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Feedback re lunch [Mar. 7th, 2015|03:22 pm]

kanef
I tried to send this to the concom via the Contact tab on the web site, but I got a Not Acceptable message -- not a comment on the content of my feedback, I'm sure, but a technical problem that will be fixed as soon as the con notices they haven't gotten any feedback through that channel lately.  Having composed it, I want to send it to the con somehow, and maybe it's just as well if I post it pubically here.

Almost every filk con has something tradition unique to it.  Conchord, as I well remember even though I haven't been to one in years, has the Totally Tasteless and Tacky Revue and the Kazoo Awards.  OVFF has the Mad Hatter Tea Party and the Pegasus Banquet.  For Conflikt, the one unique thing I look forward every year to the mealtime collaborative songwriting challenge.  I've participated four times in a row, and I have a suggestion.

It's amazing that people can consistent come up with a song in less than several hours.  It does work, but the time we're allowed always seems much too short, however fast I try to cram the food down to get the eating part out of the way.  And then a huge chunk of time at the end is given over to announcements of other conventions.  I've already sat through almost the same list of conventions once, at one of the other cons I go to, OVFF.  When OVFF started that tradition, it used to be a list of the tiny handful of filk cons, but then the list of filk cons grew, and then it got expanded to include any convention where filk might possibly be expected to occur if enough filkers show up.  In recent years, OVFF started having the MC make the announcements so they'd go a little faster.  I guess it was that or start eliminating Pegasus categories.

I understand that people who own television sets have a choice these days between channels that run on two different models. Some of them are free, with the entertainment content interrupted by time given over to commercial advertisers whose sponsorship pays for the show.  Others cost money, but there are no advertisements.  My impression is that most TV viewers expect that if a channel is sponsored by advertisers, they expect to get it for free, and if they pay to watch a channel, they would be very annoyed if they had to sit through commercial advertisements or even public service announcements.

Si I feel like the Conflikt lunch breaks that expectation.  We pay for it, but we don't get the full amount of time to work on the song.  Frank Hayes suggested letting the song writing continue in parallel with the announcements, but I've heard others counter that people then wouldn't pay attention to the announcements.  So some people have the underlying assumption that not only should a lot of the time be set aside for announcements, but listening to them should be mandatory.  That's a little like making TV viewers not only put up with their programming being interrupted but also forbidding them to go to the kitchen to get a snack during commercial breaks.  I suppose we could leave our food untouched and concentrate on songwriting until the announcements start, and then have a leisurely lunch while we listen to the announcements, but I have a feeling the catering staff wouldn't be expecting that it would trip everything up.
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Conflikt 8 & 9 [Feb. 1st, 2015|10:33 pm]

jenk
At the Conflikt 8 "Smoked Salmon" listening to gundo & Cathy of Toyboat jam with Alec on the Guns & Roses song "Patience," and thinking it's time for a post here. Conflikt 8 is wrapping up. Have we announced plans for Conflikt 9? Yes!!!

Dates: January 29-31, 2016
Guests of Honor: TJ & Mitchell Burnside-Clapp!
Toastmuppet: Dara Korra'ti of Crime and the Forces of Evil!
Interfilk Guest: Will be announced soon!

(While I typed that, Leannan Sidhe sang "King of Elfland's Daughter" with Alec, and a Shakespearean filk has begun.)


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ot: Tomorrow's Songs Today [Jan. 27th, 2015|03:06 pm]

filkferengi
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[mood |ecstaticecstatic]
[music |S. J. Tucker--Cheshire Kitten]

If you've ever wondered who filkers are & what we're about, madfilkentist's pithy history of filk is up, for free! here:

http://www.mcgath.com/tst/

The pdf is up now, with other formats to come later.

Squee!
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Final Conflikt 8 progress report is up!!!! [Jan. 10th, 2015|04:54 pm]

jenk
[mood |bouncybouncy]

The final Conflikt Progress report is up!!!!

Check it out for:

  • This year's singalong song!

  • What workshops will be happening!

  • Theme circle info!

  • Concert info!

  • Many exclamation points!!!!!


Get it at http://conflikt.org/content/2015/download/Conflikt8PRJan2015.pdf
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What's up with Conflikt!!! [Dec. 7th, 2014|03:50 pm]

jenk
Conflikt will once again return to a January near Seattle!!! Specifically January 30 - February 1st, 2015, at the Hilton SeaTac International Airport!!!!! Wheee!!!!

As it is actually December now, we would love to get submissions for the Conflikt Songbook and Conflikt Lunch CD!!!! Yes, these magic items are no longer not conjured from the volcanic depths of Mt Rainier!!!! They are created through the generosity of filkers like yourself!!!!! How can you participate in this extravaganza?

  • Email your song lyrics or lyrics & music to Songbook at Conflikt dot org!!!
  • Email your recording to Sound at Conflikt dot org!!!
  • Pre-register at http://conflikt.org!!!
  • Get your hotel room!!!
  • Check out the Progress report (PDF)!!!!
  • Think about items for the Interfilk Auction!!!!
  • Tell your friends!!!
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Con Hotel [May. 22nd, 2014|09:01 pm]

Althene Sanguis
My family and I will be attending Conflikt this year! *happy dance* I was wondering if anyone knew about when the hotel block would be opening up? Also, I noticed that the hotel has some rooms with two king beds - might those be included as part of the room block? Thanks! We came to Conflikt several years ago when it was at another hotel, and I'm ecstatic to be coming back :D
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Conflikt 8 announcement! [Jan. 25th, 2014|10:04 pm]

jenk
Conflikt 8 will be held the weekend of Jan 30 & 31 and Feb 1, 2015!

Conflikt 8 guests have been announced:
Guest of Honour Cecilia Eng!
Toastmaster Alexander James Adams!
Interfilk guest Toyboat!

More info at http://conflikt.org
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(no subject) [Jan. 25th, 2014|04:25 pm]

jenk
Missed concerts? Conflikt streaming http://fansupported.tv Tim Griffin now, Brooke Abbey at 5pm, Sunnie Larsen at 6pm!!! (Free membership)
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Closing pre-reg & lunch tickets! [Jan. 17th, 2014|11:56 am]

jenk
Reminder that pre-registration ends tomorrow night, Jan 18! You can still register at the door, but can save $5 by pre-registering today or tomorrow. AND...since the hotel wants to know the lunch count before the con starts, your best bet to get a lunch ticket is ALSO today or tomorrow. (We'll have a few Friday, but only a few.) Online registration is at http://conflikt.org!
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Programming grid & door rates are on the website :) [Jan. 11th, 2014|10:12 pm]

jenk
A PDF of the programming grid is now on http://conflikt.org! Along with the at-door day & full weekend rates.

(Note - you can still pre-register for another week.)
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