jenk: (Jen44)
There's going to be major marches in Seattle tomorrow near my office building on 6th & Lenora. Specifically the main May Day march is going down 6th avenue this year, not 4th. And TWO "March on Amazons" at 11am and 2pm that will likely cause traffic silliness. Oh, and I've heard about a Trump rally at Westlake Park at 4pm.

Worse: I have a dentist appointment at 10am in Bellevue, so I can't just get to the office before it all starts. While it would be fun to watch the march down 6th from above...I think I'm going to work from home tomorrow.
jenk: Faye (Faye)
Today I topped off the gas tank, went through the car wash, and vacuumed the car.

I also bought one of these glass wipes & wiped down the steering wheel, gearshift, and other controls. Why wipe down things that weren't very dirty? Because I touch them all the time which means they have germs.
jenk: Faye (Faye)
Going to Norwescon? Here's when the music panels & workshops are happening!!

Home Recording I
Cascade 13
3–4 p.m.
Everybody wants to make a music demo, and many want to record podcasts or livestream a show. What can you do with what you’ve got? If that won’t do—and it probably won’t—what do you really need to create a good demo or show? How little can you get away with; or, if you have even a small budget, what can you do to turn a spare bedroom into decent recording space? Hardware and software solutions are discussed.
Dara Korra’ti (M), Alexander James Adams

What the Frak Is Filk?
Cascade 11
5–6 p.m.
The oldest form of geekmusic at SF conventions is a branch-off from folk called “filk.” It has an intentionally open and deeply participatory culture, and isn’t just folk-derived, despite the origins. This panel is your introduction to fandom’s oldest tradition of participatory geekmusic. Come on out and play!
Stephanie Weippert (M), Wednesday Phoenix

Not a music panel, but there will be Karaoke in Evergreen 3&4 starting at 8pm, and concerts in Grand 3 starting at 9pm!

Thursday Night Open Filk
Evergreen 3&4
11 p.m.–2 a.m.
This is where you can come sing or play whatever you want, alone or with friends; to the most supportive crowd you will ever run into ever, anywhere. Seriously, you have no idea. Bring your instrument, bring your voice, and put some of that participation into participatory culture!
(This will be in Evergreen for the one night *only*, after Karaoke.)

Mad Libs Filk
Evergreen 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
Filk in the blanks. Our pros will take words from the audience and plug them into existing filk songs. The results are sure to be as far flung as the imaginations of the participants.
Jen K (M)

Concerts will happen starting at 2pm in Grand 3!! Check it out!!

It’s All About You (Without It Being At All About You)
Cascade 7&8
5–6 p.m.
Independent musicians, writers, and artists can all now be their own labels, their own imprints, their own galleries. But in the modern era how do you, a tiny fish, get noticed in the sea of information and other stage-grabbing attention whores like yourself? What if you’re just really bad at that? Some of our independent musicians, writers, and artists talk about being heard on the internet stage.
Stephanie Weippert (M), Raven Oak, Alexander James Adams, Shubzilla

Friday Night Open Filk
Grand 2
11:30 p.m.–2 a.m.
Come celebrate the culmination of Friday Filkfest by filking the night away! This is where you can come sing or play whatever you want, alone or with friends, to the most supportive crowd you will ever run into ever anywhere. Seriously, you have no idea. Bring your instrument, bring your voice, and put some of that participation into participatory culture!

Sea Shanties Sing-A-Long
Evergreen 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
We’re going out to C! Or sea? BOTH, when it’s sea shanties! Come fill your lungs like bellowing sails and sing along to some favorite songs used on ships for work and entertainment. Don’t know the difference between a capstan and a haul shanty? That’s okay; we’ll show you the ropes!
Jessica F. Hebert (M)

Concerts will also be happening Saturday afternoon! Check it out!

How Big a Fish Do You Need to Be?
Cascade 9
2–3 p.m.
You’re an independent writer. You’re an independent musician. You’re an independent artist. You make indie games. How big do you need to be to make a sustainable living? The traditional track to success has involved the large imprints and labels, but that’s not working so well anymore, particularly not for musicians. Is there a way forward? Come listen to our independent creatives talk about forging new paths in their industries.
Jonny Nero Action Hero (M), Stephanie Weippert, Dara Korra’ti, Alexander James Adams

Songwriting 101
Cascade 11
4–5 p.m.
Come one and all, and bring ideas! We’ll work on creating a song in the panel!
Jessica F. Hebert (M), Dara Korra’ti

Find Your Instrument
Evergreen 1&2
6–7 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how people figure out what kind of musical instrument they want to play? Several of our pros have volunteered to bring their instruments and introduce them to people. This is a hands-on workshop; after an introduction of the instruments, participants will be able to try out various instruments, and be given brief introductions on how to play them, by their owners. This panel is aimed at teens and adults; kids are welcome, but must be of an age and attitude appropriate to handle other peoples’ musical instruments!
Dara Korra’ti (M), Wednesday Phoenix, Norman K. Moss

Saturday Night Open Filk
Grand 3
midnight–3 a.m.
It’s the last open filk of Norwescon 40! After you’ve partied around a bit, and after the concerts are over, come sing or play whatever you want, alone or with friends, to the most supportive crowd you will ever run into ever, anywhere. Bring your instrument, bring your voice, and put some of that participation into participatory culture!

Geekmusic in the Wild
Cascade 9
1–2 p.m.
Where do you find this stuff? How do you get there? Where is it being played, when you’re not at Norwescon? Want to see your kind of music, live, when you’re not here? Our panelists talk about the venues and events that support different kinds of geek-friendly music.
Hollyanna McCollom (M), Stephanie Weippert, Christian Lipski, Wednesday Phoenix

Home Recording II
Cascade 9
2–3 p.m.
Everybody wants to make a demo, and many want to record podcasts or livestream a show. Okay, you have some equipment. Now what do you do with it? How do you set it up; how do you use it to capture or create the best sounds you can? If you didn’t make the first hour; that’s okay, come anyway.
Dara Korra’ti (M), Alexander James Adams, Christian Lipski
jenk: Faye (Conflikt Frog)
The fall Conflikt progress report is out! You can read it at :)

More info on Conflikt at
jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
KOMO is suggesting tomorrow's storm will be like the storm on Dec 14, 2006. I remember that - nearly got marooned in my office, power out for days, etc.

Stay safe, folks.
jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
Norwescon happens every Easter weekend at the SeaTac Doubletree; this year it's in April.

Only programming is being figured out now. If you are interested in having a concert, being on a panel, or doing workshops, please send in your info at:

You can also submit panel, workshop, and other ideas there too!

Note that the people who organizing programming change, so even if you've been a panelist before, reaching out is a good idea.

jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
Republicans claim to be for small government conservatism. So they're for letting municipalities set their own laws, right? Writing on North Carolina's recent anti-LGBT bill:

[The legislative blitz] wasn’t only a bathroom bill, though. That was the pretext — state legislation to override Charlotte’s city law protecting LGBT civil rights. But the effect — explicitly written into this new law — reaches far beyond just this immediate anti-LGBT pretext. The law claims for the state the right to overrule and override any local or municipal regulation — specifically mentioning local minimum-wage laws and child-labor laws.

So this isn’t just about prohibiting Charlotte from protecting the civil rights of LGBT residents. It’s also about preventing Charlotte from raising the minimum wage. Or preventing Charlotte — or any other municipality — from, say, requiring better water-safety standards than whatever state lawmakers might decide. It’s a centralized, top-down, Raleigh-knows-best power-grab by the capital. Because, again, small government conservatism.

jenk: Faye (Coffee)
The elder Prius is getting less and less comfortable compared to John's C-Max Energi. So I got one. I'm calling it CeCe (for C-Max).

jenk: Faye (Elementary)
Your romantic inclinations are not a flaw to be corrected, they're a trait to be accepted. I know you, Watson. I know you'll never be happy within the confines of a quote-unquote traditional relationship, and I said what I said because it pains me to see you try to fit into one simply because it is the default mode of polite society.

Well, there's no reason to feel pain, because I'm happy with Andrew.

But would you be happier without him? Alternatively, with him as an occasional sex partner and confidant, or, with him when he's within the States and free to pursue other interests when he's not? There are any number of any possible arrangements, all you need to do is find one that is true to your nature.
jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
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!!!
  • Get your hotel room!!!
  • Check out the Progress report (PDF)!!!!
  • Think about items for the Interfilk Auction!!!!
  • Tell your friends!!!
jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
So, a member of the Washington state legislature resigned after it was pointed out that he 1) no longer has a permanent address in Washington and 2) registered to vote in Ohio last year. Per the Everett Herald,
Hope, who last lived in Mill Creek, became a registered voter in Lake County, Ohio, in August 2013 through the state's motor-voter law. He doesn't recall doing it and has never voted there.
“I had no idea that I was ever registered somewhere else,” he said. “I had no clue that's what I did.”
Hope is an Ohio native and his mother lives in the state. He said Thursday morning that he intended to settle there when he completes training for a career in financial services.
If Hope had not resigned, he could have been forced out by state and county election officials who were considering the process for canceling his registration.
State law requires an elected official remain a registered voter in the district or jurisdiction that they serve. If they are not a registered voter, they are immediately removed from office.
Hope is still legally registered to vote in the 44th Legislative District that he's served since 2008. However, he's been on inactive status since last year.
In the meantime, Hope could be pressed to reimburse the state for the money he's earned as a state lawmaker since he registered in Ohio.
Deputy Chief Clerk Bernard Dean said Thursday that House lawyers and the state Attorney General's Office have been asked to determine whether Hope became an unqualified lawmaker when he registered in Ohio and, if so, what actions can be taken in response.

I find it difficult to believe he didn't know that he'd moved out of state when he got a driver's license in Ohio. But what's also odd, to me, is the photo that the local ABC affiliate KOMO ran of the Rep Hope:

That photo isn't on his legislature page or his official flickr. So...why?

Update: Turns out Mike Hope is also an aspiring actor!
jenk: Faye (Default)
I mostly post on LJ.

Ah, google

Jun. 11th, 2014 11:47 pm
jenk: Faye (TooCleverWry)
I have an Android phone. One of its features is to show info based on searches on the "desktop".

It can be helpful to have Google's estimate of how long it will take to drive home or to work, yes. On the other hand, sometimes it latches onto the weirdest things. Any sport team I search for will start appearing. Venues will show up. Etc.

The result? Tonight Skydancer went to a Mariners game. I was to pick him up. I hesitated to Google whether the game was over because I didn't want to it to persist.

I think I'm tired. Night.
jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
The code is checked into the server tonight
Not a tester to be seen.
The program is ready to release
And it looks like the build is clean
The PO’s howling that we must deliver on time
Didn’t test at all, but it’s not a crime.

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the Dev team you always have to be
Quality, no please, testing is slow
Well now we know.

Let it go, let it go, testing is a chore )


jenk: Faye (RainInSeattle)
Steve Ballmer spent 2 billion dollars for the LA Clippers. Which kinda puts the Chris Hansen / Steve Ballmer partnership that asked for $200 million in public money to pay for a new Seattle NBA stadium and buy a team in, shall we say, perspective.

For the amount Ballmer just paid for the Clippers, he could have built a new Sodo basketball arena all by himself, plus built the Safeco Field baseball stadium, plus built the CenturyLink football stadium and still had more than $600 million left over for buying a team.
Ballmer, at least, didn't need public money. He (or his partners) wanted public money so they could face less risk themselves. This is a reasonable choice, but doesn't mean they're entitled to it.
The city of Seattle, which is slated to put a hundred-plus million in bonds into the arena, has not given final approval to that plan. What they passed two years ago was an agreement to do the studies while [the group, including Ballmer] pursued a team. But many council members have told me that their “yes” votes back then do not mean they’re necessarily going to be “yes” votes for a final go-ahead.
I don't have a problem with sports per se, but I do think the city has more important things to put its tax dollars into - like education, transportation & infrastructure.
jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
Oh spacious lanes, Oh clear sightlines
We miss you now you're gone
Oh empty shoulders, trees beside
And 3rd lane is all gone!
Construction zone
Construction zone
One day you'll all be done
And we will drive the same path twice
And relax (but not for long)

jenk: Faye (Soundboard)
Usually when the number of performers is changing up to the day before? It's a bad sign.

Usually when I ask how many vocal mics we'll need and don't get an answer, because it's not a simple question, and there's lots of debate over who is and isn't singing and who will want to speak from the stage and who can share mics? It's a bad sign.

Usually when line checks continue to door opening? It's a bad sign.

Oh, and in "never happened before and hope it never happens again", when we go to pick up [ profile] skydancer's sound equipment from his storage unit and the storage facility is without power? Should I mention his unit is on the 3rd floor? And no power means no elevator? I'm not sure how to interpret that except as a bad sign.

Photo by Sherry Kirk

And yet it was all perfect.

Congratulations to Betsy on a successful album launch!
jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
Happy 2nd day of Christmas, traditionally celebrated with 2 turtle doves. Or turtle Doves.

Today is also Boxing Day & St Stephen's day.

jenk: Faye (TooCleverWry)
Waiting on hold for the IRS about Dad's taxes.

Had a relaxing labor day weekend in Vancouver BC. Or I should probably say labour day. Also we came back Sunday. Anyway.

Debating buying Toby Daye ebooks for convenient rereading but want to see what the Amazon thing will do to pricing.


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