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by marnold
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Thread
Replies: 111
Views: 37595

Re: ICT Prediction Thread

My top bracket: Virginia - Gautam comes down to read the top bracket where he repeats his comically bitter observation that not every team can afford a David Seal. Fortunately, Matt Bollinger CAN afford David Seal, as Matt spends his hobo emergency fund to pay for gas money for David's car. He's rew...
by marnold
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Statistics for 2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2485

Re: Statistics for 2012

At ICT it will be Rafael, me, Maggie and Matt Byrd. This lineup has never played together. The closest we came was MAGNI where we had an empty chair instead of Matt (one of the top scorers at that tournament and we still finished 2nd or sorta tied for first so NAQT please consider this when seeding ...
by marnold
Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Wastebin - A Trash Packet Archive
Replies: 27
Views: 36471

Re: Wastebin - A Trash Packet Archive

Three points: - First, that tournament was fucking horrible. You'd have more fun at practice reading popsicle stick questions to each other. - Second, it was not even written fully; it seems unlikely that writers who failed that fundamental task would succeed in the next step of uploading it publicl...
by marnold
Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Wastebin - A Trash Packet Archive
Replies: 27
Views: 36471

Re: Wastebin - A Trash Packet Archive

Cooper98 wrote:I'm not sure if all of the mirrors are done yet for Penn Bowl. If they are when will it be posted on here?
lol
by marnold
Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question set dissemination
Replies: 20
Views: 2829

Re: Question set dissemination

Well, yes, I guess if "flourishing programs who either have access to the in crowd or infinity resources get more questions to practice on and study" was referring to all those other schools that are regularly described as having "infinity resources," or was referencing infinite amounts of social ca...
by marnold
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question set dissemination
Replies: 20
Views: 2829

Re: Question set dissemination

To clarify, I mean "who gives a shit about the old days" not to dismiss the historical concerns and the reason for the attitudes, but just to note that the potential bad effects that motivated the attitude then are not a concern at all now, so I don't see why we need to obsess over defending the pro...
by marnold
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question set dissemination
Replies: 20
Views: 2829

Re: Question set dissemination

There are more good practice sets out there than any team could possibly practice on for multiple years. Saying that somehow evil Chicago people are going to hoard sets is fucking asinine. How the fuck has Chicago EVER used the budget to hoard packets? That's probably true, but it's true mainly bec...
by marnold
Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question set dissemination
Replies: 20
Views: 2829

Re: Question set dissemination

There are more good practice sets out there than any team could possibly practice on for multiple years. Saying that somehow evil Chicago people are going to hoard sets is fucking asinine. How the fuck has Chicago EVER used the budget to hoard packets?
by marnold
Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Peaceful Resolution Discussion
Replies: 210
Views: 53589

Re: Peaceful Resolution Discussion

PROCLAMATION: For meritorious service in (1) making a very wrong argument, (2) trying to post-facto justify that argument by hurriedly skimming the Wikipedia article on the topic you've pronounced upon and (3) then asking for the person you're arguing with to explain the substance to you, I do hereb...
by marnold
Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A couple points about Philosophy clues
Replies: 1
Views: 970

A couple points about Philosophy clues

In general, there's always something of asymmetry problem with selecting clues: something that reads like a really good description when you have the answer choice in mind might prove to be totally useless in terms of unambiguously pointing towards an answer for a player without the context. This pr...
by marnold
Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 176
Views: 124241

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

The Hub (Gainesville, Florida) wrote:As far as pyramidal questions go, I've answered multiple US geography questions in my career simply because I've always loved a good road atlas and have answered on clues (like geographic features, landmarks, and cities) that I saw on the map.
:monocle:
by marnold
Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Peaceful Resolution Mirror at Harvard (3/3/2012)
Replies: 19
Views: 4830

Re: Peaceful Resolution Mirror at Harvard (3/3/2012)

Ondes Martenot wrote:Columbia?
Nope. I was planning on going to the main site, but I have an event with my firm.
by marnold
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: It will NEVER be matched
Replies: 28
Views: 14839

Re: It will NEVER be matched

It's also worthwhile to point out that the game, especially at ICT, has changed too much to allow such a performance to be duplicated. Not that this diminishes Subash's accomplishments in any way. Yeah. One of the reasons for this thread is as a record of the terms of a bet I made with someone (giv...
by marnold
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:50 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: It will NEVER be matched
Replies: 28
Views: 14839

Re: It will NEVER be matched

SHUT UP
by marnold
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:49 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: It will NEVER be matched
Replies: 28
Views: 14839

It will NEVER be matched

This has been discussed before, but I'm quite confident that this performance will never be matched.

The following is a metaphysical certainty: by 2014, no player will have had 2.84 times as many powers as the second place powerer at ICT.
by marnold
Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 176
Views: 124241

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

Cheynem wrote:I keep waiting for trash questions to use clues about the symbols used to represent politicians in Doonesbury, but alas.
Haha, I wrote a bonus with this for my CO Trash but ended up scrapping it and just making it a toss-up instead.
by marnold
Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 176
Views: 124241

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I have gotten multiple history toss-ups because I really, really like the game show Match Game - just looking up their jokes and references is unbeatable for learning late 70s and early 80s political current events.
by marnold
Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT ICT: March 31, Chicago
Replies: 24
Views: 8676

Re: 2012 NAQT ICT: March 31, Chicago

Is the bid acceptance page up-to-date? I've been told we sent in an acceptance already.
by marnold
Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Northeast at Brown (2/18/2012)
Replies: 19
Views: 7870

Re: ACF Regionals Northeast at Brown (2/18/2012)

19 negs and still winning by 500 is a key skill of top teams.

Also, just out of idle curiosity, what's the deal with the bracketing here? Did you think Aaron was coming or something?
by marnold
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl sports analogies
Replies: 38
Views: 9387

Re: Quizbowl sports analogies

All that said, if your article is about quizbowl's "potential as an enjoyable spectator sport," you're fucked because it has none. Quizbowl is an awful spectator sport. There are maybe a grand total of 10 rounds a year that have situational drama (and all but maybe 1 or 2 of those are at ICT and Na...
by marnold
Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl sports analogies
Replies: 38
Views: 9387

Re: Quizbowl sports analogies

I think Chris does a good job explaining the team dynamics and the analogy to basketball. I'd emphasize the importance of match-ups as another similarity (e.g., Chicago, Illinois and Brown all walloped a majority of teams just because Seth, Sorice and Jerry were all unstoppable when teams couldn't p...
by marnold
Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Whatever happened to spite
Replies: 15
Views: 11160

Whatever happened to spite

Spite used to be the lifeblood of quizbowl. Just searching now, there are all sorts of great threads extolling spite as a way of improving at the game and how tournament criticism used to be dominated by the " machinery of spite ." So in this thread I want to know (1) some great examples of spite-as...
by marnold
Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General 2012 DI SCT thoughts here
Replies: 9
Views: 1626

Re: General DI set thoughts here

Well, if you want me to grasp at straws, I thought the trash was overly TV heavy.
by marnold
Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 20678

Re: Difficulty

Cheynem wrote:Michael Arnold is being sort of assholeishly endearing here
i'm ur new bicycle
by marnold
Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 20678

Re: Difficulty

Screw D2, it's only for bringing people in, and not for anyone with any actual Quiz Bowl skill. Well, I guess you do get my position, then. There is a place for D2 in Quiz Bowl, and your system makes it unplayable to the people who should be playing it so that they don't have a useful spot to go to...
by marnold
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 20678

Re: Difficulty

So, your argument is that D2 is way too easy, just a bunch of high school clues on college-type answers lines, but D1 IS IMPOSSIBLE ? Despite the fact this D1 set was the easiest SCT ever written, and was very accessible both in clue choice and answer-lines? Look, before I somehow get sucked into a ...
by marnold
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 20678

Re: Difficulty

This is ridiculous, and seems so stuck up at points because of excessive hyperbole that it makes it hard to read. If it wasn't intended to be that way, and I'm just over-reading, please do ignore me being a bit of a butt. Jerry's phrasing of this was accurate; current D2 SCT did divide the good tea...
by marnold
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 20678

Re: Difficulty

Why are people so desperate to invent solutions in search of problems? The current system works fine! It does its job of qualifying teams for the ICT, after which they can do things like go on to play DI like everyone else. But no, let's fuck everything up sideways because three people on the board...
by marnold
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Assorted Freshmen Problems
Replies: 18
Views: 3381

Re: Assorted Freshmen Problems

I remember some tournament my first year where Chicago D (E? F?) was playing an Andrew Yaphe team; he was up by a ton, and he told us he was requiring us to start buzzing on every toss-up. I think I only buzzed on 3 of them and all were negs, but it's a very good exercise. Also, positive reinforceme...
by marnold
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT-ACUI Region 3 SCT at Princeton University
Replies: 33
Views: 8998

Re: NAQT-ACUI Region 3 SCT at Princeton University

Thanks to Princeton for hosting this. I guess I'm still hopelessly naive about tournament start times, but D1 had fine moderators (we heard no fewer than 21 questions all day) which I care more about.
by marnold
Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 20678

Re: Difficulty

bt_green_warbler wrote: Did we succeed?
Yep
by marnold
Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT-ACUI Region 3 SCT at Princeton University
Replies: 33
Views: 8998

Re: NAQT-ACUI Region 3 SCT at Princeton University

I think the entrance on the south side is the open one, fwiw
by marnold
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash IV at Northwestern (2/12/12)
Replies: 46
Views: 17582

Re: Penn Bowl Trash IV at Northwestern (2/12/12)

I'd assuredly rather play these questions than TRASH Regionals or something. I don't know, maybe I'm particularly susceptible to the halo effect of the awful logistics, but I'm not sure I agree with this. The questions were really bad: often anti-pyramidal, the bonuses were frequently either gimmes...
by marnold
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT-ACUI Region 3 SCT at Princeton University
Replies: 33
Views: 8998

Re: NAQT-ACUI Region 3 SCT at Princeton University

On a similar note, we're taking the train in the morning and I'm getting the impression from the website that the Dinky train from Princeton Junction to campus doesn't run that early on a weekend. Is there a good alternative way to get to where the tournament will be? Would there be any team with a ...
by marnold
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl Trash IV (Jan. 29th)
Replies: 29
Views: 8621

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl Trash IV (Jan. 29th)

We (uva + me) ended up winning this debacle, finishing 6-1 (implausibly exhausting the supply of packets at this shitshow). I don't know if a marnold-smash would accomplish anything (even if nothing is served by it, there might be one anyway), but for now suffice it to note this was the worst tourna...
by marnold
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl Trash IV (Jan. 29th)
Replies: 29
Views: 8621

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl Trash IV (Jan. 29th)

This is basically a disaster beyond comprehension.
by marnold
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl Trash IV (Jan. 29th)
Replies: 29
Views: 8621

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl Trash IV (Jan. 29th)

Hey look, this shit is a fucking mess too!
by marnold
Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl (Jan 28th, 2012)
Replies: 48
Views: 21647

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl (Jan 28th, 2012)

Penn Bowl 201x: Somehow You Fell For It Again.
by marnold
Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl (Jan 28th, 2012)
Replies: 48
Views: 21647

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl (Jan 28th, 2012)

This is the mobius strip of tournaments.
by marnold
Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl (Jan 28th, 2012)
Replies: 48
Views: 21647

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl (Jan 28th, 2012)

Lololololol. :cry:
by marnold
Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl (Jan 28th, 2012)
Replies: 48
Views: 21647

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl (Jan 28th, 2012)

FYI, our Megabus arrives at 30th street station at 8:30 - we'll hustle to get there as soon as possible, but if things get stuck on 17 teams a first round bye for us might be appreciated. Various luminaries have my phone number if that becomes necessary
by marnold
Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Intergalactic (Nov 19-20th)
Replies: 42
Views: 10646

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Intergalactic (Nov 19-20th)

Did we indicate you should be waiting to hear from us? My understanding is we were never planning on sending a team, but I don't really organize stuff (and the people who do don't post here often).
by marnold
Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI General Thoughts
Replies: 64
Views: 7187

Re: General Thoughts

This was a very good tournament that I really enjoyed playing. Everything systematic I wanted to mention has come up already: the jarring question-order issues were odd; the bonuses seemed too long (I may just be expressing my more general dislike of McKenzie-style easy parts); a few true examples o...
by marnold
Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: MAGNI Northeast at Brown (10/29/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 8077

Re: DATE CHANGE: MAGNI Northeast at Brown (10/29/11)

We actually had a final score of 355, not 255, against our B team.

I wish this tournament had run anything close to on time so we could have played the rubber match, but it seemed like a lot of things mostly out of Ian's control, so thanks to Brown for hosting.
by marnold
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: MAGNI Northeast at Brown (10/29/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 8077

Re: DATE CHANGE: MAGNI Northeast at Brown (10/29/11)

If you're considering playing this tournament in costume, please consider acting your goddamn age. Unless your costume is a Harvard 2009-esque pastiche of quizbowl teams, in which case I will pay you a dollar.
by marnold
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl Collegiate Recruiting
Replies: 4
Views: 1436

Re: Quizbowl Collegiate Recruiting

I used quizbowl as the main part of my law school application essay and it came up pretty often during firm interview season this fall. The most important thing to understand is no one will give a shit at all about quizbowl per se, only as it indicates abilities that schools or employers actually ca...
by marnold
Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 24221

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

marnold wrote:Sam Bailey is comically underrated by the quizbowl community at large.
laffeaux at what a hilarious jinx this was
by marnold
Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Predictions Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 5425

Re: Preseason Predictions Thread

(I wasn't sure who was back for Columbia) Assuming this is my Columbia, I know Chris Horng graduated and I think Dan did too. I might play a bit more than I did last year depending how school/job stuff shakes out. For the nationals tournaments, I'm going to make Rafael play even if I have to kidnap...