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HOLMES IN ERROR, GOOSEWISE?

THERE’S CONTROVERSY resulting from Dr. John H. Watson’s chronicling of “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” The gemstone of this title, belonging to the Countess of Morcar, was allegedly found … Continue reading

August 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

SCIENCE FOR DILETTANTES

DON’T BE put off by “dilettantes.” In most areas of modern science, many of us qualify as having what Merriam-Webster calls “a superficial interest in an art or branch of … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

WHAT A SWEET LITTLE BÉBÉ!

THE PEUGEOT Type BP1 Bébé was designed by no less than Ettore Bugatti. Though not officially the first Bugatti, nor the first of Peugeot’s cyclecars, the Bugatti-designed Bébé built between … Continue reading

August 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

GRIFTERS—IN POLITICS, ON OLD-TIME RADIO, AND AT THE MOVIES

A GRIFTER is one who obtains money or property illicitly, a confidence man. And, note, with few exceptions (see “Con Women—Balancing the Game), grifting seems to be a masculine endeavor. … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 6 Comments

EMI, BOTH ACCIDENTAL AND INTENTIONAL

ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE (EMI) is as old as the earliest electrical devices. And as potentially dangerous as ever in today’s quest for autonomous vehicles. EMI may occur accidentally, an otherwise benign … Continue reading

August 10, 2018 · 3 Comments

CELEBRATING THE ZILDJIAN FAMILY—ALL 400 YEARS OF IT

AT ONE TIME, our next door neighbors were a cymbal salesman and a violist. She played professionally and, as I recall, he also had gigs as an orchestral percussionist. They … Continue reading

August 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE ART OF MILTON GLASER

LET’S CELEBRATE Milton Glaser, graphic artist extraordinaire, renowned for everything from “I ❤️ NY” to the psychedelic Bob Dylan poster to logos for, among others, Brooklyn Brewery, DC Comics, and … Continue reading

August 7, 2018 · 3 Comments