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Monthly Archives: February, 2013

HYDRAULIC HYBRID

RECENT NEWS concerning Peugeot S.A. and Robert Bosch GmbH makes for technical confusion. The key words are “hydraulic hybrid”—whereas, a better term is “pneumatic hybrid.” Even its developers call the technology Hybrid … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

BLÉRIOT TYPE XI TECHNICALITIES

IT WAS fun celebrating Louis Blériot and his epic flight crossing the English Channel in his Type XI (www.wp.me/p2ETap-M7). Just as they extended the celebration back in 1909, let’s continue it today, … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

BLÉRIOT XI

LET’S CELEBRATE Louis Blériot, his Type XI and its historic flight across the English Channel. The “Type Onze” generated great excitement with this July 25, 1909 flight, in no small … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

THE FIRST DETECTIVE

EARLY IN A Study in Scarlet, Holmes tells Watson, “I suppose I am the only one in the world. I’m a consulting detective.” It was 1881. One obviously treads lightly in … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

CARS OF THE SCHLUMPFS

COLLECTIONS OF cars often have interesting stories, but there’s no more intriguing one than the tale of the Schlumpf Collection. Originating as an obsession of brothers Fritz and Hans Schlumpf, … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

AFRICA BIZARRE POSH

I’VE SAMPLED an odd bit of the African continent that can be justifiably characterized as bizarre posh. Awhile back, I was sorting photos while on a long airline trip and, just for … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

CLESSIE CUMMINS—A CLASSY GUY

THE SAME guy who invented the heavy-duty truckers’ Jake Brake toured Europe at the wheel of an Indy race car. He was also briefly credited with—incorrectly, I hasten to add—fueling … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

DATA MINING

CALL ME Big Data. Several years ago—never mind how long precisely—computers became potent enough to analyze huge collections of information. These metastudies of data mining have included everything from medical reports … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 1 Comment