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Ron Will Live Forever in Memory. [Nov. 20th, 2015|06:53 pm]
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[Current Location |Detroit, MI, USA]
[In the Moment |honored]
[Special Music |Europe - The Final Countdown]

I didn't know him long, but Ron was as solid of a friend as people I've known for years.

Thank you for the awesome conversations.  Miss you!

Thank you for the fantastic email conversations we had together. The Pistons talks were the best! You will always be remembered by me.

Live your life as best you can, everyone. You never know when your current moment is your last.

RIP, friend.
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David Cage's Detroit. [Oct. 27th, 2015|11:41 pm]
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[Current Location |DETROIT, MI, USA]
[In the Moment |Detroit]
[Special Music |Rythim Is Rythim - Strings of Life]

Please get good reviews. Please! Looks so freaking good.
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America Got a Little Closer to the Grand American Dream Today. [Jun. 26th, 2015|04:37 pm]
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[Current Location |Detroit, MI, USA]
[In the Moment |Indescribable]
[Special Music |National Anthem of the USA]

Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage.

And the anthem never sounded quite as sweet as it did here:

Every moment of evolution the US takes will get its people closer to the heavy and lofty expectation that comes along with the notion of the American Dream.
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Kung Fury. [May. 29th, 2015|02:44 pm]
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[Current Location |Delta City, MI, USA]
[In the Moment |Boomstick]
[Special Music |80s-esque synthpop-scape]

This easily becomes one of the best retro-style shorts since Italian Spiderman.
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I'm Not So Sure About Foursquare's 'Most Popular Tastes' Map. [May. 22nd, 2015|02:04 pm]
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[Current Location |Detroit, MI, USA]
[In the Moment |hungryhungry]
[Special Music |bacon pancakes song - https://youtu.be/TrcT7sseLZI]

So, Foursquare did some map of 'signature' foods by state.

And I don't think some of these are correct.

Some observations, in no particular order, just as they come to me:

1) How is Neapolitan Pizza not the most popular food in NY and Connecticut? That foldy-thin pizza is like their whole thing.

2) Nevada ... we have to have a talk about food. "Bottle Service," tsk-tsk.

3) I'll give Vermont a pass, since everyone in the eastern region of the US knows their Maple Syrup is a big deal. Not really a food, but whatevs. After all, they stated 'favorite tastes,' so that's Foursquare's out here in an argument.

4) I know from travel to Wyoming for a wedding last year that Huckleberry is a big deal in Jackson. I guess it's a big deal in Montana as well.

5) Michigan, my state of origin, makes some sense. Perch is pretty ubiquitous around these parts. I just don't much care for it, since there are many different seafood dishes far more tasty than Perch.

6) Via Sploid's write-up of this Foursquare curiosity ... I laughed at how many people from Indiana have no idea what Lemon Rice Soup is. I have had that soup hundreds of times, because Detroit is pretty populous for Greeks and Arabs. And Detroit is the Arab capital of North America. And Greek and Arab food is very common to find around here ... there's at least one joint that serves such food on every major street throughout the metro Detroit area, it's that common, like as common as a Starbucks or McDonald's. And having lived here forever and a day, you come to find that both Greek and Arab cuisine are like first cousins for closeness. You'll find a lot of very similar offerings between them, stuff like Grape Leaves, which I love, are both claimed by each culture.

7) Catfish is most definitely correct for Arkansas. I fucking love Catfish. It's so unhealthy ... most bottom-feeders among seafood are, due to pollution, and the likelihood of high concentrations of Mercury within them. But whatever, southern US fried Catfish is the bomb. It's worth the risk!

8) Crab Cakes for Maryland is also on-point. I absolutely loved them when I visited Maryland for a month. Would order them from pretty much any sit-down restaurant ... they all had 'em on the menu. And I'd wash it down with America's best regional macro-beer, Yuengling, from Pennsylvania.

9) My buddy dadxer reports that Conch Fritters are pretty good. I wish I had tried some while I was down in Florida for another wedding. He claims Conch Fritters are mainly a southern Florida thing, but apparently they're the bomb all through the state.

10) I'm actually kind of surprised that Pierogies are listed for Ohio. Michigan and Wisconsin have big Polish-American populations ... Detroit has a sub-city called Hamtramck that is the Polishtown of the region. And I've had tons of Pierogies over the years, as my grandmother and her side of the family were Polish-American.

So yeah, there are some spot-on listings, and there are also some surprises and curiosities on this list.

Is there anything you noticed that was right-on, or all-the-way-wrong, or just WTF?
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Bohemian 'Net Rhapsody. [Jan. 3rd, 2015|08:00 am]
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[Current Location |Interbutts.]
[In the Moment |trololo]
[Special Music |yaaaaaa, yaaaa, ya, yaaaaaah.]

Is internet real life?
Is it just fantasy?
Caught a comment landslide,
No escape from net neutrality.
Open your eyes,
Look up to the skies and see...
I'm just a poor troll, I need no sympathy.
Because I'm easy come, easy go.
A little high, little low.
Anyway webpages blow, doesn't really matter to me...

To me.

Mamma, I just killed a man.
Put a comment to his head.
Hit "post comment," now he's dead.
Mamma, life had just begun...
But now I've gone and trolled it all away.
Mamma, ooo, oooweeoooo,
Didn't mean to make you cry.
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow,
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters.

Too late! My time has come.
Sends shivers down my spine,
Crapflood aching all the time.
Goodbye, everybody. I've got to go.
Gotta type in a new web address and face the truth.
Mamma, ooo oooweeeoooo (anyway the wind blows),
I don't want to die.
I sometimes wish I'd never commented at all!

I see a little silhouette-oh of a troll,
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the troll-face-oh?
Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening, TROLL!
Galileo, Galileo,
Galileo, Galileo,
Galileo Figaro, Magnifico!!1

I'm just a poor troll, nobody loves me.
It's just a poor troll from a pleb family!
Spare the troll's life from this monstrosity.
Easy come easy go, will you let me go?
Bismillah! No! We will not let you go!
Let it go!
Bismillah! We will not let it go!
Who can go?
Only Johnny goes!
Let me go!!1 (Never)
Never let you go,
Let me go,
Never let troll go-ooohhh-ohhhhh...
No, no, no, no, no, no, no!
Oh mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go!
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me.
For me...
For meeeeeeee!!!1


So you think you can pwn me and spit in my eye!!1
So you think you can love me and leave me to die!!1
Ohhhhh, baby! Can't do this to me, baby.
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here.

Ooh yeah, ooh yeah.
Nothing really matters,
Anyone can see...
Nothing really matters...
Nothing really matters...
To meeeeee.
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Happy Holidays. Are You a Psychopath? [Dec. 24th, 2014|06:56 pm]
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[Current Location |Detroit, MI, USA]
[In the Moment |psychotic]
[Special Music |Eminem - Just Don't Give a Fuck]


There's nothing better than taking the time to find out if you aren't like the others, man.

Basically, I'm flicking the switch, and throwing the fat guy. I assume I'd have that power armor that Ripley had in Aliens, since I can't throw anyone for shit these days.

Perhaps the guy should have qualified it more.

What if the fat guy protests, or begs for his life? I would assume it gives some people pause. That would definitely cause me to reconsider.

What if there is a person on the train who knows how to do something amazing, like curing all cancer, or figuring out how to safely travel through wormholes? And that person on the train is the only person in existence right now who is capable of engineering such breakthroughs? It might be a long time before some other genius comes up with the know-how to do that.

What if the fat guy was actually someone you knew ... and admired? Was a loved one?

Without the genius on the train, I'd probably side on not tossing the loved ones or those I admired. But I would at least try to persuade that person of the possibilities involved with their sacrifice. And if I was also fat, and could stop the train calamity, upon failure of doing that, I might actually consider sacrificing myself instead.

Perhaps those things point to less psychopathic tendency in myself.

Regardless, if there was a Fat Adolf Hitler, I'd throw that guy, even if the train was full of assholes. Always throwing, in that case.
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Civ 5 Modding, Modding Help, & Gaming. For Science! [Nov. 25th, 2014|06:00 pm]
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[Current Location |Steamland, Toot Toot Nation, Gaben Galaxy]
[In the Moment |testy]
[Special Music |Metallica - Jump in the Fire]

Dear internet friends, associates, and randoms,

Do any of you play Civilization 5? Do you have the Complete Edition of the game?

Would you like to be a test monkey?

I'm currently learning how to mod this game, since it's one of my favorite games among favorites.

I've been spending the last year and change messing with the SDK, particularly World Builder. And in that time, I've become halfway good at painting happy little trees in the form of custom maps.

The rest of my mod game is not there yet, but at this point, I need people to use my raw maps to test out the fun factor in their own ongoing campaigns to rule the Civ world.

I tend to playtest my own maps quite a bit, but more helping hands would be fantastic.

science b cool

Your play-testing would be greatly appreciated, as well as any constructive criticism you might have for me after finishing a run with the stuff. I cannot offer much in the form of compensation, but at some point, I will be organizing my work for release on Steam's Civ 5 Workshop. If you have a Steam presence, I would most definitely give you a hat-tip in the presentation page for the modded files, when I eventually put them up for public sharing on the 'shop.

I'm also open to playing some Civ 5 online. I'm not a boss at this game, but I've obtained somewhere over 90% of the Steamed Achievements, so let's just say that I'm not a total scrub.

If you're interested, leave a comment, possibly an email, and I can send you raw maps and other mods as I finish them.

It appears as if one can leave a comment off-site, via trendy places like Twitter and Facebook. So no need to get a LiveUrinal in order to contact me, in that case.
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Dear Representatives of the Corporate Person Known by the Name of "Sears" ... [Aug. 12th, 2014|11:58 pm]
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[Current Location |Fucks Not Given Town, Fuckwit States of Fucklandia]
[In the Moment |chucking and ducking]
[Special Music |2Pac - I Don't Give a Fuck]

To those in the know, I have, not yet, actually accomplished my promise to become infamous and equally-stupid.

To all those involved with the special 'person' who issues your paychecks, who goes by the name of "Sears Roebuck and Company," or may get their paychecks issued by other special people in contract to provide such assistance for Ol' Sears ...

It probably is not a good idea to position yourself within striking distance of anyone from the Sauce1977 household.

Today, three of Sears's finest representatives turned down actual US cash-money from a customer expressing dire need for repair of a washer/dryer out of warranty. And one of them did so while already having called into their service center within 5 minutes of me actually being on the phone with another of their employees.

This special boy or girl in employ of field service did so, while sitting in a service van within yards of my residence. Within earshot, not more than 8 yards in distance, and while I was plainly visible to all but those who are legally blind, this field agent failed to notice the only person standing outside of the apartment complex during the middle of the day, staring at them for a couple minutes, before they drove off as the other worker on the phone relayed the information I already knew while watching the special boy or girl grow further in the distance.

After escalating the call to a supervisor who had even more of an automaton's presentation than a standard Byzantine (#4 with a capital B) call center menu does, the phone representatives of Sears Truly managed to drop the call while transferring my complaint to their dispatch.

At least three of Sears's representatives not only turn away money no matter how easily it can be given, but two of them enjoy pretending they are malfunctioning robots. And one of them enjoys an idle sit-and-fart for several minutes in front of this money-giver's home, taking their sweet time before ducking out on me, well after they decided to chuck the request.

Their decision to duck and chuck was not only done in reverse of Standard Operating Bullshit, it was done in plain view of me, and it was probably done because I committed the most unreasonable action known to these three.

I stupidly missed the confirmation call.

The confirmation call was something I take full responsibility for missing, due to the poor excuse that I gave, in which the moment before the agent called, I unfairly, and with full entitlement, ruled the prospect of soiling my pants as an unreasonable priority. I had only waited for about a couple hours for said representative to call, during a block of the entire afternoon for which I was specially scheduled for such privilege.

I promise never to bother you with my money and time again, Sears. May a Plutus have no mercy on my most wretched self.
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Jumpin' Jack Flash. [Aug. 8th, 2014|09:53 pm]
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[Current Location |New Delhi Detroit, USA]
[In the Moment |Shanky]
[Special Music |Ananda Shankar - Jumpin' Jack Flash]

On a sitar, it's a gas-gas-gas.

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