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Monday, July 2nd, 2018
10:58 pm
I am home safely from ConCertino as of a few hours ago.

It was a fun convention and I am sorry I was not able to get there on Friday evening. 

I had a nice surprise and was able to make someone else's weekend.

The nice surprise was that I was presented with a new floating interfilk item that is being passed along to members of the community.  (I tried getting it to two people whom I though deserved the chance and both sent it back to me.)  The pendent (made by Elise Mathenson (sp?)) and book are currently with me

As for making someone else's weekend, I somehow managed to win my 3rd quilt this year.  I have won previously the interfilk quilt at GaFilk, which I managed to win remotely with help from FilkFerengi and the quilt at FKO.  

After I won the quilt from GaFilk, I planned to do what I saw someone else  (confirmed @ ConCertino - Kathleen Sloan) did @ a GaFilk years ago.   Not keep the 2nd quilt, but give it away to someone else who had never won a quilt @ a filk convention before.  

The FKO quilt was sent home with Tim Griffin who really appreciated.   The ConCertino quilt ended up going home with Jane Sibley.

If I win MORE quilts in the future (and I really would like someone else to win!), I am going to continue to give them away to other people who have never won a quilt before (or received a quilt from someone at a filk convention.)

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017
10:55 am
I know a few people follow me on here.. .  Can someone point me to the method to backup LJ to Dreamwidth?   (I thought I did it the other day, but it did not seem to take.  (I want to import what was on LJ to DW,)

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Friday, December 30th, 2016
12:18 pm
dreamwidth test post
testing to see if crossposting works.  (Setting this up, but not 100% migrating services.)

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
12:02 am
Worldcon 2016...
Home as of a couple of hours ago.

Lots of good music. 

Thank you to filkerdave for running a great music track.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
1:17 pm
NEFilk 2016 CD - bad copy
Just a heads up.  I have had a report of a bad copy of the NEFilk CD getting out to someone,  If you ended up with a bad copy of the disc, please let me know and I will replace it.
Sunday, June 26th, 2016
3:22 pm
NEFilk 2016 CD.... Burning away...
Its that time of the year again for me....  Less than a week before the NEFilk convention and I am burning the NEFilk CD for the convention.

I will be posting the j-card information (which includes recordings of the 2017 guests for Contata 8 (NEFilk 27) over next weekend, after Conterpoint has started.)

16 songs from 3 different countries.   I was not able to get a memorial track for one person (and yes, I did try reaching the family but got not response. :( If they respond with permission, I will include their song in the 2017 CD.)

At least all of the permissions came in early this year.  (Reminder for next year - start earlier than mid May.)

Also, I want to publiclly thank filkferengi, fringefan, and otherdeb for their proofreading assistance, again this year.  Its always appreciated and the j-cards and CD labels would not be as good without their advice.  (And a lot more errors would make it into the final project.)

Update 12:40a Tuesday morning...
CDs are done.  (duplicated and labeled).  Onto the inserts tomorrow night, along with the digital upload and generation of download codes.  Assembly will be onsite by volunteers.  (See me friday morning if you would like to help put together 150 CDs for everyone.)
Sunday, March 20th, 2016
8:29 pm
Lunacon 2016
Home from Lunacon.  It was good to get to a local convention for a change.  (I missed most of my regular conventions since OVFF 2015 and did call into Philcon.)   It was nice to see those who were there, but I did miss a few people whom I regularly see.
Friday, January 1st, 2016
1:23 pm
Suffolk.net email address - no longer works
For those who had my @suffolk.lib.ny.us email address, the service that provided that email address has ended and that account no longer works to reach me.    I do have a replacement email at Yahoo.com, which I migrated most items I was having go there.
Sunday, June 28th, 2015
10:19 pm
NEFilk 25/ConCertino 2015 CD - Journeys
Just to share the information that was on last week's CD release, here's a text version of the insert.

Also, incase it was not noticed, there was a bandcamp download code with the album, so that you can download your CD as mp3s.


ConCertino 2015

ConCertino 2015 Guests

Guests of Honor: Summer and Fall (Eva Van Daele-Hunt and Crystal Blum)
1. Partings – Summer and Fall (Eva Van Daele-Hunt and Crystal Blum)
2. Sommer im Herzen – Summer and Fall (Eva Van Daele-Hunt)
3. Weg nach Avalon – Summer and Fall (Crystal Blum)

Toastmaster: Rand Bellavia
4. Math – Ookla the Mok (Rand Bellavia and Adam English)
5. Medieval Evil Knievel – Ookla the Mok (Rand Bellavia and Adam English)
6. Spot the Cat – Ookla the Mok (Rand Bellavia and Adam English)

Interfilk Guest: Kari Maaren
7. The Eagles Came and Carried Them Away – Kari Maaren (Kari Maaren)
8. The Chosen One – Kari Maaren (Kari Maaren)
9. 43 – Kari Maaren (Kari Maaren)

LinGuest: Mark Mandel
10. Thinking-Brain Dog – Mark Mandel (Mark Mandel/Traditional)
11. Pousse-Café – Mark Mandel (Mark Mandel/Talis Kimberley)
12. The Wolf Within – Mark Mandel (Mark Mandel)

Conterpoint 2016 Guests

Guests of Honor: Bill and Brenda Sutton
13. Where's My Flying Car – Bill and Brenda Sutton (Bill and Brenda Sutton)

Toastmaster: Arlene "Callie" Hills
14. Where the Shadows Are – Echo's Children (Cat Faber, arrangement by Callie Hills and Cat Faber)

Interfilk Guest: Cliff McMurray
15. Clare's Dragoons – Cliff McMurray (Traditional)

In Memoriam

Roger Clendening II, Barigato Greenberg, Joe Bethancourt, Thomas S. "Thom" Gressman, Rick Helmich, Suzette Haden Elgin, Beatrice "Bunny" Hagerty, Leonard Nimoy, Sir Terry Pratchett

16. Where the Magic Hides – Barigato and LadyCat (Sandra Greenberg/Bari and Sandra Greenberg)
17. Second Star to the Right – Joe Bethancourt (W. J. Bethancourt III)
18. Send Him Home – Cat Faber (Cat Faber) in memory of Sir Terry Pratchett

Title – Performer(s) (Writer/Composer)

Unless stated, all tracks were recorded for this CD.

Tracks 1, 2 – Reprinted from the CD Into the Blue.
Track 3 – Reprinted from the CD Last Sunny Day.
Tracks 4, 5 – Reprinted from the album Nerdvana.
Track 6 – Reprinted from the CD Dave Lennon.
Tracks 7–9 – Recorded for this CD and engineered by Devin Melanson.
Tracks 10, 11 – Recorded at Philcon 2014 during open filk by Harold Stein.
Track 12 – Recorded at Philcon 2013 during open filk by Harold Stein.
Track 13 – Recorded at Detcon1 by Harold Stein.
Track 14 – Recording provided by Callie Hills.
Track 15 – Recording provided by Cliff McMurray.
Track 16 – Reprinted from the CD, Romancing the Filk.
Track 17 – Recorded live at Fencon 2011, by Jerrie Adkins.
Track 18 – Reprinted from Cat Faber's online songbook, http://www.hwaet.org/Songbook/SendHimHome.html

Ookla the Mok is Rand Bellavia and Adam English. Echo's Children is Callie Hills and Cat Faber.

All CDs mentioned above are available from most filk dealers or directly from the artists. Joe Bethancourt's CDs can be purchased from your local filk dealer or Random Factors http://www.random-factors.com/

This CD was compiled, engineered and published by Harold Stein for ConCertino. Cover art by Jane Sibley.

This CD is dedicated to the memory of those whom we have lost in the past year. They are missed and not forgotten. May their names be added to the clacks.

All recordings used with permission of the performers and the publishers. Thank you to everyone for permission to use your songs on this album.

http://www.concertino.net http://www.conterpoint.org http://www.nefilk.us

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
4:08 pm
Filk.. and ConCertino 2015 CD
I just noticed, I never posted that the Filk History book I was encouraging everyone to support last fall was released in late January. (This makes it eligable for the 2016 Hugo award.)

The history book is available for free, here:


Also, madfilkentist has been updating the errata page with updates, the most recent correction or additional information was added June 5th.

As for the ConCertino 2015 CD, the CD is DONE!  Its been printed, labeled and duplicated.  I just have to get the audio (and cover graphic) onto bandcamp and generate the download codes for everyone.  This year, for the first time, I am including a download code with the CD-R, so people do not have to rip the CD.  (I have already done it for you.)  

Title is "Journeys".   I will be posting a song list (which includes the NEFilk 2016 guests) on Friday, AFTER registration opens at ConCertino.
Friday, December 19th, 2014
10:58 am
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
9:10 pm
Filk Signal boosting - Filk History Book crowdsourcing.Ends in a couple of days.
The filk history book that madfilkentist is working on is currently in its last week of funding.  (Ends in a few days.)

He is about 78% of the way there.  He has posted a 3rd sample chapter (in addition to the two previous he shared when the fundraising started.)
The 3rd sample chapter covers from 1979 thru 1988 from Filkcon 1 to the disintegration of Off Centaur.


I have contributed a number of digital scans to the source material for Madfilkentist and am continuing to scan my collection.   (So far, he has gotten a full set of "PFen" and "The Filking Times".  I have a number (not a complete set) of Kantele and a few Philk Philly Phlashes on hand and have arranged to borrow a number of Apa-Filks to contribute to the source materials for the history book.

I really want to see this free book funded and from the little he has shared so far, its been very interesting.

Link for the fund raising -


And his original post with some raw information that came in over the past few weeks -


Edit 9/29 - The book has funded!  Yea!  Now to see if we get a couple of the stretch  goals.
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
5:06 pm
Filk History Crowdfunding - Signal Boosting
I am just sharing word about a project that madfilkentist is putting together.

He is doing fundraising for a project on the history of the filk community going from the 1940s to the current day.

If his goal is met, madfilkentist plans to release the book for free.

The project is here -


madfilkentist's post about the project for more details.  (Including 2 very rough drafts.)

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
1:21 am
Filking While Impaired - NEFilk 2014 - Contata CD liner notes
This is the version that I have with me @ Contata.  I think there was a couple of typos fixed after this version was copied over to my laptop.

The cover was printed in black and white, but I have requested a color cover I can shared with everyone for inputing into their ipod.  (I did not get the CD into itunes, yet.)

Filking While Impaired
Contata 2014

Contata 2014 Guests

Guests of Honor: Amy McNally and David Perry
1. Dippy Waltz – Amy McNally, Brooke Abbey, Betsy Tinney, Margaret Davis (Amy McNally). For Peter Alway
2. Three Hundred Dollar Car – Amy McNally, Dave Perry (Dave Perry)
3. Whiskey You're My Darling – Amy McNally, Dave Perry (Dave Perry/Trad.)

Toastmasters: T.J. and Mitchell Burnside Clapp
4. Miles's Lullaby – T.J. Burnside Clapp (T.J. Burnside Clapp)
5. Red Star Rising – Mitchell Burnside Clapp (Mitchell Burnside Clapp)
6. ESPN – T.J., Mitchell, Jessie, Tori, and Miles Burnside-Clapp (Mitchell Burnside Clapp)

Interfilk Guest: Peter Alway
7. Nifty Renaissancy-Sounding Tune Cooked Up while Waiting for a Clouded-Out Observing Session. – Peter Alway, Amy McNally (Peter Alway)
8. Spirals in Your Eyes – Peter Alway (Peter Alway)
9. Slightly Evil Waltz – Peter Alway (Peter Alway)

Listener Guest: Sheryl Ehrlich
10. Flatten the Glass – Gary Ehrlich (Gary Ehrlich/Cat Faber)
11. Lab Rat Rules – Sheryl Ehrlich, Gary Ehrlich (Sheryl Ehrlich/Frank Hayes)
12. A SMOF Too Blue – Sheryl Ehrlich, Gary Ehrlich (Dave Weingart/Brenda Sutton)

ConCertino 2015 Guests

Guests of Honor: Summer and Fall (Eva Van Daele-Hunt and Crystal Blum)
13. The Dolls (Die Puppen) – Summer and Fall (Eva Van Daele-Hunt)

Toastmaster: Rand Bellavia
14. Suprema Lex – Ookla the Mok (Rand Bellavia and Adam English)

Interfilk Guest: Kari Maaren
15. Everybody Hates Elves – Kari Maaren (Kari Maaren)

Linguest: Mark Mandel
16. Liss's Song – Mark Mandel (Mark Mandel)

In Memoriam

17. Costumer – Gary Ehrlich, Heather Dale, Ben Deschamps (Gary Ehrlich/Heather Dale & Ben Deschamps)
18. Marty Gear @ Conterpoint 2013 – Marty Gear (Anonymous)
19. Hyper Hilton – Gary McGath (Gary McGath/Heather Rose Jones) in memory of Lunacon concom –  Dom Corrado and Elliot Shorter
20. The Guitarist – Jack Carroll (Carol Kabakjian/Trad.)

Title – Performer(s) (Writer/Composer)

Unless stated, all tracks were recorded for this CD.

Track 1 – Reprinted from the CD Hazardous Fiddle, published by Flowinglass Music.
Tracks 2, 3 – Recorded @ Conflikt 2014. Soundboard feed provided by Seghers Sound.
Tracks 4, 5 – Recorded @ OVFF 2010 by Mark Peters.
Track 6 – Recorded @ Anticipation (Worldcon 2009).
Track 7 – Recorded @ Capricon 2008 by Peter Alway.
Track 13 – Alternate version. Translation by Crystal Blum and Eva Van Daele-Hunt.
Track 14 – Reprinted from the Ookla the Mok CD Vs Evil.
Track 15 – Reprinted from the Canadian Geeks Sampler of Awesome CD.
Track 16 – Recorded @ Philcon 2006 by Harold Stein.
Track 17 – Recorded @ Conterpoint 2013 during a concert setup and during Saturday night open filk.
Track 18 – Recorded @ FilkOntario 2014 and engineered by Ken LaLonde, USB Studios.
Track 19 – Recorded @ Lunacon 2008.
Track 20 – Reprinted from the tape ConCerto in Afilk Minor, published by Wail Songs.

All other tracks recorded by the performers and provided for this CD.

Ookla the Mok is Rand Bellavia and Adam English with Michael Mallory and Brian Platter.

This CD was compiled, engineered and published by Harold Stein for Contata. CD art by Ariel Cinii. Cover photo by Terrence Karney Photography. Cover design by Merav Hoffman.

All recordings used with permission of the performers and the publishers. Thank you to everyone for permission to use your songs on this CD.

http://www.contata.org         http://www.concertino.net      http://www.nefilk.us


This CD is dedicated to the memory of Pete Seeger, who has influenced all of us in the filk community.

Current Mood: Tired
Sunday, June 15th, 2014
7:26 pm
Contata CD
Status update...

All audio is done, I think...  There is one song I want to see if I can do a better adjustment..  (Raising the guitar levels, per performer request.   I already did one version, but I want to play with some more settings I found to use (again))  Once that is checked, I get to start burning CDs for the convention.

The liner notes are written, and out to the proofreaders.  (fringefan,otherdeb and filkferengi, along with the con chair mneme.)  So far, 2 batches of corrections have come in, which have greatly improved the CD. (One with text fixes, the other as an audio changing suggestion that imho improves the 2014 CD.)  And next year has a possible format change on how I organize the songs.  (Just the same structure, but where some songs get placed may move.  I am going to think on it a few months, since I am not going to do that sort of change last minute.)

Only remaining problem is that I need a title for the album.

Liner notes will be posted on Friday.
Sunday, June 8th, 2014
7:33 pm
Contata CD - Update...
All songs are finally chosen.  (I had to find one for one of the 2015 guests and went with a recording from 2006.)  Permission emails have been going out and have been getting granted for what I have asked so far.  (I still have a number of emails to send out, 2 songs, 1 sound engineer and one tape reprint permission.)   Getting an extra memorial track (mid May for Carol Kabakjian) added to the CD generated a few more permission requests for a song, but I want to make sure she is remembered.   It turns out that she had a writing credit on a couple of songs on that tape.

Song list and liner notes will be posted next week during Contata.

If you are not attending Contata and would like me to send you a CD, you get one with a supporting membership to the convention.  http://www.contata.org

The registration page says songbook only with membership, but I will get the supporting list post convention and make sure you get a CD somehow.
Friday, May 2nd, 2014
12:19 am
Contata 2014 CD.... Progress starting....
I am finally getting my act together, after 2 moves in the past month or so...  (I moved 40 miles closer to NYC between mid March and Mid April and then work moved about 30 blocks in Manhattan last weekend.)  

I finally got the emails out asking for contributions from the 2014 Contata guests and have to email the Concertino 2015 guests for contributions, but their emails will go out tomorrow evening/over the weekend.

I already know one songs I do plan for the memorial slots (Marty Gear)  will be a song written in Marty's memory combined with a couple of recordings of him telling Vampire jokes at Conterpoint 2013. Permission from his family is pending.  (I have to ask first.).

Current Mood: Tired
Saturday, April 26th, 2014
5:11 pm
ET games found...
They actually found the E.T. games in the garbage dump.


Cue any game soundtrack music.  :)
Saturday, April 19th, 2014
10:23 pm
2014 Hugo award nominees - Announced
The 2014 Hugo Award nominies were announced earlier today.

Here's a direct link to the list of nominees -


Congratulations to all nominees.
Sunday, April 13th, 2014
1:34 am
1 Move down, 1 to go..
For the past few months, I have been house sitting long term for family, about 40 miles from where I have lived since May 2000.    Since it was working out, I made the decision move to where I am house sitting.  (When the house sitting is over, I can still live here.)

This has caused an interesting delay in my getting started on the 2014 NEFilk CD.  (Which means I need to get the emails out asking for songs and permissions.)

If you need my new mailing address, drop me an email.

As if my personal moving is not enough, my day job is also moving, during FKO.  :(  (Which means I am not making it there this year.) :(   I hope to make it back to FKO next year.
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