Hyrule vs. Pizza Dinosaur

May 25, 2014 2:30pm
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In the bigger picture, I think Link made the right choice.

Happy Fun Time Pizza Statistics!

October 16, 2013 2:19pm
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(link: Pizza Place Geography)

I kind of wish that you could zoom in on the different maps, especially the smaller ones – a Google Maps overlay would’ve been a bit more interactive, but it’s pretty clear that Pizza Hut & Papa John’s are the two dominant forces in my neck of the woods. That said, I would imagine that most folks – including myself – that live in metropolitan areas pretty much have most of these options within 15 miles or so of them … the only one not for my case would be Papa Murphy’s, which I’ve never even heard of.

As for Godfather’s, that still counts if you can buy it in a gas station, right?

Mind you, I wouldn’t, but you could.

Here’s my own personal ranking, as long as we’re on the topic…

  1. Papa John’s – despite the owner’s healthcare kerfuffle that I’m never going to let go, I still love their pizza
  2. Pizza Hut – a close second, mostly because of stuffed crust
  3. Domino’s – this one is growing on me once again … their new recipe really is a ton better
  4. Little Caesar’s – it’s cheap, but edible, and it reminds me of my childhood when “Pizza! Pizza!” was their shtick
  5. CiCi’s – I loved the concept of a pizza buffet, but the idea is wasted because they make fucking terrible pizza
  6. Chuck E. Cheese’s – I honestly haven’t been in one in decades, but I liked the concept … before I started going to Disney World on a regular basis…
  7. Godfather’s – eaten it maybe twice and aren’t exactly rushing to my local Hess to grab another slice
  8. Sbarro – bleh – every mall in America has this same shitty 4″-high, pizza-like monstrosity
  9. Papa Murphy’s – papa who?

Sometimes I wish that there was a really good, local place that I could embrace, but I honestly haven’t cared for anything I’ve tried that’s not chain places thus far. I’m not at all a fan of New York-style pizza – to me, that just means thin, dry, burnt crust and ultra-greasy cheese, and any of the top 3 above make a far better pie in my opinion. The 800-degree wood stove just doesn’t do anything for me – instead, just gimme some nice, doughy crust, a nice variety of cheese, and if you coat a little garlic butter on the outside edge of the crust, I’ll love you forever.

Man, now I’m hungry… 😀


June 4, 2013 2:35pm
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I’m not particularly a fan of drone warfare, especially over US soil, but this is an application that I could get behind … or underneath!  :mrgreen:

(via Boing Boing)

Let’s Pizza!

June 14, 2012 2:42pm
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I want one of these for my house…  😀

Thin Post : HEALTHY Pizza!

April 24, 2011 8:30pm
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Case in point of why I’m kind of excited about this new direction in my weight loss efforts – tonight we made a veggie pizza for dinner … and I actually liked it!

That’s a whole wheat crust, spicy tomato sauce, and four-cheese blend with green and red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and the most surprising of all – eggplant – on top.

Now it’s no secret that I love pizza and if I had to give that up, too, it might be a more difficult proposition to make. That said, if I have to cut back on the stuffed crusts and meat lovers varieties for a little bit in order to be successful, at least knowing that I can still indulge in a slightly different fashion puts my mind, and my stomach, somewhat at ease!

don’t be deceptive, at least with regards to my pizza…

November 8, 2009 11:01pm
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I actually noticed this many moons ago when they first launched it, however apparently time ended up getting the best of me and thus I never actually got around to posting it. Nonetheless, it’s very rare that I order pizza from Domino’s these days, so it seemed only fitting that I re-address what I had originally seen long ago…

…with a twist!

So anyways, Domino’s has this new thing on their website after you order that they cleverly call the Domino’s Tracker – basically, it’s a visualization of how long it’s going to take your pizza to be ready for pickup, and since it features some pretty graphics and even a progress bar as opposed to just “15-25 minutes,” I thought that it seemed pretty cool. What was even more interesting, however, and note – this is likely where I should pick up my gullible hat – is that if you leave your browser window open, the progress bar actually “updates,” in theory, as your order is working its way “through the kitchen.” As you can see in the first screenshot below, “Omar” had just placed our ham & cheddar cheese pizza and italian sausage sub into the oven at “7:39pm.”

Now again, call me naive if you will, but the first time I saw this, I thought, “Wow – that’s pretty cool! How are they actually tracking those handoffs throughout their kitchen, though??? They couldn’t have a separate ticker that employees constantly have to update for each and every pizza, now could they?!” In retrospect, maybe I just put too much faith in the pizza industry at large, but I guess the fakery finally hit home when I came back from another tab a couple of minutes later to see that the browser had refreshed and unbeknownst to me, not only was my pizza done and ready for pickup, but in fact I had already driven down and actually picked it up!

My best guess is that the “tracker” is nothing more than a Flash animation on a timer – possibly set to the estimated time to pickup, if they were really snazzy – that just moves through the various stages of pizza creation at a set interval. And maybe I’m making too big of a deal out of it to even suggest that it should actually be accurate if Domino’s is going to boast a Track Your Pizza option on their website, but it just seems silly to start with a great idea like this and then half-ass it when a simple movie of “Here’s what we’re probably doing to make your pizza right now…” – if it’s not actually happening, then why bother?

Nonetheless, as evidenced by my TwitPic post a short while ago, I did hop into the car and go pick up said order at that point – low and behold, “I” hadn’t already picked it up, despite whatever the pizza tracker said, and it ended up being perfectly acceptable sustinence for an otherwise stressful evening. Didn’t think to ask for “Omar” at the counter to thank him for a job well done, although that would’ve been amusing seeing as I’m guessing he doesn’t actually “exist,” either. Admittedly, it does make me a little sad that Domino’s would deceive us with what essentially was an elaborated stopwatch that in my case had a glitch that suggested time travel and alternate realities. Maybe there was a disclaimer on the page somewhere that said, “Tracker is for novelty purposes only – you’ll get it when we’re done with it…” – but I certainly didn’t see one.

Lesson learned – as cool as it might be, it’s just not very likely that anyone would invest in the technology to track the creation progress of an $8 pizza in hundreds of stores across the country.

Final score: Gullibility – 1, Scott – 0

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