|Sat, Nov 23rd, 2013 -- 03:43 pm|
Mum: They're doing a sequel to It's A Wonderful Life. There's a lot of controversy about it.
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Me: I can see that. They did one made-for-tv in the 90s, it was dreadful.
Mum: What was it about?
Me: Clarence showing up in the 90s to help out a yuppie.
Mum: There's your problem. They should do a contest to decide who's going to write it. I bet I'd win.
Me: What would you write about?
Mum: I'd write it about Clarence giving Mr. Potter his comeuppance. Like Scrooge and Marley.
Me: *stunned silence* Yeah, I bet you would win.
You guys want to know where I get my story ideas, it's apparently genetic.
|Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013 -- 04:15 pm|
I am safe in Texas, though given the weather here apparently safe is relative.
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It's colder than usual for Austin at this time of year, which is doing strange things to my parents. I changed out of my traveling clothes and into a fleecy sweater, and Mum immediately demanded to know if I was cold. By the time I had said "no" and then worked out what was happening, she had turned up the heat, lighted the gas fire, and placed a fuzzy blanket over me. I barely managed to restrain her from putting slippers on my feet.
So I am very warm. Also there is a tiny dog sitting on me, pretending he loves me in order to absorb all this excess body heat. Fortunately he's cute, so he gets to stay.
I had a bizarre experience at Midway airport this morning; I was ordered by TSA staff out of the normal-people security checkpoint line and into the Special Rich People security checkpoint line. I was herded off to one side, where it was apprently BACKWARDS DAY. The TSA agent who was walking up and down the line kept yelling things like KEEP YOUR SHOES ON and PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE YOUR LAPTOPS FROM YOUR BAGS and TOILETRIES SHOULD STAY IN BAGS AT ALL TIMES.
I'm telling you after 12 years of being terrorized by the TSA, I and everyone around me was very confused. But apparently we were beta-testing the new streamlined security measures intended to be used for Pre-Check passengers who, for a nominal EIGHTY FIVE DOLLAR fee, can keep their shoes on when they go through security.
Money can't buy you love, but apparently it can magically convince people you're not a shoe-bomber.
I don't intend to sign up for pre-check. Sometimes wearing the funniest socks I can find through the security checkpoint is the highlight of my airport experience. (Sometimes, that highlight is ice cream from Ben & Jerry's in the food court.) If you've never seen a TSA agent double-take at your squid-attacking-a-pirate-ship socks, you haven't fully milked the personal-violation-by-our-government experience.
|Thu, Nov 21st, 2013 -- 10:15 am|
Just a reminder that the Job Fair and Help Fair went on all day yesterday -- if you left a comment anon, don't forget to check back! Also several people did post job prospects in various areas and locales, so keep an eye peeled.
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In other news: FANFIC. It's a birthday gift for Arsenic, and it got a little longer than anticipated. I'm pretty sure she won't mind :D
Do read the warnings, though. This has more potential triggers than usual.
Title: If I Don't Wake Up Dead
Summary: Clint Barton -- subby, ex-carnie white trash, spy -- isn't the kind of guy Captain America goes for. Nobody informed Captain America of this.
Warnings: Descriptions of extreme injury; discussion of control and self-esteem issues; mention of potential eating disorder. Strong themes of domination and submission. Description of semi-traumatic sub-drop.
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|Wed, Nov 20th, 2013 -- 09:16 am|
Welcome to the SAM'S CAFE JOB FAIR! Where our motto is, "Being unemployed is some bullshit. Give me a job."
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I am also running the SAM'S CAFE HELP FAIR, which is in a separate post.
The Job Fair is a chance for both jobsearchers and employers (and those with connections to employers!) to gather, talk, exchange information, and network from the safety of the internet. You can also ask for advice in your field, offer advice to others, and share your work experiences. You can check out earlier job fairs here, for an idea of what goes on.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A JOB...leave a comment! Tell us what you're looking for and where, and what your qualifications are, to the degree that you're comfortable.
IF YOUR PLACE OF WORK IS HIRING...leave a comment! Tell us what the job is and where, and what kind of person you're looking for, again, to the degree that you're comfortable.
Make sure you also READ THE COMMENTS, in case a match is out there waiting for you, or a colleague in your field has also commented and could be a good connection. If you have questions about applying for jobs or interviewing or anything career-related, ask! If you have some awesome advice to give, now's the time to share it!
Feel free to post anonymously if you wish, especially if you're linking to a resume or LinkedIn and don't want your screen name associated with your brickspace identity.
|Wed, Nov 20th, 2013 -- 09:16 am|
Welcome to the SAM'S CAFE HELP FAIR. This is a chance for people seeking public aid to ask questions about it, and for people who are or have been recipients of aid to offer their advice.
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If you are in need of advice on how to obtain:
-- emergency housing or shelter access
-- food aid
-- welfare/unemployment support
-- free and low-cost medical care
-- free and low-cost legal aid in obtaining any of the above
PLEASE POST HERE. You can post anonymously if you like. My money supports these programs, and I want you to have access to them. Give as much information as you feel comfortable with, but it is especially helpful to list city and/or region (state, province, etc) and certainly country. Talk about what kind of aid you need and what you may or may not know about acquiring it.
IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE in the process required to obtain any of the above services, please post with information about what you can help with and where you received your support. Feel free to include links and any advice you can think of. If you're willing to, please have a look at comments others are leaving to see if you can help.
|Tue, Nov 19th, 2013 -- 11:35 am|
So, I went to the dermatologist yesterday, because I have reached the point in my life where I'm so fair-skinned they want me to wear SPF 50 on a daily basis. SPF 50 is some kind of post-apocalyptic shit, that's what they wear in scifi films where we don't have an ozone layer at all anymore. And now I apparently need to wear it daily.
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I used to be able to tan. I don't really anymore. I just freckle hard until I look tanned from all the freckles, and then it goes straight to debilitating sunburn. Thanks, Nordic-Irish ancestors!
On the way back from the dermatologist, who in my case is at the University of Chicago Medical Center, I passed a little plaque randomly set in the edge of a parking lot. Apparently it marked a childhood home of Ronald Reagan.
It was a terribly surreal moment; for one, a plaque on a parking lot, and then bam sudden Ronald Reagan, and then it wasn't the birthplace or even the childhood home, it was just a childhood home. Someone not only had to know that he lived there for a single year in 1914, but had to care enough that when it was knocked down, they arranged for a plaque to be placed there, on what is now a University of Chicago parking lot.
Once in a while humanity is just baffling.
At any rate, I am broadcasting to you today from R's place, my former apartment, where I am hiding from the plumber who is fixing the toilet at mine. R dropped off his keys on the way to work, and I came over here about half an hour later. Then we texted.
Me: Thank you for the keys! I had to pee really badly.
R: No problem. Wish I was there! For hanging out, not peeing.
Bless his heart.
|Mon, Nov 18th, 2013 -- 07:25 am|
Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!
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Before we begin, drop your socks and grab your crocs because SAM'S CAFE JOB FAIR is coming! Dust off your resume, come up with any career questions you have, think about any job openings your company is offering, and otherwise prep for the job fair. On Wednesday of this week I will make a Job Fair post where people can gather to chat about networking, offer their services, and try to get some folks employed.
I am also going to be adding a new feature, the Help Fair, soliciting advice about social services and public housing aid. I've spoken to three people in the last month about getting housing aid in particular, but I've never done it personally so I'm not well-versed; all I can tell them to do is google. If you have experiences getting on disability, food aid, or housing aid, anywhere in the world, please come share them so others can get help too. Directions for how to share will be in the post.
The post will be on LiveJournal, but I'll link from Dreamwidth and Tumblr as well. 9am US Central Time on 11/20 is our start goal.
Ways To Give: Personal
justice_turtle is penniless and about to be homeless. He needs money for food, transportation, and medical expenses until he can get a job or start college next semester. You can read more here and donate here to help.
elliemurasaki is holding an Internet Garage Sale to raise funds to help her get out of an unstable housing situation. There are tons of DVDs for sale at the post, as well as links to an Etsy shop, an art-commission post, and a tarot reading post.
Cathy is requesting help from anyone who knows someone who is fed through total parenteral nutrition and has survived complications, anyone who knows about its effects on the liver, severe back pains that could be associated with it, or possible small bowel transplants. She's looking for people who have personal or medical experience (she has found general sites through google) who can provide advice and information; she has a close family friend who has short bowel syndrome and is too young to expect a transplant. If you have info please email her at cdurot at gmail.com.
Anon linked to a fundraiser for Alex, a child with autism and self-injurious behavior who needs treatment from the Kennedy Krieger Institute. They need funds not only for travel across the country with Alex but also for some of his hospital bills.
Amy linked me to Passport To Recovery, a fundraising benefit for the child of a friend who has brain cancer, which has been extremely expensive to fight. The event was last Friday, but their Facebook page still has a donation widget and they are still accepting support. You can read more here and donate at the widget here.
Ways To Give: Haiyan
mad_martha saw the post about Typhoon Haiyan last week and linked to Shelterbox, a UK-based organization providing emergency survival equipment for disaster survivors. You can check out the box here and donate to help here. Not gonna lie, the fact that the second ingredient in the shelter box is a bunch of childrens' art supplies labeled "hope" hit me right in the feels.
soc_puppet also had links for Typhoon Haiyan aid: fandomaid is running buy-it-now and custom request fandom fundraisers.
Ways To Give: Organisations
Kate linked to Touchdown UK, a charity aimed at bringing American Football to children and young people in Scotland. They currently support around seventy children in five clubs, but their transport car has broken down and they need £500 to repair it or the charity will close down until repairs can be made. You can read more and find the paypal link to donate here.
stinaleigh linked to an indiegogo for Harmtown Farms, a community urban garden in Detroit that needs to outbid a local sausage factory to keep from being turned into a parking lot. They've reached their goal but of course the purchase will be decided in a bidding war, so everything helps. You can read more about the issue here.
Ways To Give: Fun!
Christina linked to a kickstarter for an indie video game company, who are determined to get their game made the way they want it. They've turned down publishers who want them to change the entire game structure and/or add more scantily clad women; now they're trying to get funding so the work they've put into it won't go by the wayside. You can read more about the game and donate here.
Anon linked to a kickstarter for a game called Slash: Romance Without Boundaries, which is being described as "Fandom: The Board Game" and which is getting a lot of attention. They're almost to their goal but only have until December 7th. You can read more and donate here!
And our Just For Fun of the week...
thecolourclear linked to Nine Billion Names, a new collection on AO3 that explores the role and concept of faith (or lack thereof) in the lives of various characters. It's an open collection, meaning anyone can add a religious-themed fic, prompt a fic, or claim a prompt for a fic.
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!).
|Sun, Nov 17th, 2013 -- 10:21 am|
I AM ON THREE WEEKS OF VACATION.
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I have never had three weeks of vacation that wasn't called "unemployment" before.
I am working on several fanfics, but the other day an idea grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. It's based in part on a fanfic by a fellow writer, whose work is eminently worth reading (and who I accidentally linked to the other day). So if you like kidfic, may I recommend the story that inspired it, and also the story below.
These days when I post a fic, I post the story itself to two different places (one linked to the other) and the links to those stories to two separate blogs and a tumblr. Posting a fanfic these days is like pushing the button on an epic social media cascade, it's kind of exciting. Like the long fuse in Mission Impossible.
Title: Dummy's First Christmas
Summary: Weird and comfortable aren't mutually exclusive; Steve Rogers is going to do exactly what he wants this Christmas.
Notes: Inspired by the Tales Of The Bots 'verse by Scifigrl47, specifically Bedtime Stories And Nightmares.
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|Fri, Nov 15th, 2013 -- 08:47 am|
LAST DAY OF WORK LAST DAY OF WORK LAST DAY OF WORK.
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This week has been at least a month long, but after today I am (hopefully) off for three weeks oh my god. I'm going to lie around in a blanket burrito and moan about how much my body hates me. Then I'm going to have a robot rip a piece of it out! It's all very exciting.
IN THE MEANTIME: A RECCS LIST. I've been saving up for a while! I have many fandoms to share.
Batman: Good News (No One Mourns the Wicked) by Hinn_raven: General Audiences, Gen. The Robins who died meet up to welcome their newest member. Sad, but also very thoughtful and beautiful. If you're not familiar with all the DC Robins it's a trifle complicated, but those who love Batman/DC will find it especially poignant.
The Dead Isle: Google Is Not An Island by afinch: Not Rated, Gen. The Internet has come to Australia, but they're having an interesting debate about what a "real" name is. This was funny and a bit off-the-wall with a great point to it, and of course I adore fanfic of The Dead Isle. :D It is locked, so you will need to sign in to read it.
Supernatural: Hard to Handle, Easier to Hold by 51stcenturyfox: Not Rated, Castiel/Dean. Dean helps Castiel get on his feet after Falling, and Castiel isn't sure he appreciates that. I haven't watched SPN for several seasons but I loved this anyway; the quiet longing is gorgeous, and it's not even always clear what the longing is for, which is a surprisingly hard thing to convey.
Torchwood: Calypso by neifile7: Explicit, Jack/Ianto, Jack/Others. This is an older fic I read and loved years ago before I was recc'ing, but it's been posted to AO3 now so I thought it was worth reminding people of it. It covers Jack's time between the Game Station and Torchwood (thirty years later) and it is sexy and beautiful and funny and sad.
Welcome To Night Vale/Avengers: Taste Of Home by Daroos: General Audiences, Cecil/Carlos. A long, meaty adventure spanning Phil Coulson's departure from his hometown of Night Vale to his eventual (unintended) return. There's a lot of great SHIELD content and great Night Vale content, including a blind Cecil who sees through psychic contact, which is brilliant. Also features Bruce and Carlos bonding, Clint's all-round bafflement, and Sitwell's unwavering loyalty to his best friend.
I Just Called To Say I Tolerate You by withthepilot: Explicit, Steve/Tony/Pepper, Clint/Coulson. Steve ends up staying in Brooklyn when the other Avengers move into Stark Tower, but Clint's always coming by, eating his food and spying on him, and Steve does his best to mend some fences he broke. This is a long, meaty, funny, hot story about how the Avengers manage to forge an actual team in the wake of forming a temporary one.
Like Setting Off Fire Crackers At Midnight by what_alchemy: Explicit, Bucky/Steve, Clint/Coulson. Steve is still keeping Bucky's secrets in the 21st century. I'd normally give more of a summary but I got knocked back a little on this one and I loved it, so I don't want to spoil annnnything. It's a great fic about gender and sexuality. Don't even read the tags, just go for it.
Pot Calling Kettle by Cluegirl: Explicit, Bruce/Tony, Bruce/Tony/Steve. After a perilous incident involving aphrodesiac gas, Tony and Bruce are recovering but Steve is quietly and privately falling apart. This is a gorgeous long piece about being unable to ask for what you want, and being allowed to. It does have some (from the summary, obvious) discussion of consent and rape, and a few dubious-consent moments, so tread cautiously, but the trauma within the piece derives from other sources.
|Tue, Nov 12th, 2013 -- 06:08 pm|
Does anyone know anything clever to do with jigsaw puzzles?
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Mum keeps giving me these adorable superhero puzzles designed for eight year olds. It's a running joke in my family; one year for my birthday ALL I WANTED was this one specific super-cool 3-D puzzle, and when I sat down to open my presents my brother shouted OPEN THE PUZZLE FIRST. Now I always get a puzzle, usually in the 50 to 100 piece range. Lately it's been Avengers and Justice League.
Anyway, I have four or five of them of varying sizes, and while I have enjoyed assembling them and would like to keep them, I don't know what the eff to do with them. All I can think of is gluing them together and framing them, but surely there's more imaginative things one can do with a superhero jigsaw puzzle. AND SURELY ONE OF YOU CRAFTY PEOPLE KNOWS WHAT IT IS.
Crowdsourcing: I can has.
|Mon, Nov 11th, 2013 -- 03:16 pm|
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|Mon, Nov 11th, 2013 -- 11:40 am|
This morning has been horrible. I got yelled at for something I didn't do, I'm hungry and I can't eat anything, and I just turned down the job at the most awkward possible time and in the most awkward possible way oh my GOD.
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My one pride is that I managed to make it sound like I turned down the job because my current job offered me more money. It's not true, but at least it sounds plausible.
So I posted a fanfic. It's very short, but it's pretty funny.
Title: Angry Genius White Noise
Rating: PG-13 (language)
Summary: One of Pepper’s favorite activities after a long day is putting on sci-fi movies and watching Tony dissect their bad science. He’ll happily spend two hours curled up against her and ranting about the flawed central plan in Armageddon and how REALLY, HE HOPES AN ASTEROID HEADS FOR EARTH, HE’LL SHOW HOLLYWOOD HOW TO REALISTICALLY AVOID AN EXTINCTION-LEVEL EVENT, DAMMIT. Pepper finds it oddly relaxing, like angry genius white noise. Add in Bruce, and she could sell tickets.
Notes: Based on a glorious art post by MaskedFangirl.
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|Mon, Nov 11th, 2013 -- 07:49 am|
Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday! Things are organised a little differently this week...
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Also sorry about the weird formatting, I don't know what happened and I'm trying to fix it now.
While we have a lot of individuals in need this week (ie -- if you're planning on giving, please read through before you make your decision) the big news this week, of course, is that Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda) ripped through the Philippines this weekend, displacing hundreds of thousands and killing at least a hundred (at the time I wrote this on Sunday). shusu has a post up with news and links and there is a Tumblr post with resources for news, giving, aid-finding, and missing-persons registration here. My recommendation as always is to give to the local Red Cross and Shusu recommends Hack4Good which seems to be a good way to get involved in an activist sense.
Individuals in Need:
Susan is facing homelessness after losing her job due to depression and panic attacks; she is looking for financial help, a place to stay, fosterage for her cats, or advice on finding aid. You can read more, donate, or offer advice and help here.
noxelementalist linked to a gofundme for Ruth Johnston, who is suffering from an unexplained illness which causes her muscles to wear out, making it hard for her to engage in physical activity (including breathing, sometimes). Last February her son, Levi, had a psychotic episode during which he killed his grandmother, and Ruth is fundraising for both her own treatment and Levi's legal defense. You can read more and donate here.
notethedetail on Tumblr has information on a Crowdtilt fundraiser for Brendan, a talented artist who has an opportunity to study art abroad but needs to have the deposit for the program by the middle of this week. You can read more here or donate to the crowdtilt here; this is time-sensitive so if you wish to donate you need to do so in the next two days. He's only $200 shy of goal
editrx has an awesome opportunity to purchase a small independent bookstore in Vermont, but needs to raise the funds to finalize the purchase. Star Cat Books has its fundraising campaign here where they have a month to reach their goal and are offering great gifts for donation.
atheilen linked to a gofundme campaign for Ability Camp, which provides therapy for stroke survivors and children with cerebral palsy. They need $40K to stay open, and they're very far from goal right now.
Anon linked to a report about the Internet Archive's San Francisco building being hit by a fire. The Internet Archive is a not for profit organisation which operates the Wayback Machine and is often used by fandom to find old fanfics (and in my case, to rebuild my archive after the hack). There is more info and a link to where you can donate at their blog.
Help For Free:
Nikki linked to the Smithsonian Digital Volunteer Project, which is looking for transcribers for a myriad of projects on several subjects. It's a great opportunity to learn about nifty things while contributing to historical and scientific research!
Just For Fun:
Anon has a friend who has started a video series in the same vein as the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, called Notes By Christine, a Phantom of the Opera updated for current time and vlogging. They'd love to have more viewers; I got a chance to see the first episode and I thought it was clever and fun. Have a look!
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!).</user></user></user>
|Sun, Nov 10th, 2013 -- 07:10 pm|
I can now cross "See John Williams conduct a symphony orchestra" off my bucket list.
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Ages ago I had the opportunity to get some cheap-ass tickets to see "John Williams At The Movies", a Sunday matinee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with John Williams conducting a series of movie scores he composed. I bought two tickets intending to fly Mum out for the weekend and take her to the show, because she loves John Williams and she imparted that love to me. Motherfucking HORNS AND VIOLINS okay.
But it turns out of course that due to Knee Surgery she couldn't come, so I asked R if he'd like to come instead. And we had what he calls a Friendate where we got dressed up (okay, he got dressed up, I wore tweed pants and a t-shirt and looked a lot more punk than I intended) and went to the symphony and --
Well, it's a good thing Mum didn't come because she's afraid of heights, and we were on the FOURTH BALCONY which not only is six floors off the ground but has super-steep stairs of death and she would not have been able to enjoy the concert at all. But R and I are both fine with heights and if I tripped I would just have tumbled into him, and he's a pretty solid guy, so neither of us were that likely to die. And the view was perfectly adequate, so who cares?
The concert was fantastic; John Williams was great, of course, and they had a really good violin soloist, Gil Shaham, in for much of the first half. Some of the pieces had video accompaniment, which did make me want to see Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.
Film caption: Muncie, Indiana.
Sam: *elbows R, who is from Indiana*
R: I've been there.
Sam: I'm sure.
R: If it was gonna happen, it'd happen in Muncie.
We've made a plan to have a Close Encounters movie night this week or next, before I leave for Austin. But I think my favourite was the Fiddler on the Roof overture, because Shaham just nailed it and kind of danced while he did it. Watching soloists cracks my shit up.
R: *during intermission* This place is swank. They had complimentary cough drops in the lobby.
Sam: Those are because nobody wants to hear us coughing during the performance.
R: That makes sense.
Sam: You smell strongly of menthol.
R: I may have taken a handful.
R: I may have filled my pockets.
I was surprised Star Wars wasn't on the program, but it kind of made sense -- Superman and Jurassic Park weren't either, and it was obviously a selection of his less well-known cinema work on the whole. But then he got an ovation and did an encore, which was the Star Wars theme, and his second encore was the Imperial March.
Then we went out for sandwiches and discussed a) how R has now decided he wants to date a lady from the symphony and b) whether or not John Williams has a constant horn section playing in his head as he goes about his daily routine.
I really don't think I can leave Chicago -- at least, not for Baltimore. Maybe for Boston, but not Baltimore. Part of it is I couldn't leave R, part of it is I just love this goddamn city too much.
|Sat, Nov 9th, 2013 -- 08:12 am|
I promised to tell a couple of stories about my whirlwind trip to the east coast this week...
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The story of the credit card and the chocolate chip cookie isn't really a story so much as an observation. The place that I was interviewing with paid my hotel room for the night, but the hotel wanted a credit card for "incidentals". This is pretty standard -- they take your card, whack fifty dollars onto it, and remove it a few days after you check out; it's to make sure that if you steal the blankets or whatever, they can charge you for it.
So this guy checks me in, asks me for my credit card because the hotel does not trust me, takes the card and charges me $50 with one hand, and with the other hand gives me a "Complimentary warm chocolate chip cookie for you, sir."
Doubletree, I am getting some mixed signals here, baby.
The Southwest Wasp was slightly more exciting. I was flying home from Pittsburgh to Chicago on Southwest Airlines, and we were just about to start takeoff, when everyone in the first two rows saw a GIANT WASP burst out of nowhere and go zooming around the front of the cabin. Like, I don't know where it came from, but I am familiar with wasps and it was GIGANTIC.
One of the flight attendants LOST IT, and the other one was like "Naw bro I got this" and rolled up a safety information placard to take a swing at it. He managed to swing twice without actually hitting it, driving it into the gap between the cabin ceiling and the luggage racks, where it vanished. Presumably back to the hell dimension whence it came, because we didn't see it again for the rest of the flight.
I mean, maybe he had family he was visiting in Chicago, I don't know, but I suspect he will be very confused when he gets off the plane. I don't think any of us spent a partcularly restful flight.
It's been hard to write about up until now, but I'm also sort of torn up about this job I interviewed for. I'm pretty sure they're going to make an offer; they gave me the paperwork for education and employment checks yesterday. I don't know that I like how they run their shop and guys, I gotta tell you, Baltimore seems great but is losing to Chicago pretty badly in terms of "cities I want to live in". It could be a great career advancement opportunity, but we actually do more, with more diversity of skill, at my current company. I'm not sure I want to do cap ratings all day long.
One of my bosses thinks this means that I don't actually want to work in Prospect Research. The other, who honestly I respect a bit more (she's nicer, too), said that she turned down three jobs before joining us, and that it a) won't sabotage my chances at future jobs and b) is my decision and doesn't mean I don't really want this as a career. That's comforting, and I want to cling to it, even though I'm aware she is significantly less higher-ranked than my other boss.
I feel like I'm stringing the Baltimore folks along. How do I say no? They have a good reputation. They seem nice enough. The city isn't unpleasant, even if it isn't Chicago. I would be in the field I want to be in. They're just...not worth leaving what I have now. Or -- because it would be a great leap in my career -- are they, and I'm just scared to make the change?
I can't untangle how much of my reluctance is not wanting to leave Chicago and how much is not wanting more responsibility at work and how much is a genuine instinct that this isn't the job for me.
And I'm pretty sure I'm getting an offer letter next week, so I need to decide pretty quickly.
|Fri, Nov 8th, 2013 -- 02:01 pm|
FUNDRAISING GONE ASTRAY.
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My undergraduate alma mater has come up with an admittedly brilliant donation solicitation technique: alumni of my tiny liberal arts school are being pitted against the alumni of another nearby tiny liberal arts school to see who can give more in a single week. This is actually pretty much a genius move; as someone who works in fundraising I love it to tiny bits.
HERE'S THE PROBLEM: my undergrad has not traditionally had a major rival, because we're a liberal arts school, you could build a postmodern expressionist sculpture out of all the fucks we don't give about sports. AND I LIKE IT THAT WAY.
But it means we've never had a rival.
So clearly they picked a rival, they got together with this other school and they said hey, let's be rivals. I mean. Can you imagine that meeting. They did lunch all smiles and good cheer and declared each other major rivals for the rest of time.
But it gets better because I have polled the people I am still in touch with from undergrad, and none of us have ever heard of this school. I used to work in the library and we had a network of associated libraries in the region that we were in regular communication with, so I know basically every other school within the blast radius of a moderately-effective alien death ray, and I've still never heard of this school. I'm not a hundred percent certain it exists.
We might be rivals with an imaginary liberal arts school.
Which honestly, is kind of beautiful.
|Thu, Nov 7th, 2013 -- 08:16 pm|
I am home from
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the wars my interview!
It went well, though I'm ambivalent about the job. It seems like a great group of people but the shop is structured very differently and I'm not sure I 100% agree with how they do certain things. I think they may offer me the job, which could get awkward. :P The HR guy who took me to lunch kept saying there is "a lot of interest" in me but I'm positive he hasn't yet done full soundings among the people who interviewed me, so...
Anyhow. Good experience. And I will tell you all the story of the credit card and the chocolate chip cookie, as well as the Tale Of The Southwest Wasp, at some later point.
|Wed, Nov 6th, 2013 -- 04:51 pm|
My mother is texting me interview advice.
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Mum: Remember to make eye contact and check in with the interviewer that you answered the question.
Mum: And don't lick your fingers at lunch.
Me: No licking fingers, got it.
Mum: Unless they lick their fingers but even then it's bad manners.
Frankly it's pretty good advice, I do sometimes lick my fingers.
|Wed, Nov 6th, 2013 -- 12:50 pm|
Chicago today looks like the sun just decided not to rise this morning. It is daaaark out. I'm enjoying the brooding atmosphere immensely.
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I'm leaving work slightly early today to head to the airport; I'm flying to the east coast for an interview tomorrow for another research job. I'm less ambivalent about this one than I was about the last east coast job I interviewed for, but I'm still pretty ambivalent. This one is near public transit, in a proper city, and very similar to the unit I work for now, in terms of size and protocols. But I don't know if I want to leave Chicago, and R and I kind of had tentative plans to move back in together in the new year. I want a better job, I want a larger salary, I don't especially want to live in the cultural wasteland that is the area of Chicago we'd be mocing to, but I'm not sure I want such a giant change.
Also I would probably have to move about a week after having my gallbladder out, which doesn't precisely appeal. Still, that's a temporary issue attached to a permanent situation. I moved from undergrad to grad school two weeks after being hit by a car.
In the meantime, I'm arranging leave paperwork from work for the next few weeks, because the constant pain of my body functioning incorrectly is making me incompetent. I can actually feel my gallbladder through my skin at this point -- it's like a little angry golf ball lodged under my bottom rib. It's kind of cool, except for how it's excruciatingly unpleasant.
|Mon, Nov 4th, 2013 -- 08:33 am|
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-- 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.
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: 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.
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.