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by Geringer
Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Oh my god what if I don't know eight factorial
Replies: 30
Views: 4109

Re: Kentucky 09-10

In my brief time here, Faiyad, I have learned that there are two surefire ways to be disliked and to provoke a general s***storm in your direction. One of them, sir, is vetting computational math. Let me tl;dr my argument. Math computation is inherently nonpyramidal; it can't be given appropriate po...
by Geringer
Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)
Replies: 62
Views: 10429

Re: Sun N' Fun Mirror at University of Minnesota (7/11/09)

Assuming I get a ride up from the U of I guys or bus up, I'm totally up for staffing this, if you still need me.
by Geringer
Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67623

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Trashtashionals It's TRASHTASTROPHE...Dan will beat you up. And I won't be so sure about your pick. And it's us who hope to see you at nationals, Mr. Alpharetta. Whoops. Perhaps it's a Freudian slip showing my subconscious desire for a high-school-level national trash tournament? NOTE: This is not ...
by Geringer
Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in second video games tournament?
Replies: 35
Views: 4739

Re: Interest in second video games tournament?

I appreciate the offer, but after re-evaluating my time and being assigned a task at work that gives me lots of downtime, I don't see any major setbacks in getting this tournament written by, say, October. If I find myself in a bind for whatever reason, I'll let you know. Also, I didn't mention it ...
by Geringer
Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67623

Re: Illinois '09-'10

JackGlerum wrote: THUNDER (24th) -- a new tournament, harder than EFT. More like ACF Winter/Regs. A good cadre of writers--should be excellent. Should be a mirror in the area.
This is the same day as Loyola Ultima, if I'm not mistaken, and my beloved Trashtastrophe.
by Geringer
Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67623

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Siverus Snape wrote:So Jeff, you're predicting one team in the top 3 and seven teams in the top 10? Interesting.
Well...I don't think there is a clear favorite this year at all, or even a very well-defined top three or five like there was last year.
by Geringer
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 67623

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Okay, let me interject as unbiased an opinion as I can. Auburn: Zahed is good, and although outside of the NAQT/Fenton Singles I've never really seen Lloyd get many questions, I assume that he's just as dynamite. I also know there are some younger players, like Abid, who can hold their own as well. ...
by Geringer
Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Possible September Tournament
Replies: 66
Views: 7993

Re: Possible September Tournament

Ukonvasara wrote:
cornfused wrote:
SomethingBetterAndLessCumbersome wrote:It could work...if we schedule this the same day as the cheerleader car wash...and call it the Septemberist.
Jeez, what happened to your username?
viewtopic.php?p=137869#p137869
MODS=GODS
by Geringer
Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Possible September Tournament
Replies: 66
Views: 7993

Re: Possible September Tournament

It could work...if we schedule this the same day as the cheerleader car wash...and call it the Septemberist.
by Geringer
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21419

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

Ukonvasara wrote:
SomethingBetterAndLessCumbersome wrote:I am so insulted, I henceforth demand my name be changed to something better and less cumbersome.
Your wish is my command.
Your power is real. MODS=GODS
by Geringer
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21419

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

This one does not achieve pyramidality. For instance, Erdos-Mordell is a famous inequality that people who participate in math contests see come up often. Neil, People who frequent math contests SHOULD power this one. As they are experts on math, their superior knowledge gets them 15. You, sir, are...
by Geringer
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21419

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

To all- It seems to me that some of the arguments against math computation do not involve intrinsic error, but rather just poor question writing. Perhaps it is more germane to address those that do involve intrinsic error, then. I meant to say, the concept of computational math isn't necessarily ba...
by Geringer
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21419

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

I am infinitely disappointed that I missed this discussion up until now. Why didn't anyone shine the MathSignal into the cloudly sky? To avoid around 8 yellow boxes, let me sum up my argument as succinctly as I can addressing specific people when required. First of all, in response to a Dees post, t...
by Geringer
Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern Illinois secessionists?!
Replies: 18
Views: 2259

Re: Southern Illinois secessionists?!

Would the new SIHSA have computational math? Because, if so, I think I'll move to Cairo, compete for the high school I will found (Geringer Institute of Lower Learning), and use those four new years of eligibility to dominate computational math. A dream? I think not. Just wait, I will make my fantas...
by Geringer
Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 38466

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

So...is there still an desire for that basketball side event?
by Geringer
Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament
Replies: 116
Views: 25704

Re: Announcement: Ferdinand Tönnies Memorial Trash Tournament

I really want to play this event, considering that college-style academia and a man with a jar of peanut butter have sorely abused me and my dreams of grandeur. I am a free agent who is currently writing a trash tournament myself, with some specialties in music, movies, video games, some sports, and...
by Geringer
Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156351

Re: Illinois '08-'09

MLaudermith wrote:TU - Geography

Where does the phone ring if you dial 202-456-1414?

Ans: The White House (I'll have to keep that one handy.)
HOW THE HELL DID YOU GET A QUESTION FROM TRASHTASTROPHE?! (interrobang, ftw)
by Geringer
Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79819

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

see above Okay, from now on, I will agree with everything you guys say on math and trash (I'm citing your experience and above logic). Trash and math are inherently different than other questions and should be eliminated. That said, I'll boil down my remaining argument to be as brief as I can state...
by Geringer
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79819

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

-First and foremost, the high proportion of non-academic (pop culture, sports, and general knowledge, which, put together, are colloquially referred to as "trash") questions and semi-academic (geography, current events, interesting general knowledge) questions needs to be significantly cut down. A ...
by Geringer
Wed May 20, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 20/20 Trash set for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 597

20/20 Trash set for sale

Edit: The tournament got hosted. Apologies.
by Geringer
Wed May 20, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trash Comes to Illinois
Replies: 24
Views: 2408

Re: Trash Comes to Illinois

Yes, ladies and germs, our distribution is as listed above by Dan. As a side note, I was originally hoping to make this a full-team, ACF-bonus style event. As in, 20/20 not just 20. That said, I would be looking for a buyer/mirror for the entire set, including bonuses. Would it be worth a repost som...
by Geringer
Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Uniforms, matching tops, and stupidity
Replies: 11
Views: 1976

Re: Uniforms, matching tops, and stupidity

I wrote this for an earlier post, but I think it applies here. This is the third part of "Things Jeff Likes About the IHSA." 3. I will admit, I am a fashion guru. Nothing makes me happier than to see a scholastic bowl team with matching tops. I mean, there have been occasions where I have reminded t...
by Geringer
Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A fond farewell
Replies: 14
Views: 2183

Re: A fond farewell

I'm going to miss the computational math... :sad: It's been a great year. I really feel like that we, the underfunded gentlemen of St. Viator, have been accepted by the SchoBo elite, and it's been a good year. Thank you all for that. For those going to Pace, I've got a helluva t-shirt idea (see avat...
by Geringer
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156351

Re: Illinois '08-'09

David Riley wrote:Jeff, you really need to get out more. :grin:
I haven't been able to show my face in public since Loyburn. Everything will be fine...until I start having flashbacks of Siva and Zahed dismantling my pride.
by Geringer
Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: inclusion of state/local history
Replies: 78
Views: 8330

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

Oh dearie me, ladies and gents, I seem to have forgotten some things! 4. I really enjoy the intuitive and dynamic bonus format of the IHSA. I've played ACF bonuses before (I thought ACF stood for American-Canadian Federation or the Alien Chemistry Format, but I was sadly mistaken), but to be honest,...
by Geringer
Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication
Replies: 42
Views: 5045

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

I think that over the last few days we've said just about every bad thing we can say about the IHSA, their wonderful question-writing, and their applicable and relevant rules. I say we depart from that theme and start saying some good things about the IHSA. I'll start with three of the nicest things...
by Geringer
Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156351

Re: Illinois '08-'09

mlaird wrote:And St. Viator - enjoy MCMNT. I think you'll have the best day of us all. :)
3-7, with two wins againts Missouri State, including one shutout, and a come-from-behind victory against the UIUC undergrads. :-D And I got to eat Chipotle.
by Geringer
Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA regional assignments
Replies: 73
Views: 11596

Re: IHSA regional assignments

I wrote this in another thread, but I think you all here should read it as well, especially coming from me. "I really think that the math question writing, computational and otherwise, for regionals was very poor. I really think that someone opened up a college math book from the 18th century, flipp...
by Geringer
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT State/UIUC Solo
Replies: 16
Views: 1683

Re: NAQT State/UIUC Solo

Yeah, to Donald and the rest of the U of I crew, I was never referring to the individual tournament. I sat in on 5 or 6 rounds and enjoyed the questions. My only issue was with the morning tournament questions, and even then only with a few. But then again, IHSA told me to get my pencil and paper re...
by Geringer
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156351

Re: Illinois '08-'09

white triangle - omg my FAVORITE category... drivers ed!!!!! what's a yield sign on the pavement???? A WHITE TRIANGLE THAT'S WHAT I'll be honest. Of all of the toss-ups I have ever heard playing scholastic bowl, this one makes the list of the worst three I have ever heard. Not to mention, I went ou...
by Geringer
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT State/UIUC Solo
Replies: 16
Views: 1683

Re: NAQT State/UIUC Solo

For the field you drew on Saturday, I can't really see anyone who would take issue with the lack of calculation. *cough cough* I have a special place in my heart for those beautiful 30 second questions. Playing non-Illinois style tournaments has only brought me pain, feelings of inadequacy, and bea...
by Geringer
Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156351

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I don't think there has been a tournament with so many teams at this level of competition in IL in a long time. The field at Loyburn was a cut above any other tournament I've ever played in. Never before have I had the chance to be destroyed and demoralized by Auburn, New Trier, Carbondale, Stevens...