Friday, March 31, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3-31-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 

FAMOUS BRITISH NAMES

Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 

He used the coat of arms granted to his father in 1596; it depicts a long-shafted weapon, a visual pun on the family name

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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer

William Shakespear

Final Jeopardy 3-31-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 

FAMOUS BRITISH NAMES


Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 

He used the coat of arms granted to his father in 1596; it depicts a long-shafted weapon, a visual pun on the family name

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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer

William Shakespear



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3-30-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
MUSICAL THEATRE
Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 
One of the world’s longest-running musicals, in 2015 it celebrated “30 years of revolution!”
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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer:

Les Misérables

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Take Back the Sky (2016) Greg Bear

Take Back the Sky (2016) Greg Bear


Weird, weirder, weirdest

War Dogs, Killing Titan, and now Take Back the Sky
Skyrine Michael Venn finds himself inside Titan waiting for the his friends in the corp from Earth and Mars to take him and his crew out and also to take out Bug Karnack and the archives of bug knowledge found on inside Titan.  Their only hope?  The Antags.  His Antag connection from the Ice Moon Tea – Venn calls her Bird Girl -  has arranged to save Venn and his crew.  They are cut out of their armor and packed away for a journey to a large strange ship.

This ship is apparently the one used by the gurus (Antags call them “Keepers”) to travel around the solar system and beyond to plan and stage their war-shows for some unknown audience.   Turns out this ship constantly morphing in strange ways.  The Starshina – Ulyanova -  was also exposed to the ice moon tea and was linked to a guru.  As such -  she is apparently qualified as a pilot / commander of the ship.  Which she proceeds to do.  Is she a friend of humanity or is she a guru in Starshina clothing. 


The book ends with an interesting whimper and not a bang.  It leaves me with a lot of questions.  What happened to Ulyanova and the ship?  Did they fly into the sun.  What is happening with Joe and Teale’s daughter on Mars.  What does Ishida (the Winter Soldier)  look like?  Seems like a set up for one more volume of War Dogs.  One can only hope.

Final Jeopardy 3-29-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
WORDS IN THE NEWS 2016
Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 
NASA wished John Glenn this 8-letter word when he made the 1st U.S. manned orbital flight in 1962 & again upon his passing in 2016
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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer:
God Speed

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3-28-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
HISTORIC ANNIVERSARIES
Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 
In July 1938 about 2,000 people with an average age of 94 gathered at this site for a 75th & final reunion
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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer:

Gettysburg

Monday, March 27, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3-27-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
SCIENTISTS
Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 
This European’s 1751 “Philosophia Botanica” gave rules of nomenclature & said don’t change generic names
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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer:

Carl Linnaeus

Friday, March 24, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3-24-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
NATIVE AMERICAN PLACE NAMES
Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 
You have to go through military security to reach this town with a Marine base on 3 sides & the Potomac on the other
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Final Jeopardy. Question / Answer:

Quantico, Virgina

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3-23-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
FICTIONAL CHARACTERS
Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 
The word that gave us “picaresque” may also have inspired the name of this clever valet featured in a 1786 opera
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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

Figaro

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3-22-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
BUSINESS
Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 
This company founded in 1945 offers a special deal on the last day of January, March, May, July, Aug., Oct. & Dec.
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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer:

Baskin-Robbins
(31 Flavors)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

War Dogs (2014) Greg Bear

War Dogs (2014) Greg Bear


Skyrine (Marine in the sky – get it?)  Michael Venn is the here of this series.  Aliens land on Earth and give us many new things but there is a catch.  Remember the Twilight Zone where generous aliens help us and the “Holy Book” is called “To Serve Man  -Turns out it is a cook book.  Well this is almost that bad.  The catch here is that there is another alien race which was thought to be hostile and have the convenient name “Antags”.  While they are fighting on Mars, Venn and his troup find an artifact called the Drifter which leads to interesting side effects and the next two books -   Killing Titan and Take Back the Sky.





I found the description of life in a suit, fighting the elements as well as the Antags for their lives, well done.   Some of the plot got confusing but I hung in there and it made sense.  You should hang in there too . It is worth the effort.

Final Jeopardy 3-21-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
FASHION HISTORY
Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 
These pants first became popular when Pratap Singh, a maharaja’s son, visited Queen Victoria with his polo team in 1897
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Final Jeopardy Questions / Answer:

Jodhpurs


Monday, March 20, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Nathaniel Mauger - Buckeye Zealot: IU replacing Tom Crean with Steve Alford OR Archie...

Nathaniel Mauger - Buckeye Zealot: IU replacing Tom Crean with Steve Alford OR Archie...: OSU has a very low tolerance for football mediocrity.  Earle Bruce and John Cooper would have been safe at IU until the day they wanted to r...

Final Jeopardy 3-17-2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
20TH CENTURY BOOKS
Final Jeopardy clue/answer: 
William Goldman asked his daughters what he should write about; they said these 2 things, which he combined
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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer:

The Princess Bride

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3-16-2017

Final Jeopardy! category: 
International Beverage Brands
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: 
The name of this popular beer brand founded in 1897 is a reference to the 20th century
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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer:

Dos Equis

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3-15-2017

Final Jeopardy! category: 
WORLD AIRPORTS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: 
This city’s international airport is named for Antonio Carlos Jobim, who co-wrote a 1964 hit song
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Final Jeopardy Question / Answer:
Rio de Janeiro
(he wrote:“The Girl from Ipanema”)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Final Jeopardy 3/14/2017

Final Jeopardy category: 
CAPITAL CITIES
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: This is the most populous city on the world’s most populous island; both begin with the same letter
Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:
Jakarta, Java

Armada (2016) Ernest Cline

Armada (2015)  Ernest Cline


Ever see the “Last Starfighter”?   Yes?  Well there you have it.  Kids playing video games that are actually preparations for space battles.  Armada has a few interesting turns but is basically the same plot devise as that underrated movie.  Don’t get me wrong -  I love that plot  - could read / watch it over and over.  Just don’t except something else.  You could read this and Ready Player One in a single weekend.