Posts filed under “sightings”

PicPedant Coverage

PicPedant (previously) now has over 11,000 followers, and the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of interesting media exposure. In addition to the first interviews with ExposedDC and Buzzfeed, I had an interview on NPR’s TLDR podcast with Alex Goldman, alongside Adrienne LaFrance: And shortly afterward I appeared on BBC World to do […]

Chastised by Chewbacca

Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films, is on Twitter as @TheWookieeRoars. He runs a fun and engaging stream for fans, posting historic behind-the-scenes photos from Star Wars production and other fun imagery. But when he posted a photo of an “awesome” standing cat wearing a Chewbacca bandoleer I had to […]

LADEE Launch

On Friday night, 6 Sep 2013, NASA launched LADEE, a small robotic spacecraft designed to study the moon’s tenuous atmosphere. LADEE was lofted into space by a five-stage solid-fueled Orbital Sciences Minotaur V from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, VA (which I had previously visited for the launch of Antares, another Orbital Sciences rocket). […]

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” […]

Telegraph Mention

I have been mentioned in the fourth rule of an article in the Telegraph by Tom Chivers on “Internet Rules and Laws.” Greetings, Telegraph readers! To be clear, yes, I used “ignoramii” with a sense of deliberate irony, and the quoted text was part of a larger venture on Begging The Question — the site […]

CSC LEF Second Life Mention

On CSC’s Leading Edge Forum, some of my comments about Second Life appear to have been included in a presentation on their Second Life work for NASA JPL. (PDF with notes here.) I (well, my avatar) attended the Mars Phoenix Landing Event there and found it thoroughly enjoyable, so I’m glad someone at CSC appreciated […]

Santa Puts Me Back in the News

Who’d have thought writing about getting yelled at by the National Santa’s elves would land me back in the local news? This time, my WeLoveDC entry complaining about being stopped from photographing Santa’s Workshop at the National Christmas Tree got picked up in NBC Washington’s Around Town section. (Cue, of course, the requisite “WELL PEOPLE […]


In “Begging the Question, Again” on the Times Topics weblog, NYT deputy news editor Philip Corbett talks about the misuse of the phrase, and briefly mentions, my pedantic language site. I was alerted to this by the sudden flurry of “” inbound links in my referrer log that day. BTQ’s continued growth in popularity […]

Apollo Glove

(Paulo with Apollo Glove uploaded by amy kow.) This comes a bit late, as Amy just uploaded it, but here’s a photo she took of me trying on an Apollo spacesuit glove, courtesy Ron Woods of NASA back during the 2008 Folklife Festival. It was a very hot glove, and had been sitting around a […]

Area Man Takes Escalator Video, Appears On Local News

Some of you may have seen me on TV last night, on FOX 5 News Edge at 11 (news story, video). Our local Fox affiliate sent reporter Jessica Weinstein to interview me at Foggy Bottom yesterday, site of the Metro Escalator Mess that I caught on video. I recall talking at length about Metro delays […]