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by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)
Replies: 42
Views: 24876

Re: Global Announcement for ACF Fall 2009 (Weekend of 10/31)

Did anyone from the NYC area put in a bid for this?
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging interest University of Rochester FDIC 9/26/09
Replies: 29
Views: 4896

Re: Gauging interest University of Rochester FDIC 9/26/09

You know, quizbowl really, really does need to bring back the true JB tournament. An IS set is, for various reasons, suboptimal (comp-math-free IS sets this year do improve the situation somewhat). However, what other options does Rochester have? Someone should take the trouble to de-comp-math and o...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 55438

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

Surely there are some exceptions, but Quiz bowl teams that participate in the National Tournaments largely come from "wealthy schools" in wealthy communities. In conversations last year with other Georgia coaches, I heard that some schools asked students to contribute a portion of the travel expens...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT/NSC difficulty
Replies: 52
Views: 5640

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

It's probably close enough to make the comparison. Looking at percentage of total points possible converted isn't very useful because it's field-dependent. Bonus conversion isn't, so that's the thing to look at. Obviously we can't compare tossup difficulty then, but I can't come up with any way aro...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT/NSC difficulty
Replies: 52
Views: 5640

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

It would be cool to see someone compare conversion statistics among teams that went to both tournaments. Picking a team entirely at random: Brookwood at 2009 HSNCT : scored 26.7% of possible total points, converted 51.7% of their bonus points Brookwood at 2009 NSC : scored 38.2% of possible total p...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT/NSC difficulty
Replies: 52
Views: 5640

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

You're making the mistake that you believe the HSNCT is easier than the NSC. Here's a comparison of some data between HSNCT 2009 and NSC 2009. HSNCT NSC Bonus conversion 12.70 17.23 Percentage of tossups answered 73.2% 85.0% Percentage of possible points scored 36.3% 62.7% Not counting negs or boun...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl is a game that hates being a game?
Replies: 14
Views: 2235

Re: Quizbowl is a game that hates being a game?

Some people would like the game to be more like Scrabble, and some would like the game to be more like Chutes and Ladders. I highly endorse this post, except to say that even the worst of bad quizbowl involves infinitely more skill and knowledge than Chutes and Ladders. Monopoly would be a better c...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33847

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

I'm going to agree with Jerry and John that "longest minuet of its composer's symphonies" seems like a decent clue- looking at my notebooks, it appears I wrote it down as something to remember for the future, for what that's worth. Obviously, an exact timing would be useless (unless, say, you're giv...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 12626

Re: VCU Open discussion

In all seriousness, though, can someone post the text of the Ginsburg tossup? This author's "In Death Cannot Reach What Is Most Near" and "Birdbrain" were included in an Illuminated version of this man's work ,with illustrations by Eric Drooker. His words were printed on a background of railroad im...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 12626

Re: VCU Open discussion

I agree with Charlie. Operetta is no more musically/artistically insubstantial than a lot of the comic operas we ask about. As long as it's being counted as in the "other fine arts" distribution rather than the classical music distribution, I don't see a problem with operetta or even more Broadway ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 12626

Re: VCU Open discussion

Re: "operettas of Sousa": what we have here is this year's Ragged Dick , and anyone who knows my biases could easily guess I disliked it. I mean, if you think that Sousa's operettas are sufficiently famous/notable/academic to be asked about, then the question wasn't bad. But is seems to me that oper...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 12626

Re: VCU Open discussion

Any tournament that asks about Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie is a winner in my book. ETA: Questions you can blame me for (answer lines by Matt)- tossups on Ginsberg, Nagel, Miro, Pareto and Butler; bonuses on Dinesen etc., Sozaboy etc., Allport/Milgram/forgetting, Festinger etc., Ban On Love/W...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Distribution of Brookwood Invitational Scholars Bowl
Replies: 35
Views: 3734

Re: Brookwood Invitational Scholars Bowl November 21, 2009

I don't specifically remember whether "social studies" was ever considered a category for quizbowl purposes in NJ circa 2000, but I do remember taking "social studies" classes from 1st through 8th grade. These tended to be a mix of American history, basic civics, geography, and very occasionally som...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Distribution
Replies: 19
Views: 2267

Re: Distribution

Opera + ballet = architecture + sculpture seems about right to me. Opera = 3 x ballet and architecture = sculpture also seems about right. Jazz and other musical arts should be roughly on par with the photography and other visual arts, in an ideal world. I think Rob's distribution is spot on. The p...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Distribution
Replies: 19
Views: 2267

Re: Distribution

Out of curiosity, why aren't you weighting arts and RMP exactly equally (10-10)? Well, if it's just the myth part of RMP, but all arts, then "shouldn't" it be 15 arts and 5 myth, to uphold the Perfect Distributional Ratio between the subjects?* *the Perfect Distributional Ratio does not exist.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Distribution
Replies: 19
Views: 2267

Re: Distribution

Ukonvasara wrote: 3 music
1.5 opera
.5 ballet
.5 other
That's a lot of opera, and no jazz.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20873

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

Stats are availabve at http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org=MAQT&id=3&page=standings . They still lack the Weiner-Magin games (Magin's team won in the prelims, Weiner's team in the playoffs). The first Magin-Weiner game: Weiner 190, Magin 165. Individual stats: Magin: 5 TU, 2 negs Chris W: 3/0 Jo...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8
Replies: 114
Views: 32117

Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

For the last two, I need to know if "I can write some questions" means the team in general will be taking advantage of the full packet-submission deal. Unless I was misinformed, Fred Morlan is our fourth. To repeat my earlier question, are you accepting partial packets? I can write 6/6 (maybe a lit...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: What should Chicago Open be?
Replies: 16
Views: 2363

Re: What should Chicago Open be?

For what it's worth, even I think Henry Cowell is way too "out there" to be a good tossup choice at anything other than some sort of ubervanity 20th-century-music novelty tournament of my dreams. He's a nationals-and-up hard bonus part, and (right now) that's it.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33847

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

I think this thread needs a little bit of a reality check. I'm troubled when I see people advocating transcribing full passages or themes. There comes a point when people are trying to push quizbowl music questions to be too "real." I've only seen one person ever answer a music tossup on a pure mus...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8
Replies: 114
Views: 32117

Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

A few things: Dwight Wynne and Aaron Cohen will be covering most of the science for this tournament. Some physics assistance could still be quite useful, so holler at Dwight if you want to write that. I will give you a $40 discount if you write a complete packet for use during your team's bye round...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33847

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

stuff This probably sounds really nitpicky, but I would've liked to see the bit about the Tristan chord not just rattle off notes, but actually talk a little about what the Tristan chord is - namely, a half-diminished seventh chord (in inversion), which then gets used in all sorts of funky and ambi...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33847

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

One in six quizbowlers has multiple personality disorder. Or, perhaps, one in six quizbowlers has multiple versions of the same work. Is there any objection to including occasional jazz clues in such questions? Personally, I'd actively welcome such questions. Note that they'd also fit quite well in...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33847

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

I think a lot of non-musicians paying attention to this thread, such as myself, would appreciate some guidance as to how we can make our music questions good, whether that comes from Andrew or Charlie or anyone else. Right now I just outsource these questions to Aaron, but someday I may have to wri...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22058

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

Andy, this is all very reasonable, but I think your 2nd paragraph exemplifies the problem that I'm having...what if say Hannah didn't know about this message board, and Charlie posts his anti-Ginastera post. Then maybe a third person posts a 2nd anti-Ginastera post. It now becomes "common knowledge...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 8725

Re: CO Lit Discussion

cornfused wrote:Also, great answer selection of a great poem.
Thank Matt for that, he told me what to write on.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22058

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:
Verhoeven's Giant Tree Rat wrote:By Argentinian dude, you mean Ginastera? Ginastera is awesome and should totally be coming up at a hard tournament like this.
But Matt Lafer observes that, unlike Charlie and Hannah, you're not a Trusted Undergraduate (tm). How may we process this advice my cpu is broken
And I never will be!
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 8725

Re: CO Lit Discussion

"Diving Into The Wreck". Could you post the text of the question? I frauded this one (HAY LOOK SUNKEN SHIP) for power, so I think some clues might be too early. Here was the initial question; no idea if/how it was edited, or where the powermark went: Claire Keyes notes that this poem uses the prono...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 8725

Re: CO Lit Discussion

New Historicism I am excited to read this set whenever it gets posted. BTW, assuming they actually made it in, I contributed the following questions: Philip Larkin, Joseph Brodsky, "Diving Into The Wreck". (Sorry, Matt, for not being able to write any more!) Comments and critiques are appreciated.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22058

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

I hadn't heard of Ginastera before this weekend, but that doesn't say much; my knowledge of the "real" classical world is not absolute. Unlike Jerry and physics I can't point you to a textbook, because the classical music canon is not as well-delineated as the sciences, especially when it comes to ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22058

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

I think we tend to defer to Charlie and Hannah (and Aaron, too) because they're excellent insights into that real world. If you were objecting to deferring to talented pure quizbowler x, who holds the record for most leadin buzzes on music tossups per tournament, then yeah, that would be a problem....
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8
Replies: 114
Views: 32117

Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

I'll gladly chip in, but don't expect much in terms of science from me. (Maybe I could pull off a stray earthsci or subatomic particle question, but even those areas are nearly guaranteed to suck.)
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33847

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

I want to caution people against casting music in analogy to science, which some people in this thread seem to be attempting. Science requires a certain specialized vocabulary to even get off the ground; even the most basic concepts in science don't really make a lot of sense without that vocabular...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22058

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

Hm, a tossup on Henry Cowell is too much, but at this level I wouldn't have a problem with him being a middle bonus part. He's exactly the sort of obscure but nonetheless-important kind of person whom extra-hard tournaments like CO should bring up. Chris, he is not a "middle bonus part," and I thin...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22058

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

Some of the modern music answer selections I also had problems with - Henry Cowell in particular was crazy, because I've never seen him performed in concert, and as far as I've ever known, the one thing he's really notable for is creating the prepared piano, which would never have become anything i...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 22058

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

Wow, Charlie's right. I didn't really notice this at the time, but looking at the answer selections, that's ridiculous. A few other specific music complaints: One thing I do remember is that I had a huge, huge problem with the high Sibelius distribution. I think he or his works came up in three sep...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33847

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

The last, sort of weird, thing that struck me is that there seems to be preference given to titled and nicknamed works over works that only have a number, key, and opus, maybe because there is an idea that a nickname makes them easier to remember. This may seem a bit of an odd claim, but I find no ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trash Packets Online
Replies: 25
Views: 3508

Re: Trash Packets Online

Wow, you actually spent so much time "practicing" trash that you ran out of packets? There are actually very few trash packets freely available in the online archives; especially if you limit yourselves to the only 4-5 trash tournaments ever which have any conception of modern standards. You may re...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8
Replies: 114
Views: 32117

Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Two questions:

1. Can we get an updated field for this?
2. Is there, by any chance, a caravan coming from the north which I might be able to hitch a ride with?
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 69500

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. What, praytell, is this "international flavor?" I was under the impression that, at least in the SCT, NAQT always threw in a couple extra questions on ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: S-value revision
Replies: 65
Views: 15826

Re: S-value revision

Andrew's framework is generally good; I imagine NAQT will end up including win percentage, and I'm personally a fan of including powers in the system. A few ideas: 1. PPTH is probably a better metric than PPG, due to the fact that a team's PPG can be screwed over by slow moderators in a timed system...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8
Replies: 114
Views: 32117

Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Jerry and I are playing this together and are probably looking for some teammates! This might be a convenient time to mention that Guy Tabatchinck and I are playing this together, and are also (as far as I know) looking for two more teammates. I'd be willing to play if you'll have me. I can't promi...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8531

Re: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion

Another reason to put opera in "other arts" is that 1/1 non-opera music and 1 question on "other music" (almost always opera or jazz) ensures that opera gets a place at the table, but doesn't swamp all the other forms of classical music, as it occasionally used to do back in the day. The current dis...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8
Replies: 114
Views: 32117

Re: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8

Ukonvasara wrote:Jerry and I are playing this together and are probably looking for some teammates!
This might be a convenient time to mention that Guy Tabatchinck and I are playing this together, and are also (as far as I know) looking for two more teammates.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8531

Re: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion

Well, a typical ACF distribution has 1/1 classical music per round, and in addition includes opera separately as "other arts", sharing space with jazz and other such things. (There are several reasons for this, most of which boil down to the fact that opera questions play very differently than othe...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8531

Re: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion

I love seeing Terry Riley come up, because he is awesome and has accordingly awesome facial hair, but the tossup on him was a whole bunch of indistinguishable and obscure minimalist composer description followed by OH AND HE WROTE 'IN C!!' Riley is obscure enough that you don't need to obscure him ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available
Replies: 150
Views: 24402

Re: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available

That was a pretty hard bonus. It could have been made easier by asking for "The Pillow Book" instead of its author, I guess. Also, there could have been some interesting clues for the first two parts, which basically just list works. This probably is a little off topic here, but I also think that i...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8531

Re: Sun 'n' Fun 2009 Discussion

This tournament certainly had some enjoyable moments, including tossups on exciting subjects like Robert Christgau, Bob Dylan goes electric, Snowball Earth, and William Whyte. On the other hand, in the ten-and-a-half rounds I played (I had to leave early), there were a grand total of three classical...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20873

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

I've walked to the UMD campus from the Metro for a couple of tournaments, and really it's no big deal. Especially since we're apparently in the Armory this time.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20873

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

BuzzerZen wrote:I vaguely still intend to come, despite presently having zero teammates. I am going to attempt to rustle some up, however.
Are you still without any teammates? Mehdi just bowed out, so we've got an opening.