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Monthly Archives: November, 2012

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?

THE U.S. Department of Labor has provided us all with an entertaining and thought-provoking gizmo at http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm. As its name suggests, the CPI Inflation Calculator uses the Consumer Price Index and … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

ARE THERE OPERA DIVOS?

HOW HAVE I waited this long to write about opera? Wife Dottie introduced me to its joys—and madness—quite a few years ago, and I’ve never looked back. For neophytes, let … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

A NEED FOR (COMPUTER) SPEED?

MY FELLOW tweeters (see @simanaitis) recently received one derived from my reading Turing’s Cathedral, George Dyson’s wonderful book about the post-WWII emergence of the digital age. What’s more, the October … Continue reading

November 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

SWEDISH OLD CAR RALLY

A FELLOW automotive journalist and I were motoring down a country road on Sweden’s northwest coast; the car was one of Saab’s new convertibles; the year was 2004. First, a … Continue reading

November 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

CATAPULTING INTO SCIENCE

ARTICLES IN The Orange County Register, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, seem to counter each other. One laments the apparently low priority in the U.S. given to mathematics and science. The … Continue reading

November 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

MALAMALA GAME RESERVE

MALAMALA GAME Reserve is in northeastern South Africa, its 33,000 acres sharing an unfenced border with this country’s Kruger National Park. Visiting there in 2002, I learned that MalaMala is … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

BROOKLANDS DOUBLE TWELVE

WEYBRIDGE, SURREY, is a quiet neighborly locale about an hour southwest of London. It has always been quiet and neighborly, except for around-the-clock shenanigans run at the Brooklands Motor Course. … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

WORDS FROM WFB

SOME PICK a book by its cover. I’ve been known to pick them by their titles. And so it was with Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription, a sentiment I’d rate … Continue reading

November 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

THE LYSANDER

IF JAMES Bond were an aeroplane, he’d be a Westland Lysander: tough, powerful, extremely capable in clandestine operations and resolutely British. I trust as well he’d be confident enough in … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

LEO’S ART

THE ART of Leo Bestgen enriched the pages of Road & Track for four decades. His illustrations entertained readers of R&T columns ranging from “Miscellaneous Ramblings” through “Side Glances” to … Continue reading

November 11, 2012 · Leave a comment