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I chose to pay for Premier the last time, but haven't really used any of the perks.

― anatol_merklich, Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:02 AM (twenty-three minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

The perks have never seemed compelling enough to justify the extra cost. Private rundles are theoretically intriguing, but I don't know that many people in LL beyond you guys, and everyone would have to be a Premium member to participate.

jaymc, Thursday, 3 December 2020 16:30 (three years ago) link

I usually pay for Commissioner's Circle, although I'm premier currently because I had a huge emergency expense right before it was time to renew - it's worth a lot more than $30 a year to me and I don't mind paying extra if I can afford to. Also I kinda like the player tracker, even if I don't really use an of the other premium features.

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 3 December 2020 16:41 (three years ago) link

why do i always have my 5/6 days when the other person forfeits

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 December 2020 17:29 (three years ago) link

They can feel it coming

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 3 December 2020 18:04 (three years ago) link

A new vibration

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 December 2020 18:04 (three years ago) link

I haven't gotten a forfeit win since my rookie season, and the rest things are going, I wouldn't mind a couple.

Really annoyed that I turned a win into a tie by zeroing the Butler question, which my opponent missed even though he got the Le Guin question right from two seasons ago.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Saturday, 5 December 2020 16:02 (three years ago) link

dolly parton talking about her favorite book is the only reason i got the butler q

maura, Saturday, 5 December 2020 20:29 (three years ago) link

I heard someone else say that as well

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 December 2020 20:35 (three years ago) link

years of being too online have ruined me for novels but you should really read octavia buter maura

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 5 December 2020 21:22 (three years ago) link

This midseason classic: I got 8 right, which was enough to rep for C Sakura (nice!), and was in 69th percentile (nice nice!).

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Monday, 7 December 2020 22:36 (two years ago) link

I yeah, I never paid attention to how it worked, I repped as well.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 December 2020 22:43 (two years ago) link

Sigh at the 6 match winless streak I'm working on.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 16:59 (two years ago) link

Finally got a win yesterday, though it was against a poor guy who's had 15 (now 16) losses this season, none of which were forfeits.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:28 (two years ago) link

you're welcome

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:32 (two years ago) link

Haha, but...

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 22:49 (two years ago) link

Can you guys guess what my wrong answer was for the James Brown question was?

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:20 (two years ago) link

was it say it loud (i'm black and i'm proud)? bc that was my wrong answer that kept me from a 9(6). obviously i didn't read the question closely enough.

na (NA), Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:38 (two years ago) link

No, not quite.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:54 (two years ago) link

"Please Please Please." Figure the parenthesized part was "(Please Don't Go)"

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:55 (two years ago) link

i also went with i'm black

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 10 December 2020 17:13 (two years ago) link

Somehow my opponent today -- in a C rundle -- has a QPct of 81.8%. See yall in the relegation zone!

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Thursday, 10 December 2020 18:06 (two years ago) link

*waves hand*

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 December 2020 18:12 (two years ago) link

The key part of the James Brown question was "first-person sentence." So it had to start with "I."

I missed it, too, because I just couldn't think of any titles that fit the bill. Kicked myself when I saw the answer.

jaymc, Thursday, 10 December 2020 18:55 (two years ago) link

yes, that's what i missed by not reading closely enough. also i'm black and i'm proud would have been later than 1965.

na (NA), Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:02 (two years ago) link

i even got that it was first-person, i just didn't register that both parts of the name were first-person sentences

na (NA), Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:03 (two years ago) link

originally had Give It Up until i noticed first person. and yes, black and proud woulda been later but it didn't click for some reason

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:44 (two years ago) link

Okay, I signed up for Player Tracker, it does seem kind of useful.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 01:06 (two years ago) link

Somehow my opponent today -- in a C rundle -- has a QPct of 81.8%. See yall in the relegation zone!

Not only did I miss 4 questions, my prediction was wrong, too -- I'm actually two spots above relegation.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Friday, 11 December 2020 17:22 (two years ago) link

Your Rundle is big, 36 players

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 17:31 (two years ago) link

Yeah, which I take to mean that I have that much farther to fall. OTOH, we have another player in that same rundle who's in line for a promotion to B and is neck-and-neck for first place.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Friday, 11 December 2020 18:46 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I noticed

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 18:59 (two years ago) link

I think I am the only one here is actually going to be relegated.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 20:48 (two years ago) link

I might actually make it back to A, mostly off the back of a forfeit win on a day when I only got two right

is right unfortunately (silby), Friday, 11 December 2020 20:50 (two years ago) link

My career in A is entirely without distinction

is right unfortunately (silby), Friday, 11 December 2020 20:50 (two years ago) link

not strictly LL-related but i finished 19th in the world quizzing championships this past weekend and earned the top scores in the entertainment and lifestyle categories, which i can only attribute to insane luck, including a music category that was much heavier on metal and eurovision than normal

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 11 December 2020 21:41 (two years ago) link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/oqlusa/permalink/447543662903536

something folks here might enjoy is the online quiz league pop solos competition, which is starting in january - it's pop culture-only live trivia via zoom; i've been playing in the inaugural OQLUSA team season and it's a ton of fun

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 11 December 2020 21:43 (two years ago) link

I think I did that once. Maybe Tony Hightower was the host.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 22:03 (two years ago) link

The world quizzing I mean, congrats. Not the other thing I just looked at.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 22:06 (two years ago) link

I've got most of you in Player Tracker now, just because.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 22:07 (two years ago) link

yeah, i did it in NYC the last few years - i don't think tony hosted last year, it was at some random bar in the financial district

it's a lot less distracting to do this without a bunch of people downstairs loudly yelling at a soccer game, it turns out

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 11 December 2020 22:11 (two years ago) link

I did it a few years ago on Stone Street, I think, in some Irish pub.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 22:16 (two years ago) link

i will probably squeeze by in the C rundle again, somewhere near the bottom. Increasingly clear this is my current level.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 11 December 2020 22:17 (two years ago) link

I will be joining you there soon.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 December 2020 22:18 (two years ago) link

I did WQC back in 2013, maybe? It was kind of an awkward scene, tbh.

Pleased to see that a Sri Lankan guy who I knew through my old job (he regularly submitted corrections to encyclopedia articles) was once again the top player in his country.

jaymc, Friday, 11 December 2020 22:28 (two years ago) link

not strictly LL-related but i finished 19th in the world quizzing championships this past weekend

Sick drums and bugles fanfare! I've taken part every year since 2005 except this year, and I can say with confidence that is a truly great result. Didn't do it officially now bcz scared of being frustrated out of my mind by technical stuff that could go wrong. (Also the thing was held in 2004 before Norway got wind of it; but for that fact I might have done it just to keep a 100% attendance). But really, massive kudos!

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 12 December 2020 00:04 (two years ago) link

Also it seems you're the Lifestyle King!

(this is a notoriously volatile title, judging by various year-on-year national and international stats one keeps half an eye on :-P )

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 12 December 2020 00:17 (two years ago) link

oh man, thank you!

yeah, at the risk of being too specific (they sell the question sets after the fact, so i don't wanna jack their IP), the lifestyle category was mostly just stuff i knew - looking at my paper, i knocked out the first 18 before i even ran into one that i couldn't guess. i managed my time a lot better this year by not worrying about unguessable questions like those (see also: the sport category, much of which is impossible for americans), but it also helped that i'd been playing in the quizzing world cup and was very familiar with their canon and style. i haven't had much to do in 2020 but competitive quizzing, so i knew i was a lot better prepared for this than i was last year. still, i was hoping for something like a 120 (i got a 109 last year), and i outdid myself, mostly because of those two categories.

I did WQC back in 2013, maybe? It was kind of an awkward scene, tbh.

welcome to competitive quizzing lol

there are definitely people in the quiz community who take it way too seriously, but honestly most of them are pretty clever and into jokes and banter. i don't think i'd do as much of it as i do if everybody was super humorless and strait-laced! even in the world cup, which got pretty intense as we progressed into the playoffs, my team was always screwing around and joking, which made it a lot more fun even when we lost.

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 12 December 2020 01:41 (two years ago) link

this was mentioned on the British Comedy thread but i am STRONGLY recommending all LLers try out the UK game show "Only Connect," available stateside via this guy's YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videos
it is fucking HARD

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 12 December 2020 02:03 (two years ago) link

er, that youtube channel is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=featured

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 12 December 2020 02:04 (two years ago) link


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