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I don't usually do the New Year's Resolutions thing, but this year, I do have a couple of goals in mind, and to facilitate them, I'm setting a couple of smaller goals.

First, you may know that I got the Rosetta Stone Japanese Language course a couple years ago. I started it, and kind of forgot to go back to it a few months later. I've restarted it in the last couple of months, and while I haven't posted about it, I've gotten beyond the point I was at the last time. Last night at snakewich's, the three of us watched the live action Death Note movies, and there were a lot of words I actually understood, including some of the writing I saw.

I'm resolving learn Japanese by using this for at least an hour a day (except when I'm away from home) until I finish the course. Since I have Levels 1-3, this should last me quite a long time.

Second, a lot of people have told me, especially if they've ever seen me play along at home that I should go on Jeopardy!. I've been watching it again recently, and have decided to actually make this a goal. Not only to go on, but win big. I think I'll take the Ken Jennings approach, since it proved so very successful for him. He studied the subjects that come up a lot on the show. Things like U.S. Presidents, the Oscars, alcoholic drinks, Shakespeare, world history, the Bible, and so on.

I'm resolving to prepare for getting onto and winning Jeopardy! by studying the various subjects that appear on the show most often. I further resolve to take the qualifying test by the end of this year. If I get onto the show and win, I will follow Ken's example by giving 10% of my winnings to charities (however, as a godless heathen, churches won't make the list; sorry, Ken ;) ).

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dormouse_in_tea
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Huh. Well, GO YOU. Write about the exam, that sounds really interesting!
mandydax
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
Oh, I will. I think you can take it online now.
paninogirl
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
I love your goals! I have a strong desire to be on Wheel of Fortune, and have gone to a lot of Wheelmobile events. One time, I actually made it to the second round of auditions (the only thing between me and the show was getting the letter -- which I didn't receive). While I'm not so good at trivia and would not pursue being on Jeopardy!, my love of game shows totally makes me want to see this happen for you. :)

They have day-by-day Jeopardy! calendars out there. I just picked up a Bananagrams one (word puzzles) for myself today at 50% off. Maybe that would be a fun gift to get yourself to keep practicing! And how will you study for the exam?

Ooh, and have you read The-Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs? He reads the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica and strives to get one Jeopardy! himself. Might be a fun read for you if you haven't already read it. I love all of his books.

/end excited babble
mandydax
Jan. 2nd, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
My mom was a big "Wheel" fan, and it was fun enough to play at home and blurt out the puzzle answers before her, but I thought there was just a bit too much randomness in it for my taste. I mean, you could be chugging along putting up ten L's at $5000 a piece, and next hit a Bankrupt and lose it all.

As far as studying for "Jeopardy!," I'm really not quite sure of how to go about it. I looked up Ken's book Brainiac to get some ideas, and it looks like the whole thing is available to read online through Amazon's "Look Inside!" feature. :D It does have some trivia written right into the text. He also wrote another book chock full of trivia.

Actually, I was kind of following A.J. Jacobs's progress when he was doing that because mental_floss gave him a page in the back of the mag every month where he'd list a bunch of stuff he'd learned for that letter that month. They do have a a lot of good info in there, but one month, they had an article about the economy by Ben Stein, and while Ben Stein has a lot of knowledge in his head ("Win Ben Stein's Money" used to be one of my favorite shows), his deceit in shilling for anti-science is notorious. I wrote in a letter to say so, and they quote-mined it and made me sound like a raving madwoman. >:(

Last night I realized I was very rusty on state capitals, so I went to review them on Wikipedia, and realized I could click links until I died and never finish. I need some sort of guidance. So first thing's going to be to read Ken's book, and study those subjects with finite limits like Presidents and so on.
paninogirl
Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
I totally understand your frustration with the randomness of WoF. I think that's part of the fun for me when I play the game on Facebook or now on my DS: How much money can I make/risk with another spin of the wheel?

Gotta love being able to read Ken's book fully online! Do you have an eReader of some kind to make it easier to read?

I did watch Ben Stein's show from time to time when I had regular access to cable, and it was a pretty fun show.

I look forward to reading your progress to prepare for the Jeopardy! exam!
mandydax
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
They omit an occasional page, so I can't read the whole thing online. :P Just as well.
snakewich
Jan. 12th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
I had a great time on New Years Eve. I am glad you could come.
Death Note was pretty good. I thought it was cool that you could identify the words and could tell me why she got confused about the name 'Light'.

I am glad you have started studying again.
I hope it all goes well *hugs*
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