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Monthly Archives: April, 2021

THE SIAI-MARCHETTI-NARDI FN-333—FOR PIRATES OF THE RIVIERA   PART 2

YESTERDAY, THE FN-333 RIVIERA’S heritage was described here as a rare amphibious aircraft, 26 produced in Italy, perhaps six in the world airworthy today. Here in Part 2, I offer … Continue reading

April 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE SIAI-MARCHETTI-NARDI FN-333—FOR PIRATES OF THE RIVIERA   PART 1

IN “THE COOL World of Seaplanes,” Flying magazine, June 1966, James Gilbert summed up the FN-333 Riviera, “The ads talk about your being a private pirate in the Riviera, but … Continue reading

April 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING SECONDHAND ROCKETRY

ONE-USE ROCKETRY IS so 20th Century. In the old days of space exploration, rockets and their boosters were one-use entities, discarded in the ocean as part of the space capsule … Continue reading

April 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

SPACE GRUB EXTRAORDINAIRE

“THIS BOEUF BOURGUIGNON is over the moon!” Well, not quite yet, but it is among the offerings to astronauts now joined up at the International Space Station. Kenneth Chang writes … Continue reading

April 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

CHRONICLE OF AVIATION—1921

THE ROARING TWENTIES followed the roar of warfare, the latter including unprecedented combat in the air. Bombers were converted to passenger service. Surplus fighter planes gave barnstormers a peacetime career. … Continue reading

April 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

NEW THOUGHTS ON A.I.   PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE SHARPENED our discussion of artificial intelligence by separating A.I. from some guy named Al. We also gleaned tidbits from James Fallows’ article in The New York Times Book … Continue reading

April 24, 2021 · 1 Comment

NEW THOUGHTS ON A.I.   PART 1

MY MOST RECENT thought on artificial intelligence is to add punctuation, A.I. Hitherto, depending upon type font, discussions of this subject here at SimanaitisSays resembled a bio of a guy … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

LONDON BRIDGE—FALLING TO LAKE HAVASU CITY

GREAT CITIES ARE established on rivers: London’s Thames, Paris’s Seine, Vienna’s Danube, St. Petersburg’s Neva, Prague’s Vltava; the list goes on. Rivers encourage commerce and development. But they also offer … Continue reading

April 22, 2021 · 3 Comments

A FABULOUS GEM, ETYMOLOGY—PLUS A LAST-MINUTE PUZZLE!

I’VE NEVER VISITED M.S. Rau Fine Art Antiques Jewels, on Royal Street in New Orleans. But it runs some of the spiffiest ads. This recent one, “Beyond Blue: Tanzanite Ring,” … Continue reading

April 21, 2021 · Leave a comment