Good Morning, RVA: Thawing out already

An immediate reprieve from yesterday’s frigid temperatures.

Photo by: Michael Chronister

Good morning, RVA! It’s 19 °F, but today’s high of 42 °F could set the stage for a warm, warm weekend. Keep an eye on the unreliable long term forecast over the next couple of days because we could see temperatures back up in the 60s. Today though: Sunny and clear–soak it up because more rain is headed our way soon.

Water cooler

Then governor’s Cuban extravaganza continues! He just signed a new “Memorandum of Understanding” between the Virginia Port Authority and the Port of Mariel Special Development Project in Cuba. McAuliffe also says he’ll work hard to lobby the Feds to end their existing trade and travel restrictions, which made me read the Wikipedia page on the United States embargo against Cuba.

Style Weekly has named their Richmonder of the Year and it is not a person. I think this makes 100% of the local person of the year award recipients not actually people. Anyway, roll on over to Style and read their profile of the winner–it’s full of Richmond history you either know by heart or should.

See, look: Richmond Magazine named the Virginia Public Access Project its Richmonder of the Month! A project! Not a person! But you should totally check out VPAP, it’s a powerful resource that I use all the time when I want to know just about anything related to elections in Virginia.

A boring but good thing: VDOT has proposed building sidewalks along a stretch of Jefferson Davis Highway deep in Chesterfield County. The new sidewalk would connect an apartment complex to a Food Lion and will cost the state $750,000. This kind of retrofitting walkability into our formerly car-focused suburban areas is going to become more and more common. Now, how do we get Scott’s Addition onto VDOT’s sidewalk list?

What would you do if you were ten years old and won $10,000 on a Food Network cooking competition? I would have bought sooooo many comic books.

The New York Public Library released over 180,000 public domain images today for you to use however you’d like. They also have an API, which gives me all sorts of ideas.


  • Rams overcame a late, double-digit deficit to beat St. Joe’s on the road, 85-82.
  • Spiders have now lost three in a row after falling to Rhode Island last night, 65-77.

This morning’s longread

Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance

For instance, did you know that it is a federal crime to be in possession of a lobster under a certain size? It doesn’t matter if you bought it at a grocery store, if someone else gave it to you, if it’s dead or alive, if you found it after it died of natural causes, or even if you killed it while acting in self defense. You can go to jail because of a lobster.

If the federal government had access to every email you’ve ever written and every phone call you’ve ever made, it’s almost certain that they could find something you’ve done which violates a provision in the 27,000 pages of federal statues or 10,000 administrative regulations. You probably do have something to hide, you just don’t know it yet.

To summarize: You may not know when you’ve committed a crime because our laws are near infinite, and changes in existing laws come from people knowingly breaking the law (think marijuana).

This morning’s Instagram

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