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Monthly Archives: May, 2014

TASTY TIME TRIPPIN’

COOKBOOKS FROM other eras can be fun—and real adventures in the modern kitchen. Needless to say, I have several examples; here are three of my favorites. This isn’t a cookbook … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

THE CONTROLLED fury of Formula 1 racing has been affected this season by discontent over the sound of the cars’ exhaust. To me, this is misguided acoustics, much ado about nothing, and in … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

JAPAN—IN 1950

MY COLLECTION of guidebooks on Japan goes back to the turn of the century (that earlier turn, not our recent one). Two of my favorite books, however, are rather more … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

JOKING AROUND, MUSICALLY, WITH GERARD HOFFNUNG

A WAGNER opera begins at 7 p.m. Three hours later, you look down at your watch and it’s 7:25. What’s the difference between a viola and an onion? Nobody cries … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

ZÉCAR AND THE MIL FOLHAS PROJECT

IT’S TURNABOUT of the best kind: A charming little toy car is helping to reforest an area destroyed by highway expansion. The toy is Zécar. The reforestation is Mil Folhas … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

TOYOTA LINEAR GENERATOR

RESEARCHERS AT Toyota’s Central R&D Labs in Japan have shared details of generating electricity with an unorthodox internal combustion engine. The engine is a two-stroke design, but with a piston … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

HAPPY (BELATED) BIRTHDAY, LEONARDO DA VINCI

WELL, WE missed celebrating Leonardo da Vinci’s 562nd birthday. It was a few weeks ago on April 15 Old Style, so I can’t even appeal to the Julian-to-Gregorian Calendar update, … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

TALK TO ME, IRIS

WE’RE FAMILIAR (sometimes irritatingly so) with autonomous voices and their menu-based options. “Hello, your call is important to us,”—but apparently not enough to employ a real person. What’s more, whether … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

MACHINE TOOLS BY JOHN ASCHAUER

JOHN ASCHAUER was a model builder extraordinaire. Whereas others fashioned car, aircraft or architectural models, Aschauer built 1/16th scale machine tools. There’s a permanent collection of Aschauer’s models at the … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE TOWER OF HANOI—AND CANNONBALLS

IS THE Tower of Hanoi a kid’s game? A mathematical endeavor connected to cannonballs? Or a calendar to the end of the universe? Yes, yes and yes. Start with a … Continue reading

May 4, 2014 · 1 Comment