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Predictions for Dining Week 2011 Superlatives

Sports & Leisure Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

Before the start of any major league  season, appropriate media outlets always do previews. Typically these project each team’s success while also predicting overarching items like  major season trends and individual award winners.

February may not be the start for any sport, but Dining Week in Syracuse did start last night. It might be retroactive to do it now, but here are a few predictions for Dining Week 2011 Superlatives:

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The new blog in town was a long time coming

Arts & Literature Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

Syracuse University (probably like most media savvy schools) offers interested students a variety of media options to pursue. There’s a daily newspaper, campus television network, NPR-affiliated radio and now a strictly web outlet if general news, politics or sports is your thing.  There are separate campus magazines for health, fashion, music/entertainment, alternative features and social/cultural identities. Folks who want to write technology even have an outlet since the D.O. has recently sought op-ed writers in that field.

However, this week the NewsHouse launched a new blog devoted to filling a surprisingly unaddressed niche on campus: food journalism. Continue reading

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Laying out the excus..er, articles and posts… from the most recent hiatus

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Written by Nathan Mattise

This isn’t the first time blogging has had an unintentional off spell here at In Pursuit of the Trivial. However, rather than spout off the reasons (cgh… travel, work… cgh) let’s simply share some of the other projects that have been happening since the last bit of posting.

(And, oh yeah, we’ll resume posting again soon [ish])

  • Finally, Pop Candy hosted another round of guest bloggers while Whitney Matheson took a vacation. The guests included: an international recording artist, a NYT best selling author and… me? Read about the only potato rapper in ‘Cuse (and the world?).

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The 2010 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Live Blog

Sports & Leisure Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

It’s become an annual event for me in the last few years and now CoverItLive makes it even easier. Presenting the 2010 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Live Blog:

Simply click the Mustard Yellow Belt to join/view the Live Blog. It’ll be posted in its entirety later in the day.
UPDATE 1:11pm 7/4/10: Simply click the belt to access the full event live blog courtesy of CoverItLive

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Trivial Links: How we spent our November blogging time…

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Look, just because I’ve neglected my 3-day-a-week posting schedule here at In Pursuit of the Trivial doesn’t mean I’m being lazy.

I’ve simply been busy (which in some contexts, is certainly a suitable pseudo-synonym for lazy).

Here’s a look at work being done this November as the return of “Five Signs” looms…

  • Ira Glass came to Syracuse and made my journalistic career at the ripe age of 24. I interviewed Glass,  had my interview picked up by two local and one national outlet and then made a low-grade video tribute to all of it (while managing to sneak in my L4D2 fanaticism).

(Links today from The NewsHouse, InsideSU, Syracuse.com, USA Today’s Pop Candy, Diners Without Frosted Tips, Questions for Ira Glass, You Tube, Vimeo, The Baking Chin)

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It’s time to contest all these contests.

Science & Nature Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

I would never expect to win a raffle, a lottery or any of the “be the fourth caller” type of contests. However, whenever any caveat including some semblance of skill is added to a competition… suddenly I find myself diving in head first.

Take the recent PopCandy Guest Blogger week. I submitted at least seven ideas (some of which I ultimately used on my own) and easily spent at least two hours researching and writing out my pitch. I remember anxiously checking the blog and Twitter feed several times the day of the announcement only to be forged into a pseudo-bad mood when I wasn’t among the lucky ones.

That was fine though. I still had the SU Football Guest Blogger prize to chase.  I followed the team fairly closely for the past five years. I’m in very close proximity to the games and players. I also happen to blog, report and generally write all the time (even about sports on occasion). My post was fairly well received on the BleacherReport – a decent mix of resume, potential and Orange pride.

Different game, same result. I received a nice e-mail offering me two free tickets to home opener for participating and that was the end.

More often than not, I find myself genuinely surprised that I didn’t win when entering these competitions. It’s as if one taste of actually victory in one (or two) of these costs you logic and common sense around contests from then on. Just look at the folks who actually won the PopCandy slots – the most famous site commenter, the director of the AMI and a Daytime Emmy-nominated actor. My Twitter-failure stories and I didn’t stand a real chance among hundreds of others.

The reality is any contest involves odds and most of them are long. Getting invested in them or banking on a break coming via this route is just too unrealistic and undependable.

Now, will that stop me from putting too much time and energy into entering them? (Don’t look after the jump..) Continue reading

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Trivial Links: Read the August ’09 SPIN Magazine

Entertainment Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

  • Lots of food entertainment news as of late – Alton Brown is celebrating 10 years on the job and Padma from Top Chef is (unfortunately) never going to make it that long.

(Links today from SPIN Magazine, sashafrerejones on Twitter, USA Today’s Pop Candy and Wired Magazine)

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