Lights, camera… action

It’s Monday. Columbus Day.

Michael O’Sullivan thinks Robert De Niro has gone from a raging bull to an aging tool. I guess he must need the money.

Danny McDonald reviews Marty Walsh’s ‘nonrhotic‘ performance in Frederick Wiseman’s four and a half hour documentary on City Hall. Sounds like it would have made a great Netflix series if it had been broken into shorter segments. But I can’t wait to see it.

Veena Dharmaraj and Staci Rubin make the case for more public investment in electric car charging stations in Massachusetts. And speaking of electric cars, a vehicle engineering revolution is underway. Think big skateboard.

75 year old Ian Gillan, lead singer for Deep Purple, is still touring. He estimates that he’s sung ‘Smoke on the Water,’ 2500 times. That sounds low to me. I’ve probably heard it on the radio more times than that.

And a sitcom character walked into a bar. Right away they knew her name.

Enemy of my enemy

All’s quiet on this crisp October Sunday morning.

Employee of the month is good but Employee of the Year is very impressive. So congrats to Dr. Fauci.

This is probably not the endorsement the campaign was looking for but the Taliban is all in for Trump. “When we heard about Trump being COVID-19 positive, we got worried for his health, but seems he is getting better,” a Taliban senior leader said. The Taliban was worried for the president. Isn’t that nice.

Peter Askew worked in technology. Now he sells onions and he’s doing quite well.

Broadway is still closed. It looks like you’ll have to wait until the fall of next year to see most shows. New York’s tourism industry is just getting killed.

And meet the new swamp. (Same as the old swamp.)

Who has the pencil?

Saturday. A nice sunny day. Today’s word is pertinacious.

People say New York is over. New New Yorkers disagree.

Is an exam school still an exam school without an exam? You wouldn’t think so but the latest Boston Public Schools plan to bring the most promising students together without a test sounds like it could actually work and be fair.

MA Sectary of State William Galvin has agreed to ease up on the name dropping. Now he has to quit doing those cheesy (but expensive) PSAs.

Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams has hit #1 on iTunes. Van Halen is also tearing up the charts. Roger Friedman wonders, ‘what year is this?‘.

And of all of the countries Donald Trump has disparaged, he may have met his match in… Wales. This could be war.

Steady hand on the tiller

Friday. Fall. A birthday for John Entwistle, John Lennon and Jackson Brown.

Can a marching band still play while wearing masks? Apparently yes.

Those stimulus negotiations that were ongoing until they were called off per a presidential tweet, now seem to be back on. Beep, beep, beep, back it up.

Long time business beat veteran Jay Fitzgerald sat down with the CEO of Seniorlink, which manages a platform for family-based home care.

Chris Stirewalt over at Fox News says that even Rasmussen has Trump down by 12 points. And skipping the debate, he writes, is a sign that the bottom has fallen out for the incumbent.

And when does an improvement of 0.2 billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a percent count as a big deal? Welcome to the Traveling Salesman problem.

Doctor, doctor, give me the news

Happy Thursday. It’s Fluffernutter Day.

Spencer Buell, who is currently living without an oven, writes about the home appliance shortage of 2020.

The New England Journal of Medicine has been politically non-partisan up to this point. But now they write in an editorial that, “truth is neither liberal nor conservative. When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs.”

Now that was a debate. Substantive issues civilly discussed by two adults running for Vice President. (Admittedly, the bar was set low and there were plenty of non-answer answers.) The next presidential debate will be virtual. But the Trump campaign doesn’t think their man will do well in that environment, mute button and all, and is threatening to pass on it. A still infected Trump told Maria Baritomo, “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. It’s not what debating is all about. … It’s ridiculous.” OK then.

Sam Curry and team spent 3 months hacking Apple‘s infrastructure, finding 55 vulnerabilities, 40 of which were critical or serious. All were fixed. And the bug bounties were, presumably, paid out. Also, a good catch by Kaspersky, which found a BIOS/UEFI exploit that persistently installs spyware even after a drive is cleaned.

And in Oakland, activists wanted to cut the police department budget by half. Crime doubled. The math checks out.