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by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 27000

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Ran into nyu. They called me Jesus. I said I'm no false prophet. They said I'm just the messiah. I have to disagree but Jacob sez I'm the naqt messiah.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 27000

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Who will watch my home place , I wonder, as I think of being away from my sourdough starter for a weekend? I'll be standing by this cracker barrel the whole weekend, ready for conversatin' and sharing the dee-stinct observations that come. why are you like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksm12...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 27000

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Who will watch my home place, I wonder, as I think of being away from my sourdough starter for a weekend?

I'll be standing by this cracker barrel the whole weekend, ready for conversatin' and sharing the dee-stinct observations that come.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 27000

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Auks Ran Ova wrote:
The Stately Rhododendron wrote:What do you folks say?
"What the hell are you talking about?"
Y'all know if this had been published by The Baffler Rob would have shared it without a question.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 27000

The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Aww, Horseapples! Nationals are coming up, so let's stand by the ol' cracker barrel and ask each other "what's the frequency, Kenneth?" I swear, we've got a real chance this year. I may be an ol' country boozer, but John Barleycorn can' take away all of my grey matter. Stephen's been doing his scien...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 9364

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I was being a jerk, my bad. I meant no disrespect with "trivia," for me, that term applies to all quizbowl questions (and there's nothing wrong with that!)
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 9364

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Again, I'd like to hear a response from Bruce.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata
Replies: 10
Views: 1714

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata

The Danube tossup says that it ends in the Ukraine, when the delta is mostly in Romania. After a cursory examination of Google Maps, it seems that it technically ends in Ukraine (the border runs along the river through the delta until just before it reaches the Black Sea, at which point it leaves t...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 9364

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Jerry's post is right. I'd add that Ike's right that people go in the weeds deep with Marx. They just don't go into Scorpion and Felix ! If you want to tie in Marx's other writings to his philosophy, why not ask about his ( actually published !) journalism? Or his (partially published in English, fu...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 9364

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I don't know where the 1990's tossup went, but I buzzed on political history clues. Yeah, that was fairly political, if you ask me. I may have overstated my claim, (though Sam's examples were are still fairly "political," the Indians one, fx). On the whole though, I think there was 1: an inordinate...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10941

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

Might is Right is pretty well known--you're probably joking, but it's a work of Social Darwinism, not a random text by an anime Nazi, and it was a guiding text in the Church of Satan (albeit through plagiarism). An anime Nazi of the 1890s! Maybe "a reactionary fellow who spends all his pennies on M...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3143

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

The Earl Butz quote was gratuitous. Regarding the Key toss-up, the moderator instructions tell the mod to substitute for the n-word if the moderator is not comfortable reading it. But what about the players hearing the question? You surely must have known that some moderators wouldn't read the n-wo...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10941

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

Ike, what was your thought process in that alt-right bonus? To get a 30, you'd have to have red a specific white-supremacist pamphlet by some anime nazi. How many people do you think have actually heard of Might is Right?

Also, yoga is not a "pseudo science!"
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 9364

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

The history in this set was not good at all. It was insanely uneven, filled with difficulty cliffs, weirldly lacking in any kind of social history at all and overflowing with ridiculous answer lines.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Frustrations
Replies: 7
Views: 3647

Re: Frustrations

I'm really frustrated because our team is really good, but we always finish second to one of the best teams in our state. This season we finished second in conference, second at a local tournament in December, second in sectionals last year, second in history bowl, and now we will not have the oppo...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 18111

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

Announcing this now: during my senior year, I will produce one or two or three packets of a set I will call ANQ (Actor-Network Questions). Everything will be an assemblage. Instead of a distribution we will have disjunctures and differences.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 20535

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

I found your OP useful, Joelle. This (inexactitude) happens all the time with my areas of expertise and it's frustrating that it remains a problem. If you remember last year, I, too, faced plenty of grumbles for posting about my disagreements wrt Anthro, culminating in an argument with Matt Jackson ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 9031

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Could I see the anthro TU on "war"? I liked it (especially since I had taken a class on the anthropology of war!) but I remember having some issue with the wording?
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12576

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

I thought the anthro here was fine (even with the perennial bonus on Ruth Benedict). I do have one quibble: the tossup on functionalism seemed to slide between structural functionalism and functionalism quite a bit, even though they're fairly distinct.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 11254

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

The Roosevelts were slightly closer in time period; I sometimes prompt on them, I sometimes don't. Maybe I'm just wacky--there was only one member of the House of Orleans to be king of France--so I might accept "Orleans" for Louis-Philippe. Coincidentally, I'm doing some historical research into th...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 11254

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

Your overall point is correct, but I don't think there's anything wrong with taking Pahlavi by itself (to be fair, I see nothing wrong in taking Johnson by itself either for LBJ). There are only two Pahlavi dynasty members and one is not often asked about in high school--to me, this would be like j...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: I need a movie!
Replies: 15
Views: 5265

Re: I need a movie!

Not a movie, but the episode "Bambi" of the show The Young Ones (highly recommended in general) centers on the main characters going on University Challenge (the same QB analogue as in Starter for 10). It also features Mötorhead, if you're into that. Great choice! Pi is my favorite movie about know...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Ensuring future team success?
Replies: 10
Views: 4741

Re: Ensuring future team success?

Don't quote Donald Trump as a joke, for one.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 16691

Re: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl

intimidate the competition *annoy the competition THE SETTING: HSNCT 2014, Round 21 Will Overman sits down in the room with the rest of Maggie Walker, as well as star moderator and Mad Men-era literary expert Andrew Hart. Wow, what a wonderful day, he thinks, I wonder who the next competitor is, I ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 16691

Re: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl

At my first-ever college tournament, I asked one of my teammates to punch me, in the hopes that this would give me an adrenaline rush and cause me to perform better in our final game. Said teammate declined and also quit quizbowl after the tournament. Part of me wonders if that would have worked. I...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 16691

Re: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl

Throughout High School, I did some basic core workouts before games. In my more indolent college days, I've been doing these less, but they work to wake you up and to intimidate the competition. Generally, I do some combination of push-ups, planks, dolphin kicks, butterfly kicks and sit-ups. Don't s...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Specialization
Replies: 13
Views: 4986

Re: The Barbarism of Specialization

One nitpick I have with this (though I generally agree) is that, sometimes, in the process of making clues for generalists, you end up with questions with no relevance to specialists. That is, questions that are only relevant to quizbowl. SS questions, for example, historically relied on things like...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Maryland summer practice
Replies: 18
Views: 7231

Re: Maryland summer practice

I'll be there in an hour or so.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun May 08, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 22955

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

There can be some real negativity going on in this world and, as a microcosm of that, in quizbowl. I am in a good mood, sitting in the Cradle of Forestry in the beautiful Pisgah National Forest and I'd thought I'd celebrate the nicest, friendliest people in quizbowl. Who says nice guys finish last? ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 23516

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

I am a strong supporter of the back-to-the-classroom method, but Caleb's post here and Isaac's in the ICT thread are not only wrong about what is actually taught in the classroom, but dangerously proscriptive. By God, faced with such views - I'd have to agree more with Westbrook, who is in polar op...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 23516

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

The lovely TU on Kieslowski mentions in the first line a scene in Bleu where Juliette Binoche's character watches a man play the recorder while stirring sugar into her coffee. A truly lovely scene and an excellent choice for a lead-in. However, she stirs coffee into a bowl of vanilla ice cream duri...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 23516

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

Two minor corrections: The lovely TU on Kieslowski mentions in the first line a scene in Bleu where Juliette Binoche's character watches a man play the recorder while stirring sugar into her coffee. A truly lovely scene and an excellent choice for a lead-in. However, she stirs coffee into a bowl of ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Maryland Trash (name TBD): sometime
Replies: 8
Views: 4491

Re: Maryland Trash (name TBD): fall 2016

Our Lady Peace wrote:This tournament will feature no questions on what the writers judge to be "Internet content".
I'll play.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Team Formation
Replies: 22
Views: 13520

Re: Chicago Open Team Formation

I'm fairly certain I'll be doing this. I'm good at some things.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 12002

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

In 2010 this process was used in an attempt to delay implementation of a global warming law until unemployment dropped below 5.5 percent. In 2015 a lawyer tried to use this process to mandate the execution of "sodomites." This process was used in 1978 to cap property (*) taxes at 1 percent; in 1994...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 12002

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Sorry, misremembered the 2nd bonus part, Matt. Andrew, I don't think I implied you wrote the question. I took the Mad Men thing as a joke, too. I think I was kind of a d*** in that post, though, and I'm sorry. Will, I think people would get mad if phrenology was like 1/4 of their neuroscience distro...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 12002

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

I'd love to see/know who wrote the bonus (in one of the early rounds) on Benedict/honor culture/emic/etic. It was awful and seemed to be written from the perspective that Anthropology hasn't changed since 1960. Ruth Benedict has NEVER came up in a single Anth. class I've taken. Flipping through the ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ICT: "Comment on my questions" thread
Replies: 17
Views: 4882

Re: "Comment on my questions" thread

Corry- liked the mention of Mick Taussig in Amazon (though the linking is kind of weird, he didn't do much work with people on the Amazon proper) Will- I loved the mention of Carlos Casteneda (haven't heard about him since my phase of reading Pinchbeck and McKenna). I have to say though - he's not r...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Nats Predictions
Replies: 9
Views: 4325

Nats Predictions

A song about barley for each prediction: I predict me and Aiden will continue our developing inter-team rapport by mouthing "nice" to each other after buzzes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkRiKeg7TPg - Corn rigs an' barley rigs I will continue to get mad at people who assume interests of mine bas...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5131

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion

How did people like the Buddhism in this set? I was using answerlines that (to my knowledge) haven't came up in quizbowl before (but come up in Buddhist Art History/Religious Studies classes). It's a small part (1/2) of the set, but I was curious to see how it played out.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to deal with a failed HS QB career?
Replies: 11
Views: 5459

Re: How to deal with a failed HS QB career?

Competition is unhealthy. It sounds like you're stressed out and see parts of your life as meaningless. I don't blame you, waiting to hear back from colleges is stressful. Still, you should focus on the good quizbowl has done for you. Why don't you make a cup of tea and draw something? I was bummed ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 12403

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion

"Imaginary Communities" I hope you didn't get points for saying "Imaginary Communities," because otherwise you should give those points back. I'd say it was just a typo, but, while we had a bye that round, I did turn to Stephen and confidently show him my notebook, where I had written "Imaginary Co...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT
Replies: 58
Views: 19933

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT

I don't want to hammer this point too hard, because it seems like the discussion is getting a bit sidetracked, but obviously the way a quizbowl subdistribution is filled is not by having X slots, making a list of the X most-important topics in that particular area, and then writing X questions on t...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 12403

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion

Of the anthro: liked the "Imagined Communities" (I assume Chris Ray wrote it, no?) and the "celts" TU disliked the Benedict TU. Please package her ideas in more imaginative ways than duuurrrr this woman wrote about that country Japan durrr here's a description of minor, lame work I found on wikipedi...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 SCT general discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 4037

Re: 2016 SCT general discussion

Really enjoyed the Anthro in this set (as an Anthro major). The mention of Appadurai (even tho I find him... prolix) in the India TU, the "salvage ethnography" bonus and the truly fantastic "documentary" TU all spring to mind as examples of quizbowl talking about things people in Anthropology actual...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT
Replies: 58
Views: 19933

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT

Whimsy is fine if it's not determining who gets to go to nationals and who doesn't . I'm glad to hear that Jason wrote the tossup as an "interesting approach" to the subject instead of on account of any notion of potential humorous value, but in any case it was neither humorous nor interesting. We ...
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT
Replies: 58
Views: 19933

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT

The question on George Zimmerman's paintings was a terrible, terrible idea.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason College Poll
Replies: 18
Views: 10401

Re: Midseason College Poll

Of course, our team at Penn Bowl was lacking in Grace and I. Obviously, it's no great shakes if I'm not there. But Grace is the shining green light of the Yale Quizbowl team.
by The Stately Rhododendron
Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams
Replies: 13
Views: 6663

Re: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams

Registering for a tournament means: "We have gotten clear commitments from all our players that they are free that weekend, and are willing and able to attend the tournament. That is to say, coaches in Missouri frequently register before getting clear student commitments because the tournaments fil...