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Monthly Archives: December, 2019

VARSITY ESPORTS

LARSON’S FAR SIDE offered a laugh some 15 years ago titled “Hopeful Parents.” But who’s laughing today? Not people at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Varsity … Continue reading

December 17, 2019 · 3 Comments

AUTO UNION TYPE C

THERE WAS A TIME when Grand Prix cars had front engines. Ah, but the exception was exceptional indeed: the Auto Union. What’s more, these cars were documented by two giants … Continue reading

December 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

ON RELIGIONS

SOMEONE ONCE SAID, “I think of myself as a flying buttress, supporting the church, but from without.” Another religious adage I like is “Lord, protect me from zealots.” These two … Continue reading

December 15, 2019 · 2 Comments

IN DEFENSE OF ALGORITHMS

IT ISN’T MY mathematical background that has me defending algorithms. Nor is it scads of angry algorithms responding to the last two days of SimanaitisSays, in which I shared Annalee … Continue reading

December 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

BETTER SOCIAL MEDIA PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE saw the dark side of today’s social media, as detailed in Annalee Newitz’s Quest for Better Social Media, in The New York Times, December 1, 2019. Today in … Continue reading

December 13, 2019 · 2 Comments

BETTER SOCIAL MEDIA PART 1

ANNALEE NEWITZ IS on a quest for better social media, as described in The New York Times, December 1, 2019. Her article is as rich as social media itself, but … Continue reading

December 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

HOLMES: DOUBLE-0 221B?

WAS THE WORLD’S first consulting detective also a British agent? As Sherlock Holmes himself says, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” … Continue reading

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

HAPPY 25TH, SAVEUR!

IT HAS BEEN a quarter of a century now that we have enjoyed Saveur. The slogan of this gourmet, food, wine, and travel magazine is particularly appealing: “Savor a World … Continue reading

December 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

A MORE EFFICIENT CATALYST FOR FUEL CELLS

FUEL CELLS HAVE long exhibited potential for efficient generation of electricity from oxygen in the air and stored hydrogen. FCEVs Versus BEVS. One benefit, already achieved, is in fuel-cell electric … Continue reading

December 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: RHODOMONTADE AND OTHER CHARACTER TRAITS

THIS RESEARCH STARTED with an erudite, if perhaps overwrought, description of Britain’s Boris Johnson in the London Review of Books, August 15, 2019: Ferdinand Mount, one of the article’s co-authors, … Continue reading

December 8, 2019 · 3 Comments