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...
Sun, Dec 28th, 2014 -- 10:37 pm
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It's that time of year again! Time to dust out the attic, gather up all the little odds and ends, and share what I don't intend to finish, so that I enter the new year guilt-free. I hope you guys enjoy all the bits and bobs, as I call them in the compilation file. :)

Title: Works No Longer In Progress 2014
Fandoms: Snowpiercer, Avengers MCU, Marvel Comics, Captain America
Rating: No higher than PG.
Summary: Every year I do a post of all the bits of fic I couldn't find a place for. Some stand alone pretty well; most are just starts I don't have the interest or energy to finish.

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Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014 -- 07:56 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] altheterrible is trying to fund the last part of applying to pharmacy school; they come from a disadvantaged background and are aiming to work with people who haven't had good experiences with the medical community. You can read more about what help they need to get into a great school and support their attempts here.

Amy's Friends have put up a fundraiser for Amy, who survived a suicide attempt a few months ago and has been put on suicide watch and Disability, which means she is not allowed to work. She receives Disability pay, which is not enough to pay her bills, and she's received a bill from the hospital for her stay and treatment after the attempt. You can read more and support Amy getting back on her feet here.

girly_curl_3's cousin and her partner have launched a kickstarter to help found their company, American Dog. The company is gay owned and operated, local to Colorado, and promises to keep their toys made in the USA. You can read more at their Facebook, or read and support at their kickstarter here.

Help for Free:

[dreamwidth.org profile] celtic_maenad is looking for advice regarding long-distance moving, from Orlando, Florida to the Burbank/North Hollywood region of California. She's looking for advice on neighborhoods to avoid, good moving companies, tips on long-distance apartment hunting, and what kind of place they could get for two people and a cat for $950/mo. You can read more and offer your advice 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.


Ryan's open-source textbook nonprofit, Openstax College at Rice University, is hiring for multiple jobs including Javascript and Python coders, Systems Administrator, and Digital Media specialist (which is entry level and does not require a college degree). You can read more and apply here. (This looks like the kind of place that would allow telecommuting so if you're not in the area of Rice University, I'd drop them a line and ask.)

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Sat, Dec 20th, 2014 -- 12:51 pm
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Apparently the secret to last-minute Christmas shopping is to get up at the asscrack of dawn the Saturday before Christmas and be done by noon. My morning was bananas, but I can't deny I Got Shit Done.

It was a banner morning for shopping. I caught the bus into the loop and picked up a few sacks of popcorn at Garrett's, which is a Chicago franchise popcorn shop that I'm pretty sure uses crack in their cooking process somewhere. My stepfather wanted some for Christmas, so it's now sealed up in ziplock bags in my luggage.

Then I went to Macy's, which is much like a fool returning to his folly, because Macy's on State is hellish at the best of times due to its ancient building layout and elevators to nowhere. But it opens at 7am on holiday shopping weekends, and at 9am was still essentially empty. I couldn't quite believe my luck but I wasn't going to push it, either, so after picking up a couple of ornaments as small gifts, I bushwhacked my way down to the basement and chilled in the food court for a while.

The nice thing about Macy's is that it connects via the Pedway to Block 37, the mall across the street, which ALSO connects via the Pedway to Daley Plaza, home of the Giant Picasso Baboon, which is where they hold Christkindlmarkt every year. For an idea of what Christkindlmarkt is truly like in Chicago, may I recommend my fanfic Christkindlfuckup. It is exactly like that.

The Markt is actually really pleasant early in December, especially before dark, but it gets busier and busier as Christmas draws near. People were actually queuing up at 10:30 for access to the ORNAMENT SHACK where all the Christmas Ornaments are sold (most of the Markt is open booths, but there are two giant ORNAMENT SHACKS where you enter slowly and do a lap while you select which hilariously hideous ornaments you wish to buy). There were also long waits for pretzels, wine served in ceramic shoes, and pastries of many kinds. I skipped it all and homed in on the kitsch, because Mum wanted a new centerpiece for the table, and then bought a fluffy hat, because I have a problem when it comes to winterwear. The struggle is real.

AND THEN I went and bought some seasonings for a cooking project at the grocery store, and had the singular experience of walking into Trader Joe's, which has a big NO PRESERVATIVES NO MSG sign outside their entry, while carrying a shaker of MSG in my backpack.

So now I am home with a new hat, a giant sack of popcorn, all the German Kitsch, a week's worth of protein bars from Trader Joe's, and a shaker of MSG.

Winning at Saturday!

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Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 -- 07:58 am
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You know, normally I'm not one to complain about winter weather. I like cold and rain and snow, because I am a backwards, strange man.

But it is so dry in Chicago right now that for the first time in my life I'm considering anti-static spray. I have now literally, twice, stood up from my chair at work and generated so much static electricity that the in-ear headphone I wear in my left ear has SHOCKED MY EARDRUM.

You know what is unpleasant? SHOCKING YOUR OWN EARDRUM.

I gotta learn to take my headphone out before moving.

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Mon, Dec 15th, 2014 -- 08:17 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

musicianatheart linked to a fundraiser for a friend who has been having problems getting child support and finding a job herself with which to support two kids. She's looking for donations towards winter clothes for her kids and car repair; you can read more and help out at her GoFundMe here.

ngaio linked to a fundraiser for a friend who hasn't been able to live with her wife for some time due to visa/nationalisty issues, and is working towards moving to South Africa so that they can be together permanently. You can read more and help at their GoFundMe here.

[tumblr.com profile] dr-kara is fundraising for deposit and moving funds to get out of her sister's place and into one of her own; she and her rooommate-to-be will be looking for a place in February so they're trying to assemble the funds to move now. You can read more and help out at her gofundme here.

lavenderspark linked to a fundraiser for Off The Beaten Path books, a Steampunk themed bookstore in Michigan which is struggling to stay afloat after a rough previous year. You can read more and support the bookstore at their GoFundMe here.

[dreamwidth.org profile] highlander_ii is raising funds for insulin and special food for his dog, Logan, who is diabetic; without funding, he'll have to give up Logan to a shelter. You can read more (and see some cute photos of Logan) here, and give at his Gofundme page.

Help for Free:

editrx wants everyone to know that from now until December 25th, any tweet or facebook post using the hashtag #giveabook will count towards Penguin Random House's big donation to Save The Children -- each hashtag means one more book donated, up to 25,000 books.

[tumblr.com profile] chocolate-alchemy linked to a survey regarding interest in an official remake of a game called "The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis" for the iPad. I've never heard of the game, but apparently it's pretty awesome! You can read more and take the survey here.


[dreamwidth.org profile] sailorsol's company in central Connecticut is hiring (mostly mechanical) engineers for design, repair, and project engineering positions in the aerospace and power generation industries. You can PM her for further information.

Just for Fun:

happi_very linked to a map of the medieval London tube (view full sized here.) Mornington Crescent, anyone?

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Tue, Dec 9th, 2014 -- 12:12 pm
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Normally, my job primarily entails stalking the wealthy, but yesterday and today I've been on loan to a more mathy department, testing some pretty next-level predictive modeling data integrity, which is at once really exciting and incredibly tedious.

What we're doing is a bit like building an artificial intelligence, and for civilian work, especially not for profit, it's pretty advanced; nothing compared to what, say, MIT or the military are working on, but special in its own way. What we're doing right now is making sure that Baby is reading the data we're giving it correctly (protip: so far it is not) which makes me feel a bit like Howard Finch from Person of Interest must have felt while building the Machine. It gives me a new appreciation not only for the genius of fictional people like Finch and Tony Stark but also a new respect for the level of tedium they are willing to tolerate.

On the other hand, they probably had a lot of interns to do blind data validation for them.

So, if in ten years Skynet does rise, and it rises out of Chicago, odds are good that I helped teach it how to talk. Know that we had the best of intentions and the most horrifying of spreadsheets.

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Mon, Dec 8th, 2014 -- 08:10 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Mark linked to a fundraiser for Shane, a longtime member of fandom who was in a bike accident about two weeks ago. His bike was totalled and he's had to have a metal rod put into his leg; he is also apparently being held responsible for danages to the driver's car, which as a cyclist I think is outrageous (it's apparent he did nothing wrong, trafficwise). Friends are raising money for a new bike, his only mode of transportation, and you can read more and help Shane out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dorkilybeautiful linked to a fundraiser for Andrew, who is clearing the last hurdles towards his top surgery this January and needs a little extra support to make sure he's got everything lined up. You can read more and support Andrew here.

[tumblr.com profile] ninocipri's friend's mother passed away last weekend after a long fight against cancer, and Ella is raising money to pay for funeral expenses and outstanding bills. You can read more and help Ella here.

[tumblr.com profile] krameriagrayi linked to the Friends of the Juneau Public Library, who are running a "sponsor a brick" fundraiser for programming, outreach, and the construction of a new library branch. One group of librarians wants to fill an entire wall of sponsored bricks with Harry Potter names, and are offering tons of perks through Indiegogo to raise money for the bricks. You can read more and help both the librarians and the new library here.


Alice is looking for a new tenant for an apartment in College Station, Texas -- a 1br/1ba with a loft, washer/dryer, internet included and on a bus route, for $800/mo. She is moving out but the new renter would sign a lease with the building office, rather than subletting. You can read more and contact her at her craigslist listing for the apartment.

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Mon, Dec 1st, 2014 -- 07:50 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] lisechen recently lost her job, and is struggling to cover all her bills, particularly transportation and utilities, for the month of December. You can read more and help her and her roommate stay on their feet over the holiday here.

[tumblr.com profile] jmathieson-fic's friend is trying to keep her bills paid and keep her three kids fed and sheltered, having received no child support from her ex for the past year. She has a really cool steampunk jewelery shop here, with some great gift ideas for the holidays.

[tumblr.com profile] madcitypaxie linked to [tumblr.com profile] thewitchesofeastwood, who is raising money for their cat Elwood, who recently had to have some pretty intense veterinary procedures done. They're selling cut-paper cards in a variety of winter and holiday motifs to help defray these costs; you can read more about Elwood here and check out the cards for sale at their Etsy shop here.

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Fri, Nov 28th, 2014 -- 06:28 pm
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One of the projects I set myself during my recuperation from surgery this month was a clean-out of my CD and DVD collection, and a conversion of most of my stuff to digital. I've nearly finished downloading, ripping, and otherwise acquiring MP3s of all these great albums I own that I haven't listened to in ages, and it's been quite a walk down memory lane. Some of the songs come, originally, from mixtapes given to me by girlfriends in high school, or soundtracks to movies I didn't even like but which had totally bitchin' music.

I've made myself up a new playlist for my workday commutes, of 200 "new" songs that are actually quite old. My bus ride's going to be like the mid-90s all over again for a while.

Other projects went more or less well; I got most of the fanfic I was working on finished, and most of the old un-archived stuff archived. There are still two solo fics unfinished, and one co-written fic that is still in the works because neither of us are capable of writing short stories, but all in all I'm proud of how much I managed to get done while sitting on my ass in front of the fireplace all month.

2013 and 2014 were both years of intensive work -- they were years dedicated to getting my shit together, fixing my medical issues and my housing issues and (inadvertently, to some extent) my work issues. 2015, I hope, will be the year I get to enjoy the last two years of hard work. I may finally get to spend at least a few months resting on my laurels before getting back on the treadmill.

As I get older, it becomes clearer that sometimes you just lose a year here or there to necessity, but hopefully there won't be another one of those for a while.

Knock on wood, anyway. I'll try not to be too happy; it tempts the gods, and as Charles Schultz famously said, happiness isn't interesting. :D

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Thu, Nov 27th, 2014 -- 09:48 am
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I know I haven't been around much this month; I seem to only show up to do RFM and post fanfic, and sadly this post is no exception. I'm going to try to do better in December, though! This is my THANKSGIVING RESOLUTION.

Anyway in the meantime have some fic. :D

Title: Steve Rogers Vs. The All-American Feast
Rating: G
Summary: Steve can't resist a challenge, even when the challenge is a five pound pulled-pork sandwich.
Warnings: This story involves several eating competitions and contains some potentially dysfunctional attitudes towards food; people with food-related triggers or issues may wish to skip this one. There is also fairly frequent discussion of puke (no actual puking) so emetophobics should beware.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

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Mon, Nov 24th, 2014 -- 08:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

joiedumonde is doing geneaology and other freelance work to earn cash during a stretch of unemployment. She's offering geneaology aid and advice, from building a family tree to finding historical background on immigrant ancestors, for fair cost; you can read more about her work and how to get in touch with her here.

nancylebov linked to the facebook page for Candy Madigan, whose husband John was mentioned a few weeks ago in a fundraiser for his hospice care (which is still going on). Those who would like updates on his condition can read more here.

Starlady linked to two science fundraisers: one for research into climate change in the Falkland islands, a penguin habitat and biodiversity hot spot, and one to help fund the distribution of blight-resistant American Chestnut trees to their native habitat to replace the four billion wiped out in a blight during the 20th century.

Wincon is a "by fans, for fans" multi-fandom con focused on providing safe fannish space for women, people of color, queer people, and other under-represented fans in popular media. They're entering their tenth year and due to demand are growing from 100 attendees to 250-300 this year. To ensure the success of this year's con and the sustainability of the larger attendance cap, they're running an indiegogo campaign with con registration, art commissions, fan crafts, and more as perks. You can read more and support the con here</b>, check out website here, or have a look at their tumblr here.

Help For Free:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] chroniclebooks, who have a holiday pledge going to donate a book to a child for every reblog of this tumblr post. You can also participate on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter; more information about how is at their website and links page here.

Just For Fun:

[tumblr.com profile] theactualcluegirl is a member of the band Murder Ballads, who just put out a great album of folk and filk called Pretty in Scarlet. You can have a listen at their bandcamp website. I'm particularly fond of "The Ballad Of Captain America's Disapproving Face".

While doing research for a fanfic this week I stumbled on the FoodChallenges website, which is a geographic list of all the strange and excessive "food challenges" that local restaurants offer. Find out where you can challenge yourself to eat a two pound hot dog or split an eight pound pizza with a friend. Discover fame and glory through gluttony, or just read in horrified fascination about the Ten Pound Meatball Sandwich Challenge.

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Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 -- 02:13 pm
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I have a crapton of fanfic newly archived this week -- much of it has been posted before to tumblr, but for non tumblrites it will all be new stuff!

Title: The Comic Book Guy
Rating: PG
Summary: Steve Rogers and James Barnes meet for the first time in a Hydra factory during the war.
Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

Title: Bottle Opener
Rating: G
Summary: Clint is rebranding.
Warnings: None.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

Title: Helping Friends Move
Rating: PG
Summary: Bruce may not have been entirely up front about his motives in asking for Clint's help moving into Stark Tower.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

Title: The Weather Balloon
Rating: PG
Summary: Cecil is nowhere to be found, and the mayor is insisting the mysterious debris is definitely NOT a weather balloon.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

I have also updated my "hydrocodone midnight theatre" fics, where I take prompts while whacked on post-surgery painkillers. You can find the entire Hydrocodone Midnight Theatre series on AO3, or go here for the latest stories posted to Dreamwidth (except the Izzy stories, those went in the Izzy Shorts post), but you can also find them individually as follows:

Title: Hair Apparent
Rating: PG (Gen)
Summary: You'd think Hydra would know more about hot oil.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Thems
Rating: PG (Steve/Tony)
Summary: Steve discovers a secret simulation on the game server.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Big Sister
Rating: G
Summary: Izzy came home early from summer camp and found a girl in DJ's workshop. That escalated quickly.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Wrecking The Lab
Rating: R
Summary: Tony Stark and Betty Ross have been friends since they were nine, and friends with benefits since they were fifteen...

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Yankee Buck
Rating: R
Summary: Bucky is overpaid, oversexed, and over here -- but the barman doesn't seem to mind.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Poor Little Rich Hero Girl
Rating: PG
Summary: Quinn Quire is kidnapped by Wasp and Hawkeye. Sort of.

Link: Here at AO3


Title: Someday My Prince Will Open A Transdimensional Portal
Rating: PG
Summary: T. Stark Lokason, gentleman adventurer, meets Isobel Barton, who sees right through him (and likes it).

Link: Here at AO3

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Mon, Nov 17th, 2014 -- 09:02 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] bicrim linked to a fundraiser for Rebecca, a paramedic living in the US who desperately wants to go home for Christmas, but can't afford the travel. You can read more about her situation and help her get home here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for The Garden Church, a community church in San Pedro, California, which in the last few months has done urban planning, park cleaning, and hosting for shared meals. You can read more and support the Garden Church here.

[tumblr.com profile] musical-emjay linked to a fundraiser for a sheltie puppy named Naruto, who has been diagnosed with a severe spinal cord injury and needs about $7K in surgery. The neurologist is optimistic about recovery, but the expense is a little prohibitive. You can read more about Naruto and help support the surgery here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

mayfly_78 is having to move house unexpectedly, and is raising funds to do so through her storenvy shop. She has a sale on through December 1st; use the code XMAS14 to get discounts at her shop. You can visit her storenvy here (it's got great geeky stuff), and find a list of all the vendors participating in the sale (but not the fundraising) here.

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Wed, Nov 12th, 2014 -- 12:55 pm
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I've been adding these up for a good long while, and I've finally had the time to go through and do the writeups. These are all Avengers fanfic except for one of the podfics, but the canon universes vary, as do the ratings. I hope you enjoy them!

A Little Bit Of You, A Little Piece Of Me by IamShadow21 -- Teen and Up, Gen. One of the "twelve tiny steves" trope stories, with a fun twist that the series focuses not just on Steve but also on Bucky and why they might have used his genetic material, too. Fun and touching, and getting more meaty with every addition.

Pygmalion's Folly also by IamShadow21: G, JARVIS/Tony. Playing with the "you hear your soulmate's voice in your head" trope, Shadow creates a world where only Tony has no soulmate -- until he creates JARVIS, and realizes the code was there all along.

Clint Is Bad At Meet-Cute by Scifigrl47: Teen and up, Clint/Coulson. Sci did a huge fundraiser to help out a friend, in which she offered to write to prompts. The entire series is linked from this chapter, but this particular chapter, with Clint and Coulson meeting while basically starting a bar fight, is one of my favorites.

Stand Back, I'm Going To Try Science by Good_News_Everyone: Teen and Up, Steve/Tony. This is set in the Armored Adventures canon universe, where Tony became Iron Man as a teen and Steve Rogers was discovered but remained frozen while SHIELD tried to revive him. It uses the soulmates trope, to excellent and enjoyable effect. Even if you're unfamiliar with Armored Adventures, it's a funny romp.

The "You, I Won't Judge" series by Sineala: Steve/Tony, ratings vary. Steve discovers Tony used to write teenaged self-insert fanfic about himself and Captain America. Tony keeps using the fanfic to try and drive Steve away after he decides their relationship can't possibly work. Sweet, funny, and with hilarious teenaged-Tony's fanfic inset. (He always gets the guns right!)

The "Not By The Playbook" series by Arsenicarcher: Explicit, Tony/Pepper/Maria Hill. Arsenic constructs a bondage-based relationship between Tony, Pepper, and Maria, and then explores the faultlines where their personal traumas make the relationship both perfect and perilous. Plus, lots of hot corset action!

The One Who Knows by Dira Sudis: Explicit, TJ Hammond/Steve Rogers. A "Political Animals" crossover where Steve and TJ used to be best friends, and now have the opportunity to be a lot more. I like how good Steve is for TJ -- I think a lot of the Political Animals fanfic I like is there to heal TJ, because he got a pretty raw deal.

Smell Like I Sound by Sineala: Explicit, Carol/Jess with background Steve/Tony. Set in the slightly less dark Marvel Adventures universe, this is about how Carol REALLY LIKES Jess...except when Jess is close by. It's all a happy ending, as long as they work around the whole pheromones thing...

The Do-Over Proposal by Nightwalker: Teen and up, Steve/Tony. Steve is being comforted by the Avengers over Tony utterly and completely rejecting his marriage proposal when Tony walks in and doesn't seem to care. Obviously, someone mixed something up. This is short and super-gratifying in that "Oh thank god it was just confusion" way.

And some ego stroking:

I Only Pretend To Know Everything podfic by Blackglass: Mature, Steve/Natasha.
Never Leave A Trace podfic by Rhea314: Explicit, Peter/Elizabeth/Neal.
These are two delightful podfics of my work, both by lovely and dedicated readers.

The Princess Of Space And Her Robot Sidekick by a_taller_tale: G, Gen. A super-fun piece of fanart to accompany my fic Dot To Dot, featuring Izzy Barton and DJ Stark in early-days cosplay. Because there is nothing funnier to me than DJ dressing up like a robot.

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Tue, Nov 11th, 2014 -- 10:47 am
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Mum has left the building! I am now alone for a day, but I have reinforcements arriving tomorrow to continue to ensure I do not accidentally die.

In the meantime, I'm trying to clear out old fic that needs archiving. HERE IS SOME.

Title: Selfie With Granddad: The Series
Rating: PG
Summary: After the invasion, Natasha’s granddad shows up.
Warnings: None.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

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Mon, Nov 10th, 2014 -- 07:20 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

lavendarspark linked to a fundraiser for goddessdi, who was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and has been out of work since 2013, which means she and her wife are struggling financially. You can read more and help them out here.

[personal profile] twistedchick is asking for donations for her friend John, who is in hospice with brain cancer (the link was set up a week ago, before he was deemed too ill to go into experimental drug trials). Now that he is in hospice care, funds raised will go to help pay outstanding bills. You can read more and help out here.

[personal profile] not_so_fragile (an RP journal for someone with no personal journal) is raising money for treatment for cataract surgery on her right eye, for which she has no insurance. She needs to raise between three and four thousand dollars; you can read more and help her out here.

digitalwave is facing some medical bills which, despite their insurance, come to well over $3K. They're working on a payment plan but in the short term they still need help; you can read more and help them out here.

the_verb is raising money for her friend M, who is trying to divorce an emotionally abusive spouse while raising a child and keeping her small business afloat. People who wish to donate or offer help can contact the_verb at bbkahn at mail dot com.

catlinye_maker linked to a fundraiser for Kimberly, who is taking classes to get IT certification while unemployed, but is reaching the end of her resources. You can read more and help her stay on her feet here.

digitalwave has made an informative post about Wish List, a fandom tradition where people post "wishes" for the holiday season and also try to fulfill others' wishes -- including links to fans' etsy and other sales sites, charities, and fanfics. You can read more about how it happens here; I'd love to see this expand this year.

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, Nov 9th, 2014 -- 06:14 am
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I am home and safe and healing, though this was NOT as easy as I expected. Still, I think I'm in the process of turning a corner.

I was prepared for a pretty quick recovery, given how fast I bounced back from gallbladder surgery, but I was in the hospital for longer than expected, and I'm in more pain than I was last time. Also, this is probably more information than anyone wants, but I am desperate to poop. Anyone who's had abdominal surgery will probably understand.

The last few days are a little blurry, but I remember yearning for a shower, and wishing that instead of bringing a bunch of clothes I didn't wear, I'd brought a humidifier. For a brand new hospital, the UCMC's new wing is somewhat lacking in basic conveniences like moisture.

I did discover lip swabs, though -- small sponges on sticks you use to moisten your mouth when you can't yet have liquids. I bonded with my lip swab. We might be married.

Last night I was genuinely worried I'd need to go back to the hospital, but mum dosed me heavily with hydrocodone and put me to bed, where I had super tripped-out dreams about the end of the world, but this morning I'm in a lot less pain. Either that or the apocalypse put it all in perspective.

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Thu, Nov 6th, 2014 -- 07:18 am
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Hello readers!

I am in surgery this morning, starting at 11 central, probably going until 3 central, and I expect to be in the hospital overnight. It's a small, planned procedure, but they're taking no risks.

I don't know if I'll have access to my phone/laptop after the procedure or if I'll be able to get on the hospital's wifi if I do, so if you don't hear from me today, don't panic! The odds that I am dead are very slim. (If I am dead, I love you all, don't cry for me Argentina.)

I expect to be home by the evening of the 7th at the latest, but I may be in hospital until the 9th, depending on various factors. I'm sure at some point soon I'll be able to post and let you all know how I'm doing. I will probably be able to post first on my tumblr, so you can keep an eye out there if you want.

I have my Captain America blanket, I'll be fine.

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Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014 -- 08:01 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[personal profile] kshandra's relative [tumblr.com profile] sailorcipher lost their job earlier this summer, and is having trouble covering rent and food. You can read more about what they need here, from paypal donations to transit cards and possible housing in the SF Bay Area.

fabricalchemist has opened an Etsy store to clear out old costumes from her wardrobe and raise money while she's inbetween jobs. You can check out her awesome costumes here.

[tumblr.com profile] hari-redtoes is raising funds to pay for a professionally designed cover and pro editing for her urban fantasy novel, Lightfingers. You can read more about the novel and support the kickstarter here.

havocmangawip is raising funds for her dog Valentino, "the world's greatest lover", who needs surgery to improve his quality of life. They are accepting donations and selling buttons for him here.


[tumblr.com profile] goodmorningvelma and her girlfriend are looking for a roommate in Bothell, north of Seattle, ASAP, as their current roommate is leaving. They are students, mid-20s, queer fannish types with a cat (but cannot have additional pets). The apartment is near bus lines into the city, and will be $425/mo plus utilities, with a private room and bathroom. You can contact them through the tumblr, or at sunglassesafterdark at gmail.

Just For Fun:

[personal profile] soc_puppet linked to a tumblr reblog giveaway for The Second Mango by Shira Glassman, "about a brown-skinned Jewish celiac lesbian, her demisexual-heteromantic pale-skinned warrior woman BFF, and the warrior woman's horse, which is sometimes a dragon." You can read the details and reblog 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, Oct 31st, 2014 -- 11:01 am
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Sam's Journal
Sam's Original Work
Other People Can Smell You: A Book About College
A Small Town Story
Charitable Getting:
A Novel Deduction
The Dead Isle:
A Steampunk Adventure
Dr. King's Lucky Book:
An Almanac Gone Mad
A Story Of Magic
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.
-- Daniel Burnham

The Egotists' Club is one of the most genial places in London. It is a place to which you may go when you want to tell that odd dream you had last night, or to announce what a good dentist you have discovered. You must not mention golf or fish, however...as Lord Peter Wimsey said when the matter was mooted the other day in the smoking-room, those are things you can talk about anywhere.
-- Dorothy Sayers, The Man With The Copper Fingers

"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all, I know that just to be alive is a grand thing."
-- Agatha Christie

The line between actually very serious and actually very funny is actually very thin.
-- Anon

All over Hollywood, they are continually advising me 'Oh, you mustn't say that. That will get you in a lot of trouble' when I remark that some picture or writer or director or producer is no good. I don't get it. If he isn't any good, why can't you say so? If more people would mention it, pretty soon it might start having some effect.
-- Humphrey Bogart

"At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid."
-— Friedrich Nietzsche

Abby: Is that a guess, or do you actually know where I'm going with this?
Gibbs: What do you think?
Abby: Well, I don't know. That's why I ask you.
Gibbs: Why don't you just tell me?
Abby: So, you don't know!
Gibbs: I want to make sure you know.
Abby: Hmm.
Gibbs: Hmm.
Abby: We should play poker sometime.
Gibbs: Yeah we should!
-- NCIS 1.14, "The Good Samaritan"

I am as idle as idle can be: one of the causes you have hit on, viz irresolution, the other being made fully aware that my noddle is not capacious enough to retain or comprehend Mathematics. Beetle hunting & such things I grieve to say is my proper sphere.
-- Charles Darwin

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Can I read books? Yes. Have I visited every star in the universe? No.
-- Stephen Fry

'I'm sure we can pull together, sir.'
Lord Vetinari raised his eyebrows. 'Oh, I do hope not, I really do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.'
-- Terry Pratchett, The Truth

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
-- HG Wells

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water.
-- James Michener

It always seemed to me that those who claim to know that others are going to hell must already be very familiar with the way to get there.
--Mark Landers

I come in peace, I depart in gratitude.
-- Garrison Keillor

Information is the currency of democracy.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Up to the age of 40, I don't think there was a science-fiction book I hadn't read. I love them because they're a marvelous way — and a safe way, I might add — of saying nasty things about our own society.
-- Sydney Newman

You must believe in it and play it for real. If you don't do that how can you expect anyone else to?
-- Verity Lambert

You need more than a key to get into my ship. You need knowledge.
-- The Doctor

Maintaining integrity as a private detective is difficult; to preserve it for the hundred thousand words of a book would be impossible for me, as it has been for so many others. Nothing corrupts a man so deeply as writing a book; the myriad temptations are overpowering.
-- Rex Stout, The Mother Hunt

Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.
-- Studs Terkel

I feel good when I am doing it and better than when I am not.
-- John Steinbeck, in response to the question "Why do you write?"

I dunno, this is a really hard job, I gotta come up with five opinions a week.
-- Cheers