Times of plenty

Monday. It’s a birthday for two 20th century artists, Pablo Picasso and Minnie Pearl.

More guns are being found in TSA baggage checks. Many of them are loaded. Not good.

Adam Gaffin went shopping for paper goods and didn’t find much, other than off brand products. Over at the Globe, Beth Teitell highlights a series of first-world supply chain disasters. Special birthday flowers are unobtainable. A dachshund is going without its hypoallergenic food. Sub-Zero fridges are scarce. There are no bar pretzels. No corn dogs. How will we live?

Down in Monterey: there’s a new Mac operating system for download today. Here are some of its features. If your computer is old, check here before trying to install it.

Tesla unreleased full self-driving mode from real world beta testing because of bugs. And they weren’t on the windshield. Meanwhile, another interesting electric vehicle, a truck, is being rolled out by different company, Rivian. I want one of these. Don’t need it, but I still want one.

And space isn’t what it used to be. No billionaires want to go there anymore. It’s too crowded with billionaires.

Mind the gap

Happy Saturday. Enjoy the day.

British politicians have a tradition of meeting with their constitutions called political ‘surgeries.’ It’s become a deadly practice lately.

In the wake of a series of incidents, Boston voters were asked about safety on the T. It’s mostly safe, they said. But not very.

In the late 80’s, when Elon Musk was still a teenager, Buick came up with a dashboard touch screen that was way ahead of its time. It was pretty remarkable. Take a look.

Our news intake went up during the pandemic. Consequently, our mental health well being went down.

And the Russians keep screwing up at the International Space Station. Not good.

Squeezed out

Today is Monday. A holiday of some sort. And a marathon.

Garry Kasparov goes to bat for Christopher Columbus.

As small businesses struggle, prices aren’t necessarily going up but value is going down. Restaurants in particular are hurting. Supply chain issues persist but mostly it’s a problem with staffing. Employment numbers are out of whack. The Post reports that there are 11 million job openings and almost 8 million people looking for work. In September, over 300,000 women over the age of 20 dropped out of the job market. One big culprit is child care. Another is the low pay. “The labor market isn’t working at the bottom,” said University of Michigan economist Betsey Stevenson. That’s it, in a nutshell.

Brian McQuarrie checked in on the granite industry, which is having a solid year.

Yascha Mounk writes in The Atlantic about the curious case of Dorian Abbot being excluded from an MIT lecture series. Was he a victim of ampliganda?

And Chris Taylor sends a letter to the inhabitants of the next century concerning space travel. Far out.

Breaking up is hard to do

Monday. Dark and rainy, just how I like it.

The holiday shopping frenzy has already started. Looks like it’s going to be one of those years.

There’s been a lot of discussion and concern generated by Robert Kagan’s opinion piece from a couple of weeks ago on the impending American rift. Certainly, some of the reaction has had a Chicken Little quality to it. Much of it is over the top. But resentment is growing across the ideological divide and fear mongering is rising. Count me as concerned – but not worried. Yet.

When it comes to economics, everything we know is wrong.

The future of the Internet is the Metaverse. But nobody knows what that is. So, like most things from the future, we’ll just have to wait around and see what happens.

And 90 year old William Shatner is scheduled to be a passenger on Jeff Bezo’s next space flight. Audacious.

Public enemy #1

Happy Saturday.

Calibrating all those app settings to protect your privacy can seem daunting. This WaPo guide would be a good place to start.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Covid-19 is the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers in the U.S.

Astronauts and engineers are becoming concerned about seemingly small problems popping up on the ISS.

That Arizona audit that was going to prove that the election was stolen has released its findings. Surprisingly, it found that the election was not stolen. In fact, despite its questionable methodology and a pro-Trump bias, the audit showed that the Biden over Trump gap was even bigger than we thought.

And if you like amazing vocal performances, check out Geoff Castellucci’s version of Blackbird. That last note! Here he explains how he gets so low.