7 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'jeopardy!':


That's Titles. Famous Titles.

Once I got it into my head that I was actually going to study for Jeopardy! (inspired mainly by reading Prisoner of Trebekistan and learning about the ridiculous amount of preparation and drilling that Jeopardy! champion Bob Harris has done over his Jeopardy! career) I went out and invested in many study materials, most of which I got from the references section at the end of Prisoner. Books I've read in the last few months that I consider to be preparation for Jeopardy!: Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy! (must-read)Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions (must-read)Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888...

srah - Tuesday, 23 June 2009 - 5:47 PM
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I shall take Balloons for $800, if you please.

So it's about time I sat down and wrote about my experience trying out for Jeopardy!, since almost a month has passed and I keep telling bits of the story over and over again. Some parts have already been told on Twitter (these are copied below), but the whole thing needed fleshing out. So finally it's here! Lucky you. Oh, so THAT's why I wasn't nervous about presenting about #NAFSA09... I was saving it all up for Monday's Jeopardy! audition. Eek eek eek! - 2:58 PM May 30th I went out to the NAFSA conference May 25-29. I flew back...

srah - Tuesday, 23 June 2009 - 5:26 PM
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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...

srah - Friday, 10 April 2009 - 5:12 PM
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Cyborgs and angry bees!

Dear Associated Press, I have been an avid reader of Ken Jennings' blog for a whole month but I never even got how eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil he was. Silly me, when I read the blog post about Jeopardy! last week, I thought it was a joke. Thanks for clearing that up, Associated Press. When Ken said: First up, the categories. Maybe when Art Fleming was alive, America just couldn’t get enough clues about “Botany” and “Ballet” and “The Renaissance,” but come on. Does every freaking category have to be some effete left-coast crap nobody’s heard of, like “Opera,” or, um, “U.S. History”...

srah - Wednesday, 26 July 2006 - 11:55 AM
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Interesting fact: I breathe

mindless drivel recently blogged about the blather/chat session on Jeopardy! where Alex Trebek talks to contestants about interesting (or more frequently uninteresting) facts about themselves: "It's easy to sit here and make fun of these people and say how boring their lives must be. But then I start to wonder, "What would it say on my card?" I mean, honestly, how many of our lives feature moments that are interesting when told in fifteen second summaries?" Indeed. I often think that the reason I didn't make it on College Jeopardy was a) that I was still 18 Year Old Srah...

srah - Wednesday, 24 November 2004 - 1:18 PM
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Deobfuscating the blog game

It is time for the answers to be revealed. At last you will know the truth! And the lie! You won't care, but you will know! And knowing is half the battle. Shut up, srah, and just tell them the answers already. Most people recognized that story #2 (College Jeopardy) was true. That's because this story sucked. I do appreciate that you were so willing to believe that I couldn't come up with anything interesting to say about myself, though. I'm going to go cry in a corner, even though it is true. The other 'story' I came up with...

srah - Monday, 25 August 2003 - 7:01 AM
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Obfuscation: The Blog Game

Here are my three stories. Two are true and one is false. I will warn you that I have a reputation for being quite good at this sort of thing, although when I've done it as an icebreaker it's usually a factoid rather than a story. You may pick which you think is the true FALSE (oops - forgot to change that when I changed from 2F/1T to 2T/1F) story, leaving your guess in the comments. If you'd like, I'd also be interested to know why you think one or the other is true or false. On Monday I'll post...

srah - Friday, 22 August 2003 - 10:08 AM
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