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Monday, May 02, 2016
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You Could Say I'm Out of Synchro?
RobotNarwhal

This will probably not surprise most of you, but two facts: 1. I am not, nor have I ever been, an “athlete.” 2. I don’t think I’m one of the cool kids?  So bear with me, that the terrible handwriting I finally deciphered as “synchro” (hey, at first, I thought it was “psycho”) was unacceptable as an answer for synchronized swimming.  I don’t know what the cool kids call it, to me, it seems like specifying that the sport was swimming seemed necessary, to avoid confusion with synchronized horse jumping, or synchronized water polo, or synchronized skeet shooting, or synchronizing our watches so we don’t miss quiz.  I realize
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, Apr 25, 2016
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Throwback
RobotNarwhal

Ok, you probably want me to get to quiz, and you know I will eventually.  But I am coming up on a milestone, you guys, and I’m not quite sure how to deal with it.  I just got invited to my 20th high school reunion.  It’s coming up in June, and I don’t know how to feel about it.  So far, it seems like all of the people who I want to see (former nerds, dweebs, weirdos, smart kids, thespians, and social outcasts) live in exotic places like the Ukraine, Paris, or Florida.  Many of them will be “on vacation” elsewhere.  Some are just like “fuck, really?”  And the people who are RSVP’d for the cocktail
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Colorado Springs, CO
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Monday, Apr 18, 2016
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Everything is Pearly White
RobotNarwhal

I woke up and all the trees in the world look like they’ve sprouted some serious fuzzy white fluff.  The world looks moldy, but that pretty fluffy mold that you find yourself staring at whenever it creeps up on those leftovers you finally pulled out of the back of your fridge after three unattended months.  If they were in my refrigerator, I would have thrown them away using tongs to keep my distance. NOT THAT I’VE DONE THAT.  But what the freak, spring?  What’s with the continued poundings with the white stuff?  Can we move from snow to rain, at least?  I know, I know, “we need the moisture.”  Well, thousands of millennials
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Jack Quinn's Irish Alehouse & Pub
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Colorado Springs, CO
80903
Monday, Apr 11, 2016
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The Black Pearl of Nawlins
RobotNarwhal

Last Monday evening, I found myself away from quiz and wandering through the Warehouse District in New Orleans.  I haven’t yet been all over NoLa, but of what I have seen, I really like that area.  Technically I don’t think it’s an official neighborhood, but the older, somewhat seedier part of the Business District.  Imagine several blocks of three and four story industrial buildings, all between 75 – 150 years old.  Many of them have been restored into loft apartment complexes or hotels with hip boutiques, art galleries, and fancy restaurants along the street level.  It’s pretty tight by modern city standards, but not quite as crowded
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Colorado Springs, CO
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Monday, Apr 04, 2016
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Dick & Will
DJ ROB ROB

Thanks for having me as a substitute this weekend at Jack Quinn's! I have done a fair share of subbing recently- this is actually my 3rd time in 4 weeks. It would have been 4 times in 4 weeks if we didn't have that horrible snowstorm a couple weeks ago that shut down quiz in Colorado on that dreary Wednesday. This is my last one for a while, and I'm glad I got to do it at this venue. There were a couple re-occurring themes in tonight's quiz, which you may have caught if you were paying attention and were also answering all the questions correctly. First off, Phillip K. Dick wrote both Blade Runner and A Scanner Darkly, the first of which is coming back for a probably-unnecessary
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Monday, Mar 28, 2016
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"Friendly Ghost." Suuuurrre.
RobotNarwhal

This is really bothering me.  Casper the Friendly Ghost is really sad.  In some ways, it seems totally wrong or off, and yet in other ways, maybe it gets it right by calling out things that often don’t get called out.  So, a little history: Casper as a character was developed in the 1930s, but didn’t appear in animation until the mid-1940s.  Several shorts featuring the character were produced through the late 40s.  The first full Casper cartoon serial ran through the 1950s, when cartoons were primarily aired before movies, and he also appeared in comic books.  He made it to a TV series in the 60s, and several other spin-offs and home releases up until
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, Mar 21, 2016
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I'm Too Old for Girls Gone Wild, Ok?
RobotNarwhal

I am glad to see you all survived Saint Patrick’s Day, and yet now we are on to SPRING BREAK.  So much loading of the phrases with that one: Spring. Break.  I know that to grade school kids everywhere, it means a joyous random week away from classes.  And for the parents of those young kids, it means it’s time to juggle either by sacrificing your vacation time to the family gods (and vying for said time against all other parents who want the same week off), or by finding someone (FOR GOD’S SAKE ANYONE REMOTELY COMPETENT) to watch the kids during work hours.  Thus the juggling of art camps and sleepovers and the like begins.  Sucks to be you.    Of
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, Mar 14, 2016
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Saint Patrick's Round of Real of Poo
RobotNarwhal

And so the week of Saint Patrick’s feast is upon us once again.  I have such mixed feelings about this holiday, with all of its idiosyncracies.  Coopted holidays for most Americans are like playing a giant game of Fact or Crap, and it’s hard not to get buried in the weeds.  But let’s try to dig out a wee bit, shall we?   Fact: Saint Patrick was NOT Irish.  He was Roman-British (this was the 5th century), but was kidnapped by Irish raiders in his mid-teens and taken to Ireland and forced into labor (aka, slavery).  He turned to his faith during this lonely time, and escaped home to Britain when he was around 20 years
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Colorado Springs, CO
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Monday, Mar 07, 2016
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Non-Millennial Entitlement
RobotNarwhal

One of the things that really chaps my hide (to borrow an antiquated colloquialism from my long deceased grandfather) is when people have an overinflated sense of entitlement.  Now, I’m not just about to pick on Millennials here.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, “Millennials act entitled like no generation before” is a widely circulated tidbit in the *totally trustworthy* realm of cyberspace.  The argument goes something like “when kids are raised being told that they are great all the time, that they are winners, and that they have the potential to do anything, they’ll grow up to be adults who think they are great all the
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, Feb 29, 2016
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Sense Memory and Jumping Around
RobotNarwhal

Ok, so you know how you can have a sensory experience that will totally trigger a random memory that’s completely unrelated?  Like, every time I smell a certain brand of bar soap, I think of my grandmother’s house?  Well, I’ve realized the older I’ve gotten, not only do I have a ton of memories connected to certain smells (Grandma), I have a LOT of auditory triggers.   When House of Pain came on last night during R2, I was immediately taken back to the homecoming dance my sophomore year of high school.  It was 1994, and I was wearing a bright cranberry colored crushed velvet baby doll dress and one of several pairs of doc martins. 
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, Feb 22, 2016
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And That's Another One in the Bag
RobotNarwhal

Oh MY GOSH if you missed Geek Bowl, please make plans and start saving for next year.  To give an idea of how satisfyingly difficult, utterly weird, and completely fun it was, here are a few highlights.  Round One was a live action high school melodrama acted out by Quizmasters from across the country, speckled with questions.  Round Two involved the world’s only known metal mariachi band, Metalachi, playing some pretty bitchin’ song covers.  Round Three, hosted by myself and The Dark Lord of Quiz, was titled “a Bag of Dicks,” and culminated in quizzers LITERALLY HAVING TO SNIFF SCENTED WAX DICKS and identify the aroma.  Aromas like
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, Feb 15, 2016
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It's Coming!
RobotNarwhal

Geek Bowl is this weekend, kids.  Since I’m assuming none of you actually read this, and the three of you who do read it know that I use it as an outlet for personal issues.  So yeah, Geek Bowl is coming, guys.  Geek Bowl.  Maybe I’ll play that “Geek Bowl changed my life” card.  You see, once I was a quizzer.  A long time ago, in a hipster galaxy far away (about 9 years ago in Fort Collins) I started playing pub quiz with a friend.    My first night, I saw a bar fight break out between the QM and someone who didn't "get" quiz.  The Trailhead is still a venue, btw.  Savory.  Kept playing, even though
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, Feb 08, 2016
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Who's Got Game?
RobotNarwhal

Well, the Super Bowl happened.  Don’t get me wrong; I had a great time watching the game, and being a Colorado native, I’m glad that the Broncos won. There’s just something so lackluster about the overall event these days, kind of like the whole experience has passed its hay day or something.   First, I think they overdo it with the “game technology.”  The incredibly redundantly dubbed “Eye Vision” angles on the touchdowns were cool, but they spent so much time on close ups trying to get gritty that home viewers couldn’t actually see a lot of what was happening.  At least 3 major penalties got called that happened
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, Feb 01, 2016
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On Snow Shoeing and Snow Madness
RobotNarwhal

I hate snow.  I hate driving in it.  I hate being cold.  I don’t ski.  I don’t board.  I don’t do snow.  Now, before you go all Colorado on me, let me caveat: I was born in muthafucking DURANGO.  I am a Colorado native, as was much of my family going back to some beet farming Germans who came here on a train from the east coast after landing in Ellis Island.  So don’t pull that “but you should be used to it” BS on me, because I am used to it.  I am “prepared.”  I own the long underwear and the bitchin’ snow boots and the waterproof gloves.  But I still hate it.  Always have.   Oh
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, Jan 25, 2016
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Action Ascends Self Flagellation
RobotNarwhal

So, you guys know that I looooove They Might Be Giants.  I have seen them almost more times than I can count (28 since time #1 in 1995; also I’m not that smart).  They are more than a band; They are a performance machine.  In the years I’ve been watching Them, I’ve seen the giant paper mache hands, the two Johns playing sans rest-of-the-band, the doll heads on sticks, the giant high school bass drum, the teddy bear confetti cannon, the sock puppets broadcasting live from the back of the stage.  And yes, I’ve seen them play “John/I fucked up the show.”  It’s an actual song, but it’s not something you’ll ever hear
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Colorado Springs, CO
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Monday, Jan 18, 2016
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Squirrel Problems
RobotNarwhal

I have squirrel issues.  When I moved in to my house almost two years ago now, I loved the giant elm trees in the back yard.  Still do.  And I quickly came to know the colony(?) of squirrels, or ‘hood rats, as it were.  Ok, so now I’m wondering what a group of squirrels is called.  Hang on… heading to the Googley machine.  Turns out there are three possible answers: a dray, a scurry, or “there is no group name for squirrels because they aren’t hierarchical.” Huh.  So, some disagreement, although the science sort of pages I consulted seemed to lean towards dray.    Anywho, I have squirrel issues. 
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.