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.

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.

Why, Apple? Why?

So, it’s cool to be able to say that you have a former Vice President of the United States on your Board, but the news that Apple voted in Al Gore caused my stomach to turn, just a little anway. At least Apple is easier to spell than, ah, potato.

I am, by the way, a die hard Apple fan. I do nearly all of my web production work on one. I also use it to manage my business. The Windows computer I have I use for cross platform testing of web pages as well as for connecting to the occasional remote MS SQL database.

And, Chey is finishing her Masters thesis with the help of her Apple iBook.