Simanaitis Says

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Monthly Archives: November, 2016

MINI THOUGHTS

AN AD in the January 1961 R&T got me thinking about the impact of the original Morris 850 in automotive history. This car evolved indirectly from the 1956 Suez Canal … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

BATTLING ALGORITHMS

MACHINE LEARNING benefits mankind only if the machine learns things to mankind’s benefit. I do not intend this simply as a play on words or philosophical tautology. The thought arose … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

SALOME, OH MY!

OPERA RIDES THE razor edge of absurdity, Peter Ustinov observed. I’ve already had fun here with operatic production goofs, such as costume malfunctions, tomb doors not closing properly and unexpected … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

AUDI: VORSPRUNG DURCH SKULDUGGERY

I’VE LONG ADMIRED German automaker Audi’s slogan, Vorsprung Durch Technik, Advancement Through Technology. Back in the mid-1970s, for example, Audi was one of the first automakers to promote the safety … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

THANKS, WOMAN’S DAY

A GOOD COOKBOOK is like a good travel guide. If it was worth visiting a century ago, it’s likely worth a visit today. If it was tasty 50 years ago, … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

CURTA CURTAIN CALL

THE CURTA CALCULATOR looks like a pepper grinder with numerals peering out. There’s a crank on the top that whirs with reassuring precision. And anyone serious about Time-Speed-Distance rallying in … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

HOLMES AND A TRAIN BLUFF

SHERLOCK HOLMES may have bluffed his chronicler Dr. John H. Watson during a train trip in their “Silver Blaze” adventure. I’m particularly fond of this tale and its implications because … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · Leave a comment