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by Cheynem
Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

After a little cross-checking threads, it seems like the current plan is to meet roughly around 9 or so Sunday, play COMICS if there is enough interest, and then those interested will play a little hoops afterwards. Thus, I think the general idea will be to get through the set promptly enough so tha...
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

Even though fake Trashionals is no more, I plan on still running this. If I get a chance over break, I might bang out a few more packets, maybe a few toss-up only rounds.
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gaddis Experiment II
Replies: 98
Views: 53607

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Gaddis Experiment II

I suppose this format also rewards teams that are especially effective in getting their opponents to score points
My time to shine!
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:37 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

I think the 9 time was a reference to when one of the rec buildings closed.
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "Slaughtering" in middle school quizbowl
Replies: 30
Views: 4893

Re: "Slaughtering" in middle school quizbowl

I think in middle/high school, the onus is on the coaches to get their kids on both sides in the right frame of mind to play. I blew teams out and got blown out in high school and never suffered any mental instability (THAT I KNOW OF). Coaches should instill in teams doing the blowing out that while...
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:55 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

Barring any last-minute changes, Minnesota will have two teams. Rather than form a third team, at least one (probably two--myself and Bernadette) of its members will play with Jonathan Magin and Michael Hill.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5818

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

Heh, instead of an Earl McGraw question, there should have been one on Conroy Bumpus.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5818

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

Eh, maybe I loved playing Hit the Road so much as a youngster, but on paper, it seems pretty clear who it's looking for. I mean, which one of Sam and Max do you "use" on items to achieve comical results? (Note: I didn't get this question because I couldn't remember which was which for a se...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5818

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

It was a little tricky to figure out what the question wanted (I'm sure you can guess the identity of the author of this question based on what packet it was found in [HINT: NOT TRYGVE MEADE]). Perhaps if the question could have found two conservative, super-intense Christian athletes who both playe...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5818

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

Well, the examples you cited are all different forms of common link/list tossups. "Card games" is egregious, as it is basically just a list with no real interesting information. "Michael" is a little different. It's not my cup of tea for toss-ups, but the Michaels they were descr...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5818

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

I didn't really hate the Jack Haley question--I mean, if you're going to write a Jack Haley question, it's fine, it was pyramidal and it referenced important stuff in Jack Haley's life. It's just that Jack Haley, if people know his name at all, is remembered for one thing--playing the Tin Man. In ty...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:05 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

Minnesota will know (hopefully by tonight) if we are bringing 2 or 3 teams. If we are not bringing 3 teams, then we will have at least one free agent (perhaps me).
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5818

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

Final Countdown was also fine--all the clues were about the titular song except like maybe one. And that song is both a classic and famous. I agree that it that Earl McGraw tossup was terrible (should have accepted the law enforcement dude from Kill Bill) and it was eccentric to tossup Jack Haley an...
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5818

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

Megan Fox was on Two and a Half Men playing Prudence--it's just that she's actually Berta's granddaughter. Also, there were a few ghastly "list" style tossups that really people need to stop writing. The tossup on "Card Games" was lame, basically just shooting names of fake card ...
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5818

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

Oh yes, Mike's post has caused me to remember a tossup I detested. The Solaris tossup annoyed me to no end because the lead-in mentions it was written by Stanislau Lem. Bad lead-in. I almost buzzed right there with Solaris, but decided to let it play out, and then got beat in the buzzer race that en...
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE set discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 5818

Re: GARBAGE set discussion

All right then. This was a very fine set, with good answers and clues for the most part. With all due respect, I thought the editing could have been a little stronger, particularly on repeats. I realize after seeing Our Mutual Friend Mr. Weinstein's packet, that the editors had a lot of work elsewhe...
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT and Friday night games
Replies: 23
Views: 3487

Re: ICT and Friday night games

I strongly prefer a one-day tournament. If it has to be stretched out for two days, I guess I would prefer Saturday-Sunday because it's never cool to have to play the night you've driven in.
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in ICT Guerrilla Tournament?
Replies: 24
Views: 3255

Re: Interest in ICT Guerrilla Tournament?

I mean it's an informal guerrilla tournament. As long as people don't write totally insane themed/distributed packets, I don't think anyone's going to get too wonked off at a packet that features no classical music or something.
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in ICT Guerrilla Tournament?
Replies: 24
Views: 3255

Re: Interest in ICT Guerrilla Tournament?

The distribution seems solid, but I will be honest: If I write a packet for this, it's basically just going to strech the limits of the distribution anyway (i.e., my science ain't gonna be science, folks).
by Cheynem
Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in ICT Guerrilla Tournament?
Replies: 24
Views: 3255

Re: Interest in ICT Guerrilla Tournament?

I would be interested in playing, although if it is Saturday night, my plane reservation would sadly trump quiz bowl. I don't mind writing a dream packet, although due to my lack of meta knowledge, it would probably have to be on a Minnesota team member.
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: San Diego Open - 6/6/09 - La Jolla
Replies: 49
Views: 10782

Re: San Diego Open - 6/6/09 - La Jolla

What a pizza-miser.
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

Re: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

But what about the Disney Channel Original Movies tournament?
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14923

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

marnold wrote: For whatever reason, I really like the idea of playing trash before it happens, like the idea of having just played trash, and yet rarely actually enjoy the experience itself, but this seemed pretty good.
Playing trash sounds like grad school.
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd
Replies: 28
Views: 4046

COMICS: Midwest Edition, March 22nd

This is tentatively supposed to take place after Fake TRASHionals on March 22nd, the day after Fake ICT at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I am setting up this thread to gauge how much interest there is in this, so I can at least have a rough idea of what format should be run (doubles,...
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Archive?
Replies: 15
Views: 2248

Re: TRASH Archive?

Unless they are all paper-only files, hell, send it to me, or probably anyone on the boards, and we could take a crack at it.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Non-Strosity: Discussion (mid-Atlantic: STAY AWAY)
Replies: 16
Views: 2625

Re: Science Non-Strosity: Discussion (mid-Atlantic: STAY AWAY)

We played some of the packets at practice and they were pretty entertaining even to a science dummy like me. I managed to get two tossups on the "Traveling Salesman Problem" and "Creation Science."
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 7301

Re: Penn Bowl Discussion

Also reviving an old thread: after finally seeing On the Waterfront, I am really confused about that tossup. Even after just seeing the film yesterday, I still am not really sure what the tippi-tippi-tim, tippi-tippi-tan thing is referring to in the lead-in. Like, I looked at an online copy of the s...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14923

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

I would expect not to have even heard about some of them (or have heard of them, but never would have gotten them), especially the older ones, which I have at some of the past tournaments. I'm having trouble following your post, but it sounds like you are complaining that you had heard about everyt...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14923

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

It just seems this tournament was written for amateur trash players, which is fine, but both sides of the spectrum should be catered to. Aside from a few clunky bonuses that shot free points at you, I can't disagree with this more. If you were suggesting that almost all of the questions were writte...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14923

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

That is a good point and certainly packet submission could/should be a part of future trash tournaments. I mean, one of the best ways to get better writing trash is to become better at writing quiz bowl in general, so I encourage all teams interested in producing future trash packets to read/play/wr...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Logistics Discussion, or, Finishing on Time.
Replies: 33
Views: 3902

Re: ACF Regionals Logistics Discussion, or, Finishing on Time.

Not to put words into editors' mouths, but I would just add to Daichi' s point by suggesting that one way to ensure editors don't have to work so hurriedly and without sleep is to submit packets as promptly and efficiently as possible. If teams wait until the last minute to submit their packets or c...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14923

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

I generally support the idea of house-written as opposed to packet-submission trash tournaments, assuming that a variety of editors/writers can be assembled to avoid the dreaded NICHE CAPTURE that results in oodles of questions on album titles, TV character names, and "cute" stuff that sho...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Mirror at Chicago 3/1
Replies: 14
Views: 2182

Re: GARBAGE Mirror at Chicago 3/1

Thanks to all the staffers--this tournament ran very smoothly, was calibrated on the fly to give us a few extra matches, and got out at a very decent time. Hope to see all of the teams, even those not normally on the "circuit," at both Fake ICT and Fake TRASHionals.
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14923

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

Thanks for a fine set. In terms of non-specific comments: -There were a number of repeats, which is inevitable, but bonuses should not ask for the same exact person or thing using pretty much the same clues. -Obviously a central issue in any packet-submission tourney, but the difficulty swing was at...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread
Replies: 121
Views: 16332

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion Thread

A fine set well run by the Chicago people. A few general comments: -While one of my teammates was like the one-eyed man in the country of the blind with all of that Japanese literature, religion, and history, it seemed a touch excessive to a gaijin like me. The distribution could have been a little ...
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in second video games tournament?
Replies: 35
Views: 5313

Re: Interest in second video games tournament?

There needs to be questions on Infocom this time around. I hope the 1/1 Lolo distribution continues.
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions
Replies: 76
Views: 8498

Re: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions

I also think a reasonable chunk of buzzer races are illusory. As someone above mentioned, it's a reflex to push your buzzer after someone else has already buzzed in despite it not making any sense really. What usually happens in my brain is "What's this dude's name--is it this...oh, X is buzzin...
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions
Replies: 76
Views: 8498

Re: Dropping Titles in Literature Questions

Perhaps I was an illiterate rube in high school, but I didn't know any of those books you describe as "buzzer races" when I was in high school. Hell, I don't even know some of them now. I mean, is it that disturbing that great teams are going to know shit and buzz in when they hear somethi...
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9489

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

Man, ya gotta learn your Bret "the Hitman" Harte stories.
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9489

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

The only time I can recall which featured a flagrant presentation of "too many clues" was the linguistics bonus which basically give like a lecture on linguistics and then asked for some pretty simple stuff.
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9489

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

I see we are mentioning tossups we didn't care for. I can do that too. The Nick Markakis tossup to me is a good example of a sub-optimal sports tossup (the Prince Fielder was one too, but I'll stick with the Markakis for now). He refused to sign with the Cincinnati Reds twice, choosing to go to Youn...
by Cheynem
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 9489

Re: Prison Bowl Discussion

This was a well constructed set which probably skewed difficult for high school, which is both fine and a demonstration of the difficulty of writing sets with absolutely idealized difficulty across the board (probably impossible).
by Cheynem
Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:54 pm
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

This better not be a Microtel Inn!
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 10005

Re: Chicago Open

I will contribute an all musty lit packet to the lit event, if it takes place.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Solon's Two Day NAQT/PACE Tournament-Feb.14/15
Replies: 34
Views: 5852

Re: Solon's Two Day NAQT/PACE Tournament-Feb.14/15

Heh, I remember at one league match when my buzzer wasn't working (BEFORE THE MATCH STARTED) because the wire that connected it to the mechanism kept falling out. The moderator's recommendation was that I physically hold the wire in place while the match was being played. My coach was not happy.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:08 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

Any plans at this time to mirror, however informally, Ike Jose's lit singles as well?
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 10005

Re: Chicago Open

Tell them that I can serve as chaperone.
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 10005

Re: Chicago Open

As the one summer open that I could easily get to, I would like to see this in July rather than August.
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open
Replies: 67
Views: 10005

Re: Chicago Open

THE DIE IS CAST
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:00 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

Dude, kids today really need to know more about Jan-Michael Vincent. There should be like a 1/1 Airwolf distribution in each packet.