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

TIDBITS GLEANED FROM THE CLASSIC AUCTION MARKET

MY ENTHUSIASM FOR classic cars is enhanced each month with the arrival of Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market, aptly subtitled “The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends.” The … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · 2 Comments

BBC PROMS 2020

THROUGH BBC WORLD SERVICE, I am virtually taking part in a British tradition, The Proms concerts. And, most appropriately, Diverted Traffic 115, London Review of Books, September 6, 2020, reprinted … Continue reading

September 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

FURTHER THOUGHTS ON SCIENCE

SCIENTISTS AND OTHER commentators of science are often very articulate—and entertaining. I’ve been collecting such tidbits on this from one place and another for a while. As a followup to … Continue reading

September 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

MOBILGAS ECONOMY RUN—1954

A MOBILGAS AD back in 1954 read, “In the greatest road test of performance and mileage characteristics of American stock cars, 20 automobiles vied for Sweepstakes and price class honors … Continue reading

September 7, 2020 · 3 Comments

POMPEII—95 OR 1941 YEARS ON

THIS DUAL DATING, almost a century or nearly two millennia, has logic: Pompeii was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and my primary source for this … Continue reading

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

HOLMES CHRONICLER “JAMES” H. WATSON? PART 2

JUST WHO WAS Mrs. Watson referring to when she used the name “James” instead of “John”? See HOLMES CHRONICLER “JAMES” H. WATSON? PART 1. Today in Part 2, we’ll examine evidence … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

HOLMES CHRONICLER “JAMES” H. WATSON? PART 1

MANY SHERLOCKIANS MAINTAIN the charming conceit that Dr. John H. Watson was the chronicler of the greatest consulting detective. Conon Doyle was merely Watson’s literary agent; see CONAN DOYLE’S OTHER … Continue reading

September 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

A GIFT FROM THE COSMOS

EVERY YEAR, TENS of thousands of meteorites survive trips through our atmosphere to reach Earth. But the one that struck in the Costa Rican rainforest last year was really special: … Continue reading

September 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN INSPIRATIONAL OPERA INDEED

OPERAS CAN INSPIRE—but enough to create a country? Yes, the history of Belgium is woven into the obscure La Muette de Portici, The Mute of Portici, an 1828 opera by … Continue reading

September 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

BESSIE COLEMAN—A COURAGEOUS WOMAN OF SOARING AMBITION PART 2

HERE’S A WOMAN who rose from a http://wp.me/p2ETap-az9 sharecropper family to being called “the world’s greatest woman flier” in 1922. Today in Part 2, we find Bessie returning to the … Continue reading

September 1, 2020 · 2 Comments