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by Cheynem
Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 14607

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

I actually wouldn't be opposed to seeing the boxing/wrestling canon expanded a little for trash. There's certainly no shortage of well-known, important, interesting boxing figures to discuss and if the entire history of wrestling were included, some fine questions could be had as well.
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Pool 2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1542

Re: ICT Prediction Pool 2009

As far as I know, none of the ten things I predicted came up, although "Texas" came up in the first round.
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 14607

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

Well, college basketball is really popular and NBA lore and the "human interest" factor among current NBA personalities to me justifies its inclusion on at least the same basis as baseball and football. Maybe more people watch NFL than NBA, but I think individual NBA players are actually f...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 23411

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

I would have given a Metal Gear clue that indicated it was the first game, like mentioning the villain in the NES version was Cataffy or something.
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 23411

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

All I meant by my comment was that Jeff Hoppes said in regards to the distribution subdiscussion that there were only 1/2 trash lit during ICT (he was attempting to figure out specific problems with the distribution). I (me personally) saw nothing really wrong with "trash lit" at this tour...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 23411

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

Hey, I love Advise and Consent. I've read all of the Drury stuff. I'm just saying that the Pulizer Prize cannot be used as a criteria for deciding whether or not something is "trash lit" or not. The fluffy comedy Harvey won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama, but I think most quizbowlers woul...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 23411

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

I have no idea if there was more, but the bonus on "Allen Drury and Advise and Consent" in the final packet of the day could also be considered trash lit.
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 23411

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

I admit I don't know anything about Prendergast's specific history, but I think it's at somewhat well known that he worked with Truman and was the political boss of Kansas City. I mean, I too have heard Prendergast used as a bonus part in political bosses bonuses several times. I just put the (?) be...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 23411

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

Well, that does clear up the notion that the tossup actually used the word "plays."

I did enjoy the Drew Gilpin Faust tossup and I enjoyed (?) Boss Prendergast.
by Cheynem
Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 23411

Re: 2009 ICT discussion

Well, first let me say independently of location and any specific questions, thanks to NAQT for running a smooth event. It was also a real thrill to meet some people I had always wanted to, like Dan Passner, Mik Larsen, and George Berry. As for the actual rounds, a lot of it is a blur. It's unfortun...
by Cheynem
Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas
Replies: 45
Views: 7508

Re: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas

Try the buffet, folks!
by Cheynem
Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Pool 2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1542

Re: ICT Prediction Pool 2009

I'm too lazy to fill out a general ballot, but I think the following ten things will come up: 1. Oddjob 2. Wasilla Assembly of God 3. Colonel Mustard 4. Herman Rosenblat 5. Dr. Faustus (the comic book character) 6. the phrase "Yes, We Can!" 7. "The Worst Person in the World" 8. M...
by Cheynem
Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 14607

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

There are plenty of good sports questions out there that do not rely on crappy stats stuff. For instance, there are plenty of terrific anecdotes and incidents in baseball, basketball, and football histories. It's just like studying American history or British history--you don't go to archaeological ...
by Cheynem
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Predictions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5856

Re: ICT Predictions?

Ha-ha: It's actually a 4:00 arrival date! A whole half hour to play with!
by Cheynem
Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Predictions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5856

Re: ICT Predictions?

So, I like wasting time. So I took that college poll from January that ranked the top 25 teams and compared it to the NCAA AP Top 25 rankings that was conducted around the same time (the AP poll from January 19). Each team from the quiz bowl poll was matched to its corresponding team on the NCAA pol...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 4184

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion

To clarify, Charlie, my problems (if that's the word, that seems a bit harsh) with the tossup were not the clues or the clue ordering, it was just that it seemed a little tricky to know if you wanted "Holy Roman Emperors" or some other group right away. It's tricky, though, to write give a...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 4184

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion

Yeah, like besides the packet I mentioned above (Japanese history, Japanese literature, Japanese current events, Japanese film), there was another packet with three Japanese-related questions (blanking on what the topics were, but it was the Oe bonus, a Basho bonus, and something else). Japan is rea...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 4184

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 Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

Oh, really? Well, I'll hold off on that then.

EDIT: Upon seeing Matt's post, I will indeed send this off to Chris when I get home.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 4184

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl Discussion

Hey, after reading this set (and even playing one round), I have the following comments: -First of all, congrats to all the editors and writers, who should be commended for writing a lot of good quiz bowl in a format that, at least in my uneducated opinion, seems a little difficult to write for. -Ob...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

Yeah, I'm at school right now, but I'll fire off the set to Chris Carter when I get home.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Types of Theme Packets
Replies: 26
Views: 3626

Re: Types of Theme Packets

I eagerly look forward to your American Politics and Jacksonian Era packets.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 14607

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

Don't worry, Ben, we'll write an all Sitcoms Set some day and then there will be Nina Van Horn AND Kevin Liotta tossups for all!
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RC Cola Classic (3/29/09) at UT-Chattanooga
Replies: 9
Views: 2095

Re: RC Cola Classic (3/29/09) at UT-Chattanooga

That's true--it was hard to notice some of the themes (like the "machine" themed packet) and when you're reading it informally, the reader offers his/her observations as well (and since they see the questions, it's a LOT easier). The only one that really irritated me was packet six, the pa...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 14607

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

Yeah, I totally agree with Charlie. I've gotten album questions before and I've heard good album questions before. It's just that just like with the non Big Three sports and other niche areas, there's a LIMITED amount of album titles that can reasonably be tossed up. Also, there should NEVER be more...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RC Cola Classic (3/29/09) at UT-Chattanooga
Replies: 9
Views: 2095

Re: RC Cola Classic (3/29/09) at UT-Chattanooga

This is just based on reading the packets rather than playing it, but I was definitely NOT a fan of the "light themes" sprinkled throughout the packets. While I think the themes are far more obvious when you visually see them, they became very obvious in some packets and really limited ans...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 14607

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

Absolutely, regarding characters--I picked two characters (Jack from 30 Rock and Jim from The Office) that I think would be fair game at a reasonable level difficulty tournament. What I generally meant by the example is that if you tossup characters, it should generally be on one of the most importa...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 14607

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

My highly subjective comments on a trash distribution: SPORTS -Don't go statistic heavy. I hate sports questions that use clues like "He has a career average of .270 and once hit .350 in 1972 and scored 110 runs." -Sports questions also sometimes result in verbal diarrhea, generally becaus...
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Types of Theme Packets
Replies: 26
Views: 3626

Re: Types of Theme Packets

I think Ike Jose may have written all Final Fantasy VII (VI?) packet at some point.
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3821

Re: BATE Discussion

When hearing that bonus part, I thought it seemed like an odd way to describe the story, but I hadn't read it in a while, so I wasn't sure.
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A word of caution when ordering HSAPQ questions...
Replies: 43
Views: 5872

Re: Do not use HSAPQ for your tournament!!!

It does depend a little on your school resources. My high school had a smallish computer lab with not the quickest printers in the world that I didn't have 24-hour access to, so it probably would have taken me more than a hour (of course there was a reason why we didn't host things).
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: University of Minnesota Weekend of Quizbowl set mirror, 3/28
Replies: 29
Views: 8894

Re: University of Minnesota Weekend of Quizbowl set mirror, 3/28

Sadly, no questions on Jonathan Livingston Seagull, though.
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3821

Re: BATE Discussion

Nah, the White Man's Burden tossup is written fine, it's just something that I don't recall coming up a lot recently and I was just bemused that the tossup was slightly more about what the poem actually says, rather than its historical usage. It's fine. The Blago one is okay, I guess. It's just that...
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BATE Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3821

Re: BATE Discussion

We read a few of the packets at practice. *I thought the tossups were for the most part pretty solid--pyramidality seemed to be in effect. The only problem with some of them seemed to be mild transparency, like, being able to guess stuff like "Inchon" because it is a naval invasion in the ...
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Experiment II
Replies: 54
Views: 11617

Re: The Experiment II

Let's see, in terms of actual discussion... *It was a blast to play. Cool, canon-bursting stuff, but for the most part, stuff that I at least fleetingly recall having heard (maybe) in some other packets before, plus a few stuff that just used solid, hard clues on fairly canonical things. I also agre...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gaddis Experiment II
Replies: 98
Views: 53607

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gaddis Experiment II

I might be there and if so I will play this. Break the goofy meter, Jonathan. Break it.
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mahfouz Memorial Lit Singles Discussion (MN DO NOT READ)
Replies: 50
Views: 13076

Re: Mahfouz Memorial Lit Singles Discussion (MN DO NOT READ)

We played this in the car on the way back and from FICHTE. It seemed like a lot of fun, with a good mix of questions. Someday I wish to beat good literature to players to a legitimate literature tossup (i.e. not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) or a tossup I did not fraud knowledge on using a movie (i.e., me...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake ICT 2 Mirror at UIUC - March 21st
Replies: 106
Views: 17687

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

Jonathan and Magin apart are merely okay players, but with their powers combined, he is an unstoppable force in literature, American history, and science frauding.
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fake ICT 2 Mirror at UIUC - March 21st
Replies: 106
Views: 17687

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

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.
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Experiment II
Replies: 54
Views: 11617

Re: The Experiment II

This was extremely extremely enjoyable. I admit I blanched when the price went from fifteen to twenty dollars (NOTE: I AM KIDDING), but it was well worth the price. I quote my teammate Brendan Byrne: "I would have paid hundreds of dollars to play this."
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

I'm going to hold off on actually posting the set until the RC Cola people do their thing, but if anyone wants it, e-mail me at cheyne AT wmis DOT net. Matt Lafer pretty much sums it up as is. The red-haired dude who knew a lot about comics was named Jon. I somehow seem to have lost a few of my admi...
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

I did not get a chance to really confirm times with Donald today. I had heard the time 9:00 floated around at presumably the same location. We will see what happens tomorrow I guess.
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mental Fatigue
Replies: 32
Views: 6013

Re: Mental Fatigue

Bring some good, healthy, energy-packed snacks, like fruit or granola or something. Keep the chatter going between matches to a reasonable extent, so the team doesn't mentally slog off and just sit around waiting. Listen to ABBA.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Harvard International - 4/11/09
Replies: 84
Views: 23296

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

Are Rom/Bryce/Others really planning on playing both FICHTE and HI together, or is this a misprint?
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland
Replies: 76
Views: 12245

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri Open Mirror (6/06/09) at Maryland

In the odd event that I choose to attend this (two equally long drives to Columbia or College Park!), can I just clarify: would teams not required to submit a packet under ACF rules in fact be required to submit a packet to this tournament?
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

There has been a lot of offers to staff, so I think we're good in that regard. I mean, at most we're going to probably need just three readers, one of whom is myself.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: inclusion of state/local history
Replies: 78
Views: 9612

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

Truly important local/regional history is also of a national importance and should/could be asked about (I have no idea why it should be asked about MORE depending on where a school is located--why should Northwest schools get more questions on Chief Seattle rather than the Seminoles?). Also, local ...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

I've noted interest from roughly 5 to 6 people. Assuming that those people will find teammates/play solo/combine/drop out, I'm hoping we can get a nice even number of teams, which would be great with six packets (either 4 or 6). If more people wish to play, in the interest of simplicity, I might jus...
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 15, 2009 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ratio of American History to European/World History
Replies: 68
Views: 15943

Re: Ratio of American History to European/World History

I have a master's degree in history (specializing in American), so I welcome a mild dose of historiography. Besides the Beards in the American canon, there's Frederick Jackson Turner, William Appleman Williams, Richard Hofstadter, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and MAYBE guys like Henry Nash Smith, Leo Mar...