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Monthly Archives: November, 2012

MATRYOSHKA

AT FIRST glance, the phrase “Matryoshka Holmes” looks like one of Sherlock’s obscure Russian relatives. And, in a sense, this is correct—by way of China, in more ways than one. … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

SPACE FRONTIER 1952

DESCRIBED AS “the story of the greatest adventure awaiting man,” Across the Space Frontier is a wonderful book written by top space scientists in 1952. A good many of their … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

WHAT IS A SPORTS CAR?

THE QUESTION “What is a sports car?” was addressed in Road and Track by no less than John R. Bond. And, indeed, when John and his wife Elaine assumed control … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

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