A hasty pudding

Now comes Tuesday. It’s Ringo Starr‘s 80th birthday.

Only about forty percent of students will be returning to Harvard this fall for in-person classes. MIT is in the same boat. Not good for the Cambridge economy but probably a solid public health decision.

The Massachusetts Senate would like to have a police reform bill ready for a vote by Thursday. Included are certification and force de-escalation requirements along with a statewide ban on facial recognition. It also contains the State Police reform measures proposed by the governor, like removing the requirement that the colonel be promoted from within. The House apparently has something else going on. Getting a bill passed by both chambers and to the governor by the end of the session on July 31 would be quite a feat, especially during the summer.

Both the Ayn Rand Institute and an organization run by Grover Norquist apparently took government business relief money. I guess the end justifies the means even if it’s at odds with it.

Today is the anniversary of the 2016 shooting of 14 police officers in Dallas, five of whom died.

I had heard about the Pixii camera when it was announced a couple of years ago but then nothing happened. Now it’s here and available to buy. A novel take on photography, the Pixii is a rangefinder that accepts manual focus Leica M-mount lenses. It has no display and no memory card. Photos are stored in internal memory and transferred wirelessly to your phone. It uses an APS-C sensor and costs over $3000. I’m interested to see how it’s reviewed but I’m pretty sure I’ll pass.

And here’s Boston from the movies, rated only for wicked smarht audiences.

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