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GAIA’S EVOLUTIONARY LEAPS    PART 2

YESTERDAY WE SHARED tidbits from “Our Cyborg Progeny,” a review of James Lovelock’s Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence, in London Review of Books, January 7, 2021. Today in Part … Continue reading

January 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

GAIA’S EVOLUTIONARY LEAPS    PART 1

MEEHAM CRIST’S ARTICLE “Our Cyborg Progeny,” The London Review of Books, January 7, 2021, is thought-provoking, enlightening, and entertaining. Even by LRB standards, at 4634 words it’s a lengthy piece. … Continue reading

January 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

FATHER KNOX’S RULES—AND HOAX

FATHER RONALD KNOX was an English theologian with fascinating credentials: an Anglican priest who converted to Roman Catholicism, a famed Sherlockian, and a perpetrator of a hoax that predated Orson … Continue reading

January 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

NEW CAR NEWS

THIS NEW YEAR’S SimanaitisSays is appropriately Janus-like. It looks back at late-2020 Automotive News tidbits and looks forward to the future of the automobile. And, as leavening agent, these tidbits … Continue reading

January 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

DID SHAKESPEARE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS?

PEOPLE WHO KEEP track of such things identify only three references to Christmas in all of Shakespeare’s plays. On the other hand, the Bard’s Christmas season lasted longer than ours. … Continue reading

December 24, 2020 · 4 Comments

MR. DUNNE’S FLYING WING—IN 1910! PART 2

JOHN WILLIAM DUNNE was more than a pioneer aviator. His D.5 aeroplane displayed the extreme innovation of a flying wing, almost a century before Northrup’s B-2 stealth bomber. And his … Continue reading

December 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

MR. DUNNE’S FLYING WING—IN 1910! PART 1

JUST SEVEN YEARS after the Wright Brothers demonstrated controlled, heavier-than-air, powered flight, British aviator John Dunne designed and piloted his flying wing: The 1910 D.5 was a tailless swept-wing craft … Continue reading

December 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

RECONCILIATION? NOT QUITE YET

IN TIME, I hope, there will be reconciliation between Trumpers and the rest of us. In the meantime, however, I am reminded of St. Augustine’s famously insincere plea, “Grant me … Continue reading

December 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

TWO SONS’ LEGACIES—ONE OF THEM, THE FERRARI 196 S DINO

ENZO FERRARI’S ELDER son Alfredo was born in 1932. Named after his paternal grandfather, he soon acquired the nickname Dino, short for Alfredino. Were he to have a son, Enzo … Continue reading

December 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

ON IMMANUEL KANT ET AL

I WAS PERUSING my secondhand copy of The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes, this time around, getting around to reading its editor Clifton Fadiman’s introductory notes (for the first time, … Continue reading

December 19, 2020 · 4 Comments