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...
Tue, Jul 26th, 2016 -- 10:56 pm
Today's Specials:Paprika Baby no.1 is starting to ripen! #sam-gardens #crosspost

Paprika Baby no.1 is starting to ripen! #sam-gardens #crosspost

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Tue, Jul 26th, 2016 -- 01:37 pm
Today's Specials:okay admittedly this fold is a little insane but the resulting...

okay admittedly this fold is a little insane but the resulting Swimming Turtle is pretty charming. (DW/LJ users, you can follow the link to tumblr for the diagram.)

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Mon, Jul 25th, 2016 -- 09:49 pm
Today's Specials:My life.

Well, I deliberately avoided using any kind of luck or money attracting herbs in the little charm bag I made last night, because I wasn’t lookin’ for that, but today I got a letter that I was getting a raise anyway. 

It’s a 2% raise, which is basically cost-of-living, but still nice. After taxes I’ll have enough for one really nice meal out, three decent meals delivered, or half my groceries for the month. But I also discovered many years ago that the way to make a small amount of money seem more is to convert it into a very simple unit:

My raise is SEVERAL HUNDRED SUPERBALLS PER MONTH. 

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Mon, Jul 25th, 2016 -- 02:14 pm
Today's Specials:Oh man, J. Cole just earned all their cred back with me, this...

Oh man, J. Cole just earned all their cred back with me, this Scissor Hand Robot was AWESOME TO FOLD.

(LJ/DW users, you may not get the folding instruction images – you can hop over to the tumblr post linked in this post to see the instructions if you’re curious.)

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Mon, Jul 25th, 2016 -- 10:39 am
Today's Specials:I have no idea how far I actually ran today, since I screwed up...

I have no idea how far I actually ran today, since I screwed up the route I was going to run and then also encountered some detours. I have to take FitBit’s word for it, which you know I hate doing. :D 

I’m pretty pleased, though, I’m now regularly running 3+ miles without walking for more than ninety seconds at a time. (Those ninety seconds are SO NECESSARY, however.) 

Also, hello to all the DW/LJ readers out there. I took up running a while back, which you may or may not know, and I post my results when I run, so if you’re checking your flist early in the morning you’ll start to see a lot of these. :D

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Mon, Jul 25th, 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 [tumblr.com profile] bunnycrazedgamer; Aidan is a gay transgender man who is currently unemployed and will need to leave his apartment soon. His parents don't accept his identity and he's trying to avoid moving back into an abusive household. He's raising money to find a new place while he looks for work; you can read more and support the fundraiser here.

a_phoenixdragon has been put in a precarious situation after job offers she and her husband received were retracted; they are now looking for work and fundraising to keep the lights and phones on, keep their kids fed, and keep gas in the car in the meantime. You can read more and support their fundraiser here.

[personal profile] erika has left her hometown after losing her job from the consequences of an assault she experienced. She's found a new job in California, but is waiting for the paperwork and start date and needs help with necessities, including food and medication, and housing in the meantime. You can read more and help her out 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:

Emma is a postgraduate student working on her dissertation, studying creativity, innovation, and disruption. She has a survey available, open to anyone over the age of 18. You can read more and take the survey here; taking the survey also enters you in a prize draw for some small cash prizes.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] xandrianirvana and her friend/roommate are looking for queer-friendly housing in the Seattle, WA area, preferably under $1500 a month; they are both steadily employed and have good rental records, but need to move ASAP. You can reach her at xandria.nirvana at gmail.com.

[tumblr.com profile] darlingarmadillo has two rooms to rent in her vintage 3-bedroom condo in Rogers Park in Chicago. Close to Northwestern and Loyola, walking distance to Howard and Jarvis Red Line stops, central air, washer/dryer in unit, two cats, $650/$750 (depending on room) plus utilities. You can read more 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.

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Sat, Jul 23rd, 2016 -- 09:33 pm
Today's Specials:A more entertaining crossposting test – check

A more entertaining crossposting test – check out the Fuck It Brownie cupcakes I made. I’m planning to take some with me for snacking when I’m at the conference this coming week, if they last that long. 

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Sat, Jul 23rd, 2016 -- 07:47 pm
Today's Specials:Testing IFTTT

So the test posts you’ve been seeing on Tumblr (and…and maybe on Dreamwidth and Livejournal) are me testing an IFTTT recipe that will let me crosspost from Tumblr to Dreamwidth (which will then crosspost to Livejournal, I’m like a terrible STD) which will mean that I can be much more present on Dreamwidth than I have been.

Supposedly it will only crosspost when I tag the tumblr post crosspost, so we’ll see how this goes. Tumblrites shouldn’t see anything different. Dreamwidth and LJ people, if the format is difficult to read or is fucking up your flist, please let me know so I can repair whatever the issue is. 

All right, let’s see if this makes it across the chasm…

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Thu, Jul 21st, 2016 -- 07:20 am
Today's Specials:

I had an interesting revelation this morning that ended in some advice I want to share with all of you. If someone sees you working on your computer and gets on your case about the digital age, you can tell them "You're just mad you can't see what I'm doing."

What this came from was returning early-morning from my run and switching my laptop on, then going into the other room to get out of my running clothes. When I came back I saw the blue glow of the laptop lighting up the couch and the wall behind it, and it gave me a weird moment of nostalgia for riding around in a car after dark as a kid, seeing blue glows on the walls through the windows of other houses (or blue glows on the drapes) which meant you knew someone was watching TV.

It occurred to me that there are two major differences between television, which dominated culture from the mid-50s through the late-90s, and computers, which have dominated culture from the early 2000s to the present, particularly in terms of entertainment in the last ten years. One difference of course is that computers are far more interactive, and you can connect to other people through them. No denying. But, and I think for people who grew up without the internet this is more evident, the other difference is that when you watch TV on a TV, anyone passing by can see what you're watching. When you watch TV on a laptop -- or read a book on a tablet, or listen to a podcast or play a game on your phone -- nobody else can see what you're up to without being REALLY OBVIOUS that that's what they're doing.

And the kind of person who generally gets all twisted up about people using technology in public is the kind of person who either isn't capable of grasping that it's interactive, or has already decided to ignore that. So when someone decides to start up a conversation about how soulless and isolated people are by their technology, remember that the odds are pretty good they're partly upset because they can't see (and perhaps more importantly judge) what you're doing.

So if someone tries to get into with you about it, I think it's a pretty great riposte: "You're just mad you can't see what I'm doing."

(Obviously be safe and don't antagonize someone seriously aggressive or dangerous. But if you're getting a harrumphing senior citizen next to you on the bus...)

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Wed, Jul 20th, 2016 -- 07:39 am
Today's Specials:

I've been trying to get back in the swing (yet again) of writing here regularly, to document my life a little more fully than the kind of documentation tumblr offers. This morning I read an article that got my not-for-profit rage all up, so I wrote a big rant about philanthropy, but I decided this isn't really the place for me to yell about eating the rich, so.

I've got a bunch of stuff planned for this week, in terms of adventures, but there's a heat wave coming and I hate heat more than I hate almost anything else other than certain classes of wealthy philanthropist. :D It's not so bad when it's dark out, because the heat's less inherently horrifying than the actual rays of our terrible daystar, but it doesn't get dark until like eight at night these days. As much as I always hate never being outdoors when it's light out in the winter, I long for a 5pm sundown.

I'm hard at work on what to do about winter right now, in fact. This is the first year I've been street running in a climate like Chicago's, and I run in sport sandals because the high/rigid backs of ordinary shoes give me blisters. So either I've gotta take my chances with sandals and thick socks and see how long I can get by with that, come winter, or I've gotta find decent running shoes that won't kill me. Or I'm gonna have to just go back to running indoors around November.

(This will make my "one 5K per month" habit a bit awkward, since I'm registered for a turkey trot in November, but my folks want me home for Christmas so maybe I can sneak in a 5K while I'm in Texas. Except apparently they don't believe in 5Ks in Austin, goddamn where are all the fun runs.)

I'm tracking my mileage mainly because you're supposed to replace your running shoes every 300 miles, and someone suggested to me this morning that perhaps I should come up with a virtual distance I could cover, like the people who practice walking to Mordor. I haven't yet decided what fictional range 300 miles covers, but I bet I can find one in Discworld somewhere.

The most exciting thing in my life is that this time next week I'll be in Nashville for a conference, and I get to go to a Nashville Sounds game while I'm there. MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IS MY FAVOURITE.

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Tue, Jul 19th, 2016 -- 04:58 pm
Today's Specials:

This afternoon, I wanted to listen to Where Have All The Cowboys Gone, which was a Paula Cole hit from my high school years. Here's a fun way of putting the internet in perspective: when the song came out in 1997, you couldn't find the lyrics online. I know because I tried.

Anyway, I was thinking about it because it has a very similar sentiment to Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car", which I was thinking about because I just found out that Christian Kane covered Fast Car and I feel weird about him regendering it.

I found a youtube copy of the Cowboys music video (which you also could not google in 1997 and if you could you didn't have fast enough internet to load it) so I put that on, and I don't spend much time on YouTube so I was unaware that it had an autoplay feature where it goes to a new video. Maybe I found part of a playlist? At any rate, I ended up listening to an entire afternoon's worth of Paula Cole, Meredith Brooks, and Jewel.

Jewel did like...a ton of albums. I had no idea. And Alanis Morisette is still making music videos where it looks like she just got a bunch of friends together and did it in a weekend for lols, good for her.

So I've had a very nostalgic and feminist afternoon. It was like Lilith Fair with air conditioning.

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Mon, Jul 18th, 2016 -- 09:39 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Mark linked to a fundraiser for Josh, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis and is in need of a bilateral lung transplant; he's raising money for relocation to North Carolina to receive his transplant at Duke University Hospital Transplant Program. You can read more and help out here.

[personal profile] erika has left her hometown after losing her job from the consequences of an assault she experienced. She's found a new job in California, but is waiting for the paperwork and start date and needs help with necessities, including food and medication, and housing in the meantime. You can read more and help her out here.

[tumblr.com profile] drownedinlight linked to a fundraiser for a friend who is working to get out of debt after getting scammed by an online loan company. You can read more and help out here.

[personal profile] finch linked to a fundraiser for Raevyn, who is trying to rescue her farm/retreat space, Nemeton Farm, after falling behind on property taxes (which are rising astronomically due to Portland's growing housing market). They're raising $3300 to keep out of foreclosure immediately and $12K total to get caught up completely. You can read more and give to the fundraiser 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.)

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to a new Speculative Fiction online publishing venue, Ligature Works, which is seeking short fiction and poems for its first issue, with payment between $5 and $25. You can read more about Ligature Works and their submissions guidelines 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.

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Mon, Jul 11th, 2016 -- 08:18 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

zanda_myrande linked to a post by Sarah, the victim of a hit-and-run accident; she lost her home after medical bills wiped out her savings and she's now been fired from her job. You can read more and give to her fundraiser 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.)

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to a twitter post that [twitter.com profile] jayasax made asking for reasons to believe in people; you can read the great responses here.

[personal profile] brainwane also linked to O'Reilly publishing, which runs a lot of tech conferences and is offering free passes and travel/lodging subsidies to people who want to attend their conferences. You must be "a member of a group not well represented within the tech community [...] including but not limited to women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBT+, veterans" and at least 18 years old. You can read more and apply here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] darlingarmadillo has two rooms to rent in hervintage 3-bedroom condo in Rogers Park in Chicago. Close to Northwestern and Loyola, walking distance to Howard and Jarvis Red Line stops, central air, washer/dryer in unit, two cats, $650/$750 (depending on room) plus utilities. You can read more 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.

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Mon, Jul 4th, 2016 -- 07:29 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Before we begin, Sonja has an update on a fundraiser from the start of the year, where they were raising $70K to help Andrew "Cookie" Cook battle a very aggressive form of cancer. After six months, he's recovering well from his surgeries and ended up raising over $90K -- thanks for giving and spreading the word, everyone!

Ways to Give:

a_phoenixdragon's temp job ended sooner than expected and they need to bridge a gap between that and when her husband's job starts; they're raising funds for rent and car insurance. You can read more and help them out here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] plinys, who has recently moved to Chicago to escape an abusive situation and while she has a job lined up, it won't begin until August. She is having trouble covering first month/safety deposit on a place to stay. She need to raise $1K by Tuesday (tomorrow) to secure the apartment she's found. You can read more here or donate to her paypal at theplinys at gmail.com.

[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:

Anon linked to a questionnaire for a school assignment; she is studying technopreneurship and the survey is regarding the salability of an instant reheatable beef rendang meal. You can go here to find out more and fill out the survey!

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.

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Wed, Jun 29th, 2016 -- 07:27 am
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There's been a weird malaise in me recently, which is amusing given how busy I've been -- my motto for June was "Survive June" and I seem to have done fairly well, though June's not quite over yet. I had two conferences bookending a week in Texas, and I survived all of that, at least. Mostly productive work, though towards the tail end of conference #2 I was dragging a lot, and that hasn't passed off yet.

I'm running a 5K not this weekend but next, in Chinatown, and while in theory I'm capable (I did the Color Run a few weeks back, at the start of Survive June, and broke my personal best pace/time), it's been rough going on the running front lately. I was meant to get up and run this morning and somehow managed to just straight-up sleep through three alarms. Fortunately alarm #4 is the "Get up if you want to get to work on time" alarm and that one got me up, but that's very unusual for me. Usually I wake up at four regardless of alarm.

I know googling medical symptoms tends to cause Google Hypochondria in a lot of people, but does anyone else ever feel super-relieved when they google what they think they might have and it becomes immediately obvious they don't? Like I did google mononucleosis, just in case, but I don't have enough symptoms other than "Man I'm tired" to qualify, and anemia is out since I had a blood test for it relatively recently. I'm just effin' tired.

But there is a three-day weekend coming, and at least the weather's nice for running; tomorrow I'll try again. I have a new route I want to try, which is 5K itself with a turnaround at a 24-hour hot dog stand in the middle; I'm considering the French Fry Invitational....

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Mon, Jun 27th, 2016 -- 07:34 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

It's a suspiciously quiet RFM this week; if you submitted an item and it doesn't show up below, let me know, because I'm semi-suspecting the form might not have registered everyone's entries.

Ways to Give:

[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.)

Housing:

Zuzana and her husband are on a road trip around North America and Canada, couchsurfing to save money. They are looking for a place to stay in the Boston, MA area between 7/8 and 7/10, but haven't managed to find anything yet. If you have a couch to spare or know someone who does, you can view their travels and get in touch at their facebook page 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.

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Mon, Jun 20th, 2016 -- 06:18 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] bicrim linked to a fundraiser for Michael, who has Retinitis Pigmentosa (a degenerative disease of the retina) and is raising money to help purchase adaptive technology glasses to help him see more clearly. You can read more and help Mike buy his glasses here.

zillahseye is raising money for rent and to keep her health insurance, while facing medical bills her insurance won't cover. You can read more and find a paypal link to donate (at the bottom of the post) 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.)

Fun And Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] deesarrachi linked to The Newparts Project, a play by Julia Marsh that's having a reading in Ferndale, MI this Friday the 24th. The play focuses on three trans women who decide to hold a porn festival to save their small town; the reading will be followed by a discussion about the casting of trans characters. You can read more at the facebook or, if you're going to be in town, purchase tickets here for $10.

Housing:

[personal profile] pinesandmaples is looking for a housemate to share a house in New Orleans; queer and trans friendly, no smoking, cat-friendly, $550 a month plus some utilities, in Central City. You can read more, see photos, and get in touch here; if you come from RFM, please let them know!

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.

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Sat, Jun 18th, 2016 -- 07:19 am
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I'm in Texas this week, which means a lot of heat and not paying for my own meals, and also the Butt Bond of the Chihuahuas.

My parents have two chihuahuas, Holstein and Longhorn, neither of whom seem to like me much on the surface because when I'm here, my parents pay too much attention to me and not enough attention to them. The first time I met Holstein he stole some underwear from my suitcase and paraded it around the living room. Longhorn kept forgetting who I was and barking angrily at me every time I changed my shirt.

But they've sort of accepted me, and now they do the Butt Bond.

Chihuahuas are ostensibly bred to like people, to bond closely with a few humans and be affectionate lap dogs. Holstein and Longhorn definitely love my parents and climb all over them, but with me they're a little more conservative. With all of us, they'll do a kind of bonding behavior where even if they don't want to be petted or if you refuse to pet them, they'll sit right up close with just their butt touching you, and if you move they'll shift so that their butt is still touching you. If I sit in the middle of the couch, they'll get up and sit one on either side of me, butts touching my legs, looking directly away from me. BUTT BOND.

They do it to each other too, which is extra hilarious, because Longhorn loves Holstein SO MUCH and Holstein barely tolerates Longhorn's existence. But he will tolerate Longhorn sitting down next to him as long as only Longhorn's butt is touching him.

THE GREAT CHIHUAHUA BUTT BOND.

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Mon, Jun 13th, 2016 -- 08:33 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

AJ's mother is behind on her bills from dealing with a brain tumor; she's slated for surgery in July and won't be able to work for a while after. They're only raising $500, which isn't a lot; you can read more and donate here.

[personal profile] melannen linked to a fundraiser for Jessica, whose friend and roommate recently passed away; in addition to dealing with her death, Jessica can no longer afford her apartment on her own. She's working on a new place to stay but needs another month in her current place for herself and her cats; you can read more and help Jessica keep a stable home here.

[tumblr.com profile] kitsparrow lost two grandparents in a single week recently, and has had to take time off work to help her family. She's concerned about covering her bills after all the time off; she could use help of any amount, but for donors of $10 or more she's offering thank-you friendship bracelets (they're quite elaborate, you should check them out). You can read more and see the bracelets here or go straight to her donation page here.

[tumblr.com profile] cypheroftyr is the founder of #whyineeddiversegames, which is almost at its second anniversary but needs some help to stay afloat and continue the campaign. They're looking for volunteers and donations; you can read more and learn how you can help out here.

[personal profile] brainwane linked to the new Lemonade Award, "an annual kindness award to recognize five people and groups who in the previous year have done something that makes positive change in science fiction community". They're looking for donations, volunteers, and suggestions; you can read more and find out how you can help 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] tacticalteach is a high school English Lit teacher trying to help a student with extreme anxiety; she doesn't have much support from the school, and is looking for advice and suggestions on how to help her student. You can read more and get in touch here.

For Fun:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Alexandra Erin, who is running a writing contest with cash prizes; the prompt is "Write a story of any length with at least two characters and no references to their gender". The deadline is August 1; you can read more and find out how to enter here.

[tumblr.com profile] siancrosslin is leaving Flight Rising, and looking for homes for her dragons and people who could use her loot. You can read more about how you can claim a dragon 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.

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Mon, Jun 6th, 2016 -- 07:18 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] gal-palaxy is trying to move away from an abusive household at the end of the summer; they've gotten into a good graduate program and have student loans to fund their education, but do not have enough cash for an apartment. You can read more and help out here.

Lostgirlslair's fiancee recently lost his job, and they're currently living with his parents, but can't stay -- their urgency level for leaving has risen since they were assaulted by her fiance's stepfather this past week. They are moving to Washington, and fundraising to cover bills and the move. You can read more and help out here; you can also help by becoming a patron of Lostgirlslair/Marion at Patreon.

[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.


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a_phoenixdragon is doing tarot readings to pay bills and cover an old debt; she's working to get into the air force and can't have any debt when she enters and also needs to make rent. She is accepting donations as well; you can find info on the tarot readings here and find the GoFundMe here.

[profile] dr_kara has recently had a bunch of health issues and as a freelancer has no health insurance; she's got some big and unplanned bills she needs to cover. She's selling nautical-themed awesome t-shirts in her teespring store; you can read more, find links to the shirts, and reblog here.

Katefitz is hosting the screening of a documentary, An Open Secret, about systematic sexual abuse of child actors in Hollywood. They've set up on-demand screenings, including one in Manhattan for Monday, July 11th, and they need 103 more people to reserve tickets in the next 20 days for the theater to commit to the screening. You can read more and reserve tickets here or check out more about the film at the link above.

Housing:

[personal profile] kabal42 is moving to Birmingham, UK from Denmark this September for his doctoral studies. He's looking for tips and tricks for living in Birmingham as well as contacts and a place to live; he's concerned about finding a queer- and fan-friendly place to stay. You can get in touch here.

[personal profile] tealin is looking for a new housemate to share their comfortable, laid-back LGBT-friendly terraced house in central Cambridge. You can read more and check out the home 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.

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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