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The Result of the Photo Game

By | Posted at 23:29

And now the time has come to see the end,
To this small amusement answer I’ll amend.
Tis not the first that will be correct of them,
For that is Shakespeare the rival of Ben.
Tis not the sixth, I do maintain to you,
He’s Jim the church’s custodian, that’s who.
Nor ‘twas it five, though Kevin tried quite hard,
He was from Google unknown to this bard.
(And had he been the hidden face of mine,
Less likely this amusement kept I on Valentine.)
No guesséd number two which is too bad,
A friend of mine is he for which I’m glad.
But two remain, for I am almost done,
Which surely good is for one unlike Donne.
Would that I would be the number four,
For Senator (state) would be on my door.
But last, ‘tis I, it’s number three for me,
A shot so bad – alas! – that’s what you see.
Now when Aurora’s fingers climb the sky,
And day again bids night a clear “good bye,”
A better picture shall I post on here,
Though still best suited for radio careers.
Flip’s the one, the only one who guess’d it,
So she crowned winner has thus won this bit.

Challenge Reminder

By | Posted at 23:16

There are four questions presently open in the latest challenge (7.4, 7.5, 8.1, 8.3) . If you're looking to size up your position, don't miss this great opportunity. I'm also thinking about reworking the rules so that the threshold for a prize is lower. Sound good or do y'all like it the way it is?

Also, don't forget that you have one day left to guess the right photo over here. Everyone with the right answer will get 30 pts.

Photo Game

By | Posted at 0:42

As long as I'm having fun giving all of you a hard time about my photo, I might as well make a game out of it… Ok, one of these photos is a picture of yours truly. The others are people I know or have at least met (well, save for two, one of which I feel like I know and one of whom I don't know at all). Which one of these is me? 30 each right answer within the next 48 hours — one try per person, so choose wisely.

Challenge Set #8

By | Posted at 13:29

Kevin: 190 (up from 180 on February)
Flip: 70 (up from 60 on February 4)
Christopher: 65
Jason: 35
Josiah: 30
Eduardo: 20
Ed: 10
Chris (answering vicariously for his wife): 10

Flip rises up the ranks to pass Christopher; can she pass Kevin and claim the crown?

Questions Still Open
Answer these on this post and not the old post.

7.4.) Who was the one clergyman to sign the U.S. Constitution? What was his affiliation? (5 pts.)

7.5.) What are the two parts of AT&T, other than Baby Bells, that will be reunited if the SBC-AT&T merger is approved by regulatory agencies? What makes this merger such an interesting contrast to AT&T's 1998 acquisition of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI)? (10 5 pts.)

New Question Set #8

1.) Who wrote/spoke the following and, if applicable, what is it? What other thing — I'm being intentionally vague here — derives its name from a phrase within here? (10 pts.)
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

2.) Who recently wrote in the blogosphere about a 100 MPG car (that person cannot answer this question)? Who developed the 100 MPG hybrid? (5 pts.)

3.) Name the ties of the apostate UCC denomination to the Puritans and eighteenth century Methodists. (10 pts.) BONUS: Link it to the German Pietists as well for 5 pts.

4.) What important U.S. figure (of the present time) is a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II? (5 pts.)

5.) What are the key technological differences between CDMA and GSM cellular systems? Which one uses a TDMA system? (15 pts.)

Challenge Set #7

By | Posted at 23:09

Kevin: 180 (up from 160 on January 28)
Christopher: 65
Flip: 60 (up from 45 on January 28)
Jason: 35
Josiah: 30
Eduardo: 20
Ed: 10
Chris (answering vicariously for his wife): 10

Christopher is losing ground to Flip again… this does not look good for the owner to the title of first recipient of asisaid points.

New Challenge Questions
1.) Who is saying this, in what and (if applicable) by whom? What's the irony to it? (5 pts.)
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgement.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man;
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
2.) Who is saying this, in what and (if applicable) by whom? (5 pts.)
We have known times of sorrow, and hours of uncertainty, and days of victory. In all this history, even when we have disagreed, we have seen threads of purpose that unite us.

3.) Something in the last week gives Rick Warren, Chuck Colson and Dr. James Dobson something new in common. What is it? (5 pts.)

4.) Who was the one clergyman to sign the U.S. Constitution? What was his affiliation? (5 pts.)

5.) What are the two parts of AT&T, other than Baby Bells, that will be reunited if the SBC-AT&T merger is approved by regulatory agencies? What makes this merger such an interesting contrast to AT&T's 1998 acquisition of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI)? (10 pts.)

Challenge #6 Update

By | Posted at 23:30

An update to the last post. If you want to answer one of the remaining questions, please answer it here rather than on the last post.

Kevin: 160 (up from 145 on January 27)
Christopher: 65
Flip: 45 (up from 35 on January 27)
Jason: 35 (up from 15 on January 27)
Josiah: 30
Eduardo: 20
Ed: 10
Chris (answering vicariously for his wife): 10

5.2.) Jason solved the long standing mystery by properly identifying Mrs. Marwood of William Congreve's The Way of the World as the speaker of the quote. I, like Jason, have only read, not seen the play. Although, I believe Congreve actually intended it to be read, so maybe that isn't a bad thing. One expert on the subject insists that TWOTW is the height of satire in the English language as a comedy of manners. Personally, I'd lean toward Jonson's Volpone, as the superior satire; it, of course, is a comedy of humors to an extent (coming from no less an author than the one who wrote Every Man Out Of His Humor), although not to the extent of the Alchemist. The Alchemist is probably the finest of the plays technically, I'd suggest, but Volpone has much of the same “stuff” without having as difficult of “entry.” A few other satires occur to me that are even finer, perhaps, but I shall refrain from mentioning them, they would make good Challenge questions. :-)

6.2.) Kevin and Flip both brought up the Diet of Worms, which is correct.

6.3) I was indeed thinking of Challenger. Being from the Midwest, I can live with Baltimore defeating New York. ;-)

6.5.) The New LaHaye/Jenkins trilogy was correctly identified by Kevin as a prequel to Left Behind. Personally, I think both authors should concentrate on their independently developed series — Apocalypse Rising and Soon, respectively — rather than completely beating the dead Left Behind Series horse to smithereens. Will I buy it? Maybe.

Questions Open for the Taking
Lonely question 4.1 still wants an answer. Just for Flip, I'll even permit Googling for this one. Of course, places other than Google may hit the nail on the head better, but Google does help. Hint: the first result I found on Google was a bit too simplistic on the details of the what he had to do to benefit from the action I am referring to.

Question 6.1 received a guess from Kevin which was not correct. A major online technology publication network just wrote about this. Someone familiar with Michael Robertson (presently of Linspire) probably can figure out which publication and track down the information.

Also, question 6.4 was not penned by Benjamin Franklin, although it would have been humorous if he had — the rest of the text from which the excerpt comes would be interesting if applied to Mr. Arnold. Anyone want to take another stab at this one?

Challenge Set #6

By | Posted at 23:22

Ok, it is time to revive something that died after just one week of operation: the asisaid Challenge.

First, to review:

Kevin: 145 (up from 75 on Dec. 18)
Christopher: 65* (up from 30)
Flip: 35
Josiah: 30*
Eduardo: 20
Jason: 15
Ed: 10
Chris (answering vicariously for his wife): 10

*Christopher and Josiah's points come from the gracious help with testing SAFARI.

Kevin added to his lead by correctly relaying the name “Moving On” on the song lyric as well as the band name “Sixpence None the Richer” and the story behind that name. He further solidified it by identifying Mosca from Ben Jonson's Volpone, answering multiple Jonsonian questions for 35 points.

Resume the challenge with the new (and old) questions below.

Time's Ticking

By | Posted at 19:32

For the sake of simplicity, I think I'm going to close the Jonson questions tomorrow. That means this is your last chance to get the points on questions 4.1 and 4.6, including the bonus question I added yesterday concerning Jonson as the “killer cleric.” For the last day, I'll give 2x points to anyone who figures out the answer. Speak now, or forever hold your peace.

Also, I think I'll address the “assignment” question (see here) tomorrow. Take a look at what's being suggested and give your $0.02 if you haven't already. Or give your $0.04 if you've already said something on this issue. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to pry in to my brain (and hear it echo once you've opened it up!).

Questions Set #5 and Roundup

By | Posted at 17:14

Score Board (as of 2004 December 18 @ 21:50 CST)
Kevin: 75
Christopher: 30
Flip: 30
Eduardo: 20
Jason: 15
Ed: 10
Chris (answering vicariously for his wife): 10

Questions still pending
Excellent chances to catch up with Kevin, or for Kevin to further solidify his lead.
4.1.) Where does the following quote come from (20 pts.) [link to original post]:
Now, luck yet send us, and a little wit
Will serve to make our play hit;
(According to the palates of the season)
Here is rhime, not empty of reason.

So far: Flip has correctly guessed that this is Ben Jonson. Ben Jonson what is the question that must be solved for the points. Where did the “killer cleric” write this (10 pts. more if you can make sense of “killer cleric” too).

4.6) If someone is speaking one or both quotes [in the last question]], who is that person or persons? [15 pts.] [link to original post]

New Questions:
5.1) What famous, now secularized figure attended the council of Nicene, what position within the church did he hold and where at [5 pts.]?

5.2) Who wrote it, where and, if appropriate, who said it [20 pts.]:
To pass our youth in dull indifference, to refuse the sweets of life because they once must leave us, is as preposterous as to wish to have been born old, because we one day must be old. For my part, my youth may wear and waste, but it shall never rust in my possession.
5.3) Who wrote/said this and in what [10 pts.]? BONUS: Explain the source and meaning of the name of the “what” part of the last question [10 pts.]. Hint on the bonus: The source of the bonus part of the question has been recently mentioned somewhere on this blog.
It has gotten to my head. Permeates the path I tread. But I tread, I'm moving on in a new and happy song.
I can sing about the night, how my tunnel without light
Led me to the other side where the sky is blue.

5.4) What is the bus speed of the iMac G5 1.8 GHz and what is the relation between the bus speed of iMac G5 models and the CPU clock speed? How does this differ, if it does, from the original PowerMac G5 1.8 GHz [5 pts.]? Note: No offense, Chris (Olson), but you aren't eligable for this question… it just wouldn't be fair! If you want to play this round, give me the fastest supported bus speed of the present, fastest AMD 64 processor instead. :-)

5.5) Useless trivia: What was the cpu model and clock speed of my first IBM-compatible computer (this has been mentioned at one point here on asisaid)? What did I have before having an IBM-compatible? [10 pts.]

A Little Help

By | Posted at 20:13
I realize question 4.1 is really using an obscure passage. Here is something that should help a bit more:
I fear, I shall begin to grow in love With my dear self, and my most prosperous parts,
They do so spring and burgeon; I can feel
A whimsy in my blood: I know not how,
Success hath made me wanton.

Also Flip is correct about 4.5, it should be “Seek truth knowing that there can be no conflict between God and truth,” not behind “God and truth.”

Building off question 4.1 and the above hint, I present question 4.6:
  • If someone is speaking one or both quotes, who is that person or persons? [15 pts.]
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