About Cyn Armistead

Cyn Armis­tead is Katie’s moth­er, Esther’s Mémé, Rick­’s part­ner, a pro­fes­sion­al geek, and a writer. Katie and Cyn 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.

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.

Cyn works as a tech­ni­cal sup­port spe­cial­ist for a B2B2C SaaS com­pa­ny. 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.

14 Responses to “About Cyn Armistead”

  1. Cyndi Says:
    February 21st, 2007 at 12:26 am

    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:
    February 21st, 2007 at 12:38 am

    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. Great Blistering Barnacles Says:
    March 16th, 2007 at 1:20 am

    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:
    March 28th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    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:
    June 12th, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    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:
    July 9th, 2007 at 5:04 pm

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


  7. Yngona Desmond Says:
    July 24th, 2007 at 8:21 am

    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:
    July 25th, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    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:
    July 25th, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    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:
    October 6th, 2007 at 12:07 am

    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:
    October 6th, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    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:
    September 2nd, 2008 at 1:09 pm


    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:
    September 2nd, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    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.

  14. Joe Says:
    September 2nd, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    What a shame. I might have to dis­able this plug-in now. Oh well!