Simanaitis Says

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Monthly Archives: November, 2016

CIGAR-BOX RAP AND OLD-TIME RADIO

TA-DA! EVEN for relatively unmusical sorts such as me, ta-da signals a revelation of some sort. It’s just one form of interstitial music, music that bridges a gap between two … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

THE MIRACLE OF THE POTATOES

WIFE DOTTIE’s iMAC had been having problems, but maybe the hassle was solved in the dark hours by the Miracle of the Potatoes. Potatoes are sacred in our family, so … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

THE R&T WEAR INDEX

MAYBE A YEAR ago, auto journalist pal John Dinkel asked if I knew how to calculate the old R&T Wear Index. Much to my chagrin (for it was John who … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

MORE THAN ONE TURKEY

HAVE YOU EVER wondered why the U.S. traditional Thanksgiving bird shares its name with a Eurasian country on the shores of the Bosphorus? Me too. This calls for some timely … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

DISNEY AND ITALIAN PORN, AGAIN

I APOLOGIZE to gentle readers (and to Daughter Suz, a Disney aficionada Big Time) in pairing Disney with Italian porm twice. In defense, I don’t make these things up. This … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

DISNEY AND ITALIAN PORN

I’M HONESTLY surprised when I get involved in these things. Half awake, I was listening to my (6 a.m. Pacific) news on the BBC World Service. Did I hear “Disney” … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

VARIABLE COMPRESSION RATIOS–NISSAN, HONDA AND THE CFR

AS NOTED BY edmunds.com, Nissan made news at the 2016 Paris Motor Show with its variable-compression-ratio VC-T engine scheduled for production in the 2018 Infiniti QX50 crossover. Not that it’s … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · 1 Comment