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THE REDHEAD WITH DISTURBINGLY ROUND GOGGLES

A ROMANCE starring Tony Jannus, the Benoist XIV Flying Boat and the Redhead with Disturbingly Round Goggles. Chapter 1—No longer a lazy day FOR pilot Tony Jannus, it seemed just … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

MATHEMATICIANS AND THE NSA

THE FEDERAL government’s National Security Agency is charged with devising cryptologic systems for protecting U.S. information while, at the same time, exploiting weaknesses in the information systems of other countries. … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

IS PRIVACY GONE FOR GOOD?

SCIENCE MAGAZINE, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has part of its January 30, 2015, issue devoted to “The End of Privacy.” A dozen essays present … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

CHANGING TIMES

HOW TIMES have changed. Sometimes for the better, sometimes…. Here’s a collection of trends that I certainly wouldn’t have expected at the beginning of my (40!) years of monitoring the … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

YOU GO, GRRLS!— IN 19TH CENTURY MASSACHUSETTS

A DRAMA on SiriusXM’s “Radio Classics” introduced me to the Peabody sisters of 19th century Salem, Massachusetts. This remarkable trio, Elizabeth, Mary and Sophia, left a legacy that would do … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

“SIT!” SAID THE CYNOLOGIST

A BOOK of Sherlockiana introduced me to the term cynology, “logy” as in “the study of,” cyno from the Greek κυνóς, “dog.” As is usually the case, this book led … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

LATINA MORTUA EST?

IS LATIN a dead language? Far from it if you’re into the biological sciences, philology, law or medicine. Or if you happen to be using an ATM in Vatican City. … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment
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