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A (BELATED) 10TH ANNIVERSARY

AGG!! IT SLIPPED MY MIND back in mid-August, but this celebrated the tenth anniversary of SimanaitisSays—count them 10! And they said I’d run out of things to say. Ha. Here, … Continue reading

September 9, 2022 · 4 Comments

SARTORIAL COOL   PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE EXCHANGED suit, repp tie, and dress shoes for hoochie daddys and sandals. Today we continue with tidbits gleaned from Christopher Favelle’s most informative “Hot Couture: How a Warming … Continue reading

September 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

SARTORIAL COOL   PART 1

WHAT WITH RETIREMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, politics, and all, my current sartorial style is defined by statements on my T-shirts: “KEEP CALM and PURSUE QUESTIONS EMPIRICALLY,” “THE DELLOW REGISTER,” “C:\DOS C:\DOS\RUN … Continue reading

September 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

SAAB 850 GT—SWEDISH STYLE MOTORIZED   PART 2

THIS SAAB STORY (NO pun intended) continues with additional tidbits gleaned from an R&T road test of the 850 GT in April 1964, along with some personal links and even … Continue reading

September 6, 2022 · 1 Comment

SAAB 850 GT—SWEDISH STYLE MOTORIZED   PART 1

IN NEAR-TERM MEMORY, SAAB is a defunct subsidiary of GM. But this legendary Swedish marque used to be a great deal more. As one example, it made the cover of … Continue reading

September 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

GETTING A GLOW ON—IN AN EVOLUTIONARY SENSE

“TINY CARIBBEAN CRUSTACEANS and their bioluminescent mating displays are shining new light on evolution.” This, from Elizabeth Pennisi in her fascinating article “Sparkling Waters” in Science, August 22, 2022.  Tiny … Continue reading

September 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

WANTED, IN THE OLD WEST, AND IN VICTORIAN THEATRE AS WELL   PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we saw British polymath Robert Harling rise (possibly from orphenhood, possibly not) to become a typographer (Playbill font, 1938), an editorial trainee (twice, not for long … Continue reading

September 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

WANTED, IN THE OLD WEST, AND IN VICTORIAN THEATRE AS WELL   PART 1

THESE TIDBITS, IN PARTS 1 AND 2 today and tomorrow, are about Robert Harling’s Playbill typography (which, curiously, has nothing to do with Playbill, the theater magazine described in “Prokofiev, … Continue reading

September 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT   PART 2

IT WAS 1961, AND A 1955 R&T road test of a Renault 4CV was my principal source in persuading Dad about purchasing my first car. “A very remarkable machine,” R&T … Continue reading

September 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT…. PART 1

RECENTLY PERUSING A 1955 R&T road test of the Renault 4CV evoked vivid memories of my first car being a scaled-down version of Dad’s 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner.  Why this … Continue reading

August 31, 2022 · 4 Comments