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Kiss my ring! [May. 5th, 2009|08:54 pm]
dalekboy
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I have just discovered that, apparently, there are those that have referred to me as "the Confather"...

On an evening where I feel like a delicate flower, this does not so much comfort me as leave me feeling rather bemused.

Still, could be worse, they could be calling me a SMOF. I find that so uncomfortable a term (when used in relation to me) that it borders on offensive. Confather has an air of gentle mockery which I am far more comfortable with.

And I like the idea of having a personal mafia. I could get them all working for me on Continuum Foundation projects...
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[User Picture]From: rachelholkner
2009-05-05 11:38 am (UTC)
I draw the line at decapitating horses.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-05 11:45 am (UTC)
What about zebras?

Oh! Chickens! What about chickens?

Or camels, 'cos like, camels aren't even natural animals!
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[User Picture]From: rachelholkner
2009-05-05 12:14 pm (UTC)
I think the line might actually be at anything bigger than me.
So chickens are fine. Small zebras. Lesser fans.

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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-05 12:18 pm (UTC)
*quietly cancels order for blue whale*
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[User Picture]From: mortonhall
2009-05-05 11:51 am (UTC)
oh, we already did that at Continuum 3.. honestly, there are photos, somewhere, of the horse's head in the bed.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-05 12:02 pm (UTC)
I've told you, Gaiman had it coming!
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2009-05-05 11:58 am (UTC)
So, you'd sit at a table and in a thick accent speak ambiguous utterances that somehow people none-the-less understood somewhere inside their spinal cord?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-05 12:01 pm (UTC)
Going to con committees and saying, "I gunna suggest a guest you can't refuse..." Actually, I think I just did that Sunday!

And my Aussie accent can be broad after a Nullabor trip.

And I'm pretty sure you'd kill for me ;)
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2009-05-05 12:43 pm (UTC)
Could be worse. fred_mouse says you could be the dogfather, or hogfather of fandom.

I don't know that I'm up to killing though. Could I just maim instead? Menace?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-05 01:57 pm (UTC)
How about mean-spirited poking in the ribs?
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2009-05-05 01:58 pm (UTC)
Oh that I can do!

With fingers or toes!
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From: gutter_monkey
2009-05-05 02:29 pm (UTC)
What's a SMOF?
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2009-05-05 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, you're not cleared for that.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-06 12:24 am (UTC)
It stands for Secret Master of Fandom. As you can imagine, 99% of the people who take the idea as something to aspire to, or think of themselves as such, are actually ammoral wankers who want power.

That said, I know two people who actually do the hard work, and have never struck me like most of the rest. Alan Stewart, who used to do a phenomenal amount of stuff very quietly in the background, and smofbabe who, despite her LJ name, has always struck me as giving wholeheartedly of herself to fandom, rather than taking from it to build a personal power-base.

Edited at 2009-05-06 12:34 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2009-05-06 01:11 am (UTC)
It's the general rule of thumb though, isn't it? If someone gets described as a SMOF, then clearly they're not. They might be a bit of a public MOF, or PMOF, but generally overly excessive PMOFs just get laughed at, argued with or ignored.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-06 02:02 am (UTC)
The problem exists within the sort of people who aspire to SMOFdom. And not all the public ones are harmless, some are quite willing to do major damage to people, clubs, and events in the pursuit of their power base.
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[User Picture]From: stephbg
2009-05-05 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'd decapitate George Lucas for you. Just saying.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-06 01:56 am (UTC)
Then fly my pretty!
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[User Picture]From: baralier
2009-05-05 05:03 pm (UTC)
Oddly my first thought was not one of mafia, but one of a scruffy bloke flying through the skies one a battered Starship Enterprise (riding it more like a tricycle than flying IN it) and bestowing Conventions to all the good little boys and girls of fandom. Yes, both of them if they were good.

I blame Pratchett for bending my mind.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-06 01:57 am (UTC)
Dude, I've known you from before you started reading Pratchett, so don't bloody blame him!
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[User Picture]From: satyapriya
2009-05-05 10:11 pm (UTC)
Quick, get yourself a violin case and a dodgy suit.
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[User Picture]From: hespa
2009-05-07 12:03 am (UTC)
You don't like Confather? How come?

'Cos I have to admit, my first reaction was, "Awwww. Yes." I mean, you essentially spawned Continuum. And you have a whole gaggle of little fledgling fans (not unlike myself) who you've taken under your wing at once time of another as they took their first stumbling steps in the world of Aussie fandom.

Cheep?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-07 01:12 am (UTC)
I don't dislike it it so much am confused by it, and as mentioned in one of the other replies, I do like that it doesn't feel like a serious term.

But I've always been confused by any recognition of me as a fan. Recognition of my writing, or my animation, or my song-vids (or whatever the hell they call them now) I get. I don't quite get the being noted for... trying to mostly treat people well, and trying to help or be useful to the fannish community. It's nice, and I try to accept it graciously as anyone should accept a compliment, but it never ceases to surprise me.

Hey look, I've never been able to detect when someone's attracted to me, and I still don't get that Lex is my son. There's a huge gap between what I understand logically and what I understand at a core emotional level. And I tend to operate on a emotional level.

Cheap? Why yes I am :)
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[User Picture]From: jocko55
2009-05-07 10:30 am (UTC)

SBOF (Cue music-- The streak)

Secret Bastards of Fandom came up the other day. Maybe something to with ditmar awards, I really wasn't paying attention. I really do miss the ditmar for Best Fannish cat, that was an award the fans could get their teeth into and in all seriousness the Ditmars are of and for the fans.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-05-07 11:50 am (UTC)

Re: SBOF (Cue music-- The streak)

No! James, you fool! You said "Ditmar!"

Now there will be an endless round of bitching, whingeing and personal attacks start in the comments for this post.
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[User Picture]From: jocko55
2009-05-07 12:25 pm (UTC)

Now pronounce Betelguese correctly

Shita! (Yes they have forecast rain tomorrow--something for our Maltese speaking readers)
I thought I had to say "IT" three times after midnight, whilst drinking a glass of water and juggling a chainsaw and a couple of cats...

I have a chainsaw you know. I bought it late last year. It is electric, with a fourteen inch cutting thingy. Not easy to take to a con, but I recently found my hockey mask whilst tidying up. We also have two cats and three guinea pigs (Now I am just rambling on) and I have been eating hot salami and goats cheese as a wicked snack (Yes, it always comes back to food, gee I could go a flat white coffee, but it too late and I don't want to stay up and do a fanzine--gotta go to work tomorrow)

I was feeling a bit down, but now I feel better, perhaps that is the hot chile coming in

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[User Picture]From: hespa
2009-05-17 04:33 am (UTC)
That's because you're a silly. **nods intelligently**

And now, something you have to see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB-M_tYhLGU
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