Reality check

Monday. November arrives.

Apple’s hottest product – its thinnest yet – is a piece of cloth. A $20 dollar piece of cloth. It’s actually backordered. And as they usually do with Apple products, iFixit has a teardown.

When I heard about the Southwest pilot mocking Joe Biden over the PA, I thought it was way out of line. I still do. But Matt Taibbi has a solid point about fair play. The world was a better place when politics wasn’t so engrained in our culture.

Pulling people over just to bring in revenue is a bad policing. Eliminating this practice is the kind of defunding I can get behind.

News Flash: Billionaires want to start a new media outlet to combat disinformation. About billionaires probably. Actually, the Bezos-funded Washington Post has had a pretty good record of providing reliable information. As far as the Henry-funded Boston Globe goes, the jury is still out.

And Spiders are much smarter than you think. Not. Welcome. News.

You break it, you own it

A spooky Sunday.

David Leonhardt has been tracking covid numbers and he says that although we may not yet be out of the woods, we’re definitely heading for a clearing. Jon Kamp and Brianna Abbott are seeing the same thing.

Daniel Nichanian, writing for New York magazine, explores the potential changes for public safety that a crop of new progressive mayors, including Michelle Wu, could bring in after the election. But other candidates in other cities are moving in another direction on crime. Meanwhile in St. Louis…

People travel as far as Iceland and Norway to see the northern lights. But thanks to increasing solar flares this week you may be able to see them in northern New England. That’s great. Here’s a forecast tool. The bad news is that the solar activity could trigger geomagnetic changes that could disrupt navigation and the power grid.

Following up on that Globe article on who goes where in Boston, hip, young travel site Thrillist wants its hip, young readers to go to Jamaica Plain, SoWa, Fenway, the Seaport, Somerville and Cambridge. Nothing recommended in Dorchester, Mattapan or Roxbury. Lonely Planet is just as bad.

And Neil Young has some new music on the way. (Separated at birth: Neil Young and Bill Belichick. It’s uncanny.)

Staying within the lines

Saturday. Not a great day out there.

How to survive from a venomous snakebite? It’s not quite the way they show it in the movies.

In an Ideas piece, David Scharfenberg uses cellphone GPS data to tell the story of how people move around in the city according to race. At least that was the claim in the headline and the opening. Unfortunately the actual article is mostly just anecdotes and formulaic conclusions.

Apple says it lost $6 billion due to chip shortages. And things won’t get better anytime soon. It takes time and billions of dollars to build new chip fabs. Think years, not quarters. Even BREXIT plays into the shortage. Intel was considering a locating a new fab in the UK but since the vote to leave the EU, the deal is off.

In the Washington Post, Joanna Slater writes about Rachael Rollins as a lightening rod with her confirmation now stuck in limbo. Her firebrand reputation proceeded her to Washington but the story of her being a pretty effective local prosecutor didn’t.

And Rick Steves is back on the road. That’s a very good sign.

Return on equity

Welcome to Friday. Today is Bob Ross‘s birthday.

Travel site ChubbyDiaries points us to the most underrated neighborhoods in Boston. Some of them are actually in Boston.

What happens when a good idea is taken to the extreme? Ryan Peterson explains the supply chain crisis in 20 tweets. He’s right on the money. Businesses got a little too lean before the pandemic hit.

The conservative editorial board at the Wall Street Journal wanted to explain why they published a letter to the editor by Donald Trump. They started out by mocking the liberal press before going on in point-by-point fashion to explain why everything Trump is saying about the election is completely insane. It’s a strange piece.

Fishing access, like the Northern Ireland Protocol, was one of those things that was supposedly worked out in BREXIT negotiations. But now the British are harrumphing over the seizure of a scallop boat caught fishing without a license in French waters. A deal’s a deal, guys.

And why do some dogs tilt their heads? It’s for the same reason Jack Benny didn’t hand over his money. They’re thinking.

A bridge to somewhere

Today is Tuesday. A stormy day is in the forecast.

There’s another thing Apple is good at. Active shooter drills.

Last night was the final debate before the mayoral election. More feistiness. WBUR has their wrap up. Here’s what the Globe said. And the Herald. And UH. Essaibi George continued to push Wu on the issues of low-level, day-to-day governing, while Wu continued to talk big picture initiatives. I don’t disagree with Wu’s vision but I do subscribe to the Tom Menino hierarchy of governing. Solid financials, public safety, constituent services and investment in infrastructure first. Then you can start to tackle the higher level stuff. Otherwise it’s all just aspirational.

Hertz, just out of bankruptcy, spent over $4 billion dollars on 100,000 new Teslas. They paid full price, no discounts. What a country.

The Dorchester Reporter went to look for Willie Gross‘s record of voting in the preliminary and couldn’t find it. George Regan had an explanation. He said a poll worker wouldn’t let the ex-police commissioner vote because his drivers license showed an old address. Why would they ask him to show a license? The Secretary of State’s website says that a poll worker might ask for ID if they had a reasonable suspicion that leads them to suspect an identity problem. I guess that poll worker just didn’t recognise the most recognizable guy in the city.

And it’s the ransomware gang that couldn’t shoot straight. They must have wondered why no one was paying.