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...
Fri, Mar 27th, 2015 -- 07:44 am
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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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Thu, Mar 26th, 2015 -- 07:43 am
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There are few things more incidentally satisfying than walking past a bus stop where someone is waiting for a bus, and then two minutes later seeing that bus go past with that person sitting down on it.

It's just a delightful complete little narrative that ends with someone having achieved a simple goal.

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Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015 -- 08:01 am
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copperbadge: Someone needs to invent a drink called the Screaming Bucky
copperbadge: It hurts going down, and you don’t remember anything later.
series: sam……sam no
series: n o
justalurkr1: does it have Pisco, sam?
copperbadge: Pisco AND tequila
offcoloratura: It should have vodka in it
Snowytumble: You have to order it on ice
offcoloratura: SNOWY NO
copperbadge: SNOWY YES

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Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015 -- 07:55 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday! Before we begin, a great update from a former RFM listing:

frenchroast wanted to let everyone know that thanks in part to your votes, their university won the Campus Security Grant they were in the running for! You can read more about the contest and grant here.

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] editrx is raising funds to keep the lights and heat on after a new electricity provider has begun charging higher fees and a "deposit" for ongoing service. She's met her goal for the emergency deposit payment but is still behind on rent and facing a large bill this coming month. You can read more and help her out here.

[personal profile] tealin linked to a fundraising page for a friend, who is running to raise money for the National Autistic Society (UK), leading up to a bigger run in October. You can read more about his fundraiser and support it here.

[personal profile] tealin also linked to a funddraiser for some young filmmakers working on their first feature, a zombie comedy which needs funding for alien arms, zombie makeup, and other fun FX including CGI. You can read more about the film and support their efforts here.

[tumblr.com profile] coreomajoris linked to a fundraiser for Jen, who is raising money for young adult cancer organization Stupid Cancer. They're hoping to attend CancerCon to meet other fundraisers and learn more about the struggles facing the population they serve. You can read more and support their CancerCon fundraiser here.

[personal profile] snippy/[tumblr.com profile] gelasticjew linked to Jonathan, who is raising money to volunteer to "care for children in Cambodia who suffer from a variety of ailments including HIV/AIDS, autism, cerebral palsy, and Down's syndrome". You can read more and support his efforts here.

nancy_lebovitz linked to Captial Good Funds, which offers financial services for poor people in Connecticut and Rhode Island. You can support the Capital Good Fund here.

[personal profile] venturous is asking for donations to cover vet bills for Lily, her standard poodle suffering from an at-this-point mystery disease. You can read more and help Lily and her owner out here.

Housing:

[personal profile] phi linked to ratatosk, who is looking for housemates in Somerville, MA. He currently has one room available immediately and a second in the summer; the apaprtment is a quarter mile from the subway, sunny, and spacious. Fandom, LGBT, and introvert friendly. You can read more about the apartment and get in touch here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).

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Fri, Mar 20th, 2015 -- 06:43 pm
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IT'S RECCS TIME. Enjoy. :D 

Shooting Stars
 by Good_News_Everyone: Gen, G. This was off a prompt for my Buckyfest that I didn't get to, so it's already close to my heart, but Steve gently tolerating Bucky and Clint bonding over Lucky Charms kills me dead.

The Scarecrow Series by ladyshadowdrake: Teen and Up, Clint/Coulson, Clint/Bucky. Inspired by a stream I did about the intelligence of crows, ladyshadowdrake wrote a fic where Clint discovers one more scarecrow than he should have on his farm, and takes in a non-talking, bird-befriending Bucky. I've been enjoying the slow build of it and Bucky's weird charm, and I hope there's more to come.

Falling From Oaks by ladyshadowdrake: Mature, multiships bur primarily Bucky/Steve/Tony. This is the latest installment of the Happy Lights series, which involves the Avengers shacking up with a delightful tentacled alien. It's roughly the same events of Strange Turns, the previous installment, but from Bucky's POV, with giant lashings of angst and hurt/comfort.

Never Have I Ever by st_aurafina: Teen and Up, gen. This is a crossover between Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Iron Man -- where Donna, Pepper, and Ianto end up having drinks together and playing the worst game in the WORLD. I was delighted to re-find this because it's a super fun fanfic.

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Fri, Mar 20th, 2015 -- 11:19 am
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It really is a miracle that I haven't managed to accidentally off myself in a way that would win me some kind of award. Maybe not the Darwin awards, because those are for people who made genuinely poor decisions, but surely there's an institute giving out awards for clumsiness. If not, let's get on that, I could use something for my trophy shelf.

I spent most of last week doing a lot of stretching of my left foot, because I could feel something was wrong, but I wasn't sure what. I have a standing desk at work, so in order to try and stretch out the cramp, I stood on my toes quite a bit.

This turned out to be a grave error, since it appears the issue is the sesamoid bones of my big toe joint, which should be immobilized in a slightly bent-forward position rather than stood upon constantly in a very bent-backward position. I don't know if they're cracked or just inflamed, but it has made walking a hazard this week.

Still, I can't complain overmuch. I got all of this year's seeds planted in my window garden last weekend: two kinds of poppy, onions, beans, paprika peppers, and mustard. The mustard has sprouted so violently that it actually pushed dirt up in clumps, and the blue poppies are starting to slowly emerge, so the plan this year is Don't Water The Fuck Out Of Them And Kill Them All, Genius.

I come from a very hardcore but not very well-researched school of gardening. :D

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Tue, Mar 17th, 2015 -- 07:42 am
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So, yesterday I had a question about the bullet point where someone tried to buy a small liberal arts college, and I realized I never shared that narrative with my readers. It's actually a matter of public record, and since the people involved aren’t also involved with our group at this time it’s safe for me to talk about :)

This is probably the clearest, most concise telling of The Time Barre Seid Tried To Buy Shimer College, which is located just down the road from me in Chicago. There’s more about how a second-year Shimer student discovered the shady dealings Seid was engaging in here. If you google “shimer college barre seid” you’ll find more in the same vein. But essentially, a very rich man gave them a lot of money, and then began secretly buying his friends onto the board of trustees; after building his power base he ousted several popular staff members, replaced them with hand puppets, and set about redecorating a small liberal arts college as a little bastion of libertarian thought.

This did not sit well with the kinds of kids who go to small intense liberal arts colleges, and there was an uproar from students, staff, and alumni. Eventually the loyal Shimerites on the board of trustees managed to oust the puppet president and most of the puppet board members, but it took quite a lot of carrying-on and they’re really still recovering.

The story is a wild fucking rabbit hole to fall down; it’s exceptionally cinematic in scope. What made it charming and memorable for me is that one of the unsung heroes of the story, who stepped in to help boot Seid’s stooges out of the board of trustees, is a neighbor of mine. But it’s especially interesting because Shimer is a very small and unusual school — it had roughly 150 students when all this happened, and these days has closer to 70, five years on.

It recently made the news as the worst college in the country, and then made the news again when Shimer’s students and alumni vocally protested the title, pointing out that the metrics were stacked against them without context. There’s a great article here about how Shimer’s values and challenges are different from most schools, including a fairly scathing indictment of the industrial nature of many modern degree-granting institutions. They have a lot of reason to fight, especially given the chill that ran through the small-university community when Sweet Briar College announced recently that it was closing.

I’ve never been to Shimer and I don’t know anyone who went there or works there (except my neighbor), but I think it’s a beautiful little school and it deserves better than it’s had.

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Mon, Mar 16th, 2015 -- 08:07 am
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Hey look! It's a non RFM post! :D

I'm trying to reup my presence here a little (I know, I'm one of those terrible people who abandoned the platform for tumblr) so I'm trying to remember to take interesting posts off there and put them on here as well.

It occurred to me this morning that there is rarely a week that goes by at work without me stumbling my ass into:

  • Family scandal: guy has four kids, we know about all four kids, all four kids were at school together, three of those kids don’t know kid #4 is their half-sibling.
  • Financial horror: dude tried to buy a small liberal arts college and turn it into a libertarian utopia.
  • Criminal behavior: Hey, this house is in a tax district where you’re taxed on the number of bedrooms the house has. Odd how his house has seven bathrooms and one bedroom.
  • International intrigue: The head of operations for several government agencies across the middle east for the last forty years now lives in a nondescript $150K condo in Washington DC; is supposedly “retired”.
  • Billionaire excess: “You can charter my yacht and it comes with three other boats and a gourmet chef, but if you want the submarine you have to ask for it specifically.”
And the best part is, not only could I get myself into trouble with any or all of the above, I could probably get close enough to a Chinese billionaire, and I currently know enough about the corruption crackdown in China, to blackmail him into getting me safely to Shanghai.

I’ve considered writing a thriller novel.

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Mon, Mar 16th, 2015 -- 08:01 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[personal profile] noxelementalist linked to a fundraiser for a homeless mother who is trying to get on her feet and get her children back from Child Protective Services. You can read more about the family and help them with funds for the kids and living expenses 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 is still raising funds to keep her small new and used bookstore, Star Cat Books, open for business while she deals with car troubles, illness, and various bills. It's been a slow year for winter retail given the terrible cold, which hasn't helped with the cost of heating oil either. You can read more at her LJ there, or read more and support her bookstore here.

knitchick1979's costuming group is holding a fundraiser for St. Jude's, featuring "A Night at the Museum" at the Volo Auto Museum on April 3rd. At the moment they're raising funds online to get the event rolling; you can read more about their event and support the fundraiser here, or check out their facebook here if you want to get in touch to help out!

Anon linked to Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, the only all-bird rehab center in North Texas, which is raising $50K to stay open and operating. You can read more about what they do here, and support their fundraising efforts here.

Help for Free:

Ms. G is a high school AP World History teacher, mentoring a junior-level student working on a required year-long research project studying the potential relationship between faith (or the lack thereof) and an individual's happiness and sense of involvement or representation in their country's government. They have a google survey form up and are looking for survey responses particularly from outside of the United States; if you'd like to participate, you can read the survey and fill it out 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, Mar 8th, 2015 -- 10:17 pm
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Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday! Early today since I'm away from my computer for most of the morning.

I know I haven't updated much here lately other than RFM -- I'm going to try to remedy that, I hope, but honestly my life is...quiet right now.

Anyway, on to the Ways To Give!

Emkay linked to a fundraiser for a friend's brother, Mark, who was paralyzed in a car accident and is raising funds for his medical care, so that he can receive decent care at home. You can read more about Mark's situation and help support his care fund here.

[tumblr.com profile] onegoodey and her mother are in a bind due to family concerns, and are trying to get an apartment of their own after staying with family has started to be difficult. They're raising money for apartment rental deposit, rent, and other necessities to get themselves to a safe place. You can read more and help them out here.

Emily's friend [tumblr.com profile] zombeesknees is trying to buy a house and needs to raise a down payment. She's offering to write on commission; you can read more about her commission guidelines here

[personal profile] feng_shui_house linked to a fundraiser for Sylvie, a traveler stranded in Australia with no passport, facing deportation to Zimbabwe after being left there by her partner. She's raising funds to pay for a tribunal and an attorney to get a Protection Visa; you can read more and help with legal fees here.

Caitlin linked toa fundraiser for Information Age, an experimental short film about anxieties over first-time sex. They're raising money for production costs; you can read more and help the film out here.

[personal profile] stinaleigh linked to The Detroit Bus Company, which gives free rides to and from extracurricular activities for Detroit students in underserved neighborhoods. You can read more and help support the fundraiser here.

Fannish Interest:

[personal profile] stinaleigh also linked to Leviosa, a Harry Potter con that is in its final days of fundraising. They're still selling registrations on IndieGoGo, which help ensure the con will go on. You can read more about the Vegas-based conference and register through indiegogo here.

Housing:

[profile] am0erg0sum and her best friend are looking for two new roommates for their 4br/2ba home in Jamaica Plain, Boston. They're hoping to sign a lease soon so that they can keep the apartment; you can read more and get in touch with them here!

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form 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, Mar 2nd, 2015 -- 06:35 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

leahnari linked to a fundraiser for her cousin, whose brain tumor metastasized to other organs, requiring chemo to fight it. They're raising money for day to day expenses, especially since she (as the breadwinner of the family) is now out of work while she receives treatment. You can read more and help the family out here.

tinkcph linked to a fundraiser for Ky Peterson, an African-American trans man who was sexually assaulted and has been imprisoned for killing his attacker in self-defense. He's raising money to cover legal fees to cover his legal change of gender and work for his release; you can read more and help Ky get justice here.

[tumblr.com profile] fira211's sister is approved to study in China, but with her boyfriend losing his job due to mental health issues, she needs help to offset costs and get to China. You can read more at Fira's post here and support Ashley's studies here.

[tumblr.com profile] jeandrawsstuff linked to a fundraiser for her friend Alix's cat, Jasper, who has had a couple of health issues recently, including emergency vet visits for feline asthma and is raising money to offset veterinary costs and medication. You can read more and help out 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, Feb 24th, 2015 -- 05:49 pm
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Hello Dreamwidth and Livejournal!

So, a while back, I was CHALLENGED to a throwdown over Valentine's Day Fanfic, and I now lay before you the (triumphant) offering I presented. Fanfic! *jazz hands*

Title: Latveria Is For Lovers
Rating: PG
Summary: Assassinating a threat to national security isn't how Clint wanted to spend Valentine's Day weekend, so it's just as well that Natasha Romanoff is really hard to kill.
Ships: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson; Clint Barton/Natasha Romanoff; Clint Barton/Phil Coulson/Natasha Romanoff implied.
Warnings: None.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

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Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015 -- 07:54 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Eli, an 11-month-old who is fighting cancer. You can read more at the gofundme page here, and there's also an autographed Washington Capitals jersey being auctioned off here.

Claire linked to a fundraiser for the family of Elijah Marsh, the young boy who disappeared from his grandmother's home earlier this month. Although a massive citywide search effort was mounted, he was not found before he succumbed to the cold. Funeral expenses have by now been covered, but I'm sure the family has other costs that donations will help them to cover without having to worry about.

jedilora linked to a fundraiser for The Great Burlesque Expo of Boston, which was hit badly by the recent snowstorms in terms of ad time, membership, and attendance. You can read more and help save the expo at their fundraiser here.

Housing:

[personal profile] plures and a friend of theirs, Quinn, are looking for queer-, disability-, and neurodiversity-friendly housing in the Greater Boston area (preferably Somerville, Arlington, or Cambridge) with an April move-in date. You can read more and get in touch here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).

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Mon, Feb 16th, 2015 -- 07:58 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Jay 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. (Jay, you gave me your usernames but I wasn't sure if I should use them -- let me know and I can re-run this next week if necessary.)

editrx is still fundraising for herself and her store, Starcat Books, with 13 days left to go on the fundraiser. The money goes to support the store, as well as personal expenses including heating fuel to get through this brutal winter. You can read more here and help support Editrx and Starcat Books here.

[tumblr.com profile] feralletters linked to a fundraiser for their partner, who has chronic pain and depression, and is unable to cover a recent hospital bill without aid or taking on more hours at their job, which is difficult for them. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] actuallyclintbarton linked to the Craftypodes, Kelly and David, a disabled couple who are handy-crafty and trying to make some extra cash from their crafts, patterns, and tutorials. You can check out their site here, their tumblr at [tumblr.com profile] craftypodes, or support them through their Patreon here.

Anon linked to curiouscat42, a fannish costumer and custom corset maker who is struggling to replace the family van that was totaled on Valentine's Day. Without the van, she and her husband can't haul her corsets and costumes to conventions to sell. You can read more and help out here, or check out her shop with fabric, ribbon, and clothing available here.

[tumblr.com profile] stillwaterseas linked to a Kiva loan for her partner, who is in his third year as a small farmer producing pork and veggies in the Northwest and needs help affording extra labor this spring. You can read more and support his Kiva here; because it is a Kiva fundraiser, you will eventually get your money back on the loan.

[personal profile] noxelementalist linked to Mary Joyce Caballes, who will be backpacking through the Philippines in order to make a documentary about the country's history and culture. You can read more about the Inang Bayan Project and support Mary here.

[tumblr.com profile] ereshai linked to the Lemar Nyonnie Foundation, which is looking for donations of children's books or money to support their mission of library-building for underprivileged children in Liberia. You can read more and help them out here. (I linked to the About page; the front page has autoplay music.)

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, Feb 9th, 2015 -- 07:57 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday! Short one this week :)

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] sailorzeo lost her job several months ago and started an Etsy to make some extra money selling soaps and lip balms. Her unemployment has now run out and she needs help to keep her shop open, including purchasing supplies to continue production. You can donate to help her out here, or you can purchase from her Etsy store here. I have two of her soaps and they are high-quality, nice-smelling stuff!

[personal profile] cleo linked to a fundraiser for Jaci, a dedicated emergency veterniary professional whose own pup Tokyo is ill. Tokyo is getting great care but medical bills are never cheap, and she needs help to cover the $5K vet bill. She's raising $2K to cover Toyko's expenses; you can read more and help her out 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, Feb 6th, 2015 -- 09:04 am
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One of my jobs in research for the department is, every so often, to enter obituaries for patrons who have recently died. Usually this is one of the less complicated tasks I do, so I don't mind it, though it is a sharp reminder of one's own mortality.

Like today, when I found out a gentleman I'll call Bob died. Bob had a very nice obituary dated to February 4, 2015.

But when I went to enter it into his news clippings file, I found out that the last article entered in his news clippings file was an article dated January 22, 2015, entitled "[Bob] Still Active and Healthy At 93".

Poor Bob. At least he was active and healthy to the end.

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Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015 -- 09:25 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] ysabet linked to the Traci Morning Memorial Fund, which is raising money for cremation and a proper funeral for a friend's mother. You can read more and help a daughter lay her mother to rest here.

[tumblr.com profile] pringlesaremydivision's aunt was splitting rent with her mother and grandfather, but after both of them passed away in the last six months, she's caught in a lease she can't afford, and can't leave until April. They're raising money for her last few months of rent, as well as moving costs; you can read more and help Dina survive until May here.

[tumblr.com profile] kitsparrow is raising funds to get across the US to see her grandfather, who had a stroke on Christmas Eve and is now in hospice care, meaning it is only a matter of time. She needs help covering her plane fare but also her rent and bills while she takes time off work, you can read more and help her get to her grandfather here.

[personal profile] via_ostiense volunteers at the Dilley, Texas, immigration family detention center, where women and children asylum seekers (often fleeing torture, domestic violence, crime, and extortion) are detained until a bond can be paid for their release. They're fundraising to help families pay their bonds so they can pursue asylum claims. You can read more here and help pay for release for refugees here.


Help For Free

[tumblr.com profile] arsenicjade linked to a petition post to save the Children 404 Project, which helps young queer kids in Russia get a wide variety of aid. They are being persecuted by the Russian government and in danger of being shut down. You can read more here and sign the petition here.

frenchroast's university is competing to win a grant to increase campus security, including CCTV cameras in what has become a high-crime area on campus. You can vote here by selecting University of West Georgia.


Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] nyalist is looking for a roommate in Boston, MA; rent is $700/mo plus utilities for private room, shared bath, laundry, five minutes from the T. You can read more and get in touch here.

farwing is looking for a roommate in Somerville, MA starting in March or April (possibly May). They're looking for one person; rent is $575/mo., for the shared top two floors of a house with a garden, 1 1/2 baths, and laundry. Three other women currently live in the unit. Queer friendly, introvert friendly, no pets, geeky a must. You can find out more by contacting farwing2000 at yahoo.com.


Just For Fun:

Lauren linked me to Inkitt, a website for writers to post stories, get feedback, and take steps towards being published. They're running a horror writing contest (on the theme of "You are in the darkest place in the world") starting today; you can read more and sign up here.

the_rainbow_jen wanted the Chicago contingent to know that the Field Museum is free to Illinois residents this month! You can read more about Free February here.

[tumblr.com profile] havokandhijinks is part of a small company that just got a game completed and on sale, which you can check out here; they're offering a free print-and-play version here to help raise interest and awareness in the game. If you like it, you can purchase it here and support small game-makers!

Anon linked to an interesting article about Google's abandonment of its archive project, and how archive.org is continuing to archive the internet. Archive.org is a great resource that everyone should know about! You can read more here, including links to support Archive.org at the bottom.

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, Jan 26th, 2015 -- 08:03 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Natalie, who is fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma and while her prognosis is good, she needs help to cover medical costs and living expenses during her recovery. You can read more and help Natalie out here.

[personal profile] notalwaysweak linked to a gofundme for [personal profile] surpassingly and [personal profile] darklightshades, who are struggling to cover loss of income while [personal profile] surpassingly is unable to work due to hospitalization. You can read more here, including links to their Patreons, or support them directly here.

[tumblr.com profile] capeandcowl linked to a fundraiser for Cameron and Justina, who are struggling to cover medical bills since Cameron's December diagnosis of stage-4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. You can read more and help them raise the funds they need here.

[personal profile] starlady linked to a fundraiser for SF author Katherine Kerr, who needs to hire a full-time caregiver for her husband, who is suffering from dementia. The fundraiser has reached its original goal to pay for a caregiver for long enough for Katherine to complete her latest book, but additional donations for longer-term care are welcome. You can read more and help out here.

[personal profile] starlady also linked to CrossingsCon, a group seeking to put on a convention celebrating Diane Duane's Young Wizard's books in 2016. They already have non-profit status, so donations are 100% tax-deductable, and there are tons of fun perks. You can check out their perks and support the con here.

editrx is still raising funds to keep her small new and used bookstore, Star Cat Books, open for business while she deals with car troubles, illness, and various bills. You can read more and support her fundraising here.

Housing:

Everlet linked to [tumblr.com profile] nyalist, who is looking for a (preferably fannish) roommate in Boston, MA; rent is $700/mo plus utilities (electric and internet). Private room, shared bath, laundry, and five minutes from the T! You can find out more at her Craigslist ad here.

Just For Fun:

jadesfire linked to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, which in February will be showing a fake that they commissioned alongside genuine masterpieces, inviting visitors to guess which is which. If you're in the area, check it out!

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, Jan 19th, 2015 -- 08:52 am
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Good morning, me again! :D

So, a few weeks ago I did a little fic-fest and fundraiser, writing to prompts about Bucky Barnes over on Tumblr. The resulting fics took A REALLY LONG TIME to format but are now all archived! You can find them below.

Title: The Bucky Mini Fic Fest
Rating: G through PG-13
Summary: Forty-one mini fanfics about Bucky Barnes, written to prompts on Tumblr.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

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Mon, Jan 19th, 2015 -- 12:56 am
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Good morning, everyone! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

mayfly_78 and digitalwave both linked this week to chibitoaster, who is on the verge of losing her home due to legal issues with her mother's will. There is a links roundup here for more information and ways to help, including a post where fellow fans are offering services/fics/art/etc in return for donations, or you can go directly to her gofundme here.

editrx's small bookstore, Star Cat Books in Vermont, is struggling to stay afloat, and editrx herself is facing car troubles, high heating bills, and chronic illnesses. She is trying to raise $9K to clear her bills and car issues and keep her store going. You can read more and support her fundraiser here.

[personal profile] shaenie has bipolar disorder and is currently living on disability while going through a divorce. In order to receive alimony, which she will need to continue to cover her living expenses, she needs to have legal counsel, which will cost her $1500 that she does not have. You can read more about how to help here or donate directly to her paypal at jen_catt at yahoo dot com.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Dawn and Paige, a disabled mother and daughter who need help with living expenses while they work to get approved for disability payments. Paige makes jewelery that raises awareness for chronic illness and disability; you can read more and donate to support them here or check out Paige's Etsy here.

[personal profile] localfreak's uncle is running the Reading Half-Marathon to raise money for Survivors Of Bereavement By Suicide, which provides support to the families and loved ones of suicide victims. He's running in memory of his wife and son, who committed suicide within six months of each other. You can read more and support his run here.

dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser for a friend, who is selling t-shirts to fund their graduate research. They're pretty cool shirts and support arthropod studies -- you can check out the shirts and support the project here, but move fast -- the sale ends today!


Help For Free:

danceswchopstck linked to a petition calling for President Obama to use an executive order to direct the Department of Justice to enforce US civil rights laws and take leadership in ending police violence and employment discrimination against the formerly incarcerated. You can read more and sign the petition here. ColorOfChange also recently successfully convinced GoFundMe to donate their profits from fundraisers for Darren wilson to the Ferguson-Florissant school district, and are continuing to monitor GoFundMe for similarly unjust fundraisers.

[personal profile] brainwane linked to a volunteer opportunity: Mozilla is looking for a volunteer (any location; the position is telecommute) who can commit a few hours a week to learn "release management" for Firefox, with guidance from a mentor. They're looking for people who can commit to six months or more, in return for hands-on experience and training. You can read more and get in touch with them here.

[dreamwidth.org profile] venturous is considering relocating to the American Southeast (Florida, Georgia, or the Carolinas) and has a poll up for those who live or have lived there to offer their advice. You can check out the poll and offer your opinions here.


Housing

[tumblr.com profile] purpleplunderbunny is looking for a roommate, preferably a fellow student, in Dover, Delaware. Rent is $375 per person plus utilities, with a private room, shared bath, off-street parking, and laundry; queer-friendly, non-smoking. You can read more about the apartment and get in touch with her here.


Just For Fun:

Merwy linked to the BBC iPlayer site for the new Good Omens radio play, which has been airing recently. Episodes are available now but may not be for much longer. You can read more and listen to the show 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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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