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, Apr 11th, 2016 -- 05:33 pm
Today's Specials:

I adulted like a MOTHERFUCKER today.

I left work early because I had a meeting with my housing advocate, who works at a not-for-profit that helps first-time homebuyers navigate the choppy seas of real estate ownership. We spent an hour talking about my net income and my credit scores and my budget, and this week she's going to find me a good mortgage and we'll start the preapproval process.

Then I went grocery shopping and got $45 worth of groceries for $10 because of coupons and gift cards. Most of the groceries are staple stuff (pitas, baking yeast, protein bars) but I also got a baguette and some cheese as a treat. I went to Whole Foods first, then Trader Joe's (mochi ice cream, butter, cereal) and when I asked the cashier to just put my Trader Joe's stuff in the Whole Foods bag he looked in the bag and said "Damn, can I come to your house for dinner?"

Now I am going to take a nap. Adulting is exhausting.

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Mon, Apr 11th, 2016 -- 07:24 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] ranalore had her bedroom ceiling spring a leak and then collapse, ruining herm attress. She's on disability and without renter's insurance, so she's raising money to pay for a new mattress. You can read more and find their paypal address here.

Mark linked to a fundraiser for Jay Atwood, a professional musician who was recently diagnosed with a medical condition that has ended his musical career. He's raising funds to train for a new career as a piano technician; you can read more and support his fundraiser here.

jedilora linked to a fundraiser for Framingham High School Drama Company, which recently won a statewide theatre festival and have been invited to present their performance at the New England Theatre Festival in late April. They need $25K for transit, housing, and cargo carrying for the show; you can read more and support their GoFundMe 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. 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.)


News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Con Or Bust, which has a bunch of free memberships available for fans of color/nonwhite fans to attend vairous conventions this year, not just in the US but also in Glasgow, London, and Wellington NZ. You can read more and apply to claim a con membership here.


Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] ernperorhux is a trans man looking for a roommate (looking for someone with a bedroom to rent or willing to split rent on a place) in the Dallas-FtWorth area, near Irving. You can read more and get in touch here.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has added new items to her Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase here!


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Thu, Apr 7th, 2016 -- 07:20 am
Today's Specials:

I have been so sick. So sick. I'm back at work this week, but last week I was out, and even this week, like, last night I went to bed at 8:30.

Mind you, I took some Mucinex Nighttime, and I don't know what they put in that stuff but it's...strong.

[tumblr.com profile] knottahooker was making muffins the other night and inspired me to want to make muffins, but didn't inspire me hard enough to make me go to a grocery store and buy A)ingredients or B)a mix. So I decided to invent my own muffins. It...mostly worked!

MAD BUTTER MUFFINS
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 cup sugar (or substitute other sweetener)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup shortening (or butter or oil – some kind of fat)
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup applesauce
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or cloves/cinnamon/allspice to taste)
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup milk

Whisk together dry ingredients and cut in shortening. Stir in wet ingredients; add more milk if necessary to get a muffinlike batter.

Pour into greased or lined muffin tin, about 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 325F for 25 minutes while the internet despairs of you. Makes 12.

They came out somewhat bland (this is an adjusted recipe designed to add more flavor) and they were very, very fragile, but pretty delicious nonetheless.

So this week is/has-been about survival. But R's bringing his dog over tomorrow for me to dogsit all weekend, so I'm going to be cleaning and dog-proofing the house tonight. Because what if the place is messy and his dog judges me? :D

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Mon, Apr 4th, 2016 -- 07:54 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

My apologies that RFM fell by the wayside last week. It was meant to go up on Wednesday, but between being off my normal schedule and being sick with the flu, it completely slipped past me. I appreciate everyone's patience!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] blackestglass linked to a fundraiser for [personal profile] dr_fumbles_mcstupid, who was injured at work and is on restricted duty, which means she has to take less hours at her job and consequently less pay; she's both fundraising and offering commissions to help pay the bills. You can read more at her post here (check the comments for commission offers!) and support her fundraiser here. Blackestglass also has a rebloggable fundraiser and podfic recording offer here.

[tumblr.com profile] thedreamthatdreamsus has had some unexpected health issues, and is currently struggling to pay rent and buy groceries; she's raising $900 to cover bills. You can read more and support her fundraiser here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] jimfromit, a transboy who needs to raise GBP550 before the 30th of April in order to keep a roof over his head (there are some tenancy agreement issues). You can read more and find a paypal address at his post.

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.)

Professor Amy Green is raising money for an innovative pilot program at UNLV, where she is an English professor working with the study of digital storytelling; she's trying to increase student access to video games for her courses. You can learn more about her program and support the fundraiser here.


Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] o-cesario linked to a survey by Joan Miller, a doctoral student at USC Annenberg who is studying how and why people make fanworks. Miller has promised to donate $150 to charity if she gets 150 participants by the end of today! You can participate in the survey here.

Elani is looking for self-published authors who write in German and would be interested in having their works translated into English. You can contact her through kelani7 at gmail.com or through pagetraveler.com, an effort to create a new platform for translated works.


News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane wanted to make sure people knew that if you are an active editor of Wikipedia, in any language, and a US resident, you qualify to apply for a book grant for up to $300 to buy books. Today is the last day to apply but keep an eye on the site, as there will be future funding rounds. You can read more and apply here!

[personal profile] toujours_nigel linked to several news stories and a facebook page about students in the University of Hyderabad who have been arrested or locked into their campus for protesting the "institutional killing" of research scholar Rohit Vemula; I did a quick check and the protest/lock-in appears to still be going on. Students who've been arrested apparently need help with bail money, but I can't actually find a fundraiser associated with this, so for now I've put it in News to Know. If someone wants to drop a link in comments I'm happy to update.

Anon recently learned about endometriosis, a common gynecological issue often misdiagnosed or dismissed completely, since one of the significant signs of endometriosis is debilitating menstrual cramps/pain, which is often ignored by medical professionals as "just cramps". Anon wanted to raise awareness so she shared a link to the Endometriosis Foundation of America which has more information available.


Housing:

[personal profile] tealin and her two friendly quiet housemates are looking for a fourth to share their terraced house in central Cambridge. Rent is GBP462/mo, all-inclusive. I know Tealin personally and can vouch for her awesome :D You can read more at their listing here.


Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has added new items to her Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase 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, Mar 23rd, 2016 -- 06:56 am
Today's Specials:

I have arrived in Massachusetts! Within hours of arriving I had eaten a "French Dip Beef Pastrami Panini" (so many descriptors! TOTALLY WORTH ALL THE DESCRIPTORS), seduced a cat, won a bet, and epically failed at Lego Marvel.

In my universe, Lego Captain America can't run in a straight line. This is why I'm not a gamer.

Anyway, I'm here and safe, enjoying the New England architecture and an electric blanket. ONWARDS TO ADVENTUR!

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Mon, Mar 21st, 2016 -- 08:15 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Before we begin I need to let everyone know that Radio Free Monday is being rescheduled next week. I'll be traveling this week and Monday I travel home; a combination of a very slow laptop and uncertain time constraints make it difficult for me to run RFM, so Radio Free Monday will be on Wednesday next week. Thanks for your patience!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] masterofmidgets linked to a fundraiser for Shelly and Tim, who recently found out that Tim has stage-4 colon cancer. He's beginning his second round of chemo this week, and they're raising funds to help cover medical and travel expenses. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] zombiewang is raising funds to get out of their abusive household; they have disabilities that prevent them from finding work, and need to escape an abusive mother and older sibling, with the money going to help them get a lease on a home and car so that they have a safe environment in which to live. You can read more and support the fundraiser here; there is a rebloggable linkpost here.

[tumblr.com profile] ereshai linked to a fundraiser to help cover medical bills for Bethany Grace, a Lutheran pastor in training who is facing a second surgery to get rid of an abscess on her leg, which will require six weeks of following antibiotics. You can read more and support the fundraiser 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. 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.)

Professor Amy Green is raising money for an innovative pilot program at UNLV, where she is an English professor working with the study of digital storytelling; she's trying to increase student access to video games for her courses. You can learn more about her program and support the fundraiser here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] nonasuch has a ground-floor bedroom in her Mount Rainier MD home opening up in mid-April; there are two fannish female housemates and one cat also resident. The bathroom shares with one other roommate; kitchen, living room, and sunroom are common space, and there's a basement with washer and dryer. Rent is $750/mo plus heat in winter; nearest metro station is a mile and a half away. You can email hollimichele at gmail.com for photos and more information!

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has added new items to her Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase 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, Mar 18th, 2016 -- 01:20 pm
Today's Specials:

Once in a while my studies take me strange places.

I'm reading a book by Seth Klarman called "Margin of Safety". It's a tough book to get your hands on; Barnes and Noble has one copy for over a thousand dollars. Not many copies were printed and even fewer were sold. This may be because it is an excruciating technical examination of US stock market trends and investment theories in the 70s and 80s (it was written in 1991).

But Seth Klarman called some shit right and got rich, and Margin of Safety became a collector's item. I don't know how true it is that it's considered a "standard business school text" as some websites assert, because if it's basic enough for me to grasp then I can't imagine future MBAs want much to do with it, but I suppose stranger things have happened.

I don't know that I'm learning a lot about investing from the book because while on the one hand it's a deep dig into investment strategy in the late 20th century, it's also over 25 years old and

a) A lot of what it factors into investment strategies no longer applies
b) Nothing about it is anything I didn't learn at my mother's knee

Granted, my mother's a savvy woman, but still. The essence of the book is a case for value investing, which is very simply put, investing in a company that is undervalued in the marketplace. Buy a stock at $10 when you know it should be worth $20, and wait for the market to catch up. Essentially: buy low, be patient, sell high. Don't look at the market, look at the company. If you are a value investor you're spending more time honing your ability to valuate a company than you are watching stock prices. You don't need to watch the market; you should be finding undervalued companies and buying their stock regardless. (Something my current job actually teaches me to do, so, hooray for that. Also this was my thesis behind investing in GrubHub before reading the book, which is very validating.)

ANYWAY, Seth Klarman makes a few intriguing assertions in his book. First, that Warren Buffett (a well-known value investor) is a god among men. No argument here, the man has lived to be 85 on Coca Cola and Utz potato sticks. Second, that investing in index funds is pointless and stupid. (What an index fund actually is or does is immaterial. But if you want to know, Planet Money has a great podcast about index funds and Warren Buffett's bet here.) Klarman, without outright saying it, cast Warren Buffett as a champion of value investing against the very idea of the index fund.

Here's where it gets awkward. Eight years ago, Warren Buffett asserted that hedge funds were not good investments because they were too volatile, and he made a bet that over ten years, anything he picked would do better than a hedge fund.

And he picked an index fund.

AWKWARD! So awkward for poor Seth Klarman!

Buffett isn't necessarily advocating for index funds with this move. He's advocating against hedge funds -- he's saying the simplest, dumbest index fund can still outperform a hedge fund. But I would have killed to have been in the room when Seth Klarman heard that Warren Buffett was putting a million dollars on an index fund's ability to perform.

I feel like I should write a one-act play about it. It'd end up sounding more like a college economics lecture than a drama, but I think it'd be worth it to write the stage direction

[KLARMAN does a spit take. BUFFETT smiles beatifically.]

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Fri, Mar 18th, 2016 -- 09:11 am
Today's Specials:

This past Wednesday I had an interview with a hip tech company based in the UK, which was an interesting experience. I applied more or less on a whim, but I'm pretty sure I can do the job. The question is whether I want to leap six time zones to do the job.

I'd be off in a shot, but it's awfully far from my folks, which is a concern as they get older. Mum's not happy about the idea of both her sons being overseas, even if Glasgow's a sight better than Australia (and I'm not a rampaging asshole married to a narcissist, which helps). Also it's a for-profit company, which means I give up my PSLF qualification and have to pay ALL my student loans. But the salary might cover that better, I don't know what they pay.

Otherwise the week's been uneventful, as I hold onto sanity with my fingertips until next week, when I have a week's vacation starting Tuesday.

In the meantime, I made a bunny. Aww.

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Mon, Mar 14th, 2016 -- 06:41 pm
Today's Specials:

I go running in the mornings -- as a friend said when he found out I go running at 4am, I go running "in the moooooooooooornings". But there's a lady who must get up at like 2am, and she always gets to the gym before I do, which these days means she gets the one older treadmill. The older treadmill is better because it's easier to operate, so I don't begrudge her, but this morning someone else was also in the gym, what the fuck, leaving me with The Worst Treadmill In The Gym: the one in front of the mirror.

Why would you want to run in front of a mirror? What kind of masochist...

But I had to. So I did. And it turned out to be a regrettable but ultimately gainful experience because apparently I have a really narrow stance when I run. Which would explain why I keep kicking myself in my own ankle. And that's probably not great for my form.

But it also means I spent the entire two miles on the treadmill trying to broaden my stance, and now my thighs don't want to work. Ever again. I'm just gonna sit here until I become one with the sofa.

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Mon, Mar 14th, 2016 -- 07:46 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] missworthing (and Anonymous) linked to a fundraiser for Crystal, a nurse and mother of five who is in need of a heart and double lung transplant; her family is trying to raise funds to cover the copays and travel expenses for the surgeries. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

icarusancalion linked to a fundraiser for Ani Sangye, a Buddhist nun who is immune-compromised and has been struggling to avoid homelessness. She has temporary housing through the end of May, and is trying to raise money to purchase a used trailer to live in. You can read more and help her reach her purchase goal here.

Professor Amy Green is raising money for an innovative pilot program at UNLV, where she is an English professor working with the study of digital storytelling; she's trying to increase student access to video games for her courses. You can learn more about her program and support the fundraiser here.

tabaqui linked to a fundraiser for _beetle_, who is a brand-new published author needing a little help to get to the Rainbow Book Fair in NYC to promote her new book. You can check out her book (the first in a series) here and give to the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] sadbhyl is still raising funds for Hero, a budding chef with an opportunity to study international cuisine and the hospitality industry behind the scenes at Disney World; they haven't quite met their goal yet and the final payment is due tomorrow. This looks like a fascinating program and she is offering perks for donations; you can read more and support her studies 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 Freya, a dog who fractured her femur and due to complications has to have her leg amputated. Crystal, her owner, is raising money for the down payment; you can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles has added new items to her Etsy, which is currently her only source of income while she applies for jobs. She's got cool beaded art and earrings for very reasonable prices; you can shop and purchase 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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Sun, Mar 13th, 2016 -- 06:33 pm
Today's Specials:

 R and I hung out this afternoon, primarily at Joong Boo Market, where R can spend hours just fascinatedly staring at all the Korean food he doesn't understand but knows he wants to eat. In the car on the way back, with my giant sack of nishiki rice and rather smaller sack of glutinous rice flour (mochi here I come) in the backseat, R played a recording for me of his students doing a chorale concert at a downtown childrens' singing exhibition.

Children: *singing their asses off on some bridge between two tunes in a medley*
Sam: What...what are they saying there?
R: "Live your life like it's golden."
Sam: OH! Oh thank god.
R: Why?
Sam: No reason.
R: What did you think they were saying?
Sam: "Live your life like it's stolen."
R: WHAT. *starts laughing*
Sam: You know, like, drive it like you stole it. Live your life like it's stolen!
R: *crying with laughter* LIVE YOUR LIFE LIKE YOU STOLE IT. 
Sam: I think my version is catchier. I'm going to make it my new motto.  

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Sat, Mar 12th, 2016 -- 06:50 am
Today's Specials:

My current residence is a rented condo in a high-rise in the south loop, which is great, but since I'm not an owner I'm not privy to condo meetings and such (I suppose I could go but why god why would I want to). Which means that sometimes I am subject to random surprises. Like this week, when they replaced all the molding, repainted, and relit the building hallways. Every time I step outside my door I fail to recognize my own hallway, and I have a moment where I wonder if I've walked into an alternate universe. I have to do a check and look back at my front door, which is decorated in a very specific fashion, to make sure I am on the right floor and haven't just spent the night in some other random person's apartment.

I did one time get off on the wrong floor and was trying to put my key in the lock of someone else's door before I noticed, so, you know, this isn't 100% unlikely to happen.

Today's origami was an AT-AT! Shut up, it totally looks like an AT-AT, origami is hard and it wasn’t my diagram. (Step 25-26 is the Do Some Magic step btw.)



When you’re doing a relatively complex figure like this one, you either have to have very good origami paper or very large origami paper. You’d think thin paper would be best but it tears too easily; what you want is something like tant paper, which feels thick like construction paper but, due to the way the plant fibers are layered when it’s made, folds and holds a crease like tissue paper.

I do have some tant paper but I’m not wasting it on an AT-AT, so I had to use the large paper, which was rather poorly printed. So now the tips of my fingers are blue where the ink came off.

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Fri, Mar 11th, 2016 -- 12:49 pm
Today's Specials:

Today I set out to fold a horse, but between the swirly-wave pattern and the fact that the horse diagram opens with what’s known as a “fish base”, I decided to end my horse as a Hippocamp.

  



I did the head and front-legs from this diagram, and finished with a klutzy backwards rendition of the shrimp’s curling tail from this diagram. If I had it to do over, I’d do steps 1-5 of the horse, then 7-9 of the shrimp, then steps 6-10 and 12-13 of the horse.  

He is the proudest little fish-horse ever. I’m naming him Buckingham.

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Mon, Mar 7th, 2016 -- 03:17 pm
Today's Specials:

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
Today's Specials:

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.

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, 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
Today's Specials:

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
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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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-- 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