The measurement problem

On this Tuesday morning, the word of the day is Sisyphean.

Hey, big news: Michelle Wu is running for mayor. Who woulda thought?

Rachael Rollins, Byron Rushing and Juana Matias argue for better data from courts and prosecutors. You can’t fix what you can’t measure, they say. This was a problem 20 years ago. A lot of people have worked at remedying the situation over the years but were stymied by funding constraints and bureaucratic inertia. So, good for them for highlighting, and hopefully tackling, the issue.

Mike Caputo obviously needs help. Unfortunately, he’s the guy in charge of providing it.

There was an MIT angle, so I guess it was OK for the Globe to run the ‘signs of life on Venus‘ story as a Metro item. But Venus is definitely outside the increasingly expanding Boston metro area, which, as of late, includes Rhode Island.

A sharp 911 tele-communicator, and an Apple Watch teamed up to save the life of an Arizona officer.

And speaking of Apple watches, there’s an event to announce new models today. I’ll be tuned in.

An unforeseen benefit

Today is Monday. Windows ME is almost old enough to vote.

Last week was a bad week in Baltimore.

Seasonal illnesses seem to be down this year. There’s an assumption that it’s because people are avoiding going to the doctor or to the ER because of coronavirus fears. People may be sick but they’re just not seeking treatment. But maybe masks and distancing are actually reducing the transmission of non-covid diseases too. That would be a nice side effect.

The New York Times resorted to side scrolling in a story about waiting in line. Very annoying.

In the wake of Tom Brady‘s losing debut as a Buccaneer, Jerry Brewer writes about how teams should best use aging superstar quarterbacks. “To maximize what they have left, the solution is to create a philosophy and system that allows them to be a part of the offense, not the entire show. Instead of depending on transcendent play from the quarterbacks, it’s most prudent to put them in positions in which they can reflect the talent you’ve put around them, distribute the ball with good efficiency and save their remaining gas for the game’s most important moments.” Makes sense to me but doesn’t account for egos.

And, no Peeps this year. That’s how bad things are.

Davy Jones Locker

Good day Sunday. Happy birthday to Robert Mitchum and Andy Warhol.

Vox covers the story of the demise and rescue of Stars and Stripes.

I noticed a headline recently that read, “Hero pilot ‘Sully’ warns America that Trump is heading for a crash.” So when I later saw a story with a title about Trump boats sinking I assumed that it was another cheesy metaphor about the campaign. But I was wrong. Boats were actually sinking. I guess those Trump flotilla boat owners didn’t see which way the wind was blowing. And how strongly.

In his yearly blog post, John Siracusa reviews chef’s knives, toaster ovens and ice cream scoops. So you don’t have to.

Remember when webcams were a thing? There are still some out there and the Boston Irish Reporter alerts us to one on O’Connell Street in Dublin, near the Spire, pointed towards the river. Looks like it’s raining.

And Sunday morning is as good a time as any to link to an article about Chekhov. The plays are sublime but his short stories are his real masterpieces.

For no apparent reason

Wednesday. Halfway up the ladder of the week. Happy Birthday Billy Preston.

Fargo is back later this month with season 4. Here’s the trailer. Another great cast.

Joan Vennochi is prone to nitpicking our local political leaders but she likes the fact that Charlie Baker activated the National Guard for no apparent reason. Go figure.

Canadians not only have fast internet speeds, they’re also quick witted.

You can buy a circuit board with LEDs that show where MBTA trains are (HT to Reddit). I wouldn’t exactly call it “visually stunning” but it is pretty cool, in a nerdy sort of way. Get yours today.

And a new scientific study has determined that cyclists are better walkers than walkers are.

Sisyphus in blue

Good Saturday morning. Happy birthday to Edward Rowe Snow, Ray Bradbury and photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.

A Wisconsin coffee shop that had declared itself a mask-free zone will be closing after battling with local authorities. They fought the law. They did not win.

The NYPD is doubling down on community engagement. But as the first two paragraphs of the story show, it’s hard going. Still, it’s the right approach. And one of the centerpieces of the Washington D.C. Metro Police’s community outreach efforts is being disbanded because of budget cuts. No more horse mounted unit.

Globe writers and contributors have compiled a list of desert island music selections and they’ve picked some good ones.

The Internet has been overflowing lately with advice and analysis for people seeking happiness. Be optimistic. That’s one way to be happy. Get old, that’s another. Be trusting and don’t get famous. Argue productively. Those are ways, too. But don’t be too happy. That can be toxic. What the Internet giveth, the Internet taketh away.

And those air conditioners that were promised by New York authorities? They’re still coming. Should be there by October. November at the latest.