Parler games

Wednesday, Jan 13th. It’s the anniversary of the Hawaii Emergency Alert scare.

That Trump tax cut that some workers received before the election was actually a deferral of taxes until after the election. Now it’s time to pay up.

Hacking Parler was not difficult because the site was not very secure. Amateurishly insecure, actually. “This is like a Computer Science 101 bad homework assignment, the kind of stuff that you would do when you’re first learning how web servers work. I wouldn’t even call it a rookie mistake because, as a professional, you would never write something like this,” Kenneth White told Wired. The exfiltrated data is already being used to identify Parler users inside the Capitol during the uprising.

The new Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station came in under budget and ahead of schedule. The reviews are glowing. It looks beautiful in photos. And, it has become a catalyst for other improvements in the area. Nice work!

Business Insider: “The US military will have a larger footprint in the nation’s capital by this weekend than the total number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.”

And if you ever get a chance to go to Tunis, you should. The food is amazing, even the runny eggs. In the meantime there’s this.

Free movement

Today is Tuesday. Jon Voight‘s birthday. Happy birthday.

2020 may be remembered as the year of the great bucatini shortage. Rachel Handler tells us more than we wanted to know about the mighty pasta industrial complex.

William Booth has a Q&A on what BREXIT means for the average Briton. No more pet passports, for one thing.

NBC 10 has posted 41 of Mark Garfinkel‘s best photos from the year. Some serious technical chops at work there.

Everyone from podcasters to vloggers to journalists are moving to a monthly subscription model. Even Dan Kennedy is trying out a $5 a month model. Good luck to him.

And Air travel is up as covid is spreading. On top of that, the 737 Max is back in the air, taking passengers between Miami and LaGuardia. What could possibly go wrong?

Too little too late

Today is Saturday. The word of the day is comity.

New England isn’t the only place that was whacked with a snowstorm.

Our great failure as a nation, at all levels of government, but particularly at the federal level, was on coronavirus testing. Now, as vaccines are rolling out there are plans to fix this. We’ll see.

Frommer’s travel guide for 2020 will be… different.

The New York Times looked at what happens to all the stuff when a mall closed down. The photos by Jesse Rieser are the best part of the story.

And two of USA Today’s 10 best Christmas lights locations are in Massachusetts: Bright Nights in Springfield and Winterlights in Canton and Stockbridge. Brilliant!

Roll up those sleeves

Today is Wednesday. Only 8 (!) more shopping days till Christmas.

A couple of weeks ago the Winklevoss twins were bullish on Bitcoin. And here we are.

With vaccines beginning to roll out, the Globe looks ahead at the possibility of compulsory shots in light of a century old case, Jacobson v. Massachusetts, which allowed for government mandated vaccination in some circumstances.

Meet the new deep state, same as the old deep state – except different, in that it actually exists.

Ben Sandofsky, of Halide, explains how the ProRAW image format, available on some of the latest iPhones, works. In doing so, he gives one of the best overall primers on RAW itself that I’ve seen.

And Sebastian Modak had to visit Singapore a dozen times before he began to appreciate it. I’ve only been there twice but the city had me on the first visit to a street food stall.

Valuable advice

Welcome to the weekend. Saturday, December 5, 2020 edition.

No more small horses, peacocks, platypuses, turkeys or bearded dragons on airplanes. And that’s fine by me.

The MBTA advisory board says, ‘not so fast‘ on the agency’s plan to cut service. The board thinks the T should reshuffle its priorities to maintain service levels by delaying expensive projects and cutting fat in other areas. I couldn’t agree more.

This study is being billed as a breakthrough in potentially reversing age-related cognitive decline.

Kara Swisher weighs in on Warner Brothers‘ plan to release films in theaters and streaming at the same time. This looks like the future.

And the state budget was finally passed. Not bad. Only five months late.