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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 -]

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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Mega-Conflicted: Alien: Isolation. [Jul. 11th, 2014|09:14 pm]
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[Current Location |Detroit, MI, USA]
[In the Moment |curiouscurious]
[Special Music |Halo Soundtrack]

Ohhhhh, so many temptations here. Man do I love the Alien franchise.

Too bad Sega's making this one. They also made Colonial Marines, which was a disaster ... and a total production hell.

If you're curious, watch the video of IGN employees playing the build of the game ... in the dark.

Sega definitely captured the feel of the original film. But I'm gonna wait this one out ... I want to see the glowing reviews and know it's worth it before I drop coin.

Fuck pre-ordering in general. Almost all of the time I've pre-ordered something, it was a shocking, horrible, and colossal mistake.
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Do People Owe Publishers for Their 'Let's Play' Videos? [Jun. 27th, 2014|09:00 pm]
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[Current Location |Detroit, MI, USA]
[In the Moment |narrative]
[Special Music |The Beatles - The Ballad of John and Yoko]

This link comes from my internet bud, dadxer.

In it, Phil Fish makes another strong take that goes wrong for him.

He expressed, on his social media account, that he thinks and feels he is entitled to compensation from people who play his game, Fez, in a video genre known as "Let's Play."

What is a Let's Play?

Let's Play videos are an entertainment avenue in which a person or persons play a video game and provide commentary while doing so.

I agree with the author, Erik Kain, in the sense that there is no actual case of piracy, as implied by Fish, with Let's Plays. They're different from other intellectual property, such as a piece of music, or a movie, because the main element for entertainment, playing the game yourself, is not possible. You're watching a video of someone else playing that game, and since the main mechanism that makes a game ... a game ... is not present, then there is no compromise of the game publisher's product.

As to whether or not Let's Plays actually contribute to more or less sales, I am not sure. But I would think that Let's Plays are almost like, or at least in some cases, a remote resemblance closest to a critic's review of a product. So maybe some Let's Plays by major video personas actually do influence a game's bottom line, but at their core, people are there for a demonstration of someone else playing the game.

In the grand scheme of things, in my opinion, it seems a bit incorrect for Phil Fish, and other game publishers who think like him, to expect their product's broadcast to have a monetary tribute paid.

That's a slippery slope that could really bust into critical reviews of pretty much anything, if you think about it. What if critical reviewers of movies, music, and every other form of IP had to pay the owner a cut to even speak their IP's name? And what happens if critics don't enjoy what they're critiquing? Does the tribute price increase, into a form of penalty?

When I watch a Let's Play, I do it for one of two reasons. I either want to figure out how to play the game better, or I want to watch the person playing. If I wanted to play the game myself, I'd do that. I can't play the game that the Let's Players are playing because I do not exist at that time and place where they are doing so. If I want to play, I would have to obtain the game and start playing it. The Let's Players do not constitute the game.

What do you think? Are those who fall into Phil's line of thought correct? Is there no difference between watching a Let's Play and playing the game? Should Let's Players have their revenues split with a piece to the publisher of the content they're playing?

As a post-script, I had two other reactions.

1) Let's Play video personality PewDiePie ... makes ... $4 million ... off of his videos? Wow. However, I shouldn't be surprised, really, because what he does is entertainment to the masses. It's not much different from a rock and roll band or a Broadway act doing their versions of entertainment.

2) And for Phil Fish, who most assuredly owns his right to opinion, I think it's fair for him to question the system. But in following gaming news, and reading about Fish, I think I sense a pattern with him, and such controversies. Phil seems to meet the cold business end of public opinion quite often, as of late. Each time, I believe this constant struggle, that being Phil vs. the World ... the common thread seems to fall upon the terms of Phil's granite-like sense of exceptionalism ... against the waters of reality.

Which is not to say that Phil Fish lacks uniqueness or specialness ... there will be only one Phil Fish.

However, he comes off to the public as a massive entity, full of the sense that he is superior of self. Unfortunately, for Phil, the world believes otherwise.

And one can always be special, without incurring the wrath of the public's collective voice. Special does not have to equal grand suffering, definitely not on the frequency and level that Phil Fish experiences grief. And only Phil Fish can solve that riddle for himself.
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Steam's Summer Sale Is Here! Yay, Saints Row 4! [Jun. 24th, 2014|04:37 pm]
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[Current Location |Virtual Steelport, Video-Game United States]
[In the Moment |gamey]
[Special Music |Buckner & Garcia - Pac Man Fever]

I'm currently enjoying Saints Row 4, thanks to the Franchise Pack. All of SR2, SR3, and SR4, for under 19 dollars? Nice price!

For anyone in a similar boat, I was confused as to what happens when a game pack comes with games one already owns ... basically, unless the games are Valve games, and in rare cases of a couple 3rd party publishers, you do not get extra copies of the games.

So I already had SR2 & SR3 ... which meant that I wouldn't get gift copies of the games to give to anyone else. Which imo is okay in this case, because I merely wanted SR4 plus all its DLC, of which, I wasn't likely to get it this year for less than the price Steam was running for that pack.

There was another problem with getting the pack ... it bundled a particular DLC for SR3, the "Unlockable" DLC, which I did not want. That is a DLC which gives you the spoils of making either choice at the end of that game ... plus it forces you at the beginning of new play-throughs to choose a district of Steelport to be 'taken over' ... thus eliminating parts of the story that went along with gameplay in that district.

The problem was solved on further research ... you can disable/uninstall DLC you don't want via the right-click options when you select the game in your Steam Library. So when I bought the pack, that's what I ended up doing, which means I can do another run with SR3 without dealing with the game-breaking of "Unlockable."

From what I noticed, apparently this came about (the ability to line-item disable DLC) from Skyrim, and a DLC that upped resolution on textures ... apparently, a large number of gamers couldn't run Skyrim with higher textures, and thus the DLC options were born.

Whether or not that's true, I don't know for sure, but it sure seemed that way from my keyword searches. Anyway, I'm really liking Saints Row 4, and I wish that I knew how good it was going to be last summer, since I would have paid full price for it ... instead, I got GTA 5 ... and that was such a waste of money. GTA 'jumped the shark' with 5, while Saints Row franchise seems to be moving along a much better path, comparatively.
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The Stuff They Don't Want You to Know - YouTube Funtimes! [May. 25th, 2014|07:04 pm]
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[Current Location |Enigma, Riddlelandia, The Big Unknown]
[In the Moment |mysterious]
[Special Music |Unsolved Mysteries Classic Theme]

It's a series offshoot from, and it now has its own channel.

The topics they take on revolve around whatever suspicious activity you might wonder about, from NSA programs in the current concerns, to details on conspiracies as presented from historical eras, as well as supernatural stuff and theoretical ideas with eerie implications.

While not super-alarming in the sense that everything they point out is a lock to be 100% accurate or truthful, they do it in a style that reminds me of the entertainment value I used to enjoy, pre-internet age, in shows like Unsolved Mysteries, or weekly scandal rag pubs like Weekly World News.

Particularly, the creepy background music they use on pretty much all their vids reminds me most definitely of the spooky supporting music used in those old Robert Stack-narrated Unsolved vids.

And they now have hundreds of these videos, across both channels.

It's a treat to watch the stuff they put together.
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