Let the sunshine in

Today is Thursday. And it’s National Grape Popsicle Day, to boot.

Adam Vinatieri is retiring. Good luck to him. He came through in the clutch for us many times.

There were 382 new Covid cases in Massachusetts yesterday, mostly among people between 20 and 40 years old. The numbers are low and dropping. The mask mandate ends this week. Events are being scheduled for the summer. The Marshfield Fair is on. Optimism abounds.

Russia claims its government agencies are undergoing an unprecedented hack.

More back and forth on the Massachusetts film tax credit. Keep it, dump it, tighten it up. Legislators are all over the map. Maybe they should invite Jackie Rohr in to make a speech on the topic. He seems like a pretty persuasive guy.

And who wants to go on a cruise? Are we ready, really?

Hot chocolate

Monday, Monday. Sometimes it just turns out that way.

Gronk went long and caught a 200 yard pass. From a helicopter. Now he’s in the Guinness Book of Records.

Relighting the Walter Baker sign in Lower Mills would be a nice gesture to the history of the neighborhood. What would be really cool, though, is if they could bring back the chocolate smell that permeated the area back in the day.

Heavy wet snow or high winds can take out power lines in these parts. But at least we don’t have to worry about beavers.

I had a trip booked to Paris at about this time last year. Of course it was cancelled. C’est la vie. It now looks like travel to Europe could open up for this summer, at least for those of us already vaccinated. Iceland is opening too. Fingers crossed. Also, the mask mandate for US airlines expires on May 11th. No one knows what the plan is, but I assume it will be extended.

And here’s something to think about: Why is the 0 key to the right of the 9 (just above the o) and not to the left of the 1?

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.