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by lasercats
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: DAWES - NYU hosted@Columbia (summer 2013)
Replies: 13
Views: 4511

Re: Announcement: DAWES - NYU hosted@Columbia (summer 2013)

If this is happening, I would love to join a team.
by lasercats
Sun May 27, 2012 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 39837

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

It was a pleasure to read at this tournament. I was very impressed with the organization and flow of the tournament. Props to Joel, Jonah, and the rest of the people responsible for the logistics of the tournament, and congrats Bellarmine!
by lasercats
Tue May 08, 2012 1:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 51809

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

This may have been brought up, but in the future, the buzzers need to actually be checked to see if they work. Multiple times throughout the 2 days I ended up playing slap bowl because nobody had bothered to see if the all the buzzers actually worked before they set them up. It's a small criticism,...
by lasercats
Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas A&M TERP 2 Mirror - 02/04/2012 - Not Dead Yet
Replies: 5
Views: 1529

Re: Texas A&M TERP 2 Mirror - College Station, TX (02/05/12)

A team from Oklahoma will probably be attending.
by lasercats
Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TrashMasters at UT-Chattanooga 12/3/11
Replies: 5
Views: 2688

Re: TrashMasters at UT-Chattanooga 12/3/11

Any updates on fees?
by lasercats
Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 14252

Re: NHBB Discussion

I am not totally convinced that moving to a 3-day schedule would benefit. Teachers and students and teachers should not have to miss more than one day of school for travel, especially close to AP and IB exams, graduation, finals, etc. The bowl can happen in one day with very careful planning. If all...
by lasercats
Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 14252

Re: NHBB Discussion

They must have been a well-kept secret. Well-kept on "historybowl.com," where I--having never been to the site before--clicked on "official rules" on the left and then was taken to a page that lets you download the rules (admittedly doesn't pick up for things a moderator needs to know until point I...
by lasercats
Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open 2011 (July 30, 2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 19631

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open 2011

Was CO Movies a one-year thing, or is someone bringing that back?
by lasercats
Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 14252

Re: NHBB Discussion

These both seem to be implying that there was a short "here's how you do your job" session with Madden on Saturday morning? Is that so? Because this is my perspective on staffing: Thanks for giving your perspective, since this clears up a lot of the confusion that happened at the Uruguay Embassy. Y...
by lasercats
Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Date Preference?
Replies: 13
Views: 2288

Re: Chicago Open Date Preference?

Rothlover wrote:I should be able to make the last weekend in July for my 9th straight CO (If you count a Maryland mirror.) Has anyone heard rumblings/stepping up about a potential CO trash this year?

Some of us Okies are interested in attending the trash portion if it's going to happen.
by lasercats
Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post spring break tournaments?
Replies: 4
Views: 1073

Re: Post spring break tournaments?

Sorry, we decided to go to MUT in MO for our spring tournament, and a summer trip to CO Trash.
by lasercats
Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Reading Fast(er)
Replies: 25
Views: 3778

Re: Reading Fast(er)

Make sure your expected readers practice. For those on your squad, take turns reading packets on the clock periodically, especially in the weeks leading up to the tournament. Getting used to the pace and rid of anxiety about it will help. THIS. Judgment about when to pause and figure out pronunciat...
by lasercats
Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror in Columbia, MO on April 30th?
Replies: 4
Views: 1039

Re: MUT Mirror in Columbia, MO on April 30th?

OU is planning on attending with a team, buzzer system, and potentially an extra staffer.
by lasercats
Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post spring break tournaments?
Replies: 4
Views: 1073

Re: Post spring break tournaments?

Thanks Mike, I'll run both of those by the team.
by lasercats
Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post spring break tournaments?
Replies: 4
Views: 1073

Post spring break tournaments?

The deadline for OU organizations to apply for travel funding is coming up in the next couple of weeks, so our team is meeting to decide on a tournament to attend this semester. Can any of you tell me about tournaments taking place after spring break? We are interested in a full trash tournament, or...
by lasercats
Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl Trash III @ UPenn 2/13/11
Replies: 52
Views: 11896

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl Trash III @ UPenn 2/13/11

Will there be any travel discounts? Say, if a team travels from Oklahoma?
by lasercats
Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma
Replies: 13
Views: 3179

Re: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma

SirT wrote:Stats are posted here.
Thank you!
by lasercats
Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Disturbing Decline of Working Buzzers
Replies: 28
Views: 7116

Re: The Disturbing Decline of Working Buzzers

I wish every team could go out and buy the Officiator by Anderson. I wish we had bought it when we got a new system last year. The connected table top version is such a breeze to set up, and you don't have to worry about the phone jack things breaking off. We had practically every cord on our zeecra...
by lasercats
Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 156
Views: 21930

Re: ACF Fall Discussion

The craziness of having somewhere between 0 and 1 normal tournaments before January this academic year is hopefully enough to get people to realize that we need more coordination regarding the quizbowl calendar. Is there anyone who hosts any kind of real collegiate tournament who disagrees? Because...
by lasercats
Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts
Replies: 22
Views: 3548

Re: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts

I think that one difficulty is that those tournaments that need to be run the best are also those that attract the largest fields. We didn't bid to host Fall because we couldn't easily do so alone even if we weren't hosting two tournaments the following weekend. I would be more willing to host it i...
by lasercats
Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: You Suck At Tournament Discussion And This Is Why
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Re: You Suck At Tournament Discussion And This Is Why

This should probably be sticky-fied.
by lasercats
Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts
Replies: 22
Views: 3548

Re: Inexperienced Tournament Hosts

The problems I had with hosting my first tournament yesterday were all within my own team. One guy forgot to set his alarm and showed up an hour late, one bitched about being stuck moderating, and one even left for an hour without telling me because he had confessional. Even though my tournament was...
by lasercats
Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Discussion
Replies: 156
Views: 21930

Re: ACF Fall Discussion

This is a minor point, but since it no doubt impacted matches, it's worth bringing up. The sports seemed really skewed towards minor/international sports. Besides the Orioles tossup, no other sports question read at our mirror had to do with football, basketball, or baseball. There was a common-lin...
by lasercats
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma
Replies: 13
Views: 3179

Re: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma

Congratulations to Harding B, AKA Caleb Robbins, on his win and 8-1 record today.
by lasercats
Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma
Replies: 13
Views: 3179

Re: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma

I have added the building location and a hotel recommendation to the main post.
by lasercats
Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma
Replies: 13
Views: 3179

Re: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma

I have heard interest from Harding, Cistertian, possibly LASA, and one OU team.
by lasercats
Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma
Replies: 13
Views: 3179

Re: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma

crobbins52 wrote:A team from Harding will attend and bring two buzzer sets.
Great! We look forward to having you.
by lasercats
Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma
Replies: 13
Views: 3179

Re: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma

Charbroil wrote:
lasercats wrote: You are cordially invited to the University of Alabama in beautiful Tuscaloosa on Saturday, November 6th for ACF Fall South.
I think you copied a little bit too much.

Thanks. Not sure what happened there.
by lasercats
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma
Replies: 13
Views: 3179

ACF Fall Texas Area at University of Oklahoma

An ACF Fall mirror will take place Saturday, November 6th 2010 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. Check-in will begin at 8:30, and the tournament will start at 9 AM in Dale Hall. Here is a campus map: http://www.ou.edu/home/beta/map/index.html There is a large parking lot directly behind D...
by lasercats
Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On writing opera tossups
Replies: 26
Views: 5274

Re: On writing opera tossups

Does the language of an opera really need to be disguised until later in a question? It's not like knowing that the opera is in Italian or French is going to give anything away, since there are hundreds of each to choose from.
by lasercats
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On writing opera tossups
Replies: 26
Views: 5274

Re: On writing opera tossups

Aria titles should ALWAYS be given in their original language, unless they have a common name, like The Bell Song from Lakme or The Jewel Song. Translating aria titles would make opera tossups that much more difficult. I was an opera singer for 2 years and I would never be able to recognize them fr...
by lasercats
Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On writing opera tossups
Replies: 26
Views: 5274

Re: On writing opera tossups

Aria titles should ALWAYS be given in their original language, unless they have a common name, like The Bell Song from Lakme or The Jewel Song. Translating aria titles would make opera tossups that much more difficult. I was an opera singer for 2 years and I would never be able to recognize them fro...
by lasercats
Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?
Replies: 40
Views: 10176

Re: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?

There's a difference between writing a lot of questions on subjects that are patronizingly associated with women, and having a diverse answer selection that represents a wide area of subjects that are important in pop culture for various reasons. I believe we accomplished the latter. Yes. Honestly,...
by lasercats
Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 4651

Re: TRASH Regionals Discussion

Please Please Please check to see if the movie you are using as a clue is a remake. The "Goodbye Mr. Chips" clue in the Petula Clark tossup really threw me off because the writer neglected to specify between the 1939 original and the remake. I was happy to hear that more Broadway tossups are being u...
by lasercats
Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33814

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

Usually, descriptions of intervals and tempo markings to little to nothing for me. Then again, I am a singer and haven't played in an orchestra in two years. I suppose those who play in orchestras have a little better handle on those clues, but I still think it is a stretch. How many movements in th...
by lasercats
Sat May 02, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?
Replies: 58
Views: 9835

Re: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?

Also, at least one school has spring break every week of march, so the 27th-28th would likely conflict with at least one team.
I voted for January, because I think it is not worth the trouble to organize a team over the summer (also, it can be very difficult to get school funding).
by lasercats
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament
Replies: 116
Views: 26170

Re: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament

evilmonkey wrote:
lasercats wrote:I was thinking about taking a road trip to Chicago over the summer, so I may try to make it to this. If anyone needs a movie person let me know.
I need a movie person - how likely are you to make said road trip?
Right now I'm about 60% sure. I'll keep you posted.
by lasercats
Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament
Replies: 116
Views: 26170

Re: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament

I was thinking about taking a road trip to Chicago over the summer, so I may try to make it to this. If anyone needs a movie person let me know.
by lasercats
Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Packet Guidelines?
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Re: TRASH Packet Guidelines?

This will be my first tournament. It's not for a while, so I'm not particularly concerned about the time that it will take (and I don't intend to write the whole thing at once, as I want to play-test some of the questions and answers and see how it works). Still, have you written a single trash pac...
by lasercats
Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake TRASHionals Southwest at Tulsa (4/12/09)
Replies: 4
Views: 1056

Re: Fake TRASHionals Southwest at Tulsa (3/22/09)

jazzerpoet wrote:Fake TRASHionals Southwest has been moved to Saturday April 11th.
Great news!
by lasercats
Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5491

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

I'm sorry that everyone hated the Jack Haley question so much.

I thought that this set was great with the exception of the repeats. I have no opinion on the video games, comic books, or sports areas, but my areas of expertise were well-written and fun to play.
by lasercats
Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 3859

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

Lapego1 wrote:
Cheynem wrote:But what about the Disney Channel Original Movies tournament?
Whoa I'd write this.
Me too. I have always wanted to write tossups about "Quints".
by lasercats
Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Mirror Southwest at Tulsa (3/1/09)
Replies: 5
Views: 1531

Re: GARBAGE Mirror Southwest at Tulsa (3/1/09)

Thanks for posting stats Angelo. Congrats on your win. I too had a great time at the tournament. I was excited to hear some of my favorite things come up in questions. I can't wait until the next one!
by lasercats
Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15484

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

Maybe this is my inexperience speaking, but it seemed like there was a Japanese Literature question in every packet that we used. It would have been nice to see a little more variety among non-English literature. On a more positive note, I was very happy with the music questions, especially the toss...
by lasercats
Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: question writing
Replies: 12
Views: 5066

Re: question writing

Thank you very much for these tips! I just contributed to my first packet last week. This was very helpful!
by lasercats
Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An attempt to preduct ICT spots
Replies: 20
Views: 3195

Re: An attempt to preduct ICT spots

How are DII bids generated among the tournaments that had to combine divisions? (like Texas SCT) Our TD explained that there was a system, but not how it would work.
by lasercats
Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 10530

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

Norman Oklahoma is a perfect place for ICT 2010. There is an airport half an hour away named for a guy who died in a plane crash. Public transportation is a cinch: jump on any available horse. Tourism wise, there are plenty of Indians to observe in their natural habitat. Oh and you can't forget soon...
by lasercats
Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Advice on question writing companies
Replies: 22
Views: 2802

Re: Advice on question writing companies

I am interested to hear how the selection pans out. The problem with QB in Oklahoma is that sets have to be challenging enough to encourage school like Booker T, Jenks, and Edmond while still being accessible to hillbilly schools who also play (of which there are surprisingly many).