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June 16th, 2016 

Good Morning, RVA: Filibusting makes me feel good, BRT begins (kind of), news of food, COMBOS, and cold coffee

Hot, hot, hot, and a chance for rain later.

Photo by: Phil Roeder

Good morning, RVA! It’s already 74 °F and only getting hotter: Today’s highs could bust into the mid 90s! There’s kind of a chance for thunderstorms this afternoon, but I’m currently scoffing at that. However! If you plan on being outside late this evening into early tomorrow, you should bring your rain gear. I don’t know why you would be outside in the middle of the night, but, you do you.

Water cooler

Yesterday at 11:21 AM Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy took the Senate floor and began to filibuster for gun violence legislation. Specifically, Murphy wanted the Senate to at least vote on two things: preventing people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns and universal background checks. At 2:11 AM he yielded the floor and announced that he is going to get his vote(s). I felt all sorts of blubbery emotions reading through the senator’s Twitter feed this morning. A couple of points to think on after you’re done with your morning cry. First, these are just agreements to vote, not guarantees to pass anything. Second, Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner were both supportive of the filibuster. Third, the terrorist watch list (of which the no-fly list is a part) is a pretty opaque thing, and I can sympathize (a tiny bit) with people who are concerned that the list could become a heavy-handed tool to prevent arbitrary folks from buying guns. More details over on the Washington Post.

Guys, its here! It’s finally here! Construction on The Pulse (Richmond’s bus rapid transit line) begins this Friday. Well, technically, “there will be rolling lane closures along Broad Street from Staples Mill Road to 14th Street and Main Street from 14th Street to Orleans Street for soil testing for the BRT Project.” But still! Progress! These rolling lane closures will last through the weekend, so keep them in mind if you’re driving up and down Broad Street over the next couple of days just thinking about how nice it’d be to have some rapid form of public transit to ferry you about instead. Once a concrete construction schedule exists, you’ll be able to find it right here.

Ned Oliver has expanded his alphabetical list of mayoral candidates to include City Council and School Board. Keep in mind that these candidates are still uncertified by the registrar, which means if their signatures don’t check out they will not be on the ballot. There are zero unopposed candidates, and that makes me happy.

It’s not Food News™, but hilarious wonderfulperson Stephanie Ganz has written up this week’s food happenings over on The Apple Cart’s blog. There’s mention of bonnyclabber! A delicious food item and exciting word to write and say aloud!

I don’t eat a lot of COMBOS, mostly because they barely qualify as food, but they are definitely my Official Road Trip Snack (RIP Jalapeño Cheddar Tortilla favor). If the same is true for you and you have a peanut allergy, you may want to put the bag down and slowly back away.

The NYT tells me that my coffee will taste better if I freeze the beans before grinding them. A chemist from MIT says the process is “cute,” which is why I love scientists. Never one to shy away from increasing the number of fussy steps required to make a cup of coffee, I will try this and report back!


  • Squirrels beat Binghamton 4–2, that series wraps up in the Diamond tonight at 6:35 PM.
  • Nats took the series from the Cubs with a 5–4 win. They start a new series with the Padres tonight at 10:10 PM.

This morning’s longread

Cartography Comparison: Google Maps & Apple Maps

OK. This is the nerdiest longread I’ve picked in a bit, and the excerpt below certainly isn’t helping anything. But! I promise this is fascinating, interesting, easy-to-read, and filled with pictures.

In this series of essays, we’ll compare and contrast the cartographic designs of Google Maps and Apple Maps. We’ll take a look at what’s on each map and how each map is styled, and we’ll also try to uncover the biggest differences between the two.

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