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YOUR HIT PARADE SORTA EVERYMAN’S MTV?    PART 2

IN PART 1 YESTERDAY, Frank Sinatra thrilled bobby soxers (and ticked off sponsor Lucky Strike) in the weekly Your Hit Parade show rating popular music. Today in Part 2, we … Continue reading

April 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

YOUR HIT PARADE—SORTA EVERYMAN’S MTV?   PART 1

IT’S DIFFICULT FOR ME to imagine 1943, what with having been less than a year old for most of that year. However, through the wonders of Sirius XM “Radio Classics,” … Continue reading

April 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

VINTAGE BOND

I REALIZE THIS TITLE might be about whisky, but in fact I’m thinking of Bond, James Bond. I confess I haven’t kept up with the Bond franchise, thus my inclusion … Continue reading

April 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

YESTERDAY’S TOMORROWS

“THE FUTURE,” SAID Arthur C. Clarke, “isn’t what it used to be.” This was a fitting comment from the science-fiction author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. And, almost four decades … Continue reading

April 24, 2022 · 2 Comments

MALAPROPING THROUGH THE AGES

WHICH CAME FIRST: the malaprop, a humorous misuse of similar sounding words, or Mrs. Malaprop, a character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1775 play The Rivals? The French language gives a … Continue reading

April 23, 2022 · 3 Comments

HAVE I GOT A DEAL FOR YOU!

OPTIONS ARE SO enticing in car purchases, even more so in the early days of motoring. Here are automotive enhancements gleaned from Floyd Clymer’s Historical Motor Scrapbook, Clymer Motors, 1944. … Continue reading

April 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

eVTOL UPDATE    PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we looked at “The Battery That Flies,” Ben Ryder Howe’s article in The New York Times, April 16, 2022. Today in Part 2, we do a … Continue reading

April 21, 2022 · 1 Comment

eVTOL UPDATE   PART 1

“VTOL” MEANS “VERTICAL take-off and landing” aircraft. Drones are VTOL; so are helicopters; and so are aircraft like the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, Hawker Siddeley Harrier Jump Jet, and Dornier … Continue reading

April 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

SOLID-STATE BATTERIES: WHEN? IF? WHOSE?

THIS IS A PARTICULARLY interesting time for solid-state batteries, those, as their name indicates, using a solid material rather than liquid means of conveying their ions from post to post. … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

SKOOL IS BACK

NOW THAT KIDS ARE returning, sorta, to traditional schooling, maybe it’s time to bring some humor, er… humour to the educational process. I do this in vintage fashion, by examining … Continue reading

April 18, 2022 · 3 Comments