FIVE THINGS I’M THINKING ABOUT TODAY

1) It’s Wednesday, January 28, 2015. It’s four days until the Super Bowl, 22 days until Chinese New Year and 145 days until the first day of summer.

2) OK, folks, let’s keep this simple. It didn’t snow nearly as much around New York City as expected.          

But that doesn’t mean that government officials “overreacted.”  They did what they had to do. What’s troubling is that all this snarky second-guessing could lead them to be less cautious next time. And there will be a next time — whether it’s snow or a hurricane.

So I was heartened when I saw Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Tweet last night pointing to the audio of his dramatic reading of The Onion, which had spoofed his Sunday warning about the storm. Critics might say the mayor is being callous about the problems shutting the city caused; I say he’s celebrating the fact that he didn’t have to deal with a catastrophe that no sane person really wanted. 

3) It was good to see the attention was paid to yesterday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camps. My former employer, CNN, is airing a documentary on the subject tonight.    

Genocide didn’t end with the approximately 1 million Jews and others the Nazis irrationally hated who were slaughtered at Auschwitz. We live in the world of ISIS and Boko Haram. So it is good to be reminded from time to time of just how systematically cruel and horrific people can be when madness descends, and how we must never accept such behavior in the world.

4) Today is the 29th anniversary of the Challenger explosion.

5) Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, Apple sold 34,000 iPhones. Every hour. That’s nearly 75 million phones in 92 days. (That’s taken from David Goldman’s story on CNNMoney)

As an Apple fanboy, I can’t say I’m surprised. But I do have to wonder how the company will top this — topping this is what shareholders would expect.

Unlike the iPad and iPhone, I can’t say I see much use for the Apple Watch coming in April. If you need to carry the phone to use the watch to its full potential, why do you need the watch?

My guess is that, sometime in 2017 or 2018, iPhone 8 or 9 will be the killer device that replaces the obsolete iPhone 6. And then, the numbers for the 2014 holiday season might get i-dwarfed. 

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