Search found 206 matches

by Coelacanth
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 11 @ UMN, again (03.04.18)
Replies: 22
Views: 3906

Re: ACRONYM 11 @ UMN, again (03.04.18)

Can we get a starting time and meeting location for this?
by Coelacanth
Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: MACRONYM: an ACRONYM IX Mirror @ Macalester
Replies: 11
Views: 3521

Re: MACRONYM: an ACRONYM IX Mirror @ Macalester

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooo! I can't make that date.

I will forward this on to my non-forum-reading teammates, however.
by Coelacanth
Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear it?
Replies: 52
Views: 17255

Re: Just what is "business casual" dress, and how do I wear

Also, do not forget a decent undershirt. Especially in classrooms where there are a lot of people in a small space, it can get hot pretty quickly, and the last thing you want is for others to see sweat stains in your armpits. Anti-perspirant will only go so far. Even if a decent button-down is too ...
by Coelacanth
Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 4248

Re: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

Open as in Open?

If so I'd like to play; put me down as a free agent.
by Coelacanth
Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Call for Submissions: Minnesota Trash Day (August 22nd)
Replies: 7
Views: 3056

Re: Call for Submissions: Minnesota Trash Day

A specific timeline for submission would help motivate me to do this.
by Coelacanth
Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACRONYM Mirror
Replies: 10
Views: 3759

Re: ACRONYM Mirror

Cheynem wrote:you could get a lot more people by making it an open tournament and allowing anyone, including non college students, to play.
Mike is right about this. My teammates and our money would like to play this.
by Coelacanth
Sun Feb 08, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT: Trash
Replies: 16
Views: 2672

Re: Trash

(the "Funny Girl" one and the random 1950s duo that I have never heard of before were excellent examples of ones that had no easy part). The Funny Girl bonus was enthusiastically 30'd in the DII room I was reading. Honestly, if the "random 1950s duo" of which you've never heard is the Everly Brothe...
by Coelacanth
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Quizbowl Camp Tournament mirror at UMN (09.13.14)
Replies: 20
Views: 5256

Re: Texas Quizbowl Camp Tournament mirror at UMN (09.13.14)

Ukonvasara wrote:pretty early Saturday and run DUST first
I am all in favor of a Saturday-only event and running DUST first, but I'm not sure what your idea of 'pretty early' is. Can you provide more specificity? I'll probably have to rearrange stuff for that morning. Thx
by Coelacanth
Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Quizbowl Camp Tournament mirror at UMN (09.13.14)
Replies: 20
Views: 5256

Re: Texas Quizbowl Camp Tournament mirror at UMN (09.13.14)

Bumping in search of a logistics/timing update.

It may be relevant that the 14th is a Vikings home game. Impacts on campus traffic and parking will not be non-trivial, even on the West Bank.
by Coelacanth
Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal
Replies: 47
Views: 14046

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

Cheynem wrote:To clear up any confusion:

*The (in person) playing of this tournament will take place on August 24 on the Sunday following Minnesota's VCU Open mirror. Packets should hopefully be in by then.
Do we know when this is going to happen on Sunday? I might wander by.
by Coelacanth
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Quizbowl Camp Tournament mirror at UMN (09.13.14)
Replies: 20
Views: 5256

Re: Texas Quizbowl Camp Tournament mirror at UMN (09.13.14)

Ukonvasara wrote:How many people is this? It may be worth looking into doing DUST in teams. I'll set up actual sign-up sheets for the two weekends tonight.
I may also have other folks wanting to play DUST. I'll get an email circulating and see if there's any interest.
by Coelacanth
Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Quizbowl Camp Tournament mirror at UMN (09.13.14)
Replies: 20
Views: 5256

Re: Texas Quizbowl Camp Tournament mirror at UMN (09.13.14)

I might show up for the DUST thing, although I find it frustrating to play trash questions on things that happened before the question author was born but which are right in my college-years wheelhouse. Are you planning on the TQBA thing being open? This is another way of me asking if I can play des...
by Coelacanth
Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 564
Views: 202591

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I will be reading a packet of tossups on the TV show Archer on Sunday night at 11p Eastern. It will be read on the IRC in #archer. Please note that the questions will only contain content from the first four seasons, as I have not seen the fifth season yet. If you spoil anything for me (or anybody ...
by Coelacanth
Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 564
Views: 202591

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I would have thought that the intersection of {pop of the last decade} and {things I like} would be very close to the null set for anyone born before 1990 or so.
by Coelacanth
Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: All-time all-state teams
Replies: 61
Views: 24833

Re: All-time all-state teams

I don't know much about the Minnesota College Bowl teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s, but maybe some of them could warrant discussion as being members of a B team. Your most likely candidate would be Ben Weiss, and I think Matt Marta graduated from Shattuck even though he's not a native Minne...
by Coelacanth
Mon May 05, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 69594

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

a general description of how a quizbowl season worked before the Internet First off, there were far fewer tournaments. I know the southeast had a much more well-developed circuit when I started playing (late 80s), but here in the Midwest the most non-CBI tournaments I ever played in a YEAR was thre...
by Coelacanth
Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 69594

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

Oh yeah, that's right: mACF bonuses used to come in a wide variety of formats. It always added to 30, but you had the [10] [5], where for all three parts you got a hard clue and an easy clue if you didn't get it on the hard clue, the [5] [10] [15] where the easy clue was worth 5 and the hard 15, th...
by Coelacanth
Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 69594

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

The one and only good thing I will say about CBI nats is that it always featured an "all-star game," which pitted the #1, 3, 5, and 7 overall scorers at the tournament against the #2, 4, 6, and 8 scorers. This was a lot of fun, and allowed for some very interesting combinations of teammates. "Alway...
by Coelacanth
Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments
Replies: 25
Views: 4638

Re: Driving to FAR AWAY Tournaments

Not really germane to this thread, but we once had a player with a fear of flying. He traveled from St Paul to Los Angeles by TRAIN, which requires going via Chicago.

Not driving, I know, but had the train option not been available he would have gone by Greyhound bus.
by Coelacanth
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 69594

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

Ukonvasara wrote:Also because no one will have anything useful or interesting to say about 1988 Georgia Tech!
Well, some of us are old enough to have played against them. If you need to get this year's UVA in (hint: you probably do), I would suggest removing one of the 90s teams.
by Coelacanth
Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Revised protest rules
Replies: 18
Views: 3986

Re: Revised protest rules

Another scenario that came up at CHB was the following: A team buzzed early in the question (still in power) with an answer that I did not accept or prompt on. The other team converted the tossup at the end. The team protested that they should have been prompted, and the protest was upheld. The sce...
by Coelacanth
Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 3820

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

I think that's the best way of looking at what happens when people can't follow pronouns--if you don't know the pronoun, blitz. This reinforces my conundrum rather than solve it. If indeed as stated earlier: "If the answer does not fit the pronoun, it's wrong. That's why pronouns are important," bl...
by Coelacanth
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Parking Information
Replies: 3
Views: 920

Re: Parking Information

The link to the map is obviously helpful, but specific instructions to go with it are recommended. "We suggest parking in Ramp X which is free on weekends". "Note that Lot Q will not be available due to a football game/construction project/crime scene investigation/whatever." Some facilities and met...
by Coelacanth
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "How to Host a Tournament" Discussion - All Commentary Here!
Replies: 17
Views: 4337

Re: "How to Host a Tournament" Discussion - All Commentary Here!

Susan said just about everything I was going to say about how to recruit staffers. A further point of emphasis: I (your potential staffer) like quizbowl. Really, it doesn't take much to get me to come help staff your tournament. A free lunch and a sincere thank you would probably do it. But I also h...
by Coelacanth
Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2012-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1651

Re: Minnesota 2012-2013

I am a HS KB coach in outstate MN... I didn't know quizbowl existed in MN... What is quizbowl, and why should I convert? Welcome aboard! There's a brief introduction to quizbowl here , and of course there is plenty of additional information throughout this forum. There is a thriving Minnesota circu...
by Coelacanth
Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Side Event: Oh You Didn't Know...This Was Vanity?
Replies: 32
Views: 7682

Re: MO Side Event: Oh You Didn't Know...This Was Vanity?

With the cancellation of Amazing Planet, can this be played on Saturday night now? I think that's the best plan, and I'm tentatively going to slot it in for Saturday night. Can you answer these two hopefully-related questions: 1) What time is MO proper beginning, and how many rounds will be played?...
by Coelacanth
Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT at the University of Minnesota (10/13/2012)
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: IFT at the University of Minnesota (10/13/2012)

This is Homecoming Saturday and the mighty undefeated Northwestern Wildcats are coming to town, so get your hotel rooms early!

And plan for more traffic the day of the event. 11 am kickoff means tailgate lots start filling up at about 8.
by Coelacanth
Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2012-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1651

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

Just curious: In Illinois, the bulk of teams playing quiz bowl are in the Chicago metro area with pockets in Rockford and Carbondale. We are always trying to do outreach with the downstate teams. Is any outreach being done in, say, Pipestone, Bemidji or Twin Ports to convert them from KB to Quiz Bo...
by Coelacanth
Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Side Event: Oh You Didn't Know...This Was Vanity?
Replies: 32
Views: 7682

Re: MO Side Event: Oh You Didn't Know...This Was Vanity?

I will definitely play this.

I would need to clear out by about 3 on a Sunday, so the earlier the better.
by Coelacanth
Tue May 29, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Never Say Never: Anything Goes (5/4 - 5/27)
Replies: 12
Views: 4084

Re: Never Say Never: Anything Goes (11/18/12)

I'd like to play this.

If there is "something else" happening on the Sunday, I'd prefer that the Trash be played first. I could then stick around for awhile and staff whatever the other thing is.
by Coelacanth
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here
Replies: 31
Views: 4182

Re: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here

Kyle wrote:"Austrian aborigines"
I was once subjected to the opposite; we were asked about an Australian composer which turned out (I think) to be Mozart.
by Coelacanth
Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Trash Mirror at Minnesota
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Re: VCU Open Trash Mirror at Minnesota

Thanks to Mike and the folks and Minnesota for hosting this.

I wish I'd been able to stay for the whole thing.

Was this the final mirror? (iow will the set be posted somewhere soon?)
by Coelacanth
Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 8439

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

mtimmons wrote: It seems like quitting knowledge bowl would solve most if not all of every team's problems.
Fixed that for you.
by Coelacanth
Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice at Minnesota (9/24)
Replies: 10
Views: 2639

Re: Collegiate Novice at Minnesota (9/24)

If you are running this on the 24th, I'd strongly encourage you to run it as early in the day as possible. Campus will start to be overrun by Bison in the mid-to-late afternoon.
by Coelacanth
Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COLT - University of Chicago - 7/31/2011
Replies: 66
Views: 11513

Re: COLT - University of Chicago - 7/31/2011

Mike Bentley wrote:reliable trash stats
This phrase has perhaps never been used before.

Anecdotally, it looks like you have a lot of ridiculously-good trash players in Bracket 1.

Wish I could come down and play this!
by Coelacanth
Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The thirty-or-zero problem (80s trash)
Replies: 51
Views: 5639

Re: The thirty-or-zero problem (80s trash)

For 10 points each - identify the following pop and soul artists of the 70's and 80's: A. This artist of "What's Going On" and "Let's Get It On" was notably assailed by his father one day before his 45th birthday. answer: Marvin _Gaye_ B. This British pop artist of "Shadow Dancing" and "I Just Want...
by Coelacanth
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 NAQT IS sports question discussion
Replies: 106
Views: 11406

Re: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

Bud Grant coached this NFC team to four Super Bowls, three with quarterback Fran Tarkenton, but lost all four. In 1998 it averaged nearly 35 points per game with Randall Cunningham throwing to Randy Moss. In January 2010 it lost the NFC (*) Championship Game following a late interception by Brett F...
by Coelacanth
Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 NAQT IS sports question discussion
Replies: 106
Views: 11406

Re: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

bt_green_warbler wrote:
IS #105 round 9 wrote:Bud Grant ...
Also 3/0/0 in 3 rooms at Minnesota states, but any plausible tossup on this answer will be powered there.
Notably powered by Eden Prairie HS, whose football team is coached by Mike Grant (son of Bud).
by Coelacanth
Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: League Database - Please add to this thread!
Replies: 25
Views: 8342

Re: League Database - Please add to this thread!

Minnesota High School Quizbowl League (MNHSQB) -State(s) Served - Minnesota -Area or School the league is based in - Twin Cities -Geographic Restrictions? Nominally none -Question Provider - Currently NAQT -Game Format - 3 phases including short tossups, tossup/bonus, and lightning rounds -Competit...
by Coelacanth
Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 NAQT IS sports question discussion
Replies: 106
Views: 11406

Re: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

My point was that a reasonably intelligent person could expect to have at least basic knowledge of pretty much all the regular academic subjects, but doesn't necessarily for sports. Not enough knowledge on real things to get lots of powers, or even good buzzes, but be able to pick up difficulty-app...
by Coelacanth
Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: American History Packet
Replies: 41
Views: 5877

Re: American History Packet

Cheynem wrote:If you want it, let me know.
I am assuming this is an intentional homage to Olivia Newton-John.

In any case, I'd like to see the packet.
by Coelacanth
Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament 2011
Replies: 31
Views: 13034

Re: Minnesota Undergrad Tournament 2011

suchacardinal wrote:going rouge
you're all wearing red face makeup?

Sorry, couldn't resist. Great to see local high schools stepping up to play this event.
by Coelacanth
Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror @ UM Morris 3/27/11
Replies: 12
Views: 1692

Re: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror @ UM Morris 3/27/11

Who won? We went 9-0 to win the 4-team triple round-robin. I assume the chimera team of Arlo Lyle and the Harts went 6-3. I don't want to comment on specific questions in case there are any more mirrors. I'll just say that given that all the teams had three players, and the combined age of any of t...
by Coelacanth
Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror @ UM Morris 3/27/11
Replies: 12
Views: 1692

Re: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror @ UM Morris 3/27/11

So, this happened. Thanks to all the very friendly folks at Morris for hosting this event. Thanks also to the dozens of pheasants we saw for not running in front of our car. I am hoping for stats to be posted online at some point, but I'm not terribly optimistic. Any scoring system which relies on a...
by Coelacanth
Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southeastern Quizbowl
Replies: 98
Views: 14718

Re: Southeastern Quizbowl

I think trying to posit some kind of geographic inevitability due to driving distances is folly. Back when I was an undergrad (before many of you were born) the Southeast was the region for good quizbowl. It was the only region with any kind of "circuit". Teams like Ga Tech, Emory, UT-Knoxville and ...
by Coelacanth
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Difficulty
Replies: 20
Views: 2103

Re: Difficulty

Having read for both SCT and ACF Regs (to an unending stream of teams from Carleton and Minnesota...) I thought that they were about equal in terms of tossup accessibility. (Based on my own personal "have I heard of this?" criterion.) Both tournaments, but especially Regs, featured a lot of tossups ...
by Coelacanth
Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Reading Fast(er)
Replies: 25
Views: 2671

Re: Reading Fast(er)

Use a pen to cross out the question you just read. This will make it easier for you to determine what tossup or bonus you're on when you switch back to the sheet. If you get to the last question on a page, try to switch the page in the middle of reading the next tossup or bonus. These are excellent...
by Coelacanth
Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prelim Announcement: TERD
Replies: 6
Views: 1960

Re: Prelim Announcement: TERD

Cheynem wrote:no one will like the questions on video games
So, pretty much like every other tournament I've ever been to.

Very much looking forward to this. I may chip in some questions...nobody likes the ones I write either.
by Coelacanth
Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror @ UM Morris 3/27/11
Replies: 12
Views: 1692

Re: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror @ UM Morris 3/27/11

My teammates have confirmed availability for this date, so assuming this still happens, we're definitely there.
by Coelacanth
Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 2564

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

Although Mounds View and DLS A did not play in prelims they did have the same 6 prelim opponents: SPA A, Wayzata A, MPA B, Hill-Murray C, Armstrong B, Chaska C. That leads me to believe they were actually in the same bracket. You're right. I was looking at an old version of the brackets. Your sugge...