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Monthly Archives: March, 2016

THE FIRST FERRARI F1

A CUTAWAY of a car or aircraft can entertain me for hours. This one of the Ferrari 125 is a fine example. There has been a succession of Ferrari Formula … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · 3 Comments

“AND,” MISBEHAVING

I HAVE a grammatical gripe with the misbehaving word “and.” I’m not referring to the subtlety of the serial or series comma, aka the Oxford or Harvard comma. Me? I’m … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

HEMINGWAY DECKED; FITZGERALD BLAMED

YES, HEMINGWAY as in Earnest and Fitzgerald as in F. Scott. I experienced a frisson of excitement when I learned of this odd boxing match in the “Letters” column of … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · 3 Comments

DOUGLAS AD SKYRAIDER—TOO GOOD TO RETIRE

THERE ARE SOME aircraft so good that they defy retirement. Boeing’s B-52 Stratofortress and 747 wide-body airliner come to mind, these continuing in service since 1955 and 1969, respectively. Another … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · 5 Comments

PACIFIC COAST TOURING

“AUTOMOBILE TOURING on the Pacific Coast is altogether a different matter from that of tooling about the East.” This claim comes from Charles Fuller Gates, a travel, bicycle and motoring … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

CHAOTIC PENDULUMS

A SIMPLE PENDULUM’s measured behavior is a marvelous thing. A clock with one doesn’t need batteries. It doesn’t need a plug. There’s no solar panel or other wizardry. All pendulums, … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

THE WEBB—AN AMAZING SCIENTIFIC ENDEAVOR

TWO AND A HALF years from now, the James Webb Telescope will surge into space to replace the current best eye in the sky, the Hubble Telescope. The Hubble has … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 1 Comment