Teflon Charlie

Today is Tuesday. It’s International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.

Cam Newton says he’s still in the game. We shall see.

Everyone, from legislators to columnists, is slamming Charlie Baker. But according to polls, among voters he’s still very popular, despite all the issues around vaccine distribution.

The upcoming MBTA service cuts, especially on the commuter rail, are being reworked to provide less trains during rush hour but more regularly scheduled runs throughout the day. It’s an interesting approach, but it’s still an open question whether it will save money while attracting new riders, as the T hopes.

In the smartphone sales race, Samsung always sold more phones while Apple made the most profit on the fewer iPhones it sold. Now, for the first time in a long time, Apple is selling more phones than Samsung – and still selling them at the same higher profit margin.

And the engineering effort required to land the Perseverance rover on Mars was simply amazing. Watching this video of it actually happening is no less amazing.

All things to all people

Tuesday. Who could hang a name on you.

Good for Bill Belichick.

Michael Jonas explores the pros and (mostly) cons of a Willie Gross run for mayor. But I wouldn’t underestimate his advantages. A sometimes conservative police chief with high name recognition and deep roots in the Black community, Gross could be in a unique position to pick off voters from across the spectrum.

The Consumer Electronics Show is virtual this year, as expected. Here’s coverage by Cnet, The Verge and the WaPo.

Texas and Louisiana are blanketed in snow. Madrid is digging out from almost two feet. And in Boston? Bare ground and no snow in sight. This is my kind of winter.

And don’t forget to buy those lottery tickets this week. Big money!

Tough crowd

Hey, it’s Monday. Slow start today.

The knives are out in the Sheehan family. There’s a lot of money in beer distribution.

I read the now famous Twitter thread over the weekend where John Roderick, now always to be known as bean dad, described his can opener life lesson. It was funny and stupid. But the Internet seems to be un an uproar over it and he’s deleted his Twitter account. I must be missing something.

Gerry and the Pacemakers were the first real famous rock band out of Liverpool, although not the last. Gerry Marsden has died at 78. Paul McCartney weighed in on the loss.

Ashish K. Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, wonders why no one is in charge of the US vaccination effort. In Israel, by contrast, vaccinations are going fast and furious.

And, Cam Newton has crossed the bridge and the Patriots season is over.

Food for thought

Good morning. It’s Sunday. It’s a Wonderful Life is 76 years old today.

So, who gets the vaccine first? That’s easy. Politicians.

The president is attacking the media for indicating that the recent major hacking attack against the US was conducted by Russia, Russia, Russia despite Microsoft, FireEye, sources in the national security and technology communities and Trump’s own Sectary of State all saying that it was Russia, Russia, Russia. Eyebrow raising. This is also a little concerning. And this.

I don’t usually pay attention to what’s going on in gaming but this disaster couldn’t be missed. It’s raining tanks.

In New York City, a garbageman went to the top of the heap. (I enjoyed my time as a garbageman as a teenager in the 1960’s. It was a good job. Two bucks an hour and all you can eat.)

And this happened ten years ago. Go Pats.

Get out the red pen

Friday, December 11th. Happy National App Day.

Biotech giveth and biotech taketh away.

Charlie Baker has sent the Massachusetts police reform bill back to the legislature with some changes. Matt Murphy breaks it down.

When Roger Ebert hated a movie, he hated, hated, hated, hated it. Here are 50 movies he hated, and here’s how he artfully described one of them: “This movie doesn’t scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn’t the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn’t below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.”

Still no stimulus. A complete dereliction of duty.

And the knives are out for Cam Newton as the Pats chances to make the playoffs pretty much dissolve after last night’s loss.