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Monthly Archives: May, 2014

THE PILOT’S VIEW, EPISODE 1

THE EARLIEST aeroplanes were less than open-cockpit, for they had no cockpits at all. Orville or Wilbur Wright initially lay prone on a padded cradle on the bottom wing of … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

TONY PALLADINO’S GRAPHIC ART

ART MAKES us think, even if its intellectual prodding is subliminal. Tony Palladino, who passed away two weeks ago at age 84, knew how to prod with typography as well … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

SELFRIDGES AND A DAY OF SHOPPING

THE BBC series Mr Selfridge is now in its second year of an anticipated three. I’m a fan of it and of the social phenomenon of shopping; to wit, http://wp.me/p2ETap-10OContinue reading

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

I RECOGNIZE THAT!—GOOD OR BAD?

THE TECHNOLOGY of image recognition is as old as computers. To wit, consider the CAPTCHA test used to separate our recognition abilities from those of electronic machines. CAPTCHA stands for … Continue reading

May 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

BROOKLANDS AND ITS SILENCERS

APPARENTLY THERE’S not enough noise in Formula 1 this year (see http://wp.me/p2ETap-28h). This got me thinking of the opposite problem: Automobile racing is inherently a very noisy activity and, occasionally, … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

THE SANDS OF TIME—AND OF CARGO

EUROPE AND the U.S. have different standards for measuring cargo capacity of cars and trucks. Ram (what old-timers think of as Dodge Truck) recently corrected overly optimistic claims in the … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX 1996

WHEN WE last saw our intrepid vintage racer (yesterday; http://wp.me/p2ETap-298), he and his patron, Jake Jacobson of the Old Spokes Vintage Racing Team, were chasing each other in 1930s sprint … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 1 Comment