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A POPULATION SNAPSHOT FROM LEATHERBY AND MCCANN PART 1

DEMOGRAPHIC DATA ARE fascinating. “Sweden Stayed Open. A Deadly Month Shows the Risks,” by Lauren Leatherby and Allison McCann, in The New York Times, May 17, 2020, is a compelling … Continue reading

May 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

ZEPPE VS TRIPPE—YOU READ IT HERE FIRST, SORT OF

I’M LOOKING forward to reading Alexander Rose’s Empires of the Sky—Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men’s Epic Duel to Rule the World. This is, at least in part, to confirm things … Continue reading

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

1954 MG TF—THE LAST OF THE T SERIES

“EVERY TIME WE drive an MG,” R&T wrote in March 1954, “whether it be the TC, the TD, or as in this case, the new TF, the thought comes to … Continue reading

May 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

GEDANKENEXPERIMENTE

I WAS NEAR to dozing off when I fell into thought experiments. Gedankenexperimente, Einstein called them; so I was in lofty company, even though sheltering-in. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Gedankenexperiment. … Continue reading

May 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

LE PATRON’S PERSONAL PASTA MACHINE

ETTORE BUGATTI WAS KNOWN as Le Patron, French loosely for “the Boss,” with factory and estate located in Molsheim, Alsace, in a portion of eastern France that had been western … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

SCIENCE AND THE BALLOT

HOW SECURE IS our balloting? Last year, the American Association for the Advancement of Science established the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues. One focus, as described by … Continue reading

May 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS REVISITED PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN tidbits gleaned from Marina Warner’s “Travelling Texts,” in London Review of Books, discussing The Arabian Nights. Today in Part 2, there’s a Frenchmen who translates (and adds … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment