All uphill from here

Wednesday. Give thanks for that.

November is National Pet Obesity Awareness Month. Have another piece of pie but don’t overfeed the dog.

Bruce Mohl brings us up to speed on the hydro-electric project that would have brought power from Canada to Massachusetts, via Maine, before voters in Maine cancelled it. Now electric companies are suing Maine for the hundreds of millions of dollars lost and injunctions are in the works. Plan B for Massachusetts? Another fossil fuel plant.

I didn’t know there was a quarry in Mattapan. But apparently there is and it’s very historic.

Mike Lindell missed another self-imposed deadline on proving that the election was stolen. “We will have this before the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving,” he said on Steve Bannon’s podcast. “That’s my promise to the people of this country.” Also something about pillows.

And Weird Al serves a classic dis to Kid Rock. Good one.

Nuts and bolts

Tuesday. Lots of people on the road.

Here’s everything you need to know about botulism.

Infrastructure is important. People seem to support it. But it’s boring. Ideally, politics should be boring – just not this boring. David Siders reports on the inability of Democrats to excite voters (at a time when Republicans are pulling on every string.)

This is bad news if you want to get an early start on shopping for Black Friday: Target won’t be opening on Thanksgiving.

One interesting thing I found in David Brooks’ report from the National Conservatism Conference was that conservatives now see themselves as the anti-business party. Especially big business. David Gelles digs a little deeper and finds a developing pattern of brand partisanship.

And HBO is looking for an actor with a ripped bod who isn’t afraid to show it off. Too bad I’m busy that week.

What the market will bear

Monday. Up and at em.

NASA is planning to blow up an asteroid next year. It’s a test of what we would do if one were headed for us. Fingers crossed.

Gas prices and politics have long been connected. Some people think the current administration is responsible for higher prices at the pump. This article implies that as economic activity and optimism rises, so do oil prices. When things look bad they go down. So maybe people just feel good about the economy. It’s actually slightly more complicated than that and there are other factors at play, but at the end of the day it’s just a supply and demand feedback loop.

A longevity bonus for an elected official? It’s kind of the opposite of term limits. “Asinine” is a good way to describe it.

Newly recovered tracking data raises fresh questions about the course of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 as it headed out to sea. It looks like the pilot went into a 20 minute racetrack pattern just off the coast of Sumatra. This doesn’t fit the current theories of what might have happened. Interesting.

And if you need someone eliminated, well, there’s an app for that. Or at least a fake website.

Cottage foods

Good Sunday morning. It’s Isaac Bashevis Singer‘s birthday. Also Björk.

Rock is dead. Mick Rock, photographer to the stars.

Selling homemade foods in Massachusetts is a regulatory nightmare. That might change thanks to a bill filed by State Rep Erika Uyterhoeven. It seems to make sense to loosen things up, but as always, the devil will be in the details on things like allergens and sanitation.

It’s not just the US that’s gone loopy. The Dutch are rioting over Covid rules.

Cara Buckley writes in the Times in praise of roundabouts (or rotarys as we call them.) Intersections are digital. Roundabouts are analog. It’s all about the flow. Of course there are exceptions.

And forget the Facebook Metaverse. The Meatverse is the place to be. It’s “the logical next step in human evolution, connecting people at a scale never attempted before.” Well then. Pass the gravy.

The hardest words

Whew. Saturday.

Did the FBI find Jimmy Hoffa‘s body in a New Jersey landfill? I expect we’ll be hearing an announcement soon, one way or the other.

Joan Vennochi was wrong. She admits it. It’s a thoughtful and forthright column about how journalists sometimes get things wrong and why it’s important to correct the record, even if it takes 20 years.

Spencer Buell extols the power of the wood chipper for making an impact.

Lord Vinheteiro sat down to play five different pianos ranging in value from $40 dollars to over a million to see which one sounded the best. The cheapest has that Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da sound to it. The sweet spot, to my ears, is somewhere in the middle. As far as the million dollar piano goes, well, you’ll just have to watch/listen to the end.

And in a tech breakthrough, now your phone can be a remote control for your… cow.