Author Archives: Cynthia

The latest fannish hoo-ha

Just my US$0.02:
I figure anybody who tapes bacon to his cat as a work avoidance tactic and lives to blog about it has fannish nature. Let the Nippon2007 voters decide about the latest manifestation of fanwriting.

Make the harassers own their misbehavior!

I’ve been thinking about the extreme harassment Kathy Sierra has gotten ever since Liz Henry brought it to my attention. It’s been burning up electrons on one of my mailing lists, and it’s made the technology blog of
My response to trolls in the past was honed in the Usenet days; it was best [...]

Additional food for thought churning in my head

1) Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s musings on the root causes of our current economic and political problems. It’s a really good comment in a larger discussion, certainly worthy of exploration in more detail.
2) The current problems in the home lending industry coupled with insanely obscene housing prices in the SF Bay Area. I have [...]

A feminist sf/fantasy reader/fan’s dilemma

I was going through the WisCon 31 programming site a few weeks ago, and didn’t find any panels that made me jump up and down and yell, I *must* be on that panel! I found panels I’d like to attend, but none that called out to me. This is not a slam at [...]

Ready for the playoffs!

My local yarn pushers, Purlescence Yarns, had Claudia of Claudia Handpainted Yarns custom-dye yarn to match the San Jose Sharks team colors. They borrowed a jersey from a fellow Sharks-obsessed knitter, ran off to the nearest paint store, matched the colors with paint chips, and then sent the paint chips off to [...]

A very happy sock knitter…

My first installment of the 2007 Rockin’ Sock Club came and, as expected, it’s fabulous. The little emergency stash keychain is too damn cute; I’ll put it on my scissors to make them easier to find. I was afraid that my brutal handling of my car keys would be too harsh for the [...]

Some students at my alma mater need a clue by four upside the head ASAP

Recently, some Santa Clara University students thought it would be fun to have a “South of the Border” themed party. Things rapidly devolved and controversy ensued. I was disgusted to read the story in the San Jose Mercury News a couple of days ago.
Fortunately, it seems like some Santa Clarans aren’t afraid to [...]

When I read this, I thought of Badger and my other women friends who write

A very nice entry about women dealing with the need to write amidst the demands of daily life.

And, this has resonance for integrating any sort of creative work, not just writing, into our lives. In my case, it would be beading or knitting.

Wingnut pressure on the Edwards campaign

The John Edwards campaign is getting pressure from Bill Donohue of the Catholic League to fire Amanda Marcotte (Pandagon) and Melissa McEwan (Shakespeare’s Sister) due to postings they have made on their weblogs.
I just sent this message to the Edwards folks:
Keep Amanda and Melissa working on your web presence. The people most enraged [...]

Molly Ivins is my political muse

A commenter on Pandagon just reminded me of one of my favorite quotes of hers:
So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get [...]