Meet the new boss

Monday. Shark Week commences.

A billionaire goes to space and guess who takes the credit?

Lily Huang and Alicia Fleming wrote a piece in Commonwealth Magazine on how Henry-led Globe management treats its employees. Not ideal.

Apple is threatening to leave the UK market if a judge rules against them in a patent infringement case. That would be kind of a big deal. Are they bluffing? The company’s lawyers say no, it’s just a simple cost / benefit decision. In reality, it would be a very complex CBA.

Axios rounds up woke / anti-woke news.

And we all miss SkyMall. For Clive Thompson, Instagram is the new SkyMall. For me it’s Kickstarter ads during YouTube videos.

Hands out

It’s a beautiful sunny Wednesday.

Discussions about crime in San Francisco are getting nasty.

Now that legislators are holding on to federal stimulus money to disperse as they see fit, they will have to deal with the special interests lining up for their slice of the pie. And they all want a big slice. Meanwhile, the governor has been allocated only about 5% of the money to apply to strategic initiatives like housing. That’s a shame, says the Globe Editorial Board. I agree.

Rank-choice voting has been dealt a setback after election officials in New York screwed up their vote tallying process. The screw up may not have had anything to do with rank choice but the unfortunate association is now in place. Eric Adams is projected to win the primary but a hand count will be required.

The Apple fitness and watch apps track active calories, exercise and standing as the primary health metrics. Steps are not one of the big three. I always wondered about that as I walked in circles in the living room trying to get my 10,000 steps each day. Now, it looks like Apple knew something I didn’t. 10,000 steps is not really that big of a deal.

And Alexandra Petri considers what a Fox weather channel might look like. Dark clouds, indeed.

Card carrying

Today is Monday. It can’t be helped.

Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. Except, apparently, light. Now I’m really confused.

I’ve always admired the ACLU, even when I disagreed with what it defended. Now, according to some prominent members, the ACLU has broken with its mission. (And they rebut). I can’t say I disagree with those that say the group has gone astray, at least locally. I remember a Boston ACLU that would offer advice and guidance for certain law enforcement initiatives and when the advice was taken, provide qualified support. In other words, a group that would put the work in to make things better. Today I see a group that draws a line in the sand. But then again, groups that work out compromises aren’t as successful at fundraising as groups that take sides on the issues of the day.

HBO offers some great shows but its web interface is horrible. On top of that they’ve now broken the Apple TV app. They really need to hire some competent coders.

Today begins Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The company has had a rough ride recently in its relationship with developers. So it will be interesting to see how they handle things.

And El Salvador is considering adopting bitcoin as legal tender alongside the US dollar, which is the official currency. Interesting. Let’s see how this turns out.

The interconnected world

Happy Thursday. It’s Repeat Day. Happy Thursday.

Speaking of repeating, Patrick Bryant has a radio show called Pat Nauseam. Username checks out.

The New York subway system was hacked. Also the Steamship Authority here in Massachusetts. Fujifilm’s network is down. A major meat producer was hit. Hospitals, oil pipelines, police networks. And we’re not completely innocent, either. It seems relentless and it looks like a slow-motion version of World War 3.

The show we love to hate, City on a Hill is coming back for another season. For joy.

Apple is easing employees back to the office in the fall. Other companies are moving faster and seeing pushback from workers that have grown used to working in pajama bottoms. Tech workers are feeling empowered and they want some changes. “More than half (57 per cent) of tech professionals want to be assessed on their skills, not their CVs or indeed their gender, ethnicity, education, sexuality, disability and socio-economic status.”

And it’s a tale of two blogs that no one actually reads. Whereas I keep posting day after day, Donald Trump just gave up.

Gravity vs comedy

Today is Tuesday, June 1st. CNN is 41 years old today.

A spirit of bipartisan cooperation is taking hold. At least when it comes to aliens.

The Mare of Easttown finale wrapped things up in a satisfying way. It was some of the best TV I’ve seen in awhile. And it nailed the accents, Rolling Rock and cheesesteaks. Philly got this amazing show and all we got was City on a Hill. Where’s the justice?

The market for cameras and lenses is changing. Since the low-end has been taken over by smartphones, manufactures are focusing on the high-end, emphasizing quality at a higher price. So the costs are rising for the people who still like to take photos with cameras, but the gear is getting better.

“Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this.”* Hiawatha Bray writes about a local firm that makes software that will allow a computer to read a person’s emotional state. No word on whether it can also read lips.

And here’s the column Bill Gates wrote describing the iPhone over ten years before his rival, Apple, introduced it. Very prescient (and a huge missed opportunity.)