Let me let me sum up this last weekend,
Conflikt 6 == Massive Awesomeness.
The GoHs, Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff rocked in all ways and dimensions! I loved listening to their songs and their excellent musicianship. It was a joy to have them and they are some of the nicest people I have ever met.
Conflikt's Burnt Toastmaster wa bluesmancd ho brought his own excellent musicianship and was generous to let us stay in the room the Con had provided. CD's concert was fun and full of magic!
Major filk conventions also get a guest sponsored by 'Interfilk', and Conflikt was lucky enough to have Bob and Sue Esty
We had many other filkers from far and wide.-
One of the best surprises was Steve MacDonald and Katy Droege howing up. Steve was Conflikt's first GoH, and gave a welcome to CD, and here 6 years later, CD is our (Burnt) Toastmaster and Steve shows up. I caught them together as the Smoked Salmon was breaking up on Sunday night.
( The men, the legends!Collapse )
We also had the talented Halloween Princess herself, Seanan McGuire.
There was so much good music. I watched Kathy Mar ave a (literally) decades long dream of having a harmony for a song she loves happen. I watched Jeri Lynn, Betsy Tinney and Dr. Mary Crowell wash away frustrations and fears in a private improv circle. I listened to CD play Moon Dance and Jeri Lynn play a cool bass line to it.
I'll be posting some of what I took to youtube--message me if you'd like the links.
The best thing though is sharing new things with new folks! We had a couple of people show up that have either never been at a scifi or filking convention before show up and have a marvelous time.
On Saturday I had brought my three dulcimers, Paint (my best), Sweet (my little one) and Gull (my backup) to registration with the thought of playing Paint for a bit and if the opportunity presented itself lending out Sweet and Gull for a quick jam.
Sadly in changing strings on Sweet I trimmed the new bass string I was putting on a bit short and retired her for the day.
Then one of the filkers from Spokane, Linda, was asking me about Paint and telling me they were interested in the dulcimer to play fiddle tunes.
So I did wha pondside id for me several years ago and offered Linda Gull for the next year (until next Conflikt or I see her). I love passing on good things!
Next years' will be fantastic too. Our GoH is Amy McNally, the Toastmaster is Sunnie Larsen nd our InterFilk Guest will be Tim Griffin
Jeri Lynn and I reworked this
To the tune of The Mary Ellen Carter by Stan Rodgers
Sing again, sing again,
Let her voice not be lost to the knowledge of fen
For those who loved her best and were with her to the end,
We’ll make the lovely lady Lark sing again.
They went down last performance after pouring of applause.
The step was more than tippy and harsh are grav'ties laws.
Too far from friendly hands, they fell so frighteningly slow.
and Lady Lark was dealt a cracking blow
Friends gathered all about them, her Mistress was okay
But nothing could describe despair when we saw how Lark did lay
augered in the offstage gear like a rockeship gone down,
the pegbox cracked and splinters scattered 'round.
The Cap'n says she fixable and surely he should know
A luthier of skill and wit from northern ice and snow
and Raven's Mistress tells a tale of a greater damage done
So we hoped and prayed repairs could soon be won
She's a gift from friends and fam'ly, to make heart and spirit soar
we couldn't leave her voice so sweet t'be silent evermore
And since her soul was shown that day for all Conflikt to see
We gladly gave with generosity
It started with a twenty, and another, and again
from performer, friend, and listener, all the filking fen
and with every fan who passed the hat we swore that she'd remain
That the Lovely Lady Lark would sing again
There was doubt about her healing down at Olsen Violin
but Sten said he would ponder it and bring his colleagues in
Then the news came back and said our hope was not vain
and Lady Lark will sweetly sing again
Last Chorus 2x
Sing again, sing again,
Tho your heart, it be broken, the music never ends
we will show our gratitude, with songs for loves and friends
and the Lady Lark will sing for you again!
- Current Location:US, Washington, Lake Forest Park, King, Forest Park Dr NE, 19502
Just the fact it will involve use of censorship programs developed by China should be enough to send off warning klaxons for everybody.
And I'm not just talking about USians, I'm talking everybody, because this will clamp the entire WWW.
The first is the PROTECT-IP Act
The Act establishes a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be "dedicated to infringing activities." The DoJ or the copyright owner would be able to commence a legal action against the alleged infringer and the DoJ would be allowed to demand that search engines, social networking sites and domain name services block access to the targeted site. In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court. The PROTECT IP Act would allow copyright owners – movie studios and other content providers – simply to accuse a website of infringement, which could lead to that site being shut down by court order and entire links to the site being wiped clean from the Internet. The bill is so poorly written that it would allow any copyright owner to shut down a legitimate retail website, such as Amazon or Best Buy, by alleging that one product being sold on the site could “enable or facilitate” an infringement. It could even allow any content owner to block access to the Patent Office website if it receives and posts a patent application for a product that is believed to use content without permission. The PROTECT IP Act will hurt American innovation. This bill will give one side the power to put the other side out of business and this is dangerous beyond words. 
The legislation is opposed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Yahoo!, eBay, American Express, Google, Reporters Without Borders, and Human Rights Watch. Internet entrepreneurs including Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley signed a letter to Congress expressing their opposition to the legislation. 
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill [last spring], but Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) placed a hold on it. 
The second, and main one today, is the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
SOPA is something of a companion bill to the Senate's Protect IP Act that passed the Senate earlier this year. Protect IP aimed to target Web companies hosting unauthorized content from movies, songs or software. It also dealt with the trade of counterfeit goods over the Internet. SOPA however, goes much further than the first bill. It grants the government further powers to go after web sites that are using copyrighted content, makes many more people susceptible to legal action, and would shut down entire domains for a singular violation. 
The House Stop Online Piracy Act will expand the powers of domestic law enforcement to police even foreign Web sites that violate U.S. copyright and intellectual property law. It would allow the FBI to seek injunctions against foreign Web sites that steal music, films, software and other intellectual property created by U.S. firms. The bill also includes provision that could hold third parties — payment-processing and other partners — responsible for piracy and counterfeiting on other sites. It would also do away with the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and make social websites like YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook, that host user content responsible for ensuring that their users do not post infringing material. 
Website Blocking - The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.
Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users - It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.
Chaos for the Internet - Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system. 
Opposition and their actions:
Opponents of the bill include tech giants such as Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Reddit, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay and Wikimedia Foundation, as well as human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch.  Other opponents include Reddit, MetaFilter, 4chan, Boing Boing, and Creative Commons.
Yahoo left the Chamber of Commerce because of the Chamber's support of these bills. 
Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, and Mozilla co-wrote a letter to Senate and House lawmakers urging Congress to reconsider the measures. They fear the proposals would invite lawsuits and empower law enforcement to shut down their operations if a copyrighted movie or song appeared on their sites without their authorization. They also believe that this would create an "internet blacklist bill" that would encourage censorship, kill jobs and give US authorities unrivalled powers over the world's websites. That letter appeared in The New York Times as a full-page ad on Wednesday. 
On November 16, Tumblr, Mozilla, Reddit, MetaFilter, 4chan, Boing Boing, and Creative Commons were among many other Internet companies that protested the Stop Online Piracy Act by participating in a so-called "American Censorship Day". They displayed black banners over their site logos with the words "NO CENSORSHIP".
There’s a hearing on that bill going on today (Nov. 16) in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill has a good chance of passage, because it’s backed by powerful corporate interests and bipartisan majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate.
Where to go for more information:
SOPA Should Be Stopped: 5 Things To Know About the Controversial Bill
ONTD Political: Today is Internet Censorship Day
The US Stop Online Piracy Act: A Primer
Guys, clearly both of these bills are A Bad Idea. I was concerned enough to contact my representative about it and I'm not one to contact members of congress willy nilly. In fact, the only other time in my life that I can recall contacting anyone was when I sent a message to Obama about DOMA/DADT/ENDA. Please take a a few seconds to contact your representative about this.
What you can do:
1. Email your representative! There are many options for this.
Go to this site,
enter your name and address, and a form email will be sent to your representative; or,
Use this site
which is Protect IP specific; or,
Write your own, personalized message by going to this site
to get the name and contact info of your house representative.
I just sent mine this message:
I am writing because congress is considering two well-intentioned but deeply flawed bills, the PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
As written, they would betray more than a decade of US policy and advocacy of Internet freedom by establishing a censorship system using the same domain blacklisting technologies pioneered by China and Iran.
The Internet is an amazing tool that has made a huge difference in my life and the lives of everyone that I know. I urge you to vote no on these bills.
My full name
2. Call your representative and leave a message! They take calls more seriously than form emails.
Sources for this post:
1 - http://americancensorship.org/
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online
3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protect_IP_
4 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/stop-onlin
5 - http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/250888/2
6 - http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-i
7 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/stop-onlin
8 - http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/201
My Jeri Lynn, who is going to be home tonight after a week down in Portland spending time with her sister
My Family. Dad wants to know how to save pictures from Facebook, I'm always happy to help him
My Cat. Lilly is a sweetie. I'm so glad we were able to rescue her.
My work. I help the best hospital staff in the world!
My Friends. I just hope I give back to them as much as they give to me.
My gadgets. From my iPhone to my Leatherman multitool, I'm happy to have some of the better tools (and toys) that our civilization can design and manufacture.
A year ago we brought Lilly into our lives.
She was two years old and had been found abandoned by a family who passed her on to PAWS after weeks of trying to find her original owners.
geojlc got to meet her first and we adopted her the next day, Jan 11 2010
Over the past year she has accompanied us (sometimes sulkily) on trips and we have been convincing her that yes,she does own the place
She is a bright little cat who knows how to use a mirror to keep an eye on things behind her, who artfully arranges her toys every day, and who gives me and geojlc joy
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I've made a ER Nurse laugh when I suggested it would be better if the ER Doctors stuck with treating people and not printers.
On Wednesday after getting home from work I did some star gazing and saw a tumbling satellite. I watched bright Vega slide across the sky as the Earth spun. it's been a while since I've been to my 'church' and it felt good, being a mote upon a mote upon a mote surrounded by vast distances with the light of other motes falling upon me, each twinkle that I saw in the sky the end of a centuries long journey of another star's light at my eye. Wonderous
Thursday I got Jeri Lynn back!
We shared a wonderful at our place on Saturday eve with our Friends. and I inflated a Marshmallow, with Science!
Let me show you
Last night we stayed in a cabin at Lewis and Clark Caverns (Montana) State Park.
Today we toured the Caverns. I had toured with Jeri Lynn and her Mother, Kathy, several years ago, and the Caverns did not disappoint this time either.
next was 10 hours of driving to Rapid City, SD. Kathy had plotted a quick stop at the Little Big Horn battleground national park. Unfortunately the $10 National park fee didn't seem worth a 20 minute stop. So we got back onto I90 and headed East.
After a couple hours, with the Sun hanging 15 degrees from the very flat horizon, Kathy said "You know, Devil's Tower is just a bit North, about 45 miles."
45 miles, 1 hour of daylight. I voted 'Yes!' as did Jeri Lynn and we headed off I90 to Devil's Tower.
The 10 dollar park fee for 20 minutes was completely worth it!
The sun was just about to set as we got to the visitor's center on the West side of the Tower.
Tomorrow, Mt Rushmore and the Minuteman missile silo historical site.
It's so nice to say those last 5 words.
In this last year, Jeri Lynn found our new place in Shoreline, organized the move, learned the wonders of CMS, and only gotten more beautiful.
Happy Birthday Love!
We have a Guest of Honor, Tom Smith (http://www.tomsmithonline.com), the world's fastest filker. Songs that will make you laugh, cry, let your spirit soar, or leave you quivering from the bad puns. Quivering I tell you!
We have a Andrew Ross as our Toastmaster, and our InterFilk guests October Country from Texas to entertain and enthrall.
Come and listen! Come and jam! Come and sing!
A full weekend pass is just $55 (single day memberships are available) or just come for the concerts (3PM until...late) on Saturday for $25.
Come and participate in our recorded Sing-along at 6:30 on Friday.
7:00 PM Concert - New Bunk Foss
7:30 PM Concert - CD Woodbury
8:00 PM Concert - Alexander James Adam
1:30 PM Concert - Ash Productions
3:30 PM Concert - Rebecca Newman
4:00 PM Concert - Aislinn
4:30 PM Interfilk Concert - October Country
8:30 PM GoH Concert - Tom Smith
10:30 AM Juried One Shots (sign up at registration and show your stuff!)
4:00 PM Toastmaster Concert - Andrew Ross