Generation gap

It’s Superbowl Sunday.

A local filmmaker is doing a documentary on our free-range turkeys. Pass the cranberry sauce.

Well, today is the day that Tom Brady gets to prove himself – again. The old, established QB is being challenged by a talented young upstart. It seems like only yesterday that Tom was that upstart.

Naturally produced antibodies may not be enough protection from mutated versions of the coronavirus. But the vaccines, so far, still seem to be effective.

The great bucatini crisis of 2020 is over. It should be coming back to supermarket shelves. The head of pasta company De Cecco breaks his silence on what happened. He doesn’t want to name names but he does say, “It’s always a good thing to know who your enemies are.”

And here’s another entry into the record books for 2020: A lot less lightening.

Full of holes

Good morning. It’s Wednesday. The day the music died.

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday so I wouldn’t put away that winter gear quite yet.

Valentine’s Day is coming and that means heart-shaped doughnuts. The most popular doughnut in Massachusetts, according to an analysis of google search results, is the chocolate frosted. But after dinner another favorite rules. I wonder why no one has invented a strawberry shortcake doughnut.

Residents are reporting problems in those new super tall and thin residential skyscrapers in New York. Pipes are leaking, walls are creaking and elevators are stuck. Who says you can never be too tall or thin?

Our own Tom Brady is becoming a mythical character. (We’ll see just how mythical on Sunday.)

And a couple of years ago people were actually complaining that there were too many quality TV shows to watch. The pandemic took care of that. Peak TV is now trough TV. But we do have more episodes of City on a Hill to look forward to.

Good cheap fast

It’s a stormy Monday. February is upon us. But not for long, happily.

Sawing someone in half is still one of the most popular tricks a magician can do, even after a century of performances. I don’t know how it’s done and I don’t want to know.

The software developed for the CDC by Deloitte to schedule vaccinations seems to have a problem or two. A no-bid $40 million contract to a consultant with a spotty history to develop a large-scale, critical system in the midst of a pandemic. Who could have seen this fail coming? Usually on a project like this you get to choose two out of three: Good, cheap or fast. All we got was fast. And it wasn’t all that fast. One more example of the problems with government software projects.

A Kansas City Chiefs’ lineman with a medical degree opted out of the season because of the coronavirus. Instead of playing he worked on a hospital ward caring for covid patients. Now his team is going to the SuperBowl. Should he get a ring if they win on Sunday? It would be nice if he did.

Leica lenses are not cheap but their value ages well. If you bought a Noctilux for $1200 thirty five years ago you could sell it today for about the same price, if not much more. In fact, that old design is being refreshed by the company and is now selling new for $7,695! A little too rich for my blood, though.

And on a day expected to bring a few, here is a very nice photo of a snowflake.

All things to all people

Tuesday. Who could hang a name on you.

Good for Bill Belichick.

Michael Jonas explores the pros and (mostly) cons of a Willie Gross run for mayor. But I wouldn’t underestimate his advantages. A sometimes conservative police chief with high name recognition and deep roots in the Black community, Gross could be in a unique position to pick off voters from across the spectrum.

The Consumer Electronics Show is virtual this year, as expected. Here’s coverage by Cnet, The Verge and the WaPo.

Texas and Louisiana are blanketed in snow. Madrid is digging out from almost two feet. And in Boston? Bare ground and no snow in sight. This is my kind of winter.

And don’t forget to buy those lottery tickets this week. Big money!

Scrooged

It’s a Tuesday in winter. But spring is just around the corner.

Those old, Flash-based National Weather Service weather radar displays were frustratingly archaic. But at least they worked.

Tighter restrictions are coming to Ireland as bars and restaurants will be shuttered on Christmas Eve. It’s thought that the British mutation has already made its way there.

Peter Jackson and his crew did an amazing job with old bits of World War One footage, restoring and weaving them into a well researched, moving film. Now he’s been let loose in the vault for The Beatles’ Get Back movie project where there’s more than 60 hours of previously unseen film. The virus has slowed things down but work is picking back up. In the meantime, Jackson has released a sneak peak.

There’s more talk about an Apple car. This report says it may come within five years. Let’s just say I’m dubious.

And it turns out that dead people did vote in the election. For Trump.