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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

ROMAN VILLA FOUND IN BRITAIN

THE ROMAN EMPIRE, 27 BC – 395 AD, extended as far as the British Isles. And, as recently as last week, a huge Roman villa was discovered in Tisbury, Wiltshire, … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

FACING UP TO IT

“DID HE really say that??” Maybe yes, maybe no. Facial video manipulation is technically fascinating, potentially beneficial and yet terrifying. The concept builds on human sensitivity to red, green and … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE MERRY WIVES OF LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI

AS DESCRIBED in the recent HBO documentary “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper,” one of Gloria’s three husbands was conductor Leopold Stokowski, noted for his recordings of Bach’s … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment