Friday. Today’s forecast includes a slight geomagnetic storm, which could lead to possible power grid fluctuations and increased northern lights.
I’ve never been interested in any kind of vanity or low-number license plate. If you are, the RMV is running a lottery.
The Dorchester Youth Collaborative was one of the most impactful organizations that Boston has seen. It was a shame when it closed down but now it’s back, under the umbrella of MissionSAFE, but still with Emmett Folgert at the helm.
Spreadsheets. Love them or hate them.
The Washington Post counts the bullet casings in a dangerous part of DC. (I’m guessing, with a spreadsheet.)
And Maureen Dahill imagines Castle Island as the new Fantasy Island with seaplanes swooping into the harbor.
Monday, Monday. That day you can’t trust.
Planet Money tackles inflation.
A Globe story on government benefits for workers during the pandemic has a point of view. In the print version it concludes right at the beginning that there’s “Little evidence extra cash is keeping most recipients from returning to work.” This, of course, is in opposition to a GOP narrative. I happen to agree with the Globe’s POV in general terms. People in low paying service jobs need to be paid a sustainable wage. And in the meantime, it’s appropriate that the government help fill the gap. But despite the many anecdotes provided by the Globe, the underlying data contained in the story suggests that for many, the extra cash is keeping them from returning to work. So what? This doesn’t mean that the Republicans win. It means that the system is screwed up. We shouldn’t feel that we we need to stretch the truth merely to defend partisan talking points.
In 1972, researchers at MIT predicted that society would collapse sometime this century. Looks like we’re right on schedule.
Saudi Arabia is asserting itself in Tunisia by providing funding for vaccines. There’s a modern commercial neighborhood in Tunis that was developed by the Saudis. The deal was that in that neighborhood, no alcohol could be served. I don’t know if there’s are any such restriction attached to the vaccines but I do know that despite the prohibitions, you could still easily get a drink in Berges du Lac.
And apparently, an “awkward get-together” occured between Aerosmith and Donald Trump detailed in this very awkward article. Steve Tyler was Trump’s personal guest. Joe Perry muscled in and ended up being offended by Trump’s crudeness. Throw in a threat of lawsuits over using the group’s songs. It’s all just very bizarre.
A quiet, peaceful Sunday morning.
Exchange programs usually bring students together from far flung, exotic places. You know, like Texas, Louisiana and Massachusetts. But apparently not Russia.
Florida is now leading the nation on Covid infections, with an average of 6,500 new cases a day. Are we surprised? Arkansas is giving Florida a run for its money. Across the country, but particularly in places resistant to taking reasonable health precautions, cases are up almost 70%. The head of the CDC calls it “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Darwin is just shaking his head.
The Phoblographer features 6 really good street photographers. Check out Ale Ruaro, especially.
Google Maps is recalculating the route to the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland, to avoid sending people over a cliff.
And youse guys will be happy to know that there are over 300 new words added at Dictonary.com. You-uns and y’all will be pleased as well.
Friday. Let’s just call it a week.
Travel site Matador writes about how great the North End is. But from an alternate reality. They insist on calling it Boston’s Little Italy. Very annoying.
The Legislature continues to mask its committee votes. Members insist that the normal sausage making requires it. They worry that how they vote on issues in committee might be misconstrued. Maybe, but aren’t these also the people that made the rules that require the official actions of all of the other public employees in the state be open for review – misconstrue or not? What’s good for the goose, right?
There are two sides to every story. But in this situation, only one side passes the smell test for Christopher Muther.
Bill Forry, editor of the Dorchester Reporter, has some thoughts about the current governing situation in the city.
And Heinz wants to know why buying hotdogs and buns always ends up in a mismatch. (I want to know why people think putting ketchup on a hot dog is an acceptable thing in a civilized society.)
The Fourth of July. Burgers and dogs.
French bureaucracy can be tough. Especially if you’re dead.
Rate a Cop. It was only a matter of time.
I use the Starbucks app to order ahead all the time. When it works as designed it can be incredibly efficient, but when it doesn’t, especially in a very busy store, things can go haywire.
The Verge has a list of seasonal things that you didn’t know you needed, and probably don’t.
And as tourists are returning to San Francisco, so are the criminals. Car breaks are up a whopping 753%.
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.
Monday comes quick. And it’s Flag Day.
Here’s more on the Delta flight that was diverted because of a disruptive passenger who turned out to be an off-duty flight attendant. It’s getting pretty rowdy up there.
Danielle Allen is considering a run for governor. She’s a professor of ethics at Harvard. Ethics and government… an interesting combination. It’s one thing to study the Trolly Problem, another to handle a different real-life version of it every day.
Next year‘s covid could be crime.
I think most people at any given time would say they want to leave their jobs, so I wouldn’t read too much into the surveys quoted in this story about the coming great resignation. But even if only some of the sentiment is true it could signal a new era of employment benefits and work/life balance. Meanwhile, on Nantucket, 8th graders might be pressed into the workforce due to a worker shortage.
And it’s official: Mayim Bialik is the new champion at hosting Jeopardy. At least as far as I’m concerned.
Sunday morning. Happy anniversary to Henry and Jane.
You think I’m funny? Funny like a clown? Apparently Russians don’t like oversmilers.
The Globe runs a Sunday edition story about a falling out between the former Mayor and the former Police Commissioner. Old news. Nothing to see here. Move along.
For photojournalists it’s pretty clear: It’s not acceptable to change the content of an image. But for landscape photographers there seems to be more leeway on things like replacing the sky in an image. Is that ethical? I don’t think so. A photograph should represent a thing in the world. Otherwise it’s not a photograph. It’s a photo-illustration.
Forget the locked window dimmers. Boing has stopped delivering their 787 Dreamliner pending an FAA review of a fix for imperfections in the carbon fiber fuselage. It’s not considered a flight safety issue according to the FAA – but it’s something that would make me a little nervous.
And Marques Brownlee tells us why the new, electric Ford F150 Lightning is a really big deal. And a pretty good one, too.
Thank God it’s Wednesday. And happy Superhero Day.
Boston Magazine‘s list of the 100 most influential Bostonians includes a guy who lives and works in Tampa, Florida. Kind of pushing the limits of ‘Bostonian’ there.
Things are looking up. On Friday restrictions begin to ease. Singing will be allowed. Later in the month, as the warmer weather kicks in, things will open up even more. Beer gardens, parades and street festivals will be allowed. By August almost all state-imposed business restrictions will be eliminated. But don’t throw away those masks. I think they’ll be around for some time.
One 80 year old rotten tomato spoiled the whole caprese salad for Citizen Kane.
Brian Chen tried out Apple’s new AirTags for tracking objects. They harness the new ultra-wideband technology in Apple’s U1 chip. The AirTags are cool but the potential of the tech is even cooler.
And if you’re travelling by air this summer, leave a little extra time to get through security. You’ll need it.
Monday, Monday. Sometimes it just turns out that way.
Gronk went long and caught a 200 yard pass. From a helicopter. Now he’s in the Guinness Book of Records.
Relighting the Walter Baker sign in Lower Mills would be a nice gesture to the history of the neighborhood. What would be really cool, though, is if they could bring back the chocolate smell that permeated the area back in the day.
Heavy wet snow or high winds can take out power lines in these parts. But at least we don’t have to worry about beavers.
I had a trip booked to Paris at about this time last year. Of course it was cancelled. C’est la vie. It now looks like travel to Europe could open up for this summer, at least for those of us already vaccinated. Iceland is opening too. Fingers crossed. Also, the mask mandate for US airlines expires on May 11th. No one knows what the plan is, but I assume it will be extended.
And here’s something to think about: Why is the 0 key to the right of the 9 (just above the o) and not to the left of the 1?