No flight plan

Tuesday. It’s the last day of June and the anniversary of the Tunguska explosion.

Jim McBride reviews the recent history around the Cam Newton trade. It’s a calculated gamble for the Patriots, but I’m looking forward to the season – barring any early injuries. Adam Kilgore considers the Belichick/Newton combo and likes what he sees. Excitement is in the air once again for Pats fans.

Just in time for a potential coronavirus vaccine, here comes a new virus from China. More here. (Maybe that mid-2020 Mayan ‘end of the world‘ thing was spot on.) Also, James Fallows does an NTSB style investigation into how the US government handled the Covid outbreak and determines the cause to be pilot error. It’s a long article but worth the time to read. And many good links are provided.

CNN looks at the rise and fall of the British cheddar cheese empire. (Make mine Vermont cheddar, please)

Did we really need a mathematical model of political hyper-polarization? I’ll go out on a limb and say no.

And 57% of British people polled recently want to rejoin the European Union. Only 35% still support Brexit. What a surprise.

Addition by subtraction

Saturday, the first of February. Happy birthday to Don Everly, Boris Yeltsin and Lisa Marie Presley.

The European Union is a little bit smaller this morning. While you were sleeping, BREXIT happened. A ‘Brexodus‘ is underway in Brussels. And things in Northern Ireland are… complicated. But otherwise the breakup is going according to plan. (Don’t forget to update your euros.) I think Brexit was a horrible idea. But this type of bureaucratic overreach by the EU reminds me why it got started in the first place.

There will soon be 400 less parking spaces at the already-at-capacity Braintree MBTA station. You can’t argue with the need for maintenance but, from the South Shore commuter’s point of view, it takes using the T off the table. So much for less cars on the road.

Speaking of disruptive construction at a transportation hub, here are the South Station tower project phases laid out in a video. Get ready.

And is the coronavirus a bioweapon? This guy thinks so. UPDATE: looks like this conspiracy theory is circulating in the usual places.

Creative destruction

Friday. The 13th.

It appears that Boris Johnson has his Brexit mandate. But Scottish independence is in the mix again after the Scottish Nationalists’ strong showing.

Flower Market demolition begins this week. Across town, the Hurley Building is also being targeted for development. Lovers of Brutalist architecture are speaking out, hoping to protect it from the wrecking ball. As a fan of Brutalism, myself, this one is not worth saving.

Bill Weld was snubbed by MassGOP. Bill Galvin comes to the rescue.

Brian Chen reviews AirPod Pro headphones. Overall he liked the convenience, sound and software, but worried about battery replacement. And he found that they didn’t dampen engine noise on a plane as well as Bose headphones. I had that same issue and picked up some of these, which helped.

And Netflix is greasing the skids with reviewers.

Making sausage

It’s Thursday, I think. Beginning to lose track. Beautiful sunny day here in Fla.

Jack Dorsey has some news about the future of Twitter.

The Massachusetts legislature finally passed the supplemental budget, but not without a little drama. The Boston City Council, also facing a deadline, moved an assortment of proposals to a vote.

George Laurer, developer of the barcode, has died at 94. The first item to be scanned was a package of Juicy Fruit in 1974.

Britain votes today in a general election. The results could seal the deal for Boris Johnson or make the Brexit situation even more murky. Looks to be a close one.

And The Verge highlights the top 100 devices that defined the decade. Yes, selfie sticks and pop-sockets are included.