April 2009 archive

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April 10, 2009

It's funny because it's bigger than a normal hat

Congratulations! You have been selected for a follow-up appointment at an upcoming Jeopardy! contestant search for the Chicago area, exclusively for those who successfully passed the online test. This is the next step in becoming a Jeopardy! contestant. We have reserved the following appointment for you...

I took the Jeopardy! online test on January 27th, and after looking at the answer key someone had posted on the Ken Jennings messageboards, decided that I had failed by one or two questions. Ah well, I thought, There's always next year.

It would seem that I had passed after all, because I received the aforequoted email from Jeopardy! on Monday, inviting me to audition for the show. Great! I thought, going through my calendar in my head. My schedule should be fairly free for the next few months, except when I'm at a conference in Los Angeles, May 25-30.

When I read on, I discovered that the proposed audition was Thursday, May 28 at 3pm (CDT) in Chicago. I will not only be at the conference in Los Angeles on May 28, but I will be presenting that day, from 2-3:15pm (PDT).

I tried to justify skipping out on the presentation to go audition for Jeopardy!, but it didn't really work. I was all ready to resign myself to having to wait and try again when I noticed that at the end of the email, it said:

Should you have a major conflict with the time and date provided, you may respond to this email to explain the nature of the situation.

I was sure my conflict would not be "major" enough for the important bigwigs at Jeopardy!, but I figured it was worth a shot and I would kick myself if I didn't even try. I responded to the email and explained my situation. The following afternoon, I got another email:

We are holding auditions in Chicago May 27th - June 2nd. Would another date work better for you?

YIPPEE!

It's now all confirmed: I will be auditioning June 1 instead.

Now off to pick out a TV-ready outfit¹ and come up with some better-than-average² "one-liner" interview stories! Any suggestions or advice are welcome!

¹ It has been pointed out to me that the "bottom" of a Jeopardy! outfit isn't all that important, since you're hidden behind the lectern. I think it would, however, be fairly important to wear something on the bottom for the audition at the very least.

² Not difficult.

srah | 5:12 PM
Tags: jeopardy!

Hey, have you noticed that I haven't blogged recently?

The reasons for my lack of blogging are asmanyasIcomeupwithrightnowfold:

  1. I have been trying to get myself to write a long post with lots of annoying formatting, all about basketball. I have not been succeeding in getting myself to write that, and I haven't been able to write anything else while I had that idea clogging up the pipes.
  2. I have ANOTHER post in my head that I have to get out on paper blog and which is still fermenting in my mind-grapes, clogging more stuff up.
  3. I upgraded Movable Type recently and it did some weird thing where it's hiding all comments on old posts, which makes me sad because the comments are my favorite part of most of my blog posts.
  4. I think the only way to fix this comment problem is to update my templates, which is probably going to be an annoying process and will result in my blog looking different.
  5. I am resistant to change.
  6. Plinky (this blog-prompting thing) is not compatible with Movable Type, which makes me hesitant to do all this Movable Type upgrading when I could just move to WordPress.
  7. Moving to WordPress would be another huge headache with the potential for loss of information, blog posts or comments, which is an even bigger risk/annoyance than changing my templates.
  8. I am resistant to change.
  9. There's so much more time in the day for blogging when you have no friends. Stupid friends, making me change priorities!
  10. I found out that Richard Ayoade is married and life is no longer worth living.
  11. I've been Twittering and don't seem to have much to say that's more than 140 characters long.

I shall endeavour to do better in the future, since I know that all of the readers I have left are waiting with baited breath for my next post.

srah | 12:24 PM
Tags: blogging

The best-laid plans of mice and men and girls who look like mice gang aft agley

I had intended to complete this blog post before March Madness began. And then I intended to complete it before March Madness ended. Neither has happened, so this year I'm bringing you my March Madness predictions (or rather March Madness hopes and dreams, because I know that my bracket is never realistic) after you all know the results¹. Exciting, right?

Read on for more, MacDuff.

¹ If you are basketball fans, which, judging by the fact that you are reading my blog, I am assuming you're not.

srah | 12:12 PM
Tags: basketball, ncaa, sports

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