Simanaitis Says

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Monthly Archives: October, 2018

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

A SEVEN-YEAR UPDATE—2019 INFINITI QX50 PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, I discussed the new Infiniti QX50’s impressive VC-Turbo engine, as in variable-compression-ratio turbo. Today in Part 2, I assess several of the QX50’s other 2019 virtues … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

A SEVEN-YEAR UPDATE—2019 INFINITI QX50 PART 1

THIS TWO-PARTER is a road test of sorts. A 2019 Infiniti QX50 recently resided at our place for a week. It bristles with high technology, especially when put in perspective … Continue reading

October 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

PERFORMANCE ART—SHREDDER STYLE

WHO IS BANKSY? The answer: Nobody knows the identity of this anonymous British graffiti artist/vandal/political activist/performance artist/vulgarian/satirist. Have I missed any more accurate descriptors? I also think of him (I … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

A PARABLE ON FLOUR POWER

A CULINARY FEATURE about tortillas brought to mind abuses of power, one even directed against my own ordinarily placid lifestyle. The article “A Homemade Flour Tortilla to Rival Its Corn … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

TALKING ABOUT PAINT THAT’S COOL!

“PASSIVE RADIATIVE COOLING” can lower a surface’s temperature by around 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Think of images of Greek isles, with sun-baked buildings painted white to keep cool. Or recall “Cool … Continue reading

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

A PROPER ALPINE DRIVE

I AM EVIDENTLY in good company considering the Alps to be “Mountains of Prominence”. G. Geoffrey Smith, Bentley driver, surely agreed. The first two issues of On the Road, published … Continue reading

October 8, 2018 · 2 Comments