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Date:2014-12-28 22:37
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It's that time of year again! Time to dust out the attic, gather up all the little odds and ends, and share what I don't intend to finish, so that I enter the new year guilt-free. I hope you guys enjoy all the bits and bobs, as I call them in the compilation file. :)

Title: Works No Longer In Progress 2014
Fandoms: Snowpiercer, Avengers MCU, Marvel Comics, Captain America
Rating: No higher than PG.
Summary: Every year I do a post of all the bits of fic I couldn't find a place for. Some stand alone pretty well; most are just starts I don't have the interest or energy to finish.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

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Date:2014-12-22 07:56
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] altheterrible is trying to fund the last part of applying to pharmacy school; they come from a disadvantaged background and are aiming to work with people who haven't had good experiences with the medical community. You can read more about what help they need to get into a great school and support their attempts here.

Amy's Friends have put up a fundraiser for Amy, who survived a suicide attempt a few months ago and has been put on suicide watch and Disability, which means she is not allowed to work. She receives Disability pay, which is not enough to pay her bills, and she's received a bill from the hospital for her stay and treatment after the attempt. You can read more and support Amy getting back on her feet here.

[livejournal.com profile] girly_curl_3's cousin and her partner have launched a kickstarter to help found their company, American Dog. The company is gay owned and operated, local to Colorado, and promises to keep their toys made in the USA. You can read more at their Facebook, or read and support at their kickstarter here.

Help for Free:

[dreamwidth.org profile] celtic_maenad is looking for advice regarding long-distance moving, from Orlando, Florida to the Burbank/North Hollywood region of California. She's looking for advice on neighborhoods to avoid, good moving companies, tips on long-distance apartment hunting, and what kind of place they could get for two people and a cat for $950/mo. You can read more and offer your advice here.

Housing:

[livejournal.com profile] off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information here.

Jobs:

Ryan's open-source textbook nonprofit, Openstax College at Rice University, is hiring for multiple jobs including Javascript and Python coders, Systems Administrator, and Digital Media specialist (which is entry level and does not require a college degree). You can read more and apply here. (This looks like the kind of place that would allow telecommuting so if you're not in the area of Rice University, I'd drop them a line and ask.)

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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Date:2014-12-20 12:51
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Apparently the secret to last-minute Christmas shopping is to get up at the asscrack of dawn the Saturday before Christmas and be done by noon. My morning was bananas, but I can't deny I Got Shit Done.

It was a banner morning for shopping. I caught the bus into the loop and picked up a few sacks of popcorn at Garrett's, which is a Chicago franchise popcorn shop that I'm pretty sure uses crack in their cooking process somewhere. My stepfather wanted some for Christmas, so it's now sealed up in ziplock bags in my luggage.

Then I went to Macy's, which is much like a fool returning to his folly, because Macy's on State is hellish at the best of times due to its ancient building layout and elevators to nowhere. But it opens at 7am on holiday shopping weekends, and at 9am was still essentially empty. I couldn't quite believe my luck but I wasn't going to push it, either, so after picking up a couple of ornaments as small gifts, I bushwhacked my way down to the basement and chilled in the food court for a while.

The nice thing about Macy's is that it connects via the Pedway to Block 37, the mall across the street, which ALSO connects via the Pedway to Daley Plaza, home of the Giant Picasso Baboon, which is where they hold Christkindlmarkt every year. For an idea of what Christkindlmarkt is truly like in Chicago, may I recommend my fanfic Christkindlfuckup. It is exactly like that.

The Markt is actually really pleasant early in December, especially before dark, but it gets busier and busier as Christmas draws near. People were actually queuing up at 10:30 for access to the ORNAMENT SHACK where all the Christmas Ornaments are sold (most of the Markt is open booths, but there are two giant ORNAMENT SHACKS where you enter slowly and do a lap while you select which hilariously hideous ornaments you wish to buy). There were also long waits for pretzels, wine served in ceramic shoes, and pastries of many kinds. I skipped it all and homed in on the kitsch, because Mum wanted a new centerpiece for the table, and then bought a fluffy hat, because I have a problem when it comes to winterwear. The struggle is real.

AND THEN I went and bought some seasonings for a cooking project at the grocery store, and had the singular experience of walking into Trader Joe's, which has a big NO PRESERVATIVES NO MSG sign outside their entry, while carrying a shaker of MSG in my backpack.

So now I am home with a new hat, a giant sack of popcorn, all the German Kitsch, a week's worth of protein bars from Trader Joe's, and a shaker of MSG.

Winning at Saturday!

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Date:2014-12-18 07:58
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You know, normally I'm not one to complain about winter weather. I like cold and rain and snow, because I am a backwards, strange man.

But it is so dry in Chicago right now that for the first time in my life I'm considering anti-static spray. I have now literally, twice, stood up from my chair at work and generated so much static electricity that the in-ear headphone I wear in my left ear has SHOCKED MY EARDRUM.

You know what is unpleasant? SHOCKING YOUR OWN EARDRUM.

I gotta learn to take my headphone out before moving.

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Date:2014-12-15 08:17
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[livejournal.com profile] musicianatheart linked to a fundraiser for a friend who has been having problems getting child support and finding a job herself with which to support two kids. She's looking for donations towards winter clothes for her kids and car repair; you can read more and help out at her GoFundMe here.

[livejournal.com profile] ngaio linked to a fundraiser for a friend who hasn't been able to live with her wife for some time due to visa/nationalisty issues, and is working towards moving to South Africa so that they can be together permanently. You can read more and help at their GoFundMe here.

[tumblr.com profile] dr-kara is fundraising for deposit and moving funds to get out of her sister's place and into one of her own; she and her rooommate-to-be will be looking for a place in February so they're trying to assemble the funds to move now. You can read more and help out at her gofundme here.

[livejournal.com profile] lavenderspark linked to a fundraiser for Off The Beaten Path books, a Steampunk themed bookstore in Michigan which is struggling to stay afloat after a rough previous year. You can read more and support the bookstore at their GoFundMe here.

[dreamwidth.org profile] highlander_ii is raising funds for insulin and special food for his dog, Logan, who is diabetic; without funding, he'll have to give up Logan to a shelter. You can read more (and see some cute photos of Logan) here, and give at his Gofundme page.

Help for Free:

[livejournal.com profile] editrx wants everyone to know that from now until December 25th, any tweet or facebook post using the hashtag #giveabook will count towards Penguin Random House's big donation to Save The Children -- each hashtag means one more book donated, up to 25,000 books.

[tumblr.com profile] chocolate-alchemy linked to a survey regarding interest in an official remake of a game called "The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis" for the iPad. I've never heard of the game, but apparently it's pretty awesome! You can read more and take the survey here.

Jobs!:

[dreamwidth.org profile] sailorsol's company in central Connecticut is hiring (mostly mechanical) engineers for design, repair, and project engineering positions in the aerospace and power generation industries. You can PM her for further information.

Just for Fun:

[livejournal.com profile] happi_very linked to a map of the medieval London tube (view full sized here.) Mornington Crescent, anyone?

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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Date:2014-12-01 07:50
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] lisechen recently lost her job, and is struggling to cover all her bills, particularly transportation and utilities, for the month of December. You can read more and help her and her roommate stay on their feet over the holiday here.

[tumblr.com profile] jmathieson-fic's friend is trying to keep her bills paid and keep her three kids fed and sheltered, having received no child support from her ex for the past year. She has a really cool steampunk jewelery shop here, with some great gift ideas for the holidays.

[tumblr.com profile] madcitypaxie linked to [tumblr.com profile] thewitchesofeastwood, who is raising money for their cat Elwood, who recently had to have some pretty intense veterinary procedures done. They're selling cut-paper cards in a variety of winter and holiday motifs to help defray these costs; you can read more about Elwood here and check out the cards for sale at their Etsy shop 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!).

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Date:2014-11-22 14:13
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SUCH FANFIC. VERY ARCHIVE.

I have a crapton of fanfic newly archived this week -- much of it has been posted before to tumblr, but for non tumblrites it will all be new stuff!

Title: The Comic Book Guy
Rating: PG
Summary: Steve Rogers and James Barnes meet for the first time in a Hydra factory during the war.
 
Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

Title: Bottle Opener
Rating: G
Summary: Clint is rebranding.
Warnings: None.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

Title: Helping Friends Move
Rating: PG
Summary: Bruce may not have been entirely up front about his motives in asking for Clint's help moving into Stark Tower.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

Title: The Weather Balloon
Rating: PG
Summary: Cecil is nowhere to be found, and the mayor is insisting the mysterious debris is definitely NOT a weather balloon.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

I have also updated my "hydrocodone midnight theatre" fics, where I take prompts while whacked on post-surgery painkillers. You can find the entire Hydrocodone Midnight Theatre series on AO3, or go here for the latest stories posted to Dreamwidth (except the Izzy stories, those went in the Izzy Shorts post), but you can also find them individually as follows:

Title: Hair Apparent
Rating: PG (Gen)
Summary: You'd think Hydra would know more about hot oil.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Thems
Rating: PG (Steve/Tony)
Summary: Steve discovers a secret simulation on the game server.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Big Sister
Rating: G
Summary: Izzy came home early from summer camp and found a girl in DJ's workshop. That escalated quickly.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Wrecking The Lab
Rating: R
Summary: Tony Stark and Betty Ross have been friends since they were nine, and friends with benefits since they were fifteen...

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Yankee Buck
Rating: R
Summary: Bucky is overpaid, oversexed, and over here -- but the barman doesn't seem to mind.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Poor Little Rich Hero Girl
Rating: PG
Summary: Quinn Quire is kidnapped by Wasp and Hawkeye. Sort of.

Link: Here at AO3

 

Title: Someday My Prince Will Open A Transdimensional Portal
Rating: PG
Summary: T. Stark Lokason, gentleman adventurer, meets Isobel Barton, who sees right through him (and likes it).

Link: Here at AO3

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Date:2014-11-12 12:55
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RECCS TIME!

I've been adding these up for a good long while, and I've finally had the time to go through and do the writeups. These are all Avengers fanfic except for one of the podfics, but the canon universes vary, as do the ratings. I hope you enjoy them!

A Little Bit Of You, A Little Piece Of Me by IamShadow21 -- Teen and Up, Gen. One of the "twelve tiny steves" trope stories, with a fun twist that the series focuses not just on Steve but also on Bucky and why they might have used his genetic material, too. Fun and touching, and getting more meaty with every addition.

Pygmalion's Folly also by IamShadow21: G, JARVIS/Tony. Playing with the "you hear your soulmate's voice in your head" trope, Shadow creates a world where only Tony has no soulmate -- until he creates JARVIS, and realizes the code was there all along.

Clint Is Bad At Meet-Cute by Scifigrl47: Teen and up, Clint/Coulson. Sci did a huge fundraiser to help out a friend, in which she offered to write to prompts. The entire series is linked from this chapter, but this particular chapter, with Clint and Coulson meeting while basically starting a bar fight, is one of my favorites.

Stand Back, I'm Going To Try Science by Good_News_Everyone: Teen and Up, Steve/Tony. This is set in the Armored Adventures canon universe, where Tony became Iron Man as a teen and Steve Rogers was discovered but remained frozen while SHIELD tried to revive him. It uses the soulmates trope, to excellent and enjoyable effect. Even if you're unfamiliar with Armored Adventures, it's a funny romp.

The "You, I Won't Judge" series by Sineala: Steve/Tony, ratings vary. Steve discovers Tony used to write teenaged self-insert fanfic about himself and Captain America. Tony keeps using the fanfic to try and drive Steve away after he decides their relationship can't possibly work. Sweet, funny, and with hilarious teenaged-Tony's fanfic inset. (He always gets the guns right!)

The "Not By The Playbook" series by Arsenicarcher: Explicit, Tony/Pepper/Maria Hill. Arsenic constructs a bondage-based relationship between Tony, Pepper, and Maria, and then explores the faultlines where their personal traumas make the relationship both perfect and perilous. Plus, lots of hot corset action!

The One Who Knows by Dira Sudis: Explicit, TJ Hammond/Steve Rogers. A "Political Animals" crossover where Steve and TJ used to be best friends, and now have the opportunity to be a lot more. I like how good Steve is for TJ -- I think a lot of the Political Animals fanfic I like is there to heal TJ, because he got a pretty raw deal.

Smell Like I Sound by Sineala: Explicit, Carol/Jess with background Steve/Tony. Set in the slightly less dark Marvel Adventures universe, this is about how Carol REALLY LIKES Jess...except when Jess is close by. It's all a happy ending, as long as they work around the whole pheromones thing...

The Do-Over Proposal by Nightwalker: Teen and up, Steve/Tony. Steve is being comforted by the Avengers over Tony utterly and completely rejecting his marriage proposal when Tony walks in and doesn't seem to care. Obviously, someone mixed something up. This is short and super-gratifying in that "Oh thank god it was just confusion" way.

And some ego stroking:

I Only Pretend To Know Everything podfic by Blackglass: Mature, Steve/Natasha.
Never Leave A Trace podfic by Rhea314: Explicit, Peter/Elizabeth/Neal.
These are two delightful podfics of my work, both by lovely and dedicated readers.

The Princess Of Space And Her Robot Sidekick by a_taller_tale: G, Gen. A super-fun piece of fanart to accompany my fic Dot To Dot, featuring Izzy Barton and DJ Stark in early-days cosplay. Because there is nothing funnier to me than DJ dressing up like a robot.

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Date:2014-11-11 10:47
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Mum has left the building! I am now alone for a day, but I have reinforcements arriving tomorrow to continue to ensure I do not accidentally die.

In the meantime, I'm trying to clear out old fic that needs archiving. HERE IS SOME.

Title: Selfie With Granddad: The Series
Rating: PG
Summary: After the invasion, Natasha’s granddad shows up.
Warnings: None.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

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Date:2014-11-06 07:18
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Hello readers!

I am in surgery this morning, starting at 11 central, probably going until 3 central, and I expect to be in the hospital overnight. It's a small, planned procedure, but they're taking no risks.

I don't know if I'll have access to my phone/laptop after the procedure or if I'll be able to get on the hospital's wifi if I do, so if you don't hear from me today, don't panic! The odds that I am dead are very slim. (If I am dead, I love you all, don't cry for me Argentina.)

I expect to be home by the evening of the 7th at the latest, but I may be in hospital until the 9th, depending on various factors. I'm sure at some point soon I'll be able to post and let you all know how I'm doing. I will probably be able to post first on my tumblr, so you can keep an eye out there if you want.

I have my Captain America blanket, I'll be fine.

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Date:2014-10-04 20:59
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So, because I'm going to be off for most of November and (I hope) because I'll have time to do some writing work, I thought I'd try to clear my plate in October. The rule is, I have to either work on a WIP or post a finished fanfic every day.

This is one I completed a while ago; it's the tamest story about an orgy I think I've ever done. :D

Title: After Glow (And Glow, And Glow)
Rating: PG-13 (Pepper/Tony/Steve/Sam/Bucky/Thor/Bruce/Natasha/Clint)
Summary: Tony is going to be a grownup about the orgy everyone just had.
Notes: I saw a post whizz by on my tumblr dash about a Happy Tony Stark fest and while I am crap at formal fests, I thought “Happy Tony Stark” and immediately thought “post-orgy naptime” so here, have this. (The master post for the Happy Tony Stark Project is here.)

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

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Date:2014-09-22 08:05
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] amemait linked to [tumblr.com profile] chomei, who is raising money for their father's medical treatments and living expenses for both of them after he lost his job. You can read more here and support their gofundme here.

[tumblr.com profile] wehaveallgotknives linked to a fundraiser for Matt, a disabled trans man from North Wales who is trying to move to England for better medical treatment and (hopefully) less persecution. You can read more and help Matt and his fiance move here.


[tumblr.com profile] amemait linked to a fundraiser for Heather Ratcliff, who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and is raising funds to help with past medical bills and expenses while she's been off work and recovering. You can read more and give to her fund here.

Ashley linked to a kickstarter for Quaint Magazine, an online women's literary magazine "strongly committed to publishing work from traditionally marginalized writers". They're raising funds for their fourth issue, as well as for attendance and a sales table at AWP this coming year. You can read more and support the magazine here.

Duckie's friend Odyrah is raising money for surgery for their rescue kitty, Hacker. Hacker needs surgery to correct an oronasal fistula; you can read more (and see some adorable photos) here; scroll to the bottom for their paypal information.


News To Know:

Ashley linked to a call for papers for the Pop Culture ASsociation/American Culture Association convention that is taking place in New Orleans on April 1-5, 2015. Submissions are open until November 1st; you can check out the conference and get more information about submissions here. Academic fans, you should take a look!

[livejournal.com profile] light_of_summer linked to an action site for the People's Climate March, to raise awareness about a world climate change meeting taking place this Tuesday. I'm going to admit I am not really sure I understand what this is or does; the site's a little short on details, but you can read more and explore it for yourself 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!).

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Date:2014-09-08 07:49
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Brief note -- this post crossposts from Dreamwidth to Livejournal, and last week the crosspost ate some of the coded usernames. Hoping that won't happen this week but if it does, I'm aware of the problem, no need to notify me -- while I like to give credit, the coded usernames are never the vital link in any blurb :)  Thanks!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] peasantwitch linked to The Top Chop, a fundraiser for a friend's top surgery. You can read more, watch a video, and support Nathan's top surgery here.

[tumblr.com profile] vanessasketch was offering gorgeous art commissions to earn money to attend a friend's wedding, but now needs the money for veterinarian bills for her dog, who has been having health issues. You can check out her art and learn about her pricing here.

J McCartha teaches in an impoverished rural area of the US, at a high school where the very new theatre program has no district funding. She is fundraising to buy make-up kits for performance and classes; you can read more and support their theatre here.

Accidental Shakespeare Company is still raising funds for their production of Macbeth in Chicago, and are still far from their goal. You can learn more and support the show here but even if you can't support it, there's a great post about it here that you can reblog if you have a tumblr!

Anon linked to a kickstarter for the web series MisSpelled, which features five women of color as witches trying to learn about their newly acquired powers. You can read more, see a trailer, and support the project here; the official website with more trailers and info is here.

[livejournal.com profile] songspinner9 is raising money to bring the North African and Islamic music group AZA to perform for students at her school. You can read more about the school and support the fundraiser here.

Mad En linked to an article about Hullabaloo, an animated steampunk adventure conceived of by one of the animators who worked on recent short films Paperman and Adam And Dog. It looks like an amazing project; you can also read more and support it here. While it has reached its funding goal, art like this can never have too much support behind it.

Housing:

[livejournal.com profile] off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities; a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information here.


News to Know:

[info]shusu linked to some resources providing information on the ongoing situation in Ferguson, MO, including background on the political situation and an article about the sudden shutdown of donation pages in support of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson PD officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

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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Date:2014-09-05 21:00
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I HAVE A LOT OF FANFIC FOR YOU GUYS

Soooo many fanfics. I'm just gonna put them all in one post. ENJOY.


Title: The Izzy Chronicles
Rating: G
Summary: Short stories set in the Hawkeye And Anklebiter AU, mostly written to Tumblr prompts.
AO3 | Dreamwidth


Title: Comfort Food
Rating: PG
Summary: Tony, against his will, introduces Steve and Natasha to the pizza bagel.
AO3 | Dreamwidth


Title: Catch
Rating: R
Summary: Steve accidentally kisses Tony during a battle. Tony accidentally has phone sex in a bath. Probably neither of these are really all that accidental.
AO3 | Dreamwidth


Title: Reputation
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Steve thinks Iron Man is trading sexual favors to Tony Stark for perks for the Avengers, and he's determined to protect his teammate.
AO3 | Dreamwidth


Title: Come Home
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Jack finds a way to reverse Ianto's death; there is a cost, but the little family was happy, until their son James and his friend Steve went to war...
AO3 | Dreamwidth


Title: Verified Real Deal
Rating: PG
Summary: Steve gets a tumblr. Tumblr gets a Steve.
AO3 | Dreamwidth


Title: Kings Of Industry
Rating: G
Summary: Tony Stark showed up in Steve Rogers’ hospital room with a get-well bouquet and an offer for Sam Wilson -- from King T'Challa of Wakanda.
AO3 | Dreamwidth


Title: For Science
Rating: R
Summary: Tony discovers top-secret footage of Steve Rogers pre- and post-serum. And discovers why it’s top secret. (Voyeurism, blowjobs, and the strangest threesome Tony’s ever been in.)
AO3 | Dreamwidth

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Date:2014-08-18 07:30
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

There has been a lot of talk about Ferguson, Missouri this week, and rightly so, and I wanted to take a moment to address it. It can be difficult to sort out what's true and what's not, especially with what appears to be biased media reporting and what is certainly manipulation of the media by police in Ferguson at the moment.

has a post up about the events in Ferguson here. I haven't fact-checked the post, but it is pro-protestor, which I believe with regards to Ferguson right now is the proper stance to have, and it contains information about news resources. I have also reblogged a post here containing links to news resources and ways you can help the people of Ferguson. You can also visit the Mike Brown Law petition here and add your support to the petition for a new federal law requiring all law enforcement officers to wear a camera while on duty. (When put into practice, initial studies suggest that body cameras on officers reduce incidents of police brutality, and also complaints regarding police brutality, by 50% or more.)

Ways To Give:

linked to a fundraiser for the son of a friend, who has Type I Diabetes and is raising funds to get a diabetes alert dog. You can read more about the fundraiser here and support Adam's nearly-there gofund me here.

and both linked to a fundraiser to help get Bristol, a young girl with Rett Syndrome, from Nebraska to Boston for a clinical trial that could help in ameliorating her disease. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

is raising funds to get out of long-term unemployment and procure disability aid by selling hand-knitted items, hand-dyed superwash yarn, and other fiber products. You can support her through her Etsy store here.

linked to a fundraiser for a comic artist to receive his top surgery, which insurance won't cover. You can read more and give to the fund here and check out his webcomic and store here.

Erik linked to , who has been accepted to the paramedic program at University of New Mexico, but due to a financial aid mix-up he owes a little over a thousand dollars to UNM, which needs to be paid off by September. You can read more about his situation here, and give to his "paramedic fund" here.

linked to a fundraiser to help save the Star Observer, an Australian not-for-profit GLBTI publication that has covered queer issues for the past 35 years. You can read more and support the Star Observer's fundraiser here.

linked to a fundraiser for a cat owner who lost her job after extended illness, and needs help covering vet bills their cat, Mohawk. You can read more about their situation here and help with Mohawk's vet bills here.


Help For Free:

is looking for recommendations for general practitioners/family doctors/primary care doctors in NYC. You can send your recommendations to fitzrose at gmail.msn.com.

NG linked to an online project to create a more representative version of the "Time 100" most influential people list. They have nominations open and are requesting a number of different demographic nominations based on world population statistics. I haven't examined the project in detail (I'm not sure where those stats are coming from) so I'm putting a little bit of a caveat on this one, but you can read more and participate here.

Anon let me know that the Smithsonian in DC is seeking volunteers to help with a massive project digitizing their archives. You can read more and find links to the volunteer signups here.


Just For Fun:

linked to an article about E Forbes Smiley III, a map thief who raided rare libraries from 2002-2005. There's a new book out about him, and you can get more info on his escapades and the book 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!).

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Date:2014-08-14 08:18
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Oh god, you guys, how did I spend six months commuting from Wrigleyville to Hyde Park?

For those unfamiliar with Chicago, this is not a painfully long distance in general terms -- between 12 and 16 miles, depending on how you drive, or between 70 and 90 minutes each way on public transit depending on whether you make your train and how fast your bus driver is. But my commute is now 20 minutes max, I catch my bus in a PARK, and I can't believe the difference.

For one thing, I don't spend every morning angry that my company moved us to the south side and I now have a 90 minute commute. I mean, I'm still not happy about it and I'm still insulted by the way in which they chose to pitch it -- bribing us with bullshit (a Chipotle, seriously) while giving us no say in the matter. I would rather they have said "This is shitty, we get it, but it's best for the company, and we need you to grit your teeth and join in" than "But it'll be so much better!" when it visibly wasn't going to be better for most of us and we already had access to a Chipotle.

But I'm no longer angry for 90 minutes of every morning, I no longer have to get up at 4:30 to get to work, and I no longer arrive home feeling like I need to disinfect my entire body after riding the 15 bus every day. Also I'm in a nicer apartment with possibly a ghost but no mice or wasps, and I have a sun room with a garden in my apartment, which is doing wonders for my mental state. (The nice apartment in general, not the garden in specific, but the garden too. My peppers sprouted yesterday, I'm so excited about the idea of making my own paprika.)

Mind you, I know I've been absentee here, and a large chunk of that is that work is increasingly demanding while another large chunk, I won't lie, is Tumblr. But Tumblr, much like Twitter, is not necessarily good for dialogue or for in-depth discussion of anything, so I'm trying to get back here as much as I can. (I find that as I get older I sometimes don't want dialogue, because arguing with 3000 people is exhausting, but that's not usually super relevant.)

Anyway. HI. I'm doing better. Even if this morning I had to teach Office Grandpa how to send a meeting in Outlook and it took way longer than it should have.

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Date:2014-08-11 08:35
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

linked to a friend who is in financial need to keep from being evicted. She is raising a goal of $8K, but only needs $522 to cover August's rent and only $2350 to be current on rent. You can read more and help out here.

has been stuck with an unexpected $500+ medical bill after insurance paid low for a required physical. She is working two jobs and struggling to cover bills as it is; she's asking for donations to help at jamie.b.perry at gmail.com.

Anon linked to 's fundraiser, which will help zir get out of debt and out of a precarious/abusive living situation. Zie is raising $25K in total, but $4K will help with immediate needs. You can read more and help Alexseanchai out here.

linked to a fundraiser for Rukmini, who has been living in the US for grad school and been unable to travel home to India for the past two years. She's trying to raise money to travel home and visit her family, including her new nephew. You can read more and help her out here.

linked to a fundraiser for her friend Val, who is raising money to pay off her school debt so she can return to school and finish her degree in order to become an English teacher. You can read more and help her out here.

linked to a fund raiser for Lisa, a stage manager and struggling novelist who needs a new computer for her work and would like to build her own. You can read more and help her fund her project here.

linked to Wild Fibers, which is trying to fund a Cashmere Craft Center to help the women of Pangong in the High Himalayas. Currently many women work on road crews or are minimally compensated for the cashmere harvested from their goats; the craft center would provide tools, training, and a place to bring their children. You can read more and donate here.

Anon linked to Elpida (Hope) Shelter in Livadia, Greece, where stray dogs are a serious problem. They rescue, neuter, vet, and rehome their dogs all over the world. You can read more and support the shelter here.

Help For Free:

is posting on behalf of a friend who is looking for a one-bedroom or studio apartment for herself and her cat in Victoria, BC for $800/mo or less. She's attempting to escape an abusive boyfriend before September, when they are scheduled to move. You can read more and get n touch at Missbuster's post here.

Anon linked to a project set up by the Royal British Legion called "Every Man Remembered", which allows people to commemorate soldiers -- relatives or even strangers -- who served in WWI. You can read more and commemorate a soldier here. This is an amazing site where you can search and read stories about servicemen, and you don't need to register unless you're going to commemorate someone. I myself found a Samuel Starbuck to commemorate. :)

Just For Fun:

Anon linked to an interview with John Myatt, an art forger in the 80s and 90s, now working legitimately as an artist. I've only skimmed the article, but I'm looking forward to reading it more in-depth.

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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Date:2014-08-04 08:31
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Nicole linked to a fundraiser for the parents of some friends, who have found themselves in dire financial straits (job losses, foreclosure, a house fire, and medical issues). At the moment they live in temporary housing in a very rural area with unreliable transportation and are struggling to find jobs since their companies folded and cannot confirm their employment. You can read more about what they're trying to achieve and donate to support them at GoFundMe.

is raising money to help with their medical expenses and hopeful job transportation, since their family can no longer afford to help. You can read more about their situation and donate to help them out here. They have some really adorable little animal figurines available as perks, as well as crocheted scarves and blankets for higher level donations.

linked to , whose Patreon art-support site has gone live. She has an independent action webcomic readable for free, and cool perks for those who support her! You can read more and support the art here.

linked to , who is raising funds for their kitten Merlin, who was wounded in a spat with another cat. You can read more here and find a donation button here.

One of the submissions form entries this week was for a fundraiser campaign for a Ukraine orphanage; Anon who submitted, I wanted to acknowledge that I received it, but the campaign has since been suspended, I think because there were significant concerns about it being faked. I've saved the item for next week and if it's up and running again then, I'll add it in.

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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Date:2014-08-01 08:57
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Attend all the conference!

I am still in Las Vegas, though mostly you wouldn't know it. The conference center's quite nice and that's just as well since it's where I'm spending the bulk of my time. I did get to eat at a genuine Las Vegas Buffet for lunch yesterday, which was entertaining. Five spice duck and sushi and macaroni and cheese and pancakes, yes, I will have one of each, thank you. (They all come in tiny portions.) I also tried bone marrow, and while I'm willing to concede that buffet-served roasted bone marrow might not be the most gourmet in the world, I found myself rather surprised by its totally neutral flavor. It doesn't really taste like anything, and has a peculiar texture. It's a bit like eating warm Crisco.

So far I've attended a keynote and two sessions. The keynote was informative but not entirely cohesive, and one session was way over my head while the other was entertaining but basically a list of bookmarks for evaluating wealth markers. It did make my colleague and I put our heads together at one point and plot a prospect identification search using airplanes as an index (not using actual airplanes, using conceptual ones) which I realise probably means very little to you guys but trust me it's a super-cool idea.

Vegas is exhausting. I was discussing with someone that it's two cities, a bit like Mieville's "The City And the City", only really it's three. Two are the normal big urban spread where people eat and live and go about their business, and of course the tourist industry that is so prevalent. But I was walking through a casino on Wednesday wondering why anyone with significant money would come here, because it's sort of...chintzy, and weirdly cheap given how expensive everything is. And it's because there's a third city: the one you have to have a million dollars to even see. It's one level up, metaphorically and possibly physically, from the other two. You go from the limo to the club to the penthouse to the high-roller room, and presumably you give the slots a miss. At least, the ones with women in bikinis or grinning devils on them.

One of my colleagues, who is very into social justice (as well one ought to be) is made very nervous by the strip, and I was, too. I've decided to employ my love of history and just look at it as a sort of long-term experiment in human behavior. I'm thinking of going to the Flamingo purely because it was built by Bugsy Siegel (genuine crazy motherfucker sociopath) and Meyer Lansky (bizarrely trustworthy for a mobster) and was basically one of the foundation stones for the mega-resort monster that is now the Strip.

It probably has a lot of terrible slots.

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Date:2014-07-30 16:48
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Hello from Las Vegas!

Apparently I forgot to tell everyone I was going to Las Vegas. So! I'm going to Las Vegas.

Actually I have gone to Las Vegas. I am currently there. My hotel room could easily host a dinner party with orgy to follow, not that I'm planning on it. Although it is Vegas. You never know. (I have a balcony with a view of the Bellagio fountain, it's basically amazing. And kind of horrifying.

I'm here on a work-sponsored trip to a professional conference, which I think is really the way to do Vegas, because for all the talk of what a giant entertainment complex it is, unless you really love slots or drinking, it's not the place for you. So this way I go to the conference all day, and I have limited time at night so i don't feel bad if I don't get the full Vegas experience.

On the other hand there's a lot of anxiety tacked on to attending this conference; it's my first, plus it's being paid for by work, and while I know I don't HAVE TO PROVE MYSELF, I still have to prove myself. Feeling in over one's head is a frequent sensation when you're striving for high-achievement while suffering low self-esteem. The upshot is that I have to do well at this conference, be a credit to my team, and learn new things. I've given myself a pass on networking because I'm still so new, and as a team we're pretty well-networked, and it's not like I'm going to be looking for a job in the next two years at least (oh god I hope). But there's still a lot of pressure and anxiety wrapped up in this.

I just have to remember that it's basically grad school lite. You go to the sessions, you take notes, you eat, you rest. Everything else will fall into place.

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