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Monthly Archives: March, 2018

GEORGE CONSTANTINESCU—SCIENTIST, INVENTOR, ENGINEER, CARMAKER PART 1

ALLIED AIRCRAFT synchronized armament in 1917. An automotive torque converter in 1926. Let’s celebrate the fellow who devised these two and other technicalities: George Constantinescu, a Romanian-Briton with an office … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

BLOCKCHAINS AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES PART 2

DIGITAL CRYPTOCURRENCIES rely on blockchains for their bookkeeping. Yesterday, we discussed the basics of why cryptocurrencies may be shady, but blockchains aren’t inherently at fault. Today, we continue this theme … Continue reading

March 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

BLOCKCHAINS AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES PART 1

WHAT WITH Bitcoin in the news regularly these days, I believe it’s appropriate to separate this and other cryptocurrencies (there are scads!) from the related topic of blockchains. Today, we’ll … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

OPERATIC CARS PART 2

WHO WOULD have guessed the closeness of automobiles and opera? We move from yesterday’s Wagner Ring Cycle links to those involving Verdi, Gounod, Berg, and back to Wagner again. A … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

OPERATIC CARS PART 1

I’M LISTENING to Richard Wagner’s Siegfried, the third opera of his epic Ring Cycle. Early on, in Scene 2, the Wanderer (actually top god Wotan in disguise) tells an interminable … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE KURTIS SPORTS CAR

THE TRUISM “racing improves the breed” was more than justified by Frank Kurtis and his sports cars. Indeed, Frank first displayed his expertise fabricating bodies for race cars in the … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 4 Comments

MY PRICELESS ORIGINALS

TRUMP’S BOASTING that he owns priceless original art has encouraged me to identify several priceless originals in my stuff. Trump’s Renoir.You may recall the article in news.artnet.com, October 18, 2017, … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · 2 Comments