December 15, 2012

Newspapers Don't Care When Notable Women Die

from Mother Jones:
Big papers' lists of significant deaths in 2012 overwhelmingly feature men. The Washington Post put 18 women and 48 men on its list. On the other side of the country, the Los Angeles Times listed 36 women and 114 men. And lest you think this is some kind of freak 2012 phenomenon, the New York Times has consistently listed many more men than women over the last five years.

So is the issue that notable women aren't dying—or that newspapers aren't reporting it? "We simply choose the most prominent, the most well-known, the most influential, without regard to race, color, sex, creed," says Bill McDonald, the editor of obituaries at the Times. "It's a rearview mirror. The people we write about largely shaped the world of the 1950s, '60s and, increasingly, the '70s, and those movers and shakers were—no surprise—predominantly white men." Read more.

May 5, 2012

Beastie Boys - "Ch-Check It Out"

Sad news about Adam Yauch/MCA. Read about him. And listen to some of their instrumental music sometime, too. Sigh.

March 1, 2012

The Pizza Box Recycling Mystery

Many people assume that pizza boxes are recyclable. In fact, most boxes have recycling symbols on them and are traditionally made from corrugated cardboard. They are, in and of themselves, recyclable.

However, what makes parts of them non-recyclable is the hot, tasty treat that comes inside them, specifically, the grease and cheese from pizza that soil the cardboard.

So there you have it, pizza boxes that are tarnished with food, or any paper product that is stained with grease or food, are not recyclable - unless you remove the tainted portions.

But why is this? And what are the implications for the general, pizza-loving public? Mmm, pizza. Read.

February 19, 2012

John Waters - No Smoking

I've been crazy busy lately. Don't know what made me think of this video. Saw it years ago at the Music Box in Chicago before the start of a movie. Enjoy.