Simanaitis Says

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

FUNICULÌ, FUNICULÀ!

THE NEAPOLITAN ditty Funiculì, Funiculà celebrated the 1880 opening of the first funicular on Mount Vesuvius. Today here at SimanaitisSays, I celebrate this steep form of rail transportation based on … Continue reading

June 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

HARRY NILE, SEATTLE P.I.

THE GLORIOUS ERA of radio detectives ran from the 1940s into the 1960s. Private investigators such as Johnny Dollar, Philip Marlowe, and Sam Spade entertained me back then. And, through … Continue reading

June 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: DEVIL, DIABOLICAL

DEVIL AND DIABOLICAL are perfect additions to the SimanaitisSays series of Etymology for our Times, what with the Trump administration’s Wall hostage program of children. The words’ origins trace to … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

MAGIC POSTERS FROM TASCHEN

THERE WAS a time several years back when my grandson Carter was interested in magic. My singular influence in this activity was teaching him how to palm the pea in … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

A MOTOR TOUR OF THE MULTIVERSE

THERE ARE three basic states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Even in today’s more deeply revealed world of quantum physics, these distinctions still apply. In fact, Science, the weekly … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

CHINA AND THE AUTOMOBILE

THE LATEST Automotive News, June 11, 2018, has a fascinating piece on a complex subject: China and the automobile. Hans Greimel, the industry weekly’s Tokyo-based Asia Editor, titles his article … Continue reading

June 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE HINDENBURG’S BABY GRAND

IT WOULD seem incongruous to find a piano aboard an airship. But, for awhile, the Lounge of the Zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg featured a baby grand built by Julius Blüthner Pianofortefabrik … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · 4 Comments