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by Geringer
Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 19367

Re: Why we can't have nice things

What questions are your f/s and varsity tournaments run on? I use questions generated in house based on the pyramidal critera set forth by the IHSSBCA paper on question writing. I wrote this years F/S set but as I mentioned before there were circumstances that made writing the varsity sets impossib...
by Geringer
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 19367

Re: Why we can't have nice things

Oh, I'm not disagreeing with you on that last part. He said some stupid stuff. I don't know, I think I just have a complex that fighting on the internet doesn't accomplish anything. Looking back at the thread, you're probably right, although I think some of what was said on both sides was below the ...
by Geringer
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 19367

Re: Why we can't have nice things

To reiterate what I've said a hundred different times in a hundred different ways: bad quizbowl is completely ingrained in a lot of schools in Illinois and the only way things are ever going to change is if we keep giving new teams great experiences at mACF format tournaments and gently encourage ne...
by Geringer
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 19367

Re: Why we can't have nice things

I always thought the 6-post waiting period was a mentoring process to prevent people from fanning the flames right away. I mean, I've seen new users get censored for posting question content. Would it be wise for our moderating staff to take some care in initiating new members? I'm not advocating ce...
by Geringer
Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: DWI 3/6/10
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: DWI 3/6/10

Bigfoot isn't the pr wrote:this tournament's duel nature
Can I bring my own sword?
by Geringer
Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHTASTROPHE @ Loyola Ultima (10/17/09)
Replies: 24
Views: 3911

Re: TRASHTASTROPHE @ Loyola Ultima (10/17/09)

Since Trashtwostrophe is coming around, will this set be posted soon or is there a wait for other mirrors? Trashtwostrophe is being combined with Trashtastrophe at a minimum of two sites. I am giving both Arcadia, CA and Bettendorf, IA access to both sets, so both sets will be wastebinned after the...
by Geringer
Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fremd Varsity & Frosh/soph 1/23/10
Replies: 70
Views: 6840

Re: Fremd Varsity & Frosh/soph 1/23/10

I've been whispering about this for a while, but I'm seriously considering bidding to write next year's Fremd tournament and assembling a small team of writers to produce as quality of an IHSA set as I can. I talked to Mr. Palmer about this on at least two occasions and he seemed to like the idea of...
by Geringer
Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fremd Varsity & Frosh/soph 1/23/10
Replies: 70
Views: 6840

Re: Fremd Varsity & Frosh/soph 1/23/10

I hoped that Sachs would have been able to pull this off with some semblance of legitimacy. Wishful thinking I guess...

Although, computational religion is probably my new favorite IHSA category.
by Geringer
Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 12606

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Matt Weiner wrote:I doubt we can avoid it if we're writing questions on "Straight Outta Compton" or "bullshit."
Macho Man for Expediency wrote:I can only think of a few instances that a tossup would absolutely require profanity to convey information.
by Geringer
Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 12606

Re: ACF Winter discussion

I can only think of a few instances that a tossup would absolutely require profanity to convey information. Otherwise, cursing doesn't bring anything to a tossup and might even take away from the question. Yeah, we're all adults and can handle some f-bombs once and a while (I'm sure the high schoole...
by Geringer
Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT: Who You Attempting to Fool?
Replies: 69
Views: 10274

Re: NAQT: Who You Attempting to Fool?

This is a really long post, so if it gets to the tl;dr point, just read the end. For all you out-of-staters, the IHSA has until this point (and hopefully longer) had a policy of salutary neglect and doesn't say "no nationals" or "no good tournaments" like other state organizations do. In the four y...
by Geringer
Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Turnabout
Replies: 41
Views: 4535

Re: Turnabout

MoCity02 wrote:Jarrod Deveau St. Ignatius 4.0 1 8 80 1.19 inf 95 23.75

WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH ANOTHER ONE!? Plz dont be new Gauthiers.
I moderated for Jared (His nametag was spelled like this) and he totally power trash questions like no ones business.
by Geringer
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Turnabout
Replies: 41
Views: 4535

Re: Turnabout

I am thinking that maybe IL needs another open tournament on an A-set, since all the coaches today seemed to respond very postively to the questions. If anything like this is attempted, I feel that the field should be limited to a similar field strength. These games worked well because teams felt l...
by Geringer
Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Turnabout
Replies: 41
Views: 4535

Re: Turnabout

I was quietly impressed with what I saw today. There is a much larger mid-level of teams than I though there were, and there are many more teams that could make that leap into the major circuit in upcoming years. Lake Zurich, Bradley-Bourbannais, Fenwick, Oswego, and the Glenbards all have the capab...
by Geringer
Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trashtwostrophe-Preliminary Announcement
Replies: 8
Views: 2462

Trashtwostrophe-Preliminary Announcement

This is the official announcement for Trashtwostrophe, the second installment of Dan Donohue and my trash tournament. This installment will be edited by me and will include contributions from a large, ever-growing group which includes Dan Donohue, Brad Fischer, Craig Messner, Charles Martin, Kirun S...
by Geringer
Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Turnabout
Replies: 41
Views: 4535

Re: Turnabout

Out of curiosity, could I have the rights back to Dan and my two packets? I might be making a bid to write Fremd next year and I'd love to use that stuff.

Thanks.
by Geringer
Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Midwest at Michigan, Ann Arbor (1/16/10)
Replies: 43
Views: 11322

Re: ACF Winter Midwest at Michigan, Ann Arbor (1/16/10)

I will drive one UIC team in my new Rommobile car. I can submit my packet on Sunday, January 3, 2010. Is there any chance of a trash tournament on Sunday, January 17--the traditional ABD date? The Penn Bowl writers just announced their trash tourney for Sunday, January 31; hopefully, a similar mirr...
by Geringer
Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Midwest at Michigan, Ann Arbor (1/16/10)
Replies: 43
Views: 11322

Re: ACF Winter Midwest at Michigan, Ann Arbor (1/16/10)

evilmonkey wrote:P(2nd team from ND) > .5

(That is, count us in for a second team)
Does this team happen to include freshman Sean K?
by Geringer
Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 133
Views: 70177

Re: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)

Power-matching works great when you have a relatively homogeneous field, which is something we didn't have at NTV. I mean, the gap between the best schools and some of the other A teams is staggering. When a team like OPRF loses a third round game, for instance, they could end up playing a team that...
by Geringer
Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 133
Views: 70177

Re: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)

I think the point was that it's tough to play a series of "tournament" matches when you know there's nothing more at stake, other than pride, a stark contrast to the morning rounds. For our part, there was a precipitous fall-off in Barrington A's play once they had lost twice in the afternoon and k...
by Geringer
Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?
Replies: 40
Views: 9900

Re: Discussion: Can Trash be more girl friendly?

I wrote a trash tournament that has yet to clear (more forthcoming mirrors) and I did my best to include girl trash. I tossed up television shows, movies, and music that has a primarily female audience, but male trash players still dominated both the non-quizbowl females I had play the set and the g...
by Geringer
Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Lit Singles Tourney (after NTV, 12/19/2009)
Replies: 106
Views: 24481

Re: High School Lit Singles Tourney (after NTV, 12/19/2009)

Yeah, I'll be there, so I'll staff.
by Geringer
Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67615

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Not that it would really matter to any of you, but I think the H-F guy is writing the Fremd tournament as well.
by Geringer
Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 12709

Re: Kickoffs

Journey to the Planets wrote:In that case, I was just encouraging them to keep reaching out
That's the partial purpose of this thread, and quite frankly, it's working.

So...what was the point of your posts in here, again?
by Geringer
Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 12709

Re: Kickoffs

Matt Bollinger, do you REALLY have ANY idea what you're talking about? Illinois is a horse of a completely different color than you're used to dealing with. The best teams in Illinois play a full schedule of "good tournaments" with the exception of the cash prize Masonic tournament and the school-re...
by Geringer
Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is there a "term" for this act?
Replies: 18
Views: 2360

Re: Is there a "term" for this act?

I'm pretty sure I jokingly suggested "Fettucini" as a bonus part for an Italian composer as a freshman, was ignored, and then watched in horror as the other team had the bonus bounce to them and confidently say "Fettucini!" Pasta shape bonuses, sir, are no laughing matter. Pasta shape bonuses pale ...
by Geringer
Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Walden III at Illinois Open
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: Walden III at Illinois Open

Considering my inhuman prowess in all of these categories, I will volunteer to read.
by Geringer
Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26815

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

Sandy, I moderated your set today, and overall I thought the tournament was a very good effort. Especially at my mirror, your tournament has exposed several "up and coming" teams to the national format, and for that, you should be thanked. While I don't want to condone repeats, I realize that in a t...
by Geringer
Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER---Columbus, Ohio (10/24/09)
Replies: 32
Views: 4567

Re: THUNDER---Columbus, Ohio (10/24/09)

Hey everyone, I just wanted to make a quick post about my trash set. -This set is 11 rounds of 21 questions, tossups only. -It is meant to be played solo or as a doubles team, mostly because the question difficulty is on the low end and (our aim is that) almost every answer in the set is recognizabl...
by Geringer
Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 19713

Re: EFT Discussion

Only one tossup from the set stood out to me as hose-ish. The tossup on alveoli seemed like it could have been answered with lung s for a large portion of the tossup. There was a middle clue about surface area in there which made it specifically about alveoli. Long story short, someone buzzed with "...
by Geringer
Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio '09-'10
Replies: 42
Views: 5578

Re: Ohio '09-'10

Would any Ohio teams be interested in coming down to Lexington, KY? (http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8127&p=140523#p140523) For any of you who don't know or are too lazy to read the tournament invite: the Dunbar tournament is slated to kick some serious...behind. This would be a gr...
by Geringer
Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana '09-'10
Replies: 8
Views: 996

Re: Indiana '09-'10

ITT: Illinois people post about Indiana.

EDIT: Hey! Indiana teams!
Send your best JV teams to this tournament located a mere one-hour drive from Chicago. (JV=Non-varsity A starter)
http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8270
by Geringer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67615

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Image
Peace offering to the people I love so much but agree with so seldom.
by Geringer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67615

Re: Illinois '09-'10

I really think that comparatively , this year's Illinois field is just as strong. :w-hat: I used the word comparatively. As in, Deveau is to Cohen what 2009-10 is to 2008-09. This year's field is comparatively not as good, but then again, are you all really telling me that someone in Illinois this ...
by Geringer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHTASTROPHE @ Loyola Ultima (10/17/09)
Replies: 24
Views: 3911

Re: Trashtastrophe @ Loyola Ultima (10/17/09)

Actually the mirror potential for this tournament is probably much greater amongst college audiences. Maryland would probably be willing to run this as a side event at some point, for example, and I'm sure other places would be much more interested. Of course, that's as an open event, not as the bi...
by Geringer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67615

Re: Illinois '09-'10

I think this essentialy kills your "Deveau can't beat balanced teams theory". I said balanced teams like Auburn and Loyola, who were, last year, both considerably out of our league. If the best players did well at the best tournaments, you would have seen Stow-Monroe vs Daichi's team in the finals,...
by Geringer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHTASTROPHE @ Loyola Ultima (10/17/09)
Replies: 24
Views: 3911

Re: Trashtastrophe @ Loyola Ultima (10/17/09)

rylltraka wrote:If you haven't already, you should probably just add an addendum to the announcement for the main tournament.
Good idea, thank you.
by Geringer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHTASTROPHE @ Loyola Ultima (10/17/09)
Replies: 24
Views: 3911

Re: Trashtastrophe @ Loyola Ultima (10/17/09)

Moved this to the Trash forum, since it is a trash event. But it's a highschool trash event. No highschoolers would look for it/see it here. The success of this tournament could determine how many events a very hard-working, unfunded quiz bowl team will be able to attend this year. Finding a good m...
by Geringer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67615

Re: Illinois '09-'10

1. St. Ignatius Whoa. Deveau is good, but he isn't (at least when I've played him) capable of single-handedly catapulting a team to a number one ranking unless he has progressed at a much, much higher rate than everyone else in the state. St. Ignatius, a team I may have played more than anyone else...
by Geringer
Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is Illinois bad?
Replies: 126
Views: 19039

Re: Why is Illinois bad?

I personally think Fremd and Homewood-Flossmoor have some merit. This year they're both going to be written by the H-F coach and their standard will be far above that of Bryce Avery and QG. While I wouldn't put them on the level of an NAQT tournament, I certainly think traveling to huge, diverse tou...
by Geringer
Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is Illinois bad?
Replies: 126
Views: 19039

Re: Why is Illinois bad?

Let me edit to add that this is basically exactly why I've taken such a militant policy against hosting high school tournaments at UChicago during the rest of my tenure as team president. So, what you're saying is, with all of the resources you have at U of C and all of the talented college quizbow...
by Geringer
Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is Illinois bad?
Replies: 126
Views: 19039

Re: Why is Illinois bad?

Illinois has the only high school trash tournament!
by Geringer
Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 21052

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

This probably really isn't my place to comment on, so I'll keep it short. I read two or three rounds and scorekept for the rest, and one thing really stuck out: It really looked like the writers of the various packets didn't even re-read and self-edit their own tossups. Maybe it just happened to be ...
by Geringer
Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trash Comes to Illinois
Replies: 24
Views: 2407

Re: Trash Comes to Illinois

All ten rounds worth of music for Trashtastrophe are done. Otherwise, I think 8 full rounds are completed.
by Geringer
Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ferdinand Tönnies Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 11362

Re: Ferdinand Tönnies Discussion

This tournament was great. It ran smoothly, the questions were well-written, and it was very well-staffed. But... After playing eight rounds of this tournament, and reading the previous installments of CO Trash, a few things came to mind. 1. As put to me by a player on the Sorenson team before he be...
by Geringer
Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67615

Re: Illinois '09-'10

ITT: Jeff's poor attempt at espionage.
by Geringer
Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Popkulturkampf-Stats and Non-Question Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1159

Re: Popkulturkampf-Stats and Non-Question Discussion

Ukonvasara wrote:
SomethingBetterAndLessCumbersome wrote:the Internet's Mos Eisley
Man, what'd Mos Eisley ever do to you?
Haven't been able to look at a Stormtrooper since...even an action figure of one.
by Geringer
Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Popkulturkampf-Stats and Non-Question Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1159

Popkulturkampf-Stats and Non-Question Discussion

On July 22nd, 2009, ten brave souls took part in Popkulturkampf, also known as the Geringer Basement Open, a playtesting of Trashtastrophe (high school trash solo tournament). After the prelim rounds, which consisted of hearing a full 80 questions in a 1v1v1 or a 1v1v1v1 setting, point standings wer...
by Geringer
Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO discussion
Replies: 80
Views: 18645

Re: VETO discussion

Were there any questions on awesome Canadian icons like Geddy Lee and Mike Vanderjagt at this tournament? Because, if so, I would very much enjoy to see the Canadian trash questions.

Are the rounds up somewhere to download?
by Geringer
Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ATTN: People attending CO
Replies: 28
Views: 3006

Re: ATTN: People attending CO

Ukonvasara wrote: The idea of eating 3-4 slices of deep dish pizza might be the best idea I've heard all week and should be brought to fruition whenever possible.
EDIT: Lou Malnati's is very good, might I add, and is an acceptable substitute for Giordano's.