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Monthly Archives: July, 2016

FOUR THINGS LOGICIANS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!

WELL, IT ISN’T that they don’t want you to know. (And, by the way, do you too find these “don’t want you to know” headlines a bit ludicrous?) Rather, it’s … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE BARONESS OF DADA

TALK ABOUT a great book blurb: MIT Press described Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven as “a neurasthenic, kleptomaniac, man-chasing proto-punk poet and artist.” Gee, I’ve got to learn more about this Baroness … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

FIDO’S ANCESTORS

THE DOG EVOLVED from the wolf. It was man’s first domesticated animal, accomplished before humankind’s domestication of farm stock. Details of canine domestication are still controversial. However, part of the … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE WEEKEND

VIOLET CRAWLEY, Dowager Countess of Grantham, delivered a wonderful line at Downton Abbey: She asked, quite innocently for once, “What is a weekend?” The Countess was responding to Matthew Crawley, … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

AUTOS BY THE NUMBERS

TWO STATISTICAL STUDIES described in Automotive News, July 4, 2016, caught my eye. One has to do with new car quality; the other, with a car’s country of origin. This … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

FAIRIES IN THE GARDEN

THERE’S NOTHING particularly new about recent reports of a likely faked Everest photograph or another showing a mysterious hand in an image from 1900. Back in 1920, Sir Arthur Conan … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

THE BITCOIN SAGA CONTINUES

THERE’S NOTHING SIMPLE about the virtual currency Bitcoin. And there’s one helluva saga evolving. “The Satoshi Affair,” by Andrew O’Hagan, occupies 17 oversize pages of the London Review of Books, … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · Leave a comment