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Monthly Archives: October, 2015

CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?

SCIENCE IS moving forward to match fiction. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling’s hero receives an invisibility cloak, a silky garment that makes him disappear. Now, Science … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

CURRYING FLAVOR, 1912

WE JUST enjoyed curried fish for dinner and this reminded me that India is not among the places I’ve visited. It’s easy to do some armchair travel, though, so I … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

AN EXCESS OF RESOURCE

THE WATER MAINS of Paris burst in August. This sounds like the title of a Hemingway pastiche, but actually it’s a truism of infrastructure. What’s more, it has implications in … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

ST. EXPEDITUS

A LETTER to the Editor in the London Review of Books, October 8, 2015, introduced me to St. Expeditus, the patron saint countering procrastination. Being able to procrastinate with the … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

MEDIA SHOES SQUIRM—AGAIN

THE HEADLINE reads “CBS Says It Won’t Run Ads for Rathergate Pic Truth.” Briefly, the network has passed on a multi-million-dollar promotion of  Sony Pictures’ Truth, a drama concerning a … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

A FOGGY DAY/IN LONDON TOWN…

IRA GERSHWIN wrote the lyrics, his brother George composed the melody, and Fred Astaire introduced the song in the 1937 movie A Damsel in Distress. Old-time movie buffs may recall … Continue reading

October 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

MIATA REDUX— A SPIRITUAL KINSHIP

I WAS delighted to sample the Mazda Miata’s fourth generation as part of a Ride-and-Drive at the Orange County, California, International Auto Show, just up the road at the Anaheim … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · 1 Comment