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, May 26th, 2015 -- 06:50 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Tuesday! Thanks for being patient with me for a day while I got my act together. :D

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for the Spencers, who are trying to keep a roof over their head after one family member lost a job due to racial targeting, a declined application for food stamps, and now a move they're finding difficult to afford. They're raising funds to avoid homelessness and provide some stability for their kids; you can read more and help them out here.

[personal profile] waywren linked to a fundraiser for Laura, whose daughter Lilith was born very premature. Lilith is home now after months at the hospital, but her health problems and treatment expenses are high, and Laura is dealing with postpartum depression, which is also expensive. They're raising funds for Laura's first month of treatment, and you can read more and help out here.

[profile] piperki linked to a fundraiser for Ella, who needs an urgent thyroid operation but is unable to get insurance funding for the procedure. They've reached their initial goal but of course post-surgical treatment and other issues can always crop up; you can read more and add your support 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.</b>

[tumblr.com profile] bifrostedcharms linked to a fundraiser to help Kassie cover vet bills for her hedgehog Bella, who died recently after a long veterinary treatment. You can see some cute picture of Bella and help out here.

Housing:

off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information 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!).

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Mon, May 25th, 2015 -- 09:23 am
Today's Specials:

Oof. Uh, due to Memorial Day and my faulty memory, no Radio Free Monday today -- I'll post it tomorrow as if it were Monday, when more people will probably be online anyway :D Thanks all!

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Mon, May 18th, 2015 -- 08:05 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] docabbott's roommate's father-in-law is dying of cancer, and they're raising money to travel from Minnesota to Ohio to visit him before he passes. You can read more and help them get to see him here.

maygra is raising money in the form of small loans to help cover several surprise bills, and is willing to repay with interest if people are willing to help. You can read more about her needs and help her out 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.

[tumblr.com profile] thewholestreet is looking for a fresh start away from their current environment, where they're dealing with depression and loss. They're raising funds to travel out-of-country to job interviews with the hopes of landing a permanent position. You can read more and support their work 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.</b>

[tumblr.com profile] theautumnroad is raising funds for vet treatments for her cats, and is offering stories, critique, art, and other services in return for donations. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

[personal profile] pocketmouse is going to England for a short-term study abroad program in June and July, and is looking to surf some fandom couches to save housing money for four nights in June and five in July. You can read more and get in touch here.

[tumblr.com profile] attractivegkry's cousin Michael has been missing since 2003, but the family believes they have a lead via Facebook that he may be living in the San Diego area. They're asking people to keep an eye out for him and, if they see him, to contact local authorities so that they can get in touch. You can read more about the search for him here and check out his missing persons flyer here.

Buy a ticket!

liviconnor has a ticket to this Wednesday's Night Vale Live show in Boston, but can't attend. She'd like to sell the ticket, at cost ($32.25) to a fan who'd like to attend. You can get in touch at sgabisouza at gmail.com if you're interested in attending.

Housing:

off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information 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!).

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Mon, May 11th, 2015 -- 06:44 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] rainne's mother has been diagnosed with cancer, and they are raising funds to help defray living expenses and cover treatment beyond what Medicare will cover. They're offering fic for donations over $10, but will take any amount; you can read more and find a donate button 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.

iamshadow linked to a fundraiser for Lee and Sandra, an elderly lesbian couple living in Australia who want to get married in New Zealand before Lee's impending death from COPD. They've met their initial $6K goal, but have extended the fundraising to help the couple have a reception and a short honeymoon. You can read more and support their marriage here.

Lex is raising money to pay for volunteer work this summer banding birds; they're raising about $100 via Etsy sales of hedgehog pincushions and crocheted blankets. You can shop their Etsy here, and they're offering 40% off orders of $10 or more with the coupon code CAFE40.

[tumblr.com profile] ivylaughed linked to Rebecca's Gift, a new charity that is raising money for families who have experienced the death of a child; funds give the families a usually much-needed vacation in order to step away from their grief and take time to deal with the loss. You can read more and support the charity here.

[tumblr.com profile] songspinner9's daughter's school, MCP (a middle and high school for students with learning differences) is fundraising to expand services to students, including financial aid. MCP is designed to give kids the accommodation and tutoring they need in the way they need it, which understandably is not cheap. You can read more and support the school's fundraiser here.


Housing:

seascribe is moving to Boston for her first job, and is looking for a place to live. She's a mid-20s cis woman looking for fannish and queer friendly housing with rent <1050 starting in September, convenient to work in Dorchester, with reliable parking, cat friendly and ideally dog friendly. You can read more and get in touch here; she's also looking to rehome a basset labrador dog just in case she can't find housing that will take him, and you can read more about that here.

[tumblr.com profile] thephoenix04 is looking for information on Portland, Oregon as a possible place to move later this summer. She's looking mostly for good places for a single woman to live and work, anywhere to avoid, and info on public transit. She can be reached at her tumblr or at thephoenix04.

off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information 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!).

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Tue, May 5th, 2015 -- 08:09 am
Today's Specials:

I got the results back this morning from the million and one vials of blood my doctor drew last week – all standard, he’s not worried, just checking my baselines post-surgery – and it turns out I have very slightly low iron and not so slightly elevated copper. Which are fortunately both easy to fix with some red meat, probably, so that’s fine.

But I’ve never had elevated copper before, so I googled it and the first result I clicked says:

Symptoms of High (Excess) Copper

  • Feelings of doom

Which is a) really funny and b) not entirely inaccurate for me in the past few weeks.

The world is ending, guys, and I need like four hamburgers right now.

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Mon, May 4th, 2015 -- 08:01 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] feng_shui_house linked to a family member who is dealing with several medical issues including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. There is a new stem cell treatment available at the San Francisco Stem Cell Centre, which she needs before the deterioration in her corneas becomes irreversible, and she also needs to get to the Boston Foundation for Sight. You can read more about her condition and help raise funds to get her treatment here.

[tumblr.com profile] perforatedsanity became paraplegic last year after being diagnosed with a systemic MRSA infection. She has only recently returned home after being in treatment since August. The cost for her monthly meds, respite care and many other things are already stretching the budget; basic needs like bed pads, extra bedding, and proper curtains are out of reach. You can read more and help by sending things from an amazon wishlist here.

Ysabet's friend Don is having to undergo cataract surgery; he is partially blind and disabled due to MS, and the surgery is a necessity for him to keep his sight. He and his wife are in rough financial shape and will owe about $800 on the surgery when it's completed. If you'd like to help him fund the last of the surgery, they are taking donations at his paypal address at dondadruid at aol.com.

[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.</b>

[personal profile] soc_puppet and [personal profile] notalwaysweak both linked to fandomaid, which is currently running fundraisers to help the recent earthquake in Nepal. You can read more and help give here.

[personal profile] venturous is looking for a forever home for two cats, Keegan and Chaucer. They are indoor cats, ten years old, sweet and healthy; you can contact them at their dreamwidth or at venturous1 for more information.

Fannish News:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to WisCon, a feminist scifi convention, which is planning a vid party and seeking premieres. "We welcome all fanvids in all genres and from all traditions of fannish video production, so long as they have some connection to WisCon's focus on feminism and science fiction." You don't have to be attending WisCon to submit, and newbies are welcome. The deadline is Friday, May 8, 2015, and you can read more about their call here.

Housing:

[personal profile] ivoryandhorn is starting graduate study at UNC Chapel Hill this fall, and is looking for housing near campus or a short commute away. She is quiet, fannish, non-smoker, no pets, and will need parking. She's also looking for advice on areas to avoid when house hunting. You can read more and get in touch here.

off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information 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!).

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Mon, Apr 27th, 2015 -- 07:39 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Devin, a trans man who is raising money for chest surgery that his insurance won't cover. You can read more and support Devin's surgery here. (Warnings for discussion of suicide in the post.)

[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 hugely high water bills because of local polution, as well as 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.

[personal profile] mad_martha linked to Shelterbox, which is currently on the ground in Nepal, providing aid after the disastrous earthquake there on Saturday. Shelterbox provides temporary shelter, blankets, cooking and water purification supplies, and other necessities in the aftermath of a disaster (you can see a typical box here). You can read more about their work in Nepal and support the ongoing effort here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] sabrinix has a survey up about how fandom slang changes over time, for a linguistics class she's taking. You can read more here and take the survey here.

[tumblr.com profile] fluorescentkeyboard linked to a survey about fandom community for a Media Systems & Texts class at MIT. You can read more and take the survey here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] heyj0ni is looking for a roommate, preferably one identifying as female, for a late July/early August move to the east Los Angeles or Pasadena area. She is fannish, queer-friendly, and will be starting medical school (so no heavy partying :D). Non-smoking, no cats or dogs. You can contact her at kellyjypark at gmail.com for more information!

off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information 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!).

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Mon, Apr 20th, 2015 -- 07:30 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[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 hugely high water bills because of local polution, as well as 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.

Anon linked to a pair of books her friend, GL Tysk, has written on Japanese culture and history: a collection of short stories and a novel. She has also launched a Kickstarter to fund the publication of a book about John Manjiro, the first Japanese person in America. Contributions to the kickstarter and purchases go to support a writer trying to live on writing!

Help For Free:

Anon is gathering data for a Statistics class, studying how well different groups of people can distinguish color hues. There's an interesting game involved, and you can read more and help with their study here.

bluealoe is a graduate student in Museum Studies who has an internship at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle this summer. She's looking for advice about summer housing in Seattle, particularly in the Chinatown-International District or nearby areas, as well as advice about public transportation. You can share your thoughts at her post here or via email at bluealoe at gmail dot com.

Housing:

[personal profile] sahiya is relocating to NYC from SF for a new job and seeking a roommate in the NYC area (Brooklyn, Queens, or Jersey City) starting in June for her and her two friendly cats. She's especially interested in finding a roommate (or maybe two) with whom to go in on a place. Please contact her via PM or email at sahiya AT gmail DOT com for more info.

off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information 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!).

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Sun, Apr 19th, 2015 -- 12:44 pm
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So, I went to the local Target superstore this morning, because I had things to buy and I like merchandise with blocky mod patterns on it, and I ended up being followed around the store by a couple I eventually took to calling Dr. And Mr. Indecisive.

They were standing outside the store when I got there, and seemed confused about how to enter the store, or possibly they were arguing about whether they should go to Target? They argued about a lot of stuff. But I dodged around them with an eyeroll and went inside, at which point they promptly followed me. As if somehow I had made it permissible to enter.

Dr. and Mr. Indecisive (at one point one of them said to the other "You're a PHD! Pick a soap!") were visibly unprepared to be shopping at Target, even on a quiet Sunday morning. They argued about everything from the price of grills while I browsed in the garden section to whether they needed ziplock sandwich bags while I was buying new tupperware. (I love new tupperware.) They trailed me from garden to electronics to groceries, until I began to wonder if it wasn't some kind of game. Like, they pick someone to follow around Target on Sundays, and that's how they decide what they're going to buy.

It actually seems like kind of a fun game, but it's creepy when dudes follow women around stores so it'd have to be like, single-gender shop-stalking only.

I hope they were entertained by my purchases. I wonder what they thought I was going to build with a bag of flour, a watering ball, and four small tupperware sauce cups.

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Mon, Apr 13th, 2015 -- 07:32 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[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 hugely high water bills because of local polution, as well as 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.

Maureen linked to a fundraiser for Peter Stachowiak, a pewter smith who recently broke down on the way to the Oklahoma Renaissance Faire. Costs to get to the faire, get the truck repaired, and get home have been very high; their gofundme is almost all the way to the $10K they need to recover, but hasn't quite made it yet. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] apfelstrudelz is a digital artist looking for emergency commissions and fundraising donations in order to replace a broken laptop. He's offering very reasonable commission rates and also has a donation box open; you can read more and commission or donate here.

Anon linked to Rainbow House, which is raising funds to build a Rainbow House in Kyrgyzstan, to provide support for the LGBT community there, which is facing restrictive anti-queer laws and a lot of violence. You can read more and support their efforts here.

[tumblr.com profile] thexturtle linked to a webseries called Vermin, which is currently funding for production. They have less than two weeks left and quite a ways to go to fund a show about puppet lab rats and their caretaker, played by Trace Beaulieu (Crow T. Robot from MST3K). You can read more and support the show here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] shinigami04 is a 30 year old English and History student looking to travel abroad to the UK in June and July for about twelve weeks. She's looking for a workaway arrangement where she can work a few hours each day in exchange for room and board. Fandom-friendly hosts or just people with experience and tips can contact her at jing_2002 at gmx.de to learn more.

Anon linked to an awareness-raising "save our department" facebook page for the Library Science department and faculty at Kutztown University, the only university in PA to offer an undergraduate BSEd for library science. The school is trying to close the program and they're looking for help and support to keep it open. You can read more and find out how to support the department here.

Just For Fun:

[tumblr.com profile] a-menagerie-of-stories has recently started blogging about comics and writing fanfic for female-led Marvel and Image serieses, and is looking for prompts and prompt-giving resources for female-led comics fandom. You can read more and leave a prompt or a tip 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!).

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Thu, Apr 9th, 2015 -- 08:28 pm
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HEY GUYS HAVE SOME FANFIC.

*collapses* It was a Thursday today for sure. 

Title: Desert Knights
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Steve is sent to Puente Antiguo on a leadership training exercise, Tony isn’t feeling too well, and aliens might be invading.
Warnings: None.
Notes: Thanks to knottahooker on Tumblr for beta-reading!

This is a sequel to Toy Soldiers, in which Steve Rogers is a modern-day SHIELD agents without the Serum, and a lot of other things have changed as well. Toy Soldiers will be helpful reading before you hit this up!

Here at AO3 | Here at Dreamwidth

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Tue, Apr 7th, 2015 -- 02:34 pm
Today's Specials:


 

So, there’s a calendar, the 2015 Classic Trains wall calendar by Calendar Ink, and a friend of mine, Thad, owns the calendar and her husband Mr. Thad happened to notice yesterday that I am Mr. April.

That text above is a quote from my steampunk fantasy novel The Dead Isle, randomly printed in a train calendar. I mean, obviously not totally randomly, it’s a quote about trains on a train calendar, not like, a quote about fish on a train calendar. But it’s not as though I’m an expert on trains or something. And I had no idea they had done this. I guess someone googled for quotes about trains and mine turned up and they were like welp, that one looks good, throw it on April.

I don’t know what to do with this. I can’t stop laughing about it. Especially since the owner of the calendar tells me:

They put you on a mighty 4-12-2, one of the biggest and most powerful non-articulated locomotives ever built.


So I guess if I had to go on a calendar at least I went fuckin’ large, yo.

I never in my wildest childhood imaginings dreamed that I would one day have to deal with the cognitive dissonance of seeing my name on a calendar about trains. (Five year old me would have been thrilled to hear it, though.)

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Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 -- 07:59 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[personal profile] erika has a fundraiser up to escape an abuser/rapist and get herself out of his home. She's trying to settle her debts and get to San Francisco with enough money for a deposit and first month's rent. You can read more and help her out here.

[personal profile] phi linked to a fundraiser for Elizabeth McClellan (popelizbet), an author, poet, fan, and activist who needs shoulder surgery. [personal profile] alexandraerin is selling an e-chapbook of prose and poetry, to raise money for the surgery. Any level of donation will qualify you for a pre-order, through May 1, for a June 30 delivery date. You can read more and donate 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.

Lizzy linked to a fundraiser for Shannon, a plus-sized belly dance teacher in the Twin Cities, who has been invited to speak at a body-positivity conference, the Body Love Conference, but needs funds to attend. You can read more and help fund her trip here.

News To Know:

nancylebov linked to Fat Friendly Docs, an international list of fat-friendly medical professionals, which is a significant concern when many doctors automatically assume any health issues are caused by weight. You can visit the list and read about how to contribute here.

Housing:

off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information 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!).

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Fri, Apr 3rd, 2015 -- 09:18 am
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Obituaries fill me with a terror and dread of death (temporary, it passes, as do we all) but when it’s my week to monitor them I do try to make the best of it. I’m starting a collection of my favorite euphemisms for “died”. So far they include “Fell asleep to Jesus” and “Entered eternity”.

More to come as matters proceed.

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Wed, Apr 1st, 2015 -- 05:31 pm
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Also, by special request of an anon, I am bid remind you all that on this date twelve years ago, one of my students presented me with the best grad school story ever.

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Wed, Apr 1st, 2015 -- 05:27 pm
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This afternoon I got on the bus and I thought there was a breeze blowing my hair, so as I sat down I reached up to the back of my head to smooth my hair down.

AND A FUCKING BUTTERFLY FLEW OUT. OF MY HAIR.

Butterfly wanted to ride the bus free, I guess.

I did get the best "what the hell just happened" look from the woman across the aisle when I sat down and produced a butterfly seemingly out of nowhere.

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Tue, Mar 31st, 2015 -- 07:26 am
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I had some medical issues pop up yesterday (nothing serious, just disconcerting enough that I want to see a doctor) and I had the worst runaround I've probably ever had from my medical center, who are not known for their stellar customer service to begin with. I was put on hold just to reach someone to transfer me to someone else, disconnected twice, berated by scheduling staff and a nurse for not having a primary-care physician (because mine left a month ago), and finally scheduled in the URGENT CARE clinic for 3pm today.

However, I also belong to a "survey" panel at my medical center, where they occasionally ask me about the level of treatment/customer service I receive. This morning, unrelated to yesterday's call, I got a super-long survey about patient pipeline and customer service issues at the medical center.

ILL-TIMED FOR YOU, DOCS.

*lets them have it with both barrels*

In their defense, spending twenty minutes telling them everything that was wrong with their patient pipeline, from scheduling an appointment to reading my bill, probably did wonders for my blood pressure.

I actually do love my doctors and the level of purely medical patient care I get is fantastic. It's just everything else about my patient experience that blows.

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Mon, Mar 30th, 2015 -- 07:09 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

azureavian linked to a fundraiser for a coworker's family, whose young daughter has a brain tumor, necessitating a lot of travel and treatment. You can read more about Mirella and support her battle here.

flying_berryman linked to a fundraiser for Laura, a friend who is struggling under the weight of medical bills (and poor credit because of it) which makes it impossible to get a loan for a new car to get to work and school, after her old one died this past weekend. You can read more and help her raise funds for transit here.

[personal profile] dramapunk/[tumblr.com profile] notacyborg has been placed on the waitlist for Emerson College's MFA Program in Media Art. She's in possible need of help for moving-to-Boston expenses, and since she's not sure if she'll be moving or not, she will be refunding all donations if she ends up not moving. You can read more and help her get to Boston here!

[tumblr.com profile] dbvictoria linked to a friend's fundraiser page for the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon in June, raising money for Epidermolysis Bullosa research, a disease which his daughter was born with. You can read more and support his marathon run here!

[tumblr.com profile] rosencrantz is on a write-a-thon team for 826 Boston, which provides tutoring and writing support for more than 3500 underserved Boston public schools students each year. You can read her writing for the thon here and support the team here.

[tumblr.com profile] knottahooker works in the children's department for a south Florida library, and is looking for Lego donations for her branch's Lego Club, since they don't have a lot of extra resources for Lego, which are not usually cheap. If you have Lego to donate, you can reach her at knotta.hooker at gmail.com, or via her Tumblr askbox!

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why_me_why_not linked to a friend, Katie, whose PHD experimental psychology program needs survey takers. The survey takes about 30 minutes and explores life experiences related to mental health. The survey is open to US residents, 18 years or older, and is in English. There's also a raffle you can sign up for when you complete the survey! Read more and take the survey here.

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Sun, Mar 29th, 2015 -- 08:22 am
Today's Specials:

I had to do some mending and altering this morning, and one of the joys of having a sewing machine that is literally older than you are is that you can take it entirely to pieces and work out what's wrong with it if it isn't working properly. One of the pitfalls of this is that you often have to.

The needle, for some reason, wasn't staying threaded when I tried to stitch, and when it was, the bobbin thread was pulling through strangely. So I took the lower (bobbin) mechanism entirely apart, cleaned it, and reassembled it. When that didn't work, I took the upper (needle) mechanism mostly apart, cleaned it, and reassembled it. When that didn't work, I took both apart more or less at once.

Then I checked the owner's manual (also older than I am) and it said, "if the needle won't stay threaded and the bobbin thread pulls through strangely, adjust the screw on the bobbin a quarter turn."

That was literally all I needed to do: remove a piece that's removed on a regular basis anyway, turn the screw in it a quarter turn to loosen the tension, and reinsert.

Goddammit, Singer.

But at least now the hole in my undies is mended and the shirt that didn't quite fit right now fits right, so there.

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Fri, Mar 27th, 2015 -- 07:44 am
Today's Specials:

I went to the Art Institute last night, to have a look at the new Ireland: Crossroads of Art And Design exhibit, which was mainly disappointing because I didn't realize the dates given were 1690 to 1840, meaning most of the art was portraits of men in wigs and most of the design was hideous baroque silver. I blame the English.

Then again, I'm an ancient arts buff so probably some of it was just deep disappointment that nothing was from before the 17th century.

I did get to say hello to my favorites, Ganesh and American Gothic and the new addition to the Samtheon, "Hogs Killing a Snake", which is especially funny because if you stand in the room that houses both the hogs and American Gothic and look back and forth between them, the woman in the American Gothic painting is staring right at the hogs. I'm 100% sure this was done deliberately. Art historians and curators have the best, most warped senses of humor.

It's nice to be able to walk between my place and the museum, at least when the weather's nice. The bus from work drops me practically on the museum steps, and it's only about a mile home from there. Chicago's been cruel about the weather lately, though -- snow and wind are totally normal for this time of year but we're all extra-bitter about them now because we had that one week of 50F weather, and then it was yanked from our grasp like a taunt.

Still, of the seeds I planted two weeks ago about half have sprouted and don't seem to care that it's snowing outside. Grow, little California poppies, and do not wilt as you did last year!

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-- 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