The big enchilada

It’s Monday. A cool dark Monday. Johnny Cash recorded live From Folsom Prison on this day in 1968.

An old beat up Mustang just sold for $3.7 million dollars. Of course there’s some history involved.

Taco Bell will begin paying managers $100,000 salaries. This makes perfect sense to me. Managers are key to how restaurants like these operate and it only takes one trip to a dysfunctional fast food place to write it off for good. Next step: think about paying reasonable wages to the rest of the staff.

In this month of Drynuary, the Times looks into changing attitudes about alcohol.

Sabine Hossenfelder continues to advocate for change in how physicists approach their work.

And if you thought the vinyl resurgence wasn’t just an exercise in nostalgia you’ll be disappointed to learn that, of the top ten records sold in the 2010’s, only one of those albums was recorded in that decade. The rest were all very old (number one was Abby Road).

Focusing on the fundamentals

It’s January 8th. I think it’s Wednesday. Happy birthday to Soupy Sales, Elvis and Stephen Hawking. (Update: also Issac Asimov. )

Is Texas ground zero in the war with Iran? 10,000 cyber-attacks per minute seems like a lot.

Marty Walsh’s ongoing strategy of bolstering the middle class was evident in his State of the City address. Functional public transportation, affordable housing and education are what keep middle class workers in the city. And it’s the middle class that keeps the city healthy and vibrant.

There’s a Navy ship in Franklin Park? Yep, I checked Apple Maps this morning and it’s still there.

I’m a big fan of Italian wines, especially those from around Tuscany. So this proposed 100% tariff on all European wine is bad news. Please don’t force me to drink American Merlot!

And Dark energy has been a real problem for physics. But maybe, after all that searching and head-scratching, there’s nothing to it. That would be a little embarrassing.