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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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How To Stay Safe In Cyberspace
Eric Riggan

So between a security conference that has half the people at my day job out of town, the conversation I had after quiz with a couple of patrons, and this whole WannaCry virus going around, I figured I would take a break from the usual revelry to talk about some cybersecurity basics. A note before we do though, congratulations to "Better Late Than Pregnant" for taking down Stan's! They've been consistently in 3rd for a long time, and it's great to see them finally break through. Well done! As for security... the average consumer can take a few small steps to ensure that their personal information is secure and to prevent being the target of a major attack like WannaCry. And I do mean
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017
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Coming From Behind
Eric Riggan

I don't often get to say things like "Tied for 3rd: Beauty School Dropouts and Better Late Than Pregnant". The two of them have combined for first and second in some order in several recent outings. But with Team Sweetness making a surprising strong play in round 2 and a come from behind performance by Bald And Boozy, I found myself pleasently surprised last night. And even better, we haven't had a first place tie in a good while! And just to ice that cake, we all got to watch your favorite team to hate lose a basketball game. Most of y'all know that my sporting allegiences lie with the San Antonio Spurs, and watching Manu strip Harden behind the arc as time expired, and just in time
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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
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True stories about traffic
Eric Riggan

So here's the thing about vehicular traffic... literally the worst. Here's a brief look at how the sausage gets made: As a quizmaster, my job is to put on a great quiz every week. That said, sometimes unforseen circumstances with my preparation or with sound at the bar or what have you puts a kink in the works. Before I leave for quiz, I get my sheet and the visual rounds printed, make whatever edits to the powerpoint I need to make (usually that means putting audio clips into the slides and making sure they transition correctly), and head out the door. From my part of town, it usually takes me between 20 and 30 minutes to get to Stan's. I'm not super far, but traffic can be a thing. I want
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Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
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10 subtle differences between The 3rd Reich and The Federal Republic of Germany
Eric Riggan

Y'all.I know we were in a different part of the bar. I know there were plenty of first time players. I know that it can be a change to do without the video slides for a night.But Hitler?I know that as Americans we get a lot of crap from damn near everyone else in the world about not being very good about world events, leaders, and geography, but it occurs to me that you may require a history lesson of sorts. Here are a few subtle differences between the two: 1) The system of government during the 3rd Reich and today is not fundementally different. Angela Merkel, and Gerhard Schroder before her, both hold the title of Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017
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Tales from previous careers!
Eric Riggan

A close family member of mine recently had hip surgery. I'll spare you the gory details, but today is a hard day for her husband as she recovers. Inspired by this, I want to tell you a story. In a past life, I used to work for a mouth surgeon as a surgical tech. I assisted a doctor with the removal of real teeth and the implantation of fake ones. Once you get past the raw "ick" factor of that sort of work, the job was fascinating stuff. Around the time I started, youtube sensation home movie "David After Dentist" went viral. If you haven't seen it, go do so now. I will wait.......... We had a young man come in at one point - a high school junior - to have
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75206
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017
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Everything Is Awesome!
Eric Riggan

Welcome back to Stan's!It's no secret by now how much I look forward to quizzing with you beautiful bastards. There are times at my day job that I leave stressed, frazzled, and ready to break stuff, and I find myself looking forward to the evening at Stan's, where I can kick it with you schmucks for a couple of hours and let all that frustration just kind of melt away. I needed that last night. Y'all are the best. Thank you. THE BLOOPER REEL: - "Hallelujah" is a pop song by Leonard Cohen. "Hallelujah Chorus" is a movement in the latter third of Handel's "Messiah". Not the same thing. - Latin lesson: "Hemo-" or "Haemo-" means "blood". A lumpy haemangioma, therefor,
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Tuesday, Apr 04, 2017
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A Whole Rainbow of Non-Red Lines
Eric Riggan

Welcome back to Stan's Blue Note, where we happily cross all of the lines (not just the red ones!) to bring you the very finest pub quiz experience. Quiz 2.0 is back! We has video now! So shiny! So vivid! Imma name it Ted. Me and Ted are bros now. I'm back! I got to spend last week's quiz time on a plane back from Little Rock, AR with a gentleman who was convinced that the New World Government (backed by the Illuminati) is headquartered under Denver International Airport. So I got to hear about that for an hour. -_- We had ourselves an absolute barn burner, with Better Late Than Pregnant and The Js and The G trading punches all night long, but The Js and The G survived the tiebreaker
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Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
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Subbing and stealing
Annebeast, but you can call me Daddy.

Small but mighty in the quiz front.  Just a few teams, but we had a great time.  The BLT was the bacon i needed to get through this life.  Whiskey happened. Drinks were gifted and love was real.  Thing you learned:  Not all black people are the same,  Heroin kills 90s singers, and Rasputin has a big dick.  Keeping classy for everyone.  See you ar my venues!  KISSES!!!!
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Quizzing you every Monday and Wednesday at Vetted Well at 8pm. Scorekeeping every Thursday at Elbow Room at 8pm Come see me and laugh!


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Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
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Remember When We Used To Like Smash Mouth?
Eric Riggan

It was almost 20 years ago now when Smash Mouth released their seminal album Astro Lounge. It doesn't hold up very well, but on the whole it's not awful. All Star even hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Decent, if the epitome of everything I loathed about the late 90's, with their soul patches and endless summer vibe. Then Dreamworks came along with a film called Shrek. The film grossed 42 million on its opening weekend, and All Star (along with their cover of "I'm A Believer", for that matter) became the stuff of nightmares, playing damn near anywhere anyone wanted to seem "hip", "jiggy", or "with it" to the 10-14 year-old crowd. The song became truly ubiquitous, the band lasted far longer
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Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017
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This Week In Texas Weather Shenanigans
Eric Riggan

It's the middle of March in north Texas, which means the weather is about to get hella-schizophrenic for a bit. Take this weekend, for example. High near 80 one day, low around 40 the next. And with the changing weather and wind direction means dirt and pollen and all of the things I hate most in life. In this part of the state, we are on the south end of the Great Plains, which harvested all of their crops a few months back and hasn't re-planted yet, making most of that topsoil pretty loose and easy for the wind to pick up. We're also north of the areas that consistently do not freeze during the winter, which means most pollen-producing plants don't really die back. Then the prevailing winds
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Because who doesn't like an energetic spaz behind the mic? 1 year and counting @ Geeks Who Drink


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Tuesday, Mar 07, 2017
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Shout Out To Five Point
Eric Riggan

So I went to Geek Bowl this weekend!For the uninitiated, think a typical Tuesday evening Pub Quiz with Geeks Who Drink, taking to its logical conclusion. 210 teams, $20,000 in prizes, live music from Escort (check 'em out on Spotify! NYC's premiere disco band!), all set against the drizzly grey backdrop of a Seattle port. It is one of the events circled on my calendar every year, not just for the event itself, but the chance to catch up with QMs from all over the country. So, occasionally, we QMs need to take a break and eat actual food between all the drunken revelry and sleep. Typically, we have to work at it a bit to find a place in walking or uber distance that doesn't suck and is
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Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
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BEHOLD MY BEDAZZLED VESTEMENTS!
Eric Riggan

Happy Mardi Gras! What a night! 9 Teams going at it for the top spot makes me feel all fuzzy inside. Newcomers and old timers alike, I'm super happy I got to spend Mardi Gras with you sexy meat beings. Thank you as well for not flashing the rest of the bar and getting thrown out. Way to keep it classy. I still think some of you could brush up on your hip-hop. Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z, not New York by Alicia Keys. And just because Dre did a verse does not make No Diggity an NWA song. I'm gonna have so many badass stories about Geek Bowl when I get back from Seattle y'all. I look forward to Geek Bowl more than my own birthday. Which is both an endorsement of Geek Bowl and
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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017
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Ain't no drama like that Junior High drama
Eric Riggan

Y'all. Last night was the most fun I've had on stage acting a fool in a good while. That was fantastic! SO MANY NEW PEOPLE, all of you giving Beauty School Dropouts a run for their money! Much good. Very yes. Drop Bears and Best Team got a shout-out from the stage they were a little embarrassed by. I happen to love exuberance in teams that come out to quiz, and I understand how that gets out of hand from time to time. In the interest of solidarity, let me tell you a tale. So, I'm in the 7th grade. Cheap glasses, too much hair gel, not as much control over my limbs as I'd like, you get the idea. I was THAT kid. Tall, far too skinny, and odd interests that I was way, way too
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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017
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How To Succeed At Quiz Without Really Trying
Eric Riggan

Step 1: Arrive early. Not too early, mind - 15 minutes or so is ideal. You can get your favorite table, get your food and beer order in, and wrap up that conversation from outside while I'm hanging out before we get started. Step 2: Get your gear. Don't forget the visual round! Step 3: Come up with a team name! We really love team names that are both offensive AND funny. Bad example: "The Bartender Is A No-Talent Ass-Clown". Good example: "The Quizmaster Is A No-Talent Ass-Clown". Step 4: Turn off your phone. Step 5: TURN OFF YOUR PHONE!!! Step 6: Forget that quiz has already started and acquire an answer packet. The best way to do this is to shout
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Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017
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LOUD NOISES!!
Eric Riggan

Good lord, some folks don't know how to shut the hell up!Joe Pesci must have gotten food poisoning at some point or another to rant and rave about the drive through in that manner. And Cameron Diaz... who the hell died and made her an expert on health and diet? So Geek Bowl is coming up! "The Wall Didn't Work In Jurassic Park Either" will be in attendance... will you? Best of luck, guys - just... get some reps in first. That was kind of a rough showing. One Tweet To Rule Them All made a valiant effort and promises to bring someone who knows music in next time. We're looking forward to it! Congratulations to "Dropped Out Of Beauty School - Now We're Secretary of
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Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017
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Slow it down!
Eric Riggan

Welcome back to Stan's! It is no secret how much I love hosting for y'all. Getting behind the mic and making an awkward fool of myself is among my very favorite things. Also among my favorite things is the groan of a bar full of quizzers who all missed a question the feel like they should have gotten. It's pretty great. That's how damn near all of round 2 went last night. No gimmicks. No tricks. We just took your favorite songs and slowed them by half or so. Far less insideous than some of the things we have done in recent months. But when everyone realizes at the same time that they've been listing to Miley Cyrus... music. Poetry. Genius. I likes it. We had
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Because who doesn't like an energetic spaz behind the mic? 1 year and counting @ Geeks Who Drink