Panda Mery

Almost too calm productive irritant,
neurodivergent researcher, bricoleur and flâneur

calm, almost too calm
1. Name of this website.
2. Description on a police custody record: ‘RISK ASSESSMENT: D[etained] P[risoner] is calm on arrival, almost too calm’.
3. State of the author when in stressful situations.
4. Title of a chapter in the book Being Autistic.

Current projects

Latest writing

Read more recent blog entries or browse the complete list of all blog posts from April 2006 til now.

police apology

A selection of articles

A few soapflakes from EXE Magazine:

'Pataphysical, biographical and other occurences

  See some of my pictures on Flickr:

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And pictures of some suspicious clothing:

suspicious clothing

  A smartphone and a Bluetooth headset are some of the tools that have hanged from my batbelt. I sometimes carry other stuff.

  Discover some of my Freedom of Information requests on WhatDoTheyKnow.

  Check out my calendar of events relevant to UK-based autistics: AutEvents.

  Read my c.v. or find me on LinkedIn.


The name of this web domain – a portmanteau word made from ‘gizmo’ and ‘astronaut’.

The first use of the word ‘gizmonaut’ appears to be in ‘programmers are almost universally gizmonauts’ by Lou Grinzo (Source: EXE Magazine, November 1999) and, with a different spelling, in a book titled The Gismonauts written by Keo Felker Lazarus (Published in 1981 by Modern Curriculum Press; ISBN 0695416073)

A ‘gizmo’ is ‘1. something whose name is either forgotten or not known [syn: dohickey, dojigger, doodad, doohickey, gimmick, gizmo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy] 2. a device that is very useful for a particular job [syn: appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, widget]’ (Source: WordNet)

‘What we do know about the origin of ‘gizmo’ is that it is a relatively new word -- in fact, if you've been using it all your life you can't be over 50 years old. ‘Gizmo’ seems to have originated in the U.S. Navy during or shortly before World War II, where it was used as an all-purpose synonym for ‘whatchamacallit.’ The postwar return of draftees to the civilian world brought the word into general usage, and postwar authors from Saul Bellow to Max Shulman popularized ‘gizmo’ in the late 1940's and early 1950's.’ (Source: The Word Detective)

Many thanks to everyone visiting this website. It has been developed while listening to Nahmi’s music. The self-portrait at the top of this page is based on a picture of Blow-up by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer exhibited at the Seoul Media City.