Rear view mirror

Today is Wednesday. Inauguration Day.

Mina Corpuz has me thinking of pizza. But not just any kind of pizza.

Trump told his supporters to “have a good life,” before getting aboard Air Force One for a flight to Florida. The outgoing president won’t be attending Biden’s inauguration, although he did write him a note. Trump leaves a strong stock market, for what that’s worth. But he also leaves a foreign policy mess, surging unemployment, a massive deficit, a dysfunctional federal government, an uncontrolled pandemic, a battered and divisive civic environment and a nation teetering on the verge of civil war. Quite a record. But this country is resilient. Hopefully things will get better now.

Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is cancelled for the second year in a row.

Joe Biden has a Peloton bike and some people are worried that hackers could use it to spy on presidential workouts.

And the Zune is dead. Long live the Zune.

Any club that would have me as a member

Tuesday. It’s the 37th anniversary of the Apple Lisa.

This just in: The coronavirus is out of control.

Spencer Buell is compiling a list of people who are not running for mayor. Lydia Edwards is on the top of the list, which is a shame. She would be a great mayor.

More videos of the Capitol riots, this time courtesy of Parler’s crappy security.

Tomorrow is moving day at the White House. It’s a logistically complex undertaking that has to be accomplished in a short timeframe. There’s also the matter of transferring the Twitter accounts.

And it’s the anti-doomsday clock. Tick tick.

Friends of our enemies

Today is Monday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Bitcoin vs. Medical School? Now you can run the numbers.

Earlier in January, Brian Krebs was investigating DDoS-Guard, a “dodgy Russian firm” that maintains the website for Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. DDoS-Guard also hosts various phishing sites, cybercrime groups and servers for 8chan and QAnon, considered by the FBI as a domestic terror threat. Then the Capitol riots happened, organized to some extent by the QAnon crowd and also by the folks on Parler, which was hosted on Amazon. As part of the backlash, Amazon cut off hosting for Parler, leaving them with no servers. It looks now like Parler is trying to get back online by getting into bed with DDoS-Guard. Fitting, I guess.

Phil Spector has died in prison serving time for murder. He was crazy talented and crazy dangerous.

According to a previously secret settlement agreement, Fox News had a stake in Trump being elected. You wouldn’t know it from their coverage, right?

And Beth Teitell says we can’t concentrate… or something…

Take off your pins

Sunday morning. It’s a birthday for Ben Franklin, Al Capone and Muhammad Ali.

San Francisco is too crowded. Nobody goes there anymore.

This Washington Post video story on the breaching of the Capitol is gripping. The situation was worse than you thought. Other video from Luke Mogelson underscores that. Just wow. Axios has begun a series on how it all started, beginning with election night. And the Wall Street Journal looks at where it will likely end.

Remember that migrant caravan? Apparently it’s still out there, marching around, thousands of miles and two borders away from the US. And with Biden set to be inaugurated this week it’s once again big news at Fox.

Scotland is considering opening a RICO (or, as they call it, an unexplained wealth order) investigation into Trump’s Turnberry golf resort. It seems like they’re arguing about who should initiate it.

And sometimes the wisdom of crowds is pretty stupid.

Rookie mistake

It’s Saturday. Here comes the weekend.

What is the My Pillow guy up to? Nothing good, it seems.

Anyone who has driven around in an unmarked car with lights and siren knows how tempting it is to turn them on when someone cuts you off, just to scare them a little and make a point. But it’s usually a bad idea and most LEOs quickly learn not to do it. This case illustrates why. Rollins showed an amazing lack of judgement in the initial alleged encounter, then on social media and then again later with the TV crew.

We complain about our legislators in Massachusetts but at least we don’t live in Missouri where they’ve taken stupid to a whole new level.

Wikipedia is 20 years old. (There’s a page on Wikipedia on Wikipedia.) Heather Kelly looks at how they’ve managed to make the whole collaborative encyclopedia thing work and Alex Pasternack reconstructs how they covered the assault on the Capitol in real time.

And ice cream for dogs (or actually frozen lard) has been available for a while now. It is not for people. The taste is horrible (I’ve heard). Now Ben and Jerry’s is getting into the game with their own brand of canine ice cream that humans will also find “delicious” as a late night snack. Sorry Fido.