It starts with an earthquake

Monday once again. Today’s word is quotidian.

Here’s one more thing to worry about this election season: a refrigerator-sized space-rock, hurtling towards us at more than 25,000 mph. But don’t worry. Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t think it will destroy the entire world.

As we prepare for the third wave, the former FDA Commissioner says buckle up. The next few months may be the worst. Check. Also, Dr. Fauci weighed in on 60 Minutes about how easy it was for the president to get infected. Check. And there’s a crisis in chess and it’s all because of the the pandemic. Check.

AT&T might not have the best 5G options of all the carriers. But that’s OK, says the CEO. It’s because they’re so focused on 6G.

Expect a new Springsteen album this week. And a ‘making of’ film on Apple TV. Here’s the trailer. The band sounds great.

And Geoffrey Fowler googled Google and found that it’s getting worse at search (while getting better, apparently, at generating profit.)

Blood in the water

Sat. 10-17-20. The anniversary of the London Beer Flood.

Dr. Fauci and other health experts talk turkey.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shared a video of a great white hunting just feet from the beach in Provincetown. It didn’t turn out well for the seal, who apparently didn’t know that it was Sharktober. (The Globe reposted the video on its site but added a pre-roll ad to it. I wonder how that works.)

There’s something fishy about the latest deadlock in the ongoing Brexit saga.

These are just some of the scientific journals that have found it necessary to get into politics in this age of science skepticism: The Lancet, Science Magazine, Scientific American, The New England Journal of Medicine and Nature. Carl Sagan saw it coming. I can almost hear his voice reading the passage.

And if you have a melody stuck in your head, Google might be able to help with its new Hum to Search feature. I will be testing this.

Steady hand on the tiller

Friday. Fall. A birthday for John Entwistle, John Lennon and Jackson Brown.

Can a marching band still play while wearing masks? Apparently yes.

Those stimulus negotiations that were ongoing until they were called off per a presidential tweet, now seem to be back on. Beep, beep, beep, back it up.

Long time business beat veteran Jay Fitzgerald sat down with the CEO of Seniorlink, which manages a platform for family-based home care.

Chris Stirewalt over at Fox News says that even Rasmussen has Trump down by 12 points. And skipping the debate, he writes, is a sign that the bottom has fallen out for the incumbent.

And when does an improvement of 0.2 billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a percent count as a big deal? Welcome to the Traveling Salesman problem.

One way ticket

Today is Tuesday. The most random day.

A bonkers millionaire who ran for president has been arrested for tax evasion.

With a budget shortfall looming, service cuts are coming to the MBTA, especially ferry lines and the commuter rail. And when those cuts come, they’re likely here to stay.

Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.” An odd thing to say under the circumstances. Maybe replace the ‘dominate your life’ with ‘threaten my reelection’ and it starts to make a little more sense. But still, weird.

Three scientists, including Andrea Ghez from MIT, won the Nobel Prize this week for work on black holes. And Sir Roger Penrose, the Isaac Newton of our time, was one of the three.

And speaking of black holes, the trade deficit (as opposed to the budget deficit, which is $3 trillion dollars) is at $67.1 billion, up 5.9% in August. Good times.

Happily ever after

Monday morning. Let’s get to it.

If you’ve always wanted to be in the movies, there’s a casting call for a film shooting on the South Shore this fall. Maybe you’ll qualify for a pay bump.

The Herald reports that FinCon flagged a $40 million dollar city fund for a lack of ongoing audits. But the fund, attached to the Guaranteed Streets program, seems to be doing what it was designed to do and, apart from the lack of audits, appears to be well managed. So audits will be forthcoming now and everyone is happy. Nice to see routine checks and balances are working at the city level.

So this looks like another one of those ‘what did he know and when did he know it‘ deals.

An article in Discover magazine tells us that the quantum internet will transmit information faster than the speed of light. That would be a nice trick if it were true. But it’s not.

And how about Tampa’s second half comeback from behind to win the game? I always thought it was Belichick’s halftime pep talks that turned things around. But maybe it was Brady all along.