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Monthly Archives: September, 2015

VW’S DIESEL SCAM

THERE IS technical interest in Volkwagen’s scamming of government and customers. According to Bloomberg Business, almost 500,000 VW and Audi diesels, beginning in Model Year 2009, are involved in the … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · 8 Comments

JEREZ, CADIZ, AND A BASELESS GLASS OF SHERRY

FORMULA 1 winter testing is big-time today, with guided tours for enthusiasts in March 2016 to the Spanish Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. In 1989 when I first attended one, things were … Continue reading

September 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

CHOCOLATE: MINE! MINE! MINE!

THE BBC World Service alerted me to yet another world conflict, this one between chocolatiers. Sometimes called the Chocolate War, in legal circles it can be identified as Kit Kat … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

WHAT’S A “RENEWABLE RESOURCE” ANYWAY?

THE TERM “renewable resource” gets bandied about a lot. Indeed, I’ve been party to such bandying in discussion of California’s electricity and its sourcing. Most people think of hydro power, … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

SOCIAL ENGINEER, HEAL THYSELF

HERE AT SimanaitisSays, I avoid political matters, especially local ones. There is a surfeit of websites addressing them and, besides, statistics show that typically more than half of you, bless … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

CAR SCHLEPPING IN DAYS OF YORE

ZILPHA’S COMMANDOS comes immediately to mind with car schlepping in days of yore. In the early days, R&T staff members did their own fetching and returning of test cars. Then along … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

THE FIRST U.S. CIVIL WAR

DISPUTED SURVEYS led to the first war between U.S. citizens. The year was 1835, 26 years before the Battle of Fort Sumter and the American Civil War. The conflict, known … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

PRESS ONE FOR BASIC ENGLISH

CHARLES KAY OGDEN had a revolutionary idea when he wrote Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar, published in 1930. By Basic English, he didn’t mean merely the … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

WATER BUGS DO IT, BUT CAN WE?

GERRIDS ARE a family of insects including water bugs, pond skaters, water striders and jesus bugs, all of which can travel atop the water. Water bugs use their mass, musculature … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

KFAC, REMEMBERED FONDLY

ONLY RECENTLY, in researching “The Birth of Los Angeles TV,” did I learn that Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg auto mogul E.L. Cord was the C of Los Angeles classical radio station KFAC. (A … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 3 Comments