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by MLafer
Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory
Replies: 54
Views: 7453

Re: Making PowerMarks standard and mandatory

If BeeS was finished, this thread never would have happened
by MLafer
Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open and Trash 2011 @ DCC (Aug 6-7)
Replies: 77
Views: 15081

Re: VCU Open and Trash 2011 @ DCC (Aug 6-7)

Need two teammates for this (academic)
by MLafer
Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC - 60 teams
Replies: 74
Views: 15513

Re: 2011 NSC - 60 teams

Actually what happened was someone named "Crz" has been posting to the liveblog during both HSNCT and NSC weekends and you've been harrassing him about 'pretending to be you' even though he hasn't, in fact, claimed to be you. Maybe his initials are CRZ. Maybe he liked Honda CR-Zs. But your ego can't...
by MLafer
Wed May 25, 2011 1:38 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: idle curiosity
Replies: 7
Views: 5541

Re: idle curiosity

It is not. Doing some stalking, that John Kenney is still an undergrad at Columbia.
by MLafer
Fri May 13, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 36346

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

Yeah, looking now this distribution seems way too rigid. I could explicate more but in the spirit of the ad-hoc nature of this event, and the experience level of the people signed up for this event, I would even go to the extreme and simply multiply the Chicago Open's 'distribution' by 5 to give peo...
by MLafer
Tue May 03, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: High Schoolers in College Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 5632

Re: High Schoolers in College Tournaments

The 'embarrassment' argument is nonsense. Should we also ban people playing solo because one person beating four can be embarrassing?
by MLafer
Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ideal number and distribution of open tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 3187

Re: The ideal number and distribution of open tournaments

I also voted for 2-3 summer tournaments and 2 school-year tournaments. I'm not sure this is the status quo, though, at least in certain parts of the country. In 2010 I was lucky enough to play 3 tournaments because of the mirroring of VCU Open/Sunday but this has not been the case in years past (I b...
by MLafer
Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion
Replies: 150
Views: 19928

Re: 2011 ICT Question-specific discussion

I think both the Sinclair part and especially the Napoleon III could be acceptable medium parts. It's not like they say 'this author of The Jungle ' or any of the 10+ most famous things about Napoleon III. I definitely think Sinclair is on the 'easy side of medium' and the hard part of that bonus pr...
by MLafer
Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 54
Views: 11076

Re: CO Matchmaking

I need a team for this. If interested e-mail me at matt.lafer@(the-email-service-run-by-google).com
by MLafer
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 17402

Re: Illinois Open Discussion

I don't know if that's a direct quote from a Churchland paper or Ike's own invention, but if it's a quote, then I don't know where it comes from. I haven't searched all of the papers in my possession but I looked at the ones that I thought were likely to contain this terminology. This appears to be...
by MLafer
Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 17402

Re: Illinois Open Discussion

Yeah, that was the most annoying part for me as well. I don't care how hard the tournament is supposed to be, Bessie Head is not an easy part. Neither is Odilon Redon, or "This be the Verse" (especially when you don't give that poem's most famous line), or Witold Gombrowicz. Also, speaking of film q...
by MLafer
Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 17402

Re: Illinois Open Discussion

I agree with basically everything that Jerry said in his 2nd post. But to call this tournament everything that is wrong with modern quiz bowl seems to be an amazing bit of hyperbole. The questions were for the most part, pyramidal, and of appropriate length. There were a lot of interesting answer li...
by MLafer
Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IO @ UIUC - 3/5/11
Replies: 43
Views: 17150

Re: IO @ UIUC - 3/5/11

I can confirm our attendance at this.
by MLafer
Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TIT at Michigan (1/22/11)
Replies: 27
Views: 4251

Re: TIT at Michigan (1/22/11)

Would PERV be Saturday night or sunday morning?

Sillitoe joke goes here vvvvv
by MLafer
Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Is anime a valid subject in trash tournaments?
Replies: 44
Views: 13710

Re: Is anime a valid subject in trash tournaments?

Avatar is not an anime; it's made by Americans.
by MLafer
Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21
Replies: 37
Views: 5315

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21

This event happened. Packets by Eric Mukherjee, Mike Bentley, Ike Jose, Mike Cheyne, Dwight Wynne, Ryan Westbrook and myself were read and a good time was had by all.


If anyone would like a copy of my packet (40 tossups, no theme) please e-mail me at matt.mylastname@gmail.
by MLafer
Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21
Replies: 37
Views: 5315

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21

People who want to play this are to meet at Espresso Expose (600 Washington Ave SE) around 10 AM.
by MLafer
Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.20.10-11.21.10)
Replies: 125
Views: 30931

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.20.10-11.21.10)

Hey Minnesota

We need to know where this tournament is taking place, and what time.

The Players
by MLafer
Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21
Replies: 37
Views: 5315

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21

Is this event going to be mirrored at UCLA or Maryland? If so, we need a contact to send packets to.
by MLafer
Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21
Replies: 37
Views: 5315

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21

We need some volunteers (preferably, people who aren't playing) that can receive the packets from other sites via e-mail and bring them to the tournament(s). Also, my packet no longer has a theme. I'm shooting for about 40-50 tossups, half of which are regular length and half of which are speedcheck...
by MLafer
Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER Playtesting
Replies: 12
Views: 1604

Re: THUNDER Playtesting

Either night is good for me.
by MLafer
Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall New England: Brandeis (6 November 2010)
Replies: 77
Views: 14559

Re: ACF Fall New England: Brandeis (6 November 2010)

Honestly, I found the tossups at this tournament to be a bit harder than last year's; some of the bonuses probably could have been buffed up a bit, but just as many probably should have been toned down. But like...this tournament is written for novices. The editors have made this very clear. It's c...
by MLafer
Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21
Replies: 37
Views: 5315

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21

Cheynem wrote:Assuming I have the time, I think I'll write some packet for this which may actually feature some RPG clues or something. Rob gave me the go-ahead to do whatever I want.
you should still write an Earthbound packet.
by MLafer
Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21
Replies: 37
Views: 5315

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21

I should have a packet for this. The theme will either be "Towns/Cities" or "Stuff that I feel like writing on".
by MLafer
Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IO @ UIUC - 3/5/11
Replies: 43
Views: 17150

Re: IO 2011 3/5 - 3/6

I can't see how Laferbrook wouldn't show up at this.
by MLafer
Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West: Caltech (11/6/10)
Replies: 35
Views: 7209

Re: ACF Fall West: Caltech (11/6/10)

There was a Chicago F at both ACF Fall 2004 and SCT 2007.
by MLafer
Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit 2010
Replies: 124
Views: 37246

Re: CO Lit 2010

Can we get the rest of this set posted online? Right now only packets 1-6 are up.
by MLafer
Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.20.10-11.21.10)
Replies: 125
Views: 30931

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.13?.10-11.14?.10)

I forgot to put my e-mail address in my last post...it's myfirstname.mylastname at gmail.

Also, I think I'd prefer the earlier date...though it isn't that important.
by MLafer
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.20.10-11.21.10)
Replies: 125
Views: 30931

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.13?.10-11.14?.10)

Laferbrook...the team that Ike Jose once described as "very...entertaining" should be there and probably needs some teammates.
by MLafer
Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun 'n' Fun 2010 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 2536

Re: Sun 'n' Fun 2010 Thanks and Discussion

With the caveats that I haven't seen the packets or played the tournament, the concept of a tossup on the Battle of Thymbra seems a little unwise. Unless, of course, I'm living under a quizbowl rock and every decent player knows what it is. "Coincidentally", it's also in that 100 Decisive Battles b...
by MLafer
Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 97612

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

So I'll tentatively suggest the coming Wednesday, August 25th, at 8 PM as a good date for people who want to play the rest of the questions and the packets of death on IRC. If no one vocalizes their inconvenience either here or over email, I'll assume that date is fine with everyone. Which packets ...
by MLafer
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussions
Replies: 126
Views: 24017

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussions

I don't know if this issue came up in any protests but either "wind of change" or "winds of change" should be acceptable for Macmillan's speech.
by MLafer
Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: Michigan Location
Replies: 105
Views: 28787

Re: VCU Open: Michigan Location

Please sign us up for the Sunday tournament as well.
by MLafer
Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: Michigan Location
Replies: 105
Views: 28787

Re: VCU Open: Michigan Location

You can put my team down as definite for VCU Open. For Sunday I'm not sure...I'd like to see some more college teams show up, obviously we don't want to play against a field of all HS teams.
by MLafer
Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)
Replies: 135
Views: 38889

Re: Announcement: 2010 Chicago Open, Chicago, IL (July 23-25)

Can you post the current field, Jerry?
by MLafer
Tue May 25, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: Michigan Location
Replies: 105
Views: 28787

Re: VCU Open: Michigan Location

Ryan Westbrook and I should have a team for this.
by MLafer
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit 2010
Replies: 124
Views: 37246

Re: CO Lit 2010

Ryan Westbrook and I are teaming up for this.
by MLafer
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial
Replies: 275
Views: 97612

Re: CO Side Event: The Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial

Ryan Westbrook and I are teaming up for this.
by MLafer
Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals (4/17/2010)
Replies: 82
Views: 32907

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals (4/17/2010)

I was looking through the stats of this tournament, and something that caught my eye was the low bonus conversion (highest was around 19 from what I recall and lowest was in the lower single digits). I remember reading somewhere in the high school section that bonus conversions for good tournaments...
by MLafer
Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open matchmaking thread
Replies: 57
Views: 13333

Re: Chicago Open matchmaking thread

Dinosaurs Ryan Westbrook and myself need two more people, preferably of the "specialist" persuasion. Please contact one of us via e-mail if interested:

ryan - cryobristow at aol dot com
matt - matt dot lafer at gmail dot com
by MLafer
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TIDUS: The Son of JECHT (tentative)
Replies: 64
Views: 35831

Re: TIDUS: The Son of JECHT (tentative)

Will this set be posted somewhere?
by MLafer
Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tossup length
Replies: 8
Views: 1946

Re: Tossup length

Perhaps it would be helpful to ask why people write questions over 8 lines. I don't get it myself, and Magin's reasoning perfectly coincides with mine, along with the fact that it wastes editing/writing time in an era of sloppy & late tournaments. So, to those of you who insist on writing long-ass t...
by MLafer
Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CaTO/TaCO Discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 9753

Re: CaTO/TaCO Discussion

was the Slothrop tournament ever posted? That one's even older!
by MLafer
Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: FIST Midwest - University of Michigan (11/7/09)
Replies: 32
Views: 4657

Re: FIST Midwest - University of Michigan (11/7/09)

If anyone needs a free agent, I'll be looking for a team.
by MLafer
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CaTO/TaCO Discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 9753

Re: CaTO/TaCO Discussion

I think the bonus on Decalogue may have run too hard
Those answers don't seem very hard, but I think people seem to overestimate the difficulty of film questions in general (like the Rossellini/Open City/neo-realism bonus at CO that seemed by far the biggest gimme in the set).
by MLafer
Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 141186

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Somewhat related to the discussion on the Eddas...I just finished the Kojiki and would NOT recommend it for help in learning Japanese myth, at least the edition that I checked out from the library (tr. Philippi, 1968). First, the 2nd half of it is on things that never come up (i.e. post-Jimmu legend...
by MLafer
Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 21052

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

I think we tend to defer to Charlie and Hannah (and Aaron, too) because they're excellent insights into that real world. If you were objecting to deferring to talented pure quizbowler x, who holds the record for most leadin buzzes on music tossups per tournament, then yeah, that would be a problem....
by MLafer
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 21052

Re: Chicago Open 2009 Discussion

I also missed this earlier in the thread... I made negs on the Clock symphony and the Concord Sonata because of this - in the Clock symphony, it says that there is a double fugue in the finale then a line later names JP Salomon. Salomon gave the Jupiter Symphony its name, and the Jupiter symphony ha...