Walk right in, sit right down

Well, it’s Friday. Today is the anniversary of the first World Trade Center bombing.

Who will be the new US Ambassador to Ireland? Some Boston names are in the mix.

Mark Sullivan covers the Senate hearing last week on the Russia-based Solar Winds hack. The bottom line: This was a new type of attack vector that we did not see coming. It was also a huge intelligence sharing and coordination failure.

If you’re a nervous flier booking a trip, you might, as this NYT article suggests, want to research what type of plane you’ll be flying on or even the model and manufacturer of the engines. Not me. In some cases ignorance is bliss. This is one of those cases.

John Adams and Alia Beard Rau explain how to build and sustain an audience for an online newspaper, in this case the Arizona Republic. First, you have to kill the zombies.

And it looks like an arms race is brewing. The new fully-automatic Hyper Mach-100 is a step up from the pump-action Hyper Siege-50, holding a hundred rounds of ammo with a super-fast reload capability. Not your father’s Nerf guns.

Heading in the right direction

Monday is back again. It’s a birthday for Matt Groening, Chris Farley and Ernest Shackleton.

Go east, old man. The Globe looks at the future of aging. And that future is in Boston.

Daily coronavirus case numbers are dropping. That’s good but not a reliable indicator that we’re out of the woods. “We’ve had three surges,” said former CDC director Tom Frieden. “Whether or not we have a fourth surge is up to us.” But the trend is good and maybe by Labor Day we will be out of the woods. Maybe… maybe.

If there’s one thing that Conrad Akunga has learned, it’s that people don’t read instructions. Remember this article the next time you click OK to accept those cookies.

When traveling, and in a taxi, I always enjoy listening to local radio to get a sense of the place I’m in. Here’s a way to do do that without the travel part.

And Twitter is turning neighbor against neighbor. It’s not over politics this time. This time it’s over birds.

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!