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Monthly Archives: January, 2013

HANDS ON THE WHEEL

A FREQUENT query: “I have $xxxx to spend and want to improve my car’s handling. What should I do? Tires? Shocks? Springs? Anti-roll bars? ” An honest reply: Attend a … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

LAGO D’ORTA

NORTHERN ITALY has beautiful lakes, all thanks to glaciers carving their way south from the Alps. Maggiore, Como, even Garda are well known, but my favorite is Lago d’Orta. About … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

SCIENCE DUO

IT’S GREAT being a science dilettante, learning just enough about a topic to be fascinated without having to roll up one’s intellectual sleeves and actually do the science. The weekly Science … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

PARK IT!

A RECENT news item prompts this mini-history of the parking meter. According to the Orange County Register, January 20, 2013, Mexico City is installing parking meters in an effort to … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

FLYING 1918

WHEN LAST we encountered our intrepid—albeit only virtual—aviator, he/I had studied flying, 1909 style (http://wp.me/p2ETap-GO). I can now report that the Blériot has been good fun. Building the Blériot for … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

NO PUN intended, but we need to go a little deeper with the grounding of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, their fire and smoke emergencies having been attributed to the aircraft’s use … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · 8 Comments

APOSTROPHES LIVE

PITY THE poor apostrophe. It is getting increasingly misused, abused and even relegated to secondary status among its punctuational brethren. Yet I also appreciate that our English language is a … Continue reading

January 18, 2013 · 9 Comments