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A WRITER’S DRINKS—AND DIAMONDS PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE OFFERED tidbits from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “A Short Biography,” framed by his beverages of choice. He cited the raw whiskey quaffed in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, a likely … Continue reading

September 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

A WRITER’S DRINKS—AND DIAMONDS PART 1

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD wholeheartedly took part in delights of the Jazz Age. Indeed, among other examples of this era between World War I and the Great Depression, he wrote about … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

ALGORITHMS REDUX PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE STARTED gleaning tidbits from BBC World Service’s “The Forum” and its September 16, 2021, presentation of “Algorithms: From the Ancients to the Internet.” For this forum, the BBC’s … Continue reading

September 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

ALGORITHMS REDUX PART 1

BRIDGET KENDALL RECENTY observed on the BBC World Service that algorithms are “so fundamental to the way we live our lives today that one commentator has even gone as far … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

YET MORE ANTIQUITY CONS

LAMENTABLY ENOUGH, ANTIQUITIES are as accessible to bad guys as to legitimate people. This was an earlier topic here at SimanaitisSays. Here are updates of antiquity cons, inspired by references … Continue reading

September 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

1981 LOTUS 88—BERTRAND RUSSELL WOULD HAVE LOVED IT!

IT’S IMMODEST TO quote oneself. But what the hey, my 1981 commentary on the Lotus 88 Formula 1 car is still spot-on for today’s topic here at SimanaitisSays.  Background: Racing … Continue reading

September 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

HE, SHE, HIM, HER, THEY, THEM

UNLIKE MANY OF the world’s languages, English is relatively gender-independent. We don’t have the lady table, la table, at the gentleman cafe, le café. True, we have he/she and him/her … Continue reading

September 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING YOGI-ISMS

YOGI BERRA WAS famed as a baseball catcher and also as a wordsmith of the highest order. He was an 18-time All Star and won 10 World Series championships as … Continue reading

September 16, 2021 · 3 Comments

KING FOR A DAY—OR, IN FACT,  ON AND OFF FOR YEARS

HERE ARE TIDBITS about how one thing can lead to another… and another…. and another. So there I was, listening at 6:30 a.m. to classical KUSC’s Jennifer Miller comment on … Continue reading

September 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

HURRAH FOR OPERA!

AMONG ALL THE performing arts, opera is the most expensive to produce. Consider: It has singers also acting roles. It has musicians performing with them. It has theatrical lighting, scenery, … Continue reading

September 14, 2021 · 1 Comment