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It’s Friday, January 24, 2020. Happy birthday to the Mac.

Police in the UK are upping their use of facial recognition, with real-time analysis of faces.

It may be too cold for some but my grill goes all year long. I don’t have one of those outlandish looking top-of-the-line status grills. It’s just a modest two-burner Weber. Solid, and it works like a charm. Engadget introduces us to Weber’s newest innovation: pellet grills. Seems elaborate. Probably not for me but I’ll keep an open mind.

Universal Hub reports Boston’s second murder of the year. It happened on Juliette Street in Dorchester. (Random association: the street was once memorialized by a character in John Updike‘s 1988 novel S.)

We shouldn’t panic yet, according to the World Health Organization. They’re keeping an eye on what’s happening in China but they didn’t declare a global emergency. Part of that decision was based on what they know of what’s happening in China. But that may not be reliable. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know.

And it will be an interesting dynamic between San Francisco’s offense on the ground and the Kansas City defense but at the end of the day it will be up to Garoppolo to step in and fill any gaps.

Ready for our closeup

Thursday is here already. And it’s National Pie day. (Not to be confused with National Pi Day or National Boston Cream Pie day.)

Boston Globe food reviewers seem to be afraid of the south shore. But if they did deign to venture beyond the Neponset I’m sure they might have found at least one or two new restaurants worthy of being listed. (How about Oysterman or The Fairview to start?)

It’s a legitimate question whether the Massachusetts film tax credit is a good deal for taxpayers. Bruce Mohl reports that location scouts and some municipal officials are lobbying for an extension ahead of the law’s sunset at the end of 2022. Everyone loves to see movie stars around but lawmakers should just run the numbers and ignore the bright lights.

People often joke that stress turned their hair grey. According to a new Harvard study, it’s no joke.

Service animals are getting more and more common on airplanes. It doesn’t stop with dogs but where does it stop? Small horses are OK but no frogs, ferrets, hedgehogs or goats are allowed on American Airlines. And no ‘comfort turkeys’ on Delta. But rabbits wearing bowties are alright in business class. Now the Department of Transportation is proposing uniform regulations. Maybe it’s time to put this genie back in its bottle.

And we can all breath easier; the mad shitter has been caught.

She could steal but she could not rob

A bright Tuesday. The first commercial flight of the Concorde took off on Jan 21, 1976, and the first production DeLorean rolled off the line on this same day in 1981. An anniversary for two products ahead of their time.

Researchers at Stanford poured over old military medical records and other sources and determined that over the last hundred years human body temperature has decreased and is decreasing about 0.05 F degrees per decade. We’re cooling down. The study is here.

A robbery is a specific thing, legally speaking. Breaking into a store overnight is not a robbery. (Just saying.)

David Lynch has a new short film on Netflix called What Did Jack Do, an exchange of weird non sequiturs between Lynch and a syncro-vox’d talking monkey in 1930s film noir with a musical number thrown in. I wanted to like this, or at least find it interesting. Couldn’t do it.

Contact lens displays could be the future of augmented reality. Sounds pretty ambitious and far out but I wouldn’t bet against it.

And the Dorchester Reporter snapped some photos of seals lounging on logs in Lower Mills (via Universal Hub). Who doesn’t love pictures of seals, right?

From gold to bronze

January 19th. Sunday. A day of rest and popcorn.

Self driving cars? Never say never.

Charlie Baker has been dethroned as the most popular governor in America. But it was close. It’s actually a three-way tie for highest favorability but Baker’s unfavorable numbers pushed him down overall to number three, behind Mark Gordon of Wyoming and Larry Hogan of Maryland.

Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for season 10 this evening. The trailer bodes well.

The drama at Reddit Boston continues. And now there’s a breakaway sub.

Brian Chen advises us not to be over-reliant on the cloud. If, at some point, you decide to cancel your subscriptions you could lose a lot of data if that data is not backed up locally. So do that.

Fox Business counts two billion reasons how Bloomberg can unseat Trump.

And while local TV newscasters are in a lather over several possible inches of snow this weekend, the folks in Newfoundland really have something to complain about.

And that's the way it is

A snowy Saturday? We’ll see if the weatherman was right.

The new rules for r/boston are not being embraced. What’s wrong with “generic images of the Zakim Bridge and Acorn Street”?

Hiawatha Bray cites a NewsGuard report about unreliable media sources, a problem that’s not going away. Almost 10% of Americans on both sides of the aisle engage with fake news sites. Strangely, in Britain, famous for its unrestrained tabloid media, only about 1% were gullible to wacky news.

Printer ink is too expensive. And now you have to pay a subscription fee for the privilege of buying overpriced cartridges? Insult to injury. No wonder printers are going away.

Just in time for flu season, a new virus originating in China is beginning to spread with annual travel for the Chinese New Year. More from the CDC.

And while it’s not exactly Gawker Stalker, this column in the West Side Rag is a fun read every once in a while.