Game Review: You Don’t Know Jack


If you were a fan of trivia games in the late 1990s then you have definitely heard of “You Don’t Know Jack” and are well aware of the addiction people had to it. Unfortunatly, the questions are now horribly out of date and a new version hasn’t been available for the last 10+ years. Well I’m proud to announce it’s back and better than ever!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, the ”you don’t know jack” games pitted 1 to 4 players in a quiz show style challenge that combined knowledge with comedic pop culture references. If you got the questions wrong, the game would publicly shame you in front of the other players.

This year, THQ Games has brought the series back to life with a whole new version of the game featuring all new questions with a modern twist. Players are treated to two rounds of 5 questions followed by the “Jack Attack” where players can go from last to first (and vice versa). Along with that, players can “screw” another play and force them to answer a question in 5 seconds or less.

Reviews of the games found on will get you inspired for my like this game, it is narrated by your host Cookie Masterson who is full of colorful commentary for every question. With more than 70 episodes contained on disc (and even more in the various DLCs), all the comments are fresh and rarely repeated. While it’s fun to get the questions right, it’s even more fun when you get them wrong (especially when you get the “wrong answer of the game” and are rewarded with an extra bonus prize).  While playing together with friends is a great way to share in the laughter and fun, this game can also be played online as well.

If you can’t tell already, I absolutely love this game and have even hosted evenings dedicated to people playing this for hours. And what makes it even better is the price. Instead of the standard $50 – $60 that games cost these days, You Don’t Know Jack can be had for an MSRP of $30 (and with the right deals it’s more like $15 – $20). I urge you to pick up this game and join in the excitement. If you have this game already and an xbox live account, let me know and we’ll start a match.

What’s a #nerdherd?

Warning:  If you were looking for a post that has anything to do with the TV show “Chuck”, you are pleasantly mistaken.  Regardless of this warning, please keep reading.

So if you follow me or many of my friends on twitter, you may see the hashtag #nerdherd being used.  I have been asked by some people just what is this “#nerdherd” that we tweet of? In short, it is a group of technology enthusiasts that come together (usually arranged via twitter) to talk shop and consume a food or beverage.  To give you a more in depth answer, I need to take you back about 6 – 10 months.

The original #nerdherd started with David Graham, Matt Brender, Luigi Danakos, and I.  We 4 former and current EMC employees would meet once or twice a week at the local Dunkin Donuts near the company headquarters since it was close to where we worked and lived.  It didn’t matter that we came from support, install base, or engineering, we always had something to talk about.  Our discussions were fueled by our passion for technology and our willingness to learn, and we would never turn down an opportunity to include another person in the group.

Over the months I have been blessed to be a part of many great tweetups and nerdherds.  They may not include all of the original people, but it’s still a great time.  Just tonight I had a nerdherd with Matt Brender, Scott Lowe, and Ben Dunning, and as luck would have it, I will be attending one of the biggest nerdherds of them all in Las Vegas next month (more on this to come).  So I encourage you to go out there and form your own groups and be passionate about technology.  If your ever in the area, drop me a line on twitter and we’ll get something together.

Greetings and salutations!

Welcome to Thulin’ Around.  This is my first self-registered domain and my first major blog.  Many of you may already know me from various message boards and twitter.  You can come to expect a variety of different subjects on this blog including technology, automotive, photography, movies, current events, travel, or whatever is on my mind.

So why “Thulin’ Around”?  To answer that, I have to give credit to Koset Surakomol.  He suggested it as part of an impromptu twitter contest.  As you know, my name is Sean Thulin (pronounced “too lean”) and when you say the domain name fast, it sounds like “tooling”.  After tossing the name around in my head for about an hour, I thought it would be a perfect fit for a blog that covers so many different and unrelated subjects.  Koset is a Advisory Technical Consultant with Greenplum (a subsidiary of EMC2) and collector of watches and fast cars.  If you’re not already following him on twitter, you should be.

I also want to give thanks to Luigi Danakos.  He helped me register this domain and guided me through the WordPress setup.  As this is my first blog an my first post, do expect things to change around here before I get it into final form.  With that being said, I hope you enjoy my posts over the next months and years.