Times of plenty

Monday. It’s a birthday for two 20th century artists, Pablo Picasso and Minnie Pearl.

More guns are being found in TSA baggage checks. Many of them are loaded. Not good.

Adam Gaffin went shopping for paper goods and didn’t find much, other than off brand products. Over at the Globe, Beth Teitell highlights a series of first-world supply chain disasters. Special birthday flowers are unobtainable. A dachshund is going without its hypoallergenic food. Sub-Zero fridges are scarce. There are no bar pretzels. No corn dogs. How will we live?

Down in Monterey: there’s a new Mac operating system for download today. Here are some of its features. If your computer is old, check here before trying to install it.

Tesla unreleased full self-driving mode from real world beta testing because of bugs. And they weren’t on the windshield. Meanwhile, another interesting electric vehicle, a truck, is being rolled out by different company, Rivian. I want one of these. Don’t need it, but I still want one.

And space isn’t what it used to be. No billionaires want to go there anymore. It’s too crowded with billionaires.

Forgone conclusion

Saturday. Happy birthday to Weird Al.

The next victim of supply chain shortages? The color blue.

The Globe has endorsed Michelle Wu. Who saw that one coming? In its editorial on the endorsement they pretty much admit that her campaign platform is pie in the sky. But, they note, at least she can negotiate a new contract with the police unions. Actually, the negotiated contract is only a very small part of the relationship between the city and the unions. Past practice, established labor law and union-friendly arbitrators are the real drivers. So if Wu actually does what she says she will, get ready for some big payouts down the road.

The iPod is 20 years old today. For us music lovers, it was a game changer. Today it lives on in different forms.

A new $49 million dollar pedestrian bridge is going up between Somerville and Everett, near the Encore casino. But the best part is that the folks at Boston Magazine got to use the headline… “GONE-dola: The Link between Somerville and the Encore Will Be a Bridge.”

And the Red Sox are calling it a season. At least they made into October. Well into October.

Strange bedfellows

Tuesday. Today is National Seafood Bisque Day.

I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday but some people know what was on the menu 2700 years ago.

What’s going on with Rachael Rollins‘ US Attorney confirmation? The Bay State Banner indicates that some of its readers have written in to urge disapproval so as to keep her in her position as the DA, where she can have the most impact, a position the Banner disagrees with. Tom Cotton, of course, is still holding things up. Where it will go from here is unclear.

Apple‘s latest pro laptops take design cues from the past, adding ports and removing the touch bar. That’s what people wanted. Appropriately, the unveiling of the new models yesterday coincided with the 30 year anniversary of the introduction of the original Mac laptop, the Powerbook. It was an amazing machines in its time.

It’s crunch time for the 1571 state employees who haven’t been vaccinated. Commonwealth Magazine reports that the state police union is warning of staffing shortages if non-compliant troopers are fired. But, as they report, the Governor appears unconcerned. He doesn’t think staffing is a concern since only a small percentage of troopers haven’t been vaccinated and a new class is coming out of the academy next week. In other words, those unvaccinated troopers are expendable.

And since there’s a shortage of truckers, a California vocational school is trying to get more high school students behind the wheel of those heavy big rigs. What a great idea! Roads full of teenagers driving giant trucks.

Move fast and break things

Who doesn’t love a rainy Tuesday?

David Leonhardt reports that Covid cases are dropping in the US and worldwide. It could be the end of a peak in the mysterious two-month cycle. Or it could be something more promising. Fingers crossed.

Facebook went down yesterday. Then it came back up. It wasn’t a big deal for me, although I did get one annoying SERVFAIL before moving on. Cloudflare engineers watched in real time how the outage affected the Internet. In the real world, for a few hours there was less partisan cocooning and fewer cute dog videos. And we all survived.

Jonathan Franzen has a new book. It’s the first of a trilogy.

Andrew Yang has changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Independent. But don’t try this at home, kids, he says.

And John Kraus too some photos of the night sky with his iPhone 13 Pro Max. Pretty impressive.

Otherwise unremarkable

Friday, October 1st. Bundle up.

A former president‘s legal problems ended with a conviction and house arrest. Imagine that?

Michelle Wu has been ‘othered‘ by Annissa Essaibi George. Apparently that’s a bad thing. But it’s just differentiation. It’s what politicians do. At the end of the day you have to choose one – or the other?

Where you are and where you go is valuable data. And the apps on your phone are providing that location data to the people who resell and profit from it. Remember, Candy Crush does not need to know your location.

Symphony Hall is reopening this weekend with a free concert. And there’s a new CEO at the helm. Here’s the schedule for the coming year. There’s some good stuff on tap (but still no Philip Glass, unfortunately.)

And, here come the drones.