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Monthly Archives: April, 2019

IF ONE FUSELAGE IS GOOD,… PART 1

NEWS OF THE Stratolaunch aircraft’s first flight, in The New York Times, April 14, 2019, brings to mind other twin-fuselage designs. These range from an Italian flying boat in the … Continue reading

April 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

THINKING OUTSIDE THE (BLACK) BOX

DO YOU RECALL Douglas Adams’ book and movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? Deep Thought, its giant computer (with Helen Mirren’s voice), is asked the Greatest Question of Life. … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: PEEVISH, PETULANT

“PETULANT” WAS the first word that came to mind when I heard Trump’s threat to dump immigrants into U.S.sanctuary cities. But then etymology furthered my enlightenment. According to Merriam-Webster, the … Continue reading

April 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

EVS—THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE INDIFFERENT

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS is an excellent weekly source of its industry’s happenings and trends. In particular, it has presented a variety of facts and opinions on electric vehicles. Here are a … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

SELECTIVE KLEPTOCRATIC SCAMS

KLEPTOCRACY IS DEFINED by the OED as “a ruling body of thieves.” Merriam-Webster amplifies a bit: “government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

PHOTOGRAPHING THE POINT OF NO RETURN

THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH of a black hole is a major astronomical achievement. This also relates to several items that appeared here at SimanaitisSays: “Happy Birthday—General Relativity!,” March 27, 2015; “China’s … Continue reading

April 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

A TASTE OF LONDON’S ORANGES AND LEMONS PART 2

WE’VE ALMOST COMPLETED the first half of our visits to London’s historic churches prompted by the nursery rhyme “The Bells of London Town,” aided by Baedeker’s London and its Environs, … Continue reading

April 12, 2019 · Leave a comment