Pulling The Puzzles Apart

I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart
Questions of science, science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart...
Thu, Aug 25th, 2016 -- 12:25 pm
Today's Specials:There’s something incredibly satisfying about

There’s something incredibly satisfying about watching this shape emerge from the boat fold. It’s all the folding-back, I think. It’s a simple process but a really engaging one.

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bzeuEF
via IFTTT

1 Order Up! | Place Your Order
Thu, Aug 25th, 2016 -- 09:50 am
Today's Specials:I woke up earlier than usual this morning, so I went for an...

I woke up earlier than usual this morning, so I went for an early and truncated run – last run I noticed my knee started acting up around the two mile mark, so I decided to shorten today’s run, and also around a mile in I ran through a puddle and wet shoes tend to make for blisters. So, short run. But my knee feels okay and I don’t think I’m blistering anywhere.  And I did hatch a Geodude this morning! I’m going to name him Tiberius.

As you can see my chart is a little different from normal; @digitaldiscipline, my Meathead Side of Tumblr advisor, was kind enough to send me his old Charge HR so I could try it out. I’m loving the heart rate monitor, and I did miss having the side-button you could use to start a workout. Plus I’ve always been fond of the slightly larger, flatter profile of the Charge model, and it seems like the Charge is more tap-sensitive than the Alta, you really have to thump the Alta sometimes to get it to bring up your data. I’m not as bothered by the buckle-clasp as I thought I would be. 

I do have some weird guilt about not wearing the Alta, despite the fact that I didn’t really pay for it (since it replaced an old Charge that had more than paid for itself) and b). I still FEEL like I did, and there’s no denying it’s newer and in better shape. We all have weird consumer guilt, you guys. 

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2byRgOQ
via IFTTT

2 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Thu, Aug 25th, 2016 -- 02:01 am
Today's Specials:I had a sinus scan today. I never post pictures of myself, you...

I had a sinus scan today. I never post pictures of myself, you guys know that, so enjoy getting three all at once! 

LOOK. THERE’S THE INSIDE OF MY SKULL.  

Actually if you look at the image in the upper right, you can see a large dark circle just below the bridge of my nose; that’s the gigantic hole in my septum that’s not really meant to be there. (It’s congenital, I’m fine, there’s “plenty of cartilage to support your nose left” as my doctor says.) 

His assistant said actually I’m quite lucky to have it, it means when I breathe I get a little more air, on average, than people who don’t have GAPING HOLES in their mucous membranes. 

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bjtoQt
via IFTTT

5 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Wed, Aug 24th, 2016 -- 02:56 pm
Today's Specials:"Zátopek’s running style was distinctive

“Zátopek’s running style was distinctive and very much at odds with what was considered to be an efficient style at the time. His head would often roll, face contorted with effort, while his torso swung from side to side. He often wheezed and panted audibly while running, which earned him the nicknames of “Emil the Terrible” or the “Czech Locomotive”. When asked about his tortured facial expressions, Zátopek is said to have replied that “It isn’t gymnastics or figure skating, you know.””

- Everything about this paragraph is amazing. (x)
from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bgsfr3
via IFTTT

4 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Wed, Aug 24th, 2016 -- 12:15 pm
Today's Specials:It doesn’t photograph well, because it’s

It doesn’t photograph well, because it’s a kinetic, but the “T-Rex Puppet” actually was a lot of fun to fold and mess around with.

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bhNupq
via IFTTT

1 Order Up! | Place Your Order
Tue, Aug 23rd, 2016 -- 12:26 pm
Today's Specials:Heather over on LJ asked if there was any possibility of folding...

Heather over on LJ asked if there was any possibility of folding an origami cowbell, and while I was hoping for something a little more three-dimensional, I can’t deny this pretty much fits the bill…

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bM20sa
via IFTTT

11 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Tue, Aug 23rd, 2016 -- 10:25 am
Today's Specials:I ran too far. TOO FAR. My knee was not ready!But I did hatch a...

I ran too far. TOO FAR. My knee was not ready!

But I did hatch a Growlithe and catch a Meowth, so there’s that. Also I saw no less than nine rabbits, and given I always see a ton of rabbits when I do this route I’ve decided to rename it from Loop The Lions to The Rabbit Run. :D 

I checked my mile splits and I’m running a pretty consistent 36-minute 5K. It wasn’t so long ago I was BOUND AND DETERMINED to crack a 13 minute pace, so I’m pretty pleased by my progress.

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bbyTlq
via IFTTT

3 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016 -- 06:01 pm
Today's Specials:I called in sick to work today because I have the Endless Sinus Headache and slept through three of.

I called in sick to work today because I have the Endless Sinus Headache and slept through three of my four alarms and when I finally did wake up I was so tired I didn’t think I could make it to the bus stop. 

But I can’t actually sleep because just after I posted Radio Free Monday the maintenance people in my building knocked on my door and told me that the unit below mine had a running water leak coming through their ceiling and they can’t seem to find the source, so there are three intense Polish guys who keep randomly coming into my apartment, disassembling the toilet, and moving the fridge around. 

If they haven’t found the leak by 11:30 I’m going to leave them a note that says I’m asleep in the bedroom but they can come and go as they please and to wake me if they need me. 

(They did reassemble the toilet, at least.)

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2ba2Yl3
via IFTTT

9 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016 -- 06:49 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

allecto works at Democracy Prep, which has two public schools in Baton Rouge, where many of their families (already high-need and low-income) have lost everything. They have an Amazon Wishlist here and are also looking for donations of spare uniforms. Anything is appreciated!

Sheryl linked to a fundraiser for a coalition of organizations (including her congregation) who are feeding and housing fifty Red Cross volunteers who are working to help in the wake of the devastating flooding in Louisiana. They need donations to defray the cost of food, which is being bought and prepared by community volunteers. You can give through the St. Paul Lutheran Church page here; they advise that if you donate via PayPal, make sure to put "Good Samaritan" in the "Special Instructions to the Seller" field.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, or support Starcat Books by purchasing here. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

Help For Free:

Kimberly is completing her thesis for a Master's at UNC-Chapel Hill in the area of fandom research, and is conducting a one-month survey within the fan vidder community in regards to fan creators' identification with entertainment media in visual storytelling. You can read more and take the survey here!

[tumblr.com profile] shazrolane is looking for people who have experience with powered wheelchairs; she's collecting information for friends who are looking to buy one but have no experience and aren't finding online reviews super helpful. They're looking especially for information on chairs that raise the user into a standing position. You can read more, reblog, and get in touch here.

Support Small Business:

Anon linked to [twitter.com profile] FreiaInguz, a jewelry maker who is having a 25% off end-of-summer sale; you can check out her gorgeous work at her website here and at her Etsy here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Place Your Order
Sun, Aug 21st, 2016 -- 01:53 pm
Today's Specials:I have dropped literally every liquid I have encountered this morning, including:Melted butter (on..

I have dropped literally every liquid I have encountered this morning, including:

Melted butter (on pierogies)

Swiffer wetjet liquid (to clean up the melted butter)

Glue (to glue part of the swiffer that I didn’t notice was broken back together)

Cherry-pomegranate drink (on my carpet)

Vinegar (to try and get the stain out of the carpet, but spilled it in the kitchen first) 

Blue hair dye (because I learn lessons slowly) 

Fortunately the dye jar landed right side up and only speckled my feet. And it looks like most of the cherry-pom stain on the carpet came out with liberal applications of vinegar. 

What I’m saying is, I’m not allowed to hold any babies today. THEY’RE MOSTLY LIQUID. 

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bGu9Qr
via IFTTT

6 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Sun, Aug 21st, 2016 -- 01:13 pm
Today's Specials:Today’s origami fold was a Bird On A Tree. My

Today’s origami fold was a Bird On A Tree. My first attempt on the left looked a little funky, so I did a second “autumn” version on the right. :D 

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2b8rNwD
via IFTTT

2 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Sat, Aug 20th, 2016 -- 10:23 am
Today's Specials:But why make a plain blue whale when you can make a DRAMATIC RED...

But why make a plain blue whale when you can make a DRAMATIC RED WHALE? 

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bJIU80
via IFTTT

6 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Thu, Aug 18th, 2016 -- 01:55 pm
Today's Specials:I guess it kind of looks like a dog with a really big head and a...

I guess it kind of looks like a dog with a really big head and a really tiny body *squints*

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bAKOVt
via IFTTT

4 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Wed, Aug 17th, 2016 -- 10:40 am
Today's Specials:I ran 4.3 miles, caught some pokemon, and scored a sweet chair,...

I ran 4.3 miles, caught some pokemon, and scored a sweet chair, all before 5am. I ran Unabridged, which as you can see actually skips a bridge, but that bridge is inaccessible at this time of day due to construction. So it’s abridged. 

The chair, which I saved from the Free Stuff Table in the trash room, does have a giant crack in one of the uprights, but a little wood glue and some reinforcement will set it right.

I also hatched a Pizza Horse and an Electabuzz, and caught a Poliwag while strolling my ass over the Monroe Street bridge. (All Ponytas are Pizza Horses. I’m going to collect a stable of Pizza Horses.) Interval running: get yo cardio AND catch them all!

New playlist, btw:

Fiona Apple - Good Defense
Steve Miller Band - Take The Money and Run
Tom Lehrer - Werner von BraunWalk the Moon - Anna Sun
Big Boi - Backup Plan*Van Vuuren Bros - ActivewearWalk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance
The Kinks - Catch Me Now*Toren Atkinson - Too High Up HereColdplay - Viva la VidaTom Lehrer - The Vatican RagThe Killers - Mr. Brightside
Bad City - Fight as OneTom Lehrer - National Brotherhood WeekHall & Oates - Rich Girl
Michael Penn - Walter ReedBlood What True - Say Wat It DoA Ha - Take On Me **

* These have been remixed to run 1:30 and 2 minutes respectively, and to take out lyrics I don’t find interesting.
** Don’t you judge me.

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bxb5UP
via IFTTT

11 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Tue, Aug 16th, 2016 -- 12:41 pm
Today's Specials:A purple eagle in real life would be AWESOME.

A purple eagle in real life would be AWESOME.

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2buUWir
via IFTTT

6 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Tue, Aug 16th, 2016 -- 10:28 am
Today's Specials:I ran inside today for the first time since I think late May....

I ran inside today for the first time since I think late May. Well, it was raining, and I had a new playlist and a new fitbit, so it’s perhaps just as well. At any rate, 5K in 37:21 is one of my best times, so it probably did me good.

I am not best pleased with the FitBit Alta. It doesn’t have a button on the side the way the Charge did, which you could use to tell the Charge “Hey, I’m starting a workout now”. The Alta is supposed to sense when you’re working out and do it automatically, but it only senses a workout if you’ve been doing it for ten minutes or more, and apparently running with walk intervals doesn’t count as a single activity. So it didn’t sense the 5K I just ran, because after eight minutes I stopped to walk for a minute and a half. 

But I thought, okay, I’ll just check my stop time and enter my workout from my start/stop times. Except when you manually enter a workout, it just mocks up a report on it – it doesn’t go in and pull the activity data from that time period, EVEN THOUGH IT HAS ACCESS TO IT. I might as well write down my times on a sheet of scratch paper for all the good it does. 

So I’m thinking of selling the Alta and buying a Charge HR. I can probably get about $80-$100 for it and $50 isn’t bad to pay for an upgrade. On the other hand, I just discovered a corner of the app where you can use your phone to tell the FitBit that you’re starting a workout, which is clumsier than the Charge but at least a little more functional than the Alta. I’ll give it until the weekend, we’ll see how much of a pain in the ass this setup actually is and if it’s tolerable. 

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2aQt6A6
via IFTTT

8 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Mon, Aug 15th, 2016 -- 08:04 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Jen and Dani, who have been dealing with illness and injuries, which insurance has not fully covered. They're fundraising to cover medical bills and get back on their feet; you can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[personal profile] iamshadow linked to a fundraiser for [personal profile] alexseanchai, who is struggling to finish college and is fundraising to help with costs of graduation and post-graduate studies. You can read more here and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] engrprof linked to a fundraiser for City Bureau, which is working to reimagine journalism on the south and west sides of Chicago. Their goal is to increase coerage of under-covered areas and populations, as well as train journalists to cover civic issues in specific areas of the city. You can read more and support the City Bureau here, and there's a rebloggable link post here.

[personal profile] yohjideranged and their spouse have been forced to deplete their savings to cover bills while their spouse is out of work, and have been fundraising to keep up; their funds were covered through last week's sales post, but since then they've had to put their cat, Hermen, in the hospital for surgery, and are now dealing both with Hermen's death and the bill from the veterinarian. You can read more and support their fundraiser here, and they still have items for sale here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, or support Starcat Books by purchasing here. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] shazrolane is looking for people who have experience with powered wheelchairs; she's collecting information for friends who are looking to buy one but have no experience and aren't finding online reviews super helpful. They're looking especially for information on chairs that raise the user into a standing position. You can read more, reblog, and get in touch here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Place Your Order
Sun, Aug 14th, 2016 -- 01:44 pm
Today's Specials:Halloween is coming.Shut up, I know it’s

Halloween is coming.

Shut up, I know it’s August. 

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2buuPw3
via IFTTT

7 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Sat, Aug 13th, 2016 -- 10:10 am
Today's Specials:Not my worst run ever this morning (that prize will probably...

Not my worst run ever this morning (that prize will probably always go to the Great Blister Incident) but definitely not without its challenges. I decided to present it to you as an infographic.

It IS the first time I’ve run three quarters of a mile nonstop, so I was pretty proud of that. It was nice and breezy out and I had on my new cool RoadID and I was just running along when THE HEAVENS OPENED AND THE RAINS BEGAN. But by that time I was a good mile and a quarter into the run so I thought, maybe it’ll be like one of those ten-minute rainshowers you sometimes get, or maybe I’ll run out of it! Chicago is full of microclimates, such things are possible. 

So I ran for another quarter of a mile or so before I realized I was not going to outrun the rain. I turned around at the midpoint of the chart and started running back the other way, but apparently even the power of Shut Up And Dance cannot overcome the extra water I was carrying ALL OVER ME. 

Also I saw four rats on my run, which is unusual; mostly if I see wildlife it’s bunnies. One of the rats possibly paced me and was the same rat, those motherfuckers are fast. 

Then I arrived back and it was still raining, so instead of running around the building to the side-entrance I just came in the front door and the doorman saw me dripping on the floor and cracked up. When I got upstairs I did look like a drowned cat in hipster glasses. 

Still. Pretty proud of that ¾ of a mile. I could probably have done the full mile but there’s something funky going on with my left knee so I decided not to push it.

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2beBCpl
via IFTTT

6 Orders Up! | Place Your Order
Fri, Aug 12th, 2016 -- 10:58 pm
Today's Specials:I made cornmeal-parmesan crackers and they are aaaawesome. (Yes....

I made cornmeal-parmesan crackers and they are aaaawesome. (Yes. It appears I have “discovered” cornmeal.) Also they are gluten free! 

Cornmeal Parmesan Crackers1 cup cornmeal (I used yellow)
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp garlic powder (or to taste, or mashed garlic, whatever)
2 Tbsp butter, cut into bits
2-3 cups boiling water
Cooking spray or other grease for pans

Sift cornmeal into bowl, then add parmesan cheese, garlic, and butter. Don’t bother stirring, you don’t need to mix it yet and it’ll just get messy.  

Add about half of the boiling water and whisk to mix; keep adding water, bit by bit, until the batter is very runny (the original recipe said “watery mashed potatoes” but I think “a little thicker than waffle batter” is probably more accurate). I had to add about 2 ¼ cups of water. Make sure the mixture is very well combined. 

Heat oven to 375F. Grease two cookie sheets and drop batter by spoonfuls onto the pans. Slam pans against the counter a few times to make the batter spread. You can also shake them back and forth (but noooooot up and down!). You want the batter very thin on the pan and reasonably even, but if they’re a bit thicker in the middle it’s not a big deal. 

Bake for 20 minutes (you can bake one on the middle rack and one on the bottom rack, I did) and then check; if they aren’t yet brown on the edges, bake another 5-7 minutes. 

Remove and try lifting the crackers off the pans; if they don’t come up easily, bake a little longer. Cool on a wire rack.

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2bmLn67
via IFTTT

1 Order Up! | Place Your Order
Browse
Sam's Journal
Sam's Original Work
Other People Can Smell You: A Book About College
Nameless:
A Small Town Story
Charitable Getting:
A Novel Deduction
The Dead Isle:
A Steampunk Adventure
Dr. King's Lucky Book:
An Almanac Gone Mad
Trace:
A Story Of Magic
Quotes
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.
-- Daniel Burnham

The Egotists' Club is one of the most genial places in London. It is a place to which you may go when you want to tell that odd dream you had last night, or to announce what a good dentist you have discovered. You must not mention golf or fish, however...as Lord Peter Wimsey said when the matter was mooted the other day in the smoking-room, those are things you can talk about anywhere.
-- Dorothy Sayers, The Man With The Copper Fingers

"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all, I know that just to be alive is a grand thing."
-- Agatha Christie

The line between actually very serious and actually very funny is actually very thin.
-- Anon

All over Hollywood, they are continually advising me 'Oh, you mustn't say that. That will get you in a lot of trouble' when I remark that some picture or writer or director or producer is no good. I don't get it. If he isn't any good, why can't you say so? If more people would mention it, pretty soon it might start having some effect.
-- Humphrey Bogart

"At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid."
-— Friedrich Nietzsche

Abby: Is that a guess, or do you actually know where I'm going with this?
Gibbs: What do you think?
Abby: Well, I don't know. That's why I ask you.
Gibbs: Why don't you just tell me?
Abby: So, you don't know!
Gibbs: I want to make sure you know.
Abby: Hmm.
Gibbs: Hmm.
Abby: We should play poker sometime.
Gibbs: Yeah we should!
-- NCIS 1.14, "The Good Samaritan"

I am as idle as idle can be: one of the causes you have hit on, viz irresolution, the other being made fully aware that my noddle is not capacious enough to retain or comprehend Mathematics. Beetle hunting & such things I grieve to say is my proper sphere.
-- Charles Darwin

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Can I read books? Yes. Have I visited every star in the universe? No.
-- Stephen Fry

'I'm sure we can pull together, sir.'
Lord Vetinari raised his eyebrows. 'Oh, I do hope not, I really do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.'
-- Terry Pratchett, The Truth

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
-- HG Wells

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water.
-- James Michener

It always seemed to me that those who claim to know that others are going to hell must already be very familiar with the way to get there.
--Mark Landers

I come in peace, I depart in gratitude.
-- Garrison Keillor

Information is the currency of democracy.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Up to the age of 40, I don't think there was a science-fiction book I hadn't read. I love them because they're a marvelous way — and a safe way, I might add — of saying nasty things about our own society.
-- Sydney Newman

You must believe in it and play it for real. If you don't do that how can you expect anyone else to?
-- Verity Lambert

You need more than a key to get into my ship. You need knowledge.
-- The Doctor

Maintaining integrity as a private detective is difficult; to preserve it for the hundred thousand words of a book would be impossible for me, as it has been for so many others. Nothing corrupts a man so deeply as writing a book; the myriad temptations are overpowering.
-- Rex Stout, The Mother Hunt

Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.
-- Studs Terkel

I feel good when I am doing it and better than when I am not.
-- John Steinbeck, in response to the question "Why do you write?"

I dunno, this is a really hard job, I gotta come up with five opinions a week.
-- Cheers