Blog + Twitter vs. Aardvark: A Rematch

March 13, 2009
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It’s clear that my blog + Twitter vs. Aardvark challenge yesterday wasn’t much of a challenge, so I’m trying again. This time, I believe the questions are much harder. And, for what it’s worth, I don’t know the answers to any of them. I’m posting them all to Aardvark and here on The Noisy Channel at the same time, modulo my speed of typing.

  1. What is the origin of my name, Tunkelang? To the best of my knowledge the only people alive in the world who bear this name are myself (Daniel), my brother Michael, and my daughter Lily. My father, Ben, died last year.
  2. I used to play a text-based game called “Kill” over a dial-up teletype terminal in the 1970s. Is this game still around in any form?
  3. Is there a karaoke bar in New York or Boston that has the song “Mercy Street” by Peter Gabriel?
  4. Are there bacon and sour cream potato chips available for sale in the United States, like the ones Ruffles used to make? No bacon ranch Pringles or cheddar and bacon anything, please!
  5. Where can I find the proceedings of the 1987 International Conference on The Business of CD-ROM?

Beyond being genuinely interested in the answers to these questio

It’s clear that my blog + Twitter vs. Aardvark challenge yesterday wasn’t much of a challenge, so I’m trying again. This time, I believe the questions are much harder. And, for what it’s worth, I don’t know the answers to any of them. I’m posting them all to Aardvark and here on The Noisy Channel at the same time, modulo my speed of typing.

  1. What is the origin of my name, Tunkelang? To the best of my knowledge the only people alive in the world who bear this name are myself (Daniel), my brother Michael, and my daughter Lily. My father, Ben, died last year.
  2. I used to play a text-based game called “Kill” over a dial-up teletype terminal in the 1970s. Is this game still around in any form?
  3. Is there a karaoke bar in New York or Boston that has the song “Mercy Street” by Peter Gabriel?
  4. Are there bacon and sour cream potato chips available for sale in the United States, like the ones Ruffles used to make? No bacon ranch Pringles or cheddar and bacon anything, please!
  5. Where can I find the proceedings of the 1987 International Conference on The Business of CD-ROM?

Beyond being genuinely interested in the answers to these questions, I’d like to see how “social search” via Aardvark compares to social search via my homegrown social network.

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