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...
Wed, Sep 2nd, 2015 -- 08:31 am
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It's been a very peculiar week so far, especially since it's only Wednesday. I was meant to be in Austin for most of the week, helping Mum recover from knee surgery, but due to various insurance issues that's had to be moved to October. So I've lived the past few days in a sort of surrealist alternate universe where I know I should be somewhere other than where I am, and originally planned accordingly. On the other hand, I now have all week in which to get my work done instead of having to cram it all in on Monday.

Mum's also annoyed that now I won't be visiting for my birthday, because I'll be in Austin two weeks later anyway for the new surgery date, so she's trying to arrange Birthday Things for me in Chicago. Which is nice of her, but I couldn't really care less, like, I have nothing against birthdays but I don't get nearly as stoked about them as she does. I fully expect 36 will be harder than 35 was; god knows 31 was much harder than 30. Having outlived both Jesus and Alexander the Great, I've set my sights on Napoleon, and I've got quite a stretch to go before I hit 51. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

She DID subsidize my yearly birthday trip to the Midnight Circus, a small indy circus in Chicago that does fundraisers for local parks in the summer, so that's nice. I suspect she will also be subsidizing dinner afterward.

In the meantime, I'm going to keep living my Twilight Zone Week and hoping that standing in a liminal space for this long has no lasting supernatural effects...

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Mon, Aug 31st, 2015 -- 08:02 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

nutmeg3 linked to a fundraiser for Eden, who trains and places service dogs with deserving owners. Her current trainee, Maya, needs surgery for her legs before she can begin her life as a service dog for the wheelchair-assisted; she's raising funds both for Maya and to support future service training. You can read more and help out here.

kukla_tko42 is running a GoFundMe to save her house after financial difficulties, including her husband's incarceration. Their home is currently in foreclosure and they will lose it two weeks before her husband is released unless they raise money for the back mortgage. You can read more and help save their house here.

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

tereshkova2001 linked to GeekGirlCon, a Seattle-based convention celebrating the female geek, being held October 10-11 this year. They're hosting the Do It Yourself Science Zone for the third year, and are raising money to bring awesome scientists to Seattle to participate. You can read more about the DIY Science Zone here and donate to the fundraiser here.

dorkabunny linked to a fundraiser for Gershwin, an abandoned (and very abused) kitty who needs a secure home and will need funding for surgery. They don't have a gofundme that's live yet, but you can read more about Gershwin, offer help with housing, and keep tabs on his fundraising here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] toujours_nigel is selling t-shirts to supplement her university stipend and start a wedding fund. They're some very unique designs, reasonably priced (I believe the prices are in Rupees) and ship internationally. You can check out and purchase the shirts here.

[tumblr.com profile] fortesgospel is a fused-glass and metalwork artist attempting to make a living selling their goods at their Etsy shop; they have a post up here about their work and their dreams for it, and you can visit the shop itself and check out their gorgeous art here.

editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is now facing huge water bills, plus a lien on her house for a property tax bill that has gone past due. She needs to raise $6K to keep her head above water. You can read more about her situation here and help her keep her home here; she also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a housemate to move into a condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood; it's a large bedroom and private bathroom for $805/mo plus utilities (which for Uptown, and to judge by the photos, is a hell of a deal). You can read more and get in touch here.

[personal profile] rabid_bookwyrm is looking for queer-friendly fannish housing in Portland, OR; also open to house-hunting if someone else is looking for a housemate but doesn't already have housing. You can contact [personal profile] rabid_bookwyrm by PM on Dreamwidth for more information.

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Sun, Aug 30th, 2015 -- 01:52 pm
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I believe I may have bought the last bag of Lays Reuben Chips in the entire city of Chicago this morning.

I don't normally eat potato chips, but Lays had this weird promotion going where they introduced four new flavors and you could vote for one of them to win. I guess winning gets you a permanent place alongside BBQ, Salt & Vinegar, Nacho Cheese, and other venerable time-honored chip flavors in the snack shelf pantheon. Lays does seem to be a little more imaginative than other brands, which as far as I can tell have gone for spicier and spicier until at some point in the near future they'll just be selling bags where you open it up and it pepper sprays you.

Anyway, Lays was offering Biscuits & Gravy, Truffle, Gyro, and Reuben flavored potato chips, and I was hoping the Reuben chips would be like the glorious Hot Dog flavored chips I used to be able to get from one single vending machine at grad school. They weren't, but they're like a very mild vinegar-flavored chip, which is fine by me because vinegar chips are usually much too strong.

But it was a promotion, and they haven't said which flavor is the winner yet, so now there are no more reuben chips and I really liked the reuben chips, plus I just semi-accidentally made my body weight in sweet onion dip and they go really well with sweet onion dip. So I've been scouting for anywhere that might still have reuben chips. I happened to find one single bag of them at the Walgreens in Chinatown.

I didn't find the sifter, pizza stone, or pants that I was actually looking for, but reuben chips are a pretty good runner-up prize.

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Sat, Aug 29th, 2015 -- 11:10 am
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So, I don't eat a specific method diet or anything but my nutritionist did put me on a high-protein kick that involves a lot of beef, shrimp, almonds, pita bread instead of actual sliced bread, et cetera. I am fortunately at a point in my life where I have both the time and money to go to four different stores on a Saturday morning to get the food I need (being fair they're all in a row, not like, across town from each other) but poverty dies hard, so I always feel ultra smug when I get a good deal.

Like this morning, when I bought some nice thick beef cuts at Whole Foods, and I said, okay, yes, it's Whole Paycheck, but it's on sale and it's good meat and anyway it's the exact cut I want. And then I went to Target, which sells meat -- btw, if you're over the age of about thirty, do you find it as weird as I do that you can now buy steak at Target? -- and checked the prices just to see how badly I'd overpaid, but it turns out the Whole Foods beef was cheaper than Target. And the prepackaged Target almonds, bizarrely, were cheaper than the bulk almonds at Whole Foods that I had decided not to buy because $11/lb for almonds seemed excessive.

So I got home with cheap meat AND nuts, and I feel like while this isn't Paleo, I sure am doing a lot of high-value hunter-gathering. Maybe tonight I'll light a fire and paint some horses on the walls.

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Fri, Aug 28th, 2015 -- 07:36 am
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I’m working on cancelling a newspaper subscription at work (we no longer read that particular paper) and I have what is really obviously a robot on the other end of the please-cancel-my-subscription customer service chat. I’m kind of okay with talking to a robot, though I do wish they wouldn’t pretend it’s a person and have it tell me its name and stuff. Like, I’d RATHER deal with a robot than a person, just let it be a robot.

But now the robot’s trying to talk me out of cancelling the subscription and if there is one thing I will not tolerate it’s being haggled with by a robot.

NOT UNTIL YOU ATTAIN SENTIENCE, SUN-TIMES ROBOT NAMED ANGELLO.

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Wed, Aug 26th, 2015 -- 06:09 pm
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In the building where I now live, there's some retail on the ground floor -- a couple of spaces, including an empty one where there used to be a bank a couple of years ago.

I started having this little fantasy of someone moving into it and opening a small grocer, because while there are two grocery stores quite close by, there's really nothing to the north of them for a couple of miles, and there's a lot of people in the building who I imagine would like to be able to buy a bottle of milk without putting real pants on. I am one of them. I am that lazy.

It's slowly morphed over the months into a pipe dream of taking out a small business loan and opening the grocer myself, maybe with some tables in the back for cooking classes and a little coffee bar. I think it could get a lot of tourist traffic, given where it's situated.

I know this for what it is, which is a fantasy best left unfulfilled; I don't have the experience, energy, or financial stability to run my own business, and if a BANK couldn't survive there, I'm not sure a grocery store has a shot. But I'm struggling a bit at work and the idea of being my own boss sometimes has its appeal. Not to mention the fact that my commute would be a hell of a lot less intense.

So the pragmatism doesn't stop me doodling logos for Sam's Up Market in my head on the commute sometimes.

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Wed, Aug 26th, 2015 -- 05:30 am
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So, I've been battling with some back pain for a while, which is now starting to interfere with my work. I don't actually think it's musculo-skeletal, but the doctor I went to see at the clinic sure does, and won't consider anything else until I've had physical therapy. (Being fair, she did do a pee test for kidney stones and the intern who saw me first agreed with me and gave me codeine.) I think I have an excess of spleen, mainly because the spleen is in the area and I've never had muscular pain this severe.

But my debate with the medical establishment aside, it means that before I can go back and demand some kind of internal imaging, I need to do PT, which fair enough; if the PT helps, hurrah. But trying to schedule an appointment has been a hilarious farce that has now required six phone calls (one from me, four from them, and when they open this morning, yet another from me to respond to their last one). Scheduling went very quickly but then they called back to check that they'd given me the right time, to check that they'd given me the right person, to do a phone pre-screen that they forgot to do before, and now to get my insurance information. I started out thinking that they shouldn't put someone who wasn't a morning person on the morning shift -- she seemed very bewildered at 7:30 in the morning -- but I'm beginning to suspect that the person who keeps calling me perhaps is in the wrong line of work. At this point I'm just glad she's not going to be my physical therapist.

When will I shed this mortal husk and enter the internet to live forever as a digital demigod? Really it can't come soon enough.

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Mon, Aug 24th, 2015 -- 07:59 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

digitalwave is raising funds after facing large hospital bills for her husband Lee's medical condition and back tax payments that are threatening to overwhelm. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] rcmclachlan linked toa fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] disease-danger-darkness-silence, whose father just passed away suddenly; his funeral and the travel and such involved in it is an added financial burden to an already struggling family. You can read more and find a link to the donation page here.

[dreamwidth.com profile] iamshadow linked to a petition and fundraiser for Kayleb, an eleven-year-old Black autistic student who has been unjustly criminally charged for offenses that should have been handled by teaching staff. You can read more and sign the petition here and donate to his legal fund here.

SW linked to a fundraiser for Tatyana, the operator of the Service Dog Vlog youtube channel, whose wheelchair was damaged in a hit-and-run and then further by poor handling at United Airlines. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] amemait linked to a fundraiser for Nikolai, who is taking commissions and donations after having lost his job due to issues with his fibromyalgia and anxiety; he is currently dealing with other insurance and health issues as well. He needs to raise enough to make rent through the end of summer and repair his car. You can read more and request a commission here and donate to the fundraiser here.

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Hesperian Health Guides, which researches, writes, translates, and publishes essential health information in multiple languages. At the moment any donations you make count double due to a $35K challenge donation (meaning anything given up to $35K is matched). You can read more about the challenge and find donation information here.

[personal profile] brainwane also linked to The Software Carpentry Foundation, a non-profit volunteer organization whose members teach researchers basic software skills. You can read more and request a workshop here, including how to apply for a fee waiver if the workshop would help support diversity in science.

mayfly linked to The Fourth Wave, a feminist group based in London, UK, which is organizing a Feminist Solidarity Fest on September 6th in Hackney Downs. You can read more about the event here and here on Facebook, and support the fest through donations here.

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is now facing huge water bills, plus a lien on her house for a property tax bill that has gone past due. She needs to raise $6K to keep her head above water. You can read more about her situation here and help her keep her home here; she also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

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Sun, Aug 23rd, 2015 -- 11:43 am
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There's a name for the emotion you feel when you say the phrase "I got food poisoning from Panera and threw up in the Whole Foods bathroom". I don't know the name of the emotion but there must be one. It's not quite shame, not quite indignation. It has something to do with feeling like the worst hip young urbanite ever.

I actually had a great morning, though. I'd heard about this thing called the Maxwell Street Market, which is apparently a long-standing but TOP SECRET Chicago institution. Every Sunday, year round, Desplaines between Roosevelt and Harrison closes down and people show up to sell stuff. It's like if you held a garage sale inside a dollar store which was also a taqueria. And outdoors. And the hipsters haven't found it yet.

Well, I mean technically they have since I was there, but I'm the only one.

I only ended up buying a churro (possibly the freshest, most delicious churro known to man) but I'm going back next week and I'm going to drag R along and will probably end up buying a speaker system from 1987 or a nonfunctional pocket watch or a dozen bandannas in blue camouflage pattern. Also there were some rug guys there and I wouldn't mind another rug.

I thought I'd walk home along Roosevelt, which would take me past a couple of places I wanted to shop, including Whole Foods. Some of them weren't open yet so I stopped and got an apple muffin and a lemonade from Panera beforehand, and I'm pretty sure that's what gave me the seizing indigestion. It's definitely what I puked up when I made an emergency stop at the Whole Foods restroom. Might have been the lemonade, I hear some places don't keep their drinks machines super clean.

Mind you, it was there and gone, I feel fine now. Though I do intend to take the rest of the afternoon a little easier. I'm going to slowly drink a ginger ale and read some comics.

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Sat, Aug 22nd, 2015 -- 05:46 pm
Today's Specials:Review: Tough Jews by Rich Cohen

I've been watching The Making Of The Mob: New York, which is a series of half-documentary, half-reenactment episodes about the rise of organized crime in America in the early 20th century, and one of the people they spoke to caught my eye: Rich Cohen, author of "Tough Jews". I thought that sounded like an amazing book, so I snagged a digital copy. I'm trying to track what I read a little better, hence: a review!

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I'm a nut for this kind of true crime, so I found the book really enjoyable. I'd take some portions with a grain of salt, perhaps, but I think it makes a great story and a compelling account of the outsiders to outsiders -- people of the criminal underworld who lived, and thrived, even further out on the fringes than the Italian immigrants who came to dominate New York organized crime. Well worth a read if you're into 20th century history or crime history, or American Jewish culture for that matter.

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Sat, Aug 22nd, 2015 -- 10:17 am
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I will say this for that pita recipe, I got one single perfect pita out of it. The rest are...well, they're edible, but they don't split open as pitas should. I think I needed to let them rise a bit. The perfect pita was the last one to go on the baking sheet, so it was significantly more risen than the others. I covered it in pesto and low-moisture mozzarella and toasted it, so now it is cold "pitzza" for one day's lunch this coming week.

Then I sliced open my hand while trying to rescue the mock apple pies.

They actually taste quite good -- more lemony than anything, but in a nice "lemon bar" kind of way, not a weird "why is lemon in this" kind of way. The syrup bubbled over the edges of the tart pan, instantly welding the tart pan and the baking sheet together, which did cause some problems. The tart pan, being coated entirely in teflon, was saved, but the baking sheet I'm afraid is doomed. I needed a new one anyway, that one was a $1 special at the thrift store. (I will undoubtedly be going to the thrift store for its replacement, because old habits die hard.) My thumb, which took the brunt of the "shouldn't have tried this maneuver bare handed" damage, is taped up and fine.

Oooh, I could do with a thrift store field trip today. I wonder where the nearest one is. On the one hand my neighborhood is full of broke art students, but on the other hand it's also full of rich people who work in the loop and don't like thrift stores too nearby. It's a heady combination, let me tell you.

The egg buns, I am sad to say, did change texture overnight in the fridge; they melted into a sort of sticky wad vaguely reminiscent of nearly-dry paiper mache. I think, perhaps, the egg bun experiment is a failure.

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Fri, Aug 21st, 2015 -- 02:31 pm
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Pitas and yogurt are done, bread is on its second rise, shrimp are thawing, pie crust is chilling.

I did some quasi-scientific testing with the yogurt and I have determined that it is indeed cheaper to buy a pint of greek yogurt than to make a pint of greek yogurt oneself. And it's not like bread where it's cheaper to buy bread but nutritionally better to make it myself; yogurt's pretty much yogurt.

I’ve been dealing with some back pain of mysterious origin and I discovered today that it is not kidney stones (”It’s not kidney stones” is always a nice thing to hear) but I really don’t think that the doctor is correct that it’s a sprained muscle. Regardless, I got a scrip for physical therapy and also one for codeine so if one doesn’t solve the problem the other will at least be a short term fix. I privately believe I am splenetic, because it’s fun to say and the spleen is in that general area.

So: first painkillers, then I bake bread, make fake apple tarts, and have a shrimp boil. This should be good.

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Thu, Aug 20th, 2015 -- 07:32 pm
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I MADE THE EGG BUNS

THIS WAS A DIRE MISTAKE



They look great, but when you put them into your mouth they dissolve into a sort of fine sand that then compresses into really dense styrofoam. Oh god they're so awful. Worse than the chickpea chocolate cake. Arguably worse than the avocado cream pie.

WHY. WHY WOULD ANYONE MAKE THESE. The recipe is all over the mommyblogosphere. Why would you subject your child to these.

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Thu, Aug 20th, 2015 -- 05:35 pm
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TONIGHT I COOK.

I thought I'd share the recipes I will be cooking from now until sometime late on Saturday, probably. Also keeping them all in one place is a handy reference for me!

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Tue, Aug 18th, 2015 -- 05:32 pm
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A few days ago, a blog I follow called Chicago History Today posted a piece about the last cow path in Chicago, a ten-foot-wide alleyway in the Loop that couldn't be built on because of a cattle easement. Essentially, a farmer sold the "you can walk here" rights to a fellow farmer, whose descendants refused to sell the "you can walk here" rights to the developers who wanted to put up an office building on the site.

The office building did make a court case out of it but they couldn't have been too terrible sports about it, because when they lost the case they ended up building the offices with a passageway, ten feet wide and eighteen feet high, should you need to drive some motherfuckin' cattle from Monroe to Madison and traffic's backed up on LaSalle (you can't drive them up Clark, Clark is a southbound-only one way at that point).

At any rate, eventually the cattle path was blocked off by a building to the north of Monroe, but in the spirit of the thing they diverted the cattle path to an alley. Which smells quite nice after the rain and before the trash is put out.



Chicago: we literally have not stopped being under construction since the cows went home.

So I decided to visit and walk the last surviving cow path in Chicago, and it was a short damn walk. I thought I'd stop by Wendy's and get a burger after, but I had a Social Anxiety moment when I couldn't figure out their new menu (it's all pictures and apparently they don't just sell a goddamn hamburger anymore) so I faked an urgent text and left. But I did end up at the Chicago Loop Synagogue, which has a sculpture over its doors that looks like the fever dream of a very religious typesetter.



That was cool. And surreal. Mostly surreal.

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Mon, Aug 17th, 2015 -- 11:41 am
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Hey so let's try this yet again, not totally ignoring DW/LJ in favor of Tumblr. Sorry guys. Microblogging grabbed me by the shoulders and yelled "IT'S JUST SO FAST AND CONVENIENT."

But the other day I was trying to remember when I moved to Chicago, and I knew I moved on my birthday, so I just paged through my birthday each year on my LJ until I found the SEE YOU IN CHICAGO post I made. And I thought, well, I kind of stopped blogging on DW/LJ in part because I didn't get a lot of response -- it wasn't so much that I was looking for response as that I didn't think anyone was reading here, so why bother?

That said, as a record of my life it has proved useful in the past, so I'm trying to go into blogging here more often with a sense of "recording my life in an easily indexable way" because god knows Tumblr's no good for that.

So probably there will be way less fannish stuff and way more just regular life stuff here. I will attempt to keep it amusing.

This week's going to be intense enough in ways that will probably be funny to people who aren't me. Last Friday I spoke with a mortgage advisor about buying a home, and it turns out getting a mortgage is actually going to be the least difficult part of the process, especially after I showed him my 52 page binder o' home loan.

Where it gets complicated is that I'm not sure if I want to buy the condo unit I'm in (or even if my landlord wants to sell it) or buy into another unit in the same building, or buy in another building altogether. I would like to stay in the area and it's up-and-coming in a way that kinda makes my eyes pop, so now is a good time to buy. Aggrivating this decision further is the fact that I know (through means I cannot disclose) that the bank is about to foreclose on my landlord.

For me this isn't a huge deal; I have a lease, I'm legally bound to this unit until June of next year, even if I'm paying rent to the bank. But it also means that my landlord might be more willing to sell -- or that I could get this place hella cheap after foreclosure, as skunky a move as that sounds.

So this week I'm talking to the guy who helped me rent this place about looking around for places to buy. And pending the outcome of that discussion, next week I'll be very innocently emailing my landlord to let him know that if he should wish to sell, he would have a buyer who wouldn't make him pay brokers' fees.

You know, after all this, trying to decide whether or not to get a cat once I've bought a place is going to be rather anticlimactic. Also my requirements for pets are less stringent than my requirements for homes. (Must be under 5 years of age, possess at least a majority of its original limbs, and not wish to murder me on sight.)

Mind you most homes I've lived in haven't tried to murder me either but it's still a basic requirement.

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Mon, Aug 17th, 2015 -- 08:02 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] morgynleri linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] elegantmess-southernbelle who needs help getting a wheelchair, to gain her greater independence and mobility. You can read more and support the fundraiser here and there's also a rebloggable tumblr link here.

[tumblr.com profile] amemait linked to a fundraiser for Nikolai, who is taking commissions and donations after having lost his job due to issues with his fibromyalgia and anxiety; he is currently dealing with other insurance and health issues as well. He needs to raise enough to make rent through the end of summer and repair his car. You can read more, request a commission, and find donation information here..

[personal profile] flippac linked to a fundraiser for a friend, Kia, who is trans and has recently escaped an abusive family. The fundraiser is to buy her a car which she can live in until she gets her feet under her better; you can read more and help with the purchase here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser to help Hawaiian elementary school students learn about Rat Lungworm, a badly publicized but very preventable tropical parasite. You can read more about the program and support it here.

[personal profile] stinaleigh linked to a fundraiser for Koan High SChool in Dallas, TX, which is sending students to France for a study abroad program. Travel and accommodations are covered, but they're fundraising for extracurriculars and field trips. You can read more and support the trip here -- they are halfway to their goal already!

Carolyn linked to a fundraiser for J127, a ranch in Taraz, Kazakhstan that provides safe housing for single mothers and orphans, as well as aid for parents of children with disabilities. They are behind on their payments and are raising $100K to buy out the property. You can read more about the ranch here (it's slightly out of date) and support the fundraiser here.

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is now facing huge water bills, plus a lien on her house for a property tax bill that has gone past due. She needs to raise $6K to keep her head above water. You can read more about her situation here and help her keep her home here; she also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

Just for Fun:

Anon linked to a My Little Pony parody of The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock.

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!).

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Mon, Aug 10th, 2015 -- 07:31 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

etcet linked to a fundraiser for hellsop and geekers, who along with their neighbors lost their home and car to a fast-moving fire last night. They have no renter's insurance, and while they made it out safely, they have lost all their belongings; they also aren't sure whether their cats survived the blaze. You can read more and help raise funds for themat their GoFundMe here; their neighbors also have a GoFundMe set up here.

Amanda has been terminated from her job because of mental health issues and after six weeks has been unable to find work; her savings has been used up on rent and prescription bills, and she's looking at being unable to pay rent or bills in September. Once she's back on her feet she'd like to pay back the funds or pay forward to help someone else (donor's choice). You can donate through paypal to perkymandarin at fuse.net .

[personal profile] mrshamill is raising funds for a friend who is in bad financial straits; with two kids and health issues she's having trouble making ends meet, and now her water heater is failing. You can read more and help give here or send donations via paypal to flammetirar at gmail.com.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for sheafrotherdon, who just bought a house and has now been told she'll lose her insurance if she doesn't replace the roof. The house took all her savings, so she doesn't have the $8.5K needed to replace the roof; borrowing against her savings she's still $1K short. You can read more here and help out here; while she's reached her initial goal, any donations mean that much less she has to borrow.

[tumblr.com profile] eimearkuopio's friend Kia died suddenly and unexpectedly recently, and her wife is now trying to raise two children alone, with no life insurance to help with funeral expenses. You can read more and help out here and also read Eimear's post about Kia and Sabrina here.

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is now facing huge water bills, plus a lien on her house for a property tax bill that has gone past due. She needs to raise $6K to keep her head above water. You can read more about her situation here and help her keep her home here; she also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

taragreen89's sister Uma has been accepted into the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training program in San Francisco, but because it's not considered a "college" there's no federal financial aid available. She's raising money for tuition and also for housing in the Bay Area. You can read more and help out here and check out updates here.

Help For Free:

Venturous linked to World Says What, a project using video and social media to ask questions of people around the world and foster greater understanding. (I have no idea what these questions are.) World Says What needs non-US Contributors who can record and upload answers, as well as people to view, share and comment on episodes, and submit questions. You can visit World Says What to learn more, or email world@worldsayswhat.com .

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] gemini-melia's boyfriend is looking for a sublet housing situation in the Cambridge/Somerville/Boston area for the fall semester (Sept. 1 or sooner) preferably under $1100/mo while he studies linguistics at MIT. He is 27, nerdy white cismale; you can reach out with leads or for more info at amelia.l.blevins at gmail.com.

[personal profile] lizcommotion is looking for a room to rent in Boston, for a couple and their two lovely but shy cats. You can read more and make contact at their craigslist post here.

[personal profile] fiercynn is moving to NYC for grad school this fall and is looking for housing and fannish roommates in Manhattan. She is a 26yo Indian-American queer cis woman with no pets looking for nonsmoking housing, preferably under $1100/month. You can read more and get in touch here, or contact her at fiercynn at gmail.com.

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!).

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Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015 -- 08:06 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Emkay was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and is struggling with high medical costs; she's accepting donations through paypal at emkay487 at gmail.com.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Jim and Cait, a young couple with a new baby (and a lot of student loans) who are facing huge medical bills after Jim was diagnosed with (and beat) cancer. You can read more and help them cover their bills at their YouCaring site here.

[personal profile] staranise is a disabled and unemployed graduate student; her unemployment benefits have ended and she's raising money to help cover living expenses while she looks for work. She's also looking for social services and data entry job leads in Edmonton, Alberta. You can read more, find her donate link, and get in touch here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for the parents of Valerie, a young woman who recently died from breast cancer. She left behind a large student loan debt which her family is liable for but can't afford. They're raising $102K to pay off the loan; you can read more about Valerie's life and help them out here.

[tumblr.com profile] eimearkuopio's friend Kia died suddenly and unexpectedly recently, and her wife is now trying to raise two children alone, with no life insurance to help with funeral expenses. You can read more and help out here and also read Eimear's post about Kia and Sabrina here.

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is now facing huge water bills, plus a lien on her house for a property tax bill that has gone past due. She needs to raise $6K to keep her head above water. You can read more about her situation here and help her keep her home here; she also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

taragreen89's sister Uma has been accepted into the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training program in San Francisco, but because it's not considered a "college" there's no federal financial aid available. She's raising money for tuition and also for housing in the Bay Area. You can read more and help out here and check out updates here.

Kate is raising money to help fund GEMS Camp, an all-girls STEM camp aimed at improving the confidence and education of disadvantaged teen girls in Dallas. They're offering lip balms in return for donations, and are working on raising $3K for the camp. You can read more and support the camp at their indiegogo.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's housemate, [tumblr.com profile] dandelion-pie, is part of an anthology of feminist bicycle zombie science fiction (I KNOW RIGHT). In order to print the anthology, however, they've got to raise $6K on Kickstarter. They're $500 from the goal and the Kickstarter ends late today; you can read more and preorder a copy here.

tabaqui linked to a fundraiser for [personal profile] eilonwylovegood, whose aging cat has had to have emergency surgery. You can read more and help with Mew's medical bills here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] jublelion linked to a sublet opportunity; three queer/genderqueer/poly people are looking for someone to sublet with them in August. Women or LGBT-identified preferred, $550 for the month; you can read more about the sublet and get in touch here.

[personal profile] fiercynn is moving to NYC for grad school this fall and is looking for housing and fannish roommates in Manhattan. She is a 26yo Indian-American queer cis woman with no pets looking for nonsmoking housing, preferably under $1100/month. You can read more and get in touch here, or contact her at fiercynn at gmail.com.

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!).

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Mon, Jul 27th, 2015 -- 08:17 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] eimearkuopio's friend Kia died suddenly and unexpectedly recently, and her wife is now trying to raise two children alone, with no life insurance to help with funeral expenses. You can read more and help out here and also read Eimear's post about Kia and Sabrina here.

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is now facing huge water bills, plus a lien on her house for a property tax bill that has gone past due. She needs to raise $6K to keep her head above water. You can read more about her situation here and help her keep her home here; she also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

taragreen89's sister Uma has been accepted into the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training program in San Francisco, but because it's not considered a "college" there's no federal financial aid available. She's raising money for tuition and also for housing in the Bay Area. You can read more and help out here and check out updates here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser to restore a historical printing workshop in Graz, Austria. They are having a hard time finding money locally for repairs and machine maintenance. You can read more and support the project at their indigogo here.

[tumblr.com profile] mr-chatterboxs-column linked to their local circus and aerial arts studio, which is rundraising to support their transfer out of a warehouse garage and into a larger work space. The studio works with a lot of underserved New Mexico small communities, particularly women in an actively feminist and queer-friendly environment. All donations are being matched right now; you can read more here and support the fundraiser here.

Help For Free:

[personal profile] via_ostiense is volunteering for the CARA Pro Bono Project, which provides free legal services to refugee moms and kids in immigration family prison in Dilley, Texas. She is looking for Spanish-speakers and indigenous language speakers (Mam, K'iche, and Q'anjob'al) to do phone translation for their meetings. You can read more about the project here and reach her via PM at Dreamwidth to get more info and sign up to volunteer.

Housing:

[personal profile] fiercynn is moving to NYC for grad school this fall and is looking for housing and fannish roommates in Manhattan. She is a 26yo Indian-American queer cis woman with no pets looking for nonsmoking housing, preferably under $1100/month. You can read more and get in touch here, or contact her at fiercynn at gmail.com.

Anon is immigrating to Dublin this September and is looking for help and/or advice finding housing and a job. She is a single woman, muslim, quiet, non-smoker, allergic to cats and fannish; she's looking to rent a one-bedroom or share an apartment up to EUR1000/mo. She has graduate degrees in the social sciences and experience working with international non-profits. You can contact her to offer advice or help her find a place/job at go_fish44 at yahoo.com.

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!).

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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