10 Trivia Night Tips – Pub Trivia An Entertaining Night Out

If you are tired of sitting home watching TV and your local area does not have much to offer in the form of regular entertainment, have you considered attending a trivia night? Pub trivia or trivia night quiz competitions are great for a regular weekly get together with friends. They offer something for all ages, they are stimulating and interactive, they leave you plenty of time to talk and give you lots of things to talk about!

Trivia nights usually organize their competition so that someone books a table and then people sitting at the table compete as a team, so 2-8 people are needed and they need a team name.

People often have a preconception that trivia nights are for brainiacs. But don’t bother racking your brain and flicking through address books looking for someone with a university degree. Trivia nights generally include trivia questions about pop culture trivia, not really university degree type knowledge.

Most people have more knowledge than we think. Instead of looking for intellectuals, you’ll be better off looking for team members who are avid fans of something.

Do you know someone who watches a lot of TV? People who have watched every episode of the Simpsons, or South Park, Friends or Neighbours have a brain chock full of TV characters and their foibles. Music lovers with a CD collection spanning several decades are useful. Travellers have a wealth of knowledge about locations and cities and rivers and if they also speak several languages it’s a bonus. Amateur chefs can also tip the balance if you get a tricky food trivia question. Sports lovers are a bonus.

Getting a good trivia night team together may be the prime objective for those with a highly competitive streak who are playing to win jackpots and prizes. Most of us are just happy to pick up a bar voucher or a free dinner coupon at a trivia night. We’ll keep going out to a trivia night for the social interaction, so long as the host and our friends make us laugh and we don’t come last every week.

Here are 10 Trivia Night tips for people who haven’t attended a trivia night before.

  • 1. Turn up around 15-30 minutes before the trivia night starts. You’ll be able to pick a good table, where you can see the screen and are able to hear the questions better, and you won’t be holding up the trivia host from starting the quiz as he explains the rules to you.
  • 2. Don’t be afraid to be uncool enough to drag along a younger or older acquaintance to a trivia night. People from different generations have a vastly different knowledge base, that can make all the difference.
  • 3. Turn off or simply don’t take your mobile phone in with you. Serious trivia night competitors can suffer from highly aggressive „cheat rage“ if they see you checking your messages, and many clubs and hosts take a dim view of anyone bringing in mobile phones as well.
  • 4. As competitors compete as a trivia team, if you drag a friend or two along with you, you’ll enjoy yourself more. Trivia hosts will often try and fit singles into an already established team, but you take pot luck as to who your team mates are. You might be lucky and make new friends or you might be stuck at a table with a rowdy crowd who are more interested in each other and the beer, than the trivia night competition or you.
  • 5. Don’t overdo the know it alls on your trivia team just to fill up the table. Too many strong personalities arguing they’re right can spoil all the fun for the rest of the team. Friendships have been known to die at trivia nights because a dominant personality over ruled a friends correct answer with his own wrong one.
  • 6. If you intend to question the trivia host about an answer you „know“ to be correct, be prepared to back it up with a reputable source. These do not include Wikipedia or an internet website unless they also cite a reference source with more weight.
  • 7. A prize is often given for the best trivia team name. So put your thinking cap on and come up with an inventive team name. A clever play on words is trumped by the name that gets the most laughs.
  • 8. Make sure the person chosen to write down the answers to the trivia quiz questions, writes clearly and can spell. You don’t want to lose points on technicalities. It helps if this person is also very decisive, he or she can then play referee when two team members are both certain about two different possible answers.
  • 9. Trust your instincts. The first answer to pop into your head at a trivia night is most likely to be the true one. Don’t over think it.
  • 10. Beware of trick questions. Ignore the tip above and think carefully before you commit to an answer that seems too easy. Quiz masters love to throw a spanner in the works by playing on obvious answers that are false. Want an example? This is a good one. How many months in a typical year have 28 days in them? Did you answer „One – February!“? It’s true that only February ends after 28 days apart from a leap year but it’s also true that all 12 months in a normal calendar year have at least 28 days in them. So the answer is actually 12.

So if you want a stimulating entertaining night out, why not give a trivia night a go? Stretch the brain, improve the memory, have a great night out and enjoy the company and conversation of friends.

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Source by Julie Francis

Hip Hop Dance Music

Need some tracks to play at a party, or just go out dancing to? Here’s my list of the best hip hop dance music out there today…

Gold Digger by Kanye West

Turn It Up by Chamillionaire

Bubber Band Man by T.I.

Hynotize by Young Jeezy

30 Something by Jay-Z

Ms. Jackson by Outkast

Get Low by Ying Yang twins

Lean Back by Fat Joe

Yeah by Usher

Get it on the floor by DMX

Pump it by  Black Eyed Peas

Blunt Ashes by Nas

Jesus Walks by Kanye West

Go Getta by Young Jeezy

Over Here Hustlin‘ by Lil‘ Wayne

Salt Shaker by Ying Yang Twins

So what makes these songs stand out as the best hip hop dance music? The video? Something that bumps at a club? Admittedly, the list is biased upon my personal preferences: I like the more heady lyrical stuff with a strong driving beat behind it, which leans towards Outkast, Nas, Eminem and early Kanye West tracks more so than tracks by Ying Yang Twins or Young Jeezy. However, I’ve included a few of their songs as well to round out the list.

I also tried to leave out most underground rap/hip hop songs to keep it as accessible as possible. Most, if not all of these songs could be played in clubs or show up on MTV as a rap video. Sure, I could play Dead Prez or Ras Kass, but most people at a party- at least the ones I go to- wouldn’t have a clue who they are. It’s strange, no matter how hot a a song is, you’ll usually get a better reaction if people know the music and can sing along with it. Guess that’s why there’s so many cover bands in bars… Lastly, I included several songs from the past few years, rather than just listing off a „what’s hot now“ playlist of current music. Anyone who thinks GoldDigger won’t get a good reaction at a party is missing the point (unless it’s a wedding). 

If you want to learn more about good hip hop dance music, check out Pandora, a free radio service that plays music according to your selected genre. you can always delete the songs you don’t like, and save the music you think would work well at your party.

So that’s my list for now. What songs would you include in your list of hip hop dance music?

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Source by Andrew Tucker

Gaining Writing Experience

GAINING WRITING EXPERIENCE

Some Catch-22, huh? In the writing business, you can not get published until you have some experience. If you can not get published until you have experience, how do you get experience? How do you get publishing clips to show all those publishers who want to see "previously published clips"? It's almost as if Lily Tomlin's telephone operator character came up with this: "Is this the party to whom I'm speaking? Are you the unpublished writer who has published clips I can look at? (Snort, snort!)"

What's an unpublished writer to do? Get published, of course! I'm not being flippant; I'm serious. Think about your life. There are a number of things you can write about right now (essays and travel articles about that great place you stumbled upon last summer). There is a lot more you can write about if you do a little research (an article concerning something that has been on your mind-your mother's illness? The stringent standards of learning being enforced upon elementary school students?). How about doing an article about the writer's conference you attended?

Now you have your ideas, but where do you get them published? You may start with your local newspaper. If they're like most newspapers, they're in need of fillers from time to time. They may even be in need of freelance reporters during the summer and the holiday seasons. Talk with your newspaper's editor. Be frank. Tell him / her that you need some publishing experience in order build your portfolio. In addition to putting some published clips in your "clip file," you'll also gain valuable experience and hone your craft. Then when you write that novel starring the investigative reporter, you'll know the lingo … and the editor can say, "I knew that author when …"

Op-ed pieces are another way to go; and if you query the right market, you could make some good money while acquiring these published clips. We all have opinions. If you can write about a hot subject and express your opinion on it succinctly and objectively, you're in the position to write an op-ed piece. Let's go back to the standards of learning issue. While you realize little Johnny needs to get a good education, you also realize the importance of playtime and "down time." You do not want Johnny to be a prime candidate for a stress-induced heart attack at age 32. Many other parents feel this way. Some do not. Some would say, "Standards of learning?" Talk with other parents to get conflicting views and write the article.

Although some shudder at the very words "non-paying market," if you're an unpublished writer seeking clips, it's a good alternative. After you get those clips, it's not so great to work for free; but at this point, you need the exposure and experience, and they need the articles. I think it's a fair trade as long as you work for a web site, e-zine, print magazine, newsletter, or even charitable organization that you would be proud to have worked for. It will not do you any good to have clips with grammatical errors (either yours or their) or content that is not credible.

Entering contests is another way to get clips, though this is more of a writing sample. Still, if you win or even place in the contest, this will lend some weight to your writing. This is especially true if you're a genre writer. Romance Writers of America even has a contest called the Golden Heart Contest wherein the winner has the "best unpublished manuscript." Malice Domestic is a contest for mystery writers. While these "biggie" contests are great, small contests are a boon to the unpublished writer as well. One caveat: There are a lot of bogus contests out there. Before you pay any sort of fee, check out the contest.

So where do I find all these places to get published or get noticed or gain some recognition as a writer? Well, you can find some by clicking on the links below:

NEWSPAPERS:

This link gives you information about newspapers in all fifty states and provides links to many of the news' web sites.

http://www.50states.com/news/

OP-ED PIECES:

Adbusters (paying market)

Guidelines: [http://adbusters.org/information/guidelines]

Home & Family (paying market)

Guidelines: [http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/guidelines/homefam.htm]
Woman Abroad (offers both paying and non-paying opportunities)

Guidelines: [http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/Retired/womanabroad.htm]

The Sacramento Bee

Guidelines: http://www.sna.com/sacbedit/opedinfo.html

Additional Op-Ed Markets include:

Chicago Reader, Daily News of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle Forum, The Star Ledger, Star Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Washington Free Press.

[http://www.writersdatabase.com/oped.shtml]

NON-PAYING MARKETS:

There are 285 listings for non-paying markets at http://www.writerswrite.net/pubsrch3.cfm .

CONTESTS:

Freelance Writing.com

[http://www.freelancewriting.com/contests.html]

Writing-World.com

[http://www.tipsforwriters.com/contests/index.html]

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Source by Gayle Trent

Review on the First Episode of Gene Simmon's Family Jewels

A & E is the place to watch the latest version of the family reality show genre started by the Osbournes on MTV. However, there are a few major differences between Gene Simmon's Family Jewels, and the Osbournes, the zany British family led by rocker Ozzy Osbourne and boisterous wife Sharon. The Osbournes enjoyed such a huge audience mainly because the viewers really felt like they were getting a true, fly-on-the-wall view of one of rock's first families. Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly really never came across as actors; they did not need to. Their own reality was so completely odd and unpredictable that watching paint dry in the Osbourne household was a privilege. However, Kiss frontman Gene "The Tongue" Simmons comes across as the lead actor in a show where his family looks to him to identify their individual roles, especially Simmons' common-law wife, Shannon Tweed, who was once Playboy Playmate of the year . In the premiere episode we see Shannon trying to one up Gene, who announces (to the cameras) that he is planning a surprise party for her birthday. The kids respond to his announcement in a predictable fashion – with disbelief. How on Earth would daddy Gene, which clueless approach to the real world (we see him bathing the family dog ​​by throwing the dog into the pool and struggling to run a dishwasher), know the very basics of party planning? Also, given the theme of the first episode – that Gene is truly the King of his manse, to what all must defer – would Gene be unselfish enough to give his time and energy to his common-law wife?

Gene and Shannon have been together for 23 years, and remain (in Gene's view) "happily unmarried." We learn quickly that Gene's reluctance to commit to the woman who has borne both of the couple's children is a source of amusement to the two teenagers, Nick and Sophie, and a source of distress to Shannon. But, does Gene care? Not if you believe what you see at the outside of the episode. Gene says to the camera "Marriage is an institution. You also have to be committed to it. Shannon's answer to Gene's unique attitude is "If someone does not marry you after 23 years, it means you're a loser." Could you imagine Sharon Osbourne being so self-effacing? Are you kidding – Sharon was the ultimate matriarch! Shannon's own teenage son even chimes in to support his wayward father. "It's good being a bachelor," he says laughing. Sad. Another future divorcee or serial monogamist in the making, compliments of Gene Simmons.

Gene then takes the cameras along for an all out bachelor night in Vegas. Just for the heck of it, he leaves his family and goes to Hooters. The girls are draped all over Gene, seeing a human cash register because there is not much else to look at. We see the Alpha male at his coolest – driving the bubblesheads around in a limousine all the while spouting out pathetic lines such as, "I believe that I should have as many women as possible and I believe you should have as many women as possible. " Please. I am humilated for him, and for his whole family who support his delusional reality in which he is front and center. When Gene appears at home, Shannon asks how Vegas was. His reply? "There were lots of boobs and they were all bouncing into each other." Yawn. At the end of the day, Shannon pulls a big ol 'staged surprise on Gene and plans an ambush wedding. I'm too bored to even write another word about it, but if you're worried, Gene is still the man, the myth and the unmarried legend. In his own eyes, at least.

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Source by Edward Charkow

Why You Should Buy Beats Online

Beats are very important for a song in many ways. The right beat will capture people’s attention and cause them to listen to the lyrical content found in the song. You also find that the most popular songs have a very unique and catchy beat. That means that you should invest a large percentage of your time and money to getting the perfect beat. The best and most effective way is by buying beats online. The following are the reasons why.

You as an artist or music producer will want a large variety of beats because each song will be different. Buying beats online will give you the chance to make a choice from a wide variety of beats e.g. rap beats, hip hop instrumentals, R&B beats etc. In that respect, internet producers sell all manner of beats you can ever need. The beats found online are very unique with all the layers, mix downs, effects etc. all of which are sure to capture your audience’s attention.

Beats for sale online come with numerous samples for you to listen to before making your purchase. This is a luxury not enjoyed if you decide to go offline for your purchase. The free samples in most online stores allow you to either select the beat you want from the existing database or gauge the creator’s skills. Either way, buying rap beats, hip hop beats or R&B instrumentals online guarantees that you get exactly what you want.

Buying beats online is generally cheaper than using offline methods. Assume you find an internet producer for your beats. All you will need to do is select the beat you want and make the purchase using the options available. Using offline options would entail driving all over looking for the best producer, spending a lot of time making beats and in the end, the price for the beat will be higher.

One of the best things about buying beats online is that there is very little in the way of paperwork. You will not have to go through a long process when assuming legal ownership of the beat, reading through and signing the terms of use etc. When you buy beat online, you will only have to check a small box and that will be it. You will have the option of asking for paperwork but it is not usually a requirement. This means you can start using your beats moments after buying them. This convenience should make you consider using internet music producers for all your beats.

When you decide to buy beats online, you will have the option of having any beat customized to your specific desires. Assume you use find a beat you like but doesn’t satisfy your need. You can easily contact the beat’s creator and ask for addition and subtraction of certain drum patterns, mutes, offsets, polyrhythms etc. The end result is a beat that meshes perfectly with your song.

No matter the genre, ( R&B beats, Pop Beats, Or Hip Hop) When you decide to buy beats online, there is a very simple method that will be used for you to get it. You will normally have a download link e-mailed to your instantly after purchase or sent to you via postage mail. For the latter option, you will even get a tracking number for you to easily track it. Either way maximum convenience is accorded.

In a nutshell, buying beats online is the better option because it is easy and more convenient than any other alternative.

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Source by Ordie E Page