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Monthly Archives: December, 2019

MOMA’S FIRST CELEBRATION OF THE AUTOMOBILE PART 2

IN 1951, NEW YORK CITY’s Museum of Modern Art celebrated automotive esthetics with its 8 Automobiles exhibit. Yesterday in Part 1, we shared MOMA views on its first four examples. … Continue reading

December 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

MOMA’S FIRST CELEBRATION OF THE AUTOMOBILE PART 1

“I GO SOMEWHERE… I take a cab.” This apocryphal New Yorker’s view of travel was countered by that city’s Museum of Modern Art and its first exhibit on automotive design. … Continue reading

December 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

ON DEADLY ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY

MAYBE CONTRITION prompted Alfred Nobel to devise the Peace Prize. He made a fortune from his 1867 patent for dynamite. Nobel’s Blasting Powder was marketed as a safer alternative to … Continue reading

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

HOW COME WHALES ARE SO BIG?

“BLUE WHALE HEARTS May Beat Only Twice a Minute During a Dive,” wrote Cara Giaimo in The New York Times, November 27, 2019. Equally interesting was this article’s reference to … Continue reading

December 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

MANGA TIDBITS PART 2

YESTERDAY WE began a celebration of manga, the Japanese genre of pictorial storytelling. Today in Part 2, we’ll see how manga pacing and text presentation set it apart from the … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

MANGA TIDBITS PART 1

THE JAPANESE WORD マンガ, manga means “pictures running riot,” a good description of this genre of pictorial storytelling. Or as comics authority Paul Gravett terms it, “more than telling a … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

AN ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE BUGATTI!

A BUGATTI WITH all-wheel drive? Am I talking about the latter-day Veyron? No. Do I mean the EB110 that I drove back in 1994? No. I mean a real Bugatti … Continue reading

December 1, 2019 · Leave a comment