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by MLafer
Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Death of Robert Jordan
Replies: 14
Views: 2993

ValenciaQBowl wrote:I thought that guy shot himself after blowing up the bridge in his stoicly heroic but futile attempt to stymie Franco's men.
SPOILER THAT SHIT
by MLafer
Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What... no women's world cup (futbol/soccer) talk?
Replies: 9
Views: 2584

ImmaculateDeception wrote:No.
by MLafer
Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gimmick rules at trash tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 4618

Andy Goss already did the "screw" thing in his 2001 Summer Singles tournament.


ANDY GOSS
by MLafer
Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO Critique
Replies: 49
Views: 17907

7. Choose one team member to perform this task. You will now be handed one envelope and one paper plate. Inside the envelope you will find (1) One pair of disposable chopsticks (2) One box of Gobstoppers. Separate the chopsticks, and pour the candy onto the plate. Using only the chopsticks, *pick u...
by MLafer
Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO Critique
Replies: 49
Views: 17907

7. Choose one team member to perform this task. You will now be handed one envelope and one paper plate. Inside the envelope you will find (1) One pair of disposable chopsticks (2) One box of Gobstoppers. Separate the chopsticks, and pour the candy onto the plate. Using only the chopsticks, *pick u...
by MLafer
Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Matts?
Replies: 15
Views: 5659

can i play for Brindlee Mountain
by MLafer
Thu Jun 28, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 19848

can someone move these questions to a domain that works?
by MLafer
Sat Jun 09, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 PACE NSC prognostication thread
Replies: 36
Views: 12132

In my bracket MLW A was in 1st, Gonzaga 2nd and New Trier 3rd. Yeah that's not really much info
by MLafer
Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Maggie Walker wins 2007 HSNCT!
Replies: 138
Views: 46012

Wow, they got zeroed by a team that went 3-7 (DuBois Area) and got zeroed themselves by Eden Prairie B. There is a certain level of teams who attend HSNCT that are so bad that I want to know why they even came in the first place. Does anybody else wonder this? I know it's incredibly rude, but it be...
by MLafer
Mon May 21, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Singles
Replies: 26
Views: 17198

I would like to play.
by MLafer
Tue May 08, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 71
Views: 31446

EDIT: While I'm on the topic of bonuses I'll throw in this classic of unfinished editing from Penn Bowl: In his Requiem , this composer was the first to eliminate the Dies Irae movement, replacing it with In Paradisum . More clues I must say I'm a bit confused here. This seems like a perfectly fine...
by MLafer
Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 43904

This sort of relates back to my original complaint. I don't think question writers should focus on stuff that is "good" or not. That's why there was too much indie music and not enough questions on bands that people hate but at least they have heard of them. It's trash for a reason. There should be...
by MLafer
Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Individual Rankings
Replies: 48
Views: 20921

i would be amused to see the bottom end of this list.
by MLafer
Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 43904

I think this is one of the better TRASHionals that I've attended. Some things that they've improved on: -- more and better video game questions. They asked about games that people actually play, and seemingly a much wider variety than usual. Tossups on Time Crisis, .hack, Tecmo and Bionic Commando w...
by MLafer
Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Results
Replies: 10
Views: 5430

I am pretty sure License to IL should be ranked ahead of my team (Grappling), by virtue of having a better win-loss record (7-2, 3-4) vs. (8-1, 1-6). Also by virtue of kicking our ass.
by MLafer
Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in literature singles alongside the Chicago Open?
Replies: 11
Views: 5366

i want to
play in a literature singles tournament the weekend of the Chicago Open.
by MLafer
Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 11591

Some thoughts on the distribution at the tournament: I am completely confused how this tournament could have zero computer science tossups. That is ridiculous. Out of fourteen packets we heard three bonuses on computer science related topics, one of them being on quantum computing which really stri...
by MLafer
Sat Mar 17, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me about Lexington, KY!
Replies: 17
Views: 5690

MY GIRLFRIEND
by MLafer
Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: We need to get another thread started here
Replies: 6
Views: 2779

Image
by MLafer
Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio 2006-07
Replies: 38
Views: 13079

by MLafer
Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question for Matt Lafer
Replies: 5
Views: 2609

I've been trying to pass with a 3/4 bar of star power recently so I'll correct a few things I said: 1. Never mind what I said about just concentrating on the two primary notes. Just try to hit every note. Obviously, it's too fast, but you'll pick up a lot of accidental HO/PO this way. 2. Don't strum...
by MLafer
Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question for Matt Lafer
Replies: 5
Views: 2609

Wow, I didn't expect to see this here. First, make sure you have the main riff down cold. I usually strum the first three notes, then hold down green and tap the yellows, strum the double green note and then hammer on R-Y-B-O-B. The first hard part is the guitar break, the part that goes GRY-RYB-YBO...
by MLafer
Thu Jan 25, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: To get better at quizbowl, learn stuff
Replies: 15
Views: 5651

This is too hard guys
by MLafer
Sun Jan 21, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 10977

How is it possible that you've been on the circuit for, I believe, 6+ years and not yet seen a question on Bronzino? I've seen at least 5, none of which mentioned this Monty Python clue.
by MLafer
Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Week 17
Replies: 6
Views: 2461

i do believe i will select the Raiders and Browns
by MLafer
Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Week Sixteen
Replies: 5
Views: 2125

Steelers, Bucs
by MLafer
Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Week Fifteen
Replies: 6
Views: 2503

Niners, Broncos
by MLafer
Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Knockout 14?
Replies: 9
Views: 3211

Titans, Eagles
by MLafer
Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Week 13
Replies: 7
Views: 2613

Texans, Rams
by MLafer
Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH regs discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 32447

I guess I really can write a tossup on Keane (4,246,801 plays scrobbled on Last.fm) and Muse (15,683,750 plays scrobbled on Last.fm), or I could if I had British Aspiration Syndrome. I guess I'll have to settle for writing questions on Air (6,154,304 plays scrobbled on Last.fm) All three of those b...
by MLafer
Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH regs discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 32447

OK, so that may be a slight exaggeration on my part; I'm having trouble thinking of anything I heard at TRASH Regionals this year that would qualify as "extremely" obscure, at least offhand. I do recall a few lesser-known indie bands coming up as bonus parts, but I shouldn't really complain about t...
by MLafer
Wed Nov 22, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Week 12
Replies: 8
Views: 3277

Vikings, Bye
by MLafer
Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH regs discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 32447

One problem with bringing more post-1990 music into play is that there are now tons of current indie rock questions that are ungettable for about half the people. This is only a problem because sometimes there are questions about extremely obscure bands. It's perfectly reasonable to think that a so...
by MLafer
Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH regs discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 32447

I really wish Trash would try to diversify their answer selection a little bit. Maybe this is because they have a similar editing staff every year and no packet submission, but it always seems like the same crap comes up every year. There is so much stuff that can be asked about in pop culture that ...
by MLafer
Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout - Week 11
Replies: 11
Views: 3935

Seahawks, Bills
by MLafer
Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Week Ten
Replies: 9
Views: 3386

Falcons and BYE
by MLafer
Fri Nov 03, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Week Nine
Replies: 13
Views: 4112

Jaguars, Chargers
by MLafer
Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Week Eight
Replies: 16
Views: 5174

Saints & Chiefs
by MLafer
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: What happened here?
Replies: 14
Views: 5416

It's unfortunate that some people's first experiences with the mACF format (albeit hybrid) had to be this tournament. The academic tossups pretty much conformed to the stereotype that college quiz bowl is "impossible" and that only the best players out of high school should even bother attempting it...
by MLafer
Thu Sep 28, 2006 11:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On high schools competing in college tournaments
Replies: 20
Views: 8094

However, to an outsider who doesn't know much of anything about the skills of either team, it just wouldn't look good if a collegiate team lost to a high school team. Who is this mythical "outsider" that we have to worry about placating? I don't think good HS teams would have any problem with the A...
by MLafer
Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout - Week Four
Replies: 18
Views: 5448

Dallas & Miami
by MLafer
Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout - Week Three
Replies: 27
Views: 8937

hometown team screws me again!
by MLafer
Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout - Week Three
Replies: 27
Views: 8937

Washington. Detroit.
by MLafer
Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Contest - Week Two
Replies: 24
Views: 7282

Baltimore, Indianapolis
by MLafer
Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NFL Knockout Contest - Week One
Replies: 23
Views: 7328

Chicago and New England.
by MLafer
Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles Criticism
Replies: 43
Views: 17335

Yeah, full stats: https://webspace.utexas.edu/egk55/www/historystats/HistoryStats_standings.html Had to do them all at once. Sorry that took so long. Eric Are these actually "full" stats? I get an error message when I click on anything at the top. It will work if you remove the 1 and one of the und...
by MLafer
Fri Jul 14, 2006 11:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Trash discussion, bold predictions team names etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 2438

I'll go ahead and make the bold prediction that my team will not win. And Will Turner will score 1 ppg by ringing in on the only comic book question in the tournament. On paper the Sorenson team looks fearsome, but we saw a significant number drop off by Jeremy White last year between his usual TRAS...
by MLafer
Mon Jul 03, 2006 10:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 22518

I guess what amazes me it the instant dismissal of any of the works of science fiction. I guess that is the science guy coming out in me but what about David Brin or Larry Niven contributions? How do you judge someone's work? Does Jules Verne fit into anything that would be considered as "good" lit...
by MLafer
Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 22518

But frankly, the argument seems silly anyway. HG Wells is not in the canon in spite of his science fiction, he's there because of it. Had he not written those books, no one today would've heard of him. Similarly, Huxley is known today almost exclusively for Brave New World, both popularly and criti...
by MLafer
Sun Jul 02, 2006 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Retiring Some Questions?
Replies: 51
Views: 22518

MLafer, how do you call Huxley and Wells safe for having a variety of other works and being associates with canonical writers, and yet Asimov out? Being one of the most diverse writers in recent times, how does he not qualify? Accessibility does not necessitate exclusion: Feynman is an understandab...