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, Apr 14th, 2017 -- 09:51 am
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Hi all! This is a blast on all social media I have that I will be stopping-posting and/or deleting my LiveJournal accounts soon. I'm sorry to have to do this, but I'm no longer comfortable continuing on LiveJournal as a platform.

Here's how I'm dealing with my various accounts:

copperbadge: will remain on LiveJournal but will not have any future updates; any updates that once would have gone here will only be made to [personal profile] copperbadge on Dreamwidth. The LJ version is fully backed-up, including comments, at [personal profile] cblj_backup.

sam_storyteller: will be deleted. All fic is here on AO3. It is fully backed-up, including comments, at [personal profile] cblj_backup.

ask_aboutcoffee: will remain on LJ (hasn't been updated in a while anyway). It is fully backed-up, including comments, at [personal profile] cblj_backup.

theoriginalsam: will be deleted. It is fully backed up, including comments, at [community profile] originalsam_backup.

i_defeated_sga: will be deleted. All fic is here on AO3. It is fully backed up, including comments, at [community profile] sga_backup.

gta_of_doom: will be deleted. It is fully backed up, including comments, at [community profile] gtaofdoom_backup.

If you have a favorite comment thread bookmarked on LJ, you should check the date on the post, find that date on [personal profile] cblj_backup, and look up the post there to change your bookmark. In the case of an actual post, you can find almost any LJ post at the same date on [personal profile] copperbadge; in the case of fanfic, probably the more stable place to bookmark would be AO3. In addition, you are welcome to come find me under [personal profile] copperbadge at DreamWidth and [tumblr.com profile] copperbadge on tumblr.

Anything scheduled to be deleted will be deleted on Sunday, April 30th, to give people time to save things they may want to keep and/or re-find them on DreamWidth.

Thanks everyone!

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Thu, Apr 13th, 2017 -- 06:03 pm
Today's Specials:This past week I have been craving two things: strawb

This past week I have been craving two things: strawberries and tomatoes. 

I don’t actually like the flavor of tomatoes, but I know when I’m craving them because I crave the stuff they’re in: ketchup, red sauce, pizza sauce. I don’t mind strawberries, but I don’t actively like them, and never crave them. So I figured I’m deficient in some vitamin or mineral, which would also explain why I’m sleeping all the time.

So I look up strawberries, which are super rich in vitamin C, which okay, fine, vitamin C, great. And then I look up tomatoes, which along with sweet potatoes (also something I’ve been craving) are a rich source of chromium. 

And then I scroll down a little and the article I’m reading is like “by the way, chromium deficiency can lead to fatigue. Oh and vitamin C helps you to absorb chromium.” 

THANKS BODY, I guess that answers the question of which to address first. 

The foods highest in chromium are mussels and oysters, but brazil nuts are cheaper and don’t have internal organs that freak me out, so I guess I’ll find some interesting things to do with brazil nuts. As for the strawberries, well, I haven’t made agua fresca in a while, that’ll be fun. 

Actually, sweet potato gnocci with crushed brazil nuts and strawberry agua fresca sounds like a pretty good dinner…

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Mon, Apr 10th, 2017 -- 08:20 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Whitney has an autoimmune disease whose treatments leave her susceptible to infectiosn; she's been in the hospital twice so far this year, with various issues including meningitis and pneumonia. During her last hospital stay, her home was robbed, and along with the theft of valuables, her children no longer feel safe there; her landlord is also initiating eviction proceedings. You can read more and support a fundraiser to help with bills and rent here.

[tumblr.com profile] jeanninedupree linked to [twitter.com profile] djbandagegirl, a young trans woman who has been kicked out of an abusive home and is looking for a place to stay in the Chicago area. You can read more and get in touch here.

[personal profile] teaotter linked to a fundraiser for a friend, a disabled trans woman who has just left an abusive situation and is trying to find stable housing; the fundraiser is semi-anonymous to protect her from stalking/harassment, but Teaotter vouches for her; you can read more and help her out here.

[tumblr.com profile] vanathema linked to a fundraising request for Valen, who has been unable to work due to disability and upcoming surgery; because of his girlfriend's employment situation (which enforces a yearly two-month "break") they need to get through the next two months with no paycheck. They're also looking for anyone who can help with employment in the Seattle-Kent WA area. You can read more, including a paypal donation address, here.

[tumblr.com profile] swelldame is raising $270 to buy a plane ticket for her best friend to see her graduate in may; they had the money saved but had to pay for emergency medical bills. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. And Mother's Day is coming up, at least in the US! You can read more and purchase them here.

Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] jinjeriffic linked to the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which is aimed at ending the private ownership and breeding of exotic/big cats like tigers and lions in the US. You can read more here and learn more about how you can take action here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Thu, Apr 6th, 2017 -- 02:12 pm
Today's Specials:Research Conspiracies

I’m researching a guy this morning who loves cross-country skiing and says that the best in the midwest is in Michigan, where he owns a bunch of land. I found most of the land, which is up near Traverse City, on the southern side of Lake Michigan, but I also found one parcel way the hell up on the peninsula, on the north side of the Lake.

Here’s where it gets fun: I couldn’t find an address to attach to the parcel, which is super weird to begin with. So I mapped the parcel number, which gave me a map of a state park – with a restaurant right in the middle of the park, where the parcel number is supposedly located. 

What the hell, I thought, maybe there’s a restaurant in the state park and he likes it so well as a stopover when he goes skiing that he bought it. He’s a millionaire, these things happen.

But when I googled the restaurant, let’s call it the Goose Neck, I found that it does exist – and is actually located several hours south of the state park, down in the heart of Michigan. 

And when you click on the website of the Goose Neck in Google Maps, it takes you to a campsite in Florida. 

I’ve managed to glitch the internet like, four times in the past ten minutes, and am beginning to suspect some kind of conspiracy. Is there a secret diner in the middle of a Michigan state park? Is it operated for some nefarious purpose from a front in southern Michigan? And does it connect, via an alien portal device of some kind, to Tallahassee, Florida? 

If I disappear from the internet suddenly, begin the search in the Sault Ste. Marie Forest. (And if you find the Goose Neck, try the Stew and Biscuits plate, apparently it’s their specialty.)

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Mon, Apr 3rd, 2017 -- 10:06 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. And Mother's Day is coming up, at least in the US! You can read more and purchase them here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] darlingarmadillo's third roommate is moving out to get married and they're seeking a new roommate. THey have a three-bedroom condo with one bedroom available, unfurnished, two cats, in-unit laundry, workout room in the basement, and near to the Noward red line stop in Chicago. You can read more and get in touch here.

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a new roommate to share a 2br/2ba condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, available May 1. You can read more and reblog here or check out the Craigslist post here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Mon, Mar 27th, 2017 -- 08:21 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

A NOTE TO ALL before we begin -- I will be traveling next Monday, and I'm not sure of how much access I will have or when I will have it. Radio Free Monday next week miiiiight be postponed to Tuesday. Thanks everyone!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for delaese, who is in the process of divorcing, moving, and setting up a new business, and needs funds to help with all three, as well as care for her animals. You can read more and help out here (and also look at fluffy pictures of baby chicks!).

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Con Or Bust, a nonprofit which helps fans of color get to conventions. They're starting up their annual auction fundraiser and would love to have people offer items to donate; you can read more about donating here. Deadline is April 23 so there's still lots of time!

[tumblr.com profile] liviconnor linked to Charity: Water, a charity which helps internatioanl communities get clean water, and one of their fundraising methods is to ask people to get donations for their birthdays instead of presents. The birthday person then gets a thank-you gift of pictures from the community their money went to. You can read more and help out here, and you can also donate to them through CharityMiles, which donates money for every mile you run.

Anon is fundraising for Families For Freedom, a human-rights organization by and for families and their loved ones who are facing deportation. They run a national hotline for those imprisoned in immigrant detention centers, and provide emotional and social support to families going through deportation proceedings, as well as raising community awareness of rights and abuses. You can read more and support FFF here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

Since I managed to both put it in the wrong place and lose the link last week like a loser, a repost: [tumblr.com profile] kitrona is in her last semester of college before graduation, and for her capstone is researching the hypothesis that social support can ease mental health issues that trans* and nonbinary people face. She has a survey up and would appreciate trans* and nonbinary people participating; the survey doesn't collect any identifying information and she is happy to share the resulting paper with people if they're interested. She's planning to specialize in trans* issues, so this is not simply a class project but a foundation for future work in the field. You can take the survey here and please feel free to pass it on to people who could help contribute!

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has updated its guide to protecting your private data when entering the United States, in response to recent events. You can read more and download the full guide here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a new roommate to share a 2br/2ba condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, available May 1. You can read more and reblog here or check out the Craigslist post here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Fri, Mar 24th, 2017 -- 04:49 pm
Today's Specials:Intrepid Investigator Starbuck

I love it when I’m researching a potential new donor and it turns out that not only do they have past felony convictions for financial crimes, they may have defrauded my own organization already. 

That’s what I call getting out ahead of the curve.

(Actually it’s kind of cool to be the one to uncover potential criminal malfeasance until I have to figure out who to report it to and probably give some kind of statement if it turns out to be true.) 

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Mon, Mar 20th, 2017 -- 05:24 pm
Today's Specials:I saw a book title this morning that I misread

I saw a book title this morning that I misread as “Sampire” (I think it was a really fancy “Empire”) and I thought, haha, yes I rise before dawn to prey on those still awake from the night before. I am the dark hipster, the sampire.

And then I thought, what would you call a hipster vampire, and it came to me, hot sauce dripping off its fangs: 

Sriracula.  

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Mon, Mar 20th, 2017 -- 08:42 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

I had an unusually quiet RFM this week, which sometimes happens, but just in case -- if you submitted an item and don't see it below, please get in touch! I can do a second RFM post if it turns out that like, something ate all of this week's responses or something.

Ways to Give:

Ursula is an aide to a research chemistry professor with physical disabilities who uses a wheelchair. Her professor has been invited to present at a prestigious conference in April, but the University isn't willing to pay for disability accommodations (such as her aide traveling with her). They have a gofundme up to raise funds so that they can both attend; you can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] kitrona is in her last semester of college before graduation, and for her capstone is researching the hypothesis that social support can ease mental health issues that trans* and nonbinary people face. She has a survey up and would appreciate trans* and nonbinary people participating; the survey doesn't collect any identifying information and she is happy to share the resulting paper with people if they're interested. She's planning to specialize in trans* issues, so this is not simply a class project but a foundation for future work in the field. You can take the survey here and please feel free to pass it on to people who could help contribute!

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a new roommate to share a 2br/2ba condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, available May 1. You can read more and reblog here or check out the Craigslist post here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Fri, Mar 17th, 2017 -- 07:14 pm
Today's Specials:I’m gonna write an updated comedy of manners

I’m gonna write an updated comedy of manners about excel spreadsheets and webcomic artists in which Jack Worthington is a data analyst who has invented a fake free-spirited webcomic artist brother so he has an excuse to visit the city; his STEM mentee Cecily lives in the burbs and builds robots but dreams of going to the city to meet Jack’s romantic artist wastrel brother. Meanwhile Jack’s friend Algernon, who is a “startup entrepreneur” with no visible employment, has discovered Jack’s secret life and threatened to tell his girlfriend, hipster social justice activist Gwendolyn, who thinks Jack works for Algy’s startup because that’s way hipper than wrangling Excel spreadsheets all day. 

All is upset by Mrs. Bracknell, the imperious baby boomer who can never get the right coffee order or change from Dr. Frederica Chasuble, a barista who has an unmarketable PHD in feminist classical theology and a crush on Cecily’s college admissions coach Ms. Prism. Mrs. Bracknell doesn’t want Jack marrying Gwendolyn because due to a database error at the hospital when he was born, most institutions (banks, cellphone providers, insurance companies) think Jack is deceased. 

I will call it The Importance Of Saving Versions. 

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Mon, Mar 13th, 2017 -- 08:26 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] Skochius's grandmother is disabled with neuropathy in both feet, and has had to undergo several surgeries and treatments recently, including some emergency surgeries. She's currently in danger of losing her house if she (or the family) can't pay the taxes on her property (which were bought in October 2016 at auction), which are accruing interest daily. Her fixed income won't come close to covering it, and the family is raising funds to keep the home. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] fled-is-that-music is a high school teacher working on new hands-on learning opportunities in a rural school, and she's raising funds for camera/camcorders to start a journalism department, since there's no district funding. RFM helped to fund their startup drama program a few years ago, which has apparently taken off in a huge way; now you can help do the same for their journalism project. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] katsuko1978 and [tumblr.com profile] apollymi are raising $600 to pay a pet deposit on their rent, which comes at a particularly bad time for them financially. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

Anon linked to the Troopon program, where you can send coupons to military families living overseas, who can use manufacturers coupons on-base for up to six months after they expire. You can send coupons to a domestic address, and they then ship them overseas. You can read more and find out how to participate here!


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Sun, Mar 12th, 2017 -- 01:07 am
Today's Specials:IRC Fanfics: Archived!

I have archived almost all the International Rescue Committee Fundraiser fanfics I did last month. They’re up on AO3! 

In addition to archiving them I made the post a “gift” post to anyone whose AO3 handle I could find. If you look at the IRC Fundraising Fics and your fic is there, but you don’t see your name gifted and want to be added, just shoot me an ask or comment with your AO3 handle and I’ll add you! And if you look at the links below and don’t see the fic I did for you, PLEASE let me know so I can find and add it.

The only one that hasn’t been archived is the Rescuing Baby Magneto fic, because I haven’t finished the follow-up and will be posting it independently. STAY TUNED FOR THAT ONE sometime in the next few weeks (hopefully). 

Most of the IRC Fanfics are at one big chaptered post here. (http://ift.tt/2mdGgs1)

The Leader of the Free World Codas are attached to the LOFW fic here. (http://ift.tt/2nbt1wW

The Photo Booth coda is here. (http://ift.tt/2mdwB4t)

I did one longfic that I posted separately, Looking After America (http://ift.tt/2nbm7Yu

Happy reading!

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Mon, Mar 6th, 2017 -- 06:30 pm
Today's Specials:BASEBALL IS COMING

Now that most of the farm leagues have their 2017 game schedules finalized, I’ve been building my summer baseball calendar. My stepdad got me a ten-game pass to the Railcats for Christmas, but I’m also within an hour’s train ride of the Cougars, Boomers, and Slammers (sounds like the title of a hip anthropology book about middle-aged white people). So I have a calendar set up to list which games I can get to, and which games I should especially try for. Sadly, it looks like I won’t be seeing the Wingnuts play this year.

All of the teams have “theme nights” meant to draw crowds; there’s almost always a Star Wars Night, a Christmas In July, a Bark At The Park where you can bring your dog, a “Halfway to Halloween” costume night, and interestingly a Princess Night. There are lots of firework nights and a few all-you-can-eat nights and cheap draft beer nights. 

But I think my favorite so far is that the Kane County Cougars have a Peanut Free Night. I’m not so allergic to peanuts that I can’t even be around them, but some people are, and peanuts are all the fuck over the place at ball games, particularly non-MLB games. So despite not ever having seen the Cougars play, they have already endeared themselves to me for that. (I can’t actually go to the Peanut Free Night game, but I’ll be cheering for them in spirit.)

If I do it right I can attend every Bark in the Park, two Star Wars, Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, two all-you-can-eats (one is crawfish, which seems…unwise) and something called Strike Out Stroke Night which I think could have been better named. 

And maybe I’ll take out a small loan and go to a Cubs game at some point. 

BASEBALL! 

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Mon, Mar 6th, 2017 -- 08:32 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser for Miranda, a close friend who is escaping an abusive home; yesterday morning she was assaulted by her father and is planning to live in her car until she can get her feet under her, but hoping she doesn't have to. You can read more and help her afford a safe living situation here.

[tumblr.com profile] guineapigwithaflamethrower recently had a really terrible day (the anniversary of her father's death) and spilled an entire glass of wine on her laptop, which now needs to be replaced; as a receptionist at a rape-crisis center she's not exactly wealthy. You can read more and donate at her youcaring; also if anyone has a line on a used macbook they'd be willing to sell, you can get in touch via tumblr. (I know her a bit and she's really good people; this is a suck thing to have happen on an already terrible day.)

[tumblr.com profile] rionsanura linked to a fundraiser for Tredici Bacci, an italian-cinema-soundtrack inspired band/chamber orchestra. They're trying to get to South By Southwest but will be playing without compensation, so they need travel funding. You can read more and give here; I think $10 for their entire discography in download form is a pretty good deal, having listened to some of their tunes. You can also check out the group on Band Camp here but warning the banner is a little NSFW (butts!).

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.


Help For Free:

[personal profile] brainwane has a post up calling for volunteers with fluent written English to provide 90-minute online English tutoring sessions between now and April 3rd. This will be helping non-US students applying for (primarily tech) internships who are at a disadvantage because of undeveloped written English skills, who need some kind, nonjudgemental help with their written applications. You can read more and find out how to help here.


Activism:

Alma linked to Children Of A Different Sky, a forthcoming story anthology which is raising funds for refugee aid. You can read more and support the Indiegogo here.

I'm relinking this week to She's Running, a new podcast about women running for local, state, and federal office. The podcast interviews women about their inspirations, support systems, and challenges. You can listen to the first episode here or on iTunes -- and remember to rate and review if you do! (I really enjoyed episode one; I haven't listened to episode two yet but I'm looking forward to it.)


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Sun, Mar 5th, 2017 -- 07:38 pm
Today's Specials:POST OFFICE BOUNTY! Hurrah! Up top, I don’t

POST OFFICE BOUNTY! Hurrah! 

Up top, I don’t know why I’m so startled that there’s a Ukulele Magazine, but there IS and it’s GREAT. Thank you for sending me some copies, YMFaery (on Dreamwidth, I’m hoping this crosspost goes through with the proper image.) I took out a bunch of other stuff 'cause you guys can't see the photo anyway (only the first photo of a set crossposts) but you can always scope it at the link!

Anyway thank you [personal profile] ymfaery! These are super enjoyable :D

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Sat, Mar 4th, 2017 -- 03:31 pm
Today's Specials:I woke up this morning, messed around on the internet for a while, and then worked on the...

I woke up this morning, messed around on the internet for a while, and then worked on the Neverending Jacket (it’s just a jacket that is taking me a Long Time to finish) and I hit that point where like…it’s so close to being done that all that’s left are some small fit adjustments and adding some decoration. You know the point, where the project is essentially finished but you gotta go to the store to get some last-minute odds and ends. 

So I’m like cool, I’ve been working on this for a few hours, the store’s probably open – 

And I look up and it’s 7:30 in the morning.

Apparently I got up at three and just started sewing. Because that’s sane and rational. And hey, I managed to attach two sleeves seam-inwards at 3:30am, which for me is quite the accomplishment. 

Anyway I guess I’m going to Jo-Ann’s…when it opens…in an hour…to get buttons and black thread. 

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Thu, Mar 2nd, 2017 -- 06:36 pm
Today's Specials:Oh my god I broke the Lays Flavor Creator. They

Oh my god I broke the Lays Flavor Creator. 

They rejected my “Vending Machine” flavored chips. (Cheddar and BBQ, the two flavors you find in every vending machine ever.) 

Maybe Lays thinks Vending Machines are restaurants? 

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Tue, Feb 28th, 2017 -- 05:23 pm
Today's Specials:I forgot it was Paczki Day today until Office Grandpa brought me a paczki from a box some blessed...

I forgot it was Paczki Day today until Office Grandpa brought me a paczki from a box some blessed soul left in the kitchen. 

God bless the Polish, I mumble, covered in strawberry jam and powdered sugar with my mouth full of fried bread. 

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Mon, Feb 27th, 2017 -- 08:21 pm
Today's Specials:Emerging from the Sinus Haze

So, the doctor last week said I should use a nose spray for two weeks before switching to antibiotics, but I felt like such crap by Saturday evening that I said fuck it and started taking antibiotics. THEY ARE MAGIC. 

but now

a) I am realizing how much I let fall by the wayside in the past MONTH, sorry EVERYONE WHO EMAILED ME and anyone who asked me even a slightly detailed question in asks

b) I am back at work and expected to be a competent human being especially since half the team is now out sick (probably my fault). Also one of our newest analysts is very sweet and has imprinted on me just a little – I am her preferred question-answerer, I think – which is fine except for how I gotta know answers and stuff. 

And one of the highest-up guys in our company – who I used to smartass around with because I didn’t know he was one of the highest up guys in our company – emailed me today like I NEED. A THING. PLEASE. NOW. HELP. and I, having realized Who Exactly He Is, made tiny mental screams of terror while procuring the thing. 

It’s been a day.

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