Weighing in

A windy, wet, Wednesday morning. Trees down all around.

The Boston area is gassy. It’s dangerous and definitely not great for the environment.

Bruce Mohl brings Charlie Baker into the conversation about some of Michelle Wu’s proposals, especially the ones that will depend on state buy in. Spoiler alert: He’s not enthusiastic. Also, on Baker’s decision about running for reelection, in an interview with Jim Braude he narrows it down to maybe yes, maybe no. “It’s complicated.”

Irreverent and influential Kennedy-era comedian Mort Sahl has died. He was 94.

Zaid Jilani has a sympathetic review in the Times of John McWhorter’s book on the anti-racism movement. Lots of discussion in the comments.

And here’s a word that does not exist. Whoa.

Top heavy

Sunday. Today’s word is mirage.

Here’s another reason you don’t want to get Covid, even if you’re young and healthy: memory impairment.

In Massachusetts,the incumbent advantage gets a boost from how names are listed on the ballot. Margaret Monsell examines the practice, unique to this state, of always putting the incumbent’s name at the top.

Blogging about blogging: Brandon Quakkelaar writes about his love/hate relationship with social media (I can relate) and why you should just use blogs and RSS to get your information. Kev Quirk is on the same page. Stop writing multiple tweets, he says. Just make a blog post. They’re both right but I’m afraid the ship has sailed. Doomscrolling is here to stay.

A BU student looks at drug use on campus. It’s ubiquitous, writes Antonia Lehnert in the Daily Free Press, and schools need to offer more prevention and support.

And Albert Burneko is buzzing over a ridiculous new way of making coffee. We’ve come a long way from Folgers crystals. Or, maybe not.

Forgone conclusion

Saturday. Happy birthday to Weird Al.

The next victim of supply chain shortages? The color blue.

The Globe has endorsed Michelle Wu. Who saw that one coming? In its editorial on the endorsement they pretty much admit that her campaign platform is pie in the sky. But, they note, at least she can negotiate a new contract with the police unions. Actually, the negotiated contract is only a very small part of the relationship between the city and the unions. Past practice, established labor law and union-friendly arbitrators are the real drivers. So if Wu actually does what she says she will, get ready for some big payouts down the road.

The iPod is 20 years old today. For us music lovers, it was a game changer. Today it lives on in different forms.

A new $49 million dollar pedestrian bridge is going up between Somerville and Everett, near the Encore casino. But the best part is that the folks at Boston Magazine got to use the headline… “GONE-dola: The Link between Somerville and the Encore Will Be a Bridge.”

And the Red Sox are calling it a season. At least they made into October. Well into October.

Strange bedfellows

Tuesday. Today is National Seafood Bisque Day.

I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday but some people know what was on the menu 2700 years ago.

What’s going on with Rachael Rollins‘ US Attorney confirmation? The Bay State Banner indicates that some of its readers have written in to urge disapproval so as to keep her in her position as the DA, where she can have the most impact, a position the Banner disagrees with. Tom Cotton, of course, is still holding things up. Where it will go from here is unclear.

Apple‘s latest pro laptops take design cues from the past, adding ports and removing the touch bar. That’s what people wanted. Appropriately, the unveiling of the new models yesterday coincided with the 30 year anniversary of the introduction of the original Mac laptop, the Powerbook. It was an amazing machines in its time.

It’s crunch time for the 1571 state employees who haven’t been vaccinated. Commonwealth Magazine reports that the state police union is warning of staffing shortages if non-compliant troopers are fired. But, as they report, the Governor appears unconcerned. He doesn’t think staffing is a concern since only a small percentage of troopers haven’t been vaccinated and a new class is coming out of the academy next week. In other words, those unvaccinated troopers are expendable.

And since there’s a shortage of truckers, a California vocational school is trying to get more high school students behind the wheel of those heavy big rigs. What a great idea! Roads full of teenagers driving giant trucks.

Wooden ships on the water

Friday. Today is World Egg Day. Imagine that.

Paul Krugman is optimistic about the 3 C’s: Covid, containers and crime. Next year, he thinks, will be better.

Did you know that the Navy maintains an oak forest in Indiana just to produce replacement timber for the USS Constitution. I didn’t know that. But I’m glad they don’t have to go to Home Depot.

According to the Economist, Facebook is facing a “reputational point of no return.” And yet it prospers. It’s almost as if people are addicted.

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, off the Massachusetts coast, is one of several national sites being revived by the Biden administration.

And some shooting victims in the city get less ink in the Globe than this insignificant spat on the Rhode Island border. A burger of nothing.