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copperbadge July 14 2014, 12:45

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[dreamwidth.org profile] ragingrainbow is a single mother with financial difficulties due to an undiagnosed chronic illness. She is working to stave off eviction, and is raising money to pay bills and keep food on the table. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] iamshadow21 linked to [tumblr.com profile] vyllalala, who has had an emergency hospital stay for gallstones (oh, the pain D:) and is doing art commissions to cover expenses. You can read more about how to commission and donate here.

[personal profile] mathsnerd is moving house to a wheelchair-friendly flat and has found she has to raise just over 4700 Euros as quickly as possible in order to secure the flat (there's a Fixtures & Fittings fee). She draws disability pension, which means she's not making very much, but she has charities offering to help as long as she demonstrates she has a plan to get the money together. You can read more here and support the fundraiser here.

Gabrielle, a disabled, neuroatypical student, has been offered a spectacular opportunity: tuition and housing at Smith College, but the scholarship does not cover healthcare, travel, textbooks, and other incidentals. This opportunity is an escape from an abusive home for her, and she's raising funds to cover the rest of her expenses. You can read more and donate at her gofundme here.

digitalwave has been offered housing for their first vacation in many years, but they don't quite have the budget for transit and food while on vacation. They need to raise some money for the trip, and are selling DVDs, purses, body lotions, geeky books, and other fannish miscellaney here.

frenchroast linked to a fundraiser for the daughter of smwright . Ms. Armentrout is starting her first year of teaching in a high-poverty, high-needs school, and is trying to buy supplies for her classroom, including things like a rug for the classroom and literacy materials that will benefit the school for years to come. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] pondamypond is raising money to get her car permit and license, which will aid her in getting a job to pay for school and get out of her parents' place. You can read more here and support the fundraiser here.

In A Bind is a not-for-profit project which works to provide chest binders for female-to-male transgender youth and genderqueer youth, who often have difficulty getting access to chest binders. They have had to close their waiting list due to backlog, and are fundraising in cooperation with the Frank Cassata Family Foundation to raise $3K for binder purchases. You can read more and find out where to donate here.

[dreamwidth.org profile] tealin linked to a fundraiser for Simon's Cat, a popular web series that is working on a color episode and would like to pay the artists helping them to produce it. There are fun perks, and as Tealin says, "the satisfaction of helping to circumvent the studio system" :D You can read more and support the project here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] spiredog is conducting a study for her senior thesis on whether elements of teh subculture of fandom are becoming a part of mainstream culture. You can read more here, and if you want to help, share the link at the post with family and friends (over the age of 18) who do not consider themselves a part of fandom.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

talekyn linked to The Many Tortures of Anthony cardno, a short story anthology raising money for the American Cancer Society. The anthology has 22 authors across multiple genres, and you can find it here on Amazon; I'm told it will be available at Barnes & Noble and on Kindle soon.

[tumblr.com profile] pretensesoup has a novella out, "About love, death, ghosts, physics, and Chinese philosophy". You can check out her website here which includes information about her novella The Joy Of Fishes here.

Robyn just started a website to sell jewelry that she makes. You can check out the site here; she'd love some word of mouth publicity.


[personal profile] kinetikatrue and the People's Republic Of Fandom are still looking for a fourth housemate to share a four bedroom house in Takoma Park full of "introverted queerish nerds". You can read more about the home and its occupants and get in touch here.

News to Know:

[tumblr.com profile] illustratedjai runs LGBTQ&A, a youtube channel aimed at answering questions about LGBTQ+ issues, vocabulary, and identity. You can check out the channel here, and support it via patreon here.

rosefyre let me know that the old tardisbigbang.com site has apparently vanished. If you're looking for the tardisbigbang fics you can usually find them via archive.org, but if it was the only place your fic was archived, you might consider reposting it somewhere so people can still enjoy it!

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!).
copperbadge July 12 2014, 11:06

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My superstitions, let me show you them:

Yesterday I bought a 7-day pass to the T, which costs $19. I paid with a $20 bill and got a single coin back in change, and in the dim light of the station I assumed it was a Sacajawea dollar coin, because those are standard dollar change in Chicago, and tossed it in my pocket.

But no -- emptying my pockets this morning, I found it's a Susan B. Anthony dollar. Which doesn't really matter, except that they were made much earlier. It happens to be a Susan B. Anthony dollar from 1979, and mum taught me as a tyke that coins from your birth year are lucky. So I have a new lucky Boston charm!

Yesterday was fun. I did the Boston Public Library at Copley, which has the secret hidden Sargent gallery, a series of murals painted by John Singer Sargent in what amounts to a third-floor stairwell. I'll post some photos of it eventually; I particularly love the Pagan Gods side of the mural set. Then I went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, which I will not post photos of because no photos are allowed, but I did get to tell the full story of the Gardner Theft to a friend, and I love telling that story.

There's actually a great narrative way to do it -- you start on the 3rd floor in the Gothic Room so you can introduce them to ISG herself in the painting Sargent did of her (it was a very Sargent themed day), and then if you take the stairs in the next room down, you basically come out right into the room where the Vermeer and the Rembrandt were, which leads into the room where the Degas watercolors were. Then you enjoy the museum, and stop on the ground floor in the room just past the sarcophagus to pay your respects to the second portrait Sargent did of her, when she was eighty.

It's very striking, coming down the stairs and seeing the empty frame where Storm On The Sea of Galilee once hung. Of the stolen paintings, the Vermeer is the most valuable; it was one of only 34 Vermeers in the world. But I prefer Storm On The Sea of Galilee, because I think it's a more interesting painting and because Rembrandt painted himself into it -- he's the one in the cap, looking out at the viewer from midships.

We went to the MFA, got SO EPICALLY LOST, and finally ended up at the 21st Amendment, a bar I had always wanted to try, which turned out to be cozy but pleasant. I had a sparerib grilled cheese sandwich, which was AMAZING.

Then somehow I killed my phone's battery so hard that it took a few hours to notice it was charging. I was a little freaked out it might be dead for good, but it was fully charged when I woke up this morning, so yay for that :D

Today I'm off to do the Freedom Trail and the Aquarium. I may not have feet by the end of the day, I won't lie. On the other hand, I keep applying Chicago scale to Boston, and the city blocks aren't nearly as long here as they are there, so I keep being surprised at how FAST I get everywhere. I think they're about comparable in size, but I'm moving about in a much smaller radius than I would in Chicago.

Anyway, I'm heading out to Finagle A Bagel, which used to do such massive bagels for breakfast that I would eat half, then shove the other half in my backpack for safekeeping until lunch time. I have no real nostalgia for Dunkin Donuts, but Finagle A Bagel holds a special place in my heart.
copperbadge July 11 2014, 01:13

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 I have achieved my hotel room! 
I won't lie, I wandered nostalgically around Copley Square for a while first. I spent many a happy hour in the musty back rooms of the library last time I was here, and tomorrow I'm going over in the morning to see if I can't get a peep at the Sargent murals. they were being cleaned last time, and the time before that I was stunned by them but didn't know their history. 
The hotel is very elderly and rather off the beaten path, but it's also very cheap and I won't be here much anyway. I did laugh when the front desk woman said there was no internet in the rooms. SOMEONE IS TESTING ME, I thought. But they provide Wifi in the "common areas" and apparently my room is quite common, since I get three bars. Not enough for streaming, but enough to suit my needs.
I have a secret love of hotel rooms. 
I had forgotten how New England this town is, which sounds funny, but it's true. I got off the bus and just inhaled a faceful of Yankee. It never really made such an impact on me before, but back then I was coming from California, which has a less rigid culture than most places, I think. Coming to New England from Chicago, I couldn't help but think GOD DAMN I'M SO MIDWESTERN.
Not that I mind. The midwest has its charms. But it's really, really evident. When I was checking in, the woman looked at my Texas driver's license, peered at me, and then said, "Texas?"
"I'm actually coming from Chicago," I said, and understanding dawned.
I mean, it could be worse. I could be Texan. :D 
copperbadge July 10 2014, 17:26

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Last night AT&T disconnected my internet. They were supposed to disconnect it on the 21st. Not sure how they got "Wednesday the 9th" from "Monday the 21st" but since I called two minutes too late to speak to a reactivation specialist, they told me they'd have to make a new account if I wanted internet back.

So I've got no internet at home until the 19th of this month. Just, FYI. I may have said some very abusive things to the Customer Care team on twitter. They were a shitty ISP anyway.

But, the positive note in all this is, I won't be home for much of that time. I'm flying out to the east coast this afternoon, and I won't be back until Sunday evening. Then I'm moving on Thursday and Friday of next week, so really between now and then that's only four nights without internet. I can totally handle that. *jitters* Right? 

Anyway, I'll try to post regularly from Boston but the best way to keep an eye on me is twitter or instagram, where my photos will be posted -- tumblr too, but tumblr also has my queue stuff so it clutters up a little more.

I'll say hi to the Sacred Cod and the Sargent murals for everyone.
copperbadge July 9 2014, 21:15

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 I'm in a cab headed to the realtor's office to pick up the keys to my new apartment, and as we zoomed up Lake Shore I realized I could probably see my new building from the road. I kept an eye out and sure enough, there it was looking fly as fuck like only a building constructed at the turn of the last century can.

I may have made a less than dignified noise as we passed it. Fortunately my cab driver is busy swearing at the guy in front of him in at least two languages.
copperbadge July 7 2014, 12:23

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] flamethrower just got hit with medical bills, school fees, car repairs, and vet costs all at once, and is raising money to stay afloat and feed her kids. She's selling jewelry at Storenvy here (which doesn't charge fees) and at Etsy here (which does). She is also taking donations via paypal at flamethrower at thedeadcat.net.

Tess is a college student abroad for a London summer program, and is facing some unanticipated costs. She's raising money to keep afloat in London, and to be able to pay her rent when she returns home. You can read more and help her out at her gofundme here.

mamculuna 's cousin's son Zak was diagnosed with a rare chromosome abnormality, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, one of 1200 diagnosed worldwide. While his treatment is going well, his family is trying to raise funds to attend a conference where they can meet other children and parents in the same situation. You can read more and support their efforts here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Apollinaire Theatre Company's 2014 summer show, which offers free, outdoor bilingual summer theatre in the park in New England. Apparently this year they're doing some masked theatre, which is very close to my heart. You can read more about their work and support the project at their kickstarter here.

[twitter.com profile] coriana_hunt linked to Flat Earth Theatre's call for scripts by female playwrights, and/or scripts that feature challenging, in-depth rolse for female actors. Niche, geeky, historical, or futuristic, they want thoughtful and interesting scripts. You can read more about Flat Earth here; to get in touch, tweet Coriana at the above twitter address or leave a comment at [personal profile] coriana. They're especially looking for works about Nelly Bly or the Triangle Factory Fire.

[personal profile] akatonbo has a follow up to last week's story about the kittens; one has had to have an amputation of her leg but is doing well, but they still need help with vet bills and shots for the rest of the litter. They have pictures and fundraising information at their facebook page 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!).
copperbadge July 4 2014, 13:07

The Last Hurrah

I woke up early this morning, and as I was shifting boxes around and continuing to pack, it occurred to me that this is the last weekend I'll spend in this apartment. Next weekend I'll be on the east coast, and the weekend after, I'll be unpacking in The Green Room, as I've taken to calling the new apartment. (It's green on the inside.)

 It's been a mixed blessing, my little third-floor eyrie here. On the one hand, I've weathered mice, wasps, and a peculiar breed of spider I've never encountered before. On the other, it's large, well-heated in winter, and it's been a good shelter for me for the past six years. It watched me do an awful lot of growing up. I'm going to miss the neighborhood, Byron's and the bodega and the leaf-lined street, and being able to just run down the block to R's place when I wanted to hang out and/or bask in central air conditioning. 

R and I have hatched a plan to keep in close touch, though. He shops regularly at the Trader Joe's near my new place, so it's likely that instead of meeting up at his place after work, he'll swing by mine on his way home. After all, I'll have cable television. :D

The new place is a lot more expensive, rentwise, than the eyrie, and it comes with a lot more social obligations, like a doorman and a condo association. But it's closer to work and newer and self-contained, and appropriately enough, this being the fourth, it feels a bit like freedom. 
copperbadge July 2 2014, 20:22

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That's it, no more doctors under the age of 45.

I have had so many doctors, you guys, and it's not because I'm feeble, although I am. It's because the fucking leave you at the drop of a hat. I stopped having primary care physicians when I literally never saw the same one twice in three years, despite going to the same office for three years. And I was perfectly fine without one for two, maybe three years. And then I went to this one specialist and they were all, who's your primary care physician?

Me: I don't have one.
Them: What do you mean?
Me: I have no use for one. I don't need a recommendation to see you, I have a good insurance plan.
Them: *super duper sarcastic* So you just called us and made an appointment yourself.
Me: Uh. Yes? Your scheduler let me, so I didn't figure there was a problem.
Them: *utterly appalled and confused look*

So I got another primary care physician, this time from a different medical center, and sure enough, she just left because her rotation was up. She sent me a goodbye packet, which admittedly is new. It had a form letter, a little two-page comic about how to transition doctors, and a certificate of achievement for helping forward the cause of medicine.

I called my new primary care physician, because I have a hernia and I need 1. painkillers and 2. assistance setting up surgery.

Scheduler: She has nothing open until late September.
Me: Well, that's...sort of useless. Is there another doctor in the practice I can see?
Scheduler: None of them start until August.
Me: *sigh* Clinic?
Scheduler: *sympathetic* Clinic. I'll pencil you in for tomorrow.

I have never had this problem with anyone over the age of 45, because they all stay the hell put.

My god do I sound like I'm 75 years old today.
copperbadge July 1 2014, 19:11

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In the next forty days I am flying both east and west, moving house, and hosting two different guests.

I head east on the 10th, but between the new phone and the traveling laptop, I shouldn't be too far out of touch. If you have instagram, that'll probably be the best way to keep an eye on me. (Lord knows someone should.)

On the 17th, Mum arrives in town, and on the 18th, the movers are going to shift all my shit from Wrigleyville to Printer's Row. Really it's properly the Prairie District, but I'd much rather be afiliated with the weird combination of literati, wine lovers, and drug dealers just west of the new apartment than the super-weird combination of futures traders and Hot Fuzz style Neighborhood Watch Alliance members to the south.

Actually I could just call it the Museum Campus; that way I'm hanging out with a shitload of fish and some dinosaur skeletons, which let's face it, is where I fit best.

Then, at the end of July, I'm off to the annual research conference, this year held In The West, and in August I have a houseguest visiting who is desirous that I show her the yarn stores, poutineries, and giant surrealist sculptures that are the backbone of Chicago's cultural milieu.

It's a good thing my surgeon doesn't seem to think I should have hernia surgery until later in the year. I'm going to need September just to recuperate from the Great July.

copperbadge June 30 2014, 13:40

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] yousucksir is a teacher's tumblr I follow, and he has a post up fundraising to help pay hospital bills for Nicolas, a former student of his who was paralyzed in a shooting last year. You can read the post and find out how to help here; I also recommend his tumblr as an entertaining glimpse into a teacher's life.

tabaqui linked to a fundraiser for marciaelena , who is trying to get back on her feet (including getting a working fridge, and paying off cooking gas, phone, and internet bills) after a tough year. You can read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] quantumlore is a student in Illinois who is struggling financially after having to pay some medical bills. She is raising money to cover her bills through gofundme, and offering handmade gifts by level. You can read more and give to her fundraiser here; she is also posting updates on her progress in paying off bills and such at her tumblr.

[personal profile] girlingoldboots has had her hours drastically cut at work and is having difficulty getting aid benefits; she is in need of an immediate $300 to cover emergency costs but will need to raise more than that long term. You can read more and donate at her youcaring site, donate directly via paypal at forfookssake at gmail.com, or check out her signal-boosting tumblr, [tumblr.com profile] the-lady-clare.

[dreamwidth.org profile] akatonbo has a friend who found a litter of kittens in her shed and needs help with their vet care and adoption preparation; they're also looking for potential forever homes in south central Michigan. You can read more and donate here.


[tumblr.com profile] worldsonpaper is looking for housing in Sydney's Inner West. She is 26, looking for a room to rent, a roommate for her current flat, or someone interested in a new houseshare, preferably fannish whatever the situation. She has a budget of $250/week plus bills, and needs to be able to commute to the city easily. You can reach her at her tumblr or at wieldswords at gmail.com.

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!).

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