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by rylltraka
Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 10-Point Shootout (NBA Vanity Tournament)
Replies: 36
Views: 13991

Re: The 10-Point Shootout (NBA Vanity Tournament)

There are potential instantiations of this tournament at side-event tournaments over the next two weekends, I believe. After that I have no problem with reading the packets on the IRC.
by rylltraka
Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 10-Point Shootout (NBA Vanity Tournament)
Replies: 36
Views: 13991

Re: The 10-Point Shootout (NBA Vanity Tournament)

This tournament is now complete and ready to be sent out to sites willing to run it.
by rylltraka
Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38941

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Regarding that "Simi Valley" TU, I was reading it (as a 15-year resident of Los Angeles) and wondering how anyone could answer it, especially since it doesn't describe where Simi Valley is in terms of the geography of LA (say, just west of the Valley). And wow, it was negged in 90% of the rooms.
by rylltraka
Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 43860

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Congrats to "Make America Jolly Good Again" for achieving a quizbowl milestone by being the first team ever to score 149 points in a match!
(Round 12)
by rylltraka
Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 60121

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

I am almost certainly not going to this tournament.
by rylltraka
Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 33178

Re: The Second Summer Open

Do people want my basketball set to be finished in time for this? Tossups only, probably violates Ike's advice about accessibility to everyone, answer aren't going to be on 9th man for the 1977 Hawks or something though. I should be able to get to at least 50 TUs. Well, there goes my tossup on Ron ...
by rylltraka
Sat May 28, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 10-Point Shootout (NBA Vanity Tournament)
Replies: 36
Views: 13991

The 10-Point Shootout (NBA Vanity Tournament)

Hello, everybody. Since I've already sort of announced this in the "The Second Summer Open" thread, here's a more official announcement for a tournament I've been pushing towards for a while now: The 10-Point Shootout. This will be a tournament focusing, more or less, on professional basketball in t...
by rylltraka
Fri May 27, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 33178

Re: The Second Summer Open

I am happy to work on my set and make sure it's done by August 6/13, although I am wondering if it's even feasible to have this number of sets played over the same weekend. Perhaps I'm just not clear on how long some of these will take.
by rylltraka
Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 33178

Re: The Second Summer Open

Maybe we should all write our questions and throw paper copies of them in a pile, burn them, and then dance nude around the pile while Jordan Boyd-Graber's quiz bowl robot reads us the questions and points out the ideal buzz points of each one at which point we all shake our heads in ecstasy sprayin...
by rylltraka
Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 33178

Re: The Second Summer Open

I have a six-round professional basketball tossups-only tournament in the works tentatively titled The Ten-Point Shootout; if there's interest in such a thing, I can actually start working on it in earnest.
by rylltraka
Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 60121

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

ValenciaQBowl wrote:I am still alive and planning to be in Chicago, so I'm a free agent for this. As noted upthread, I know ... kid shows of 2004-2010. I will not be beaten to an iCarly toss-up.
So, is your kid also on the team or not?
by rylltraka
Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Christmas Present Online (likely 3/12)
Replies: 8
Views: 4199

Re: Christmas Present Online (likely 3/12)

Unless there's a problem, I'd like to volunteer to help staff. Take me off the list if this is a problem.
by rylltraka
Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: High-level quizbowl questions should be shorter
Replies: 5
Views: 2757

Re: High-level quizbowl questions should be shorter

I don't have much to say about the greater state of quizbowl, but as a reader there were a memorable amount of bonuses during CO proper which were quite voluminous (3-4 lines per part) and a real bear to read through; I wondered at the time whether they were insufficiently converted tossups.
by rylltraka
Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 46905

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I'm planning on staffing this.
by rylltraka
Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54490

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

If I haven't already said this formally, I'll be around and would like to help with staffing.
by rylltraka
Wed May 13, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 60121

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016

Well, I have no idea what I'll be doing in 15 months, but if I'm in Chicago, I guess I'll be doing this. Hoping to keep my streak of third-place finishes alive at this event, or at the very least, to play with some peeps I kinda know but have never been on a team with.
by rylltraka
Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:03 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 37363

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

I've been fortunate enough to be mostly spared in terms of quizbowl travel difficulties (at least, once we managed to hit the road), but I'll present the few voyage errata which have befallen me in compressed anecdotes: If you've ever driven the length of the 5 up or down California, you know that f...
by rylltraka
Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Becoming Part of the Community
Replies: 43
Views: 32770

Re: Becoming Part of the Community

I don't think anyone wants to hear my life story, so I'll be brief. In my middle school and HS years we played on a local format in rural Oregon. Meets were intermittent, question quality was of the speedcheck variety, format was fairly odd by normal standards. Made it to a couple regional matches o...
by rylltraka
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 21819

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Agreed. I'd argue (not that I'm a Valens expert) that the only really buzzable clues before the second description of Hadrianople were "Eutropius", "circle of wagons" (where I buzzed), and then maybe the stuff with Athanaric, I guess. Some of the other details seem vaguely familiar. That said, late ...
by rylltraka
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 67068

Re: CO History 2015

If I wind up going, which is still uncertain, I'd like to join up with someone to take our rightful place at the bottom of the standings.
by rylltraka
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2015 Matchmaking
Replies: 47
Views: 19315

Re: CO 2015 Matchmaking

I'm not entirely certain that I'll be making the trip to Chicago this year, but if so, it'd be nice to have a team. I write promptly and know very little beyond ancient history and quizbowl ephemera.
by rylltraka
Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition
Replies: 74
Views: 31190

Re: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition

I might rework a couple questions from the Star Trek packet I wrote for Eric and Mike some time back and read it if people are willing to hear it.
by rylltraka
Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGED - SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Jan. 11 @ UCLA
Replies: 18
Views: 10164

Re: SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) @ UCLA

Due to unexpectedly overwhelming interest, we have decided to move our DEES mirror officially to Sunday, January 11.
by rylltraka
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGED - SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Jan. 11 @ UCLA
Replies: 18
Views: 10164

Re: SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Dec. 6th @ UCLA

I'm definitely open to the possibility, as we have not yet reserved rooms, but I'd like to gather more opinions before making any definite changes. FWIW, this falls on the last weekend before UCLA's finals period.
by rylltraka
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGED - SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Jan. 11 @ UCLA
Replies: 18
Views: 10164

DATE CHANGED - SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Jan. 11 @ UCLA

Hello there, This is to announce that the revivified DEES tournament will be having a Southern California incarnation, hosted at UCLA. Despite my supposed retirement, I guess I'm serving as TD. The original announcement for DEES can be found at http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=16257#...
by rylltraka
Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) @ UCLA Oct. 25th
Replies: 4
Views: 2806

Re: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) @ UCLA Oct. 25th

All right, here's the important information for the tournament: -The tournament will be held in the Humanities Hall on the UCLA campus. Consult this handy map: http://maps.ucla.edu/campus/ You'll probably want to try and park in Parking Structure 2 or 3, maybe 5. Parking is, I believe, $12 for the d...
by rylltraka
Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules
Replies: 43
Views: 11223

Re: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules

Considering that some in some postgraduate degree programs stays of up to ten years are not unknown (our comrades in English, for instance), would it be wise to revise the eligibility to offer ten years instead of seven? Or perhaps you could say that a person has a X number of years of eligibility w...
by rylltraka
Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) @ UCLA Oct. 25th
Replies: 4
Views: 2806

Re: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) @ UCLA Oct. 25th

As we are nearing two weeks before the tournament and I have not heard any formal statements of interest, I am considering canceling the tournament.

Edit: This is no longer true.
by rylltraka
Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) @ UCLA Oct. 25th
Replies: 4
Views: 2806

ICCS (Collegiate Novice) @ UCLA Oct. 25th

UCLA is proud to announce that we will be holding a mirror of the Introductory Collaborative Collegiate Set (ICCS) here at UCLA on October 25th, as a starter tournament for new players to cut their teeth on before the main collegiate circuit begins in earnest. The writing staff for this tournament c...
by rylltraka
Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13289

Re: CO History Discussion

complaints about trash being obviously 'fake' I agree with Shan on this one - the presence of a small trash subdistro was made clear well in advance, and of that only 2 or 3 (Dominion War, ISIS, maybe George Washington) tried to pass as 'real history', and not for very long. If we held ourselves to...
by rylltraka
Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13289

Re: CO History Discussion

The Damascus/Edessa mixup is a result of me not knowing that the Zengids took Edessa; I can't say the precise reason how the error was introduced since I wrote the question weeks ago and don't distinctly remember writing it (perhaps the source I used was unclear or misleading). Obviously it should h...
by rylltraka
Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13289

Re: CO History Discussion

I did all of the ancient and most of the continental Europe for the set, along with bits and pieces of other categories except east Asia. I think others have already stated the main planks of the 'philosophy' I tried to implement with the questions - some experimentation with things I thought were n...
by rylltraka
Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 24093

Re: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

Who has confirmation for the room reservation for today? Because at the moment (805) we have only two unlocked rooms in Cobb.
by rylltraka
Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: West Coast Schedule Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 5081

Re: West Coast Schedule Discussion

For those of you who are interested, UCLA is trying to get a team off the ground and moving this coming year. I've tried with not much success to get them onto the boards, but they are willing to do things and you might think of finding their club facebook page if you ever want to contact them.
by rylltraka
Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 24093

Re: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

Just to announce that the cost for the end result of our blood, sweat, tears, and other excretions will indeed be $10 per person. Also added to the initial post.
by rylltraka
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gorilla Literature Singles (July 20, Chicago)
Replies: 64
Views: 31679

Re: Gorilla Literature Singles (July 20, Chicago)

This is beyond my capacity to compete in, so I've signed up to staff.
by rylltraka
Fri May 30, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wodern Morld - A Real Replacement Side Event That is Real
Replies: 31
Views: 8245

Re: Wodern Morld - A Real Replacement Side Event That is Rea

If people want to read my Star Trek packet (which I meant to be at least moderately accessible), I can offer it. Especially since only about six people were there to hear it in the IRC.
by rylltraka
Fri May 02, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 61004

Re: community question clinic

My own work is by no means the gold standard of question-writing, but there are some prominent issues to correct here: One siege in this war began after the II Corps crossed over the Vuoksi River, and one side effectively employed anti-submarine nets in order to neutralize one nation’s navy. One nat...
by rylltraka
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 24093

Re: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

That is correct. Now corrected.
by rylltraka
Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 36
Views: 11662

Re: CO Matchmaking

If history is any indicator, I am going. It'd be a shame not to, really.

At this point, I don't know much of anything.
by rylltraka
Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 24093

3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

Hello! Due to popular demand, CO History Doubles will return for the umpteenth year, with a crisp new haircut, and hopefully with less schedule wrangling. It will tentatively be run on Sunday, July 20th, the day after Chicago Open proper. Packet Submission None! This year's instantiation will be wri...
by rylltraka
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Online Mirror?
Replies: 23
Views: 5365

Re: Fernando Arrabal Online Mirror?

Please place me on the waitlist; my only caveat is that I would like to not be a one-man team.
by rylltraka
Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT moderator feedback is now available
Replies: 9
Views: 2868

Re: NAQT moderator feedback is now available

I might be facing the same issue.
EDIT: never mind.
by rylltraka
Wed May 01, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAHOOTS Online Mirror?
Replies: 18
Views: 3719

Re: CAHOOTS Online Mirror?

The later this gets moved to, the more likelihood I will deliver on that Star Trek packet I promised to write in the IRC.
by rylltraka
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 29356

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

Bruce has already said some of this information, but here are the questions that were mine/I helped on during editing: Carthage TU (Ed. 2) Archaic Lyric Bonus (Ed. 2) Corinth TU (Ed. 3) Pheidon of Argos Bonus (Ed. 4) Fabius TU (Ed. 5) Greek literature techniques (Ed. 6) Philip (Ed. 7) Peloponnesian ...
by rylltraka
Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO matchmaking
Replies: 24
Views: 7893

Re: CO matchmaking

Yeah, I will probably go. Contact me if you want access to my 10 ppg in ancient history/classics and whatever other precipitously dropping quizbowl knowledge I still possess.
by rylltraka
Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (July 21, 2013)
Replies: 121
Views: 26892

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent Call for Unity (Summer 2013)

I would like to play this. I know only what I know (which is to say, ancient history and a mishmash of other things) and can provide you only limited chance for success in this tournament.
by rylltraka
Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 6981

Re: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013

In a similar vein to what Jeff said, I'm not currently active in the circuit, but would lend any administrative or moderating skills I possess to something big. As well as my gravitas and huge backlog of potential book prizes.
by rylltraka
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 18945

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)

I suppose I will stick around to staff this experiment.