About Me

Who I am

I was “born as” a baby – 5 lbs, 16 inches. The clothes my parents gave me then don’t fit me anymore than the arbitrary labels they gave me as identity markers, so I changed them to real ones. In 48 years I’ve outgrown onesies and other people’s expectations and grown into the person I

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I’m legally changing my first and middle names

I’m changing my first and middle names. I am getting rid of Stephanie Ann. My first name is going to be Hawthorn. (no e- like the tree, not the author.) My middle name is chosen, but I’m keeping to myself for now. This is something I’ve been actively planning for over two years, but I’ve

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Myers-Briggs Personality Test Result

I don’t remember getting this test result in the past, but I’d have to search my Facebook timeline for the last time I took it to see. Who knows how long that test page will be around, so I’m copying the whole INFP results here: INFP PERSONALITY INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for

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My Coat of Arms, drawn by me at age 11

This is my coat of arms, that I drew when I was 11 and I was in love with Princess Diana and all things British, so I read books on heraldry and ignored most of what I learned and drew some badass unicorn horns and swords and arrows. And some gender ambiguous people hanging out,

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26 Things

Back in 1999, people on the internet were trading the meme called “100 Things” where you wrote 100 things that people might not know about you, and you posted them on your site. I started my list but never got beyond 26 items, so I never put it on my site. In cleaning out some

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Arline Groenwoldt

My maternal grandmother, Arline Groenwoldt, died on Thursday, April 15th. I waited to mention it here because I wanted to be sure that my family had a chance to attend her services first. And then I waited some more because I’m having such a hard time figuring out what to say. I can’t adequately capture

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3 Things Meme

Copy, paste, delete my answers and type in your answers. Tag a few good friends! The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known things about each other. Three Names I go by: 1. Steph 2. Electrasteph 3. [secret blog name redacted} Three Jobs I have had in my life: 1. page

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Steph Needs

DIRECTIONS: Type your name and the word NEEDS in quotes (e.g., “John Needs”) into Google and see what comes up. Steph needs someone to CoNfOrT HeR. Steph needs another new start Stephanie needs to get the women together in an alliance because the men Stephanie needs cash-fast-but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to

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Gender Identity Things

A couple of posts down, I answered a meme wherein I mentioned that I “have some gender identity things I don’t talk about much.” To that post, one of my former co-workers added a comment. When I initially read it, I deleted the comment. It’s been a very draining weekend, and I thought the post

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The name “Stephanie” on Babynamer.com

One of the blogs I read regularly pointed out the site babynamer.com in a blog post, because it’s a nicely-designed and interesting site on baby names. They include a long definition and origin of each name, a section on famous people with that name, a long list of related alternate names, and then a funny

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A Partial List of My Pet Peeves

Posted today for your amusement/irritation, to be updated as necessary on future occasions. People who walk up escalators …especially when they ask you to move out of the way. Seriously – go take the fracking stairs, Sporty. I’m using the escalator for a reason. I don’t come over to your treadmill at the gym and

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Now With More Answers

After the last round of “Getting to know me” emails, I added some new questions to my Ultimate Survey. Proceed at your own risk. (I also ran the whole thing through the spell-checker. Boy, did that need it.)

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Big List of Things I Like

Posted for no apparent reason, except that I needed a pick-me-up because it’s been a crappy week. Feel free to add your own list in the comments. My Girlfriend The Spikel Monster Monkeys, especially: – Curious George – Hanuman – King Kong Board Games, especially: – Clue Dave, the Computer Table – from Ikea, this

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Hey, that’s my name!

I was perusing a 37 signals blog post from last week on some changes they made to backpack, and noticed in some of the screenshots, the designer Ryan Singer used my name in the mock-up of his new sharing information object. Hee! Apparently, I’m sharing some documents with some folks.

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My Lexicon

A handy guide to my personal idioms and their origins, because I notice that a lot of times people look at me funny when I’m talking. I’ve had this page around for awhile but forgot to transfer it into my new content management system. There seem to be some terms missing, too. "Big Girl" Seats

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Where was I?

I can play this meme pretty easily. Where was I ten years ago? This post on Same-Sex Marriage I wrote May 14, 1996, just about ten years ago. I had moved into the attic apartment at Mary Byrne’s house the summer of the year before, so I was just starting my first decade in downtown

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Movies I Need to See (or see again)

Movies that I’ve never seen, or need to see again because it’s been a long time. 2001: A Space Odyssey “The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut “8 1/2” (1963) Federico Fellini A Bout de Souffle A Room With a View A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Aguirre: The Wrath of God Around the World in 80

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IQ tests

Take your own IQ Test Keep in mind that this is an online test and not a professional administered test, which would probably be more accurate and maybe even give you a better score [grin]. Read more About IQ results and what they really mean. UPDATE: I should probably point out, since someone pointed it

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Brushes With Fame

We’ve been having an e-mail discussion of brushes with fame this morning, so here’s mine: 1. I interviewed Chastity Bono for a newsletter. 2. I know Dick Wolfsie, the local news channel 8 morning guy who did a report on my “Big Things” photo gallery. Dick is friends with tons of famous people, including Al

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My Chinese horoscope

Figuring out my Chinese horoscope. Birthday/time: June 6th, 1968, 7:01 a.m. Latitude and Longitude where I was born: West Des Moines, IA (US): 41n35, 93w43, Iowa. Timezone: -6 GMT. You are Red Sheep, born in the year of Brown Monkey. The first character in DAY represents you. So you are equivalent to Fire. Lucky element:

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Questions from my sister

Pontification requested: 1. Is there really good and bad/black and white/ right and wrong in the world, or is everything in shades of grey/gray? (deeds, not people. People would be a whole different discussion) 2. Jealousy: Your thoughts? Brief update: not yet married. Kittens are healthy. Hair is short. Thoughts from the pontiff: 1. Ranges

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Hawthorn Mineart

If you need to contact me, that information is here. I’m a UI designer at a media/publishing company in Indianapolis, Indiana where I’ve worked since 1994. We publish textbooks and computers science and business books, and I mainly work on instructor tools for education. I’m married to a wonderful woman named Stephanie, and we own

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