The sky is falling

Monday morning. A spring-like day. Happy birthday to Steve Jobs, George Thorogood and Abe Vigoda.

Need a chuckle? Here are 50 comics to cheer you up.

There seems to have been a lull in coronavirus news. There’s a sense that too much coverage could either panic the public or numb them into indifference. But some experts are worried that the horse is out of the barn and it’s time to get the public prepared for what might be coming so we can get serious about developing prevention habits. Remember the ebola handshake?

UPDATE: if there was a lull it’s over now.

The ICE director for the Boston region tells Commonwealth Magazine that, despite reports to the contrary, there will be no tactical operations teams assigned here.

Grimes new album received a mostly positive review from Spencer Kornhaber at The Atlantic. My take is also mostly positive.

And the official Westworld trailer dropped. Then fans unearthed a few unofficial ones. As you might guess, if you know the show, the tone of the clips is futuristic and foreboding. Except for this one, which, strangely, has more of a happy/romantic vibe.

The new new thing

It’s Saturday and there’s only one more week left until March. RIP, Amerigo Vespucci, Andy Warhol and Dennis Johnson.

WAAF is no more. The station that brought you Whip ’em out Wednesday is now Christian radio.

The Hynes Convention Center is getting a little long in the tooth. It’s in a great location in the Back Bay but it isn’t big enough to support most modern large conventions. Should the property be sold to a developer and the money used to expand the convention center in the Seaport? That seems to make sense to everyone but Back Bay business owners and they make some good points on keeping the Hynes where it is. Stay tuned.

The widow for containing a coronavirus epidemic is narrowing says the head of the World Health Organization. What are the implications? According to some experts it would put us in “uncharted territory.” Concern is growing at the highest levels, although maybe not for the right reasons.

A new technology net-zero building is slated for Roxbury. The five story cross-laminated timber structure will have 19 residential units and be one of the most energy efficient buildings in the US. Other than noting that Roxbury is “in the south end of Boston,” the article in The Architect’s Newspaper doesn’t provide a location for the project. But the illustrations put it at Hampden and Eustis.

And Better Call Saul is back on Sunday. All is well with the world.