Jul 1 2013
Monday News: Teen invents body-heat powered flashlight; Lego strikes gold with girl themed Legos; and Kidnap & Ransom is a big business
It’s July. Can you believe it? Me neither. I’ll have the giveaway post for the new ebook device up later today. If you folks want something other than a Kindle, let me know. I’m open. The nook tablets are cheap and you can load Google Play on them. Would anyone be interested? I’m pretty conflicted about it, but it’s you, the DA Readership, who get to use it.
Now the business is shifting. Somali piracy has dropped off; there have been no documented successful hijackings since May 2012. And although the number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea overtook those of the East Africa in 2012, quieter shipping lanes there mean fewer potential customers. Yet new markets are opening up. In Africa, India and Latin America the middle class has been growing—and so has the worry about being snatched. For instance, “express” kidnappings are on the rise, negotiators report. Unlike the protracted wrangling more familiar to movie goers, this quicker version involves fast, targeted grabs, followed by shorter periods of detention and smaller ransoms.
My daughter is a big fan of Legos and despises the Lego Friends’ sets. Obviously she is in the minority. But you have to wonder if girls are responding to Lego Friends because they feel inclusive. In most Lego sets there is often no females or there will be only one female in a set with 5 or 6 male minifies. The females in these other sets, like the Castles, are princesses and queens, never knights, vagrants, or criminals. The males play all those roles.
Sure, a girl can pop off the head of a mini fig and switch it around (as my daughter often does) but Lego seems to make a conscious effort to exclude women from many of its non Lego Friends sets. Why? Who knows.
We came home with the four headed Ninjago dragon a few weeks ago and my daughter informed me that the dragon and The Great Devourer were both girls. I asked her if they were girls in the television show and she told me that it was her Lego set and she could assign them whatever gender she wanted. Indeed.