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FREUDENFREUDE—THE ETYMOLOGY OF HAPPINESS

THE WORD FREUDENFREUDE, “pleasure’s pleasure,” is a feeling of happiness encouraged by another’s success. It evolved from its opposite Schadenfreude, the German word describing the malicious joy resulting from another’s … Continue reading

December 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX—MONZA 1955

THE 1955 ITALIAN GP, held at Monza, was the seventh and last race of that year’s World Championship of Drivers. Indeed, sixth if you discount the Indy 500, which was … Continue reading

December 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

THE VARIOUS INTRIGUES OF TOUCH OF EVIL    PART 2

HAVING RECENTLY VIEWED Touch of Evil, we celebrated the innovative cinema of Orson Welles and colleagues in Part 1 yesterday. However, the final “Action!” and “Cut!” were far from the … Continue reading

December 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE VARIOUS INTRIGUES OF TOUCH OF EVIL PART 1

THERE’S PLENTY OF CLASSIC NOIR in Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil, 1958/1976/1998, both on the screen and in post-production. Here, in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, are tidbits … Continue reading

December 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

WHAT DO PISTACHIOS HAVE IN COMMON WITH SPINAL TAP’S THIRD AND POSSIBLY FOURTH DRUMMERS?

HERE WE CELEBRATE Pistacia vera, a member of the cashew family not unrelated to poison ivy and positively replete with other fascinating tidbits (including the provocative headline above).  The Basics. … Continue reading

November 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

INFINITESIMAL CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRANSISTOR!   PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN CELEBRATING the transistor’s 75th birthday with a book review of Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology. Today in Part 2, the American Association … Continue reading

November 29, 2022 · 3 Comments

INFINITESIMAL CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRANSISTOR! PART 1

IN “FROM ONE TRANSISTOR…,” AAAS Science, November 18, 2022, Phil Szuromi writes, “For most of 1947, the count of transistors made was…zero. It is now estimated that at least 3 … Continue reading

November 28, 2022 · 4 Comments

TO AV OR NOT TO AV?  TO WHAT EXTENT?—YOUR VIEWS REQUESTED

I AM QUITE THE LUDDITE when it comes to personal transportation: My Honda Crosstour is ten years old; my Mazda Miata, a first-generation 1990. Thus, I have little first-hand experience … Continue reading

November 27, 2022 · 15 Comments

HOPPER’S HORIZONTAL CITY

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART has an exhibition described by Karen Rosenberg as “Edward Hopper’s Fantasy Island.” Here are tidbits gleaned from her article in The New York Times, … Continue reading

November 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

SEARCHING FOR SPECIES 

TWO RECENT ARTICLES REMINDED ME of a Katherine Rundell quote three days ago here at SimanaitisSays—and also of a conversation with a fellow college professor some fifty years ago. Andy … Continue reading

November 25, 2022 · 1 Comment