Today’s lunchtime news chum brings together three topics that are all follow-ups to previous posts:
- Sexism. A few days ago, I wrote about sexism, bringing together articles about Angelina Jolie, Merida, and Proms. First, I’d like to note that it looks like the Merida makeover has been rescinded. Alas, sexism hasn’t. Two articles illustrate that quite well. In the first (h/t Andrew Ducker), we read about a female engineer dealing with the sexism of her on-site coworkers. You would think people know better these days. In the second, we learn about the problematic outfits that female MMORG characters seem to always get. Game designers do this, and then wonder why their games don’t appeal to anything other than teenage boys.
- Elections. A few days ago, I wrote up my analysis of the sample ballot for the Los Angeles Municipal Election next week. A few more election articles of interest. First, here are two articles (one and two) providing basic comparisons of the mayoral candidates. Secondly, the Jewish Journal did some character studies of each candidate (Mr. Twinkledum and Ms. Twinkledee). I keep telling myself it will be over on Tuesday; I just hope we get something better than the projected dismal turnout.
- Garbage. Almost a month ago, I wrote an article that linked to an LA Times article on a pig farmer in North Las Vegas. This enterprising fellow was using buffet slops to feed the pigs that he fattened up, slaughtered, and then sold back to the buffets as ham. The LA Times had another interesting article on recycling wasted food. This time it is the Kroger chain (Ralphs in Los Angeles) that is taking old food, turning it to slop, and anaerobically processing it to generate methane and generate energy. Much as I hate to see food waste (we waste far too much), it is good to see it put to somewhat of a good out (and much much better than using food-grade food to produce energy).
Music: On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (Original Broadway Cast – John Cullum): “On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)”