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by SpanishSpy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 4842

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

I second the recommendation for a wider acceptance of answers for "revocation of the Edict of Nantes." That one threw me off, and I think it was reasonably acceptable that not the actual legislative act but rather the actual policy be an acceptable answer.
by SpanishSpy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 13647

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Piggybacking off of the general "don't drown newcomers in QB community nonsense," I also propose don't submerge newcomers in with your club's injokes off the bat. I was the newcomer in that position when I came to William & Mary, and part of me wanted to quit in part because of it. The other part wa...
by SpanishSpy
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 567
Views: 224449

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

So it's taken me far longer than I should have to do this, but Alex Wallace's Titanic Trash Packet, my third, and the one that was read at the 2017 Festivus, is finally ready for general reading. I'd be happy to read it on discord should somebody like to hear it.
by SpanishSpy
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 13474

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

Travel plans changed so I might not be at this, but the packet is ready 20/20. My understanding is that bonuses are frowned upon; I will consult whoever is listening as to whether I read them or not should I be there.
by SpanishSpy
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 13474

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I will try to actually finish my third trash packet for this.
by SpanishSpy
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]
Replies: 13
Views: 4033

Re: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]

This is happening at the Canada ACF Fall Site (info here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=20411). Make sure to write your 10 or 20 tossups before the New World Order does it for you! Hate to say this but this slipped my mind; this semester has been brutal on me academically. I ...
by SpanishSpy
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: James Blair Bowl II @ William and Mary Feb. 10 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 2791

Re: James Blair Bowl II @ William and Mary

For the record I can also be contacted regarding this tournament as I am on the William & Mary team. I can be PMed here or emailed at arwallace@email.wm.edu
by SpanishSpy
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 12602

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

Well, I don't know what advice I could give that hasn't already been said, but I can give my own story as a cautionary tale. I was subject to over a decade of psychological and emotional abuse. One of my few ways of coping was reading large amounts of history and geography, and later Sporcle in thos...
by SpanishSpy
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 173
Views: 104060

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

Got a tossup on the Zoot Suit Riots on a Chicago Open being used for practice because of this song.
by SpanishSpy
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Summer Practice at UMD
Replies: 13
Views: 3393

Re: Summer Practice at UMD

Sokratis Papastathopoulos wrote:Well, the first day of classes at UMD is August 28th. So there's still a week and a half until classes begin.
Mainly why I was asking - I wasn't sure when Maryland's classes begin. They start earlier than my school, I can tell now.
by SpanishSpy
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Summer Practice at UMD
Replies: 13
Views: 3393

Re: Summer Practice at UMD

DuPhos wrote:
SpanishSpy wrote:Will there be a practice tomorrow?
We will not be holding practice tonight.
Thank you very much for your response.

Will there be any more?
by SpanishSpy
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Summer Practice at UMD
Replies: 13
Views: 3393

Re: Summer Practice at UMD

Will there be a practice tomorrow?
by SpanishSpy
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Obituary: Candace Benefiel (Texas A&M)
Replies: 1
Views: 2048

Re: Obituary: Candace Benefiel (Texas A&M)

What a tragedy.

May she rest in peace.
by SpanishSpy
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Summer Practice at UMD
Replies: 13
Views: 3393

Re: Summer Practice at UMD

Will this be happening this week?
by SpanishSpy
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Summer Practice at UMD
Replies: 13
Views: 3393

Re: Summer Practice at UMD

sarangyeola wrote:Since we had a good turnout at yesterday, we will continue to host practice's weekly. These will be Wednesdays starting next week on July 26. Hope to see many of you there!
I won't be able to make this week due to other plans but I intend to in subsequent weeks.
by SpanishSpy
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT writer applications are now open
Replies: 14
Views: 4976

Re: NAQT writer applications are now open

jonah wrote:
Scipio wrote:
SpanishSpy wrote:Would applying for a writer position prevent me from playing NAQT events with my team?
No. Writer accounts are set up so that they cannot see packet sets for events they plan to play.
Thanks. I will apply within the next few days.
by SpanishSpy
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Summer Practice at UMD
Replies: 13
Views: 3393

Re: Summer Practice at UMD

Just want to confirm my presence at this.
by SpanishSpy
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT writer applications are now open
Replies: 14
Views: 4976

Re: NAQT writer applications are now open

Would applying for a writer position prevent me from playing NAQT events with my team?
by SpanishSpy
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Summer Practice at UMD
Replies: 13
Views: 3393

Re: Summer Practice at UMD

Depending on my schedule I'll see if I can make it. I'll probably be late; I get out of my job at Union Station at 5 and would metro in.
by SpanishSpy
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: The overwhelming lack of knowledge for the initiate
Replies: 11
Views: 4910

Re: The overwhelming lack of knowledge for the initiate

What is your specialty? You can become a STEM specialist if that's what interests you, or a literature specialist if so. Becoming a generalist at the college level when one is not before, at least my opinion, is lunacy. You do not have the time in your life to learn the ENTIRE canon and still have a...
by SpanishSpy
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 173
Views: 104060

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I've gotten more than one Swedish history tossup by listening to Sabaton's album Carolus Rex
by SpanishSpy
Sat May 27, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Theses on the Transitioning Quizbowl Community
Replies: 9
Views: 3804

Re: Theses on the Transitioning Quizbowl Community

Cheynem wrote:Not sure why he picked those two things, but he was referencing bonuses that went like "Is the primary language of these countries English, Spanish, both, or neither?"
I see. Thank you for the explanation
by SpanishSpy
Fri May 26, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Theses on the Transitioning Quizbowl Community
Replies: 9
Views: 3804

Re: Theses on the Transitioning Quizbowl Community

The other thing I might suggest is for more experienced writers to post "guides" on general principles of question-writing/potential pitfalls/useful sources. Every tournament I work on I go back to the notes on question-writing that Seth and Auroni sent out to PADAWAN writers. Similarly, Austin's p...
by SpanishSpy
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]
Replies: 13
Views: 4033

Re: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]

ErikC wrote:
SpanishSpy wrote:At this rate I can't get one to you this weekend. If you are taking submissions afterwards I might make that depending on when.
This isn't being played for months so there is no rush.
Thanks, then - I will try to get it to you within the month.
by SpanishSpy
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 567
Views: 224449

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I am currently in the planning stages for my third trash packet, tentatively titled Alex Wallace's Titanic Trash Packet.

I'm also bandying about the idea for a Washington DC metro area themed packet like the PNW packet discussed above.
by SpanishSpy
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]
Replies: 13
Views: 4033

Re: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]

At this rate I can't get one to you this weekend. If you are taking submissions afterwards I might make that depending on when.
by SpanishSpy
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]
Replies: 13
Views: 4033

Re: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]

I'll try to get some questions for you by the weekend but I can't promise it.
by SpanishSpy
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

Borel hierarchy wrote:This post is my formal announcement that's I do not intend on playing this packet
Don't particularly understand why you would need to announce that, but noted.
by SpanishSpy
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 13343

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

I sent in my packet to Ms. Grames earlier today.
by SpanishSpy
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 13343

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

Due to time constraints, Alex Wallace's Nifty Nostalgia Packet will only be ten tossups. It will be sent to Ms. Grames shortly.
by SpanishSpy
Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 13343

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

I'm currently working on what I have dubbed "Alex Wallace's Nifty Nostalgia Packet" with the intention of having twenty tossups done by this Friday.
by SpanishSpy
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 567
Views: 224449

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have written a packet, which I will title [DATA EXPUNGED], consisting of a number of questions on the SCP Foundation. I'll read it this Wednesday on the IRC at 10pm EST. If that time doesn't work for you, then fill out this poll , and I'll try to read it again next week at some time. Oh this soun...
by SpanishSpy
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

gregweinstein wrote:Perfect! who is in? I would love next Monday or the Monday after, specifically

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As of now, it is only you, but I would prefer more - three people is often a good number, but I willd o more.
by SpanishSpy
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

Yeah that was my mistake. i completely forgot about it and I crashed hard after work. I would love to know about the next time there is a reading so I can participate (if there is a reading). Sorry again I'd be willing to do another reading in the period of Monday to Thursday during the evenings (d...
by SpanishSpy
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

The final score for the second reading

Brochin 415

Horton 135

Weinstein did not show up after repeated attempts at contacting him.
by SpanishSpy
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

gregweinstein wrote:I would also like to play in the trash mirror on Skype. i like tomorrow after 9
Very well. That will be the second reading.

If anyone else would like to be at the reading please comment and send me your Skype information.
by SpanishSpy
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

Nothing in particular needs to be done here and now, but in the future, please keep stuff like this in the random packet announcements thread to avoid board clutter. Thanks! I had announced there when the concept was made, and updated that thread as work progressed - this thread is for the actual c...
by SpanishSpy
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

sambrochin wrote:I'm pretty free whenever. What works for you?
Best would be Wednesday, either between 2 and 7 or after 9 (7-9 is Quizbowl practice).
by SpanishSpy
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

sambrochin wrote:Will you be doing another reading of this? I had a paper to write, so I unfortunately couldn't make it on Sunday.
I could do sometime this week before Thursday, heavily dependent on when precisely.
by SpanishSpy
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

Final scores for tonight's readings:

Rivera at 65

De Bock at 100

And winning, Thompson at 270
by SpanishSpy
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

As it currently stands we have three players lined up for the reading tonight at 7PM Eastern.

If anyone else would like to attend please comment fairly soon.
by SpanishSpy
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

Very well - so 7PM Sunday. Anyone else?

Also for those interested send me your Skype information if you haven't already.
by SpanishSpy
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

I have a meeting at 6 PM so 5 might be cutting it close - the meeting's usually over by 7 though. Also something may come up Saturday - I'm unknown on that front (coincidentally it's a chance at reading this packet in person to local high schoolers). I should be able to make it by 7 edt. If we star...
by SpanishSpy
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Gimmicky Tossups
Replies: 6
Views: 4110

Re: Gimmicky Tossups

Gimmicky in what sense? Topic? Structure?
by SpanishSpy
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

I have a meeting at 6 PM so 5 might be cutting it close - the meeting's usually over by 7 though.

Also something may come up Saturday - I'm unknown on that front (coincidentally it's a chance at reading this packet in person to local high schoolers).
by SpanishSpy
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

Very well - how about this Sunday between 1 and 6 PM Eastern?
by SpanishSpy
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

How about sometime Friday afternoon (eastern time)? For something like this I reckon it would be most fun in groups.
by SpanishSpy
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Re: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

Any preferred time in the coming week? I can do Wednesday night after 9PM eastern without a problem - Thursday I'm not really free til 10PM eastern, and Friday is completely free after 2PM eastern. Saturday I'm occupied after 7PM and on Sunday I'm busy 11AM-1PM and 6PM to 7PM (roughly).
by SpanishSpy
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet
Replies: 36
Views: 8760

Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet

Tonight I just finished my second trash packet which I have dubbed Alex Wallace's Tremendous Trash Packet, the sequel to Alex Wallace's Terrific Trash Packet that was read at Festivus. It's 20/20 of random nonsense of no particular distribution, but I will say it tends towards the geekier side of th...
by SpanishSpy
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]
Replies: 13
Views: 4033

Re: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]

This sounds like fun - by when would you want the packet?