About Me

I’m Katie’s moth­er, Esther & Oliv­er’s Mémé, Rick­’s wife, and a pro­fes­sion­al geek. Katie and I enjoyed a home­school­ing adven­ture until Katie entered col­lege, and I still feel a close affin­i­ty for home edu­ca­tors. I live in the metro Atlanta, Geor­gia area with Rick and our critters.

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

I enjoy design­ing and stitch­ing count­ed-thread needle­work, knit­ting, read­ing, singing, live acoustic music, col­or­ing, sci­ence fic­tion and fan­ta­sy, and table­top role­play­ing games. I vol­un­teer with BH Tech­nol­o­gy Group (for­mer­ly Blue­hair Tech­nol­o­gy), empow­er­ing old­er adults to use today’s tech­nol­o­gy. Rick and I also fos­ter kit­tens who are too young to be adopt­ed for Life­line Ani­mal Project.

I work as a Senior Cus­tomer Solu­tions Engi­neer for a B2B SaaS com­pa­ny. Detailed infor­ma­tion about my work out­side the home may be found on my resume. I also have a few writ­ing sam­ples avail­able.

Some­day I’ll write an actu­al bio­graph­i­cal entry, but for now, I want to make it eas­i­er for old friends to find me by men­tion­ing the names I have lived and worked under in the past. My fam­i­ly called me Cindy, so real­ly, real­ly old friends know me as Cindy Rober­son (I don’t answer to Cindy oth­er­wise). My first hus­band was high-school sweet­heart Scott Allen Hall, so I was known as Cindy or Cyn­thia Hall for a time. Hus­band num­ber two (and Katie’s father) was the late Wayne Armis­tead, from whence came my cur­rent last name. I was briefly mar­ried to Paul Smath­ers and known dur­ing that time as Cyn­thia Smath­ers or Cyn­thia Armis­tead-Smath­ers. I was Sam Chup­p’s life part­ner for 14 years. I was born in Gads­den, Alaba­ma but large­ly grew up in Atlanta, Geor­gia, and have spent most of my life as an Atlantan.

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

I enjoy hear­ing from friend­ly peo­ple, so please leave com­ments or use the con­tact form.

14 thoughts on “About Me

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


  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Hi!

    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. 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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