Simanaitis Says

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Monthly Archives: February, 2014

AN OLD CHINA HAND

THERE’S SPECIAL charm—not to say downright adventure—trusting the advice of old guidebooks. Something worth seeing 100 years ago is likely still worth a view, provided, of course, it’s still there. … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

BIG CATS, DOGS—AND A SEA OTTER?

BEING AT the top of the food web carries real ecological responsibilities. And I’m not talking about you or me. I’m talking about certain members of the order Carnivra, the … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

PANHARD DYNA X, DEUTSCH-BONNET AND MONOPOLE

FRENCH CARS have always been quirky fun, and Panhards are among the quirkiest. The Panhard Dyna X, introduced in post-World-War II, bristled with innovative features. It spawned a passel of … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

SCI-FI—OR IS IT CHILLINGLY NON-FI?

THERE’S A genre of science fiction that I enjoy, the near-term alternative-world variety. No alien invasions. No collisions of worlds. And no zombies, thank you. Just our own world gone … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

AMERICAN HONDA TAKES TO THE AIR

THE HondaJet is one of the coolest Hondas in the world. With a little more than a decade in development, this light business jet is in its final stages of … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

PITY THE SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETER

IT IS difficult to imagine a more nerve-wracking job than real-time translation. A person prattles on in one language while the audience wearing headphones awaits your interpretation in another. This … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

THE ULTIMATE SLEDDING MACHINE

THIS TITLE sounds like a sister slogan of a Bavarian automaker, but it’s completely appropriate: BMW plays an important role in the U.S. Olympic Team’s two-man and two-woman bobsled competition … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · 1 Comment