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Friday, March 21, 2008

Norwescon Report Two

posted by on March 21 at 15:00 PM

The thing about Norwescon is that it’s crazy about dragons. There are dragon mascots and dragon henna tattoo booths and people with dragons on their clothing and dragons on my press pass. An artist here at the convention is “known for his drawings of dragons.” There’s a large metallic dragon in the front lobby, and other dragons spread throughout the hotel. I don’t know exactly why this is, except for the fact that dragons are awesome.

So it turns out that filk does not, in fact, stand for Fiction I’d Like To Keep. It’s science fiction and fantasy fan music. I learned this at the Filk 101 seminar I just attended. People who sing filk are officially known as filkers. When you sing filk, you are filking. I couldn’t stop thinking of felching through the meeting, but I held my attention long enough to learn what to do when one of your fellow filkers fumbles a falsetto, or otherwise sings poorly. If you filk with someone who sings off-key and you can’t stand it—“I’m a classically trained singer and I have absolute pitch, so it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard to me,” one attendee said—here’s what you do: go to the bathroom when the bad filker is filking.

It turns out, though, that some bad filkers are good filk songwriters! One of the “cornerstones of the East Coast filking community” has a grating pitch to her voice, but she’s a great filk songwriter.

That settled, I headed down to a discussion about Second Life.

I have nothing to say about Second Life.

That is all for now.

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I dare you to find a LARP and play in it!

Wearing the vampire cape is optional.

Posted by CodyBolt | March 21, 2008 3:22 PM

Filk songs have always been fan music.

Hardly anyone actually "plays" Second Life. If you looked at all MMORPGs, it would rank something like dead last. Many thousands of times more people play Lord of the Rings Online, for example ...

Personally, I would stay away from Second Lifers and Filkers. Disgusting people, nasty habits, and they rarely tip well.


Posted by Will in Seattle | March 21, 2008 3:25 PM

I'm waiting for Third Life.

Posted by flamingbanjo | March 21, 2008 4:08 PM

"Iím a classically trained singer and I have absolute pitch, so itís like fingernails on a chalkboard to me"

Why is it that sci-fi/fantasy fans are insufferably pretentious know-it-alls?

Wait I just described most slog commenters. Never mind.

Posted by gillsans | March 21, 2008 4:22 PM

I already had a headache before starting to read these reports, and now it's much worse. But please keep these reports coming!

Posted by Will in 98103 | March 21, 2008 4:52 PM

But where do you keep the chocolate?

Posted by sebFlyte | March 22, 2008 4:37 AM

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