Category: washington dc

Fall elephant-watching

Posted by – September 29, 2013

Elephant at the National Zoo

You know what never gets old? Watching elephants walk around. We stopped by the National Zoo on Saturday and spent a few minutes by the pen.

NASA’s LADEE over Washington, D.C.

Posted by – September 7, 2013

The highlight of this weekend so far was definitely watching the launch of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). Here’s what it looked like over the U.S. Capitol Friday night as it was headed to the moon.

The Kennedy Center from the Potomac

Posted by – August 31, 2013

We caught a boat down to Alexandria on Friday. I looked up at the Kennedy Center balcony during the ride and found it hard to believe that it hasn’t even been five months since we were standing up there. It’s been a long, packed summer.

Should we be worried?

Posted by – August 18, 2013

It’s not on our floor, but it’s right above the entrance we use every day.

Shark teeth

Posted by – June 30, 2013


We pulled these out of the Chesapeake on Saturday. To the best of my knowledge, they’re all from sharks. (Also, I’m testing out some new WordPress image settings as I upload this photo.)

Where to find me in 2013

Posted by – January 26, 2013

U.S. Capitol

This is just a beginning-of-the-year signal check to let you know I’m still blogging out of Washington, D.C. If you’re one of a handful of people I’ve bumped into online or off in the last few months, I’m still running the editorial department over at Industry Dive. (Check out Education Dive, Food Dive and Utility Dive, among our many other sites to see what that involves.)

I’ll still be here, as well as on Twitter and Google+ in 2013, writing about some other things, though, so keep an eye out. As always, thanks for reading.

Wild sesame leaves in Washington, D.C.

Posted by – August 12, 2012

Urban foraging is going to need its own category on this blog soon. Last week, we came across a wild patch of sesame leaves near the National Zoo, so I wanted to pass that link along with the Flickr-mapped coordinates for any of you D.C. residents who are reading this.

They’re all next to the river near the trail that leads up to the zoo entrance—and they are delicious in soup.

Doug Michels’ dolphin hotel for Washington, D.C.

Posted by – July 26, 2012

Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ppmsca-31434

Dolphins and humans coexisting in a single hotel/embassy space together in the nation’s capital—why not, right?

If you missed out on the National Building Museum’s “Unbuilt Washington” exhibit this year, I don’t know what to tell you. It was a personal highlight for me for the first half of 2012.

If you’ve run into me since I walked through this collection of wonders at the end of May, you probably heard me mention Doug Michels’ Dolphin America Hotel, which envisioned a space for humans and dolphins to live and interact with one another.

The official listing from the NBM reads as follows:

Proposed Dolphin America Hotel, designed by Doug Michels Architecture in collaboration with Jim Allegro, AIA, 1989. Architect Doug Michels was fascinated by dolphins and proposed various projects that would bring humans into closer contact with the aquatic mammals.

Just take a look at the design and let that idea sink in for a minute.

Also, what is that in the sky—a B-2 over the Washington Monument? Or a UFO?

Mulberry trees near Georgetown

Posted by – May 20, 2012

Just to give a little context to today’s mulberry Instagram post, we recently happened upon a grove of mulberry trees off of P Street near Georgetown. I’m assuming these are widely known to Washington, D.C., locals, but seeing as how we’re new to the area, the discovery got me Googling.

Chiefly, I wanted to share this Washington Post story from 2010 about the significance of mulberries to immigrants in the area. I will admit to falling into the category of people who are naturally hesitant to eat berries found out in the wild, but I think I’m going to loosen up a bit after reading up on how much people enjoy them.

New office and general update

Posted by – May 10, 2012

Home of the Industry Dive office on 18th Street

If you haven’t been following my tweets for the last few weeks, you might have missed that I joined an exciting new D.C. startup called Industry Dive on May 1st as the company’s content director. I had been looking for the perfect D.C.-area opportunity that would involve multiplatform news editorial and production, and I’m happy to say there’s going to be lot going on at Construction Dive, Utility Dive, Waste Management Dive, Education Dive and Marketing Dive over the next few months that should be of interest to anyone working in those arenas.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to update this blog when it comes to personal observations and interests—particularly matters of digital publishing, gaming and comics. So stay tuned in this feed for plenty more on those fronts. Here’s the shortlist of what’s had my attention lately:

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga continues to be the best new thing on my comics reading list the last couple of months. I’d missed his script-writing dearly since Vaughan took off for TV land a few years back, and the first two issues have been a welcome return to form for his character development and dialogue.

• I’ve been playing through the new Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft the last two nights. The worlds seem small, and starting off with a map in hand feels a little easy, but I think I understand why Mojang made the changes that they did. I may have some more thoughts when I get through the Achievements checklist.

• After taking a break for a few weeks, I’ve resume reading George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords—and I continue to wonder in amazement how this book and the end of Clash of Kings are ever going to translate to television for the HBO adaptation.