Is COVID-19 spreading where you're going Avoid nonessential travel Frequently asked questions and answers Resources for Airlines Guidance for Airlines and Airline Crew Resources for Ships Communication Resources Compare low prices Book popular tours Reserve tables Current international Travel Warnings Foreign governments implement strict restrictions Fewer international transportation options are available
Real-time counter, world map Travel related restrictions, infection Novel strain virus, symptomatic Severe respiratory disease, far and wide Virus Corona, Spreading Flu-like, nationwide CDC: Public Health Response Spread of pandemic Covid-19 The Connecticut Department of Public Health Transitioning to a new process Daily collection of data Hospitalisations and fatalities Live now EarthCam Live Times Square in 4K EarthCam 314 watching For dedicated cyclists Continuing to ride every day is a welcome respite Advocates hope the surge will last
Get the latest information Confirmed cases, infection history Government response People confirmed infected People confirmed dead Total recovered Everything you need to know Coronavirus outbreak has sickened half a million Killed more than 1000 Death toll reaches 1,868 Click on each country for detailed statistics World tries to slow its spread United Kingdom: 201,101 World: 3,774,246 Coronavirus counter with new cases, deaths And numbers of tests per 1 Million population Historical data and info Daily charts, graphs, news and updates
Here are the signs, from mild to severe Underlying medical conditions Developing more serious conditions Novel coronavirus, Covid-19 Heart, lung or diabetes Symptoms such as dry cough and high fever Coronavirus symptoms you may not be aware of Malaise and dizziness The letter F An envelope Stepping up efforts to tackle the new coronavirus According to a study released Monday Some of the nation's leading medical experts First of all, just because you have these symptoms We are learning more every day The number of infections grows worldwide Develop symptoms about five days after exposure Colds generally do no result in serious health problems
Keep Your Family Safe
Keep your family safe Keep your family safe Keep your family safe Keep your family safe Safety is the Priority Keep your family safe According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention A clean household is one way to help keep COVID-19 at bay Make sure you are keeping their mental health in check This is an incredibly stressful time Clean doorknobs, light switches & handrails daily Pay special attention to cleaning the door handles Everything you need to know to prepare for the outbreak One of the best ways to slow or stop Social distancing Separate people Settings > Account > Family Avoid touching face and cover coughs
Stay aware of the latest information Through your national and local public health authority Most countries have seen cases Many are experiencing outbreaks Follow the advice of the local authorities Minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus Advice for people at higher risk Including older people People with health conditions and pregnant women Free, practical advice for the citizens of Scotland Visa and passport advice (COVID-19) Stay Connected Guidance for British people travelling abroad Specific precautions older people should take Tailors advice for people Find out how we are monitoring and responding Subscribe to alerts for consumers Most up-to-date information
The texts are now being randomly collated, published in a branching and repeating fashion on Twitter. I love twitter bots!
June 3rd Update
3 more texts are added to Ear For The Surge.
#BlackLivesMatter, #TheMovementForBlackLives, and #ViolenceCommitedOnBlackCommunities
Black Lives Matter
Human rights protest Racial profiling, police brutality Betterment of the African Americans Incarceration is a way to destroy a community T-shirts, clothing, apparel, posters and accessories The aftermath of George Floyd's murder on May 25th Tweeted over 30 million times Black lives shattered A global organization Eradicate white supremacy Educational, Social, Financial and Spiritual. Black humanity and dignity We have a problem There is a huge racism Stand up Sundays Keep everyone safe Social justice
The Movement For Black Lives
Seeks to reach millions Mobilize hundreds of thousands Sustained and increasingly visible violence Mission is to eradicate white supremacy Build. Heal. Learn. Organise. Enough is enough Fighting for a Fundamental reordering of society Free from systematic dehumanization Collective vision End state-sanctioned killings Institutional oppressions Build local power Rooted in this wider Black Freedom Struggle Non-violence is rooted Coalition of over 50 black-led organizations Free from sexism, misogyny, and male-centredness. Cooperatives as a viable way Opportunity to uplift.
Violence Inflicted On Black Communities
This violence left thousands dead Deep trauma A culture that tolerated gruesome lynchings Tolerant of crime and violence Ideological and political intervention Black and blue, Blindspotting Accept the cold hard truth about black culture Embrace the differences and diversity Chapter-based, Member led. Affiliations around the world Long history of racial tension The death of a black Minneapolis man Latest tipping point 2.5 more likely to be killed by police Black lives Intentionally targeted Prescription for a deeper, systemic issue.