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by Cheynem
Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:07 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

I obviously can't comment on how it will be run at this site, but for those who don't know: The comic book set is 6 packets of 20 toss-ups and bonuses (so it cannot allow for lames). It takes an extremely broad view of comics to allow questions on webcomics, comic strips, and any media related to co...
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cardinal Classic discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 8521

Re: Cardinal Classic discussion

Chris Carter is faaaaaaaaaast. He is Adrian fast. Faster than a speeding bullet. If you made a commercial about him, it would be the "Fastskys."
by Cheynem
Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:07 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

Since I believe only three packets of COMICS were read at Terrapin, there are three packets blind to everyone. Depending on interest and time and whatnot, this could just entail reading the three blind-to-all packets. I also expect live and timely updates of the NCAA tourney throughout this tourname...
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement
Replies: 47
Views: 9902

Re: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement

I agree with Chris that I don't understand the idea that "trash tournaments invariably take longer than academic tournaments." Assuming decent moderators, professional organization, and the usual brisk pace I expect with tournaments, I have no idea why this would be true. In fact, given TR...
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TIT Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 7514

Re: TIT Discussion

Eh, not so much that I've noticed. I mean, it's not something you can really statistically analyze with any deep precision because most standard packets only have one trash bonus that can be on anything (sports, trash lit, movies, music, etc.). So if in a few packets, one team 30's a sports bonus be...
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT CC eligibility
Replies: 11
Views: 1318

Re: NAQT CC eligibility

But if you invent a time machine, go back in time, and stop Biff Tanner from getting rich off sports bets, then you might have a shot at it. It' s a little crazy, but so crazy that it just might work.
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Private Discussion Forum
Replies: 129
Views: 17314

Re: SCT Private Discussion Forum

I'm knock knock knocking on heaven's door.
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement
Replies: 47
Views: 9902

Re: TRASHionals XII: Preliminary Field Announcement

I was one of the members of Car Ramrod from Illinois, which was a team consisting of free agents from Minnesota, Chicago, and Florida State. Speaking for myself, I PROBABLY am not going to go because it is too far for me to go on my own. I cannot speak for the others.
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT 2009 discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 9561

Re: SCT 2009 discussion

Without being specific, I will say that this was a fairly enjoyable set. The expanded clock was a very good move as all of our rounds gave us at least 20 toss-ups, which I am okay with. The flaws I can think of were some rather eccentric bonus topics, a tendency in tossups to suddenly slide right in...
by Cheynem
Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cancelled: SNAPPLE LEMON ICED TEA - Princeton University
Replies: 19
Views: 5531

Re: SNAPPLE LEMON ICED TEA - Princeton University - 3/29/09

While I understand that nobody (except me?) wants to see a bonus, say, on Petticoat Junction, I dislike how a lot of TV bonuses end up being "let me plumb through the pet TV shows for deeper and deeper trivial sludge." So we end up with yet another bonus on Lost or Futurama or whatever. To...
by Cheynem
Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Experiment II
Replies: 54
Views: 11617

Re: The Experiment II

Quiz bowl beats homework and sleeping.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '08-'09
Replies: 89
Views: 16490

Re: Minnesota '08-'09

Good tip on the snacks. On all my standardized tests, I felt the urge for a snack at some point.
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 11776

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

As a grad student with a kabillion other things to do, I don't care where quiz bowl is played in terms of tourist attractions. When you're trying to get in 12+ rounds, eat, sleep, and plow through a 200 page monograph on "the new American militarism," tourism isn't high up on my priorities.
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Comic Book Doubles at Maryland (1/31/08)
Replies: 8
Views: 1661

Re: Comic Book Doubles at Maryland (1/31/08)

Impressive victories, Matt. If anyone has any comments about the packets aside from generalities, please e-mail them to me (chey0004 at umn dot edu) as there are plans to mirror this elsewhere. Thanks.
by Cheynem
Sat Jan 31, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: List Places You'd Like to See ICT 2010
Replies: 79
Views: 11776

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

Minimal stops are somewhat hard to pull off with 4+ people.
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:00 pm
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

Quiz bowl, you can't say that Dallas doesn't love you.
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:17 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

You should be getting a packet from my team (Rob, Trygve, Andrew, and me)..."soon."
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Defense of the Muddy Battlefield Hypothesis
Replies: 20
Views: 4993

Re: A Defense of the Muddy Battlefield Hypothesis

Even if it isn't buzzable per se, the lead-in still has important work--it sets up the looked-for pronoun, usually gives a clue as to time period or context. I'm not saying that meaningless pap as lead-ins ("This writer wrote a lot of books") is acceptable, but, like, an obscure clue for W...
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 7301

Re: Penn Bowl Discussion

I felt it was slightly easier than ACF Winter, but I'm bad at judging this sort of thing. This was an entertaining tournament with solid packets. Without being rude, I can only say a little tighter editing may have resulted in a stronger set--the packets were highly variable in terms of predilection...
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 7301

Penn Bowl Discussion

I think the mirrors are all done and people are clamoring for discussion. So here we go. Sorry if this isn't right.
by Cheynem
Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Mirror @ Iowa (1/24/08)
Replies: 22
Views: 3611

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.
by Cheynem
Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: On Moderators, or, Silberman's Axiom Defended
Replies: 33
Views: 4419

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 enthused...
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge
Replies: 64
Views: 8771

Re: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge

I think Mortimer Adler's lessons in "How to Read a Book" can apply here as well: pg. 164: "Do not begin criticism until you have completed your outline and your interpretation of the book." Give it a try by finishing the event before deciding it is too difficult or too boring. &q...
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge
Replies: 64
Views: 8771

Re: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge

You make it seem like hurting other teams and being rude/inconsiderate is an insignificant moral argument. Color me Emily Post, but I think that's a huge moral argument and trumps a good deal of reasons to leave early. It is also the onus of the team who signs up for events to realize what they are ...
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge
Replies: 64
Views: 8771

Re: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge

I don't know, it's a little pat to say that something must be wrong with the "tournament." If we make commitments to do something and it turns out to be not quite as optimal as we wanted, we should be adult to say, "I said I would play, leaving would screw other teams/people and be di...
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge
Replies: 64
Views: 8771

Re: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge

I think the difference (for me anyway) is that in high school we had a teacher who was a coach who went with us. This coach was not only our coach, he was our history and government teacher and had a lot of authority over us, so if he said "be ready to go at 7:30," we were (one of my worst...
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Comic Book Doubles at Maryland (1/31/08)
Replies: 8
Views: 1661

Re: Comic Book Doubles at Maryland (1/31/08)

Yes, Trygve has confirmed this.
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Comic Book Doubles at Maryland (1/31/08)
Replies: 8
Views: 1661

Re: Comic Book Doubles at Maryland (1/31/08)

There are six packets of 20 tossups and bonuses. Do we know anything about this being used at potential mirrors? If it doesn't get picked up, interested parties I suppose can play it elsewhere if answer discussion is kept on the downlow.
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 106
Views: 13763

Re: ACF Winter discussion

We've long since moved on, but I wasn't "bemused" by the Said reference in the Fanny tossup because I thought it was a bad lead-in or too easy or whatever. I was just bemused. I've read part of Orientalism, but I'm not deep on Said and didn't know that, and I just found it funny. That's al...
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 106
Views: 13763

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Yeah, I will admit it was my fault for not listening to the pronouns better. It was just a reflex buzz on "blue eagle." It is actually a very good tossup at the beginning with a lot of interesting clues that I had not heard before for NIRA. I apologize for saying it pissed me off: In retro...
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)
Replies: 23
Views: 19991

Re: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)

I agree with Charlie's observations that a "normal" quiz bowl tourney without side events should aim to get done around the 6-7 mark, with a little wiggle room for playoffs/finals that would not involve every team anyway. Lunch is a bugaboo for me. I'm an ugly American, so I eat fast and I...
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 106
Views: 13763

Re: ACF Winter discussion

An enjoyable tournament--I would have liked it better with more sleep and if I wasn't so rusty. Matches were of strong quality--We had a lot of close matches, including three decided on the last question (and to toot my horn, two of which were won on TUs scored by me). Favorite Tossups: 2+2, Walter ...
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter North @ Carleton College (1/18/09)
Replies: 46
Views: 6326

Re: ACF Winter North @ Carleton College (1/18/09)

A
B
W

Always Be Winning.
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Anouncement: Missouri Open (06/06/2009)
Replies: 81
Views: 26691

Re: Anouncement: Missouri Open (06/06/2009)

Hey, Charlie, it's way early, but any word on potential mirrors? Depending where the east coast mirror is, in the summer, it may be easier for me to get there rather than Missourah.
by Cheynem
Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in Comic Book Side Event?
Replies: 16
Views: 1639

Re: Interest in Comic Book Side Event?

Here's the deal: If I can get this done in the next two weeks or so (and I still haven't heard from George regarding his questions), and everything clears on you and the mirrors' end, Terrapin can definitely run the event. I'm fairly sure I can get it done, but I don't want to promise anything right...
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 19618

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

whereas, for instance, the reverse is not true; I don't see many writers producing trash tossups on Mark Twain or John Donne).
Ah, a good trash tossup referencing the Next Generation episode "Time's Arrow" awaits.
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in Comic Book Side Event?
Replies: 16
Views: 1639

Re: Interest in Comic Book Side Event?

I can get it done by then, especially if George can send me whatever tossups he has. My current projected finish date is the 17th or 19th. HOWEVER, with a little more time to edit plus working with George's stuff and whatnot, this will be a superior set, so I dunno. I guess I inherently have no prob...
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in Comic Book Side Event?
Replies: 16
Views: 1639

Re: Interest in Comic Book Side Event?

How many tossups do you have so far, George? If you have enough for a full packet(s), I could just add an additional packet(s), writing new bonuses if needed. If you don't, I can drop them into my already written packets and bump some of the weaker tossups.
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in Comic Book Side Event?
Replies: 16
Views: 1639

Re: Interest in Comic Book Side Event?

Donald and Tryg, that sounds fine to me. We'll talk more as the date draws nearer.

Looking through the four packets already written, there are actually much fewer webcomic questions than I thought there were, although there is actually quite a bit of comic strip stuff.
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in Comic Book Side Event?
Replies: 16
Views: 1639

Interest in Comic Book Side Event?

As some of you know, I am currently writing a series of all-comic book packets. I'm currently about halfway done with packet five of a projected six packet event, so I hope to get this done in about two weeks at the most. These are 20/20 packets that are fairly accessible to the "average" ...
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Non-Unique Middle Clues
Replies: 26
Views: 6768

Re: Non-Unique Middle Clues

I don't want to hijack the thread, but I have to disagree with this notion that questions should be written in a way in which not all parts are unique and inherently one must be primed to wait until an identifiable clue midway through the question. YES, obviously, the way communication works means t...
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An NAQTer revisits the ACF question submission guidelines
Replies: 42
Views: 7261

Re: An NAQTer revisits the ACF question submission guidelines

My Two Cents 1. I don't think the primary goal of quiz bowl is to learn or to teach. I think the primary goal is to compete and the learning part comes along with the competing. 2. I have learned quite a lot from playing quiz bowl and I think most people do. 3. I think you can learn from writing que...
by Cheynem
Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Advice on question writing companies
Replies: 22
Views: 3038

Re: Advice on question writing companies

I think it's a problem because, well, for the most part, this is an issue that quiz bowl needs to confront at most regular events, high school and at least novice-level college. Questions should be written in a good, accessible, pyramidal, challenging way to appeal to both the novice and the veteran...
by Cheynem
Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Commissioners Academic Challenge
Replies: 25
Views: 6800

Re: Commissioners Academic Challenge

I only played Panasonic once and that was in 2002 but I will agree with Charlie. First, my team represented Michigan because two other, superior teams had turned it down. Secondly, the matches were cumbersome and unwieldy (multiple teams at once, one buzzer per team, one buzz kills question). I reme...
by Cheynem
Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Good Current Events
Replies: 28
Views: 3985

Re: Good Current Events

Yeah, I want to reclarify--I wasn't arguing that current affairs/events questions should only be about stuff in the news now, I was just saying that a good chunk of said questions are "ripped from the headlines" and for the aforementioned reasons, tend to come up lacking. I was specificall...
by Cheynem
Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Good Current Events
Replies: 28
Views: 3985

Re: Good Current Events

I've got to be honest, I've never liked current events. Now, current events clues are okay and can be used judiciously in history, political science, trash, whatever tossups. But explicitly current-events tossups tend to either be really transparent ("you're talking about a recent leader and so...
by Cheynem
Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 19618

Re: Literature Criticisms of IS-66

Oh, no, Robert Jordan. I used to get so pissed at that guy in high school because it seemed like an ill-timed Robert Jordan bonus would always come up to hurt our team in a close match. I'm not a lit expert, so I can't speak too much about the fraudability of lit, but without getting into specifics,...
by Cheynem
Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open Teams at non-Open Tournaments
Replies: 42
Views: 7475

Re: Open Teams at non-Open Tournaments

Well, I don't know if anyone will argue with the concept that "you're going to lose to some people very badly until you get better." I've been on the receiving end of some ass-whippings. I got no problem with that. I need to get better. The issue at stake here is whether artifically create...
by Cheynem
Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Policy and Distribution Changes for the 2009 SCTs and ICT
Replies: 20
Views: 2466

Re: Policy and Distribution Changes for the 2009 SCTs and ICT

Yeah, it would be great if current events could become more "academic-y." The biggest challenge, at least in my experience, is to eliminate "stealth trash" (like Sarkozy clues that just talk about Carla Bruni's singing career) or obvious issues of transparency (so that it turns i...
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open Teams at non-Open Tournaments
Replies: 42
Views: 7475

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: TIT XXIII at Maryland: 1/31/09

My opinion doesn't count for a hill of beans, but I actually like Matt's point. He's not arguing that Eric be forced to play alone, with three paperweights. He's merely proferring the point that Eric, an excellent player, should perhaps not team up with Ike, a very good player, at a regular event. T...