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ON TRILLIONS

SUPPOSE AN OFFICIAL Counter had been commissioned at the birth of Christ to begin numbering the seconds (assuming, for the moment, a start at 1 A.D., not the 4 B.C. … Continue reading

April 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

FLAT-RAD FOUR-SEATER

IT COULD HAVE BEEN this Salon feature of a Morgan Plus 4 Tourer, R&T, March 1954, that initiated my love affair with the Morgan Four-Seater. Indeed, the magazine’s cover was … Continue reading

April 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

BIG EV BENEFITS FROM NANOTECH

A HEADLINE CAUGHT my eye: “Aiming for the 5-minute EV Recharge,” in SAE Automotive Engineering, April 2021. The Technology Report by Stuart Birch describes nanotech advances from NAWA Technologies, headquartered … Continue reading

April 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

AROUND THE WORLD IN FIVE GENRES

TURNER MOVIE CLASSICS recently aired Mike Todd’s Around the World in 80 Days, 1956. This got me thinking about the marvelous tale by Jules Verne in his novel, Le Tour … Continue reading

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

OLD COPPER FLOURISHED IN GREAT LAKES REGION

NO, I’M NOT making a political comment about policing in the U.S. Upper Midwest. Rather, I’m citing “Great Lakes People Among First Coppersmiths,” as reported by David Malakoff in Science … Continue reading

April 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

STRENGTHEN YE, STRENGTHEN YE!

THERE ARE SEVERAL views on the etymology of the word “stork,” but Katherine Rundell’s suggestion is particularly appealing in “Consider the Stork?,” London Review of Books, April 1, 2021.  “Storks … Continue reading

April 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE PERILS OF CWT

THERE’S DUI (DRIVING under the influence), OWI (operating while intoxicated), and DWI (driving while intoxicated). But what about CWT (cooking while tattooed)?  It sure got an alleged mafioso in a … Continue reading

April 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CALIFORNIA’S ROUTE 1 IN 1988

DOROTHY CLENDENIN WASN’T yet Wife Dottie in 1988 when she celebrated the 50th anniversary of California Route 1. She traveled this fabled route down the coast from Monterey to Morro … Continue reading

April 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE BOOK HEIST

WHAT WITH GLOBAL complexities, the Internet, lawyer highjinks, and business school finesses, malefactors now have enhanced opportunities to evade punishment. On the other hand, malefinders (my new word, with obvious … Continue reading

April 6, 2021 · 5 Comments

CHARING CROSS—LONDON’S CENTREPIECE   PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE FOUND London’s Charing Cross named for a bend in the River Thames and a cross honoring Eleanor, wife of England’s Edward I. We’d like to believe she’d rest … Continue reading

April 5, 2021 · 2 Comments