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by rylltraka
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 40776

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Not yet, but I'll set one up right now.

EDIT: We're now a full team, having been complemented by Darwin from UCSD.
by rylltraka
Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 40776

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

Hannah, would you be interested in joining Nick and I's team? We're not going to win anything, but we are laid-back and looking to write and play on some neat stuff.

Sorry, Cameron, we're respectfully declining your offer, but salute your ambition.
by rylltraka
Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 40776

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

I'm a history player who's looking for a team. Pretty much history only, though I pick things up here and there. Ideally I might be also looking for a spot for Nick Polk, who provides some history, lit, art, and judaica.
by rylltraka
Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament
Replies: 116
Views: 26632

Re: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament

I'm also likely to be in the Chicago Open weekend field, and am looking for a team. Unlike Greg, what I know best is classic rock, and I know miscellaneous other music, and am generally solid on older video games, with some modern. I'm by no means dominant, but can add 15-20 ppg as a third or fourth...
by rylltraka
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 22866

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

My two cents: Guibert of Nogent and Fulcher of Chartes are legitimate to have in power on a tossup on the First Crusade; I would possibly like to see them closer to the power mark than a first-line clue, but that is minor. I don't believe either of them is significantly more well-known than the othe...
by rylltraka
Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA - 4//3/09 or 4/4/09 - Dallas, TX
Replies: 73
Views: 8683

Re: GUERRILLA - 4//3/09 or 4/4/09 - Dallas, TX

I completed the History subdivision just now, Dwight, so we should have at least the minimum at present.
by rylltraka
Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Types of Theme Packets
Replies: 26
Views: 3545

Re: Types of Theme Packets

What sorts of themes would those be, Bruce?
by rylltraka
Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Packet Guidelines?
Replies: 9
Views: 1693

Re: TRASH Packet Guidelines?

If you're the Josh I recall from Fresno State, I'm tentatively interested in signing up to help produce/write/test your tournament, as long as its deadlines are in the far future. I'm not necessarily the best writer out there, but I do have extensive experience in what not to do. I'm certainly willi...
by rylltraka
Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ratio of American History to European/World History
Replies: 68
Views: 15706

Re: Ratio of American History to European/World History

I'd have to agree with Jeff here re Peter Brown. While he may be the best known figure in Late Antique History, the best known figure in a minor discipline does not a great tossup make.
by rylltraka
Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ratio of American History to European/World History
Replies: 68
Views: 15706

Re: Ratio of American History to European/World History

You're right, Jeff, it is Ramsay Macmullen; I've likely confused the last name with some other scholar. My bad.
by rylltraka
Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA - 4//3/09 or 4/4/09 - Dallas, TX
Replies: 73
Views: 8683

Re: GUERRILLA - 4//3/09 or 4/4/09 - Dallas, TX

I am also interested in playing this and am looking for a team; I know history and little else.
by rylltraka
Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ratio of American History to European/World History
Replies: 68
Views: 15706

Re: Ratio of American History to European/World History

I would suppose that I am also included in that category of academic historians, but I am not known for writing history and don't do it beyond packet submissions. While I appreciate the idea of incorporating historiography into the canon, I don't think it should play anything more than a minimal rol...
by rylltraka
Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford
Replies: 63
Views: 30067

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford

Arnav, that's very gracious of you, although I hope and assume the time decision was made for the benefit of people more numerous and more important than myself.
by rylltraka
Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford
Replies: 63
Views: 30067

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford

Since I'm coming down from SF by train, this time change throws a massive fucking wrench into my plans. I shall likely be late to the tournament, as the first caltrain arrives in Palo Alto at 9:02.
by rylltraka
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Private Discussion Forum
Replies: 129
Views: 16802

Re: SCT Private Discussion Forum

Done.
by rylltraka
Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 11078

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

My experience is that a weekend or one-day tournament at any significant distance provides no opportunity to sightsee, even if people wished to do it. Cost and accessibility are my major concerns - USC declined the Minnesota ICT bid because of cost and timing issues.
by rylltraka
Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas
Replies: 45
Views: 7299

Re: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas

It benefits the west coast and disadvantages the northeast. Note: is also a major air hub.
by rylltraka
Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An NAQTer revisits the ACF question submission guidelines
Replies: 42
Views: 6981

Re: An NAQTer revisits the ACF question submission guidelines

I agree; while "rewarding mastery of information" and "being fun to play" address what I think attracts me to the game, they should by no means be the prime motivating factor in question-writing and packet-structuring, which are somewhat more advanced at the present time.
by rylltraka
Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An NAQTer revisits the ACF question submission guidelines
Replies: 42
Views: 6981

Re: An NAQTer revisits the ACF question submission guidelines

"The highest goal of quizbowl should be to reward the mastery of information ("knowledge" is a misleading shorthand at best, in that it sharply understates the value of both quick recall and critical thinking); it should also of course be fun to play." -MB I'm not willing to argue about the formatti...
by rylltraka
Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:51 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Distribution: Origins, Motivations
Replies: 72
Views: 53952

Re: Distribution: Origins, Motivations

I, too, think this could indeed be a fascinating discussion, although perhaps a bit too broad. My opinions on the subject of mACF(note that I'm a history partisan, if that matters): -Religion and Mythology need to remain linked; if you want to amalgamate them in name, go ahead (2/2 recommended). The...
by rylltraka
Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford
Replies: 63
Views: 30067

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford

I'm definitely coming. I know Ray L.'s been inquiring as to interest, but am unsure of how it has turned out; if it does not, I will advertise myself as a free agent.

Edit: Since we apparently have our act together, I'll be part of a team after all.
by rylltraka
Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Policy and Distribution Changes for the 2009 SCTs and ICT
Replies: 20
Views: 2388

Re: Policy and Distribution Changes for the 2009 SCTs and ICT

I'm actually really excited and happy about these changes. I think they're doubtlessly for the best and a worthwhile compromise that helps to correct the flaws of previous NAQT tournaments without making the radical changes some seem to think NAQT requires
by rylltraka
Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in a Science Side Tournament at Cardinal Classic?
Replies: 14
Views: 1724

Re: Interest in a Science Side Tournament at Cardinal Classic?

Unfortunately, there's no option for "I'm neither interested in writing nor playing, but am entirely willing to read it at the tournament."
by rylltraka
Tue Dec 02, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter West
Replies: 17
Views: 5092

Re: ACF Winter West

If it hasn't been stated to you yet, UCLA should bring at least two teams.
by rylltraka
Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: ACF Fall West (11/8/08) at UC Irvine
Replies: 25
Views: 6326

Re: Announcement: ACF Fall West (11/8/08) at UC Irvine

If it matters to alter the stats now, Dwight, my stats (ganesh) are switched with ray's (lakshmi) for our (UCLA A)match versus UCLA B.
by rylltraka
Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 21446

Re: EFT Discussion

I feel the set, or at least what I was exposed to (the first 10 packets) was generally excellent. The only important complaint I had was about the length of the bonuses: often, they were excessively verbose and further slowed down play, leading to a long day despite a relatively small number of roun...
by rylltraka
Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What got you into Quizbowl?
Replies: 90
Views: 15568

Re: What got you into Quizbowl?

One of my sixth grade teachers was putting together a team for the local Brain Bowl competition (I'm not sure how far it reached, but at least across Southern Oregon), and I guess she asked a lot of the honor students in her class about it, including myself. It was divided by grade, so we had 6th, 7...
by rylltraka
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 3492

Re: Ghetto Warz discussion

For those spouting off, the questions taken were taken from a previous year's packet which was not read at Ghetto Warz IV, as it was saved for a finals round which was not necessary. My apologies for recycling questions, but my particular situation, having nine and a half packets at four in the morn...
by rylltraka
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz V @ USC 4/19
Replies: 2
Views: 1232

Re: Ghetto Warz V @ USC 4/19

Despite some difficulties with late packet submissions and a last-minute scramble for more teams, Ghetto Warz V went off without a hitch. Berkeley was undefeated to claim the tournament crown, followed by UCLA and Caltech B. Full packet sets are available from the TD ([email protected].edu) and will like...
by rylltraka
Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Moise Memorial Tournament at USC (3/29)
Replies: 3
Views: 1010

Re: Ben Moise Memorial Tournament at USC (3/29)

just to let anyone interested know, our date has been finalized, and we're still looking for teams to fill out our tourney.
by rylltraka
Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz V @ USC 4/19
Replies: 2
Views: 1232

Ghetto Warz V @ USC 4/19

USC Quizbowl is proud to announce our fifth annual open quiz bowl tournament, Ghetto Warz V: 20000 Years Under the League, will take place on campus on April 19th, 2008. We shall provide a tasty breakfast, and the usual assortment of extras. Tournament Fees are as follows: Base Fee: $65 Subsequent t...
by rylltraka
Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 8898

Dwight's correct, in at least that USC may be the only circuit team in CA still playing CBI (Stanford, maybe? They tend not to, but they have before). I don't foresee the club excising CBI from our schedule in the neat future. I, for one, am unapologetic about going. It's free for us (we have a good...
by rylltraka
Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Moise Memorial Tournament at USC (3/29)
Replies: 3
Views: 1010

Upon further work, I have tentatively scheduled the date as March 29th instead. This will not be finalized until I hear back from room scheduling, so please let me know if you have any questions about attending.
by rylltraka
Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Moise Memorial Tournament at USC (3/29)
Replies: 3
Views: 1010

Unfortunately, due to serious problems with our university's room scheduling department, we will likelyhave to move the tournament to a different date. More to follow once that date is set.

-Mik Larsen
TD
by rylltraka
Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Moise Memorial Tournament at USC (3/29)
Replies: 3
Views: 1010

Ben Moise Memorial Tournament at USC (3/29)

USC Quizbowl is proud to announce our first spring HS tourney, the Ben Moise Memorial, to be held on the University of Southern California campus April 5, 2008. We attempted to hold this tournament last year, but unfortunately several factors were working against us, which have now been corrected fo...
by rylltraka
Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Dwight Introduces Yet Another QB Rating System
Replies: 13
Views: 3012

I'm not normally a stats junkie, but since you did a pilot study of West Coast tournaments, any way you could make that available?
by rylltraka
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trojan Wars V @ USC Dec. 8th
Replies: 4
Views: 2219

RESULTS

Trojan Wars V was held on Dec. 8th, 2007, and after a split round-robin and five-bracket playoff round, the results were thus after 11 rounds: 1. Santa Monica A 2. Torrey Pines A 3. Arcadia A 4. Edison A Statistics will be posted on the USC website in time, but due to our lack of webmasters, this ma...
by rylltraka
Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trojan Wars V @ USC Dec. 8th
Replies: 4
Views: 2219

All right, with two and a half weeks before the tournament, we have 16-18 teams registered. Can carry a couple more if anyone's interested.

-Mik Larsen
TD
by rylltraka
Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trash distribution discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 29572

I'd say, even, and be supported by some of the previous posters, that VG questions are among the easiest to write, or at least to get other players to write. Provided, of course, that you find the right people. I'd have no problem producing 30/30 VG by myself. For format, I'd welcome the multiple-ge...
by rylltraka
Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trojan Wars V @ USC Dec. 8th
Replies: 4
Views: 2219

As of right now, we're carrying 13(14) teams from six schools, and can carry at least seven, perhaps nine more.

-Mik Larsen
TD
by rylltraka
Sat Oct 20, 2007 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How Should A/B/etc. Teams Be Divided?
Replies: 16
Views: 5661

Our team policy has always been to organize teams along option A except in national qualifiers, if only because it gives everyone an opportunity to win some games, which I think is psychologically more uplifting than having a decent PPG and repeatedly being blown out. At the last tournament we atten...
by rylltraka
Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trojan Wars V @ USC Dec. 8th
Replies: 4
Views: 2219

Trojan Wars V @ USC Dec. 8th

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The University of Southern California Quiz Bowl club is holding a high school tournament, Trojan Wars V, on Saturday, December 8, 2007. It will be an official NAQT tournament, with timed 9-minute halves, and a minimum o...
by rylltraka
Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz IV @USC Apr. 28
Replies: 6
Views: 3753

Also, I'd like to note that I'm willing to email a packet set to anyone who'd like one. Free the packets.
by rylltraka
Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz IV @USC Apr. 28
Replies: 6
Views: 3753

Ghetto Warz IV was held without catastrophe on April 28th. UCLA A won the tournament with a 9-1 record; full stats will be made available once I find someone more Internet-literate to post them.
by rylltraka
Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Moise Memorial @USC Apr. 7
Replies: 1
Views: 1460

As of March 29th, we have an estimated 7-9 squads competing in the Ben Moise Memorial (Apr. 7th). It shall take place in the GFS building on campus, and teams are expected to arrive around 8:30.

As part of our super bonus sales package, third teams from any school compete for free. Zesty.
by rylltraka
Sun Mar 11, 2007 2:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ben Moise Memorial @USC Apr. 7
Replies: 1
Views: 1460

Ben Moise Memorial @USC Apr. 7

I'm proud to announce a spring Qb tournament from USC, which has in past been intermittently held by our club. It is called the Ben Moise Memorial Tournament, and will be held from roughly 9-5 on Saturday, April 7th. Naqt.com has it listed as Trojan Wars V: that is a clerical error. It will be run o...
by rylltraka
Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz IV @USC Apr. 28
Replies: 6
Views: 3753

Oops.
by rylltraka
Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Consolidated College Bowl results thread
Replies: 96
Views: 40249

In response to the query invitation above, USC can be (and often is) defeated through more rapid and accurate buzzing. Or in the case of last year's CBI, through an incorrect answer accepted through judge error, to which our protest was subsequently ignored. Still, I'll refrain from vilifying any to...
by rylltraka
Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz IV @USC Apr. 28
Replies: 6
Views: 3753

Ghetto Warz IV @USC Apr. 28

Deep in the hood of Los Angeles... A war has erupted... USC Quizbowl is proud to announce our fourth annual packet submission tournament, Ghetto Warz IV: Straight Outta Compton Scattering, to be held at USC on April 28, 2007. Fee structure: First Team: $65 Subsequent teams: -$10 Buzzer discount: -$1...
by rylltraka
Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Road to Minneapolis: NAQT ICT bid prediction thread
Replies: 83
Views: 34486

Considering our USC Div II team was myself, a trash specialist, and three novices, I doubt any compensation for playing on Div I vs Div I would be enough to catapult us to an ICT slot we don't deserve.

It would be an abomination were Stanford's Div II team be excluded, however.