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Monthly Archives: May, 2015

WRITING, METAPHORICALLY

THERE’S A recently published book that threatens to tell me more about metaphors than I really want to know. Its review by Colin Burrow in the London Review of Books, … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

CLARA ADAMS—PERSISTENT FIRST FLIGHTER

IN 1914, CLARA Adams née Grabau first flew in an airplane, a Thomas flying boat on Lake Eustis, Florida. In 1917, she followed this with a Wright Flyer piloted by … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

SIKORSKY’S FLYING CLIPPERS

IGOR SIKORSKY thought big. His 1914 Bolshoi Baltisky was the world’s first four-engine airplane, with a huge wingspan for its time, 88 ft. 7 in. (a modern Boeing 737’s is … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

FIREARMS OF THE HOLMESIAN CANON

IN FULL candor, I’m not much into firearms. By contrast, as chronicled by his friend and sidekick, Dr. John H. Watson, Sherlock Holmes certainly knew his way around them. Here’s … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

A FOURSOME OF FRONTENACS

SO THERE I was, preparing a remembrance of Quebec City’s Hotel Frontenac, when my research reveals yet more valve orchestrations. The resulting foursome of Frontenacs includes the famed hotel, a … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

VALVE ORCHESTRATIONS, OPUS 2

THE INTAKE and exhaust valves of an automotive engine have busy lives, operating each time the engine fires. Actuation of these depends on (at least) one crankshaft-driven camshaft, with a … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

VALVE ORCHESTRATIONS

AT 2400 RPM, a conventional engine has an orchestration of its intake and exhaust valves, each operating 10 times every second. Multiply this by a factor of six for a … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

WHAT A MESMERIZING BITCH!

“LOOK INTO my eyes, Lassie.” Or maybe it’s Lassie communicating this wish to her human pal. Between humans, a prolonged gaze into each other’s eyes promotes an emotional bond. There’s … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

VE DAY, 70 YEARS AGO, 20 YEARS AGO

THIS PAST week, May 7, 2015, was the 70th anniversary of VE Day, celebrating the end of World War II on the European Front. And, as I write this, a … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

HONDA’S ARCHITECTURAL WONDER

JUST AS architects sometimes design cars, automotive designers have been known to think architecturally. The Honda Unibox, exhibited at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, sets a record in this regard. … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 2 Comments