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Monthly Archives: September, 2013

OP SHAKESPEARE

WE RECOGNIZE the sounds of Shakespearean English, that regal, full and slightly plummy resonance of the language. But this is modern theatrical English; it’s not the language as she was … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

SUBARU EYESIGHT

ACCIDENT MITIGATION and autonomous driving are much in the news these days. Autonomous driving claims to replace the driver in mundane tasks of mobility. By contrast, accident mitigation takes over … Continue reading

September 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

TOM McCAHILL

THERE HAVE been lots of automotive journalists over the years, but Tom McCahill was one of a kind. He more or less invented the U.S. road test and certainly enriched … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 5 Comments

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST (MAYBE)

EVERY SO often, even the blind pig finds a truffle. And so it is with this website. One way or the other, items in the past resonate with the latest news. … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

THE RIGHT STUFF, THE WRONG WAY

AN IRASCIBLE Douglas Corrigan wanted to fly the Atlantic solo in the mid-1930s. However, federal officials looked at his clunker of an airplane and said no. The officials had good … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

MOLLS, SPIVS AND GOODY TWO-SHOES

A BOOK on slang may seem like a contradiction in terms. Slang is ephemeral; books are lasting, or used to be thought so. On the other hand, historical slang is … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

NEED ENERGY? MORE OIL? BETTER SOLAR?

TWO RECENT articles in Science magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, give indications of energy research in two contrasting areas: How to form hydrocarbons; and … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment