Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

LA MARQUISE MOTORS ON

THE 1884 DE DION, BOUTON ET TRÉPARDOUX is “the oldest running car in the world,” as described by Gooding & Company at its Pebble Beach Auction, August 19, 2007. The … Continue reading

December 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

AMERICANS IN JAPAN—1965

JUST AS THE 1853–1854 Perry Expedition to Japan led to the Meiji Era’s assimilation of Western ways, the 1964 Summer Olympics, the first Olympiad held in Asia, enhanced Tokyo’s standing … Continue reading

December 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

EDITOR, LETTERS TO THE

THIS ALL STARTED with the London Review of Books, September 23, 2021. It contained Anthony Grafton’s “Fake It Till You Make It,” a review of Dennis Duncan’s aptly named Index, … Continue reading

December 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

MEDICAL TIDBITS

THE COVID PANDEMIC has made me aware of SIR analyses modeling Susceptibility, Infection, and Recovery; of R0, R-naught describing Covid’s average rate of transmission; and of other medical complexities. Yet … Continue reading

December 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL? NO, ROCKING CHAIR

I’VE HAD GOOD FUN with armchair travel by virtue of my Baedekers and other guidebooks. The fact that most of them were published before the Great War only enhances their … Continue reading

December 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

DATING “THE CAPTAIN’S TABLE” MENU

WIFE DOTTIE LED an adventurous lile. Japan to Brazil to the Arctic Circle to La Cienega near 3rd Street in Los Angeles. In sifting through her treasures, I have proof … Continue reading

December 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

BARNSTORMING—THOUGH NOT IN THE AIR

BARNSTORMING MAY EVOKE images of wing-walking and other aerial hijinks. Actually, though, I learned that the term “barnstorming” predates the aeroplane by decades. Here are tidbits of barnstorming, summer stock, … Continue reading

December 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

BIRD: BIOLOGICAL INTELLIGENT RECONNAISSANCE DRONE

MISINFORMATION IS RIFE. Wacko antivaxxers believe that Covid vaccines contain government-installed chips that monitor our movements. Only slightly more rational antivaxxers seem to know people who have died from a … Continue reading

December 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

MY FAVORITE SONDHEIM—ILLUSTRATED BY HIRSCHFELD

I THANK BEN BRANTLEY for “These Hirschfeld Drawings Capture Sondheim’s Shows Better Than Any Photo.” The New York Times, December 9, 2021. Brantley writes, “Ever since Stephen Sondheim died last … Continue reading

December 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

A PLATE OF THAT HAUTE CUISINE, MACK

THERE’S A DIRECT LINE  from peasant fare to bourgeoise cooking to haute cuisine. There are also fascinating societal aspects, as described by Ligaya Mishan in The Humble Beginnings of Today’s … Continue reading

December 10, 2021 · Leave a comment