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by BuzzerZen
Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12967

Re: VCU Open Discussion

I agree with Will: the minimum spanning tree question was the only one of the three that I heard (didn't hear qubits) that had well-ordered non-transparent clues. Linked lists and the lambda calculus are lovely choices for answers, but the clues were not well-ordered. The lambda calculus pretty famo...
by BuzzerZen
Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12967

Re: VCU Open Discussion

This tournament was a huge disappointment. More fully-thought-out commentary will have to wait for a time when I can count on myself to not degenerate into profanity-laced nonsense, if my need to post is not obviated by the posts of others. But, to sum up: Tossups on Jesus' foreskin: 1 Acceptable co...
by BuzzerZen
Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gunpei Discussion
Replies: 16
Views: 3030

Re: Gunpei Discussion

Go go gadget meta.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 11771

Re: 08-09 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread

everyday847 wrote:
A Coachman wrote: I also think they're getting some beasts from TJ and Dallas from MLK, which should certainly make solid additions.
Beasts from TJ would be (welcome) news to me. I NEED NAMES.
I'm pretty sure none of the TJ '08 people who were active this past year are going to Harvard, actually.
by BuzzerZen
Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Actual Discussion of HSQuizbowl/Kidder podcasts
Replies: 20
Views: 2951

Re: Actual Discussion of HSQuizbowl/Kidder podcasts

Signal-to-noise might not be the best board statistic to cite. I think that a lot of times, the AHAN stuff that makes this seem like a hokey "internet community" actually serves to keep people interested in the boards during lull periods (like right now, for example). As someone who's been around h...
by BuzzerZen
Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 24097

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT and call for staff: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17)

metsfan001 wrote:I may not be nearly as awesome as Katy Peters, but I guess I'll piggyback on her post and say that I, too, would appreciate a ride down in a similar fashion.
I could only fit one of you comfortably.

FIGHT TO THE DEATH.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 24097

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT and call for staff: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17)

I had planned to wait until I knew if I could make it or not, but I suppose now would be a good time to mention that IF Jerry works out his travel plans, I hope to catch a ride down and helping out. Alternately, if his plans fail but some person or group is willing to wait and travel from DC late F...
by BuzzerZen
Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 10515

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I don't believe cost is the concern so much as fatigue. I was absolutely wiped on Sunday during the trash tournament. I was completely asleep for half of a round, even. This was after getting a combined 12 hours of sleep over the previous three nights. I might have gotten more than 1 tossup or so a ...
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Awesome List
Replies: 13
Views: 2428

Re: Chicago Open Awesome List

jpn wrote:Evan Silberman, for handling his massive amount of reading fairly well.
Heh, you weren't there man...I handled it by constantly drinking water and soda and abandoning all other mental faculties.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Awesome List
Replies: 13
Views: 2428

Chicago Open Awesome List

Ryan Westbrook: A man, a plan, a beard trim—packets.
Susan Ferrari: Thank you for the tasty cookies.
Katy Peters: 48 rounds in 48 hours. I am not worthy.
Jonathan Magin: You exceed yourself.
by BuzzerZen
Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Meta Bowl - 7/19/08
Replies: 23
Views: 2963

Re: Chicago Open Meta Bowl - 7/19/08

In case anyone is concerned about the timing of this taking place during Saturday lunch, I anticipate the entire round lasting no longer than eight minutes. It will be the combined commercial breaks in the sitcom of CO lunchtime, if you will.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 24097

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open & VCU Novice (August 16 + 17, 2008)

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:Hey for anyone in the chat the other night when I sort of announced I would write a side tournament for this, I actually won't be able to because I'm going to be busier than I planned with arranging my move out to the west coast. Sorry to get anyone's hopes up.
sadface
by BuzzerZen
Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

Re: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest

cdcarter wrote:How about at Minnesota Open?
HI is more likely because Harvard is notably a 2-hour drive from my own educational institution, as opposed to...far.
by BuzzerZen
Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

Re: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest

Deesy Does It wrote:How about at Harvard Open?
That sounds plausible; I'll keep that in mind.
leftsaidfred wrote:
BuzzerZen wrote:...without me having to make the batter either in the car...
If meth labs can be operational in moving vans, there's no reason you can't cook actual food in them.
Matt Weiner, mobile meth lab operator.
by BuzzerZen
Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

Re: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest

Hm, so given recent discussion about how busy this whole CO shindig is going to be, I'm leaning towards canceling this. If anyone can think of a way to squeeze a latke-eating contest in without me having to make the batter either in the car or at 2am, you should let me know. Otherwise, I'll run a la...
by BuzzerZen
Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165014

Re: Illinois '08-'09

ReinsteinD wrote:I know that Illinois Scholastic Bowl has its faults, but if you continue to complain I will be forced to tell you stories about the old days when things really were terrible and there was nothing you could do about it.
I, for one, love stories about terrible quiz bowl. You oughta tell some of these.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 24097

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open & VCU Novice (August 16 + 17, 2008)

everyday847 wrote:It's Evan! He was being combative on the internets. It's what he does.
Who, me?
by BuzzerZen
Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 102
Views: 12660

Re: Next Year

cornfused wrote:And where are YOU from, sir?

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=5402
Leave the moderating to the mods, please.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 24097

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open & VCU Novice (August 16 + 17, 2008)

Magister Ludi wrote:Just to clarify, Andy is the fourth player on my team for Sunday and is not playing with Carter/Silberman/Spencer. We are still looking for a fourth player for Saturday.
That's what you think, Ted.

Edit: I will give you a pinecone and as many as three shiny rocks in exchange for Andy Watkins.
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jun 28, 2008 3:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11484

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

Well, when I say that games should be read quickly, I of course think that moderators should be intelligible. If you can't read quickly and intelligibly, you need to practice your moderating.
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jun 28, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11484

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

The correct speed to read a tournament is "fast".
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Literature Doubles
Replies: 78
Views: 20316

Re: Chicago Open Literature Doubles

I will staff this tournament.
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Movie of the Week 6/23-6/29: The Big Sleep
Replies: 8
Views: 1174

Re: Movie of the Week 6/23-6/29: The Big Sleep

Since I was watching this movie while talking to people on the IRC, by the second half I was only half-paying-attention, but I have a few observations: More women should wear outfits like this one . More films should have shots like this one . Humphrey Bogart playing Phillip Marlowe disguising himse...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 39055

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

According to Rush Limbaugh or some other political commentator on the radio today that my friend had on, Exxon-Mobil is getting out of the gasoline business in the U.S. citing the fact that its not profitable enough. It is my experience that whatever Rush Limbaugh says, the opposite should be assum...
by BuzzerZen
Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sun n' Fun(n) IX Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 4869

Re: Sun n' Fun(n) IX Discussion

The "54-40 or fight" tossup I thought was brilliant, though I negged it with "34-40 or fight".
by BuzzerZen
Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ASS II Discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 5520

Re: ASS II Discussion

In re: buzzing on the theme, I think the most egregious incident of that was in the vision packet, when I buzzed on "Univisión" after determining merely that the question was asking for a Spanish-language television network. So it certainly happened.
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21
Replies: 65
Views: 16259

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21

What bothered me more was that the books given out at the end were pretty horrible. I'm completely serious about this: if you are going to give out books out at all, please make sure that they are not just some random, useless things no one would want... Daichi, the books were Brittany's that she d...
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21
Replies: 65
Views: 16259

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21

Live update stats during lunch: http://doc-ent.com/quizbowl/snf08/SunNFun2008PrelimRound4_standings.html Caltech Alums only played two games because they had a flat tire and got here late. How is Feldman on both Team Feldman AND Ian Eppler's team? Ian Eppler played as "Feldman" for mysterious reaso...
by BuzzerZen
Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACFDB - a new tossup database
Replies: 79
Views: 16339

Re: ACFDB - a new tossup database

Deesy Does It wrote:Ok, but I'm saying it would be akin to them going through and arbitrarily deciding to label all the jazz tossups. That doesn't make sense unless they do it for every single other subdistribution.
The solution here is to implement a freeform tagging system.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MotW voting thread - 6/23-6/29
Replies: 16
Views: 1550

Re: MotW voting thread - 6/23-6/29

The Big Sleep. Seven Samurai is pretty good, but it's very, very long and I think Kurosawa made better films.
by BuzzerZen
Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 08-09
Replies: 34
Views: 5826

Re: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 08-09

Xerxes wrote:Why should the College Board be allowed to dictate anything at all?
Fixed.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Need Some input
Replies: 25
Views: 3681

Re: Need Some input

Well, accepting the answer as-is is clearly unacceptable, because the answer given is equivalent to same-class blitzing, which is never allowed in legitimate formats. And prompting wouldn't seem work, because the essential goal of prompting is to elicit more information, not less. You wouldn't promp...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chip's Love of Pyramids! (renamed from NAC legitimacy)
Replies: 80
Views: 8077

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

evilmonkey wrote:About the only thing true might be that a vermont school turned them down for nationals, although I highly doubt that.
Actually, there have been some posts about after-school tournaments in upper New England on the boards. I think there's a nascent circuit up there.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 39055

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

Or we could all decide to spend an extra day in Chicago or DC next year and still save money. Disney World is fun, but Chicago and DC have museums with actual culture in them.
by BuzzerZen
Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Post-Nationals Poll Time! - Congrats to Whitman!
Replies: 21
Views: 4336

Re: Post-Nationals Poll Time!

Vote you lazy people! Unless Fred doesn't want more ballots, in which case, post results, you lazy Fred!
by BuzzerZen
Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 39055

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

Tegan wrote:nuking the first round into bolivian
This is the best malapropism ever created.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info
Replies: 50
Views: 20620

Re: Mirroring/collaborating on tournaments info

cdcarter wrote:totally send me a mirror
Christian Carter is collecting mirrors.
by BuzzerZen
Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators
Replies: 58
Views: 5734

Re: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators

But, worst-of-all, at the end of each school year the school absorbed the money we had raised into its general fund, at which point we lost any and all claim we had to it. So, the next year we had to start fund-raising all over again. This is the worst thing I have ever heard and makes me outrageou...
by BuzzerZen
Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement
Replies: 25
Views: 4108

Re: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement

Wow, I'm actually really excited somebody did this. Thanks for compiling this data. That said... Caveats about this chart: ... 2. The chart in Matt's post includes private and magnet schools, for which zip code-based data is unlikely to be representative. Umm... that's a bit of a problem, don't you...
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement
Replies: 25
Views: 4108

Re: QB social science: School District Income v. HSNCT Placement

Caveats about this chart: 1. Median income data is from the zip code the school resides in. This is a reasonable metric, but less accurate than free and reduced lunch percentage, for gauging the income bracket of a school. 2. The chart in Matt's post includes private and magnet schools, for which zi...
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40341

Re: NAC Schedules

Ben Dillon wrote:The "Freedom Ride" tossup did in fact refer to the actions and not the participants. I would have given the points, but I can see why he didn't.
Because he is a hopeless pedant who doesn't know anything about real quiz bowl?
by BuzzerZen
Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators
Replies: 58
Views: 5734

Re: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators

Do we even have a problem, here? Are there competent moderators who aren't volunteering at tournaments because they have no financial incentive? Is anybody having trouble recruiting enough competent people who will moderate for free to run their tournaments? I do not believe that either of these thi...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 39055

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

A buzzer game vaguely resembling quiz bowl will be played. The team with the best math player will win, unless another team is better at the crucial coloring portion of the distribution.
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators
Replies: 58
Views: 5734

Re: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators

Evan, Will you be in Chicagoland (Barrington MS - Station Campus)next March 14th? I'm always looking for moderators, even more so since next year's tourney conflicts with IHSA high school sectional playoffs, thus I'll lose Egan and Laudermith at the very least. Almost certainly not, alas. Man, if a...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators
Replies: 58
Views: 5734

Re: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators

If you can afford to lose money on your tournament, then you are probably unique among quiz bowl programs. Even at TJ, where we were generously funded by the school's Academic Boosters, our policy of making regular-season tournaments free for everybody would've been unsustainable if we hadn't made $...
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UCLA Quizbowl
Replies: 10
Views: 2445

Re: UCLA Quizbowl

Kit Cloudkicker wrote:Last night I received an email from UCLA the tone and content of which made it clear that they take responsibility for what happened and are willing to make restitution immediately through an approved channel. As a result, I think we should all consider this matter closed.
Closed it is. Locked.
by BuzzerZen
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest

Announcing (perhaps) the Inaugural Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest, to take place during the Chicago Open weekend, likely on Friday after the July Crisis history doubles, in a location to be determined. Entry fee is $10 per person, with a field size and rules to be decided based on how m...