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December 27, 2005



They make dippindots with a dippindopalator.

Annie Levine

From dippindots.com..."Microbiologist Curt Jones first pursued the concept of ice cream innovation in 1987. Curt’s knowledge of cryogenic freezing methods led him to thoughts of creating an ice cream treat consumers would value as unusually fresh and flavorful. Experiments with cryogenically freezing an ice cream mix made from an old family recipe led to the flash-freezing of the very first tiny beads of ice cream. Curt’s theory proved to be true…flash-freezing does make richer, fresher tasting ice cream. Plus, because of the small round shape of the beads his little ‘dots’ were irresistibly fun to eat!"AND there is a TIMELINE of events. Because that is so necessary. ~Your daughterP.S. look, I'm reading it!

Howard Hoffman

Annie...so this is how you waste your time on the internet?


I just have to second the whole thing about waiters writing orders down. I'd say it's been five to seven years that the practice of not writing orders down has been popular in my neck of the woods, and I've been trying to come up with a reason why the restaurant industry would adopt that practice for the entire time. What is the benefit of not writing my order down? All it does is make it more likely that something will get screwed up. And don't get me started on the whole thing where waiters/waitresses sit down at your table to take your order...

The Moviequill

at least when considering the genre of Remakes, by redoing Fun With Dick they finally chose a film that was poorly received and needed a remake...now Hollywood? Stop fucking with the classics and redo more stinkers

Bill Cunningham

I agree with everything you said, Ken. Besides 24, there's Battlestar Galactica, Prison Break and a few other 'not-so-guilty pleasures'.


God! Wake up, people. Dippindots are mined, much like sequins. It's in John Gibson's new book, "The War on Dippindots."


It's people. Dippin' Dots is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!~ Charlie



Ken Levine

Does a week go by when a studio doesn't receive a spec screenplay about people being made into dippindots?


Does a week go by when a studio doesn't receive a spec screenplay about people being made into dippindots?Well... back in August I bought a new car, was kinda low on cash, and couldn't afford the weekly roll of stamps and jumbo box of Acco #5 brass fasteners.Other than that... nope.~ Charlie

Ernesto "Chuck" Guevara

Amen about The Simpsons; this is the year they finally slipped below the "must-see TV" horizon in our household. My daughter has an interesting theory about this season's sudden, drastic drop in quality: she thinks all the A-team writers are working on the upcoming movie. We're hoping that's true; if it is, they might come back and save Homer (the greatest comic creation of the 20th century, as some fancy college professor said the other day) from going out on such a lame-ass note.As a plugged-in professional with ear to the grapevine, can you confirm or deny?


(Looks at collection of Zales diamond necklaces)... so that's why nobody comes to my premieres...

Howard Hoffman

The Dippindots were one of my favorite mid-70s groups. They did a cover of the Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today" with a Merseybeat twist. Two of the Dippindots went on to greater success as members of The Bay City Rollers. Sadly, the third Dippindot, Erick MacTavish, died penniless in 2003. The other two are alive - but just penniless.(By the way, my comment to Annie up there came off a lot snottier than I intended. I was wondering why she's screwing around reading her dad's blog when she could be productively doing some online investing by picking up one of these.)

Robert Hogan

Don't sell Fun With Dick and Jane short. At the very least sneak into the theater and catch the start of the credits. Funniest part of the whole movie.


I wrote dippin dots into one of my scripts. No humans. But maybe...? Hmm. No, better not, it's a family film. What's the hate against Dick? Sure it's not the greatest, but it's okay. There is a list of many other films I would NOT want to see. Have you seen the poster for The Family Stone? It looks like you'd go to a two-hour therapy session. What fun is that?-The Write Guy


"My daughter has an interesting theory about this season's sudden, drastic drop in quality: she thinks all the A-team writers are working on the upcoming movie. "I've heard absolutely nothing is happening with the movie. So, you know, don't hold your breath.


My theory on dippin dots is this: Since it's the "ice cream of the future", they clearly are made at some point in the future and brought back in a time machine. The travel through time is what freezes them. Plus, as long as they keep careful records of when each sale occurs, they can have each serving appear mere minutes before it is ordered -- so they have the ultimate just-in-time inventory! Really quite clever when you think about it...

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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