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by silverscreentest
Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl 2: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 1243

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I don't know if these were bad judgments calls or bad underlining. - We didn't get any credit for saying "33" instead of "The 33". We were not asked to be more specific. - We didn't get any credit for "Lee" for the victim of the murder in the first season of "Serial". As an opinion, I think the 2007...
by silverscreentest
Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement
Replies: 66
Views: 35891

Re: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement

Since we're an older team, we're disadvantaged when it comes to video games and recent music. We found the Cottage Bowl set to be easier than previous trash tournaments, at least in part because the video game distribution was lower than usual. We added an 18-year-old which also helped. She didn't f...
by silverscreentest
Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 34458

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

I'll be running my science fiction side event Sunday after Cottage Bowl. Information here.

My team also has room on Saturday for one free agent. PM me or email me at brick at silverscreentest dot com.
by silverscreentest
Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE BOWL at the University of Maryland (2/22)
Replies: 19
Views: 11440

Re: COTTAGE BOWL at the University of Maryland (2/22)

I'll be running my science fiction side event after Cottage Bowl. Information here.
by silverscreentest
Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Fiction Side Event
Replies: 4
Views: 3399

Science Fiction Side Event - 22 Feb 2015 after Cottage Bowl

I'll be running this after Cottage Bowl at the University of Maryland on February 22.
by silverscreentest
Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Fiction Side Event
Replies: 4
Views: 3399

Re: Science Fiction Side Event

Given that the NAQT SCT has been moved from UMd to UVa, this event is postponed until a future date.
by silverscreentest
Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Fiction Side Event
Replies: 4
Views: 3399

Re: Science Fiction Side Event

This event has been tentatively rescheduled for after the NAQT SCT on February 7, 2015. I have permission from Maryland to hold it then, but I am not sure about my own schedule.
by silverscreentest
Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Fiction Side Event
Replies: 4
Views: 3399

Science Fiction Side Event

DEES ran late so this event didn't happen. I'll repost when it's rescheduled.
by silverscreentest
Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22
Replies: 16
Views: 8965

Re: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22

I will be hosting a science fiction side event after the tournament. The announcement is here.
by silverscreentest
Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Fiction Side Event
Replies: 4
Views: 3399

Science Fiction Side Event

I will be hosting a science fiction side event after DEES at the University of Maryland on Saturday, November 22. These questions were previously used over Memorial Day Weekend at Balticon. I reformatted the questions into toss-ups and bonuses so I would like whoever shows up to form teams. The 2013...
by silverscreentest
Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Fiction Side Event Packet Available
Replies: 3
Views: 2296

Science Fiction Side Event Packet Available

Every year at the Balticon convention over Memorial Day, I hold a science fiction trivia contest in the format of my movie trivia game show Silver Screen Test. I have taken the questions I used then, re-formatted them and re-arranged them into a document with 53 toss-ups and 46 three-part bonuses. T...
by silverscreentest
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 27577

Re: SQBS Help Thread

Works for me now. Must not have been working the day I posted. Thank you.
by silverscreentest
Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 27577

Re: SQBS Help Thread

Fred wrote:A few starting points:
Site doesn't seem to working. Is it located elsewhere?
by silverscreentest
Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How can we explain the rules more clearly?
Replies: 26
Views: 7988

Re: How can we explain the rules more clearly?

You could boardsource the most common mistakes, post them online and refer your novices to them. I think everybody would benefit from that.

If you have the time and energy, you could make and post a video demonstrating the most common mistakes.
by silverscreentest
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: BARGE at Maryland (1/14/12)
Replies: 107
Views: 44850

Re: DATE CHANGE: BARGE at Maryland (1/14/12)

Will this tournament and TERP be in Jimenez Hall as usual?
by silverscreentest
Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: TERP 2 (Maryland Trash) 1/15/12
Replies: 18
Views: 7055

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: TERP 2 (Maryland Trash) 1/15/12

We're looking for one person that can complement a team of oldsters who are useless at video games and recent music. Email me at brick at silverscreentest dot com.
by silverscreentest
Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14)
Replies: 43
Views: 11040

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14)

Cheynem wrote:As far as I know, all the mirrors are done, so the packets are now posted on Wastebin.
Just letting you know I haven't found the VCU Open Trash packets on Wastebin yet.
by silverscreentest
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14)
Replies: 43
Views: 11040

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14)

I'm asking for the time and place for the trash tournament. Will registration be at 8am Sunday in either Jimenez or the Armory?
by silverscreentest
Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 24380

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

Do you know the time, buildings and rooms yet? Shall we assume it will be either the Reckord Armory or Jimenez Hall?
by silverscreentest
Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 24380

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

Our team currently has three people. We can take at least one more. We can take two more if you're willing to rotate out. The three current members are okay with that. My email is brick at silverscreentest dot com
by silverscreentest
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 24380

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

I'm jumping in, currently with just one teammate, so we can take two more free agents. We're a couple of old guys who are probably best at the history we lived through. We're just there to have fun, not driven to take the championship. My email is brick at silverscreentest dot com
by silverscreentest
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 6159

Re: Minnesota Open Discussion

The teams in the room I was reading grumbled about the Versailles tossup. It seemed to be a list of recent art exhibitions and ended with a buzzer race at the Hall of Mirrors giveaway.
by silverscreentest
Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Bill Cullen Memorial Open (all game show set)
Replies: 18
Views: 3616

Re: Announcement: Bill Cullen Memorial Open (all game show set)

Go ahead with the discussion. I just heard from Chris Ray that the Game Show side event will not be held at the Maryland Mirror of the Minnesota Open.
by silverscreentest
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 5647

Re: General Discussion

My father died last Wednesday. I say this in a blatant attempt at sympathy and to tone down the flames of those who disagree with me. First of all it hasn't been mentioned how quickly and efficiently Maryland ran the tournament. I read at the high school fall tournament in September which also ran s...
by silverscreentest
Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Bill Cullen Memorial Open (all game show set)
Replies: 18
Views: 3616

Re: Announcement: Bill Cullen Memorial Open (all game show set)

I thought Chris Ray announced at TERP that the game show set would be played at the Minnesota Open mirror on November 21. You might want to delay public discussion a little longer.
by silverscreentest
Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Biases
Replies: 1
Views: 440

Re: Writing Biases

In terms of time bias, I write Silver Screen Test and the Balticon science fiction trivia contest with a sort of logarithmic time scale. This year gets a weight of 1, last year a weight of .5, two years ago a weight of 1/3 going all the way back to 1900. Actually I weigh this year a little less than...
by silverscreentest
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Academic credit
Replies: 19
Views: 6758

Re: Academic credit

I can't remeber if it was for one semester or one year, but the University of Maryland had a one credit course which consisted of practice during the CBI days. It was through the Agricultural Extension Department because one of our players, Robert Whaples, had his father in the Agricultural Extensio...
by silverscreentest
Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The quizbowl decades project
Replies: 123
Views: 67539

Re: The quizbowl decades project

Best highlight in a tournament recap (also, most ridiculously lengthy tournament recap): "...As former college bowl host Robert Earle proceeded to tell the heartwarming story of a love at first sight that blossomed at a College bowl tournament back in the day between one Brian from MIT and Sally fr...
by silverscreentest
Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Negs
Replies: 14
Views: 2481

Re: Negs

I personally wouldn't mind if negs went away. You're already punished in that the other team can hear the balance of the tossup. I agree. It's Academic used to have toss-up round with no penalty and no bounce back to the other teams. I was in the Washington championship where the teams figured this...
by silverscreentest
Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20508

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland

DumbJaques wrote:This tournament will run in the Armory - show up by 8:45-9:00 pm. I don't have the room info on me but Jeremy can post it, or I can edit it in here when I find out.
I hope that's a typo and you mean show up by 8:45-9:00 am.
by silverscreentest
Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20508

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland

Any announcements regarding starting time and building location?
by silverscreentest
Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl WPA
Replies: 14
Views: 2076

Re: Quizbowl WPA

I read the thread title and thought someone was suggesting a public works project involving quizbowl. Instead of painting murals or building roads, it would be constructing buzzer systems or something.
by silverscreentest
Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CARDINAL CLASSIC XVIII MIRROR@UMBC, 2/14/2009
Replies: 38
Views: 5293

Re: CARDINAL CLASSIC XVIII MIRROR@UMBC, 2/14/2009

I hadn't really organized the Silver Screen Test All-Stars for this tournament yet, so after discussions with Mike, I will be there at the UMBC Cardinal Classic Mirror as a reader, not a player. But it's not like attendance by our band of dinosaurs is exactly a selling point for any tournament. :grin:
by silverscreentest
Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 92717

Re: Bad Negs Again

From Maryland Fall Invitational:

Answer given: Adam West
Correct answer: Thomas Malthus

He was probably thinking of Adam Smith.
by silverscreentest
Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland
Replies: 48
Views: 7392

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland

swwFCqb wrote:Hey all, so I'll be attending this tournament. Is there anyone (Trevor? anyone else?) that wouldn't mind claiming me for Saturday and/or Sunday...if so I'd be quite grateful.
I checked my e-mail and you're in. You're with us if you want. Look for the gang of three geezers on Saturday.
by silverscreentest
Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland
Replies: 48
Views: 7392

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland

Hey all, so I'll be attending this tournament. Is there anyone (Trevor? anyone else?) that wouldn't mind claiming me for Saturday and/or Sunday...if so I'd be quite grateful. I haven't had a chance to check my e-mail since Tuesday night. If no one else has asked first, you can play with us on Satur...
by silverscreentest
Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals (11/16/08) at the University of Maryland
Replies: 19
Views: 3125

Re: TRASH Regionals (11/16/08) at the University of Maryland

Chris-

My team (SST All-stars, Brick n frenz, whatever) should be on your list. I'm pretty sure I e-mailed you a couple of weeks ago about attending the TRASH regionals, before committing an IO team this week as well.
by silverscreentest
Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland
Replies: 48
Views: 7392

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland

My usual bunch of old guys AKA The Silver Screen Test All-Stars will be back. We currently have a team of three players which leaves room for one free agent. E-mail me at brick at silverscreentest dot com if you're interested.

-Brick Barrientos
by silverscreentest
Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl v. Trivia
Replies: 85
Views: 14695

Re: Quizbowl v. Trivia

Ike wrote:you don't learn stuff on Dyson Spheres from listening to your parents reading stories at night
That depends on the parents. :grin:
by silverscreentest
Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winter Olympics Needs a New Event
Replies: 19
Views: 1980

Winter Olympics Needs a New Event

Come to think of it, to avoid ending up with a Miss South Carolina making the finals, quizbowl would be a requisite competition. Yes ... biathlon, Battle of the Network Stars obstacle course, Mississippi outback gran prix, some form of best of three Greco-Roman wrestling, and quizbowl: This is to b...
by silverscreentest
Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38851

Re: NAC Schedules

EDIT: FWIW the answer was "Ahmadinejad". The mod. in Superior C (was that Brick Barrientos?) commented, upon one of the teams guessing incorrectly on, I think "Fidel Castro" or some such, that it was in fact "The other wacky world leader". Nope, wasn't me. I was home watching the Cubs and the Dodge...
by silverscreentest
Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: women in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 50
Views: 11682

Re: women in Quiz Bowl

There was a story on This American Life about a producer of a quiz show featuring high school girls for the Oxygen Network. Although the link is for YouTube, it's audio only. The gist of the story was that she seriously had to dumb down the questions to get any right answers. Obviously, the producer...
by silverscreentest
Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 16704

Re: ICT Discussion

I am pleasantly surprised at the defense made in my name. I have made my congratulations in another thread. Comparing the 2008 championship Maryland team to my 1981 championship Maryland team is like comparing today's Olympic track and field athletes to those guys in Chariots of Fire . I am in no wa...
by silverscreentest
Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2008 NAQT ICT to be held in St. Louis
Replies: 29
Views: 10927

Re: 2008 NAQT ICT to be held in St. Louis

As a former winner of a fake title, let me offer my heartfelt congratulations. And as an alumni, this means more to me than that basketball thing Gary Williams won a few years ago.
by silverscreentest
Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ICT Warmup @ Maryland - 4/5/08
Replies: 41
Views: 8276

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ICT Warmup @ Maryland - 4/5/08

Our usual team of oldsters will be short-handed this weekend so we're open to taking in free agents. There's two of us right now so we can take in two more. You can e-mail me before Saturday at brick at silverscreentest dot com.
by silverscreentest
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 24 hours of quizbowl
Replies: 57
Views: 9670

Re: 24 hours of quizbowl

Has anyone considered using this event as a fund-raising opportunity, such as getting people to pledge an amount per hour you're awake?