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TONY’S STRAIGHT SHOOTER

THE FOKKER EINDECKER changed the tactics of aerial combat midway through World War I. Aeroplanes were initially used exclusively for observation, until an observer took a potshot at an enemy … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

MORE POWER TO YA

AMERICA’S POWER GRID is the largest in the world. But it’s not the most modern, nor the most reliable. Gretchen Bakke’s book The Grid addresses these points and others. Cymene Howe … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

DRIVING THROUGH A BRUSSELS LOOPHOLE

THE SOOT CONTINUES to accumulate around diesel cars finagled to run clean in official testing, though not necessarily otherwise. “VW’s Diesel Scam” made news last year when the International Council … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

DUESENBERG HORSEPOWER—BUT WHICH ONE?

CLASSIC DUESENBERGS were powerful automobiles, but how powerful? How does horsepower circa 1930 compare with today’s measurement of automotive power? Yesterday’s tale at this website continues. When E.L. Cord bought … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING PENGUIN BOOKS

PENGUIN BOOKS is celebrating its eightieth anniversary, thus reminding me of the pleasure I’ve derived from these pocket-size, color-coded, modestly priced editions of literature. A Penguin celebration also appeared in … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

CALIFORNIA, HERE I CAME

I’M A born-again Californian, not a native one. Wife Dottie, by contrast, is a desert rat from El Centro. In rearranging some bookshelves recently, I came upon a fine California … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

PRESS ONE FOR BASIC ENGLISH

CHARLES KAY OGDEN had a revolutionary idea when he wrote Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar, published in 1930. By Basic English, he didn’t mean merely the … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · 1 Comment