Rumors of my podfading are greatly exaggerated. The loss of Perry hit me pretty hard, and then the new kitten wore me out, and me worn out (as usual) shortly led to my getting sick for a few days. I was too aware of missing DragonCon this year, Mr. Fixed Kitty and I are getting a new D&D campaign and world rolling that takes up way more time than I thought it would, and I just didn’t have any Happy Things in me for a bit there. The Happy is coming back slowly.

I am picking myself back up, I have a file mostly ready to go, and I’m about to go for some vacation time with Mr. Fixed Kitty. The podcast will go up afterwards, as I’m now frantically getting ready and trying to pre-emptively rest at the same time. I really need the Bust Outta Dodge time.

Catch you on the flipside,

Yes, the final Year One entry on the Best of List. Ian Horner of the website and podcasting glory talks snippage with me. We compare our experiences, and there is lots of swearing.

Big happy: JOB!!! ok, for three weeks. Still, I’m excited. Hope to keep up with the weekly cast, but I may miss next week. All encouraging or nagging messages can be sent by any of the contact means in the show notes. Email or Twitter are preferred, as I can reply to those on my phone on the train.

Segment of original show notes, showing how much things stay the same over the years:

NOW REPOSTED DUE TO CRAPPY FEED PROBLEMS. Thanks go to Stephen Eley for helping me diagnose my initial blunder. He does a sci fi and fantasy short fiction podcast called The Escape Pod over at and is just generally a really nice guy.

As always, this is copyright 2007, Chris Fisher, all rights reserved. In this episode, Ian and I get very personal and talk about our experiences getting fixed. So, as always, if you want to use any clips from this podcast, you have to get permission first. You can ask at podcast at…

I would call this “the cursed episode” if I were superstitious. This interview was initially recorded and abandoned due to special editing difficulties with that recording, re-recorded (thank you, Ian for your patience), edited, about to have the intro tacked on, and then a power outage and router reconfiguration took over 3 evenings of my computer time last week. If I haven’t responded to an email from you, I’m still catching up. Then I spent another evening backing up machines and installing new sound software. Today I check over the file, and there are sound gaps in it where I see waveforms on the screen but no sound comes out. So what you are hearing is the 2nd complete re-edit of the 2nd recording. The irony that this is episode 39, 13 times 3, does not escape me. Now, onto the show, whose 2nd re-edit was originally going to go out on Wednesday Feb 21st. *sigh*

Show notes:
Ian Horner of the Dai-cast can be found at .

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Ah, the Best of List. Jerry Steinberg, Founding Non-Father of NO KIDDING! joins us, with a few sound issues. We discuss the international child-free social club that he founded, the #1 child-free guy issue, and his answers to some of the questions I’ve discussed in previous shows. The interview was fun and too long for one show, so it will continue next week.

Current Happy Things:
Gail Carriger interview on Steampod’s feed:

I’m erstwhily cohosting Brass Needles, a sf/steampunk/knitting podcast. They’re teaching me to make very awesome socks, starting in Episode 7. Hee, socks!

And those Dr. Who toys I mentioned? Scroll down to the Related Images box. Here are some links to places that don’t have them to sell to me! Gah! Gah and grasshoppers! Gah, again! But SOOOO CUUUTE! So if any of you live somewhere where you CAN buy them, please PLEASE contact me and tell me how I can get you the money, ok? ;)

OK, Chris out. Next week, the rest of the interview! More Happy Things! Excelsior!

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As stated in the previous blog post, some things are shifting rapidly in TASCFland. Here are 5 Happy Things and the audio explanation to match the previous blog entry.

Catch you next week with the first full installment of the Reboot!
Chris the Fixed Kitty, signing out.

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Reboot time!  And struggling, so it’s time… to go weekly?

Since we have to reboot the blog and I’m having a helluva chronic fatigue slump (antivirals, would you kick in again already, please?) that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, here’s what’s happening: I’m going weekly with short new Happy Things intros and replaying the best of list.  You’ll get weekly content that takes me less time to produce, the podcast will keep happening while my body decides whether half-dosage is gonna work, and it sure beats taking summer entirely off.

The Best of list was intended particularly for new listeners who want to hopscotch through the archives to get a feel for the show. I selected 5 episodes from each year that seemed of most enduring interest. The links go to the permanent pages of the episodes on the old blog, which have the download and player buttons for the mp3.  I will repost the whole list with the new links when they have all been reposted to the feed.

Year 1, March 2006-March 2007:
Here are 5 of my favorite interviews from the first year that can quickly catch new listeners up. My audio skills got better over time, thank goodness!
1. Jerry Steinberg, founding non-Father of the No Kidding! social organization, part 1
2. Jerry Steinberg, founding non-Father of the No Kidding! social organization, part 2
3. Dr. Wendy Casper discusses a recent study on singles and family-friendly policies, very applicable to childfree folks in the workplace.
4. Laura Ciaccio, law student, blogger, and one of No Kidding’s national spokespersons discusses her CF life.
5. Ian and Snippage. Ian and I discuss our very different experiences getting fixed.

Year 2, March 2007-March 2008:
1. TASCF-Ep046 News and Issues with LT and Vinny
2. TASCF-Ep047 News and Jerry S returns
3. TASCF-Ep048 Site news and Matthew of Off Topic Talk
4. TASCF-Ep051 PeterRios-ComicGeekSpeak
5. TASCF-Ep053 George Hrab part 1 and TASCF-Ep054 Back George Hrab2

Year 3, March 2008-March 2009:
1. CFS cry for help from the podosphere. This brief PSA is in the list to explain the health context of my CF life. It’s applicable to all episodes starting in January 2007 as far as context goes, but I am no longer seeking help trying to get into clinical trials or specialists’ offices.
2. TASCF Ep057: Childfree Step-parents
3. TASCF-Ep058-MinxPolyamoryWeekly
4. TASCF-60 Ginger Campbell, MD of the Brain Science Podcast
5. TASCF-065:3 years of TASCF, Juanzetta Flowers interview Technically the first show of year 4, but definitely something new listeners should hear.

Thanks for listening! CF out.