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, Jul 12th, 2014 -- 06:06 am
Today's Specials:

My superstitions, let me show you them:

Yesterday I bought a 7-day pass to the T, which costs $19. I paid with a $20 bill and got a single coin back in change, and in the dim light of the station I assumed it was a Sacajawea dollar coin, because those are standard dollar change in Chicago, and tossed it in my pocket.

But no -- emptying my pockets this morning, I found it's a Susan B. Anthony dollar. Which doesn't really matter, except that they were made much earlier. It happens to be a Susan B. Anthony dollar from 1979, and mum taught me as a tyke that coins from your birth year are lucky. So I have a new lucky Boston charm!

Yesterday was fun. I did the Boston Public Library at Copley, which has the secret hidden Sargent gallery, a series of murals painted by John Singer Sargent in what amounts to a third-floor stairwell. I'll post some photos of it eventually; I particularly love the Pagan Gods side of the mural set. Then I went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, which I will not post photos of because no photos are allowed, but I did get to tell the full story of the Gardner Theft to a friend, and I love telling that story.

There's actually a great narrative way to do it -- you start on the 3rd floor in the Gothic Room so you can introduce them to ISG herself in the painting Sargent did of her (it was a very Sargent themed day), and then if you take the stairs in the next room down, you basically come out right into the room where the Vermeer and the Rembrandt were, which leads into the room where the Degas watercolors were. Then you enjoy the museum, and stop on the ground floor in the room just past the sarcophagus to pay your respects to the second portrait Sargent did of her, when she was eighty.

It's very striking, coming down the stairs and seeing the empty frame where Storm On The Sea of Galilee once hung. Of the stolen paintings, the Vermeer is the most valuable; it was one of only 34 Vermeers in the world. But I prefer Storm On The Sea of Galilee, because I think it's a more interesting painting and because Rembrandt painted himself into it -- he's the one in the cap, looking out at the viewer from midships.

We went to the MFA, got SO EPICALLY LOST, and finally ended up at the 21st Amendment, a bar I had always wanted to try, which turned out to be cozy but pleasant. I had a sparerib grilled cheese sandwich, which was AMAZING.

Then somehow I killed my phone's battery so hard that it took a few hours to notice it was charging. I was a little freaked out it might be dead for good, but it was fully charged when I woke up this morning, so yay for that :D

Today I'm off to do the Freedom Trail and the Aquarium. I may not have feet by the end of the day, I won't lie. On the other hand, I keep applying Chicago scale to Boston, and the city blocks aren't nearly as long here as they are there, so I keep being surprised at how FAST I get everywhere. I think they're about comparable in size, but I'm moving about in a much smaller radius than I would in Chicago.

Anyway, I'm heading out to Finagle A Bagel, which used to do such massive bagels for breakfast that I would eat half, then shove the other half in my backpack for safekeeping until lunch time. I have no real nostalgia for Dunkin Donuts, but Finagle A Bagel holds a special place in my heart.

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Thu, Jul 10th, 2014 -- 08:11 pm
Today's Specials:

 I have achieved my hotel room! 

 
I won't lie, I wandered nostalgically around Copley Square for a while first. I spent many a happy hour in the musty back rooms of the library last time I was here, and tomorrow I'm going over in the morning to see if I can't get a peep at the Sargent murals. they were being cleaned last time, and the time before that I was stunned by them but didn't know their history. 
 
The hotel is very elderly and rather off the beaten path, but it's also very cheap and I won't be here much anyway. I did laugh when the front desk woman said there was no internet in the rooms. SOMEONE IS TESTING ME, I thought. But they provide Wifi in the "common areas" and apparently my room is quite common, since I get three bars. Not enough for streaming, but enough to suit my needs.
 
I have a secret love of hotel rooms. 
 
I had forgotten how New England this town is, which sounds funny, but it's true. I got off the bus and just inhaled a faceful of Yankee. It never really made such an impact on me before, but back then I was coming from California, which has a less rigid culture than most places, I think. Coming to New England from Chicago, I couldn't help but think GOD DAMN I'M SO MIDWESTERN.
 
Not that I mind. The midwest has its charms. But it's really, really evident. When I was checking in, the woman looked at my Texas driver's license, peered at me, and then said, "Texas?"
 
"I'm actually coming from Chicago," I said, and understanding dawned.
 
I mean, it could be worse. I could be Texan. :D 

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Thu, Jul 10th, 2014 -- 12:22 pm
Today's Specials:

Last night AT&T disconnected my internet. They were supposed to disconnect it on the 21st. Not sure how they got "Wednesday the 9th" from "Monday the 21st" but since I called two minutes too late to speak to a reactivation specialist, they told me they'd have to make a new account if I wanted internet back.

So I've got no internet at home until the 19th of this month. Just, FYI. I may have said some very abusive things to the Customer Care team on twitter. They were a shitty ISP anyway.

But, the positive note in all this is, I won't be home for much of that time. I'm flying out to the east coast this afternoon, and I won't be back until Sunday evening. Then I'm moving on Thursday and Friday of next week, so really between now and then that's only four nights without internet. I can totally handle that. *jitters* Right? 

Anyway, I'll try to post regularly from Boston but the best way to keep an eye on me is twitter or instagram, where my photos will be posted -- tumblr too, but tumblr also has my queue stuff so it clutters up a little more.

I'll say hi to the Sacred Cod and the Sargent murals for everyone.

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Wed, Jul 9th, 2014 -- 04:15 pm
Today's Specials:

 I'm in a cab headed to the realtor's office to pick up the keys to my new apartment, and as we zoomed up Lake Shore I realized I could probably see my new building from the road. I kept an eye out and sure enough, there it was looking fly as fuck like only a building constructed at the turn of the last century can.

I may have made a less than dignified noise as we passed it. Fortunately my cab driver is busy swearing at the guy in front of him in at least two languages.

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Mon, Jul 7th, 2014 -- 07:23 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] flamethrower just got hit with medical bills, school fees, car repairs, and vet costs all at once, and is raising money to stay afloat and feed her kids. She's selling jewelry at Storenvy here (which doesn't charge fees) and at Etsy here (which does). She is also taking donations via paypal at flamethrower at thedeadcat.net.

Tess is a college student abroad for a London summer program, and is facing some unanticipated costs. She's raising money to keep afloat in London, and to be able to pay her rent when she returns home. You can read more and help her out at her gofundme here.

mamculuna's cousin's son Zak was diagnosed with a rare chromosome abnormality, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, one of 1200 diagnosed worldwide. While his treatment is going well, his family is trying to raise funds to attend a conference where they can meet other children and parents in the same situation. You can read more and support their efforts here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Apollinaire Theatre Company's 2014 summer show, which offers free, outdoor bilingual summer theatre in the park in New England. Apparently this year they're doing some masked theatre, which is very close to my heart. You can read more about their work and support the project at their kickstarter here.

[twitter.com profile] coriana_hunt linked to Flat Earth Theatre's call for scripts by female playwrights, and/or scripts that feature challenging, in-depth rolse for female actors. Niche, geeky, historical, or futuristic, they want thoughtful and interesting scripts. You can read more about Flat Earth here; to get in touch, tweet Coriana at the above twitter address or leave a comment at [personal profile] coriana. They're especially looking for works about Nelly Bly or the Triangle Factory Fire.

[personal profile] akatonbo has a follow up to last week's story about the kittens; one has had to have an amputation of her leg but is doing well, but they still need help with vet bills and shots for the rest of the litter. They have pictures and fundraising information at their facebook page here.

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Fri, Jul 4th, 2014 -- 07:42 am
Today's Specials:The Last Hurrah

I woke up early this morning, and as I was shifting boxes around and continuing to pack, it occurred to me that this is the last weekend I'll spend in this apartment. Next weekend I'll be on the east coast, and the weekend after, I'll be unpacking in The Green Room, as I've taken to calling the new apartment. (It's green on the inside.)

 It's been a mixed blessing, my little third-floor eyrie here. On the one hand, I've weathered mice, wasps, and a peculiar breed of spider I've never encountered before. On the other, it's large, well-heated in winter, and it's been a good shelter for me for the past six years. It watched me do an awful lot of growing up. I'm going to miss the neighborhood, Byron's and the bodega and the leaf-lined street, and being able to just run down the block to R's place when I wanted to hang out and/or bask in central air conditioning. 

R and I have hatched a plan to keep in close touch, though. He shops regularly at the Trader Joe's near my new place, so it's likely that instead of meeting up at his place after work, he'll swing by mine on his way home. After all, I'll have cable television. :D

The new place is a lot more expensive, rentwise, than the eyrie, and it comes with a lot more social obligations, like a doorman and a condo association. But it's closer to work and newer and self-contained, and appropriately enough, this being the fourth, it feels a bit like freedom. 

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Wed, Jul 2nd, 2014 -- 03:22 pm
Today's Specials:

That's it, no more doctors under the age of 45.

I have had so many doctors, you guys, and it's not because I'm feeble, although I am. It's because the fucking leave you at the drop of a hat. I stopped having primary care physicians when I literally never saw the same one twice in three years, despite going to the same office for three years. And I was perfectly fine without one for two, maybe three years. And then I went to this one specialist and they were all, who's your primary care physician?

Me: I don't have one.
Them: What do you mean?
Me: I have no use for one. I don't need a recommendation to see you, I have a good insurance plan.
Them: *super duper sarcastic* So you just called us and made an appointment yourself.
Me: Uh. Yes? Your scheduler let me, so I didn't figure there was a problem.
Them: *utterly appalled and confused look*

So I got another primary care physician, this time from a different medical center, and sure enough, she just left because her rotation was up. She sent me a goodbye packet, which admittedly is new. It had a form letter, a little two-page comic about how to transition doctors, and a certificate of achievement for helping forward the cause of medicine.

I called my new primary care physician, because I have a hernia and I need 1. painkillers and 2. assistance setting up surgery.

Scheduler: She has nothing open until late September.
Me: Well, that's...sort of useless. Is there another doctor in the practice I can see?
Scheduler: None of them start until August.
Me: *sigh* Clinic?
Scheduler: *sympathetic* Clinic. I'll pencil you in for tomorrow.

I have never had this problem with anyone over the age of 45, because they all stay the hell put.

My god do I sound like I'm 75 years old today.

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Tue, Jul 1st, 2014 -- 02:11 pm
Today's Specials:

In the next forty days I am flying both east and west, moving house, and hosting two different guests.

I head east on the 10th, but between the new phone and the traveling laptop, I shouldn't be too far out of touch. If you have instagram, that'll probably be the best way to keep an eye on me. (Lord knows someone should.)

On the 17th, Mum arrives in town, and on the 18th, the movers are going to shift all my shit from Wrigleyville to Printer's Row. Really it's properly the Prairie District, but I'd much rather be afiliated with the weird combination of literati, wine lovers, and drug dealers just west of the new apartment than the super-weird combination of futures traders and Hot Fuzz style Neighborhood Watch Alliance members to the south.

Actually I could just call it the Museum Campus; that way I'm hanging out with a shitload of fish and some dinosaur skeletons, which let's face it, is where I fit best.

Then, at the end of July, I'm off to the annual research conference, this year held In The West, and in August I have a houseguest visiting who is desirous that I show her the yarn stores, poutineries, and giant surrealist sculptures that are the backbone of Chicago's cultural milieu.

It's a good thing my surgeon doesn't seem to think I should have hernia surgery until later in the year. I'm going to need September just to recuperate from the Great July.

2014 TURNED OUT TO BE MORE EXCITING THAN I HAD ANTICIPATED OR INDEED DESIRED.

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Mon, Jun 30th, 2014 -- 08:40 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] yousucksir is a teacher's tumblr I follow, and he has a post up fundraising to help pay hospital bills for Nicolas, a former student of his who was paralyzed in a shooting last year. You can read the post and find out how to help here; I also recommend his tumblr as an entertaining glimpse into a teacher's life.

tabaqui linked to a fundraiser for marciaelena, who is trying to get back on her feet (including getting a working fridge, and paying off cooking gas, phone, and internet bills) after a tough year. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] quantumlore is a student in Illinois who is struggling financially after having to pay some medical bills. She is raising money to cover her bills through gofundme, and offering handmade gifts by level. You can read more and give to her fundraiser here; she is also posting updates on her progress in paying off bills and such at her tumblr.

[personal profile] girlingoldboots has had her hours drastically cut at work and is having difficulty getting aid benefits; she is in need of an immediate $300 to cover emergency costs but will need to raise more than that long term. You can read more and donate at her youcaring site, donate directly via paypal at forfookssake at gmail.com, or check out her signal-boosting tumblr, [tumblr.com profile] the-lady-clare.

[dreamwidth.org profile] akatonbo has a friend who found a litter of kittens in her shed and needs help with their vet care and adoption preparation; they're also looking for potential forever homes in south central Michigan. You can read more and donate here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] worldsonpaper is looking for housing in Sydney's Inner West. She is 26, looking for a room to rent, a roommate for her current flat, or someone interested in a new houseshare, preferably fannish whatever the situation. She has a budget of $250/week plus bills, and needs to be able to commute to the city easily. You can reach her at her tumblr or at wieldswords at gmail.com.

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

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Sun, Jun 29th, 2014 -- 12:11 pm
Today's Specials:

Me: *emailing a friend* Doing Radio Free Monday prep is haaaard. 
Friend: *ten minutes later* Aw, RFM. It won't take long!
Me: Actually I just finished doing the prep. 

See, when you set up a google form, it dumps the results into a spreadsheet, and my RFM spreadsheet is AMAZING. It has cut the time I spend on Radio Free Monday by three quarters. I don't know if it's just that I read data better this way or what, but the form is working really well. I loooooove Google Forms. I want to run my life via Google Forms. Somehow. There must be a way. 

And anyway it's not like there's a lot else for me to do right now when I'm at home. I've set up my new laptop and cleaned off the old one, and all of my worldly possessions save clothing, computer, and some cleaning supplies have been packed. My apartment is a series of boxes. But the movers are hired, the new building's been notified, and I am set to jet on out of here on the 18th. It nicely coincides with the company picnic at work, meaning I won't be missed AND won't have to make uncomfortable small talk while standing in the horrible heat and sunshine. So it's a win all around, really. 

July is going to be a little nuts, but any time I think I'm stressed, I remember what it was like not to be able to take prescription pain medication when I had gallstones, and anything else seems manageable by comparison. 

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Wed, Jun 25th, 2014 -- 04:07 pm
Today's Specials:

 OH MY GOD

About a month ago I managed to rip my duvet cover in half (I am hard on my belongings; I tend to buy rugged) so I went on a quest for a new duvet cover. Someone suggested I needed a Captain American duvet, and my response was essentially "Yes, so that I will never get laid again."

This morning Mum sent me an email announcing that she was mail-ordering me a blanket so that she wouldn't have to bring an extra one when she came to help me move. She included a link.

She bought me an Avengers duvet.

The best part about all this? The reason she bought it for me is that I told her the story of the Never Get Laid Blanket, but what she took away from it was that I wanted a comic-book themed duvet. 

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Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014 -- 07:58 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

nancylebov linked to a fundraiser for a friend who is on SSI disability, and having trouble paying the bills for herself and her teenage son. You can read more and support her fundraising here.

mythologian was just placed on unpaid furlough at work for a few weeks, and is having trouble covering her bills (she's just had major dental work done). You can read more about her shop at its Facebook page, and help out by purchasing from her Etsy store.

taragreen89's sister Olympia, a photographer and visual artist, was recently awarded a two month artist residency with the Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside in Troy, NY. She has a kickstarter up here to raise $2K for residency fees and material costs, and you can check out her professional portfolio here.

karadin linked to a fundraiser for the Stanley Theatre in Wisconsin to upgrade their projectors from 35mm film to digital. Many studios have stopped making film prints entirely, and digital can be expensive to upgrade to. The Stanley hosts dollar summer movies, free holiday events, and programs for students with disabilities; you can read more about their donation drive here and give at the kickstarter here.

greenapricot linked to Art For Water, a New England non-profit that brings public-participation art installations about water and global water access to museums and schools across the US. They are raising money to create a virtual version of their current physical art installation, Stream of Conscience. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.


Help for Free:

[personal profile] tealin is looking for a room to rent in London or Cambridge starting sometime in July. You can read more and get in touch at her Dreamwidth post here. (I will personally vouch for her character, she's awesome.)

[personal profile] staranise is looking for a poly-friendly psychotherapist in the Washington DC area for a friend. You can read more and offer your suggestions here.


Help for You:

sanura's non-profit textbook publisher is looking for a good HTML5/CSS3 web developer. They're looking for local if possible but will pay relocation and apparently telecommute is also a possibility. You can read more and apply here.

Anon linked to Dash, a web tutorial for learning HTML, CSS, and Javascript through projects you do in your browser. They linked specifically because after a few projects it offers to teach you how to style your own Tumblr page.


Just For Fun:

Anon linked to Longform, a site that collates good examples of long-form journalism. They thought we might especially enjoy the archive on con men. :D

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, in comments here, or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).

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Sat, Jun 21st, 2014 -- 12:47 pm
Today's Specials:

What up everyone, I am blastin' out to you like a radio DJ from my new laptop. Which is super-nice, although the mouse has no buttons, just pressure plates, so if anyone knows where I can buy some kind of like...stick-on buttons, I would be much obliged.

While all my files transfer from my old computer to my new, I've been trying to eat up the food I have in the apartment, since my move date is set: July 18th I'm moving, and thank god, because while all my belongings fit in my apartment, somehow all the boxes full of them aren't quite fitting properly.

So this morning I made pasta alfredo, pasta salad, and vinegar barbecue sauce that I'm hoping to use on sloppy joe later. It's a very Methodist Potluck morning. Tomorrow it's all fried rice and applesauce. I feel like rather than having a housewarming I should have a housecolding where I have people over to eat up all this goddamn food.

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Fri, Jun 20th, 2014 -- 08:39 am
Today's Specials:

I posted about this on Tumblr yesterday but catkolinked me on Dreamwidth and I realised you guys really deserved to witness my rage as well :D

So this happened:

Giant Marilyn Thrown Out

A giant statue of actress Marilyn Monroe was dumped at a garbage collecting company in Guigang, China. The almost 30-foot tall stainless steel statue, which weighs about eight tons, was made by several Chinese artists over two years, based on the famous scene from her movie “The Seven Year Itch.”

The statue was transported to the garbage collecting company early this week for unknown reasons after being on display outside a business center in the city for only 6 months, local media reported.

OH MY GOD YOU GUYS I AM HAUNTED FOREVER BY GIANT MARILYN.

For those of you who weren't here or don't remember, I had a longstanding grudge against Forever Marilyn, a sculpture in Chicago of an iconic NEW YORK cinema scene (as one editorial of the era said, “Did we lose some kind of bet?”).

I hated everything about her, from the creepy rapey way she was installed to the fact that someone thought this was actually “art” to the frat boys who were there EVERY DAY photographing each other pretending to lick her panties to the fact that because it drew tourists it drew pickpockets to the fact that the filming of this scene inspired her husband to beat her so badly the neighbors called the police. I hated this statue with a passion.

And apparently they made one in China, too! I don’t know whether the Chinese artists were copying Seward Johnson (who also did a shitty, derivative “sculpture” of American Gothic, because he has no original ideas) or whether he ripped them off (likely) or whether the idea just came into being in two separate places at once.

On the one hand, I’m thrilled that it’s been thrown out (though the Seward Johnson version that defaced Chicago for a year still stands in Long Beach as far as I know). I would see every statue of Marilyn Monroe’s Upskirt destroyed. On the other hand, it’s hard to celebrate her being dumped in the trash, because it’s a continuing commentary on the commodification of womens’ bodies, and the disposal thereof when they are no longer deemed attractive or useful. So it’s hard to see the sculpture, but hard also to celebrate the above image.

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Tue, Jun 17th, 2014 -- 01:10 pm
Today's Specials:

I no longer have to look for a job or an apartment.

Guys, I'm not sure what to do with my lunch hour anymore. In theory I could use it to eat lunch! But that seems like such a waste.

I keep telling this story so it might not be new, but it keeps being funny so imma keep telling it: the other day I was at the doctor's office and they had me doing one of those stress surveys, like, have you had any major life changes lately, and I just stared at the little box for it and thought, there's not enough room on the form to list them all.

I mean really at this point all I'm missing for a hat trick is a divorce, and I'd have to get married first.

Still, presumably the worst is past, for now. Except for packing, which is on hold until I get more boxes.

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Mon, Jun 16th, 2014 -- 07:54 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Thank you to everyone who helped test out the RFM form this past week. This is going to be very useful for me! Also whoever left the test entry from Thor Odinson made me lol super hard. :D

Corrections first:

Last week I mentioned a caveat on the fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] medievalpoc and since then more info has come to light which renders the caveat the likely product of misinformation (potentially deliberate harassment). You can read more about the entire situation in the comments here but I wanted to repost the fundraiser, sans caveat, in light of that information. My apologies!

[tumblr.com profile] medievalpoc is experiencing financial difficulty, and raising funds to keep the MedievalPOC site afloat.

Ways To Give:

sweetngenki linked to a fundraiser for Angelie, a young girl with selective mutism. The funds are to pay for travel to a research center in Pennsylvania and treatment at the center. You can read more and donate here.

[personal profile] girlingoldboots has had her hours drastically cut at work and is having difficulty getting aid benefits; she is in need of an immediate $300 to cover emergency costs but will need to raise more than that long term. You can read more and donate at her gofundme, donate directly via paypal at forfookssake at gmail.com, or check out her signal-boosting tumblr, [tumblr.com profile] the-lady-clare.

[tumblr.com profile] owlpockets linked to a fundraiser for Debra, a young woman who is trying to get medical attention and treatment for her seizures so that she can get her life back on track. You can read more and donate here.

[personal profile] kaberett linked to a fundraiser for [personal profile] rising, whose laptop has died. He has made many Dreamwidth themes -- apparently chances are good you are or have used one, if you're on Dreamwidth -- so this is a chance to give back in a very direct way.

taragreen89's sister Uma was accepted to the HARTT summer intensive, and won a partial merit scholarship but needs to raise $3675 to cover tuition/room/board. They have been able to extend their fundraiser with 68% raised; they are offering perks at their indiegogo fundraiser but are asking even people who can't give to share the campaign on Facebook, which could earn them a place on Indiegogo's front page.

taragreen89's sister Olympia, a photographer and visual artist, was recently awarded a two month artist residency with the Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside in Troy, NY. She has a kickstarter up here to raise $2K for residency fees and material costs, and you can check out her professional portfolio here.

etakyma linked to the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, established over fifty years ago and dedicated to telling the story of Rhode Island's Indigenous Peoples. You can read more about the museum at their facebook page and read about how to support the museum here.


Help For Free:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Double Union's feminist community workshop being held the evening of June 18th in the San Francisco bay area. It's for people who love gardening or want to help contribute to open source projects; there will be free food and tinkering about with Growstuff, a gardening software project.

digitalemur linked to EteRNA, a game where you...okay guys, I'm gonna admit I don't understand how the game works, I've tried multiple times to understand it over the past few months, but it helps scientists somehow, so if you can understand the game I believe it's quite fun AND helpful. :D


Fandom News:

claudiapriscus linked to the organizing tumblr for the Supernatural Day Of Fandom Love. If you're in the SPN fandom or just really like positive fandom experiences, check it out!

sanura is doing a show on June 29th, which will include her musical version of my own Eulogy for the Walking Dead! The show will be in Houston, Texas, and you can learn more about it or buy tickets here.


Just For Fun:

bare_bear linked to "Listen to Wikipedia", a site which translates Wikipedia edits into music. It's amazing and pretty soothing.

[tumblr.com profile] getlukinmusic has just moved to Wellington, NZ from London and is loving the city, but is having trouble making friends in the new big urban environment. She's looking for other fannish Wellington residents to meet up and hang out with! You can contact her at her tumblr if you're interested.


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, 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, Jun 15th, 2014 -- 06:23 am
Today's Specials:

I got news last night that I got the apartment I was hoping for, so hurrah! Virtual housewarming at Sam's in about a month!

There's a lot to do between now and then, but I'm mostly packed, because I'm neurotic about things like that. And the nice thing is that my new place officially becomes mine on the 15th of July, but I'm not out of my old place until the 30th, so I have two weeks in which to move. If I didn't have so many goddamn stairs in this building, I'd just move myself, a couple of boxes a day, but I am so looking forward to hiring movers. MOVERS.

Anyway you can read a description of my new apartment here, and I will totally post photos when I get access to the apartment again.

NEW APARTMENT \o/

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Fri, Jun 13th, 2014 -- 09:49 am
Today's Specials:

Test drive time!

I've been working to make RFM more streamlined for me and more informative for all of you, and I had a little lightbulb moment where I thought, I could make a Google Form for this.

So I did. But! While it demands of you all the information I require, I don't know if it's friendly for you, the user, to operate. So I will still take comments and emails as RFM requests for the next few weeks, but I'd also like people to test out the new Radio Free Monday Submissions Form and make sure my verbage is correct and that you can convey all the info you need to convey.

The form is here and it is live; feel free to submit actual RFM items or "Test" items to help me test the form. If you're submitting a test item, all I ask is that you put TEST in the "Blurb Information" box. You can put other stuff too, just put TEST first.

IN OTHER NEWS, I am literally one document away from renting a new apartment. I will tell you about it soon, because it's glorious, and every time I tell people about what I'm paying and what I will get for it, their immediate reaction is "Is it haunted?"

THINK GOOD THOUGHTS FOR ME I NEED THEM. It's Friday the 13th and my credit check is running as we speak.

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Wed, Jun 11th, 2014 -- 03:18 pm
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SO HEY you guys remember when a robot ripped my gallbladder from my still-living body? GOOD TIMES RIGHT?

It turns out the "no lifting more than twenty pounds for six to eight weeks" rule totally is there for a reason and really you shouldn't decide that lifting a fifteen pound item is okay because it's not quite twenty pounds. And it's not just because you might pop your stitches, which for the record I did not do.

It's also because of something called an incisional hernia, which is where a bit of your insides gets partially outside due to an incompletely healed incision in your abdominal wall. Guess who has two thumbs and a hernia on his bellybutton?

I went to the doctor and they said because I was "in pain, but not enough pain" I am not an urgent case. Apparently you have to be feverish and vomiting to get a look in around here. So I'm meeting with a surgeon next month sometime to see about getting unherniated.

I'm naming him George II. There was no George I, I just think George II sounds more regal.

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Mon, Jun 9th, 2014 -- 05:41 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

thkya linked to a fundraiser for a friend who is struggling to pay for the medication and treatment they need. You can read more about Tammy's kidney condition and find out how to donate here.

[profile] thebonesofferallletters is raising funds to get themselves and their family and roommates out of a hostile living environment in a house that is falling apart and being foreclosed on fairly soon. You can read more about their various fundraising activities here and more about their situation at their gofundme page here.

[tumblr.com profile] textileowl has a fundraiser up to get themselves and their cats back to Columbus from Atlanta at the end of July. You can read more and find a donation link here.

[personal profile] starspiritgate linked to a post by [tumblr.com profile] teal-deer, who is being unfairly evicted by her roommates and needs to find housing through October, within thirty minutes of Hunt Valley, Maryland. You can read more about what she's looking for here.

[personal profile] kaberett linked to a fundraiser for [personal profile] rising, whose laptop has died. He has made many Dreamwidth themes -- apparently chances are good you are or have used one, if you're on Dreamwidth -- so this is a chance to give back in a very direct way.

Saira linked to [personal profile] kythryne, whose partner has just begun divorce proceedings, potentially limiting her main means of support. She needs to increase the sales of her jewelry business in order to make mortgage payments. You can read more here and check out her shop Wyrding Studios here.

mycatsellsclues linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] medievalpoc, who is experiencing financial difficulty and trying to keep the MedievalPOC site afloat. I am posting this with a caveat that there has been a lot of controversy about the site lately, particularly concerning the question of whether the mod is (as they claim) a person of colour, as well as the accuracy of their scholarship. You may wish to investigate further before you support the project.

Pellucid linked to Refuge Restrooms, a web app that "seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals" by providing interactive maps of safe places to use the restroom (ie, places with single-stall restrooms or which are queer friendly). You can find out how to help and donate here.

[personal profile] arsenicjade linked to a kickstarter for "Not My Father's Son", a documentary about Nate Phelps, son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. The film appears to be focused less on the church and more on abuse survivorhood and mental health, and looks like it's going to be a pretty intriguing film. There are perks available at various donation levels; you can read more about the film and donate here.

taragreen89's sister Uma was accepted to the HARTT summer intensive, and won a partial merit scholarship but needs to raise $3675 to cover tuition/room/board. They have been able to extend their fundraiser with 68% raised; they are offering perks at their indiegogo fundraiser but are asking even people who can't give to share the campaign on Facebook, which could earn them a place on Indiegogo's front page.

taragreen89's sister Olympia, a photographer and visual artist, was recently awarded a two month artist residency with the Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside in Troy, NY. She has a kickstarter up here to raise $2K for residency fees and material costs, and you can check out her professional portfolio 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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Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.
-- Daniel Burnham

The Egotists' Club is one of the most genial places in London. It is a place to which you may go when you want to tell that odd dream you had last night, or to announce what a good dentist you have discovered. You must not mention golf or fish, however...as Lord Peter Wimsey said when the matter was mooted the other day in the smoking-room, those are things you can talk about anywhere.
-- Dorothy Sayers, The Man With The Copper Fingers

"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all, I know that just to be alive is a grand thing."
-- Agatha Christie

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

All over Hollywood, they are continually advising me 'Oh, you mustn't say that. That will get you in a lot of trouble' when I remark that some picture or writer or director or producer is no good. I don't get it. If he isn't any good, why can't you say so? If more people would mention it, pretty soon it might start having some effect.
-- Humphrey Bogart

"At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid."
-— Friedrich Nietzsche

Abby: Is that a guess, or do you actually know where I'm going with this?
Gibbs: What do you think?
Abby: Well, I don't know. That's why I ask you.
Gibbs: Why don't you just tell me?
Abby: So, you don't know!
Gibbs: I want to make sure you know.
Abby: Hmm.
Gibbs: Hmm.
Abby: We should play poker sometime.
Gibbs: Yeah we should!
-- NCIS 1.14, "The Good Samaritan"

I am as idle as idle can be: one of the causes you have hit on, viz irresolution, the other being made fully aware that my noddle is not capacious enough to retain or comprehend Mathematics. Beetle hunting & such things I grieve to say is my proper sphere.
-- Charles Darwin

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Can I read books? Yes. Have I visited every star in the universe? No.
-- Stephen Fry

'I'm sure we can pull together, sir.'
Lord Vetinari raised his eyebrows. 'Oh, I do hope not, I really do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.'
-- Terry Pratchett, The Truth

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
-- HG Wells

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water.
-- James Michener

It always seemed to me that those who claim to know that others are going to hell must already be very familiar with the way to get there.
--Mark Landers

I come in peace, I depart in gratitude.
-- Garrison Keillor

Information is the currency of democracy.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Up to the age of 40, I don't think there was a science-fiction book I hadn't read. I love them because they're a marvelous way — and a safe way, I might add — of saying nasty things about our own society.
-- Sydney Newman

You must believe in it and play it for real. If you don't do that how can you expect anyone else to?
-- Verity Lambert

You need more than a key to get into my ship. You need knowledge.
-- The Doctor

Maintaining integrity as a private detective is difficult; to preserve it for the hundred thousand words of a book would be impossible for me, as it has been for so many others. Nothing corrupts a man so deeply as writing a book; the myriad temptations are overpowering.
-- Rex Stout, The Mother Hunt

Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.
-- Studs Terkel

I feel good when I am doing it and better than when I am not.
-- John Steinbeck, in response to the question "Why do you write?"

I dunno, this is a really hard job, I gotta come up with five opinions a week.
-- Cheers