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Blue Star Cafe & Pub
4512 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
Mondays: 8:00 PM
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11:35 PM, August 25, 2014
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Dr Spaceman 77

RPF140492 A Team Named Slickback 75

Rub-A-Dub-Chub 73

Barabajagals 69

RPF140398 You Can't Spell Subtext Without Buttsex 67

Baseball Erotica 66

Refusing the Ice Bucket Challenge 61

The Guild of Calamitous Intent 59

Boobs 51

Baby Buddha 46

ISIS 44

Stripper Heels 41

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I have a complicated relationship with the Emmy awards. On one hand, the Best Drama category usually ends up being a great reflection of the finest shows on TV at the moment. This year the nominees comprised of Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men, and True Detective, which is a pretty damn perfect blend of mainstream appeal and genuine quality.

Then you get to the Best Comedy category…which Modern Family won this year. As well as last year. And the year before. And the year before that. And also the one before that. That’s right, for five years that category has been dominated by a show that was funny for maybe two years tops. Somehow, over the years, it was deemed a stronger comedy than 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Parks & Recreation, Louie, and Veep. Yeah, wrap your mind around that. 

Now, the typical (and perfectly acceptable) response to all that might be, “Well, who gives a fuck about award shows anyway?” I do. I care. Because a decade ago, Arrested Development won the award for its first season and it gave a much-needed credibility boost to a show that wasn’t going to survive on its ratings alone. It’s not that award shows are actually an absolute indicator of prestige or quality, but they can direct audiences toward a great series that deserves more attention than its modest (usually premium cable) audiences can initially provide it with.

Modern Family doesn’t need more attention. Modern Family needs to go away, if for no other reason than for the world to stop pretending that Sofia Vergara is likable.

Although some of the results from tonight (which were given out while I was hosting the quiz) were quite deserving (go Breaking Bad!), it still doesn’t make up for the absurdity of Tatiany Maslany from Orphan Black not getting an acting nod despite masterfully playing five different characters literally putting in at least five times the number of effort in her craft than any other actress in the business today.

I mean, do these Emmy voters just not have HBO? Or any kind of premium cable? Are they too old to figure out how to set up a Netflix account? Is that it?

/rant

Great quiz tonight, as per  usual. The top of the rankings tonight were dominated by a number of the usual suspects, with Dr. Spaceman taking the top spot and A Team Named Slickback following closely behind.

Next Monday is Labor Day, but quiz will still move full steam ahead following a long weekend of Bumbershoot for some, PAX for others, and something called "the outdoors" for the rest.

See you all then!

Blue Star Cafe & Pub
4512 Stone Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
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11:25 PM, August 18, 2014
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RPF140492 A Team Named Slickback 77

Hilarious Reference 76

RPF140680 Baseball Erotica 75

Callie's Fall Fave 73

RPF140398 You Can't Spell Subtext Without Buttsex 69

We went through the trivia on a team with no name 66

1 64

Dr Spaceman 63

Miserly Non-Myopic Misanthropes 60

Boobs 47

I Really Don't Care About The Name 30

Eesh 7

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Starting with last night’s quiz, I've decided that quizzers who are caught cheating enter an unspoken agreement to take part of the ice bucket challenge - the same one that has become an internet sensation in the past few days.

A friend of mine recently returned to the country after being away two weeks, and upon his return I sent him the text: “Welcome back to America. Things you missed: the ice bucket challenge, Edge of Tomorrow being retitled for its DVD release, our landlords cutting down the tree by our balcony so now we can see the Space Needle. Enjoy freedom!”

His response: “Hahaha, thanks. Still need to figure out what the fuck the ice bucket is. You forgot about Missouri’s exploding racial tensions, but this must be what Jon Stewart feels like after coming back after a week.”

(I also I neglected to bring up Robin Williams, who received a lovely tribute in last night's quiz in the form of a Round 7 that highlighted his dramatic roles. It definitely got me a little emotional.)

This particular version of the challenge for the quiz wouldn't be for the purpose of raising awareness of ALS, but let's face it: over half the people who've been posting those videos on your Facebook feed also have no idea what ALS actually is. The ice bucket challenge is the latest online feel-good reposting fad that is arguably making as much of a difference as Kony 2012.

Okay, that might have been overly cynical. It's probably doing some good. But realistically, most of its viewers/posters have pretty much just been getting caught up in the celebrity factor and have probably give you a blank stare if you mentioned the name Lou Gehrig.

The internet, man. It's, like, annoying sometimes.

What's not annoying is the quiz, which was a competitive one last night. The regular gang that is A Team Named Slickback took the first place spot by a single point, inching past Hilarious Reference and Baseball Erotica, who were also both separated just as closely.

See you all next week!

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11:17 PM, August 11, 2014
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Constantine 75

Baseball Erotica: Take Me Out To The Ball-Gag 72

Dr Spaceman 70

Oh Captain, My Captain 70

Sneathal Weapon 68

RPF140398 You Can't Spell Subtext Without Buttsex 68

RPF140414 Would the real geeks who drink please stand up 67

RPF140338 Puddin' Pops & Sweaters 63

Teem 51

Samthony 44

Scotty Dogs 32

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Quizmaster (Emeritus?) Colin has agreed to provide the bulk of this week's blog so that there's less work for me to do we can get an update on how life has been treating him down in the Southern hemisphere, and he has elected to do it in the form of his travel journals:

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Hello Ivan, hello Blue Star! 

As per his specialists, Dr. Spaceman, orders Colin has been keeping a rehab journal to record his progress through breaking free of his two year addiction to hosting quiz. below you will find his entries from the past two weeks. 

Day 80 Without Quiz - It is Monday night and my hands are shaking. I keep standing up as people walk into the bar adoing if they are interested in quiz. The looks they responded to me with were confused. Mostly because they didn't speak English and also because the makeshift visual I was handing out looked more like religious propaganda with the theme 'Name the statues from Rio de Janeiro' 

Day 90 Without Quiz - Was able to attend a Futbol match at the original world cup stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. It was pretty neat to see where it all started back in 1930. Afterwards it was drinks and amazing barbeque. 

Day 94 Without Quiz - I woke up in the middle of my hostel while holding my tablet and grading peoples travel books for errors. With everyone looking at me like I had just forgotten to them off the shuffle option I worked quickly to give an explanation. The whole building now knows my real profession. It isnt safe anymore. 

Day 96 Without Quiz - The pain of now hearing my voice projected over a speaker has increased to my lower left leg. Karen, a nurse, recommended alcohol as a pain reliever. It was 12km to the nearest internationally famous winery, but thankfully we made it in time to administer 3000 ml of a red and white vintages orally. The pain has lessened thanks to making it just in wine o'clock. 

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He missed a hell of a quiz this week. We had three teams from the Rumble in the Pub participating, and not a single one of them made it to the Top 3 tonight. Adding insult to injury was the fact that tonight's victors were Constantine, a team of two. Behind them was Baseball Erotica: Take Me Out To The Ball-Gag followed by Oh Captain, My Captain, who triumphed over Dr Spacemen in the third-place tiebreaker.

But the hightlight of the evening was undoubtedly the Round 8 bonus question, in which there was no less than a full minute of rapid-fire guesses for which instrument Carol Kaye played (it was bass) Before the correct answer finally came up, these were among the seemingly endless guesses:

  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Whistle
  • Triangle
  • Flute
  • Accordion
  • Harmonica
  • Oboe
  • Viola
  • Piano
  • Banjo
  • Kazoo
  • Tambourine
  • Drums
  • Finger Cymbals
  • "Her Voice"

Yeah. That happened.

See you all next week!

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