Sportswriters long ago perfected a clever trick called the “random thoughts column,” a sort of journalistic tapas bar that collects news tidbits that are greater than the sum of their parts.

Since every newspaperman secretly wants to be a sportswriter, I figured I’d try this myself. So this week’s Granite Geek column features junk-drawer batteries that want to kill you, what FairPoint’s tippy-toe quiet departure says about landlines and a convoluted Massachusetts program that will define our region’s power grid.

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