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by Sir Thopas
Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 82774

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Wow! Stealing PACE's date!
by Sir Thopas
Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging Interest: Fantasy Quizbowl League
Replies: 35
Views: 6495

Re: Gauging Interest: Fantasy Quizbowl League

What, I thought I'd posted here expressing interest. Hopefully I can still get in on it.
by Sir Thopas
Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12967

Re: VCU Open Discussion

In particular, I'd argue that the entire classical music distribution is quite difficult for non-specialists to get into, especially if you don't play any instrument or are tonedeaf. What, seriously? You can enjoy just listening to music—I know I do, and I don't play any instruments. Have fun readi...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 08-09 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!
Replies: 56
Views: 11687

Re: 08-09 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!

If people are interested on Friday night before HFT I would be happy to run a scrimmage for a few teams. We run a small mini tournament. I am intrigued. What would this be? Also, I think that this year we won't be going to TJ fall, as it doesn't make much sense for us to travel for NAQT tournaments...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 08-09 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!
Replies: 56
Views: 11687

Re: 08-09 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Charter!

Eric and I had an interest in having our teams play as often as possible this year, so hopefully you'll have some good data to base your voting on in the coming months. I'd like to get in on this, but I'm not sure how much cash we'll get from the school (if it's pittance, I'll be quite annoyed). Le...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)
Replies: 39
Views: 4478

Re: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)

grashid wrote:It seems frustrating to me (as I interpret this data table as art questions per round) that round 10 had SIX fine arts question while the Last THREE rounds has 7 total.
The first number is the question number within each round, not the round number.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)
Replies: 39
Views: 4478

Re: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)

The art is annoying, but what I find even worse is that sports is considered separate from pop culture but lit is lumped with RMP (sort of what Guy is getting at in his last paragraph). I don't understand the reasoning there. I also don't understand the reasoning for a tournament-based rather than ...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)
Replies: 39
Views: 4478

Re: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)

For me, at least, the real problem is that NAQT's distribution accounts for pitifully little art. I have a feeling that Ike is frustrated by the same issue. The quoted figure of 7.0% even seems suspect to me—going through the first two packets on the podcast, in which 21 and 23 tossups were read in ...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and the Dead Zone (ETC moved from Nationals)
Replies: 39
Views: 4478

Re: NAQT and the Dead Zone

Ike, test this: do categories that receive twice as much distribution space have double the chance of falling into the dead zone? Since I have far too much free time, I'm about to start working on this for the 2008 HSNCT. EDIT: I'm doing this comprehensively, and I don't have the packets in front o...
by Sir Thopas
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Question Discourse: From "An Open Letter to NAQT"
Replies: 123
Views: 23015

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

I agree that this is strangely similar to a math competition - in fact, I wouldn't object to a math competition that used solely this type of question in tossup form a la quizbowl. What I object to is combining this perfectly acceptable math competition with quizbowl because it doesn't follow the s...
by Sir Thopas
Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 24100

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT and call for staff: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17)

I may not be nearly as awesome as Katy Peters, but I guess I'll piggyback on her post and say that I, too, would appreciate a ride down in a similar fashion.
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gunpei Yokoi Memorial Open - Sat, 8/16/08@VCU
Replies: 48
Views: 16141

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gunpei Yokoi Memorial Open - Sat, 8/16/08@VCU

I'm in, fo sho. Hopefully I can make up on the meta what I don't get on the video games.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 10517

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Fatigue never really seems to affect my ability to continue playing (note that this is distinct from my ability to continue playing well ). Like Ryan, I just go into this zombie state - which I often begin the day at anyway. This was the first time I've ever had a fatigue-induced headache during a ...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 10517

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Personally, I loved the all-consuming nature of this. Also note, though, that for some reason I was still more or less awake at 2 AM. Go figure.
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 10517

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I thank Matt and Jerry for the kind words; I only hope that I can live up to the future prescribed for me. With that being said—I also want to agree with the others that CO was absolutely amazing. Although we did pretty bad, often not even putting up 100 in a game, I enjoyed every loss I got, becaus...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2680

Re: CO History Doubles Discussion

I got to score keep for this, and that was a lot of fun to see all these good teams play this set. The set seemed really awesome. I really liked some of the way out there tossup and bonus selections, and the "You are BLANK, a BLANK in TIME PERIOD POLITY FTPE" bonuses were a cool way to do a bonus, ...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Literature Doubles Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2120

Re: Literature Doubles Discussion

I second Donald's sentiment about the awesomeness of brekekekex koax koax, and in general, I thought this tournament was really awesome. Everything was really well-written (even if McSweeney's was pretty fraudable—hmm, a publishing house with long, offbeat titles and lists), and the answer selection...
by Sir Thopas
Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 10517

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

theMoMA wrote:The finals packet was amazing too; watching what are probably the best two quizbowl teams ever created going down to the wire on the hardest packet ever written was a treat.
damn fried chickin
by Sir Thopas
Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 12661

Re: Next Year

I think a team that went 1-5 and could not once break 150 points on an NAQT A Set at Seton Hall is not "strong" by any quizbowl-related definition of that term. For what it's worth, I played them at that tournament and I do believe they were missing their captain/guy who does all of their scoring. ...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Missouri 08-09
Replies: 135
Views: 118716

Re: Missouri 08-09

crap why did i let myself get sucked into this
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scholastic Scrimmage '08-'09
Replies: 11
Views: 2231

Re: Scholastic Scrimmage '08-'09

I watched an episode once. host: "Which culture influenced the Romans?" Alison Hudson: "The Etruscans?" host: "I'm sorry, we were looking for the Greeks." I think that should sum things up. Welp. Are there any episodes we can watch on the Internets? http://www.wpsu.org/scholasticscrimmage/results06...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Meta Bowl - 7/19/08
Replies: 23
Views: 2965

Re: Chicago Open Meta Bowl - 7/19/08

Wooo, I'm in.
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scholastic Scrimmage '08-'09
Replies: 11
Views: 2231

Re: Scholastic Scrimmage '08-'09

Deesy Does It wrote:Who won the other times? I'm having a hard time imagining State College not being ridiculously dominant.
I watched an episode once.
host: "Which culture influenced the Romans?"
Alison Hudson: "The Etruscans?"
host: "I'm sorry, we were looking for the Greeks."

I think that should sum things up.
by Sir Thopas
Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 12661

Re: Next Year

Dont forget about Dan Puma, who was the top junior from the HSNCT. Though I'm obviously biased, I think he can make a real run at PACE because he studies and (most importantly) reads more than other high school players. With the increasing emphasis on real knowledge in the top tiers of the game I f...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACE Camp
Replies: 87
Views: 18956

Re: ACE Camp

I am the one who wanted any contest at ACE to have ACE-worthy questions which is why they used old ACE subject matter tournament questions from three folders. I also stipulated that the self-appointed "6" (2 of them were players off my own team) who issued the challenge not be the team, but, rather...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs--we miss you!
Replies: 182
Views: 32606

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 pow...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Housewrites vs. NAQT
Replies: 34
Views: 4312

Re: Housewrites vs. NAQT/QU

theattachment wrote:Also, since an ex-teammate is apparently science editing it, Prison Bowl should be stellar this year.
Hmm, first I'm hearing of that. Good to know, though.
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Does this sound Legit?
Replies: 6
Views: 1229

Re: Does this sound Legit?

Quizbowl is significa, not trivia.
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Housewrites vs. NAQT
Replies: 34
Views: 4312

Re: Housewrites vs. NAQT

And Kyle (and others), therein lies your answer. Moravian's bonus conversion in that round was nearly FIVE points per bonus above their peak in the other four games. Seeing as Dorman's bonus conversion* was pretty consistent in that round, I have to conclude that Moravian just got really lucky with ...
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Housewrites vs. NAQT
Replies: 34
Views: 4312

Re: Housewrites vs. NAQT/QU

The quality of the field is not an unknown when teams start signing up, even if those teams coming have no control over the questions they will be asked. Just because the field of a housewritten tournament is strong, it doesn't mean that the tournamnet will be a good, fair one (ie Dorman A vs. Mora...
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: buzzer hesitancy/reluctance/cowardice(?)
Replies: 23
Views: 2681

Re: buzzer hesitancy/reluctance/cowardice(?)

SIVster716 wrote:
ImmaculateDeception wrote:Ancien régiem
Yo man, if you break out the French, you gotsta do it right. Otherwise it looks all...Eastern European (help me out Guy).
ancięn regięm

Heh.
by Sir Thopas
Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: buzzer hesitancy/reluctance/cowardice(?)
Replies: 23
Views: 2681

Re: buzzer hesitancy/reluctance/cowardice(?)

I'm of the opinion that, in practices, the one-man of a one-man team should have some certain restrictions, and which way you want to go is up to you - no buzz until after a certain point, no buzz at all after a certain number of corrects (for a certain number of tossups), moderating instead of pla...
by Sir Thopas
Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: buzzer hesitancy/reluctance/cowardice(?)
Replies: 23
Views: 2681

Re: buzzer hesitancy/reluctance/cowardice(?)

Matt Weiner wrote:Also, if you/your team is one of those people that likes to yell loud expletives at teammates who neg, you should stop doing that, but that's increasingly rare these days so I assume it's not the issue.
What about yelling loud expletives when you yourself neg?
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs--we miss you!
Replies: 182
Views: 32606

Re: Bad Negs--we miss you!

DeisEvan wrote:
metsfan001 wrote:Questions on "hors d'oeuvres", always a good idea.
And yet you 20d the "Greek foods" 20-point bonus during the PACE all-star game.
A question on hors d'oeuvres is like a question on poem.
A bonus on Greek foods is like an Iliad/Hymn to Aphrodite/Theogony bonus.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs--we miss you!
Replies: 182
Views: 32606

Re: Bad Negs--we miss you!

Questions on "hors d'oeuvres", always a good idea.
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165076

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Guy, you're speaking from inexperience here. They have to deal with a state organization controlling all of these problems, and simple lobbying for change hardly works for these organizations. To everyone who doesn't have an IHSA or MSHSAA or other type of governing organization that puts lots of r...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165076

Re: Illinois '08-'09

1) The more you hear about it and get annoyed about it, the more likely you are to push for change, because you're (obviously) fed up with hearing about it. 2) If the top teams stopped playing ScoBowl for a better format en masse, it would be crippled. I don't see why something like this hasn't been...
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2008: The End Comes...Beyond the Omega Point
Replies: 73
Views: 9590

Re: Chicago Open 2008: The End Comes...Beyond the Omega Point

Also, another way to save some time would be to order in lunch and give people like half an hour to attack it. If people are going to go out for lunch, it might make sense for some people, particularly those who leave late, to order their food to go or call their orders in as they're walking over. ...
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11486

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

I'm guessing 20 is the standard because that's the standard ACF number of tossups. Does Hentzel and most of the NAQT readers kill every packet of 26/26 at HSNCT? Personally I would like the championship playoffs and meaningful games leading up to championship to have more questions in the packet (3...
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11486

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

(To some extent this is already in effect because NAQT sets have 24 questions, but the only time I've ever had a reader run out of questions was in a match when the reader was too fast for the players AND several tossups went dead.) Dude, the later rounds in HSNCT often get through all 26 in 18 min...
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11486

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

Personally I cannot stand readers who read fast, faster than they normally speak. That is one of my major objections to NAQT Nationals. Timed matches encourage people to rush which is problematic to me. What's wrong with speeding up somewhat? If they're perfectly intelligible, it's good to keep the...
by Sir Thopas
Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles
Replies: 95
Views: 25509

Re: The July Crisis: Chicago Open History Doubles

Heh, it's Evan Adams, not Adam Evans.
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11486

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

When i listen to t he HSNCT podcasts (i just listened to a couple a minute ago) it happens about every third or fourth question. The reader stumbles (that guy in at least the first 10 matches messes up once every question it seems) and i completely lose it. Yeah, so: 1) The mic may not pic everythi...
by Sir Thopas
Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Movie of the Week 6/16-6/23: What Time Is It There?
Replies: 12
Views: 1579

Re: Movie of the Week 6/16-6/23: What Time Is It There?

So I really liked this movie. I was drawn in by the opening shots of Taipei—for some reason, I like to see sketches of cities and lives I haven't experienced, and the scene with the father in the body bag did this. I looked at the clock a lot during the movie, and yet I was still totally drawn in by...
by Sir Thopas
Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ASS II Discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 5520

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 Sir Thopas
Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Community membership & honesty
Replies: 38
Views: 4475

Re: Community membership & honesty

This has gotten me thinking---wouldn't it be worthwhile to spend a couple of hours and collaborate a lot of the relevant info on the Wiki into one huge, all-encompassing primer/FAQ page/whatever on why good quizbowl is better than bad? This way we could just direct people here, or ensure that they r...
by Sir Thopas
Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21
Replies: 65
Views: 16261

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21

Yeah let us play everyone. Surely that's the fairest and most awesome.
by Sir Thopas
Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NYC Area Summer Practice?
Replies: 29
Views: 3127

Re: NYC Area Summer Practice?

Yeah Sunday works for me too, except that I won't be able to attend when I'm off on weekend tournaments. But then I'll be playing QB anyway.
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NYC Area Summer Practice?
Replies: 29
Views: 3127

Re: NYC Area Summer Practice?

Pro. But again, there is the whole "my parents don't want me going to some internet stranger's house" to factor in. Even without their permission, I could probably make it to at least couple of weekend daytime ones (NJ Transit 175 + subway = good). She is not an internet stranger. This is not an in...
by Sir Thopas
Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info
Replies: 50
Views: 20628

Re: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info

Hunter, with Daichi Ueda, will be writing its second annual house-written tournament, Prison Bowl, to be held in January, and is looking for mirrors nationwide. So far we have the NY site, Walter Johnson in the DC area, and (I believe) possible interests in California and maybe Minnesota. Elsewhere ...