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.

Yelling fire in a crowded theater

Today is Sunday. A bright, cool day. And only 221 days left until New Year’s.

This is the week that the US will likely record its 100,000th death.

Data suggests that the badly ad-libbed March 11th Oval Office speech may have been the trigger for much of the outbreak in the US. The inaccurate information broadcast that night caught everyone by surprise and spread panic as people rushed onto flights home from an already infected Europe before the transportation system was ready to handle those crowds safely.

Today we’re watching television and movie productions that were filmed pre-covid. Eventually the shows in the can will run out. Studios are trying to figure out how to get back to work safely before that happens.

The virus may end up making Boston more like Paris. In a good way.

And if you thought flying was tedious in the past, get ready for what’s coming. Christopher Muther fills us in.

A long hot summer

Today is Saturday. Memorial Day weekend. It’s OK to wear those white pants.

Anthony Fauci made a virtual visit to the Kennedy School this week to brief mayors about what the summer has in store for their cities.

In Boston, the start of the season has been a violent one. A “ticking time bomb,” is how the DA describes the situation.

George Will is giving Joe Biden advice on who he should pick for a running mate. Gina Raimondo is actually not a bad choice. Unlikely, but not bad.

European football shows us what American football might look like this year. No crowds. No noise. Less contact between players. (Not sure how they’ll pull that last one off.)

And Siri, as a smart assistant, is not very smart.

Mission Accomplished

Friday. Birthday wishes to Morrissey, Richard Wagner and Sun Ra.

In many cities this springtime was a quiet time. The silence was interrupted only by bird songs and clapping each night at 7 PM. The Times lets us listen in and enjoy the silence.

A Globe story headline, ‘We’ve prevailed’: Trump’s claims of success against coronavirus pose political risks, seems to imply that people are actually paying attention to, and assessing for accuracy, what the president has said. Good one.

Adam Gaffin reports that the Boston Athletic Association released a statement, noting that it was indeed a statement.

In the last few days Google Trends has been blowing up with this parallel universe business. You know, the place where time runs backwards? Disregard. Science journalism is a swamp of clickbait.

And McSorley’s is reopening today. That’s some good news.

Down the rabbit hole

It’s Wednesday. Happy World Bee Day!

One stimulus check isn’t going to stretch for three months of mortgage/rent payments. The Washington Post looks at what’s in store for New England as peoples’ savings draw down.

This is why I love reading Universal Hub. A mystery photo post gives rise to a discussion thread about everything from the ice cream wars (with all the expected bad puns) to a victim of the Boston Strangler to a fight over anti-war buttons in the 60’s.

A judge is allowing a salvage company, over the objections of NOAA, to remove the Marconi set from the wreck of the Titanic. Other than describing it as a historically important artifact, it’s unclear why the company wants to bring the equipment to the surface. The entire wreck is a historically important artifact, after all.

Bob Locher writes about photography as a religion. It’s a nice essay. I’m not as spiritual about it as he is, but I do share his view that there’s something special about using a camera to capture a moment in time.

And Farhad Manjoo, who usually writes about tech, has turned pessimistic about the world. Some days I can relate but mostly I’m hopeful about the future. In any case, Manjoo wants to talk to readers on the phone about what they think. It’s an interesting approach.