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Monthly Archives: March, 2015

MORRIS BULLNOSE COWLEY

FROM TIME to time in period British recreations on TV or film, a tidy little roadster is seen. It stands out because of its rounded radiator, in marked contrast to … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

HAPPY Π-DAY!

TODAY, MARCH 14th, at 53 seconds past 9:26 a.m., can be represented 3/14/15 9:26:53, which displays the first ten digits of the mathematical constant π, 3.14159265358979323846… Also, given that I … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · 5 Comments

HENRY FORD’S FIRST FLIGHT

HENRY FORD was 64 years old before he took his first airplane ride. Not that aviation was of little interest to him: Ford had already invested in an aeroplane (albeit … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE ANNOTATED MONA LISA

“I MAY not know much about art, but I know what I like.” For a long time, this adage summed up my own art appreciation. But I recently rummaged through … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES

LIKE MANY, I am curious about lists of extremes, the most this, the least that. And, being as I am something of a city dweller (as opposed to living rurally), … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

BROMINE—PRODUCT OF A BAD NEIGHBORHOOD

BROMINE, FROM the Greek, βρῶμος, brómos, as in “strong-smelling,” is a fuming liquid at room temperature. It’s toxic and corrosive. But it isn’t all bad. It just comes from a … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

THE REDHEAD WITH DISTURBINGLY ROUND GOGGLES, PART II

YESTERDAY, TONY Jannus’s 1914 flight across Tampa Bay turned into something even more disturbing than his passenger’s disturbingly round goggles. Chapter 3—A new place, and a new friend THIS was … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE REDHEAD WITH DISTURBINGLY ROUND GOGGLES

A ROMANCE starring Tony Jannus, the Benoist XIV Flying Boat and the Redhead with Disturbingly Round Goggles. Chapter 1—No longer a lazy day FOR pilot Tony Jannus, it seemed just … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

MATHEMATICIANS AND THE NSA

THE FEDERAL government’s National Security Agency is charged with devising cryptologic systems for protecting U.S. information while, at the same time, exploiting weaknesses in the information systems of other countries. … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

IS PRIVACY GONE FOR GOOD?

SCIENCE MAGAZINE, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has part of its January 30, 2015, issue devoted to “The End of Privacy.” A dozen essays present … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 1 Comment