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, Jan 9th, 2017 -- 02:59 pm
Today's Specials:I had SUPER WEIRD dreams last night. In one of them

I had SUPER WEIRD dreams last night. In one of them I’d found a Secret Condo in the building I now live in, which had not just two bedrooms and a nice big kitchen but windows that looked out on the giraffe enclosure of a zoo. (Note: there is no zoo located in the immediate vicinity of my current home.) The problem was I couldn’t figure out how to contact the person selling it to make an offer. 

This is attached to a real life problem I am having which is how do I go look at condos when my realtor is in the hospital and how do I ask my agency this without sounding like a douchebag? I’m really worried about her but I am also really worried about buying a home.

In the other, I got to watch an extended trailer for a movie I’d written about a guy who has a three-month break between jobs, so he decides to take a culinary “boot camp” (they do offer a “bread boot camp” at the Chicago French Pastry School and I’ve wanted to take it, but it costs thousands of dollars and takes eight weeks). He’s embarrassed that he’s not a professional chef, so when everyone asks him where he works he invents a restaurant, and the restaurant is so secret and develops so much buzz that he has to actually set it up and invite everyone to have a meal there. 

I think it’s a pretty good pitch, I might give a shot at writing it. Maybe he lives in a nice condo overlooking the Lincoln Park Zoo. 

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Mon, Jan 9th, 2017 -- 07:58 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] thetoweratcharm's sister has left an abusive relationship, but has POTS and is experiencing ill-health. Her doctors want her to get on disability but her initial claim was denied, and while she has a lawyer working on the problem, at the moment she's just trying to stay in her apartment without any income. You can read more about POTS here and help her keep a roof over her head here.

[tumblr.com profile] hypernatraemia is a chronically ill trans man, who has a job which provides insurance, but his car has broken down. Without his car he can't get to work, and he really needs to keep this job. He's raising money for a new (to him) car to help him keep his job and thus his insurance for healthcare and transition expenses. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] prismatic-bell's synagogue was vandalized on the first night of Chanukkah recently; you may have seen the news stories about someone ramming a truck into their outdoor chanukkiyah and vandalizing their Holocaust memorial. You can read more about the hate crime here, and give to support the repairs and rebuilding here. In this kind of situation, giving isn't just to help people recover damaged property -- it shows support for the community and a stance against hate.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] fightbackfic, an organized effort to encourage people to donate to charities in return for thank-you fic. They currently have thirty-two people offering fifty stories in more than eighty fandoms. You can sign up to be an author before January 20th here and read more about how donation works here.

[tumblr.com profile] thephoenix04's partner, Zeah, is fundraising to afford bottom surgery. She has some money saved towards the surgery but an earlier surgery slot opened up and she's trying to pull the rest of the funds together as quickly as possible. You can read more and donate here.

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

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.


Help For Free:

[personal profile] soc_puppet linked to Carnation Books, which is creating a charity anthology for Trans Lifeline; the anthology will feature new stories with characters from classic literature reimagined as transgender. Authors are encouraged to submit fanworks for any work in the public domain. Initial proceeds go to the charity, but authors retain the rights to their work and can republish after 12 months. You can read more about submissions here.


News To Know:

[personal profile] brithistorian linked to an updated version of LJArchive, for archiving Livejournal posts and comments, which is a little less buggy than the one circulating. I can vouch for this one; I use it myself. You can download it here. He also linked to LJ-SEC, a bulk post-management tool that allows you to lock, replace, or delete posts en-masse. You can download LJSEC here. I don't use it so can't vouch personally, but I know people who do and nobody's reported a problem. Brithistorian says "You can only delete about 800 posts at a time because of LJ's limits, but by deleting them in chunks (choose "select all" and then "delete selected" - it'll stop automatically when LJ cuts it off) every hour I was able to delete 4000 entries in the course of an afternoon."


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] whatdoyoumeanitsnotawesome has noted that on January 20th, the @POTUS twitter handle will transfer to Donald Trump, in effect giving him a 13M follower bump. Whatdoyoumeanitsnotawesome proposes a mass-unfollow on the 20th at noon eastern, to tweak him and to show your protest of his administration.


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Sat, Jan 7th, 2017 -- 04:49 am
Today's Specials:Alas, I did not get the condo. They said

Alas, I did not get the condo. They said they “went with the other offer” but I bet ten shiny internet dollars that condo sits on the market for another month at least. Well, maybe in another month they’ll reconsider. 

I’m not heartbroken – it wasn’t my dream home and I couldn’t get over the weirdness of the only bathroom being off the kitchen instead of the bedroom. But I would have liked to have had this home purchase nonsense DONE, so I am ordering a pizza and having a pity party. 

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Fri, Jan 6th, 2017 -- 04:34 pm
Today's Specials:News Of The Home

So we heard back from the seller’s agent this morning. They say they’ve had several offers and they want everyone’s “highest bid” by noon today.

This smelled to me, so I texted my advocate at the agency:

Me: Is it possible this is a tactic to get me to raise my bid without countering, and in reality there are no other offers?
Her: That would be unethical for an agent to do.

Which sounds to me like “I want to say yes that is totally what’s going on here but I’m constrained by law and professionalism not to.” 

So I’m raising the bid by $5K, which is still well within my limit and not yet at my ceiling, but I’m having no more of this anonfuckery; if they try to make me bid again I’m gonna tell them to give me a number to bid against. 

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Thu, Jan 5th, 2017 -- 09:24 pm
Today's Specials:I put in the offer on the condo today, the one

I put in the offer on the condo today, the one I’ve been assembling an offer for since mid-December (the new guy at my mortgage bank is a little slow-moving, and also apparently my realtor almost died and is in the hospital, so there have been some speed bumps). The offer has gone over to the seller’s agent and they’re reviewing it now. 

Fingers crossed! Adulthood is terrifying! 

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Mon, Jan 2nd, 2017 -- 07:07 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

a_phoenixdragon lost her job a couple of months ago and has been unable to find a new one; because of mounting rent and bills, the family is being evicted and is raising money to move cross-country to a better place for jobs and low housing costs. You can read more and help them raise the move money here.

[personal profile] akatonbo linked to a fundraiser for Korbin the therapy cat, who is undergoing treatment for a bladder blockage; the estimate for his treatment is high and his owner Kyndyl is raising money to help cover it. You can read more and help out here.

blooddrop recently found a dumped kitten in the snow and is raising funds to pay for worming, spay, vaccines, and other assorted medical bills. She's selling bottles of "Kitten Benefit" essential oil perfume to help defray vet costs; you can read more and purchase a bottle here.

[tumblr.com profile] thephoenix04's partner, Zeah, is fundraising to afford bottom surgery. She has some money saved towards the surgery but an earlier surgery slot opened up and she's trying to pull the rest of the funds together as quickly as possible. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

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

News To Know:

[tumblr.com profile] bastlynn linked to BS Detector, a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that searches links on webpages and compares them against a list of untrustworthy "fake news" domains, providing warnings about questionable links to the reader. You can read more about BS Detector and its response to Facebook's fake news issue here and download the chrome or firefox extensions.

The (Possible) Fall Of Livejournal:

News has been spreading that SUP, the Russian group that owns LiveJournal, has moved the site's physical servers to Russia, which means that content on those servers is no longer subject to US laws governing free speech. There are extensive ramifications for this, and given the recent likely Russian interference in the US presidential election, the entire situation is highly politicized. Because of the server move, people are leaving LiveJournal in droves, and thus the site may also become financially unviable and close down.

(It occurs to me that the site is also no longer subject to US laws concerning hate speech, and thus LJ may begin attracting fascist and hate-group bloggers at an increasing rate, depending on how SUP decides to handle hate speech.)

[personal profile] brainwane linked to a post about the issue. [tumblr.com profile] numb3r5ev3n also has an informative post with links to news sources, and (at the bottom) a link to LJArchive, which allows you to archive your journal. Having used LJArchive in the past, it tends to hang up on comments, so if you have a lot of comments, uh, you may just have to let those go.

I know a lot of people reading this on LJ have basically stuck with LJ because it's easier than moving, but guys, I think it's time to move to Dreamwidth. Describing Dreamwidth as a code fork of LJ does DW a great disservice, but that's the best place to start -- it's a similar site, but run by people familiar with fandom who forked off from LJ because of LJ's past hostility to fandom. I already use Dreamwidth and you can find me at copperbadge there if you're coming over from LJ; I'll be looking at archiving and possibly shutting down my LJ this week, though it's possible I'll just leave Copperbadge and any other side-journals standing, lock the comms to new members, and simply cease to update.

Also please remember to be patient with Dreamwidth. They're a smallish team and they're dealing with an influx of fandom users, not to mention the Cyrillic users who are migrating over.

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. 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, Dec 29th, 2016 -- 10:09 pm
Today's Specials:My mum has an absolute genius for finding weird, obscure cooking shows on public television and...

My mum has an absolute genius for finding weird, obscure cooking shows on public television and community-access cable. Our new favorite pastime is watching these cooking shows and critiquing their techniques and recipes.

Never has “that is NOT how you treat a potato” been shouted so vehemently.

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Mon, Dec 26th, 2016 -- 08:14 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

L forwarded me an email about a support movement for the Jewish community of Whitefish, Montana, who are under pretty much constant threat from local hate groups. There's a campaign to send cards and care packages of Jewish foods, games, music, and etc. to help the community in Montana feel connected to other Jewish and allied communities in the US. There's no site up that I could find, but you can send cards or packages to:
Love Lives Here
P.O. Box 204
Whitefish, MT 59937

[tumblr.com profile] monstrumdominae linked to a fundraiser for KC Pet Project, the third-largest no-kill shelter in the USA, and one of the few with a parvo ward. Due to the recent extreme cold in the midwest they are overflowing with pets right now, and are fundraising to keep these pets in the shelter system. You can read more about the project here, support them by shopping their partners here, and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

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

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

News To Know:

[tumblr.com profile] lagonegirl has an amazing list of resources for women of color who need money for higher education.

[tumblr.com profile] somewhereinbetweencomic has a great comic up about resisting hate, which includes a list of donation links to support organizations engaged in the cause.

Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] mostlysignssomeportents has a great post up quoting a statement by radical librarian Jason Friffey about resisting trumpism in libraries.

[tumblr.com profile] action has a post up which is targeted to the situation in Aleppo, but which I think is good general reading: Donate, Educate, Advocate.

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, Dec 26th, 2016 -- 05:39 am
Today's Specials:I haven’t had much time to be online today, but

I haven’t had much time to be online today, but it’s been a pretty good Christmas.

My stepdad got me season tickets to the local farm-league baseball team, and apparently made a friend along the way – he couldn’t say enough nice things about the guy who sold him the tickets, who was apparently the head sales manager for the club (I suspect, given what I know of minor league ball, he is also the entire sales team). The tickets are flex-seat, flex-game, so I need to call to reserve specific seats for specific games, which is a perfect setup for me but also means I, too, will probably make a friend at the club. :D

Mum got me a new book of Magritte’s writing translated into English for the first time, which I had requested specifically, and then because “It’s very dry” also got me an art book of his paintings, which is lovely. And of course the ukulele, which I have already played my fingers sore on. I can now play several standard chords, including A, which I have declared the “fuck this chord” chord, because transitioning from A to G (as you do in the chorus of Stand By Me, per YouTube) makes me want to swear a lot.

Also acquired: a cheesemaking kit, two ponchos (one warm, one waterproof), and a pair of fuzzy slippers that the dogs REALLY HATE.

I feel like I need to make an image composed of the ukulele, one angry chihuahua, and a wedge of cheese, just to continue in the surrealist vein.

I hope everyone has had as strange and ultimately nice Christmas as I have or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, an exceptional Sunday that has made your patience with Christmas totally worth it.

PS: Apparently it is Donner? I thought it was Swedish, but I guess Blitzen isn’t Swedish. I am not a linguist, guys.

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Thu, Dec 22nd, 2016 -- 01:12 am
Today's Specials:Attempt #2

So, I took a look at a condo to buy tonight – I’d looked at it before but wasn’t that into it, and the price was too high. The price is $50K less now, and I’m going to offer at $20K below that, which will mean even if it’s not perfect, it IS cheap and a good investment. The paperwork for the offer gets rolling tomorrow morning. We’ll see if they take it.

It’s a nice place – 1br, slightly larger and more well-laid-out than the one I’m in now except for the weirdness with the bathroom being accessible only from the kitchen rather than from the bedroom like normal. (I’d renovate, but the plumbing is in the way.) Kitchen is small but open with lots of counter space, and there’s a balcony that looks out into a courtyard rather than onto a street, which is pleasant. It needs a little work, but nothing I can’t do myself (mostly the ceiling needs a new coat of paint and the windows need to have the blinds taken out and drapes put in).  

So, we’ll see. Fingers crossed that either the paperwork goes through smoothly or it all effs up because it wasn’t meant to be, one or the other. :D 

To celebrate, I shall make macaroni and cheese. 

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Tue, Dec 20th, 2016 -- 01:09 am
Today's Specials:I AM DONE WITH CHRISTMAS SHOPPING.

I don’t mind the actual act of going out and looking around for stuff to give to people, but my total ineptitude in buying stuff people will like and don’t already own combined with a deep-seated insecurity about my worth as a human being means that it’s always a relief when it’s over, because at least now I’ve fucked up all I can possibly fuck up. 

I am going to eat leftover udon noodles and sweet-onion cornbread and not do anything for a while. 

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Mon, Dec 19th, 2016 -- 08:22 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] ithinkimadorable's grandmother recently passed, and she and her mother are raising funds to get to Florida from North Carolina and attend the funeral. You can read more and find the paypal donation address here.

[tumblr.com profile] thephoenix04's partner, Zeah, is fundraising to afford bottom surgery. She has some money saved towards the surgery but an earlier surgery slot opened up and she's trying to pull the rest of the funds together as quickly as possible. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] lisslynae is raising funds to stay in college; she's also trying to avoid returning to her parents' home, since their relationship is not good. She'd like to graduate on time; you can read more and donate here. She is offeringp erks, including poems and stories, for various donation levels.

[tumblr.com profile] morgynleri linked to a fundraiser for her friend Dave, who needs surgery to save his vision. You can read more and give here.

[tumblr.com profile] nubpher linked to a fundraiser for Lauren, a broke theatre student trying to raise money to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Colorado. She needs funds for travel, lodging, and food for herself and a fellow student. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's summer job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

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

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

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] fightforsmthn is a chronically ill teenager, diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called Recurrent Subacute Thyroiditis. She's not fundraising, but rather looking for other patients who have this condition, and for information and support. You can read her account and reblog here.

[tumblr.com profile] theactualcluegirl is looking for rehearsal space in Western Mass for Murder Ballads, who you may remember as the geniuses behind The Ballad Of Captain America's Disapproving Face and other folkie hits. They have some fairly specific needs; you can read more and get in touch here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

A post going around tumblr is publicising Sappho Chocolates, in Florida, a lesbian-owned chocolate company with a delightful assortment of Nerd Chocolates. You can read and reblog here or check out their chocolates at their website.

Activism:

The stories coming out of Aleppo this past week have been terrible and tragic. Several people have posted links lists of ways you can help. There is a post here with donation information which also includes links to places you can educate yourself about the situation in Syria and be notified of solidarity events and actions you can take. There are more fundraising links here and [tumblr.com profile] arabstreet has information about their sales page where they're donating a portion of each sale to Syrian relief through the end of 2016.

In the US, Indivisible has put together a PDF called "A Practical Guide for Resisting The Trump Agenda". You can access the guide and Indivisible's website here. (You can download the guide without signing up.)

Anon knows that a lot of people are feeling discouraged by the current state of politics, and has linked to a page of concrete measures where positive actions are having results. You can read 99 Reasons Why 2016 Was A Good Year 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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Wed, Dec 14th, 2016 -- 09:16 pm
Today's Specials:Years ago, when I was the Ninja Office Boy, I knew pretty much everyone in our organization, because

Years ago, when I was the Ninja Office Boy, I knew pretty much everyone in our organization, because they all had to come to me for stuff like door access and how to find the Secret McDonalds. But then I joined a specific, select department and people came and went, so now a lot of people in org don’t know me, or at any rate don’t recognize my face.

I’m trying to learn as much as I can about the way the org operates, so I’ve been going to more meetings than usual lately. And because I’m learning, I sit quietly and don’t say much. And nobody knows who I am.

It’s kind of hilarious to me because around twenty minutes into any given meeting, people start noticing that I’m sitting quietly and listening intently and not talking, and they don’t know who I am or where I’m from, so they get suspicious. WHO DO I REPORT TO? WHY AM I THERE?

And they start talking to me, or looking at me for confirmation, and meanwhile I’m sitting there going “I don’t know what that acronym stands for or who you are either. I am so lost at the moment that my mind is split between listening to you talk and thinking about how I need to buy new snow boots.”

It turns out, you guys, I have Resting Boss Face.

It’s a heady feeling of power combined with a certain sense of ignorant despair. I should maybe be less emotionally invested in my professional life, because right now just existing in a meeting is a little exhausting.

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Wed, Dec 14th, 2016 -- 07:16 pm
Today's Specials:Works No Longer In Progress 2016

Works No Longer In Progress 2016:

I have posted my annual clearing-out of unfinished fanfic: my Works No Longer In Progress. It’s all Avengers this year: one Avengers Academy fic, one modern-day Captain America AU, and one that’s mostly general Avengers with a Steve-centric slant. 

As the title implies, they are unfinished and will remain so. Fair warning!

If you’re reading this on DW/LJ, you can find the fic here: http://ift.tt/2h1gAwI

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Tue, Dec 13th, 2016 -- 03:01 pm
Today's Specials:I have placed the Monday Santa Hat on my work monitor, where it...

I have placed the Monday Santa Hat on my work monitor, where it is jauntily informing everyone that if they are naughty I will pelt them with coal.

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Mon, Dec 12th, 2016 -- 08:51 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Samantha is a paramedic and has just been honored with a physician-level fellowship in resucitation, but can't afford the fellowship and doesn't qualify for a loan. She's crowdfunding to attend the RLA and, as she says, "It's a huge step forward for EMS, for paramedics, and for queer women in medicine."

I don't often source giving pages myself, but this morning I read about a locksmith in NYC who volunteers with dogs and I thought it would serve both as a nice recommendation for a decent New York locksmith (there's a link to his Yelp page) plus a link to support Sugar Mutts Rescue.

[tumblr.com profile] sarah-jt linked to the kickstarter for Fanfic: The Documentary, a documentary about fan writers and fandom. I've featured Fanfic: The Documentary on here before, but their last kickstarter was sadly unsuccessful; here's hoping this one makes its goal (they're a little under halfway there right now).

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's summer job ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she can land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

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

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

Activism:

Anon linked to a petition to commute Chelsea Manning's prison sentence to time served, and while the petition has reached the number of signatures it needs to receive a response from the White House, I wanted to list it anyway because I think it's an important campaign to support; you can read more and help support the campaign 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, Dec 8th, 2016 -- 11:29 pm
Today's Specials:Name the worst meal you’ve ever had.

I’m not talking about bad service or food poisoning or poor ambience, I’m not talking the worst KIND of food, I’m talking straight up the worst-tasting single meal you’ve ever put in your mouth and then kept eating.

I’ll start: New Orleans airport, 2015, a Subway meatball sandwich. I can’t even describe to you how terrible it was, there was no single identifiable part that was awful, it was simply a sack of dreadful from the gummy bread to the cold meatballs. Especially since the previous evening I’d eaten amazing boudin at one of the nicest restaurants in the French Quarter. But I was so hungry and my flight was delayed but “boarding any minute” so I couldn’t leave my gate.

IT WAS ALL I HAD. THE SUNCHIPS COULD NOT SAVE ME.

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Mon, Dec 5th, 2016 -- 09:43 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] armadil-lauren is raising money to leave an abusive home; she is moving across the country to attend the university of her choice and join her sister, but her father is charging her for "living costs" and she will also need to pay fees to her university to attend, but can't get student loans for the school's lump-sum fees. You can read more here or donate directly via paypal to l-bow_dolphinz at hotmail.com.

celtprincess13 linked to a fundraiser for Tracy and Keith, whose son Logan recently died. Because he had Cerebral Palsy, they couldn't get life insurance for him, and are facing expected funeral expenses of around $9K. You can read more and donate to the funeral fundraiser here.

digitalwave has opened up this year's wish_list, where people can go to post things they need, from money to help with housing to just wishes for good news years, fics, and postcards. You can get more info here, read how to participate here, and find clickable banners here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Jen and Dani, who have been dealing with illness and injuries, which insurance has not fully covered. They're fundraising to cover medical bills and get back on their feet; you can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's summer job just ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she fand land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase here.

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

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


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] danceswchopstck linked to an online protest petition against Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, being appointed Secretary of State. You can read more and join the protest here. They offer the option to add your name even if you're not in the US, so international folks concerned about putting the head of a huge oil company in such a massive position of power can add their name as well.


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

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Sun, Dec 4th, 2016 -- 04:11 pm
Today's Specials:Newly Archived Fanfic

I went through my “not yet archived” tag this morning and archived the majority of them. Nothing “new” in the sense that it’s all been on my tumblr, but if you’d like to see them on AO3, they are now there!  

Each title is a link, but for LJ/DW users where this crossposts, the link is also in parentheses after each blurb. 

Nice Work If You Can Get It: A coda to “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do”, in which Steve reconsiders his policy against being a Kept Man.( http://ift.tt/2gVgaLr )

The Exhibit: Set in the Izzyverse; Steve and Bucky chaperone Izzy’s class field trip to see the Captain America exhibit, and discuss their legacy. ( http://ift.tt/2fZHyn1 )

The Vice-President’s Snowball Initiative: Set in the Leader Of The Free World universe, regarding Steve’s love of a good snowball fight. ( http://ift.tt/2gVirGI )

The Buche De Noel Job: A short coda to the Cyborg Arm Job universe, where Bucky is the fourth member of the new Leverage International. ( http://ift.tt/2fZIfwG )

The DIY Family Job: Eliot Spencer stole a baby, but in true Leverage fashion, that’s the least of their problems. ( http://ift.tt/2fWrzem ) 

A Taste Of Vinegar: The Leverage crew invades Nero Wolfe’s brownstone, trying to figure out why Wolfe is after Eliot. Turns out Wolfe just wants a recipe. ( http://ift.tt/2gViyCh )

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Sat, Dec 3rd, 2016 -- 12:27 am
Today's Specials:Sometimes I cook something and I can’t tell if

Sometimes I cook something and I can’t tell if it’s delicious or not.

I came across Dill Pickle Soup, somehow, and while I don’t like the actual flavor of pickles, I do like the smell and the flavor of the pickling juice. And it’s basically just a potato soup with a light vinegar base. So I decided I’d make the recipe, and I finally got round to making it.

I left the actual pickles out of the recipe because that seemed like it would make it a bit strong, and I was right. Because the finished product tasted basically like pickle juice with the texture of potato soup. Which is fine because, as indicated, I liked pickle juice. And I also like potato soup.

But it was a bit one-note, so I added some more Old Bay and a bit of garlic powder as well, and that adds complexity, but I still can’t tell if it tastes good or not. It has a flavor! Do I like the flavor? I don’t know! (Should have cooked a bunch of chopped up bacon and used the fat instead of butter, also should have added less pickle juice.) 

Also I made half a recipe because holy crap the Noble Pig recipe makes a VAT of soup, like ten or twelve cups of soup. Half a recipe will still feed me for probably two weeks, if I choose to eat it.

Will I choose to eat it? WHO CAN SAY.

Nessie Ladle likes it, though.

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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.
-- 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