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Monday, July 20, 2015
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In praise of The Beek
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It used to be that I didn’t really have an opinion about James Van Der Beek. To me, he was just that guy who was on that WB teen drama that was just ever so slightly before my time (or at least my spectrum of taste in genres during those days). Sure, I liked Varsity Blues, but come on - who doesn’t?   Not too long ago, however, I actually sat down and watched a few episodes of short-lived Don’t Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 and really dug it, with special praise going to Van Der Beek’s portrayal of a fictionalized version of himself. Now, people playing exaggerated versions of themselves is nothing groundbreaking (see any show
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Monday, July 13, 2015
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Recently in Stuff (that demonstrates our flawed priorities)
Ivan the Adequate

So apparently there has been more internet traffic today consisting of people doing searches for Minions than there has been for searches related to Pluto, which is terrifying. A mysterious distant planet that we finally get a real image of and it’s not breaking any kind of search records while some shitty Despicable Me spin-off captures the attention of Americans everywhere?   I just looked at the Twitter trending topics for Seattle and see Pretty Little Liars but no sign of Go Set a Watchman. Okay.   I know, I know. I’m thinking it too. I’m an elitist pompous asshole who thinks he's better than
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Monday, July 06, 2015
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Of course there's alcohol in bitters
Ivan the Adequate

I don’t know if I’ve ever felt this eager for summer to be over so soon into it. Between the brutal heat (by Northwest standards, at least) and the onslaught of critically panned summer movies (We knew Terminator would suck, but I had high hopes for Entourage!), I’m ready for that time of year where football season and new episodes of Doctor Who begin to dominate my weekends. Instead, I’m stuck with BBQs and outdoor birthday parties and all this social nonsense that I could do without.   I took the pricey plunge and invested in a portable air conditioner, which I would quickly learn is very misleadingly named, seeing as
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Monday, June 29, 2015
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One Year Later
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And just like that, a year has gone by since I’ve started hosting at Blue Star. It’s a bit of a cliché amongst quizmasters to say this, but this really is the best job ever. I get to drink great beer and hang out with great people and crack terrible jokes and just generally make an ass of myself on a weekly basis. And I love it.   Apart from the usual ceremonies (which were on steroids this week as 21 full teams packed the house), I decided to commemorate the occasion by giving out DVDs from my personal collection of unwanted films.   Below is the the breakdown of prizes and my descriptions of the films (some of these descriptions
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Monday, June 22, 2015
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Does whatever Sony says a spider can
Ivan the Adequate

My generation is now coming dangerously close to having experienced more Spider-Man actors than Popes.   So they’ve now cast a new kid to play a teenage Peter Parker/Spidey. He’ll cameo in next year’s Captain America: Civil War movie, get his own solo film in 2017, and undoubtedly make some appearances in the big Avengers two-parter happening after that.   Which is fine. I guess.   But it’s nowhere near as awesome as it would be if they skipped Peter Parker and just went straight to Miles Morales, the incredibly well-developed teenage African-American successor to the Spider-Man identity, whose
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Monday, June 15, 2015
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The Lesser of the Evils
Ivan the Adequate

I’m not going to pretend that Limp Bizkit isn’t a terrible band. I’m not going to defend them and say that they do the job just fine in certain situations (these situations being limited to background music while you play the original Metal Gear Solid with your friends on a PlayStation One later on a Friday night during your middle school years). I’m not going to say that the very existence of them and bands similar to them didn’t make alternative rock radio stations unlistenable for a good five years during the late 90s.   What I will say, however, is that Limp Bizkit falls into a category of bands that I happen to have a soft spot for in
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Monday, June 08, 2015
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It's really not that bad, folks!
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I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’m a huge apologist when it comes to pop culture that is beloved to me, but in need of some defense following an unpopular new development that proves to be divisive. This extends to everything from the finale of Lost to the fourth season of Arrested Development to that one Blink-182 album that came out in high school that everyone else claimed wasn’t as good as their older stuff. Every time something like that happens, I’m fully prepared to chime in with a reminder the vision or restraints that might have accompanied the creators’ intents in making it. But I’ll be damned if Game of
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Monday, June 01, 2015
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Vegetable of the Gods
Ivan the Adequate

There has been perhaps no moment of sadistic glee that I’ve felt that has been greater than that of uttering the word “tomatoes” to quizzers this week when going over the answers for most common home-grown vegetables in the country. The uproar was colossal. The earth shook. The animals scattered. Alliances broke. Relationships ended. But in the end, the word of the National Garden Association was law. Homework from this week’s quiz: Walk The Line (the movie that Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for in Round 7). I think it’s a tremendously underrated film that didn’t even get nominated for Best
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Monday, May 25, 2015
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You'll drink it and you'll like it
Ivan the Adequate

  So former quizmaster (and more recently, former scorekeeper) Colin now works with me at my day job. Despite the fact that there is absolutely no need for us to wear suits in our office, not only does he intend to start wearing them regularly to feel slick and powerful, but we wants to drag me into it as well.  
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Monday, May 18, 2015
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Queen Fey
Ivan the Adequate

I love Tina Fey. You love Tina Fey. Everyone else also loves Tina Fey, so it makes sense that there was a round all about her this week, in celebration of her 45th birthday (in her case, 45 is the new 35).   The one thing I hold against Tina is her pioneering the latest trend of comedians writing books that serve as either personal memoirs or a thinly-strung-together series of essays and/or short stories. She didn’t exactly invent the concept, but pretty much everyone cashed in and followed her lead after
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Sunday, May 10, 2015
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Things Get Personal
Ivan the Adequate

We had a super-packed house this week, so I wasn’t able to take the opportunity to find out who the two quizzers that were playing under the team name Our First Tinder Date were. Throughout the quiz, their scores were concerning me, until suddenly…   They were gone!
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Monday, May 04, 2015
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Remember Axel F?
Ivan the Adequate

That Crazy Frog ringtone from ten years ago is my closest association with the Beverly Hills Cop theme song, as was featured in Round 7 this week. The two reasons for it:  I've never actually seen Beverly Hills Cop. I really hated that Crazy Frog 
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Monday, April 27, 2015
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Age of Exhaustion
Ivan the Adequate

Okay, so we’re pretty much all seeing Age of Ultron this weekend, right? Other than those among us who made it a point to go to the 7pm Thursday showings?Since 7pm the night before the opening day of a new movie has becoming the new “midnight showing,” folks nowadays are already getting reviews from friends and colleagues before they even have a chance to crack open the newspaper. Folks still open newspapers, right? And folks still use the word folks, right?Bottom line is that I love the fact that midnight showings are going away. In my mind, I could never relate to those who want their first experience with a long-awaited film to be in an over-hyped
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Monday, April 20, 2015
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Original programming has stopped being original
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I’m four episodes into Daredevil and I’m not sure how quickly I’ll be finishing the season, if at all. It’s a well-made show – there’s no argument there– but the grim & grittiness of it feels really contrived in a world where every superhero now needs to be grim and gritty, and the superhero-esque nature of it doesn’t always overcome my apathy for shows about organized crime set in a version of Manhattan (and particularly Hell’s Kitchen) that is notably more dark and dangerous than its real-life counterpart. It’s only been a little over two years since the first season of House of Cards hit the scene,
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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I refuse to believe that Mother Mary came and spoke to Kris Allen
Ivan the Adequate

My feelings surrounding Let It Be (the album more so than the titular song) have always been complicated. While I certainly don’t think there was ever an outright bad Beatles album, the stories about how the band didn’t even really want the album released and how the label put their own finishing touches on it and pushed it out after the band’s break-up…well, it just somehow makes the whole thing seem really greedy, artificial, and unfair. Abbey Road, their famous album which was actually the last one they recorded, serves as a much grander finale to their discography. I know I’m not exactly spouting out an unpopular opinion by talking
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Monday, April 06, 2015
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The Final Four (points make all the difference)
Ivan the Adequate

Last night’s NCAA championship game, which played during the first half of the evening, dwarfed in comparison to the intensity and unpredictability of the quiz. Our rare Sooner or Later round format made a sudden return, reminding all the quizzers that they know far less than they thought they did about the major characters (including Link, The Doctor, and Batman) that fall into the core nerd curriculum. The cutthroat competitive nature of it all was enough to knock some of the regular teams from the standings and allow some *gasp* newcomers to take the top spot. Congrats to Mon Stars, who I’m sure we’ll be seeing again. Homework from
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