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by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: How Much Do You Study?
Replies: 8
Views: 2988

Re: How Much Do You Study?

One thing I might recommend is always trying to be what I'll call "intellectually curious." If you've got a few minutes, read some online articles on topics you don't know much about (or even just Wikipedia summaries). My analogy for this is the "doctor's office"--whenever I end up at a doctor's of...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: META - Summer 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 1333

Re: META - Summer 2019

Where's the ethnography?
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 10475

Re: Boston Summer Open I

The Dunkin Donuts Cambridge Open sponsored by Store 24 and presented by Feral Isaac :twisted:
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat May 26, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 10475

Re: Boston Summer Open I

I'm working in the White Mountains this summer, so I should be able to come down (perhaps with my better half as well :razz: ).
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 15250

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

I do think that it overranks Isaac (sorry Isaac) for his NAQT ability, at the expense of players like Kenji and Caleb who are much stronger ACF players (remember, ACF is the dominant format, even if ICT is one of the two nationals). It does not overrank me, if anything it underranks me. I'm probabl...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 15250

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Kenji is really, really good, and probably the only active player who had my number at NAQT.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 4784

Re: The end of the match

Is this how Dees thinks quizbowl games end?
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Historature 2018: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 780

Re: Specific Question Discussion

In Satantango, Irimias is waiting, not Irimia.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: a completely innocuous ict/nats prediction thread
Replies: 14
Views: 3327

Re: Steven Pinker's Rational, Scientific Nationals Barrel

To get real, I think I have gotten much better at neg control, so perhaps I won't repeat some of my more bizarre statlines..
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 11790

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

How "difficulty" works in quizbowl is very different from how it is supposed to work. I think people think of difficulty like a pyramid - where as difficulty goes up, questions are gettable by less and less of those playing. How that works in practice is that the difficulty of questions is measured ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 2804

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

I think a Spring tournament that tries to have a more "NAQT" distro should be a regular part of the schedule (I'm thinking of that one that Will did a few years ago and FICHTE [but don't be like FICHTE]).
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 6698

Re: Best Film Player

vinteuil wrote:
Muriel Axon wrote:Paul Kirk-Davidoff is quite good, though it seems like his specialties are things like African and Middle Eastern film, which don't come up too often.
"Shockingly," Isaac is also excellent at many similar areas of film, as well as more generally.
Paul's better! Paul's very good.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Dominance of Thought
Replies: 14
Views: 3649

Re: The Dominance of Thought

"Empirical econ"? Jacob, Das Kapital gets tossed up all the time!
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3541

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

For the Physical Impossibility etc TU, halfway through it was clear it was what it was referring to, but I stayed away from buzzing because I wasn't sure if I remembered the name of the piece completely correctly and just got negged out of buzzing entirely. Maybe if there was a "description accepta...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 8801

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

Everyone's hands are bloody - there's no corporation out there that won't have some tie to death, decay, etc. that's how accumulation works these days..
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 15115

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

Anonymous voices agree! with! Charlie! :bees: !
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 15115

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

The beard thing is real, though. I'm not gonna go on and say trimming it is easy or whatever - it takes some practice and skill before you start to get what you want. But it makes your beard look much much better. I used to keep it long to get that "woodsy" look in the summers, but I've realized tha...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 8801

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

Matt Weiner was right! The quizbowl leftist - Russia alliance is real!
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Nathan Freeburg
Replies: 14
Views: 6434

Nathan Freeburg

I was looking at qbwiki last night and came across the story of Nathan Freeburg.
High neg rate, MW thinks he's a "bad player," strange way of dressing, Ashkenazi, real knowledge, somewhat itinerant, tastemaker in alcoholic beverages
Are we long lost siblings?
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 12197

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

Thanks to electronic scoresheets regs is still in prelims at 430! Thanks technology!

- quizbowl's pre-eminent anti-revisionary luddite
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: we should be doing religion better
Replies: 26
Views: 4573

Re: we should be doing religion better

John, I really enjoyed this post. From the brief conversations we've had at various tournaments, I know this is something you have been thinking about for a while. Your points about the Religion/Myth line are well put, and very relevant. It's a shame that this thread seems to mostly be classic forum...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 11504

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Our target difficulty is similar to recent incarnations. We encourage teams to submit quality and adventurous questions: Chicago Open is the ground to ask about difficult and interesting topics, but it is not the place to fill your packets with 13-line tossups and/or insanely hard topics that punis...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 11504

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I didn't read the set and didn't play, so I'm coming at this from a position of ignorance (like usual). That being said, I think Ike's audio file was lovely. I haven't always enjoyed Ike's questions, or hard questions in general, but I think Ike explained his decisions in a beautiful way and I hope ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 27018

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

I think the Book of Isaiah TU could be better by switching the placement of some of the clues. The clues about Chapter 53 ("man of sorrows", "pierced for our transgression", etc.) may arguably be easier than the clues about Servant Songs and "spears into pruning hooks and their swords into plowshar...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 15485

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

I'd personally prefer There Will Be Stock Clues over playing both Super ACRONYM and Tricon, for the following reasons: 1) It is decidedly a novelty event. Full-distribution trash tournaments happen every year, but I don't think there's been a food tournament before 2) It's tossups-only, so we shoul...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 5714

Re: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement

Will, I think you messed up your search for citations somehow for Death Without Weeping . Scheper-Hughes is probably the second-most famous Medical Anthropologist out there behind Farmer and Death w/o Weeping is very important. When I looked it up on Google Scholar it had 3451! citations. But yeah, ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 25687

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Great tournament! Loads of fun! Congrats to Maryland.

For Field Commander Kirk-Davidoff and the whole YSAC family, thank you! The Cracker Barrel is now closed.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Had a cold, cold Greek beer with several Chicago and Yale people. Called "Alfa." David Allan Coe said Jack Daniels was "The only friend that's never done me wrong," but I'll throw Alfa in there too. Learned about Georgian food, too, an the philosophical origins of Swamp Thing, thanks to Chicago. Had...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

heterodyne wrote:yale student adopts rural patois as schtick, is Cool and Good, more at 11
My schlemihlhood is the only shtick known in my suburban patois.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Your post was insufficiently cracker barrel-y. Weeeel, I've got a day to do you one. Had that chemically induced glee last night, made a sponge for some sourdough challah. King sleep had me in his court though, so I woke up beyond breakfast. Rush to the garden, boss man has me weeding all through l...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Hang down your head Tom Dooley it is not time for this thread to die! Having "celebrated" and been "celebrated," hosting a Seder, a socialist meeting, eating my sauerkraut, life goes on. I have a "nosegay" in my shirt pocket right now and I'm smelling like success. Questions questions questions! I h...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 1553

Re: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion

Whoever wrote the TU on the left hand did a great job.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Y'all are talking about numbers and all that. Maybe around an "e-barrel 2.0" but around the cracker barrel the only number that matters is tha number of eyes and ears you have. I've got a hangering for qualitative reports and home fried wit, and my throat is parched!
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Played like mud in the prelims played like gold in the playoffs but it wasn't enough. Disappointment I tell Andrew Hart he's a man of many talents. He sez he's good at throwing things. That's a talent for sure. Michigan vs northwestern. Looks like a FUN final. Dan Puma sez I "Look like I'm following...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

First half was a little rough, I think. Could have done better, but I've learned not to focus on the could have. Went for a run in the scrubby bush around here. Went into a burned over field. Full focus. Back on it. Me and Rob had a talk. We're DSA comrades, don't take his attacks on my posing too s...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

But what's this? A premature banana! "Yeah, my banana timing is off," he admits.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Bananas are intermediate sugars, sez Adam. Adam has 2 bananas, one for 930, one for 11, he says.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Cilantro or Giordanos the debate rages as we walk on the river road. Meanwhile me and youseff agree Cracker Barrel have mediocre biscuits and somewhere in Tennessee Vanderbilt is boarding a long Greyhound, with many miles to go.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Ran into nyu. They called me Jesus. I said I'm no false prophet. They said I'm just the messiah. I have to disagree but Jacob sez I'm the naqt messiah.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Who will watch my home place , I wonder, as I think of being away from my sourdough starter for a weekend? I'll be standing by this cracker barrel the whole weekend, ready for conversatin' and sharing the dee-stinct observations that come. why are you like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksm12...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Who will watch my home place, I wonder, as I think of being away from my sourdough starter for a weekend?

I'll be standing by this cracker barrel the whole weekend, ready for conversatin' and sharing the dee-stinct observations that come.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Auks Ran Ova wrote:
The Stately Rhododendron wrote:What do you folks say?
"What the hell are you talking about?"
Y'all know if this had been published by The Baffler Rob would have shared it without a question.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 15492

The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Aww, Horseapples! Nationals are coming up, so let's stand by the ol' cracker barrel and ask each other "what's the frequency, Kenneth?" I swear, we've got a real chance this year. I may be an ol' country boozer, but John Barleycorn can' take away all of my grey matter. Stephen's been doing his scien...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 3883

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I was being a jerk, my bad. I meant no disrespect with "trivia," for me, that term applies to all quizbowl questions (and there's nothing wrong with that!)
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 3883

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Again, I'd like to hear a response from Bruce.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata

The Danube tossup says that it ends in the Ukraine, when the delta is mostly in Romania. After a cursory examination of Google Maps, it seems that it technically ends in Ukraine (the border runs along the river through the delta until just before it reaches the Black Sea, at which point it leaves t...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 3883

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Jerry's post is right. I'd add that Ike's right that people go in the weeds deep with Marx. They just don't go into Scorpion and Felix ! If you want to tie in Marx's other writings to his philosophy, why not ask about his ( actually published !) journalism? Or his (partially published in English, fu...