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Monthly Archives: May, 2016

ALFA ROMEO 8C 2900B SPECIALE TIPO LE MANS

RAYMOND SOMMER’S straw-hatted participation in the 1938 Le Mans race was cited two days ago. Today I am delighted to follow up with an essay on the car he drove, … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · 4 Comments

WE’RE THE HIGH-ENERGY APES

“WE MAY NOT be raring to go on a Monday morning, but humans are the Energizer Bunnies of the primate world.” This wonderful opening line by Ann Gibbons in AAAS … Continue reading

May 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

LA FAMILLE SOMMER—L’ESSENCE PROPRE

LIKE ENGLISH, French is amenable to multiple meanings, puns, if you will. To describe the Sommer men, father Roger and sons François, Raymond and Pierre, I sought the French equivalent … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

AN OVERTURE IN BASALT

GEOLOGY AND MUSIC seemed like a strange mix. Until, that is, I learned more about Felix Mendelssohn’s Opus 26, The Hebrides, which is also known as Die Fingalshöne, Fingal’s Cave. … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

BOHEMIAN LEGS, OPERA-WISE

WHILE LISTENING to the Metropolitan Opera’s Mary Jo Heath commentate on  Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, I got to thinking about operatic legs. Today an operatic mainstay, this tale of bohemian life … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

SEVERAL MORE MILHOUS TREASURES

BOB AND PAUL MILHOUS knew how to collect neat stuff. And, back in 2012, Bob, then 75, and his brother Paul, 73, also knew how to bring pleasures of their collection … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

ODD BEDFELLOWS: NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND IRAN

POLICY AIMED at reducing the world’s nuclear weapons has led to odd international liaisons. In particular, the U.S. Department of Energy is buying 32 tons of heavy water, D2O, from … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

AND THEN HOLMES SAID…. OR DID HE?

THERE ARE lots of memorable utterances of Sherlock Holmes, and a goodly number of other ones attributed to this world’s greatest consulting detective—but incorrectly. Here’s a sampling from each category. … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE ULBRICHT CAPER

FROM TIME to time, stories on the electronic currency Bitcoin appear in the media. On May 2, 2016, for example, BBC News reported that “Australian Craig Wright Claims to be Bitcoin … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

PORTSMOUTH AEROCAR, PART 2

THE BEAUTY OF a good hobby is never knowing where it might lead. And so it is with my GMax/Microsoft Flight Simulator hobby and the Portsmouth Aerocar. Yesterday I offered a … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · 3 Comments