Intrepid Investigator Starbuck

  • Mar. 24th, 2017 at 4:49 PM
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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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Audiobook recommendations?

  • Mar. 23rd, 2017 at 11:01 AM
monanotlisa: (studying!)
Of course everything always happens at once: medical emergencies; going to Tahoe with the California family; a Silicon Valley conference I was sponsored for.

As for the latter -- for braving 15,000 hours of commute -- I absolutely need engaging audiobook (iTunes / iBooks) recommendations.

Can you help? Things I like:

- Mystery & suspense & thrillers,
- Genre,
- Queerness (but that's not a prerequisite; I just cannot deal with unhealthy heterosexual role dynamics).

Things I don't like:
- Any type of family quarrel or issue,
- Violence against women or queer people or disabled people,
- Too many technical descriptions, battles, or fight scenes; I just don't care (this is sometimes a sci-fi problem).

To pad this, I've recently listened to Sarah Waters' Fingersmith, which was fantastic; I've listened to Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter, which was well-written enough but full of rape, violence against women and queer and disabled people (I wish I were kidding); and I'm listening to Transformed by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey, which is entertaining but hardly compelling (the "Society Domme" is just not working for me).

The boring life I wanted

  • Mar. 21st, 2017 at 7:28 PM
monanotlisa: (lean on me - alias)
Follow-up just for the friends commenting on my complaint re: bodies; I did make it... )

2152 / Supergirl, 2.16

  • Mar. 21st, 2017 at 4:27 PM
siria: Close shot of Kara opening a pink shirt to reveal her Supergirl uniform (supergirl)
I had to take a sick day. :( Oof, my respiratory system.

Supergirl, 2.16, Star-Crossed )
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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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2151 / Elementary, 5.17

  • Mar. 20th, 2017 at 10:18 AM
siria: Joan and Sherlock handing something to one another (elementary - touch)
Well, I made it home finally, just in time for the combination of Newark airport's frigid temperatures and small children sneezing in my face on airplanes to give me my second upper respiratory infection/cold inside of a month. I've spent the whole weekend sick in bed and still feel really miserable. My goals for today are to stay upright long enough to get enough groceries to see me through tomorrow, change my bedding, and shower. Then I'm going to give myself permission to be blessedly horizontal while I grade and lesson plan for tomorrow. You know, the things I'd have been able to do last week if I hadn't ended up on a grand tour of United Airlines airport terminals.

What a miserable Spring Break/St Patrick's Day—something not helped by the fact that so many people I know have been reblogging/posting to Facebook about how great Enda Kenny ("the Irish Prime Minister") is for dragging Trump in that speech he gave. He's a bland maintainer of the centre-right status quo whose political career is down to nepotism and connections. (His father before him was a TD; Kenny's essentially a Bush scion without the military might.) Kenny doesn't give flying crap about refugees or really going toe to toe with Trump on his racist BS, and has indeed been known to say some foul things himself. (Don't even get me started on that tool Aodhán Ó Ríordáin doing the rounds of the US media and presenting himself as a great anti-fascist hope. My eyes about rolled out of my head when I saw that.)

Elementary, 5.17, The Ballad of Lady Frances )

Mar. 20th, 2017

  • 8:42 AM
copperbadge: (radiofreemondaaay)
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.
monanotlisa: (sick!)
The weekend started out fine -- great, in fact: On Friday, [personal profile] cofax7 not only whisked me away to a wine-tasting at Urban Legend near Jack London Square but then treated me to dinner at Swan's Market in Old Oakland, where I'd never been (inexplicably). Yesterday night, then, I joined a regularly scheduled word game extravaganza in North Berkeley with my wife. It was a reminder that while I'm smart and talented, I'm nowhere near the top; it was however comforting that as a non-native speaker sitting next to the woman who'd just written the New York Times Crossword together with Neil deGrasse Tyson, I could at least hold my own.

But as they say, it's all pun and games up to a point only. Urgh, bodies. )

No jellyfish! *__*

  • Mar. 19th, 2017 at 8:57 AM
goss: (\o/)


Woke up, took a swim in the (thankfully lethal-free) ocean, and now time for breakfast! :D

Update on the caiman croc front:
They have multiplied! Yes, the two I saw last time inhabiting the empty lot next door have now become Mommy, Daddy and three smaller ones! O_O

Logan | Duolingo | Beach \o/

  • Mar. 17th, 2017 at 7:02 PM
goss: (Bert - show and tell)
  1. YAY FRIDAYYYYYYY! \o/ \o/ \o/

  2. I saw Logan yesterday evening. Was just as emotional as I'd expected, having unwittingly been spoiled for a couple major plot points. I loved it a lot. For me the most gut-wrenching parts were the ones that hit close to home, the effects of aging - frailty of the human body and the degradation of a once-sharp mind. My own father will be hitting 80 next year, and it's hard seeing that slow but inevitable downhill process.

    Is it me, or have there been an unusual amount of AMAZING big screen releases these past few months, each packing a real emotional punch - Rogue One, Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Lion, Logan.

  3. I am using Duolingo once more! :D I had started learning some basic Italian in anticipation of my trip to Europe last summer, and promptly forgot all about the app once that was over. But some weeks ago, while reflecting on my favourite artist Van Gogh, and the unforgettable experience I had spending time in gorgeous Provence (the subject of so many of his famous paintings), I got inspired to take up a bit of French. I am already planning another trip to France, hopefully in a year or two when I save enough for it. ♥

    I'd done the basics in French for a couple years in high school, quite reluctantly actually (hated the teacher :b ), and hadn't retained much. This time it's much different though. It feels good to challenge my brain in a fun, stress-free manner. And I love racking up points for all the little daily accomplishments. It's a great way to learn something new, and keep the mind sharp. :)

  4. More than likely, I'll be going down to the beach for the weekend. Am currently psyching myself for the 2-hour drive early in the morning, and then back Sunday afternoon before work on Monday. Will be worth it though. I haven't been in AGES, and am hoping to get a little bit of watercolour painting done, maybe an early morning dip in the ocean. :)

    Hopefully we get good weather and the water's clear and without dangerous currents or jellyfish. Might have jellyfish. Blech. They mostly wash up on shore around Easter time, which isn't that far from now. Fingers crossed for a non-lethal ocean experience. :b
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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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