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by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24034

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

It's possible to really like a tournament, really like the questions, and think it was too hard, and that's my reaction. Critiquing Jerry and editors is futile because they did what they promised and it was good. I would suggest and hope that perhaps next year's editors might have a different found...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24034

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:71% tossup conversion at Chicago Open really doesn't faze me.
What was last year's conversion?
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Goodman CO Trash discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4929

Re: Goodman CO Trash discussion

I'm just wondering, why is Zizek an answer line in a trash tournament? Is he like, not a real philosopher by quizbowl standards? He is. I haven't seen the CO trash question on him, but I bet that he's involved enough in popular culture that enough clues could be put together to write a trash questi...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24034

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

One more response before I get some sleep: I will go on the record as saying I felt this tournament was too hard. This isn't a complaint about me--I freely admit I'm not very good. I'm just not sure what it means when superb teams play against each other and 2-3 tossups go dead. You can talk about ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)
Replies: 135
Views: 38903

Re: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)

Morraine Man wrote:
BGSO wrote:Simmons/Koai/Mason/Weiner wins game one.

This tournament now subtitled "This Tournament goes till 12"
Wrong. At 11:59 PM, Matt Weiner correctly answered tossup 21 to end the second game of the advantaged final and win CO.
What was the answer to tossup 21?
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE elections results announcement
Replies: 2
Views: 1883

Re: PACE elections results announcement

After the resignation of Matt Weiner for personal reasons, Gautam Kandlikar has been elected vice president of tournament direction. Gautam and Andrew Hart will serve as co-tournament directors for this year's NSC. PACE congratulates Gautam and Andrew, and we look forward to their excellent work wit...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 17011

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

Garrett - What I think people are trying to say about staff is that you are not likely to find 16 experienced moderators and then 16 people who can keep score, so your best bet is to fill out the 16 readers with members of your club who are willing to help, and then work from there adding experienc...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 17011

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

Again, what I could do is have 2 persons per room (an experienced moderator to read, and a student to time/score or some combination,) depending on the field size. What's your plan for garnering experienced moderators? From what you've said about the teams that would be coming, their ability to fur...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANGST: Science
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: Science

I worked on the bio; please alert me to errors!
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE elections results announcement
Replies: 2
Views: 1883

PACE elections results announcement

The Partnership for for Academic Competition Excellence would like to announce the results of its elections for the 2010 to 2011 quizbowl season. At the conclusion of PACE’s internal elections, the following members have been elected to officerships and positions on PACE’s Board of Directors: Presid...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Is anybody else concerned...
Replies: 15
Views: 2169

Re: Is anybody else concerned...

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Well, sure--but why do we care about t-shirts at all?
Because imagine how much less offensive photos of golfers like Jim Daly would be with more T-shirts in the world.

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by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 12417

Re: 2010 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

it namedropped a fairly famous poem while still in power (it might've been "Skunk Hour"). What were its conversion stats? Yes, this mentioned "Skunk Hour" in the power zone: While serving as a conscientious objector during World War II, this man wrote his first book, ~Land of Unlikeness~. He wrote ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)
Replies: 70
Views: 17103

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ECSO2 @ Hunter College (7/10/10)

I'm living in Cambridge at the moment and have a buzzer system. If someone coming from Boston wants to pick it up and then bring it back to me, feel free.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)
Replies: 175
Views: 42661

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ANGST (Andy's Non-Guerrilla Summer Tournament)

If things are dire, I can provide some assistance in the life sciences and fine arts departments.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Literature by COuntry
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Re: Literature by COuntry

Further muddying the waters is the fact that Carpentier was Swiss by birth and Franco-Russian by ethnicity. This is true, but as I was reading about him (not on Wikipedia; in REAL BOOKS) while writing that question, I learned that a. he grew up in Cuba, then moved to Paris with his family for a tim...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 110554

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

I like the latter better, because it's more fun to score points than not. This. Rare (or nonexistent?) is the player who would rather experience a bonus conversion of less than 15! The idea that the tournament isn't challenging enough if good teams, of which, as everyone is pointing out, there was ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread
Replies: 194
Views: 37700

Re: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread

Renewing my objection in another post that Tossups Heard is not as good an indication of reader speed/quality as Bonuses Heard. I'm not nearly as impressed with a reader who gets through 24+ tossups when I know several tossups went dead, especially if I thought that reader read so fast that it caus...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon May 31, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread
Replies: 194
Views: 37700

Re: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread

Just curious, why are questions like "stethascopes," "microphones," and "grafiti" being asked? Because there are miscellaneous and general knowledge distributions that must be filled. Just thank your lucky stars that graffiti was not fine arts and that stethoscopes and microphones were not science....
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed May 19, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2010: This is serious business
Replies: 66
Views: 13690

Re: Player Poll 2010: This is serious business

Is it really more difficult to learn clues in your fifth year of quizbowl than it was in your first? To some extent, yeah; it has to be. Think of the kinds of clues a player learns early on: low-level (middle, late-middle, or giveaway) clues for subjects that come up regularly. These are relatively...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue May 18, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year
Replies: 64
Views: 19495

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year

Oh, hey, I haven't posted here yet. I'm going to medical school at NYU (and chilling on the Brown waitlist, but pretty much just for kicks) and probably won't play quizbowl anymore, but I'll happily contribute to organizational efforts in New York and the Northeast in general.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon May 03, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prompt: can it be more specific
Replies: 23
Views: 3480

Re: Prompt: can it be more specific

That's my advice: if you find you think your question might require a directed prompt, fix it so it doesn't. Or be clear about what you're looking for up front. To use a trash example, "Team and year required." Extrapolate as necessary to your application. Exactly. Obviously, prompts that direct on...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun May 02, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prompt: can it be more specific
Replies: 23
Views: 3480

Re: Prompt: can it be more specific

Why is it not clear enough to simply put on the answer line [prompt on X before mention of Y] or [accept X before Y is mentioned]? That's seemed to work pretty well, and any question that would require many complicated prompt permutations is probably not so hot a question anyhow.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DII feedback (DO NOT READ IF PLAYING AT WRIGHT STATE)
Replies: 14
Views: 1706

Re: Some DII question feedback

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:
gkandlikar wrote:
fourplustwo wrote:I mean, I've taken something like three organic chemistry courses and I had never heard of Diels-Alder before quizbowl.
mind status: definitely blown
do they not have, like, pi electrons in canada
(Apple) pi is too American.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 ICT discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 15005

Re: 2010 ICT discussion

By the way, will the ICT be available in electronic form? It's a real pain to have to comb through a 2-inch high stack of packets to cite the thing you want to talk about. And while the system of handing out paper packets helps eliminate the possibility of readers reading the wrong packets, it's en...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 ICT discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 15005

Re: 2010 ICT discussion

I don't really get this critique. (For what it's worth, I wrote the possibly offensive bonus.) Since when is there an implied guarantee that a bonus whose first part is on "Dvorak" will invariably have two other parts that will also be on Dvorak? I used the same kind of "Answer A leads to answer B ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 ICT discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 15005

Re: 2010 ICT discussion

When writing FICHTE, I found that such questions are a good/the only way to fill out a mandatory GK distribution. I don't see what's so odious about them compared to any other question that might be categorized as "mixed impire academic;" obviously, that leaves open the question of how large such a...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BUZZERFEST: Buzz Stats
Replies: 6
Views: 842

Re: Buzz Stats

Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:
Suites of Faure
Whoa.
This is really hard!
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BUZZERFEST: Corrections
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Re: Corrections

NO in the breath is a sign of this disease Not that you wouldn't be a fool to buzz on that as the first clue, but increased NO in the breath is also a sign of lung cancer and emphysema, and perhaps other things that people who are actually in medical school might be able to point out. And this is e...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BUZZERFEST: General Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 7338

Re: General Discussion

The first step of one synthesis of this compound involves the conversion of glutamine to glutamate pyruvate, as chorismate is converted to anthranilate. I'm pretty sure it's a copy editing rather than a knowledge problem, but this doesn't make sense; "glutamate pyruvate" isn't, to my knowledge, a c...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BUZZERFEST: General Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 7338

Re: General Discussion

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Kunle, could you email me the set? andy.watkins2@gmail.com
Same here, hkirsch at brandeis then a period edu
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HI 2010 Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 7428

Re: HI 2010 Discussion

Considering that the tremendous majority of the social science and geography were written the night before This really showed. These topics and history--none of which I'm good at but all of which at least one of my teammates at HI is good at--suffered significantly more than any other topic from we...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International II/ Fake ACF (3/20/10)
Replies: 104
Views: 20736

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International II/ Fake ACF (3/20/10)

Ondes Martenot wrote:Our team will be Hannah, Doug Yetman, Matt G and myself
Actually, I was never asked about this... I'm playing with Chris Ray, Eric Mukherjee, and Andrew Lim instead.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International II/ Fake ACF (3/20/10)
Replies: 104
Views: 20736

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International II/ Fake ACF (3/20/10)

Hey, exhort the people writing other disciplines to playtest stuff. Goes without saying! But I'd rather have other opinions too, particularly of people who have a stronger command of biology than (no offense, Dallas) Dallas. I think what he meant was "have the people writing lit to playtest lit and...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DWI - University of Delaware - 03/06/2010
Replies: 54
Views: 7838

Re: DWI - University of Delaware - 03/06/2010

I have never actually seen the movie Labyrinth, so I don't know if the character of Jereth is that memorable, but I had a gut feeling that it maybe was not such a good answer choice. I have a feeling it was in that packet because of his giant package. So true. And his finesse with balls (although I...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science
Replies: 109
Views: 10218

Re: Science

pretty much every paper of major interest was a) originally published in English and b) accessible to the educated non-specialist. I think the big problem with some of the experiments, particularly in physics, as question subjects is just that they've been dramatically overasked lately, and there a...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 5530

Re: General Discussion

I really enjoyed myself at this tournament; most of the criticisms I'd make have been made already, but I'd like to throw out my huge, HUGE appreciation for the six-line tossups. The tournament finished at a good hour, despite a significantly late start, and when I read a round on our bye, it was......
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes That Do Not See
Replies: 29
Views: 4310

Re: Eyes That Do Not See

I really enjoyed playing the five "packets" of this we played at the Harvard T-Party site. Side tournaments like this and the music-listening tournament a couple HSNCTs ago are great fun and, speaking of, demonstrate some real knowledge of what things look like (or sound like). I'll probably have so...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On writing opera tossups
Replies: 26
Views: 5134

Re: On writing opera tossups

Aria titles should ALWAYS be given in their original language, unless they have a common name, like The Bell Song from Lakme or The Jewel Song. Translating aria titles would make opera tossups that much more difficult. I was an opera singer for 2 years and I would never be able to recognize them fr...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On writing opera tossups
Replies: 26
Views: 5134

Re: On writing opera tossups

I agree with this, though I'd say that operas with Italian libretti, especially very well-known operas, should almost always be written in Italian in the question. There is a pretty good chance you'll confuse someone with very good knowledge if you translate aria names that are well-known in the or...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New "Team" Needs help studying
Replies: 14
Views: 2352

Re: New "Team" Needs help studying

MoMo wrote: I can only imagine the wonderful people I would meet should we start a real academic team at the school.
If you're interested in doing this/helping this happen, I'm sure there are many of us who would want to facilitate it.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Answer lines and moderator errors
Replies: 31
Views: 4607

Re: Answer lines and moderator errors

Berating people after the fact only makes us feel less appreciated and less likely to stay part of the community. Let's not do this - fear is a terrible motivator when you're dealing with volunteers. This is truth. People volunteer to staff tournaments because they want to. Threatening them in such...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year
Replies: 64
Views: 19495

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:I'll still be at Penn, but I start clinical rotations ("slave labor") second semester next year.
Is this early? Most of the med schools I'm considering start first semester third year or over the summer between second and third year.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT schedule discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 10961

Re: ICT schedule discussion

Strongside wrote:If there is a snowstorm or something like that, a bunch of teams could be late.
I certainly hope this mid-Atlantic silliness doesn't continue into April!
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 NAQT ICT in Chicago
Replies: 37
Views: 8777

Re: 2010 NAQT ICT in Chicago

Katamari Damacy wrote:Would not a Saturday only tournament minimize potential conflicts staffers have and make the tournament run that much more optimally on NAQT's end?
As someone who will mod only if it's a Saturday tournament... yes, I'm pretty sure this is true.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: a broader perspective on this discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 2509

Re: a broader perspective on this discussion

Also, my sense from playing NAQT tournaments and hearing criticism of more recent tournaments is that a) Andrew's entirely correct that the worst questions in NAQT are worse than the worst questions in ACF or independently edited tournaments, and b) that categories that are only found in NAQT, or f...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PENN BOWL: So, discussion?
Replies: 48
Views: 5078

Re: So, discussion?

Theory Of The Leisure Flask wrote:You're thinking of "chorales of Bach", which was in the finals packet and therefore was supposed to be Nationals-level.
The finals packet was supposed to be Nationals-level? Is it usual to jump up a whole level of difficulty in the finals rather than just make it somewhat more difficult?
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25520

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

You don't need to know anything about Woody Allen to know that clues about the typography of his credits are less than worthless. Seriously, who thought this was a good idea? I don't know shit about history, but I can write a not-execrable easy- to mid-level history tossup by avoiding clues that ar...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions
Replies: 55
Views: 5553

Re: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions

Also, if you're going to have a misc (because dear god I hope this wasn't fine arts) bonus on deaccessioning and related topics, you could at least mention Brandeis ;)
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions
Replies: 55
Views: 5553

Re: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions

As I've said, I am fine when interdisciplinary tossups reward real, solid knowledge from various disciplines. The 13th Guest thing rewards RANDOM knowledge from phony disciplines (an unimportant Agatha Christie novel, the Savoy Hotel's customs). I don't like that. This. Mike's point also applies to...