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by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lisgar's JAMES mirror (Ottawa, ON; Nov 16)
Replies: 3
Views: 2325

Re: Lisgar's JAMES mirror (Ottawa, ON; Nov 16)

Hi all! I hope that the tournament went well and everyone who played enjoyed the set. As mirrors have yet to be played on this set, please refrain from discussing this set with those who have not yet played it. If you would like to discuss the set or ask for specific questions, you can join a privat...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 20593

Re: Question Specific Discussion

My small complaint about the Two Treatises question is that I recognized it was the Two Treatises, but had no idea it wanted one or the other--I proceeded to guess, wrongly. If I'd known it was looking for one or the other, I wouldn't have buzzed, because I knew I didn't know. I don't see a non-tran...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Auburn University 1st Annual HS Tournament - 10/19/2013
Replies: 6
Views: 2900

Re: Auburn University 1st Annual HS Tournament - 10/19/2013

Hi all! I hope that the tournament went well and everyone who played enjoyed the set. As mirrors have yet to be played on this set, please refrain from discussing this set with those who have not yet played it. If you would like to discuss the set or ask for specific questions, you can join a privat...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 6455

Re: Specific Question Discussion

The couple in the play is George and Martha, not George and Mary. Also, it seemed like there were a lot of typos and proofreading errors, especially with italicization of titles and underlining of answers (by this I don't mean that required parts weren't underlined, but that required parts might be...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 21, 2013)
Replies: 13
Views: 7304

Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 21, 2013)

Hi everyone! I hoped you all enjoyed the set. As mirrors have yet to be played on this set, please refrain from discussing this set with those who have not yet played it. If you would like to discuss the set or ask for specific questions, you can join a private usergroup on these forums. To join, go...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JAMES is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 8
Views: 9353

Re: JAMES is looking for mirrors!

As a consolidated update post, mirrors have been announced for MIT, Auburn University, Lisgar Collegiate Institue, Western Kentucky University, and Chattahoochee HS. See the original post for the dates.
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Favorite Books or Other Works of Literature?
Replies: 31
Views: 6980

Re: Favorite Books or Other Works of Literature?

Given Mattbo's caution about turning this into a "name works in qb" thread, I read Atwood, Saramago, and Murakami because I learned about them in quizbowl and I ended up really liking them. There's also the added benefit that high school curricula tend to cover world lit much less than British/Ameri...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JAMES is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 8
Views: 9353

Re: JAMES is looking for mirrors!

As the school year nears, I'd like to note that this set is still available for mirrors in the coming fall, and possibly into the winter if interest merits it. We are currently looking for mirrors in the South and Midwest; check the original post to see an updated list of host sites. In addition, si...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NASAT Set & Tournament Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 12306

Re: 2013 NASAT Set & Tournament Discussion

Whether or not this set eventually gets posted, can someone post at least the text of this pretzel tossup to satisfy my curiosity? Thanks!
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowldb Search not functioning
Replies: 17
Views: 5868

Re: Quizbowldb Search not functioning

If Max's idea is still getting you way too many hits (say if you're searching a common word like "sleep"), it's not a far leap to also try a common answerline format like "site:quizbowlpackets.com ANSWER: sleep." Your mileage will vary, but I've found it very helpful.
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri May 31, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 87680

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

I and Sarah graduate, but you can't expect me not to defend Sid and Nadege's (both juniors) abilities. We also have the team of freshmen that got 2nd at MSNCT together steadily gaining experience, along with some sophomores to hold the fort. I get that this is just hypothesizing on Will's part, but ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat May 11, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JAMES @ Stanford University, 5/11/13
Replies: 4
Views: 3482

Re: JAMES @ Stanford University, 5/11/13

I hope everyone enjoyed the set. This is a reminder that the set likely won't be cleared until next fall, so please do not discuss it until then. If you've had any APs yet, substitute in that ridiculous line about not discussing it with friends, family, teachers, and the various members of your Twit...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat May 04, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 6455

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Fixed, thanks.
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 6455

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Daniel's completely right in that I'll take any criticism if it helps me improve the set--for example, after the TD alerted me to the Kafka repeat, I went and found it, groaned, and fixed it. However, I would argue that that wasn't that terrible of an error--I included two replacement tu's and bonus...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maggie Walker Spring Tournament [Richmond, VA] (5/18/2013)
Replies: 32
Views: 12410

Re: Maggie Walker Spring Tournament [Richmond, VA] (5/18/2013)

I second that--and as a bit of friendly trash talk to Blair, we will try our hardest to make sure you can attend this tournament.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Academy Spring Tournament (LAST) 4/13
Replies: 14
Views: 7353

Re: Loyola Academy Spring Tournament (LAST) 4/13

The usergroup for discussion of the JAMES set has been created. Please apply for membership under the Usergroups panel if you'd like to join.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trash Set Discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 716

Trash Set Discussion

Post general and specific question comments about the trash set here (I still have no idea if the Loyola mirror--the only one so far--played the trash questions, so please disregard if you didn't).
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 6455

Specific Question Discussion

Post comments about specific questions or question requests here.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Set Discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 693

General Set Discussion

Post general comments about the quality of the general set here, such as difficulty, distribution, or quality of the set. For comments on specific questions, see the Specific Question Discussion.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Academy Spring Tournament (LAST) 4/13
Replies: 14
Views: 7353

Re: Loyola Academy Spring Tournament (LAST) 4/13

I hope this tournament went well for everyone, even with the password problem with two of the packets. We don't plan to clear this set until at least the fall, as we are trying to host more mirrors, so please refrain from any open discussion of the set until it is. A usergroup for specific and gener...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JAMES is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 8
Views: 9353

Re: JAMES is looking for mirrors!

Hey Mr. Laird:

I just sent you the packets. Sorry about that--I have no idea what was wrong with the passwords. Best of luck with the rest of tournament, and I'm incredibly sorry if this caused major problems with the tournament--it was completely my fault for not responding earlier.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VA NAQT States at UVA (3/23/13 in Charlottesville)
Replies: 22
Views: 7467

Re: VA NAQT States at UVA (3/23/13 in Charlottesville)

Thanks to UVA and VCU for running a very smooth tournament that proceeded without a glitch despite having to run the tournament in two different buildings. Congrats to Western Albemarle for clearing the field; Eric is looking more and more fearsome by the tournament. And congrats to our B team for c...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 42479

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

Looking forward to playing this.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On the proper method to stop negging so much
Replies: 16
Views: 7435

Re: On the proper method to stop negging so much

Oh yeah, should have elaborated on the types of negs-- Well, to put it sadly, it's most of what you just described. Basically I have a low threshold for when I buzz, so I end up buzzing on reflex when I shouldn't have--convincing myself I know the answer when I don't actually--going for that fraud w...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On the proper method to stop negging so much
Replies: 16
Views: 7435

On the proper method to stop negging so much

Negs are bad. We already know that. However, after recognizing long ago that proper buzzing discipline was my biggest problem, I still haven't managed to curb my plethora of negging. Thankfully, it's been slightly masked by still getting a lot of questions right, but the problem bit me in the butt t...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 8319

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Now that I've seen the full Argentina lit question, Tlon--- should probably be in power, and there's probably no reason to give that much clue space to Bioy Casares, who is simply pretty hard just as a name drop (I'm not very firm on that latter point, though, especially since I like seeing him come...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 8319

Re: Specific Question Discussion

yeah, tragic prelude seems hard, but I'm okay with it leaning on the hard side, I guess
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2504

Re: General Discussion

While agreeing that this LIST took much better steps to differentiate top teams in bonuses, I think some of the lit went overboard; Anthills of the Savannah is a fine hard part even with Achebe given--and pretty dang hard without it--, as is Thin Man, and arguably In Cold Blood. On the plus side, th...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 87680

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

We would have had Tajin, too, if it weren't for our inane admissions system... But yeah, I concur with Tajin: the freshmen show a lot of promise, and if they work as a team, they will probably be a top 5 team in their senior year, if not sooner. We also have some good juniors and sophomores to hold ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JAMES is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 8
Views: 9353

Re: JAMES is looking for mirrors!

Unfortunately, a conflict came up on my end and I won't be able to do playtesting tonight. Playtesting should take place tomorrow night, same time, same channel, same subject.
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JAMES is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 8
Views: 9353

Re: JAMES is looking for mirrors!

I'm going to start playtesting this set on IRC soon, and all people ineligible to play the actual set are free to drop by and give some feedback. The first bout should took place tomorrow (Friday, 2/7) at 8:00 PM EST in SlashNET at #tjqb. I plan to just do literature, but if time permits I might do ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: JAMES is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 8
Views: 9353

JAMES is looking for mirrors!

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology (TJHSST) of Alexandria, VA and the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) of Austin, TX are now seeking mirrors nationwide for JAMES ( Just Another Magnificent Extravaganza for Students ), a housewrite to be produced as a collaboration between both sch...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressive Buzzing
Replies: 32
Views: 10813

Re: Aggressive Buzzing

I won't speak for others, but for me it's always been that as I've gotten better (i.e. better knowledge of subjects, more time spent studying) I've been more confident and more willing to buzz earlier; not the other way around. That is, because I've felt like I knew what the question was talking abo...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Exclusion clues: when to use them, what they mean.
Replies: 15
Views: 6497

Re: Exclusion clues: when to use them, what they mean.

Skepticism and Animal Feed wrote: When you adopt any given quizbowl strategy, be it reflex buzzing, buzzing on word associations, or waiting until you are absolutely sure before you buzz, you assume the benefits and the risks of that strategy. Quizbowl writers have no obligation to reduce risk that...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Exclusion clues: when to use them, what they mean.
Replies: 15
Views: 6497

Re: Exclusion clues: when to use them, what they mean.

I reflex buzz a lot (helps win buzzer races!), so, yeah, I would have preferred an Achilles excluding clue, but I think the best way to do it here is to reword it "this figure's shoulders were his only weak spot," where beginning with shoulders precludes Achilles.
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Exclusion clues: when to use them, what they mean.
Replies: 15
Views: 6497

Re: Exclusion clues:when to use them, what they mean.

I suppose I also agree with the mentality that players should know better than to guess, but I feel like that's still a fault of the question writer. If the player had the knowledge to discriminate between two works of the same name, they would presumably have buzzed in earlier on the description, w...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Japanese Lit
Replies: 4
Views: 3197

Re: Japanese Lit

As for poetry, the only "poet" that I can think of at all is Basho, but the whole haiku thing is very commonly asked, so that's worth studying heavily. For prose (in addition to those mentioned already), Mishima deserves mention. Akutagawa and Murakami are occasional HS answers as well. I suppose Na...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keeping up with current events
Replies: 18
Views: 6610

Keeping up with current events

So now that I no longer have the inimitable James Bradbury on my team, I'm starting to work on becoming a decent current events player, with the goal of aiming at being better at NAQT questions (I've completely forsaken geo; when you still get lost on the roads in your hometown, you know it's not fo...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT Mirror at Maryland (10/14/12)
Replies: 26
Views: 10696

Re: IFT Mirror at Maryland (10/14/12)

An email should have been sent, but I'll post here as well. TJ will be sending one team and three buzzers.
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 75
Views: 16618

Re: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

I supposed I've already added myself to the free agents on the spreadsheet, but, yeah, I'm also a needy free agent looking to play at this tournament.
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: YMIR- Mythology tournament- 6/9/12 at PACE
Replies: 62
Views: 27645

Re: YMIR- Mythology tournament- 6/9/12 at PACE

Hate to be that guy, but--

Will the set be posted somewhere?
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: YMIR- Mythology tournament- 6/9/12 at PACE
Replies: 62
Views: 27645

Re: YMIR- Mythology tournament- 6/9/12 at PACE

I will probably end up playing this tournament and it would actually be better if I could just be tossed on a team that still has space, since I might leave in the middle of the tournament. Sorry for the late notice.
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5542

Re: BHSAT Individual Question Requests and Discussion

Can I see the myth tossup on giants?
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12952

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

Not sure if I should be asking for the question as well here, but one of our sophomores (Sid Verma) tells me that a bonus on Hindu festivals was incorrect. The question asked for where the Kumbh Mela was held: the answer given was Varanasi. Actually, "Varanasi is incorrect and Haridwar should be acc...