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  1. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    I'm usually good at mythology but could not come up with Cerberus.
  2. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    A Stephen Hawking reference on the day he died. How fitting. All three contestants were good. But that FJ was elementary-school level.
  3. Small Talk: An AI State Of Mind

    Hmmm, I wonder what sort of topics would be acceptable.
  4. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    It's past 7 PM ET. Yeah, so a tie-breaker. I knew those were possible but have never seen one before. Interesting. But...yet another game where the second place contestant (Sarah) made a dumb wager in FJ. Why is this so hard? Just follow this rule: if you are in second place and have more than twice what the third place contestant has, BET NOTHING. Nothing. $0. It makes me sad to see Sarah throw away a victory.
  5. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    FJ Clue: In 1994 Wired Magazine described this 4-letter word as an idea leaping "from mind to mind...as viruses leap from body to body." I dunno. Meme occurred to me immediately. From what I gather, the word meme was coined to be analogous to (and sorta rhyme with) gene. Genes are ways for biological information to be transferred and memes are ways for cultural information to be transferred. Memes have been around as long as people have been on Earth. It's just with recent advances in communication, internet, etc they have been able to travel through society faster. I remember hearing about memes before I ever got on the internet.
  6. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    I don't think Wired invented the concept of memes. But yes, the idea is that they spread like viruses. Viruses enter a cell and make many copies of themselves and then those copies go on to new cells and repeat. Memes are ideas, pictures, melodies, etc. They work the same way. They get into someone's mind and then that someone repeats them and they spread throughout society. That's why some youtube videos, pictures, jokes are said to "go viral". The originator doesn't distribute them broadly. The originator only has to get them out to a few people and those few people pass them on on social media or whatever, and soon enough the material spreads widely. Just like a virus.
  7. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    Nobody got "meme" for FJ? Didn't think it was hard. Once again we see in the second place player a case of "smart people making dumb FJ wagers". The best bet for Kate was anywhere between $301 and $4200 or so. She would have won. But she foolishly went for a big bet and allowed Alan to scrape by for another win.
  8. Superstore In the Media

    great news
  9. Altered Carbon In The Media

    That's a perceptive review. I also appreciated AV Club's take in a longer review. https://www.avclub.com/altered-carbon-gives-netflix-a-sprawling-sci-fi-blockb-1822570558 AV Club is a little more favorable, but not a rave saying "Altered Carbon is often quite a bit of fun, but its flaws are large and glaring." They really like Kinnaman. They also say AC is a "a textbook example of how the binge model helps to mask a show’s shortcomings during the viewing." I think that's probably right. If this show were on TV once a week, I think many viewers would tune out.
  10. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    The thing is - it isn't really that hard. At least basic tactics like not making the same boneheaded mistake Shawn made. And we see mistakes like that on J! all the time. I don't pretend to be better at Jeopardy than the people on the show. (They made it on and I never did.) But how can so many smart people make dumb wagers? Yes, easy for me to say sitting on my couch while they are under pressure and studio lighting, etc. Still...it boggles the mind how many bad FJ bets we see.
  11. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    I said Shogun for FJ, too. All three players missed it so it couldn't have been too easy. I don't know what Shawn was thinking with that oversized FJ wager. No logical reason to bet that much. She could've won with a rational bet.
  12. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    Brevity is the soul of wit, Mr Leno.
  13. S01.E09: Rage in Heaven

    I was about ready to flush this show when Mr "Are You a Believer?" killed Ortega's mother and nephews. WTF? Then Kovacs got his gang together and a heist/caper plan together and I love a good heist/caper. So this episode was all over the place for me.
  14. S01.E08: Clash by Night

    I found the family reunion on the - um, holodeck - oddly touching. The only scene in this show I've found touching.
  15. S01.E07: Nora Inu

    Hold on. Quellcrest Falconer was the one who invented cortical stacks? So she is (1) one of the greatest inventors of all time, (2) a complete bad-ass martial artist, (3) a genius tactical leader of rebels, and (4) enough of an observer of society to see the catastrophic effects stack use will have in the long run. Damn. Even by the absurd standards of this show, that is over-the-top.