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CAN YOU FEEL IT WITH ME NOW?

CELLPHONES ARE so reliable now that we rarely ask, “Can you hear me now?” However, Science magazine, April 28, 2021, reports that “New Google Effort Uses Cellphones to Detect Earthquakes,” … Continue reading

June 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

BEVS AT A CRITICAL JUNCTION

BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES have hitherto been few and far between. But environmental goals around the world are increasing BEV presence and impact.  True, these are clean-air vehicles, even with mixed … Continue reading

June 6, 2021 · 3 Comments

LET’S CELEBRATE SPAM!

I’M NOT ENCOURAGING use of the Internet sewer. Rather, I’m thinking of real Spam, the canned luncheon meat sold around the world and celebrated in a recent Voice of America … Continue reading

June 5, 2021 · 5 Comments

MERCATOR MISUNDERSTANDINGS

IF FLAT-EARTHERS were correct (they aren’t, by the way), life would be a lot easier for cartographers. As noted here at SimanaitisSays, the two-dimensional plane and three-dimensional sphere are not … Continue reading

June 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

BAMBERG TO ROME, 1926—AND VIRTUALLY 2021

WHEN I COMPLETE modeling an airplane for my Microsoft Flight Simulator, I typically fool with it a couple times on the sim, then go on to a new GMax project. … Continue reading

June 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

FLYING THE ALPS IN A SMALL PLANE—AND I MEAN SMALL PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE MARVELED at aviation pioneers challenging the mighty Alps. Today in Part 2, a young Willy Messerschmitt challenges the Versailles Treaty with the M-17, a powered aircraft of his … Continue reading

June 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

FLYING THE ALPS IN A SMALL PLANE—AND I MEAN SMALL PART 1

EVEN TODAY, FLYING the Alps can be an exhilarating experience. Imagine what it must have been like in the early days of aviation. Here today and tomorrow in Parts 1 … Continue reading

June 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS TIDBITS

WHAT WITH ONE thing and another, I’ve let almost two months of my Automotive News with little more than scanning the front pages of this industry weekly. EVs coming; check. … Continue reading

May 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

JOAN OF ARC, 15TH-CENTURY GRRL PART 2

JOAN OF ARC is credited in yesterday’s Part 1 here at SimanaitisSays with listening to heavenly voices and uniting France against the English. For this, she was burned at the … Continue reading

May 30, 2021 · 3 Comments

JOAN OF ARC, 15TH-CENTURY GRRL   PART 1

WHY MY INTEREST in Jeanne d’Arc, the Maid of Orléans, the heroine of all France? Actually there are multiple reasons: one, a recent retrospective in London Review of Books, others, … Continue reading

May 29, 2021 · Leave a comment