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Hi all! This is a blast on all social media I have that I will be stopping-posting and/or deleting my LiveJournal accounts soon. I'm sorry to have to do this, but I'm no longer comfortable continuing on LiveJournal as a platform.

Here's how I'm dealing with my various accounts:

copperbadge: will remain on LiveJournal but will not have any future updates; any updates that once would have gone here will only be made to [personal profile] copperbadge on Dreamwidth. The LJ version is fully backed-up, including comments, at [personal profile] cblj_backup.

sam_storyteller: will be deleted. All fic is here on AO3. It is fully backed-up, including comments, at [personal profile] cblj_backup.

ask_aboutcoffee: will remain on LJ (hasn't been updated in a while anyway). It is fully backed-up, including comments, at [personal profile] cblj_backup.

theoriginalsam: will be deleted. It is fully backed up, including comments, at [community profile] originalsam_backup.

i_defeated_sga: will be deleted. All fic is here on AO3. It is fully backed up, including comments, at [community profile] sga_backup.

gta_of_doom: will be deleted. It is fully backed up, including comments, at [community profile] gtaofdoom_backup.

If you have a favorite comment thread bookmarked on LJ, you should check the date on the post, find that date on [personal profile] cblj_backup, and look up the post there to change your bookmark. In the case of an actual post, you can find almost any LJ post at the same date on [personal profile] copperbadge; in the case of fanfic, probably the more stable place to bookmark would be AO3. In addition, you are welcome to come find me under [personal profile] copperbadge at DreamWidth and [tumblr.com profile] copperbadge on tumblr.

Anything scheduled to be deleted will be deleted on Sunday, April 30th, to give people time to save things they may want to keep and/or re-find them on DreamWidth.

Thanks everyone!

This past week I have been craving two things: strawb

This past week I have been craving two things: strawberries and tomatoes. 

I don’t actually like the flavor of tomatoes, but I know when I’m craving them because I crave the stuff they’re in: ketchup, red sauce, pizza sauce. I don’t mind strawberries, but I don’t actively like them, and never crave them. So I figured I’m deficient in some vitamin or mineral, which would also explain why I’m sleeping all the time.

So I look up strawberries, which are super rich in vitamin C, which okay, fine, vitamin C, great. And then I look up tomatoes, which along with sweet potatoes (also something I’ve been craving) are a rich source of chromium. 

And then I scroll down a little and the article I’m reading is like “by the way, chromium deficiency can lead to fatigue. Oh and vitamin C helps you to absorb chromium.” 

THANKS BODY, I guess that answers the question of which to address first. 

The foods highest in chromium are mussels and oysters, but brazil nuts are cheaper and don’t have internal organs that freak me out, so I guess I’ll find some interesting things to do with brazil nuts. As for the strawberries, well, I haven’t made agua fresca in a while, that’ll be fun. 

Actually, sweet potato gnocci with crushed brazil nuts and strawberry agua fresca sounds like a pretty good dinner…

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Whitney has an autoimmune disease whose treatments leave her susceptible to infectiosn; she's been in the hospital twice so far this year, with various issues including meningitis and pneumonia. During her last hospital stay, her home was robbed, and along with the theft of valuables, her children no longer feel safe there; her landlord is also initiating eviction proceedings. You can read more and support a fundraiser to help with bills and rent here.

[tumblr.com profile] jeanninedupree linked to [twitter.com profile] djbandagegirl, a young trans woman who has been kicked out of an abusive home and is looking for a place to stay in the Chicago area. You can read more and get in touch here.

[personal profile] teaotter linked to a fundraiser for a friend, a disabled trans woman who has just left an abusive situation and is trying to find stable housing; the fundraiser is semi-anonymous to protect her from stalking/harassment, but Teaotter vouches for her; you can read more and help her out here.

[tumblr.com profile] vanathema linked to a fundraising request for Valen, who has been unable to work due to disability and upcoming surgery; because of his girlfriend's employment situation (which enforces a yearly two-month "break") they need to get through the next two months with no paycheck. They're also looking for anyone who can help with employment in the Seattle-Kent WA area. You can read more, including a paypal donation address, here.

[tumblr.com profile] swelldame is raising $270 to buy a plane ticket for her best friend to see her graduate in may; they had the money saved but had to pay for emergency medical bills. You can read more and give to 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, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. And Mother's Day is coming up, at least in the US! You can read more and purchase them here.

Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] jinjeriffic linked to the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which is aimed at ending the private ownership and breeding of exotic/big cats like tigers and lions in the US. You can read more here and learn more about how you can take action 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. 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.

Research Conspiracies

I’m researching a guy this morning who loves cross-country skiing and says that the best in the midwest is in Michigan, where he owns a bunch of land. I found most of the land, which is up near Traverse City, on the southern side of Lake Michigan, but I also found one parcel way the hell up on the peninsula, on the north side of the Lake.

Here’s where it gets fun: I couldn’t find an address to attach to the parcel, which is super weird to begin with. So I mapped the parcel number, which gave me a map of a state park – with a restaurant right in the middle of the park, where the parcel number is supposedly located. 

What the hell, I thought, maybe there’s a restaurant in the state park and he likes it so well as a stopover when he goes skiing that he bought it. He’s a millionaire, these things happen.

But when I googled the restaurant, let’s call it the Goose Neck, I found that it does exist – and is actually located several hours south of the state park, down in the heart of Michigan. 

And when you click on the website of the Goose Neck in Google Maps, it takes you to a campsite in Florida. 

I’ve managed to glitch the internet like, four times in the past ten minutes, and am beginning to suspect some kind of conspiracy. Is there a secret diner in the middle of a Michigan state park? Is it operated for some nefarious purpose from a front in southern Michigan? And does it connect, via an alien portal device of some kind, to Tallahassee, Florida? 

If I disappear from the internet suddenly, begin the search in the Sault Ste. Marie Forest. (And if you find the Goose Neck, try the Stew and Biscuits plate, apparently it’s their specialty.)

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[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. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. And Mother's Day is coming up, at least in the US! You can read more and purchase them here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] darlingarmadillo's third roommate is moving out to get married and they're seeking a new roommate. THey have a three-bedroom condo with one bedroom available, unfurnished, two cats, in-unit laundry, workout room in the basement, and near to the Noward red line stop in Chicago. You can read more and get in touch here.

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a new roommate to share a 2br/2ba condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, available May 1. You can read more and reblog here or check out the Craigslist post 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. 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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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

A NOTE TO ALL before we begin -- I will be traveling next Monday, and I'm not sure of how much access I will have or when I will have it. Radio Free Monday next week miiiiight be postponed to Tuesday. Thanks everyone!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for delaese, who is in the process of divorcing, moving, and setting up a new business, and needs funds to help with all three, as well as care for her animals. You can read more and help out here (and also look at fluffy pictures of baby chicks!).

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Con Or Bust, a nonprofit which helps fans of color get to conventions. They're starting up their annual auction fundraiser and would love to have people offer items to donate; you can read more about donating here. Deadline is April 23 so there's still lots of time!

[tumblr.com profile] liviconnor linked to Charity: Water, a charity which helps internatioanl communities get clean water, and one of their fundraising methods is to ask people to get donations for their birthdays instead of presents. The birthday person then gets a thank-you gift of pictures from the community their money went to. You can read more and help out here, and you can also donate to them through CharityMiles, which donates money for every mile you run.

Anon is fundraising for Families For Freedom, a human-rights organization by and for families and their loved ones who are facing deportation. They run a national hotline for those imprisoned in immigrant detention centers, and provide emotional and social support to families going through deportation proceedings, as well as raising community awareness of rights and abuses. You can read more and support FFF 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. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

Since I managed to both put it in the wrong place and lose the link last week like a loser, a repost: [tumblr.com profile] kitrona is in her last semester of college before graduation, and for her capstone is researching the hypothesis that social support can ease mental health issues that trans* and nonbinary people face. She has a survey up and would appreciate trans* and nonbinary people participating; the survey doesn't collect any identifying information and she is happy to share the resulting paper with people if they're interested. She's planning to specialize in trans* issues, so this is not simply a class project but a foundation for future work in the field. You can take the survey here and please feel free to pass it on to people who could help contribute!

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has updated its guide to protecting your private data when entering the United States, in response to recent events. You can read more and download the full guide here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a new roommate to share a 2br/2ba condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, available May 1. You can read more and reblog here or check out the Craigslist post 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. 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.

Intrepid Investigator Starbuck

I love it when I’m researching a potential new donor and it turns out that not only do they have past felony convictions for financial crimes, they may have defrauded my own organization already. 

That’s what I call getting out ahead of the curve.

(Actually it’s kind of cool to be the one to uncover potential criminal malfeasance until I have to figure out who to report it to and probably give some kind of statement if it turns out to be true.) 

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I saw a book title this morning that I misread

I saw a book title this morning that I misread as “Sampire” (I think it was a really fancy “Empire”) and I thought, haha, yes I rise before dawn to prey on those still awake from the night before. I am the dark hipster, the sampire.

And then I thought, what would you call a hipster vampire, and it came to me, hot sauce dripping off its fangs: 

Sriracula.  

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

I had an unusually quiet RFM this week, which sometimes happens, but just in case -- if you submitted an item and don't see it below, please get in touch! I can do a second RFM post if it turns out that like, something ate all of this week's responses or something.

Ways to Give:

Ursula is an aide to a research chemistry professor with physical disabilities who uses a wheelchair. Her professor has been invited to present at a prestigious conference in April, but the University isn't willing to pay for disability accommodations (such as her aide traveling with her). They have a gofundme up to raise funds so that they can both attend; 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, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] kitrona is in her last semester of college before graduation, and for her capstone is researching the hypothesis that social support can ease mental health issues that trans* and nonbinary people face. She has a survey up and would appreciate trans* and nonbinary people participating; the survey doesn't collect any identifying information and she is happy to share the resulting paper with people if they're interested. She's planning to specialize in trans* issues, so this is not simply a class project but a foundation for future work in the field. You can take the survey here and please feel free to pass it on to people who could help contribute!

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a new roommate to share a 2br/2ba condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, available May 1. You can read more and reblog here or check out the Craigslist post 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. 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.

I’m gonna write an updated comedy of manners

I’m gonna write an updated comedy of manners about excel spreadsheets and webcomic artists in which Jack Worthington is a data analyst who has invented a fake free-spirited webcomic artist brother so he has an excuse to visit the city; his STEM mentee Cecily lives in the burbs and builds robots but dreams of going to the city to meet Jack’s romantic artist wastrel brother. Meanwhile Jack’s friend Algernon, who is a “startup entrepreneur” with no visible employment, has discovered Jack’s secret life and threatened to tell his girlfriend, hipster social justice activist Gwendolyn, who thinks Jack works for Algy’s startup because that’s way hipper than wrangling Excel spreadsheets all day. 

All is upset by Mrs. Bracknell, the imperious baby boomer who can never get the right coffee order or change from Dr. Frederica Chasuble, a barista who has an unmarketable PHD in feminist classical theology and a crush on Cecily’s college admissions coach Ms. Prism. Mrs. Bracknell doesn’t want Jack marrying Gwendolyn because due to a database error at the hospital when he was born, most institutions (banks, cellphone providers, insurance companies) think Jack is deceased. 

I will call it The Importance Of Saving Versions. 

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