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Monthly Archives: January, 2014

HOCKNEY ART: STAGE AND i

BRITISH ARTIST David Hockney, age 76, has never shied away from new media. In the early 1980s, he formed scenic montages, each Polaroid snapshot not quite merging with the next. … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

BLACK BEAUTY = PHANTOM CORSAIR?

I BELIEVE I’ve identified Black Beauty, the car used by the Green Hornet—the real old-time-radio Green Hornet, not some latter-day phony-schmony counterpart in a rudely customized Chrysler, for goodness sake. … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · 3 Comments

FLAME EATER ATMOSPHERIC ENGINE

MY 21ST-CENTURY Flame Eater atmospheric engine is a technical delight that traces its origin back 300 years to the dawn of mechanical power. The very earliest of engines were of … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 3 Comments

CHRISTMAS BOOKS

I LOVE both giving and getting books. It’s satisfying when the getting responds to my deftly disguised hint (“Gee, I’d like to read…”). And there’s serendipity when I didn’t even … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

ENZYME HELPS HYDROGEN STORAGE

HYDROGEN IS the energy carrier of the future. What’s more, with production fuel-cell cars only a year away, H2 transport and storage are becoming important right now. A recent article … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

SHELTON CRUSADER STREAMLINE CABIN PLANE

YEARS AHEAD of its 1933 design, the Crusader Streamline Cabin Plane of Thomas Shelton was a philosophical precursor to the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter. I came upon this fascinating aircraft … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · 3 Comments

HENRY FORD’S AMAZON ADVENTURE

IN THE early part of the last century, Henry Ford’s social engineering achieved a miracle of capitalism: His workers could actually afford the fruits of their labor (see http://wp.me/p2ETap-tH). Later, … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment