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Not Your Average Science Blogs Post

I note this post from last week, and am flattered that a well known D.C. beacon of social radiance like KAC has deigned to Google me. Furthermore, she’s mooting whether I’m worth going on long walks on the beach with (PG version). If she only knew.

It all reminds me of a (modified) Han Solo line: “I don’t know, whaddya think? You think a DC socialite and a guy like me…” To which Luke Skywalker quickly countered: “No.” But then, he was jealous.

In any event, KAC has also generously agreed to serve as part of the host committee for my upcoming 29th bday party, which I’m having jointly with D.C.-based ScienceBlogging amigo Matt Nisbet on Sept 22 at…where else…Science Club in DC.

We’ve been pitching this party as an exercise in science geek revelry. Nisbet and I were considering wearing white lab coats–that kind of thing. But given the gossip now flying about, one has to wonder, will the party stick to “just the science” and avoid, er, policy?

Stay tuned….

P.S.: Some people commenting on KAC’s site are mysteriously not falling in love with me. But at least they express themselves colorfully. I think this is a vicious attack on my appearance:

Your dork looks like a cross between Tony Dow and Alley Oop. He’s got a pre-Saxon British Isles philtrum you could park a Volkswagen in.

People have criticized me in all sorts of ways in this past, but I must say I appreciate the novelty here (especially compared with the Discovery Institute takedown, about which more soon). I had to look up “philtrum” in the dictionary….

P.P.S.: Some longtime “Intersection” readers may have experienced a slight tingling sensation when reading this post, due to my descent into social/gossip blogging (albeit with a scientific twist). I assure you, there are no plans to make this a regular feature. However, while I’m at it, allow me to ask: Where the heck are our science gossip bloggers, anyway? Sounds like a huge opening to me. Someone ought to exploit it. It could be a great new way of furthering the Chris Mooney/Seed magazine uber strategy of making science more hip….

UPDATE: Big Head Rob, another party co-chair, has more. I think he’s instigating…..


  1. #1 Tara C. Smith
    September 18, 2006

    7PM till infinity, eh? I just happen to be getting into the Baltimore airport at 11PM on the 22nd (on unrelated business, of course)…

  2. #2 Chris Mooney
    September 18, 2006

    omigod tara you so have to come

    seriously, think about it. we’d love to have you. plus, it’s SCIENCE CLUB

  3. #3 pough
    September 18, 2006

    Furthermore, she’s mooting whether I’m worth going on long walks on the beach with (PG version). If she only knew.

    The non-PG version is “spongeworthy”. So… if she only knew what?

  4. #4 ERV
    September 18, 2006

    You feel like Luke?? Humph!

    **pouts in the corner with the other female fans**


  5. #5 Chris Mooney
    September 19, 2006

    To ERV…I was playing the role of Han, not Luke….

    To pough…going to blatantly dodge that one ;>

  6. #6 SteveF
    September 19, 2006

    Having looked at KAC’s photo, may I be the first to respectfully say, ‘woof woof.’

    She is, to coin a phrase, a fox. Personally, if I were you Chris, I’d get outrageously drunk at the party and then ask her out. It worked for me with my girlfriend, and that was six years ago!

    Luckily, my girlfriend isn’t a nerd, doesn’t visit Scienceblogs, and therefore will never find out about my ‘woof woof’ comment.

  7. #7 SteveF
    September 19, 2006

    Also Chris, is it a coincidence that you have changed your photo? Now KAC can get a better look at your bod.

  8. #8 RPM
    September 19, 2006

    Chris, you changed your profile picture. Is it related to this post? Are you the new blog sex symbol?

  9. #9 Chris Mooney
    September 19, 2006

    Steve F–getting “outrageously drunk” is not generally a good way to make a good impression, in my opinion. But that said, I’m glad it worked for you.

    RPM/SteveF: Yeah, my old pic was suddenly getting a lot of scrutiny, and it is ancient. I was about 22 in that picture. So I figured it’s high time bring things up to date a bit….

  10. #10 SteveF
    September 20, 2006

    I wasn’t being entirely serious about getting outrageously drunk! I’m just jealous that I can’t go to this party.

  11. #11 Abel Pharmboy
    September 20, 2006

    Dude, I was walking back to my hotel at 21st and P the other day and took a picture of the Science Club – that is so cool!

  12. #12 Suntory Boss
    September 22, 2006

    DC’s Queen of the Blue Collar Socialites!

  13. #13 Anonymous
    September 23, 2006

    Hope you don’t intend on being serious with her, she has narcissistic personality disorder and probably borderline too. So long as you keep it casual, fine, don’t expect a relationship, as she will be looking around, though she is quite charming. It’s an act though. Good luck.

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