Last week I was a minion at a quiz night. I thought my role was to greet people, hand out scoring sheets, run to tables to collect the sheets for marking etc. When I arrived at the venue I was cheerfully informed that I’d be one of the judges. One of the judges!
I don’t participate in trivia quizzes that often. (I can’t hold pub-quiz winning information in my head.) Even though the answers were going to be right in front of me I was pretty sure that someone would come up and dispute the judges decision. I was right. Luckily the library’s wireless internet was still available.
Provided courtesy of the Aotearoa People’s Network the signal stretched comfortably into the hall next to the library. It was brilliant. I could upload photos of the packed hall in the downtime between marking, while checking answers with some of the EPIC databases. I don’t get to use either very much in my day job so I was thrilled at how easy it was. It was fun charging from the Encyclopedia Britannica to the Health and Wellness Resource Centre with a quick diversion through Google to the Outrageous Fortune website. The best part of it all was that I could then answer any disputed scores with confidence. e.g. “Australia IS the name of a continent.” and “It’s only a symptom not the name of the disease.”
It’s easy to take these services for granted. That night I developed a new found appreciation for both of them.