Tuesday update

For my readers who have iPhones, there is a very scary bug that has been discovered in iOS 12.1. If someone places a FaceTime call to you, they can eavesdrop on you before you answer the call. Worse, if you hit the phone’s power button or either volume button, they’ll pick up access to video from your phone’s camera as well. I strongly recommend you disable FaceTime until a patch is released fixing this bug. To do that, open the Settings app, and on the main settings page scroll down until you see FaceTime, and click it. That will bring up a menu of FaceTime settings. At the top will be a toggle switch to turn FaceTime on or off. Make sure it is turned to the “off” position.

The Daily Memphian had a really good profile of a startup business called Mac Daddy mac & cheese. They have six different varieties of mac & cheese, including a bacon version, a Memphis pulled pork version, and a spicy version. Yum! You order online and pick the order up from Kingsway Christian Church kitchen in Germantown, but the owner is hoping to soon expand his business into a food truck. Make it happen, Captain! When the food truck hits the road, I sure would like to see it at the Thursday food truck rodeos in Court Square.

The Little Tea Shop invites its customers to come dine there for lunch on Friday, February 1. An independent documentary film team will be there shooting scenes for an upcoming short film about The Little Tea Shop. By being there, you agree for your likeness to be used in the film.

If you missed Mayor Strickland’s State of the City speech last night, here’s the full text.

An I Love the ’90s Pub Crawl is coming to Downtown Memphis Saturday, April 13. Your ticket gets you a color changing stadium cup, a ’90s slap bracelet, admission into participating venues without paying cover, and ’90s music at participating venues. The party will kick off at Tin Roof with registration 3 to 5 PM that day. Other stops on the crawl will include Alfred’s, Coyote Ugly, Wet Willie’s, and Silly Goose, with possibly other bars to be added.

Wicked Weed Brewing from Asheville, North Carolina will have a tap takeover this Friday at the Flying Saucer at 7 PM.

Good news for Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers: There’s a new ranking system called NET that will be used by the NCAA tournament selection committee this year, seeing it as a more accurate measure of a basketball team’s ability than RPI. With the Tigers’ win over UCF on Sunday, they rose to 54 in the NET rankings. Hmmm…. there are 68 teams in the tournament, with 16 of the slots going to winners of minor conferences, most of whom’s NET rankings would be sub-68. 68 minus 16 is 52. If the Tigers could get that NET ranking just a little bit higher, seems like they’d be knocking on the door of the tournament bubble.

You’ll be able to learn more about the $70 million Memphis River Parks project at the February South Main Association meeting, to be held Tuesday, February 12 at Beale Street Landing. Two people from Memphis Parks Partnership, George Abbott, Director of External Affairs, and Eric Bourgeois, Ambassador, will speak about the parks project. Bites will be provided by Pontotoc Lounge. Free for members, $10 for non-members. There will be a social at 6 PM with the presentation starting at 6:30.

Edible Memphis is having a launch party at Trolley Stop Market Friday night. The magazine is celebrating the first issue (technically the 42nd issue, but the first done by this new group) from 6 to 9 PM. There will be complimentary pizza, beer specials, and of course, copies of the new issue.

Hmmm… I wonder if they’ll serve “edibles” at the launch party?

Crosstown Brewing Co. is having its first birthday party on Saturday, February 16 from noon to 10 PM. They will have three new beers on tap that day along with plenty of 1 year swag to give out. Evan Ferris will provide live music noon to 2, Alex Greene and the Rolling Heads 3 to 5, with a special musical guest there 6 to 9. The New Wing Order food truck will be onsite 2:30 to 9.

There’s a dog body language class at the main library on Poplar tonight.

That’s it for now. Think I’ll walk over to Sam’s Restaurant and see what I can find for lunch. I think I saw a sign that they have falafel, which I love. Back tomorrow with more news.