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Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016
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Luminous Beings Are We, Not This Crude Matter
Cap'n Brendan

It’s been a little over 36 hours since we lost our dearly beloved Worshipfulness Carrie Fisher, and the full gravity of the tragedy has yet to sink in for me. Having unfortunately been exposed to far more loss and grief than I would have liked this far in my life, I’ve had some practice with coping mechanisms, and I often find that some of the best ways to manage are by tying the loss back to something you remember fondly about the person. I make no claim to feel this death as potently as I would a family member or friend, and yet the loss of a cultural icon can still cut nearly as deep. It’s as if millions of fond memories suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. While
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Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016
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Merry Love Actually Season!
Cap'n Brendan

Love Actually is one of my favorite holiday movies, but not for the reasons you might think. If reading that opening statement made you fume with rage and curse my terrible taste in movies, you’d be wrong. Conversely, if reading it made you well up with feelings and clear your schedule tonight to go home and binge it from a blanket fort, you’d also be wrong. The fact that those are pretty much the only two possible reactions you can get from mentioning Love Actually is why I love it so much, in all its polarizing delight. Even the movie itself is polarizing, with horrible characters, less horrible characters, and the occasional decent human being who gets shat all over
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Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016
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The Electoral College is SO Stupid
Cap'n Brendan

I’m hardly a political science major or anything, but I do know this: The Electoral College is more outdated than pagers, yet somehow one of those things is still in our lives and one isn’t. Elections are supposed to be about the will of the people, but instead we’re somehow stuck with an 18th Century method of electing our Presidents based entirely on the idea that 240 years ago we couldn’t transmit information quickly and reliably over distance. So what did we do? We picked electors to represent our local jurisdictions, told them locally the will of their people, then sent them on a horse and buggy to cast their vote. News flash, we don’t
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Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016
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While We’re on the Topic of Infamy…
Cap'n Brendan

December 7, 1941 gets all the popular credit as a date that will live in infamy, and rightfully so. Pearl Harbor was a sudden and deliberate attack, and one that galvanized the American people in our righteous might to win through to absolute victory. But, what exactly did that absolute victory look like? I can be all but certain that when FDR gave that address it was not in his mind that the America we would preserve for generations to come would be the one we live in. Because, let us never forget, we live in an America that has had more than one infamous date. One we’ve forgotten all too easily. You might think I’m referencing September 11, 2001, or even November 8, 2016.
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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
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OMG You Guys, Rogue One is Only 15 Days Away!
Cap'n Brendan

I know we’re early in our relationship, so there are some things about me you might not have picked up on yet – one of those being that I’m a gigantic Star Wars geek. Don’t worry, it’ll come out in spades over the next few weeks with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiering in 15 days. This whole “a Star Wars movie every year” thing is like Christmas Morning, in that it’s every December and I’m excited like a small child about it every time. George Lucas selling to Disney was in. cred. i. ble. Last year when Episode VII came out, I was voraciously consuming every bit of pre-release information I could get. Reading articles and interviews,
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Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016
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Happy Thanksgiving!
Cap'n Brendan

As I sit around my house taking a break from all the cooking prep, watching football, and sleeping in until 11am, I figure it’s probably time to take a break from all that and reflect on what I’m thankful for. After all, that’s what today is supposed to be about – right? Amidst all the wine-fueled family drama, stressfulness, gluttony, and tryptophan-powered couch napping, we look deep inside and contemplate what we’re thankful for. At least, that’s the part we’re supposed to do and always seem to forget about. Not today, my friends! For starters, I’m thankful for all of you. Hosting quiz on Thanksgiving Eve is always a treat, with everyone
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Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016
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I’ll Say Anything for the Right Price!
Cap'n Brendan

Last night marked one of my favorite things about quiz: Getting paid to say things. Not the kind of getting paid to say things that’s in the job description of a Quizmaster where I hang out with you and read questions that have been carefully crafted and fact checked by an army of geeks. Not even the kind of getting paid to say things where I get to banter with you on and off the microphone beyond the script of the quiz. No, last night, I got paid to say things by the wonderful people at Lonely Planet who hired Geeks Who Drink (and, by extension, me) to host a sponsored round promoting the new edition of their Travel
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Wednesday, Nov 09, 2016
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Let's not scare the newbie, okay?
Snarky Shark

November 9th, 2016 - Canterbury Alehouse Tonight we rolled out the big guns:Rainbows, Puppies, and everything just shy of unicorns! We also introduced GeeksWhoDrink's newest trainee: Alex! So, in reality, you all got a 2-for-1 deal in Brendan Substitutes. Luckily, you still had the unflappable Sarahann around keeping score, so it didn't got completely off the rails. But enough about set-up. What about the quiz?! Well, The crowd really shined with the topic of Round 1: Sunshine! But they got a few clouds on the topics of Round 6: Rainbows! Kind
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Hi Everyone,

This is Snarky Shark. I'm the current host of the GeeksWhoDrink Pubquiz over at the Lunchbox Laboratory in South Lake Union and The Blarney Stone on Pike.

As for me, I'm pretty much a Seattlite. Sure, I've lived all over the Western United States, but I definitely call this place my home. 

Personally, I dig science questions. Why? Well, in real life <le sigh> I'm a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry in the University of Washington. Though, I can't say I've ever made a Kool-Aid cocktail as is the case with the Lunchbox Lab.

I really enjoy the regular players, with their funny quirks. As well as the hopeful glean in the eyes of the newbies who think they can win. (How quickly those hopes are shattered...)

Need a ringer for Chemistry? Biochemistry? Weird Geological Distributions of Heavy Metals? (Music and otherwise?) I can help with that. However, if you're on the other side of the quiz...I can't help you. But you're going to need it.

See you then.

-Snarky Shark


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Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016
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We Really Couldn’t Have Asked for a More Thrilling World Series
Cap'n Brendan

What’s not to love? Two long-suffering franchises and fan bases squaring off in the kind of cosmic event where one streak HAS to end, if only because no less-comically embarrassing option exists. The matchup alone was great for the combined miserable histories of the two teams involved. Then match up Cleveland, the postseason’s hottest team, against a Chicago club that dominated the regular season in every facet of the game. On one bench a stud reliever acquired from the Yankees at the deadline. On the other bench a stud reliever acquired from the Yankees at the deadline. By now you know the story. Cleveland leapt out to an early 3-1 lead, and entered game 5 looking to
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Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016
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Remember Kony 2012? I ‘Member.
Cap'n Brendan

South Park has been undergoing a bit of a renaissance the last few seasons. Starting to fade into Simpsons-level oblivion in its late teens, funny just occasionally enough to keep you watching but often a total snooze, over the last two years Matt Stone and Trey Parker have embraced a new long-form of storytelling on par with their best work. Much like SNL they seem to always save their most brilliant moments for election years, and this latest season has been no different. Set against the backdrop of yet another election pitting a Giant Douche against a Turd Sandwich, this season sees the citizens of South Park addicted to Member Berries: Berries you eat to remember the good ol’
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Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016
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Seriously, Why is Ramen Such a Big Thing?
Cap'n Brendan

It was about a year ago that I paid off my student loans, a giant mountain of debt which at times I doubted I’d ever escape. Paying them off took diligence, moderation, and a hell of a lot of patience. All along, though, I embraced the responsibility with one thought in mind: I had no one to blame but myself. See, college Brendan had a line of thinking that went something like this: “I only get to do college once, and I have the rest of my life to make money. I don’t want to work so much my grades suffer or miss out on once-in-a-lifetime experiences or eat ramen for every meal, so I’m going to borrow as much as they’ll let me. Fuck you, future Brendan!” Well,
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Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016
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Be Safe Out There!
Cap'n Brendan

If you have eyeballs and earballs and haven’t been completely living under a rock, you’re aware that our weather’s about to get crrrrrazy. Like, remember how it felt like summer a couple of weeks ago and it was sunny until late and you could use your cell phone outdoors without having to worry about rain screwing up your texts? Well this weather is here to remind you with a sudden and abrupt smack in the face that it’s fall now. I’m pretty sure overnight the sun started setting two hours earlier. And even when it’s still up, like right now, the doom and gloom outside makes it seem like it’s already dusk. Here’s a weird thing about me:
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Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016
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Pay Attention, Ya Rapscallions!
Cap'n Brendan

I’m not sure what you got used to under Ken, but now that I’ve stepped in to fill his shoes as your benevolent dictator, it’s time to shape up. Quiz isn’t just about knowing the answers to trivial questions – like life itself, success is dependent upon basic human skills. These include: Delivering yourself to the bar on time Eating tasty food and drinking delicious drinks Tipping your bar staff for putting up with all of us Being nice to each other Writing legibly(-ish) And the topic of tonight's blog, listening attentively! Look – I get it. Quiz can be tough sometimes. It’s
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Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
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Friends Forever
R-Kenny

So I was trying to sum up my feelings about my last regular quiz The Canterbury, but I couldn't. So I asked Vitamin C to help me.... As we go onWe rememberAll the times weHad togetherAnd as our lives changeCome whateverWe will still beFriends forever God damn 1999 was a shit year for music. I mean really every year from about 1997 to 2002 was really terrible. Just look back at the top songs from that era and tell me which of them don't suck. Even if you love them (and boy do I LOVE some of them) they're terrible fucking songs. We're talking N'Sync, Creed, Crazy
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Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016
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Penultimate Quizzing
R-Kenny

As some of you may know, next week will be my last time as the Quizmaster at the Canterbury. I love you guys and hosting the quiz, but it's just not working with my schedule. Don't worry though. You can't be rid of me that easily! I'll be around both as a guest QM and as a player on occasion, so suck to be you! What's in store for you next week? I can't tell you. Heck, I turn 30 on Sunday. I may have a midlife crisis and show up with a 19 year old girlfriend and a motorcycle. Who knows? Congrats to Ass First and Sons, LLC and Mmmdop on taking home the top prizes and also congrats to our "Thank God We Didn't Come in Last Place" winners Lumpy
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Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016
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Home Sweet Home
R-Kenny

Leaving my quiz in the hands of another Quizmaster always makes me nervous. What will they think of me when I come back? Either the sub is amazing and you'll think less of me or they'll be awful and you'll never forgive me for sending them to you. I don't know how you felt about my subs this time, but don't tell me. My ego can't take it.  So, I'm a little miffed about that R7... With all those Pixar characters why didn't we get a single Wall-E reference in there? It's the undisputed, best Pixar movie and we couldn't sneak in any? Play an Eve song? Do a bible passage? I understand that Wall-E itself is not really a good answer in the round, but we could have at least
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