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If people want to leave comments for the FKO hotel -- regarding the hall lighting, for example -- it can be done at http://www.torontoairportwesthotel.com/contact-us/guest-feedback .  Getting your word in now (politely!) may mean that we won't have to see it next year.
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The 2017 Filk Hall of Fame Inductees, as reported by FilKONtario on Twitter:

  • Gary Hanak
  • Judi Miller
  • Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff

All excellent choices!
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OK, having gotten no complaints, I post the first update to the PFMS since I abruptly jumped over from LJ. Comments, suggestions, feel free - this is pretty much a quote of their mailing with excess formatting deleted. These presentations are usually at Cal Tech in Pasadena, CA; as you can see they've got interests in other stuff too. Usually well worth it if you can make it to a performance. (Also Broceliande will be down June 3..)

Here's an early heads-up about our next show, which will feature Ben Miller, master of the Scottish border pipes, and Anita MacDonald, from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (Canada) on Saturday, May 13 in Beckman Institute Auditorium at 8:00 PM. Ben and Anita joined forces in the last couple of years, and their debut recording, A Day at the Lake, is getting lots of attention. They are tremendous instrumentalists and they do a bit of singing too. They will be joined in this show by Zakk Cormier on guitar and maybe a bit of foot percussion as well. Anita just might do a little dancing. You can get a good introduction to them in this 4 and one half minute introductory video, where you will get a very good idea of who they are and what they do. We highly recommend watching!

Radio Station 101.5 in Nova Scotia (known as "The Hawk") described them this way: "Ben and Anita have the unique talent of taking well known, traditional tunes and giving them life. They have a great respect and knowledge of how these tunes are to be played, but are able to inject an energy that brings them to life once again. That's the way you keep the music alive for a new generation to discover and enjoy." We think you will like them a lot, and we're excited about presenting them in our series.

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. Online tickets are available here. There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show. The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM-4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spaulding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside) Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby. They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance. And you can buy stamps or do Postal business while you are there!

Read more... )


Apr. 13th, 2017 09:02 pm
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A brief note to let people know I finally made the transition from LJ, kicking and screaming, and I'm going to be sporadically active here.
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From Steve Brust's blog. Here, cross-posted from my own. I've done a little editing for scansion, adding what's bolded and deleting what's struck out.

An Old LJ Post: The Drug-Allergic Invalid
by skzb
Apparently LiveJournal is going weird, and everyone's diving off it and saving their posts. I don't have a great deal from my old LJ days that I want to save, but this post, from 18-December-2006, needs to preserved in the annals of, uh, whatever annals one preserves such things in.

Back from the doctor

The doctor says my symptoms are absolutely classic for having a bad drug reaction. She even showed me off to another doctor as having perfect symptoms. I was very proud.
I am the very model of a drug allergic invalid
With bright red rashes from my feet that make their way up to my head
I have no wish for food or wine or sexual amenities
I only wish to stop the swelling up of my extremities
My hands are swollen up so much I cannot hold a cigarette
How many days this will go is more than I can figure yet.
When I shuffle down the hall like a weak septuagenarian,
You'd say I was within a couple days of set for buryin'

You'd say he was within a couple days of set for buryin'
You'd say he was within a couple days of set for buryin'
You'd say he was within a couple days of set for buryburyin'

When you see I can do nothing except watch reruns of "Drag-a-net"
While choking down the steroids and the Benedryl and Tagamet
When it takes me seven minutes to get from my desk down to my bed
You'd see I was the model of a drug allergic invalid

When it takes him seven minutes to get from his desk down to his bed
You'd see he was the model of a drug allergic invalid

I began taking Sulfa on November 27. My glands became swollen on Dec. 7. On the 8th I started developing a rash. That's when I stopped taking the sulfa. On the 12th, the fever hit, and lasted 2 days, peaking at 102. Around that time, my glands were no longer swollen, but I had some muscle ache. On the 15th, my hands and feet started swelling. Naturally, it was Friday, so I couldn't go in to see the doctor until today. The swelling has gotten worse since then. I was prescribed steroids, and told to continue taking the Benedryl and Tagamet.
I search the internet for lists of symptoms and the latest memes
That deal with how to make my body stop producing histamines.
When I see my body is now just a single toxic whole
It makes me wish I'd never even heard "Sulfamethoxazole."

When I cannot stand up without assistance or good leverage
When my lips are so puffed up that I cannot drink hot beverage
In short with the swelling and the rash have made my the skin so very red
I am the very model of a drug allergic invalid.

In short with the swelling and the rash have made his the skin so very red
He is the very model of a drug allergic invalid.

ETA, April 12, 1:50am EDT (= 5:50 am UTC):

I just wrote a brief note to Brust with links to my reposts —
Very, very good! Blogged:
    •    http://thnidu.dreamwidth.org/1607040.html
    •    http://filk.dreamwidth.org/11148.html
    •    http://thnidu.livejournal.com/1722922.html
I did (and documented) a little editing for metrical problems.
Your fan,

He replied four minutes later:

Laconic but very pleasing. :-D
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Hi folks,

I'm new on Dreamwidth. I've been out of touch with filking in the Boston area for quite a while and would like to find out what's currently going on. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks! :-)
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For the past few years I have been passing on most of the mailings about musical presentations in the Pasadena Folk Music Society series and similar things to the Filk group on Live Journal. I'm dropping LJ after the latest idiocy, and so won't be doing that any more. Would people like me to start doing so in here? I generally lj-cut (or whatever they call it here) everything past the first paragraph or two to avoid bulkiness.
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The NEFilk website is live once again, with new hosting. Many thanks to Spencer for setting this up. The content is the same as before, except that I've finally brought it up to date. Its most important function is to record the history of the northeast filk cons, but it could take a more active role in the future.
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Our Kickstarter campaign ends early Wednesday morning. As of Saturday evening, we are $500-ish away from our goal. It’s doable, and still seems so far away.

We will be releasing two different CDs, one acoustic, one electric. There will be slightly different versions of a couple of the songs. A few got rewritten in the time between when we recorded the acoustic CD and when we recorded the electric. If we go over our goal we’ll be able to afford a bit more studio time and we will rerecord those songs as bonus tracks for the acoustic CD.

There are several different levels of sponsorship. You can get digital downloads. You can get CDs. If you order both you get a better deal. We will be your very own Carl Kasall and record a message for your voice mail. We will write your own Critter verse for you. We will write a song just for you.

All of the rhythm section tracks are done. Most of the vocals are done. We have fiddle and guitar overdubs, and a few things to fix from the first sessions still to do. We expect most of that to be done this weekend.

We’re so close.

Please help us out. Pledge if you can, and please spread the word.

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A publicity campaign at Arisia and Boskone brought about half a dozen people to yesterday's MASSFILC meeting who either haven't come before or hadn't been around for a long time. The meeting was in the common room of Cornerstone Cohousing in Cambridge. The weather was very cold and windy. The Red Line wasn't running to the nearby Alewife station. The kitchen was in the middle of renovation and was surrounded by plastic sheets. Still, we had a very good time. Some of the new people sang (quite well!).

I introduced and recorded a new song, "Mary Dyer." It got a good reception.
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From Wikipedia

Sex in space

The idea of human sexual activity in the weightlessness or extreme environments of outer space – sex in space – presents difficulties for the performance of most sexual activities due to Newton's third law. According to the law, if the couple remain attached, their movements will counter each other. Consequently, their actions will not change their velocity unless they are affected by another, unattached, object. Some difficulty could occur due to drifting into other objects. If the couple have a combined velocity relative to other objects, collisions could occur. There have been suggestions that conception and pregnancy in off-Earth environments could be an issue.

As of 2009, with NASA planning long-term missions for lunar settlements with goals to explore and colonize space, the topic has taken a respected place in life sciences. Scientist Stephen Hawking publicly concluded in 2006 that possibly human survival itself will depend on successfully contending with the extreme environments of space.

Click headline for story.

* Diana G. Gallagher's song, Pegasus Award winner for Best Humorous Song, 1986



Feb. 20th, 2017 01:55 pm
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The Kickstarter for our third full length album, The Midnight Contingent, is NOW LIVE~!!!

A romp of sinister silliness, guardians and goddesses, and a werebear who has an unusual appetite! Lots of nifty extras, too!

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The pungine (pun djinn?) in my head has just thrown out an... interesting... mishearing of a couplet from Almost like being in love:

And from the way that I feel
When that belle starts to peel

If you like it, take it and run with it... away, away!

eta: Silly me, of course! It's a mondemagenta! (or "mondepurple" if you'd rather).
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Boy, things are slow in here.
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I was in Orlando, Florida most of this past week on business. No chance for vacationing, especially as I hadn't rented a car but took taxis. This led to some frustrations, most notably the cabbie from Haiti, whose English was so heavily accented and Creole-grammatical (I think) that I often had to ask him to repeat himself during our short ride. And after he'd dropped me off I realized he'd taken me to the wrong courthouse, county instead of Federal, even though I had given him the address.

This and several other irritations, including a steadily worsening cold I had been getting over, impelled me to finish a filk that was on my back burner for years:

Ttto "Almost like being in love", Nat King Cole
Frank Sinatra
© Thnidu 2017

What a day this has been
What a foul mood I'm in
Why, it's almost like being half dead.

There's a scowl on my face
For the whole human race
Why, it's almost like being half dead.

All the music of life seems to be
A commercial directed at me.

And from the way that I feel
When that ad starts to squeal
I could swear I was falling
It feels like I'm falling
It's almost like falling down dead.
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My report from Quoi de Neuf, the 29th annual British filk con.
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Submissions for the Contata 8 songbook are officially open!

Songs may be submitted in any common text format, or as graphics in PDF format (useful for submitting sheet music for an original song). No particular theme is required.

Got a song you want to submit? Email it to batyatoon+contata2017(at)gmail(dot)com, ideally with "Contata 2017 Songbook" somewhere in the subject header. Questions may be sent to the same address.

Also: this year at Contata we plan to have at least one jam session. Want to suggest a song to play? Watch this space for updates.

Please signal-boost this in your other fannish communities, or wherever else you think appropriate.
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Not Over Yet
Words and music ©2012 Mark Mandel
tied for first place, ConCertino 2012 song contest, theme “Not the End of the World”

(I'll post a link to an .mp3 here once I upload it. See notes for `backtick and underline.)

The calendar is truthful, the mirror cannot lie,
Old friends grow older day by day, as day by day do I.
My nerves and joints confirm it, but I will not call it curse,
For though `old age can be painful, the alternative is worse.
I cannot dance for hours, as I did at seventeen.
My memory is cracked in shards, with pieces lost between.
Yet grey though be the present, the future robed in doubt,
This monkey's gonna keep on climbin' while the tree holds out!
It isn't the end of the world.
The sun isn't gone when it's set.
I'm writing a new chapter every day
And the story's not over yet,
This story's not over yet.

`I believe in miracles, uncommon though they be.
When `I was not yet twenty, one was granted me.
It lasted more than forty years, through joy and toil and pain,
And I'd `give up all I have to have her with me once again.
The wound is deep but healing, and I do not heal alone,
With friends, companionship, and love that warm me to the bone.
For months I lay as paralyzed, my gait is limping still,
But `I will run and dance again: I want, I can, I will!
It isn't the end of the world.
The sun isn't gone when it's set.
I'm singing a new verse every day
And the song isn't over yet,
This song's not over yet. 

I've done a few important things a man can do and be:
A lover, friend, and father, a boss, an employee.
I'll never be a champion or a scholar of great fame,
But I `still can be a human, and worthy of the name.
By treating those around me with compassion and with care,
By working to improve and save this world we all must share,
By savoring each moment, no matter what it brings,
To add my contribution to the song existence sings.
It isn't the end of the world.
The sun isn't gone when it's set.
I'm living a full life every day
And my life isn't over yet,
This life's not over yet!

NOTES (2016-11-24):

Underlined words in the choruses, or their rhythm, changes from verse to verse.

I use a backtick (non-combining grave accent) before a stressed syllable where the line's meter might otherwise lead to distortion. For instance, in line 4, a person reading it (perhaps to sing along) might think the first accent should be on "though", and only later in the line discover that it's not.

Line 8 is a tribute to Lazarus Long's line in Methuselah's Children: "But I can tell you this... here's one monkey who's going to keep on climbing, and looking around him to see what he can see, as long as the tree holds out." And you win a virtual cookie if you spot the other literary allusion.

In v.3, ll. 4–5, I've changed "person" to "human" and "treating all" to "treating those", which is how I've been singing it most of the time. Similarly, "wrapped" to "robed" in v.1, l.7; "or" to "and", v.3, l.1; "make" to "add", v.3, l.8. 

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There will be a housefilk on Sunday afternoon, August 28 from 2 to 6 pm. [personal profile] ladymondegreen , [personal profile] akawil  and Terry will host. Address is:
317 1st Street
Jersey City, NJ

The apartment is about a 10 minute walk from the PATH station at Grove Street - when leaving the station head left on Newark Ave and then walk to 1st Street and another left there.  Please note, however, that PATH service that day is only from the World Trade Center station and not from 33rd Street.

RSVP by replying to this post.

Hope to see you then!
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3pm - Classic Filk Campfire Singalong - Erwin S. (Filthy Pierre) Strauss
4pm - Roberta Rogow / Blind Lemming Chiffon
5pm - Dierdre Murphy/TBD
6pm - Mel White/Howard Scrimgeour
7pm - Cheshire Moon

Noon - Lauren Cox / Katie Daniels
1pm - Clifford McMurray / Bill Laubenheimer
2pm - Bill & Brenda Sutton
3pm - 2x10 Open Mic
4pm - Gary Ehrlich / Trickster & King
5pm - Cat Faber / Moira Greyland
6pm - Jen Midkiff
7pm - Kathy Mar

1pm - Sarah Pinsker / Michael Nixon
2pm - 2x10 Open Mic
3pm - Three Fifths
4pm - David Kushner / Erin Wilcox
5pm - Canticles

1pm - Bradley Denton / Cat Greenberg
2pm - 2x10 Open Mic
3pm - Anna Raftery
4pm - Tomboat

All concerts are in 2505A in the Kansas City Convention Center
Sign up in the music room for the 2X10s, first come first served!

Please feel free to post this anywhere you think it should be posted!
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