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Hi everyone!

Just a reminder- if you're a filker, and you haven't voted yet… online balloting for the 2013 Pegasus Awards ends on Monday!

The ballot is at !
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On behalf of OVFF and the Pegasus Committee, it is my sincere pleasure to announce the 2013 Pegasus Nominees!

Best Filk Song
Apology by Bill and Gretchen Roper
Goodnight, Sarah-Jane by Talis Kimberley
Grandfather by Gary Hanak
Joan by Heather Dale / Ben Deschamps
One Small Boat by Marilisa Valtazanou

Best Classic Filk Song
I Am Stardust by Lloyd Landa
Second-Hand Songs by Jonathan Turner
Ship Of Stone by Don Simpson
Starship & Haiku by Kathy Mar
Teenage Popsicle Girl by Bill Roper

Best Performer
Alexander James Adams
Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
Gary Hanak
Play It With Moxie

Best Writer/Composer
Cat Faber
Talis Kimberley
Phil Mills
Ada Palmer
Andrew Ross

Best Fairytale Song
Daffodil the Highway Fairy by Maja (Thesilée) Ilisch
Dryad's Promise by Betsy Tinney
Feygrass by Scott Snyder
Like Their Feet Have Wings by Gwen Knighton
Po' Boys by Marty Coady Fabish

Best Alien Song
The Alien Jellyfish Song by Chris Conway
Little Fuzzy Animals by Frank Hayes
Meat by Kathleen Sloan
Regrets by Andy Eigel
Rishathra by Rand Bellavia / Adam English

You can hear clips of these Nominees at

Congratulations, one and all!


Jul. 29th, 2013 07:32 am
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You know, I don't talk about it much these days. I feel like people are tired of hearing about it from me.

So, this time, let me tell you the *why*.

It was 1992. I was attending my first OVFF. And they had these ballots out, with songs on them. I thought it was great, that there was this recognition in the community... but I had no idea who to vote for, because I didn't know any of the songs.

So, I didn't vote. I felt a bit more separated, because I simply didn't know the songs of the tribe.

In 1993, at OVFF, I did know enough of the songs to vote. Some of the candidates I voted for won, some didn't. But I knew that they all *deserved* to win, otherwise they wouldn't have been nominated. And the fact that I actually knew about half the songs (and about half the people) on that ballot made me start to think that perhaps had found a place to belong.

In 1994, *I* was nominated for the award. I can't begin to describe how this made me feel- it was completely unexpected. I knew that I didn't stand a chance in hell of winning (and I didn't); but the feeling that there was an *audience* out there that nominated me... well, it was (and is) indescribable.

But, I still only knew about half the songs on the ballot.

In 1995, I was nominated again! Again, I knew that I didn't stand a chance of winning, and voted for those songs that I knew that I thought did deserve to win the award. I was... speechless... when I won that year.

This... feeling. This belonging. *Everyone* deserves it. I had been hooked before, but now I was on a mission. But, something continued to bother me. And it continued in 1996 and 1997- I only knew *some* of the songs, not all of them. I started talking to members of the OVFF concom- would it be possible to do a concert? I am certain that they were already thinking on the same lines; but in 1998, they made it happen.

The first annual Friday night concert. For the first time, attendees at the con were able to know what *all* the songs sounded like, and how the lyrics fitted with the tune.

And it was completely cemented to me. I knew what I was voting for, and why- and the discussions it sponsored at the convention were engaging and universal.

Since that time, many changes have come. Online history. Online voting. Song samples available, so that people around the world can have an impression of this award, what it means, and can participate.

You see, to me, this award, which does its level best to recognize the best in the world; discharges that goal at the end of the Nominating phase.

Every song and every person that appears on the Final Ballot epitomizes the phrase, "Excellence in Filk".

Awards and recognition are not just for the people nominated for the race- they are also for the rest of us. They hold us together, and add a dimension to our community.

And you have an opportunity to participate until Tuesday, when the Nominating Ballot closes.

If you call yourself a filker, you are eligible to submit a ballot. And you have until Tuesday, 31 July to do it.

Vote on the Pegasus Nominating Ballot. Be a part of the community.

It's at

Proud Dad

Apr. 15th, 2013 09:44 pm
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I remember my daughter sitting next to me on the couch with a plush raccoon puppet (named 'Rocky') trying to sing along with me when she was 3 years old.

I remember playing guitar for this same daughter several years later to help her win a place in the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus.

I remember several more years later, her heartbreak as she auditioned (twice!) for the vocal program at Western Michigan University- only to be turned down both times.

I remember her dedication and refusal to give up as she refused to take 'No' for an answer- and was accepted as a Vocal Performance major into WMU's Music program after an unprecedented third audition.

I remember her taking top honors at vocal competitions after her acceptance into the program- proving that fierce desire and discipline are forces that cannot be stopped.

I remember her getting a student job at 16 at the local library- which she still has. She used the money for independence in high school, and for rent, lessons, and performance clothing while in college.

Renee has fought and clawed her way into a possibly career-creating opportunity. If this moves you, please check out her page linked here, listen to some of her last recital- and decide for yourself if she deserves some help.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.

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Hi everyone. So, I'm here, too... We'll see how it goes.
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Almost exactly three years ago, we said goodbye to my father. He was 82 years old.

In about 12 hours, Katy and I fly to say goodbye to my mom. I'm glad I had the opportunity two weeks ago to tell her how I feel, and that everything is all right- because it's an open question whether we will make it to her before she leaves us.

She is 81 years old. Don't ask me why this is important to me at the moment; it just is.

I really don't talk much about these things; there is enough pain and death in the world that I don't need to add to it. Both of my parents lived long, productive, and happy lives. Dad passed peacefully; it is my fervent prayer that Mom's final hours are just as peaceful.

The circle turns. And in the West, the light grows just a tiny bit brighter.

Go with God.
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As has been oft-crossposted, the recipients of the 2010 Pegasus Awards are:

2010 Pegasus Awards

* Best Filk Song: "A Thousand Ships" - Ju Honisch and Katy Droege-Macdonald
* Best Classic Filk Song: "Fire in the Sky" - Jordin Kare
* Best Writer/Composer: Heather Dale
* Best Performer: S.J. Tucker
* Best Magic Song: "Where the Magic is Real" - Paul Kwinn
* Best Mad Science Song: "What a Woman's For" - Seanan McGuire

Now for the commentary... :)

1. I think it's really cool that Seanan gets a tiara and a Pegasus in the same year.

2. Paul- about damn time. You have made magic real for a lot of people over the years.

3. Sooj- you already know. Mountains cannot stand before you. :)

4. Heather- another adoptee into our tribe. Yer loved, you know. :)

5. Jordin. Has. Never. Won. A. Pegasus. Until this year. :) The 'about damn time' for Paul goes 10 times for you.

6. I have to admit, I'm a bit biased on the Best Song winners. ;) However I feel about it, though- it's undeniable that filk history has been made. This is the first Pegasus awarded to non-native English speaking recipients. When announced, the entire banquet hall rose to their feet, applauding. Katy was both delighted and humbled by this outpouring for them; and I think her 'Holy shit!' acceptance speech pretty much conveys it. :)

For everyone who voted; thank you. I feel that this has been a particularly good year. :)
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Hey, Debbie! In Greece, today is Ohi Day!
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I've been thinking for a couple years as to whether or not I have the technical chops (not to mention TIME) to put together a series of podcasts highlighting the Pegasus finalists.

So, we have a handy-dandy poll. :)

[Poll #1440983]

What do you think?

EDIT: Yeah, I know I'm rather binary here- there is no Maybe. In this poll, however, I'm really interested only in the absolutes at this time. Shaded areas of grey come when there's actually data for a podcast... :)
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Folks, I am deeply, deeply sorry for the length of time it took me to get the 2009 Pegasus Brainstorming Poll results online this year. Because of my tardiness, you have only one month to submit your Nominations. I've been having very exciting times over the last six weeks in both work and personal life- and I just got overloaded.

In German- 'Tut mir SO leid!'

It has really become a bit of a shock to see my name come in on the Brainstorming Poll; when I've really not done any solid performing for so long. It is always flattering, and humbling. Thank you to those who feel I'm worth mentioning- I am touched.

(shakes head) Enough of this maudlin stuff.

Now go nominate deserving people!! :)
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Crossposted from [ profile] sibylle

Hello all, it's yet another DFDF update!

Details here in TWO languages for them that wants 'em! )

Und noch ein Link / And a link: DFDF
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Hallo! Hello!

Our first progress report is done! The English version is behind this finely crafted cut-tag! )

Unser erster Progress Report ist fertig! Mit diesem cut-tag, findest euch das Deutsche version! )

Besuch uns im Internet/Visit our website
DFDF Convention
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Nicked from [ profile] aryana_filker and [ profile] lastalda
Below are the 259 songs which have been nominated for a Pegasus Award.

If you have heard the song put it in Italics.
If you have sung along to it in public (or at least the chorus) put it in Underline.
If you have sung it (in public, all the words, with people looking at you) put it in Bold

Thanks to [ profile] maverick_weirdo for starting this. If you want to check the lyrics of many of these songs out, check out the Pegasus Nominated Songs page.

Edit: Corrected [ profile] maverick_weirdo's lj link. Sorry!

Cut because I care... )


Nov. 30th, 2007 07:38 am
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So, reading today's Girl Genius, I was reminded of the age old adage, "Cake, or DEATH?!?".

Two slices of cake, coming right up.


Nov. 24th, 2007 12:07 pm
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Yep, I'm hopeless.

76%How Addicted to Apple Are You?
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In this post by [ profile] catalana, she comments on listening to her recording from this year's Pegasus concert the song A Thousand Ships (which she did a REALLY awesome job on, btw).

At the end of the thread, [ profile] keristor made a computer reference joke- indicating that the "other 24" of the 1k ships didn't make it (therefore, it really wasn't 1k ships, because 1k is 1024 ships...)

I pointed out that well, her name was HELEN, not 'MEG'.

Then, upon further reflection, I pointed out that when a single ship is destroyed, it's purely random whether you get 7 bits, 8 bits, or 11 bits. (Which, considering that these are legacy systems, some lack of standardization is likely to be expected, I guess.)

But, that only goes to show that Helen didn't play with just anyone's Wang.


Oct. 30th, 2007 11:11 am
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[ profile] happyfunpaul posted this in his journal. I am truly in awe of his evil genius.

Warning- do not have anything liquid in your mouth if you are a Dr. Who fan. Do not have ANYTHING in your mouth and wear a surgical mask if you are a Dr. Who fan and own a GPS...
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So, in order to salve my desire to be at OVFF this weekend, [ profile] katyhh and I headed to Berlin for a housefilk at the home of [ profile] kitespirit and [ profile] vampirdaddy. I had given [ profile] catalana the email address to reach my work cell phone and let me know how the voting results came out so that I could get the Pegasus website updated.

I did NOT expect her to use that address to send me notification that [ profile] scs_11 and I were to RECEIVE one for Shai! I. Am. Speechless.

My heartfelt congratulations also go out to the other winners this year:

Pardon me for a moment while I still sit here in shock...

Oh, and [ profile] catalana? I was good. I updated the website first before posting here. :)

Now, time for work. Where they don't care about fan awards...
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Yesterday I performed surgery on a very important piece of personal tech.

I replaced the battery on my Palm Tungsten E2.

The patient survived, and I didn't even crack the case!

Go me!
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