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...
Sat, Mar 22nd, 2014 -- 09:54 pm
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I am home from seeing Welcome To Night Vale, the live traveling show. It was a good time! Without spoiling anything, I will say there is a tiny bit of audience participation, and getting to make direct eye contact with the Voice Of Night Vale was very surreal.

I had to laugh, though, when the Weather came out beforehand, because it was a folk-rock duo and the minute I saw them I thought, god, they look painfully Austin. And sure enough, halfway through their opening set, one of them said "We're from Austin" and I just about died.

It was a lot more dynamic than other radio shows I've seen performed live (yes, I'm like a collector of these things) -- Cecil really performed the reading physically as well as vocally, which was fun to watch. And now I'm going to picture him making faces and eyerolling and gesticulating alone in a sound booth whenever I listen to the show.

Anyway, lots of fun, and I got a poster, and also savagely murdered by a librarian.

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Fri, Mar 21st, 2014 -- 08:42 am
Today's Specials:

Happy Friday everyone! I am very popular today, I've already had four people come by my desk with complicated needs.

But I still have time for Friday Fic Reccs, though there are few this week. Chalk it up to my reading less extensively these days.

I recently participated in the Dubious Consentacles Throwdown, which got the Dubious Consentacles tag canonized on AO3, which feels like more of an accomplishment than it probably should. While I do want to recommend all of the Throwdown fics, I had two in particular that I especially loved:

A Creature Made Of Salt And Blood by IamShadow21: Teen and Up, Clint/Coulson. I thought this was a super-clever way of going about dubious consentacles -- to have the addition of the tentacles themselves be dubious. Clever and fun and hurty in all the best ways.

Peer-Reviewed by MountainRose and Szzzt: Explicit, Tony Stark/Tentacles, Tony Stark/JARVIS. Tony and Steve end up prisoners of an alternate-universe Reed Richards who isn't malicious so much as deeply unethical about his neurological experiments. It's sexy and very funny, and one of the Dubious Consentacle fics from the throwdown.

And I have a second fic by Shadow to recommend as well:

Lucky Pennies by IamShadow21: General Audiences, Gen. Clint has a special ability that is clearly marked useless for combat, and may or may not exist. Coulson's willing to believe him. I thought this was a lovely work about Clint and Coulson building trust and faith in each other.

Plus this week in Podfics Of Sam's Fanfic:

Podfic of The Brilliant Find A Date For Kyouya Plan by Blackglass: Teen and Up, Multiple Ships. This is a wonderful podfic, with music, of an Ouran High School Host Club fic I wrote wherein the Host Club members are in a very Shakespearean set of mistaken identities and mixed-up relationships.

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Wed, Mar 19th, 2014 -- 11:59 am
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I have finished season two of the Netflix remake of House Of Cards. God damn that's a good show.

It suffers from a few of the flaws most political dramas suffer from -- too many people talking too fast about things you only vaguely remember from earlier -- but the "all at once" nature of the episodes helps that. And I felt S2 was a lot more fast paced than S1; maybe I just care more about sexual assault in the military than I do about Pennsylvania's watersheds?

Anyhow, the rest of the reaction is behind a cut; if you haven't seen at least the first episode of S2 and you're a fan, do yourself a favour and don't click. Spoilers follow, major spoilers.

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It's such a great show, especially for being a remake of an adaptation of a novelized homage to a play. I have to say I love the original series more, but only because it came first and therefore holds a special place in my heart.

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Tue, Mar 18th, 2014 -- 10:57 am
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A quick note to mention -- a few years ago I posted about rewatching Firefly, and said in the post that I had a much longer and angrier post that I wasn't going to put up because oh my god wank no.

Well, the longer and angrier post was eventually cooled off, whittled down, and polished up, and if you ever did want to read it, now you can -- it's at my "professional" website, Extribulum, under Rewriting Firefly.

*ducks and covers*

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Mon, Mar 17th, 2014 -- 01:58 pm
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I appear, quite suddenly, to have acquired a real estate broker. After having done my taxes for the first time, this is the most grownup moment of my life to date, probably.

It's cool, though; he's either young or very digitally engaged, and I like the way he functions. He sets up a search with my parameters (rent, bedrooms, location) and it dumps listings into my folder at his website, where I can click "like" "maybe" or "do not like" after perusing the information. Then I just tell him to set up visits for the ones I like. So far I like three of the nine he sent me, which really is more like six since a bunch of them are identical units in a single building.

Of course at some point I'm going to have to meet him face to face and get awkward all over him, but at least I'm no longer wandering aimlessly around the south loop, writing down addresses like a creeper.

And even if none of the current apartments work out, I'll get to see the inside of River City, which is the coolest building in the south loop. Possibly crumbling and dimly lit, but so cool.

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Mon, Mar 17th, 2014 -- 07:57 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

dramapunk is currently living in an emotionally abusive home and is trying to raise funds to move into a safer environment. She is unable to drive and is looking for work on the east coast (she is currently in Las Vegas) in cities with reliable transit due to vision problems that leave her unable to drive. She has a gofundme where you can read more and make donations, but is also looking for job leads; she has experience in independent film, journalism and theater tech work. She can be reached at dramapunk and [personal profile] dramapunk.

justice_turtle needs a place to stay for free until late August anywhere in the continental US. She thanks the Café very much for paying her bus ticket; she got to Michigan safely but now has to leave again. She requests a bed, internet access, willingness to feed her if she can't find a job, and no shouty people. Donations via PayPal to detectivekraken AT gmail DOT com are still much appreciated.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] actuallyclintbarton, who has lost his job due to disability and is taking donations to make ends meet until he or his wife, [tumblr.com profile] taibhsearachd, can find another job. [tumblr.com profile] taibhsearachd is additionally offering original fiction for people who donate; you can read more and donate here.

mad_maudlin linked to an indiegogo for novelist Eric O. Scott, who is raising money for a language class/research trip to Iceland this summer. He writes about Paganism, Wicca, and Asatru/Heathenry as well as his personal experience of growing up a second-generation Pagan and being a minority religion in the Midwest. You can check out cool perks, read more, and support the project here.

carmy_w linked to an indiegogo fundraiser for an abortion clinic in Montana, which was severely vandalized last week and needs to rebuild and repair. You can read more about the vandalism and donate here; they've already made their goal, but of course more funding always helps.

[personal profile] oriolegirl linked to a kickstarter for "Enemy Of Man", an indy-funded retelling of Macbeth starring Sean Bean, Rupert Grint, and Charles Dance. You can watch the trailer and support the film here.


Lynne and her roommate are looking for a summer subletter in Somerville, MA, to share their 3-bedroom, 1-bath apartment starting May 1. Rent is $750/mo (without utilities), Lynne and her roommate Becky are both fannish, and you can read more about the apartment and contact them via their craigslist post here, or at 298498 at soas.ac.uk

Just For Fun:

frenchroast linked to a webcomic strip very reminiscent of my recent experience with gallstones...

Monique linked me to a great piece about an origami master who folded a life-sized elephant out of paper. The vid is especially awesome!

[personal profile] akatonbo is looking for "petty change" from around the world for a project -- small denomination coins from around the world or arcade and subway tokens. It seems like a pretty cool project. You can read more about how to send in your coins here!

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

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Fri, Mar 14th, 2014 -- 02:26 pm
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So, somewhere, at some point, I read an article about this book called A Way Of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'Brien. And something in that article drove me to get the book from the library, but by god, I don't know why or how.

A Way Of Life, Like Any Other is a sort of California-themed Catcher In The Rye, though apparently O'Brien is fictionalizing his own childhood, so I suppose it could be called a Catcher-esque autobiography. It follows our unnamed narrator from childhood through to his final year of high school, as the child of two fading Golden Age Hollywood stars. It was written in 1977 but covers mainly the late forties and fifties, though there's no real date touchstones other than McCarthyism and the precursors to the sexual revolution.

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Final Verdict: The book is a rather bland depiction of mid-century life among the noveau riche of Hollywood. There's nothing much to recommend it; every character enters as reasonably likeable and departs as essentially terrible.

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Wed, Mar 12th, 2014 -- 06:14 am
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I GET TO WORK FROM HOOOOOOME TODAY because it is snowing like a bastard out and everyone's at a conference anyway.

Unlike the life-ruiners who don't work when they work from home and become statistics proving nobody should be allowed to, I actually do work, but the benefits of working from underneath a blanket in bed instead of at my standing desk are manifold.

Also I am totally going to catch up on my comic book reading, which is difficult to do at work.

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Mon, Mar 10th, 2014 -- 11:30 am
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So, I got totally sidetracked from all other reading last week by Longbourn by Jo Baker.

Longbourn is a novel based on Pride and Prejudice, set in a Bennet household that is at once similar and radically different: it is the story of the staff who run the house at Longbourn. At first it seems as though it's going to be about the way the events of Pride and Prejudice impact the staff, but it ends up being very different: the story of scullion Polly, housemaid Sarah, cook and housekeeper Mrs. Hill, the butler Mr. Hill, and the new groom, James, as well as various servants of other households, nearly independent of the events of P&P.

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Final Verdict: There's not a whole lot I can say without spoiling the major arc of the book, but it's a thoroughly enjoyable book with a strong, well-drawn cast of characters. The last quarter of the book (and especially the last few pages) feels a bit rushed, but it was still a really great read.

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Mon, Mar 10th, 2014 -- 08:05 am
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Good morning all, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

justice_turtle is currently homeless in Virginia. She needs about $100 to pay for bus fare to Michigan, where she's been offered a place to stay. You can read more here and donate via PayPal at the e-mail address in that post.

kukkaseksi linked to a fundraiser for Lex, a trans man who is raising $10,000 for his gender confirmation surgery. He's almost two thirds of the way there, and is on a push for the last $4000 or so. You can read more about him and donate here.

tesserae_ linked to a fundraiser for the family of Bob Casale (of Devo fame -- yes, Whip It, that Devo!). Casale recently died and his family are left in a hard financial position, so they've established a GoFundMe to help with expenses. You can read more and donate here.

jedilora's friends have been hand-building a replica tall ship from the early 1800s, and are now in the final stages. They're raising $2300 for canvas, ropes, and sealant; you can read more about their amazing project and donate here. (Because this confused the heck out of me, they are building an actual ship -- the model in the photo is just to show what it looks like.)

[personal profile] sumofparts linked to a post about youth sexual education and aid organization Scarleteen, who are planning a "strike" starting May first. They are low on funding and will be drastically cutting services unless they raise more funds. You can read more and support the site here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for the Milford Archaeological Research Institute, to raise money for better housing for visiting professionals at an archaeological field school in Utah. The field school offers inexpensive access to the field for students from California, and better housing is needed to protect students from dust storms and other vagaries of the weather. You can read more about the field school here and support the project here.

norinoricat and their scrappy underdog Quidditch team at San Jose State in California are trying to raise $2500 to get a core group of players to South Carolina next month for the Quidditch World Cup. You can read more, check out cool perks, and donate here.

Events In Fandom:

[personal profile] holli is co-running a 'Geek Chic' fashion show in Washington DC in June, and is looking for models, stylists, and people to help with hair and makeup. You can read more about how to participate here.

[personal profile] holli is also tabling at Small Press Expo in September, and is looking for people with SF/F YA indie comics whose work she can feature. There is a tumblr up for Tesseract Comics, the potential future distributor, here.

Lillian linked to Sparkler Monthly, an online magazine published by Chromatic Press, which features serialized comics, prose, and audio dramas. It's based loosely on the Japanese manga magazine format, and they're looking to raise their profile, so they'd love for everyone to check them out!

Just For Fun:

I've been working this week with Flat Earth Theatre, writing an essay (which will go live on Tuesday!) about the future of the book, and I wanted to mention them here. They're currently in the final stages of production for What Once We Felt, a science-fiction exploration of the schisms in society and technology, which will be running in mid-March. If you're in Boston, you should check it out!

mycatsellsclues linked to an article about the Digital Comic Museum, which is offering 15,000 free golden age comics for download.

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

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Sat, Mar 8th, 2014 -- 04:30 pm
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Texas, you goddamn snobs.

I have applied to jobs all over this damn country and the only state where I am consistently rejected -- application ignored or denied -- is Texas.

I don't even want to live in Texas! I'm only applying because if they paid me enough I would put up with the horrifying heat and ugly cars in order to be less than a day's travel from my parents.

And yet! TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY rejected me! Seton Medical Center ignored me! These places are in San Marcos, it's not like they have a lot to feel superior about.

TEXAS. *fistshake*

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Fri, Mar 7th, 2014 -- 05:09 pm
Today's Specials:

EVERYTHING has been ten percent harder than it should be today. Nothing's been impossible, everything's just been that much more annoying.

Getting to the hospital this morning, I knew that would be a pain in my ass because the University of Chicago Hospital is basically near NOTHING when it comes to public transit. But even walking south from the 55, which is usually a straight four-block walk, became an exercise in navigation when two of the sidewalks between me and the hospital were closed. (Though I did get to walk past the Ronald Reagan Memorial Construction Site Parking Lot which always makes me happy.)

The phlebotomist trying to find a vein in me, anywhere in me, had to stick me four times before she finally got a useable vein in the back of my hand, so tomorrow I'm going to look like someone hit me with sticks. Then we had The Lymphoma Talk, which, that actually went okay, but the way you check out after seeing a doctor in the Dermatology section of UCMC is so bizarre and outdated that it literally took me half an hour to check out, even when I said "I'm not doing this right now" after they wanted me to fill out an "insurance re-verification" form that apparently I should be filling out once a year.

I caught a cab to work from the medical center, which work should have covered, but the cab driver's Square couldn't process the credit card I gave him (corporate) so I gave him my personal card which it also couldn't process, and he kept rubbing my cards on his pants, and I was like "I don't think my cards are the problem here" and he got all huffy. And then my personal card worked, so work didn't pay for the cab ride after all.

The "budget emergency" at work, which I hurried back for, turned out to be two hours of making budget data look pretty so my boss could read it. The bus home was twenty minutes late. When I went to Walgreens to pick up my prescriptions for Damien I bought some groceries, TOTALLY FORGOT the prescriptions, then had to go back and get them, but only one was available.


*breaks teakettle*


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Fri, Mar 7th, 2014 -- 12:40 pm
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So, Damien has been identified, and it was complicated, I have to give her that.

My mystery rash is a symptom of follicular mycosis fungoides (yeah, I had to write it down) which is a form of dermal lymphoma.

This apparently sounds way scarier than it is. She told me not to google it, and if I did, not to freak out.

Basically, as I understand it after a ten-minute discussion during which I was somewhat tense, mycosis fungoides is a nonaggressive form of lymphoma that will probably never enter any of my actual internal systems. It's just gonna hang out in my skin and cause rashes occasionally. The good news is the rashes go away with steroid cream (mine has already actually disappeared). I do need to get checked out every few months, and go back in if I get another Damien, but otherwise basically it's just a thing I have that will probably never impact my health.

It's a bit anticlimactic, but I suppose that's for the best. I AM covered in bandages from the FOUR PLACES they had to stick me to get my labs this morning, but all the labs are normal.

Apparently I caused quite a ruckus amongst the dermatology staff. Not only did they all have a get-together to try and figure out what the fuck Damien was putting out, they had to call some expert somewhere else and have him take a peep.

So, IDK, I guess a nonaggressive skin-based lymphoma IS like a confused Goa'uld, in a way...

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Fri, Mar 7th, 2014 -- 07:25 am
Today's Specials:

So I'm sitting here in the hospital cafeteria this morning, waiting for the blood lab to open so I can have some blood drawn, eating a bagel, and I am listening to the most magnificently horrifying "smooth jazz" cover of Mac The Knife I have EVER HEARD. IT'S SO AMAZING. AND TERRIBLE.

I do think that if you could get some hot young pop star to autotune his way through a peppy club-mix-with-rap-bridge adaptation of Mac The Knife, Bertolt Brecht might actually rise from his grave. And that would be no bad thing, in this day and age.

FYI, everyone, Lulu.com is having a 20% off sale; everything on their site is 20% off with the code SUPER20. It's a good time to buy books, including mine!

AND ALSO my ancient Roman erotic novella, The City War, is 25% off all this month at Riptide!

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Thu, Mar 6th, 2014 -- 05:26 pm
Today's Specials:

I made a pool for everyone to bet (without money, it's a gentlebeing's bet) on what Damien will end up being. But because I am now broadcasting on so many platforms, I made it in google.

Also, google has fun analytics you can use when the results are in a spreadsheet, which it will additionally do for you.

JOIN IN THE MYSTERY AILMENT POOL! It's the worst pool ever!

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Thu, Mar 6th, 2014 -- 10:43 am
Today's Specials:

So I have finally heard back from my doctor about Damien, The Mystery Rash, which is good because yesterday the charge came through my insurance for the biopsy and $6400 is a lot to pay for "it's complicated."

BUT THEN, this is amazing, I was like SO WHAT IS IT, some people on the internet are very curious, and she said,

"Well, it's a very complicated and rare entity. Don't let this worry you! But I'd like to speak to you about it in person."

That's not worrying at all. My chest has an entity in it. A rare entity. Like a pokemon or something.

She is an awesome doctor. She has done other helpful things for me and I have a lot of respect for her. But our communications are mainly hilarious.

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Wed, Mar 5th, 2014 -- 01:18 pm
Today's Specials:

I am researching Richard Branson today and I just found out that his home address is literally "Richard's House, Necker Island" which is the private island that he owns. As I understand it, basically the island consists of his home on one end and a resort on the other.

Someday I want to be so rich and/or famous that you can just address my envelope to Sam's House, Sam's Private Island.

I also had to correct the report that someone else wrote, because he's Sir Richard or Mr. Branson but not Sir Branson.

Nerdy Coworker: Why do you suppose that is?
Me: *deep tones* England.
Nerdy Coworker: Suddenly I want tea.

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Tue, Mar 4th, 2014 -- 01:37 pm
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So, a while back, I was in a discussion with some friends over the "consentacles" tag on AO3, a fine tag, one which encompasses not only tentacle kink but the incorporation of consent into the tentacle kink. Getting consent is important even for tentacles!

But I am a curious monkey, and so while I was exploring the Consentacles tag, I noticed they had a sister tag, the Dubious Consentacles tag. And for some reason I found this hilarious.

The thing about Archive Of Our Own is that some tags are just kind of there, floating around, and some have been "canonized", or made a standard tag that will pop up if you type part of the word in the appropriate box. And while "consentacles" had been canonized, "dubious consentacles" had not. (Seriously, I still laugh a little every single time.)

So we determined that if we could get five fanfics on AO3 tagged Dubious Consentacles, the tag would eventually be canonized. The best way to do this, naturally, was a Dubious Consentacles fanfic throwdown. The throwdown is over now, but what that means is that I can share my winning entry with all of you!

Title: Kiss The Sky
Rating: R
Summary: Steve's not sure where he is, or how he got there, or why there's a tentacle there, but at least he's having fun.
Warnings: Dubious consent; inadvertent/involuntary (but not, I think it's important to differentiate, unwelcome) drug use.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3.

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Mon, Mar 3rd, 2014 -- 07:58 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

is going to India to work for an NGO helping to empower and educate young women and girls, and is raising money for her paperwork fees, travel, and food for the three-month stay. You can read more about what she's doing and support the trip here.

Christina linked to an Indiegogo to send Alexzander Greer, a twelve year old high-achieving student from Detroit, to China with The People to People Student Ambassador Program in June of 2014. He has raised $2000 but needs another $5000 to make the trip; you can read more or donate here.

erisquicksand linked to a friend's doctoral study regarding the school performance of children with mild bilateral or unilateral hearing loss. They are looking for parents of school-age children with mild or unilateral hearing loss, or recent high schol graduates with mild or unilateral hearing loss, to participate in the study. You can read more or participate here.

digitalemur linked to She Makes Comics, a documentary about women comic book creators and fans, whose kickstarter is closing on March 7th. You can read more at digitalemur's blog post, and donate at the She makes Comics kickstarter.

abyssinia4077 linked to a kickstarter raising money for scientific research studying microbes and hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which can teach us about how to keep groundwater safe while still extracting natural gas. She's 5 days away and just under 50% of her goal. You can read more about her work and support her studies here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

Blue Sky Moment needs to travel from Australia to London to help care for a long-time friend who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, and thus needs to raise $3000 in a hurt. In an attempt to raise money, she has launched an Etsy shop, selling simple button jewellery and accessories. All items are under $10, and she's looking as much for word of mouth about the shop as for purchasing.

Christina linked to Foam on the Range, a small business that sells soaps and lotions. They're expanding and running a kickstarter to let people preorder their fun soaps, including a Game of Thrones themed soap set. You can read more about their cool perks and donate to get one here.


[personal profile] iamshadow linked to a post about Emma, who is in need of housing in Western Washington. Emma is a trans woman and a person with disability who does not have much to offer in the way of rent; she is looking for a rent-free room or one under $250/month. You can read more and help out here.

[personal profile] izzy linked to [tumblr.com profile] rhythmsextion and [tumblr.com profile] frog4, two fannish women in Denver, CO who are looking for a third female roommate to share their second story, 3-bedroom 1-bath apartment. They have one cat, and rent is $350/month (utilities not included). Ideally, they are looking for someone to move in April 1. You can contact them through tumblr or rhythmsextion at gmail dot com.

Just For Fun:

jonaht linked to the super-awesome and semi-interactive Periodic Table of Storytelling.

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

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Sun, Mar 2nd, 2014 -- 02:25 pm
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ysabet has named my Neato brand robot vacuum.

Its name is now MagNeato.


I set him off this morning to clean the living room, and he seems to have done a passable job. He did immediately hump the ottoman, but frankly I think the trash can probably finds that a relief. The trash can never truly loved Dalek Suck, merely accepted its affections.

At any rate, the entire apartment has now been vacuumed for the first time in months, though I have been doing my best with a broom in the meantime. While MagNeato is not as good at corners as Dalek Suck was (he doesn't have the spinny corner brush, it's probably a patent issue) he certainly cleans much faster. And I've been able to program him to clean while I'm not here, which I'm sure will not go poorly at all.

One step closer to the glorious future of our robot overlords!

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Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.
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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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-— 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!
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Abby: Hmm.
Gibbs: Hmm.
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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.'
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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