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A TYPEFACE RECONCILIATION   PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, Comic Sans typeface entertained us with its popularity—and notoriety: Indeed, which other typefaces foster hate groups? To which I‘m tempted to respond “Get a life.”  Today … Continue reading

November 4, 2021 · 4 Comments

A TYPEFACE RECONCILIATION    PART 1

IT’S QUITE ENOUGH that we argue about Covid vaccinations, women’s bodies, and batshit crazy politicos. I offer here reconciliation on typefaces, specifically Helvetica versus Comic Sans. My sources for these … Continue reading

November 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

NORMA JEAN, AS SHE WAS KNOWN

THESE NORMA JEAN TIDBITS come to me from two sources: SimanaitisSays reader Bob Storck and SiriusXM’s “Radio Classics.” You may well remember her by another name, Marilyn Monroe.  This autographed … Continue reading

November 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

RECALLING THE MARTIN AM MAULER

A RECENT REFERENCE to control-line aircraft modeling here at SimanaitisSays evoked strikingly similar memories from reader Bob Storck. As a kid, he too enjoyed carrier event with model Navy aircraft … Continue reading

November 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

MAZDA RX-7—ENGINEERING WIZARD YAMAMOTO PERFECTS THE WANKEL

THE WANKEL ENGINE got off to a tough start. An early R&T citation quipped “Winkle winkle, little Wankel,/How I wonder if your crank’ll/Wind up all around itself/And you’ll end up … Continue reading

October 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

ON TRIGGING 

QUITE APART FROM slang for trigonometry, I always thought the verb “to trig” meant something like “to get the drift of” in the sense of revealing something: “He trigged to … Continue reading

October 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

MY FOUR-STROKE HOLOGRAM

A HOLOGRAM, WIKIPEDIA EXPLAINS, “is made by superimposing a second wavefront (normally called the reference beam) on the wavefront of interest, thereby generating an interference pattern which is recorded on … Continue reading

October 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

GOSFORD PARK—SORTA PREQUEL TO DOWNTON ABBEY

I DELIGHT IN the works of Julian Fellowes, especially his film Gosford Park and TV series Downton Abbey. That a sole writer composed the scripts for these wonderful English period … Continue reading

October 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

SERENDIPITOUS ART RETROSPECTIVES 

THERE’S A BENEFIT in decluttering: Things previously forgotten bring renewed joy. For instance, over the years I’ve been to the Canadian Grand Prix several times. And in one of the … Continue reading

October 26, 2021 · Leave a comment