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by Scipio
Tue May 17, 2005 12:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Definitive Greatest Players List
Replies: 18
Views: 26435

If these players were so great at "preparing for the game" then why didn't they do it for the new, more knowledge-dependent game? Yes; why did they stop after doing the work necessary to OWN the game? Why didn't they keep working to learn clues that never came up, instead of just OWNING the game? W...
by Scipio
Sat May 07, 2005 11:30 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 78631

Richard Dunlap, commenting on one of my posts, said this: Careful with that last brush -- despite its problems, some (many) of those retired quiz bowl players have fond memories of CBI. Don't assume a consensus you probably don't have. I didn't believe I was asserting that every last former CBI play...
by Scipio
Thu May 05, 2005 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Jacopo Pontormo Tournament of Manners
Replies: 10
Views: 9613

Assuming I can be there, I'll play. Of course, if it's on Sunday or Saturday night, then the issue is moot. Keep us abreast of what you decide.
by Scipio
Thu May 05, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 78631

Ray wrote: Carthaginem esse delendam! Cato the Elder wrote: Carthago delenda est! I think the latter makes a little more sense in this context, since the former is in indirect discourse but without a finite verb delimiting it. Mike Sorice, Matt Weiner, Sudheer Potru, Seth Kendall, and the hundreds ...
by Scipio
Tue May 03, 2005 12:52 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 78631

I agree with Sudheer that this conversation is irrelevant, as most conversations about CBI are (and have been since the first one I saw, in 1994); I think its utility has only been that it has allowed sufferers to vent a little, and for that I certainly don't blame Potru for starting it, since my tw...
by Scipio
Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Recent bans
Replies: 11
Views: 6879

While I can see and to some extent sympathise with the point of those who suggest that the censorship on this board is a little draconian, recall that the quizbowl community is a little sensitive to spam and trolling because of the horrible experience that befell it in 1996-1997, when its usenet boa...
by Scipio
Fri Apr 08, 2005 1:54 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59839

Hoc verum esse I think you might want to include a finite verb here ("credo", "Adfirmo", or "scio") if you want this to make sense and leave "esse" in the infinitive; "concedendum" world also work if you wished to make this a concessive. Otherwise, you'll want to change the infinive to the third pe...
by Scipio
Fri Apr 08, 2005 1:40 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59839

Something I have not seen brought up: Keeping science questions focused overwhelmingly on conceptual science as opposed to science history also forces people like me to learn some conceptual science in order to write a proper question. If I hadn't imposed a firm rule on myself against writing any s...
by Scipio
Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:00 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59839

The discussion of science and science history/science biography has interested me a great deal; indeed, I have often expressed semi-privately many of the same opinions I have seen coming up. I admit I am biased here, because I also genuinely enjoy science history questions (one of my minor doctoral ...
by Scipio
Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A blast from the past ...
Replies: 46
Views: 36383

Isn't it possible, Seth, that today's players are just as good as those of years gone by, and merely that the exponentially higher question difficulty prevents such feats from occurring on a day-to-day basis? I'd expect to see a lot more four-word buzzes on a Goethe tossup than one on Heinrich von ...
by Scipio
Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nats Results
Replies: 14
Views: 7868

Since ACF has no official Division II, I'm not terribly up on what it consists of; Susan quoted its definition for this tournament, but I think it is a different definition than used for other events (Fall and Regionals, for example, where it has been often definied as "any player in his first two y...
by Scipio
Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A blast from the past ...
Replies: 46
Views: 36383

As awesome as that article is, and all, it's also wrong: Don played at the Tennessee Masters in 1996. I know, because not only was I there, I was on the worst team at the tournament and lost to Don's team (Jim Dendy, Jason King, and Robert Meredith were also on it) by something like 525-40. It was, ...
by Scipio
Thu Mar 24, 2005 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A blast from the past ...
Replies: 46
Views: 36383

Don was a standout from Berry College and the University of Tennessee in the late seventies and early eighties. Not a lot of records exist from back then, but apparently he was insanely good back in the day (he was supposed to have won every direct matchup between he and waters until 1999) and was o...
by Scipio
Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HS Seniors Bound for College Thread
Replies: 155
Views: 76523

While I rarely read the high school boards (when I was in high school the first Bush was president), I've perused this one to see if anyone happened to mention Kentucky. I am utterly unsurprised that no one has, simply because of the phenomena I've heard from the few recruits we get each year (and c...
by Scipio
Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Switching A and B Teams
Replies: 27
Views: 14150

I don't know if it's cheating or not, but what I don't think should happen is something like what happend last year at a tournament: We faced a B team in the morning, slaughered them, lost a close match in the semis, beat the same school's A team for 3rd, and the school's B team won the whole thing...
by Scipio
Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals
Replies: 16
Views: 9747

We'll be there, most defintely with myself and Geraldn, and likely also with Chad and Ryan.
by Scipio
Tue Feb 22, 2005 6:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Is this the most pathetic post ever?
Replies: 33
Views: 18440

One of those you forgot was (g) He has in the past had an unfortunate habit of referring to those who might have posted something which stepped on his delicate religious sensibilities as "amoral atheists" (though that might have been enveloped by point <e>). Another was (h) he once had the temerity ...
by Scipio
Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Bid discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 21814

That said, I'd be happy to see NAQT go back to using the same packet set for DI and DII, as they have sometimes done. I agree. I have always thought that the most compelling argument for the continued existence of a Division II at all has been that it ostensibly prepares the younger players for the...
by Scipio
Sun Feb 13, 2005 12:03 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: SCT commentary
Replies: 67
Views: 69621

The problem with a tossup on Amneris is not that its a tossup on Amneris, though one might point out with some justification that it is a little bit more difficult than some of the other questions in the SCT. Furthermore, I don't think that its misleading, but in seeing the tossup in text I am struc...
by Scipio
Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:52 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: SCT commentary
Replies: 67
Views: 69621

Actually, the relevant portion is why NAQT might not want to reveal its distribution ... They might sound Coca-Cola protecting its secret formula, they might sound like Microsoft opposing open source software. But it give a plausible answer to part of Mike Sorice's post. I disagree. Samer did not s...
by Scipio
Wed Jan 26, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: over-, under-, or mis-represented topics in QB
Replies: 38
Views: 22984

The thing is, Freeburg, is that his reply was supposed to be taken satirically. I suspect the criminal overuse of ellipses is the giveaway there.

I could be wrong, though.
by Scipio
Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Matt Cvijanovich
Replies: 4
Views: 3608

When I first read this I thought for a second that it might be a terrible, grisly joke. On a moment's reflection, I find myself really earnestly wishing it were a joke. Like most people in quizbowl at large, I can't really claim that I knew Cvijanovich; when I played against him, I recall that he wa...
by Scipio
Tue Nov 02, 2004 10:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: All-Star awards
Replies: 5
Views: 3840

Also, I really don't see why this matters... but that's another discussion.
Obviously, this matters because if you don't award four all-stars, it means your tournament is a sham. I think the entire quizbowl community would agree with me on this one.

Just kidding. I was just curious, that's all.
by Scipio
Tue Nov 02, 2004 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: All-Star awards
Replies: 5
Views: 3840

All-Star awards

So, I'm noticing as Fall results come in that the top three scorers only were mentioned in reports from Illinois and Rutgers; in fact, New England often only lists the top two or three. For most of my career, which has lasted for a thousand years now, the standard has typically been the top four or ...
by Scipio
Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Do you know a Beethoven ballet about a Titan?
Replies: 21
Views: 14462

Dammit, this is accessible; not only that, but wasn't it retooled for the Eroica?