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by Scipio
Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Official Announcement Sun 'n' Fun X -July 11th, 2009 @ VCC
Replies: 16
Views: 4552

Re: Official Announcement Sun 'n' Fun X -July 11th, 2009 @ VCC

5. Billy Beyer, Seth Kendall, Evan Nagler, and Bruce Arthur are all very good. As an editorial note, it should be pointed out that Chris had had to leave before the last two rounds to take care of his daughter, so I played this team solo. Had Borglum been there, this sentence probably would have re...
by Scipio
Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moon Pie Classic (3/28/09) at UT-Chattanooga
Replies: 7
Views: 2125

Re: Moon Pie Classic (3/28/09) at UT-Chattanooga

Wanted to bump this, seeing as the first deadline is today (or will be until midnight). Also, an additional douceur : for those of you who think you can complete a packet before 12:01 AM, March 1, but not before midnight tonight, send an e-mail to utcacfediting at gmail dot com and let me know. If y...
by Scipio
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Civil War Questions
Replies: 46
Views: 6620

Re: Civil War Questions

Also: anyone who thinks social history and battlefield history are mutually exclusive has obviously never taken my class.
Nor mine.
by Scipio
Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Civil War Questions
Replies: 46
Views: 6620

Re: Civil War Questions

Wow, is it really 3/3? Interesting. I don't remember it always being like that.

No complaints; just, again, curious.
by Scipio
Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Civil War Questions
Replies: 46
Views: 6620

Re: Civil War Questions

I was somehow under the impression that the distribution leaned more heavily towards US than Europe; is 2/2 the standard now?

Just curious.
by Scipio
Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 13509

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

I think what happened is that Open teams were not eligible for trophies; South Florida therefore won outright, with FSU second and UGA third. EDIT: Some four hours later I have come to the realization that what you meant was "UGA was listed as second on this fine board and that FSU was not, in contr...
by Scipio
Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Rules on Bonus Ordering
Replies: 16
Views: 2101

Re: Rules on Bonus Ordering

It isn't just about the 21st century, and it isn't about the South, either. Robert Meredith, the longtime coach of Georgia Tech's team, decreed that bonuses would be read in the order in which they appear the 1970s . In fact, I have gone to Southern tournaments for the better part of two decades and...
by Scipio
Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 13509

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

Hey, is there any way someone from UGA could contact me? I have a question/proposition to raise.

My e-mail is camillus at gmail dot com.

Thanks.
by Scipio
Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Aimless Rule Meandering
Replies: 17
Views: 2230

Re: Aimless Rule Meandering

But if the Romans thought that Mars and Ares were the same person, and then told stories about Mars that did not occur in Greece, that is still a story about Ares. Well, that isn't entirely what happened. By and large the Romans had comparatively few myths about their gods which antedate their cont...
by Scipio
Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Aimless Rule Meandering
Replies: 17
Views: 2230

Re: Aimless Rule Meandering

Well, I guess I know something about this, so ... The biggest difference I can see is that the Romans tended to give the names of their deities to gods from other panthea rather than try to import their weird names and legends into Latin. Bruce alluded to this earlier; so, for example, the Romans fi...
by Scipio
Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 3 Mirror at Vandy
Replies: 24
Views: 4890

Re: EFT 3 Mirror at Vandy

Lee: I think Charlie is taking open teams for the MO mirror he's hosting, if you were looking for a venue in which to play.
by Scipio
Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 12476

Moderators can split this off if they need to, but I had a question involving religion and the papacy. Do popes count more as historical figures or religous ones? I mean, obviously certain doctrines clearly are religion, but what about something like the Investiture Controversy, with its strong reli...
by Scipio
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Private Sectionals Discussion Forum Signup and Access
Replies: 94
Views: 10684

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by Scipio
Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 23671

I like the new rules. I would, however, like to suggest an slight emendation, specifically to section D.10 involving accidental disclosure of answer: I would like to propose that in such an event a new tossup be read whether it will affect the game or not.

Just a suggestion.
by Scipio
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 92
Views: 26087

Well I like to consider myself something of a Greek myth geek, and I think I have pretty good credentials, having placed nationally at the national Latin convention. And the real myth sources (Meridian's, Morford's, Parada) would tend to agree with me, but hey, its Greek myth, so there is plenty up...
by Scipio
Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pavarotti in memoriam
Replies: 8
Views: 1943

Well, as gruesome as it is to say this, at least it was Pavarotti and not Placido, whose voice is much better; listen to each of them sing "Nessun Dorma" and you'll notice the difference.

A great singer, though, and a bon vivant of the old school model. Sad times.
by Scipio
Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guns of August and the state of quizbowl history
Replies: 31
Views: 13033

By the way, it should be pointed out that non every historian in quizbowl thinks that "military history questions = bad; social history questions = good". I was, sadly, not at Arthur's tournament, but as an (ancient) military historian I would, I suspect, have had a ball at this event. Moreover, I t...
by Scipio
Thu May 17, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stingray Award Nominees
Replies: 52
Views: 17930

It's about god-damned time someone imported the :awesome: picture.
by Scipio
Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me about Lexington, KY!
Replies: 17
Views: 5358

Well, seeing as I own a house there and am fairly close to getting my doctorate from UK, I know a little about Lexington. Lexington is a growing city, fairly large geographically speaking. There are places of great, great wealth (Richmond road, for example), and some spots just off of downtown which...
by Scipio
Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RESULTS! ACF Nationals 2007 Details
Replies: 18
Views: 16962

I, too, had a great time at the tournament: the reading was excellent, the atmosphere was on the whole cordial, and people seemed to be enjoying themselves. However, I noticed something while looking at the round-robin statistics and I thought it should be mentioned. According to the tabulation of t...
by Scipio
Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southern Virginia Tournament?
Replies: 43
Views: 15821

What good players have there ever been from "the Bible Belt," Pickrell? I recall exactly none. Note that I am certainly not Pickrell, nor am I entirely sure what this nebulous "Bible Belt" is, but I'm fairly sure that Harding is a very, very religious school and they fielded a fine team at ACF Fall...
by Scipio
Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Muck Masters (8/19/06) at UT-Chattanooga
Replies: 18
Views: 6920

Winston Churchill wrote:
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
by Scipio
Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: archive of TRASHionals cryfest flap?
Replies: 25
Views: 11053

There are lots of significant academic subjects that involve rape (rape of the Sabine women in history I could actually give substantially less than a damn about this whole argument - it seems clear to me that while questions about rape as a subject are in poor taste but censorship is wrong, etc., ...
by Scipio
Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bible/Old Testament Questions: Un-Quizbowl worthy?
Replies: 32
Views: 16551

The ECSO set has already been discussed, and there were indeed imbalances. On behalf of the ECSO editing staff I apologize that you were blindsided by an overwhelming rush of bible questions. We two humble Jews certainly do not wish to alienate the circuit goyim, and offer you our most sincere apol...
by Scipio
Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl/Sword Bowl blew ass
Replies: 79
Views: 47901

That leads me to the following question: does the Southeast want ACF? If no one else hosts ACF events and teams only come because Charlie's such a great guy, that makes me think that most of them don't care what kinds of questions they play on. They'd come anyway if the questions were bad, so where...
by Scipio
Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl/Sword Bowl blew ass
Replies: 79
Views: 47901

I recommend getting ahold of some redhair bud and hitting the hot tub once in a while.
If there's going to be some of that at that mirror you discussed holding, I am totally there.
by Scipio
Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl/Sword Bowl blew ass
Replies: 79
Views: 47901

I told myself that I wouldn't get into this discussion, either, even though I have seen the questions and, in fact, played on them. So, in fact, I'm not going to. I have some thoughts on the event and will share them priately to anyone who so desires, but what draws my specific commentary are a coup...
by Scipio
Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: what do you do at practice?
Replies: 16
Views: 7937

There were a couple of things I used to do at UK which others may find useful. Typically, practices would consist of at least three packets per night. Three had originally been chosen because when the team was in its prime, Kelly, Robert, and I would each take turns reading and leave the other two t...
by Scipio
Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth's myth tournament
Replies: 33
Views: 20625

As one of the ones who asked Seth about some of the sources he used for his tournament, I was duly impressed by the extensive bibliography that he gave. I'm familiar with some of them, but not with others, so I found his annotations useful. Likewise Susan's recommendations, with which I was largely ...
by Scipio
Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall at UTK and other topics
Replies: 6
Views: 3715

(T)he LSU, MIT, and UNC ... packet, which fortunately contained very gettable science for him - Mersenne prime, mitochondrion, deuterium, and Brownian motion. And that was really the deciding factor, quite honestly, since my comical lack of knowledge of the sciences is in fact very real. But that's...
by Scipio
Mon Nov 14, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ UT-Knoxville Results
Replies: 3
Views: 2545

I wrote of this briefly in another post. As for the "controversy" Paik mentions, this concerns some paranoid ranting of mine in the hallway about an earlier round, for which I blame my own lack of sleep and an overdose of caffeine. I'm better now.
by Scipio
Mon Nov 14, 2005 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall at UTK and other topics
Replies: 6
Views: 3715

ACF Fall at UTK and other topics

Although partially anticipated by Jason Paik, what will follow is another long-winded, largely self-indulgent, and generally laudatory commentary, this time specifically about Knoxville's ACF Fall tournament. The disclaimer about my other post ("skip if not interested, because this will be no more f...
by Scipio
Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:40 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 87601

I would like to offer some long-winded, largely self-indulgent, and generally laudatory comments about the ACF Fall tournament. I’ll try to keep it as brief as I can, but I know my limitations. Those who know the general timbre of my posts and tend to skip them for their flaws would probably be be...
by Scipio
Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Center of the Known Universe Open at UTC 10/22/05
Replies: 25
Views: 14773

Ryan Westbrook said: A lot of stuff that is exactly right. ... and I agree with it completely. Let not the earlier message in this thread give grounds for misinterpretation: as long as it is being done legally, every player has the option of playing in Division II, I guess. But Ryan is exactly righ...
by Scipio
Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Center of the Known Universe Open at UTC 10/22/05
Replies: 25
Views: 14773

In the future, I will be in Div. 1, eventhough I'm only in my second year of playing. I think my opinions on this matter are well-known enough that I can claim, without qualification, that I am recognised as an opponent of a segregated Division II. I suppose I can see the value of some form of Divi...
by Scipio
Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: how not to write questions
Replies: 18
Views: 9845

I am inclined to agree the the quest for new lead-ins is on its surface a good thing, provided those leadins are relevant and pyramidal (for example, a new lead-in about the battle of Crecy that involves a participant, militarily-relevant geographical feature, or strategy/tactic that is not a part o...
by Scipio
Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Scheduling and Sporting Events
Replies: 18
Views: 9925

Note well that a) as my mother went to the University of Tennessee from 1984-1989, I lived in Knoxville for several years, and can testify as to what Knoxville and the UT campus is like during home games; b) I went to HS in Kingsport, TN (90 miles east of Knoxville) and to college at Memphis (some s...
by Scipio
Sun Jul 10, 2005 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2005 Announcement of Hosts
Replies: 10
Views: 7407

Yeah, I suppose that makes sense. Sad, though; oh, well.
by Scipio
Sun Jul 10, 2005 10:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2005 Announcement of Hosts
Replies: 10
Views: 7407

Out of curiosity: why is there no Midsouth host?

Just wondering.
by Scipio
Sat Jul 09, 2005 9:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RMP (or just M) singles?
Replies: 8
Views: 4444

I'd definitely play in a myth tournament, or an RMP tournament; and if Seth/Susan did the first one, I'd cheerfully write the second one.
by Scipio
Tue May 17, 2005 5:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Definitive Greatest Players List
Replies: 18
Views: 25805

I don't really understand this portentous outburst. Please note that four of our top seven players (Sheahan, Johnson, Dendy, Windham) haven't played a tournament since 2000. Far from being forgotten, they are still firmly ensconced in the top ten. Actually, I wasn't really responding to your (by th...
by Scipio
Tue May 17, 2005 12:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Definitive Greatest Players List
Replies: 18
Views: 25805

If these players were so great at "preparing for the game" then why didn't they do it for the new, more knowledge-dependent game? Yes; why did they stop after doing the work necessary to OWN the game? Why didn't they keep working to learn clues that never came up, instead of just OWNING the game? W...
by Scipio
Sat May 07, 2005 11:30 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 73360

Richard Dunlap, commenting on one of my posts, said this: Careful with that last brush -- despite its problems, some (many) of those retired quiz bowl players have fond memories of CBI. Don't assume a consensus you probably don't have. I didn't believe I was asserting that every last former CBI play...
by Scipio
Thu May 05, 2005 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Jacopo Pontormo Tournament of Manners
Replies: 10
Views: 8998

Assuming I can be there, I'll play. Of course, if it's on Sunday or Saturday night, then the issue is moot. Keep us abreast of what you decide.
by Scipio
Thu May 05, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 73360

Ray wrote: Carthaginem esse delendam! Cato the Elder wrote: Carthago delenda est! I think the latter makes a little more sense in this context, since the former is in indirect discourse but without a finite verb delimiting it. Mike Sorice, Matt Weiner, Sudheer Potru, Seth Kendall, and the hundreds ...
by Scipio
Tue May 03, 2005 12:52 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 73360

I agree with Sudheer that this conversation is irrelevant, as most conversations about CBI are (and have been since the first one I saw, in 1994); I think its utility has only been that it has allowed sufferers to vent a little, and for that I certainly don't blame Potru for starting it, since my tw...
by Scipio
Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Recent bans
Replies: 11
Views: 6412

While I can see and to some extent sympathise with the point of those who suggest that the censorship on this board is a little draconian, recall that the quizbowl community is a little sensitive to spam and trolling because of the horrible experience that befell it in 1996-1997, when its usenet boa...
by Scipio
Fri Apr 08, 2005 1:54 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 56171

Hoc verum esse I think you might want to include a finite verb here ("credo", "Adfirmo", or "scio") if you want this to make sense and leave "esse" in the infinitive; "concedendum" world also work if you wished to make this a concessive. Otherwise, you'll want to change the infinive to the third pe...
by Scipio
Fri Apr 08, 2005 1:40 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 56171

Something I have not seen brought up: Keeping science questions focused overwhelmingly on conceptual science as opposed to science history also forces people like me to learn some conceptual science in order to write a proper question. If I hadn't imposed a firm rule on myself against writing any s...
by Scipio
Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:00 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 56171

The discussion of science and science history/science biography has interested me a great deal; indeed, I have often expressed semi-privately many of the same opinions I have seen coming up. I admit I am biased here, because I also genuinely enjoy science history questions (one of my minor doctoral ...