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

CHINA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

LONG LING, A GOVERNMENT official in Beijing, contributed “Diary: At the Temple,” in the London Review of Books, January 21, 2021. A vignette in her article encouraged me to learn … Continue reading

April 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

QUATERNIONS—EXPANDING OUR TOUR OF NUMBERS ON A DUBLIN BRIDGE

OUR TOUR OF numbers here at SimanaitisSays has included “You Can Count on Me—Or Maybe Not,” “Exploring Rationality,” and “Euler’s Elegance.”  Along the way, we’ve encountered three expanding sets of … Continue reading

April 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE FRENCH TACOS

WHAT DO THE Australian H.S.P., the Tanzanian Chipsi Mayai, and the French Tacos have in common? Their common ingredient is chips in English, chipsi in Swahili, pommes frites in French, … Continue reading

April 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

ON TRILLIONS

SUPPOSE AN OFFICIAL Counter had been commissioned at the birth of Christ to begin numbering the seconds (assuming, for the moment, a start at 1 A.D., not the 4 B.C. … Continue reading

April 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

FLAT-RAD FOUR-SEATER

IT COULD HAVE BEEN this Salon feature of a Morgan Plus 4 Tourer, R&T, March 1954, that initiated my love affair with the Morgan Four-Seater. Indeed, the magazine’s cover was … Continue reading

April 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

BIG EV BENEFITS FROM NANOTECH

A HEADLINE CAUGHT my eye: “Aiming for the 5-minute EV Recharge,” in SAE Automotive Engineering, April 2021. The Technology Report by Stuart Birch describes nanotech advances from NAWA Technologies, headquartered … Continue reading

April 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

AROUND THE WORLD IN FIVE GENRES

TURNER MOVIE CLASSICS recently aired Mike Todd’s Around the World in 80 Days, 1956. This got me thinking about the marvelous tale by Jules Verne in his novel, Le Tour … Continue reading

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

OLD COPPER FLOURISHED IN GREAT LAKES REGION

NO, I’M NOT making a political comment about policing in the U.S. Upper Midwest. Rather, I’m citing “Great Lakes People Among First Coppersmiths,” as reported by David Malakoff in Science … Continue reading

April 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

STRENGTHEN YE, STRENGTHEN YE!

THERE ARE SEVERAL views on the etymology of the word “stork,” but Katherine Rundell’s suggestion is particularly appealing in “Consider the Stork?,” London Review of Books, April 1, 2021.  “Storks … Continue reading

April 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE PERILS OF CWT

THERE’S DUI (DRIVING under the influence), OWI (operating while intoxicated), and DWI (driving while intoxicated). But what about CWT (cooking while tattooed)?  It sure got an alleged mafioso in a … Continue reading

April 8, 2021 · Leave a comment