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Did you pre-reg for Conflikt 11? [Feb. 12th, 2017|09:52 pm]
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Conflikt 11 isn't until January 26-28 2018, so the price to pre-register is currently only $40 until after Consonance (March 26th). Save money, pre-register early at http://conflikt.org!!!

Conflikt 11 will have guests Urban Tapestry, Rob Wynne, and Brett Glass!

Finally, the supporting memberships for Conflikt 10 will be mailed shortly.

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Conflikt 10 stuff! [Jan. 11th, 2017|02:24 pm]
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FYI, stuff is happening.

1) 2nd progress report PDF is up - http://conflikt.org/content/2017/download/Conflikt10PRJan2017.pdf
2) Pre-reg is at 90 people and still open, can we get it over 100?
3) Lunch tickets are still available. Lunch will be in the top floor of the tower with views of the mountains.
4) There's also a twitter poll for dessert options at https://twitter.com/ConfliktFrog/status/819304661270163456
5) Google map of the hotel & surrounding area is at http://tinyurl.com/conflikt

Hope to see you at the con!
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Conflikt Progress Report! [Nov. 14th, 2016|10:34 am]
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The fall Conflikt progress report is out! You can read it at http://conflikt.org/content/2017/download/ConfliktPROct2016.pdf :)

More info on Conflikt at http://conflikt.org
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Conflikt Pre-Reg is going up! Also Hotel! [Jun. 29th, 2016|03:11 pm]
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Whaaaaat? Conflikt pre-registration is still only $40?

Yes, it is.

When does the price go up to $50?

July 5th.

Hoooow did this happen? Wasn't the prereg $40 at Conflikt 9? Shouldn't it be, like, $45 by now?

The chair noticed that hardly anyone ever pre-registered at the $45 price. Also the chair may be lazy.

Lazy? What do you mean, "lazy"?

Let's not get into digressions. You can pre-reg at http://conflikt.org

Fine! What about the hotel? Where is the con going to be this year?

Good move. Conflikt 10 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton - Hotel Seattle Airport, at 18740 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98188.

What're the room rates this year?

1 to 2 person: $106.00 plus tax per night
3 to 4 people: $116.00 plus tax per night
Tower room: $126.00 plus tax per night

Are the tower rooms really all that?

Depends on who you ask. The tower has 4 elevators, and if you're close to the elevators it's probably less walking. Also you get better views since you're higher up. Hospitality will be in the tower. On the other hand, the 3-story wings 2 and 7 are close to the Conflikt event space and make it easy to skip elevators (if you prefer).

Wait, wings? Do you have, like, a map of this place?

The map is at: http://tinyurl.com/j99bbcc

Does going between wings mean going outside in January???

Nope. There are enclosed, interior hallways connecting the entire hotel.

What happened to that hotel survey?

The change in hotel is largely due to the survey results. The results are at the end of the hotel FAQ on the Conflikt website.

Wait, what? There's a hotel FAQ?

Yes, at http://conflikt.org/hotel.php.
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Conflikt 9 & 10! [Feb. 2nd, 2016|12:10 pm]
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Thanks to everyone who was at Conflikt 9! FYI you can send feedback to the concom by emailing feedback at conflikt.org!!!

For other filkish fun there is the Emerald Forest Filk email list!! And of course Conflikt 10 will be the weekend of Jan 27 - Jan 29th, 2017!!! What other filkish items do you want to share?

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

Posted via m.livejournal.com.

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


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

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