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by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 36752

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

My kneejerk answer on lit ... is that a lot of it was too hard or too borderline academic. Mike's right, especially about that borderline academic thing. Even in the then-absence of a popular lit cap, writers should realize that this is an academic tournament and simply not submit as many pop lit q...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 36752

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

fleurdelivre wrote:
HKirsch wrote:
DumbJaques wrote:Was there really a tossup on Keyboard Cat at this tournament?
Yeah, this was beyond ridiculous. I can't decide if this, spiderwebs, or purring wins the Worst Question sash.
Sea World, people - Sea World.
Man, I forgot about Sea World. And Fark. And Skype.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 36752

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

DumbJaques wrote:Was there really a tossup on Keyboard Cat at this tournament?
Yeah, this was beyond ridiculous. I can't decide if this, spiderwebs, or purring wins the Worst Question sash.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 36752

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

Andy and I took notes throughout the tournament on questions we thought were particularly problematic. Going back and typing out the list, I see question after question that just seems like a regression from last year's HSNCT. Aside from the horror that is tossing up "purring," there were tossups wh...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 84407

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

the three mentioned game-deciding errors (Breughels, Brahma/Brahman, waiting too long on a buzz) essentially screwed up the tournament once it was down to the final four. The moderator-best-guess stuff (Breughels and the stammering on Zardari) aside, I didn't know there was a consensus that the Bra...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gaddis II Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7554

Re: Gaddis II Thanks and Discussion

The 13-line tossup on Mozart and the tossup on Japan from feminism clues were just a bit too delighted with themselves (if it even makes sense for a tossup to be delighted with itself; it makes sense in my mind) and just helped to contribute to my mystification about when I should and shouldn't be ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue May 26, 2009 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EFT 4 at Brown (Saturday, October 3)
Replies: 97
Views: 26368

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

Theory Of The Leisure Flask wrote: That's alright, his string quartets are better anyway.
Untruth.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue May 26, 2009 9:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 17495

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

To those of you who actually played this, I realized that the phone charger I took home with me that was lying next to my computer and identical to my own charger is not, in fact, mine; I found mine in my other bag. If it's yours and you're not coming to HSNCT, let me know so I can send it to you.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue May 26, 2009 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 17495

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

Yeah, thanks to everyone for writing/playing/editing the packets for this tournament, which was great fun, especially given how quickly it was pulled together in the end. The Islamey tossup was great. "Formation of the solar system" wasn't as great. The Infante bonus was.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue May 05, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Henry Darger Tournament of the Unreal, 7/11/09
Replies: 44
Views: 9231

Re: Henry Darger Tournament of the Unreal, 5/24/09 at GMU

Do you need readers? If not, I'll play; if so, I'll read.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue May 05, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009
Replies: 44
Views: 11480

Re: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009

You would also like to join in a Northeast caravan? Count me in? (I think we're coming up on needing two vehicles here; does anyone yet mentioned have a car??) Presumably Hannah is old enough to rent and we could do something tricky involving driving. I need someone to teach me how to drive on the ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue May 05, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 41814

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

I have finally been granted permission to come to this, if someone doesn't mind a not-especially-good fourth who can maybe pick up some humanities here and there. If it's too late for me to help out with someone's packet, I'll be content to just come and staff. Also, Katy, can I still room with you...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon May 04, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009
Replies: 44
Views: 11480

Re: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009

Sir Thopas wrote:
HKirsch wrote:I'm 80% sure I'm coming to the Maryland mirror of this. Teammates are good. So is a Northeast caravan, if people are going to be around.
heyo
Correct me if my interpretation of this is wrong: You would also like to join in a Northeast caravan?
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun May 03, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009
Replies: 44
Views: 11480

Re: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009

I'm 80% sure I'm coming to the Maryland mirror of this. Teammates are good. So is a Northeast caravan, if people are going to be around.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun May 03, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)
Replies: 40
Views: 6174

Re: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)

Same here, please.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2009 Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 6674

Re: MUT 2009 Discussion

since German kings didn't wear funny hats, only Kings of Hawaii works. Your are wrong. http://www.antiquesatoz.com/habsburg/scans/kingal1.gif In all seriousness, though, there is a certain amount of common sense in buzzing on a common link. Like Chris said, you're probably not going to buzz on a co...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 12181

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

I was under the impression that most disease questions these days do have a lot of clues about molecular mechanisms and things like that. This is definitely true. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "name these Paleozoic period" questions, but I think disease questions are in general less opaque an...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24788

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

More relevantly: Do not barge in to rooms and demand to read games on your packet without asking the TD first, especially if the TD is timing how long readers take in order to try to swap out the slower people and get the tournament back on track, and especially if you, yourself, are an incompetent...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2009 Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 6674

Re: MUT 2009 Discussion

I wish I could remember more specifics about this tournament, other than the fact that I very much enjoyed playing it... There was this question, however, on a piece of lab equipment that mentioned Buchner, upon which Andy negged with "flask" for "funnel." Or it may have been the other way around, b...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 12181

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

gkandlikar wrote:
Cheynem wrote:You didn't get chlamydia?
OWNED
No, I didn't, because I always have safe quizbowl.

Forgot about that one, though. Still, Dwight's explanation of "disease" questions makes sense.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 12181

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

I was surprised at the preponderance of disease and disease-related questions that showed up in the submissions to this tournament; yeah, it might not have been smart to have two autoimmune disease tossups in the same tournament, but given how many disease-related questions were making it in anyway...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 12181

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

Yeah, I'd like to apologize again for writing on something like retention sequences; it was the sort of thing where I read about them and thought they were cool, and I agree that lupus was a far superior answer choice. Frankly, I was surprised that retention sequence was not replaced/pushed to tiebr...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 12181

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

The other problem I had was that other arts seemed to be missing from this tournament. I remember two tossups on operas (none on composers from operatic clues besides the mention of Stockhausen's Licht cycle), maybe two on building or architects, and another two on sculpture, in the nearly 20 round...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24788

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

What is consistently disturbing to me is when people express the idea that the timescale for tournament writing is satisfactory if the packets are completed before the tournament begins (or even, in some radical cases, before the round is played). I know I'm not exactly a luminary in the tournament-...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 41814

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

I would love to join your team and continue my fine tradition of being on teams that have fun without necessarily winning things! Do you have a Google doc for a packet?
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 41814

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

I should specify that I am definitely coming to CO and am in search of a team.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24788

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Eric just cross-posted with what I was going to say. I can't provide you with a better description, since my knowledge is extremely limited, and I apologize if my comment was a little upstart. (For the record, I really liked the CD tossup.) The Michelangelo line is a much stronger example of that ki...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24788

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

stuff "questions got hard, people should know more" Unless this is a comedy quote from a source I don't know, I don't really understand what the fuck you mean. Charlie is right on here; just as we didn't play Chicago v. Brown on MUT, since the loser would be whoever lost more buzzer races or maybe,...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 24788

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

To be brief, I agree wholeheartedly with the logistics issues. As for the questions, they were not great, but they were not bad. My teammate Asaf pointed out two factual errors in two questions, "fields" and "Hamiltonian cycle," which I'm sure he'll elaborate on when the set is released and he can v...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)
Replies: 85
Views: 53615

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)

We're flying back Monday morning, so I can talk to my team and see if anyone is interested.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 17495

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

I have been told to explicitly indicate my interests, so, Rob Carson, would you like to have me write music/lit/bio for your packet and play on your team?
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Commissioners Academic Challenge
Replies: 25
Views: 6676

Re: Commissioners Academic Challenge

I came to this thread kind of late, but Kay, as someone who grew up in Florida and participated in CAC, I can tell you that playing mACF or NAQT is far, far superior. I have to admit, I was intimidated by it during my first, say, two weeks at college, but it's a much better way of demonstrating know...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)
Replies: 85
Views: 53615

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)

I talked to the hotel today, and they said to get off at the Convention Center stop and walk two blocks down Washington St. to the hotel.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Emergency: at PACE
Replies: 105
Views: 17495

Re: The Emergency: at PACE

I'll also do this free-agent thing. Will not/cannot write history or geography, but I'll write fine arts and/or lit and/or bio.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 9680

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

As for the constant barrage of medical clues, as you put it, it seems like just months ago people were calling for the revision of the chemistry canon to include more biological clues and such. Did I overdo it, resulting in an unpleasant barrage of clues discussing the biological importance of some...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 9680

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

This composer twice submitted the aria “Salve en el mar” to religious authorities to ensure it was not heretical, and that aria was used in his “ scenic cantata” depicting Columbus as the “bearer of Christ.” He wrote his Harpsichord Concerto for Wanda Landowska is still an effing hose for Francois ...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 9680

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

The quality of this tournament's tossups (pyramidality, comprehensibility) was impressive. As more qualified people before me have stated, some subjects in this tournament were disproportionately difficult, but despite the occasional 13-line Bataan Death March of a science tossup, this tournament wa...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)
Replies: 153
Views: 41814

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicago Open (Weekend of July 25th, 2009)

I'm still trying to decide whether I want to go to CO, but if I do, I'm also offering my free-agent services.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International - 4/11/09
Replies: 84
Views: 23162

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International - 4/11/09

In addition to Alewife, parking is also available at the marginally closer Porter Square for people who don't acquire parking passes at Harvard.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Geography Monstrosity (May 2009, Chicago)
Replies: 158
Views: 53685

Re: Announcement: Geography Monstrosity (May 2009, Chicago)

I may be able to staff this, if you still need people.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: San Diego Academic League Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 20911

Re: San Diego Academic League Questions

cvdwightw wrote:3.4.2 The coach of a team in play is to indicate an objection by calling "objection."
No word on how players are permitted to indicate to coaches that they have objections?
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fall 2009 Columbia Tournament?
Replies: 20
Views: 3564

Re: Fall 2009 Columbia Tournament?

I'd be concerned that MIT and Harvard would have a hard time bringing a good number of teams (judging by current size, we would probably bring about 3 or 4 teams each to a sufficiently close tournament) to something in NYC; I know we would probably be limited by the cost of rental cars to 1 or at m...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 23241

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

Brian Ulrich wrote:I prefer to think of "current events" as "current affairs."
What does this mean?
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 23241

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

While I did not play this tournament, as a fan of the fine arts canon, I definitely agree with the comments about the fine arts that have been posted here/that I've been told about. The "bagatelles" tossup is exciting for answer choice, but also not so excitingly reverse-pyramidal. The "Moldau" toss...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)
Replies: 40
Views: 6174

Re: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)

Suggestion: So that people can find optimal, this thread should maintain a running list of lone players and their strengths. Or, you know, people could just post in this format.

Example: Hannah Kirsch, classical music, esp. modern opera and modern composers
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)
Replies: 40
Views: 6174

Re: KLEE: HI Fine Arts (4/11/09)

I'd love to play this, and a teammate would also be nice.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Identifying Pronouns
Replies: 28
Views: 3104

Re: Identifying Pronouns

Entity is best.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Identifying Pronouns
Replies: 28
Views: 3104

Re: Identifying Pronouns

A few years ago, I tried to use the singular "they" in a tossup to refer to a person without indicating gender. It was a pretty epic fail, as even when I was reading the question during the tournament I myself got confused by it. I don't plan on doing it again. But is it necessarily a bad idea alwa...
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International - 4/11/09
Replies: 84
Views: 23162

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International - 4/11/09

So, there is a small hazard here in that Brandeis might only be sending me. If that's the case, I'd rather be a free agent than play as a hilariously terrible solo team. Will let you know about this soon.
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Buzzerfest discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 1519

Re: Buzzerfest discussion

I just looked through the set for that tossup, and it's pretty cool. Thanks to whichever Rutgers player wrote that one!