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by minusfive
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: VETO 2017 @ University Of Toronto (Aug. 12, 2017)
Replies: 13
Views: 5430

Re: VETO 2017 @ University Of Toronto (Aug. 12, 2017)

Is the Trans Canada match happening?
by minusfive
Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO 2016 @ University of Toronto (August 6th, 2016)
Replies: 23
Views: 9826

Re: VETO 2016 @ University of Toronto (August 6th, 2016)

I hear "Team Jacky" has pulled out, and Tim He and me and maybe Brendan-man want on.
by minusfive
Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 NAQT SCT: February 6
Replies: 12
Views: 6142

Re: 2016 NAQT SCT: February 6

What's the rule on schools attending two sites? I can't seem to find the page that used to address this.
by minusfive
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 12494

"This Things I Believe"

Since this is my last post (I have retired: don't anybody freaking quote "Weiner's 2nd Law" or any similar bullshit), and I won't be reading/responding to any replies, I will take this opportunity to, in my own way, drop the mic. I don't give a damn that you don't give a damn that the "quizbowl comm...
by minusfive
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

Thank you to everyone who made my final event a real pleasure. Thank you to Rein and Rico, Joe for a very enjoyable music event at lunch, Jeff Hoppes for supplying a very energizing GeoMon, and all the people who read/scorekept and made this event a success. Thank you to everyone who played on my te...
by minusfive
Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

Since there are 5 games happening simultaneously, every member of your team will be required to staff during the bye, as is normal for VETO. Rico will be generously staffing every round. There is a possibility that we have more permanent staffers the day of, but you should expect to be reading your...
by minusfive
Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

Get off thine arse and doeth it now, knave!
by minusfive
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

We should be able to get to 6 laptops easily, no? If, say, we have Jay's, Aayush's, Aaron's, and mine, we're already 2/3rds there. Pat and Joe will have theirs around, which makes 6 even without any hard lifting (and pretty much everyone else has one too, I would think). But we should aim for 7-8, j...
by minusfive
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

I would prefer the rock and roll audio to be on Saturday and the science be moved to Sunday, in order that I can play the rock and not have to play science (I'm also speaking for my teammates Mike and Heather here). Well, I am in the exact opposite boat: I would like to play the Classical music, bu...
by minusfive
Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?
Replies: 25
Views: 7355

Re: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?

Short answer: No. Long answer: CO is NOT Collegiate quizbowl. The average age of CO players is (I would assume, just based on who is playing and what I know their day-jobs are) much higher than a Collegiate tournament, and its open format allows the current record for consecutive playing to begin in...
by minusfive
Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

Channelling my inner Neftali Reyes: This year's GM is a total of 30/30, so it shouldn't take very long to play. Let me know where I should send the packets. Yes, this seems ideal to be done right after VETO finishes. Rein, are you the person who is receiving the GM packets, or are you planning to pl...
by minusfive
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

I've heard that GeoMon this year is quite a quick tournament: would it make sense to run this at lunch instead of the classical music? This might give the advantage of ensuring a longer lunch (pushing the VETO endtime back but presumably keeping the total endtime the same) for people not involved in...
by minusfive
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 14635

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

I'd like to echo everyone else and say this was an enjoyable tournament. Thank you to the tireless editors and staff! Although I suppose I take issue with the hardness of a few TUs (some were pate-scratchingly easy for CO), on the whole it was a pleasant and gruelling experience. Congrats to the win...
by minusfive
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: questions about Judaism
Replies: 15
Views: 5009

Re: questions about Judaism

The odd thing about this is that while I have only a "one drop" relation to Judaism (not an issue anywhere but Eastern Europe), I found that Shavuot TU to be pretty transparent: it's an (advance) harvest festival with "first fruits" offering, and it said that early-ish in the TU. I was expecting at ...
by minusfive
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 47832

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Very quickly about money. I collect U.S. dollar coins (the regular ones, nothing fancy), $2 bills, and I'm missing 5 State quarters (Alabama, Hawaii, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Utah) and 4 Territories (D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands), so if these are burning holes in your pocket at home, I am h...
by minusfive
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 13682

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

Our CC field isn't made up of fancy-pants Canadian lawyers, you know! My pants are unfortunately not fancy, but I'm working on it. Recently my wife sewed on a blue button on grey (yes, damn you, not "gray") pants. It fell off but it was the fanciest thing I've ever owned. only one team at Valencia'...
by minusfive
Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 13682

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

Now that we've beaten Matisse and his ROYGBIV-infused titles to death, perhaps we could talk about the TU on abolition of slavery that began "This was the goal of the Manumission Society?"
I must stress that these questions were the exception to a very good tournament.
by minusfive
Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 13682

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

To find unique, obscure, yet still "know-able" lede-ins (yes, I know it's been officially declared that no one uses lede-in, and in fact, I don't know why anyone would) is a real challenge which demands good writing. A number of people have stated that the question could be re-written easily ("A Mat...
by minusfive
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 13682

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

Over and above Patrick's point (and completely agreeing with Travis), this qualifies as a "non-differentiable clue" (similar to people getting hosed on legitimate knowledge of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" or "The Swimmer" when the first clue is the protagonist not recognizing the stars above ...
by minusfive
Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 13682

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

I really enjoyed the set; one question sticks out to me though. The tossup on a colour (blue, I think? or green?) begins with a clue about a Matisse work being partially titled for "this color", and had I not been beaten to the buzzer (with a neg) I would have negged with red ("Dessert: Harmony in R...
by minusfive
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 47832

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

The Davis and Minarik teams both submitted packets last night. Yetman et al and Canada are on the clock. If your packet is not in my inbox when I wake up on Thursday morning, you won't be playing this tournament. I'm serious. I'm not on this team, but "Canada" believes they've submitted according t...
by minusfive
Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 47832

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

grapesmoker wrote:I'm just going to say that if your packet is not in by Wednesday night, you're not playing this tournament.
Speaking of things needed, where at the University of Chicago (I assume) are we meeting? "Same as last year" does not work for newbies like me.
by minusfive
Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MÖRE WEIGHT
Replies: 41
Views: 15164

Re: MÖRE WEIGHT

vinteuil wrote:Will the packets be posted?
I don't have any, other than my own (and Paul's, but I don't have his permission to disseminate it). If people send them to me and consent I would gladly post them, or alternatively they can post them here themselves.
by minusfive
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)
Replies: 30
Views: 10789

Re: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)

I keep repeating myself, but thanks to TD Ming-Ho and all the people who generously staffed this event. Thanks to my teammates Aayush and Adam, and to our opponents for some very nail-biting games. It was enjoyable.

No thanks to the weird "King's Cup" rules on Saturday night.
by minusfive
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke mirror at uWaterloo (28th June)
Replies: 16
Views: 5780

Re: Delta Burke mirror at uWaterloo (28th June)

Thanks to Ming-Ho for a very smoothly run event, to all of our readers (Cole, JJ, The Massacre, Faith, Kira, and anyone I've missed) and to my awesome teammates Aayush, Brian, Kira, and Faith. Very fun!
by minusfive
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MÖRE WEIGHT
Replies: 41
Views: 15164

Re: MÖRE WEIGHT

Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our pack writers, Adam Swift, Rein Otsason, Peter Cordeiro, Paul Kasinski (whose pack was awesomely Google-translated from Polish "In 10 points, replace"), Joe Su, and Derek So. The packets were well-written and very enjoyable! Thanks also to Brian McNam...
by minusfive
Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)
Replies: 30
Views: 10789

Re: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)

The Last 21 Stanley Cup Winners wrote:What's the deal with extra free agents? We have 7 on Saturday and 6 on Sunday, and would be willing to take on others, or join others.
Who do you mean by "we have" (the tournament? McGill?) and who is willing to take on others (I assume McGill...how many players does McGill have now?)
by minusfive
Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)
Replies: 30
Views: 10789

Re: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)

So I am planning on bringing 17~ books to this tournament and swapping them out with the prize books. However, since there may not be 17 books to switch (especially if the organizers share the same love of Howard's End my bookshelf does), bring academic/literary books (NOT Manga, NOT Danielle Steele...
by minusfive
Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MÖRE WEIGHT
Replies: 41
Views: 15164

Re: MÖRE WEIGHT

What does that emoticon even mean? It appears to be a capybara. Are capybaras (capybarae?) interfering with your writing? Nick, this looks like a golden opportunity to write 5 (we would love you to write a pack) and pair with Joe. E'rebody wins!
by minusfive
Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College quizbowl payroll service
Replies: 17
Views: 5122

Re: College quizbowl payroll service

As a member of the bar, it would be especially inadvisable for me to abscond with large sums of money. The old lawyers' joke, "it depends how much. Certainly enough so you only have to do it once." And spoiler alert, you wouldn't be the first. 6. In the interest of transparency, a public ledger dis...
by minusfive
Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article
Replies: 10
Views: 4215

Re: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article

Kind of reminds me of "Best in Show" in that nobody watched that for dog-show content. It makes a lot of quizbowlers look weird and anti-social. The pie-eating contest metaphor is strained at best. But all in all, about as positive a spin on highest-level quizbowl as can be done.
by minusfive
Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)
Replies: 30
Views: 10789

Re: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)

Based on my plan to do a HMS Pinafore-style swap of books I have with the book prize pool, I predict that players will be playing for such elegant titles as "El Amor en Los Tiempos del Colera" (English edition), Howard's End (rest of Howard not included), Northanger Abbey (reflex buzz on any mention...
by minusfive
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MÖRE WEIGHT
Replies: 41
Views: 15164

Re: MÖRE WEIGHT

otsasonr wrote:I am also writing a pack for this.
aswift wrote:
minusfive wrote:if anyone wants to contribute a pack from the States
I will assume this was primarily aimed at me, and will have a pack for this.
Awesome Awesome Awesome.
by minusfive
Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MÖRE WEIGHT
Replies: 41
Views: 15164

Re: MÖRE WEIGHT

I would therefore budget about 60 minutes for this.
by minusfive
Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler
Replies: 80
Views: 16618

Re: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler

False, there are literally zero redeeming qualities to driving through Indiana. Giant billboards for fireworks and adult superstores make this statement false. Max also has some choice words for Ben Zhang. Quote: "They rhyme with 'meet a hick.'" Fuck Ben Zhang. Maybe Max can also ask Ben about why ...
by minusfive
Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

Although the last attempt ended in failure and ignominy, it might be worth trying a trans-Canada Championship Match again. Although the BC people got hosed last time and probably don't want to, I will promise on my own grave (can I do that even?) that this will happen if all parties agree.
by minusfive
Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MÖRE WEIGHT
Replies: 41
Views: 15164

Re: MÖRE WEIGHT

So far we have 2 confirmed packets (mine and Joe's), with assumed packets from Aaron, Peter Cordeiro (man) and yourself. I have racially profiled Jay (quizbowler is a race, right?) for a grand total of 6.
by minusfive
Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler
Replies: 80
Views: 16618

Re: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler

Live Blog has died. Dead blog now lives?
by minusfive
Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MÖRE WEIGHT
Replies: 41
Views: 15164

Re: MÖRE WEIGHT

I will take the zero responses as a no; if anyone wants to contribute a pack from the States (or a non-attendee pack), let me know.
by minusfive
Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)
Replies: 30
Views: 10789

Re: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)

If the field grows to say 6-7 teams (too many to just have a straight-up double RR), are we looking at one RR and playoffs or just soldiering through a really long day with a RR no matter what? And how many packets in the NASAT set, anyway?
by minusfive
Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler
Replies: 80
Views: 16618

Re: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler

Athena wrote:Max's burrito is "too big to fail." Just like his ego.
WANT. MUST EAT TOO BIG BURRITO.
by minusfive
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke mirror at uWaterloo (28th June)
Replies: 16
Views: 5780

Re: Delta Burke mirror at uWaterloo (28th June)

I should clarify that I will still likely be in Waterloo that day and my plans are in the afternoon, so if some team absolutely needs a scrub player for a few rounds, I may be in. Message me if this extremely disappointing offer appeals to you.
by minusfive
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke mirror at uWaterloo (28th June)
Replies: 16
Views: 5780

Re: Delta Burke mirror at uWaterloo (28th June)

I cannot, as I have plans that day. I am sure it will be off the proverbial chain.
by minusfive
Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 47832

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts wrote:
Cheynem wrote:Top Negger is sacrificed to the Quizbowl Gods
The halls of Valhalla await me! I buzz. I neg. I buzz again!
Finally something I can beat Dylan at. Tlaloc, I am yours!
by minusfive
Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

BONGOS mirror. It's 147 science tossups ranging from Regionals-minus to ACF Nationals level. Others who aren't Aaron Dos Remedios may be interested in more Eliza Grames Trash that wasn't played at Waterloo in June, or ACFNATIONALS; I do not want to be involved in organizing the trash. Before/after/...
by minusfive
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)
Replies: 30
Views: 10789

Re: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)

So with Joe's posted (but not e-mailed, apparently) team, that's 4. Is there going to be a flood of last minute teams(?), 'cause 4 is kind of a small number...
by minusfive
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

Alternatively, if 2 more teams join, we could do a 6-6 split and then playoffs (top 2 from each RR and then finals, as many rounds as people want in the bottom). Might be long, but it would certainly be interesting. Again again, we could do 2 divisions, even.
by minusfive
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)
Replies: 82
Views: 32608

Re: VETO at the University of Toronto (2015-07-25)

If one more team can be squished together (from 2 now-field teams) to make it a 9-team field again, that might be best, since an 11-rd RR VETO plus playoff(s) will be loooooooonnnngggg.
by minusfive
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 47832

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Not that I'll be winning one anyway, but are there prizes (books I would assume) at CO?
by minusfive
Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 23267

Re: Click Here to Become Sad

As a long-overdue reference, I would recommend the introductory text "Egotists and Autocrats" by (Someone?) Bowering about Canada's history (framed as a history of the Prime Ministers, but claiming facetiously that Cardinal Richelieu was Canada's first PM). It shamelessly uses potentially self-servi...