In the past week, Jerry Seinfeld launched his own website, just a simple way to catalog his vast three-decade plus archive of stand-up comedy. It really is wonderfully austere. There's no sensory overload, just three stand-up bits every day from as far back as 1977, along with a "coming tomorrow" note. If you miss something, maybe it'll be back, maybe not. Along with the ability share on social media (not just the big ones; there's over 340 options) and check out tour dates, that's about all there is, and that's all there needs to be. It's a simple way to enjoy a few laughs each day, and it's also perfectly and simply formatted for mobile devices. It really highlights how needlessly decadent web designers have chosen to make sites lately. I can't recommend this enough.
I started Call of Duty: World at War late last week, and it's very fun. It's neat because in a way the simpler weapons of WWII help disguise that this is two iterations old. I've wrapped up to first Japanese portion of the game and have moved on to fighting "Gerry" in Russia. I actually tried out online first, and the maps are great and have a character and atmosphere that the Modern Warfare and Black Ops maps don't quite have. Sadly, they're also unplayable. The online part is completely wrecked by hackers; every other game has at least oneperson in 'God mode' that allows them to go super fast, morph through solid objects, and be invulnerable. Toss in the fact that it will assign a game to a map you don't have and them kick you out with an offer to buy, and I won't be back. But I'd love to see another WaW title come out for some period online battles. (incidentally, MW2 is rapidly approaching getting that bad with hackers, but IW swears a patch is coming)
I also teamed up with SabotFox over the weekend to tackle some Portal 2 co-op; in truth, he'd really done it all, so about all I could contribute was him getting one of his 'friend hugs' towards an achievement. Even with a fun person who's not a 'random', it's still an exercise in frustration. I really think these co-op things put so much pressure to not let each other down (especially when you know each other) that it sucks a lot of the fun out of the experience. I hope we'll see a Portal 3 someday, but I also hope they take co-op and toss it in the garbage where it belongs. I'd much rather just have single player and have the price knocked down to $45 or so.
That's all for today. Thanks for reading, everybody!