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Monthly Archives: March, 2014

FIA FORMULA E—PLUGGED IN FOR 2014/2015

BERNARD NICLOT, Technical Director, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, spoke on February 11 at the SAE 2014 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Symposium in La Jolla, California. His topic was “Growing Importance … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

S.S. VAN DINE’S 20 RULES

THE DETECTIVE novelist S.S. Van Dine devised a list of 20 rules for writing detective stories. Whether in observance or willful disregard, the rules first published in 1928 make for … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

COUNT THEM AGAIN—IN MY PRESENCE

THE GREAT line “Count them again—in my presence” appears in one of my foreign language phrase books under the heading “Dealing with the Help.” Many years ago, famed humorist James … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

QUICK CHARGE = QUICK DEGRADATION?

RECHARGE TIME is a major shortcoming of battery electric vehicles. As an all but impossible target, a conventional car’s fillup at the corner gasoline station takes perhaps five minutes. By … Continue reading

March 16, 2014 · 14 Comments

OPERA CHAOS IV

IT’S TIME—ta da!—to share more operatic madness. As Peter Ustinov noted, opera “rides the razor edge of absurdity,” and it’s good fun to read about the occasional hysterics of this … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

SAE 2014 HYBRID & EV SYMPOSIUM—BATTERY UPDATE

SAE’S ANNUAL symposium on hybrids and electric vehicles, held February 11 – 13, 2014, in La Jolla, California, was rich in technical nuggets. This first of several postings shares battery … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

JUDY AND THE SAN FRANCISCO CABLE CAR

FROM TIME to time, I have an image of a lovely Judy Garland hanging off a San Francisco cable car as she sings “The Trolley Song.” Ah, but the mind … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 5 Comments