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Monthly Archives: July, 2019

THE ENGLISH JOHNSONS: DEFT OR JUST DAFT?

TO SUMMARIZE ENGLAND’S new Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his family, imagine the Trump clan, including in-laws and hangers-on, all as Donald J.’s brothers and sisters. Oh, and toss in … Continue reading

July 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

FACIAL RECOGNITION—GIGO PART 2

ARE YOU CONCERNED that facial recognition might become overbearing in its disturbance of your privacy? As suggested yesterday, sorry, folks, that train has already left. Today’s tidbits are gleaned from … Continue reading

July 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

FACIAL RECOGNITION—GIGO PART 1

PHRENOLOGY, THE ANALYSIS OF head contours to predict mental traits, used to be considered a science. This led to eugenics, selective improvement of certain genetic groups and elimination of others … Continue reading

July 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

CURTISS MODEL F—A FLYING BOAT OF FIRSTS

GLENN CURTISS was the first in the U.S. to take off and land on water, January 26, 1911. And within a year, he commercialized this achievement with the Curtiss Model … Continue reading

July 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

CHAPLIN-AIR-LINE PART 2

IT DIDN’T TAKE long for Syd Chaplin, Charlie’s half-brother, to add aviation to his entrepreneurial set of ambitions. A hundred years ago, Los Angeles was a center of aviation development, … Continue reading

July 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

CHAPLIN-AIR-LINE PART 1

TODAY, THE INTERSECTION of Wilshire and Fairfax is a Los Angeles cultural focus: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

HOW DO YOU SAY THAT IN ENGLISH?

A LETTER TO the London Review of Books got me thinking about words that don’t readily translate to English. Jem Thomas, Bristol, cited the Portuguese word saudade and the Welsh … Continue reading

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment