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Monthly Archives: September, 2013

LED MATRIX HEADLAMPS

THERE ARE plenty of reasons for more automotive lighting of the Light-Emitting-Diode variety. LEDs are more efficient than conventional incandescent illumination. They give stylists great opportunity for originality. They offer … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

UNDERGROUND ART

THERE’S SOMETHING invigorating about public art. And, over the years, the London Underground has been a wonderful venue for its exhibition. London Underground art even generated its own typeface. Here, … Continue reading

September 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

AERIAL REFUELING, 1929

REFUELING AIRCRAFT in mid-air is now routine with air forces around the world. Its history, though, is a combination of military methodology and publicity stunt bravado. A Sirius XM “Radio … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

B20: DO I FEEL LUCKY?

WHEN B20 biodiesel is discussed, I am reminded of Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood’s character, saying to the punk, “You’ve got to ask yourself a question, ‘Do I feel lucky?’” This, … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

ENGLISH CLUBLAND

NEITHER SHERLOCK Holmes nor his brother Mycroft were English Clubland sorts. True, Mycroft was a Founder of the Diogenes Club, an establishment said to have “the most unsociable and unclubbable … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

WHY “THE FAT LADY” IS FAT

AS THEY say, “The opera ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.” And, with evidence of two wonderful cookbooks in my collection, I believe I know why the fat lady … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

CARRIER OPPS, 100 YEARS AGO

IT WAS less than a decade after the Wright Bros. first flew that an aeroplane took off from and landed on a ship. These aviation firsts were accomplished by the … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment