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PAYOFFS (AND PERILS) OF AUTOMOTIVE PROGRESS

AS WITH ANY successful endeavor, automotive progress is essential, but not without inherent perils. My thoughts on this are prompted by recognizing a trend from articles in Automotive News, the … Continue reading

September 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

“No, MR. BOND. I EXPECT YOU TO WELD.”

THE QUOTE ABOVE acknowledges one of the greatest James Bond movie lines. In answer to 007’s “Do you expect me to talk?,” Goldfinger replies, “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you … Continue reading

September 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

BUBBLEGRAM MEMORIES

I HAD FORGOTTEN the word “bubblegram” until I got out my collection of them. According to Wikipedia, “A bubblegram (also known as laser crystal, 3D engraving or vitrography) is a … Continue reading

September 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

SCIENTISTS STUDY SUICIDE PART 2

YESTERDAY, I SHARED AAAS Science magazine’s reporting on suicide and evolution. Today, global and national aspects of suicide are discussed. A Global View. “Geography of Loss,” by Meagan Weiland with … Continue reading

September 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

SCIENTISTS STUDY SUICIDE PART 1

SCIENCE MAGAZINE, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, devoted its August 23, 2019, cover story to “Unraveling Suicide: Scientists Look for New Ways to Save Lives.” … Continue reading

September 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

WHAT ARE BREAKER POINTS, GRANDPA?

“ARE BREAKER POINTS in tennis matches?” No, my little one, they have to do with pre-transistorized automotive ignition systems. “What’s a transistor, Grandpa?” Internal combustion requires something to ignite an … Continue reading

September 7, 2019 · 7 Comments

THE PLAZA, AS RECOUNTED BY TINA BROWN

A BOOK REVIEW may inform. It may infuriate. It may even encourage a purchase. And, like Tina Brown’s “Theater of Dreams: A Tale of Boom and Bust at the Plaza … Continue reading

September 6, 2019 · Leave a comment