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by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33288

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

My own sense is that the "Turangalia" Symphony and similar things whose frequency of appearance in the game are largely out of proportion to their gravity in the academy, or even popularity among consumers, are almost certainly destined to join what Ryan Westbrook calls the shadow canon (of things ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33288

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

PS: The contents of a recently recovered box of pre-2000 quizbowl material from a closet in a storage area above one of my family's bars reminds me to caution you all against making statements like "The Turangalila Symphony will likely always be [easy]." My own sense is that the "Turangalia" Sympho...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33288

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

I agree that part of the problem is in fact the technical writing problems, which I even addressed by saying I would have much more respect for someone willing to spend the time trying to write on these important works even if their end result is a bad tossup just because they tried something both ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Music Questions for Music Players
Replies: 122
Views: 33288

Re: Writing Music Questions for Music Players

stuff As much as I do genuinely love John Adams, I agree that the kinds of works you mentioned are are super-important and need to come up more. That being said, I disagree that the drive for novelty is the issue here. I think that the main problem is actually the fact that it's actually really har...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20236

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

jonpin wrote:
Theory Of The Leisure Flask wrote:Magin, Mehdi and I are planning on playing this together. There's still one spot open, if anyone's interested.
Could I take that spot? I promise I won't have a negative score.

guarantee void in maryland and virginia
Sure, welcome aboard!
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF distribution
Replies: 200
Views: 28183

Re: ACF distribution

I'd rather have an important game decided on a Leonard Cohen question than a Joyce Kilmer question; Cohen is the better poet, after all. This is admittedly an extreme example, and not applicable for most trash subjects. But I hope it illustrates my continuing unease with the position that the popula...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20236

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

Magin, Mehdi and I are planning on playing this together. There's still one spot open, if anyone's interested.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing science questions for science players
Replies: 56
Views: 12744

Re: Writing science questions for science players

I've thought for a while that earth science as a whole is underrepresented in quizbowl. I think geophysics should get slightly less coverage than traditional geology, with oceanic and atmospheric sciences each getting less than geophysics (but not zilch) Earth science is a genuinely important field...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun X Mirror (7/11/09) at Maryland
Replies: 102
Views: 20236

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

Lapego1 wrote:
Coral Gardens and Their Magin wrote:I am also looking for a team for this. I know some stuff.
There's a decent chance I'd be coming to this now with Chris White if you're interested.
Sounds good to me!
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9
Replies: 67
Views: 17833

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Cheynem wrote:I'm planning on playing this with at least Guy and perhaps Evan--anyone interested in joining this configuration is welcome to get in touch.
Looks like I'll be the fourth (third?) on this team.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 13430

Re: 2009 NTAE

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know who was on the NJ and PA teams? Were they single schools, or all-star groups?
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open II at VCU - Saturday, August 8
Replies: 114
Views: 31480

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

I should be coming to this; I'd love some teammates.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9
Replies: 67
Views: 17833

Re: CaTO/TaCO at VCU August 9

Put me down as a free agent. (Note: If I end up driving to Richmond that weekend instead of getting a ride, I will have to leave relatively early, no later than 5 or 6. If I do Amtrak, then I'm probably only in for the morning rounds, if I remember their schedule.)
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 12004

Re: Missouri Open discussion

Chris and Chris, I think this runners thing is really a generational issue. I pay almost no attention to track and field in general and distance running in particular; being 100 lbs overweight, it's obvious that the fitness movement passed me by completely. But I'm also old enough to remember the d...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The John Adams Rule
Replies: 41
Views: 6342

Re: The John Adams Rule

Question about rule G19- do questions on the elder Bush normally require more identifying information than "George Bush" (i.e. Bush the Elder, Bush 41, George *Herbert* Walker Bush)? If not, then I don't see how prompting on "George Bush" isn't an asymmetrical situation where the moderator is essen...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The John Adams Rule
Replies: 41
Views: 6342

Re: The John Adams Rule

This is somewhat off-topic, but: What is the rationale behind requiring only a first initial to disambiguate people with the same last name? Let's say there's a tossup that goes "blah blah blah, FTP, name this politician and insurance broker whose brother is the Mayor of Chicago." My answer of "Dal...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11306

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

Hey, here's the current tournament update: We'll be starting registration at 8:30 in Jimenez 0105, with rounds hopefully starting by 9:15. Here's the current field: Evan/Mehdi/George/Will Eric/Ted/Dallas Rutgers Jonathan Magin, or The Power of Music Two teams composed of the free agents and Marylan...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake Trashionals at Maryland (6/7/09)
Replies: 31
Views: 5699

Re: Fake Trashionals at Maryland (6/7/09)

Here is the current tournament info: We will start registration at 8:30 in Jimenez 0105. Hopefully rounds will get going by 9:15. The current field is: Penn + Jonathan Graham Wilson HS and Co x2 UMD House 1-2 Howard Silver Screen People VCUish Tim/Dan/Tricia and friend Free Agents: Chris White (may...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue May 26, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 4 at Brown (Saturday, October 3)
Replies: 97
Views: 23865

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 4 at Brown (Saturday, October 3)

ihavenoidea wrote:
JelloBiafra wrote:"Symphonies of Phillip Glass."

Paging Andrew Hart...
Dammit, I was vaguely planning to write that question at some point (complete with the necessary David Bowie clue, of course). Now my grand plans are ruined. Ruined!

That's alright, his string quartets are better anyway.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon May 25, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake Trashionals at Maryland (6/7/09)
Replies: 31
Views: 5699

Re: Fake Trashionals at Maryland (6/7/09)

It's 50/50 at best I'll be able to make this; I'm sure the rest of the Penn team will be down regardless.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon May 25, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11306

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

Hey, I've had some family issues come up, and likely won't be able to write any questions for this (and quite possibly won't be able to come down even if it was possible to play without writing). You can probably count me out, though if it's possible to pay a penalty and play anyway, then I'd still ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed May 20, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trash Comes to Illinois
Replies: 24
Views: 2408

Re: Trash Comes to Illinois

FredMorlan wrote:Ignoring the whole "trash for high schoolers thing" (you should really pair this with an academic event), 4/4 split between TV and movies? That's way too much, and I'm someone who shrunk the distro to 3/3 each.
I think they mean 4/4 movies and TV combined, not 4/4 each.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue May 19, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11306

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

So, what's the story with packets and such? Assuming that a) more packets are needed, and b) it might be possible to perhaps submit things beyond the May 24th deadline, I'd be interested in teaming up with some other free agents to cobble something together. I'd be good for up to 7/7 by the 24th, o...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue May 19, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11306

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

So, what's the story with packets and such? Assuming that a) more packets are needed, and b) it might be possible to perhaps submit things beyond the May 24th deadline, I'd be interested in teaming up with some other free agents to cobble something together. I'd be good for up to 7/7 by the 24th, or...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun May 10, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11306

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

--Edit: I should have posted this in the Missouri Open mirror thread, not this one. Mods, could you move it there, please? Your wish is my command. I have emailed Charlie about my concerns that there are at least 5 teams (6 if you count Jonathan) who want to attend this event, but aren't because th...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun May 10, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror @ UC Berkeley (5/9/09)
Replies: 25
Views: 3686

Re: Penn Bowl Trash Mirror @ UC Berkeley (5/9/09)

So, these Penn questions were not so great, in addition to being a bit dated. I'm not sure why people thought these rather perfunctory questions were just fine, but they could have used some work. I don't think anyone's ever called PB Trash a great set. Most of it was written by rookie question wri...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat May 09, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bringing Laptop to Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2324

Re: Bringing Laptop to Tournaments

I'm pretty sure there was also a laptop stolen at the MIT mirror of Minnesota Open.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu May 07, 2009 11:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science in Sun 'n' Fun
Replies: 2
Views: 710

Re: Science in Sun 'n' Fun

Lit crit! Urban studies!

THIS IS THE BEST TOURNAMENT EVER
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon May 04, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Different kinds of geography clues
Replies: 9
Views: 1839

Re: Different kinds of geography clues

A quote from one of my classmates, just five seconds ago:

"If I had to back to school, I'd totally study geography. You get to learn everything!"
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun May 03, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: R Hentzel Chat Transcript 4.21.09
Replies: 19
Views: 3730

Re: R Hentzel Chat Transcript 4.21.09

What is Klepsydra, anyway? It didn't look like it was ever actually explained.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun May 03, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009
Replies: 44
Views: 10958

Re: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009

Yeah, I'm definitely playing this (at Maryland). Not sure yet if I'll try to build a team; for now I guess I'm a free agent.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun May 03, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 11306

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

Well, guess I'm a free agent for this. If you've got an open spot and don't need me to write science questions, piiiiick meeeeee. (I'll gladly write anything except science and myth.)
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat May 02, 2009 6:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF distribution
Replies: 200
Views: 28183

Re: ACF distribution

The problem with trash tossups that feature academic content is that no one will know those clues and you'll still be reduced to answering tossups on the Beatles from music clues. I don't see how that's any less legitimate than answering questions on folks such as Weather Report or Glenn Miller fro...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat May 02, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF distribution
Replies: 200
Views: 28183

Re: ACF distribution

If there's stuff that currently gets classified as popular music in trash and is truly artistically-and-culturally influential and gets two thumbs up from real classical music scholars across the land, perhaps it could make it into an "all academic" distribution through "other fine arts." Well, wha...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat May 02, 2009 12:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF distribution
Replies: 200
Views: 28183

Re: ACF distribution

I would assume that if trash were eliminated, a little more leeway for critically important musicians (Bob Dylan) and films (Network) would be allowed in the Other Arts distribution. You could probably also fight for, especially in a bonus part, some cross-distributional thing that let in some tele...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Fri May 01, 2009 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF distribution
Replies: 200
Views: 28183

Re: ACF distribution

5/5 big three 3/3 fine arts 3/3 RMP 2/2 Social Science 2/2 Geography, Trash, or Your Choice (no more than 1/1 on any of those things) I think Ryan is on the right track with striking some compromise between absolute 1/1 requirement for geography and effective elimination from the canon (which, let'...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF distribution
Replies: 200
Views: 28183

Re: ACF distribution

Thoughts on geography: I agree with most of what's been said so far, on both sides. Pure atlas questions are boring and bad, however, I do actually enjoy hearing the occasional atlas clue as part of, say, a history, CE, or SS question where the context makes it useful and interesting. It should come...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Buzzerfest poli sci, etc., discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: 2009-2010 Academic Tournaments

I feel like Economics is the most quizbowl-important social science, so I gave it a hefty part of the social science. I feel that psychology is more known than the other four categories, so I tried to give it a couple extra questions. I intended 2/2 Political science and 3/3 Psych, but when I neede...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 22826

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Also, I don't know if it matters to anyone, but I am a urban studies major, and a geography minor. I have taken 4 geography classes, and five urban studies classes. Urban Studies can be best described as a subdivision of the geography department at Minnesota. One thing I have noticed is that not mu...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009-2010 Academic Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 7294

Re: 2009-2010 Academic Tournaments

What's THUNDER?

Also, I imagine MUT is probably happening again.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Class of 09, Where Will You Be Playing Next Year
Replies: 79
Views: 17349

Re: Class of 09, Where Will You Be Playing Next Year

The Laughing Man wrote:I'm going to Swarthmore and will probably play quizbowl.
Woohoo!
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)
Replies: 85
Views: 42979

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)

myamphigory wrote:disastrous in non-quizbowl ways
Dare I ask what you mean by that?
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3667

Re: TRASHionals discussion

FredMorlan wrote:Any word on stats?
I'm sure it'll be taken care of soon after the Penn team gets back from ACF Nats; they have the scoresheets and, from what I've heard, need to send them to the TRASH folks.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3667

Re: TRASHionals discussion

Yea, my deepest apologies for basically having the month from hell and depriving TRASHionals of another good moderator by not being there.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 8814

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

This composer twice submitted the aria “Salve en el mar” to religious authorities to ensure it was not heretical, and that aria was used in his “ scenic cantata” depicting Columbus as the “bearer of Christ.” He wrote his Harpsichord Concerto for Wanda Landowska is still an effing hose for Francois ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 8814

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

Or do I just need to get more creative with answer choices? Back in the day (circa 2002-2004, during my undergrad career) the CS canon used to regularly include questions on specific programming languages; these appear to have been mostly shunned in modern quizbowl as not "real CS". However, one of...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 8814

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

The only tournaments to really suffer in this manner were FICHTE, VCU Open, and Regionals to some degree (and even then the only thing needed was randomization). While that may make your feat "increasingly rare", there are still plenty of tournaments done on time (Fall, Winter, EFT, Parfait, Cardin...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HS tournament at RPI
Replies: 5
Views: 874

Re: HS tournament at RPI

If I remember, there was a small TV-based set of teams between Rochester and Albany. I don't remember how good they were, but it was difficult in the pre-Web 2.0 days to get any interest (to Cleveland). That said, I don't know if there was any success at Cornell or any central NY programs on this. ...
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)
Replies: 85
Views: 42979

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)

Turns out I have two final exams on the 27th. Ergo, I will not be at ACF Nats, and Penn's team will be D2-eligible.
by Theory Of The Leisure Flask
Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Road to NAC 2009
Replies: 35
Views: 4912

Re: The Road to NAC 2009

Just out of curiosity, is BRITE still being run after school over the course of several weeks, using the Jeopardy-board format?