Sunday. This morning’s album is Sleepwalker by the Kinks.
Covid giveth and Covid taketh away. It happened for Netflix and it happened with chicken wings.
Firearm deaths for people aged 19 and under rose 29% between 2019 and 2020. Shrug. Disney and math textbooks? Outrage.
One day there’s a housing crisis in Massachusetts. The next day it’s all about community character and the threat of poorly designed and incongruous housing projects.
The Belarusian Rail War against the Nazi’s was the inspiration for the more recent successful train war against Russia.
And Apple is removing apps that haven’t been updated in some time. Better get in one last game of Snood.
A sanguine Sunday.
It’s the start of Squirrel Week. Hold onto your hat.
Are Americans really worried about rising crime. Gallup says yes. Concerns about crime are at their highest level !!! (…since 2016.) In reality, their data show that crime worries are down significantly from 2001. But, you know, headlines. Also, those patterns of partisan reaction to crime are pretty interesting.
So what would happen if Russia and the US engaged in a broad nuclear exchange? The good news is, we wouldn’t have to worry about global warming anymore.
Constructor Theory. It’s a new way to think about physics and natural laws. Here’s an introduction.
And Maureen Dowd is right to be concerned. How long can our attention span on Ukraine last in the face of another Kardashian wedding?
Monday, 2/28. A week begins and a month ends.
This archeological find is pretty cool. Nice juxtaposition with the Shard in the photo.
Michael Javen Fortner has been studying crime for years. He sees parallels in what’s happening today to what’s happened in the past and warns ‘professional’ and ‘amateur’ Democrats not to go too far astray.
The war in Ukraine, so far, appears to have been an ill conceived effort on Russia’s part—mostly spearheaded by an isolated Putin. It’s only been a week but even in that short time period the impact has been remarkable (see here and here) and not remarkably good for Russia.
“Tired of digging out in the wake of horrible winter storms? Disgusted with a poisoned political culture and a divided citizenry?” Charlie Flanagan wants to entice Irish Americans to come back home.
And some good news: at least you won’t have to charge that flip phone anymore.
A stormy Friday. Trees down and no power.
Here’s a full breakfast. You won’t even need coffee.
The Times looks at how voters have pushed back against progressive prosecutors around the country when crime began to increase. San Francisco, Manhattan, St. Louis, Philadelphia and Chicago are mentioned. But not Boston. Rachael Rollins certainly had her detractors but because crime didn’t rise here, that kind of opposition didn’t take hold. Credit her work with, not against, the police.
It’s budget season in city government. In Boston the process is going on the road.
If you’re waiting for your frozen-berry metallic Porsche or Bentley to arrive, you may have to wait a little bit longer. Thousands of luxury cars on their way across the Atlantic are burning in a cargo hold fire.
And if you’re tracking your sleep with some sort of device, poor sleep may be a forgone conclusion.
Today is Wednesday. It also happens to be Kiss a Ginger Day.
FiveThirtyEight wants to know: what happened to the eviction tsunami? It’s a good question regarding expert predictions, but no one is actually complaining that it hasn’t happened. Yet.
Adam Gaffin has been following the numbers from waste water treatment tests and it appears that they are a good leading indicator of covid cases in the area. The latest results from Deer Island suggests that we have indeed hit peak Omicron and that the numbers of positive tests should start receding. Stay tuned.
TV technology is taking another step forward. Quantum Dot displays are coming. The tech involved is cutting edge. I think they’re going to be very expensive at first but in time they should come down and be within reach.
With murders and firearm assaults up this year, people are wondering, what changed to cause this. Hmmm.
And another day, another asteroid coming to destroy the Earth. These near miss—but not really—stories are starting to become tiresome and highlight just how badly the media covers science.
Happy birthday, on this Wednesday, to Ernest Hemingway, Marshall Mcluhan and Don Knotts.
Crime is down in Boston, especially in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. At the same time firearm arrests are way up. So much for the narrative that cops are pulling back.
First the Legislature hoarded all the stimulus money, giving only about 5% to the Governor to spend on pressing issues. Now, adding insult to injury, Senate Ways and Means chair Michael Rodrigues is trying to box Baker in on how he can spend the reduced amount of money he was allocated. It all seems a little childish.
The Wirecutter has some recommendations for fast and reliable wireless routers. If you can dump your ISP’s router and avoid paying monthly fees, even better.
A designer bike lock sounds pretty cool. Probably expensive, too. And it only took a minute to pick. (Via BoingBoing.)
And Tom Brady is dissing Donald Trump. Some win, some lose.
Tuesday. It’s the anniversary of Apollo 11 landing in the Sea of Tranquility.
Say you’re in an airliner flying at 30,000 feet and realize that everyone on the plane has been incapacitated, including the pilots. (Maybe they all had the fish). Can you land the plane? Actually, it’s doable.
Shirley Leung reports that the MBTA has restored service to pre-pandemic levels. But despite an expensive marketing campaign, riders haven’t returned. Come fall, when more workers return to the office, this could be a problem, traffic-wise.
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flight into ‘space’ this morning was a success. After reaching apogee, the passenger module floated back to earth on parachutes at about 15 mph, until just inches above the ground, when a blast of air, like an airbag deployment, cushioned its touchdown. The rocket booster had previously separated and returned to earth, landing just like a rocket in a 1950’s sci-fi illustration. It was quite an impressive technological accomplishment.
After 50 people were shot over the weekend, Chicago police are trying something they say is “new and unique.” They’re going to tackle illegal gun trafficking. Imagine that.
And there are thick burgers and there are thin burgers. Thick burgers are juicy and tasty, but a disaster when you try to eat them. Thin burgers fit well in the bun but are too easy to overcook. What if science could help us to have the best of both worlds? Count me in!
Sunday, 7/11. Slurpee Day.
It’s time for city employees to go back to work. Some, anyway.
The Coolidge Corner Theater is back. That’s good. Being ‘engulfed by the screen’ is nice. But the Coolidge was always an outlier in the theater business. Kara Swisher isn’t so optimistic about the rest of the industry. Streaming is now where it’s at, she says. Being engulfed by your iPhone screen is the new moviegoing experience.
Google Maps or Apple Maps? I always prefered the former but privacy concerns may cause me to revisit that.
Two criminologist try to figure out why crime is rising. Lots of possibilities, but really, no one knows.
And, I know it’s only July, but it’s never too early to think about having fried chicken for Christmas.
It’s a beautiful sunny Wednesday.
Discussions about crime in San Francisco are getting nasty.
Now that legislators are holding on to federal stimulus money to disperse as they see fit, they will have to deal with the special interests lining up for their slice of the pie. And they all want a big slice. Meanwhile, the governor has been allocated only about 5% of the money to apply to strategic initiatives like housing. That’s a shame, says the Globe Editorial Board. I agree.
Rank-choice voting has been dealt a setback after election officials in New York screwed up their vote tallying process. The screw up may not have had anything to do with rank choice but the unfortunate association is now in place. Eric Adams is projected to win the primary but a hand count will be required.
The Apple fitness and watch apps track active calories, exercise and standing as the primary health metrics. Steps are not one of the big three. I always wondered about that as I walked in circles in the living room trying to get my 10,000 steps each day. Now, it looks like Apple knew something I didn’t. 10,000 steps is not really that big of a deal.
And Alexandra Petri considers what a Fox weather channel might look like. Dark clouds, indeed.
It’s a Tuesday. We’re hooked on aphelion.
The workplace has changed significantly in the last year or so. Tech companies serving that sector have had to be very adaptable to survive.
As some people using public transportation begin to come back into the office, they’re finding their Charlie Cards expired. Why do Charlie Cards expire? Why do we need cards at all? It doesn’t sound very efficient. You should be able to use your phone or watch to pay. I know… it’s in the works. The T says next year for some stations. By 2024 the entire system will be up and running. But sooner would be better.
There’s one company holding all the chips. It’s not who you think.
150 people were shot over the holiday weekend. 95 of those were in Chicago, which actually saw a reduction in firearm violence from last year.
And why do ransomware gangs keep hitting us? For the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks.