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Monthly Archives: August, 2012

THE GENERAL GAMBOLS

THIS PHOTO of U.S.A.F. Gen. Curtis LeMay originally appeared in the January 1960 issue of Road & Track. A comment was added, “We’d humbly suggest that the general should fasten … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

ENERGY ECONOMICS: ALUMINUM AND ICELAND

WHY EVER should Iceland, perched at the confluence of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, have a viable business of producing aluminum, even importing the ore all the way from … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

THE DELLOW SPORTS CAR

THE DELLOW sports car is so English, it makes one’s teeth ache. Built between 1949 and 1956 in tiny numbers (perhaps 300 total), it was designed for the uniquely British … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

A BIT OF ALUMINUM

LIKE HYDROGEN, aluminum is lightweight. Like hydrogen, it is one of the most common of elements. Alas, also like hydrogen, it’s among the most promiscuous. That is, aluminum loves to … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

ALBERGO VERBANO, ISOLA DEI PESCATORI

THE LAKES of northern Italy, Como, Maggiore, Orta and Garda, are among my favorite places in the world. On Lago Maggiore about 50 miles northwest of Milan lies Isola dei … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

ON PROFREADING

IN PRODUCING a new edition of the King James Bible in 1631, the King’s Printer, Robert Barker, made a slight mistake: Its seventh commandment came out “Thou shalt commit adultery.” … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

2012 TOYOTA RAV4 EV

THIS SECOND iteration of Toyota’s popular RAV4 transformed into an electric vehicle could well be called the Toyota/Tesla. When this joint venture was announced back in 2010, I had to … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · Leave a comment