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A Look Back at the 150th Grand Illumination, Martha’s Vineyard’s Most Magical Evening of the Year

05.18.2020 · Posted in Travel and Leisure

Where we’re at: I’m recapping my travels in 2019, including this time at our family home in Martha’s Vineyard in August. I’ve blogged about festivals and traditions all over the world, and it’s no secret they are one of my f... ...

The Great Escape: Month 95 + 96 + 97 Roundup

04.29.2020 · Posted in Travel and Leisure

Where we’re at: I’ve wrapped up blogging the second quarter of 2019, of which this is a huge roundup. I realize for some this is a difficult time to read about travel. I am writing often about our current global crisis — the impact it’s havi... ...

State governors are taking to smuggling PPE to get around the feds

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is technically a Republican, in as much as calling himself a "Republican" helped him to garner votes in the western part of the state, which is less Deep Blue than the Metro Boston Area. But as far as I've ever been able to tell, Baker has never demonstrated any capacity for ...

County sheriffs claim that prisoners sleeping head-to-toe count as being “six feet apart” for coronavirus safety

Prisons in America are already overcrowded, under-supported, and maddeningly profitable for the people who made them that way. And when people die in incarceration under more normal circumstances, it still tends to get ignored or covered up. As a result, some of them have been struggling with how to deal with social distancing, quarantine, ...

Cyber-skills platform Immersive Labs raises $40M in North America expansion

Immersive Labs, a cybersecurity skills platform, has raised $40 million in its Series B, the company’s second round of funding this year following an $8 million Series A in January. Summit Partners led the fundraise with Goldman Sachs participating, the Bristol, U.K.-based company confirmed. Immersive, led by former GCHQ cybersecurity instructor James Hadley, helps corporate ...

Autonomous ‘Mayflower’ research ship will use IBM AI tech to cross the Atlantic in 2020

A fully autonomous ship called the ‘Mayflower’ will make its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean next September, to mark the 400-year anniversary of the trip of the first Mayflower, which was very much not autonomous. It’s a stark way to dive home just how much technology has advanced in the last four centuries, but also ...

Optimus Ride’s Brooklyn self-driving shuttles begin picking up passengers this week

Self-driving startup Optimus Ride will become the first to operate a commercial self-driving service in the state of New York – in Brooklyn. But don’t expect these things to be contending with pedestrians, bike riders, taxis and cars on New York’s busiest roads; instead, they’ll be offering shuttle services within Brooklyn Navy Yards, a 300-acre ...

Massachusetts says Purdue’s profits from a single opioid addict were $200,000

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is not the first state to sue Purdue Pharma, members of the Sackler family (who own the company), and other board members for their role in deliberately seeking to addict people to their powerful opioid Oxycontin, but unlike other states, Massachusetts is conducting the suit in the public eye, targeting a ...