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Monthly Archives: April, 2016

THE NEAR FUTURE: LET’S GET REAL

MEDIA ARE filled with predictions of a personal-mobility future. It’s “Soon we’ll commute by helicopter!” all over again, and in as few as four more years. Let’s get real. Despite … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

FRANCE FOR THE MOTORIST, 1927

CHARLES L. FREESTON legitimately appended F.R.G.S. to his name. Indeed, he was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences. In the … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

HOME THEATER, FIFTIES STYLE

MY PARENTS, rest their souls, were home-theater hip in the 1950s. This was a half-century before movie streaming, Amazon Fire, Hulu, Netflix and the like, but our shared experiences remain … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

STEERING WHEELS I’VE LOVED

I DON’T PARTICUARLY like modern steering wheels. What with their buttons for everything from sound system to phone to navigation to cruise control to voice activation, not to say their … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 8 Comments

BRITS GRITS—HOLMES STYLE

FOR A WHILE there, like two millennia, Great Britain was not highly regarded for its cuisine. Even Sherlock Holmes had trouble detecting a decent repast. The Sacred Writings, as Dr. … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHALE CHAT

“CALL ME ‘MOBY-DICK.’ ” Melville didn’t begin his novel with these words, but the latest cetacean research may suggest he should have. Divers are recording and videoing sperm whales as … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

GOVERNING BY WORD

WHAT WITH our being in the midst of highly divisive presidential campaigns, it’s a good time to discuss the etymology of words that are associated with how people rule themselves—or … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · 3 Comments