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...
Sat, Dec 3rd, 2016 -- 12:27 am
Today's Specials:Sometimes I cook something and I can’t tell if

Sometimes I cook something and I can’t tell if it’s delicious or not.

I came across Dill Pickle Soup, somehow, and while I don’t like the actual flavor of pickles, I do like the smell and the flavor of the pickling juice. And it’s basically just a potato soup with a light vinegar base. So I decided I’d make the recipe, and I finally got round to making it.

I left the actual pickles out of the recipe because that seemed like it would make it a bit strong, and I was right. Because the finished product tasted basically like pickle juice with the texture of potato soup. Which is fine because, as indicated, I liked pickle juice. And I also like potato soup.

But it was a bit one-note, so I added some more Old Bay and a bit of garlic powder as well, and that adds complexity, but I still can’t tell if it tastes good or not. It has a flavor! Do I like the flavor? I don’t know! (Should have cooked a bunch of chopped up bacon and used the fat instead of butter, also should have added less pickle juice.) 

Also I made half a recipe because holy crap the Noble Pig recipe makes a VAT of soup, like ten or twelve cups of soup. Half a recipe will still feed me for probably two weeks, if I choose to eat it.

Will I choose to eat it? WHO CAN SAY.

Nessie Ladle likes it, though.

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Thu, Dec 1st, 2016 -- 02:41 pm
Today's Specials:Okay, J. Cole, this “crane container” is

Okay, J. Cole, this “crane container” is AWESOME, you have redeemed yourself for the rest of the year.

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Wed, Nov 30th, 2016 -- 07:42 pm
Today's Specials:I just finished reading a long article about a semi-pro football player turned serial killer,...

I just finished reading a long article about a semi-pro football player turned serial killer, complete with the standard musing on The Nature Of Evil And Man. It concludes with a sad, dramatic quote from the killer himself, and then the comments section opens with

HE DIDN’T EAT ENOUGH YAMS.

I nearly fell out of my chair laughing, but then I scrolled down and the next comment thread is a wacky conspiracy theory about a body-jumping serial-killing spirit who likes inhabiting dark-haired athletic men.

Also someone is VERY mad at the mention of easily available guns contributing to the preponderance of serial killers in the seventies.

Apparently not reading the comments of the true crime articles I read has kept me from some fascinating comedy.

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Wed, Nov 30th, 2016 -- 01:41 pm
Today's Specials:I have to admit, the big-footed bird looks pretty awesome.

I have to admit, the big-footed bird looks pretty awesome.

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Tue, Nov 29th, 2016 -- 01:34 am
Today's Specials:My parents’ dogs, Holstein and Longhorn,

My parents’ dogs, Holstein and Longhorn, didn’t used to like me. Holstein once stole my underwear and paraded it around the house to demonstrate his disdain for my existence. Longhorn used to freak out if I changed shirts, assuming I was a new person to be barked at and then thoroughly vetted.

But Holstein has discovered that I’m the only person who will scratch his back properly, and Longhorn once bonded with me over a terrible lightning storm where I allowed him to huddle under my shirt, so now they tolerate me, and have thus set a policy that one of them must have their butt touching me at all times.

They don’t really like to sit on my lap, but when I’m on the sofa they will fight over who gets to sit next to me with only their butt touching mine. It’s gratifying, in a way.

I’m their best butt-ddy.

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Mon, Nov 28th, 2016 -- 07:05 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] legbascrossroad linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] overcomefearbeholdwonder, who has been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos, a degenerative connective tissue disease. The fundraiser is to support medical expenses and also training for a service dog, Pippin. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] theotherguysride has recently lost her job and is trying to find a new one while facing mounting bills. She's offering jewelry commissions, editing/writing help services, and resume editing services, as well as accepting donations. You can read more, donate, or contact/commission her here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's summer job just ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she fand 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. 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, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.

Activism:

[personal profile] cesy linked to two link-gathering groups that may help you be informed and aware, as well as participate in lobbying and protest: [community profile] spoonlessactivists and [community profile] thisfinecrew.

If you're looking to help protect reproductive autonomy and women's rights in an intersectional fashion, there's a great call to action with useful suggestions and links.

[tumblr.com profile] southernslythern has a great post up about how administrative agencies with the government shape our lives and our laws, as well as an explanation of how you can participate in this policymaking. You can read more and find links and explanation 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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Sun, Nov 27th, 2016 -- 02:57 pm
Today's Specials:Longhorn the chihuahua does not like mornings.

Longhorn the chihuahua does not like mornings.

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Sun, Nov 27th, 2016 -- 01:34 am
Today's Specials:Pomegranate Molasses

Mum and I decided to make pomegranate molasses this afternoon, and it turns out pomegranate molasses is GODDAMN AMAZING.

Given mum was interested in it and I like it, expect hipsters to ruin it within two years.

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Thu, Nov 24th, 2016 -- 01:04 am
Today's Specials:I got these Where The Wild Things Are socks as a gift recently,...

I got these Where The Wild Things Are socks as a gift recently, but I thought they were way too cool to wear as socks that would never be seen. So a few quick zips with the sewing machine and they are now my new favorite armwarmers for running. 

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Wed, Nov 23rd, 2016 -- 11:04 pm
Today's Specials:I haven’t done origami in a couple of weeks, but

I haven’t done origami in a couple of weeks, but the bonnet charmed me, even though it was semi-terrible. Still looked good. :D

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Mon, Nov 21st, 2016 -- 07:42 pm
Today's Specials:Foldscope - The Origami Paper Microscope

Foldscope - The Origami Paper Microscope:

I promised I’d let folks know when the Foldscope kickstarter I publicized on RFM last week went live – it’s up and running!

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Mon, Nov 21st, 2016 -- 08:20 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Cyrus is a 21-year-old trans man with a disability living in Seattle whose landlady has given him until the 30th to move out. He has found a wheelchair-accessible apartment but needs to raise the cash for deposit and rent because of the short notice. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] drownedinlight is raising money to pay for half of her graduate school tuition next semester; due to ineligibility for student loans, and student loan repayment next semester, she just needs help getting the semester started. You can read more and help out here.

Rachel linked to a fundraiser for her friend Jane, who is a single mother with urgent medical and housing expenses. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's summer job just ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she fand 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] heyninja is raising money to pursue her Master's in Counseling, with the goal of filling a gap for people with nontraditional families, fetish interests, BDSM and/or polyamorous lifestyles, and LGBT+ people. You can help fund her degree 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, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.

Activism:
(This is a new section which concerns actions to take and information to know regarding the ramifications of an incoming Trump administration. The primary purpose of Radio Free Monday is still to publicize fellow fans in need and fundraisers that we as a community should be aware of, so please don’t flood me with every activist link you come across. That said, do feel free to share the best and most impactful that you encounter or participate in.)

[tumblr.com profile] pidgeling and Amelia both linked to the "We're His Problem Now" calling sheet, which lists weekly "calls to action", tips and strategies, scripts, and contact numbers to help make calling your elected representatives and making your voice heard a total breeze. You can also sign up to receive email notifications and contact them to report issues and share ideas. The sheet is here and the tabs at the top will help you navigate.

Amelia also linked to "Dear Leaders", a compilation of scripts for calling and writing on various issues. You can read more and find scripts here.

[tumblr.com profile] danceswchopstck has compiled a huge list of links to read, calls to action, and other post-election resources; you can read and reblog here.

And one from me: the Trump Administration has a fucking horrifying survey up regarding where they should focus in their first hundred days in office. It looks super-fake but I vetted it and it's real. Go and tell him just how unimportant his goals are.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] gelasius linked to [Trans]formation, a performance devised entirely from the works of and performed by transgender, genderqueer, intersex, and nonbinary artists. Gelasius is a performer in the show and reminds us that "in a country hwere our president-elect represents threats to our very existence, we need to tell these trans stories and create community with each other now". The show is running in Chicago through December 17th, and tickets are $30. You can read more (note content warnings!) and buy tickets here.

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellaney makes wirework jewelry in silver, gold fill, copper, and brass, often with a science geek bent. She's also offering to craft custom pieces for people if they contact her soon. You can shop and commission custom jewelry at her Etsy.

[tumblr.com profile] magpiemiscellaney is also offering jewelry for sale to benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Doctors Without Borders. With regards to the Planned Parenthood sale, she says "You can ask me to donate or I can put it in your honor, or someone else's should you wish ;)".

On that note, a campaign is underway to donate to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence's name; if you donate in his honor he receives a card saying you gave in his name, but can't write it off on his taxes. I believe over $20K has already been given in his name, and hopefully more to come!

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, Nov 14th, 2016 -- 01:40 pm
Today's Specials:Today I made an adorable crooked cactus in a nice pot.

Today I made an adorable crooked cactus in a nice pot.

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Mon, Nov 14th, 2016 -- 08:13 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] heyninja is raising money to pursue her Master's in Counseling, with the goal of filling a gap for people with nontraditional families, fetish interests, BDSM and/or polyamorous lifestyles, and LGBT+ people. You can help fund her degree 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, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.

Activism:
(This is a new section I'm test-driving in the face of last week's election news. It concerns specifically actions to take, groups to support, and information to know regarding the ramifications of an incoming Trump administraiton.)

A couple of people linked to #translawhelp on Twitter, which is a hashtag for lawyers helping trans people prepare their documentation for the new administration. #translawhelp was begun as a scam, apparently, but does have legitimate people participating, so I wanted to link it but attach the caveat to it -- don't give anyone any money or personal information until you have determined they are really a licensed lawyer with your best interests in mind. There is also a post going around which lists more legitimate legal aid for trans people and places you can support.

Amelia linked to resources to help conscientious objectors, or those who would like to become conscientious objectors, register now, in advance of a possible military draft. There's a pamphlet put out by the Methodist Church here (scope that vintage art); there is what I believe to be the same pamphlet (or at least similar information) available free here.

Amelia also linked me to a massive document of suggestions for preparation for the oncoming administration, in English and Spanish, broken down by demographic. This is a great resource for people in targeted populations or non-targeted people who want to help.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dr-kara is holding a grab bag sale to support Planned Parenthood and RAINN; when you donate to her fundraiser you get a grab bag of 1 gold-foil print (these are especially gorgeous) and 2 11x17 prints chosen randomly. You can check out the prints and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellaney makes wirework jewelry in silver, gold fill, copper, and brass, often with a science geek bent. She's also offering to craft custom pieces for people if they contact her soon. You can shop and commission custom jewelry at her Etsy.

News To Know:

Polly linked to news about Jay Smooth, known for his vlog post "How to tell someone they sound racist"; he's coming to the UK and tickets for this Friday the 18th's talk at the University of Salford are still available. You can read more and buy tickets 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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Sun, Nov 13th, 2016 -- 02:08 pm
Today's Specials:Look at this god damn dignified sea monster.

Look at this god damn dignified sea monster. He’s more dignified than I can ever hope to be.  (The “Sea Monster” here.)

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Thu, Nov 10th, 2016 -- 01:56 pm
Today's Specials:Okay, J. Cole, you win this round, this moth was pretty cute.

Okay, J. Cole, you win this round, this moth was pretty cute.

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Thu, Nov 10th, 2016 -- 12:38 pm
Today's Specials:ANGRY ABOUT JAZZ MUSIC

I don’t often encounter people when running at 4am, but when I do they’re invariably weird.

This morning on my run I saw a nicely-dressed man about my age ahead of me on the sidewalk, waving for my attention. Thinking he was lost or perhaps had been mugged, I slowed down and took out my headphones.

“Will you listen to this motherfucker?” he asked me (in an English accent, for extra random). 

I looked in the direction he was pointing. There was a closed storefront with music playing over a speaker above the door. I mean music is a little weird at 4am, but it was on Michigan near the Symphony and there are several music stores and small music schools in the area, so not that weird. I couldn’t figure out why this guy was stopping strangers on the street to get their opinion.

“Listen to the…music?” I asked.

“Can you hear it?” he demanded. 

“Yeah,” I said confusedly. The music was jazzy swing, very Benny Goodman, and pretty catchy really. “What’s wrong with it?”

“Well, what do you make of it?”

“I like it,” I told him with a sunny smile, and out of instinct I popped my headphones back in and went on running before he could respond. 

I still can’t figure out why he was SO MAD about swing music at 4am. He didn’t seem to be angry about the noise keeping him awake, and he didn’t seem drunk, he was just a well-dressed Englishman who was really angry that someone had chosen to play that particular song. I should have stopped to inquire deeper, but I kind of like the enigma. 

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Tue, Nov 8th, 2016 -- 02:21 pm
Today's Specials:I think I maybe already folded a seal this year, but the mind...

I think I maybe already folded a seal this year, but the mind grows fuzzy after so much origami, and anyway seals are cute. :D

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Mon, Nov 7th, 2016 -- 04:50 pm
Today's Specials:I just read an article that referenced Bill Clinton as

I just read an article that referenced Bill Clinton as “the prospective First Laddie” and I laughed really loudly in the middle of the office.

FIRST LADDIE. It has that perfect mix of prestige, condescension, and brevity that First Gentleman and First Husband lack.

BILL CLINTON FOR FIRST LADDIE

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Mon, Nov 7th, 2016 -- 08:18 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

frenchroast linked to a fundraiser for bookishgeek, who lost her partner this week. Her partner's family is taking care of the funeral, but she needs to move and can't afford rent alone; she's also dealing with a smaller paycheck than usual. You can read more and help out via paypal here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's summer job just ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she fand 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.

yuki is behind on rent and has bills to pay, and is dealing with an empty bank account after a failed transaction; 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. 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, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] alamutjones offers proofreading and editing services for anything from fiction to academic essays to resumes. She's looking at a lean few months while her regular client base (students) are out of classes, so she's looking for new clients who need her services. You can read more and get in touch here; fees are $10 Australian per 1000 words (price is in Australian, services not limited to Australians!).

News To Know:

An Anon from Missouri wanted to remind voters in St. Louis County that they received a sample ballot in the mail, but this is not their actual ballot and will not count as a vote! This is the case in many counties throughout the US, so remember that if your ballot says SAMPLE on it, or if you're unsure, check with your county to make sure your vote counts!

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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-— 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