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Post Week in Review: October 19-25

Published: October 24, 2014

RIP ​Ben Bradlee​ and ​Oscar de la Renta

Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama at a ceremony at The White House on November 20, 2013
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The many tributes and remembrances of former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee are pouring in. Here’s are nice features on Bradlee from The New York Times ,The Boston GlobeThe Washington Post and Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

We probably won’t see another editor like Bradlee. Not just because of the times we live in but also because at some point we’re going to go all-online with our news and that’s a very different thing.​

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta
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I didn’t know that designer and fashion icon Oscar de la Renta redesigned the Boy Scouts uniform in the late 70s. So besides gowns for First Ladies like Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan and Hilary Clinton, as well as celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Oscar nominees on the red carpet, he also created the uniform your son wears.

De la Renta died on Monday at the age of 82.

Writer Harlan Ellison ​In The Hospital After Having A Stroke​

This isn’t something you would know if you didn’t go to Harlan Ellison’s site or perhaps one of the fan/comic book sites, but the acclaimed writer had a stroke a couple of weeks ago and is still in the hospital. According to accounts on his site, the master storyteller seems to be doing a lot better, including some movement in his right arm, and hasn’t lost any of his energy or any of the other things that make him Harlan Ellison. Here’s to a speedy recovery.​

This Week In Data Breaches​

Is there a blog, maybe a Tumblr that keeps track of the weekly data breaches we’re having? Because they do seem to be a regular thing now that we’re all going to have to live with. The latest: Staples. Customer credit and debit card information may have been compromised. The company is working with law enforcement to see how bad the breach is.

Maybe it’s time to just use cash.

An Apple Computer, For Only $905,000!

A while back I complained that there was too much coverage of new Apple products, but this is rather interesting: one of the first Apple computers designed by Steve Wozniak sold this week for $905,000. And that’s without the monitor, mouse, or keyboard.

Alan Bean Plus Four​

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks is a talented guy. A good actor, a terrific interview guest, even a creator of apps. Now he can add “New Yorker short story writer” to his resume. His first attempt at fiction in the magazine is titled “Alan Bean Plus Four,” and centers around one of his favorite topics, astronauts and space travel.

Sharknado 3!

So how will Syfy top the first Sharknado, which had tornado-based sharks attacking Los Angeles, or Sharknado 2, which featured an attack on New York City? You have the sharks attack the entire East Coast! That’s the ambitious plot of Sharknado 3, which will feature the creatures chomping on people and landmarks in places like Washington, D.C. and Orlando, FL.

“Hey sharks, you just killed a bunch of people in Washington, D.C. What are you going to do now?

We’re going to Disney World!”

A shark attack on the East Coast is fine and dandy, but I’m waiting for the sharks to somehow attack people in outer space. Youknow it’s going to happen eventually.

The Comic Sans Typewriter

If there was a poll taken for what the most hated font is – and maybe there has been – the winner would probably be Comic Sans. It never gets any respect. But one artist in Pittsburgh decided to change all that.

Introducing The Comic Sans Typewriter, aka “The Sincerity Machine.” The typewriter isn’t for sale (yet) but here’s a video that shows what it can do.

The KFC Zinger Double Down Sandwich



​Have you had the original KFC Double Down Sandwich and said to yourself, what this really needs is a hamburger in the middle and thicker chicken with more breading? Well, you’re in luck. KFC now has the Zinger Double Down Sandwich, which is a burger sandwiched between two giant chicken patties (the patties act as the bun, because that would be too many carbs). It also has bacon and cheese.

This particular version of the Double Down is only available in Korea right now, but keep your fingers crossed!

It’s National Bologna ​Day



If the Zinger wasn’t enough news to cause you to celebrate, please be advised that today is National Bologna Day. I used to eat a lot of bologna when I was a kid but at some point I just…stopped. But this is one of those food holidays that is making me want to try it again. Maybe one of the higher-end, deli bologna instead of the packaged stuff. Or maybe I could make my own.

Yes, you can make bologna at home. Happy Bologna Day!

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