Jeremy A

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    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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  1. Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: Last week was Mother's Day, which I totally forgot about until after posting the last upcoming game. Oh, well. This is the last attempt for this month. I hope to have a game this weekend: Saturday, 14 May: 9 AM to 7 PM Sunday, 15 May: 3:30 PM to 7 PM All times are Pacific Daylight Time. Compare your time zone with Seattle, Washington. The game is on DALnet over IRC in channel #lds_trivia. (Don't forget the underscore.) See the website for information on how to connect: HTTP://www.ldstrivia.org/. Now, a brief update on game updates: I believe I got the script fixed to allow fast-paced play. I'll only stop play to fix a bug if it's major. I changed the point values of letters based on the probability of their appearance. Scrabble has a limited number of tiles, but this game has no limit on the number of letters. I also instituted a minimum value of 100 points for consonants instead of 50. This changed the value of word scrambles, so I had to adjust calculating their value. This allowed me to add over 100 scrambles marked not usable. I don't know how many are now NOT usable. I'll make additional adjustments after analyzing the changes. During the bonus round, there's now time added for each question based on the same pause when displaying questions. Unfortunately, this gives players a chance to answer early, so I'm placing a minimum of one second per question. The reason for this is to encourage players to read the question. The script now selects a random player if no player is in control before a speed round. It will, also, select a player instead of doing additional scrambles. There's more posted on the website. Here are three random questions: According to the Bible Dictionary, what two books give the best "commentary and guide to understanding Isaiah?" A) Doctrine and Covenants, B) Book of Mormon, C) Pearl of Great Price, or D) Old Testament Student Manual: Kings to Malachi? Old Testament: Based on references, the Bible Dictionary says Hosea "deeply influenced" which "succeeding writers?" A) Ezekiel, B) Nahum, C) Micah, D) Elisha, E) Elijah, F) Amos, G) Jonah, H) Isaiah, I) Jeremiah, J) Obadiah, K) Joel, and L) Hosea. Church History: Joseph Smith returned to work after three visits from Moroni. What happened? Rack your brains to come up with the answer and even look them up. Do not submit answers to me until the beginning of the game. Any other method of submitting answers other than just before the game start will not count. I will only post the answers in the newsletter sent sometime after a game session. I hope to see you there. Remember that the gospel is true. (Edit/Add-on: If anyone has any trouble signing up for the mailing lists on the site, please let me know. Please include details as to the problem.)
  2. Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: New Year's is a great day to have a game. This is the last attempt of 2021. Unfortunately, due to bad weather, it looks like I won't get to see my family this year. It snowed Christmas and is still on the ground. The best time for a game is tonight, but there's an opportunity to have one all weekend. The following list has available time slots: Tonight from about 5:30 PM to 9 PM. Saturday and Sunday from about noon to 9 PM. (I'm assuming leaders will cancel church due to bad weather. I'm also not 100% well.) All times are Pacific Standard Time. Hopefully, the game will be between three and four hours total. When looking up time zone differences, compare your time with Seattle, Washington, USA. If you want to play but aren't able to make it, please schedule a time. I am available nights from about 6 PM to 7 PM and throughout weekends. Please contact me with times you have available, and I hope we can set something up. As always, the game takes place on DALnet in channel #lds_trivia. Be sure to include the underscore, or you'll show up at the wrong location. You'll know you're in the right place when you see a topic that says when the next game is. More information on the game's website. I performed a three-player script test with an emphasis on testing the script detecting idle players and made some script changes that I can't remember. More details on the website. Finally, here are three random questions: Book of Mormon: King Lamoni offered Ammon anything for knowledge of how he defended his flocks. What was Ammon's response? A) for Lamoni to listen to his answer, B) to go with him back to Ammon's people, C) to allow him to marry one of his daughters, or D) to allow Ammon to baptize him? Old Testament: Genesis is a word from what language and with what meaning? A) Hebrew, B) arrival, C) end, D) Latin, E) origin, F) Arabic, G) Greek, and H) departure. Church History: On the third visit from Moroni on the night of September 21, 1823, Moroni cautioned Joseph as to what Satan would try to do and forbade him from it. What was Satan going to try to do? I hope to see you at the game.
  3. Jeremy A

    The "Ok" hand Gesture

    I stopped using the okay symbol, because I thought it meant ...hole. My memory may be fuzzy, but I learned it from "Mr. Holland's Opus." I do remember, however, that the angle was different. (An angel has nothing to do with this.) Okay, I'm not remembering it right, and I don't want to look it up. Regardless, I stopped using it.
  4. Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: This is Thanksgiving weekend. Plans to meet with the family will be Christmas and New Year's for me, and I have today, Friday, off, so I hope to have a game this weekend: Today, Friday, 26 Nov: 1 PM to 8 PM. Tomorrow, Saturday, 27 Nov: 12 PM to 8 PM. Sunday, 28 Nov: 1:30 PM to 7 PM. All times are Pacific Standard Time. Hopefully, the game will be between three and four hours total. When looking up time zone differences, compare your time with Seattle, Washington, USA. Looks like this will be the last attempt of November. December will probably be the second weekend. I'll post a definite time slot then. If you want to play but aren't able to make it, please schedule a time. I am available nights from about 6 PM to 7 PM and all throughout weekends. Please contact me with times you have available, and I hope we can set something up. As always, the game takes place on DALnet in channel #lds_trivia. Be sure to include the underscore, or you'll show up at the wrong location. You'll know you're in the right place when you see a topic that says when the next game is. More information on the game's website. As for updates, I made some changes recently, and I won't cover them all here. (I didn't even cover them all on the News and Updates page, but I digress.) I added a bonus clock for speed rounds, selecting the next category and level, and letter guesses. After a successful guess and selection, the player earns one point per second left on the clock. It's not much, but it's better than nothing. For speed rounds, any time left after solving the puzzle goes to the jackpot. Each question asked adds 100 points to the jackpot. Revealing the entire puzzle still automatically solves it; however, the 5,000 points will now go to the jackpot instead of each player not idling. There's no competitive advantage to having each player get points, so the jackpot is perfect for determining who gets those points. The jackpot now starts at 1,000 points per player at the time of the reset, not counting idle players. The quick reason is to allow players to earn more points from answering questions and solving puzzles. I lowered most delays by one second. I was getting impatient during script tests while waiting for updated puzzles and other information. Finally, I'm going to include three random questions: Church History: Joseph Smith, Jr.'s, siblings consisted of how many people, including his parents and those that passed away? Why were Lucifer and his followers allowed to come to Earth instead of sent to outer darkness? Book of Mormon: Nephi went to Laban's treasury, and he saw Laban’s servant. Why did Laban’s servant think Nephi was Laban? I hope to see you at the game.
  5. Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: I'm hoping to have a game this weekend with three possible time slots. Remember that all times are Pacific Standard Time. For those outside the United States and Canada, compare your time zone to Seattle, Washington. (I'm not sure how Mexico names its time zones, but I believe Canada uses the same as the US.) The first one will be Friday night between 7 PM and 8 PM. Please schedule four hours, but I'm hoping it will be three. Since the game is live, I cannot guarantee how long it will be. The second one will be between 11 AM and 7 PM on Saturday. The third one will be between 1:30 PM and 7 PM on Sunday. Now, if you want to play but am unable to attend at those times, please comment on this post and give me some options. I will choose one if I am available for any of them. If not, I will say what times I am available. I'm available nights around 6:30 PM and, pretty much, all day Saturday. Church is at 10:30 AM and lasts about two hours. The game is over DALnet in channel #lds_trivia. Please see the website for information on how to get there. I'm going to ask three random questions. Rack your brain and get the answers, including looking them up. Put your answers in a text file and submit them when prompted at the game. Use one line per question, preferably in the order asked. Old Testament: When Moses counted the Israelites in the plains of Moab, how many were in the tribe of Gad? A) 22,200; B) 32,500; C) 40,500; or D) 52,700? Church History: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square competed in the Eisteddfod singing competition in 1893 and was awarded what place? Church History: How many times did Moroni appear to Joseph Smith over the night of September 21, 1823? A) two, B) three, or C) four? I hope to see you there. (Thank you to the admins for letting me post these. I do this for fun.)
  6. Jeremy A

    Musicals

    I've only read the first page of replies, but I thought I would comment on musicals: I'm not sure what my favorite is, but I enjoy Phantom, Les Mis, Sound of Music, Oliver!, Evita, and Annie. I can't think of any others at this moment. I really enjoy Phantom, Les Mis, Sound of Music, and Oliver! I want to say my mom started me with musicals, but I've seen musicals my entire life. My mom did, however, introduce Les Mis to me. It was one musical where all the songs were good with only one standing out: "Master of the House." With Phantom, the title song stood out. I didn't like the movie version, because they cut the main musical number short. That song is the best part of the play, and they cut its length. I couldn't get into it. The Les Mis movie is great. For that one, they sang live, so the soundtrack had all the background noises. Brief spoiler ahead: I'm glad they took out the back-breaking sound in the soundtrack. It made that scene more intense and more painful. The end credits music wasn't in the soundtrack, however. "Sound of Music" is an interesting one, especially "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." Things are much different regarding the roles of men and women. It's also difficult to pick a favorite song. I'm reminded of "Wind It Up" by Gwen Stefani, and she samples music from "The Lonely Goatherd." I digress. I don't know what to say about Oliver! One thing I noticed is that "Who Will Buy?" is longer in the movie, and they never released a full soundtrack version of that song. There are some extended bits in that sequence that I'm glad isn't in the soundtrack. There's an extended release of "The Sound of Music" that I got as soon as I saw it available. I don't know if there's an extended release of the original "Annie," but there are many more movies that have extended releases. That list is off-topic. Oh, Annie is interesting. For some reason I don't remember, I hated "Tomorrow" when I first heard it in second grade. Of course, when I said I hated it at school, people would sing the song more. However, there are two songs that I don't like from the movie, and I deleted them. I forget the titles, but I believe one was "Little Girls," the one sung by the scammy orphanage leader, Miss Hannigan. I definitely don't remember the other title, but it was the song when Miss Hannigan and the other two conceive of kidnapping Annie to collect a ransom. I saw the movie briefly and saw the ending to "Little Girls" and realized how much I hated the song and that I forgot I deleted it. My wife got me interested in Evita. How Madonna got cast as Evita is something of a mystery, although she lost a lot of weight for that role. The only song that stands out is "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," one that Donna Summer covered. I haven't seen the movie in full, however. She also likes Chicago, and I haven't heard the soundtrack or seen the movie all the way through yet. I do remember not liking the Queen Latifah version of "He Had It Coming," but I believe I changed my mind. My mom enjoys "Fiddler on the Roof" and "West Side Story," but I haven't heard the soundtrack or seen the full movie before. I didn't get into them as much as others. The only Rogers and Hammerstein musical I like is "The Sound of Music." I haven't really seen the others. Oh, that reminds me of Judy Garland. I just can't get into liking her music. I actually feel sorry for her, because the studio overworked her to the point of exhaustion and blamed her for the exhaustion. All she wanted to do was entertain people, but other people made that difficult for her. Her most famous song, I would guess, is "Over the Rainbow" from "Wizard of Oz." I've heard many cover versions, including one by Sowelu from Japan. It's a great dance version, but I don't have the soundtrack to "Wizard of Oz." I haven't really wanted to get it, either. Finally, I'll talk about Shirley Temple. My favorite movie of hers was "Heidi." It's not a musical, but my mom and my sister loved her other movies. I believe her most famous song is "Good Ship Lollipop." I haven't watched any of her other movies all the way through, but I sure loved her version of "Heidi."
  7. It has been a while since I tried a game of LDS Trivia and Puzzles, so this weekend is the time: tonight, which is Friday, between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM; tomorrow all day from 10 AM to 7 PM; and Sunday from 1:30 PM to 7:30 PM. All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). For those outside North America, compare your time zone with Seattle, Washington. There will only be one session this weekend, so I'll post again when a session completes. The game is on DALnet in channel #lds_trivia. Please see the website for more information on how to get to the game. I don't believe I have anybody signed up for the notify list or newsletter at the time of writing this, so I'm going to post three random questions here. Rack your brains to get the answers but do not send me the answers until prompted in the channel when the game starts. I will post the answers in the newsletter after a game,. Good luck. See you there. Book of Mormon: True or false? A man tries to take revenge on Ammon for killing his brother during Ammon's defending of king Lamoni's flocks. As the guy lifted his sword to kill Ammon while on the floor, the guy dropped dead instantly. Old Testament: According to the Bible Dictionary, the book of Judges gives a history of how many judges? Old Testament: "And shall (blank) and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint." A) Walk, B) run, C) stand, or D) jog?
  8. Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzle players: (First, thanks to the admins for letting me post these. It's difficult to find players these days.) It's been a while since I last tried to have a game, which was back in April. I have made some changes since then, and I'll go over those in a moment. Even though it's the fourth of July here in the states, I'm hoping to have a game either today or tomorrow. For today, a game can start anytime between 3 PM and 8 PM Pacific Daylight Time. For tomorrow, I hope to have one between 10 AM and 3 PM. Tomorrow is Family Home Evening, so I don't want the game to go over to interfere with that. If there's confusion as to when that occurs in your time zone, compare your time with Seattle, Washington, and adjust times accordingly. The game is still on the DALnet IRC network in channel #lds_trivia. More information is on the website, including methods of accessing IRC. If I included all updates to the game, this post will get long fast, so I'll present a summary with more information on the website: Puzzles and word scrambles now have rules regarding length. Word scrambles will not contain more than three words, and puzzles will have a minimum of four words, ignoring conjunctions, articles, and most small prepositions. I have a list of words that do not count to create consistency. I increased and changed puzzle values. Puzzle values now start at 6,500, 250 for each letter in the alphabet, and I increased vowels to 1,000. Values decrease with each letter guessed and revealed. Word scrambles can now be questions. Rules for scrambles and questions combine. All scrambles are level three with no category appearing in the question itself. I added rules in case I make a mistake, which can happen. There are five scenarios I made rules for. Since the game is live, anything and everything can go wrong, but I hope to keep that to a minimum. Finally, I adjusted the bonus round. I decreased the time added for levels five to eight to the same pause used when asking a question in the regular game. Additionally, if someone gets a level eight question right, they'll earn 1,250 points and go back to level one. I fixed some bugs and found more and probably created some when trying to fix some. I hope to see you there.
  9. Hello, fellow players: It's the last few days of the month, and I haven't tried a game session, so I hope to have one this week. Here are some available times for the upcoming week: Today: between 2 pm and 7 pm Pacific Daylight Time. Monday: an appointment between 6:30 pm and 8 pm. Tuesday through Friday: between 6:30 pm and 8 pm. I work until five, and I want to make sure I get home with time to eat and get ready. (I also work late to make up late starts and extended lunches when applicable.) Saturday: between noon and 8 pm. I will post this once and then post when a game happens, because there's only one session. Feel free to set an appointment for any of those time slots. Once again, the game is on DALnet in channel #lds_trivia. Please see the website for information on how to get to the game and the rules. I hope to see you there.
  10. Hello, potential LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: Wow, my last post was in November. Anyway, it's been a while since I tried to have a game. Life gets in the way [smile]. There will be two possible game sessions: Friday, Mar 12, between 6:30 PM and 8 PM Pacific, 9:30 to 11 PM Eastern. I know that's late, especially for the east coast, but I get off work at about five, and I want to be able to get home and be in the channel to wait for players. The second day and time are Saturday between noon and 8 PM Pacific, 3 and 11 PM Eastern. If a game happens Friday night, I'll reply to this post, so people will know that there's no game on Saturday. Remember, I live near Seattle, so use that city to compare time zones. If you want to have a game at a specific time, let's make an appointment. Setting an appointment seems silly, but it allows the possibility of having a time that works for me and you. Please comment on this post with some dates and times for a game, and I'll reply with what works for me, and then we can pick a day and time. Oh, if you don't specify a time zone, I will assume my time zone, which is Pacific in North America. As a reminder, the game takes place on DALnet in channel #lds_trivia. Please see the website for more information on the game and how to get to it. I hope to see you there.
  11. Jeremy A

    LDS Trivia and Puzzles Sessions

    Hello, fellow trivia players: I'm going to have game sessions once a month. If there is a game, great. If not, wait until next month. Since Thanksgiving is around the corner, I will do this month's game early. The possible sessions will occur tomorrow, the 5th, sometime between 1 PM and 7 PM; Saturday, the 7th between 4 PM and 8 PM; and Sunday between 1 PM and 7 PM. All times are Pacific Standard Time, and I live near Seattle to help determine time differences outside the United States and Canada. Since I'm going back to work Friday full time, the times available in the future will be Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Sunday is not the best day due to going to church and spending time with family, but weekday evenings will not work. Players can contact me to schedule games based on Pacific Standard Time. As always, the game's website shows where the game takes place, four methods on how to get there, rules, game stats, and a page that shows the sources used for questions. See you then. Please help me get players by spreading the word.
  12. Jeremy A

    LDS Trivia and Puzzles Game Sessions

    Okay, it's time to try for a game this week for the month of October: Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 4 PM to 8 PM Pacific Daylight Time. If no games happen on any of those days, there's one final one in October on Saturday, but the earliest start time is 5:30 PM instead of four. I will post if a game happens. Once again, the game is through IRC on DALnet in channel #lds_trivia. Please see the website for information on how to get there and how to play the game. Please help by spreading the word. I want some players, please.
  13. Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: It's been a while, but I hope to have a game sometime this week. Having a game tonight is possible until about 8 PM PDT. I have an appointment tomorrow, so I'm thinking between 3 PM and 8 PM. Friday is anytime I'm in the channel. Saturday is from 6 PM to 9 PM. For those of you living outside the United States, compare your time to Seattle, Washington's. These time zones wreak havoc, but that's the way it is. Remember, see the game's website for information on how to get to the game, and I hope to see you there. Oh, if you try to sign up for the newsletter on the site, and it won't let you, please let me know and tell me what it says.
  14. Jeremy A

    Upcoming LDS Trivia and Puzzles Games

    Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: I've been working on more questions for the game, and I've updated the website, especially visually. Even I had difficulty reading the website. I hope it's better. I hope to have a game this weekend. This time, I won't specify a time; I'll specify a range. Saturday, 6 pm to 9 pm PDT. Sunday, between noon and eight pm PDT. I'll post if a game happens. Contact me to set a time. Please see the website for instructions on how to get to the game. There are many different methods to connect to the game, but I only cover four on the site. If you need help connecting, use the email address on the website to contact me, or reply to this post. Make sure to be as specific as possible for me to help you best. I'm also going to post three random questions here. Normally, it's for the notify list, but nobody signed up for it. Find the answers but make sure to not send me the answers. Players will get a chance to answer when the game starts. Book of Mormon: King Lamoni's servants just told Lamoni of how Ammon defended the king's flocks. What did Lamoni think of Ammon? Ammon was A) evil, B) the Great Spirit, C) the Almighty, or D) going to kill him? Old Testament: How long did Shamgar overcome the Philistines? Church History: Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith and told him about a book. Furthermore, he was instructed to not show it to anyone, except those he was told to. What would have happened if Joseph showed them to people unauthorized? I will post the answers in a newsletter that I will send out after the game.
  15. Jeremy A

    LDS Trivia and Puzzles

    Hello, fellow LDS Trivia and Puzzles players: This crisis is draining, but we'll get through it with an adjusted normal returning. Hang in there. It's difficult to determine an exact time to hold a trivia game. Personally, Sunday is the perfect day, but games can occur on other days of the week. Monday is Family Home Evening, and people also work during the day. When I first did this over 20 years ago, it was a Friday evening and other days I can't remember. Having said that, I'll try having people contact me on when to have a game. It may seem silly to schedule an appointment for a trivia game, but that may be what it takes to get games going. Reply to this post with days and times that work well for you. When requesting times, it's best to put your time zone, and I can adjust it to match; however, if there's no time zone specified, I'll assume it's my time, which is PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). For those outside the United States and Canada, please give me the nearest major city in your country in the same time zone. This allows me to look up how it differs from mine and adjust it. Now, something else to consider is that trivia games can be more fun with more than one player. If possible, gather as many people as possible and share this post, too. The last game I had a game was back in August of 2018. One person came to play and then found someone else to play with him. Actually, he found two with one leaving early. The game still takes place on channel #lds_trivia on DALnet, an Internet Relay Chat network that's been around since the 1990s and the location of the first version of this game. Please see the website for more details. One thing I will do is hang out in the channel when I'm available. If someone comes, I can start a game on the fly. Finally, as for updates, I did a lot of work on the website and some aspects of the game. I even worked on updating the script for my mailing list and tested it by signing up. It works. If it doesn't, let me know with as much information as possible. Worst case scenario, I can sign you up manually when you send me an email.