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Monthly Archives: June, 2019

ON OPIOIDS PART 1

IN 1984 I suffered from an extruded disc. The extreme pain of this malady introduced me to hydrocodone-based Vicodin, a painkiller that helped me through the problem. A standup art … Continue reading

June 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

GETTING EVEN—THEATRICALLY PART 2

WHEN WE LEFT Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, his life of French polymath/entrepreneur was complicated by a court case involving business dealings with the late Joseph Paris Duverney. Today in Part … Continue reading

June 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

GETTING EVEN—THEATRICALLY PART 1

APART FROM BEING a spy, diplomat, arms dealer, and revolutionary (French and American), playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais sure know how to get even. His means of revenge? His theatrical … Continue reading

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE UPDATE—PLUSES AND MINUSES

WHAT WITH CONCERNS on ethical grounds, technical matters, and practical aspects, I have been skeptical of any onrush to driverless vehicle technology. However, the Automotive News weekly keeps me updated. … Continue reading

June 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

WITH JOE MILLER, THE JOKE’S ON MOTTLEY

JOE MILLER, 18th-Century English Theatre tragedian, is remembered today. John Mottley, a contemporary of Miller, ends up as a false etymological hint. My inspiration for these tidbits arose from “The … Continue reading

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

SOAP BUBBLES AND WINE LEGS

SOAP BUBBLES make for a fascinating physics lab, even on your own table top. Knvul Sheikh gives proof of this in “Watch Soap Bubbles Turn Into Tiny SnowGlobes as They … Continue reading

June 25, 2019 · 1 Comment

1934 ALFA ROMEO 2.3-LITRE CASTAGNA—BRIO WITH ELEGANCE

AMONG THE MANY adjectives that characterize Alfa Romeo automobiles, “sleek,” “snarly,” and “swoopy” come readily to mind. The word “elegant,” though, usually describes other marques: Bugatti, Delahaye, and the like. … Continue reading

June 24, 2019 · Leave a comment