About Me

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Katherine Alejandra Cross is a PhD student at the University of Washington Information School studying, appropriately enough, Information Science. Along the way she will become a Master of Information but she still won’t be able to find your keys for you. She’s had a long and distinguished career as a young academic studying video games and anti-social behaviour online.

She’s also a widely published author and social critic. You may have seen her work in Rolling Stone, The Verge, Polygon, or The Guardian–or heard her dulcet tones on NPR, ABC Radio National, or any number of podcasts. Her semi-regular column on Gamasutra hosts much of her writing about video games.

This blog used to be known as Nuclear Unicorn, and while that site name has served her well throughout her life as an out trans woman, it was time to polish up the joint and use a different snarky name that actually punned on her real name. She owns/is-owned-by two cats and lives with her partner in Seattle.

She can be reached at katherine dot angel dot cross at gmail.

13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. catkisser February 3, 2010 / 2:35 pm

    First, give up an notion you have of “owning” a cat. As one of those old cat ladies I can tell you, you adopt a cat and it adopts you. It’s a mutual respect thing.

    Second, you cannot destroy the world…..you are, however, a mirror of every insecurity in every person you encounter just by continuing to refuse to die or slip into another dimension (or was that dementiaion) or dissolving into a haze of probabilities like Schrodinger’s cat. (see how I cleverly returned to cats?)….as for your last post on knowing your own reality is real…..you look inside and then you look outside. It’s no biggie hon.

  2. Amber Nichols August 12, 2010 / 5:17 pm

    Hi, I’m currently interning for Kotaku.com. We would love to run you story “Problematically in the Voice of a Night Elf Woman” on Kotaku. With your permission, the story would run in it’s entirety on Kotaku, with your byline, a link to your site and a brief bio that you would supply us with. Your story would look something like the articles that can be found here: http://kotaku.com/tag/republished/

    If you’re interested you can let me know at my email, amber.nichols89@gmail.com


  3. tashauk November 19, 2010 / 5:53 am

    Hi Quinnae. I have just come across your blog as a result of being directed to your post on Kate’s Kontroversy and am now delving further in. I have added you to my blogroll – if you were willing to reciprocate you can find me here 🙂

  4. LeighAnne November 19, 2010 / 11:55 am

    Love the box pleats. And the pearls. Timeless.

    • Quinnae Moongazer November 19, 2010 / 2:28 pm

      Haha, thank you! ::blush::

      Alas, the skirt… I’ve gone and lost it. 😦 Finding pleated skirts is rather hard these days.

  5. bonze blayk November 28, 2010 / 5:03 pm

    Dear Nuc, if I may address you as a familiar friend:

    You claim this quest is “accidental”, and yet full-knowing that your very existence threatens to undermine the Sacred Binary that undergirds all of existence, publish a… “journal”?

    I get the feeling you are “having us on”, but as I am a 100% full-time dead-serious Personage, I will quash this qualm without mercy, and mention this only in passing…

    Yrs Truly,
    bonzie anne

    PS: Very nice to happen across your bl… ahem, journal. You have a very admirable writing style, for someone who is apparently employed in academia :-).

  6. Noah January 26, 2011 / 11:43 pm

    I just would like to say that I would very much like to be your friend in real life, however impossible that may be. I stumbled across your journal somehow, and now I’m quite glad that I did. I think you’re neat.
    Noah (whose cereal number is four)

  7. Grant March 5, 2012 / 8:46 pm

    I just happened across your journal and enjoy what I see so far. Your thoughts on women and gaming are exciting and refreshing. Maybe you will not destroy the world, but you will certainly make an impact.

  8. JMaybury January 13, 2013 / 7:00 am

    I love your drawings 😀 I came across your journal today on twitter and am enjoying the clarity of thought here. Much love.

  9. pollikcon October 23, 2013 / 8:32 am

    Thank you for writing your piece about Brennan and I hope you stay safe. I was really disappointed that Laurie Penny felt unable to write her piece…in some respects, that is not like her.

    And I really wish that someone would find a legal way to restrict the worst of Brennan’s actions and outpourings.

  10. Dianne October 26, 2013 / 10:05 am

    Color me stunned! Awesome CB piece. I have tried to get my head around the TERF reasoning by reading some notable blogs and engaging in “dialog” with some of the people there. I have to begrudgingly admit that there is huge power in repeating the same message, the same words, the same irrelevant phrases over and over in reply to everything. It works for our conservative pundits and it works for CB and GM and others whose names must not be invoked (wink). We are moving forward and the resistance shows our strength.

    “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you Then they fight you. Then you win” Nicholas Klein in a 1914 address to a labor union congress.

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