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Brainiac, by Ken Jennings- Highlights

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“If I’d had my way, this would have been just another quickie C-list celeb cash-in, full of my shallow ghostwritten thoughts on why tolerance is good and pollution is bad, filled out with some baby pictures and holiday recipes.”

In fact, in addition to telling the story of Jennings’ time on Jeopardy, it is a fascinating history of trivia, and exploration of whether and how trivia can be useful. Much of this is about quiz bowl:

“Quiz bowl has become a de facto farm club for the big-time game shows… when I took the written test at my Jeopardy audition, I remember thinking how much more arcane and elaborate a quiz bowl question on each of the fifty covered subjects would have been. I felt like a runner who’d been training in high-altitude Mexico City, just to get his lungs in such supercharges shape that events at lower elevations seemed like a piece of cake.”

“I’m no trivia superhero- at every college quiz bowl tournament I ever played in, there were other players who could double my score….I got lucky.” You and me both, Ken.

Quiz bowl prepares people well for answering questions correctly, if not necessarily for the other parts of being on TV: “List the five cleverest, most charming things about yourself! Do it in one sentence! Be funny!”

“Jeopardy, by its own contestant rules, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. If you get a cramp in the last mile of a marathon or don’t quite make it up Everest, there is always next year. but you only get one shot at Jeopardy, and odds are you’re going to lose that very first game. Jeopardy is a shark, mowing through America’s self-declared intelligentsia with its huge, shiny teeth, claiming victims at the implacable rate of two a night (check local listings). You have to be in pretty good shape to escape the teeth for a night or two, but they get everyone eventually.” Way to end this on a high note…

“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be anymore.”

Written by James Bailey

July 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Coffee Snobery

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It’s hard to find a good Americano in this town.  But I’m on the trail and getting closer.

Antiques Marketplace and Cafe: “What’s an Americano?” *Consults the menu to find out*

Starbucks: “Would you like it hot?”

Borders: “How much cream would you like?”

Getting closer each time… it seems Borders is the best bet here.

Written by James Bailey

July 21, 2007 at 3:33 am

Posted in Coffee

Coffee Xenophobia

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Has anyone else noticed Dunkin’ Donuts’ massive new advertising campaign, “America runs on Dunkin'”?

This theme, of course, has nothing to do with the fact that Dunkin’ Donuts is currently getting beat down by their Canadian competition, Tim Hortons.

For the record, I’m rooting for our northern neighbors, and am pleased that there is now a satrapy of their coffee-and-donut empire in Bangor, Maine.

America runs on Dunkin

Written by James Bailey

June 26, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Posted in Canada, Coffee