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by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid Spring Tournament (CMST) @ NYU (3/3/18)
Replies: 12
Views: 5343

Re: Cal's Mid Spring Tournament (CMST) @ NYU (3/3/18)

Hey everyone - I'm currently looking for teammates for my team. There are two spots open, so let me know if you're interested! yo I'm on this team. we still need a 4th. ignore the haters, we're gonna win Celebratory lunchtime beers on me if we make top 2 or bottom 2 of our prelim pool (replace 2 wi...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NHBB Nats: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3069

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I wrote basically all the auditory art and US Geo of Bee/Bowl, as well as most of the Bowl's World Geo cultural questions. Any feedback on those categories (especially the music) would be greatly appreciated!
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Culture of Improvement - Summer 2016
Replies: 28
Views: 11922

Re: A Culture of Improvement - Summer 2016

This was most excellent. My only regret is that we only got to play five rounds of it.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16
Replies: 31
Views: 12597

Re: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16

I'm considering picking up a buzzer for the first time in five years and coming to this. Guess I should decide soon.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33817

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

FWIW, I wrote the vast majority of Bee/Bowl auditory questions both last year and this year (not that Nazi songs Q though), and specifically tried to make sure that subjects and clues were different from last year. I have no idea what was asked before 2015, and I wouldn't expect people who weren't i...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1584

Re: General Discussion

This set contained a bunch of great answerlines, and I especially loved the inclusion of Disco Demolition Night. Thanks again to all who made the set happen, and I look forward to everyone's comments and feedback. Glad you enjoyed it! Of the various questions I wrote, I don't know that was the best...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Fundome
Replies: 8
Views: 7732

Re: The Fundome

Oh, Scott Francis. The less said about him the better. Au contraire! Not that you owe it to us after that excellent tale, but the more stories shared the better. The short version is that he was a puerile, bro-tastic jerk-off who thought it would be SO FUNNY and STICKING IT TO THOSE HUMORLESS P.C. ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Fundome
Replies: 8
Views: 7732

Re: The Fundome

Is there any chance that this Best Western has since become a Clarion Inn? I ask because for 2013 PACE we stayed in a Clarion Inn and Fundome in College Park that meets your description of a room that is neither fun nor a dome. I wonder if at some point the room was a Fundome by that definition, li...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:13 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Fundome
Replies: 8
Views: 7732

Re: The Fundome

Is there any chance that this Best Western has since become a Clarion Inn? I ask because for 2013 PACE we stayed in a Clarion Inn and Fundome in College Park that meets your description of a room that is neither fun nor a dome. I wonder if at some point the room was a Fundome by that definition, li...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Fundome
Replies: 8
Views: 7732

The Fundome

So, this is a story I’ve wanted to share with the community for quite some time, and am just getting around to now- a story of epic travel disaster, 2003-style, back in what for most of you was Ye Olden Days but for me was just undergrad. So, a little background: back in these old days, we had thing...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18778

Re: Thanks and general discussion

After looking at the finals packets, I think I overstated the distributional skew; there was still a decent amount of modern stuff. Not that my opinion ought to mean anything about anything anymore... but having briefly skimmed the packets it seems like modern music was decently represented here. W...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Aug 09, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Lowest Point
Replies: 64
Views: 38920

Re: Your Lowest Point

What happened to the Swarthmore team after I graduated in 2005. Runners-up would be the disasters that were certain Cornell and GWU tournaments back in 2003.

Boy am I dating myself here.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 48973

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

Long time no see y'all. 6. ICT 2010 The first tournament in which I lead a team to nationals. I had no idea what to expect, but I was leaning heavily on Sid and Chris White to carry their particular parts of the distribution (especially Sid, who's trash knowledge was integral to the effort). I only ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed May 01, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 26715

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

This is the Geography tossup that Columbia submitted, exactly as submitted: This man strongly influenced the recent book Rebel Cities, which in one section praises how city planning encouraged community action in El Alto and Cochabamba, while other applications of this man’s work to geography are e...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total
Replies: 112
Views: 43246

Re: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total

I will note that slightly more suspiciously he gets a good buzz on "World Bowl" (side note: lol) in the semifinal when there's a very juicy clue in the first 40 characters and then lets Derrick Thomas (to my mind an easier NFL answer line) go dead after my neg in the final. To reinforce what I said...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Venting rage: Cheaters edition
Replies: 74
Views: 41282

Re: Venting rage: Cheaters edition

Hey y'all, It sucks that this is why I'm coming back to HSQB this week. This totally sucks, in general. Word. Fucking word . It's really kind of surreal to find out that our third-place showing at the 2010 ICT, which I had always thought was really far better than a player of my caliber could ever ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in architecture tournament?
Replies: 47
Views: 17317

Re: Interest in architecture tournament?

If this gets held somewhere in the Northeast Corridor (i.e. not Richmond) then I'd seriously consider emerging from semi-retirement to play it.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for NAQT
Replies: 17
Views: 3900

Re: Writing for NAQT

I'm not the world's best or most prolific question writer (and was not part of the letter-writing contingent), but would be willing to pitch in esp. on NAQT's college-level sets for a little while, at least while I'm still looking for a Real Job (TM).
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2204

Re: Discussion

(both Corigliano AND Ades?! Xenakis AND Varese?!*) Not sure how Corigliano and Ades happened- I definitely changed the original question from Ades to Penderecki in the interest of making it easier, as Ades was way, way too hard. Guess the unedited version somehow made it in instead. As for Xenakis ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl 2011 (February 12, 2011)
Replies: 61
Views: 12698

Re: Penn Bowl 2011 (February 12, 2011)

Yeah, we're kind of at the weird number of 17 teams, so if anyone has 1-2 extra players that did not have to submit a packet, feel free to bring them along to play on an exhibition team. Perhaps, as per the exchange above, you could get Ben Geselowitz to come? Also: I should probably warn y'all tha...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DWI 2011 @ University of Delaware - CANCELED
Replies: 19
Views: 2876

Re: DWI 2011 @ University of Delaware (March 5, 2011)

No Rules Westbrook wrote:Even if you have the best of intentions and actually convince quite a few people to work their butt off, the idea of doing this as a standalone new tournament is probably not wise.
This isn't a new tournament; it happened last year as well.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DWI 2011 @ University of Delaware - CANCELED
Replies: 19
Views: 2876

Re: DWI 2011 @ University of Delaware (March 5, 2011)

stuff Like Chris, I really did enjoy the TGT11 format from last year and think that there ought to be room on the quizbowl calendar for this sort of novelty event. Just because some folks think that academic and "trash" can Never Be Mixed Ever doesn't mean that other folks such as myself don't expl...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)
Replies: 69
Views: 9191

Re: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)

I don't know what the stats for the music listening were I remember that John Lawrence won with something like 346, i.e. over the Dees line. Kevin Koai and Rafael from Columbia* also broke 300. IIRC I was fifth with 244. * or was it Chris Horng? They were 3 and 4, for sure. That's all I've got.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 5627

Re: Minnesota Open Discussion

Don't actually have a whole lot of comment on the rest of the music; it was by and large quite good, barring the occasional wackiness like Joachim #2 and whoever that third musicologist was (great idea for a bonus, though). Are you possibly referring to noted musicologist Theodor Adorno? D'oh! Welp...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 5627

Re: Minnesota Open Discussion

Don't actually have a whole lot of comment on the rest of the music; it was by and large quite good, barring the occasional wackiness like Joachim #2 and whoever that third musicologist was (great idea for a bonus, though). Are you possibly referring to noted musicologist Theodor Adorno? D'oh! Welp...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 5627

Re: Minnesota Open Discussion

A few scattered things: Thank you thank you thank you Mike Cheyne for that Robert Moses tossup. Both the opposing team (I think was UVA?) and I were surprised to hear that Woody Herman was the dedicatee of Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto rather than Benny Goodman- probably since Goodman's recording is m...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)
Replies: 69
Views: 9191

Re: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)

Based on what I'm reading in the google doc, I think we'll run Music Listening and Wild Kingdom concurrently Sunday evening following MO. Damn EDIT: Can we run something during lunch? Yeah; if we run music (which is not supposed to be long) during lunch then perhaps it'd be possible for people to p...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)
Replies: 69
Views: 9191

Re: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)

I would personally prefer for side events to be on Sunday so I can play them without having to scrounge for lodging the night before.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty
Replies: 42
Views: 12410

Re: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty

What are people's opinions on asking grammar questions at the high school level? Hard if not impossible to write both meaningfully and pyrimidally. Okay, then: 1) If someone can write grammar questions meaningfully and pyramidally, is there any downside to doing so? 2) What about including that mat...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty
Replies: 42
Views: 12410

Re: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty

Most high schools I'm familiar with only offer two to three years of a given a foreign language, and I don't think all that many foreign language students are advanced enough in high school to read a work in the original Spanish or German or whatever. I also disagree with the assessment that becaus...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty
Replies: 42
Views: 12410

Re: Some thoughts on the distribution and regular difficulty

What are people's opinions on asking grammar questions at the high school level?
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts
Replies: 22
Views: 3175

Re: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts

There are all sorts of disconnects between the people making the host decisions and the people playing. For instance, I wonder if the people in charge of ACF Fall are aware that Brandeis is probably THE LEAST convenient school on the Northeast circuit to get to, by a wide margin. http://i38.photobu...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Anthropology Questions
Replies: 47
Views: 7849

Re: Anthropology Questions

Additionally, there are a fair number of answer lines/clues that haven't really been asked about often or even at all, and it's worthwhile using some of that expert knowledge as a guide to writing those questions. In social science, there are definitely things that people learn in intro classes tha...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)
Replies: 69
Views: 9191

Re: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)

I see I've already been added to the field, so: yeah, I am in fact a free agent for this.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF policy question about HS teams
Replies: 26
Views: 2629

Re: ACF policy question about HS teams

To echo what Charlie, Aaron, et al have said: The only good solution here is to reach out and try and find another site in addition to (and north of) UVA, so that everyone who wants to can play. It boggles the mind that ACF Fall, of all tournaments, has no sites between Waltham and Charlottesville- ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)
Replies: 69
Views: 9191

Re: MInnesota Open Weekend Mirror at Maryland (11/13/10)

I will likely attend if Andrew Hart's music event is attached; I will likely not otherwise.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eligibility
Replies: 39
Views: 5475

Re: Eligibility

This fascination with insulating new players is fairly recent. No it's really not. My freshman year at Swarthmore (2001-2002), there were no fewer than four "juniorbird" tournaments within two hours of me with stringent elgibility requirements that excluded not just grad students, but many uppercla...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.20.10-11.21.10)
Replies: 125
Views: 29647

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.20.10-11.21.10)

Hey, I just sent a pack to the address provided; did you guys (and gals) get it? Also, U of T may be attending! I feel that the phrase w00t applies. We did indeed; thank you! I hope you can make it out to the main site too! (if not, the Maryland mirror appears to be a substantially shorter drive, s...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 94290

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

I don't think either Friday or Saturday work for me; next week I'd be free Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings. Does any of those days work for everyone? Zero percent chance I can make Tuesday, a bit under 50/50 for the other two. I'd love to show up, but chances are I just won't be able to. (...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Sun n Fun at Maryland (Now 08/28/10)
Replies: 48
Views: 6294

Re: Sun n Fun XI Mirror (August 14th) at Maryland

No guarantees yet, but there is a nonzero chance I could make this if it's the 21st or 28th.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ideal Trash Distribution
Replies: 23
Views: 3206

Re: Ideal Trash Distribution

Personally, I'd go with something like 4/4 music, 4/4 sports, 4/4 movies, 3/3 TV, 2/2 games (3 video, 1 board/card), 3/3 other. (And I say this as someone who'd benefit from 5/5 music.) The "other" category could possibly guarantee at least 1 question each on the internet and consumer products. Also...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Music notes as clues/what is music knowledge?
Replies: 9
Views: 1833

Re: Music notes as clues/what is music knowledge?

The biggest problem with dropping the names of musical notes is that those kinds of clues reward two kinds of people: those who have played the piece before, and those who have listened to the piece before and have the ability to turn names of notes into relative pitches very quickly (typically peo...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 94290

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

In the unlikely event I can carve out time (I'll be away from the internet for most of the next week), I'd love the chance to play these in IRC as well.

Are the already-played-at-CO rounds going to be posted soon?
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 32109

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

Time to revive a dead topic. (This is because I'm writing music questions, if anyone was wondering.) How useful are key signatures, as clues for pieces? I don't have perfect pitch and there's about one key signature I can recognize from hearing it (A-flat major, overrepresented in coloratura arias)...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 48304

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

I can't make it to CO anymore, so cross my name off the free-agent list.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)
Replies: 135
Views: 37729

Re: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)

I need to drop from Chicago Open due to a family medical emergency, so I guess my team has room for one more now. I am really really sorry about this.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 94290

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

It looks like need to drop from CO due to a family medical emergency, so Andrew is free. Sorry for being all last-minute about this, I was really looking forward to this tournament.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 48304

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

Assuming Eric Mukherjee doesn't have to fly out early (and neither one of us already committed to a team, because we can't really remember), I think we're playing together and definitely looking for some teammates. Sports that aren't football and music are much appreciated, but a propensity for Jer...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)
Replies: 70
Views: 16368

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Tonight I will be sending out important information concerning access to the campus on Saturday morning (for reasons that will become clear, these are not the sort of instructions I ought to relay in a public forum). I believe I've managed to find at least one contact per register...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)
Replies: 70
Views: 16368

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)

Yetman and I are teaming up (and would love some more teammates). I am not aware of any other Penn folks playing this.