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Monthly Archives: August, 2019

CHAOTIC NON-SALE OF DR.-ING. PORSCHE’S TYPE 64

AUCTIONS OF HIGH-BUCK exotic cars are filled with excitement. How high will the bidding go? Who are the wealthy participants? Who’s on the other end of that incoming telephone bid? … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

THE MAN IN THE MOON? IT COULD BE A WOMAN

“OF THE 1586 CRATERS on the Moon named after individuals, only 28 are named after women.” This, from Emily K. Gibson’s book review in Science, August 2, 2019, titled “The … Continue reading

August 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

DEMISE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION—YET AGAIN?

PLENTY OF SAVVY people have predicted the swift death of the internal-combustion engine. T. Rowe Price, for example, made an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) prediction for 2025: “… only 10-15 … Continue reading

August 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

REALITY A SIMULATION??

PHILOSOPHERS SURE POSE fundamental questions. In particular, metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that examines reality. How do we exist? What about the things around us? Preston Greene is an … Continue reading

August 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

COMPOSERS’ CALLING CARDS

BACH’S MASTERFUL ART of the Fugue is based on a four-note theme: B flat, A, C, and B. In the musical notation of his time, this spells B-A-C-H. What a … Continue reading

August 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

EASTER EGGS—INCLUDING DAVIS, OKLAHOMA

THE EASTER EGGS I have in mind are computerized treats, proofs that programmers have a sense of humor. David Pogue described several examples in “The Secret History of ‘Easter Eggs,’ … Continue reading

August 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

GMAX AND THE WESTLAND LYSANDER PART 2

TODAY, MY GMAX rendering of the Westland Lysander continues. As noted yesterday, the more documentation, the more to model. Modeling the Powerplant. The image in Cutaways, plus Internet research, prompted … Continue reading

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment