Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 4-2-2015: Facebookin’ …

You know, I’ve got to admit: I’m thinking of getting a book out.

Of the library, I should add.

Once I’ve finished the ones I’m ALREADY reading: I’m partway through Assassin’s Quest, by Robin Hobb, so you know.

William Gibson’s The Peripheral is lined up, next.

Terry Pratchett’s A Slip Of The Keyboard lined up for after that.

I want to TRY and line up Invisible Me, by Old Peculiar regular, Debbi Mack, at some point: once I get a Kindle!   I can only hope Debbi’s doing print copies … !

The fact I’d LIKE to re-read Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant* — possibly the most psychologically murky of fantasy novels — has little to do with it!

There’s too many books: and too little time … !!!!¡!


But let’s get a move on, shall we?

It is Wednesday: which means, of course, that it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s THIS week’s: covered by the usual Creative Commons License‡ …
Q1) 4th February saw the founding of Facebook: in which year of the 21st Century?
Q2) The site was founded by a group of college room-mates: from which American University: Yale, Harvard or UCLA?
Q3) The founders included Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Facebook’s current CEO.   Who IS the CEO?
Q4) What was Facebook originally called?
Q5) Facebook was initially for students.   In which year did it open for the general public: 2005, 2006 or 2007?
Q6) Amongst many things, you can do what to your Facebook friends: peel them, poke them or slap them?
Q7) What does Facebook have: a ‘Like’ button, a ‘Follow’ feature or a ‘Places’ feature?
Q8) Facebook is a social network.   What’s Russian biggest social network: Nexopia, Vkontakte or Orkut?
Q9) Which site limits its users to 140 character ‘tweets’?
Q10) Finally … What was the name of the 2010 film about the founding of Facebook?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) Lego patented their famous plastic bricks on the 28th January: of which year of the 1950s?
Q2) The company is based in the town of Billund.   Billund is in which European country: Denmark, Sweden or Norway?
Q3) In which year of the 1940s did Lego start making the bricks?
Q4) The name, ‘Lego,’ is from a phrase in the company’s native language.   That means what: ‘I build,’ ‘play well,’ or ‘stabbing pain in the foot’?
Q5) Billund, in Denmark, Windsor, in the UK, Günzburg, in Germany and Nusajaya, in Malaysia, are all home to Lego theme parks. These parks all share what name?
Q6) My four year old nephew has some of the bricks Lego makes for young children.   What brand name has Lego given these bricks?
Q7) Lego also sell a range of advanced construction sets: with gears, Axles, and, in some sets, electric motors.   What do Lego call these: Lego Technics, Lego Botnics or Lego Electrics?
Q8) Lego also sell a range of sets: based on which DC Comics character?
Q9) One of the largest Lego models ever built had over five million parts: and was displayed in Times Square, in New York.   It was a life sized model of what: the TARDIS, the Enterprise, from ‘Star Trek’ or an X-wing from ‘Star Wars’?
Q10) Finally … 2014 saw the release of ‘The LEGO Movie.’   Which US studio was the film’s distributer: Disney, Warner Brothers or Universal?
A1) 1958.
A2) Denmark.
A3) 1949.
A4) Play well’.   (Although the word ‘Lego’ also means ‘I assemble,’ in Latin.)
A5) Legoland.
A6) Duplo.   (He loves building towers with them: the taller, the better.)
A7) Lego Technics.   (The fact some of the sets include studless parts has proven controversial to some Lego fans.)
A8) Batman.
A9) An X-wing.
Enjoy those: I hope they help … !

*        Seriously, Covenant is one of the murkiest of heroes: and unsympathetic†.   I first read the books, back in the mid 1980s, and found myself wanting to seriously SLAP the character: whilst simultaneously telling him to get ON with it.

†        No, really.   Thomas Convent has leprosy, and extensive loss of feeling, and impotence, as a result.   In the first book, he’s transported to a fantasy realm known only as ‘The Land’: where he’s magically cured of the disease, AND the associated nerve damage/impotence.   The first woman he meets?   He rapes as a result … 

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