Getting there

It’s Sunday morning. Today’s word is insouciance.

Tax season will start late this year. But it still ends on April 15th.

Lucas Matney considers the near-future for augmented reality. He says there are only a few minor problems that need to be overcome before it catches on: 1 – the hardware isn’t ready, 2 – the platforms aren’t ready, 3 – developers aren’t ready and 4 – users don’t want it yet.

Baby boomers are forsaking the mall for Amazon.

I prefer black and white photography. I started out taking pictures with Tri-X and lately I’ve been fooling around with some of the Leica monochrome only sensors. There’s something special about black and white. With that stage set, here are the 2020 winners of an international black and white photography contest. Check out all the categories. Landscape, portrait and street are particularly impressive.

And it’s daylight in America. Or at least it is in Utqiagvik – finally.

To argue in the alternative

Today is Saturday. Happy birthday to the first governor of Massachusetts.

Here’s all the latest SPAC news. (What’s a SPAC, you might ask?)

Houston police officer Tam Dinh Pham said that he absolutely wasn’t in the Capitol during the insurrection. When confronted with his own photos and videos showing him inside the building he admitted that he had in fact gone in. But not to riot. He only wanted to see the historical paintings. Yeah, paintings. That’s the ticket.

Instragram food shooters have had to settle for takeout during the pandemic. Boston Magazine’s Scott Kearnan comes to the rescue with tips for taking photos of soggy snacks.

A lot of people got into Bitcoin for the first time recently and are surprised that it corrected so soon. Apparently they haven’t been paying attention. When to trade? The answer is in the stars.

And Larry King is dead. That’s a surprise. I didn’t know he was still alive.

Free movement

Today is Tuesday. Jon Voight‘s birthday. Happy birthday.

2020 may be remembered as the year of the great bucatini shortage. Rachel Handler tells us more than we wanted to know about the mighty pasta industrial complex.

William Booth has a Q&A on what BREXIT means for the average Briton. No more pet passports, for one thing.

NBC 10 has posted 41 of Mark Garfinkel‘s best photos from the year. Some serious technical chops at work there.

Everyone from podcasters to vloggers to journalists are moving to a monthly subscription model. Even Dan Kennedy is trying out a $5 a month model. Good luck to him.

And Air travel is up as covid is spreading. On top of that, the 737 Max is back in the air, taking passengers between Miami and LaGuardia. What could possibly go wrong?

Yuletide rising

Christmas on a Friday. Have a merry one.

Comcast plays the part of Scrooge this year. The ghost of Christmas’ future might see a lot more people cutting the cable.

It’s Christmas in Kenmore Square.

This story in the Globe about today’s crazy weather is blandly routine but just add a photo by John Tlumacki and it pops.

Here are some Christmas photos from around the world.

And how about a stocking stuffer from Weird Al. It’s a nice story.

Too little too late

Today is Saturday. The word of the day is comity.

New England isn’t the only place that was whacked with a snowstorm.

Our great failure as a nation, at all levels of government, but particularly at the federal level, was on coronavirus testing. Now, as vaccines are rolling out there are plans to fix this. We’ll see.

Frommer’s travel guide for 2020 will be… different.

The New York Times looked at what happens to all the stuff when a mall closed down. The photos by Jesse Rieser are the best part of the story.

And two of USA Today’s 10 best Christmas lights locations are in Massachusetts: Bright Nights in Springfield and Winterlights in Canton and Stockbridge. Brilliant!