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Monthly Archives: October, 2018

TOSCA’S (AND HARE’S) ROME PART 1

MY COPY OF Augustus J.C. Hare’s Walks in Rome is its Seventeenth Edition, published in 1905. Even in 2018 it’s still a charming guidebook for visiting the eternal city. And … Continue reading

October 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

EXPANDING ON ENGLISH MYTHS PART 2

ST. GEORGE, HIS DRAGON, and Robin Hood and his Merry Men are familiar myths. Yesterday in Part 1, an article in the London Review of Books got us started with … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

EXPANDING ON ENGLISH MYTHS PART 1

MYTHS ARE ur-memories, tales of our striving for one thing or another. The London Review of Books, October 11, 2018, discussed two English myths that even us ’Mericans recognize: St. … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

HACK MY TESLA? EASY-PEASY FOR A WHILE THERE

ALL IT TOOK for Belgian researchers to unlock and drive a Tesla Model S was the car’s weak encryption code, $600 of minicomputer hardware, and two seconds of effort. Rest … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND THE BARD PART 2

FOR SOMEONE whose knowledge of literature was first thought “nil” by Doctor John H. Watson, Sherlock Holmes quoted Shakespeare a goodly number of times. We started all this yesterday here … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND THE BARD OF AVON PART 1

HOW WELL did the world’s greatest consulting detective know his Shakespeare? Based on Dr. John H. Watson’s initial assessments, not very much at all. On the other hand, Sherlockian scholars … Continue reading

October 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

NEPOTISM—ITS ETYMOLOGY

YOU NEVER KNOW where researching the word “nepotism” will lead. Its practice has a rich heritage in Holy Mother the Church. It turns out that the word is directly related … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 1 Comment