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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 (three years ago) link

you're welcome

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

Haha, but...

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

No, not quite.

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

i also went with i'm black

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

*waves hand*

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

Your Rundle is big, 36 players

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

Yeah, I noticed

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

My career in A is entirely without distinction

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

I will be joining you there soon.

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

fuck.

http://www.youtube.com/ c/wheelsongenius/featured

but remove the space before "c"

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

the OQLUSA folks are launching an online version of that in january as well! licensed and everything

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Saturday, 12 December 2020 02:30 (three years ago) link

bobbin

mookieproof, Saturday, 12 December 2020 04:09 (three years ago) link

What about it?

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 December 2020 04:13 (three years ago) link

it's a good ilm word

mookieproof, Saturday, 12 December 2020 04:19 (three years ago) link

Got another 9(6)! Though the feeling of accomplishment is a little muted since a win is a win and I only moved up two spots in the standings.

This season has been a rollercoaster.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Saturday, 12 December 2020 16:47 (three years ago) link

Amazed that the guitar get rate was only 73%.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 December 2020 20:07 (three years ago) link

Eh, classical music is the worst category for the league as a whole.

jaymc, Saturday, 12 December 2020 21:24 (three years ago) link

Ah, okay.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 December 2020 21:26 (three years ago) link

i had some sort of brain fritz and confused segovia with anton karas

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 12 December 2020 23:42 (three years ago) link

Ha, that is incredible.

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 12 December 2020 23:43 (three years ago) link


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