Socks – Lost and Wandering

I don’t understand it. I have one single sock of each kind and color that I wear. They do not wear out in pairs. They do not disappear from the dryer in pairs. One sock at a time expires, or goes AWOL, leaving me with multiple single socks and mild frustration. Continue reading


Malice Aforethought or Just Otto Correct?

Greetings and Salutations, Instapunderati! Thanks for dropping by.

So, by now most of us who pay a little attention to such things have read about the implosion at WorldCon 2018. What I’d like to muse over a little is not the actual “problem,” but the response and assumptions behind that response. For those not familiar with the tempest, to make a very convoluted story shorter, an author submitted non-standard pronouns to be used in their biography in the program. Continue reading

Re-name and Remove: Cleaning up the Past

So by now most of you have heard about the American Library Association re-naming one of their major awards.

The attitudes of the 1860s through 1880s are not proper and must be expunged from the record, along with people who wrote about them. Never mind that one of the last major attacks by Native Americans—several hundred settlers killed—against Euro-Americans was in Minnesota in 1862.

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Escaping School

No, this isn’t another end-of-the year cat post. This is about being Odd and the designated target for four years and more, and what happened. There are reasons why I say that I escaped public high school, rather than graduating. I did learn things, and I had some really good English and science teachers who taught me a great deal that I still use, but oh, lordy, the other students and the administrators… Continue reading

Pick One!

So which one is it? Women don’t go into STEM because there aren’t enough female role models, because we don’t like “geek culture” stuff, or because we aren’t smart enough. Pick one, dang it, and stick with it.

What? You didn’t know that Star Trek, Star Wars, and other sci-fi things were sexist and off-putting to women? That’s according to a librarian at MIT, so it must be true. Especially since there is an academic study to support the assertion (“Ambient Belonging: How Stereotypical Cues Impact Gender Participation in Computer Science” by Cheryan et al in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2009, Vol. 97, No. 6, 1045–1060) Continue reading