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by Sir Thopas
Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave
Replies: 76
Views: 10143

Re: Quizzy, an Excuse for you to Try Out Google Wave

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by Sir Thopas
Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Back to Basics
Replies: 44
Views: 5906

Re: Back to Basics

Without delving too much into the arguments in this thread, which others have argued far better than I could, I'd just like to remind everyone that choosing academically important topics can be difficult for those who haven't been steeped in academia for some amount of time. While I (for one) of cou...
by Sir Thopas
Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice
Replies: 31
Views: 3319

Re: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice

Not That Kind of Christian!! wrote:
Sir Thopas wrote:I, too, have had no problems with OpenOffice, but I am also of the opinion that every tournament should have each round in .doc and .pdf.

Also, no Calibri.
I give this post an A-. A would suggest Gentium.
Can't be that pushy about it, though.

...yet
by Sir Thopas
Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice
Replies: 31
Views: 3319

Re: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice

I, too, have had no problems with OpenOffice, but I am also of the opinion that every tournament should have each round in .doc and .pdf.

Also, no Calibri.
by Sir Thopas
Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT asked to help host Q-Unlimited regionals
Replies: 20
Views: 2827

Re: MIT asked to help host Q-Unlimited regionals

I'd reject them outright and hold another HS tournament in the QU one's stead.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KLEE Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 2616

Re: KLEE Discussion

I also had an extreme distaste for the tossup on "speaking," which seemed to beg you to with "tape loops" when it started talking about the Steve Reich clues; I negged on a clue that was describing a piece I had listened to earlier this week. Yeah, this one was my bad. If I had thought about it mor...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8243

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

Especially since many of the clues were referring to the times when it was coterminous with New York City, I think it's fine to call it a polity. At any rate, to this day, it's coterminous with New York County.
by Sir Thopas
Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8243

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:Magin bafflingly was able to convert La Wally.
Yeah, he was totally talking about it in the chat room a few months ago. He almost wrote a tossup on it for Gaddis II.
by Sir Thopas
Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You
Replies: 92
Views: 11004

Re: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You

Journey to the Planets wrote:What is going on here?
Conjecture: Andy Watkins.
by Sir Thopas
Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF in 2009-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 3740

Re: ACF in 2009-2010

Edward Powers wrote:Where will ACF Winter be held---has this been decided yet? Can HS Teams register for ACF Winter, as they did for ACF Fall?
We played ACF Winter last year, so yeah.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIMINARY: Uwe Bowl
Replies: 16
Views: 1666

Re: PRELIMINARY: Uwe Bowl

Sign me up!
by Sir Thopas
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '09-'10
Replies: 139
Views: 19534

Re: Minnesota '09-'10

Inkana7 wrote:
Sir Thopas wrote:
Inkana7 wrote:
Cheynem wrote:Good to see two high schools at EFT yesterday. Eden Prairie has especially strong Megashark knowledge.
Megashark vs. Giant Octopus?
Yessir.
That's brilliant. If you wrote that, props to you.
Thanks!
by Sir Thopas
Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '09-'10
Replies: 139
Views: 19534

Re: Minnesota '09-'10

Inkana7 wrote:
Cheynem wrote:Good to see two high schools at EFT yesterday. Eden Prairie has especially strong Megashark knowledge.
Megashark vs. Giant Octopus?
Yessir.
by Sir Thopas
Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 20338

Re: EFT Discussion

they're nowhere easy enough in the same tournament as a tossup on Otto von Bismarck where well-known and, as a bonus, memorably named thing the Reptiles Fund is in the second line. If you're going to make a gratuitous knock on an easy question, you can surely do better than a clue which has come up...
by Sir Thopas
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 20338

Re: EFT Discussion

The tossups I remember feeling a little flummoxed by were the ones on Beethoven's Ninth and the Wife of Bath's Tale, if you could possibly post either of those. I may have just been listening badly, though. 10. In “Getting Down Off the Beanstalk,” Susan McClary claims that the first movement of thi...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ 2009-2010
Replies: 52
Views: 7527

Re: NY/NJ 2009-2010

TheKingInYellow wrote:Will Stuyvesant even have a traveling team? I was under the impression that their club lost funding
I'm pretty sure they never really had any.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT/NSC difficulty
Replies: 52
Views: 5642

Re: HSNCT/NSC difficulty

I'm on an iPod now, and can't do any heavy lifting, but Hunter sent the same team to both in 2008, so there's a datum to check out.
by Sir Thopas
Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Berry College Scholars Bowl - 2/20/10 - Registration Closed
Replies: 30
Views: 4113

Re: Berry College Scholars Bowl -- 2/13/10

What questions (and question format) will be used?
by Sir Thopas
Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QBDB thread
Replies: 75
Views: 42212

Re: QBDB thread

jonah wrote:The QBDB server, it seems, is made of Twizzlers; it's down again.
Since when have they made Twizzlers in ginseng flavor?
by Sir Thopas
Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prelim talk about two Harvard tournaments
Replies: 5
Views: 1144

Re: Prelim talk about two Harvard tournaments

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Also, it will have better science than last year's.
better always = harder right
by Sir Thopas
Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Want to get a literature foundation
Replies: 38
Views: 10392

Re: Want to get a literature foundation

If you want to be a ridiculously, unbelievably good player, get a job at Barnes & Noble or Borders. The people who work there know everything there is to know about literature. Once I went into a Borders and saw The Tale of Genji filed under Shikibu. Fair enough. Although a lot of people who know t...
by Sir Thopas
Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Want to get a literature foundation
Replies: 38
Views: 10392

Re: Want to get a literature foundation

tk447 wrote:If you want to be a ridiculously, unbelievably good player, get a job at Barnes & Noble or Borders. The people who work there know everything there is to know about literature.
Once I went into a Borders and saw The Tale of Genji filed under Shikibu.
by Sir Thopas
Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CaTO/TaCO Discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 10008

Re: CaTO/TaCO Discussion

My overall thoughts for the tournament fall between Magin's and Andy's (I'm not a science player, but the distribution and difficulty swings were wacky); I just wish the tournament had been a bit cheaper. Chicago Open 2008 was about $11 per guaranteed game, at the absolute latest packet deadline. Th...
by Sir Thopas
Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009
Replies: 40
Views: 7855

Re: VCU Open Music August 8, 2009

Can I at least persuade you to pull together a name that tune with like 50 pieces of varying levels of known-ness and time periods, and have all us music folks fill out like a worksheet with titles and composers to get points? I enjoyed doing that at HSNCT one year and think it could be enjoyable t...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Distribution of Brookwood Invitational Scholars Bowl
Replies: 35
Views: 3739

Re: Brookwood Invitational Scholars Bowl November 21, 2009

In 21 years of hosting two very large high school tournaments a year, not one person has ever asked me to explain what our social studies category means. (I have received questions about myth being under lit and geology being under science, though). I am not the least bit bothered by answering that...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Distribution
Replies: 19
Views: 2267

Re: Distribution

Aren't Egyptian and Indian generally as deep for answer space (at least) as, say, Australian or Native American? Or is this your canon-expansion desires showing through, or something? I would only plan on writing maybe one or two "Native American" questions, leaving the rest of that section for com...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why do you play Quiz Bowl?--Poll!
Replies: 28
Views: 3711

Re: Why do you play Quiz Bowl?--Poll!

The answer is, of course, both. Very true. However, from my experience, quizbowl people tend to be a smidgen less sociable than others. But, that's just from my experience. This gets falser the less in high school you are. I don't mean this as an insult in any way, but the type of people who associ...
by Sir Thopas
Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Any interest in a HS Tournament in NW FL?
Replies: 24
Views: 2343

Re: Any interest in a HS Tournament in NW FL?

Having twice as much Brit lit as European AND world lit combined is a poor choice.
by Sir Thopas
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33857

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

I'm uncomfortable anytime we start saying that people who study things a certain way should be getting tossups over people who study things a different way. Until you can figure out how to reward players who merely listen to a piece, the solutions are somewhat unsatisfactory. Note: this is probably...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: What should Chicago Open be?
Replies: 16
Views: 2364

Re: What should Chicago Open be?

I like the idea of it being scaled up ACF nats, and would also add the (perhaps obvious) fact that experimental tournaments are becoming more and more frequent, to the extent that these satisfyingly (at least for me) replace any void a slight scaling back of Chicago Open would open.
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33857

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

People in this thread need to realize that there are less than a dozen people in quizbowl who have truly outstanding music knowledge. Music is one of the least-accessible of the humanities categories because many of the clues require a lifetime of music education to fully understand. I think it's p...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trash Packets Online
Replies: 25
Views: 3511

Re: Trash Packets Online

The trash questions found in College and High-school packets are usually edited to be very accessible to a specific audience. Sometimes, they can end up being hastily-written niche filler relegated to the end of a packet. I realize that these things can be fixed by a decent editor, but with trash p...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trash Packets Online
Replies: 25
Views: 3511

Re: Trash Packets Online

Captain Sinico wrote:
Sir Thopas wrote:
MichaelKearney wrote:questions about He Hate Me and Joe Millionaire are way less answerable than they were 5 years ago.
They should probably stop being written, then.
Please read the things you're trying to criticize before you criticize them next time.
I did, dude.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trash Packets Online
Replies: 25
Views: 3511

Re: Trash Packets Online

MichaelKearney wrote:questions about He Hate Me and Joe Millionaire are way less answerable than they were 5 years ago.
They should probably stop being written, then.
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 133311

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

jrbarry wrote:I am unsure of the reason as to why you would make that remark without knowing the history of James Island's participation in tournaments over the years.
I'm pretty sure Chris is referring to Meek's refusal to take JI to HSNCT and NSC, forcing them to go to NAC instead.
by Sir Thopas
Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 154835

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

wd4gdz wrote:Get ready for VETO 2010:
http://www.amazon.com/Louis-Riel-Comic- ... 336&sr=8-1
Man, they had this at Hunter's library! I showed it excitedly to people but nobody else knew who he was, and I didn't get to read it.
by Sir Thopas
Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 69549

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Of course, of course. I didn't mean to imply anything exclusionary about PACE, just that in the past, NAQT has had more of an international flavor. I would argue that PACE questions are more inclusive to Canadians. NAQT has a nontrivial portion of trash, geography, and current events (although fort...
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO discussion
Replies: 80
Views: 18986

Re: VETO discussion

grapesmoker wrote:Shorter Charles Meigs
INCONCIEVABLE
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO discussion
Replies: 80
Views: 18986

Re: VETO discussion

moreover, what previous VETO scores have been, you are all not being fair to the editors in claiming that they made this set too hard - the answers are far easier than what would have resulted if VETO were left untouched. This. I'm entirely unsympathetic to any claims of difficulty when nobody seem...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Walden Three at Chicago Open, 7/26/09
Replies: 29
Views: 2630

Re: Walden Three at Chicago Open, 7/26/09

Ukonvasara wrote:I will read for your tournament, sir.
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Montana 2009-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 3326

Re: Montana 2009-2010

Do you find that practicing is done better when it is done separately by each individual and consists of actual studying, or when it is done in a group, where it is rather a bombardment of questions? I think it depends on the person, really. Some people learn stuff by hearing it; for others, they n...
by Sir Thopas
Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tyrone Slothrop Lit Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 7072

Re: Tyrone Slothrop Lit Discussion

I'll take up this gauntlet. I thought Jonathan Magin's fetish for William Gaddis was quite well-known; therefore, it seems unfortunate to include a tossup on Gaddis' third-best-known work, on which no one has a chance of beating him. From talking to you after the match it seemed like you were just ...
by Sir Thopas
Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20889

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland

Dan Passner, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think your crazy cheap hotel room at The Legacy in Rockville is, by a freak of miscommunication, still up for grabs. Andy and I booked a crazy cheap room in the same hotel assuming we'd have a ride because the Pinyan caravan would be staying there,...
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Oh my god what if I don't know eight factorial
Replies: 30
Views: 4191

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Faiyad wrote:Who cares what century the Gothic style began flourishing in Europe, who cares what color Sodium burns, who cares when the transcontinental railroad was built?
None of these are actually asked for in good quizbowl!
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VETO 7/18/2009 in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa
Replies: 71
Views: 21330

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VETO 7/18/2009 in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa

So there should be no reason to reject a tossup on ookpik or a bonus on the musical career of Charlie Angus. I can think of like 10 good reasons to reject those questions, and certainly hope Jerry does so for everyone's sake. I hope they get replaced with tossups on Okot p'Bitek and Charles Mingus.
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Do not do this!
Replies: 53
Views: 6772

Re: Do not do this!

This only proves that there is a one-to-one relationship between a given probability and its corresponding odds. A 1-to-1 relationship does not imply equivalence. I'm sure you can also show that the natural numbers and rational numbers can be placed in a 1-to-1 correspondence, but no one would try ...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008-2009 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 9821

Re: 2008-2009 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

We talked about Influence of Sea Power Upon History in my AP US History class. While I probably wouldn't have powered it, I would have definitely gotten this TU on either Great White Fleet or Mahan. But I agree it's probably a tad bit too tough for an IS set, although a question on Mahan referencin...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Do not do this!
Replies: 53
Views: 6772

Re: Do not do this!

But odds and probabilities are different, so 1/18 isn't a mathematically correct and equivalent answer. It isn't a "stupid trick", it's the definition of odds. odds   /ɒdz/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [odz] Show IPA –noun (usually used with a plural verb) 1. the probability that something is so, wil...
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21951

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

The Toad to Wigan Pier wrote:I recently read an article which has many parallels with this discussion.
I love that article!
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21951

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

Of course, quizbowl's goals do not necessarily include emphasizing practically-applicable knowledge, though this is not universally accepted. But as to the question of utility in real life, I think you're dead wrong. By "real life", amusingly, I meant "the study of mathematics". Lumps taken accordi...