Today is the All-Staff meeting for UChicago’s fundraising staff, in which (among other activities) they award a few staff members an award named for Frederick T. Gates, one of the founding trustees of the University and its first fundraiser. The award contains a quote from Gates, which is one of the most sublime pieces of poetry about higher ed fundraising:

"In recognition of superior achievement pursued ‘with sleepless vigilance, pulling every possible wire, in disinterested zeal for the cause of education.’"

mayahan:

Star Wars Macarons

Hey, rationalfish: CHALLENGE ISSUED.

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Here then at home, by no more storms distrest,
Folding laborious hands we sit, wings furled;
Here in close perfume lies the rose-leaf curled,
Here the sun stands and knows not east nor west,
Here no tide runs; we have come, last and best,
From the wide zone in dizzying circles hurled
To that still centre where the spinning world;
Sleeps on its axis, to the heart of rest.

Lay on thy whips, O Love, that we upright,
Poised on the perilous point, in no lax bed
May sleep, as tension at the verberant core
Of music sleeps; for, if thou spare to smite,
Staggering, we stoop, stooping, fall dumb and dead,
And, dying so, sleep our sweet sleep no more.

— DLS

On Human Resources

copperbadge:

outofcontextfundraising:

A: “Are you recruiting or kidnapping?”

B: “We’re kidnapping.”

C: “It’s so much more efficient that way.”

Well it is.

Good Lord, copperbadge, what have you done to me.

13bryantchristop:

I liked Slodwick’s design for this Welcome to Night Vale board game so much that I decided to make a fully playable physical version with a box, tray, and three dimensional pieces. (The box is made of plywood covered in a faux leather vinyl and felt.)

I changed up a few things like the color of the money (matching traditional Monopoly colors except for the $500 bill which I made purple) and the obelisk/pyramid buildings. Since these would have been too difficult for me to make out of wood, I made the obelisks condos (black cubes) and changed the pyramids back to hotels (like those you’d find in an original Monopoly game). For the game tokens, I attached Slodwick’s images onto a piece of PVC pipe (spray painted black) on top of a piece of felt. I also designed and wrote up my own instruction book to match Monopoly rules more closely while still keeping some of Slodwick’s Night Vale flavor.

As a finishing touch, I etched a Night Vale eye out of a brass plate, spray painted it black, and sanded the raised surface, giving it an interesting aged look. Overall, I think the project turned out quite well.

Here are some more pictures I took of the project.

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copperbadge:

notmissmarple:

imaginarycircus:

I live in one of these squished bugs.

This set really exemplifies just how ridiculously useless the DC Metro is, even without incorporating the screwed up schedules, ridiculously slow trains (because they still haven’t replaced the cars with safer ones because money what?), and the regular blood sacrifices that throw rush hour into disarray…

I’m working on a story where the shape of the Chicago El tracks is actually a magical sign intended to keep supernatural evil out of the city. (Plain old human evil is all over this town, but that keeps things interesting.)
Think about that the next time you ride a subway. :D

I’m convinced that the Loop of the Chicago El is actually some kind of terrible spiritual watermill, powered by delays, frustration, and graft.

copperbadge:

notmissmarple:

imaginarycircus:

I live in one of these squished bugs.

This set really exemplifies just how ridiculously useless the DC Metro is, even without incorporating the screwed up schedules, ridiculously slow trains (because they still haven’t replaced the cars with safer ones because money what?), and the regular blood sacrifices that throw rush hour into disarray…

I’m working on a story where the shape of the Chicago El tracks is actually a magical sign intended to keep supernatural evil out of the city. (Plain old human evil is all over this town, but that keeps things interesting.)

Think about that the next time you ride a subway. :D

I’m convinced that the Loop of the Chicago El is actually some kind of terrible spiritual watermill, powered by delays, frustration, and graft.

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"Isn’t prospect research basically professional stalking?"

fundraisergrrl:

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PREACH IT

rahleighs:

ouyangdan:

leggywillow:

ninastestanin:

netwerking-engineer:

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When your party has a bard and there’s an enemy bard

I laughed way too hard at this

I am gonna reblog this literally every time I see it.

omfg

if this doesn’t happen in inquisition i’m going to be mega disppointed

Mustache-on-Mustache violence is tearing our communities apart, people!

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johndarnielle:

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neoliberalismkills:

drawspoopymisha:

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I WAS SO HOPING THAT WAS THE REACTION GIF AND IT WAS, PERFECT

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Patrick Stewart, I hate to disagree with you, but that is called moshing

These are hypnotic.

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I had a dream last night where I was making my mother watch the first episode of Battlestar Galactica with me.

According to my subconscious mind, the first episode of BSG only spends about ten minutes on Galactica and then cuts to an extended childhood flashback of one of the background characters watching her father get hit by a car and then teaching her grandfather and little sister the true meaning of Passover by hosting a Seder for her stuffed animals.