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nwcMUSIC videographer K is rebroadcasting/restreaming ALL THE CONCERTS today! All of them! If you had trouble with any element of the feeds before, now is your second chance to see it all. And it was a hell of a show, too, you have no idea. Here’s K:

Let your friends, fans, and folk know that we’re re-streaming the Norwescon concerts at today.

You can watch all the shows in HD, and if you watch it on the youtube
channel, you’ll be able to use the comment / chat system to interact
with fans and the other musicians as they watch the concerts.

Here’s the schedule:

Noon: 9k1 (nerdcore)
1pm: Jonny Nero Action Hero (electronica/chiptunes)
2pm: Klopfenpop (nerdcore)
3pm: The Heather Dale Band (Arthurian celtic)
4pm: Hello, the Future! (geekfolk)
4:45pm: Vixy & Tony (filk)
5:59pm: Seanan McGuire (filk)
7:05pm: Death*Star (nerdcore)
8pm: The Doubleclicks (geekfolk)
9pm: Molly Lewis (geekfolk)
10pm: Molly Lewis interview (sponsored by Tony Fabris)

Hey, Norwescon attendees!

If you’re looking for the Kitting Out Cheap handout from the Home Recording panels, here y’go. If you have no idea what I’m on about: it’s five pages of information and tips on building a small home recording studio. I’ll do/I’ll have done panel on it on Sunday. Grab a copy if you like, it’s useful even without the panel it goes with.

If you’re looking for the concert livestreaming schedule and details, you’re in the right place! Lots and lots of concerts will be livestreamed at this link for your enjoyment! If you are on-site, don’t watch the stream – go up to Evergreen 1&2 and watch live! But if you can’t attend, here’s where you can go to watch. And throw K a few bucks, eh?

That’s all for now. I may and may not post here during the events, but I’ll certainly be active on Twitter.

life with supervillainy: the enermat

Solarbird pokes at Scrabble tiles. I can spell ENERMAT.
Solarbird says, “Which sounds like it should be a word. From, idk, SF. In the 40s.”
GrendelFish says, “Sounds like part of the Cyberman lifecycle”
Solarbird says, “Or what they’d consider a cute corner cafe, really.”
GrendelFish . o O ( You see, Tegan, if a Cyberman doesn’t return to the Enermat at least once a week, their power source becomes dangerously unstable. )
Solarbird giggles at GrendelFish.
Solarbird says, “So the first warning of a Cyberman invasion isn’t the stompy, but the sudden appearance of Enermat franchise stories on every street corner.”
GrendelFish grins.
Solarbird says, “Coffee and battery recharge.”
Solarbird . o O ( and of course ‘Enermat’ in Cyberman language is actually pronounced ‘starbucks’ )
GrendelFish says, “it’s like how classic Daleks had to wait for civilizations to invent the equivalent of the ADA before invading.”
Solarbird [to GrendelFish]: Which means it’s amazing they ever invaded England at
GrendelFish [to Solarbird]: Why do you think they had to keep doing it?
Solarbird says, “oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh”

Oh, I almost forgot

I almost forgot! You like show posters, right? Of course you do. We have three. Here’s a picture of one, and they’re all downloadable for your posting-at-your-workplace pleasure.

Electric Night

PDFs: Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Remember, most or maybe even all of these will be livestreamed free, so you can watch even if you can’t attend in person. I can understand that. So much supervillainy in one place can be intimidating. We like it that way.

off to the lava flow

Off to the lava flow to get my hair re-energised before the festival. It’ll take a while, the Creatures haven’t been disciplined lately, and you know how that goes. Have fun while I’m gone, kids.

Here, have a lovely flower. I can’t take it with me, it’d burn up before I even got there, so it’s for you. ^_^

Sakura Extra

packing and rehearsals

Met with Shanti last night for a decision-making demi-rehearsal – I’m going to be filling in again for them in a few shows this summer. I already know most of the material, again, and while there are a couple of new additions, they’re quite simple to play, so yay! Easy work. I’ll announce dates when I have time to look them up, but the first shows will be in Oregon, in May.

Everything else is Norwescon. Hey, look, I made a gong! It’s an ornamental tray, really, but it sounds kinda good. In fact, it’s right at that quality point where you think, “Y’know, I could use this on a recording,” before you realise it isn’t actually that good. But still, that’s a quality point, and is pretty damn good for a Can$5 thrift store find in Victoria.

The real reason I’m building it, of course, is Cascadia’s Got Talent!, our kitschy talent show on Saturday. We had a serving-tray-gong already, and I’m very thankful for Jordan for making it, but it was kind of low to the ground and not as obvious behind the judges. This one… will be obvious. HEY LOOK WE HAVE PROPS!

Okay, a prop. Still.

The giant frame breaks down for transport. This isn’t a picture of that, broken down; it’s the three vinyl-banner frames I made in earlier years. But they look remarkably similar, go fig.

Makes 3 banner holders, just add FORCE.

I need some way to label the pipe segments that isn’t visible once the frame is assembled. This year I’m just using clear tape (which I’ll remove after assembly) but that’s a pain because I’ll have to relabel it after every disassembly. There must be some way. Anybody got ideas?

nwcmusic / norwescon concert livestreaming

Remember the data I promised couple of days ago, when talking about K Wiley livestreaming the nwcMUSIC concert programming at Norwescon? It’s here!

Looks like we’re gonna need this!

First: a more specific streaming schedule! The Doubleclicks? YES! Hello, The Future!? YES! Vixy & Tony? YES! More: YES!

This schedule is incomplete and I know for a fact some of those TBDs are going to turn into YESes, but I can’t say who until it’s formalised. So keep checking Fan Supported for an updated list.

Second: A few of you have helped get K’s bandwidth expenses close to defrayed! You are super awesome. He’s hoping to go beyond that and get ahold of some extra equipment, so if you’re interested in helping and haven’t yet, go check his page. There are plenty of details and some rewards for people who help.

I bet you can guess what I’ll be doing the next couple of days – finally seeing Winter Soldier, that’s what. WOOHOO! Oh, and, okay, fine, doing some nwcMUSIC stuff too, I guess. XD Got any plans for the weekend?

come, casey kasem


Seriously, this is part hilarious, and part horrifying. I’m not sure which is the best part. Sensitive DJs and vinylphiles may wish to avert their eyes. XD

cascadia has a gong show of talent

One of my favourite events at nwcMUSIC is Cascadia’s Got Talent!, our talent-show parody with silly prizes. Scott Thomas, a found-objects artist I met in graduate school, makes the trophy for us each year; I think he’s outdone himself for 2014:

Also, the robots dance.

There is one thing I really need to say about this show that I don’t think I’ve said before. Specifically: yes, it’s tongue-in-cheek; yes, it’s for comedy; yes, the prizes are goofy. But if you come up and take it all seriously, the judges will treat you that way too.

I mean, sure, they’re funny people and will be entertaining about it. But a good two thirds of the entrants each year are serious – sometimes seriously funny, but, you know, intentionally. People have come away surprised and impressed. It happens.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is: if you’re thinking of entering, please do; if you take it seriously, we will; if you don’t, we won’t either, and everybody will have a good time. That is, after all, the whole point.

Signups will be at information during Norwescon, or you can register right before the show starts.

Oh, and if anybody specifically wants to get gonged offstage? Well, we do have a gong, and we do like to use it. Contact me. 😀

livestreaming all the things

We’re going to try livestreaming the concerts at nwcMUSIC – the Norwescon geekmusic festival – this year! Not necessarily all the shows; some artists may opt out. But it’s a thing which will be happening, so we’re talking about it now. Go us!

If you can’t come to Norwescon, you can at least see some of what we’re doing at nwcMUSIC – for free! It’ll be an open livestream, no membership required.

K Wiley is running the webcast side; he’s done similar things at other events, and is donating his time and expertise to the convention. He’s also asking for help with defraying uplink costs, as this is an unfunded-by-Norwescon adventure and high-bandwidth mobile network uplinks are expensive.

I want to stress that the cost-coverage fundraiser is not a Norwescon project; it’s K trying to afford a better uplink, it’s all K, and all money goes to him. I’m chipping in myself, providing a backup network uplink, also out of my own pocket. But my uplink is slower, and less reliable, so he really hopes not to use it. If he can get some help, he won’t have to.

It has to fund really quickly though, because Norwescon is so close. Nobody really wanted to do it this way, but after some other ideas fell through, well, here we are, exploring options and engaging backup plans. So if you’ve wondered what nwcMUSIC shows are like – and we have quite the lineup this year, with people like The Doubleclicks and Molly Lewis and Seanan McGuire and 9K1 and Death*Star – but can’t attend Norwescon, give it a look.

And keep reading for updates; since this is a late addition, I’ll be posting updates as we have more pieces fall into place. And they will – if nothing else, we have my Verizon uplink. But it’s much less robust than a proper high-speed network uplink, so check out his page and see what you think.

We’d like to do this every year! Maybe someday we can. 😀

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