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, Feb 22nd, 2017 -- 03:45 pm
Today's Specials:Do Lays A Flavor

Do Lays A Flavor:

GUYS IT’S BACK. Lays is once again soliciting for flavor suggestions at http://ift.tt/1gQCrAV . I’ve already turned in my ode to the hot dog potato chip. Go ye and suggest a flavor! (Then reblog this or comment and share your flavor so we can cheer you on.)

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Tue, Feb 21st, 2017 -- 12:54 am
Today's Specials:Holy crap, so I went to the trigger-point reflexology place tonight for a cheapo half-hour...

Holy crap, so I went to the trigger-point reflexology place tonight for a cheapo half-hour head-and-feet massage to see if that would help the headache. It was great; IDK if trigger-point or reflexology actually work but a super hardcore focused massage definitely does something.

But he was about five minutes into the head massage when he pressed his thumbs down on my jaw and something on the left side of my face BURST. Like, that side’s been sore for a week, but he pressed on it and it was like there was a teeny tiny water balloon in there somewhere. We both felt it pop.

The rooms are not entirely private, because you don’t undress for the massage, so there were two other people also getting massage work done, which meant we had to keep quiet. But he froze, and then leaned over and whispered, “What just happened?” and I was like “I don’t know!” and he was like “Are you okay?” and I was like “I don’t know!” but I wasn’t bleeding or, like, leaking anywhere, so eventually he just kept going.

My headache isn’t gone, but it’s a lot better, and it has shifted around, so I guess there’s that. Also my nose is running like crazy. 

Maybe there was a poltergeist in my face. 

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Mon, Feb 20th, 2017 -- 08:21 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] jedilora and ashbet both linked to a fundraiser for Luna, an infant who was hospitalized after she stopped breathing in her sleep. Her parents don't have a lot of money, and lost wages and medical bills will be considerable; you can read more and help out here.

Holly was recently injured and needs surgery, but has to come up with $1900 before they will schedule her; she's in a lot of pain and will be until she can have her injury fixed. You can read more and give to her fundraiser here.

ereshai linked to a fundraiser for their cousin Jess, who has just undergone her seventh eye surgery for treatment-resistant pediatric strabismus. She's in a tight financial situation, but her surgery has a 60% chance of success if she can stay off work until March 8th. You can read more and help cover her bills and expenses here.

[tumblr.com profile] thewightknight linked to a fundraiser for friends who are trying to stave off foreclosure after health and job issues. You can read more and help out here, or support them by shopping for steampunk wonders at Tin Plate Studios or jewelry at Deja Views.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Angie, who needs a new transmission for her car right after having paid out for new tires. She's raising funds for the transmission so that she can continue to cover her bills and eat. You can read more and help out here.

a_phoenixdragon lost her job a couple of months ago and has been unable to find a new one; because of mounting rent and bills, the family was forced to move. They've gotten jobs, but it will be the end of the month before they are paid, and they still have bills and expenses to cover. You can read more here and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] quidwhat linked to a kickstarter for Seven Strengths, a coloring book for resiliency. The book draws inspiration from survival strategies in the natural world and uses them to meditate on strength and resiliency. You can read more and give to the kickstarter here.

[tumblr.com profile] anonymousalchemist linked to [tumblr.com profile] studioaltf4, who is making and selling tote bags, with at least half of all proceeds going to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and women's shelters in Philadelphia. You can check out and purchase the tote bags here; they're pretty cool, including a nifty "HEX THE PATRIARCHY" one.


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] arukou reminds everyone that Congress is in recess and town halls are in session; this is a great time to go to a town hall and hold your representatives responsible for their decisions about things that matter to you. Make your voices heard! There's a great resource for how to get started at Resistance Recess.

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. 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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Thu, Feb 16th, 2017 -- 10:40 pm
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Mon, Feb 13th, 2017 -- 08:26 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

wldcatspstr_14 is fundraising to save her family home from foreclosure after her parents lost their jobs; she and her siblings can handle the regular mortgage payments but need help coming up with the lump sum of back money owed. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] sugar-and-bitter-blues linked to a fundraiser for Cassie, who is about to lose her home and will not be able to graduate college because of student loan issues (her co-signer wants her to attend conversion therapy before they will co-sign). You can read more and give at her gofund me here or her YouCaring here.

[tumblr.com profile] tangerine42 linked to a fundraiser for Ashley, Heather, and their baby daughter Frida of Frog Belly Farm, who just lost their home, farm, and livestock in a wildfire last week. They're raising funds to help find/build a new home and find work. You can read a news story about the fire here and give at their gofundme here.

[tumblr.com profile] jellyfishdirigible linked to a fundraiser for Ruadhan ([tumblr.com profile] ruadhan1334), whose disability payments have been temporarily but severely reduced. He needs help to meet his costs for HRT, bills, and food for himself and his cats. You can read more and give at his GoFundMe, support him at his Patreon or Bandcamp, or buy some awesome buttons and jewelry at his Etsy Shop.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Tiaras N Teakettles, who recently lost her disability benefits without being told her case had been decided. She is running a patreon posting thrifty princess advice to help cover bills while she job hunts. You can check out the patreon here.

[tumblr.com profile] katsuko1978 and [tumblr.com profile] apollymi are raising $1000 to deal with unexpected car repairs and other expenses; you can read more and help 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, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

Holly was recently injured and needs surgery, but has to come up with $1800 before they will schedule her; she's in a lot of pain and will be until she can have her injury fixed. You can give via paypal at marajade@chattooine.com.


Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] howdoyoutmblr is a grad student in linguistic anthropology, researching the way people use language on specific social media platforms and how that relates to political/civic engagement. She has a survey up about the topic to gather more info; you can read more and reblog here, check out the faq here, and take the survey here.

[tumblr.com profile] jonaht's son is attending UNLV for Business Management and is doing a survey for a school assignment about Disney starting to use virtual reality. You can check out the survey and participate here.

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, possibly the best thing on any social media platform ever, is in the running for the Shorty Awards and needs your vote! You can vote daily now through February 16th. Go here to vote; there's also a rebloggable tumblr post here. Do it for Sharky.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] marginaliana linked to a t-shirt her wife designed in order to provide a little humor for internet introverts who also feel strongly about activism: The Introvert Resistance. Proceeds from purchases go to the ACLU!

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has several gorgeous "tree of life" necklaces up in her etsy shop, with proceeds going to the Sierra Club, ACLU, Lamba Legal, Planned Parenthood, and other charities. You can check out the necklaces and purchase them 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. 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, Feb 8th, 2017 -- 12:51 am
Today's Specials:So, I had a dream last night that has been haunting me all day. Maybe if I share it I can let it go.

So, I had a dream last night that has been haunting me all day. Maybe if I share it I can let it go a little :D

I’ve been re-reading (in some cases, reading for the first time) the Nero Wolfe books, by Rex Stout, which are classic golden-age murder mysteries. Usually I read for 15-20 minutes before going to bed. Last night I fell asleep while reading, and I had crazy-ass Nero Wolfe dreams. 

I dreamed that Nero and Archie were on a case, and somehow Archie ran afoul of the baddie, whose name very improbably was “Vic”. Archie ends up almost-dead in the hospital, which understandably ENRAGES Wolfe.

Vic, who figures out what he’s done, sends Wolfe a letter saying he’s very sorry, he know what he did was a dire mistake, and he’s leaving town. Wolfe is not placated, and says so.

Archie finally wakes up and finds that his hospital room is full of orchids, but no Wolfe; Saul Panzer tells him that Wolfe has gone to seek his revenge. 

At which point my dream did an epic smash-cut to Nero Wolfe, hot on Vic’s trail, out on the open road, blowing through the empty midwestern plains on a motorcycle. 

I am so sad I woke up before I got to hear his monologue on the horrors of riding a motorcycle. 

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Mon, Feb 6th, 2017 -- 07:42 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraising post by [tumblr.com profile] avpdhowljenkins and [tumblr.com profile] shitloadofdeer; their roommates are moving out and they need help converting bills, covering rent, and replacing appliances belonging to the roommates. [tumblr.com profile] shitloadofdeer is offering doodles and sketches in return for donations. You can read more and find where to donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] socialist-revolution linked to a fundraiser for an anti-fascist activist who was shot by a fascist during a protest in Seattle. You can read more here and help with their medical costs here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser by a friend who will be riding as part of a team in Cycle for Survival, which supports rare cancer research. 100% of every dollar goes to research efforts within six months of the events. You can read more and support the Tumor Terminators here.

Anon linked to Shedecides, an international fund launched by the Dutch government to finance access to birth control and abortion in developing countries, compensating for the reinstatement of the global gag order which prohibits US government funding of orgs that provide access to, or even information about, abortions. You can read more and support the fund here. (Anon, you did just fine, no need to worry!)

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

Help For Free:

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, possibly the best thing on any social media platform ever, is in the running for the Shorty Awards and needs your vote! You can vote daily now through February 16th. Go here to vote; there's also a rebloggable tumblr post here. Do it for Sharky.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] via_ostiense linked to a fundraising sale for Planned Parenthood; the t-shirts for sale have a drawing of a girl in a Wonder Woman costume and read "Resist & Rise". You can check it out and purchase the shirts 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. 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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Thu, Feb 2nd, 2017 -- 07:14 pm
Today's Specials:Copperbadge Archival Project

It occurred to me while blocking someone the other day that the block and “delete journal” functions are VERY CLOSE TOGETHER on Tumblr, and it would be easy for this journal to vanish, and unlike LJ, google doesn’t quite cache a lot of tumblr in the same way. And I’m always telling people to back up their shit, so I’m going to Evernote a bunch of my information/explanation posts.

If there is a NON-FANFIC post that you find useful or particularly love or have bookmarked, either here, on DW, or on LJ, which is not in the linkslist on my sidebar, drop it in comments and I’ll evaluate it for archiving. This is mostly just a favor to me – the archive won’t be public unless you guys really want like a “best of” ebook or something – but it’s helpful to know what people use that I might not have linked. 

(DW/LJ users can find the linkslist here: http://ift.tt/1eTIRz5 )

Thanks everyone! 

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Wed, Feb 1st, 2017 -- 05:14 pm
Today's Specials:Welp, I just registered for my first 10K. It’s

Welp, I just registered for my first 10K. It’s in June, so I have a TON of time to freak out about being unable to run six miles! 

(Realistically I can run four miles, and I can walk two miles after running four, so I’m sure I’ll be ok. Tell that to my anxiety!)

I will probably be doing some kind of fundraiser for the race, since it’s a Chicago Pride event. Stay tuned. 

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Tue, Jan 31st, 2017 -- 05:14 pm
Today's Specials:Sometimes to make my job more entertaining I pretend the

Sometimes to make my job more entertaining I pretend the corporation I’m researching is the baddie on Leverage. 

This firm is a “management consulting firm and corporate service provider” which frankly sounds like they used to employ Eliot to murder people on behalf of corporate interests. 

The last person I researched is CEO of an insurance corporation but also on the side owns a random parking lot and is on the board of a boat-sharing business. I’m guessing the latter two are some kind of intricate drug smuggling operation. (The boat-sharing business has an initiation fee, which is normal for upper class clubs but nevertheless always sounds super sinister.)

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Tue, Jan 31st, 2017 -- 12:14 pm
Today's Specials:I haven’t run in something like two weeks (I

I haven’t run in something like two weeks (I really should date stamp these) and my running playlist somehow got removed in the last sync, so it was an interesting time today. My makeshift playlist: 

Elton John - Yellow Brick Road
Blitzen Trapper - Fur
Simon & Garfunkel - Fakin It
The Pogues - Tuesday Morning
Jolene (the Slowdown) - Dolly Parton 
Mumford & Sons - The Boxer

On weights, two sets, 10 pound weights:
10 Standing Bicep Curl each, left and right
10 Standing Side Bend each, left and right
10 Shoulder Raise each, left and right

Plus one set:
15 Goblet Squats (15 pound weight) 

Datestamp 1.31.2017

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Tue, Jan 31st, 2017 -- 02:38 am
Today's Specials:Today on Sam Plays The Ukulele

I magically learned how to strum while not playing the ukulele for several days. That’s nice.  

I’ve been going through a lot of old Staples Singers albums trying to find some good ones to learn as part of my Chicago Blues mandate, but a lot of them are difficult to adapt to a single stringed instrument. 

Also

COUNTRY ROAAAAAADS
TAKE ME HOOOOME
TO THE PLAAAAAA (keep strumming till you find the right chord) AAAAAAA (deep breath oh thank god) AAAACE
I BELOOOOOOONG 

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Mon, Jan 30th, 2017 -- 08:17 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Kristi, whose undiagnosed cancer eventually meant she had to have her right foot and lower leg amputated; she actually requested to be able to keep her foot and eventually created an instagram for her articulated bones. She is facing a lot of medical bills and has had to fight her insurance company on some of them; she is raising money to help with the rest. You can read more and help out here.

Holly was recently injured and needs surgery, but has to come up with $1900 before they will schedule her; she's in a lot of pain and will be until she can have her injury fixed. You can give via paypal at marajade@chattooine.com.

[twitter.com profile] jvfriedman linked to Games vs. Nazis, a weeklong anti-nazi game jam (video game creation event) taking place between 2/6 and 2/13 this year. All finished games will be played on livestream on the weekend of the 17th, and winners will be announced on the 24th. The prize pool will be donated to the winner's choice of RAINN or the SPLC. You can read more here and donate to the prize pool here.

[tumblr.com profile] banesidhe is doing her first Polar Plunge on March 4th. It's a big deal for her due to her anxiety, and she's raising funds for the Special Olympics, so she's hoping for lots of donations at any dollar amount. You can read more here or donate here.

The Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas was destroyed in a fire over the weekend. As of this posting they don't know what caused the fire, but the Council on American-Islamic Relations will be monitoring the investigation. The Islamic Center is raising funds to rebuild, and they're almost at their goal; you can read more and support rebuilding here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

[tumblr.com profile] nivcharayahel is the only supporter for herself and her sister, who is recovering from a serious, years-long illness and trying to re-enter the workforce. Nivcharayahel is currently working but won't get her first check until mid-February, so they need help with February rent and a few weeks of groceries and supplies. You can read more and help 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, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

a_phoenixdragon lost her job a couple of months ago and has been unable to find a new one; because of mounting rent and bills, the family is being evicted. They have the truck and are preparing to move cross-country to a better place for jobs and low housing costs, but still need help to get there and to get a new place once they arrive. You can read more and help them raise the move money here.

Help For Free:

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, possibly the best thing on any social media platform ever, is in the running for the Shorty Awards and needs your vote! You can vote daily now through February 16th. Go here to vote; there's also a rebloggable tumblr post here. Do it for Sharky.

Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] kungfunurse linked to an article about public comment on DAPL, the pipeline currently being protested at Standing Rock. There is an article here about what public comment means and how your comments on DAPL can help stop the pipeline.

RebelRouser is a new start-up company developing an online hub for activism, which is currently raising money to launch a site that will provide an activist resource library, basic activism training, and project competitions supported by donations and site ads. You can read more at their website or facebook, and support their launch fundraiser here.

And finally a reminder that if you don't know where to start helping to protest and fight the recent acts of our government, a good place to begin is Indivisible, which offers both a handbook for activism and a directory of local activist groups.


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. 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, Jan 25th, 2017 -- 01:06 pm
Today's Specials:The struggle is real

I just saw a kid pulling his suitcase through the airport when the wheels on the bag hit a bump. The bag went over on its side, out of his hand, and the kid stopped, looked down at the fallen bag, and promptly collapsed next to it.

He didn’t cry or look sad or throw a fit, he just clearly felt his life was over, goodbye cruel world, I go to a better place (the carpet).

Been there, kid. Been there.

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Mon, Jan 23rd, 2017 -- 08:19 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] nivcharayahel is the only supporter for herself and her sister, who is recovering from a serious, years-long illness and trying to re-enter the workforce. Nivcharayahel is currently working but won't get her first check until mid-February, so they need help with February rent and a few weeks of groceries and supplies. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Penn, a father of two girls who is currently living with his partners in a healthy poly relationship. His ex-wife believes his home is unfit for split custody because of his poly relationship, and the legal fees to battle her suit for custody are mounting. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] possibleweasley has had some medical bills take her by surprise, and she's traveling home after living for nine years in Japan. Her cat's travel costs are much more than expected, and she needs some help to cover them; she's had him for seven years and he was abandoned when she took him in, so she doesn't want to leave him behind again. You can read more and support Okoge's trip home here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase 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, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] frith linked to a sale of My Little Pony fanart calendars produced by the Brony Thankyou Fund Charity; proceeds will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Frith is also interested to see if any other fannish fundraiser entities produce calendars -- you can PM Frith on Dreamwidth to get in touch if you do!


Help For Free:

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, possibly the best thing on any social media platform ever, is in the running for the Shorty Awards and needs your vote! You can vote daily now through February 16th. Go here to vote; there's also a rebloggable tumblr post here. Do it for Sharky.


Activism and Resources:

[personal profile] tealin has a list posted of low-cost US healthcare resources, largely independent of government funding, for those who may lose their health insurance in the near future. The Dreamwidth version is here or there is a rebloggable Tumblr version here..

[tumblr.com profile] time-traveling-dragon also has a great post up about low-cost medication, including a lot of information about how to apply for it and how to bypass the hurdles involved in getting subsidy or low-cost medication if you lose your health coverage. The rebloggable Tumblr version is 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. 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, Jan 23rd, 2017 -- 02:55 am
Today's Specials:I made another dollar origami! I did not make another elephant...

I made another dollar origami! I did not make another elephant because it’s not a lucky dollar, I EARNED THIS DOLLAR BY THE SWEAT OF MY BROW when I accidentally busked in the subway today.

I took my ukulele out with me today because I wanted to get a case for it, and I didn’t end up with a case, but I did discover that a ukulele, even if it’s just the fretboard and knobs sticking out of your pack, is an invitation to conversation with ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE. 

So I went fruitlessly shopping for a case and talked to some people, then I got lunch and talked to some people, then I went to the movies (I was seeing The Untouchables at the Arclight; 100% worth the $14 to see it on the big screen) and then I got on the train to come home.

I swung my bag around to rest it on my lap, and the girl sitting across from me, who was probably around ten? got these BIG HUGE EYES and elbowed her (probably) brother next to her, who was about six, and he said, IS THAT A UKULELE?

And I said, “Sure, want to see?” and took it out and added, “It’s new so I can’t play much yet.” Undeterred, this kid, and also his sister, and also their two probably siblings started clamoring for a song and their probably mother, definitely the person who had been putting up with them all day, looked REALLY TIRED so I said, sure, okay, I can play ONE SONG.

Which is true. There is one song I can play competently in front of other humans, more or less, and it is “Rolling Home” by John Tams, because it only has three chords. So I played Rolling Home, just the first two verses, and then after the second chorus I busted out my SECRET WEAPON: I know how to play the chorus to Never Gonna Give You Up. For reasons which should be obvious. 

Rickrolling is such a universal meme at this point that as soon as I started in on the chorus the kids started CACKLING which is good because I don’t really know how to end it and this way they didn’t notice. 

After the rickroll I went to put my ukulele away, because I really can’t play anything else without the tabs at least in front of me, and as I opened my bag the truly tolerant old dude next to me stuffed a dollar into it. And I said, oh no, I’m not busking, the kids just wanted a song, and he was all, but you played some nice music, take a dollar, LEARN YOU SOME CHICAGO BLUES OK. 

So I earned a dollar illegally busking and also now I have to learn me some Chicago Blues on the ukulele. My patron commands it. 

My life. *hapless handwave* 

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Fri, Jan 20th, 2017 -- 02:59 pm
Today's Specials:Fanfic: Choke If You Voted For Trump

Fanfic: Choke If You Voted For Trump:

Title: Choke If You Voted For Trump
Universe: Leader Of The Free World (President Barton AU)
Rating: Teen and Up
Summary: President Clint Barton, his very personal bodyguard Bucky Barnes, and Vice-President Steve Rogers have been kidnapped. This is not going the way the kidnappers thought it would.

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Wed, Jan 18th, 2017 -- 02:52 am
Today's Specials:Surprise R

My buddy R is in town, which surprised me and I think maybe surprised him too; I was expecting him later in the month. Still, I have a very mellow social life so I was able to get out to see him, and we had dinner at a little Mexican place in our old neighborhood. He was telling me about this woman he’s dating.

For context: R is involved in helping California, which has just legalized some forms of marijuana (I don’t know the specifics) set up weed farms. His personal and professional life is heavily involved in many varieties of weed. 

R: Yeah, she’s cool, she’s like a break from all the work I do, because she’s not involved in that field at all.

Me: What does she do?

R: She’s an officer in the Navy. I don’t know what she does specifically.

Me: *choking on a chip* Does she know what you do?

R: What do you mean?

Me: Specifically what you do, does she know? I mean I know it’s legal, but.

R: She knows I’m working in agriculture.

Me: You should have that conversation.

R: Yeah, we…we probably should. 

It’s nice that no matter how far away he lives or how much he matures, it is apparent he will always need me for relationship advice. 

Then we got distracted because R’s friend Greg showed up and wanted to have a serious discussion with us about the fluoride in our drinking water and how it’s impairing cognitive function. 

I do miss R when he’s not around. He brings the circus with him.

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Mon, Jan 16th, 2017 -- 03:12 pm
Today's Specials:The Job Interview Job

The Job Interview Job:

Title: The Job Interview Job
Rating: General Audiences
Fandom: Leverage
Summary:  Unemployed librarian Bobby Dismas isn’t sure how Leverage International found him or what they want with him, but apparently it has something to do with his conspiracy theory website about Roy Chappel (and Kenneth Crane, and Jacques Labert).

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] notalwaysweak linked to a fundraiser for [twitter.com profile] afullmargin, who is on the verge of losing her home because she's had to use rent money to pay her car repair bills. You can read more at her twitter or Donate at Ko-Fi here. (Ko-fi is a relatively new giving site but I'm given to understand you are not actually buying her a coffee, it's for the rent.)

Anon and [tumblr.com profile] edible_chemistry both linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] deadcatwithaflamethrower, who due to medical bills and related health issues, student loan problems, and other financial issues, will need support to get through the next few months. You can read more here or give through PayPal here; you can also help out by buying her book, Ashlesha, here.

[tumblr.com profile] lunaisfree is moving to Seattle to be with her partner, and while she currently has a job, money issues are making the move itself almost impossible. You can read more here and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] ambienne linked to a fundraiser for The Islamic Center of Eastside, Wasington which has been the target of numerous acts of vandalism and which was badly damaged in an arson fire this past week. You can read more and give to help rebuild here.

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Help For Free:

Anon linked to the Brexit Book Club Campaign, which wants to send a book about the implications of Brexit to every member of parliament. They have the money to send the books but in order to get a response from their MPs, the books need to be accompanied by a note signed by one of the MP's constituents. They're still looking for constituents for some areas, and also would love to have constituents add their names to areas where they already have representation. You can read more about the campaign and add your name here.


Activism:

There are currently two charitable auctions going on in fandom:

[tumblr.com profile] fightbackfic, an organized effort to encourage people to donate to charities in return for thank-you fic. You can sign up to be an author before January 20th here and read more about how donation works 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.
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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.
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"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