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Mon 14 Jun 2004

So now Ken Jennings has won more money than anyone in Jeopardy history. Makes me feel a little better about myself -- I always thought I was kinda smart, too, until I got to be his cannon fodder in quiz bowl practices. Of course, I was also fodder for Earl and Dave, too, freak win based upon REM lyrics notwithstanding. It's kinda cool to say that I know the guy who's wiping the walls with jeopardy contestants. And I can flatter myself by thinking that, in some small way, I contributed to his record.

I'm wondering, though, if the Jeopardy buzzers are similar to those we used at the Zoo in practice. Only person who can answer that for me is Ken, but I don't much feel like intruding on the Jeopardy message boards (where he is a regular) just to ask one question, the answer to which no one else there would be particularly interested in...

I can't remember too many Ken anecdotes, though the time we got a bonus which asked, "This restaurant started giving away these coveted toys with children's meals. First, name the restaurant, second name the toys." I had no idea, but guessed the obvious -- "McDonald's" and "Beanie Babies". Ken accurately described the situation, miming the question (he was on the other side at the time) "Name a restaurant. Name a toy."

If I had to pick of everyone I have ever known, who would win $200,000 on Jeopardy, needless to say, it would've been Ken. Hey, if Ken's actually reading this -- congratulations!
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Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...

These are the sites that I read the most:

News
instapundit (like many, many other people)
Google News
reddit
OK, OK, so I'm biased. Big deal.

Highbrow
Arts & Letters Daily
Lowbrow
Fark

The best dang writing on the web, period. (At least it was, when I set up this blog 4 years ago.)
Lileks (especially the Bleat)
Eject! Eject! Eject!

Humor
Dave Barry
Tim Blair
Worse Than Failure

Legal Stuff
How Appealing
Balkin (when I want to get mad)
Volokh & Co. (I like Phillipe the best) (where did he go, anyway?)
Lessig
Some Harvard graduate who happens to be totally hilarious.

Other interesting political commentary
Amygdala
Colby Cosh
Impromptus (and what happened to him, too?)
Best of the Web

Baseball stuff
Neyer
Hunt (What the heck happened to him, anyway?)
Viva El Birdos

Geek stuff
Greenspun
Doc

Sites I used to read all the time, but rarely visit anymore
Slashdot
Yahoo Money
Ubid
Andrew Sullivan
New York Press

Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon
Travels with Samantha (rated PG-13)
The Institute of Official Cheer
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
The Tolkien Sarcasm Page
Wikipedia's BJAODN

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