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Filkers: Pegasus Nomination Ballot closing soon
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Deadline for the 2014 Pegasus Nominating Ballot is 12:01AM PDT, July 27, 2014


Ballots should be filled out on line or submitted by mail to:


OVFF

3824 Patricia Drive

Columbus, OH, 43220


You may select five artists/songs per category. Need ideas? Check out the results of the Brainstorming Poll!



Ballots submitted using this form must be submitted by 12:01AM PDT, July 27, 2014 (that means the first minute after July 27 ends on the West coast of the US). Ballots submitted by surface mail must be received in Columbus, OH by July 25, 2014.


*NOTE* Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve been forced to move the ballot closing to Sunday, July 27. We apologise for the mid-season shift in the schedule.


Each person may only submit one Nominating Ballot.


We strongly encourage you to copy & distribute this ballot as widely as possible within the filk community. You do not need to be a member of the convention to vote.


Eligibility: If a song has won a Pegasus in the past, it is not eligible for Nomination. Writer/Composers and Performers who won in 2009 – 2013 are not eligible in the same category in 2014. See the current Winners List for non-eligible songs. See The Rules for more details on eligibility requirements. Send mail to pegasus at ovff.org if you have any questions.


Please keep in mind that the Pegasus Awards are for excellence in Filking, not in music in general, or even funny music in general. Nominated songs should be part, one way or another, of the music of the filk community, and for “Best Performer” and “Best Composer”, people you nominate should be participating members of the filk community.


Thank you for your participation!!


http://www.ovff.org/pegasus/2014nomballot.html



Tadpoolery Episode 39: Game of Spones
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There’s a new episode of Tadpoolery!  In this episode, Rob and Bryan discuss




  • Sports, briefly

  • Tadpool as community / online friendships

  • Nerdtacular is coming!

  • Weird news: carjackers foiled by manual transmission.

  • Steam sale controversy.

  • Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

  • Game of Thrones season finale ( spoilers! )

  • NepoTuneism:  “Winter is Coming” by Sunnie Larson and friends.


As always, you can subscribe to Tadpoolery on iTunes or download/listen at our webpage.


Enjoy, and thanks for listening!



View from my airplane window...
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View from my airplane window...

View from my airplane window…


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Tadpoolery: And we're back...
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In January of 2011, Scott Johnson and Brian Ibbott launched a podcast called “The Morning Stream“, a culmination of Scott’s long-time desire to do a morning-drive style radio program that reflected his particularly geeky sensibilities.  Like other shows he produced, TMS was live-streamed as it was recorded, and an active chat room interacted with the hosts.  Some of us started hanging out in that chatroom even when nothing was being broadcast, and a community began to coalesce.  The community was nicknamed “The Tadpool”, riffing off of the name of Scott’s studio, Frogpants Studios, and soon after that, a Facebook community was created to foster a less real-time (and more enduring) interaction between fans.


As time went on, we realised that a lot of very cool people were hanging out in this community, and a small group of us decided to start a show focused on the community, in order to better get to know people.  It was called “Tadpoolery”, and was hosted by Bryan Provost, Nick Nizzi, and myself, along with a rotating guest from the Tadpool that we would chat with about whatever sorts of things that person was primarily interested in.  Due to the random nature of our guests backgrounds, the episodes could cover a wide variety of of topics, and frequently would range so far afield that our tagline became “The tangent is the topic.”


The original incarnation of Tadpoolery ran for 36 episodes.  Towards the end of that run, we started to feel like the lack of structure was actually becoming a liability, and decided to take a brief hiatus to retool the show and get a better handle on what we wanted to do with it.  For a variety of reasons, we didn’t return from that hiatus as planned.


Two years later…


Bryan and I actually started talking about rebooting the show last year, just after Nerdtacular.  We wanted to keep the same vibe the original show had — it’s very much a product of the Tadpool — while giving it room to expand and evolve into something of wider and more general interest.  Around the end of last year, we did a test show, which went well but had some technical difficulties.  Once those were finally resolved and scheduling was worked out, we’ve now officially relaunched Tadpoolery and released our first new episodes.


Episode 37 is the test episode we recorded last year.  The topics include:



  • Breaking Bad

  • Dragon Age Heroes (android)

  • World of Warcraft

  • Kingdom of Amalur IP sale

  • Fallout 4 hoax

  • Stealth games

  • Weird news: recreational marijuana dispensery names

  • Weird news: The Slutcracker (Burlesque parody of the Nutcracker)

  • Music: Marian Call, “Sketchbook”, Postmodern Jukebox


Episode 38 was recorded last week, where we discussed:



  • Travel and Tadmeets (Tadpool Meetups)

  • Nerdtacular is coming!

  • Tattoos

  • You Can’t Watch Everything (Josh Williams)

  • Nerd Rage

  • Star Wars and Star Wars

  • Iconic Vs. Definitive Portrayals

  • Summer of 1994 (Brian Duff)

  • I love the 2000s

  • NepoTuneism: Tom Smith, “307 Ale”

  • Steam Summer Sale (Rocksmith, Skyrim)

  • Catching Up ON Old Content (video games and TV, especially)


So as you can see, the tangent is still the topic. :)  You can subscribe to Tadpoolery on ITunes, or get episodes directly from our webpage.  New episodes will be released on Friday.


It’s good to finally have my show back on the air.  I’ve really missed making it, and I hope you enjoy listening to it.


Seattle Pride Parade 2014
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Since we live just around the corner from the end point of the Seattle Pride Parade route, we sauntered over just a few minutes before it got there and were able to get a great spot to see everything go by.  I took an enormous number of photos, which Larissa then culled through them to remove all the really horrible shots, near-identical duplicates, and out of focus pictures.  There’s still over 600 in the set.


Many of these photos are NSFW, so use your own discretion.


Gallery of Seattle Pride Parade 2014 photos


This is how the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a pile of receipts…
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Just a random excerpt of a conversation between me and a friend of a friend, on Facebook

Doug Williams Although I do agree Styrofoam is evil. Cardboard packaging is my nemesis.

Rob Wynne Doug: Really? “Cardboard Packaging” is my Malvina Reynolds cover band! #kickingitoldschool

Doug Williams With 3 kids the amount of cardboard packaging that comes through my house is ridiculous. Let’s just say they could probably name where forests used to be after my children.

Rob Wynne 

“What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

Anyway, you got an XBox One for Christmas
And that new game you wanted but barely played
So I hope you’re happy.”

From “The First Drafts of TS Elliot (unpublished)”

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Beautiful day
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Beautiful day
Beautiful day

(Kinnear Park)

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Tiny Beautiful Things
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Every so often, a book comes to my attention that perhaps wouldn’t have normally. I’ll read a review, or hear it recommended, and think “Hey, that sounds interesting”, and I’ll make a note to myself to pick it up if I see it, or sometimes i’ll just grab it off the Amazon Kindle store where it will sit, waiting for me to find a moment to crack it open.

I don’t, at this point, remember who recommended the book “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar” by Cheryl Strayed. It’s been sitting in my Kindle Library for some time. But a couple of days ago I randomly opened it and began to read. Today I finished it.

I don’t recall the last book that so often made me laugh out loud, so often moved me to tears, so often stopped me dead in my tracks with a perfectly phrased insight or so often made me just stop, walk away from the book because I needed time to think and digest.and reflect on what I had just read.

I’ve read collections of advice columns before, from Dan Savage and Miss Manners and others. This is very likely the first collection of advice columns I will read again and again, because as much as I took from it, there’s more to take and find and connect with.

If you’re a human being who is currently in the process of living a life, I recommend this book.

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A Better Plan
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A Better Plan
by Rob Wynne
Music:  ”Let It Go” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (from Disney’s “Frozen”)

The weather outside is frightful tonight
But this fire is very nice
And there’s no place I need to be
out in the frozen ice
The wind is blowing and
The snow piles up in drifts
So let’s just stay here, wrap our Christmas gifts

We can’t go out, let’s just stay in
There’s no need to brave the howling din
Stay warm, no storm can harm us here
The answer’s clear

Let it snow, let it snow
It shows no sign of stopping
Let it snow, let it snow
I brought some corn for popping
There’s nowhere
That we need to be
Turn the lights down low
Curl up on the sofa here next to me

 

Every so often, an idea for a parody shows up that won’t go away, but there really isn’t enough there to justify parodying the entire song.  These are called “show stoppers” because they typically only run up to the point that you hit the punchline of the joke, and then end.

Larissa and I finally got around to seeing Disney’s “Frozen” (which is excellent, and you should watch it), and this came into my mind and wouldn’t go away, so i finally sat down and wrote it.  It’s finished; there’s only the one verse and chorus. 

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Three things I’ve got going for me: Quark, strangeness and charm
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Three things I've got going for me: Quark, strangeness and charm
Three things I’ve got going for me: Quark, strangeness and charm

(Pacific Science Center)

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It’s spring!
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It's spring!
It’s spring! #whistles #farandwee

(Seattle Children's Theatre)

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Having navigated the Pattern from start to finish, I claim my rightful
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Having navigated the Pattern from start to finish, I claim my rightful place as a Prince of Amber...
Having navigated the Pattern from start to finish, I claim my rightful place as a Prince of Amber…

(Seattle Center Labyrinth)

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Do Ragna-wop
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Do Ragna-wop
By Rob Wynne
TTTO:  ”The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Solomon Linda

Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok

In the longboat, the freezing longboat
The Vikings sail tonight
Towards the tundra, the frozen tundra
The Vikings sail tonight

Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok

Against the giants, the mighty giants,
The Vikings fight tonight
For Odin’s glory, eternal glory
The Vikings fight tonight

Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok

In Valhalla, golden Valhalla
The Vikings drink tonight
‘Till the fighting, tomorrow’s fighting
The Vikings drink tonight

Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok
Ah Ragnarok, Ah ragnarok

Inspired by a USA Today article which proclaimed that according to the Viking calendar, the world was going to end on Saturday.  So tonight we’re going to party like it’s 799.

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Bill Shakespeare’s First Drafts
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A fun bit of geekery broke out on my Facebook wall today.  Wanted to share it here so I could find it again later. :)

Bill Shakespeare’s First Drafts

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Meanwhile, in Seattle, it’s clear and sunny…
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Meanwhile, in Seattle, it's clear and sunny...
Meanwhile, in Seattle, it’s clear and sunny…

(Myrtle Edwards Park)

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Meanwhile, in Seattle, it’s clear and sunny…
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Meanwhile, in Seattle, it's clear and sunny...
Meanwhile, in Seattle, it’s clear and sunny…

(Myrtle Edwards Park)

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He’s Going The Distance
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There’s a joke popular among people around my age.  ”When I was a kid, you couldn’t ‘beat’ a video game.  They just got faster and harder until you died.”1

That’s a statement that could be applied to Imagi Studio’s “endless runner” game, Temple Run 2.2  As the genre suggests, there’s no finish line in the game.  You run until you make a mistake and die; the goal is simply to run as long as possible and rack up the highest score.

Of all the various games in this particular category, TR2 is my favourite, and its the one I’ve played the most.  And although there is no ending, at this point I’ve pretty well beaten it in any meaningful sense.  I’ve unlocked all the upgrades, I’m the top score by far amongst any of my friends who played the game.  I’ve picked up all but two of the achievements.3

I guess I need to start looking for a new favourite iOS game. :)


  1. My darling Angie reminds me that this joke was originated by Ernie Cline

  2. Also available for Android. 

  3. The two remaining, “Mega Runner” for 1000 total games and “Infinirunner” for 10,000,000 metres, are endurance challenges.  The only thing I’d need to pick those two up is keep playing it over and over until I did. 

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Tim Griffin
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Tim Griffin
Tim Griffin #conflikt

(Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center)

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Hello The Future
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Hello The Future
Hello The Future #conflikt

(Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center)

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Sunnie Larson and friends
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Sunnie Larson and friends
Sunnie Larson and friends

(Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center)

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The glow cloud is angry!!
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The glow cloud is angry!!
The glow cloud is angry!! #fear #nightvale

(Neptune Theatre)

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Welcome…to Night Vale
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Welcome...to Night Vale
Welcome…to Night Vale

(Neptune Theatre)

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Upon The Fields Of Catnip
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Upon The Fields Of Catnip
by Rob Wynne
TTTO: “Fields of Gold” by Sting

You’ll remember how I would always purr upon the fields of catnip
You’ll forget the spot where I used to sleep as we play with balls of yarn

So the time to go was a time I chose upon the fields of catnip
In her arms I slipped through the summer door to play with balls of yarn

“Won’t you stay with me? Must you leave so soon to roam the fields of catnip?
All these years you’ve gazed from your lofty perch and played with balls of yarn”

But the quiet calls and it’s time to go upon the fields of catnip.
Feel my body still as I slip away to play with balls of yarn

“I never sent you away lightly
and there have been times I regretted
But I thought you’d be there waiting to play with balls of yarn
We’ll play with balls of yarn”

Now a year has gone and I still run free upon the fields of catnip
Let a kitten romp through my favourite haunts and play with balls of yarn

You’ll remember how I would always purr upon the fields of catnip
I’ll be waiting here, ’till we meet again, and we’ll play with balls of yarn
We’ll play with balls of yarn
We’ll play with balls of yarn

It’s been a little over a year now since we lost Dayna.  Earlier today, I saw on Facebook that a friend’s beloved pet had crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and someone commented that he was “running around in fields of catnip now”, and this just poured out.  I still miss you, you weird furry little kitty.

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Another GaFilk gone by the way
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I’ll write more about Gafilk a bit later, but I wanted to share this with you.  Every year, I write a short introduction for the front of the program book.  This is what I wrote for this year.

Sixteen years ago, Gafilk was born.

Stop and ponder that for just a moment.  Sixteen years ago was the last century.  Sixteen years ago was the last millennium.

Children born the same weekend as Gafilk I are now in high school and able to get drivers licenses.

The first Gafilk banquet wouldn’t be for another 3 years.  Nor would the first Super Secret Guest.  The My Filk game show wouldn’t début until the following year.   A number of people we could not today imagine Gafilk without we hadn’t even met yet.  Some of the people we could not then imagine doing Gafilk without are no longer with us.

The best things about Gafilk as we know it today, the traditions we honour every year, didn’t come about because of careful planning and deliberation.  They were happy accidents.  “That was fun,” we’d say.  “Let’s do it again next year!”  And next year, and next year, and on and on until today.  As our first Super Secret Guest, Lois McMaster Bujold once remarked, “It only looks inevitable in hindsight.”

But there’s one thing we had at that first Gafilk, sixteen years ago, that we still have today.  It’s the same thing they had at the first filk con, and at filks dating back to before most of us can remember:

Put the chairs in a circle.  Gather your musical family to sit in the chairs.

Make magic.

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January Photo Challenge Day 9: Delicate
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January Photo Challenge Day 9: Delicate
January Photo Challenge Day 9: Delicate #theidearoom

(Crowne Plaza)

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