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, Nov 4th, 2016 -- 05:47 pm
Today's Specials:The Rally

I went out to the Cubs rally a little earlier, back when it was…less than the apparent six million is now :D I got in fairly easily, but I had little alarms going off – security was not very tight and there were a lot of shouty drunks. 

It’s great to see the crowds, and it was nice to be out with a bunch of Cubs fans all feeling happy and friendly, but I’m just as happy to watch them from my television with a sandwich. After all, this is how I’ve watched a lot of the games themselves.  

My stepdad was looking into season tickets for the Cubs and I said “How long is the waiting list now?” and he said there’s 85,000 people waiting. :D Which, usually the waiting list is long, so that’s not surprising. I told him the Gary Railcats have no waiting list, and I suspect though I was joking it means I might be getting a season ticket package to the Railcats for Christmas. Which honestly would be a pretty fun gift….

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Tue, Nov 1st, 2016 -- 10:12 pm
Today's Specials:I am Isaac on the Mount

Colleague: Hey, Sam’s Boss! Sam did GREAT work on this project, I wanted to let you know!

Me: That was really nice of him to do –

Colleague: *includes copy of the project in email*

Me: – but OH GOD please don’t let Boss see that I didn’t do part of the project because there was no way to be tactful about answering that one question directly.

Boss: Hey, I saw the project you did!

Me: OH GOD

Boss: Really tactful of you not to answer that one question directly. That’s not information they need. Good work!

Me: …is this what divine intervention feels like?

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Tue, Nov 1st, 2016 -- 01:59 pm
Today's Specials:I can’t say that this “simple

I can’t say that this “simple elephant” was super simple in the end (so many corner folds) but I do love his ears :D

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Mon, Oct 31st, 2016 -- 07:59 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Animal Umbrella, a Boston area cat shelter which has had to relocate unexpectedly, and are looking for donations towards a new building. You can read more about the relocation here or at their facebook or give to the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] katestamps's partner, twitch user Tazerone, is raising money for Children's National Health System via a 25-hour video game marathon for Extra Life, starting at 8am EST on 11/5. You can watch the marathon at his twitch page or donate through his Extra Life page here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.


News to Know:

Ang linked to a transcript of a talk by Maciej Ceglowski (the Pinboard creator) on fandom and fan culture, Fan is a Tool Using Animal. I've read it and referenced it before, and I think it's a great explication of the way fan culture works, especially when platforms fail us and new ones arise to take their place.


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Sat, Oct 29th, 2016 -- 03:40 pm
Today's Specials:34:30 while wearing a derby hat covered in flowers

34:30 while wearing a derby hat covered in flowers isn’t too bad.

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Sat, Oct 29th, 2016 -- 12:45 pm
Today's Specials:It’s a shockingly warm day to hate running. See

It’s a shockingly warm day to hate running.

See you all in 5K!

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Tue, Oct 25th, 2016 -- 12:27 pm
Today's Specials:R found a place to live in California. Sort of.

R found a place to live in California.

Sort of.

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Mon, Oct 24th, 2016 -- 01:02 pm
Today's Specials:It’s a spinning top and it does spin, so, I

It’s a spinning top and it does spin, so, I don’t know…it’s unattractive but functional?

HOW LIKE ITS MAKER. :D

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Mon, Oct 24th, 2016 -- 07:48 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.

Buy Stuff, Help out:

[tumblr.com profile] deesarrachi linked to Please Give Me Your Money So I Can Buy A Vagina, an autobiographical one-woman show by Julia Lynn Marsh, which began as a fundraiser for her SRS and is now showing off-Broadway in NYC as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival. If you're in the area and want to see the show, you can read more and buy tickets here.

Help For Free:

Represent is a startup nonprofit working to get more underrepresented groups (people of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBT+) into public media such as iflm, television, and theater. They're competing for a $100K grant and need votes to win; voting ends tomorrow so you can vote here today!

Ciaccona linked to SNELovesPets, a social media campaign to raise money for New England animal welfare organizations. Post photos of your pet to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #snelovespets for the rest of October and for every image uploaded, Subaru New England will donate $5 (up to $60K) to New England animal shelters. You can read more about the campaign here.

Housing:

[personal profile] in_the_bottle and her flatmate are looking for someone to share a 3br in Fulham, London (SW6); rent is L737/mo plus utilities and council tax; they're looking for someone to start late October or early/mid-November. 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!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Sun, Oct 23rd, 2016 -- 12:35 pm
Today's Specials:I hadn’t done much origami this week so I though

I hadn’t done much origami this week so I thought I’d get back into it with a small magenta sloth. :D

The diagram is from Anita Barbour (pt1 pt2)

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Mon, Oct 17th, 2016 -- 01:06 pm
Today's Specials:Today’s circus elephant, which is actually

Today’s circus elephant, which is actually really fun, does not photograph especially well. But it’s well worth giving it a try!

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Mon, Oct 17th, 2016 -- 10:35 am
Today's Specials:I haven’t been running a ton in the last week or

I haven’t been running a ton in the last week or two, not so much because I don’t want to run as because I want that extra hour of sleep so much more. I’ve been so tired. SO TIRED. 

But despite sleeping terribly last night I was up and at ‘em at 4 this morning, and admittedly it’s a lot easier to want to run when it’s 70F out instead of 45F. 

I did the French Fry Invitational, which means I am now comfortably stuffed with hot breakfast. The guys at Jim’s Original are starting to recognize me, which might be worrying. 

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Mon, Oct 17th, 2016 -- 08:27 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] marmotsomsierost linked to a fundraiser for Laurie, who is currently living in a shelter and struggling to find housing near her daughter's school and transportation in the wake of leaving her abusive ex-fiance, who lied about payments being made on their home and car. You can read more and give to the gofundme here.

[tumblr.com profile] heyninja is trying to dig out of debt after being hospitalized last year, and is trying to raise $1K to bring all her debts current. You can read more, give via PayPal, and find a rebloggable post here, or support her by buying from her Etsy Store, which offers rune and tarot readings and prayer beads.

[tumblr.com profile] ashinan was laid off from her job when trying to give two weeks notice, and she won't have a paycheck from her new job for nearly a month. She's offering fic commissions in exchange for donations to help stay afloat until her first paycheck; you can read more, commission fanfic, donate, or reblog here.

[tumblr.com profile] ranuel's goddaughter was recently tragically killed by the child's father, and the mother is devastated. A friend of the family has started a gofundme to help cover the funeral expenses, eventually to include a headstone and some financial assistance for the mother; you can read more and reblog the link here and support the fundraiser here.

unsettledink's cat, Smoke, recently had a severe health problem and needed x-rays, oxygen, monitoring at an emergency clinic, and an ultrasound, all of which was expensive; while they've been able to cover the cost, they're struggling now to cover other bills. Any amount helps, but they're also offering cross-stitches for $20+ donors; you can read more and give here and there's a rebloggable post here.

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

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] famishedeye linked to [tumblr.com profile] cinematicnomad, who is trying to acquire an autograph from Robert Downey Jr. for their cousin's son, six-year-old Ethan, who has been diagnosed with orbital rhabdomyosarcoma and has been undergoing a ton of medical treatment. Ethan is obsessed with Iron Man and would love to meet RDJ, but an autograph would be wonderful too; if anyone has a hookup or a line on how to reach his people, you can read more and get in touch here.

why_me_why_not linked to My So-Called Selfish Life, a documentary about people who choose not to have children. They have a survey available for men and women who are childfree (by choice or circumstance) or for parents who have children but regret their choice. You can have a look and take the survey here.

Housing:

[personal profile] in_the_bottle and her flatmate are looking for someone to share a 3br in Fulham, London (SW6); rent is L737/mo plus utilities and council tax; they're looking for someone to start late October or early/mid-November. 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!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Sun, Oct 16th, 2016 -- 12:12 am
Today's Specials:AO3 Archival

Hey guys, FYI I’ve posted some fic to AO3 – nothing that wasn’t on my tumblr before, but in case you missed it there’s a standalone fic and two new chapters of the Leader of the Free World ‘verse.

Leader Of The Free World: Boyfriend Pens and Party Pie (Clint/Bucky, G) and Political Allegory (technically gen, G)

Avengers EMH Standalone: The Rumble (Steve/Tony, Teen and Up)

This is being crossposted to LJ/DW but that strips the embedded links, so LJ/DW readers can find them here:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/6579205/chapters/18992986
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6579205/chapters/18993053
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8291485

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Fri, Oct 14th, 2016 -- 02:10 pm
Today's Specials:The instructions for this figure call it an Easy Fish but a) no...

The instructions for this figure call it an Easy Fish but a) no it isn’t and b) let’s not slut shame the fish!

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Mon, Oct 10th, 2016 -- 08:45 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] ranuel's goddaughter was recently tragically killed by the child's father, and the mother is devastated. A friend of the family has started a gofundme to help cover the funeral expenses; you can read more and reblog the link here and support the fundraiser here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] triflesandparsnips who is having trouble making rent after job problems, divorce proceedings, and insurance issues. You can read and reblog her appeal here, including what fic she's offering in return for donations, or give directly at her gofundme here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for kita0610, who has been in chemotherapy for several months and unable to work, while her husband is on permanent disability, so money is understandably tight. On Monday, they found out that her husband's brother was killed in a car accident, and they're trying to raise funds to travel to his funeral. You can read more and support the fundraiser here; while they've met their goal, I think we all know these goals are usually the minimum, and I'm sure any extra support would be useful and appreciated.

Alice has been working on a feature documentary film about fanfic, and has launched a kickstarter to fund the documentary. I was approached to participate and while I declined for personal reasons, I think this documentary could be good for fandom. From speaking with Alice and reading about others' interactions with the crew, I think this will be done respectfully and thoughtfully. You can read more and support the fundraiser here and there's a rebloggable post here.

mad_martha wanted to remind people in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and its destruction in Haiti that Shelterbox is a great charity to support, providing emergency survivial equipment to those left homeless by disasters. Their Hurricane Matthew-specific appeal is here and you can read more about what they provide here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.

News to Know:

[personal profile] soc_puppet linked to an article in ADDitude Magazine called How ADHD Ignites Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria which discusses emotional issues surrounding the perception of rejection in people with ADHD. I haven't read the full article but she says "I want to spread the word for anyone else who's in that situation, because I feel like this information is way more obscure than it should be. Definitely one of those "Finally I have the words for it!" experiences."

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

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Sun, Oct 9th, 2016 -- 01:47 am
Today's Specials:Not too bad. I’ve done better but not on a

Not too bad. I’ve done better but not on a course like this… #crosspost #sam runs (at Rosehill Cemetery)

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Sat, Oct 8th, 2016 -- 11:47 pm
Today's Specials:Yep…it’s a nice night to hate running,

Yep…it’s a nice night to hate running, now with 20% more Darkness and 100% more Graveyard! #crypt5k #crosspost (at Rosehill Cemetery)

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Sat, Oct 8th, 2016 -- 11:54 am
Today's Specials:I made the teeny tiniest Grim Reaper ever! It comes from a...

I made the teeny tiniest Grim Reaper ever! It comes from a reaper diagram by Anita Barbour. 

For scale, he’s standing on a dime.

WHEN IT’S YOUR DIME, IT’S YOUR DIME, he says. THAT IS A PUNE OR PLAY ON WORDS.

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Fri, Oct 7th, 2016 -- 08:00 pm
Today's Specials:Still No News

So, two weeks ago I interviewed with an institution back east for a possible job; it was a skype interview, and in terms of out-of-town applications, usually there’s phone, then Skype, then in-person if you make it past the Skype. And I thought I did really well! I normally make it to the in-person stage at least. And they told me I’d be hearing from them around the end of last week. And now it’s the end of this week. *narrows eyes*

I have two theories; one is that they’re interviewing everyone else first so that if they find someone they really love, they won’t have put me to the trouble of coming out to interview. Which is thoughtful, in a sense, though also nerve-wracking and kind of unfair. The other is that they’ve put me firmly in the “not hire” pile in their database, but until the job is fully closed (ie, until someone is hired) the database won’t send out the form rejection letters.

A third distant possibility is that someone on their end is trying to wrangle funding for me to fly out, seeing as how otherwise I would be covering it myself. But I feel like if that were the case I would at least have had a courtesy “We’d like to see you in person, we’re working on scheduling” email by now.

So I think for my own sanity I have to assume I didn’t get the job, and I’ll work on dealing with that over the weekend, along with the attendant intel it brings – I’m not rending my garments that I didn’t get it, but the amount that I did want it tells me I should probably keep looking, since I’m struggling a bit with the job I have. But we’ll see. At least I know now that I’m capable of leaving Chicago for a job, but it has to be the absolute right job. And regardless, I do have a job I like and that pays well, so there’s that at least.

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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.
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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!
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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.
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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