Simanaitis Says

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AN ELECTRIC CAR PARADE PART 2

HERE IN PART 2, we’ll continue our timetables of automaker transitions from internal combustion to one form or another of electric propulsion. Our survey today includes a recent automaker merger, … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

AN ELECTRIC CAR PARADE PART 1

NICOLAUS OTTO IS likely spinning in his grave, crankshaft in hand. Here we are, 145 years beyond patenting the Otto four-stroke, and demise of the internal combustion engine is threatened. … Continue reading

July 24, 2021 · 5 Comments

996? 855? 933? Or?

WHAT’S THE OPTIMAL work week? The Chinese have been complaining about the 996; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., six days a week. The traditional American 40-hour work schedule has been 8-5, with … Continue reading

July 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

A.I. AND GOD

LINDA KINSTLER IS a doctoral candidate in rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. And in The New York Times, July 18, 2021, she asks, more than rhetorically, “Can Silicon … Continue reading

July 22, 2021 · 1 Comment

РУССКИЕ БИТЫ

I’M NOT SURE what prompted my purchase of Barron’s Russian at a Glance, 2001. I had already experienced a significant Russian adventure in 1990, visiting the crumbling Soviet Union, as … Continue reading

July 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

RUN IT UP THE REM AND SEE WHO SALUTES

THERE YOU’D BE, just entering REM slumber enticed by your smart speaker playing a Chopin nocturne. Inexplicably, though, you dream that Ivory is 99.44-percent pure—it floats. Or that Budweiser is … Continue reading

July 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

DOING RIGHT BY ART

IT’S NEVER TOO late to remedy art abuses, whether perpetrated for evil means or just triviality. Two examples come to mind: One involves the Nazis and French Vichy collaboration, a … Continue reading

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

WHERE’S NINA?

YOU WOULDN’T THINK that crow quill pens would be all that common, but in less than a week I’ve encountered a second famous artist who employed them. Theatrical caricaturist extraordinaire … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

THE FIRST HUMANS/DIE ERSTE MENSCHEN

RECENTLY I ENCOUNTERED the first humans, at least metaphorically. Here are tidbits about the Dutch National Opera’s production of Die Erste Menschen, a 1920 opera by German composer Rudi Stephan. … Continue reading

July 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

SCIENCE TIDBITS—WITH AVIARY AND POLITICAL CONNECTIONS

“EVERYTHING CONNECTS TO everything else,” said Leonardo Da Vinci. And I get a sense of this while reading Science, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. … Continue reading

July 16, 2021 · 2 Comments