It’s a cook book!

A sultry mid-summer Sunday morning. Another 90 degree-plus stretch begins.

The great Peter Green is dead. The person who wrote his obituary is also dead.

There are three missions to Mars planned for this year, one each by the US, China and the United Arab Emirates. But that’s nothing compared to what Elon Musk has in store. He plans to send a million people to the red planet, three ships leaving each day. Jobs for everyone. Sign me up. I’ll open a cocktail lounge up there. It’ll be a Mars Bar.

Here are today’s coronavirus numbers. As Helen Branswell notes, they’re heading in the wrong direction.

With a drastic reduction in tourists and school groups, Boston’s historical sites are struggling to remain solvent. And the people that are coming tend to be from states with high infection rates, which isn’t exactly the best situation.

And Midtown Manhattan is a ghost town this summer and not just because everyone went to Nantucket.

Palace intrigue

Monday. Can’t trust it. Today is the anniversary of the New York blackout of 1977.

Wired has a primer on the variables involved in herd immunity for Covid-19.

The White House is apparently trying to discredit Dr. Fauci by providing reporters a list of all the times he has been wrong. Pot, meet kettle. And how is the middle of a national pandemic a good time for this kind of weird, petty infighting?

Speaking of the White House, someone inside seems to have leaked to Jonathan Swan that the White House is obsessed with trying to prevent people from leaking.

Literary magazines come and go but I hope this one hangs in there.

Great photos and stories from Patrick Cashin, longtime photographer for the MTA in New York.

And some good news for a change: New York City reported zero deaths from coronavirus yesterday, the first time that’s happened since March 11th.

In for the long haul

Tuesday. It was 53 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.

Which country is responsible for the most metal albums per capita? This is a fascinating visualization. I have questions.

One of the benefits of having a few years under your belt is that you get a little bit of perspective. The Washington Post is reporting that, because of the virus outbreak, people may start leaving New York for good. This is the same New York that, just in my memory, survived bankruptcy, garbage and transit strikes, urban blight, blackouts, crime waves and terror attacks. Not to mention alligators in the sewers. New York will be fine.

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, who played on Kind of Blue, has died.

So what happens when the president steps over the line and seriously violates the terms of service on Twitter? Would they kick him off? Could they? Kara Swisher weighs in. This could get interesting and very messy.

And you know you can’t afford a car when the sunroof option is an extra $20,000 and the sticker price is more than some small jets.


It’s a beautiful spring Sunday morning. Happy birthday to Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, also known as Taj Mahal.

Hey, let’s all go to Iceland this summer!

Sunday morning reading: Dan Balz on the long decline of competence in the federal government, which has accelerated in recent years, and how it got us into the mess we’re in now. Politico has some inside baseball on a key administration appointment. The Times bemoans a lack of leadership and unity at a time of national crisis. And conservative Bill Kristol is interviewed about where the country is now, how we got here and what’s next for Republicans.

Property managers are preparing for a new world of work. Separation tech is becoming a thing. But not all the technology rushing to market is worthwhile.

Opening New York City to tourists, post-Covid, is not going to be an easy task. Just imagine the line to get to the top of the Empire State Building when only 6 people can get into each elevator.

And it’s not all doom and gloom. We are making progress. Granted, distancing restrictions are now being lifted, but let’s hope the trend continues nonetheless.

And that’s the way it is

A snowy Saturday? We’ll see if the weatherman was right.

The new rules for r/boston are not being embraced. What’s wrong with “generic images of the Zakim Bridge and Acorn Street”?

Hiawatha Bray cites a NewsGuard report about unreliable media sources, a problem that’s not going away. Almost 10% of Americans on both sides of the aisle engage with fake news sites. Strangely, in Britain, famous for its unrestrained tabloid media, only about 1% were gullible to wacky news.

Printer ink is too expensive. And now you have to pay a subscription fee for the privilege of buying overpriced cartridges? Insult to injury. No wonder printers are going away.

Just in time for flu season, a new virus originating in China is beginning to spread with annual travel for the Chinese New Year. More from the CDC.

And while it’s not exactly Gawker Stalker, this column in the West Side Rag is a fun read every once in a while.