Balls in the air

It’s Wednesday. Happy birthday to Roy Buchanan, Bruce Springsteen and John Coltrane.

Sean Murphy found a parking ticket scam down on Fan Pier Boulevard.

As a bare-fisted brawl is underway for a Supreme Court seat, weeks before an election, and the Senate is preparing to show just how efficient they can be as they push through the confirmation, there’s this small business of paying the bills and keeping the lights on. Walking and chewing gum is really hard.

Back in 2016, RBG wrote an op-ed. She had some advice for us.

Another often-asked question when I speak in public: “Do you have some good advice you might share with us?” Yes, I do. It comes from my savvy mother-in-law, advice she gave me on my wedding day. “In every good marriage,” she counseled, “it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.” I have followed that advice assiduously, and not only at home through 56 years of a marital partnership nonpareil. I have employed it as well in every workplace, including the Supreme Court. When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.

My city isn’t under siege. Is your city under siege? People are so gullible. Especially those who watch a certain news channel. It all reminds me of this.

And Boston Magazine (of course) thinks you might want to join a polo club. “The sport of kings isn’t just for royalty anymore.”

Halloween masks

Good Tuesday morning!! It’s the first day of fall. (That seemed quick.)

Leaves will soon be turning color and falling to the ground. Here’s the how and why.

What does the fall and winter look like as far as the virus goes? Andrew Joseph, writing in STAT, takes a long view into a number of possible futures. There are a lot of variables. But we should continue to wear a mask, wash our hands, and also, now, it might be beneficial to wear glasses.

Add Marco Rubio to the list of senators on the record opposed to pre-election court appointments. Not that it matters, apparently.

If you’re concerned about being tracked by advertisers, you may want to think about using a browser that blocks cookies and tracking pixels by default. Some sites are really egregious in what information they collect about you.

And, it appears that the government lost track of a 250 ton Chinese transformer. Meanwhile, this poor guy can’t get rid of a 700 pound safe.

Table scraps

Monday. Today is the International Day of Peace. Then tomorrow it’s back to normal.

Which books tend to sell the most copies? Bestsellers, obviously.

A new super high-end steak house is coming to Boston at a time when many smaller restaurants are closing. Salt Bae‘s Nusr-et, with locations in New York, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, and Mykonos, among others, is opening a spot on Arlington Street. Thousand dollar steaks, anyone? Scott Kearnan thinks there’s something wrong with this picture.

Black Lives Matter and Back the Blue don’t have to be mutually exclusive. And despite all the noise, for most people they’re really not.

Adtech and real-time bidding on user profiles is what makes the internet profitable. But it’s also a potential privacy disaster. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is pushing government watchdogs to clamp down on companies violating the rules around protected data. Which seems to be all the companies.

And starting in mid-October, tourists heading to Hawaii will get either an aloha or an aloha from officials, depending on the results of their coronavirus tests.

Floating variables

A cool quiet Sunday morning. Only 2 days of summer left.

Yesterday we linked to a story about Madaket Millie, a Nantucket woman who broke the mold. Today it’s Stagecoach Mary, a “hard-drinking, quick-shooting mail carrier.”

Andrea Campbell, the strongest of potential challengers to Marty Walsh, will announce her intentions on running for Mayor sometime this week. It’s a hard decision with a presidential election close by and Walsh’s name floated to leave his post to move to a cabinet position with Biden if he wins. My two cents? I think she would make a great mayor.

Thirty five years ago, Frank Zappa teamed up with John Denver and Dee Snider to defend musical expression.

The US death toll from coronavirus is nearing 200,000. Meanwhile, pandemic fatigue has settled in. But as Helen Branswell reminds us, we may be tired of the virus, but it’s not tired of us.

And using Apple Music on the iPhone can be a frustrating experience. Inscrutable. But a handfull of new features in iOS 14, detailed by Apple Insider, makes it slightly less horrible. Keep em coming.

An empty chair

Ah, Saturday. Avast, ye scurvy bilge rats.

Well, it’s official. Just having a smartphone in your pocket makes you stupid.

Sad news overnight about Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s passing. The politics around who will replace her on the court is about to become insane, 2020-style.

Speaking about 2020-style politics, there’s this in New Hampshire.

Nantucket in the 1970s was an interesting place. The Chicken Box and Prestons. Mitchell’s Books, The Hub. Beach parties just like the one in Jaws. Star Wars at the Dreamland Theater and those curly fries at The Brotherhood. You might see Fred Rogers or one of the Stillers in the checkout line at the Finast. But one fixture on the island was a little scary: Madaket Millie. We were warned not to get too close. Stan Grossfeld managed to make friends with her, though. Here’s an old article he wrote about Millie that recently resurfaced.

And the challenge of fighting large, distributed fires on the West Coast is exposing gaps in firefighting technology. It might be time for an upgrade from paper maps and pencils.