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CONNECT THE DOTS: LEAD, BALLOONS, PENCIL, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

THIS CONNECT-THE-DOTS has an easy solution: Nicolas-Jacques Conté. He was a French polymath who gave Napoleon’s army the first significant use of aircraft and he also perfected the lead pencil … Continue reading

June 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

THANKS, CHRISTO, FOR GIVING US PLEASURE

ART GIVES PLEASURE in many ways. It can illuminate; it can provoke. It can be ephemeral; it can be timeless. All of the above describe the artistic endeavors of Christo. … Continue reading

June 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

GOOD SNACKIN’ ON YA, MATE! PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we met the Australian Halal Snack Pack’s North American cousins, Poutine and Chili Cheese Fries. Today, we sample H.S.P., as it’s known to Ozzies. And I … Continue reading

June 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

GOOD SNACKIN’ ON YA, MATE! PART 1

THE HALAL SNACK PACK is an Australian cousin of Québécoise Poutine and American Chili Cheese Fries. What’s more, H.S.P., as the Ozzies call it, has become a symbol of liberal … Continue reading

June 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY: I AM APPALLED

BACK IN JANUARY 2018, I examined the word “embarrassed” in my series of Etymologies for our Times. Today, I add the word “appalled.” Indeed, as in “I am Embarrassed,” the … Continue reading

June 2, 2020 · 6 Comments

THE WIT OF AUTOMOTIVE ARTISTS

I WAS LEAFING through a Gooding & Company auction catalog when I encountered its auto memorabilia section. It impressed me with an aspect of automotive artists I hadn’t considered recently: … Continue reading

June 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

A GLIMPSE AT SIR MODELING PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, tidbits on epidemic modeling were offered, based on Paul Taylor’s “Susceptible, Infectious, Recovered,” London Review of Books, May 7, 2020. Today in Part 2, we see … Continue reading

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment