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SEARCHING FOR SPECIES 

TWO RECENT ARTICLES REMINDED ME of a Katherine Rundell quote three days ago here at SimanaitisSays—and also of a conversation with a fellow college professor some fifty years ago. Andy … Continue reading

November 25, 2022 · 1 Comment

LANCIA AIMS FOR THE MID-50S U.S. MARKET

IN THE MID-50S, AMERICAN CARS WERE displaying an exuberance of wraparound windshields, swoopy chrome trim, and tail fins destined to reach a reductio ad absurdum by the end of the … Continue reading

November 24, 2022 · 3 Comments

TO MUM WITH LOVE, WITH BIBLIOPHILIA ADDED 

A HEART-WARMING STORY comes from BBC News, November 17, 2022: “U.S. Blogger in Quest to Find Norfolk Mother’s Day Card Writer.” It’s a sweet tale that reminds me of my … Continue reading

November 23, 2022 · 1 Comment

IN AWE OF HUMMINGBIRDS

I CONFESS TO BE not much of a bird watcher. Indeed, I take delight in the satirical “Birds Aren’t Real” movement claiming our avian friends are actually Biological Intelligent Reconnaissance … Continue reading

November 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

WORKING THE INTERNET’S EDGE WITH ANALOG OPTICS

WE LIVE IN DIGITAL TIMES. Yet, as noted recently here in SimanaitisSays, analog computing is having a resurgence. “Delocalized Photonic Deep Learning on the Internet’s Edge,” by Alexander Sludds et … Continue reading

November 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE ELEMENTAL SPORTS CAR

LET’S CELEBRATE A TWO-SEAT SPORTS CAR, its twin-cam front engine linked efficiently with rear-wheel drive by a central spine of boxed steel. It has a soft top, tidy styling, pop-up … Continue reading

November 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

SAE INTERNATIONAL ON SMART CITIES   PART 2 

YESTERDAY AN SAE INTERNATIONAL Update discussed smart city aspects of pedestrian-to-vehicle communication and evolving standards for micromobility. Today in Part 2 another Update author explores the basic tenents of smart … Continue reading

November 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

SAE INTERNATIONAL ON SMART CITIES   PART 1

WE HAVE SMARTS GALORE: smart phones, smart kitchen appliances, smart clothes, smart cars, even smart cities. But what exactly does this term mean?  More than just stamping the tops of … Continue reading

November 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

MUSLIM LORE—FROM GLUBB PASHA AND THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE   PART 2

YESTERDAY, SIR JOHN BAGOT GLUBB described the high points of Islamic culture culminating in 732, only a hundred years after the death of Muhammud. Today in Part 2, we glean … Continue reading

November 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

MUSLIM LORE—FROM GLUBB PASHA AND THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE    PART 1

HAVING ONCE MET Sir John Bagot Glubb, aka Glubb Pasha, I now and again enjoy perusing his authoritative and most readable account of the founder of Islam.  The Los Angeles … Continue reading

November 16, 2022 · 1 Comment