The year of the rat

Happy Sunday. Happy New Year. Happy 春节.

How do all-you-can-eat buffets turn a profit? It’s not easy but with a few tricks it’s possible.

This is impressive reporting from inside Iran, by Farnaz Fassihi, on the attempted coverup of the airliner shot down by the Iranian military.

There are indications that the Coronavirus is more highly contagious than even SARS and that it can be spread by those without symptoms.

Coming soon: pop-up nuclear reactors.

And last year more people went to the library than the movies. This probably says more about the quality of movies than anything about surging literacy, but it’s a good thing nonetheless.

An overbearing glass box

A sunny Thursday. Thirteen years ago we were introduced to the iPhone for the first time.

Who needs a red phone when there’s Twitter.

The GE headquarters building in Fort Point is not happening. It was going to be a strikingly modern design. But no more. The site has been sold and the new owners are planning a somewhat similar look for their new building and hoped that wouldn’t require another review. But after seeing what’s happening in the Seaport, neighbors want input on the new design to avoid “another clunky, overbearing glass box.” And I don’t blame them.

63 Canadians were on the plane that crashed‘ in Iran.

The way we use GPS today would have sounded like science fiction fifty years ago. This satellite based quantum network sounds like that now.

And does this sound like a guy ready to hang it up?