June 30, 2012 |
Summer's here, and you know what that means: Lying on the beach and ducking dozens of colorful rubber and plastic projectiles. If you can break away from your Corona and dog-eared copy of "50 Shades of Grey," get up and join the fun. Playing ball games that involve hitting and throwing build coordination and flexibility and burn calories like crazy. And when you've worked up a good sweat, collapse back on your towel. There's a great one reviewed here too. Bad badminton Speedminton Fun Set S70: The new racquet sport, invented in Germany, features an extra-heavy badminton-style birdie called a "speeder" (shown above)
January 27, 1991 |
Just the other night, I went to see the Clippers play basketball, which is always a treat. For me, an evening at a Clipper game is exactly like a quiet, relaxing, romantic evening at home, except at home I don't have hardwood floors.
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May 14, 1988
In his article loftily instructing Americans about our "failure" in Vietnam, French journalist Todd has the colossal nerve to ask, "Why, for example, do communists so often manage to confiscate a national liberation or anti-colonial struggle?" He ought to know. It was the French who plundered, oppressed and brutalized the Vietnamese so that capitalism, which the French represented, became synonymous with hell. Communism seemed a viable alternative. Paul Doumer, who became the French governor general of Vietnam around the turn of the century, stated the French attitude quite succinctly when he wrote in his memoirs, "When France arrived in Indo China, the Vietnamese were ripe for servitude."
January 12, 1986
Jerry Goldsmith's score for "Legends" being replaced with one by Tangerine Dream is mindlessly depressing, but hardly surprising ("Movie Music: Is It Becoming Hit or Miss?," by Steven Smith, Jan. 5). What else is to be expected in a business where corporate decisions have spent $48 million on a two-character sci-fi story ("Enemy Mine") in which one of the characters wears a rubber suit and mask that looks like a rubber suit and mask, where $23 million resulted in a filmed play ("A Chorus Line")
January 1, 2007 |
If there's a sport, there's a shoe specifically made to help you do it better -- even if you seldom need to touch the pavement. Here are a few examples of highly functional footwear for some of the most popular off-asphalt pastimes. --- Climbing soles that grip Five-Ten Gambit: The rock-climbing shoe Spider-Man would love.
August 27, 2000
The Firestone-Ford tire debacle is eerily reminiscent of NASA's Challenger disaster. For months or even years, many people suspected that brittle rubber in a defective O-ring design might contribute to hot-gas penetration of the solid rocket boosters, which could lead to catastrophic failure of the shuttle. Similarly, for years many have suspected that brittle and defective rubber used in tire manufacturing could result in tire delamination and catastrophic failure, especially in under-inflated tires.
September 7, 2008 |
RIVERHEAD, N.Y.-- At a crowded racetrack on a Saturday night, the spectators begin chanting a countdown to the evening's final event. When they hit zero, chaos follows. A dozen cars thunder off in every direction, blasting into each other's fenders in a growing percussion of gut-thumping thuds. Soon, smoke is billowing from engines, rubber tires are shredded down to steel wheels that screech and squeal as the competitors squeeze every last breath out of their dying machines. Sparks fly in all directions as torn-off steel scratches pavement and the odor of burnt rubber and God-knows-what burning under the hoods fills the lungs.
November 12, 1987 |
Mrs. Robert Mehnert of Oceanside is seeking Rennet tablets for making junket custard and ice cream; none of the supermarkets or health food stores in her area seems to stock the product. Can you help satisfy Mehnert's sweet tooth, or will this be too tough a problem and leave her cold? Regina Rogers of Cypress and several of her friends would love to find some bib-style plastic aprons.
April 1, 1990 |
In his relentless celebration of American folkways, Norman Rockwell transformed derelict automobile tires into little petunia beds and children's swings--testament to Yankee thrift and the creativity of ordinary folks who extracted their last nickel's worth. Sadly, nobody else has so deftly dispatched worn-out tires into a useful hereafter. Long a national nuisance, they are piling up across the country faster than ever.