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Monthly Archives: December, 2016

ON HOLMESIAN HOLIDAYS

HOW DID THE world’s greatest consulting detective celebrate the holidays? I’ve cited Canonical evidence for his Victorian Christmas. But what about New Year’s? Given that his birthday was coming on … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

ON CEPHALOPODS

THAT KID’S book review may have said, “This book tells me more about whales than I want to know.” On the other hand, I’m fascinated by the book Other Minds: … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

WELL OILED

WHAT WITH CONFLICTING and often misleading news and opinions about the U.S. oil business, it’s helpful to consult a reliable source now and then. The U.S. Energy Information Administration offers … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

QUANTUM COMPUTER UPDATE

QUANTUM MECHANICS can revolutionize computing, provided its qubits can be made to behave better than conventional digital computer bits. Science, the weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

BUGATTIS AT INDY

LINK THESE: BUGATTI, the Indy 500, a Prince, a Count, Ian Fleming and Muroc Dry Lake. This linkage is all the more astounding because it is exmplified in a single … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

FOOTBALL AND A DOXOLOGY

I WAS ENJOYING this year’s BBC World Service Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, and this led me directly to high school football in the 1950s. … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

AERO BASE MICROWING BLÉRIOT XI

IT’S SORT OF Christmas early: The instructions read “Not Suitable Under 15 Years of Age. Tools Recommended: Modelling Knife, Tweezers, Instant Glue.” They neglected to add “Helpful To Have The … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · 4 Comments