A cautious approach

A good Saturday to you. Today’s word is Gamut.

In Boston and across the state it looks like the velvet glove approach to enforcing restrictions worked out just fine.

Phase 2 begins in a week. Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to accept customers if they adhere to the guidelines of the reopening plan. More details will be provided by the governor on Monday. I’m looking forward to dining out but curious to see how the experience will be different. This is a perfect time for sitting outdoors, and it’s safer, too.

The SpaceX launch is on for this afternoon after being postponed from last week. It’s scheduled for 3:22 PM Eastern. Here is a link to live coverage.

RAND, the think-tank, weighs in on the privacy aspect of contact tracing apps. It’s a pretty high level overview.

And, one of the people at the Lake of the Ozarks party has tested positive. I would hate to be the contact tracer for that case.

Nowhere to run

A Friday. Today is the anniversary of the Eddington experiment that confirmed Einstein’s General Relativity theory.

This study from Ireland is good news for schools reopening in the fall.

The Boston Marathon is canceled. But you can run it alone somewhere else and still get a t-shirt and a medal.

Remote work is great but don’t count on that promotion.

A Globe poll showed that many people are going to focus on local vacations this year. But book early if you plan to take the ferry to the cape. And if you’re going to Hull, bring your own ice cream.

And the Twitter wars are officially on. Ars weighs in on how will this play out.

Testing the nation

Today is Thursday. I already know what’s for dinner tonight.

Dave Winer has some thoughts on the fate of the woman from the Ramble. So does the man she accosted. I agree with both. Let’s call it a teachable moment.

Between now and when a vaccine is available we’ll need to coordinate around testing. Most countries are taking this on as a national effort but here in the US it has become a campaign issue. Biden has a plan for the federal government to take on testing. The Trump administration wants the states to handle. Here’s the plan for that. Now we’ll wait to see what, if anything, happens.

The president, who was elected on a platform of deregulation and against government over-reach, and who has tweeted or retweeted more than ten times in the last 12 hours, wants to regulate Twitter, which he says (on Twitter) is stifling his free speech. Is it just me?

The Wirecutter reviews the best home hair clippers a week after the barbershops re-opened. Now they tell us.

And a 103 year old Massachusetts woman beat Covid-19. To celebrate, she cracked a Bud Light.

Facing an uphill battle

Thank God it’s Wednesday. The high point of the week.

Bruce Mohl checks the temperature of the state Republican Party. The prognosis does not look good. In fact it’s a Code Red.

Universal Hub has the latest on Cumberland Farms’ initial victory in the courts to allow a ballot question that would greatly increase the availability of beer and wine in grocery stores.

The Post profiles the two astronauts scheduled to lift off in the SpaceX capsule today. Live coverage of the launch is here.

Las Vegas is getting ready to open up again. Not sure how you play cards without touching the cards, though.

And virtual crowd noise is coming. Can virtual face painting be far behind?

In for the long haul

Tuesday. It was 53 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.

Which country is responsible for the most metal albums per capita? This is a fascinating visualization. I have questions.

One of the benefits of having a few years under your belt is that you get a little bit of perspective. The Washington Post is reporting that, because of the virus outbreak, people may start leaving New York for good. This is the same New York that, just in my memory, survived bankruptcy, garbage and transit strikes, urban blight, blackouts, crime waves and terror attacks. Not to mention alligators in the sewers. New York will be fine.

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, who played on Kind of Blue, has died.

So what happens when the president steps over the line and seriously violates the terms of service on Twitter? Would they kick him off? Could they? Kara Swisher weighs in. This could get interesting and very messy.

And you know you can’t afford a car when the sunroof option is an extra $20,000 and the sticker price is more than some small jets.