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by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ITT Get your name change on again!
Replies: 66
Views: 19825

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by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moon Pie Mirror @ OU (4/28/2007)
Replies: 6
Views: 3908

How many tossups were there on minor novels by maxine hong kingston and other terrible authors Willie Chen thinks are AWESOME?
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ITT Get your name change on again!
Replies: 66
Views: 19825

You got the short end of the stick for sure. You could have been Satomi Ikezawa's other creation, Othello. Sucks for you.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 17845

OK, my only issue with your argument is that you suppose that we should be participating in Academic tournaments because we are college students. Our team has been to academic tournaments in the Boston Area before (including the MLK one) and the overwhelming sentiment of the team is that we do not ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ghetto Warz Discussion and Moon Pie Complaints
Replies: 43
Views: 41172

Okay I'll admit we're guilty of the Swiss mathematician one and the Nobel Prize citation one. Perhaps the latter is lazy writing indeed, but if it provides the proper difficulty, what's the problem with it? Well I can't be sure it is in fact sufficiently difficult, after all I didn't write that one...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Objects of Interest
Replies: 46
Views: 17845

First, while I personally have never posted anything in regard to the BC team on this board, I'm sorry you didn't know about it. For some reason many people who are involved mostly or entirely in trash never find this board, and between this and the Cancel Bowl debacle of 2006 it should be clear tha...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Apr 28, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ITT Get your name change on again!
Replies: 66
Views: 19825

do it
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Apr 28, 2007 1:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 44180

This sort of relates back to my original complaint. I don't think question writers should focus on stuff that is "good" or not. That's why there was too much indie music and not enough questions on bands that people hate but at least they have heard of them. It's trash for a reason. There should be...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: More name changing chicanery!
Replies: 20
Views: 5628

I say random wikipedia is a fine way to go
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: More name changing chicanery!
Replies: 20
Views: 5628

More name changing chicanery!

I demand another name change thread!
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 44180

Tossups on minor topics from curling clearly should also be acceptable at the CANADA+ SCT.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:30 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: "How To Get Good At This Game"
Replies: 16
Views: 25277

I hear the ACF website will shortly be under new management. Certainly they could and should be posted there.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 44180

I'd love to see TRASH not so skewed toward the older individuals in the TRASH community, but I agree with Dren. No matter what the distribution of questions, I have a feeling the usual suspects will remain the usual suspects. Though that doesn't change the fact that I've played in numerous TRASH to...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: technology tournament
Replies: 47
Views: 17718

Would technology in pop culture be a part of the distribution? I know I've been waiting forever for a tossup on noted film Short Circuit.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: technology tournament
Replies: 47
Views: 17718

Not to mention asking a cyborg about computer science is no different from asking a human about biology, and most current quizbowl players know very little about SCIENCE anyway.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16423

Kyle wrote:I just finished a tossup on "anthropodermic bibliopegy," but I had to scrap it because your "average" library doesn't have human-bound books. But Hahvahd has three. Take that, Kwartler.
Owned.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16423

Stop boasting you elitist fool!!! He said an average university library, which clearly has only 3 novels by Edith Wharton and no books whatsoever on the Kings of Kanem-Bornu.
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: technology tournament
Replies: 47
Views: 17718

I'll just come out with it...what the hell is a technology tournament?
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16423

I wrote a Richard Russo tossup for this past year's BOB tournament. It probably wasn't perfect, but don't recall anyone griping too much about it or thinking it was overly difficult. If someone wants to dig it out and post it, I wouldn't object. By the way, I agree with Andrew's assessment of Strai...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16423

As for my decision to write tossups on Everyman and Terrorist for last year's Keller trash tournament (I wrote on The Road for IO last fall), they were both included as tossups on "current bestsellers." Also, they were part of my "deliberately infuriating TRASH purists" quota, and as such should pe...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16423

I'm not saying that these books deserve to be in the canon. My point is that they are literature, and by that measure should not restricted from being used in a tournament or two. Unless you are saying that the only questions that should be used in academic questions are those in the canon. Again I...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16423

I wasn't going to say anything more about this, but since someone else brought it up. All the contemporary authors we mentioned here, except Ellis, have won major literary awards. Does Oprah picking The Road for her book club diminish Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer? I don't think so. If someone has won...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16423

Kazuo Ishiguro and Remains of the Day are fine literature tossups. He's kind of an anomaly that way along with a few others (J.M. Coetzee, for instance, or Salman Rushdie). Richard Russo is trash, just like, say, Never Let Me Go is trash. If you want to try to change that, mention him as a part in ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16423

I'm not sure how much this helps the discussion, but I find interesting how the canon seems to evolve. I've been playing college level quiz bowl for about 6 years now and I had to wait 4 years to hear a Yukio Mishima question. That's bizarre. On the same token, its seemed like when I started out th...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: the quizbowl canon
Replies: 38
Views: 16423

stuff While Cloud Cuckoo Land is from the wasps like Piaget is from France, Mr. Infinitely is definitely on the right track. Yeah, there's a canon. There's a group of things on which tossup(s) at accredited tournaments have been. I do think that's where we draw the line at the basic canon, though. ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Individual Rankings
Replies: 48
Views: 21066

wait...there's a huge difference between "build a team around them" and "he or she is most likely to score lotsa points." What's going on here?
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Individual Rankings
Replies: 48
Views: 21066

So, should we make a list of people who are active? Not everyone, obviously, but maybe come to a consensus as to whether Yaphe, Sudheer, Vik, Meigs, Ullsperger, etc are active. They've all played tournaments within the last year, and Meigs will be circuit again next year. What's the word?
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Canadian content in NAQT questions
Replies: 10
Views: 5411

Do you really think people resent the fact that Canadian teams play quizbowl? Hell, in his hyperbolic exasperation Jerry as good as begged a Canadian team to come to ACF Nationals. Nobody wants to exclude Canadians from quizbowl...I have absolutely no idea where you got that notion. That being said,...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

Jar Jar
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

I guess I can almost let the last one slide because someone could conceivably refer to someone from that group a "scriblerist" (I don't know, any 18th century English Lit people care to weigh in? google returns a mere 4 hits for "scriblerist"). But the point remains, if you, the moderator, are not ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

I really have to come to the defense of one of my pet topics here. I don't understand how, for a national championship tournament which is billed as including trash questions, it is unacceptable to write questions whose answers are perhaps only accessible to players who commit significant amounts o...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

He's probably talking about the tossup on "Rules of Engagement" or whatever. I don't think that's inexcusable but really, let's ask questions on things we know aren't in even remote danger of cancellation and/or have been on for, say, more than one season.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

Re: Responsiveness

Just one point: NAQT has taken surveys in the past, and collects statistical data on key indicators. I'm not sure how much has been publicly released - that's an R thing to deal with - but I do know their results help guide what NAQT does, and they're probably a more reliable sense of public opinio...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

Re: Disparities

As far as cutesy Trash and GK giveaways, I agree it is a problem if they come at the end of a question that's only answerable with them and they lead to a buzzer race, which is what people are alleging happened in the Webb case, though again, I don't know what happened across all rooms. But in the ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

I think we all should take a time out and recognize the fact that Andrew clearly made a huge difference with this ICT. We're always going to complain, because most of us think publicly complaining is the only way to make our grievances known (while we all are thankful for steve and brian's presence,...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

Here's something positive to say about the ICT. I don't want to disagree with anything that has been said so far, but I do want to say that I had a really fun time this weekend. This was the first tournament where I felt like there was a great deal of camaraderie beyond the competition among the yo...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

If one is fed up with NAQT and believe that they are not taking you criticisms and ideas seriously, I suggest trying to become a question writer. You are also forgetting that NAQT has "editors" who will actually mangle your questions if they think badly of them. Unfortunately, said editors sometime...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

There does not need to be 1/1 Canada per packet; in fact, I'm calling for a moratorium on all Canadian geography and pop-culture questions. The moratorium will be lifted when a Canadian team comes to an ACF tournament. How is that connected to anything? Even if getting rid of Canadian questions is ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

stuff Ok, well, now that it's been almost 14 hours since I got home from ICT I will give some commentary that hopefully is more constructive than simply comparing NAQT to prison rape. 1. Staff. What whoever it was said about Emily Pike was true, she was slow but very clear. That being said, she was...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT 2007 discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 52886

I am not a fan of paper and pencil tossups at the ICT, but fortunately my teammate who is a math major got the paper and pencil tossup. Are you fucking serious? A computation tossup at ICT? I was gonna shank at least one of the moderators (originally Matt Bruce but sadly we had worse) at ICT but ch...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sword Bowl Mirror at Drake University 1/27/07
Replies: 16
Views: 7765

I'm confused....did you try opening it in SQBS?
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging Interest in Chicago Open History Singles
Replies: 30
Views: 12632

If I'm there I'll staff if needed.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Official Announcement: Chicago Open 2007
Replies: 59
Views: 39198

Kentb426 wrote:Charles has mentioned getting a team together of MO people so we might come and have some fun.
Chicago Open '07: The Day of the Mueller
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Official Announcement: Chicago Open 2007
Replies: 59
Views: 39198

Jerry we should form the worst trash team ever
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in literature singles alongside the Chicago Open?
Replies: 11
Views: 5417

Uh huh, I'll play your games. Powers would be fine. If you're willin' to spill, who else is on board? Just curious.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Movement/Retirement Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 15708

Don't forget noted ACF SUPPORTER Willie Chen!!!!!
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Movement/Retirement Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 15708

I'll be out of the circuit game for a year most likely, getting a JOB (omfg), although I may end up playing ACF regionals or SCT for UH if I decide to take classes. Then off to grad school.
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging Interest in Chicago Open History Singles
Replies: 30
Views: 12632

Tom, while I sincerely admire your desire to do this, it seems like the potential side events at CO are racking up already. Your event would almost definitely need to be Saturday night. I'd personally rather play a lit singles, but if there's room for both that's great. Most people would probably be...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open; also, possible HSNCT-coincident college event
Replies: 43
Views: 17712

That's right dude but if they're on a school-sponsored trip they might not be able to stay individually. There would certainly be no regulation against such things, nor would there be a problem w/high schoolers playing w/college players.
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open; also, possible HSNCT-coincident college event
Replies: 43
Views: 17712

Actually, Dr. Chuck, I think you're missing the point. If we were to include HSers in this event, we'd probably want to include those of them that are most likely to a) not be discouraged by the tournament and b) play in college at all. I recognize that there probably are a number of such people in ...