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Monthly Archives: January, 2019

BAROQUE GIGS

PITY COMPOSERS of the 18th century. As with other artists back then, their livelihoods depended profoundly upon interactions with their social betters. And these gigs often had nobility’s strings attached. … Continue reading

January 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

SEVERAL MATHEMATICAL ETYMOLOGIES

WORDS IN MATHEMATICS have precise meanings. No surprise, this. And sometimes their etymologies have good tales to tell. Let’s look at “theorem,” and two of its related terms, “corollary” and … Continue reading

January 23, 2019 · 2 Comments

PIANO MASTERPIECES ON THE 1:1000 SCALE

I HAVE LONG been fond of architectural models. In fact, several have made appearances here at SimanaitisSays: “Edo Toggles and Models,” “The Village of Peter Fritz,” and “FLW at MoMA … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

BREXIT—ITS WITCHING HOUR

WHAT WITH ONE thing and another in the U.S. these days, Americans tend to have less than overwhelming concern about Brexit. On the other hand, Britain’s hyperchaotic intention to leave … Continue reading

January 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

THE MG TD—”AS FRIENDLY AS A TAIL-WAGGING DOG”

MY LOVE AFFAIR with the MG sports car continues here with details of the MG TD, which followed the TC in 1950. By February 1953, Road and Track promised “Four … Continue reading

January 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

THE CODEX AMIATINUS—A BIBLE WITH LEGS PART 2

ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS OFTEN are associated with compelling tales. For example, yesterday’s Codex Amiatinus, Part 1, set the stage: There’s a trio of medieval English monks and three commissioned illuminated manuscripts … Continue reading

January 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

THE CODEX AMIATINUS—A BIBLE WITH LEGS PART 1

MORE THAN 1300 years ago, Benedictine monks in Anglo-Saxon England put together illuminated manuscripts of the Bible. Around 700 A.D., three of these immense handwritten tomes were produced at the … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment