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Monthly Archives: November, 2014

IN A MUSEUM… NOT A LONG TIME AGO… NOT FAR, FAR AWAY

THE SEVENTH episode of Star Wars is more than a year away. (It opens in the U.S. on December 18, 2015.) However, there’s already a 1:31 teaser of The Force … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

ENHANCING THE PRIUS ON THE TRACK

TOYOTA’S TS040 World Endurance Championship race cars, like other cars in the LMP1-H category, are hybrids. So, of course, is the ubiquitous Toyota Prius. What’s more, the company reports that … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

HELLO, KITTY—FROM FERAL TO FRIENDLY

THREE RECENT events got me thinking about the world’s most popular pet, Felis silvestris catus, the domestic cat. First of all, Los Angeles hosted the first Hello Kitty Convention. Then … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

AMILCAR—A ROLLING SPIRIT OF THE ROARING TWENTIES

RACING, IT is said, improves the breed. And, maybe inadvertently, government improves the breed as well. Or at least racing and government combined to the benefit of the French Amilcar. … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

McCLINTOCK No. 1 AND COAL OIL JOHNNY

IN THESE days of fracking and horizontal drilling, seemingly seeking the last drop of petroleum, it’s comforting that the world’s longest-running oil well, McClintock No. 1, remains productive after 153 … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 5 Comments

DUCHESS OF ALBA, R.I.P.

IT ISN’T everyone whose ancestor’s nude portrait may hang in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. But for the late 18th Duchess of Alba, this was probably a whimsical sidelight … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW 2014

AUTO SHOWS are good fun, whether they’re overflowing with live-action glitz or merely new-car curious tire-kickers. Here are some tidbits from our local show of international status, the Los Angeles … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · 2 Comments