Table scraps

Monday. Today is the International Day of Peace. Then tomorrow it’s back to normal.

Which books tend to sell the most copies? Bestsellers, obviously.

A new super high-end steak house is coming to Boston at a time when many smaller restaurants are closing. Salt Bae‘s Nusr-et, with locations in New York, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, and Mykonos, among others, is opening a spot on Arlington Street. Thousand dollar steaks, anyone? Scott Kearnan thinks there’s something wrong with this picture.

Black Lives Matter and Back the Blue don’t have to be mutually exclusive. And despite all the noise, for most people they’re really not.

Adtech and real-time bidding on user profiles is what makes the internet profitable. But it’s also a potential privacy disaster. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is pushing government watchdogs to clamp down on companies violating the rules around protected data. Which seems to be all the companies.

And starting in mid-October, tourists heading to Hawaii will get either an aloha or an aloha from officials, depending on the results of their coronavirus tests.

Bait and switch

Today is Thursday, September 17, Constitution Day.

In Minneapolis, where local politicians were calling for eliminating police earlier in the year, those same politicians are now asking, “Where are the police?”

Northern Ireland was always the sticking point for a functional Brexit and at this late date it still is. With a January deadline for the UK to leave the EU, Boris Johnson is reneging on the previous agreement for border controls along the Irish Sea. Businesses are not happy with the lack of a clear plan. The alternative to the previous agreement is, potentially, a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, something few want. What a mess.

The president has a secret health plan. (That’s all you need to know. It’s secret.)

Daniel Sheehan profiles Ashmont Cycles amidst a biking boom and a neighborhood relocation.

And Olga Massov wants to rehabilitate the reputation of tiramisu. She has her work cut out for her. A good tiramisu can be wonderful but most are really very bad.

The measurement problem

On this Tuesday morning, the word of the day is Sisyphean.

Hey, big news: Michelle Wu is running for mayor. Who woulda thought?

Rachael Rollins, Byron Rushing and Juana Matias argue for better data from courts and prosecutors. You can’t fix what you can’t measure, they say. This was a problem 20 years ago. A lot of people have worked at remedying the situation over the years but were stymied by funding constraints and bureaucratic inertia. So, good for them for highlighting, and hopefully tackling, the issue.

Mike Caputo obviously needs help. Unfortunately, he’s the guy in charge of providing it.

There was an MIT angle, so I guess it was OK for the Globe to run the ‘signs of life on Venus‘ story as a Metro item. But Venus is definitely outside the increasingly expanding Boston metro area, which, as of late, includes Rhode Island.

A sharp 911 tele-communicator, and an Apple Watch teamed up to save the life of an Arizona officer.

And speaking of Apple watches, there’s an event to announce new models today. I’ll be tuned in.

Squandered potential

Happy Thursday. Humidity will be off the charts today.

When Father Conway raises the alarm, I think BPD should listen.

The Social Progress Index uses 50 social and environmental indicators to rank countries. Tier 1 countries, which make up the top 13, are Norway, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Iceland, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and Japan. The usual suspects. The US is in Tier 2 at #28, behind Greece and Slovenia. Nicholas Kristof thinks it’s a crying shame. And it is.

President Trump: Pandemic? What pandemic? Congress: Pandemic? What pandemic?

There was a headline earlier in the week stating that the Sturgis rally generated 250,000 new cases with a cost of over $12 billion dollars! Skeptical? You should be.

5G phone coverage comes in low, mid and high band. Low-band is comparable to current LTE speeds and coverage is great. Mid-band 5G is much faster than LTE and coverage will be very good. High-band is super fast but coverage is limited. So what are the carriers planning to adopt? T-Mobile/Sprint are going with the mid-band sweet spot and Verizon is gambling on the high-band. AT&T, which at one time had the best data network in the country, has its own ‘fake’ version of 5G, which PC Magazine rates as “essentially worthless.”

And if you don’t know where you’ve been and don’t mind being tracked, Google Maps timeline is for you. Here’s a ‘how to.’

Right to reap profits

It’s Wednesday. Let’s all celebrate National Wienerschnitzel Day!

Ben Sasse wants to make the Senate great again. He has some reasonable suggestions for doing so.

The right to repair ballot question is being framed as a data security issue and a threat to privacy. But the folks lined up against it are not privacy advocates. Shira Schoenberg reports that General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Kia, Subaru, Chrysler, Hyundai, BMW, Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have pitched in $25 million dollars to defeat the initiative. This sounds to be more about money than about privacy.

State police in New Hampshire pulled over eight drivers doing over 100 mph last weekend. Their Special Enforcement Unit was on the lookout for aggressive and speedy violators. I’d be curious to know if Massachusetts is doing something similar. I don’t see much enforcement on our state roads.

It looks like one of the most promising front-runner vaccines under development is running into problems. Adverse effects are being reported in the AstraZeneca/Oxford University trials. Things are on hold for now.

And, this is disappointing. I was hoping they might come bearing vaccines.