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Monthly Archives: June, 2016

WRY/PPW—WELCOME TO PAPA

THE SIX LETTERS WRY/PPW (and PPW/WRY) identify the world’s shortest commercial flights, Loganair’s hops in Scotland’s Orkney Islands. These flights are between Westray (in airport lingo, WRY) and its neighbor … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

RED BURGUNDY HEIRLOOM OKRA

ALTHOUGH I CANNOT find it, both Wife Dottie and I remember a cartoon showing a guy lazily leaned back in his office chair, his feet on an uncluttered cob-webby desk, … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

FROM LENINGRAD WITH LOVE, OR AT LEAST WITH DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

GUIDEBOOKS CAN provide more than details of locale; they may also offer directions to thought. Certainly my Leningrad Guide, 1930, is such an example. Published within two decades of the … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

1916 GALLAUDET D-1 SEAPLANE—THE TRADEOFFS OF INNOVATION

SOME AIRCRAFT INNOVATIONS, such as ailerons and joystick, proved lasting. Others may have been based on sound engineering principles, but this wasn’t enough. An example is the patented Gallaudet Drive, … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

ARG! THEY BE RAIDING ICELAND! OPERA TO COME

FOLLOWING THE TRAIL of a newly translated book leads me to learn things about Barbary pirates, Iceland, a Mozart opera, a possibly fallen woman and my surname. Today’s tale is … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

NANOTECH AND THE LITHIUM BATTERY

BATTERIES OF lithium-ion technology are the current state of the art, suppling power to everything from smart phones to Battery Electric Vehicles. Plenty of companies worldwide are striving to make … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

FLIGHT AND THE GREAT SPHINX

EGYPT DOESN’T OCCUPY a great deal of my memory bank, nor of the items here at SimanaitisSays. There’s Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, this opera and its wayward tomb doors and Winston Churchill’s … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment