Pat’s Picks: Thursday, May 31
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 31 May 2012 9:23 AM
The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.
UCLA is smack-dab in the middle of a controversy, says the LA Times, after offering the son of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs a full athletic scholarship to play football for the school this fall. The school says Combs’ $54,000 scholarship doesn’t affect any need-based scholarship money but some people are still crying foul.
The New York Times’ Sam Grobart says someday soon, he’ll gather his children and tell them about the “Great Format Wars.” We’ve had decades of transition from one physical media to another. Now we’re at the age where that will become transparent. We’re living in an age of no vinyl, no VHS, no floppy discs, no CDs. IT’s just stored inside our devices and transmitted between them.
There’s a great David Pogue column in the New York Times this morning on the appeal of the iPod Touch and Samsung’s effort to get into the market. Pogue says the Apple device has everything an iPhone has…minus the phone and the bill. (He also figures out that the two-year cost of an iPhone is about $1,880, while an iPod Touch will only set you back $200.) Samsung’s latest Galaxy Player is taking aim at all those budget conscious devotees.
The most interesting part of Disney’s new Art of Animation Resort is something mundane, says the Orlando Sentinel: the doors. Using something called “radio-frequency identification,” hotel room doors are opened wirelessly. Instead of swiping cards to get into their hotel rooms, guests simply hold their room key a few feet away from the door.
There’s a powerful photo from Syria on the front page of the Washington Post this morning. A woman carries her injured son into Lebanon. The accompanying story says diplomats aren’t quite sure how to provide help for the country. Sending in UN regulators did little to quell the violence, and Russia has said it will continue to block any attempt to impose sanctions on the Syrian government.
Awkward! Kathie Lee Gifford put her foot in her mouth on the “Today” show yesterday, says the New York Daily News. Martin Short was on the show to promote his new movie, “Madagascar 3,” and Gifford asked after his wife. Unfortunately, Short’s wife Nancy died two years ago after losing a battle with ovarian cancer. But the actor took the flub in stride, and answered Gifford’s questions, which kept coming. She later apologized via Twitter. VIDEO
Two ex-Microsoft employees have created an algorithm to solve one of life’s great conundrums: getting the perfect bra size. The women say they went to dozens of bra fittings to see how the experts came up with their measurements. Then they took the best approaches and “distilled them into code.”
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