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by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 22888

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

I think you've missed the point of Andrew's post: you're letting your terms get the better of you, since it's not clear what "common link" means in this context. I'd actually like to see how you (and various people) define that term. MaS I feel that the term "common link" applies not only to the qu...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 22888

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

I wouldn't think that you, or anyone else sane, would set out to write tons of common links for a tournament of this caliber or level, but in the future more tossups on works or harder thinkers (like the Lyotard tossup that you pointed out) would be great, especially when considering the abbreviated...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 22888

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

The character limit shouldn't necessarily mandate that all common-link tossups be the "fill in the blank in these various titles" category, but there seemed to be an inordinate number of those. I was very happy to see more social science than I expected in the ICT set, but I was quite disappointed ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009
Replies: 44
Views: 11327

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

Cheynem wrote:Somebody mirror this in the Midwest. I guarantee I will pay anything to get there.
Field trip to Mike's house!
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Prelim. Announcement: Sun 'n Fun X July 11, 2009
Replies: 44
Views: 11327

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

I look forward to tossups on The Body in Pain and "Ten Theses on Politics."

THEY BETTER BE THERE
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas
Replies: 45
Views: 7303

Re: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas

Fragmentary stuff I know: Harvard 7-0, Stanford 6-1 coming out of one bracket. Chicago 7-0, Dartmouth 6-1 coming out of another. This bracket also featured such ICTastic events as Maryland losing to Georgia, and Georgia losing to Illinois B. SECOND BRACKET REPRESENT SON. Also Georgia, Maryland, and...
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Predictions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5715

Re: ICT Predictions?

Whig's Boson wrote:My heart says Moneysota, but my brain says Chicago.
It greases the palm, man.
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 4042

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion

What do people think about including recent but not in the last year stuff for current events? For instance, my question was an Aung San Suu Kyi, who seems to me to be a hard part in an HS bonus difficulty and who is pretty important, but who hasn't really been in the news in the last couple of yea...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 4042

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion

Yes, your Carmen Sandiego analogy is far better than mine. The easiest continent was when a kid got South America and maybe Europe if the producers didn't play the Eastern European country card too much. But, yes, the central problem is that the difficulty among the bonuses needs to be standardized...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Types of Theme Packets
Replies: 26
Views: 3554

Re: Types of Theme Packets

BTW, my least favorite logical fallacy is "attack specific examples [that were given to illustrate a point] instead of the broader point being made". Like, I actually get visibly angry when people try to do that. EDIT: not accusing anyone in this thread of it, just pointing it out for future refere...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 14142

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

everyday847 wrote: But if you have middle schoolers, you do need to have less social science (however much I want a sixth grader to shout Schumpeter in triumph) and more geography, for example.)
If only I could get my brother to say such things....
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Types of Theme Packets
Replies: 26
Views: 3554

Re: Types of Theme Packets

Whig's Boson wrote:One should not look too deeply into the examples I gave. I made them up to give examples of the types of things that I could write. Obviously, if I pick an idea that turns out to be untenable, I will abort it.
Sweet. Still write that packet on American Politics, though. I want to play that.
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Types of Theme Packets
Replies: 26
Views: 3554

Re: Types of Theme Packets

I enjoyed many things about Gunpei (including writing for it), but I must say that completely random side events like Gunpei violate my sense of quizbowl aesthetics. There is something unseemly to me about a packet whose distributions basically represent the whim of the author, and that same discom...
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 14142

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

Working on a Dream probably should not be tossed up, dude. It isn't on its way to being iconic or even very popular (much to my dismay).
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake ICT 2 Mirror at UIUC - March 21st
Replies: 106
Views: 17229

Re: Fake ICT 2 Mirror at UIUC - March 21st

Cheynem wrote:Yeah, I mean I would assume that some of Magin's stats were actually credited to Bernadette's, as while she had a fine tourney, I do not think she scored more than Jonathan did on our team.
LONG NAMES ARE HARRRD
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Novice Tournament (3/14/09)
Replies: 47
Views: 11125

Re: Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Novice Tournament (3/14/09)

*This tournament sent stats and rounds over instant messenger and e-mail. Stats reached the stats room immediately upon conclusions of each round, no moderators or scorekeepers were ever required to leave their rooms, and reading of the wrong round was impossible. This is yet another success for th...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Mar 15, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ratio of American History to European/World History
Replies: 68
Views: 15713

Re: Ratio of American History to European/World History

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I get the sense that at least some of this history of science material is already asked about (and fits well) in the philosophy distribution. (Especially when you're dealing with pre-Enlightenment thinkers like Aristotle, Averroes, Francis Bacon, etc...) Eh, somewhat. T...
by naturalistic phallacy
Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT vice president for communication
Replies: 55
Views: 7381

Re: NAQT vice president for communication

This thread is as good a place as any to note the following. While I will certainly be reading more of this forum as a result of my new post, especially in the high school section where I've not been very active in the past, it's not likely that I will read everything, since there are some very len...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT vice president for communication
Replies: 55
Views: 7381

Re: NAQT vice president for communication

While this is true, I do wonder if dropping Ken's name (provided he would be ok with such a thing) would be a useful marketing ploy... Quizbowl and Jeopardy! are similar only in the sense that they involve questions, answers, and buzzers. Maybe dropping Ken's name is going to get a few more people ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distributions posted
Replies: 59
Views: 8219

Re: NAQT distributions posted

Frankly, this category is difficult to fill and we often accept into it questions that would be better off in one of the other US history categories. As an NAQT editor, I would be happy to see a reduction in US social history. I would agree to this, as long as there is no move to decrease history o...
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distributions posted
Replies: 59
Views: 8219

Re: NAQT distributions posted

I'll also echo the neverending call for a reduction in the geography/pop culture distribution and an increase in arts, RMP, and social science. Well, I would presume that the more central point is that mythology/religion should not be counted in the literature distribution, and if you do not count ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distributions posted
Replies: 59
Views: 8219

Re: NAQT distributions posted

Perhaps NAQT would benefit from relabeling Miscellaneous as "Other Academic."

I will renew my call for Bible and myth to be separated from the literature distribution. To have those together is inane and does not serve any purpose.
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl II (3/14 + 3/15/09, Fairfax, VA)
Replies: 118
Views: 46706

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl II (3/14 + 3/15/09, Fairfax, VA)

Matt Weiner wrote:
intothenegs wrote:Will there powers for the Sunday MUT mirror?
I'll leave this up to the majority preference of teams, probably by taking a show of hands at the Sunday morning meeting.
There are indeed powers in the packets.
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09
Replies: 29
Views: 4486

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09

millionwaves wrote:
Andy and Hannah having 70 ppb in their game against Amherst might be a mistake.
Yeah, their pairing cannot be that phenomenal.
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15829

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

I'm frankly very confused by this discussion. I don't think social science has ever had a reputation for being systematically poorly written, at least not any more than any other subject that comes up in qb (especially science!), and certainly not so that such a reputation should function as an arg...
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Concept tossups in the social sciences
Replies: 40
Views: 6062

Re: Concept tossups in the social sciences

Is it just me, or is this tossup eminently fraudable beofre the semicolon? The other clues seem pretty well-placed though. I think it's slightly fraudable, but I think you have to be really ballsy to buzz there, simply because the space of "these people," even involving things about dreaming, is pr...
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs Again
Replies: 494
Views: 95328

Re: Bad Negs Again

wd4gdz wrote:This is from Round 1 of Cardinal Classic:

My Answer: Katy Peters
Right Answer: Katy Perry
Classy, Billy.
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15829

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

I agree with this up to the point where combining social science and philosophy would kill philosophy. I feel that if there were 3/3 Social Science/Philosophy in a tournament, it would actually increase the possibility for philosophy to come up beyond the 1/1 already guaranteed. The problem is that...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14523

Re: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09

...red-headed women nonsense ... OFFENSIVE. *faints of the vapors* But, getting back to the real discussion. There were a few tossups that were rather weak, consisting of vague statements without titles or clues about these titles, but overall, this tournament was enjoyable to read and watch being ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09
Replies: 29
Views: 4486

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HIPPIE at Hampshire College 3/7/09

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:Hey is this still happening.
I believe so. I should bug Evan to post more information on this.
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15829

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

I think I may be misunderstood, so let me clarify. I think expanding to 2/2 social science might be a good idea*. I strongly claim, however, that doing so at the cost of philosophy (which is what combining social science and philosophy would do if it changes anything: c.f. NAQT's distribution); rel...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Concept tossups in the social sciences
Replies: 40
Views: 6062

Re: Concept tossups in the social sciences

Similarly, I totally believe that the bystander effect is no more inherently fraudable than the Unruh effect, but I also believe that the circuit will have to learn a lot about the former before you can write tossups on it the way you write tossups on the latter I can't recall ever hearing a tossup...
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15829

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:Well, but Australia doesn't deserve a prompt there.
Nope. It does not. The question was also clear that it was looking for a "territory" pretty early, a technical term that does not apply to Australia as a whole. Northern Australia is a not just a random piece of land, but a political entity.
by naturalistic phallacy
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15829

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

Maybe this is my inexperience speaking, but it seemed like there was a Japanese Literature question in every packet that we used. It would have been nice to see a little more variety among non-English literature. There did appear to be a gaggle of Japanese questions in this tournament, which perhap...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions
Replies: 76
Views: 8312

Re: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions

I think the paradigm suggested by Evan Adams and others for author questions at the high school level makes a lot of sense: If you don't expect anyone to have read The Dean's December, and no one is going to get the title of the Dean's December from anything but list-memorization knowledge (I'm tak...
by naturalistic phallacy
Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake ICT 2 Mirror at UIUC - March 21st
Replies: 106
Views: 17229

Re: Fake ICT 2 Mirror at UIUC - March 21st

theMoMA wrote:We just booked a hotel for this, and it's not in Rantoul!!!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
by naturalistic phallacy
Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 9801

Re: Chicago Open

Mike is an enjoyable, reasonable, and responsible individual who can drive (unlike so many of us). He comes highly recommended!
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 9801

Re: Chicago Open

July 26 is my birthday. I'm not sure if I am therefore in favor of July 25 because it could possibly let quizbowl people whom I like attend my party, or against July 25 because the last thing I want to do on my birthday is moderate some trash event. For it, clearly. Partying with quizbowlers outwei...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 9801

Re: Chicago Open

Lollapalooza is August 7-9. That might factor in. That still exists? I think it happens only in Chicago now. Even so, I'm fairly sure that CO and Lollapalooza peacefully co-existed in 2007. Lollapalooza does not concern me outside of securing hotels, but I would rather not see both CO and VCU Open ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT 2009 discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 9429

Re: SCT 2009 discussion

Hey, I had a random question based on some comments on both this and the private forum: NAQT editors repeatedly reference that a tossup "played well" in testing when discussing difficulty, clue placement appropriateness, or whether something is a reasonable answer. I'm quite intrigued as to who thi...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Private Discussion Forum
Replies: 129
Views: 16807

Re: SCT Private Discussion Forum

Registered.
by naturalistic phallacy
Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pronunciation Guide Free NAQT Packets?
Replies: 19
Views: 3421

Re: Pronunciation Guide Free NAQT Packets?

What we did at Prison Bowl, which seems to have worked well, was implement, on a small scale, pronunciation guides of a sort, which broke up long terms while not impeding the readers' flow: topo·isomer·ase Tla·huiz·cal·pan·tecuh·tli oxy·phen·buta·zone I certainly plan on using these in lieu of most...
by naturalistic phallacy
Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Experiment II
Replies: 54
Views: 11397

Re: The Experiment II

Ukonvasara wrote:I'll be getting off my fool ass and playing this time.
Me too, man. This is worth paying for.
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 11100

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

Cleveland would be an ideal place. Certainly better than driving 24+ hours to Dallas. Minnesota quiz bowl has now begun it's process on disowning you, Bernadette Spencer! What Blasphemy! Anyway, as crazy as we Minnesotans are about drive (ANSWER: VERY) I am sure we would appreciate a shorter drive ...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 11100

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

Pittsburgh and Cleveland seem like reasonable sites to me. They're in driving distance for a lot of the Northeast, Midatlantic, and Midwest circuit, and probably even some teams from the South. When 3/4 of the field is driving to the tournament, the proximity of good hotels to the tournament, publi...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 11100

Re: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010

So, how many teams are able to stay after a tournaments for tourism purposes? Not us, man. We are going in and coming right back. Also seconded. To be serious though, any of the major rust belt cities -- Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland -- have definite economic advantages over, say, Chicago with...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended
Replies: 33
Views: 4297

Re: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended

I'm not a great moderator, so I'm usually pretty sympathetic regarding moderators who struggle over foreign words or scientific terms. Some general things that I think TDs or experienced players could communicate to inexperienced moderators would be, based on personal experiences, this: *Be enthuse...
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Mirror @ Iowa (1/24/08)
Replies: 22
Views: 3524

Re: Penn Bowl Mirror @ Iowa (1/24/08)

Good tournament--Paul Drube made the trains run on time and I approve of being done by 6:30 with still a lot of solid quiz bowl. Yes, this tournament was excellently run. The tournament building was wonderfully convenient as well, close to parking, close to food. It was great. Thanks Paul, Q, et al.!
by naturalistic phallacy
Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended
Replies: 33
Views: 4297

Re: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended

I don't think that requiring a minimum level of competence hinders new programs in any way. Basically, it seems to me that all we're asking is that people make some effort to practice and train at moderating before they do so in an actual game (one that matters to me,) which is both eminently reaso...