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by fleurdelivre
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 15422

Re: ACF Fall discussion (don't read, players at U Wash. site)

12. This figure was the last of his race, and tutored such figures as Asclepius and Aeneas. For 10 points each: [10] Name this figure, who exchanged his immortality to free Prometheus from his bondage. ANSWER: Chiron [or Cheiron] [10] Chiron was a member of this race of beings, who are half-horse. ...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 15422

Re: ACF Fall discussion (don't read, players at U Wash. site)

I got to see both some very very good teams and some newer teams play in my room over the course of the day; I think that this tournament was much less demoralizing for the lower half of the field, and it was great fun to read. I got the feeling throughout the day that I could actually have enjoyed ...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)
Replies: 21
Views: 3713

Re: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)

We'll be at GIT with one or two teams. Not sure about FOGHAT yet. Quiz bowl instead of GOTV, Matt, really? I'm ashamed. Ha, yes, I know how horrible of a person I am. Hopefully the Phelps County Democrats were able to hold down the fort without me for a weekend. I will see them this evening. Should...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)
Replies: 21
Views: 3713

Re: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)

Deckard Cain wrote:We'll be at GIT with one or two teams. Not sure about FOGHAT yet.
Quiz bowl instead of GOTV, Matt, really? I'm ashamed.
by fleurdelivre
Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Attitudes towards quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 6045

Re: Attitudes towards quizbowl

Maybe this isn't the place for it, but now that it's been mentioned, I'd just like to express my belief that there isn't enough praise for Mike Bentley on this forum. Not only has he done many things to improve the game from the technical side, but he's also a terrific writer. Anyone who played the...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland
Replies: 48
Views: 7387

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland

DumbJaques wrote:Staff = good.
Cool. Count me in! Jerry, is your offer still good?
by fleurdelivre
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How do you do it?
Replies: 22
Views: 5367

Re: How do you do it?

Finally, there's the option of fundraising from other sources. The student org people never gave us money at Vandy, but hosting ABC twice a year covered our own competition and travel costs pretty effectively...not that this is much help if you don't have a large enough organization to do this (or a...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland
Replies: 48
Views: 7387

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland

obvious question to have asked a week ago: you guys need extra staff?
by fleurdelivre
Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Automated Password Protected Zip File Creator
Replies: 29
Views: 10809

Re: Automated Password Protected Zip File Creator

The probability of your laptop being destroyed during a quizbowl tournament is very low. Has this actually ever happened? The only thing I can think of is Trygve's laptop being stolen during CO Trash, and that laptop was notably in the hallway NOT being used for quizbowl purposes. We are indeed up ...
by fleurdelivre
Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Minnesota Open, October 18 2008
Replies: 111
Views: 30030

Re: Announcement: Minnesota Open, October 18 2008

Matt Weiner wrote:I'm deliberating whether the deluge of "STOP SUMMARIZING THINGS THAT ARE FREELY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET ABOUT ME" complaints will be a worthwhile price to pay for posting it.
of course it is. what else are these message boards for, anyway?
by fleurdelivre
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in Feb tourney @ Columbia?
Replies: 23
Views: 2400

Re: Interest in Feb tourney @ Columbia?

I would love to help out with a tournament in town. Count me in to staff whatever you put together...
by fleurdelivre
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland
Replies: 48
Views: 7387

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Illinois Open Mirror (11/15/08) at Maryland

By the way, I'll be making this trip from the New York area. If you live thereabouts (I'm looking at you, Katy Peters) and want a ride to this tournament, get in touch with me. Why thank you. I might well accept such an offer, but let me check my social engagements and get in touch with you in a we...
by fleurdelivre
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 14249

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

(that tossup on the guy who wrote Krik? Krak! for example). Danticat actually did a recent reading at Brown (which I did not go to, though I read her story in the New Yorker which was published last spring, I think) and she's come up before in quizbowl. She's easily the most well-known contemporary...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PrelimAnnouncement: MIT Mirror of Minnesota Open (10/18/08)
Replies: 45
Views: 14814

Re: PrelimAnnouncement: MIT Mirror of Minnesota Open (10/18/08)

what about the possibility of postponing lit for the weekend of ACF Fall? I'd love to staff it/see it played live, but two weekends in a row in Boston is a bit much. If that only sounds like a good idea to me, though, I'll not mention it again.
by fleurdelivre
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 14249

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

I'd just like to note that we in fact did go through and copy edit all of the packets, as did Charles. Realize that there are approximately 170 pages of questions for this tournament, so even then, it's still really hard to catch all of the missing words and minor errors. This was actually one of t...
by fleurdelivre
Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PrelimAnnouncement: MIT Mirror of Minnesota Open (10/18/08)
Replies: 45
Views: 14814

Re: PrelimAnnouncement: MIT Mirror of Minnesota Open (10/18/08)

Alright, I need someone to bring a staffer or two. Now you too can determine (to some degree) the quality of readers at this tournament! :D Staffers of the variety that can both read and score are preferred. Hey - didn't notice this until tonight, but I can make the trip if a kindly team or tourney...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Language rules
Replies: 29
Views: 4012

Re: Language rules

Constantin Constantius wrote:Wouldn't that be acceptable anyway?
If you're asking me, the question was on the historical figures, not the David painting, so no. I didn't know any name for them outside the French, though...not that I'll ever forget it now.
by fleurdelivre
Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Language rules
Replies: 29
Views: 4012

Re: Language rules

I'm all for being as generous as possible in rewarding accurate knowledge...that and I'm still bitter about negging a Horatii tossup because I only knew the answer from an art history class I'd taken in French and couldn't convert "Le Serment des Horaces" into something appropriately Latin.
by fleurdelivre
Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)
Replies: 64
Views: 16350

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)

Other important question that I'll post here--is anyone driving up from the NYC area with whom I could get a ride up Saturday (paying for my share of gas and all)? I've not heard back from the Hunter folk yet, and I don't immediately see anyone else on the list here--Katy, are you planning on headi...
by fleurdelivre
Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)
Replies: 64
Views: 16350

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 3 at Brown (Saturday, October 4)

Deesy Does It wrote:...Don't buy a separate hotel room for her? That sounds like a discount.
Seriously, most of us can adapt to sharing living space with the boys for tournament weekends...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: International Teams
Replies: 6
Views: 1844

Re: International Teams

I'm moving to Chile for a few years starting in February. While there I plan to study and perhaps represent my school in quiz bowl play. My main question is to anyone who knows anything about international quizbowl. I know that there are teams in Canada and I think that the British have similar com...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Regular difficulty: does it exist?
Replies: 87
Views: 50144

Re: Regular difficulty: does it exist?

Unless you're going to require editors to make that prediction beforehand, I don't know how such a data set would be generated. Well, Magin ranked the Gaddis tossups pre-tournament - if we've still got question-by-question stats, then it would be possible to compare for this one tournament how 3s g...
by fleurdelivre
Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 22937

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

Now that I know where I'm going to be Friday night, I should probably post my usual request for a place to lay my sleeping bag. I'd worked out possible options for the DC area but have no lodging worked out for Richmond. Then again, I'm not fussy. Someone, pretty please?
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 22937

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

If people are looking for a place to stay Friday night, my house is open to anyone. It is a short metro ride away from both Union Station and Reagan airport. We are leaving early on Saturday morning for the trip down to Richmond with a van that can accomodate a lot of people. Way to ruin the death ...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gunpei Yokoi Memorial Open - Sat, 8/16/08@VCU
Replies: 48
Views: 15916

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gunpei Yokoi Memorial Open - Sat, 8/16/08@VCU

Since it now looks like I'll be coming for sure, I'd love to actually play this if possible - though I'm certainly happy to staff as needed also.
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 22937

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

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. Okay, Jerry, it's all up to you now - and a New Yorker carpool sounds a lot more...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 22937

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 help out. Alternately, if his plans fail but some person or group is willing to wait and travel from DC late Fri n...
by fleurdelivre
Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 92454

Re: Bad Negs Again

Wait, there's strip Botticelli? Somehow, the social events I've been to have (so far?) fallen into nonintersecting categories of "times when I could imagine people removing articles of clothing" and "times when I could imagine people playing Botticelli." OH, right, Crying of Lot 49 had that. Thomas...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 10247

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

grapesmoker wrote:effusive praise
You'd better watch it or you're going to lose your title as the angriest man in quizbowl after too many posts like that...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 92454

Re: Bad Negs Again

I think the Russian-Roulette-for-Botticelli-after-stripping-has-been-mentioned takes the cake. It took me a good thirty seconds to be able to breathe again, let alone resume the question.
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Literature Doubles Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2088

Re: Literature Doubles Discussion

I spent about two rounds dancing about the hallways after the tossup on "Goosberries" and other rounds was generally excited about Oulipo, Roald Dahl, Borges (the JFK bullet as a clue!) and "A Worn Path" - many thanks to those who put in things I love. Magin also read the final round and the Packet ...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2607

Re: CO History Doubles Discussion

I got to score keep for this, and that was a lot of fun to see all these good teams play this set. The set seemed really awesome. I really liked some of the way out there tossup and bonus selections, and the "You are BLANK, a BLANK in TIME PERIOD POLITY FTPE" bonuses were a cool way to do a bonus, ...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Awesome List
Replies: 13
Views: 2319

Re: Chicago Open Awesome List

I'll happily second Donald's inclusion on this list, as well as thanks to all the authors and editors. It was a pleasure getting to read everything. And to Susan's accolades, I'd like to add thanks for coordinating lunch on Saturday to the praises Evan already offered for incredible ginger cookies.
by fleurdelivre
Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2008 SS/Phil Doubles: "Walden Three"
Replies: 58
Views: 9114

Re: Chicago Open 2008 SS/Phil Doubles: "Walden Three"

Well, a formal police report got filed, so the laptop will be at least partly covered by insurance. The questions, on the other hand, will probably require a significant labor of love once Trygve is ready to even think about reconstructing them.
by fleurdelivre
Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Meta Bowl - 7/19/08
Replies: 23
Views: 2831

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

cornfused wrote:Trygve didn't?
He says he didn't, but neither of us remember who did. Sorry...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Meta Bowl - 7/19/08
Replies: 23
Views: 2831

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

It was excellent - Mukherjee negged on the tossup about his posse, and generally people didn't always win the race to tossups on themselves. Actually, no one answered the tossup on himself, which was quite entertaining. A tossup to which the answer was meta also appeared in the Trash this morning, ...
by fleurdelivre
Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2008: The End Comes...Beyond the Omega Point
Replies: 73
Views: 9283

Re: Chicago Open 2008: The End Comes...Beyond the Omega Point

Just putting in a repeat housing request - I'm still seeking floor space if anyone's got room for me to lay out a sleeping bag. I'll offer money, food and something resembling eternal gratitude, seeing as the alternative is a weekend with my not-in-laws (as Magin aptly rated a 9.7/10 on the awkwardn...
by fleurdelivre
Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Team Discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 13686

Re: Chicago Open Team Discussion

I'll be staffing, not playing, but thought this thread would be best for asking if anyone's got hotel space for an additional person - my original plans just fell through, and I'll be in town Fri, Sat and Sun, if you know of options for any of those nights. Email address in profile.
by fleurdelivre
Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2008 SS/Phil Doubles: "Walden Three"
Replies: 58
Views: 9114

Re: Announcement: Social Science/Philosophy Subject Tournament

Am I really not on your list of available helpers/readers/whatever-ers? I'll be around, so let me know if I can make myself useful.
by fleurdelivre
Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Possible Summer Novice Tournament at Irvine (6/21 or 6/28)
Replies: 33
Views: 11071

Re: Possible Summer Novice Tournament at Irvine (6/21 or 6/28)

Like, I sent Matt emails ages ago telling him to contact the Rockbridge people, so I can't really comment. Unfortunately for me my school email account has been deactivated so I'm not sure if the Rock Bridge coach sent me anything since his last message. "his"? Is Marilyn Toalson not handling the a...
by fleurdelivre
Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2008: The End Comes...Beyond the Omega Point
Replies: 73
Views: 9283

Re: Chicago Open 2008: The End Comes...Beyond the Omega Point

ILoveReeses wrote:
Matt Weiner wrote:
myamphigory wrote:Well, not so cool if you don't want to play lit singles in tents on the quads.
Is this supposed to make the idea LESS attractive?
Who will invent solar-powered buzzers?
hey, this could be slap bowl all the way and it would still be awesome...
by fleurdelivre
Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2008: The End Comes...Beyond the Omega Point
Replies: 73
Views: 9283

Re: Chicago Open 2008: The End Comes...Beyond the Omega Point

myamphigory wrote:Well, not so cool if you don't want to play lit singles in tents on the quads.
moderating by flashlight...this just gets better and better!
by fleurdelivre
Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest
Replies: 24
Views: 3603

Re: Sabbatai Tzvi Memorial Latke Eating Contest

I'll volunteer to help with prep, logistics and possibly a cuisinart if you'd like...
by fleurdelivre
Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11462

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

With the Tallis, I buzzed in and said "Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis" and was negged because I said "by" instead of "of." Am I the only person who thinks that in a situation like this I should have been awarded the tossup? I mean, that's a really silly thing to hand out a neg over considerin...
by fleurdelivre
Thu May 29, 2008 11:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Literature Doubles
Replies: 78
Views: 19948

Re: Chicago Open Literature Doubles

Eärendil wrote:I'll play!
That's the spirit; we need more exclamation points in quiz bowl...
by fleurdelivre
Thu May 29, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Literature Doubles
Replies: 78
Views: 19948

Re: Chicago Open Literature Doubles

I'll read!
by fleurdelivre
Thu May 29, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gaddis Discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 9607

Re: Gaddis Discussion

I've noticed that neither the official thank-you for this tournament nor any of the thank-yous in this thread mention Charles Meigs, who wrote a substantial part of the history and geography at this tournament. I just feel he should be recognized along with the other co-authors for doing a good job...
by fleurdelivre
Wed May 21, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 30422

Re: LaTeX and packets

Well, seeing that 74% of questions on Manifest Destiny mention Horace Greeley without having to read through all of them would be cool. Isn't that when you just query the results of the first and do some quick arithmetic, though? I mean, it would be cool, but if we don't start with something practi...
by fleurdelivre
Mon May 19, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 30422

Re: LaTeX and packets

The take home lesson of this is that any proposed system must not impose any additional burdens on the end-user. Even it makes life much easier for editors, it won't get adopted unless it also somehow helps the people that will have to interact with it. Obviously in the end we'd like to end up with...
by fleurdelivre
Mon May 19, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 30422

Re: LaTeX and packets

Can someone give me an overview of exactly what we're trying to accomplish here? Let's dream bigger than that. If we're going to bother with any of this, why not work towards a coherent system for managing questions from concept through writing to storing and searching. I might be totally crazy for...