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by yoda4554
Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 21440

Re: EFT Discussion

To clarify: 1. Regardless of all acknowledged difficulties with writing music tossups, I think we can all agree that it's not good if, as in the Leningrad tossup, the tossup's first three lines contain exactly one clue (and an obscure one at that) that differentiate the answer from at least one othe...
by yoda4554
Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 21440

Re: EFT Discussion

For instance, on the Leningrad Symphony tossup (and btw, everyone, please write on other Shosty symphonies, because there are a bunch that are as important as and higher quality than this one), the clue "The final movement of this piece is marked allegro non troppo and ends with the woodwinds and v...
by yoda4554
Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 21440

Re: EFT Discussion

There was a lot of really good stuff about this tournament. I saw lots of younger players getting tossups, and not just people like Doug and Guy at our site who've probably spent as much time on the game as many top-tier college players, but lots of freshmen from the various programs who are not fam...
by yoda4554
Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)
Replies: 64
Views: 16869

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)

A few things: According to the most recent listing, I see a max of 25 (5 + 3 + 2(5) + 1(7)), yes? And that's including our little hybrid team thingie. If it's going to come down to people not getting to play, I'd offer to staff. I don't know quite if that would work out; I won't speak for the rest o...
by yoda4554
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)
Replies: 64
Views: 16869

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)

Ok, so the idea that's been floated is that I, Daniel Klein, and Zach Thomas would play as a Williams alumni exhibition team, if this is amenable to Brown (with room for any free agent who may show up). Other important question that I'll post here--is anyone driving up from the NYC area with whom I ...
by yoda4554
Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)
Replies: 64
Views: 16869

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)

Hey, regarding my placement on this: I emailed Dennis as to whether the Gentlemen's Agreement was going to be in force (i.e., whether my aged self should be playing or staffing this), planning on investigating my options as to whom I might play with (assuming I work out a pathway north) after receiv...
by yoda4554
Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PrelimAnnouncement: MIT Mirror of Minnesota Open (10/18/08)
Replies: 45
Views: 15148

Re: PrelimAnnouncement: MIT Mirror of Minnesota Open (10/18/08)

I'll say that in the moderate-probability likelihood that I get up to Boston for this, I would be (primarily) interested in playing the lit. tournament.
by yoda4554
Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Your Philosophy of Quizbowl
Replies: 22
Views: 4738

Re: Your Philosophy of Quizbowl

Both individual works out of context and the entire corpora of authors are studied in English classes. Asking both title questions and author questions rewards more diverse types of knowledge and improves accessibility. Privileging understanding of meaning over plots, plots over character names, an...
by yoda4554
Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Your Philosophy of Quizbowl
Replies: 22
Views: 4738

Re: Your Philosophy of Quizbowl

...Someone who has read the English Patient and has taken a moment to think about it knows a great deal more about Michael Ondaatje's work than someone who can rattle off ten things he's written without having read them, even though the latter is more likely to get a Michael Ondaatje tossup... I ch...
by yoda4554
Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Your Philosophy of Quizbowl
Replies: 22
Views: 4738

Re: Your Philosophy of Quizbowl

My response to your observations about critical thinking is one I have been making since before I was ever involved in quizbowl: telling everyone to analyze and criticize without having any facts from which to reason is an intellectual dead end. I don't care what someone who can't tell me that Yeat...
by yoda4554
Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Your Philosophy of Quizbowl
Replies: 22
Views: 4738

Re: Your Philosophy of Quizbowl

I disagree with some points in Dwight’s essay. I’m not sure if these are major disagreements; after all, I have been active in quiz bowl for quite a while, have (usually) enjoyed it, and have felt some benefits in relation to my academic pursuits from it. That said, in light of the advantages noted ...
by yoda4554
Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's attitude (split from AHAN thread on Mike Burger)
Replies: 7
Views: 2346

Re: NAQT's attitude (split from AHAN thread on Mike Burger)

In response to Andy's last point--this may be theoretically true, but I don't think it's terribly useful. I think what is being asked is in response to several NAQT tournaments at which there is an alleged higher rate of upsets than at other tournaments (based on your Type 1 metric) and that this mi...
by yoda4554
Sat Sep 06, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules
Replies: 53
Views: 7033

Re: Changes to NAQT's Official Rules

Ah, I'll miss the clock-killing neg. As someone who enjoyed quiz bowl in its game aspects more than a lot of people here, I'll miss it. Perhaps the proudest moment of my qb career came in the last round of the playoff brackets of ICT '06, in which I just barely beat out Andrew Uzzell of Yale's (corr...
by yoda4554
Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gunpei Yokoi Memorial Open - Sat, 8/16/[email protected]
Replies: 48
Views: 16190

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gunpei Yokoi Memorial Open - Sat, 8/16/[email protected]

You know, I'd been wondering for a while whether Ted was related to Dana. And now I know (and feel slightly better about him beating me to lit. tossups).
by yoda4554
Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Original-language names and different translations
Replies: 7
Views: 1779

Re: Original-language names and different translations

This happens in English, too. If I remember correctly, "the madwoman in the attic" was acceptable for the Bertha Mason question at ACF Nationals, which led the moderator to wonder if he could accept variants like "the crazy lady upstairs." Well, that's acceptable in that case because the question h...
by yoda4554
Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 11871

Re: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread

Regarding Matt's brief comment on Williams: our 05-06 Golden Age was mostly led by the '06 (me, Dan Klein, and Brian Hirshman) and '08 (David Mathias, Zachary Thomas, Chris Paci) groups, both of whom are now graduated. There's all of two people left from last year's team, one of whom is graduating i...
by yoda4554
Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Literature Doubles Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2121

Literature Doubles Discussion

I'm regretting missing CO this year more and more, and am looking forward to hearing the podcasts of how the lit. set played out. As it's not been put up yet, here's a thread in which to discuss the questions. Out of curiosity, when did this end? And did people get around to reading the finals packe...
by yoda4554
Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs--we miss you!
Replies: 182
Views: 32729

Re: Bad Negs--we miss you!

This was already mentioned in the ASS II thread of the trash forum, but I think it bears repeating now that the podcast is up. From the Unusual Deaths packet (Round 7): Correct: the alien bursting out of John Hurt's chest Feldman: Naked Girl Avalanche Also, check this round for a pretty awesome powe...
by yoda4554
Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Movie of the Week 6/23-6/29: The Big Sleep
Replies: 8
Views: 1181

Re: Movie of the Week 6/23-6/29: The Big Sleep

The problem, of course, is the plot - it's not very well put together, but the fragments of it are still solid scripts. Its flaws, while still noticeable, are easily made up for by the strengths of it and I recommend this movie to everyone who enjoys movies. I'm curious what you mean here (beyond t...
by yoda4554
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ASS II Discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 5551

Re: ASS II Discussion

The only issues I can remember with clue structure came in the "Unusual Deaths" round with early mentions of overdoses in the Smashing Pumpkins tossup and Elaine Hobbs in the "Network" tossup. Still, that round had my favorite bonus, on Ed Delahanty, which I applaud Matt Weiner for 30'ing, and the ...
by yoda4554
Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ASS II Discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 5551

Re: ASS II Discussion

In regards to the Unusual Deaths packet, thank Dave Letzler for most of those answers. I've noticed that Dave has a very good ability to come up with unique answer choices (i.e. "I Drink Your Milkshake") that are still accessible and pyramidal. Thanks--the other side of this coin, though, being the...
by yoda4554
Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11846

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

I'll jump in the chorus of "that suicude tossup was transparent" because i was thinking immediately "hmm, well, people kill themselves a lot and this sounds like the best guess" but I didn't get it because I rarely buzz in off transparent thought processes and thus was beaten by the other team who ...
by yoda4554
Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11846

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

Another issue: some of the common links tossups were a little transparent. The worst offender was the one on suicide. Although pretty much from the start, I was thinking "this is suicide. No, there's no way it would be that obvious..." until I heard "Smerdyakov," which confirmed that indeed, it was...
by yoda4554
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11846

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

Another issue: some of the common links tossups were a little transparent. The worst offender was the one on suicide. Although pretty much from the start, I was thinking "this is suicide. No, there's no way it would be that obvious..." until I heard "Smerdyakov," which confirmed that indeed, it was...
by yoda4554
Tue May 27, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13079

Re: NAQT HSNCT Question Discussion

I meant to post this after ICT, but my complaint is the same for HSNCT. Any question related to law in this set was either anti-pyramidal, ridiculous, or flat out poorly worded. Sometimes all three. The abortion question was precisely that: an abortion. A nasty coat-hanger one too. If by some minor...
by yoda4554
Tue May 27, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Power theory (was: Am I just stupid/ignorant?)
Replies: 27
Views: 22478

Re: Am I just stupid/ignorant?

But the thing is, knowledge is rarely a continuous spectrum over the domain of players. In fact, it can't be, because the domain of players is discrete; by necessity, there must be a sort of punctuated dropping off. For example, let's say there's an HS question on Daisy Miller. If you've read it, y...
by yoda4554
Mon May 26, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gaddis Discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 9981

Re: Gaddis Discussion

I'll second what Andrew said about pet subjects as basically being the only thing that bothered me at the tournament (I'm not a good enough history player to say anything there). I was playing way too conservatively, and was not nearly awake enough, to actually take advantage of this, but a lot of t...
by yoda4554
Mon May 26, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Power theory (was: Am I just stupid/ignorant?)
Replies: 27
Views: 22478

Re: Am I just stupid/ignorant?

I don't think it's good, though, to have your model for where you place your power mark "before this mark, we have serious knowledge; after it, we have list knowledge." Or "before it, we have serious Syria knowledge; after it, we have less serious knowledge." Either you have a tossup with a big jum...
by yoda4554
Mon May 26, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16351

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

It has been discussed many times: to end a game on trash or comp math is utterly inappropriate. I'm actually a lot more sympathetic to the complaints against the assumptions you're willing to grant than to this. A question is a question, worth the same number of points no matter where it falls in t...
by yoda4554
Mon May 26, 2008 2:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24
Replies: 82
Views: 24627

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24

Yeah, when taking into account that everything ran so late, that I had the rather sudden surprise of having to select a team from lots of people I didn't know, and that we didn't do that well, the fact that I was still basically having fun at the end says a lot for this. I mean, I could quibble abou...
by yoda4554
Mon May 26, 2008 1:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08
Replies: 21
Views: 3625

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08

Congratulations to Charlie Dees for winning both the open and high school divisions of the Name That Tune Competition, with 62 out of 100 possible points, besting a group of about 15ish other people. Jonathan Magin took second with 58, with Samer Ismail in third with 50. I was quite impressed with h...
by yoda4554
Thu May 22, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08
Replies: 21
Views: 3625

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08

I've never been to this hotel, so I'm not quite sure how things are going to be laid out, but basically I'll get there before the moderator meeting, pick an appropriate room, and then try to put up a couple flyer things near the registration place and spread word among the moderators. Also, since th...
by yoda4554
Thu May 22, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Power theory (was: Am I just stupid/ignorant?)
Replies: 27
Views: 22478

Re: Am I just stupid/ignorant?

From NAQT's sample packet of IS 36A: 7. After settling in Hollywood in 1947, his interest in the Ramakrishna Mission produced mystical works like The Doors of Perception . Sheryl Crow fans know he died in November 1963, which may have been 31 in the year of our (*) Ford. For 10 points—name this aut...
by yoda4554
Thu May 22, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Power theory (was: Am I just stupid/ignorant?)
Replies: 27
Views: 22478

Re: Am I just stupid/ignorant?

But breadth is too important for a team that gets more points from tossups and bonuses to lose not because they didn't buzz before you did on science and history--because they did--but rather because they didn't buzz before some arbitrary standard. The key word here is "arbitrary." There's an theor...
by yoda4554
Wed May 21, 2008 11:39 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Power theory (was: Am I just stupid/ignorant?)
Replies: 27
Views: 22478

Re: Am I just stupid/ignorant?

I'm curious what people would think about a more concrete example. At this year's Penn Bowl, my team was playing Maryland B on the Princeton packet. Mostly, that game was a shootout between me and Andrew Lim; we answered 8 and 9 tossups respectively, with me taking most of the lit. and arts, him tak...
by yoda4554
Tue May 20, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Art Names
Replies: 47
Views: 6513

Re: Art Names

I'm going to repeat my assertion from the last time this was discussed that, for works that do not have author-granted titles, the moderator should always lean toward lenience, at least prompting and often accepting. Such works are often referred to by abbreviated or alternate names, much more so th...
by yoda4554
Tue May 20, 2008 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate quzbowl in South Carolina?
Replies: 12
Views: 2360

Re: Collegiate quzbowl in South Carolina?

It is my understanding that next year Doug Yetman and some Hunter HS players like Guy Tabachnick and Tony Cheng will be doing some stuff at CCNY and will be forming a team there. I had heard Yetman was going to a CUNY, but hadn't heard anything about a team yet. Sounds interesting. Yeah, by CCNY, h...
by yoda4554
Fri May 16, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?
Replies: 9
Views: 1867

Re: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?

Ok, the official announcement's now in the HS section here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5483 . Post if you want to play.
by yoda4554
Fri May 16, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08
Replies: 21
Views: 3625

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08

Ok-- let's make this official. Pending any unexpected scheduling problems with NAQT, this is going to be held on Friday night. To review: Time: 10:15-11:00 Location: Some room that's not being used Content: 30+ clips of classical music, ranging from things everybody knows to standard tossup material...
by yoda4554
Sun May 11, 2008 9:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08
Replies: 21
Views: 3625

Re: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?

People in the college forum have convinced me that Evan's right about the infeasibility of doing this duringSaturday lunch. For those interested here on this forum, particularly those who've been to HSNCT and know how the schedule works out: would it be feasible to do this Friday night, either right...
by yoda4554
Sun May 11, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?
Replies: 9
Views: 1867

Re: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?

The multiplied scheduling problems of the field size hadn't occurred to me. Let me ask another question, as someone who hasn't staffed HSNCT before: would it be feasible to do this Friday night, either right after (or toward the end of) the scrimmage rounds? I don't want to cut into anyone's sleep, ...
by yoda4554
Sat May 10, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?
Replies: 9
Views: 1867

Re: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?

Yeah, presumably you're going to the VCU Open, right? That would probably have time for such an event. Although I am thinking about writing something for that, but we'll see if I end up actually doing that. I'm assuming this is directed at me--no, sadly, I won't be there. I'm done with my Master's ...
by yoda4554
Mon May 05, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?
Replies: 9
Views: 1867

HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?

Figured I'd post this here, for those of you who are staffing HSNCT but don't read the HS boards: I'd like to gauge interest in holding a Classical Music Name-That-Tune competition during the Saturday of the HSNCT. It would be modeled on the contests Eric Kwartler's been holding at the Chicago Open ...
by yoda4554
Mon May 05, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08
Replies: 21
Views: 3625

Re: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune?

If previous years are any indication, I doubt any event happening during lunch on Saturday will get much traction. 90 minutes is a lot less time than you think to get food. I know the new hotel is supposed to be better-situated for food, but things will probably still be pretty busy. Well, this is ...
by yoda4554
Mon May 05, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08
Replies: 21
Views: 3625

RESULTS: HSNCT Classical Name-That-Tune, 5/23/08

I'd like to gauge interest in holding a Classical Music Name-That-Tune competition during the Saturday of the HSNCT. It would be modeled on the contests Eric Kwartler's been holding at the Chicago Open these past few years (Eric, I believe, won't be staffing HSNCT; hopefully I'm not stepping on his ...
by yoda4554
Sat May 03, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Tournament, 5/24
Replies: 82
Views: 24627

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Experimental Doubles Tournament, 5/24

I emailed you to sign up a while back, and posted in the other thread about this too, so add me in here.
by yoda4554
Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATTN: Stuyvesant
Replies: 4
Views: 1163

Re: ATTN: Stuyvesant

Thanks for letting me know--hope everything turns out okay with you guys.
by yoda4554
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATTN: Stuyvesant
Replies: 4
Views: 1163

ATTN: Stuyvesant

Sorry to do this here, but Doug's not been responding to his email, and that's the only contact I have for you all. We still haven't settled accounts from Temple's tournament two months back. We need to do that. Since I know at least one more of you reads these boards, hopefully you can email me at ...
by yoda4554
Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sub-distribution suggestions
Replies: 33
Views: 3887

Re: Sub-distribution suggestions

What were the early clues on Tel Aviv? Having spent so much time there last summer I'd expect to have gotten it relatively early. This city's more than 4,000 Bauhaus and International Style buildings made it a World Heritage Site under the nickname of "The White City." Along with Holon and Bat Yam,...
by yoda4554
Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 17156

Re: ICT Discussion

I guess I'm trying to say that trash is much more vulnerable to the phenomenon of "I got this question, but I would not get this question if its entirety consisted of everything after FTP". On trash questions, what may look perfectly pyramidal to one person may look the exact opposite to another, w...