Pulling The Puzzles Apart

I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart
Questions of science, science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart...
Tue, May 24th, 2016 -- 11:33 am
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Also! I almost forgot, I have a new PO Box number because I was tired of getting yelled at every time I checked my post office box. So the 15151 number is now a thing of the past; my shiny new address is:

Copperbadge
PO Box A3309
Chicago, IL 60690

ENJOY IT. I plan to!

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Tue, May 24th, 2016 -- 08:10 am
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(Originally posted this to tumblr, then realised I should share it here too...)

I went running a little later than usual on Sunday, which means I caught the sunrise; sunrises are nice and all, but sunrise is way cooler reflected in the faces of the buildings on Michigan Avenue.

And then I punched a pigeon in the face. Possibly to death. I’m not feeling good about it.

I was on the return leg, near the CSO, and there was a homeless dude to my right and some pigeons to my left up ahead. I was just running along, mostly thinking unflattering thoughts about Coldplay and why they had to make Viva la Vida so very long, when I startled the pigeons and they took off.

And you know, sometimes when you startle a bird they fly straight towards you.

So I startled too and ducked right, but as I ducked right, my left foot came forward and both my hands came up to block. And because my left foot was forward, right arm was blocking, and my left arm was already raised, I just like….instinctively threw what I have to admit was a frankly amazing left hook.

I didn’t mean to. It just happened. It’s probably the most beautiful punch of my life (not difficult, I haven’t punched much) and I socked that pigeon right in its poor tiny face.

Feathers went everywhere (including up my nose, oh my god) and I stopped and did like a weird hop-turn thing to slow my momentum, and what I saw was just freaked out birds and a cloud of feathers and homeless dude losing his shit laughing.

And I didn’t know what to do, I don’t know what one does when you’ve just punched a bird probably to death. I couldn’t even see a body. Did I vaporize the bird?

So I looked at the settling feathers and I looked at the homeless dude, who started laughing all over again, and I turned around and legged it (Viva la Vida was still playing).

So IDK if I can trust any pace I set that morning, because man is inherently destructive and eternally at odds with nature.

But I did 1.93 in 26:37 for a pace of 13.47 which is slower than my average and likely does account for the bird punching.

I am almost definitely going to hell.

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Mon, May 23rd, 2016 -- 08:08 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] amadi linked to a fundraiser for her friend Serena and her toddler; her ex-partner has now ceased to pay his child support and she needs funds to finish her degree and keep her son safe. You can read more and help the family out here.

[personal profile] killing_rose has had health issues which have kept them out of work repeatedly; they're currently trying to raise money for food and to prevent eviction from their home. You can read more and help out here, and also check out their Etsy store (with cute monsters!) here.

ladymoonray linked to a fundraiser for Matthew, who was disowned by his family when he came out as gay. He's currently living on friends' couches but is also suffering from stage II colon cancer, and undergoing chemotherapy treatments. His boyfriend has set up a fundraiser for him; you can read more and help Matthew get the funding he needs here.

[tumblr.com profile] uberniftacular linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] sweaterkittensahoy, who has endometriosis and needs surgery; the funds will also help to supplement short-term disability, which is only 60% of her usual salary. Her work is also phasing her out at the end of her disability period, and every little bit helps. You can read more and help out here; she also has an etsy store here and a rebloggable post about the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] asmilelikestarlight is enrolled to attend Brooklyn College in August, and needs somewhere to stay in NYC for August and September until her financial aid is dispersed. She's also raising money for books and travel expenses; you can read more and help out here, and there's also a rebloggable post about the fundraiser here.

[personal profile] pocketmouse is attending a library conference this summer, and their employer won't pay for anything besides registration. They're looking for a couch to crash on for all or part of August 11-18th in Columbus, Ohio; they're also interested in sharing a hotel room with other library people attending IFLA. You can contact them at pocketmouse.lj@gmail.com to get in touch!

[tumblr.com profile] athousanderrors linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] daynapapaya's dog Eva, who was recently diagnosed with canine lymphoma. They're raising money for chemo for Eva; you can read more and help out here, or there's a rebloggable post (including an image of Eva that went viral a few years ago) here. (Linking to athousanderrors' reblog of it because daynapapaya has autoplay music on their tumblr.)

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[profile] dr_kara has recently had a bunch of health issues and as a freelancer has no health insurance; she's got some big and unplanned bills she needs to cover. She's selling nautical-themed awesome t-shirts in her teespring store; you can read more, find links to the shirts, and reblog here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has a shop on Etsy with cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices! You can shop and purchase here!


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

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Mon, May 16th, 2016 -- 06:57 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

alumiere is disabled and unable to work; they're working on disability funding (SSDI etc) but in the meantime need help with medication costs and utilities. You can read more and help out at their YouCaring, and they also have gently used closed and custom sewing/costuming for sale here.

[personal profile] secondsilk linked to a fundraiser for his partner, artist Natasha Madden, who has work being exhibited in the Australia pavilion at the Berline Biennale but needs funding to help get to Berlin to complete and install her work. You can read more about her work and support her fundraiser here.. She's only got $600 to go!

Kate linked to Con Or Bust, which helps fans of color/nonwhite fans attend SFF cons. Con Or Bust is holding an auction fundraiser; they're accepting items for auction through May 24th and the auction itself will open on the 25th; fans of color/nonwhite fans can request assistance from May 27th through June 6th for upcoming cons. You can read more about the auction and how to participate here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser to raise awareness of rat lungworm, a preventable but under-publicized parasite found on produce in tropical climates. You can read more about preventing the parasites and support the awareness campaign and parasite research here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

News To Know:

Amanda linked to Spirits, a podcast about mythology, folklore, urban legends, and mixed drinks. You can listen to the podcast and support their Patreon here!

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has a shop on Etsy with cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; she'd also like everyone to know that she has found a job for the summer working with kids, which is great! You can shop and purchase here!


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

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Fri, May 13th, 2016 -- 07:42 am
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And we have officially entered the "looking at apartments in earnest and deciding whether I could put up with that weird layout or this lack of doors for thirty years" phase of buying a home. It's a very specific phase.

I've been looking casually for some time, which means I've brought Project Management to bear on it. My real estate agent sent me 15 homes to look at, and I checked my spreadsheet and rejected 10 of them out of hand as belonging to buildings I knew I did not want to live in, then rejected another 4 (and added them to the spreadsheet).

I have one "maybe". The layout is crap but it has a fireplace, a gas stove, a dishwasher, a laundry hookup ensuite, and the building has a gym. The fact that it has NO PARKING might be an issue for my parents, though.

And the goddamn bedroom walls don't go all the way up, which is an architectural quirk endemic to Chicago rehabs. What the fuck, Chicago.

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Wed, May 11th, 2016 -- 07:28 am
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So, Mum was visiting this weekend (it's a miracle I got RFM done) and we had a pretty good time -- we went to an AMAZING pastry-making demo at the French Pastry School, had brunch on the terrace at Terzo Piano, and I took her to see Hogs Killing A Snake and inadvertently flirted with someone in front of her (it was a whole big thing to do with how I know maybe more nerdy things about the Art Institute than I should).

But the best, most awesome takeaway from the weekend was The Cab Light, which my mother discovered while making small talk with the doorman.

It turns out that my building has a cab light mounted on it. I didn't know cab lights existed; I'd seen yellow lights mounted on buildings before, sometimes even flashing, but I thought they were some kind of emergency signal. Apparently they are used to summon cabs without having to go outside. I wish I had known this in the PREVIOUS EIGHT YEARS I HAVE LIVED IN CHICAGO, not to mention the TWO YEARS I have lived in a building that actually has a cab light on it.

I need to apologize to a couple of people I made wait in the cold while I tried to hail a cab without one. D:

So between the Cab Light and learning about how to age egg whites, I've had a very educational time of things. Also Mum bought me a box of cookies from Trader Joe's, but I paid that back by introducing her to the heat-and-eat samosas they sell in the freezer case.

Also to apple mustard, which she put on the samosas.

Mum: this mustard is amazing, where did you get it?
Me: I made it!
Mum: what’s in it?
Me: Apples, it’s apple mustard.
Mum: Apple mustard. *pause* blame the Internet?
Me: *laughing*
Mum: DONT TELL THE INTERNET I SAID THAT

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Mon, May 9th, 2016 -- 06:34 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] ithoughtaboutbuildingyou linked to a fundraiser for a friend, Angel, who is 26 and was just diagnosed with Stage 2B breast cancer. She's not eligible for short-term disability but can't work while on chemo, and has two young kids to support. You can read more and help Angel out here.

[tumblr.com profile] songscloset linked to a fundraiser for John, whose cat Tirion got tangled in a window blind cord and ended up unconscious. Tirion is back home again now but John is facing a large vet bill for Tirion's treatment, which he can't pay alone. You can read more and help Tirion here.

[tumblr.com profile] catlinyemaker and [profile] iamshadow21 both linked to a fundraiser for Judith Tarr, an author who runs a Lippizan horse farm in Arizona. She's facing some financial difficulties, particularly in feeding the horses, and offering various perks and Patreon subscriptions in return for support. You can read more here including links to her patreon and other offerings, as well as a breakdown of expenses.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has a shop on Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase here!

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

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Mon, May 2nd, 2016 -- 11:31 am
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So far today I have scheduled an appointment with a realtor to look at houses, bought stock, and acquired an EIN for a fictitious business.

I'm having a very Adulty Monday.

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Mon, May 2nd, 2016 -- 07:32 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] serah-pounce-a-bell has a fundraising post up for her sister, who needs special medical attention that they can't get in Venezuela. They're raising $300-$500 to get everyone out of Venezuela, where the economy is failing badly, and to somewhere they can get help and medical attention for her sister. You can read more and find a paypal link here; there's also a link to hire her for writing or translation work on Fiverr.

[personal profile] forests_of_fire's younger brother disappeared about a month and a half ago and his body was found on Friday; she needs funds to get home to help with the funeral arrangements. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[profile] iamshadow21 linked to a fundraiser for Kit, a trans woman in need of temporary housing in the Denver/Boulder/Longmont area from May 9th through June 1st after recovering from complications from major surgery; she has housing starting June 1st but needs a bridge between leaving her current residence and starting her new housing. You can read more and get in touch here, and there's a rebloggable tumblr version here.

moonpupy linked to a fundraiser for mickeym, who is facing dentist and doctor bills for her family on top of overdue bills for other necessities. You can read more about the family's situation and find paypal info here, and there's also a gofundme set up by mickeym's adopted daughter here.

[tumblr.com profile] linballina linked to a kickstarter by Vina, Natalie, and Holly, who want to open a new community bookstore in Queens, which currently has only one store serving the entire borough. You can read more about the project and support the kickstarter here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has a shop on Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase here!


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

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Mon, Apr 25th, 2016 -- 08:39 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for a young boy whose entire family was killed in a fire recently. The funeral costs for the family have now been covered, but any overage is going to the survivor, who has lost essentially everything. You can read more and give to the GoFundMe here.

[personal profile] pinesandmaples is trying to pay for some vital dental care by selling supper plates in New Orleans (a regional traditional fundraising activity). If you're local you can pick up a plate of great food for $10, and if you're not local you can sponsor a plate for a local shelter. You can read more and purchase a plate here.

Shona is participating in a "rations challenge" this June to raise money for Syrian refugees living in urban camps near Jordan. Participants spend a week eating only the contents of a ration pack (Lentils, rice, chickpeas, sardines, oil, and beans) to raise awareness and money for hygiene and food parcels for refugees. You can read more and sponsor Shona's rations challenge here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has a shop on Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase here!


News to Know/Help For Free:

Amelia let me know about the Illinois Contraceptive Coverage Act, which will provides better coverage and restricts denial for contraceptives in Illinois. You can read the bill in full here or NARAL's slightly less dense summary of it (it's a gif, so it may take a few cycles to read through it). Planned Parenthood supports the bill and has a form here for you to contact your state representative to ask them to vote yes on HB 5576.


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

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Fri, Apr 22nd, 2016 -- 05:31 pm
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I have had the weirdest afternoon ever.

I stopped by the bank after work to drop off a check -- it was a ten thousand dollar check from my parents, which had to be put in my name so I can use it as a down payment when I'm ready to buy a home, and that's weird enough. But then I got to chatting with the banker while he was setting up my new savings account and I think he propositioned me? We were talking about living in the area and about the burger bar near my apartment, which has terrible service but really good burgers, and at the end after I'd deposited my check he shook my hand for an awkwardly long time and was like "Maybe my wife and I will see you at the burger bar sometime, we're there most Thursday nights."

I can't tell if that was just an oddly-framed "have a nice day" or if I got invited to a hamburger-oriented threesome. I'm not really down for threesomes but if I were, hamburgers-first would be a good way to get me on board, kudos to him for a keen sense of strategy.

After the bank I walked down to the corner to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy and I thought I'd spend the last of a Dunkin Donuts giftcard on a VICTORY DOUGHNUT, given I'm one step closer to the terrifying spectre of home ownership. When I got up to the window I ordered a cruller and a double-chocolate, which would just about empty out the giftcard's remaining balance and leave me a doughnut to spare for breakfast tomorrow, and the guy behind the cash register said "HEY. I LIKE YOUR HAIR. YOU GET AN EXTRA CRULLER!"

Have I suddenly developed a powerful animal magnetism? About goddamn time, really.

I realize that probably this was more a case of "any excuse to get rid of these extra crullers at 5pm" but still.

Stale Dunkin Donuts crullers are my jam, actually, so tomorrow morning's already looking up.

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Tue, Apr 19th, 2016 -- 07:30 am
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One of the things I do for my job every day is monitor digital news reporting on various people who are either affiliated with my organization or could in the future be major donors. Some of these people have fairly common names, so there's sometimes a lot of noise to sift through.

I've done a pretty good job setting up my news alerts so that they don't flag on false positives, but this month I'm also covering for a coworker, who hasn't instituted the same kinds of filters I have. One of her news alerts is on a man who shares a name with a major drug dealer who just died, so every day I've come in to seventy or eighty news articles about John Doe the Famous Drug Dealer rather than John Doe The Economist. Poor John Doe Economist must be having a long week.

The funny part is that when a major event hits one of these people, even if it's not the person we're supposed to be monitoring, when you ARE monitoring someone you can see the predictable waves of news wash over the week. First there's the straight-up reporting, then there's the tag-along reporting that clearly just picked up and regurgitated a few other news stories. Then there's the spin one way -- in this case praise for the Famous Drug Dealer, who was a bit of a folk hero in one region of the world. Like nobody wants to outright say "Hey, he was a bit of a mate" but they're all kinda thinkin' it when they write his obits, you can tell. And we've just hit the spin the opposite way, where the pearl-clutchers and pundits are writing in to say "Wait a minute, this man made multiple fortunes selling drugs".

Later this week I'm anticipating the Macro Application wave, where we have a discussion of addiction and the relationship of drug dealers to both addicts on one end and terrorist/fascist regimes on the other, culminating with the recurring question of decriminalizing drug use. Should be fun!

In the meantime, lots of work to do today, so I folded a fast and dirty pelican. Let's be real, that's how pelicans like it.



He'd look more birdlike probably if the white side of the paper wasn't covered in print.

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Mon, Apr 18th, 2016 -- 08:11 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

rorekgwolfe has a fundraiser up to help with his medical and moving costs so he and his roommate praxedes_osaka can get moved from Virginia to Tennessee and for Rorek to get from there to Texas. You can read more and help with meds and bills here.

nancylebov linked to a fundraiser for Eugene Treadwell, whose partner Margaret recently died; he would like to have her buried near her family or in a military hospital, but if he can't afford funeral costs she will need to be cremated. You can read more and help Eugene here.

jessie_menken linked to a fundraiser for Misssabrinafairchild on Instagram, who is raising funds to attend a millinery course in Paris. A former photographer living with mental illness and disability, misssabrinafairchild is reinventing herself in a new career path, and this course will allow her to refine her skills. You can read more and give to her gofundme here and she also has vintage accessories and some of her own work up on instagram with sales information attached.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Cae, who is trying to get to Clarion West, an intensive writer's workshop in Seattle. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser by Lauren Mulcahy, who is running the Boston Marathon and raising funds for National Run A Mile Day, which gets kids involved in fitness through running. The marathon is today but the fundraiser is good through April 30th! 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. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

[tumblr.com profile] throwbackpepsi's 14 year old cat, Bean, got sick and ended up in the hospital last week, which has led to some vet bills that they're scrambling to cover. You can read more and help out here.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

Anon linked to Litographs, which sells prints, shirts, totes, and other goods from texts of classic books. They currently have a kickstarter going to start printing on infinity scarves. You can read more and support the kickstarter here; the $40 option even allows you to choose a custom text to be printed on a scarf or t-shirt (Anon suggests that fanfic printed on a scarf would be a nice gift for the fanwriter in your life...).

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has added new items to her Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase here!


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

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Wed, Apr 13th, 2016 -- 08:00 am
Today's Specials:

We have a staff meeting today and apparently there's going to be a Very Vital Announcement right at the start, so senior management is super intent on making sure we're all in our seats ten minutes early. Being fair, for many of my older colleagues, "ten minutes early" means "will sit down seven minutes after I was supposed to". If there's one thing to be said for Millennial Neurosis, it's that at least most people my age and younger understand how to be on fucking time.

But it's amusing to get email after email (two yesterday!) reminding me to be early. Thanks, management. I know there will be zero consequences for those of us who will still manage to be late, but meanwhile I do enjoy being talked down to as if I am unable to tell time.

Until then, BUTTERFLIES.



This butterfly is a fast fold, but despite having very few steps it’s a challenge. It also came out much prettier than I expected; it looks cooler in person somehow, I think because you don’t get the sense of combined flatness and depth in photographs.

The complexity comes in right at the start when the instructions are just blithely like FOLD IT IN THIRDS. If you have ever folded a letter to fit into a standard envelope you know the pain of “oh just fold it in thirds”. So I thought, sure I could get a ruler and mark the thirds, or I could eyeball it, or I could look up how to measure thirds using other origami folds, surely someone has worked that out.

It turns out yes, there are instructions for folding a square of origami paper into thirds, so tuck that away in your brain meats.

But then, once you have folded into thirds, you have to make valley folds between corners and creases, which are actually quite challenging because there’s no line to align your edges with the way there normally is in a diagonal fold. (this is also a problem in the “how to fold into thirds” instructions).

So even though you only make five creases, literally every crease you make in this diagram is just that much harder.

I found it very satisfying to complete, though, because of that. While I like Origami Club better, there’s no denying that Origami Instructions brings a certain “I can do this but it’s gonna be hard” challenge to the table.

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Mon, Apr 11th, 2016 -- 05:33 pm
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I adulted like a MOTHERFUCKER today.

I left work early because I had a meeting with my housing advocate, who works at a not-for-profit that helps first-time homebuyers navigate the choppy seas of real estate ownership. We spent an hour talking about my net income and my credit scores and my budget, and this week she's going to find me a good mortgage and we'll start the preapproval process.

Then I went grocery shopping and got $45 worth of groceries for $10 because of coupons and gift cards. Most of the groceries are staple stuff (pitas, baking yeast, protein bars) but I also got a baguette and some cheese as a treat. I went to Whole Foods first, then Trader Joe's (mochi ice cream, butter, cereal) and when I asked the cashier to just put my Trader Joe's stuff in the Whole Foods bag he looked in the bag and said "Damn, can I come to your house for dinner?"

Now I am going to take a nap. Adulting is exhausting.

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Mon, Apr 11th, 2016 -- 07:24 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] ranalore had her bedroom ceiling spring a leak and then collapse, ruining herm attress. She's on disability and without renter's insurance, so she's raising money to pay for a new mattress. You can read more and find their paypal address here.

Mark linked to a fundraiser for Jay Atwood, a professional musician who was recently diagnosed with a medical condition that has ended his musical career. He's raising funds to train for a new career as a piano technician; you can read more and support his fundraiser here.

jedilora linked to a fundraiser for Framingham High School Drama Company, which recently won a statewide theatre festival and have been invited to present their performance at the New England Theatre Festival in late April. They need $25K for transit, housing, and cargo carrying for the show; you can read more and support their GoFundMe here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)


News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Con Or Bust, which has a bunch of free memberships available for fans of color/nonwhite fans to attend vairous conventions this year, not just in the US but also in Glasgow, London, and Wellington NZ. You can read more and apply to claim a con membership here.


Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] ernperorhux is a trans man looking for a roommate (looking for someone with a bedroom to rent or willing to split rent on a place) in the Dallas-FtWorth area, near Irving. You can read more and get in touch here.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has added new items to her Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase here!


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

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Thu, Apr 7th, 2016 -- 07:20 am
Today's Specials:

I have been so sick. So sick. I'm back at work this week, but last week I was out, and even this week, like, last night I went to bed at 8:30.

Mind you, I took some Mucinex Nighttime, and I don't know what they put in that stuff but it's...strong.

[tumblr.com profile] knottahooker was making muffins the other night and inspired me to want to make muffins, but didn't inspire me hard enough to make me go to a grocery store and buy A)ingredients or B)a mix. So I decided to invent my own muffins. It...mostly worked!

MAD BUTTER MUFFINS
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 cup sugar (or substitute other sweetener)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup shortening (or butter or oil – some kind of fat)
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup applesauce
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or cloves/cinnamon/allspice to taste)
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup milk

Whisk together dry ingredients and cut in shortening. Stir in wet ingredients; add more milk if necessary to get a muffinlike batter.

Pour into greased or lined muffin tin, about 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 325F for 25 minutes while the internet despairs of you. Makes 12.

They came out somewhat bland (this is an adjusted recipe designed to add more flavor) and they were very, very fragile, but pretty delicious nonetheless.

So this week is/has-been about survival. But R's bringing his dog over tomorrow for me to dogsit all weekend, so I'm going to be cleaning and dog-proofing the house tonight. Because what if the place is messy and his dog judges me? :D

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Mon, Apr 4th, 2016 -- 07:54 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

My apologies that RFM fell by the wayside last week. It was meant to go up on Wednesday, but between being off my normal schedule and being sick with the flu, it completely slipped past me. I appreciate everyone's patience!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] blackestglass linked to a fundraiser for [personal profile] dr_fumbles_mcstupid, who was injured at work and is on restricted duty, which means she has to take less hours at her job and consequently less pay; she's both fundraising and offering commissions to help pay the bills. You can read more at her post here (check the comments for commission offers!) and support her fundraiser here. Blackestglass also has a rebloggable fundraiser and podfic recording offer here.

[tumblr.com profile] thedreamthatdreamsus has had some unexpected health issues, and is currently struggling to pay rent and buy groceries; she's raising $900 to cover bills. You can read more and support her fundraiser here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] jimfromit, a transboy who needs to raise GBP550 before the 30th of April in order to keep a roof over his head (there are some tenancy agreement issues). You can read more and find a paypal address at his post.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

Professor Amy Green is raising money for an innovative pilot program at UNLV, where she is an English professor working with the study of digital storytelling; she's trying to increase student access to video games for her courses. You can learn more about her program and support the fundraiser here.


Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] o-cesario linked to a survey by Joan Miller, a doctoral student at USC Annenberg who is studying how and why people make fanworks. Miller has promised to donate $150 to charity if she gets 150 participants by the end of today! You can participate in the survey here.

Elani is looking for self-published authors who write in German and would be interested in having their works translated into English. You can contact her through kelani7 at gmail.com or through pagetraveler.com, an effort to create a new platform for translated works.


News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane wanted to make sure people knew that if you are an active editor of Wikipedia, in any language, and a US resident, you qualify to apply for a book grant for up to $300 to buy books. Today is the last day to apply but keep an eye on the site, as there will be future funding rounds. You can read more and apply here!

[personal profile] toujours_nigel linked to several news stories and a facebook page about students in the University of Hyderabad who have been arrested or locked into their campus for protesting the "institutional killing" of research scholar Rohit Vemula; I did a quick check and the protest/lock-in appears to still be going on. Students who've been arrested apparently need help with bail money, but I can't actually find a fundraiser associated with this, so for now I've put it in News to Know. If someone wants to drop a link in comments I'm happy to update.

Anon recently learned about endometriosis, a common gynecological issue often misdiagnosed or dismissed completely, since one of the significant signs of endometriosis is debilitating menstrual cramps/pain, which is often ignored by medical professionals as "just cramps". Anon wanted to raise awareness so she shared a link to the Endometriosis Foundation of America which has more information available.


Housing:

[personal profile] tealin and her two friendly quiet housemates are looking for a fourth to share their terraced house in central Cambridge. Rent is GBP462/mo, all-inclusive. I know Tealin personally and can vouch for her awesome :D You can read more at their listing here.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has added new items to her Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase here!


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

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Wed, Mar 23rd, 2016 -- 06:56 am
Today's Specials:

I have arrived in Massachusetts! Within hours of arriving I had eaten a "French Dip Beef Pastrami Panini" (so many descriptors! TOTALLY WORTH ALL THE DESCRIPTORS), seduced a cat, won a bet, and epically failed at Lego Marvel.

In my universe, Lego Captain America can't run in a straight line. This is why I'm not a gamer.

Anyway, I'm here and safe, enjoying the New England architecture and an electric blanket. ONWARDS TO ADVENTUR!

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Mon, Mar 21st, 2016 -- 08:15 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Before we begin I need to let everyone know that Radio Free Monday is being rescheduled next week. I'll be traveling this week and Monday I travel home; a combination of a very slow laptop and uncertain time constraints make it difficult for me to run RFM, so Radio Free Monday will be on Wednesday next week. Thanks for your patience!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] masterofmidgets linked to a fundraiser for Shelly and Tim, who recently found out that Tim has stage-4 colon cancer. He's beginning his second round of chemo this week, and they're raising funds to help cover medical and travel expenses. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] zombiewang is raising funds to get out of their abusive household; they have disabilities that prevent them from finding work, and need to escape an abusive mother and older sibling, with the money going to help them get a lease on a home and car so that they have a safe environment in which to live. You can read more and support the fundraiser here; there is a rebloggable linkpost here.

[tumblr.com profile] ereshai linked to a fundraiser to help cover medical bills for Bethany Grace, a Lutheran pastor in training who is facing a second surgery to get rid of an abscess on her leg, which will require six weeks of following antibiotics. 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. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

Professor Amy Green is raising money for an innovative pilot program at UNLV, where she is an English professor working with the study of digital storytelling; she's trying to increase student access to video games for her courses. You can learn more about her program and support the fundraiser here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] nonasuch has a ground-floor bedroom in her Mount Rainier MD home opening up in mid-April; there are two fannish female housemates and one cat also resident. The bathroom shares with one other roommate; kitchen, living room, and sunroom are common space, and there's a basement with washer and dryer. Rent is $750/mo plus heat in winter; nearest metro station is a mile and a half away. You can email hollimichele at gmail.com for photos and more information!

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has added new items to her Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase here!

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

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-- 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