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Monthly Archives: May, 2015

TRANSPACIFIC AIR LOCALES

INTERESTING ISLAND history lives in the tale of transpacific air travel. In the Golden Years of Aviation, 1919 – 1939, airliners lacked sufficient range for the vastness of the Pacific. … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

IN GOD WE TRUST—BUT FROM WHEN?

I SEEM to be finding religion and patriotism at this point of my life, prompted by a piece by Michael Kazin in The New York Times Book Review, May 17, … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

PICASSO’S THEATER

WONDERFUL ART comes about when famous artists are cajoled into theater costume and set design. I’ve offered examples of this, with Pablo Picasso’s contribution to Le Tricorne, Fernand Leger’s work … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

A MOTHER LODE OF NUGGETS

CALIFORNIA’S FORTY-NINER Gold Rush owes its origin to a construction fault at Colonel John Augustus Sutter’s mill. What’s more, Sutter wasn’t really a colonel. He didn’t actually discover the gold. … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

CHURCHILL’S FLIGHTS, PART 2

WINSTON CHURCHILL had aviation adventures galore, including those occurring not long after the dawn of flight. Here, we pick up his air travels during World War II in 1942. Playing … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

CHURCHILL’S FLIGHTS, PART 1

WINSTON CHURCHILL was successful at a great many things, wartime leader, historian, Nobel Laureate in literature, artist in oils, raconteur, bon mot specialist. However, despite having an enthusiasm for aviation, … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS GET EVEN SMARTER

ROBOTS ARE getting closer to achieving human-like dexterity. Computers are improving in recognition of speech and writing. Many of these advances are attributable to artificial neural networks, ANN, for short. … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · Leave a comment