Good Morning, RVA: Remember, remember, etc, etc

I will not need a weird mask to remember this fine Thursday.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 60 °F, and today we’ve got highs in the mid-70s again! However, plenty of clouds and a small chance of rain will make it look colder and sadder than it really is outside.

Water cooler

Well this article in the RTD about the results of gerrymandering in Virginia is extremely depressing. Every incumbent that sought reelection on Tuesday won. Every single one! All 122! This sucks and feels hopeless. What can one even do about it? One Virginia 2021 would like to answer this very question.

Mark Robinson at Richmond Magazine already has a first look at potential candidates for next year’s mayoral elections. There’s still plenty of room and time for more candidates, if you’re interested.

Beer nerds! Annie Tobey has a great rundown of all the ways the brews you consume can be truly local–like, made with local ingredients from top to bottom. It’s a cool time to be a brewer in the commonwealth, that’s for sure!

It’s also a cool time to be a vegan beer nerd. Guinness announced that they’d no longer use isinglass (fish swim bladder) to help filter their beer, but instead will rely on soulless technology to achieve the same results.

And two items of follow up:

Hot on the heels of that scathing piece in Style Weekly, the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals has approved Union Seminary’s plan to build a bunch of apartments across the street. Union has set up a blog where you can get some more information about what’s coming.

You may be wondering (just kidding, you are probably not wondering) about whatever happened to those three items on the agenda at this past Monday’s informal City Council meeting? Well, the first two were continued until this coming Monday’s formal Council meeting, and the third was amended. The third, you may remember, was the interesting one and added a new requirement that the CAO give a monthly financial report to Council. It’s now amended to require a synopsis rather than a report (PDF).

This morning’s longread

How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

Here’s another book-length post from Wait But Why about one of Elon Musk’s projects. This one’s about colonizing Mars, and after reading it I cannot wait to move there and start the first Martian magazine.

Now–if you owned a hard drive with an extraordinarily important Excel doc on it, and you knew that the hard drive pretty reliably tended to crash every month or two, with the last crash happening five weeks ago–what’s the very obvious thing you’d do?

You’d copy the document onto a second hard drive. That’s why Elon Musk wants to put a million people on Mars.

Why a million people? Because that’s Musk’s rough estimate for the minimum number of people it would take to create a completely self-sustaining population. In this case, self-sustaining has a simple definition–it means that if Earth vanished from existence, the Mars population would still be able to survive and thrive and grow.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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