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by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Right answers that are counted wrong...
Replies: 24
Views: 12129

I'm still miffed about two non-neg negs that I had this year. I bring them up because I believe they demonstrate how sometimes it's one of the poll options, and sometimes its another. One was at Illinois Open -- they didn't accept "Austro-Prussian War" for a certain 1866 war that lasted six weeks. I...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in foreign countries: How?
Replies: 9
Views: 4462

I assumed it was an English-speaking school that happened to be located in China -- perhaps catering to the children of diplomats or businessmen sent there.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jun 13, 2005 2:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 315093

I was just reading a news story about sleep apnea that reminded me of what was probably the most spectacular neg (visually) of my career. It was my sophomore year of high school, and I had just discovered the game. At my third or fourth tournament of the year, there was a tossup of the form "what do...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The format/rebound debate
Replies: 15
Views: 7654

IMO, the rule should be that if the reader begins reading before the buzzer, the question must be completed. iirc, that is the NAQT requirement if one of the two teams cannot see the clock. I don't know what sort of rules NAQT has for its readers as to how they must display the clock or respond to ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The format/rebound debate
Replies: 15
Views: 7654

Well, it's no different from being up 10 with 10 seconds to go on the clock when a tossup is read. You can neg at 3 seconds left and still win. Yes it is. If you're up 10 with 3 seconds left and you are 100% sure you know the answer, it is in your interest to get it correct. If there are bounceback...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Jun 08, 2005 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The format/rebound debate
Replies: 15
Views: 7654

Being from Illinois, I grew up on both teams having a chance at the bonus, and it absolutely shocked me that this was not the ways things worked in college. At my first practice, I just stared there in disbelief for a few minutes after realizing it. But there's one thing that not having that rule pr...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue May 17, 2005 11:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Definitive Greatest QB Poems List
Replies: 7
Views: 5606

Just wait until I finish the Timiad.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri May 06, 2005 6:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 315093

Hmm. Then, if I committed the cardinal sin of QB and said a first name, would they accept both Francis and Franz? If they did not accept either Francis or Franz, that is a very legitimate protest. For all we know, you were raised by rabid anti-Germans who taught you history with Anglicized names, a...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri May 06, 2005 5:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 315093

Trevkeeper wrote:Stupid Question-Is it FRANZ Ferdinand, or FRANCIS Ferdinand? I can never remember.
Franz is German for Francis, iirc.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu May 05, 2005 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 05 discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 19809

I'll be taking classes at Chicago during the summer, maybe even in the same building in which this thing will be held, so it would not be out of my way at all to attend. It would also fit with my pattern of attending tournaments that I have no place being at this year. To any others my age: the only...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 27, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player movement/retirement thread
Replies: 16
Views: 10118

I'd be curious as to the fate of Jason Mueller.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:53 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 77842

This, I think, is part of it. I mean no disrespect to you or Chad, but as I don't know who either of you are, I'd expect in NAQT, ACF, or a modification of either, you wouldn't be able to come within five points of beating a team consisting of Andrew Yaphe and Seth Teitler. 1) Chad has been sort of...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:38 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 77842

To approach CBI non-seriously requires an ability to discount the fact that it costs nearly $1000 to even have the chance to get to their nationals, which translates to a full year worth of circuit events. That is a lot of money for mere amusement, not to mention the sort of thing that can cripple ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:11 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 77842

...people were overlooking the redeeming characteristics I've seen in CBI. Which are what, exactly? There are two big ones, though they may be mutually exclusive because they require different approches. First, if you approach CBI non-seriously and listen to it with an ACF/NAQT mindset, comparing i...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 77842

*hands up*

Ok, ok, I surrender. I phrased my post poorly. I very much do understand the question-based criticisms of CBI that are out there. My point was more that I felt that people were overlooking the redeeming characteristics I've seen in CBI.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:28 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Man, does CBI suck...
Replies: 77
Views: 77842

I'll start this post off with a disclaimer: I have never competed in CBI at any level higher than the Chicago Intramural Tournament (where the team I was on came within 5 points of beating a team consisting of Andrew Yaphe and Seth Teitler, thanks to Chad), though I have practiced on CBI questions t...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 315093

Gnolem for Golem at practice yesterday. I think I confused Golem and Gnome, and thus buzzed in with their unholy joint spawn.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 19, 2005 1:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 315093

zwtipp wrote:Fundamental Orders of Connecticutt for Aleutians
That is possibly the most awesome neg ever. It has made my day. Thank you.

I'm curious as to what prompted it, however. Something about trees?
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2005 NAQT ICT Results
Replies: 46
Views: 29587

Yeah, you're right Bruce...what I'm saying is that, especially with NAQT, I prefer to play with the "law of large numbers". I'm not indicting the format as a whole; I don't believe that it necessarily prevents a better team from winning. I just think that two games is a dangerously low number when ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2005 NAQT ICT Results
Replies: 46
Views: 29587

I think that, in general, if you insist that the two top teams play a final in NAQT at all costs - even if you give the one that's ahead a one-game advantage - the probability goes up that the title will be awarded to the less-deserving team in the end. If you argue that a game under NAQT rules and...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to pry results out of tournament directors?
Replies: 10
Views: 4490

In my brief time being aware of tournaments that I did not go to (which is less than a year), I have found that, typically, you can get the basic results and final standings from players who were there. My problem has always been with stats. I'd like to see those posted like within the week, during ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:10 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Nationals aftermath/discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 59297

I'd certainly call Manu harder. I mean, Manu did not have a bonus on the first man from the mythology of Madagascar, but the tossups at ACF Nationals were a lot more accessible, at least to me. One thing I found sort of cool were the common theme questions (crowns, spiders, etc.) They do require the...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What do you get out of Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 18
Views: 9449

In a few weeks I will be handed free airplane tickets to another part of the country, one where it is significantly warmer than it is in Chicago. And why? To play a game. A game that ultimately boils down to glorified trivia. If you know anyone who is suicidal, tell them to join a quiz bowl team. Th...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Mar 24, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A blast from the past ...
Replies: 46
Views: 35935

Somebody had a lot of free time in 1998.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Mar 20, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Switching A and B Teams
Replies: 27
Views: 13948

It seems ridiculous that a team would get its difficulty level guessed at a tournament by its name alone. Just seems like you're setting yourself up for that sort of manipulation. Are high school tournaments really that large that you can't have an "equal" schedule? Are players so obscure that sendi...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sat Mar 12, 2005 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 315093

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by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Mar 10, 2005 2:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Predictions
Replies: 12
Views: 8141

Is Michigan B not D2? I'm surprised. Will Turner and Co. would probably run away with the D2 title rather easily.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 244121

My old high school (Roycemore in Evanston) finally won its first regional tonight, a former teammate tells me. What wonders being moved out of Latin's region do for you!
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Mar 06, 2005 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT predictions
Replies: 14
Views: 8082

I don't believe that Chicago B will be eligible for UG, as that team now contains David Press.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:55 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 54144

One thing I did notice was that the editors were very good about not repeating answers. In fact, they were too good, to the extent that you could use process of elimination to correctly guess things just by what was asked in that category before. I got the first non-music arts tossup of my life late...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:00 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Regionals Commentary
Replies: 51
Views: 54144

Due to Andrew Yaphe's "second house team splits into two teams for playoff round" rule, I can now honestly say that I was on a team that went undefeated at ACF Regionals. That would be your Midwest lower bracket champion, Chicago C.

Take that, Mr. Mueller.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Is this the most pathetic post ever?
Replies: 33
Views: 18191

How disapointing. That post wasn't nearly as pathetic as some of the other ones reposted or alluded to here.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Is this the most pathetic post ever?
Replies: 33
Views: 18191

Is going down something the yahoo group does occasionally, or is this perhaps something that could last a while?

I'd feel terrible if I didn't get to read the post alluded to in the first post.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 244121

HAHAHA wrote:Yes. There were maybe four literature questions the entire time, no fine arts questions, and instead categories such as cartography.
!!!!!!

You have found my personal heaven. Please return it.

Man, I can't believe I missed out on this in high school.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Feb 17, 2005 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 315093

zwtipp wrote:Tito for Tojo
My brain fart of the day
Better than the Toto for Tojo I once did.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:12 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: SCT commentary
Replies: 67
Views: 68866

I personally would like to see an end to the bonus of the format "Given a Canadian University, name the province in which is it located". I mean, talk about a total giveaway to Canadian teams. Since they are college students, I bet a good many of them got intimately familiar with Canadian universiti...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Feb 13, 2005 11:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Bid discussion
Replies: 38
Views: 21472

I suppose nobody cares enough for D2 to do the same for it?
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sat Feb 12, 2005 3:52 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: SCT commentary
Replies: 67
Views: 68866

[quote="Matt Weiner"]
“Celtic languagesâ€
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:31 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: SCT commentary
Replies: 67
Views: 68866

MikeWormdog wrote: Also, whenever there's a "this, that, both, or neither" question, it'll probably suck. There seemed to be a bunch of them this time around.
There were some precious, precious bonuses like that in D2.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: over-, under-, or mis-represented topics in QB
Replies: 38
Views: 22657

Speaking of over-represented,

Image

Pretty to look at, not pretty to hear dozens of questions about within the space of a month.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Feb 03, 2005 1:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: blatant sexism (or something like it) in quizbowl questions
Replies: 19
Views: 9969

I don't recall ever hearing a bonus on male reproductive organs. In high school, I heard a tossup on the prostate, but that was it. As for the females, in high school, I saw a bonus about the female reproductive system and another bonus about the menstrual cycle. In college, I've only heard bonuses ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: over-, under-, or mis-represented topics in QB
Replies: 38
Views: 22657

Re: thoughts

as for mythology: I never understood why it wasn't a subset of literature. You could argue that mythology, while often written down, also has a very significant social and historical dimension that literature doesn't. I mean, nobody built temples to Dostoyevsky. Nobody conquered land in his name. N...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jan 17, 2005 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: World Quizzing Championships?
Replies: 3
Views: 3114

I googled and found some sample questions: Art & Culture 1 - In which century did Arizona, New Mexico & Oklahoma become states of the USA ? A: 20th (1912, 1912 & 1907) 2 - People found to be speaking which language were persecuted in Japan, Germany & Russia during the 1930s ? A: Esperanto 3 - What d...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Keeping a Team Alive
Replies: 4
Views: 3390

5) Again, something I was always too lazy to do, but try to get hooked up with other organizations in other, subtle ways. This can be mentioning QB to random people in other clubs, or helping with some kind of bowl at another club. At UVA, we let the Black Student Union borrow our buzzers for a Bla...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Dec 28, 2004 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: over-, under-, or mis-represented topics in QB
Replies: 38
Views: 22657

If I went by just what I hear at practice, I'd think that there were only four rivers in the world, and that five of them were the Brahmaputra.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri Dec 17, 2004 11:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Fright
Replies: 12
Views: 6854

as a player, i find that when i miss something in my category, i frequently look back and remember the questions i miss and try to get them if they ever come up again at a later tournament I half-jokingly renamed my Hard Drive "Von Moltke" after I came up blank on tossups about him twice in practic...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Dec 12, 2004 12:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 244121

Please don't say "Illinois Quiz Bowl" unless you are refering to a program at the University of Illinois.

At the high school level, it is SCHOLASTIC BOWL.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Officiating Book
Replies: 13
Views: 6157

(in Illinois, it is perfectly normal for coaches to split duties in moderating during a match). That's one thing that I had serious issues with during my high school career in Illinois, especially since I played only in a local league with no moderators. Lots of coaches had thick accents, and this ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Dec 05, 2004 2:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Fright
Replies: 12
Views: 6854

From a theoretical standpoint, increasing rewards for early correct answers while decreasing punishments for incorrect answers should do the trick. Of course, if you whatever format you play in tournaments has negative pointage for incorrect answers, that approach could backfire as, faced with the h...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wikipedia
Replies: 6
Views: 4182

Can anyone say "tossup"?