Saturday, May 29, 2010

Song Challenge #14: Hi & Bye

What do you think of Season 2 of the Song! Challenge!? Is it as good as Season 1? Even better? Let's you and me find out together, shall we?

This week's game is, I think, average to somewhere around slightly average. I'm going to give it a Degree of Difficulty of 5.2. How many of the clips can you identify?

This week's Challenge! clips heavily feature the words "Hello" and "Goodbye."

Your task is to identify all 14 clips -- SONG TITLE AND ARTIST -- in this week's Challenge!. Some extra information for this week's game:
  • There are no TV theme songs. (You: WHAT?! Me: I know. Two weeks in a row!)
  • There are also no Broadway showtunes. (You: Scott, are you feeling okay? Me: Mostly.)
  • This week there are no numbers between the clips; still working on audio technical difficulties. But it will help to know that the 14 clips alternate back and forth between a "hello" and a "goodbye."
  • The song title may or may not actually contain the word, "Hello" or "Goodbye."
  • Songs in this week's Challenge! may have appeared in previous Challenge!s.
  • Each clip will be worth 2 points, and I will award partial credit. If you get the song title but not the artist or the artist but not the title, I will give you 1 point. Get both the song AND the artist and get 2 points.
  • Seems to be working well for me to hold all entries until the deadline. I'll wait to post entries until after the 7pm EDT Tuesday deadline. We'll see how well everyone can do when they don't have anyone's paper to peek off of.

The Rules

Your job is to enter your song guesses for all 14 clips (SONG TITLE AND ARTIST THIS WEEK) as a single comment here on the blog. Standard rules apply (Judge's decision final, have fun, blah blah blah). Again, I'll be counting minor misspellings and other tiny inaccuracies as correct, as long as you're mostly right.

You can submit your comment-entry starting at 7:00pm EDT tonight, but I won't be approving any comments until after the Tuesday evening deadline. No help from other entries this time around. The deadline for all entries is Tuesday evening at 7:00pm EDT.

You may enter as often as you like -- but each comment/entry will be counted independent of your other entries; so if you get a question right in one entry but wrong in another, it only counts as correct in the one you got it right in. (Got that?) If you're reading this on Facebook, go to the blog: http://sssemester.blogspot.com to hear the quiz and enter your comment/entry.

The Grand Prize -- It's Pretty Cool This Week

The first person to get all 14 song titles and artists correct in a single entry -- or the person with the most points by 7:00PM EDT ON TUESDAY, JUNE 1 -- will win a photo shoot with local photographer Amy Gunn. Amy's the one who took my pictures for my Facebook and Twitter profiles, and she is supercool. If you click over to her sample site, you can see some other great examples of her work!

***Details: Must complete photo shoot by 12/31/2010. Includes one hour at a location to be mutually agreed upon (your home or other public location). Photographer will offer suggestions about attire if requested. Includes up to three people within the one-hour shoot. Includes 5 to 7 edited images in a digital format that has no copyright restrictions.

And hey! If you'd like to participate as a prize sponsor by donating a prize valued at $10 or more, please e-mail me at SSSemester(at)yahoo(dot)com.


(Almost) Everybody "Wins"

The target number for this week's (Almost) Everybody "Wins" is 14. You'll need to get at least 14 points correct in order to get the (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize.

This week's (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize is a pep talk. I'll send you an e-mail with as-personalized-as-possible motivation and inspiration, some time in the next four weeks. Hopefully, it'll be well timed and make a difference. Make sure to leave your e-mail address in the body of your comment/entry so I can e-mail you. (If you're worried about spambots, use the format "user(at)domain(dot)whatever" like I did above, and we should be fine. Nobody reads this blog anyway -- not even spambots.)


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Song! Challenge! #13: (Tsiwt A Htiw) !Egnellahc !Gnos -- RESULTS!

Man, oh, man. I don't know what my problem is with the Song! Challenge! scoring and results-announcing this season. Ah, well. Without any further ado, here are the final and unimpeachable standings from the backwards Song! Challenge!

Remember, partial credit was available -- 2 points per clip, for a total possible score of 20 points.
  • KT: 8 points
  • Amanda and Ryan: 8 points (plus 5 humor points, but those don't count in the scoring)
  • Dave and Lisa: 14 points
  • Michelle and Team HCTM: 18 points (hooray, teamwork!)
  • Jim4: 20 points (hooray, AV equipment!)
Congrats to Jim4, for his tireless dedication -- and (sneaky?) use of computer technology to win this week's Challenge!

Answers from last week's quiz have already been posted here.

Don't forget to tune in Saturday night -- that's tonight, man! -- at 7pm EDT for another chance at a Song! Challenge! and a fantastic prize -- a photo shoot with local photographer Amy Gunn!


Oh! And if you beat the (Almost) Everybody "Wins" number of 8 points, then watch your e-mail for an invitation to the Cafe Orzo tasting at the house I'm housesitting on the morning of Saturday, June 12!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Song Challenge #13: (Tsiwt A Htiw) !Egnellahc !Gnos -- SOLUTION

*It helps if you say this in a robot voice, since it's an automated post.*

Scott is currently at a meeting and away from his computer. But he knows the Song! Challenge! is important to you. All entries will be posted when he returns from the meeting. In the meantime, here is this week's Challenge! played in reverse (from #10 to #1), so you can check your answers.

Here's the Challenge! in reverse (with me saying "Number 10" to "Number 1" backwards and after each clip, naturally). Answers below; results to be posted soon.










10. "Dancing Machine" - The Jackson Five
9. "Come Dancing" - The Kinks
8. "Dancing in the Streets" - Martha and the Vandellas
7. "Liquid Dance" - A.R. Rahman feat. Palakkad Sriram and Madhumitha ("Slumdog Millionaire" Soundtrack)
6. "So She Dances" - Josh Groban
5. "Shadow Dancing" - Andy Gibb
4. "Dance Ten, Looks Three" - Pamela Blair ("A Chorus Line" Soundtrack)
3. "Dance Naked" - John Mellencamp
2. "Shall We Dance" - Constance Towers & Yul Brynner ("The King & I" Soundtrack)
1. "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" - Leo Sayer

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Song! Challenge! #13: (Tsiwt A Htiw) !Egnellahc !Gnos

Season 2 of the Song! Challenge! continues...are we having fun yet?

This week's game is, I think, pretty tough. I'm going to give it a Degree of Difficulty of 9.2. How many of the clips can you identify?

This week's Challenge! features backwards song clips, but with an added twist. Instead of all being from a certain era, these clips have something else in common. If you figure out what the common thread is, it might help you identify the ones you can't guess.

Your task is to identify all 10 clips -- SONG AND ARTIST/SHOW -- in this week's Challenge!. Some extra information for this week's game:
  • There are no TV theme songs. (You: WHAT?! Me: I know.)
  • In response to feedback from last year's Challenge!s, I have added identifying numbers before each clip, to make it easier to figure out which song you're on. Sadly, I didn't save the master "numbering" file from last week or the week before, and I had to re-record the numbers again. On my laptop with the janky fan. So, whatever. Forgive the janky numbers.
  • This Challenge! features 2 songs from Broadway shows, 1 (obscure) song from a movie soundtrack, and at least one song from each of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s.
  • Songs in this week's Challenge! may have appeared in previous Challenge!s.
  • Each clip will be worth 2 points, and I will award partial credit. If you get the song title but not the artist or the artist but not the title, I will give you 1 point. Get both the song AND the artist and get 2 points.
  • Last week, I held all entries until the deadline. I think I'm going to try that again this week and see what happens. I'll wait to post entries until after the 7pm Tuesday deadline. We'll see how well everyone can do when they don't have anyone's paper to peek off of.

The Rules

Your job is to enter your song guesses for all 10 clips (SONG TITLE AND ARTIST THIS WEEK) as a single comment here on the blog. In the case of a song from a movie or musical, you may provide either the artist who sang it or the movie/musical it appeared in. Standard rules apply (Judge's decision final, have fun, blah blah blah). Again, I'll be counting minor misspellings and other tiny inaccuracies as correct, as long as you're mostly right.

You can submit your comment-entry starting at 7:00pm EDT tonight, but I won't be approving any comments until after the Tuesday evening deadline. No help from other entries this time around. The deadline for all entries is Tuesday evening at 7:00pm EDT.

You may enter as often as you like -- but each comment/entry will be counted independent of your other entries; so if you get a question right in one entry but wrong in another, it only counts as correct in the one you got it right in. (Got that?) If you're reading this on Facebook, go to the blog: http://sssemester.blogspot.com to hear the quiz and enter your comment/entry.

The Grand Prize

The first person to get all 10 song titles and artists correct in a single entry -- or the person with the most points by 7:00PM EDT ON TUESDAY, MAY 25 -- will win a $20 gift certificate* to Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks in Zionsville (Comfort Food With A Twist), sponsored by frequent Song! Challenge! winner Sacha, aka (since 2:30 this afternoon) "Cricket." I love that she's giving back to the game that has brought her so much. :) Thanks, Sacha!

*Details: Limit one per party per visit. Not good toward gratuity. No cash back. Not good with any other discounts or offers. Expires 11/01/10.

And hey! If you'd like to participate as a prize sponsor by donating a prize valued at $10 or more, please e-mail me at SSSemester(at)yahoo(dot)com.


(Almost) Everybody "Wins"

The target number for this week's (Almost) Everybody "Wins" is 8. You'll need to get at least 8 points correct in order to get the (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize.

This week's (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize is an invitation to a gathering I'll be hosting on Saturday, June 12 -- a tasting of Cafe Orzo, which you've heard about on this blog before. Make sure to leave your e-mail address in the body of your comment/entry so that I can follow up and get you the details on the gathering -- the when and the where. (If you're worried about spambots, use the format "user(at)domain(dot)whatever" like I did above, and we should be fine. Nobody reads this blog anyway -- not even spambots.)


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People. What are you gonna do? *80s stand-up comic in rainbow suspenders shrug*

Hilarious component of awful conversation yesterday:

ME: ...and all this is after you asked me to [do this task] for you, while explicitly telling me that I was your fourth choice to [do this task].

THEM: Oh, Scott. You weren't our fourth choice. You were our third choice.

ME: That does not make it better.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

B. E. A. G. G. R. E. S. S. I. V. E.?

Hmmmm...

Via Dave Holmes at myyearofeverything:

A good friend of mine was feeling career-blocked last week, and he asked me for advice. I dusted off a pitch I’ve given a few times before:

Pretend you’re giving it all up and going back to school in a year. Act like you have one year to make it work before you give up and try something else. What haven’t you done? Where aren’t you being aggressive enough? Go do it and embarrass yourself with your pushiness -- after all, you’ll be doing something else in a year anyway, so who cares what people think? Push until you feel uncomfortable, and then double it.

The trick is: when you do that, good things start happening right away, and you get yourself to a point where you can’t imagine giving up, one year from now or ever.

The moment I hit “send,” I realized I hadn’t taken my own advice in years. I haven’t taken risks, because I’m content. I haven’t pushed myself as a performer, because I’m making enough to live on. I’d been spending less and less time onstage because (I swear to God this is true, and if you live in Los Angeles, you understand) parking is a hassle. Seriously. And it’s fine, but fine’s not good enough.

I won’t lie to you, I put the majority of my eggs in this sitcom pilot basket. And, instead of our show, NBC decided to go with “Friends, But A Little Bit Older,” “Law & Order: Tokyo Drift” and “Friends, But The Couch Is, Like, It’s Not Hitting You Over The Head With Shabby Chic.” And we certainly wish them the best of luck.

But for a second there, when I got the news that we weren’t picked up, I honestly thought: “What am I going to DO?” There was a feeling, for just a moment, that my career was over. Because a job I didn’t even know about six months ago didn’t pan out.

That’s just dumb. I have not yet begun to fight.

What I’m saying is that I’m about to put my own plan into action. Join me if you feel like. Let’s get just really stupid aggressive, you want to?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Song! Challenge! #12: I'm Sorry, Could You Repeat That? - RESULTS

The Song! Challenge! is back! And for the second time in two weeks, the scoring has been an issue. Last week, the issue was that I just put off the scoring... This week, the judges actually were required to make a couple of judgment calls. This is, after all, their job. (Please refer to the rules that state the judges' ruling is final and unimpeachable.)

Without any further ado, here are the final and unimpeachable standings from Remember, partial credit was available -- 2 points per clip, for a total possible score of 40 points.

  • KT: 14 out of 40 points
  • Nicole: 18 out of 40 points
  • Brooke: 20 out of 40 points
  • Michelle (& her team*): 24 out of 40 points
  • Amanda & Ryan: 24 out of 40 points (before Michelle & her team)
  • Sacha & Bill: 31 out of 40 points
  • Lisa & Dave: 31 out of 40 points (before Sacha & Bill)
Congrats to Lisa and Dave for their tireless approach to this week's Challenge!

* And congratulations to Michelle (MMorris), who opted to crowdsource this week's Song! Challenge! You can see her team's effort here.

Anyway, here are the answers from last week's quiz:
  1. Theme from "WKRP in Cincinnati" - Steve Carlisle
  2. "You Didn't Know Me When" - Harry Connick, Jr.
  3. "Sing!" - A Chorus Line (Renee Baughman and Don Percassi)
  4. "Summer Lovin'" - Grease Soundtrack (Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Cast)
  5. "I Have Nothing" - The Bodyguard Soundtrack (Whitney Houston)
  6. "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz
  7. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" - ABBA
  8. "Ain't No Other Man" - Christina Aguilera
  9. "Tall Tall Trees" - Alan Jackson
  10. "Bang Bang" - K'naan feat. Adam Levine
  11. "Use Me" - Bill Withers
  12. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" - Cake
  13. "I Finally Found Someone" - Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand
  14. "Bye Bye Blackbird" - Fosse Soundtrack
  15. "Girlfriend" - Avril Lavigne
  16. "Burn" - Jo Dee Messina
  17. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" - The Nylons
  18. "It's Oh So Quiet" - Björk
  19. "La Copa De La Vida" - Ricky Martin
  20. "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" - Hamlet 2 Soundtrack (The Ralph Sall Experience)
Don't forget to tune in Saturday night at 7pm EDT for another chance at a Song! Challenge! and a fantastic prize!

Oh! And if you beat the (Almost) Everybody "Wins" number of 15 points, then I'll have your prize for you soon. I'll get in touch with you via e-mail if I need your mailing address.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Song! Challenge! #12: I'm Sorry, Could You Repeat That?

So, now that you've participated in one, are you actually glad the Song! Challenge! is back? Hmmm...

This week's game is, I think, slightly harder than normal. I'm going to give it a Degree of Difficulty of 8.4. How many of the clips can you identify?

This week, the Challenge! is tailor-made for the hard of hearing. Each clip contains a word or phrase repeated one or more times. Each clip contains a word or phrase repeated one or more times. (Bwahaha!)

Your task is to identify all 20 clips -- SONG AND ARTIST -- in this week's Challenge!. Some extra information for this week's game:
  • There is one TV theme song. (Of course.)
  • If you get all 20, I will be amazed. I believe a perfect score on this week's Challenge! to be impossible, unless you are me, which you are probably not.
  • Clip #3 is NOT "Jingle Bells."
  • In response to feedback from last year's Challenge!s, I have added identifying numbers before each clip, to make it easier to figure out which song you're on. Sadly, I didn't save the master "numbering" file from last week, and I had to re-record the numbers at the unreasonably loud Panera. Therefore, the numbers are kind of lame. But you're a big boy and/or girl, so I'm sure it will be just fine.
  • Some of the songs in this week's Challenge! have appeared in previous Challenge!s.
  • Each clip will be worth 2 points, and I will award partial credit. If you get the song title but not the artist or the artist but not the title, I will give you 1 point. Get both the song AND the artist and get 2 points.
  • We're going to try another experiment this week, and I'm not going to post any entries until after the 7pm deadline. We'll see how well everyone can do when they don't have anyone's paper to peek off of.

The Rules

Your job is to enter your song guesses for all 20 clips (SONG TITLE AND ARTIST THIS WEEK) as a single comment here on the blog. In the case of a song from a movie or musical, you may provide either the artist who sang it or the movie/musical it appeared in. In the case of the one TV show, just put "Theme from ____." Standard rules apply (Judge's decision final, have fun, blah blah blah). Again, I'll be counting minor misspellings and other tiny inaccuracies as correct, as long as you're mostly right.

You can submit your comment-entry starting at 7:00pm EDT tonight, but I won't be approving any comments until after the Tuesday evening deadline. No help from other entries this time around. The deadline for all entries is Tuesday evening at 7:00pm EDT.

You may enter as often as you like -- but each comment/entry will be counted independent of your other entries; so if you get a question right in one entry but wrong in another, it only counts as correct in the one you got it right in. (Got that?) If you're reading this on Facebook, go to the blog: http://sssemester.blogspot.com to hear the quiz and enter your comment/entry.

The Grand Prize

The first person to get all 20 song titles and artists correct in a single entry -- or the person with the most points by 7:00PM EDT ON TUESDAY, MAY 18 -- will win a $10 Target gift card, sponsored by me, this time around.

If you'd like to participate as a prize sponsor by donating a prize valued at $10 or more, please e-mail me at SSSemester(at)yahoo(dot)com.


(Almost) Everybody "Wins"

This week's (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize is a limited edition -- edition will be limited to the number of (Almost) Everybody "Wins" winners -- original photograph created by me and mailed or hand-delivered to you. Make sure to leave your e-mail address in the body of your comment/entry so that I can follow up and get you your (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize. (If you're worried about spambots, use the format "user(at)domain(dot)whatever" like I did above, and we should be fine. Nobody reads this blog anyway -- not even spambots.)

The target number for this week's (Almost) Everybody "Wins" is 15. You'll need to get at least 15 points correct in order to get the (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize.

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Song! Challenge! #11: Change of Scene - Results

The Song! Challenge! is back! But the scoring! My God, the scoring!

Sorry for the delay. Here are the standings from the 5/8/10 Song! Challenge! It's possible that I've screwed up, since it's So. Danged. Loud. in this Panera and I can't concentrate for crap.

But here's how I tabulated:
  • Beth 5 out of 13
  • Kate 6 out of 13
  • Michelle 6 out of 13
  • KT 7 out of 13
  • Amanda (and Ryan, who really brought it around) 8 out of 13
  • Brooke 8 out of 13
  • DG 9 out of 13
  • Lisa and Dave 9 out of 13
  • Sacha and Bill 12 out of 13
Congrats to Sacha and Bill -- for their song-identifying ability and for their (sneaky?) strategery in the go-back-and-change-to-correct-answers approach.

Anyway, here are the answers from last week's quiz:
  1. Batman (the scene transition noise)
  2. Wheel of Fortune (Bankrupt noise)
  3. Blossom (where the hell Dave and Lisa pulled this from, I have no idea, but well done!)
  4. The Brady Bunch (right after the opening theme)
  5. Charlie's Angels (bump to commercial)
  6. SuperFriends (the galaxy scene transition noise)
  7. Doogie Howser, MD (big ups to Kate B for picking up on the synthesizer)
  8. Smurfs (right after the opening theme)
  9. Golden Girls (right after the opening theme - the clip that inspired this Challenge!)
  10. Perfect Strangers (the harmonica is the clue in this one)
  11. Law and Order (the Gung-Gung! noise; RIP L&O, 1990 - 2010)
  12. Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? (Which NOBODY got...at least nobody who entered. I'm looking at you, Jon and Jenny. Anyway, this noise occurs at the end of every episode, between "Do it, Rockapella!" and "Hoo-wah, hooten-boobay, hoo-wah.")
  13. Saved by the Bell (scene transition music)
Don't forget to tune in tonight at 7pm EDT for another chance at a Song! Challenge! and a fantastic prize!

Oh! And if you beat the (Almost) Everybody "Wins" number of 7 (KT, Amanda, Brooke, DG, Dave & Lisa, and Sacha & Bill), then I'll have your prize for you soon.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Song! Challenge! #11: Change of Scene

It's back! It's back! The Song! Challenge! is back!

This week's Song! Challenge! is a throwback to the beginning of the Song! Challenge! when almost every Challenge! contained at least one TV theme song. This week's game is, I think, slightly harder than normal. I'm going to give it a Degree of Difficulty of 7.2. How many of the clips can you identify?

This week, each clip contains a transition sound from a TV show -- the music or sound effect that leads you from one scene to the next, or the audio that comes either before something else is about to happen or after something just happened. Your task is to name all 13 shows from which the clips in this week's Challenge! come. Some extra information for this week's game:
  • Some of these are stunningly easy.
  • But if you get all 13, I will be amazed.
  • If you know me personally, this Challenge! is infinitely easier.
  • In response to feedback from last year's Challenge!s, I have added identifying numbers before each clip, to make it easier to figure out which song you're on.

The Rules

Your job is to enter your song guesses for all 13 clips (THE SHOW TITLE IS ALL WE NEED THIS WEEK) as a single comment here on the blog. Standard rules apply (Judge's decision final, have fun, blah blah blah). Again, I'll be counting minor misspellings and other tiny inaccuracies as correct, as long as you're mostly right.

You can submit your comment-entry starting at 7:00pm EDT tonight, but I'm going to wait until at least Sunday evening to approve and post any entries, so as to cut down on the help you might get from other contestants' entries. The deadline for all entries is Tuesday evening at 7:00pm EDT.

You may enter as often as you like -- but each comment/entry will be counted independent of your other entries; so if you get a question right in one entry but wrong in another, it only counts as correct in the one you got it right in. (Got that?) If you're reading this on Facebook, go to the blog: http://sssemester.blogspot.com to hear the quiz and enter your comment/entry.

The Grand Prize

The first person to get all 13 show titles correct in a single entry -- or the person with the most show titles correct by 7:00PM EDT ON TUESDAY, MAY 11 -- will win a $10 Starbucks gift card, sponsored by me, this time around.

If you'd like to participate as a prize sponsor by donating a prize valued at $10 or more, please e-mail me at SSSemester(at)yahoo(dot)com.


(Almost) Everybody "Wins"

Last year, I kind of got overwhelmed with an (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize for each player, but I'm going to give it another try. This week's (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize is a small original piece of art created by me and mailed or hand-delivered to you. Make sure to leave your e-mail address in the body of your comment/entry so that I can follow up and get you your (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize. (If you're worried about spambots, use the format "user(at)domain(dot)whatever" like I did above, and we should be fine. Nobody reads this blog anyway -- not even spambots.)

The target number for this week's (Almost) Everybody "Wins" is 7. You'll need to get at least 7 of the show titles correct in order to get the (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

It's baaaaaaack! SONG! CHALLENGE! This Saturday at 7pm Eastern

Hear ye, hear ye. Be advised that the Song! Challenge! returns to this blogspace at 7:00pm Eastern time, this Saturday, May 8, 2010 in the year of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

You may remember the game from last year. I put a collection of music clips together and you have to identify them. I'm working on some good prizes to go along with some challenging Challenge!s.

This week's comeback episode will see the Song! Challenge! return to its roots. It will be television-based, but NOT TV theme songs...

In fact, if you'd like to explore the Song! Challenge!'s roots and bone up -- and get some insights into the type of music in my collection, which may or may not turn up in a future Song! Challenge! -- why not take a trip down Memory Lane and try your hand at each of the ten Song! Challenges! from the 2009 season:


Song! Challenge! #4 and Answers are nowhere to be found


Song! Challenge! #6 will drive you insane and Answers




So check back here at the ol' blog on Saturday, May 8, at 7:00pm Eastern time, and play the Song! Challenge! Play big, win big, and have big fun!