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Monthly Archives: June, 2014

HENRY DREYFUSS—DESIGNER FOR HUMANITY

ONE PROMINENT American industrial designer gave the world the Hoover vacuum cleaner, the Bell telephone, the Honeywell thermostat, the Westclock Big Ben, the 20th Century Limited’s design of locomotive, dining … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 3 Comments

KEI CARS VERSUS JAPAN’S ECONOMIC MANEUVERING

IN AN odd bit of regulational maneuvering, the Japanese government—possibly abetted by its larger automakers—is discouraging sales of its most economical automobiles, the kei class. The kei car, 軽自動車, literally … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

GMAX, THE SCHMID LSR—AND SET THEORY

DO YOU remember set theory? This amalgam of logic and geometry is fundamental to mathematics and was part of The New Math of the 1960s. Do you remember New Math? … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

SCHMID’S LSR

EVER SINCE La Jamias Contente (French for “never satisfied”) set its land speed record of 105.882 km/h (65.792 mph) in 1899, cars designed for breaking speed records have been bizarre … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING JAMES THURBER

“HUMOR IS emotional chaos remembered in tranquility,” said James Thurber, one of America’s greatest authorities on humor. From the Preface of The Thurber Carnival: “Thurber’s life baffles and irritates the … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

CARBON FIBER TIDBITS

CARBON FIBER’S time has come. This is not only in aerospace and high-end sports like Formula 1, but in automotive uses where material costs are typically figured in pennies rather … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

SARTORIAL CUMBERBATCH—AND THE CASE OF THE MIRRORED PAGET

ALL BRITAIN is abuzz with the sartorial style of Benedict Cumberbatch of BBC’s Sherlock. This prompted yesterday’s examination of the real sartorial Holmes (http://wp.me/p2ETap-2aR) and today’s followup on Mr. Cumberbatch. … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

SHERLOCK’S SARTORIAL STYLE

BRTISH MEN’S fashion has been jazzed up by Benedict Cumberbatch of BBC’s Sherlock, and thus I believe it’s not inappropriate to examine the sartorial style of the real Sherlock Holmes. … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 1 Comment