In the arena

Friday. It’s been on my mind and now it’s here.

Google cancels an internet balloon project and the cheesy headlines write themselves: Moonshot comes down to earth. Trial balloon crashes. Alphabet lets the air out of Internet in the sky project. Big idea goes over like a lead balloon. Etc. Etc. it’s what you would have expected for a project named Loon. Oh, the humanity.

Some of the current mayoral candidates are good at pointing out problems and criticizing others but not so great at coming up with solutions to solve those problems. Andrea Campbell is not in this category. She tells Nik DeCosta-Klipa what she would do about one of the toughest issues in the city today and one that’s close to home for her.

The trees won. Road safety on Melnea Cass Boulevard lost.

If you’re in the market for a new Mac laptop you may want to wait until at least the end of the year. Lots of new stuff in the pipeline, says Mark Gurman. But no Face ID or cellular. That’s probably another year out, he says.

And in closing out with another cliched headline, this highly charged New York Times story on electric eels is, well, shocking.

Rear view mirror

Today is Wednesday. Inauguration Day.

Mina Corpuz has me thinking of pizza. But not just any kind of pizza.

Trump told his supporters to “have a good life,” before getting aboard Air Force One for a flight to Florida. The outgoing president won’t be attending Biden’s inauguration, although he did write him a note. Trump leaves a strong stock market, for what that’s worth. But he also leaves a foreign policy in disarray, surging unemployment, a massive deficit, a dysfunctional federal government, an uncontrolled pandemic, a battered and divisive civic environment and a nation teetering on the verge of civil war. Quite a record. But this country is resilient. Hopefully things will get better now.

Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is cancelled for the second year in a row.

Joe Biden has a Peloton bike and some people are worried that hackers could use it to spy on presidential workouts.

And the Zune is dead. Long live the Zune.

Any club that would have me as a member

Tuesday. It’s the 37th anniversary of the Apple Lisa.

This just in: The coronavirus is out of control.

Spencer Buell is compiling a list of people who are not running for mayor. Lydia Edwards is on the top of the list, which is a shame. She would be a great mayor.

More videos of the Capitol riots, this time courtesy of Parler’s crappy security.

Tomorrow is moving day at the White House. It’s a logistically complex undertaking that has to be accomplished in a short timeframe. There’s also the matter of transferring the Twitter accounts.

And it’s the anti-doomsday clock. Tick tick.

Doomed to repeat

Happy Friday. It’s Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday.

Lily Hay Newman provides a very good primer on iPhone security.

To better understand what’s going on today, Danny McDonald takes us back to the 1993 mayoral race. Boston is a much different and, I would say, better place now, but history does tend to repeat itself.

The Axios Bill of Rights. I like it.

It’s an interesting legal question: Who would preside over an impeachment trial in the Senate for an ex-president? Constitutional wording is unclear but I think the ‘relates back’ theory makes the most sense for allowing the Chief Justice to preside. After all, the things Trump will being tried for are things he did while president.

And an electric Mustang? I’m definitely interested. Except it’s not really a Mustang. It’s an electric SUV called a Mustang. Now that’s unfortunate.

All things to all people

Tuesday. Who could hang a name on you.

Good for Bill Belichick.

Michael Jonas explores the pros and (mostly) cons of a Willie Gross run for mayor. But I wouldn’t underestimate his advantages. A sometimes conservative police chief with high name recognition and deep roots in the Black community, Gross could be in a unique position to pick off voters from across the spectrum.

The Consumer Electronics Show is virtual this year, as expected. Here’s coverage by Cnet, The Verge and the WaPo.

Texas and Louisiana are blanketed in snow. Madrid is digging out from almost two feet. And in Boston? Bare ground and no snow in sight. This is my kind of winter.

And don’t forget to buy those lottery tickets this week. Big money!