She could steal but she could not rob

A bright Tuesday. The first commercial flight of the Concorde took off on Jan 21, 1976, and the first production DeLorean rolled off the line on this same day in 1981. An anniversary for two products ahead of their time.

Researchers at Stanford poured over old military medical records and other sources and determined that over the last hundred years human body temperature has decreased and is decreasing about 0.05 F degrees per decade. We’re cooling down. The study is here.

A robbery is a specific thing, legally speaking. Breaking into a store overnight is not a robbery. (Just saying.)

David Lynch has a new short film on Netflix called What Did Jack Do, an exchange of weird non sequiturs between Lynch and a syncro-vox’d talking monkey in 1930s film noir with a musical number thrown in. I wanted to like this, or at least find it interesting. Couldn’t do it.

Contact lens displays could be the future of augmented reality. Sounds pretty ambitious and far out but I wouldn’t bet against it.

And the Dorchester Reporter snapped some photos of seals lounging on logs in Lower Mills (via Universal Hub). Who doesn’t love pictures of seals, right?

After a nationwide search

We made it to Friday. It’s a cold one. The Cherry Orchard had its opening on this day in 1904. The gun did not fire.

Meet Scientist Barbie. And she’s not the only one challenging gender stereotypes around girls and science.

If Governor Baker follows through on his proposed law change allowing an outsider to run the State Police, it could bring big changes to the agency. Sure, there are benefits to knowing the culture from the inside. But being restricted to insiders only, as the MSP is, only guarantees that the culture will stagnate. Other large forces, like Boston PD and NYPD to name two, have benefited from bringing in leaders from the outside, alternating with insiders. It’s time.

Your car may know you better than your friends do.

A prominent chef says to forget dry January. He wants us to drink by the bottle, not the glass. That seems like a lot of drinking. But don’t worry. Science says it probably won’t kill you.

And apparently all sorts of bad behavior can be rationalized as long as it leads to victory for our side.

Modified Plan A

A Tuesday awaits. And maybe a hot pastrami sandwich.

In a country where Horn OK Please is painted on many cars and trucks, Audi is upping the ante.

Opening the hood and tinkering with the Boston City Charter is not a small thing. Sure, there are some details that could be changed that could make running the city more efficient but there’s also a huge risk in changing the balance of power.

The more things change the more they stay the same, and that’s especially true for airline seats. Despite promises of radical changes for the better it’s mostly more of the same.

Scientists are exploring how to live to 1000. If you’re a tree.

And Boston real estate prices are holding steady according to new numbers from Apartment Lists.

You are the product

A warm and windy Sunday. Happy birthday to Jeff Bezos, Haruki Murakami and Haverhill’s own Rod Zombie.

Complaining can be good. Except when it’s bad.

You know Facebook is tracking you*. Wired describes just how much information is being collected and what you can do to limit how it’s being used.

This WaPo headline on Tom Steyer‘s campaign is a great example of Betteridge’s Law in action.

If you wanted to analyze your Apple Card spending patterns you were out of luck until now. A frustrated cardholder (and developer) came up with a solution, which he is now offering for a small fee.

And science has apparently established what we all know to be true: looks count.

A fox in the hen house

Saturday. In 1949 it snowed in Los Angles but in Boston today it will be 61 degrees.

I’m constantly losing my glasses. This kid found a planet.

Sal DiMasi wants to lobby his colleagues in the legislature and he’s suing for the right to do so. I’ve always found lobbying to be an unsavory business. It seems antithetical to the public interest. DiMasi says he intends to lobby on behalf of issues, not interests. That’s BS. It’s all interests. That’s why it pays so well.

If you ever wondered how guns get into the hands of criminals, the results of this survey of gun owners might provide a small hint.

It seems like the longest downtown construction project in history but the Emerson renovation of the Little Building is finally scheduled to be completed in September. The linked Globe article says that construction started last year but this has been going on for significantly longer than that. It was disruptive on Tremont Street but I’m glad they preserved the facade of the old building.

And Iran says now that it did shoot down the plane. Nevermind.