Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Week in Entertainment

Live: The Rake's Progress - a student production by the Peabody company. Very nice, very good production. Kisma Jordan, the soprano, has a great career ahead of her if this is any indication. She filled the house with a lovely, full voice, something that Peter Scott Drackley, the tenor, couldn't always manage. He's not at all bad, but he's not up to her weight. Unfortunately for him, he's also overshadowed by a very theatrical Peter Tomaszewski, who brings a nice acting talent as well as a good voice to the rewarding role of Nick Shadow (the devil always gets great applause). Lots of fun.

DVD: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Something Happens), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Brave Heart Carries Off the Bride), and Kal Ho Naa Ho (Tomorrow Might Never Come), all very good (as I said earlier, I'm on a Shahrukh Khan kick...). Kal Ho... is a real tearjerker, and Kuch is a blast, though the college scenes are just a bit over the top in places. Dilwale is just about perfect.

TV: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2 - wrapping up the series neatly enough. Like part 1, it was dark, and I don't mean thematically. There were some scenes in which it was nearly impossible to see what was happening. The Middle and Modern Family - the latter quite funny (as always), particularly when Phil worried about changing careers, pointing out that he has three kids and "at least one is going to college. Worst case scenario, they all go" and when Alex told Hayley "You have your fans and I have mine. Someday yours will be working for mine." "The Song of Lunch" on Masterpiece Contemporary, with Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, which should be enough right there but didn't have to be, a gorgeous script and lovely direction.

Read: Continued with 1Q84.

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At 11:56 AM, November 21, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Didn't you catch the segment on NPR's "All Things Considered" yesterday re "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions winner Roger Craig, who used computer analysis to help plot his winning strategy?

Summary:
http://www.npr.org/2011/11/20/142569472/how-one-man-played-moneyball-with-jeopardy

Transcript:
http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=142569472

 
At 8:48 AM, November 22, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I did. He even mentioned it during the game; Alex talked about Watson. I basically said so what. That database of every round ever played is out there and I'm surprised more people don't look at it. Plus it's always been obvious that the Double is anything but random - the good players are always hunting it.

Bottom line is, that "destroyed the game" comment was way overreacting. There have always been players who built up such a huge lead they couldn't be caught. Plus, his strategy doesn't give him answers, or protect him against a player with a faster buzzer. And he may have won the most money in a single day, but he only lasted five games.

Ken Jennings or Brad Rutter he ain't.

 

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