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Bullet Sunday 327

Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2013

Dave!You'd think I'd be tired of blogging after ten years, but obviously I'm a glutton for punishment... because Bullet Sunday starts now...

   
• Blogiversary! And it really has been ten years since this iteration of Blogography began. I bought the domain in March of 2002 and farted around with a hand-coded blog for a year. But then I ended up deleting it and starting over on April 28th, 2003. I managed to salvage a few old entries so, technically, Blogography began on April 18th, but I prefer thinking of the 28th as my blogiversary because that's when Apple's iTunes Music Store debuted as well. In any event, I should probably be celebrating that I made it this long...

Dave Tenth Blogiversary Celebration

Or committing myself to an insane asylum for keeping with it for this long. One or the other. Maybe both.

   
• Pot! Google's auto-complete is sure revealing. Guess it's a good thing it's legal here now...

Where To...

   
• Chase! And so I bought the latest LEGO video game for Nintendo 3DS. It's called LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins...

LEGO City Undercover Chase Begins

It's frickin' adorable.

It's also one of the most frustrating pieces of shit excuses for a video game I've ever played.

Billed as a prequel to the police-themed LEGO City Undercover for the Wii U system, this is a scaled-down version of the massive "sandbox" world of the original, but squeezed to fit in a 3DS. Even so, it's still a huge world filled with puzzles to solve and nifty stuff to collect. Along the way you have missions to accomplish which move you through the story and introduce you to the various areas of LEGO City. All of which are beautifully rendered, and yours to explore as your alter-ego, undercover cop Chase McCain. In an effort to mix things up a bit, McCain can adopt different undercover "disguises," each of which grants him new and unique abilities. It's all very clever and can be a lot of fun... when you're not screaming curse words at the game for being so horrendously frustrating.

I've been playing LEGO video games for years. And there's one thing they can never get right... vehicle control. Any time you have to drive ANYTHING in ANY LEGO game, you're assured of shitty, frustrating, worthless controls. Forget trying to actually accomplish something, you're lucky just to keep the damn car on the road. And there's a lot of driving in LEGO City Undercover. As if that weren't bad enough, certain scenarios require precision acrobatics that are beyond frustrating and pretty much destroy the game. It's astounding how the game can be so forgiving in some areas, but ruthlessly unforgiving in others, and it's enough to drive you insane.

Ultimately, there's enough humor, fun, and surprises to make me glad I bought LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, but I sure wish that somebody would tell developer Traveler's Tales that frustrating does not equal fun. FIX THE FUCKING DRIVING CONTROLS NEXT TIME, ASSHOLES!

   
• Repugnant! Some people are such huge pieces of hypocritical garbage that they're pretty much irredeemable. Despite my defending her in the past, Sarah Palin has totally crossed that line. She probably crossed it a long time ago, but this latest round of bullcrap is what got me to take serious notice. What a fucking useless shit-stain on the fabric of society.

   
• Fugly! Wondering for the hundredth time why in the hell the United States has some of the ugliest fucking money on the planet. Seriously, Yes, I've harped on this before, but the latest release for the $100 bill is the worst yet and near vomit-inducing...

Hundred Front

Hundred Back

I know that rampant counterfeiting has made it so that certain design compromises have to be made to implement security measures... but this is fucking ridiculous. As if it weren't bad enough that our currency isn't worth a shit, we have to be embarrassed with this ugly, amateurish excuse for "design" that looks like shit too. Why can't they hire an actual graphic designer for important stuff like this instead of letting somebody's kid at the US Mint slap it together in Microsoft Word. Your (hideous) tax dollars at work, people!

   
And now I'm going to go contemplate whether I can survive ten more years of blogging.

Comments

  1. Anthony says:

    Happy Blogiversary Dave! Must check when mine went live as I’m probably coming up on that figure although I don’t blog half as much as you do. :)

  2. Neil T. says:

    Our new £50 notes don’t look too bad by comparison: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/current/current_50.aspx They’re the highest value pound sterling note in current circulation.

  3. It probably would’ve taken me several years to figure out the $100 bill had changed (assuming I ever figured it out)!

  4. Susie from Mars says:

    Happy blogiversary! Delurking to wish you 10 more. We know your take on the US and the Costa Rica money, what about the others?… Maybe your should include a “currency design review by Dave ™” in your travel recap? Here’s a link to the Canadian dollars just in case.

  5. Katharina says:

    Thank you for keeping with it for this long. I’m looking forward to the next ten years! And hopefully seeing you again sometime.

  6. claire says:

    Happy Blogiversary, Dave!

  7. Rebecca says:

    Happy anniversary! Crazy that I’ve been reading for at least eight of those years. And I’ll continue to. I may not always agree with your opinions, but I always appreciate the freedom and strength with which you assert them. Keep it up!

  8. Lee Sargent says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary! No mean feat at all.

  9. Matt says:

    Happy 10th Dave. Here’s to at least 10 more. Read your blog every day (going back 7 years – sorry I missed the first 3).

    Google auto-correct sometimes amazes me. A friend of mine once encouraged me to visit The Tenement Museum in NYC (which, btw, is very worth the visit – need to buy tickets ahead of time online). I went to google and typed in tene – and tenement museum popped up. Pretty cool. Or maybe it’s not cool – maybe the algorithm says that probablistically “tene” doesn’t have too many other outcomes than the one I was looking for. So maybe it’s just math and there’s nothing cool about it. Dunno.

  10. Congratulations on being one of the most consistently good bloggers out there. As I’ve mentioned before, I may not always comment but I always read.

  11. Happy 10 year blogiversary!!! I enjoy peaking into your brain this way.

    And I agree, that latest $100 bill design is FUGLY! Seriously, a kindergarten student could have come up with something prettier.

  12. martymankins says:

    A very belated (a month later) blogiversary. 10 years is a long time with anything, let alone a blog that many people read often.

    I am glad to hear that LEGO CITY UNDERCOVER is mostly good. I will add to my list.

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