Haven't done one of these for awhile, but I just finished watching last night's ep, and WOW.
What do y'all think?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1644746.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Not many people can be said to have changed the world, especially for the better. Nelson Mandela was one of them. Rest well, sir, and thank you.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1644249.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Mon, Dec. 2nd, 2013, 08:53 am
At my BandCamp site
, you can get 60% off between now and the end of the year with the discount code "cm2013lj". I'll also be putting up some pay-what-you-want concerts over the next few days, so shop early and often. ;)
What's goin' on in your neck of the woods?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1643805.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
May you all have a wonderful day filled with football and tryptophan.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1643720.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Intuit is sponsoring a contest, Small Business Big Game
, wherein a small business can win television commercial time on the broadcast of the Super Bowl. GoldieBlox
, an awesome company that makes engineering toys for girls, is in the Final Four
. You can see their video (and the other three in the running) here
, and vote once per day on every web-accessing device you have
. Check it out, won't you? Even if you prefer one of the other companies, it's great exposure for deserving small businesses.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1643198.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Mon, Nov. 18th, 2013, 02:41 pm
IT IS... ALIVE
Sorry I haven't updated here for, jeez, almost two weeks. I'm fine, just spending most of my social time on Facebook. I'll post more often here, I promise.
Meantime, how is everybody? Get through the storms yesterday okay? Everything on track for a decent Thanksgiving?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1642871.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
This is probably a really good time to ask you all about a possible crowdfunding project.
First off, understand that this would be for three purposes: reprinting some CDs that I've run out of or nearly out of (e.g., The Last Hero On Earth and Homecoming: MarCon 2005); getting some spiffy new printings of some of the ones I've been burning myself, complete with actual covers 'n' stuff; and paying for some personal stuff that I need -- dental work, auto repair (or even replacement), that sort of thing. (That precludes Kickstarter, by the way, which doesn't allow fundraising for personal causes. The likeliest site would be Indiegogo or GoFundMe, but I have a few to check out.)
I need to be right up front about that. Neither I nor the economy is what it was six years ago; I'm no longer able to just squeak out a living at filk, not like I did. SocSecDis just about pays my regular bills; my food and any extras are covered by online sales and conventions. I'm not suffering, but I'm sure not flush -- it's the old every-time-I-get-money-in-it-goes-out game, with a side of one-bit-hit-could-leave-me-in-deep-troub
My original thought was to basically write at least one album's worth of songs in January and February, say, a dozen, with an initial goal of $5,000. That would cover the reprints of the two albums I'm thinking, the production of the new album itself, the dental work, and a new set of tires for Cashmere (the "new" van, the goldish one -- it definitely earned a name on the trip out west. Ran like a dream).
Stretch goals would include another song every $1,000 or so. Add-ons would include downloads of other albums, house concerts (where I come to you), maybe a personalized song (assuming I don't have any others in the fire), stuff like that. And the resulting cash would give me a buffer.
Leslie even suggested I run an online game for a few people. I have to think about that, but OOOOOOH it sounds great.
Lexi wants me to come out with a song book. I've been puttering at that for ten years; maybe this is the time to spend a month finishing the damn thing.
So. Thoughts? Are those levels reasonable, at least as talking points while I think through the details? Am I being a jerk about this, getting you guys to fund my dental work?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1642404.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Home at last from the Great Adventure. Quite wonderful adventure, really -- FenCon was excellent, spending a week with my mom and NOT sightseeing was restful, ConChord was great, and the travel itself was awesome (although there were a few mountain roads that kinda freaked me out).
Da Big Finale, of course, was OVFF, and I think this year's unofficial theme was The Summer Of Love, because we were pretty much all over each other with hugs and affection and support all weekend. The music was pretty great, too, and Alexander James Adams, S.J. Tucker, and Betsy Tinney -- collectively Tricky Pixie -- finished on Sunday with one of the absolute best concerts I've ever attended.
Now I catch up with my sleep, a few TV episodes I have to watch, and getting ready for WindyCon next weekend. I think I'll try to finally get to Gravity
either Tuesday or Thursday.
And how's by you?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1641748.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Fri, Oct. 18th, 2013, 11:31 am
Ted Cruz Crazy
Good morning! Here, have a song. From an idea by Bruce Adelsohn. Thanks to Zander Nyrond and Blind Lemming Chiffon for suggesting lyrical tweaks.Ted Cruz Crazy
Words: © by Tom Smith
Music: "Tom Cruise Crazy" by Jonathan Coulton
Music video for the original song:
Ted Cruz is so in love with freedom
At least all his people tell him so
Hates the poor and doesn't want to feed 'em,
Thinks Obamacare just has to go,
But a functioning government sucked out his compassion,
Good thing he's not Canadian anymore
Ted Cruz is Ted Cruz crazy
Just be glad it's him not you
If you had Ted Cruz's ego
You might be Ted Cruz crazy too
You'd flash your big white phony smile
You'd break Congress's rules
(alternate: "You'd dominate the news")
And you'd be the only man on Earth
Who didn't hate Ted Cruz
Oh no, you wouldn't despise Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz is always getting odder
He knows he'll never be that sane again
And when Ted Cruz looks for cannon fodder
He sees the welfare queens and union men
He knows someday he'll have to play
A very subtle race card,
He reads "Green Eggs and Ham" and gets it wrong
Ted Cruz is Ted Cruz crazy
Just be glad it's him not you
If you had Ted Cruz's viewpoint
You might be Ted Cruz crazy too
You'd threaten the economy
While your colleagues drink their booze
And you'd be the only man on Earth
Who could even stand Ted Cruz
Oh yeah, you wouldn't loathe Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz thinks somewhere there's a place for him
But he's not of this world anymore...
Somewhere in his White House playset
Poor Ted Cruz sits staring at the wall
A voice speaks in his head, and he obeys it
He never fails to heed its call
There are millions who know his name
Everybody hates him
Guess he's just not making himself clear...
Ted Cruz is Ted Cruz crazy
Just be glad it's him not you
If you had Ted Cruz's ambitions,
You might be Ted Cruz crazy too
You'd stomp and scramble over folks
Who have much more to lose
And you'd be the only man on Earth
Who didn't despise Ted Cruz
Oh no, you wouldn't much like Ted Cruz.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1641537.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013, 11:59 am
Yesterday was the longest single driving day of my life. Seventeen hours in the car, starting at 7:00 a.m. Central and going until midnight. But at the end of the road was FenCon
A bunch of friends were there -- Tim, Russ, Tim, Rhonda -- along with some other nice folks, who whisked me and my stuff up to my room. And I already saw Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps.
Today I have the GOH luncheon, where I hope to not make an ass of myself in front of Cory Doctorow and Sandy Petersen. I also have a concert at 9:00, to be immediately followed by some awesome kinda gaming session w/Mr. Doctorow and Mr. Petersen. (I have brought my Zombie Dice and my primary gaming bag, the crisp pretty new Crown Royale bag I found at GenCon two years ago. I have the rules to RQ, D20, T&T, C&S, and Marvel Heroic Roleplaying on my iPad, along with Puzzle Quest, Dungeon Raid, and my current favorite, Giant Boulder of Death. My gamer cred is not only intact, it's gettin' kinda full of itself.)
I have an Interview the GOH panel at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, the mass autograph session at 1:00, another concert at 3:00, Scooterball w/Teresa Nielsen Hayden at 6:00, and a caberet slot sometime after 8:30.
And then, Sunday morning at 11:00, I moderate (if that is the correct term) Whose Line Is It Anyway?
So, yeah, kind of a busy weekend.
What are you
up to?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1641464.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Release The Unreleased
is a bunch of things I've written and recorded over the past few years, including a few commissioned songs, a couple of FuMP releases, a couple of traditional Irish drinking songs... it's an eclectic mix.
I'll have the lyrics, graphics for the CD label and the inserts and such, up as quickly as I can -- I hope tonight, certainly something by Friday -- but you can go listen to, and download, the whole album for free right now. (It's another pay-what-you-want deal.) (Subscribers -- don't pay. It's already in your folder, along with something else I think you'll like.) I hope you enjoy it!This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1640997.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Sun, Sep. 29th, 2013, 11:38 am
The ACA, Again
I certainly don't expect a lot of my politically-right-leaning friends to read this exhaustive article in the Daily Kos
about how the Republican party has fought against the Affordable Care Act with lies, disinformation, and more lies; I expect even fewer to think about it. But I thought it was worth it to at least have the information out here, where you can find it.
Discuss it to your heart's content. I will not join in. Please be polite, no personal attacks on other commenters -- we're all friends here.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1640841.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Christmas stuff at CostCo notwithstanding, it's getting closer to that most glorious time of the year: Halloween! When candy isn't fattening, scares aren't that scary, and everybody
Anne steered me to a couple of costume sites I think you'll like.
- First is Take Back Halloween, a resource guide for unusual and quick costuming and especially for breaking out of the "Sexy _____" mold (read their About page).
- Second is Carbon Costume, another DIY costuming site with some innovative stuff going on. Some of their costumes are pretty pricey, though.
- At the other end of the spectrum, Cosplay Tutorial covers everything from make-up to PVC, from wig-making to LEDs. NOT a quickie-costume site, but if you want to seriously get into cosplay it's an amazing resource.
- Buzzfeed has a couple of surprisingly excellent pages for quick & easy costumes.
- Lilluna.com's page has many excellent ideas.
- And, last and least yet still great, the certifiably nutso costume ideas at Haunted In Hillsboro.
Any particular sites you like? Either how-to resource archives, or cosplayers you really enjoy.
ETA: several more sites.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1640463.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Today's KS signal boost is a very cool tabletop-miniature accessory. Folding buildings, easily stored and transported, and strong enough to handle all the minis you want to put on top of 'em. Your very own siege display! Check it out at the Kickstarter page for Tabletop Castles
.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1640328.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Go wild. For what it's worth, I thought it was excellent -- a natural progression from both Avengers
and Iron Man 3
. Clark Gregg is simply splendid. And did you notice the Special Thanks in the credits to Jim Steranko? That's from where we got Lola.
"... Gramsie...?"This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1640155.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Sat, Sep. 21st, 2013, 07:20 pm
They took a break last year, to get their stuff together... and, this year, ConClave
lives again! It's over at that very nice Doubletree we've been hangin' at in Dearborn, just off Ford Road and the Southfield Freeway, and the big GOH is author Allen Steele.
They've already got an extensive science track, lots of writing and SF-specific panels planned, gaming, anime, a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
, a Saturday night dance, and Uncle Richard's Trash Videos. Really, you can't go wrong. For much more info, click here
.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1639789.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Ahem! Good friends: I'm going to be in the Phoenix, AZ area the weekend of Oct. 12. Is there anyone out there interested in hosting me in a house concert between, say, Thursday the 10th and Monday the 14th?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1639540.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Mon, Sep. 16th, 2013, 05:38 pm
Thirteen dead in Washington, DC Navy Yard shooting
Some of the dead were the much-vaunted good guys with guns: the security guards.
we can have a discussion about reasonable gun control...?
Nah. Didn't think so.
I warn you, though: I am in no mood for bullshit. Mourn the dead, and otherwise shut up. We'll talk guns later this week.
Thirteen dead.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1639119.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Twelve years ago, twenty men decided to take the lives of several thousand people in a most attention-getting way.
Our world has been fucked up ever since, and it's not getting any less fucked up the more we continue to encourage fear, bigotry, violence, and greed.
I don't think things are going to improve until we remember that our first priority as a species is... the preservation of ourselves as a species. Helping each other, loving each other, embracing the differences that make us unique, celebrating the commonalities that make us one.
Today is not a day to keep the flame of vengeance alive.
Today is a day to keep the flame of hope alive.
I love you all.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1638800.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Ahhh, DC Comics. Always with the maturity and good clean fun
I don't think it's any secret that I've had it up to HERE with what the writers and editors at Marvel and especially DC Comics consider to be cutting-edge material, mostly because their material tends to include lots of cutting edges. But this
is just frickin' nuts.
And I see the stuff in the comments on that page about the potential meta and meta-meta context. Nope, sorry, no biscuit. DC's animated wing is doing just fine without this crap; Marvel's animation is nearly as good, and of course the movies are great. No, the people in charge at DC Comics these days are the sad, repressed damaged goods people used to think were caused
I can certainly deal with violence in comics (said the guy who loved Frank Miller at the beginning of his career, long before most people had heard of him). Absolutely sexuality (said the proud owner of the three-volume hardcover Lost Girls
, every issue of XXXenophile
, and lots of other smutty goodness). But there are... not limits. Standards. There's an old adage about rules, and how they're made to be broken... but sometimes they're made to be followed, because they work.
Every once in awhile, someone posts an old page from the earliest days of Spider-Man or Fantastic Four, or even Superman during the Curt Swan heyday. And it's wonderful how much story and characterization Stan and Steve or Julie and Curt crammed into six or nine panels... and how there actually was
story and characterization going on.
Remember the chest-burster scene in Alien
? Ridley Scott famously didn't tell the cast what was going to happen, to make sure that their reactions were all believable... to force everybody in the film, and thus everybody watching the film, into a new and unknown realm of horror.
Sometimes I feel as if modern comic creators are trying to do that all the time.
It ain't the medium -- it's the people who have forgotten, or never learned, storytelling... and, possibly, how to have fun.
Thoughts?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1638494.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Between SHI (shitty hotel internet) and just So Damn Much Happening before and after DragonCon, I haven't updated LJ/DW in about two weeks. Sorry, gang. I is back, and with news.
- DragonCon was moderately financially successful and amazingly fun. I had dinner at the Banquet with the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, and TV's Spartacus, Liam McIntyre (and his gorgeous fiance Erin). My Banquet set went pretty well, as did my other FIVE sets. Busy busy busy. Saw friends, saw great costumes, did NOT see anywhere near as many of the great costumes as I wanted to. Briefly met Rob Paulsen, which was wonderful. So, many thanks to Pat Henry, Regina Kelly, Robby Hilliard, Chip Brazell, Walt, and everybody else who helped make D*Con good this year.
- During that weekend, the 2015 WorldCon bid was won by Spokane, WA. And now it can be told: I'm their Music Guest of Honor! I'm incredibly flattered and humbled and WOW I must be doing something right. Anyway, Sasquan in late August 2015 -- be there!
- I will be uploading new noise very soon. Everybody who wondered where the heck the TomBoat album was? I have it.
- Another new album of stuff you mostly haven't heard before? I have it.
- Sets from this year's DragonCon, to be put up pay-what-you-want? I have 'em.
Much more info on those over the next few days. I predict a LOT of uploading this weekend, along with staggeringly good barbecue to get me through.
And how are you
doing?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1638381.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Our old buddy Gary Wood, the filmmaker behind Saving Star Wars
, is doing something cool for the next week:
Beginning today, August 23, through Friday, August 30, WoodWorks Films will donate $2.00 from every online viewing/rental of Saving Star Wars. We're excited to make this happen and hope you'll make this a Saving Star Wars/Make-A-Wish Weekend.
If you haven't seen it before, SSW is a great little picture, with humor, wit, and a lot of heart. I wrote "Rock Me Amidala" for it, and I'm proud to be a part of it.Check it out
, won't you? And, if you like it, boost the signal.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1637987.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
, complete with cover, CD label, and tray graphics. Most notable for Toyboat backing me up on "Rocket Ride", a preview of the no-really-it's-coming Tomboat album. No donation required, any donation appreciated.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1637617.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Great sadness. Elmore Leonard
has passed away
at the age of 87. He wrote remarkable works, vivid and exciting, many of which were translated to film.
I will never forget the first time I saw Get Shorty
. There's this remarkable moment with John Travolta and Dennis Farina, where Farina -- oh, just watch:
I was about to go crazy when Farina incorrectly used "e.g.", and Travolta corrected him
, and I loved this movie and everything about it, and especially I loved Elmore Leonard.
Rest well, sir, and thanks.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1637197.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
I am bummed that I did not make GenCon Indy this year, but it was my own fault. I really didn't plan for it, and I didn't save up any money for it. Even if I had made it, it would've been a skin-of-the-teeth thing, and that ain't no way to do something like GenCon. So, next year.
Meantime, I have a lot
of upcoming stuff, and you can all be part of it:
This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1636862.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
- First, of course, are the conventions I will be attending.I think and hope I will have some new stuff for Dragon etc., and not just concert audio.
- Second: The FenCon/ConChord/Back To OVFF trip. Between FenCon and ConChord, I will have about ten days to play with. Three of them will be spent in travel just getting out there; I'll likely spend a few days visiting my mom, out in Phoenix. Once I get to San Diego, I hope to spend one day up in Anaheim, at Disneyland.
I'd like at least one, and up to three, to be house concerts. If anybody's interested.
The available dates would be Oct. 8-14, depending on where I am on my westward journey -- e.g., it's much easier for me to do Texas on the 8th through 10th than on the 13th and 14th. Anywhere in Dallas, or possibly Austin; along I-20, or I-10, heading towards Arizona; or between San Diego and Los Angeles. A few hours of absolute insanity, live in your living room/den/gazebo/whatever. You know the drill: I ask a small donation; the host/hostess gets free albums and a recording of the concert; the other guests get serious discounts on merch; and everyone gets a silly, fun evening.
Just for everyone's convenience, my intention is to stay at a local hotel where possible, although we can talk about that.
Anyone interested in hosting something?
- I've been thinking of doing a live video concert or three for awhile now... but the tech has always been a bit shaky. Not anymore. Concert Window has opened up the possibility of actually being able to charge admission and everything (including a pay-what-you-want option), while having WAY more robust servers than anything I could access otherwise.
So. If I had a half-hour to forty-five-minute online concert at Concert Window -- say, sometime in December -- would anybody be interested?
One more time
. They're down to 17 hours, with just over $500 to go. C'mon, it's our dear friends, Eric Coleman and Lizzie Crowe! You know you want to help.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1636518.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Just too much going on, too little money, bills due, ongoing problems with my tooth, etc. I wish I could justify it; can't. I hope everyone who does make it there has a blast, and I hope to see you next year.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1636133.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
So here's the deal.
I'm not in any danger of being thrown out on the street or anything, but I have got a few pending things that I need some cash for -- dental work, GenCon, stuff like that.
So I'm working frantically to get some new concerts up, and to finish a couple of paid-for projects so I can get back to other projects, including, y'know, long-overdue new albums.
First up is my concert at ConTemporal this year
. And I think I've done a pretty good job of spiffing up the package. Best possible audio. Lyrics and notes all over the individual song pages. All the JPGs for the CD, tray, and insert. (Subscribers, I'm uploading the MP3s right now, and later this evening I'll upload a disk image for you, already registered with Gracenote [sans cover art -- that's an ass-pain].)
Aaaaaand it's free. You don't have to pay a thing.
What's the catch?
None. I'm gonna start putting ALL my concerts up on BandCamp that way, and update things on tomsmithonline.com soon as well. The concerts will be free.
Unless you'd like to pay me something for them, to help support an artist.
(I repeat: Subscribers, this is already in your folder or will be within about fifteen minutes. You're good, and thanks again.)
Anyway. It was a pretty damn good concert. We had lots of fun, and a bunch of people hadn't heard my stuff, and we laughed and sang and et cetera and I even improv'd a song about a lady carrying on a conversation right near the stage, and I think managed to not offend anyone or come off looking like a jerk.
48 minutes of Tomedy (... okay, that word dies a quick death starting nnnNOW), free for nothin'.
Thanks to you all.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1635896.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Remember that library gig I had last month? Well, I'm doing it again, 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, this time at the Caroline Kennedy Library
on George Ave. in Dearborn Heights, MI (just north of Ford Road, just west of Telegraph). An hour of silly songs, and I can't remember but there might be an ice cream social.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1635691.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Our dear friends Eric Coleman and Lizzie Crowe, otherwise known as Cheshire Moon, are in the midst of an IndieGoGo campaign
to fund their new album. Unfortunately, they're only halfway to their goal, with ten days to go. Won't you check it out
and help if you can? Thanks.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1635525.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Bookmark this page
. (There are apparently some subdomain issues at dragoncon.org, so it might be tricky to get to.) Lots of fun stuff down in the regular room, Baker, including Filk & Cookies, recording workshops, Instafilk, etc.
My schedule, at the moment, is:
- Fri 7:00 p.m. - Hyatt Int'l North (you just want to stay all night for this one -- I'm followed by the Blibbering Humdingers, the Brobdingnagian Bards, and the Lost Boys)
- Sat 7:00 p.m. - Guest of Honor Banquet (just a quick 15 minutes, but YEAH)
- Sat 10:00 p.m. - Hyatt Int'l North (another evening of coolness, kicked off by the Humdingers and followed by the Bards)
- Sun 8:30 p.m. - Hyatt Int'l North (Humdingers before, the Gekkos after)
- Mon 11:30 a.m. - Hyatt Concourse (this actually may be an hour set, rather than the normal half-hour)
So who all's gonna be there?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1635095.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
The comments on YouTube are about how much they would pay for this, but all I can think is that it's practically a seminar for how to make such art yourself. Hot off of MuseCon, howzabout linking up to some especially cool instructional videos?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1634613.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
A little extra love and attention for:
Any other cool projects we should know about?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1634555.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
is an excellent reminder that it always seems easier to solve someone else's problems than to solve your own.
I try very hard to be a sympathetic person. No matter how rough some things have been, and still are, I'm working from a position of relative strength: I'm not about to keel over dead from anything, I've got a house, I'm mostly able to pay my bills. And I feel very bad for friends who are going through rough times. I've been there. I hope I don't end up there again.
I've worked for a long time now to adjust my reaction from "cursory expressed sympathy and then problem solving" (the sympathy is no less sincere, but comes across as brusque or perfunctory) to "lots of sympathy, hugs, listening, more sympathy, and THEN an offer to help if I can do anything and if they even want the help". I'm almost there, but problem-solving mode does kick in fairly quickly if I'm not paying attention. It's a reflex: I want to make better whatever's hurting.
This is for everyone who doesn't need advice, solutions, or inspirational speeches, but rather needs commiseration, a friendly and non-judgmental ear, and/or just a big ol' hug. I got 'em right here. Endless supply, and all free.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1633898.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Up to this point, I thought the best (and certainly the simplest) commentary on the Royale Deluxe avec Fromage was, "He weighs 8 lbs., 6 oz. That's $13 American."
But, no. I do believe you will find this
worth your time.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1633697.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Our friend bayushisan
has a new gaming and media blog
, and if you like his comments here and his articles at dKos, I think you will find it quite good. Always thoughtful, and usually finding an angle others do not.
Any other blogs, FB pages, Tumblrs, Twitters, Pinterest pages, etc., we should check out?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1633331.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Must-see video at dKos
. The point here is not how much of a doof Gov. Rick Perry is, so much as it's the awesome pro-New York video Lewis Black and the Daily Show staff put together.
If you could move, right now, for free, to any city in America, where would you go? I'm torn between staying in the Ann Arbor area, Kissimmee, FL, or Chattanooga, TN (very important perqs: access to I-75 and the fastest internet in the country).This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1633268.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
It occurs to me that I haven't mentioned these, and I really should. Tomorrow -- Thursday, July 18 -- I'll be performing at the two Kennedy Libraries in Dearborn Heights, MI.
I'll be at the JFK Library
on Van Born Road at 3:00 p.m., and the Caroline Kennedy Library
on George St. at 5:00-ish. About an hour each show.
I have no idea if there's any admission charge, although I suspect not. And, hey -- time in an air-conditioned library! That's usually A Really Good Day for any of my friends.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1632760.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Here in way-too-freakin-sunny Ann Arbor, it's 89° (heading toward 95°) with 67% humidity; it feels as if it's 101°. It's like that in a lot of places today. (Strangely enough, according to friends on FB, not in most of Texas. Go fig.) It's going to be like that most of the week. The lows
are in the 70s.
If you happen to be in one of those places, please
keep yourself hydrated, stay in the air conditioning as much as you can, eat light meals with protein, keep yourself hydrated, don't leave pets or kids in the car -- did I mention keeping yourself hydrated? This is killing weather.
How is it where you are, and how are you dealing with it?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1632305.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Our dear friends Eric Coleman and Lizzie Crowe, known collectively as Cheshire Moon
, have another crowdfunded album project. Crowes and Consequences
should be every bit as spiff as Ways of Wind and Water
, but they need some help over the next 33 days to get there. Check it out
, won't you?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1632161.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.