||[Jan. 26th, 2008|11:08 am]
|||||Grand Chute, WI||]|
|||||Some kind of video-game-inspired techno||]|
Writing from Trivia at my friend Kev's house in Grand Chute, WI. As of last night at 3 am we were in second--an early result that can't be trusted any further than you can get it to toddle down the street on its own. But we feel like we're doing a consistent job. It's so hard to tell.
Good to be here with the team, though. It always is. Wish I'd gotten a picture of my friend Chris lying on the living room floor snuggling with both Claire and Colleen, who haven't been to Trivia together...well, ever. Claire came at least once before I had Colleen, and Colleen's been coming as long as I've had her, but the sisters have never gotten to hang out at Trivia together.
Sleep plan thus far: I'm trying something I've never tried before, which is actually sleeping normal hours. I went to sleep at 12:30 and woke up at 8 am to the news of our second place standing. It was a nice way to wake up. No idea whether I'll follow that schedule for the rest of the weekend. Sunday morning is a really spare time as people who've been up the entire contest finally collapse. So it might not be a bad idea to sleep maybe 9 pm to 4 am tonight.
Question #95: How did the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation 1981 special report "Wisconsin Motorcycle Helmet Law" paraphrase a biker's recent quotation from a motorcycling publication? Typical of the past 5 years' effort on the part of the Trivia Masters to render questions un-Google-able. It's pre-Web, it's not been digitized, it's held in lots of WI libraries but not find-able in 3 minutes by library staff, and of course the Lawrence library copy is locked in a Trivia Master's dorm room. For all that, it's still not a very interesting or fun question. This sort of thing bugs me more and more over time.
Don't even get me started on the lack of novelty songs on the broadcast, or the fact that the broadcast is no longer a broadcast but an internet stream, since the new president of LU exercised her administrative muscles by selling off the college radio station's FCC license. At least this year there have been very few outages, and we have two wireless networks going (one from the neighbor across the street) so there is some built-in redundancy on our end.
The coolest thing this year is that Kev has remodeled his basement and put a home theater system in, so if people want to play video games they go down there; therefore the living room TV is free to be hooked up to a laptop, so the guy who keeps track of questions/answers/our score is now doing so for all to see. This means people don't have to ask over and over again, "What was the question?" "How do you spell Brobdignagian?" etc., they can just look at the screen. It's been a godsend.
I'll try to keep my LJ posted on how we're doing! Right now, it's our traditional chili dog lunch. Go listen online to the contest if you like.