Looking for higher ground

October 22nd is on a Thursday this year. What do you know?

RIP to the Amazing Randi. His superpower was skeptical common sense.

Chris Christie should have worn a mask. He says so himself. Nationally, the retransmission index is almost all red. Most states are above R1. To see how this has changed over time click on the ‘3 Months Ago’ button and then work back to the present. This is what a building wave looks like.

Garrett Graff lists 12 things that could go wrong if hackers try to disrupt the election.

Pat Robertson says God told him that Trump will win and then an asteroid will hit the earth. Not sure which is worse but stay tuned.

And a Banksy painting just sold for almost $9 million dollars at auction. And it didn’t self destruct!

Search for “follow the money”

It’s Wednesday. Happy hump day. And happy quinquennial World Statistics Day.

The Franklin Park Zoo has a new addition. Very cute.

If you search for something in Safari on your iPhone, the default search engine is Google. Probably most searches are done this way and it’s a highly profitable arrangement for both Apple and Google. It’s also the focus of an antitrust probe.

When politicians want to seem genuine they eat fake food. Because that’s what real people eat. (Joe Biden seems to go to Dairy Queen a lot.)

What, exactly, is an “Electoral Intrusion?” And capitalized, no less. I guess we’ll find out on Sunday night.

And, what year did the word psychobabble appear? If you guessed 1975, you would be not wrong. (The Merriam Webster Time Traveller is a good way to waste a little bit of time.)

It starts with an earthquake

Monday once again. Today’s word is quotidian.

Here’s one more thing to worry about this election season: a refrigerator-sized space-rock, hurtling towards us at more than 25,000 mph. But don’t worry. Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t think it will destroy the entire world.

As we prepare for the third wave, the former FDA Commissioner says buckle up. The next few months may be the worst. Check. Also, Dr. Fauci weighed in on 60 Minutes about how easy it was for the president to get infected. Check. And there’s a crisis in chess and it’s all because of the the pandemic. Check.

AT&T might not have the best 5G options of all the carriers. But that’s OK, says the CEO. It’s because they’re so focused on 6G.

Expect a new Springsteen album this week. And a ‘making of’ film on Apple TV. Here’s the trailer. The band sounds great.

And Geoffrey Fowler googled Google and found that it’s getting worse at search (while getting better, apparently, at generating profit.)

Lights, camera… action

It’s Monday. Columbus Day.

Michael O’Sullivan thinks Robert De Niro has gone from a raging bull to an aging tool. I guess he must need the money.

Danny McDonald reviews Marty Walsh’s ‘nonrhotic‘ performance in Frederick Wiseman’s four and a half hour documentary on City Hall. Sounds like it would have made a great Netflix series if it had been broken into shorter segments. But I can’t wait to see it.

Veena Dharmaraj and Staci Rubin make the case for more public investment in electric car charging stations in Massachusetts. And speaking of electric cars, a vehicle engineering revolution is underway. Think big skateboard.

75 year old Ian Gillan, lead singer for Deep Purple, is still touring. He estimates that he’s sung ‘Smoke on the Water,’ 2500 times. That sounds low to me. I’ve probably heard it on the radio more times than that.

And a sitcom character walked into a bar. Right away they knew her name.

Enemy of my enemy

All’s quiet on this crisp October Sunday morning.

Employee of the month is good but Employee of the Year is very impressive. So congrats to Dr. Fauci.

This is probably not the endorsement the campaign was looking for but the Taliban is all in for Trump. “When we heard about Trump being COVID-19 positive, we got worried for his health, but seems he is getting better,” a Taliban senior leader said. The Taliban was worried for the president. Isn’t that nice.

Peter Askew worked in technology. Now he sells onions and he’s doing quite well.

Broadway is still closed. It looks like you’ll have to wait until the fall of next year to see most shows. New York’s tourism industry is just getting killed.

And meet the new swamp. (Same as the old swamp.)