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

Monthly Archives: August, 2012

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

THAR’S GOLD IN THEM THAR PHONES

WIFE DOTTIE came upon a fascinating bit of recycling knowledge at the Urban Mining website (urbanmining.org): There’s more gold in a ton of recycled cellphone circuitry than there is in … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

OUTDATED ENGINEERING WINS THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

THE HAWKER Hurricane had old fashioned design elements even when introduced in 1935. And, yes, it was technically outshone by the Supermarine Spitfire coming along several years later. But the … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

VISITING “SCARIEST” AIRPORTS IN FLIGHT SIM

ACCORDING TO southern California’s Orange County Register newspaper, our local John Wayne Airport (KSNA, Santa Ana) makes the list as one of the scariest. This appellation comes from a travel … Continue reading

August 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

PLUG-IN HYBRIDS ARE NEAT, BUT NOT CREATED EQUAL

PLUG-IN hybrids, PHEVs, for short, have found more than 13,000 new homes in the U.S. during first six months of 2012; this, according to Edmonds.com. Most of these sales, of … Continue reading

August 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

NEW ASSEMBLY LINE MOVES PEOPLE, NOT PRODUCTS

VALEO SA, a worldwide auto supplier, has a radical way of building its subassemblies, things like the front-end modules for the new Infiniti JX.  Rather than the product moving down … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

TONTO, TRAIN RAILS AND DISILLUSION

WHEN I was a youngster growing up in Cleveland, my parents would send me to spend some time each summer with my grandparents in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Railroad tracks ran directly behind … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · 3 Comments