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Monthly Archives: June, 2013

FAILED DESIGNS

ENGINEERING HAS been defined as “doing a lot with a little.” But, of course, too little is not a good idea. This is the theme of To Forgive Design: Understanding … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

LA CREATION DU MONDE

LET’S CELEBRATE the art of theater set design. Here’s a wonderful book on the topic, together with focus on one of its subjects, artist Fernand Léger, and one of my favorite pieces … Continue reading

June 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

HOLMES’ LONDON

WATSON CALLED London “that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.” Hardly high praise, though he and Holmes were also familiar with … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

DORNIER DO-X

THE TALE of the Dornier Do-X flying boat has technicalities galore, an impressive world tour—and even a bit of post-Versailles skullduggery. In the early days of aviation, the efficacy of a … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

BOSCH eCLUTCH, ETC.

WITH MORE and more drivers never learning the knack of operating a clutch, Bosch has come to their rescue with something it calls the eClutch. Briefly, it incorporates an electrically … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

SUPREME COURT’S E15

RAISING THE ethanol percentage in gasoline from today’s E10 (10-percent ethanol) to E15 (hence a 50-percent larger dose) now has a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. See http://goo.gl/YKjND for details. Not … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

WHEATIES CAR BADGES

DURING THE 1950s, General Mills cereal brand Wheaties—even then “The Breakfast of Champions”—had a neat program of offering car emblems as premiums. Thirty-one of these embossed and painted tin badges … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 14 Comments