Simanaitis Says

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

CHICKEN CORN SOUP, CHINESE STYLE

RECIPES OFTEN CALL this “Chinese Chicken Corn Soup,” but then this begs the question, “Where do I find a Chinese chicken?” Indeed, Wife Dottie and I have been avoiding chicken … Continue reading

June 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

BUILT LIKE A BRICK

THESE DAYS, E-tailing downplays the term “brick and mortar.” However, this building material duo has interesting aspects, as described in Arianne Shahvisi’s “Diary” piece “Life in a Tinderbox,” in London … Continue reading

June 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

SOME KIDS NEVER GROW UP

THIS KID, BORN in 1906, ran off to join the Barnum & Bailey Circus. After his circus career waned in the early 1930s, he disappeared in 1936. Relatives discovered the … Continue reading

June 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

CELEBRATING THE GLOBE THEATRE

THEATER IS REOPENING in the U.S. and, in time, in other parts of the world as well. Let’s celebrate this by recalling a classic venue: London’s Globe. Here are tidbits … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

BI SHENG’S MOVABLE TYPE

BI SHENG WAS unknown to me until I read that he, not Gutenberg, first devised movable type. This prompted me to dig out the research books, fire up the Internet. … Continue reading

June 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

A FLYING CAR? A ROADABLE PLANE?

WE HAVE UPSIZED drones proposed today as just-around-the-corner flying cars. But it’s interesting that we’ve already been there, done that. Here are tidbits about the 1921 Tampier Avion-Motorcar, not exactly … Continue reading

June 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

JUST DON’T CALL HIM “OPPA

“A VICIOUS CANCER,” said Kim Jong-un, “is corrupting attire, hairstyles, speeches, behaviors.” State media warned that, if unchecked, North Korea would “crumble like a damp wall.”  Image by Bloomberg from … Continue reading

June 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

MEDIEVAL MEN GOT THE POINT—AND BUNIONS TOO

JUST AS MANY women today pay a painful price for wearing squeeze-toe stiletto heels, stylish medieval European men suffered from what BBC News, June 11, 2021, called the “Cambridge bunion … Continue reading

June 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

READING—A LONG VIEW

TODAY’S TIDBITS TAKE a long view on reading and its celebration of our living in one of two pivotal periods: the transition of script to print and from print to … Continue reading

June 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

$1.2 MILLION, EVENTUALLY, FOR LOSING A DEBATE WITH EINSTEIN

THIS IS A WIN-WIN story in the annals of theoretical physics. In 1905, Albert Einstein published the equation E = mc2, thus positing that energy and mass are essentially two … Continue reading

June 13, 2021 · 2 Comments