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Monthly Archives: December, 2017

2017—WE MADE IT TO THE END!

IT HAS been an interesting year here at SimanaitisSays. I’ve had a ball researching and composing items at a rate far exceeding my pre-retirement editorial activities. Here, celebrating 2017’s passage, … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

AAAS LOOKS AT AUTONOMOUS CARS

SCIENCE, THE WEEKLY magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, asks on its December 15, 2017, cover, “When Will We Get There?” Its subhead: “Deploying driverless cars … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · 5 Comments

A PAIR OF BLITTS, ONE WITH WINTER

BARRY BLITT is a wonderful political cartoonist whose work in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and other publications has earned him “adoration from critics and fans … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

РОССИЙСКИЙ РОК

ROCK MUSIC in Russia has an interesting history, as I was reminded while sorting some old vinyl LPs looking for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band that appeared here at … Continue reading

December 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

HUZZAH FOR SETH MACFARLANE!

THIS PAST Friday evening, Wife Dottie and I “Celebrated the Holidays with Seth MacFarlane” at our local René and Henry Segerstrom Hall. A good time was had by all, albeit … Continue reading

December 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

SYCOPHANTS? NAILED ‘EM, ONE AND ALL!

THERE HAVE been people called sycophants since 1575. But why are we so plagued with so many of them today? For just two examples, see Trump cabinet lovefest, June 12, … Continue reading

December 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

GOTCHA, CAPTCHA!

CAPTCHAs are Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart. We all encounter these visual puzzles used as website defenses against robo intrusion. Our solving the puzzle … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

LITTLE CON ON THE PRAIRIE

IT’S AN irony that the sweet, gentle, and heartwarming stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder are associated with literary piracy. At the heart of this Little Con on the Prairie are … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

GIUSEPPE TARTINI—DEALING WITH SIGNORINA PREMAZORE, CARDINAL CORNARO, AND THE DEVIL

SO HERE’S this rich kid from what’s now Slovenia, back then the Republic of Venice when he lived at the turn of the 18th century. He marries beneath his class, … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

BANNED WORDS

OH, I get it. Trump officials weren’t limiting freedom of speech in prohibiting those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using these seven terms: diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment