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Monthly Archives: February, 2016

SAY AGAIN, PLEASE, SYNTHETICALLY IF YOU LIKE

AMONG VOICES I might recognize are those of HAL 9000, Siri, Stephen Hawking, our Honda’s nav system, IBM “Jeopardy!” Watson and the Tokyo Subway’s Elmer Fudd. All are examples of … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · 3 Comments

AIDA AND THE CANAL? THE COBBLESTONES OF SUEZ ONCE TROD BY OTHELLO?

EGYPT HAS rich operatic history, but not without misunderstanding, myth and surmise. It has been said that Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida was commissioned to celebrate the grand opening of Cairo’s Khedivial … Continue reading

February 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

CHINA’S EV MARKET

WHAT WITH gasoline prices at historic lows, BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) and HEVs (Hybrid EVs) have been glued to U.S. showroom floors. Not so in China, though. A series of … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

CROSSWORDS SANS FOREIGN WORDS

I AM a crossword puzzle fan. In moderation, mind; I don’t do them every day, nor in ink. But I enjoy working through the Sunday crosswords (and alternating acrostics) in … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

THE BUDDHA’S TOOTH—WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED?

IT MAY SEEM unlikely that I’m learning world geography, history and religion from old Sam Spade radio mysteries, but, in fact, this is how I first heard of Sri Dalada … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

BABYLONIAN CALCULUS?

IT’S RARE THAT calculus makes the cover of Science, the weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Nor is ancient Babylon an expected Science cover subject. … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

ON NEW YORK CITY CLUBBING

WITH A FEW exceptions, my view on clubs agrees with Groucho Marx’s: He wired the Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 1 Comment