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VINTAGE CAR ART

INTRODUCING VINTAGE CAR ART in R&T August 1958, the magazine observed, “To the dyed-in-the-wool enthusiast for the marque Aston Martin, no other make is even worthy of a second glance. … Continue reading

January 28, 2023 · Leave a comment

LRB LETTERS—A READER’S PLEASURE

LETTERS TO THE LONDON REVIEW of Books are no less insightful and erudite than the editorial matter of this wonderfully British publication. Here are tidbits gleaned from LRB, January 19, … Continue reading

January 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

THERE WERE SPRITES IN OUR GARAGES PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, tidbits were gleaned from R&T’s road test of the all-new 1958 Austin-Healey Sprite. Today in Part 2 comments are shared by a pal who managed to … Continue reading

January 26, 2023 · 4 Comments

THERE WERE SPRITES IN OUR GARAGES PART 1

LIKE THE COTTINGLEY FAIRIES that resided in Holmes literary agent Arthur Conan Doyle’s garden, for awhile Sprites resided in our driveways and garages. In fact, I know of one that … Continue reading

January 25, 2023 · 1 Comment

A CONCRETE EXAMPLE OF REDUCING CO2 

A RECENT CBS NEWS ITEM shares fascinating information about reducing global CO2 emissions. Ben Tracy and Analisa Novak give details January 16, 2023, in “Cement Industry Accounts for About 8% … Continue reading

January 24, 2023 · 1 Comment

THE GREAT FRICATIVE SHIFT, GRIMM’S LAW, AND WIFE DOTTIE’S KIN PART 2

TODAY WE PICK UP with Part 2, bringing the Brothers Grimm into the tale of Friedrich von Schlegel’s philology (not to say his other activities with Felix Mendelssohn’s auntie). The … Continue reading

January 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

THE GREAT FRICATIVE SHIFT, GRIMM’S LAW, AND WIFE DOTTIE’S KIN PART 1

I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING or other in Stephen Fry’s Mythos: The Greek Myths Reimagined, when I came upon the Appendices of this marvelous book. In its “Feet and Toes” … Continue reading

January 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

MADE IN SPACE PART 2

YESTERDAY, BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES of space manufacturing were introduced. Today, NASA takes them aboard the International Space Station, where, among other oddities, water doesn’t “drip.” Other researchers explore the benefits … Continue reading

January 21, 2023 · Leave a comment

MADE IN SPACE PART 1

TANTALIZING BENEFITS EXIST producing stuff in zero gravity. Here in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow are tidbits gleaned from several sources, including work taking place on the International … Continue reading

January 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

“IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF….”

MARIA GODOY REPORTS in NPR, January 18, 2023, “What Makes That Song Swing? At Last, Physicists Unravel a Jazz Mystery.” As a regular listener of “40’s Junction,” SiriusXM’s Swing Era … Continue reading

January 19, 2023 · 2 Comments