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Join me at CONvergence 2015!

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:01:06 +0000

Once again, the Skepchick Network will be hosting SkepchickCON at CONvergence over July 4th weekend in Minneapolis. We will have four full days of panels about science, social justice, feminism and whole lot of geekery. The Skepchicks will also be hosting smaller group discussions, activities and a low-stimulus party in the Skepchick Space Lab during the day and  (generally) louder and more […]

Fixing Broken Things

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:00:02 +0000

In my day job, I am a QA Analyst for a software company. I spend every weekday from nine to five thirty(-ish) telling developers to fix things. Not because they’re bad developers, but because software is complex. It has lots of moving parts that can break in new and exciting ways. Once you get too […]

A Reference List of Excuses for Rape and Death Threats

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:59:55 +0000

It must be exhausting to come up with yet another new excuse to treat women horribly, so here’s a list for easy reference. Just pick one and you’ll be instantly believed by a large percentage of the internet, with no other actions necessary on your part! Because ethics in gaming journalism. Because she talked about […]

Where I’ll Be: DragonCon 2014

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:08:58 +0000

So, it’s that time of year again. This week I pack up 50% (it feels like, looking at my suitcases) of my apartment contents and decamp to Atlanta for a week of science, costuming, nerdery and fantastic friends. DragonCon is a huge (50,000-ish people) multi-genre science fiction, fantasy, new media, science, steampunk, anime and everything […]

Where I’ll Be: CONvergence/SkepchickCON 2014!

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:01:17 +0000

Every year, the Skepchick Network and Freethought Blogs get together to host a science and skepticism track at CONvergence in Minneapolis over the 4th of July weekend. This will be my third year participating in programming, and every year it just keeps getting better. CONvergence is one of my favorite cons to attend, for many […]

Seen and Not Heard

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:46:08 +0000

“Your selfies are vanity run amok!” “Your livetweeting of your experiences is horrible and un-ethical.” “How dare you use hashtags to express your anger. It’s polarizing.” “Your Facebook wall is incontrovertible proof of your raging narcissism.” “Can’t you just be invisible? Can’t you just be quiet? Can’t you just die gracefully so that we can […]

Silence and Friendship

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:08:17 +0000

We’re all expected to be quiet. That’s the trade-off we make for careers. We know that the moment we speak out, we trade our futures for the chance of torpedoing our careers. Every time we publicly mention the things that happen to us, we cut the number of people willing to hire us by another […]

Rough Seas and Life Preservers

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:23:27 +0000

In its natural state, my brain is almost always over-stimulated. This doesn’t seem like a bad thing if you haven’t experienced it, but in practice, it means that I just shut down after a certain point. Thing that are easy, run-of-the-mill tasks for most people are insurmountable mountains for me. Calling someone on the phone […]

The Pink Toy Aisle, The Blue Toy Aisle and the Green Toy Aisle

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:26:08 +0000

How did you play when you were a kid? I played with Barbies and dolls and Fashion Star Fillies. (I might be the only person alive who remembers them, but I *loved* my horses with fashion accessories.) I had Lady Lovelylocks and Rainbow Bright. I had a baby doll and a stroller. I also had […]

Geeks and Bullies

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:43:26 +0000

I was bullied as a kid. Relentlessly and aimlessly bullied. I was a special needs kid who had some neurological quirks and didn’t have the social niceties or group awareness enough to hide them. On top of that, I also had two (very) lazy eyes, a giant birthmark on my face, I walked on my […]