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On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

ON POLITICAL SATIRE

THE HACKING of Sony because of its movie The Interview and subsequent responses bring to mind political satires of 1940, Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and You Nazty Spy! by … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

1926 DELAGE 18-S-8

THIS IS a tale of car enthusiasts and a very special bitsa, what specialists call a car with “a bit of this and a bit of that.” But what fabulous … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

POWER FROM OLD SOL

SOLAR POWER is a tantalizing concept. Sunlight is there half the time in many places, free for the asking. Well, not exactly free, with some recent developments very promising and … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

ON LEARNING LITHUANIAN

ALAS, DESPITE my heritage, I speak no Lithuanian. This, despite the best attempts of others. The book’s subtitle promises “This System Teaches You the Essentials of a Language (for Travel … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

SAMUEL F. CODY—A LIFE WELL CRAFTED

THIS RAKISH guy named Cody with long flowing hair and cowboy garb must be the famed Buffalo Bill, right? A common conclusion. In fact, though, this particular Cody was born … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

NEW ENGLAND 1915

UNLIKE SOME places, New England has few signs that read “Fine dining since 1993.” Things in the northeast corner of the U.S. have a permanence that encourages perusal of old … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

HOORAY FOR SCHMALTZ

IT’S OFFICIAL. Even The New York Times acknowledges that “Schmaltz Finds a New, Younger Audience.” Nutritionally incorrect though it may sound, author Melissa Clark and photographer Andrew Scrivani make a … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · 1 Comment
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