Search found 445 matches

by women, fire and dangerous things
Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO
Replies: 28
Views: 8059

Re: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

Cheynem wrote:Is this set done and available for mirroring?
I only have five tossups left to write, so it's practically done. Anyone who's interested in mirroring it is welcome to message me.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO
Replies: 28
Views: 8059

Re: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

When is the deadline for a final confirmation for this event? Assuming this is fine with the people at Guelph, this will be run similarly to how RMPFest II was - i.e. after MUT, whoever is interested can sign up and form teams. On another note, even though the original announcement says I will be p...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO
Replies: 28
Views: 8059

Re: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

Any details on fees and stuff? (Are you keeping this a doubles tournament?) The fee will be $5 per player. As for the format, I'll leave it up to the people at Guelph running it to decide how they want to do it, depending on how many players sign up. I think doubles would be the best format, though.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions
Replies: 55
Views: 5899

Re: Miscellaneous and Cross-disciplinary questions

Yeah, I negged that question with "triskaidekaphobia" too.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10200

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

So, what time should we show up?
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Canada 2010
Replies: 77
Views: 10200

Re: NAQT SCT Canada 2010

Western is sending one Div I team, and one buzzer set. We just registered on the NAQT website.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO
Replies: 28
Views: 8059

Re: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

Actually, I think playing MELD at the MUT mirror is more likely to attract more players to both, so I think it's a good idea for all concerned.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO
Replies: 28
Views: 8059

Re: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

I kind of wanted to run this as an event unto itself, but if an Ontario MUT mirror happens, I'd be fine with appending it as a side event.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO
Replies: 28
Views: 8059

Re: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

Bumping the thread to note that this is going to take place on March 6. An official announcement is coming soon. This set is going to be awesome, and I encourage anyone who is interested in mirroring this (either as an event in itself or a side event) to contact me.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Invitational Tournament Mirror at Guelph (11/21/09)
Replies: 49
Views: 7542

Re: Terrapin Invitational Tournament Mirror at Guelph (11/21/09)

bmcke wrote:When a bonus part mentioned The Origin of the World, Will Nediger may or may not have turned to his teammate and said, "That's the painting I was telling you about."
That's because it came up in practice last week!
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 17501

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

Also, this is not the first tournament at which I've observed the erroneous claim that Husserl is the founder of phenomenology. This is untrue; the founder of phenomenology was Franz Brentano, Husserl's teacher. I know it's neither here nor there but it's a mistake which has cropped up in a few pla...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 17501

Re: ACF Fall 2009 Discussion

Sorry about that externalities leadin. Another thing which was pointed out to me: I included noted Swiss guy Ferdinand de Saussure in a bonus on "nineteenth and early-twentieth century French philosophers." Apologies if that caused anyone got robbed of points by that.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Back to Basics
Replies: 44
Views: 6028

Re: Back to Basics

My problem with the tossups on The Exhumation of the Mastodon and Gay's Trivia is not that those answers are unimportant. I think they suffered from the problem of the field not knowing more than one or two clues about them. I sympathize with wanting to include important answers in the canon, but I...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Back to Basics
Replies: 44
Views: 6028

Re: Back to Basics

For what it's worth, I've encountered both Exhuming the First American Mastodon and Gay's Trivia outside of Quizbowl, and I'm not nearly of the calibre of many of the players at MO. I don't study art or literature at school, but I get the sense that both of these are fairly important within the acad...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster
Replies: 35
Views: 5860

Re: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster

I can confirm one team, one buzzer, and one moderator (though it looks like there's a bunch already) from Western.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster
Replies: 35
Views: 5860

Re: ACF Fall Ontario Site at McMaster

We've confirmed that Western is sending one team, one buzzer system, and one moderator to this.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO
Replies: 28
Views: 8059

PRELIM: MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) at UWO

This is a preliminary announcement for Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles (MELD) to be held at the University of Western Ontario at some date TBA during the second semester. There will be 10-12 packets of 20 tossups, no bonuses, with powers and negs, all written by me. As the name indicates, it ...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 21137

Re: EFT Discussion

I especially enjoyed the math in this set, especially the tossups on matrix multiplication and the real numbers. Also, any tournament with a tossup on Canto General is a winner in my books.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 21137

Re: EFT Discussion

I didn't notice any problems with tossup answer selection, personally. For example, of the ten games in which I was involved, four had no dead tossups. There were two games with 19 converted tossups, one with 18, two with 17, and one with 16. There were a few hard parts of bonuses which were pretty ...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Mirror at Toronto, October 3, 2009
Replies: 32
Views: 10980

Re: EFT Mirror at Toronto, October 3, 2009

Out of curiosity, will there be any discount for solo teams?
by women, fire and dangerous things
Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Mirror at Toronto, October 3, 2009
Replies: 32
Views: 10980

Re: EFT Mirror at Toronto, October 3, 2009

Western will be sending a team to this.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 9192

Re: CO Lit Discussion

So much for my tossup on Wallace Stevens with a leadin on Bowl, Cat and Broomstick ! But seriously, it seems pretty arbitrary to insist that leadins for tossups on poets shouldn't be on non-poetic works. Why not just say that they shouldn't be on highly unimportant works which privilege list knowled...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tyrone Slothrop Lit Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 7296

Re: Tyrone Slothrop Lit Discussion

I'd be interested in seeing this set too.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO 2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3280

Re: VETO 2010

I agree, working on producing other good tournaments in Canada seems more productive than working on improving VETO, given the climate.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO discussion
Replies: 80
Views: 19484

Re: VETO discussion

magin wrote:On a sidenote to this discussion, did any team convert the bonus part on Earle Birney? Jerry and I have a $20 bet riding on this.
I didn't hear this bonus, but I'd be surprised. I read a goodly amount of Canadian poetry, but probably wouldn't have pulled that answer.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO discussion
Replies: 80
Views: 19484

Re: VETO discussion

Having pondered this for a little while, I'm inclined to agree that the perceived difficulty of VETO came largely from question length. I certainly sat through the beginnings of many a question absolutely mystified (lead-ins are supposed to be hard, after all), but the questions were generally quite...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO discussion
Replies: 80
Views: 19484

Re: VETO discussion

I get the impression that Obasan is well-known in Canada, but maybe this is just because I'm half-Japanese. I didn't get it until the giveaway, but that doesn't mean much.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO discussion
Replies: 80
Views: 19484

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VETO 7/18/2009 in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa

Eric exaggerates slightly in saying there are only three Canadians who enjoy ACF, of course, but the sentiment at the Hamilton mirror pretty much echoed what Eric has said. There was a prevailing atmosphere that the packets were too hard, and not fun enough, and as I mentioned, this led three teams ...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VETO 7/18/2009 in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa
Replies: 71
Views: 21798

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VETO 7/18/2009 in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa

I have no complete results, but Bruce Arthur sent me a text message saying that Toronto D (featuring Bruce) won the Hamilton site. Toronto C (Chris, Eric, Eric and Chan) came in second, with the same record as Toronto D, and Toronto D won on head-to-head. My team (UWO) was 5-2, I think in third pla...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 12694

Re: Missouri Open discussion

Re: the tossup on D.G. Rossetti in the Luo packet - isn't Rossetti's "Ballad for Dead Ladies" just a translation of Villon's "Ballade des dames du temps jadis"? I would have buzzed with Villon on that clue.
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VETO 7/18/2009 in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa
Replies: 71
Views: 21798

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VETO 7/18/2009 in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa

Hey, American Quizbowl luminaries Hannah Kirsch and Jerry Vinokurov have both offered to do what they can to help make this a good tournament, despite obviously being busy. I think it would be nice if we took them up on their offer. Maybe there's something to be said for VETO being a "different" tou...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO 2009 SW ONTARIO MIRROR
Replies: 80
Views: 10218

Re: VETO 2009 SW ONTARIO MIRROR

If good writers are going to be contributing freelance packets to this, I might actually play it. It's good that some sort of editing practice is being instituted, but having teams edit each other's packets seems pointless. Having a central editing team would be ideal; I'd volunteer if I weren't alr...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The John Adams Rule
Replies: 41
Views: 6957

Re: The John Adams Rule

Do you know the first name of Y.A. Tittle, E.L. Doctorow, H.L. Mencken, k.d. lang, etc.? OK, any individual player might know some or all of these, but your statement that nobody learns initials without names is surely unfounded. Of course, I'm not suggesting that full names be required in cases wh...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The John Adams Rule
Replies: 41
Views: 6957

Re: The John Adams Rule

The idea is that you have to give the minimum amount of information to point to a clear, unambiguous answer. So, for Mary and Percy Shelley, M. Shelley and P. Shelley are sufficiently unambiguous, while just plain Shelley is not. By your logic, I could say "I sincerely doubt that there are people w...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The John Adams Rule
Replies: 41
Views: 6957

Re: The John Adams Rule

This is somewhat off-topic, but: What is the rationale behind requiring only a first initial to disambiguate people with the same last name? Let's say there's a tossup that goes "blah blah blah, FTP, name this politician and insurance broker whose brother is the Mayor of Chicago." My answer of "Dale...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Wed May 27, 2009 9:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tossups about works
Replies: 15
Views: 1856

Re: Tossups about works

That "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" tossup was written by me, and I agree that the lead-in is terrible. I wanted to introduce a new clue since clues from the work itself have pretty much been used to death, but that was obviously a horrible way to do it, in retrospect (and cross-disciplin...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 12026

Re: ACF Nationals question thanks/discussion

Coincidentally, in the phonology class I just took we did a problem involving vowel harmony in suffixes in Hungarian. The vowel harmony tossup was difficult, although Germanic umlaut and the fact that vowel harmony can be progressive or regressive are things which linguists might be expected to know...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 9567

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

I was worried about suprasegmental too, since I don't know much about it. How should that part have been written? I would write something like, "Prosodic features are this kind of feature, since they extend over multiple sounds." (Multiple segments is the precise way to say that, but obviously that...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International
Replies: 76
Views: 9567

Re: Tournament Discussion Committee of the First International

some answer choices that were simply horrible ideas (a huge chunk of the linguistics, serialization + most of the CS) Here are the linguistics questions I found in a quick scan of the set: Tossups: William Labov, Kenneth Pike Bonuses: Chomsky/Minimalist Program/Optimality Theory, prosody/scare quot...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM ANNOUNCEMENT: Strange Literature Vanity Side Event
Replies: 32
Views: 10932

Re: PRELIM ANNOUNCEMENT: Strange Literature Vanity Side Event

Inter et Inter wrote:As this is probably the best-for-my-interests side event I'm going to see until Guy writes the Louis Hjelmslev Memorial in 2011 or so...
Oh man, if that actually happened...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Concept tossups in the social sciences
Replies: 40
Views: 6093

Re: Concept tossups in the social sciences

In Burmese, -tɛ and -mɛ indicate the realis and irrealis type of this category. Estonian uses the noun suffix -t to indicate a change to one of these. Japanese uses the inchoative one, while others include the delimitative and the attenuative. In Hebrew, the pi'el group originally signified the ite...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15887

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

Also, while I'm sidetracking my own post, is "Martin Fierro" really too hard for a set which had, e.g., "The Princess of Cleves" as a tossup answer? Is The Princess of Cleves really that obscure? My judgment might be wrong here, but it's an extremely influential novel, and an important part of lite...
by women, fire and dangerous things
Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 15887

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

I wrote the cats tossup, though I didn't realize that the Japanese word for cat was that well-known, not knowing about Maneki Neko or Kami Neko or, indeed, any neko other than Neko Case.