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Monthly Archives: November 2014

From Socially Isolated Nerd to Jeopardy! Bad Boy: A Thank You Note – The Daily Beast

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, a note of gratitude for all the amazing ridiculous stuff that changed my life through 2014.

Well, let’s start with the obvious. I’m thankful that I won $400,000 for about four days of work.

Even if you count the time I spent prepping for my original Jeopardy! run and for the Tournament of Champions as “work,” that’s still $400,000 for a couple months’ worth of work, which is a better hourly rate than I’ve ever had before in my life or will probably ever have in the future.

I’m thankful—how could I not be?—for the existence of things like TV game shows that give out huge cash prizes for knowing your Beyoncé lyrics, your U.S. state nicknames and your opera characters. I’m thankful for the ways I personally benefit from how capitalism does not make sense.

I’m thankful for other stuff, too. I’m thankful that the year I happened to be on Jeopardy! happened to be the year Jeopardy! was celebrating their 30th anniversary. Which not only meant that Sony Pictures Entertainment was spending more on marketing than in a normal year, but also meant that they were having the Battle of the Decades reunion matchup.

(Read the entire article at The Daily Beast)

I Blame People Who Blame the Media: Robert McCulloch’s Tone-Deaf Speech – The Daily Beast

There’s already been plenty of ink spilled in response to Robert McCulloch’s rambling, evasive, tone-deaf speech announcing no indictment in Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown. It has been pointed out how incredibly rare it is for grand juries to not deliver an indictment, period, much less a case in which no one disputes an unarmed man was shot… Continue Reading

From Stuff White People Like to #NotYourShield: How irony is killing activism – Salon

I used to be a fan of the Stuff White People Like blog back in the day — I would even quote it to my then-girlfriend-now-wife in order to embarrass her, since she falls squarely within the “endlessly self-criticizing liberal upper-middle-class white person” stereotype the blog was made to lampoon. Christian Lander, the creator of the blog,… Continue Reading

Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up – The Daily Beast

There’s a quote attributed to Voltaire: “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” Voltaire might have had second thoughts if he’d lived to see #GamerGate. After a certain point, the ridiculousness of your enemies only makes their sustained, shameless… Continue Reading

Nerd is the new normal – The Guardian

In ye olden days, being “normal” was easy. You watched what was playing on one of the few main channels on TV, you ate at the one restaurant in your town where everyone else ate, you repeated the same jokes you heard around the water cooler at work. Information moved slowly, communication was limited, subcultures… Continue Reading