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Posts on 09/19/20

Grand Rapids and Its Dutch Influence

(Patrick Mears, Germany, 09/19/20 8:45 am) This note responds to Rodolfo Neirotti's kind and interesting post of yesterday about his five-year sojourn in the Netherlands. I remember being surprised by a note posted by Rodolfo long ago that ...

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020

(John Eipper, USA, 09/19/20 7:45 am) The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, progressive titan of the US Supreme Court, injects more division and uncertainty into this chaotic year 2020.  Her delicate health of the last several ye ...

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Posts on 09/18/20

My Five Years in Amsterdam

(Rodolfo Neirotti, USA, 09/18/20 2:13 pm) I am glad that Pat Mears is enjoying his visit to the Netherlands. This small, densely populated, rich and well-organized country has many cultural attractions in several towns. I spent five years in ...

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Environmental Regulations for Oil Tankers in the 1970s

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/18/20 3:58 am) As a followup to my post on the "gas free" process for cleaning oil tankers (September 16th), WAISers may be interested in the following: The 1970s were a revolutionary decade for the ...

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Another Dutch Architectural Aphorism: "Homo Sapiens Non Urinat in Ventum" (from Paul Rootare)

(John Eipper, USA, 09/18/20 3:25 am) Adding to our discussion on architecturally emblazoned quotes, Paul Rootare forwarded this nugget from a plaza in Amsterdam:  "The wise man does not urinate in the wind."

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Posts on 09/17/20

Gary Moore on Architecturally Emblazoned Quotes

(John Eipper, USA, 09/17/20 12:26 pm) Gary Moore writes: After Patrick Mears's gem (September 17), maybe WAIS should open a thread for architecturally emblazoned quotes. Once in Chicago my ...

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Tennis: US Open 2020

(David Duggan, USA, 09/17/20 6:00 am) The bubble-wrapped 2020 US Tennis Open has been put into the books and perhaps WAISers would like to know my impressions. Dominic Thiem is the men's champion and 2018 champ Naomi ...

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A Visit to Rotterdam

(Patrick Mears, Germany, 09/17/20 4:35 am) Connie and I arrived yesterday in Rotterdam.  She is writing a long travel article on holiday homes in the province of Holland for publication on the Internet and needed to do research in places ...

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Posts on 09/16/20

If We Cancel Robert E Lee, What About Jefferson...and Washington?

(Edward Jajko, USA, 09/16/20 4:53 am) John E commented on September 15th: "If Robert E Lee ends up 'canceled,' is there any reason that fellow slaveholders Jefferson and even Washington won't have to join him?" ...

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What is the "Gas Free" Process for Cleaning Oil Tankers?

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/16/20 4:16 am) John E asked about the "gas free" process for cleaning oil tankers.  It is the most important job carried out by the crew. After discharging the cargo, the ship is completely wash ...

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