About A Businessman

For some time, Richard has been working on a long piece about Dave Griggs, a Columbia, Missouri businessman and civic leader.  It was published today in the Columbia Missourian, and it’s a really good piece of work — one that let Richard break out of the classic inverted pyramid news story and stretch out a bit, displaying some nice writing flourishes along the way.

Congratulations, Richard, on a job well done!

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Valentine’s Day Cookies

IMG_3083My mother asked me to bake some Valentine’s Day cookies that she can share with her friends.  No dutiful son can ever say no to his mother, of course.  Fortunately, I’ve got a heart-shaped cookie cutter, as well as a diamond-shaped cutter — because everyone knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

I made some basic sugar cookies using a recipe that I particularly like, then let my creative juices flow for the cookie decoration phase.  Some of the cookies have pink icing, some have red icing, and some have white icing.  Some have red sugar sprinkles, some have candied cherry halves in the center, and some have pink gel accent icing.  I like the careful attention to detail that is an essential ingredient for good looking iced cookies, and I always try to come up with some variety in colors and shapes.  Now, I just hope that Mom and her friends enjoy eating the cookies as much as I enjoyed making them!

Your Head In Chocolate, Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

The Japanese always are pushing the envelope on novel uses of technology.  Now they’ve broken new ground in the crucial edible chocolate head category.

The face chocolatizing process is straightforward.  You go to a cafe in Tokyo and stand in a scanning device that takes a three-dimensional image of your face and head.  The 3D image is then used to create a mold of your face.  Pour chocolate into the mold, let it set, and voila! — you’ve got a chocolate version of your face that you can mount on a stick, lollipop-style, or pop into your mouth like a bon bon.  This BBC video story shows the process, and reports that participants believe it results in very accurate likenesses.

It’s gratifying to see modern technology used to make the world a better place, and any advances in chocolate candy preparation will be welcomed by the billions of chocoholics found world-wide.  Still, I think there’s something both narcissistic and creepy about candy representations of an actual human face.  If you were dating someone, would you want them to give you a box full of their face in chocolate?  Wouldn’t it feel kind of grotesque to be eating their face — or, if the roles were reversed, to know that they were eating your face?

There’s a fine line between romance and weirdness, and I think this advance crosses it.  If someone gave me a box of their chocolate faces for Valentine’s Day, I’d worry that stalking is probably right around the corner.