Nearing a new normal

Today is Tuesday and that’s totally tremendous.

Voyager 1, which launched back in 1977, is phoning home from 14 billion miles away with information about plasma waves in interstellar space. That’s just crazy.

England, Northern Ireland and Scotland recorded no Covid deaths in the latest reporting period. (Wales is still catching up, reporting 3 deaths.) Closer to home, Massachusetts had 14 deaths but only 446 new cases. Just a few months ago we were looking at over 6000 new cases a day, so we’re certainly moving in the right direction. By August 1st the worst may be over.

Airline workers were on the front lines in the mask wars. Retail workers too. It’s amazing how selfish and petty people can be. These workers need a raise.

Remember all that rhetoric about blue state bailouts? We were told that states like California shouldn’t get pandemic relief because they couldn’t manage their own budgets? Flash forward: California has a $75.7B budget surplus. Sounds pretty well-managed to me.

And Donovan Leitch, who once had an incredible string of hit songs in the 1960’s, has now teamed up with David Lynch for a music video. There are no talking monkeys but it’s still very Lynchian.

Rights and obligations

Sunday. Happy Mothers Day.

Last night Elon Musk promoted Dogecoin on SNL as the future of currency. Then it crashed. The plot thickens.

Ex-Senate President Tom Birmingham believes that today’s students need more civics instruction. Can’t argue with that.

Beer designed to taste horrible and be consumed as personal performance art to make a point about climate change? Life is getting way too complicated.

Another big ransomware hit, this time against a fuel pipeline operator. Why aren’t these networks hardened against this kind of attack?

And it’s awfully quiet out there. (Doesn’t that usually means that a storm is coming?)

Framing it up

It’s Friday. Happy birthday to David Hume, Tchaikovsky and Totie Fields.

A future without passwords? Google would like us to get there. There’s got to be a catch, right?

When oil prices spiked a few years ago we all had to delve into the world of crude supplies, regional dynamics and refinery constraints to understand what was happening. These days it’s all about lumber. Emily Stewart educates us on timber supplies, closed or understaffed mills, hardwood from the north and softwood from the south, to help explain why prices are going through the roof.

So what the hell happened in this photo of the Bidens and the Carters? I would love to see the original, uncropped and uncorrected version. Obviously a very wide lens was used but judging by the portraits on the wall and other straight edges, software lens correction was also applied after the fact. Maybe the photographer should have dialed that back a bit.

An increase in spontaneous nuclear reactions in the remains at Chernobyl is concerning scientists. But even if the reactions increase exponentially, as scientists worry they could, any explosion should be contained by the concrete enclosure. The operative word there is should.

And Nuzzle, a link aggregation service for Twitter, is, unfortunately, shutting down. It’s parent, Scroll, was acquired by Twitter and they’ve decided to wind down the service. In The Verge, Dieter Bohn described Nuzzle as “beloved by a tiny set of very online news consumers.” Uh, that would be me.

Too close to home

Thursday morning. Foggy and cool.

Now you can watch the video of the head of the NRA trying (and trying) to shoot a motionless elephant. Why would anyone want to shoot an elephant?

There was a shooting in Dudley MA, out by Sturbridge on the Connecticut border. The Boston Globe was all over it. There were also shots fired leading to an armed stand-off in Dorchester. Not a peep on that. Odd.

Michael Collins has died. He was on the first moon mission, the guy stuck in orbit while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin got to walk on the moon. He led quite a life and people who knew him said he was an amazing guy.

Here’s the James Carville interview where he goes off on the political viability of wokeness.

And people usually like police dogs. But this police dog from Boston, now working for the NYPD, is not so popular. Looks like he’ll be sent to a farm where he can run free.

Constricted arteries

Saturday. A beautiful day ahead. Today’s word is impresario.

Another SpaceX launch. Watch it here.

The work being done on the Sagamore Bridge was completed more than a month early. The crew now moves over to the Bourne Bridge and the clock ticking down to Memorial Day starts all over again.

President Biden appears ready to go on record acknowledging the Armenian genocide. It’s a big deal in our relationship with Turkey.

Deep-fakes and international relations. What could possibly go wrong?

And a Florida family has been indicted for selling a miracle cure for Covid. What they were selling turned out to be “a powerful bleach typically used for industrial water treatment or bleaching textiles, pulp, and paper.” Hmmm.