Ciphers and Personal Assistants

I was looking for historical information on the first definition of “nomenclator” (the assistant to Roman Senators who whispered the names of approaching dignitaries) when I came across this: An interesting variant is the nomenclator. Named after the public official who announced the titles of visiting dignitaries, this cipher combined a small codebook with largeContinue reading “Ciphers and Personal Assistants”

Cheap Parking = Clogged Streets?

This strikes me as a convincing explanation for a big problem. Congestion would drop if prices on traffic meters and over-limit infractions rose. It’s simple, but a tough sell for local businesses in most places other than large cities (and perhaps there, too). I think back to when I lived in Bethlehem – business ownersContinue reading “Cheap Parking = Clogged Streets?”