Gondola encore

Saturday. A cold one. RIP, Richard Feynman, McLean Stevenson and Wally Cox.

John Ellement provides us with a nice Valentine first date story.

Boston area Gondola advocates are going to keep throwing proposals against the wall until one of them sticks. And here’s one that might: as a way to get from the Orange Line to the casino. Picture yourself floating peacefully over a moonlight dappled Mystic after a night of burning money in Everett.

A billion dollar wall vs. a five dollar ladder.

It’s been a rough year for local newspapers around the country. Margaret Sullivan writes about the overall problem and Nicholas Lemann goes deeper into how we got here and what could be next.

And if you’re worried about smart devices listening to everything you say, there’s a jamming device that you can wear as a bracelet. And it’s so sleek and fashionable.

Taking payment up front

Friday the 14th. Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget.

One New Yorker is happy, on balance, with Bloomberg’s legacy as mayor. I suspect this view is pretty common among people there.

It appears that the Globe is being a little aggressive in collecting subscription fees, sometime charging people earlier than they should. Lots of complaints over at the BBB. You have to love the cut-and-paste, “Hello I apologize…”, response to many of the complaints. But at least they’re replying. (Via Reddit).

It’s a vision of the future, straight from the past. This would’ve made perfect sense to a sixteenth century futurist.

The Boston to New York seaplane service received final approval from the BPDA.

And if just thinking about mechanical engineering gives you a headache, you may be pleasantly surprised by this blog post from Bartosz Ciechanowski. He makes tangential forces and angular velocity fun. Seriously.

At arms length

Monday on the move. Just a quick update today.

This return to Britain occurred at a record breaking speed.

On the coronavirus front, Natt Garun writes about the impact on the tech industry and Brian Heater looks at precautions in place at the yearly GSMA show in Barcelona, including a ‘no handshake policy.’ Hopefully there will be lots of disinfectant in the hands-on demo areas. Also, in Hong Kong, there’s a virus-related toilet paper panic.

The Alexa Silver video was funny/true but this effort to build smart speakers for the elderly is a little more serious. It’s a great idea but this particular product seems costly for such a limited feature set.

A circular firing squad. Yup. That’s just what we need at this point.

And Amazon logistics are usually pretty impressive, but when there’s a one-off things can get weird.

Time for a change

It’s a bright Saturday morning as we begin the second week of the second month of 2020. RIP Mary, Queen of Scots.

Remember Lycos? It’s still around. And it works pretty well. It has a nice modern design now. Not as I remember it.

Also, time was updated this week. That’s time.gov, the website for NIST, with the official United States time. Here’s what it used to look like. So an obvious improvement there too, I’d say.

Tom and Gisele’s Brookline mansion is still on the market. Even with a $5 million dollar price drop it hasn’t moved. Maybe it’s a sign. Of a slowing real estate market.

Using the Cloud to search local files on your hard drive? What could possibly go wrong?

Bloomberg is at number two for the Democratic nomination. It’s not a poll but it is an interesting result given the last week. His spending and organizing are also beginning to turn heads.

And this writer doesn’t like dog parks. But do you know who does like dog parks? Dogs.

Hands on the wheel

It’s Wednesday. We’re still looking for that hydrogen bomb we lost on this day in 1958.

How do planes stay in the air? I’ve always reassured myself on rough flights that scientists completely understood the principals behind how the multi-ton piece of metal I was strapped into defied the law of gravity. So this news is a little scary.

BPDNews lays down he law on the new ‘hands-free while driving‘ rules that go into effect on Feb 23rd. Enforcement will be a challenge.

Evan Ackerman highlights a product that stood out from the trade show hype: AR glasses from Bosch that project lasers into your retina. They actually sound pretty amazing.

The Times asks whether Banksy can he be considered a serious artist if most of his work isn’t a on wall in a traditional museum. Do I sense a little art snobbery? Of course! He’s the Rembrandt of our time. And, according to the article, he has some sort of major announcement slated for March.

And one down, 49 to go, for Bloomberg.