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by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA II - 4/9/10 - Chicago
Replies: 67
Views: 7920

Re: GUERRILLA II - 4/9/10 - Chicago

SirT wrote:
Frater Taciturnus wrote:Yeah we get in like 12 hours before this, so I would be down with staffing this.
Same.
I, too, can staff this.
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My coach is making me help with philosophy
Replies: 23
Views: 4379

Re: My coach is making me help with philosophy

grapesmoker wrote:Karl Marx had the one beard to rule them all.
Oh, Engels was also pretty well endowed.
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BUZZERFEST: General Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 7376

Re: General Discussion

Yes, please! spenc207@umn.edu
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Buzzerfest discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 6773

Re: Buzzerfest discussion

Me too!
by naturalistic phallacy
Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 49913

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

I'll probably play this. According to most sources, I know "horrible" trash. Also, Frank will probably play this and want to win. He's actually good at trash. Carsten has the worst taste in stuff. Expect tons of good buzzes on tossups about nurses, pop music my 15 year old sister wouldn't listen to...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DWI - University of Delaware - 03/06/2010
Replies: 54
Views: 7868

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

Jamnman23 wrote: 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.
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2010: history
Replies: 14
Views: 2123

Re: history

One act regulating this product prompted a test based on whether legislation was aimed at “discrete and insular minorities.” That act banning a type of this product prompted the case U.S. v. Carolene Products, which contained Justice Stone’s “footnote four,” an expansion of the “preferred freedoms”...
by naturalistic phallacy
Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 5549

Re: General Discussion

Ok, I have to cite this bonus part from one of the finals packets as an example of a thing not to do: [10] This other American philosopher criticized Dennett’s instrumental realism in A Theory of Content. He outlined his theory of a segmented brain in The Modular Mind and also wrote Psychosemantics...
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History
Replies: 34
Views: 3907

Re: History

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:
Whig's Boson wrote:I'm wondering if any of the edits brought the questions over the stated hard-cap of six lines.
No.
To be clear, the six line cap indicated the length of tossups before the insertion of the power formatting (bold font). Some of the questions with the powers inserted do go on to a seventh line.
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes That Do Not See
Replies: 29
Views: 4331

Re: Eyes That Do Not See

I think your worry over realness is misguided and emblematic of a way that the Ryan v. Seth, Sorice, Jerry et. al debate of realness could be misinterpreted. Specifically, arguing that quizbowl should reward something called "real knowledge" doesn't mean that (1) you are never allowed to learn clue...
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2010 NAQT ICT in Chicago
Replies: 37
Views: 8796

Re: 2010 NAQT ICT in Chicago

When I try to register a B team for UMN, I get this message: You are not permitted to edit the registration data for this team. Only a coach, administrator, or club president from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities or the tournament host may do so. What am I supposed to do? Clearly you should be r...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year
Replies: 64
Views: 19541

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year

Whig's Boson wrote:Away.

I'm graduating from Harvard and not planning to get another degree. However, decent Earth Science players never die, they just ablate. I'm sure I'll stick around for at least a short time to write/edit stuff and play masters events.
Will you be practicing law?
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 5549

Re: General Discussion

Overall, I quite enjoyed this tournament. I really appreciate the inclusion of trash lit in this set, since it usually seems to get edged out by everything else. I'd be interested to see the distribution of social science. This may just be due to which packets we heard, but it seemed like econ was ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 5549

Re: General Discussion

Where was the powermark on the Offspring tossup? 8. This band notes that “free rides just don’t come along every day” in a song that was heavily inspired by the Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da." The subject of another song by this band “talks about closure and that validation bit," to which their sing...
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Midwest at Minnesota (02.13.2010)
Replies: 46
Views: 6976

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Midwest at Minnesota (02.13.2010)

Do you know if we have to sign up in order to get functionality from those projectors though? The Blegen projectors just require a computer to a VGA port, which I know most older laptops (and Gautam) have. Upon further investigation, it appears that we would have to pay to get the projector access ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Midwest at Minnesota (02.13.2010)
Replies: 46
Views: 6976

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Midwest at Minnesota (02.13.2010)

I could bring my CPS LED projector, especially since I want to play the evening visual arts tournament. Can you recommend a nearby hotel/motel not as overpriced as that Days Inn? I plan to play solo for UIC, but there remains plenty of room in my car for players along the I-94 and/or I-90 corridor....
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions
Replies: 55
Views: 5559

Re: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions

I think you are wrong. Is Charlie voicing a widespread opinion? Are there lots of players who, independently of what they think about pop culture in the NAQT distribution, think that mixing academic and non-academic material in the same question is an inherently bad idea for different reasons? What...
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25609

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

"When You Were Young" (and for that matter, "Read My Mind") is much, much, much more better known as a Killers song than "Somebody Told Me," This assertion, especially the parenthetical, is emphatically not true, your atypical knowledge notwithstanding. However, the point remains that "When You Wer...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25609

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

My remark had more to do with the third part of the bonus that included a quote from Cousin about his opinions on Abelard, which I don't think is particularly helpful, not his general inclusion in this set.

EDIT: tying
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions
Replies: 55
Views: 5559

Re: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions

I've sort of outlined my feelings in the other thread, but to summarize: 1. I think cross-disciplinary works if there are legitimate clues from various disciplines to begin with. There are a number of tossups (good ones) that could utilize a mix of, say, literary/historical/art clues. And that woul...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25609

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

I think the point here is more "why do cross-disciplinary questions need to go anywhere?" The Medusa tossup isn't really cross distributional though, it's just dumb. A history tossup on the Medusa is pretty much not answerable by someone who doesn't know about the painting. So you require some art ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT schedule discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 10976

Re: ICT schedule discussion

Ukonvasara wrote:Yeah, I would prefer an all-Saturday schedule; failing that, a Saturday-Sunday schedule would be okay.
I agree with this.
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25609

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

bt_green_warbler wrote:That was "miscellaneous," so I didn't edit it.
Perhaps we've already been through this somewhere else (and perhaps this deserves a separate thread), but what exactly is the miscellaneous category for? What purpose does it serve?
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: timer delenda est
Replies: 57
Views: 5302

Re: timer delenda est

Removing the clock would also (hopefully) allow some more room to put information in bonus parts (or, although I don't mind the shorter length, tossups). I hate clocks. They're stupid. What's the justification here? Aside from pure capriciousness and some compulsion to "move things along" (which, a...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.
Replies: 228
Views: 25609

Re: Welcome to the 2010 SCT discussion.

It was the same story with the El Dorado tossup in the same packet; I don't even understand why there's a tossup on El Dorado at all, but the gist of that question was "this is a thing Spaniards were looking for in the New World." Questions like that basically turn into games of chicken: is it goin...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PENN BOWL: Religion subdistribution
Replies: 8
Views: 1010

Re: Religion subdistribution

Asking about the religions that players are most likely to know about seems like a less-than-horrible thing for an easy tournament to do. Maybe this ought to be part of a larger discussion about religion questions, but I have to wonder how much of the kind of things that people know about religion ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Mirror at Northwestern held on 01/30/2010
Replies: 54
Views: 12937

Re: Penn Bowl Mirror at Northwestern held on 01/30/2010

This tournament happened. There were 16 teams and the prelims, divided into 2 brackets of 8. Chicago A and Illinois A cleared their respective brackets. The playoffs were split into a 5-5-6 configuration in order to deal with the constraint of non-blind packets. Chicago A cleared the field in the to...
by naturalistic phallacy
Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party
Replies: 76
Views: 20415

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:Do you know when Stanford's mirror is going to be?
I believe Stanford has said that they want to discuss this with West Coast teams and figure out the best date.
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International II/ Fake ACF (3/20/10)
Replies: 104
Views: 20868

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

This thread was accidentally (?) archived; I spoke to one of the admins and he moved it back to the Announcements forum. In case this confused any of you, let me just unequivocally state that this is still happening and many good teams have signed up to play in Cambridge. Could you post a field upd...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party
Replies: 76
Views: 20415

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party

Hey, hey, hey. We've received the first few packets and are eagerly awaiting some more! We are also still seeking mirrors in the following regions, so email Andy, Rob, and/or me to discuss: Florida Texas Pacific Northwest California (potentially both Northern and Southern mirrors depending on how th...
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2009 Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 9081

Re: Delta Burke 2009 Discussion

This is why tournament criticism discussions don't do a whole lot: getting hung up on one question. Man, I apologize for sparking this discussion. I merely meant to express my surprise as to the presence of such a bonus; it was not intended to convey any sort of value judgment. I would like to say ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2009 Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 9081

Re: Delta Burke 2009 Discussion

Cheynem wrote:I think the pope thing is made a little trickier by remembering the numbers. I always screw up which Pius is pope during WWII.
This is true, even with a Catholic education. I am more surprised that there was a bonus on Marian apparitions!
by naturalistic phallacy
Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?
Replies: 40
Views: 10007

Re: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?

Another notable quizbowl female is my esteemed teammate, B. Spencer. (There are, of course, many others) Whoops, I knew I was forgetting people. Sorry B. and anyone else I've left off. SEE THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW INVISIBLE US SUBALTERNS ARE TO YOU POWERFUL.... oh wait. Really, people, really? We...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RMPFest 2 Discussion Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 5756

Re: RMPFest 2 Discussion Thread

I didn't play but only playtested, but I enjoyed the Christian theology tossups, although FYI for those wanting to write these in the future, I really dislike clues involving "Some say that Biblical Book 29:3 is used to support this doctrine." I would have liked some more creative Biblical book tos...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (11/14/09) Illinois Open at UIUC
Replies: 50
Views: 6785

Re: (11/14/09) Illinois Open at UIUC

Chicago (9-1) and Minnesota (10-0) are playing an advantaged final in favor of the latter.
by naturalistic phallacy
Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Clues that reward understanding
Replies: 44
Views: 7286

Re: Clues that reward understanding

At some point it becomes hard to tell the difference between "knowing how" and "knowing that." Jerry, you are my hero. In all seriousness, this was the point that I was attempting to get across in the IRC discussion. It's often very difficult to make a clear distinction between a player who studies...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8172

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

Now, to comment on the set itself once more: I thought the Gilbert Ryle and Two Concepts of Liberty tossups, and the Reasons and Persons/Derek Parfit/Thomas Nagel, The Conscious Mind/David Chalmers/Rene Descartes, and The Refutation of Idealism/Principia Ethica/A Defense of Common Sense bonuses wer...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8172

Re: Minnesota Open 2009 Discussion

Just to note, there were a few things that were changed in the final proofreading of the set on Friday night, but the google docs should give a good idea of what the set was like.
by naturalistic phallacy
Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17
Replies: 112
Views: 36093

Re: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17

All of the questions are now written for this tournament. We are finalizing the packets right now.
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17
Replies: 112
Views: 36093

Re: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17

Hello all, Here's another reminder that this place is getting pretty cold, and that it would be advisable to bring in a good jacket, a pair of gloves, and a some warm object which covers the head. If it's going to be absolutely impossible for you bring some warm clothing with you, let me know. I ca...
by naturalistic phallacy
Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 19798

Re: EFT Discussion

Cheynem wrote:Yeah, I just want to point out that I have no objection to the "children" tossup. I will just say that I think common links should err on the side of maybe being redundantly specific in what they are looking for.
I feel that this is a good policy regardless of question type.
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament IV Midwest at Illinois (10/3/2009)
Replies: 32
Views: 4961

Re: Early Fall Tournament IV Midwest at Illinois (10/3/2009)

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:People on our team seem to enjoy dropping, so if you are looking for lodging, I want to talk to you about sharing our room at the Super 8 Rantoul since otherwise I am going to have let a proportionally large amount of my own money go down the drain.
Minnesota highly recommends this hotel.
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17
Replies: 112
Views: 36093

Re: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:Err so we can't start before 12 PM on Sunday?
The student union where we have rooms opens at noon on Sundays unless we choose to pay an exorbitant fee to open the building early. We could perhaps check into getting rooms in a different building on campus.
by naturalistic phallacy
Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography's role in the canon, round 398479386987
Replies: 147
Views: 31793

Re: geography's role in the canon, round 398479386987

Yeah, I like geography, but having it relate to travel/experience is a bit shaky in my opinion. Unlike actually reading a book or performing an experiment, there's nothing inherently "instructional" about going to a particular city or country. A good geography tossup should reward academic knowledg...
by naturalistic phallacy
Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography's role in the canon, round 398479386987
Replies: 147
Views: 31793

Re: geography's role in the canon, round 398479386987

Yeah, Religion is such a bastard category because a lot of the stuff you can write there can really be placed elsewhere. As Ryan suggested, church history stuff is generally placed in the History part of the distribution. Some religions and mythological systems get pretty mixed together in the dist...
by naturalistic phallacy
Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: geography's role in the canon, round 398479386987
Replies: 147
Views: 31793

Re: geography's role in the canon, round 398479386987

I'll probably have more on this later, but geography should go in the social science distribution because geography, as it is actually practiced at any level other than the US Geography Bee, is a social science. I don't know how you can look at what any academic study of geography entails and concl...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17
Replies: 112
Views: 36093

Re: Minnesota Open Weekend on 10/17

marnold wrote:Chicago will have four teams.
Team names intact. Yessss.