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CORVID LORE PART 1

THAT TITLE WORD is not a typo for “Covid.” However, the following tidbits in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow come from an excellent source frequently discussing the latter: … Continue reading

November 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

ON GERRYMANDERING

MERRIAM-WEBSTER DEFINES “to gerrymander” as “1: to divide or arrange (a territory) into election districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage.” and “2: to divide … Continue reading

November 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

THE 1921 RUMPLER TROPFENWAGEN—AERO WONDER AND MOVIE STAR PART 2

THE RUMPLER W-6 Tropfenwagen appeared yesterday at SimanaitisSays as a 1921 look into the automotive future. Today in Part 2, we examine the car’s technicalities, why I can link it … Continue reading

November 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE 1921 RUMPLER TROPFENWAGEN—AERO WONDER AND MOVIE STAR. PART 1

WHAT DOES THE 1921 Rumpler Tropfenwagen have in common with the 1933 Napier-Railton? And, even more obscurely, what ties these two cars with my own personal driving experience? An article … Continue reading

November 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT! (NO KIDDING….)

A recent topic was “The World’s Most Dramatic Airport Approaches.” Here are tidbits on three of the article’s eight that I’ve actually experienced, together with comments about my flight simulator … Continue reading

November 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

LET US ALL CELEBRATE

AS I WRITE this on Sunday, November 8, 2020, Joe Biden has a lead of some 4 million in the popular vote and a projected Electoral College tally of 290 … Continue reading

November 9, 2020 · 8 Comments

A MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT OF BATTLE PLANS

MANY MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS were liturgical, but there were exceptions. The fifteenth-century Visconti Semideus, as described in Christopher De Hamel’s Meeting with Remarkable Manuscripts, is an artful collection of battle plans. … Continue reading

November 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

ON CONSPIRACY THEORIES

THE LONDON REVIEW of Books continues to illuminate and entertain me with its erudite articles. Its October 22, 2020, issue has “Red Pill, Blue Pill,” subtitled “James Meek on the … Continue reading

November 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

AN EARLY FARCE—BUT AS TIMELY AS TODAY’S HEADLINES PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we met the characters of The Farce of Pierre Pathelin, a play from the fifteenth century that resonates today in its portrayal of mendacity. Today in … Continue reading

November 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN EARLY FARCE—YET AS TIMELY AS TODAY’S HEADLINES PART 1

LET US PAUSE to enjoy theatrical farce. In fact, The Farce of Pierre Pathelin may be one of the earliest of its kind, the genre defined by Merriam-Webster as “a … Continue reading

November 4, 2020 · Leave a comment