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Monthly Archives: November, 2020

DETROIT’S GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, Michigan Opera Theatre and its new Artistic Director Yuval Sharon offered a Motown Take on Wagner’s Götterdämmerung—at different levels of its multi-story parking garage. Today in … Continue reading

November 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

DETROIT’S GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG PART 1

THE MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE recently offered a new take on Motown Sound with its recent Twilight: Gods, a pandemic-influenced one-hour operatic condensation of Wagner’s epic (and six-hour!) Götterdämmerung, the final … Continue reading

November 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

BESPEAKING DURING A PANDEMIC

SAVILE ROW, LONDON’S legendary street of bespoke clothiers, is caught in a Covid-19 bind. Even if not locked down, it’s difficult indeed to tailor a custom suit while social distancing.  … Continue reading

November 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

FLYING THE OISEAU BLEU OF HAPPINESS PART 2

YESTERDAY PART 1 FOCUSED on the actual Farman F.180 Oiseau Bleu (Bluebird) and its Paris/London service in the 1920s and 1930s. In Part 2 today, my GMax modeling of the … Continue reading

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

FLYING THE OISEAU BLEU OF HAPPINESS PART 1

SIGHTING A BLUEBIRD is a symbol of future joy and happiness. And so it was for the Freres Farman, Richard, Henri, and Maurice. These Farman brothers, Paris-born of English parents, … Continue reading

November 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

CORVID LORE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN sharing tidbits from a recent Live Q&A Chat, part of the online Members Community of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The subject was corvids, … Continue reading

November 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

CORVID LORE PART 1

THAT TITLE WORD is not a typo for “Covid.” However, the following tidbits in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow come from an excellent source frequently discussing the latter: … Continue reading

November 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

ON GERRYMANDERING

MERRIAM-WEBSTER DEFINES “to gerrymander” as “1: to divide or arrange (a territory) into election districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage.” and “2: to divide … Continue reading

November 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

THE 1921 RUMPLER TROPFENWAGEN—AERO WONDER AND MOVIE STAR PART 2

THE RUMPLER W-6 Tropfenwagen appeared yesterday at SimanaitisSays as a 1921 look into the automotive future. Today in Part 2, we examine the car’s technicalities, why I can link it … Continue reading

November 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE 1921 RUMPLER TROPFENWAGEN—AERO WONDER AND MOVIE STAR. PART 1

WHAT DOES THE 1921 Rumpler Tropfenwagen have in common with the 1933 Napier-Railton? And, even more obscurely, what ties these two cars with my own personal driving experience? An article … Continue reading

November 11, 2020 · Leave a comment