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by creed_of_hubris
Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 4611

Re: TRASH Regionals Discussion

It would be great if a respected academic editor or two could consult with TRASH on such standards, but I suspect that is probably a pipe dream. So is TRASH doing anything to rectify this problem? Or is this as good as we can expect it to ever get with TRASH? Any respected academic editors who wish...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 4611

Re: TRASH Regionals Discussion

We changed editors for video games. Last year the editor, who was a hardcore gamer and collector, also ended up writing many of the questions. This year, with a new editor (me), the tossup answers intentionally tended towards well-known games because I wanted to avoid being too obscure and I'm not a...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 4611

Re: TRASH Regionals Discussion

Go ahead.
by creed_of_hubris
Mon May 11, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?
Replies: 58
Views: 9638

Re: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?

I think you'd have better luck working with a regionals model, if nothing else to give people a taste of your tournament. While I have no doubt you'd get a decent field if you ran it in the mid-atlantic or the mid-west, you want a nationals, so you want to pull people from all over -- and it can be ...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3707

Re: TRASHionals discussion

All this logistical trouble is one reason that we keep TRASHionals a two-day affair. Even with an experienced TD and a centralized location (all teams in one building), we still had delays. However, because rounds were spread over 2 days, the delays were more of an annoyance than a crippling problem...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3707

Re: TRASHionals discussion

I can tell you that I personally had to use 3 different buzzers in my room over the course of the tourney, and at one point had to go door to door to find another room using the same (unfamiliar) model buzzers in order to replace a key part, so it caused a bunch of delays. If there were ~60 minute r...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3707

Re: TRASHionals discussion

TRASH, please just tell your moderators to keep reading and, if people talk during the other team's bonuses or tossups, take the appropriate action. I finished the round I read in under 25 minutes... You are of course correct that people shouldn't be talking during the other team's bonuses or tossu...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3707

Re: TRASHionals discussion

Hi all -- some quick notes. 1) First off, I want to give a shout out to the Penn team, who, despite having Spring Fling as a distraction/possible personnel suck, did a great job hosting-- we encourage any other groups looking for hosts to work with them. 2) The rules -- the only nonstandard rules th...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals 11 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 7442

Re: TRASHionals 11 Discussion

Perhaps I should clarify, as Fred seems to have missed what I was trying to say: I wasn't trying to complain that there wasn't enough hockey. I was actually just trying to make the observation that hockey seemed greatly reduced from past TRASH sets for the benefit of people who weren't there, since...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals 11 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 7442

Re: TRASHionals 11 Discussion

Perhaps I should clarify, as Fred seems to have missed what I was trying to say: I wasn't trying to complain that there wasn't enough hockey. I was actually just trying to make the observation that hockey seemed greatly reduced from past TRASH sets for the benefit of people who weren't there, since...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals 11 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 7442

Re: TRASHionals 11 Discussion

One of the benefits of having games in adjacent rooms in Holt became a disadvantage when audio questions could be heard through the walls. We were aware of this issue, but we were unable to come to a good solution -- one of the players was hard of hearing, so the audio questions in his room needed ...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals 11 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 7442

Re: TRASHionals 11 Discussion

That segues into another criticism, that only 16 packets were produced for this two-day tournament. Sixteen packets is fine for a one-day tournament, but turned out to be too close for comfort for this national championship tournament. Having extra packets would have potentially allowed a better fi...
by creed_of_hubris
Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2007 TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 18107

The sentence from the tossup isn't a direct quote cut & pasted from IMDB or wikipedia. Clearly the clue came from IMDB/Wikipedia originally, but that doesn't make it inappropriate. Nor is the failure to cite sources an issue -- if this were an academic paper, it would be a big problem, but not in a ...
by creed_of_hubris
Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2007 TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 18107

Tus on rotoscoping and stedicam that were both transparent and not wholly accurate. One of our movie editors has studied film at the graduate level. He has had classes covering these topics and he says the questions are quite accurate. If you'd like to take it up with him, I can give you his email ...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2007 TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 18107

Packet 9 bonuses were easily the worst of the set . We are always interested in doing a better job of standardizing bonus difficulty, but the placement of particular bonuses in a packet is by chance -- we have a distribution, obviously, but within that distribution we randomize questions across the...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2007 TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 18107

I also want to thank TRASH for mentioning Kindred: the Embraced in a bonus just like they did at last year's TRASH Regionals. I'm glad it's becoming part of the TRASH canon The Vampire question was edited late in the process to remove a repeat from this year's set. My apologies for making the quest...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Two TRASH Reminders
Replies: 6
Views: 2737

We have a lot of new writers and editors and weren't working to a standardized length, which is what produced a lot of the discrepancies in question length that have been remarked on. Interestingly, I haven't seen player complaints about question length, just moderator complaints. Nevertheless, it i...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2007 TRASH Regionals Discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 18107

Discuss away.
by creed_of_hubris
Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25203

I agree that you need to clarify what happens when the moderator screws up on something procedural like recognition and the opposing team calls them on it. Maybe creating some class of protest that cannot be reviewed outside the room -- you can protest, but if the moderator rules against you, that e...
by creed_of_hubris
Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trash distribution discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 29252

grapesmoker wrote: (Milo's Secret Castle anyone?)
-5
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH: still looking for writers
Replies: 0
Views: 1733

TRASH: still looking for writers

TRASH is still looking for new writers.

Please email me at fbsh at mail dot rochester dot edu if interested.
by creed_of_hubris
Fri May 04, 2007 8:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Stats Online
Replies: 12
Views: 5699

QuizbowlPostmodernist wrote:Heh, I just noticed some teams were over 35 P/B.
Great success 40ing those 40-30... bonuses.
by creed_of_hubris
Thu May 03, 2007 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH recruiting: the details
Replies: 0
Views: 1891

TRASH recruiting: the details

TRASH is looking for several new members. Here's what you'd be doing: The primary responsibility of TRASH members is producing the question sets for TRASH regionals and TRASHionals; each writer is expected to produce about 4 packets worth of material over the course of a year. TRASH members are also...
by creed_of_hubris
Thu May 03, 2007 11:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: help wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 2062

help wanted

TRASHiness!

Auditions
Pop Culture Trivia Writers-Editors
For Important Roles in Next Year's TRASH Tourneys
Writing Parts for 5+ Insane Boys and Girls Age ????
Want Spirited Hormel Types
Have Courage to Write, Write, Write
Must Send Questions for Review.
by creed_of_hubris
Tue May 01, 2007 2:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 17483

I expect trash players and academic players to coexist in the same club; that's how it's been done for the last ten years and I am not aware that the system is in need of change. Despite the fact that certain people will start rotating with great velocity in outrage over the notion being suggested,...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue May 01, 2007 1:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 17483

It was to point out that both trash and academic people would benefit from splitting the club as suggested. A trash-centric program shouldn't get in the way of academic players. For example, a friend of mine who is going off to college next year was accepted at NYU and emailed them about possibly p...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue May 01, 2007 12:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 17483

firstly, im interested in playing academic, and so are a few people in our club. we recruited as both. i miss not going to as many academic tournaments this year as in years previous but at the same time im not about to use my position in the club to try and coerce people into doing stuff they dont...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 17483

Going back to the original point: I just checked, and there were only two undergrad-only teams at TRASHionals. (Several other teams were mostly undergrads with some grad students, and one team was high school students with a teacher.) That doesn't represent the level of interest in trash at the coll...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 17483

Weiner's attack on grammar & punctuation isn't so much an attack as a reference to one of the main rules on the site. Plus it was pretty much polite and not an attack at all. 2) The use of something approximating proper English is required. This means appropriate capitalization, "you" instead of "u...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 17483

Also, we do like to use complete sentences and capitalization on this board. I'm sorry that there is no non-jackass-sounding way to say that, but there you go. You all should stop harassing the guy and trying to get him to commit to academic tourneys. This is a Trash forum. I don't think anyone was...
by creed_of_hubris
Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 17483

Alright, here's a tentative list of what I expect to be the quality highlights of the 07-08 academic season in your area, in case you are out of the loop. Please consider attending, and I hope to make it to Boston and see you there at least once. Early Fall Tournament 2 (Brown) ACF Fall (someone in...
by creed_of_hubris
Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 43356

That reminds me that, in general, there could have been some significant answer shifting to make the tossups more gettable; a lot of tossups on albums could have been tossups on bands with pretty similar clues. Since this was nationals and not regionals, the difficulty does get ratcheted up. We're ...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 43356

There was the whole "Adenoid Hynkel" tu, that was wonderfully worded in such a way that you would get fucked in the ass if you said "Der Fooey from the Great Dictator" eight words in, thereby getting a neg and a loss despite showing actual knowledge I wrote the question right after watching the mov...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 43356

There was the whole "Adenoid Hynkel" tu, that was wonderfully worded in such a way that you would get fucked in the ass if you said "Der Fooey from the Great Dictator" eight words in, thereby getting a neg and a loss despite showing actual knowledge I wrote the question right after watching the mov...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 43356

There was the whole "Adenoid Hynkel" tu, that was wonderfully worded in such a way that you would get fucked in the ass if you said "Der Fooey from the Great Dictator" eight words in, thereby getting a neg and a loss despite showing actual knowledge I wrote the question right after watching the mov...
by creed_of_hubris
Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WHO IS THE GREATEST STALKER IN THE RUNNING MAN?
Replies: 7
Views: 3219

WTF where is Captain Freedom?
by creed_of_hubris
Mon May 08, 2006 12:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: You Gotta Know...these ancient Avalon Hill games
Replies: 7
Views: 4151

I came up to R immediately after the round where Magic Realm showed up and said something to the effect of, "look, I know you wrote that tossup. I think I'm the only person in this tourney who had a shot at that one, and I couldn't pull it. What were you thinking?" --Fred, who's won his last four ga...
by creed_of_hubris
Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUESTION SPECIFIC Thread for NAQT SCT
Replies: 31
Views: 17100

Re: QUESTION SPECIFIC Thread for NAQT SCT

Ok, I am starting a new thread because I don't want this drowned out. Additionally, please keep your comments in this thread to individual question discussions only. Nothing about logistics, scorekeepers, slights to This author boxed as a welterweight in army Golden Gloves tournaments, and he was s...
by creed_of_hubris
Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl/Sword Bowl blew ass
Replies: 79
Views: 50020

I know I can't recall a single tournament of my own playing days that would prompt me to come on here and complain about the questions to the extent Jerry did. Maybe this is a sign that I just stink as a player, question writer and editor, charges to which I am probably 100% guilty. Well... http://...
by creed_of_hubris
Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Masters circuit
Replies: 32
Views: 14918

Perhaps you would want to build some of these Masters events off of one of the existing national HS tourneys. You'll already have the infrastructure (rooms, buzzers) and potential Masters players who have already paid their airfare to moderate. You might even nab a coach or two to play. The downside...
by creed_of_hubris
Sun May 01, 2005 11:19 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 77836

CBI's lit tossups were pretty good. Maybe I'm biased because that was the only category where I was consistently able to outbuzz people through knowledge. It's sad, really, because it means that Mr. Decker is able to write pyramidal tossups, but chooses not to. Oh, I forgot my favorite CBI bonus: 30...
by creed_of_hubris
Sat Apr 30, 2005 6:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Individual rankings thread, take 2
Replies: 12
Views: 8270

Re: Individual rankings thread, take 2

Chris Frankel wrote: I'm sure I'm probably forgetting some people, but I don't really care.
I'm curious where you'd put Nathan Freeburg.
by creed_of_hubris
Sat Apr 30, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59292

I liked the Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine question. There are an awful lot of versions of that scene all over the world in major art museums. To answer your question, Chris, IMO with our full-strength team we would've lost to Chicago and Michigan and been in a battle for third. They're pretty cle...
by creed_of_hubris
Sat Apr 30, 2005 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player movement/retirement thread
Replies: 16
Views: 10099

Trey wrote: 5. Is Fred returning?
Although I'll still be working on the PhD, I will not be living in Rochester next year so the likelihood of me playing is quite low.

I was gonna officially retire if we won a "national title" and may still.
by creed_of_hubris
Sat Apr 30, 2005 5:39 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 77836

Although a lot of the results of CBI Nationals can be explained by the lack of a quality field, due to boycotting by the vast majority of top players, one can't outright dismiss the quality of the field this year since ~top 5 teams like Illinois and Rochester and solid second tier teams like Stanfo...