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Big sis’ coming through; Chey wrapping up the thesis!

Lisa and Lila.Lisa, my older sister, came down and stayed with us for a little over a week. She helped take care of Lila while Chey was finishing up her Masters thesis. She was a tremendous help; I’m sure that Chey would not have her completed draft (80 some pages, not including appendices) had it not been for Lisa’s help during the “cruch-time.”

Chey does her committee review up at Central Michigan University this Wednesday. The end of this MA program draws near!

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Weekend at Higgins Lake

Jess, Chey, Stacey at the Amvets lodge
Jess, Chey, Stacey at the Amvets lodge
My smiley wife
My smiley wife
Bill & Chris Phipps…they don't have cable tv at home. ;-)
Bill & Chris Phipps…they don't have cable tv at home. 😉

We spent Memorial Day weekend up at Higgins Lake with some friends from church. Here are a few pics.

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Ah hah! I’m now using MT!

Started installing Moveable Type at 10:30 this evening. It is now just before midnight and I have installed and imported all the old Blogger posts as well. So far, Moveable Type rocks! And, it spits out XHTML!

I’m very happy.

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going to move this site soon

I’m not a huge fan of blogger at this point. I’m going to transition this site over to a new url and a new blog tool. I’ll look for one that will produce valid xhtml and gives a few more options.

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I used to write stuff

I wrote these two pieces a few years ago. Read ’em if you like.

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watch for this book

Zeldman has written another book. This one is called Designing with Web Standards. I’ve already pre-ordered it. Check out the the link for more info. Or, check out Zeldman’s page about the book.

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Cheaper DSL! Way to go, Verizon.

According to an article on cnet.com’s news site, Verizon has lowered the price of its DSL service to $34.95 per month. Just another prize for the end-user in the broadband wars…

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This is hilarious! Putin a little fairy!

Check out the side-by-side comparison of Vladimir Putin and Dobby, an elf from the new Harry Potter video.

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Cinammon stick rant

Those who have been around East Lansing, Michigan for more than a few years may remember Bilbo’s Restaurant/Bar. I think a place called La Trattoria, or something like that, is in its space now. It’s right next to El Azteco. You know the place.

Anyway, back then, Bilbo’s had the best cinnamon sticks anywhere. In fact, as far as I know, the were the only place that had cinammon sticks. They were way ahead of the game on that one. The night I heard that Bilbo’s was shutting down, I lay in bed, my eyes tearing up with the thought of the rare jewel of Bilbo’s cinnamon sticks being gone forever.

So these days it seems like every pizza place offers some version of cinammon sticks. Pizza Hut has them. Domino’s has them. And, this evening I had some from Cottage Inn Pizza.

While Cottage Inn does great pizza, their cinammon sticks just don’t cut it. And, frankly, I haven’t had any cinammon sticks since Bilbo’s that are worth the money you pay for them.

Here’s the problem: these pizza shops are cheaping out. They have some leftover pizza crust, throw some cinammon & sugar on them, add a little tube of prepackaged icing and call it desert.

The solution? Well, the wise pizza place will custom make dough specifically for some tasty, soft cinammon sticks. They should rise more than pizza crust, they should be a little fluffier, a little more moist, and the dough should be a little sweeter.

And they shouldn’t be served with icing. It’s honey, baby. Honey.

If any pizza place in town starts to offer well-crafted cinammon sticks, they will capture my devotion and the devotion of so many other people who find out about the desert.

The really smart place will track down an old employee of Bilbo’s and find the original recipe.

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Talk about taking advantage of the war…

So there’s this guy I know that frequently sends me stuff that I consider spam. Anyway, here is the latest.

This “news” website NewsMax.com really seems to be taking advantage of anti-French sentiment in the U.S.

Before you continue, just take a look at their boycott France web page, then come back and read the following.

Here’s is my reaction:

  1. If NewsMax.com is “America’s news page,” how come I’ve never EVER heard of them?
  2. If I’ve never heard of them (have you?), they probably need a major publicity push if they are going to survive the fierce competition of online news.
  3. This kind of viral email marketing is a great way for them to get millions of hits to their web site and to get their name out to the public. For those who agree with the idea of boycotting French products/services, the web site may even tug at their patriotic hearts, thus deepening their connection with the web site.
  4. A basic tenet of journalism is to present all sides of a news issue to get at the unbiased truth. Now, I don’t for a minute believe that I’ve ever seen an unbiased news cast, but at least they most often make an effort.
    • If NewsMax is a news page, where is the other side of the boycotting issue?
    • Would any self-respecting news agency actually start or sponsor such a clearly one-sided political move as a boycott?
  5. I’m left to believe that the motive of NewsMax is not the pursuit of truth and real news, but rather revenue that will be generated by eyeballs on their web site. No shocker, right? The thing that gets me is that it appears they have completely abandoned all journalistic scruples in the process.