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...
Mon, Mar 7th, 2016 -- 03:17 pm
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So, I decided I wanted to learn more about the stock market.

Well, it's always struck me as a terribly irrational way to run an economy, but if I'm going to dislike it I should understand why. And really the only way I learn is by doing, so I asked Nakki about it, since I knew she did a little investing, and she pointed me to the RobinHood app, which lets you buy and sell stock in realtime for no fee.

I threw fifty bucks in and built a portfolio, just to kind of see what’s what, and today I made my first sale -- I bought Grubhub at $18 in late January and just sold it for $25. Probably I shouldn't have sold, but the whole thing's an experiment, not a wealth-building exercise, and seven dollars' profit is a bonus.

Plus it freed up just enough cash to buy into Fitbit. :D We'll see how well my picks continue....

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Mon, Mar 7th, 2016 -- 07:40 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] ixzianna is a disabled student raising funds for a Power Assist device, the MX SmartDrive, which will help her resolve accessibility issues on a somewhat un-Accessible campus where she is starting a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree. You can read more, see a demo of the MX SmartDrive, and support her fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] thephoenix04 linked to a fundraiser for a former coworker's daughter, who has been selected to represent her school and state at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Conference, where she'll be accepting an award and meeting with Nobel Prize winners and other young future leaders in science and medicine. She needs to raise funds to attend the conference; you can read more and support her here.

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

[tumblr.com profile] digitaldiscipline is participating in a team attempt at The Sufferlandrian Knighthood, a bike training event to raise money for Puppies Behind Bars and Oxfam. They'll be showing a live feed of the grueling workout; you can read more and support their ride here.

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to [twitter.com profile] Donorschamps, a twitter bot a friend of hers wrote to find "classroom requests for exciting projects, preferably for high-poverty schools, that just need a little more to be successful". You can check or follow @donorschamps to find almost-funded campaigns that you can help push over into success.

[tumblr.com profile] wrw47 linked to a job opportunity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for academic staff/researchers in the Computer Science department. They're looking for people with UNIX use and programming experience; you can read the job description here and [tumblr.com profile] wrw47 says you can also ping his askbox if you have questions.

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Thu, Mar 3rd, 2016 -- 12:29 pm
Today's Specials:

Trying to get back in the swing of things; this has been a crazy week. February always bleeds over a little.

I didn't work a full week in February at all, which was for good, happy reasons, but still left me feeling very short-handed. I was looking forward to getting in a full workweek this week, but on Tuesday I woke up, did like two things, and then realized I had a scintillating scotoma so bad I couldn't see out of my left eye. (They're relatively harmless but can be heralds of migranes; they never have been for me but why risk it.) I also felt exhausted, despite having had seven hours of sleep the night before. So I emailed my boss and said I wouldn't be in, and then I went back to bed and slept for another five hours. The only reason I woke up when I did was that my fitbit buzzer went off to tell me it was lunch time.

Because I get up at 4am, I now eat lunch at 10:30am, which is hilarious.

Anyway, that crunched this week up, and next week will be crunched up with work, but almost everything I have assigned to me right now is due on the 14th, and after that, blissful quiet.

I hope.

In the meantime, I ran 5K on the treadmill this morning. I've decided I'm going to name my 5K runs even though they are just morning treadmill runs. This morning's 5K was the Avengers Academy Open Invitational And 5K Charleston Danceathon, which will mostly be funny to those of us playing the Avengers Academy smartphone app.

Today's origami, now that I'm getting back to THAT too, is a rather sad whale:



*sad whale noises*

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Mon, Feb 29th, 2016 -- 07:28 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] thebibliosphere needs vital medical testing for an undiganosed GI issue which is preventing her from being able to eat properly or find employment. Insurance won't cover much of it, so she needs to raise the rest independently. You can read more about her issues and costs and find her paypal info here.

[tumblr.com profile] doctorscienceknowsfandom linked to a fundraiser for Duranee, who was laid off at the end of January and lost their housing at the end of February (landlord wanted to reoccupy the house himself). She's raising funds to cover the cost of moving and, as of Sunday, to get a tire replaced on the road. You can read more and help her get to Boise here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is having trouble managing medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn back money for the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

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

Anon linked to a fundraiser for WFPRR, a volunteer-run small steam railroad which is facing a lot of damage after recent flooding of the Meramec river. They're raising money to restore the grounds and facilities; you can read more and support the railroad here.

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to !!Con, a conference focusing on "the joy, excitement, and surprise of programming" in NYC on May 7th-8th. They're currently seeking proposals for ten-minute talks on programming-related subjects; you can read more and get a link to submit here.


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

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Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016 -- 07:30 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] thebibliosphere, who has had a furnace breakdown recently and is unable to pay for emergency medical procedures (necessary for her to return to work) because of the cost. She's offering fic in exchange for donations; you can read more here, including info about her situation; a link to her paypalme widget is here to support her directly.

[personal profile] aunty_marion's friend's niece Jessica and her acrobatic partner Olivia have been selected to represent Great Britain in the World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championship in China next month. They're fundraising GBP3000 to cover expenses, which they will have to pay themselves; you can read more about this extraordinary pair and support them here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is having trouble managing medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn back money for the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] jabberwockypie, who is struggling to make ends meet this month after her stepfather failed to pay child support. Her mother has recently had medical issues and she's trying to raise about $250 to get through the month. You can read more here; she doesn't have a fundraiser up but her paypal email is sam.says.bazinga at gmail.com.

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

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has launched her Etsy store, selling beaded jewelry, including taking commissions. She's currently job-hunting but for now Etsy is her only source of income; you can check out her Etsy and help out here.

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

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Fri, Feb 19th, 2016 -- 01:46 pm
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AND THEN CHICAGO GAVE US FREE DONUTS.

We went shopping at Belmont Army, where my guest got a dress and I did NOT find a new suit coat that fit, but at least we had fun. Also, Crisp on Belmont, for those of you in Chicago, has really delicious Korean chicken, but the wings are FULL wings, so you don't want the ten-wing platter unless you have a powerful hunger.

After chicken, I decided we should take the train back instead of taking the bus, which meant we could swing past the new Stan's Donuts (HIPSTER DONUTS) and get some donuts on the way home. But I couldn't go into Stan's when I tried, because there were a bunch of people in the doorway...handing out free donuts.

Apparently it's free donuts day at Stan's!

So to sum up, today it was 60 degrees and sunny in Chicago and they gave me a free donut.

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Fri, Feb 19th, 2016 -- 09:47 am
Today's Specials:

I have a guest staying with me this week, and I haven't been able to show her around much because I've had to work and she's had to do some remote-work in the mornings. But today I took off, so we've been watching Hannibal all morning (both of us are puzzled by season three, so an analytical rewatch was in order) and now we're preparing to head out to do some touristing. I need to hit thrift stores, and up at Belmont there's a Korean chicken place we're going to try. Big days in Chicago!

Today’s origami is a lion – done with paper that is printed with cats, and really I should have folded a reverse lion because not a single kitty is visible. Still, I kind of like the pattern that emerges on his mane regardless.



The pattern is older than the site makes it seem – I folded it during my first year of origami, once upon a time – but the diagram is a nice tribute to Cecil the Lion and anyway is a nice clean example of the fold.

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Thu, Feb 18th, 2016 -- 12:24 pm
Today's Specials:

It's been a hell of a two weeks. Mostly travel followed by illness; once you get behind on life it's tough to get out in front of it again. Last week I only worked three days because of this wretched head cold, and this week I was worried I'd need to skip out to hit the doctor, because I thought I might have a sinus infection. Either I don't or the mucinex is making me believe I don't, because the sinus pressure has eased, but I'm very happy to be leaving today and not coming in to work tomorrow. I haven't worked a full week in almost a month, but if they didn't want me to take the vacation time they shouldn't have given me an extra 46 hours of it last month. :D

And I'm back on origami! Today is a winged hat for a viking kind of day. It's flowery!

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Mon, Feb 15th, 2016 -- 07:58 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is having trouble managing medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn back money for the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] jabberwockypie, who is struggling to make ends meet this month after her stepfather failed to pay child support. Her mother has recently had medical issues and she's trying to raise about $250 to get through the month. You can read more here; she doesn't have a fundraiser up but her paypal email is sam.says.bazinga at gmail.com.

You all know about editrx, whose fundraiser I've been promoting for a few months; on top of her struggles to keep her indy bookstore afloat, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate (who is fortunately in jail). She's had to rekey her locks at home and at the bookstore, and she's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.) She could really use the help these next few weeks.

[tumblr.com profile] missworthing linked to a fundraising post for her roommates, who need to clear overdrafts on their bank accounts and pay storage, medical, and rent bills. They don't have a direct fundraiser up but you can read more and give via paypal here, or contact them about commissions.

Emkay linked to a fundraiser for a friend whose family is raising money for a service dog for Asher, a five year old boy with Sensory Processing Disorder, and to help 4Paws For Ability continue their work training dogs for people like Asher. You can read more and support their fundraiser here.

Help For Free:

Katherine is conducting undergraduate academic research on queer engagement in superhero fandoms through the University of Victoria, looking at how "queer fans who are underrepresented in superhero comics use digital strategies of participation to create new spaces for participation and representation." She has an anonymous survey available here where queer fans 19 years and older can make their voices heard. Katherine let me know she reached her sample goal and so has closed the survey. Thanks to everyone who participated!

[personal profile] twilightpony is looking for anecdotes about social interactions that strengthen friendships. They have a fictional My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic blog where they're listing "friendship lessons" and would like to have help coming up with them. You can read more about what they're looking for and how you can help out here.

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

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Thu, Feb 11th, 2016 -- 09:07 am
Today's Specials:

It's been a long week, and it's only Thursday. And I had Monday off. But I did manage to win the weekly "best of Tuesday" award at work, which means I have custody of the trophy for the week, and it's nice to see it gleaming at me from the garden in my cubicle.

I am also coming down with something, potentially strep throat (given my history) but more likely just a chest cold; we'll see how that shakes out.

In the meantime, all the origami in my calendar lately is heart-themed: today was a Note Holding Heart.



The diagram for folding this one is kind of terrible – the final step, the really IMPORTANT part is folding up the little triangle in the middle to “lock” the heart’s curves – but it’s pretty fun. It doesn’t hold a “note” so much as a slip of paper about the size of a fortune cookie, but I like the idea of Fortune Hearts.

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Tue, Feb 9th, 2016 -- 02:10 pm
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Oh my god today kicked my ass. I forgot we're in February, and February is HARD.

But I made time for origami! I made "Swan Love".



Well...some days are better than others.

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Mon, Feb 8th, 2016 -- 09:02 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

I had no new entries for RFM this week, or at least none came up, so I'm reposting the standing entry. If you DID send me a blurb for this week's RFM, please let me know, because either this computer doesn't want me to have them or there's something wrong with the google form.

Ways to Give:

You all know about editrx, whose fundraiser I've been promoting for a few months; on top of her struggles to keep her indy bookstore afloat, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate (who is fortunately in jail). She's had to rekey her locks at home and at the bookstore, and she's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.) She could really use the help these next few weeks.

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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Sat, Feb 6th, 2016 -- 12:06 pm
Today's Specials:

I don't think I mentioned this, between the madness of travel yesterday and the madness of using this tiny broken computer that can barely load websites, but I heard back from the job I was interviewing for in Austin. They decided to offer it to someone else, which is always a bit of an ego blow, but on the other hand by the time I was done with the second interview I knew I didn't want it -- and I didn't want to have to decide between Austin and Chicago.

So I'm actually really happy they didn't offer it to me, and I think my folks are happy too. They'd like to have me in Austin, but Mum says if I'm coming home to help them in their old age I should wait another five to ten years, so I think she gets it.

In other news, I wanted to get my host something special for the party she's throwing, and she expressed an interest in Baiju, which is a kind of Asian liquor made from grains -- in much the same way that Terry Pratchett's "scrapple" drink was made from apples.

So I went to Chicago's Chinatown, to a liquor store where I was told I could reliably acquire it, but of course a lot of the signage and labels are in Chinese. So I approached the cashier, who was this older Chinese dude who clearly either owns the store or runs it, and I said, "I'm looking for some Baiju. It's a gift for lunar new year."

His face LIT UP for some reason and he got super excited, and he said, "Oh, you don't want normal baiju. For toasting! You want violent baiju!"

And what else can you say when someone suggests violent liquor to you? YOU SAY YES. So I said "Yes, show me the violent baiju!"

So I bought some Red Star Guo Tou Jiu, which is fifty six percent alcohol by volume. For reference, most vodka is 40%.

I cannot wait to TASTE THE VIOLENCE.

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Sat, Feb 6th, 2016 -- 09:45 am
Today's Specials:

Last night, my host sat down with a pile of books in her hands and said “By the way, I do a little origami” and busted out like, A BUNCH OF GREAT ORIGAMI and some awesome books, and proceeded to show me the highlights so I could choose from among them.

I happen to have two decks of Captain America cards, and I had brought one with me because it’s always nice to have a deck of playing cards when you travel, and when I saw the “Playing Card Box” I knew…I had to make A CAPTAIN AMERICA CARD BOX.



I’m super duper pleased with how it came out. I’m going to make at least one more out of the deck I have with me. I have a collection of playing cards at home that I never quite know what to do with, so I might break into those as well when I get back.

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Fri, Feb 5th, 2016 -- 09:54 am
Today's Specials:

So I am traveling this week, but I brought my origami paper with me! (I brought the quirky origami paper that folds weird 'cause it's paper-backed foil.) Today I made a golden Penguin And Child.



I do love the way the foil looks in the final figure, even if the corners are a bit sloppy. THE GOLDEN PENGUIN -- it sounds like a spy novel.

Otherwise today I have mostly hung out with people and played Avengers Academy on my phone. Although I did also eat fried cheese curds. Fried cheese curds sit at the parallel apexes of "food that is bad for you" and "the best thing I've ever put in my mouth".

I wake up most morning at 4 to go running, and this morning I woke up at 4 per usual, not because my alarm went off but because a cat was standing on me. And for a split second I thought, oh, the cat wants to go running with me this morning! He's waiting for me to put on my running shoes!

But then I realized that was nonsense, and I went back to sleep. NO RUNNING TODAY, CAT.

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Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016 -- 08:15 am
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Yesterday was what one might call a Really Hard Day so I didn’t get to do any origami (I mean, I had the time, but I was busy holding my mental health together by my fingertips) so today, when I am doing much better, I did two! A red swan and a white swan.



That white swan has some attitude, man.

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Mon, Feb 1st, 2016 -- 07:47 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

You all know about editrx, whose fundraiser I've been promoting for a few months; on top of her struggles to keep her indy bookstore afloat, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate (who is fortunately in jail). She's had to rekey her locks at home and at the bookstore, and she's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.) She could really use the help these next few weeks.

[tumblr.com profile] sadbhyl linked to Hero, a budding chef with an opportunity to study international cuisine and the hospitality industry behind the scenes at Disney World; she's crowdsourcing the funds for the trip in March. This looks like a fascinating program and she is offering perks for certain donation levels; you can read more and support her studies here.

[personal profile] apollymi and [personal profile] katsuko from last week raised enough money to get moved, but are still facing February rent with very little funds. They have a new fundraiser up here for those who can help out.

Zhera linked to the Ali Forney Center in NYC, which helps homeless LGBT kids; the Center is trying to buy the building of Atlah Church in Harlem, a homophobic organization which is being forced to auction the church due to over a million dollars in unpaid bills. You can read more and give to the campaign here, and there's a rebloggable post here.

[tumblr.com profile] archangelsanonymous's cat, Rose, is very sick and she's getting her treatment on a limited budget; she's raising money to cover vet bills for Rose. You can read more and give to help Rose here.

Help For Free:

jennielf is moving from Florida to Colorado Springs around the end of February, relocating for a job and bringing along two small children. She's looking for tips for the area, good places for gaming/fannish stuff, neighborhood and childcare recommendations, that kind of thing. You can contact her at jennielf2016 at gmail.com.

[tumblr.com profile] amara1783 linked to an activism site for Portland sex workers fighting HB4082, which is altering an existing law to make it much more harmful to sex workers. You can read more and engage in activism to fight the bill here.

News To Know:

Anon linked to Netivot, a Boston-based group for LGBTQ Jews engaged with traditional Judaism. They've just launched Netivot Network to connect people and are looking for interested people to join: "Netivot Network connects you to other Netivot members to foster one-on-one connections, such as a chavruta, someone to talk to about queer/Jewish things, or just a new friend." You can read more about Netivot and its associated events here and sign up for the Network 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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Sat, Jan 30th, 2016 -- 02:11 pm
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 I have cooked so many things. So many! All the things. 

Except yogurt, because I forgot how effing long yogurt takes to cook, so it's going to be simmering in the Instant Pot for another, like, four hours. Hot damn I hope the starter I used was still alive, otherwise I'm gonna have spent eight hours waiting for a bowl of hot milk. 

On the plus I now have probably about three weeks' worth of food in the freezer. Casserole party at Sam's house! 

Today's origami is the Blue Whale, a fold so nice I did it twice. Instructions are here (click on the images to embiggen). 



*whale noises* three-dimensional origami is hard to photograph well. Especially when the paper is shiny. 

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Fri, Jan 29th, 2016 -- 07:33 am
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Oh man you guys tomorrow my groceries arrive and I'm gonna cook ALL THE THINGS. I have all this food that I can't quite cook because I'm missing one or two ingredients, and they all will be delivered by peapod tomorrow.

I AM COOKING:

  • Greek Yogurt -- testing out the yogurt function of the Instant Pot
  • Whey powder -- so you have to strain all this whey out of the yogurt...it's gotta be good for something...
  • Roasted Garlic -- I'm roasting ALL THE GARLIC to stash in my freezer
  • Mustard Quiche -- testing a new recipe, using up some odds and ends of mustard jars
  • Macaroni and Cheese -- testing a new recipe with cheese powder I had in my cupboard
  • Beef Stroganoff -- using up a can of cream of mushroom soup
  • Date-Almond Balls -- this is just something I make every week for snacking upon
  • Enchiladas -- I HAD A CRAVING
  • Greek Yogurt Egg Bread -- guess what I need before making this? Yeah, the yogurt.
  • Meatballs -- I love me a meatball sandwich, and the pressure cooker makes them awesome
It looks kind of like more than it is -- basically I'm just doing my usual weekly-meal prep plus cooking two pasta dishes and a casserole. Plus I have like no food in my freezer, so this is food for a month. My vacuum-sealer and tupperware are gonna get a workout.

Meanwhile, I made a flower that is definitely not a spaceship.



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Thu, Jan 28th, 2016 -- 11:38 am
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This fox is putting his best foot forward, clearly.



I have such nostalgia for this guy, who I remember making last time I did a year of origami.

I was in meetings all day yesterday and then got home exhausted, so I didn't get to do any. But I did learn a lot about certain aspects of my company. Perhaps not entirely relevant aspects, but...aspects.

Saturday cannot come soon enough. It's the weekend, it'll be post-payday, and I have a food delivery coming. I am going to cook ALL THE THINGS.

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-- 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.
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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!
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