Aug 31 2011

Nice Place We’ve Got Here

Moving In

'Packing' by Ryan Hyde. Some rights reserved.

Welcome to the new home of Almost Diamonds. If you’re reading the blog for the first time, the old home is here. I also blogged for a time at Quiche Moraine and guest posted at Greg Laden’s Blog, Sex in the Public Square, the Scientific American guest blog, and the Journal of Are You Fucking Kidding. I won’t be migrating my archives wholesale, but I’ll likely polish up and pull over some of the more relevant posts and parts of ongoing series. I’ll start today with “The Accommodationism Challenges.”

Those of you who have been following the blog for a while should know that I don’t have any plans to change what I’ve been blogging. If you can figure out what that actually is, please let me know. Well, I know there’s science and sex and politics and atheism and art and snark, but if any of you think you’ve managed to come up with some sort of organizing principle for it all, speak up.

What about me, you ask? (Yes, I can comfortably hold up both sides of a conversation.) I’m an analyst by trade, and that is as deliberately vague as it sounds. I’m not a scientist, but it is still my job to pull lots of information together from the best sources identifiable, figure out what it says, and figure out where the big, gaping holes are. On top of that, I write science fiction and fantasy, with my first professional sale to be published soon (“soon” being a publishing term with its own special relationship to everyday English). I’m also a once and future host of Atheists Talk radio, which is available as a podcast through iTunes or on the Minnesota Atheists website.

I have a very unusual, but not unique, name, which makes me easy to find on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ (for now, at least) if you like what you find here and want more. I’m the snarky one.


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  1. 1
    Glendon Mellow


    Congratulations Stephanie!

    Finally. Someone to lend an air of class to this joint instead of journalists, poets and Canadians.

  2. 2
    Jason Thibeault

    The Canadians in this place really are bringing down the curve, aren’t we?

  3. 3
    Stephanie Zvan

    Given that I’m an honorary Canadian myself, I don’t see how that’s possible. :)

  4. 4
    Jason Thibeault

    Oh dear. You’ve left nested threads on. I wonder how long it’ll be before you fish that setting out of the dashboard? :)

  5. 5
    Stephanie Zvan

    Oh, only about as long as it takes to find the setting, as you well know. Threaded comments are actually the root of all evil on the internet.

  6. 6
    Silver Fox

    Congrats on the move!

  7. 7
    Stephanie Zvan

    Thankee, madam. :)

  8. 8

    I come for the articles on sex, but I stay for the snark!

  9. 9
    Stephanie Zvan

    Tomorrow should make you very happy, then: snark about sex.

  10. 10
    Greg Laden

    “I’m an analyst by trade, and that is as deliberately vague as it sounds”

    I can vouch for the fact that you have several couches.

  11. 11
    Juniper Shoemaker

    On top of that, I write science fiction and fantasy, with my first professional sale to be published soon

    Wait a minute: for real? Dude! That is so awesome!

  12. 12
    Jason Thibeault

    Juniper: your generated icon looks like the CBC logo. :D

    I’m’a buy ten copies when it’s published.

  13. 13
    Juniper Shoemaker

    I’m’a buy ten copies when it’s published.

    Me, too! :)

  14. 14
    Stephanie Zvan

    As much as I love you both for saying so, I won’t hold you too that. I’m not sure I could have found a more expensive place for my story to be published. :)

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