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(If you want to know more about the author, rather than the site itself, you want this other page.)

This site is run using WordPress, a marvelous open-source blogging platform that functions very nicely as a content management system. I use a lot of different plugins to extend and customize WP.

Wow. It's amazing how much simpler this bit is than when I started this site in 1995! I originally created it so I could play—with HTML, with colors and patterns, and with words—and for a few other reasons, as well. It has always changed from time to time as I discover new toys or grow tired of old ones. I'll always be a child at heart, subject to bursts of enthusiasm and a tendency to want to share the the latest delights I've found with everyone, and having a web site is a less-annoying way to do that than to be constantly emailing all my acquaintances with URLs and such!

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The site has gone through various trends in design, from plain old HTML to frames to tables to CSS and now a CMS. I've stayed away from the bleeding edge, but I do try to be somewhat cognizant of standards. I'm still working on ensuring accessibility throughout the site when using WP, as the XML doesn't always validate neatly even when it looks just fine. It should display properly in any modern browser, and I've used several to check the site. Since I certainly don't use every browser there is I can't promise that I've succeeded, and will have to rely on anyone who has a problem with the site to tell me (just leave me a comment, please).

At one time, there was a list of web publishing resources here, with some notes about learning to create web sites. That stuff is just too outdated for belief, and it's been quite a while since I've either needed to refer someone to them or had anyone mention using them. If they're missed, I'll consider updating that stuff and putting it back. I figure there are plenty of more knowledgeable people who are happy to tell you how to do web publishing now, though.


My then-partner and I evaluated many different hosting companies a few years back, and settled on 1&1. They've been very reliable, and I recommend them as long as you don't need much hand-holding.


For many years, Jay Finch was kind enough to host this and the other sites our family has created. We will always be grateful to him.

Jim Esten of WebDynamic did a wonderful job of writing some CGI scripts used on an earlier version of the site, and holding my hand through learning enough vocabulary to know how to ask for what I needed. (If they don't work, that's my fault--after he turned the scripts over to me I started playing with them to learn more!) I wholeheartedly recommend him if you need any sort of web-related programming or training.

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Cynthia Armistead is the Enemy of Entropy. She has been TechnoMom since 1995, when she was the first woman hired for a technical job at MindSpring Enterprises and that was the title placed on her business cards.

What's this thing about being perverse?

A few of the words my thesaurus (thank you, Houghton Mifflin) suggests for "perversity" are bullheadedness, doggedness, hardheadedness, obstinacy, pertinaciousness, pertinacity, tenacity, wilfulness.

Yep, that's me. I am, in fact, absolutely unmoveable when I know that I am right. It doesn't matter how many people disagree with me, how much it costs me, or how difficult my life is as a result - I do not back down.

It isn't that I'm not open to new information or others' input. But I will not hide the truth as I know it. As you might imagine, I don't play office or school politics. On the other hand, people usually do learn that I'll tell them the truth, period, whether I like or agree with them or not. The best boss I ever worked for asked me the hardest questions because he knew I'd always give him a totally straight, if unpopular, answer.

That's perversity for you, folks. I'm perverse, to a purpose. I was radically honest long before Mr. Blanton settled on that title for his franchise. Somehow, my main LiveJournal ended up being called Purposeful Perversity a few years back.

So - I'm TechnoMom, the Enemy of Entropy, being Purposefully Perverse on a screen in front of you.

One comment

  1. Robin says:

    Dear Cyn­thia,
    Stum­bled across your blog on “fat­ness” and it was an inter­est­ing and well writ­ten read. Things have sure changed. I can recall when I was fat (yes, I broke down, con­formed and lost weight)in the ear­ly eight­ies the shops for larg­er sized women car­ried near shame­ful sound­ing names. One felt they should almost put a bag over their head to just walk in the door! Larg­er sized women were referred to as “Port­ly”. I remem­ber won­der­ing what the W behind the size stood for..I won­dered if it meant Wide..and when I was told wom­ans I won­dered what all the small­er sized women were in terms of gen­der? Actu­al­ly the choice to lose weight was not one of “con­form­ing” but my own…I sin­cere­ly enjoyed the jour­ney and I nei­ther adovo­cate that oth­ers do the same or try and push oth­ers to in that direc­tion. It was sim­ply some­thing I want­ed to do for me.
    I did want to point out one lit­tle thing about your article…back dur­ing the time when Mar­i­lyn was alive cloth­ing was sized quite dif­fer­ent­ly. Though I don’t think she would have ever been what is now our size 2 she was nev­er what would equate our size 16 nor even close. Size 12 was a very SMALL and admirable size dur­ing the late 50’s and ear­ly 60’s…if you ever watched I Love Lucy you will rec­ol­lect Lucy long­ing to make it into the ide­al size…size 12. I remem­ber the ladies all dream­ing of mak­ing it into a 12, diet­ing try­ing to get into that dream size 12..it was in mag­a­zines with the Diet Cola ads, all of the Diet Adver­tis­ments. (I am 51 so I have some recollection…and remem­ber my Mom final­ly mak­ing the dream size)
    Also for your consideration…sizes are indeed larg­er now than they were some 30 years ago. I cur­rent­ly wear a size 4…I pos­sess some of my cloth­ing from high school and also do some shop­ping at vin­tage shops for old­er, design­er cloth­ing from the late six­ties and sev­en­ties. Believe me..clothing from today is much more gen­er­ous­ly sized than it was in the past. My size 6 blue jeans from high school are much small­er than my size 4 from today! Cloth­ing man­u­fac­tor­ers are crafty..they know women want to feel small so they have made pat­terns larg­er.
    I have been tak­ing a class for my Mas­ters on Women in West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion and am research­ing this for my cur­rent­ly for my the­sis. Women are even cog­nizant that cer­tain design­ers like Liz Clai­borne rou­tine­ly cut about one size larg­er than actu­al­ly marked – yet they love the idea they can pur­chase that size small­er they so long for.
    Just thought I would share!
    In all kind­ness,

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