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CLEVER ENGINE MOUNTS, PART 2

MAGNETO-RHEOLOGICAL technology, as featured in BWI’s clever engine mounts was yesterday’s topic, with a promise today of Part 2’s related memories of one sort or another. I start with a … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

CLEVER ENGINE MOUNTS, PART 1

READING THAT Mercedes-AMG will feature second-generation magneto-rheological engine mounts brings back memories of a college summer job and later of deliberately pausing a tad in certain shifts with Ferrari’s traditionally … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

CHAOS, IN THEORY AND PRACTICE, PART 2

SOMEHOW, STUDYING the etymology of the word “chaos” makes current events seem less disruptive to rational thought. Yesterday was a start; today, we celebrate three forms of the word, spelled … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHAOS, IN THEORY AND PRACTICE, PART 1

ETYMOLOGY CAN offer good fun as well as therapeutic distraction in times of unease. Consider the word “chaos.” Come to think of it, in a Russell’s Paradox sort of way, … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

A 13TH-CENTURY PUZZLE, PART 2

ASSUMING YOU read Part 1 here yesterday, you now know as much about the Voynich Manuscript as I did half-way through reading Meehan Crist’s “Who Knows?”, a book review of … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

A 13TH-CENTURY PUZZLE, PART 1

HAVE YOU ever heard of the Voynich Manuscript? Me neither. Until the London Review of Books, July 27, 2017, and Meehan Crist’s article “Who Knows?” Crist’s review of the book … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

KABUKI SHOWDOWN IN BOSTON

THE MUSEUM of Fine Arts, Boston, is reviving a competition between two woodblock print artists, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada, that began in 19th-century Japan. It’s a fascinating exhibition, especially … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment