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by Nabonidus
Mon May 07, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 48
Views: 17276

Re: Players Choice Awards

Victor Prieto wrote:When will WAO 2 be clear?
WAO2 is clear for discussion purposes but isn't uploaded yet as we're doing a close read in the Discord (https://discordapp.com/channels/2752793 ... 8336210944) to help us fix some remaining issues.
by Nabonidus
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Midseason poll
Replies: 16
Views: 8604

Re: Midseason poll

That's Les Chevaliers de McGill to you
by Nabonidus
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 14694

Re: Your Favorite Question

For McGill's year-end awards ceremony these were the three nominees for Best Individual Question Written:

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by Nabonidus
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 8377

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

I don't remember many other specific questions (I suppose I could check my notebook sometime) but I remember that this question set, despite occasionally erratic difficulty, had quite a few answerlines and clues that were Cool Things to hear in a tournament. (On a related note, could I see the toss...
by Nabonidus
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 8377

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

"Witness for the Prosecution" Oh boy! Did this tossup get cut, or folded into the Agatha Christie TU? (As a Billy Wilder fanboy, I'd love to see the original version, if anyone wants to post it/PM it to me). I believe Derek folded it into the Agatha Christie tossup. Original tossup: One character i...
by Nabonidus
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 8377

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

May I see the tossups on square planar, Cassandra, milk, ravens in myth and Andrew Jackson? May I also see the bonuses on DNA Binding and Greco - Roman Geographers? In Anne Carson’s translation of the work in which this character appears, this character defines words from that work’s original langu...
by Nabonidus
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 4332

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

But the main reason I'm posting is to give kudos to whoever wrote the bonus on "poets who appear in Alejandro Jodorowsky's Endless Poetry ," since I was planning on writing a bonus with that exact theme. Even more kudos for resisting the temptation to make the hard part on the too-hard-for-regular-...
by Nabonidus
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 8377

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

CPiGuy wrote:his surname is Backmaker.
I'm pretty sure this was a subliminal thing from the word backwater in the first clue. Thanks again for pointing this out.
by Nabonidus
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 8377

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

- In the same packet (Mich B I think) that alt history bonus had "winning the civil war for the CSA" as the last part, even though that was mentioned as part of the first book, which made it really confusing. I wrote the original version of this question, and the easy part was originally "Gettysbur...
by Nabonidus
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 8377

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

The bonus about bronze stuff with an easy part of Boxer at Rest seemed too hard. Chabon / Hornby / Ginsberg -- was Ginsberg the easy part, and if so, are we expected to get him from his song lyrics and the fact that he's a Buddhist? Egan / Cloud Atlas / Joyce Carol Oates -- what the fuck? this was ...
by Nabonidus
Thu May 04, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Poll
Replies: 11
Views: 5860

Re: Postseason Poll

Aaron Manby (ironmaster) wrote:McGill - honestly I have no idea how good we are, I don't even know which three of us would make the best support for Derek.
Not you, with that attitude
by Nabonidus
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 35121

Re: 2017 ICT bids

The behavior exhibited by McGill and Chicago makes me really question whether the people making those arguments are willing to maintain a cordial and friendly relationship with other people in the community. My apologies on behalf of McGill for whatever Joe has been saying - he just had a bunch of ...
by Nabonidus
Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SHEIKH and VICO Online (August 29th)
Replies: 30
Views: 10953

Re: SHEIKH and VICO Online (August 29th)

Is there any chance Sebastian Drake, Sam Baker and myself could play tomorrow from the same computer? (I'm aware that would require a bit of team shuffling - sorry about the late expression of interest but all of us have only just arrived in Montreal.)
by Nabonidus
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open History discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9068

Re: Chicago Open History discussion

...yeah, that was some pretty terrible (and kind of insensitive) phrasing on my part, sorry. I'm not even sure why I mentioned the western blot in particular; I meant to say "I wouldn't have complete trust in an HIV diagnosis done on stored tissue samples from the sixties", since according to my res...
by Nabonidus
Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open History discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9068

Re: Chicago Open History discussion

I want to open discussion about the substance of one of the questions: the one about early victims of AIDS. I enjoyed that because I saw "And the Band Played On" a couple of months ago (highly interesting and recommended, though not a great film-as-such, and with a strangely naive anti-sex posture)...
by Nabonidus
Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 41475

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I could also staff if I don't get into the event itself (which seems pretty likely).
by Nabonidus
Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 50829

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I think I've been added to the staffers list erroneously since I've never posted in this thread before... but I am actually willing to staff this. Oh shit, sorry dude. I mixed you up with Joe Su, the other guy from your school with a short name. No worries. I only noticed it while coming to check i...
by Nabonidus
Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 50829

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I think I've been added to the staffers list erroneously since I've never posted in this thread before... but I am actually willing to staff this.
by Nabonidus
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)
Replies: 30
Views: 11094

Re: NASAT mirror at uWaterloo (27th June)

Another thanks for the tournament and for the very flattering Saturday night shenanigans.
by Nabonidus
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MÖRE WEIGHT
Replies: 41
Views: 15650

Re: MÖRE WEIGHT

Here's the non-painting visual art pack I read. It wasn't originally written for MORE WEIGHT and therefore wasn't written to be ungettable.
by Nabonidus
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MÖRE WEIGHT
Replies: 41
Views: 15650

Re: MÖRE WEIGHT

This was significantly more fun than I was expecting it to be. I would like to thank especially Peter Cordeiro for his packet, and not Joe Su, who keeps going out of his way to remind me about that one time I confused Carl Orff with Hans Zimmer.
by Nabonidus
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 574
Views: 257103

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I should really learn not to answer questions about specific poems with the surnames of people who never-to-my-knowledge wrote poetry.
by Nabonidus
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 41475

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I would like to join the newly-emptied waitlist.
by Nabonidus
Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article
Replies: 10
Views: 4385

Re: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article

bmcke wrote:EDIT: It was also nice that he didn't spell "quizbowl" with a space.
Why is quizbowl spelled without a space? Isn't the intent to mirror "[Blank] Bowl" events in college football?
by Nabonidus
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article
Replies: 10
Views: 4385

Re: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article

Skepticism and Animal Feed wrote:any quizbowl penetration into the public eye has to be at least partially personality-driven.
Agreed. I suggest we spend a couple years staging an epic wrestling-style storyline, except consisting mainly of subtle literary allusions.
by Nabonidus
Wed May 20, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 24053

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

Regardless of who was or wasn't a prime minister, this whole thread makes me think that guy who said political and military history were overrepresented in quiz bowl was on to something.
by Nabonidus
Sat May 16, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 20305

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Many people have argued to me on many occasions that they find questions more difficult in general when they don't provide a lot of contextual details. Those are probably the players who, like Jerry, want to feel like they're "moving closer" to the answer as the question progresses - they want to t...
by Nabonidus
Fri May 15, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 20305

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Disclaimer: I know very little about art except for the exasperating postmodern stuff that involves shocking people with a frozen-blood sculpture of your own head or getting plastic surgery to look like the Mona Lisa.
by Nabonidus
Fri May 15, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 20305

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

That's one good example. Another example that may be closer to what I had in mind was my much-maligned-at-the-time tossup on Tony Judt in Nats 2011. While that question may not have been optimal for that particular context, it, and things like it, are actually the kind of stuff that you encounter o...
by Nabonidus
Thu May 14, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 20305

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

I'm not sure what "studying academia" means Sorry - I typed that really fast as I was about to miss a 10:30 meeting. Pretty sure I meant to say something along the lines of "studying the sort of stuff one might expect to learn as a motivated student in whatever academic field, independent of howeve...
by Nabonidus
Thu May 14, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 20305

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Jarret - that seems to me like that sort of thing that would be used as an individual clue for common answer questions with answer lines like "patricians" (or "women's rights in China", or "the rice industry"...) Ike - my question was not so much about whether people should be rewarded for studying ...
by Nabonidus
Thu May 14, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 20305

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

You're not wrong, Derek, but this game isn't even close to being a perfect mirror of academia. In practice, there is usually a significant difference between regular "pursuit of academic interests" and specifically trying to get better at this game. The most obvious thing to point out is that a lot...
by Nabonidus
Thu May 14, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 20305

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

When I write for hard events, I am sympathetic to the "career/veteran quizbowl player" who has taken actions specifically to get good at this game....and, conversely, my questions are probably less sympathetic to a player whose knowledge is less derived from a specific/direct attempt to learn "quiz...
by Nabonidus
Wed May 13, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 53356

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

I'd like to thank my perfidious teammate Joe for going out of his way to snitch on my grad status and ensure I wouldn't receive any form of undue recognition
by Nabonidus
Wed May 13, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 25705

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

Black Miao wrote:good point, this will certainly put you higher on my player poll
Ha. If I'm on the the top 25 list I will literally eat my shoe.
by Nabonidus
Wed May 13, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 25705

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

Jordan and Derek aren't even powering as much as those three at ICT despite way weaker teammates, and their generalism wasn't enough to take their teams very far If you're looking at overall stats, these measures are highly correlated: there's a reason I went from scoring 38% powers before rebracke...
by Nabonidus
Wed May 13, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 25705

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

Jordan and Derek aren't even powering as much as those three at ICT despite way weaker teammates, and their generalism wasn't enough to take their teams very far If you're looking at overall stats, these measures are highly correlated: there's a reason I went from scoring 38% powers before rebracke...
by Nabonidus
Fri May 08, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 8501

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

Masked Canadian History Bandit wrote:Stefanie Schoeneman
is from Alabama, which has apparently seen fit to overlook Neil Young's epic diss track and resume diplomatic relations with us
by Nabonidus
Tue May 05, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A quick-and-dirty player ranking stat (I'm not first)
Replies: 12
Views: 5814

Re: A quick-and-dirty player ranking stat (I'm not first)

All the same, using the Canadian players I actually know... your math ranks my teammate Joe Su over Jordan Palmer and Jay Misuk, both of whom are far better players than he is. A little further down, my other teammate Sebastian Drake (who only buzzes on inorganic chemistry and British military histo...
by Nabonidus
Sun May 03, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 25705

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

[Whoops, I didn't see that power/neg ratios were already included in the OP. Please delete this post.]
by Nabonidus
Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 25540

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

In terms of state capitals in which to have your Greyhound bus catch on fire, Montpelier's got to be pretty low on the list.
by Nabonidus
Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Poll
Replies: 21
Views: 7658

Re: Postseason Poll

McGill's history/math/econ/art player, Sam Baker, couldn't play this year because he forgot to apply for his student visa.

We replaced him with Daniel Lovsted (our top DII scorer) for ACF Regionals, but he couldn't make it to Nats.
by Nabonidus
Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 83022

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I agree with Rob. In addition to the Shakespeare clue (which gave me the unfortunate experience of having "Kenneth Branagh!" shouted into my ear from a distance of several inches) the dentistry scene from Marathon Man is really famous and I actually thought the middle part of the question was intend...
by Nabonidus
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 83022

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Here's the tossups in Editors' Six: Fifth Column, Candida, Baudolino, malaria, Oberlin College, Black and Tans, Licinius, Abydos, cross section, arrythmia, metric space, coupling reactions, the Seven Sages, Baba Yaga's hut, A System of Logic, Delacroix, concerto grosso, Great Britain, inflection, G...
by Nabonidus
Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 83022

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Oh, I don't disagree from an in-game perspective. By "odious" I merely mean "boring, time-consuming and probably not useful outside of quiz bowl".
by Nabonidus
Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 83022

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Well, I agree with Marshall. I'm not a history player, but the notion of "list-based studying" sounds pretty darn odious to me.
by Nabonidus
Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 83022

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I would just like to point out that Bela Tarr is one of the most lauded directors alive - Satantango even made it into Sight & Sound's poll of the top 50 films ever - and I'm actually quite surprised that multiple people in this thread consider him more obscure than some of the other stuff in those ...
by Nabonidus
Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 46242

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

That moment when you punctuate your last tossup at ACF Nationals by waving a physical copy of Dictionary of the Khazars at the reader.
by Nabonidus
Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Lowest Point
Replies: 64
Views: 36597

Re: Your Lowest Point

15 minutes ago, when I discovered that none of my teammates knows what a fig is.
by Nabonidus
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 21748

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

The Last 20 Stanley Cup Winners wrote:I'm staying at McGill to do a MSc in Human Genetics.
Copycat.