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Cyn Armistead is Katie's mother, Esther's Mémé, Rick's partner, a professional geek, and a writer. Katie and Cynthia enjoyed a homeschooling adventure until Katie entered college, and they still feel a close affinity for home educators. She lives in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area with Rick and their critters, Harpo the dog and cats Django Whitefood and Tully Monster.

She inherited her distaste for all things that don't work well from her father, Bill Roberson. In her, it has grown into a habit of imposing order on her environment, stopping the spread of entropy whenever possible and setting up systems to spread serenity. Thus, she became the Enemy of Entropy. She thanks her mother, Dianna Roberson (née Goss), for introducing her to the world of letters, words, and books. Cyn is also the Slayer of Red Tape Dragons, THE Mommy, and She Who Says What Must Be Said (especially when people don't want, but need, to hear it).

She enjoys designing and stitching counted-thread needlework, knitting, reading, singing, coloring, live acoustic music, science fiction and fantasy, and tabletop roleplaying games. She volunteers with Bluehair Technology, empowering older adults to use today's technology. She and Rick also foster kittens who are too young to be adopted for Lifeline Animal Project.

Cynthia works for Apple as a Senior Technical Advisor. Detailed information about Cynthia's work outside the home may be found on her resume. She also has a few writing samples available.

Someday she'll write an actual biographical entry, but for now she wants to make it easier for old friends to find her by mentioning the names she has lived and worked under throughout her life. Her family called her Cindy, so really, really old friends know her as Cindy Roberson (and she doesn't answer to Cindy otherwise). Her first husband was high-school sweetheart Scott Allen Hall, so she was known as Cindy or Cynthia Hall for a short time. Husband number two and father of her daughter Katie was the late Wayne Armistead, from whence came her current last name. She was briefly married to Paul Smathers, and known during that time as Cynthia Smathers or Cynthia Armistead-Smathers. She was Sam Chupp's life partner for 14 years. She was born in Gadsden, Alabama but largely grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and has spent most of her life as an Atlantan other than a brief sojourn in Dublin, Georgia.

Online, she's been TechnoMom since 1995. When she was on AOL, she went by CynthiaLyn, FlameOpal, or TLACyn (Tech Live Advisor Cyn). She also had a screen name for use in the Homework Help forums, but isn't absolutely certain of what it was—maybe ProfCyn? TeachCyn? She's the same person online and offline, under any name or handle.

She enjoys hearing from friendly people, so please leave comments or use the contact form.


  1. Cyndi says:

    Did you used to be on IRC on irc​.warped​.net?

    I knew a tech­nomom there and was curi­ous if it was you. (I was sim­ply “blue” there…)

  2. cyn says:

    It sounds sor­ta famil­iar, but my mem­o­ry is ter­ri­ble! Any idea as to about what year that would have been? I haven’t done any kind of live chat much in the last decade or so.

    I’ve run into the name “Blueinatl” some­where, I know, and my ex-hus­band had a friend out west who went by Blue 🙂

  3. Hi Cyn.

    Thanks for leav­ing the com­ment on my bog and thanks for read­ing it. It’s nice to get feed­back now and then and to know that it is being read. 

    About your ques­tion regard­ing com­bin­ing the two blogs; My expe­ri­ence so far has been that blog­ging, jour­nal­ing, reviews and so on takes up much more time that peo­ple think. It’s not just as sim­ple as sit­ting down for ten min­utes and writ­ing a post for the day, you have to think about what would be inter­est­ing, write it, edit it, rewrite parts that just don’t work and so on. Hav­ing mul­ti­ple blogs doesn’t real­ly help as it just makes it expo­nen­tial­ly worse.

    That is why I, have decid­ed, at least in my case to aban­don mul­ti­ple blogs and con­sol­i­date things into one place. Even then it some­times is a bat­tle for time and ener­gy. I wish I did have more time to spend on it but I have to be hap­py with going through phas­es where I can get a lot out and then run dry for a while.

    I’ve added my email addy to this so if you feel like mail­ing me, feel free.

    Till lat­er,

  4. alyshia says:

    Hey there — Fell upon your site and enjoyed my vis­it very much… I can relate to much of what you’ve writ­ten about. Thanks for shar­ing your life. All the best to you and your fam­i­ly.

  5. Conrad says:

    I found your blog through Avanoo. Very inter­est­ing stuff, and I have just read 0.01% of it! Please keep up the qual­i­ty of your posts. It is so dif­fi­cult to find qual­i­ty peo­ple and mate­r­i­al online.

  6. Cynthia Armistead says:

    Hi my name is Cyn­thia Armis­tead as well. What is your web site all about?


  7. Yngona Desmond says:

    Thank you for vist­ing my blog Cyn­thia; like­wise, I have enjoyed read­ing some of your com­ments here. Please feel free to con­tact me direct­ly regard­ing Hea­then­ry. Plus, if your pro­file is cor­rect, you live in GA, so please con­sid­er join­ing the Geor­gia Hea­then Soci­ety at yahoo.

    … Yng­o­na

  8. cyn says:

    Hi Cyn­thia! This site is about all sorts of things, because I have many dif­fer­ent inter­ests. I’m work­ing on mak­ing it eas­i­er to find every­thing, but there’s mate­r­i­al here about par­ent­ing, home­school­ing, rela­tion­ships in gen­er­al and polyamory in par­tic­u­lar, home­mak­ing, spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, some of the music I enjoy, some books and tele­vi­sion shows I rec­om­mend to oth­ers, even a few artists I real­ly like. You can also find links to needle­work pieces I’ve stitched, and some that I’ve designed, and some health infor­ma­tion. There are links to my oth­er sites, and my family’s sites, and friends’ sites too.

    Do you have a web site?

  9. cyn says:

    Thanks, Yng­o­na 🙂 Yes, I’m in Geor­gia. I found your site because of a post you made on an Atlanta mail­ing list. I’ll con­sid­er join­ing.

    I learn best by read­ing, and I am home­bound. Is there a decent book that you rec­om­mend to begin­ners?

    Thanks 🙂

  10. Laura says:

    A bit ago I found some needle­point designs titled “rain­bow chal­ice”, “queer pride” and “have it all”. But now I can’t find them on your site. Do You still have them? If so can you email them to me or repost them on your site? thanks!

  11. cyn says:

    Hi Lau­ra! I moved the pat­terns over to Heart­song Hand­i­crafts a while back. They’re just plopped there at the moment, but I real­ly do mean to set it up more nice­ly one of these days, and add more pat­terns. I should put more point­ers on this site so that peo­ple can find the pat­terns. Sor­ry about that!

    If you have an idea for some­thing in par­tic­u­lar that you can find, let me know and I’ll try my hand at design­ing it 🙂


  12. Joe says:


    I saw that you post­ed on the “Post Avatar” plug-in web­site about a prob­lem you were hav­ing with error mes­sages talk­ing about head­er issues. I won­der if this was ever resolved? I am hav­ing the same prob­lems at my web­site and would love to hear how you fixed the prob­lem.


  13. cyn says:

    I’m afraid it wasn’t ever resolved. I was able to deal with it until the most recent Word­Press upgrade, but then I start­ed hav­ing error mes­sages all over the site if the plu­g­in was enabled. I can only hope that the author will put out a new ver­sion that works with the cur­rent WP release.

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