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SCIENCE TIDBITS—WITH AVIARY AND POLITICAL CONNECTIONS

“EVERYTHING CONNECTS TO everything else,” said Leonardo Da Vinci. And I get a sense of this while reading Science, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. … Continue reading

July 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

PANHARD JUNIOR SPORTS—LESS THAN AN MG

“NEW SPORTS CAR models of all types and sizes have been introduced on the American market during the past few years. One thing they all had in common—a price higher … Continue reading

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

SCADS OF DATA ENHANCE HUMAN DECISION-MAKING

HOW DO WE make a decision? To perform a particular action. To buy a product. To elect a person. Predictions and analyses of decision-making are research areas in both the … Continue reading

July 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

SWISS ADVENTURES

ENJOYING FRANCIS DURBRIDGE’S “Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery,” I got to thinking about other Swiss adventures. Here are tidbits about a couple of my own Swiss adventures, augmented with … Continue reading

July 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

GOREY’S SPOOKY PEN AND INK

EDWARD GOREY’S WHIMSICALLY spooky credits for PBS’s Masterpiece series have entertained me for years. And Rosemary Hill’s recent “How Peculiar It Is,” London Review of Books, June 3, 2021, adds … Continue reading

July 12, 2021 · 5 Comments

只是平躺 (JUST LYING FLAT)

INDEED, THERE ARE times when chilling out is the appropriate response. Even in the People’s Republic of China. Details are given in Elsie Chen’s “These Chinese Millennials are ‘Chilling,’ and … Continue reading

July 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

HUGHES H-1 RACER    PART 3

IN PARTS 1 AND 2, Howard Hughes and his H-1 set out to break a world speed record for land airplanes, 1935, and a cross-country record in 1937. Now in … Continue reading

July 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

THE HUGHES H-1 RACER   PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, a 29-year-old Howard Hughes set out to design, fabricate, and fly a land plane for a world speed record. Eventually known as the H-1, his sleek … Continue reading

July 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

HUGHES H-1 RACER   PART 1

IT WAS THE Golden Age of aviation. It was the 1930s, when Howard Hughes and his H-1 Racer set a world speed record as well as one for crossing the … Continue reading

July 8, 2021 · 3 Comments

A TRIPLE CONJUNCTION OF VENUS, MERCURY, AND THE SUN IN SCORPIO?

MY FAVORITE ASTROLOGICAL predictions are the specific ones: “Tomorrow, Libras are going to step upon Virgos’ umbrella tips.” And, so it seems, Alexander Boxer shares this view in his book … Continue reading

July 7, 2021 · 1 Comment