Today is Friday, and that must mean the lunch menu is news chum stew. Let’s see what tasty morsels are in today’s offering:
- The New York Times decides to incite an ages-old rivalry, making fun of the Los Angeles Times. Now, while I’ll admit it is a far cry from what it used to be under the Chandlers, it is still one of the best papers around (especially in its web form). So don’t go dissin’ my hometown paper, grey lady!
- The LA Times has a nice story on the question of what happened to Jackie’s pink hat after the assassination. The most interesting factoid for me is that her dress, still blood-stained, is in the national archives, but not releasable to the public until 2113. I find it hard to predict what our country will be like in 100 years.
- The NY Times has a nice piece on small bookstores, and how they are struggling to find their niche today. For browsing, there’s nothing I like better than a small or used bookstore. However, I still tend to turn for Amazon for many many things.
- The LA Times has a nice article on that food of the gods, French Toast, and all its variations.
- I’ve always been a fan of the NBC peacock, going back to my high-school days. So it is with some sadness that I note that the new NBCUniversal logo ditches the peacock, although evidently that’s only for internal corporate stuff. The peacock will be preserved for actual NBC stuff, just not for the parent corporate entity.
- Home Depot has a problem. They are perceived as man-oriented, so they are reaching out towards women. My suggestion. Instead of “The Best of Trading Spaces”, let’s bring back the show: figuring out how to decorate on a limited budget should have quite an appeal. However, keep it to the original basics: two rooms, two designers, $1000… and no Doug or Hildy!
- Can’t make it to the funeral. No problem. More and more they are being streamed online. There’s no better proof than the recent funeral of Debbie Friedman.
- Taco Bell has been in the news of late about their beef mixture, which they are attempting to turn into an advertising campaign. Lost in the news: what they had been promoting as “beef” or “meat” isn’t gluten-free (it contains oats, which is usually cross-contaminated unless carefully sourced). So, for those celiacs out there, you need to be more careful at Taco Bell.