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First off, if keeping score on the LJDQ spoils the experience for you, you might wanna surf elsewhere.

*waits*

So, I figured what better time than year's end to play with the LJDQ's stats a bit, amirite?

Okay, first, the basics:

710 quizlings have now earned a bonus and/or a minus
608 quizlings have earned a plus
291 have earned a minus

Subjects earning a +1 bonus: 721

The top subjects earning a +1:

1. The Simpsons: 53
(Last rank: 1)

2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail: 42
(Last rank: 2)

3. Monty Python's Flying Circus: 32
(Last rank: 3)

4. South Park: 27
(Last rank: 4)

5. The Princess Bride: 24
(Last rank: 5)

6. Blazing Saddles: 19
(Last rank: 6)

7 (tie). Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 17
(Last rank: 7)

Spaceballs: 17
(Last rank: 10)

9 (tie). Airplane!: 15
(Last rank: 11)

Punning: 15
(Last rank: 8)

The Tick: 15
(Last rank: 9)

Completing the Top 20:
12 (tie):
Finding Nemo
Ghostbusters
Going old school
Star Wars: Episode IV

16 (tie):
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Conan the Barbarian
Monty Python's The Life of Brian

19 (tie):
Animaniacs
Firefly
Futurama
Pulp Fiction
Weird Al

New to the rankings:
Conan the Barbarian (for the same quote. Every. Single. Time)
Pulp Fiction
Weird Al

Falling off the radar:
Terry Pratchet/Discworld
Back to the Future
Calvin and Hobbes
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Lyrics
SNL

The minuses remain fairly unchanged, top to bottom, but Captain Planet is moving up the neg charts with a bullet.

Geek of the Week Awards: 95
I tell ya, we need to come up with a special prize for the century mark.

And now, the quizling stats:

There are currently 37 quizlings who are in the Double Digits Club, earning +10 or more in bonuses.

The Quizling Top 20
1. Why, it's me, [livejournal.com profile] i_calql8! (54, +6 since last record, up 1 in ranking)
2. [livejournal.com profile] astridsdream (52, +0, down 1)
3. [livejournal.com profile] thepikey (31, +3, no change)
4. [livejournal.com profile] etcet (29, +5, up 1)
5. [livejournal.com profile] sskipstress (28, +2, down 1)
6. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] squeegibo (20, +6, up 3)
6. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] umbralcorax (20, +0, no change)
8. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] blindgeoff (18, +4, up 1)
8. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] fizrep (18, +0, down 1)
8. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] marasca (18, +0, down 1)
11. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] akiyasan (17, +4, up 3)
11. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] drbear (17, +4, up 3)
13. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] cholma (16, +5, up 9)
13. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] wiredwizard (16, +3, up 1)
15. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] babybokal (15, +2, down 1)
15. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] cmzero (15, +1, down 6)
15. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] n5iln (15, +3, up 5)
18. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] spatialrift47 (14, not ranked previously)
18. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] woap (14, +0, down 9)
18. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] zihuatanejo (14, +1, down 4)

The Clean-Living Squad (most +1s with no minuses):
1. [livejournal.com profile] cholma, 16
2. [livejournal.com profile] n5iln, 15
3. [livejournal.com profile] zihuatanejo, 14
4. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] deza, 11
4. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] kristinmachina, 11

Please keep in mind that these stat involve bonuses only, not total quotage.

I figure this little statfest should be a yearly thing, so the changes from year to year are much more noticeable.

Any questions about where your favorite topic landed, bonuswise? You have but to ask.

In the words of Messrs. Bartles and James, thank you for your support.
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If you know you will be in a place, like the DMV, a grocery store, a restaurant, or a bank, where waiting for a long time is a strong possibility...now, listen carefully, as this is important...

Leave. The kid. At. Freaking. HOME!

Further, if you know your child has a voice with the power to cut steel at 10 yards, shatter glass at 50 yards, or cause the dogs in a two-block radius to go bozo, again...

Leave. The kid. At. Freaking. HOME!

Don't tell me you can't. There are two of you. That means one of you can stay with the kid, at home, and one of you can go about and take care of business. It also means that the general public will be spared the ear-splitting screechings of your hellish offspring.

Without love,

[livejournal.com profile] i_calql8
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Well, that was interesting. I finished cataloguing and updating prices on all my comics.

My Spidey #1 went up 9% in value, and my Justice League #1 went up 7%. Sweet. And those are with my coservative eye toward grading. Hopefully, they're in better condition than I think.

As predicted, I have over 8,000 comics in my collection, and it's growing like the Blob in the bowling alley. Well, maybe not that fast...I'm down to reading about a half-dozen comics a month. And I have a box of old comics, most of which are probably dross, that I still need to rebag and catalogue. Damned if I'm schlepping all the boxes back out, though...

My comic store's pull list is pretty much Astro City, Echo, Justice League, and Justice Society now. Any monthlies I should know about that I need to give a try? I've been catching up on The Walking Dead, which is admittedly pretty good, even though I'm not a fan of the whole zombie genre.

There's a potential trivia category for me! Hmmmmmmmmm...
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Three items that "Attack of the Show" highlighted in tonight's "WTF?" segment of Comic-Con 'coverage':

1) Star Trek cologne, with brands like "Oh, My", "KHANNNN", "Red Shirt" ("because tomorrow may never come"), and "Shirtless Captain Kirk". There's an entire booth selling this stuff.

2) The Talking Tina doll from that Twilight Zone episode

3) A Tauntaun sleeping bag

I also noticed a flash drive very much resembling a human finger.

Amusing ideas all, but WTF do they have to do with comics?

*facepalm*

/rant
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First of all, thanks for the kind words from my fellow LJDQers in response to my statisticial pseudo-magnum opus. It's nice to be appreciated. Someday, I may actually make a quotage roster for Quizling Proper. But that's for another time.

Second, monsoons are here...just in time for the highs to reach 115 by week's end. Wonderful. The good news--we're two weeks from statistically the hottest day of the year. It goes downhill slowly from there. Slowly, but downward. Other good news...only eight more monsoon seasons to go before we retire and get the hell, as it were, out of here, and head for the cool, rainy Northwest.

Oh, and feel free to join my f-list, in case there is the astronomically unlikely event that my LJ seems interesting to you. The f-list gets the juicy, only slightly less-boring stuff of my life, aka the best rants, if there is such a thing.

[livejournal.com profile] chaosvizier and [livejournal.com profile] lovellama are on my f-list, so you know it contains nothing by the finest kind of people that LJ has to offer. And [livejournal.com profile] chaosvizier, too. ;)

To a few, my LJ provides entertainment. To most, however, it provides some good schadenfreude. Now, who can resist that?
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:56 am

DONE!

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Every plus and minus from every LJDQ has been compiled. Give me a day to rest, and I will work my statistical magic on the findings. If you have anything you are curious about, ask--if it concerned +1s, -1s, or the subjects thereof, or the stats of the quizlings, I will try to answer them. If I can't, I will say so.

Remember, this is just about +1, -1, and stuff like that--if I had to find the total quotage of each and every quizling, my head would splodey.

Oh, btw, since you asked, [livejournal.com profile] lovellama, your first guest-modding was 1/16/07's quiz.

In other news, the Cubs are back to sucking, and I repaired a broken toilet seat, moved a couch, moved a recliner, carried three bookshelves, cleaned the living room, mailed a huge eBay package full of comics, and played Taxi Dad.

How did I find the time to make this list of LJDQ stats? Beat the hell out of me.

*looks at clock*

Holy shit--I gotta get some sleep!

*heads for bed*
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Well, I compiled the data from 2004 to 2008. Man, this is some kinda juggernaut here.

So far:

--606 quizlings (including the mods) have gotten a + and/or -
--The +1s have covered a range of 577 topics, with a total of 1,033 +1s
--The -1s have covered a range of 167 topics, with a total of 301 -1s
--Miscellaneous topics that cover other bonuses/penalties: 83

Geek of the Week Awards given so far: 85
People caught webcheating: 16

Top 5 plus-scores (without minuses):
1. [livejournal.com profile] astridsdream: 52
2. Why...it's me! : 27
3. [livejournal.com profile] sskipstress: 21
4. [livejournal.com profile] fizrep: 16
5. (tie) [livejournal.com profile] marasca and [livejournal.com profile] thepikey: 14

Highest plus-score so far without earning a single - : [livejournal.com profile] cmzero with 10

Most popular +1 topics through 2008:
1) The Simpsons--37 +1s
2) Monty Python and the Holy Grail--33
3) Monty Python's Flying Circus--25
4) The Princess Bride--19
5) South Park--15
6) Punning--14
7) The Tick--11
8) Airplane--10
8) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--10
10) Spaceballs--9

(FWIW, Sting has moved up into a tie for 24th place)

As this is becoming a nice healthy obsession, I will probably be finished by the end of Friday, if not Saturday.

Btw, I had to fudge on a couple of numbers here and there, due to lack of clarity, but my calql8ions are fairly solid.

I also did not total all the traditional awards like the Gibberish Award, TMI Award, Logic Renunciation Award, et al. I prolly will after this task is ended, if I feel like it.

Finally, let me say that, if you can imagine how much work to compile the data from all these quizzes, imagine how many hours that the mods have taken to write each quiz, and slog through all our answers.

Therefore, [livejournal.com profile] chaosvizier, [livejournal.com profile] angledge, and special guest/longterm mod [livejournal.com profile] lovellama deserve much love, gratitude and applause for giving us what I think is an incredibly entertaining distraction week after week.

*stands and applauds the mods*

*heads for bed*
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What I am doing:

1) listing all of the +s and -s each LJDQ quizling has received
2) listing all the categories of the +1s, -1s, and other miscellaneous bonii (huh huh, he said 'bonii')
3) making a frequency table of all the +1 and -1 categories

What I am not doing:

1) counting all the quotages of each individdle quizling. Oh, hell, no.

I am through May, 2006, so far. Interesting tidbits:

--Biggest plus: +5, several reasons
--Biggest minus: -10,000, by Ang, for rooting for the Steelers
--Total Geek of the Week Awards so far: 49
--Recipient of the most GotWs: Probably [livejournal.com profile] atarlas. No one else is even close
--Despite the mods' alleged love for Sting, there have only been two +1s for mentioning him
--Highest + score, without acquiring a - of any kind: [livejournal.com profile] paradoxtaur, 10

Mods +/- scores so far:
[livejournal.com profile] chaosvizier: 0, (+3, -3)
[livejournal.com profile] angledge: -11, (+3, -11)
[livejournal.com profile] lovellama: -2, (+1, -3)

Leading +1 references, in order of frequency:
1) The Simpsons
2) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
3) The Princess Bride
tie 4) Monty Python's Flying Circus
4) Punning

Total quizlings who have received a + or -, so far, purged or otherwise: 386
Total +1 categories so far: 325
Total +1 bonuses given by the benevolent mods: 490
Total -1 categories so far: 110
Total -1 penalties given by the malevolent mods: 185

Two years of quizzes down, four to go.
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The gauntlet was thrown, and I picked the sucker up.

I am currently gathering stats on the +1s, -1, and all +s and -s in-between that the LJDQ mods have given since their inception in 2004.

I am also listing all the quizlings, past and present, along with their aggregate +/- quotients.

This could take a while.

I just got through 2004, and so far there have been:

103 different players, purged or otherwise

120 +1s, covering
103 different categories

20 Geek of the Week Awards
18 Full Credits
9 Half-Credits (cue irony)

51 -1s, not including GotW, covering
40 different categories

20 assorted plusses and minuses of various and sundry amounts

On to 2005!
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Hawkeye: Bored.
BJ: So bored.
Hawkeye: So bored, it's boring.
BJ: Boring-ding-ding.
Hawkeye: Boronus, Boretis, Boremus--'I came, I saw, I bored'
BJ: He bored, she bored, they bored.
Hawkeye: All a-bored!
BJ: I was gonna say that!


I shut off the Cubs-Mariners game when the M's put up a four-spot in the 4th innings. I knew the Cubs wouldn't even ger close to sniffing the lead after that. Final score: 8-1, Mariners.

So, in my boredom, I went through the LJDQ archives, from the get-go, and played Stat Rat on myself, snd found out about the life of [livejournal.com profile] i_calql8, quizling:

First quiz played: March 7, 2006
First multi-quotage quiz: May, 9, 2006 (It took me that long?)
First +1: September 18, 2006
Reason: +1, Sting
First Geek of the Week: March 27, 2006
Reason: Knowing what a Snellen chart was
Best quiz score: 5 of 6, done twice

Quotages: 366
Quotages containing puns: 106
Total +1s: 48
Total +2s: 1
Total -1s: 4
Correct answers to Question #6: 2

Reasons for +s:

Blazing Saddles (four times)
Sting (twice)
Star Trek IV (twice)
Judge Dredd (twice)
The Simpsons (twice)
Mystery Men (twice)
Schoolhouse Rock (twice)
Kill Bill (twice)
Ghostbusters (twice)
Being old school
Office Space
Boot to the Head
Batman
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
For being old
RISK
Saturday Night Live
Conan the Barbarian
Thundarr the Barbarian
Wayne's World
Summoning the power of Clint Eastwood
The Untouchables
Lyricalicious
Moonlighting
Better Off Dead
Animaniacs
Wet Dream
Top Secret
The Blues Brothers
The Venture Brothers
South Park
James Taylor
Plants vs. Zombies
The Muppet Show
Ren & Stimpy
The Godfather
Ang isn't looking

Reasons for -s:

Geek of the Week (twice)
Gratuitous Dick jokes
Using "conceivably" in a sentence dealing with impregnation

Truly, I have no life.

But then, the LJDQ is fun, when my funneh is working right. And the LJDQ is love. And bliss. And humor. And bacon. And gin and pudding. And I am okay with that.
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Dry, drier, driest. Beyond straight-faced.
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...from [livejournal.com profile] germankitty. Thank you, sweetie. :-)

#2 son took one look at the QI DVDs and snabbed one, and ran to his room to watch it. I think he was happy to see them. I'll give you the verdict later. :-)
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After a six-game losing streak to #2 son, I not only beat him, I backgammoned him. And I left him on the bar, to boot. Backgammon players, you know how difficult that is to pull off...it's slightly easier playing acey-deucy, but still, it's not easy, and I managed to do it. ::iz smug::

Dallas beat the hapless 'Skins tonight, which means we'll be snatching the NFC East title from the Iggles next weekend when they invade the Big D. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] angledge, but you'll hafta settle for wild card.

I was at the grocery store today, when I heard a song I thought I recognized from my listening to Pandora, on my smooth jazz station. Then I remembered I had a song-recognition device on my phone, so I found the quietest part of the store, near a speaker, and prayed that no one would ask for a price check in the middle of my inquiry.

After a few false starts, I found it. I knew I recognized it. It was a saxophonist by the name of Mindi Abair, and the song is "Bloom". This is fast becoming an all-time favorite of mine.

If you like smooth jazz, you'll love this song. Scroll down to the song title and click the Play icon on the right. You get one listen of the entire song, then you only get a 30 second clip...unless you do like I do and delete your cookies. Enjoy.
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My annual Christmas boycott list is officially underway.

As you may remember, I have promised, for one year, to boycott any advertiser that twists the lyrics of any traditional holiday carol in order to sell something. I'm waiting for Garman to set up another ad for their GPS to the most irritating carol evar, "Carol of the Bells". In the mean time, the list begins with:

--Overstock.com, for turning Jingle Bells into a sales jingle. Oh-oh-oh, the Big Red O, will get no green from meeeeeee...
--Best Buy, trying to discourage people from acting like animals on Black Friday--commendable; doing it via twisting a Christmas carol, one year boycott.

To date, I have not seen a Christmas CD ad on TV. Either I have been extrememly fortunate, or MadAve is getting my memos.
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Ken Ober, host of arguably one of the greatest game shows ever, Remote Control, passed away this weekend at age 52.

He'd probably laugh at the fact that he could now be used as a question in his "Dead or Canadian?" category.
Oct. 24th, 2009 09:26 pm

Saturday

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Trying to pressurize from the last two days...

First, and most importantly, happy birfday to my good friend and stalker [livejournal.com profile] etumukutenyak. I'm saving a big hug for you for the first time we meet, should our paths ever cross. I hope your day is special for you. You share your birthday with my twin sisters, so we are kinda connected today, in a way. :-)

In other news, I have a cold sore on the back left side of my tongue. Soda and anything with salt exacerbate the hell out of it. Ouchies.

Sons #1 and #2 are watching the trained chimps masquerading as higher life-forms on MTV. Thank God for Pandora and headphones.

And I napped through my Hawkeyes' gutty 15-13 win against Michigan State, in Lansing. Why not? Lord knows it wouldn't be televised, not even down here, despite everyone rumbling about there being a potential upset. My Hawks are not a great team, by any stretch--they're just good enough to win the game in front of them each week. And I'm good with that. Next are two much-easier games, at home, and then the last real challenge--the Luckeyes game, on the road. Me, I'm just happy the Hawks are in a bowl game. Anything else is just gravy. :-)

Found a new website (new to me, anyway) with a lot of good trivia on it. I'll be strip-mining it for more question fodder. I don't just gank questions from websites, though--the material on these sites often dislodge chunks of my creativity, and I think of some pretty good questions on my own. And FWIW, I just cracked Question #12,600 on my database. Just 660 more questions, and my database will have enough to make unique question sets for four years' worth of pub trivia, at a rate of 65 questions/week.

Snack du noir: Whatever I happen to find at the grocery store that I am in the mood for. I'm off to go check.
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My first week back from Modland, and, using the Unmodified [livejournal.com profile] germankitty Scoring System, I am true to my word and have pwned [livejournal.com profile] germankitty for another week. Plus she called me a perv! Bonus! ;-)

(Of course, if we used my more fraction-oriented *koff*and accurate*koffkoff* system, she'd top me. But shhhh! We won't tell her that, m'kay?)

In other news, #1 son does not 'get' Monty Python. #2 son, who can occasionally dip his brain into the surreal, does get it. He just doesn't appreciate it yet. Give him time--he's only 16.

In general, life, outside of teaching, is okay. But if the cat crawls on my bed, m'rowing for breakfast, 20 minutes before my alarm goes off, one more time, I will be catapulting her for distance. Bad enough she keeps trying to kill me by slinking between my feet, trying to trip me...

I just need to get through this week. Then I get three half-days next week because of testing. We're over the hump for this semester, which means the home stretch is coming, which is good, and the kids will behave in a proportionally stupid fashion as we near finals, which is bad.

Just 36 school days 'til finals. That's just under 32 hours for each class. I can make it. I can make it.
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My mod status is no more. *sigh* Ah, well, it was nice while it lasted. The fame, the power, the hot LJDQ Mod groupies, the abundance of pudding and the total lack of cash...it was all good fun. Except for the lack of cash part, but the hot groupies made me kinda forget about that.

I'll assume I'm part of the Legion of Substitute Mods, kinda like the Legion of Substitute Heroes, only I hope somewhat more competent and definitely snarkier.

And it means I'll have to work for my quotage again. It'll be fun pissing off [livejournal.com profile] germankitty by schooling her week after week once again. :-)

::snickers, then runs like hell::
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