Take a left at the Dunks

It’s Monday. Once again.

Jim McBride reports from Patriots training camp. It’s the Cam Newton / N’Keal Harry show.

Moving around Boston is hard. A Californian takes issue with our roads and transportation systems and gets a history lesson that reaches from the horse and buggy to the Big Dig.

Is this dizzying Emirates ad real? I was skeptical, as were others, but apparently it happened. Here’s a short behind the scenes video. Tom Cruise would be proud.

Rodents are inundating parts of Australia. Farmers are waging war, killing them en masse. But, as The Times Yan Zhuang points out, some Australian rats are getting a different treatment: The tickle treatment.

And there’s dumbness and there’s stupidity. One, apparently, is better than the other.

Fit to print

Monday the 21st. If it seems like a long day, that’s because it is.

Boston to New York in an hour and a half and a train to Revere Beach. Now that’s what I call infrastructure.

The mayor of New Bedford believes that every city needs a functioning local newspaper. So he helped to create one – with a little help. Welcome to the New Bedford Light, a non-profit online paper not driven by click-throughs.

The Verge has a few good TV deals for Prime Day.

Some Catholic bishops are cautioning the president on abortion rights, appearing to threaten his ability to take communion. Karen Tumulty provides a history lesson on mixing politics and religion. In any case, this won’t go anywhere.

And running an airline is hard. Booking a flight on American this weekend was even harder.

Big Brother in motion

It’s Thursday. Don’t forget to eat your vegetables.

James Aloisi says it’s time to lose the masks on public transportation.

The Globe reports on couple of local tech companies that are joining up to track driver behavior for insurance companies. “Both companies’ core products are apps on smartphones that use the sensors in the phones to collect data about how people are driving, such as whether they are speeding, frequently braking hard, or picking up their phones to text when they should be paying attention to the road.” Uh-oh. Some people are going to get a big premium hike.

Brian Krebs tells the strange tale of Alla Witte, a 55 year old mother of two who was writing the code for a ransomware gang. A real-life Walter White.

New polling for Boston’s mayoral race shows the power of incumbency. Kim Janey now leads slightly over Michelle Wu. Then again, another poll puts Essaibi George in the lead. So it’s really too early to tell. But the front runners are at least starting to come into focus. Adam Gaffin rounds up other election news.

And advertisers want into your dreams. You might want to move that smart speaker out of the bedroom.

Change from within

Wednesday. We’re at the hump.

Bruce Mohl ran the numbers on Uber and Lyft ridership during the pandemic. It wasn’t pretty.

PERF’s Chuck Wexler calls it an evolving crisis. Across the country, police are opting for early retirement, enmasse. At the same time, violent crime is rising. Sure sounds like an evolving crisis. And as they say, crisis is just another word for opportunity. It seems to me that people who feel strongly about police reform should now be submitting applications to their local departments, so they can be the change. We haven’t seen much of that so far. Or maybe the feds could set up a Peace Corps-like program for recruitment, training and certification that local police can hire from. (Right now, the military serves that purpose but that’s not sustainable.) In any case, we shouldn’t let this ‘crisis’ go to waste. There are some real opportunities at hand.

Remember BloggerCon? Dave Winer does. I do too. The first two were held at the Berkman Center at Harvard. Those were heady days. Then came Facebook and Twitter, etc. The rest is history. But some of us dinosaurs are still plugging away at independent blogs.

Eric Adams, the ex-New York cop who’s running for mayor, wants to stand out from the incumbent. But he still may get de Blasio’s endorsement, whether he wants it or not.

And meet the new Windows. Looks a lot like the old Windows.

Transportation doublethink

Saturday, the first day of May. It’s Calamity Jane‘s birthday.

There’s a chicken shortage. And the price of wings is going through the roof.

Should city bus fares be free? In a healthy, financially self-sustaining system that might make sense. But the MBTA is not that and introducing free bus service brings lots of hidden costs. One transportation analyst interviewed by the Globe, Phineas Baxandall, says that those costs are not really costs. “You can define that as a cost, or you can define that as an enormous policy achievement,” Baxandall said. “In the face of possibilities of actually increasing transit ridership, it shouldn’t be seen as just a cost.” That sounds a lot like me trying to justify a new camera purchase to my wife.

Some voices are more soothing than others. (Gilbert Gottfried comes to mind as an exception that proves the rule.) The BBC explores the role our voices play in social settings.

Fireworks season is coming. The City Council is going to handle it this year.

And a group of folks in Japan decided to carry 6 ordinary stones around for 1300 years (scroll down for English). They started the project in 2014. Only one thousand, two hundred and ninety three years to go.