Let’s get normal for a change

Today is Friday, May 14th. The first vaccine was administered on this day in 1796.

Live Boston rounds up gunplay across the city over the last few days. But check out the photography. There are some amazing shots photos included.

There’s new guidance from the CDC. It’s all good news. We’re still masked in Massachusetts but we’ve taken one huge step in returning to normal: The aisles at Roche Brothers are back to two-way traffic. No more arrows on the floor. Hallelujah!

Another big ransomware attack, this time on the Irish Health Service. Not good.

Some members of Congress are trying to get more money for NASA‘s moon mission. There’s only one problem. NASA says it doesn’t need it.

And a Dogecoin millionaire believes in memes as money. “Memes are the language of the millennials,” he says. As someone a bit older, I’m fascinated by this and by NFT’s, and curious to see how it all plays out in the next several years.

Rights and obligations

Sunday. Happy Mothers Day.

Last night Elon Musk promoted Dogecoin on SNL as the future of currency. Then it crashed. The plot thickens.

Ex-Senate President Tom Birmingham believes that today’s students need more civics instruction. Can’t argue with that.

Beer designed to taste horrible and be consumed as personal performance art to make a point about climate change? Life is getting way too complicated.

Another big ransomware hit, this time against a fuel pipeline operator. Why aren’t these networks hardened against this kind of attack?

And it’s awfully quiet out there. (Doesn’t that usually means that a storm is coming?)

Driven by necessity

Saturday. Somewhere in wintertime.

Billy Baker takes us surfing – in New England – in February.

The pandemic forced restaurants to change their service models to focus on online ordering and delivery. Now, many mom and pop operations seem to have well designed and regularly updated online menus, and the delivery sites work even better. That’s good news for the software developers that build these things and, ultimately, for customers.

I’m not great with faces and since everyone is wearing masks these days, it’s even harder to pick people you know out of the crowd at the grocery store. (But at least now I have an excuse for not recognizing someone.)

The Guardian has the story on that guy and his company buying up all the music, including Neil Young’s catalog.

And since the new Apple M1 Macs are super powerful and efficient, they should be great for mining crypto, right? Well actually…

Marching down the field

A finicky Friday. Some sun and some rain with cold to moderate temperatures.

You can’t fire me, I quit! Donald Trump returns – as Groucho Marx.

Unlike Gina Raimondo, Marty Walsh had no trouble in his confirmation hearing. Republicans even compared his move from Boston to that of another local guy who left New England for Tampa Bay.

German authorities seized $60 million dollars from a man convicted of fraud. But they can’t spend it because they don’t have the password.

Airlines and their employees had hoped that things would be back to normal by the springtime. But that was probably too optimistic. It’s going to take longer and layoffs could be looming if another round of stimulus doesn’t come soon.

And avoid I-80 in Iowa on your commute this morning if you can. Small accident.

…Especially about the future

Sunday morning, The 22nd of November. Just 29 days left until winter begins.

What’s going on with bitcoin these days? The folks at Forbes say it’s going to hit and break through an all time high. Crypto is slowly gaining traction and reach as it becomes more secure and scaleable. Some of that is due to companies like Chainalysis, which will in turn prosper.

Anthony Fauci talks common sense to Elisabeth Rosenthal. He thinks we’ll be back to normal by this time next year thanks to the vaccines announced last week. Here’s what that twelve months might look like. It will be nice to get out of this year of uncertainty. But in the meantime, continue to wear your mask.

It’s been a tough year for police departments. And for victims of rising violence.

“No pictures! Silencio.” It’s true that a Japanese company bought the exclusive photo and video rights to the art in the Sistine Chapel. But don’t blame them for the surly security guards that won’t let you take a pictures. That deal never included tourist photos. And that exclusive deal expired years ago anyway. These days the Vatican just chooses to restrict picture taking, which is a shame.

And it’s no wonder that we’re all losing our grip on objective reality. It’s not just fake news, it’s fake everything!