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Monthly Archives: November, 2019

WOZNIAK DISSENTS ON FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

STEVE WOZNIAK, one would think, would be a proponent of fully autonomous vehicles. However, within the last month, Wozniak spoke at a J.D. Power Auto Revolution conference in Las Vegas … Continue reading

November 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

SYSTEMATOLOGY (WITH SOME DIALECTIC MATERIALISM TOSSED IN) PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE LEARNED Chinese mathematician Hsue-Shen Tsien’s characterization of systematology, an interdisciplinary approach to studying open, complex, giant systems. Today in Part 2, we’ll continue examining this innovative philosophy of … Continue reading

November 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

SYSTEMATOLOGY (WITH SOME DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM TOSSED IN) PART 1

A GLOSSY 56-PAGE supplement to a weekly Science magazine offers information on systematology, an innovative approach to interdisciplinary studies. Coming as it does from the People’s Republic of China, it … Continue reading

November 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

A TREASURE OF GREENLAND DIRT

BACK IN THE 1960s, the U.S. military Camp Century in Greenland was publicized as a scientific research base. Actually, though, Camp Century, about 150 miles east of Thule Air Base, … Continue reading

November 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME! OR MAYBE NOT

IN MY FAIR LADY, Alfred P. Doolittle sings “Get Me to the Church on Time.” However, this signifies a marked turnaround from his being one of London’s “undeserving poor.” Henry … Continue reading

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

2020 (MID-ENGINE!) CORVETTE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE saw how a 1980 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette nearly came to be. By the mid 1970s, the XP-882 had evolved into a production-ready fulfillment of chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov’s … Continue reading

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

2020 (MID-ENGINE!) CORVETTE PART 1

IF I HAD a nickel for each time R&T predicted a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette…. gee, I could retire. Come to think of it, I got retired in 2012. And here … Continue reading

November 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

THE POWER OF GRAPHICS

GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATIONS can be potent means of sharing information. As examples, I share here several graphics accompanying “Inside Football’s Campaign to Save the Game,” The New York Times, November 7, … Continue reading

November 11, 2019 · 2 Comments

STILL LUSCIOUS AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

“ONLY SIX years old,” R&T said in June 1969, “but indisputably a classic.” And for the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, all the more indisputable 50 years later. “The prototype … Continue reading

November 10, 2019 · 4 Comments

MAYHEW’S COMESTIBLES

HENRY MAYHEW WAS A social researcher of London’s mid-nineteenth century. His works were collected in 1851 in London Labour and the London Poor, describing the working class of this largest … Continue reading

November 9, 2019 · 2 Comments