Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

RUN IT UP THE REM AND SEE WHO SALUTES

THERE YOU’D BE, just entering REM slumber enticed by your smart speaker playing a Chopin nocturne. Inexplicably, though, you dream that Ivory is 99.44-percent pure—it floats. Or that Budweiser is … Continue reading

July 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

DOING RIGHT BY ART

IT’S NEVER TOO late to remedy art abuses, whether perpetrated for evil means or just triviality. Two examples come to mind: One involves the Nazis and French Vichy collaboration, a … Continue reading

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

WHERE’S NINA?

YOU WOULDN’T THINK that crow quill pens would be all that common, but in less than a week I’ve encountered a second famous artist who employed them. Theatrical caricaturist extraordinaire … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

THE FIRST HUMANS/DIE ERSTE MENSCHEN

RECENTLY I ENCOUNTERED the first humans, at least metaphorically. Here are tidbits about the Dutch National Opera’s production of Die Erste Menschen, a 1920 opera by German composer Rudi Stephan. … Continue reading

July 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

SCIENCE TIDBITS—WITH AVIARY AND POLITICAL CONNECTIONS

“EVERYTHING CONNECTS TO everything else,” said Leonardo Da Vinci. And I get a sense of this while reading Science, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. … Continue reading

July 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

PANHARD JUNIOR SPORTS—LESS THAN AN MG

“NEW SPORTS CAR models of all types and sizes have been introduced on the American market during the past few years. One thing they all had in common—a price higher … Continue reading

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

SCADS OF DATA ENHANCE HUMAN DECISION-MAKING

HOW DO WE make a decision? To perform a particular action. To buy a product. To elect a person. Predictions and analyses of decision-making are research areas in both the … Continue reading

July 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

SWISS ADVENTURES

ENJOYING FRANCIS DURBRIDGE’S “Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery,” I got to thinking about other Swiss adventures. Here are tidbits about a couple of my own Swiss adventures, augmented with … Continue reading

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

GOREY’S SPOOKY PEN AND INK

EDWARD GOREY’S WHIMSICALLY spooky credits for PBS’s Masterpiece series have entertained me for years. And Rosemary Hill’s recent “How Peculiar It Is,” London Review of Books, June 3, 2021, adds … Continue reading

July 12, 2021 · 5 Comments

只是平躺 (JUST LYING FLAT)

INDEED, THERE ARE times when chilling out is the appropriate response. Even in the People’s Republic of China. Details are given in Elsie Chen’s “These Chinese Millennials are ‘Chilling,’ and … Continue reading

July 11, 2021 · Leave a comment