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2014-04-25 03:14:38 PM  
Have to kick off today's quiz with the usual appreciation for the Farkers that helped write questions to make this happen. Your quizmasters this week are: meow said the dog, Sim Tree, Sinto, ivan, and phlegmmo. Thanks, everybody.
 
2014-04-25 03:15:30 PM  
Winners of last week's quiz:

Oakenraven 1041
Md37 1027
PeddlerOfBombast 994
Twilight Farkle 968
Elno 960
abmoraz 926
Keyser_Soze_Death 920
whosthis 914
HaywoodJablonski 908
syrynxx 907
 
2014-04-25 03:16:00 PM  
Marginally easier quiz:  http://www.fark.com/quiz/323
 
2014-04-25 03:35:11 PM  
541. I beat Kowalski and that's all that matters.
 
2014-04-25 03:37:29 PM  
i.imgur.com

Hard: 11 out of 11 correct, total points = 996 (104 seconds)
Easy: 10 out of 10 correct, total points = 937 (63 seconds)

Also, since I still read that blurb and happen to like beer, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the quizmasters for their diligence not only in creating this quiz for us, but for reminding everyone that it's beer-thirty somewhere.
 
2014-04-25 03:37:40 PM  
F*ck you and cookies required.
 
2014-04-25 03:40:08 PM  
Currently 6th...I say that lasts about 7 minutes. Tops.
 
2014-04-25 03:40:43 PM  

tbaughm: Currently 6th...I say that lasts about 7 minutes. Tops.


Or less than a minute...that also works
 
2014-04-25 03:42:15 PM  
9 out of 11, I think that's a personal best.

I think the quiz scoring system may overcompensate for the button-mashing speed-reading spaz factor.
 
2014-04-25 03:53:29 PM  

Hey, you finished! Here's your results:

Final Score:
10 out of 11 correct, total points = 931
Total time elapsed:
1 minute (81 seconds)


*boggle*

Apparently I am a good guesser.

A laurel and hearty handshake to the quizmakers!
 
2014-04-25 03:53:31 PM  
10/11. Best I've ever done.

Obviously I won't last in the rankings, but I'm pleased to be 5th for a few minutes anyway.

I guess I've spent a lot of time on Fark this week. :p
 
2014-04-25 03:58:18 PM  
Thank God you don't list the bottom 10 scores, I'd be on there for sure this week :(
 
2014-04-25 03:58:33 PM  
I shot the hostage :(
 
2014-04-25 04:17:52 PM  
I have disgraced my family for generations to come

I also did really shiatty on this week's quiz
 
2014-04-25 04:25:29 PM  
10/10 on the easy quiz...
 
2014-04-25 04:30:13 PM  
I'm high on both lists after an hour, weeee
/didn't do it on mobile this time
 
2014-04-25 04:39:04 PM  
2 out of 11 correct, total points = 172

Which is just a fancy way of saying that I was clearly very busy this week.  Even the 2 I got right were guesses.

I like totally missed Fark all week long...
 
2014-04-25 04:47:06 PM  
Woohoo!  First time on top ten.  Of the easy quiz, but still excited.

Top 10 scores for this quiz:
zarker960
pkrzycki938
Twilight Farkle937
wxboy936
the Mole of Production932
Freakish_McBigHead922
AlaBolt914
geocacherphil850
VooDoo_Blonde846
Buttknuckle845
 
2014-04-25 04:53:04 PM  
'Missed it by THAT  much....'

877
 
2014-04-25 04:55:26 PM  

Twilight Farkle: [i.imgur.com image 230x121]

Hard: 11 out of 11 correct, total points = 996 (104 seconds)
Easy: 10 out of 10 correct, total points = 937 (63 seconds)

Also, since I still read that blurb and happen to like beer, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the quizmasters for their diligence not only in creating this quiz for us, but for reminding everyone that it's beer-thirty somewhere.


Dude, do you do any work?
 
2014-04-25 06:22:53 PM  

Buttknuckle: Dude, do you do any work?


I try my damndest not to!
 
2014-04-25 06:43:04 PM  
Does it have a question about why comments are disabled on the WTFark thread? Without that answer this thread is useless.
 
2014-04-25 07:40:40 PM  

Twilight Farkle: Buttknuckle: Dude, do you do any work?

I try my damndest not to!


Seriously impressed. I have scored well occasionally but never consistently. What is your vocation? I'm self employed, which means I can look back over Fark Quiz scores and tell you which weeks I made money and which weeks I scored in the top 10.
 
2014-04-25 11:20:43 PM  

caddisfly:
Seriously impressed. I have scored well occasionally but never consistently. What is your vocation? I'm self employed, which means I can look back over Fark Quiz scores and tell you which weeks I made money and which weeks I scored in the top 10.


Thanks! I've basically been transitioning from a participant in the IT business towards observing all the businesses. Once that's done, I can kick back and, as my alter ego would put it, "Monitor. Everything." My scores are also inversely correlated with my real-world productivity. If you're doing poorly on the quiz and being productive, you're probably doing it right in the rest of your life. I'm just trying to keep the inverse correlation to a minimum.

I got a little case of OCD on the quiz about a year or so back and started to try different approaches. I started off by trying to keep up with the greenlit queue in real time and failed hard. Scores improved when I went to once a day before or after work, and my consistency slowly improved a bit when I spaced it out a little ibt further. Right now, every couple of days, I break out an hour or two to skim through the entire greenlit queue. Many tabs are involved, browsers on the verge of crashing, etc. Cramming all that stuff into the head at the same time on a 36-48-hour basis somehow made it easier to remember the correlations and note the differences between events.

I've always been a fast reader, which helps a lot during the week, but on quiz day itself, I've had to shift my strategies as the quizmakers shift their questions. For example, I now spend more time reading the questions than I used to after having botched too many scores by not seeing the "NOT" in questions of the form "Which event did NOT happen..." I note that it's been a while since I broke four digits, and just last week someone beat me last week by a full minute on Hard mode. (By the way, that was a truly impressive score!) The quizzes have also been getting a little harder of late; the metric I use there isn't my own performance, it's the number of 4-digit scores. I, too, have struggled with some of our more recent quizzes.

This week, I used 20 seconds to answer the first question of this week's quiz because I didn't remember the answer. If I'd known it, that would be about 16-18 seconds in my favor, and even if I'd had it in my notes, it would have saved me 15 seconds. I'm nowhere near the level where I have to start taking videos of my performance in order to determine whether the muscle memory associated Browser X outweighs the rendering speed offered by Browser Y, but I'm getting there.

Playing the game actually has interesting spinoffs. To draw on an example from a few weeks ago, there was a whole breakfast fast food war going on between YUM, JACK, BKW and MCD (Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Burger King, and McDonald's), and by reading two or three days of greenlights in the space of a couple of hours, somehow I managed to assimilate the bigger picture: that all the fast food companies were aggressively trying to puruse market share by growing the total market for fast food to include "breakfast" rather than merely trying to cannibalize "lunch/dinner" market share from each other, and that viral marketing via the usual news outlets was part of the marketing strategy. Somewhere in a brokerage house there's a guy in a suit who paid thousands for that.

If you're inconsistent, start off slowly. You know the quiz is going to happen on Friday. Wake up on Friday morning, have a cup of coffee, and spend 15 minutes on the 7-day greenlight queue, no TotalFark required. Start at the bottom and page your way up, and if you don't want to actually RTFA (which is ultimately required to get the details right), at least hover over the article and read the URL as a refresher.

tl;dr: As should come as no surprise, I'm obviously insane, but it's been lots of fun, and I've learned a lot about the value of metrics and in seeing just how much information I can train myself to assimilate in any given week.
 
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