Archive for January, 2013

Snow to Slush to Mud

I took these three photos within five days of each other, from Jan 25 to Jan 30, 2013, at the outlet of Rock Creek and the C&O Canal to the Potomac River. (The outlet, a “gate to the water,” so to speak, gave rise to the name of those famous buildings in the background.) We […]


NASA Wallops launched two sounding rockets last night, each releasing a cloud of red lithium vapor into the upper atmosphere to test ground-based observation techniques for space phenomena.

First Snow

First real accumulating snow came late this winter, starting deep into January of 2013. We got about a half inch. The cats were quite enthralled to watch from the bedroom window. Parts of the Georgetown waterfront were picturesque early in the day, though all the snow would melt and turn to muddied, slushy footprints later.

NASA HQ Open House

Courtesy yatesc, I now have a photo on the cover of a NASA publication — specifically this shot of Discovery, used for “Toward a History of the Space Shuttle: An Annotated Bibliography Part 2, 1992–2011.” On the Friday before the 2013 Inauguration, NASA HQ had an Open House event in DC, and I was on […]

Recent Reading

What journalists should know about school shootings and guns — The good news is that school violence in general is in decline. In Rust Belt, a teenager’s climb from poverty — Also see the followup letters, and Tab’s own Twitter account. A Eulogy for #Occupy — I found the “bullet for Ganesha” part to be […]

Companion Kittens: Update

A week after adoption, Martha and Amelia are pretty well settled in. At the end of the first day, we introduced them to the rest of the place, along with various cat toys and scratching/biting implements we had purchased for them. They had a noisy and playful first night of running and jumping about, but […]

Companion Kittens

It’s been over two months (but it feels like a lifetime) since Pandora’s death, and after a mourning period, we’ve been feeling ready to adopt since the first day of 2013. (New Year, New Beginning, and all that, I suppose.) Checking the list at local rescue shelter Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) we […]

Peripheral Space Tweet Fame

It started with a brief Twitter exchange between two famous Canadians, Star Trek actor William Shatner and ISS Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield: @williamshatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface. — Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 3, 2013 I spontaneously expressed my amazement at this “Life in the Future” […]