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by lasercats
Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 16677

Re: ACF Fall discussion (don't read, players at U Wash. site)

Thanks for including a question about Ives! I blanked on it, but it's nice to see an American composer who is not Gershwin etc. included in a question. It's cool that you seemed to really enjoy your first go at an ACF tournament. Indeed, Ives comes up a whole lot in college quizbowl, as do lots of ...
by lasercats
Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 16677

Re: ACF Fall discussion (don't read, players at U Wash. site)

Greg, I am sorry if the Die Fledermaus question confused you. In my experience, non-Gilbert and Sullivan operettas are alternatively referred to as operas. In the performances I've attended of Die Fledermaus and Gianni Schicchi both were referred to as operas in the programs. In the opera reference...
by lasercats
Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 16677

Re: ACF Fall discussion (don't read, players at U Wash. site)

This was my first ACF tournament (and college tournament in general), and I had a great time. Everything went smoothly and the packets were very good. Thanks!
by lasercats
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Oklahoma Academic Bowl contract
Replies: 9
Views: 2142

Re: Oklahoma Academic Bowl contract

Using fewer tossups would require the removal of gardening from social science. Imagine! Anyway, now that we know that we're probably not going to get sued for discussing it, who's the typical question provider and what do they bid? I'm pretty sure it has been some guy from Arkansas (not sure of hi...
by lasercats
Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SNL skit
Replies: 20
Views: 4152

Re: SNL skit

Silly Mrs. Jasper…forgot that "appeals regarding answers to questions may only be lodged immediately following the quarter in which the question was read" . and she would have been rudely told that she had lost her privileges to protest at the right time. I got really excited when the sketch starte...
by lasercats
Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Time Should Tournaments End?
Replies: 25
Views: 3028

Re: What Time Should Tournaments End?

It's always nice to have a tournament finish and leave the team enough time to paint the town red.
by lasercats
Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Language rules
Replies: 29
Views: 4252

Re: Language rules

I would most likely ask for a prompt unless it's a cognate. It would be fine for me because I speak French, but I could see it being difficult if a player answered in Spanish, Chinese, etc. As long as you fill the moderator and the coach of the other team in on his situation I don't think it would b...
by lasercats
Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Answer Selection
Replies: 13
Views: 2030

Re: Answer Selection

Thanks again. I just heard numbers and immediately related the two.
by lasercats
Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Study Sources...
Replies: 23
Views: 4828

Re: Science Study Sources...

I wasn't aware that lightning rounds were so uncommon. I was just trying to recall as much science-based stuff from high school as I could. Sorry about that. I just found a site from an AP Bio teacher that provides many powerpoints on each topic: cells, genetics, evolution etc. I'm not sure about th...
by lasercats
Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Answer Selection
Replies: 13
Views: 2030

Re: Answer Selection

Ok thanks. I remember hearing on the QB podcast something about "that was only a 2 difficulty" or something along those lines. That's why I assumed that. Thanks for the clarification!
by lasercats
Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Study Sources...
Replies: 23
Views: 4828

Re: Science Study Sources...

For chemistry, I would reccommend memorizing the periodoic table. I remember many questions having to do with "name this element next to Uranium" or "name this Alkali Earth Metal, whose atomic number is...". I don't know if your high plays any tournaments with 6-second rounds, but if so, those cate...
by lasercats
Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Science Study Sources...
Replies: 23
Views: 4828

Re: Science Study Sources...

For chemistry, I would reccommend memorizing the periodoic table. I remember many questions having to do with "name this element next to Uranium" or "name this Alkali Earth Metal, whose atomic number is...". I don't know if your high plays any tournaments with 6-second rounds, but if so, those categ...
by lasercats
Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Answer Selection
Replies: 13
Views: 2030

Re: Answer Selection

6/6 relates to difficulty, right? Are there guidelines somewhere that regulate difficulty ratings, or is it relative?
by lasercats
Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Answer Selection
Replies: 13
Views: 2030

Re: Answer Selection

Thanks for starting this thread. I was just about to start a thread about how to begin writing questions. You've given me some great starting points.

Does one typically begin by writing an entire packet, or stand-alone questions?
by lasercats
Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 13073

Re: Next Year

Minnesota Probably the best returning team from Minnesota will be Chaska, which returns Sam Peterson. He seems dedicated to good quizbowl and improving at good quizbowl. The other teams ARE A MYSTERY Agreed. I moderated several of their games and was impressed with his gameplay. If they can dig up ...
by lasercats
Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Does this sound Legit?
Replies: 6
Views: 1278

Re: Does this sound Legit?

In my experience, the answer to "Does this sound Legit?" is almost always "No". Usually this involves someone asking me about an "email they got", but websites work the same way. That said, see: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/197/ripoff0197249.htm, among others. Before I give anyone money, I...
by lasercats
Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Colony Collapse Disorder Awareness
Replies: 12
Views: 2001

Re: Colony Collapse Disorder Awareness

Ukonvasara wrote:
lasercats wrote:
Deesy Does It wrote:Maggie, do you know what BEEEEEEES! is?
as in, the (awful site) meme?
No, the quizbowl meme.

In that case, no. I thought it was this.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/ ... s/bees.jpg
by lasercats
Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Colony Collapse Disorder Awareness
Replies: 12
Views: 2001

Re: Colony Collapse Disorder Awareness

Deesy Does It wrote:Maggie, do you know what BEEEEEEES! is?
as in, the (awful site) meme?
by lasercats
Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Does this sound Legit?
Replies: 6
Views: 1278

Re: Does this sound Legit?

I'm aware....I was asking if anyone does this or has heard if it's a ripoff. excuse me for asking.
by lasercats
Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Does this sound Legit?
Replies: 6
Views: 1278

Does this sound Legit?

http://www.triviabox.com/Home.Aspx
The way the money works is that you deposit money into an account on their site (which they don't touch), and you use that for wagers, and your winnings are added to that account.

Does anyone here do this, and if so, is it legit?
by lasercats
Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Colony Collapse Disorder Awareness
Replies: 12
Views: 2001

Re: Colony Collapse Disorder Awareness

For serious. I love me some honey!
by lasercats
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Voting for MotW: 6/30-7/6
Replies: 7
Views: 1165

Re: Voting for MotW: 6/30-7/6

Darjeeling Limited! It's next in my Netflix Queue so I should get it Thursday anyway.
I loves me some Wes Anderson.
by lasercats
Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ITT Your Favorite (Or Funniest) Movie Death
Replies: 21
Views: 2629

Re: ITT Your Favorite (Or Funniest) Movie Death

The film death that garners the most tears from me is definitely Satine's death in Moulin Rouge.
by lasercats
Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ITT Your Favorite (Or Funniest) Movie Death
Replies: 21
Views: 2629

Re: ITT Your Favorite (Or Funniest) Move Death

If we want to go old school, I would say Lost Horizon is way up there. (I can't find it on youtube. It's from 1937) As far as funny goes, probably the guy that falls off the top of the Titanic and hits the giant propeller. Watching that in slow motion, several times in a row was a staple at my 5th-g...
by lasercats
Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11968

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

For the record, my Dinosaur Comics question, first clue selected by Matt Weiner: According to the main character, farmers call horses "nature's dominoes." Minor, mostly unseen, characters include Mr. Tusks, the vice-mayor of Tiny Towne, Batman's floating head, and some very creepy raccoons and ceph...
by lasercats
Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Thanks Stephen. I know who Eric is from one NAQT tournament a couple of years ago. I will shoot him an email.
by lasercats
Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stupid educators thread
Replies: 71
Views: 8852

Re: Stupid educators thread

Apparently my high school just made some rule that guys' t shirts have to be tucked in, to prevent thuggetry. Apparently shirt tails make all the difference. I had a middle school English/Geography/whatever teacher who introduced herself to our parents on Back-to-school night and said "What a differ...
by lasercats
Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

waaaaaaah i'm taking my ball and going home, the mean quizbowl people won't take my pretend tournament seriously There's a Mr. Beall on line five. He will need your social security number to make the first deposit in your account, may I give it to him now, or wait until the end of the year. Matt, y...
by lasercats
Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

I suppose I will retract my statement against Mr. Wilmington Don't blame yourself; you raised him right. despite his post earlier in this thread Which said roughly "I guess there's a fine line between angry and rude, but I was justified in being angry." How inflammatory! I shouldn't have made that ...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to offer me aid and support. I suppose I will retract my statement against Mr. Wilmington, despite his post earlier in this thread. I exaggerated a bit, as I often do when people are killing my spirits on the internet. I shouldn't have made that post, j...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Until I attend an NAQT or PACE tournament I will not be able to do this. Even at that time, I anticipate liking them better than NAC. I have found significant problems with NAC since my job behind the scenes, and think that if Chip would delegate things to other people and loosen his control over t...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Once again Maggie, I encourage you to logically defend the tournament NAC runs against those done by NAQT and PACE as being a better national, or even just a good national. I have never seen such an argument presented and would love to hear one from its supporter so I can edify myself on their beli...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

I believe much of the apparent frustration here is that we would love to see Booker T. Washington come to some better tournaments. I would love to see them play. I'm sure they would perform quite well and would do you proud. I hate to say it, but winning NAC simply carries very little prestige any ...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

I guess I need to clarify even more things about myself, mostly for my dear friend Matt: *QU is not nor will it ever be "my tournament". I did not create it, do not write the questions, did not make up the rules, and do not agree with it 100%. *Because I happened to work for them this year does not ...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Also, perhaps you can explain to us what Bill Tressler did to you, so that we can understand why a man we find perfectly affable--and I'm saying this even though my junior year he lodged a ridiculous protest, but one I can't begrudge anyone considering that it could have been a 90-point swing and w...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Every statement I make is completely misconstrued. I'm done. You won, I hope you're happy.
For all your efforts, the flag:
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by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

I wasn't saying that they were a one-player team. I was saying that there was a discernable difference between their games against one-player teams like Chaska and specialized (for lack of a better term) teams like Booker T., or even your team. I think your boys got too intimidated (which may be pa...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Matt Weiner wrote: Oh, I see the problem here: You are unintelligent and dishonest.
Oh! That must be it.
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Maggie, I do not know what to say to your comments about Charter. If you take the time to really examine their extensive statistics from the course of the year, I am sure that you will change your opinion. Henry is a phenomenal player, but, having witnessed most of their games, there were not a one...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Southside_amit wrote:me too.

are you saying you didn't "deserve" the win?
sarcasm...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Yes, I'm still reading. To answer your question, I felt INCREDIBLY guilty giving my alma mater the trophy. They went into that game cold and still beat Wilmington, who only scored those 400s and up because the other teams gave up after the bonus round. I'm not belittling the Wilmington team, who is...
by lasercats
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Are Maggie or Brick reading this? Can I ask you whether you felt at all guilty awarding the "national championship" trophy to Booker T. Washington? You guys do know that they are clearly not even one of the best 30 teams in the country, right? Aside from the general moral quandary of being involved...
by lasercats
Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

I have been very impressed so far with both Seton Hall and Chaska. Good luck to both!
by lasercats
Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: NAC Schedules

I'm heading to the airport late tonight. If anyone from the board is going to Chicago, please introduce yourself to me!
by lasercats
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Larissa Kelly Cleans Up on Jeopardy!
Replies: 10
Views: 5451

Re: Larissa Kelly Cleans Up on Jeopardy!

I really liked Larissa. She seemed completely humble while maintaining an astounding bank of knowledge. The only thing I can think of as an offering of congratulations comes from the Spice Girls- "Girl Power!"
by lasercats
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: NAC Schedules

Ben Dillon wrote:Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer? :grin:
Yes indeedy! I've been looking for an avatar for a while, and this just popped into my head.
"Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury; I'm a caveman. I was discovered and thawed out by your scientists. You world frightens and confuses me!" lol.
by lasercats
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: NAC Schedules

Chip didn't see a problem with it-I suppose he trusted my integrity more than I do. It's not that I didn't think I would have been able to judge fairly either by favoring my team or being too lenient on the other, I was just worried that someone would protest an entire match or something because of ...
by lasercats
Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: NAC Schedules

*She is clearly a great example of the biased moderating corps that makes the NAC a joke as a competition, posting on this board to boast about "her" team winning a tournament she was involved in running This baffles me. I am 19 years old, and graduated from Booker T Washington High School one year...
by lasercats
Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: NAC Schedules

EDIT: I've tried to edit this and fix the quotes several times now, but I'm having little luck. If someone could help me with that I would appreciate it. At the end of Dr. Chucks (ILOVEREESES) quote, you have a { instead of a [ AHA! Thank you. I'm sitting rather far away from the screen, and can't ...
by lasercats
Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 41079

Re: NAC Schedules

*She is clearly a great example of the biased moderating corps that makes the NAC a joke as a competition, posting on this board to boast about "her" team winning a tournament she was involved in running This baffles me. I am 19 years old, and graduated from Booker T Washington High School one year...