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Monthly Archives: September, 2012

THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE—FACT AND FICTION

CHARLES BABBAGE was a nineteenth century mathematician who recognized the computational drudgery of assembling tables of logarithms, trigonometric and other mathematical functions. This was the Industrial Age, after all. Why … Continue reading

September 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS (SHOW)

THE 2012 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile has been reported as a combination of scintillating excitement combined with doom and gloom. Having stayed right here in southern California (see Atkinson and … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

MY WORD!/MY MUSIC

TWO OF the most entertaining uses of radio waves were the BBC programs My Word! (1956-1990) and My Music (1966-1993). Anchoring these two panel shows over the years were Frank … Continue reading

September 28, 2012 · 4 Comments

W. EDWARDS DEMING—A MAN OF HIGH QUALITY

IT’S RARE that one person can be credited with transforming an industry—not to say a country. However, there’s a good argument that W. Edwards Deming did just that. It was … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

A GLOSSARY OF COOL

CHANGES ARE coming in the refrigerant used in automotive air conditioning, so it seems a good time to bring things up to date with a Glossary of Cool. Also, it’s … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

COOLSPRING POWER MUSEUM

INTERNAL COMBUSTION engines built before 1900 are celebrated as “centennial engines.” And, among enthusiasts of things mechanical, the Coolspring Power Museum is a real treasure trove of these wonderful devices. … Continue reading

September 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

THE ENGLISH MOTORWAY, 1959

WE THINK of freeways, expressways, motorways, autobahns, autoroutes and autostradas as ubiquitous. And, in fact, in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France and Italy, respectively, these high-speed limited-access highways are … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 3 Comments