Buffalo, meet Broadway. Or, at least, Eighth Avenue, home of the New York Times, which this week published an admiring story that spreads the good word about Buffalo’s ongoing revival.
And not just Buffalo. While the story spends time on the SolarCity project, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, HarborCenter and Larkinville, it also takes note of the reuse of the old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna and the establishment and expansion of Yahoo in Lockport.
In Buffalo, we know things are different today. Now, so do the New York Times and its millions of readers.
Could there be better free publicity for Buffalo? Fuggedaboudit.
The good news about the news about Dr. Seuss is that it really is good news. For those who were disappointed – scandalized, really – about “Go Set a Watchman,” Harper Lee’s myth-breaking sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” there may have been some trepidation at reports of a new book by the good doctor, otherwise known as Theodor Geisel.
Relax. “What Pet Should I Get?” is very much in the smiling style that millions of young readers of all ages have come to expect when Dr. Seuss is at play.
It’s a fine curtain call, but as to the question at hand, we would like to suggest that you could get a dog.
Or a hog on a log. Or maybe a bat or even – dare we suggest it? – a cat in a hat.
It sounds funny, and perhaps in some limited, demented sort of way, it is. But reports of Internet-connected cars being hacked and controlled by strangers is nothing to laugh it.
Horns unaccountably blaring in the middle of the night is one thing – that happened five years ago in Texas – but what happens when hackers can remotely turn your steering wheel, interfere with your brakes or just turn the car off?
That is already possible, and it portends future problems, unless government and the auto industry get more serious about security.
More good news: An Earth-like planet has been found in the habitable zone around a sun-like star. It’s about 60 percent larger than the Earth – lots of room for big egos – and, in space terms, doesn’t seem too far away: only 1,400 light years.
But here’s the important question: Is it too soon to begin thinking about who could be the first American sent there on an important mission to explore the planet and simultaneously bring some calm to the Earth? And is there anyone who didn’t immediately think of Donald Trump?