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by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 54
Views: 9955

Re: CO Matchmaking

Hey Quizbowl, So, I'd like to help staff any and all events for CO weekend. It'd be awesome if someone could put me up for Saturday night (and, depending on how those days shape up, Friday and Sunday). I'm cool with bringing a sleeping bag and crashing on a couch or a floor space - my objective her...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Mon May 02, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: High Schoolers in College Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 5198

Re: High Schoolers in College Tournaments

As it is beginning to be unacceptable for retired players or anyone else unaffiliated with a college program to play at anything other Open events, I think the same should be so for high-school teams and players. If they would like to play at college events, then wait until they are college players...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)
Replies: 62
Views: 111904

Re: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)

While we've been happy with not paying anything for the questions, I imagine that people would also appreciate invoices, assuming we're not the only ones who haven't received one. Wait, you mean for the tournament, right? Or has quizbowl gone back to the "sell questions to the attending teams" mode...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 18419

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

I don't mean to jump down your throat here, but what is espoused on these boards is not "random trivia". The initial post was directed at a problem with students finding current quiz bowl (NAQT, HSAPQ, PACE and certain housewrites) too difficult. Well, I for one got interested in quizbowl at first ...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year?
Replies: 67
Views: 15303

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year?

I'm going to MIT for grad school next year, which I think bodes well for my continued ability to participate in quizbowl.
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Date Preference?
Replies: 13
Views: 2006

Re: Chicago Open Date Preference?

So, since I'm writing for this, I'm going to try to come and staff. I don't yet have any plans for the summer (not until mid- to late August at the earliest…which is notably not summer anymore for some people, and therefore irrelevant).
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Team/Recent Success—Advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 1782

Re: New Team/Recent Success—Advice?

Regarding the impressiveness of qualifying for HSNCT, I was thinking about it the other day, and I don't think it's that difficult to qualify: all you have to do is finish in the top 15% of any tournament run on NAQT questions (that's both IS and A sets. There are also other means of qualifying). I...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)
Replies: 62
Views: 111904

Re: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)

Ar$oni$t$ Get All the Girl$ wrote:There may or may not be a very delated ACF regionals mirror at Tulane on the 19th so not all of them are done yet (at least not for sure).
Ah, OK. Somehow I failed to see that thread.
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)
Replies: 62
Views: 111904

Re: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)

Are all the sites over by now, and/or are the packets available somewhere that I haven't heard about?
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: stop using "this polity" so much
Replies: 19
Views: 2644

Re: stop using "this polity" so much

I think that the humor/cultural/traditional value of "this polity" has run its course among good questions. Using "this polity" is a fantastic way to be non-specific and provides no benefit that saying "this city," or "this country," or "this state" doesn't. Particularly annoying is when a question...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prompts and Protests
Replies: 11
Views: 1497

Re: Prompts and Protests

The following was almost certainly not the answer under contention here, but I always have to remember to type "Darius_Milhaud" if I want to look that guy up on Wikipedia, because if I just type "Milhaud" the page it takes me to is that of a French town called Milhaud. Thus, since "Milhaud" typed in...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)
Replies: 62
Views: 111904

Re: ACF Regionals 2011 Global Announcement (February 26, 2011)

Ukonvasara wrote:
Ondes Martenot wrote:Can you confirm that you received the packet we sent about a week ago?
I can!
Hey, good idea. Can you confirm that you received Cornell's packet, which I sent either on December 31st or January 1st depending on your time zone?
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2011 at RIT (2/26/11)
Replies: 9
Views: 3087

Re: ACF Regionals 2011 at RIT (2/26/11)

Cornell wants to bring a team.
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 32699

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

And it surely varies with dialect too, like everything. I guess it would be more like that in the north? I don't know much about dialectal variation in Welsh, so no idea about north/south, but you're probably right about it varying, in any case. I'm pretty sure the north has a bunch more tight roun...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:24 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 32699

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

I don't have my IPA handbook here, haha awesome Yeah, it's been two years since I took Phonetics, so it's at my parents' house. But now I am too, and I just looked at the description of Swedish in there and apparently it's /ɹ/. So yeah, I was totally wrong. It's probably just me rounding things dow...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 32699

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

That said, two quick concerns: (1) The worst possible outcome for this thread is that we get bogged down in nitpicking, especially when it comes to vowel sounds. The reality is that most people will never be able to pronounce foreign sounds correctly, even if they try. If you weren't raised speakin...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: He said, she said
Replies: 39
Views: 5340

Re: He said, she said

As I said though, the best way to prevent this is looking out for potentially contentious answer lines and taking your time when deeming answers correct or incorrect. It doesn't just happen with potentially contentious answer lines, though – people do sometimes just mishear people. In one tournamen...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Universal Pronunciation Guide
Replies: 51
Views: 9271

Re: Universal Pronunciation Guide

Even the NAQT pronunciation guides aren't completely transparent – a first-time moderator isn't going to know that "aa" stands for /æ/ until someone tells them, for instance. Why not make pronunciation guides resemble an actual established thing (while obviously refraining from going all-out)? I am...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Universal Pronunciation Guide
Replies: 51
Views: 9271

Re: Universal Pronunciation Guide

I swear to God, if someone tries to make me learn IPA for this, I'll start throwing things. That's an angry way of telling the linguists not to touch this. As Guy has not yet weighed in on this, I can't guarantee that you're not going to need your throwing implements, but I don't think IPA would be...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Questions about Rewarding Knowledge (mostly in music...)
Replies: 5
Views: 1676

Re: Questions about Rewarding Knowledge (mostly in music...)

I know almost nothing about the Pope Marcellus Mass, except who wrote it and the story about it saving polyphony at the Council of Trent, but I can buzz on this tossup fairly early, because I know from a book about classical music in the Third Reich that Pfitzner's most famous opera is Palestrina, ...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's not X, but CLUE
Replies: 14
Views: 2317

Re: It's not X, but CLUE

Let's say you're writing a tossup on the creator of a certain work that you want to use as your leadin, and there's someone else who wrote a work of the same name, so the work alone would not be uniquely identifying, but what you use as the next clue (or the combination of the two clues) is: "He's n...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On writing opera tossups
Replies: 26
Views: 4628

Re: On writing opera tossups

I can't think of any situations where transparency amongst Italian, French, or German operas is an issue nor do I think there is such a paucity of Eastern European opera that having English aria titles affects play. I don't know – I was thinking maybe of Rinaldo , Armide , and Armide , but anything...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On writing opera tossups
Replies: 26
Views: 4628

Re: On writing opera tossups

When I saw Tosca in Des Moines last summer, the music director dude (not sure on his actual title) who gave the pre-opera speech gushed over the Scarpia motif and told everyone to keep an eye, or ear, out for it during the entire opera. I can't say I would've buzzed off the clue as written, but I t...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On writing opera tossups
Replies: 26
Views: 4628

Re: On writing opera tossups

One thing I like doing is paraphrasing or translating aria titles and just putting them in like you would dialogue in a lit tossup, like "One character in this work asserts that 'the offended snake does not rest'* until it has taken revenge, then infiltrates a harem in an unsuccessful attempt to kil...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some DII Feedback
Replies: 37
Views: 2833

Re: Some DII Feedback

I only wrote four questions, which I don't think merits a whole new thread: the bonus about kids in musical works (packet 3) and the tossups on Bach (13), the Kalevala (14), and Genesis (14) are mine, if anyone wants to say anything about those.
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Access to SCT discussion forum
Replies: 42
Views: 5957

Re: Access to SCT discussion forum

I decided not to go to SCT with Cornell, but I did write four Division 2 questions.
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Formatting of Pronunciation Guides
Replies: 14
Views: 2089

Re: Formatting of Pronunciation Guides

As mentioned in the Goethe example, it gets difficult when there are front rounded vowels: I hope nobody ever needs to write a pronunciation guide for a question about Kyösti Pöysti, for instance (not that Finnish cartoons are likely to come up in quizbowl anytime soon, but you know what I mean). Wh...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 14013

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:I'm saying it's ACF Fall and people should shut up about a clue like this being too hard for this field. It's not. Even if it were, I'd rather an ACF Fall clue be slightly easy than too hard.
No, it's too easy to be the first clue of a question. That's what I meant, at least.
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 14013

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

I don't think it's only "expert music players" who know what the Grosse Fuge is (or that Beethoven wrote it, which is basically all I for one know about it), but I would guess that all or most "music players" of a certain level would be able to say who wrote the Grosse Fuge, even if quizbowl gives t...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 14013

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

I'll buy that it separates those with real-world knowledge of Beethoven from those who have only quizbowl knowledge of Beethoven, but what about distinguishing between two players with different levels of real-world Beethoven knowledge? Or are we saying that there are too few people with real-world...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 14013

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

Unless I'm mistaken, this is a tournament that's trying to appeal teams like Penn State or North Carolina Wesleyan A, rather than Andy Watkins. Those teams were getting around 10 PPB. I don't think this is atrocious, but I do think this should be the lower limit for new teams at ACF Fall. That answ...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 14013

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

In the Le Corbusier packet, there was a second architecture tossup. There were also no music tossups in that packet. (The reverse might also have happened, though – I think there was a packet with two classical music questions, neither of which was opera…but I forget which round it was. It might hav...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT
Replies: 63
Views: 11933

Re: ACF Fall Northeast (10/31) @ MIT

Are the packets posted somewhere, or are there more mirrors that haven't happened yet? (I assume from the fact that there's no discussion thread here yet that there is indeed going to be another mirror, but when/how soon is it?)
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 83156

Re: Bad Negs Again

Today in practice (an old ACF Fall packet, I think): Given: Eternal youth Answer: Virginity Off a clue about some mythological figures using magical baths to maintain it. For some reason it reminded me of the thing with the Norse gods and the apples. At some point last year I negged with "immortalit...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 29854

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

1. To what extent do music players (and I suppose good players who are not music specialists) view note-related clues as "good clues"? Specifically, describing well-known melodies or chords using the notes in those melodies without any other (contextual or otherwise) clues. As examples of this I'll...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 29854

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

For me, even though I know a good bit of music theory, attempts to describe the music do not help me identify even works I know very well. Thus, in the Kullervo symphony tossup cited above, despite the fact that I have listened to that piece dozens of times and could hum excerpts from all its movem...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 29854

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

What about a clue mentioning a notable chord, like if you said something like this in a New World Symphony tossup (probably right before FTP): "The tonic chord becomes augmented in the second phrase of the parallel interrupted period that opens the second movement's famous English horn solo"? (I ju...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 29854

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

I'll admit that making Rautavaara the hard part of a bonus was a mistake, and I'll try to rein in my personal tastes in the future. noooo we need more Rautavaara :cry: Basically, what I'm saying is that taking music theory won't necessarily improve your ability to get tossups early except for those...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Road to NAC 2009
Replies: 35
Views: 4164

Re: The Road to NAC 2009

It's also fun when you also have a rather clumsy reader who befuddles words, stops, and tries to correct himself. I watched a match last year with a 60-second round category called "Candy Bars with No Vowels" – probably inspired by the similar categories that sometimes come up on Jeopardy. Except o...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Better Stats
Replies: 20
Views: 2667

Re: Better Stats

Quite possibly, when :chip: nationals is decided on a question on The Sot-Weed Factor . To get first dibs on an audio bonus on household appliances manufactured in Texas (hey, look! A Texas team on the panel! These questions were written months in advance, folks!), answer this pyramidal tossup: ana...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Junior NAC 2009 Results
Replies: 28
Views: 3009

Re: Junior NAC 2009 Results

But I would hazard a guess that most people know that from seeing the movie. I for one have never read the book, but I could quote you some lines that are probably in it.
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 25838

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

rmgeokid wrote:I mentioned NAQT to a reader, and she said "Eww. We did that one year and the questions were like a paragraph long"
Ow! My attention span!
:roll:
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Thu May 28, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 25838

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

I certainly did not kill my argument. How can we say that Charter was better than Booker T? They lost! On questions that variously… punish deep knowledge and "hose" you if you buzz in early are so obvious that everybody knows the answer and whoever hits the buzzer first wins aren't about anything w...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun May 24, 2009 3:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Something from last year's NAC
Replies: 5
Views: 1400

Re: Something from last year's NAC

Maybe someone's noticed this before, but it wasn't mentioned on the wiki, so…just thought I'd throw it out there. I did. However, I didn't feel the need to report it. Good work, though. Since the wording might not have been exactly the same, I wasn't sure whether it was anything to care about eithe...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sat May 23, 2009 6:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Something from last year's NAC
Replies: 5
Views: 1400

Something from last year's NAC

As the Chip season begins, here's something I came upon today while reading the NAC pages on the Quizbowl Wiki (in my state of extreme disappointment at finding out that my alma mater is going there again): Tom Egan's report from 2008 , as excerpted on the wiki, includes this as an example of the ki...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 83156

Re: Bad Negs Again

From an RMP packet in practice: One story about this structure relates that a mason readjusted its foundation stone, which had been set by a holy man *BUZZ* Leaning Tower of Pisa Right answer: Golden Temple. Question up to that point: "Outside this structure one can find three sacred trees known as ...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT and Friday night games
Replies: 23
Views: 2669

Re: ICT and Friday night games

Friday night rounds force you to have to leave to travel a lot earlier than you otherwise would have (and given that there are still a lot of places that take some kind of attendance that factors into your grade, it's not as cut and dry as "you can afford to miss a day of class if you really want t...
by Louis XIV and Twenty Million Henchmen
Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Concept tossups in the social sciences
Replies: 40
Views: 4846

Re: Concept tossups in the social sciences

Linguistics: Well, there just aren't too many linguists who could conceivably come up in most tournaments. Tossups on the Great Vowel Shift and Grimm's Law are almost always transparent; you'd have to be a wizard to write those well. The best source for linguistics concept tossups seem to be langua...