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Monthly Archives: August, 2017

STILL STUCK ON YOU (AFTER ALL THESE YEARS)

ELVIS IMPERSONATORS, including some more than 10-ft. tall, got All Shook Up at the 18th Annual Elvis Festival in Garden Grove, California, this past Sunday, August 27, 2017. And the … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

HALLELUJAH HYPOCRISY

IT IS extraordinary that I am disturbed by reading something in Science, the weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. But these are extraordinary times. Indeed, … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

THE 1878 TOTAL ECLIPSE, PART 2

AS DESCRIBED here yesterday, the 1878 solar eclipse didn’t exactly further astronomer James Craig Watson’s search for the planet Vulcan. Today, we’ll look at the 1878 eclipse again and find … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE 1878 TOTAL ECLIPSE, PART 1

ON JULY 29, 1878, a total eclipse of the sun swept across the western United States, and not without scientific and geopolitical implications. David Baron’s book American Eclipse focuses on … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

SELF-DRIVING TECHNICALITY, MORALITY, AND REGULATION

WHAT WITH my muted enthusiasm for self-driving vehicles, I confess to a bit of cherry-picking by gleaning highlights from the article “Self-Driving Policy Vacuum?” by Eric Kulisch in Automotive News, … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY CONTINUED: DEMAGOGUE

FOR ONCE in my continuing Etymology for Today series (see chaos, mendacity, and the like), I’ve come upon a difference in my two primary sources, one dated 1971 and the … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

DOUGLAS DC-3

THIS DOUGLAS DC-3 pin was the object of my recent rummaging through the desk. The search was prompted by a cameo appearance of Donald Douglas in a recent item here … Continue reading

August 23, 2017 · 6 Comments