Ben Coffer gorges on piesTHE BE-MULLETED eighties pop duo Tears For Fears were wrong about so much, yet in one respect they were right on the button: this is, as they sang on the soundtrack to Donnie Darko, a mad world. And in such a mad world, there are few things which have any enduring significance. Popes die, promises made to Chancellors of the Exchequer are forgotten; even the royals we assumed would live in sin forever eventually do the right thing and tie the knot.Nonetheless, there remains a single area of modern life that is, like one of those towns on the retreating cliffs of Whitby, firmly immured against the salty tides of change: the Great English Pork Pie. Anything the world throws at it simply slides off its greasy pastry outer shell, disdained. The pie is a monument to empire. The pie is forever. The pie will be here after Armageddon to feed the cockroaches.The reason for this is simply that the pork pie is the perfect food, in no need of change. Its pastry crust speaks to a diner of infinite potential, obscuring what’s within and defying conventional conceptions of identity. “Don’t ever f**king judge me,” it proclaims, like those modern-day philosophers and renowned lovers of the pork pie, Slipknot. For who can say what lies beneath a crusty mask? While the ’Knot remain forever obscured by theirs, however, the ever-rewarding savoury simply teases until all is revealed with the first bite. Further mouthfuls continue to surprise, offering the full range of textural experiences: an average pie (if such a thing exists) provides the obvious moist chewiness, along with moments of unexpected and inexplicable crunch, and even the more unconventional quivering of the jelly.Such icons inevitably have detractors. There are those, for instance, who frown and tell me that the Pork Pie is too unhealthy to survive in a world where even McDonald’s sells salads. But so what if British meat is accepted worldwide as a breeding ground of BSE, Foot and Mouth, and myriad other plagues? No sane Englishman seriously expects a pork pie to contain real meat. It’s a scientific fact that a pie is 73% safer than a British steak. Pies: one; modern world: nil.“But that’s not the only reason they’re unhealthy,” retorts that insistent voice of modernity. “Pies are incredibly fattening.” Yes they are. And it’s an acknowledged truth that the majority of girls prefer larger men. Pies two; modern world: nil.Still, though, our whining contemporary society persists in its attempts to prove the invulnerable Pork Pie defunct, practically screaming, “Pies don’t actually taste very nice.” No, indeed they don’t. But to dwell on such points is really to misunderstand the ethos of the pork pie. This is a pastry that doesn’t care what people think. It doesn’t need your affirmation. It couldn’t give a toss whether or not you like how it tastes. Rather, it challenges you to eat it in spite of its blandness. This isn’t some nouveau riche foodstuff that wants to be loved. The great English Pork Pie is the aristocrat of the culinary world, and I but its humble serf.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005
Your Brand Sets You ApartI read an interesting article in Forbes the other day, which said, “No branding, no differentiation. No differentiation, no long-term profitability. People don’t have relationships with products, they are loyal to brands.” The brand is what keeps customers coming back.As a marketer, I certainly believe that when you have invested in setting up your own company and spent countless hours innovating, designing and building your IP to run on Dell EMC OEM platforms, your brand deserves to be up front and central. It’s all about standing out from the pack. Of course, for some OEM customers, debranding is more important. The bottom line is we want to do what’s right for your business in the easiest way possible.Rebrand and Customize Your PlatformIn support of this principle, we have just launched the new Dell YourID portal, a one-stop shop customization portal for OEM customers and partners, allowing you to personalize your platform and custom brand your assets, both inside and out.From the Outside: Bezel CustomizationGo online and use a simple GUI to design and customize your bezels and badges. We offer three tiers of standard customization levels plus an advanced array of modifications including shapes, colors, textures and vent patterns. There’s a bezel branding option for any timeline or any budget – and almost no limit to what we can do for you. In terms of products, you can customize pretty much everything from Dell EMC enterprise servers and storage to desktops, industrial PCs, laptops and tablets.From the Inside: Software Branding and Custom Default SettingsChoose software branding and custom default settings for any configuration, everything from custom splash and setup screen logos to the BIOS and iDRAC settings. And when it’s time for updates, your settings are maintained, translating into quicker turnaround and increased uptime for your end-customers. Again, you can choose from three different tiers – Express (basic branding); Professional (BIOS and iDRAC setting customization) and Premium (deeper system customization).What’s New and Different?Of course, we always offered branding options but we have now centralized and streamlined the process as well as providing you with an easier and more intuitive bezel experience. For example, you can now upload your badge artwork, choose your bezel color, customize your luggage tag, and kick off your project. The days of back and forth emails with bezel screen shots are gone. The Dell YourID portal also provides a dynamic preview to show you in real-time exactly how your logo appears on your chosen platform.Easy as ABCFor bezel customizations, just upload your logo, choose your color and text, and you’re ready to go. For software customizations, simply enter your branding information and settings, review your customizations, and wait for your sample customized ID Module. Once you’re satisfied, submit your project and let us take care of the rest! It really is that easy. It’s all part of our commitment to simplify your life and give you the power to do more!What do you think of DellYourID.com? Do you believe brand is important to drive revenue? I’d love to hear your feedback and comments. Visit DellYourID.com now and see how easy it can be to elevate your brand: https://www.dellyourid.com/homeLearn more about Dell EMC OEM and the Dell EMC Partner Program.Keep in touch. Follow @DellEMCOEMon Twitter, and join our LinkedIn OEM Showcase page here.
Philanthropist and USC Trustee Wallis Annenberg announced a $10 million donation to the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Monday night to celebrate journalist Willow Bay’s appointment as dean of the school. Wallis Annenberg’s father, Walter Annenberg, founded the Annenberg School for Communication in 1971, which was renamed to reflect the school’s journalism education 20 years later.Wallis Annenberg was honored with the USC University Medallion at the annual Academic Honors Convocation for her philanthropy and leadership this year.Wallis Annenberg is the fourth person to receive USC’s University Medallion. The award citation described her as “a steady source of inspiration for generations of Trojans, earning their admiration through her wise leadership and generous philanthropy.” Annenberg heads the Annenberg Foundation, a multibillion-dollar organization that was founded by her father, Walter. Wallis Annenberg serves as chairman of the board, president and CEO. She has overseen more than $500 million in donations in her roles at the foundation, over $360 million of which have been donated to USC. Wallis Annenberg Hall, an 88,000-square-foot facility with an emphasis on technology, opened in 2014 after a $50 million donation from the foundation. The hall is one of several buildings in Los Angeles funded by the heiress — a Vanity Fair article from 2009 wrote that “it sometimes seems as if Wallis Annenberg is single-handedly funding L.A., with all the community projects, art centers and medical buildings that bear her name.”At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the hall, USC President C. L. Max Nikias called Wallis Annenberg the “dean” of the Board of Trustees, as she is the longest-serving member. He also said that the building bearing her name will forever link her to USC.
Story Links Live Audio Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center to host Evansville on Sunday, Jan. 8, and Indiana State, Jan. 11. Print Friendly Version The Drake University men’s basketball team continues its two-game road trip to start the 2017 portion of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 4, evening at Wichita State. Tipoff against the preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite is scheduled for 7 p.m. and be broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3 and on radio on ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. Live Video Wichita State continues its homestand with a perfect 2-0 record in league play after handily defeating Bradley, 100-66, on Sunday afternoon for its third-straight win. Darral Willis, Jr., and Markis McDuffie both average more than 12 points per game for the Shockers who as a team are outscoring opponents by nearly 20 points per game. The Bulldogs travel to Wichita with a 1-1 record in MVC games following an 83-69 loss at SIU on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs were led by Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.), who posted 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) continued his strong play in the loss with 13 points and four rebounds. Arogundade has averaged 14.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in the last three outings. Drake Game Notes Live Stats