From gold to bronze

January 19th. Sunday. A day of rest and popcorn.

Self driving cars? Never say never.

Charlie Baker has been dethroned as the most popular governor in America. But it was close. It’s actually a three-way tie for highest favorability but Baker’s unfavorable numbers pushed him down overall to number three, behind Mark Gordon of Wyoming and Larry Hogan of Maryland.

Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for season 10 this evening. The trailer bodes well.

The drama at Reddit Boston continues. And now there’s a breakaway sub.

Brian Chen advises us not to be over-reliant on the cloud. If, at some point, you decide to cancel your subscriptions you could lose a lot of data if that data is not backed up locally. So do that.

Fox Business counts two billion reasons how Bloomberg can unseat Trump.

And while local TV newscasters are in a lather over several possible inches of snow this weekend, the folks in Newfoundland really have something to complain about.

And that's the way it is

A snowy Saturday? We’ll see if the weatherman was right.

The new rules for r/boston are not being embraced. What’s wrong with “generic images of the Zakim Bridge and Acorn Street”?

Hiawatha Bray cites a NewsGuard report about unreliable media sources, a problem that’s not going away. Almost 10% of Americans on both sides of the aisle engage with fake news sites. Strangely, in Britain, famous for its unrestrained tabloid media, only about 1% were gullible to wacky news.

Printer ink is too expensive. And now you have to pay a subscription fee for the privilege of buying overpriced cartridges? Insult to injury. No wonder printers are going away.

Just in time for flu season, a new virus originating in China is beginning to spread with annual travel for the Chinese New Year. More from the CDC.

And while it’s not exactly Gawker Stalker, this column in the West Side Rag is a fun read every once in a while.

After a nationwide search

We made it to Friday. It’s a cold one. The Cherry Orchard had its opening on this day in 1904. The gun did not fire.

Meet Scientist Barbie. And she’s not the only one challenging gender stereotypes around girls and science.

If Governor Baker follows through on his proposed law change allowing an outsider to run the State Police, it could bring big changes to the agency. Sure, there are benefits to knowing the culture from the inside. But being restricted to insiders only, as the MSP is, only guarantees that the culture will stagnate. Other large forces, like Boston PD and NYPD to name two, have benefited from bringing in leaders from the outside, alternating with insiders. It’s time.

Your car may know you better than your friends do.

A prominent chef says to forget dry January. He wants us to drink by the bottle, not the glass. That seems like a lot of drinking. But don’t worry. Science says it probably won’t kill you.

And apparently all sorts of bad behavior can be rationalized as long as it leads to victory for our side.

An artificial heart

It’s Thursday, National Nothing Day. (Yes, that’s a thing.)

Deleted tweets, recriminations and retractions. A political firestorm is brewing in New York over a toasted bagel.

iHeart Radio owns a bunch of stations around the country, including local news institution WBZ 1030. The Texas based-chain has decided to focus on technology and artificial intelligence and so they’ve begun laying off the humans. In Boston, Jon Keller, Deb Lawler, Bradley Jay and Tom Cuddy received pink slips.

Keep your eyes out for Elvis if you ride the Fitchburg commuter rail.

The Chief Justice wanted to know if saying ‘OK Boomer‘ was actionable. Now Vice News has declared the meme officially dead.

And speaking of boomers, fashionable new hearing aid technology is arriving just in time for us and our Led Zeppelin-battered eardrums.

Home is where you make it

Wednesday the 15th of January and the anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood.

Going green is killing birds. At least in one building in Providence.

This is an interesting case: A college kid walking in New York one night in 2018 kicked in a pile of boxes he thought was trash on the sidewalk. But it was actually a constructed cardboard structure built by a homeless man who was sleeping inside. The homeless man was jolted awake and fatally stabbed the kid kicking in his home. He has been charged with murder and is invoking the castle doctrine as a defense.

An academic paper aimed at email spammers. I agree with both the premise and the conclusion. But I have to wonder about the peer review process.

The Verge has a more balanced account of the back and forth between the DOJ and Apple on retrieving info from the Pensacola shooter’s phones and iCloud accounts. Apple continues to be adamant about not providing backdoors, for good reason.

And it doesn’t look like there’s an Impossible McBurger on the horizon anytime soon.