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In no particular order, the things in my brain today are -


Yay! My executive summary was apparently done correctly. Or correctly enough anyway. The Account Manger sent me a "Thanks for your hard work - great summary!" email. So. This is good.


Everyone has been doing the accent meme lately. Unsurprisingly, I apparently have a Neutral accent, or talk like a Canadian who doesn't have an accent (probably from Ontario).

Well, that ain't right. I've been in Ontario twice in my life. I've spent less than 2 weeks total there. Seriously, what the hell is a Canadian accent?

We don't say "a-boot" we say about. A boot is something you put on your foot. Srsly d00dz, if that is what you are hearing when I say "About"? Plz g3t y0ur 34rz ch3ck3d, kthnx.


30 days of happy meme. Oh, I'm not even going to try that, because in true McKay-esque fashion, something will go horrendously wrong on day 4 and I will need to come and rant. And if I am not able to, my head will likely explode.


We had a Lost in the 50's Party it my co-op this weekend. We did a lot of work decorating, I made home-made burgers (because 50's diner, you can't have store bought!) We also had hot dogs, chicken cutlets, shakes, root beer floats, cream soda, and pie.

We got great wall decorations for the party, then set up tables and had 50's music playing.

Sadly, there were only 2 non-committee adults and 4 kids who came out. But what can you do? It was a great set up. It would have been a hoot if we'd had more. But we still had fun - after it was apparent no one else was coming, we cracked a bottle of Shiraz left over from the wine tasting and sat around taking for a few hours. It was kind of funny how the atmosphere and table set up really did feel like being in a diner.


I'm feeling nervous about OVFF and it's still months away. It's just that this is the BIG ONE and I feel like I can't possible measure up, quality wise, to what would be expected there. And OMFG, the Bohnhoffs are the GOHs, and they are awesomely amazing, and I don't feel like I should even be on the same web page as them. They are so incredibly talented! Eek! Talk about being completely out on my league!

Okay. Now that I've done my whining, I can say that as of right now, I do have two new, never been outside of Vancouver songs. I am hoping for at least 4 more by October. I kinda felt like, since interfilk was being so kind as to invite me, and OVFF was so kind as to give me programming space, and people might actually want to listen to me, I would do my best to bring some shiny new songs.

If things go very well, I should even have a side kick to sing with me. And we can do some of her shiny songs, which I love and adore, and will make me so very happy, since I can play on the harmonies, which always brings me joy. I figure they'll probably appeal to a lot of the OVFF folks as well.


Today is the SGA Reverse Big Bang art claiming day. OMG! There are so many cool pieces of art to choose from, I'm almost beside myself trying to pick. I love that there are so many people still interested in creating fanworks for SGA. Happiness and joy! The best part is, not only do i get something cool to inspire me, but I am so looking forward to being able to read all the fic that will come out of this. Did you SEE all the awesome writers who signed up this year? EEEE!!


I suppose I should really get back to work. But I was starting to doze off staring at spreadsheets, and I find that if I can duck over to LJ for a few minutes, it actually wakes me up because it interests me.

Not that my spreadsheets aren't interesting - they are! But they are numbers and stats and well... sometimes they just put me to sleep, y'know?


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Feb. 28th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
FWIW - Maya and I are very excited to be sharing OVFF with you!
Feb. 28th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
EEEE! Really? Okay, that makes me feel better.

You know what would totally rock my socks? Being able to sing one of those really fun songs like "The Creature" or "Crossover, In Fugue".

Of course, Crossover really *needs* three voices. *eyes you speculatively* Is your lovely and talented daughter coming with you perchance? Filking minds are curious.
Mar. 1st, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
I doubt Kris will be there, but I'm sure Maya will be happy to help you, and there doubtlessly will be no shortage of other voices to fill that coveted third spot :-).
Feb. 28th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
It somehow escaped my notice that you were the interfilk guest (probably because I am horrible at last names).

That's great! I'm really looking forward to OVFF now.
Feb. 28th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
*grin* I am glad you are looking forward to it. At least I know there will be one person at the concert then?

I don't know if I ever use my full name around filkers. I would honestly go by my Pseudo everywhere in fandom circles if it was up to me, but people like to have real names for things like cons.

I don't really have anyone I need to hide anything fannish from, but I like to keep fandom and RL separate for work reasons. Fortunately, I have such a boring, common name, google searches about just my name don't bring up anything on me. You actually have to add the term filk to get a hit.
Mar. 1st, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
Make that at least two people at your concert. You have one of my favorite singing voices in filk, by the way.
Feb. 28th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Waaah... missed the party. Could've supplied some appropriate music you'd never heard of. But, I've got a bug & would've stayed home, anyhoo. Hope I can catch the next one...
Feb. 28th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
No, it's not aboot, but it's not about, either. It's abehwt, as close as I can render it. (the "eh" is a short e, as in Ed) I've studied the Canadian ow, and it's not a US ow. It's also not universal among Canadians, of course. Some Canadians have a stronger accent, and I haven't tried to figure out where (if anywhere) it's centered regionally.
Mar. 1st, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)

Next time I see you, you will have to tell me if you think I say it that way. That just sounds really weird when I try it.


*scritches head*

We'll have to try that one, too.

I'm getting the feeling that I should write a song about how things are pronounced.

Throw in some grammar and common word substitutions (except/accept, very/vary etc) and it could be a real hoot.

A moot hoot about a mute and a boot with a newt and a cute loot.

Stop me. Now. PLEASE!

Mar. 1st, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
It would be fun to pick apart your pronunciation as though I were some sort of genuine linguist. :{)}

And my reference to "ow" was referring to the ow sound in "about" (or "sound" for that matter). If there isn't an "ow" in "about" for you, then I think we're headed toward the point.

2nd verse:

The loud rowdy bowed, his brow in a frown, as the clown drowned.
Mar. 1st, 2011 05:45 am (UTC)
And hey! I forgot to mention that you are going to ROCK OVFF!! Woooo!!
Mar. 1st, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)

that is... essentially correct. It's a phenomenon called Canadian Raising, and what happens is the onset of certain dipthongs (vowels with two sounds, basically) is raised when they occur before a voiceless consonant, like p, t, k, or s. So a word that is pronounced in General American English with a low vowel is pronounced in some varieties of Canadian English with a *mid* vowel. Speakers of other varieties of English will hear this vowel raising, but because they're unfamiliar with it, sometimes end up perceiving the difference as much larger than it actually is, and that the vowel has been raised all the way to a high vowel.

Of course, the idea of one singular "Canadian Accent" is just ridiculous. It varies from region to region, just like within the US. Also ridiculous (and a personal pet peeve, whenever people try and make this claim) is the idea of having "no accent". EVERYONE has an accent.
Feb. 28th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
We don't say "oot", but we do sometimes say "uh-oot", run together very tightly (our Scots heritage), so it sounds to the untrained ear as "oot".
Feb. 28th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
You're gonna knock their socks off! It's okay if you don't believe me, I'm still right.

And remember you can trot out favourite/older songs that seem totally overdone around here that people at OVFF have never heard before. That's totally the point of Interfilk. :)
Mar. 1st, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
Oh, I wish you were able to be there.

I share about 97% of your misgivings about TSA. The only good thing about flying there is that I am more nervous about going through security that I am about doing a concert at OVFF. So. At least it distracts me.

I actually checked out Amtrack. Sadly, there is no Amtrack station anywhere NEAR Columbus. WTF? That is totally whack, dude.
Mar. 1st, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
I haven't heard *you* say aboot. But I'll get my dollars converted to dolers on the way to FKO.
Mar. 1st, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)

Dollars. Like Collars. Awww sound.

Dolers? Like dole? No way dude.

Pronunciation. It's a weird thing.

Mar. 1st, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
I hear "dolers" on CBC radio all the time.
Mar. 1st, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)

Must be the Easterners.

I don't hear anyone out this way talk like that.



Mar. 1st, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
I'd love to hear "Circle of Friends" at your OVFF concert.
When I got tapped to be Interfilk guest at FKO, I freaked out, because I didn't know how I'd do a guest concert when I didn't have my own songs!

And then, it all worked out, and folks were all so great to me. All that fuss and worry, and I was fine. (Mighty fine!)

I think you sound lovely, and I can hardly wait to see all my friends' reactions out here when they hear you! Let me know if you would like me to sign your concert. If I'd be too distracting, I totally understand.
Mar. 1st, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
You signing my concert would be the BEST THING EVAR OMG.

I absolutely MUST get you to do that, and am willing to bribe with Purdy's Sugar Free chocolate if necessary.

I also need to get it recorded then. Because I totally have to show off the awesomeness of having my singing signed by you. EEEEE!

*does happy dance*
Mar. 1st, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Took the quiz and it sez I'm from the South! Is Southern California south of the Ohio River? Then I guess they're right. Could those 2 years I spent in DC override the 26 years in Chicago? Weirdness.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Keeping in mind of course that I will be there and if you really want to Amtrack I could probably pick you up somewhere and bring you to and from Columbus if I can borrow R's car.

I am not worthy to carry your guitar but you could always use mine :)
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