Saturday, June 14, 2008

Testing

Figured I'd go ahead and get this first entry out of the way by posting some items of interest to me as of late.

I just read this article in the NY Times (and yes, it's seven months old; I clicked on a link to it from here) about women in the workplace. It's pretty disheartening. I'm not big on the corporate world to start with, and much prefer to do my work on my own rather than be involved in corporate goings-on, but on the off-chance I ever do decide to start climbing that ladder, it would seem there is a fairly thin line to tread.

An excerpt:
"Victoria Brescoll, a researcher at Yale, made headlines this August with her findings that while men gain stature and clout by expressing anger, women who express it are seen as being out of control, and lose stature. Study participants were shown videos of a job interview, after which they were asked to rate the applicant and choose their salary. The videos were identical but for two variables — in some the applicants were male and others female, and the applicant expressed either anger or sadness about having lost an account after a colleague arrived late to an important meeting.

The participants were most impressed with the angry man, followed by the sad woman, then the sad man, and finally, at the bottom of the list, the angry woman. The average salary assigned to the angry man was nearly $38,000 while the angry woman received an average of only $23,000."

Too bad for me, I suppose, that "sadness" is hardly ever my first reaction in that kind of situation.



Keeping with the NY Times theme, they have a book review up for "Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It" by Elizabeth Royte. Sounds fascinating to me; I've never been a fan of bottled water, because I could never buy into it actually being better (whether better tasting, better for you, whatever) than the free water from my tap. The only argument I'll agree with when it comes to bottle water vs. tap water is the convenience factor. It's much easier to haul around a bottle of water than it is a glass of water. That's still not enough to convince me I need bottled water in my house. My Brita seems to do the job just fine ... even though I don't really believe that it filters much of anything, the Brita is an easy way to keep water cold.

One thing I'd really like to know more about is this information from the book:
"New numbers surfaced: each year the bottles themselves require 17 million barrels of oil to manufacture, and, one expert tells Royte, 'the total energy required for every bottle’s production, transport and disposal is equivalent, on average, to filling that bottle a quarter of the way with oil.'"

If true, how can you argue for bottled water? Especially when it's well known that major bottled water companies Aquafina and Dasani are just bottled tap water?

More information about the book can be found here.

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