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Monthly Archives: July, 2020

COVID-19 ALGEBRA

A RECENT POSTING in the AAAS Member Community Digest discusses the relationship between a disease’s herd immunity and its R0, “R-naught.” Indeed, it turns out that, to be successful, the … Continue reading

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

WITHIN THE QUOTA—A 1923 BALLET FOR OUR TIMES PART 2

YESTERDAY HERE IN Part 1, we talked about Cole Porter’s ballet Within the Quota, its 1923 Paris debut, 1924 U.S. tour, and then prompt disappearance. Today in Part 2, the … Continue reading

July 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

WITHIN THE QUOTA—A 1923 BALLET FOR OUR TIMES PART 1

COLE PORTER IS best known for his contributions to the Great American Songbook. Among them: “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love;” “Just One of Those Things;” “You’re the Top;” … Continue reading

July 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE CURTISS AEROPLANE CO. 1912–1913

A CURTISS BROCHURE describes the aviation state of the art for 1912–1913: “The aeroplane, having progressed from the experimental to the practical stage, and, by means of aviation meetings and … Continue reading

July 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

JAMAICAN ENGLISH, FROM “A” TO…

ANY LANGUAGE IS living and evolving. Hence, I cannot expect my 1967 Dictionary of Jamaican English to be entirely au courant. Nonetheless, it makes for entertaining reading. The book’s dedication … Continue reading

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

1933 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 GRAN SPORT DROP HEAD COUPE—A SWEETHEART WITH BRIO

ITALIAN COACHBUILDER CASTANGA made magic art combining elegance with Alfa Romeo brio. This 1933 6C 1750 is the third Castanga-bodied Alfa featured here at SimanaitisSays. I described the 1934 2.3-Litre … Continue reading

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL TIDBITS FROM AAAS

IT’S NO SURPRISE that Science, the weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, should be an excellent source of information on science, you’ll excuse the term … Continue reading

July 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

CELEBRATING GEORGE CARLIN

I RECENTLY ENCOUNTERED one of comedian George Carlin’s great lines: “Have you noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster is a maniac?” Thus … Continue reading

July 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

SWORDPLAY OVER THE AGES AND AROUND THE WORLD PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN our swordplay tales with the Völsunga’s Gram aka Wagner Ring Cycle’s Nothung and Arthurian legends of Excalibur and the sword in the stone. Today in Part 2, … Continue reading

July 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

SWORDPLAY OVER THE AGES AND AROUND THE WORLD PART 1

NOT THAT ANYONE has asked lately, but here are swordplay tidbits collected from a variety of sources, some even overlapping with others. In Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, … Continue reading

July 22, 2020 · 1 Comment