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Monthly Archives: October, 2021

GEORGE BOOLE—GRANDFATHER OF OUR INFORMATION AGE PART 1

COMPUTERS DO NOTHING MORE than count on two fingers very quickly: Computer logic assigns 1 or 0 respectively to truth or falsity in the on/off presence of an electrical current. … Continue reading

October 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

COLDPLAY COMBATS CO2

THE ENGLISH ROCK BAND Coldplay plans a sustainability-enhanced 2022 world tour, with a pledge to cut CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared with that of their 2016-2017 tour. Ben Beaumont-Thomas … Continue reading

October 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

ARISTOPHANES AND HIP-HOP PART 2

I RECENTLY GOT HOOKED on the plays of Aristophanes because of Emily Wilson’s fine article “Punishment by Radish,” in London Review of Books, appearing in print October 21, 2021. Here … Continue reading

October 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

ARISTOPHANES AND HIP-HOP   PART 1 

OLD COMEDY OF the ancient Greeks should not be confused with their Tragedy. I learned this tidbit while reading Emily Wilson’s “Punishment by Radish,” in London Review of Books, to … Continue reading

October 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

HENRY N. MANNEY III AND THE BROOKLANDS RILEY

SALON FEATURES IN R&T were generally of three types: the purely historical (“…and then on the morning of August 17, 1927, …”), the first-person tentative (“I might have driven this … Continue reading

October 14, 2021 · 4 Comments

CHARGED UP ABOUT SWITCHING TO EVS 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS, OCTOBER 4, 2021, carried a provocative page 1 story by Michael Martinez: “Ford Isn’t Waiting—It’s All In On EVs.”   “When Ford Motor Co. introduced the F-150 Lightning in … Continue reading

October 13, 2021 · 6 Comments

FOILING THE MOB—JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID’S LAVOISIER PORTRAIT PART 2

WHEN WE LEFT Antoine and Marie-Anne Lavoisier in Part 1, they were pursuing joint research in the new chemistry. Alas, the French Revolution was coming. A Couple’s Portrait. In 1788, … Continue reading

October 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

FOILING THE MOB—JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID’S LAVOISIER PORTRAIT PART 1

PITY THE LAVOISIERS, Antoine-Laurent and his wife Marie-Anne Paulze. This French scientific partnership was instrumental in the transition from qualitative chemistry and biology to quantitative endeavors. Pity Jacques-Louis David, French … Continue reading

October 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

TRY YOUR LUCK FOR A CAPSULE O.L.

GEE, I WISH I were in Japan so I could pop coins into a vending machine and have it reward me with a miniaturized bit of reality: an air conditioner, … Continue reading

October 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

BBC OMAKASE

GOOGLE TRANSLATE RENDERS the Japanese word おまかせ, omakase, as the English “random.” In the sushi world, though, it’s asking the sushi master to orchestrate a selection of his own choice. It … Continue reading

October 9, 2021 · Leave a comment