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.

Going off track

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.

Frenemies forever

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.

The other side of summer

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.

Hot chocolate

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?