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Monthly Archives: August, 2015

I’VE GOT (MORE THAN) ONE LITTLE LIST

LEPORELLO’S LIST in Mozart’s Don Giovanni got me thinking about other lists of people. Who are they? How did they get on the list? This clearly calls for some research, … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

BRISTOL 450—FROM WIND TUNNEL TO STICKY-TAPE

THE BRISTOL 450 legacy sends something of a mixed message of art versus science. Twice victorious in their class at Le Mans in the mid-1950s, the Bristol 450s evolved through … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

PUT IT IN THE MONITOR-TOP

“IT IS almost like having an Aladdin’s lamp,” the manual read, “and not knowing the right way to rub it.” The year was 1927; the event was introduction of the … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

MYSTERIOUS MALAY MAMMAL SHOWS ITS SPOTS

THE LEOPARD, Panthera pardus, is found from Russia’s frozen north to southern Africa’s scorching Kalahari Desert. It is the world’s most widely distributed large cat as well as a keystone … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

EARLY SEA-GOING AVIATION

SAMUEL PIERPONT Langley demonstrated that his 1896 Aërodrome No. 5, an unpiloted model aircraft, could be spring-catapulted aloft from a boat. Two later attempts with a larger version tossed both … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

A GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM 1930

THE MODERN term “graphic novel,” especially Japanese manga, conjures up vibrant images of mayhem, graphic in both the pictorial sense and also in explicitness. I offer here a historical counterexample, … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

ON THE VIRTUES OF (HIGHLY SELECTIVE) CONNECTIVITY

WE LIVE in a highly connected world. (Otherwise, of course, SimanaitisSays wouldn’t exist.) But a couple of happenings suggest we have reached a tipping point. The two I have in … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · Leave a comment