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by No Rules Westbrook
Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Anthropology Questions
Replies: 47
Views: 8616

Re: Anthropology Questions

Eh, I think the question you cite is just rather barebones (which is fine cause, after all, it's for a novice tourney). I think QB questions have gone into exhaustive detail describing the works of people like Boas, Benedict, and Mal. If you wrote a high-level tu on Ruth Benedict, I anticipate that ...
by No Rules Westbrook
Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wording in Questions
Replies: 49
Views: 5968

Re: Wording in Questions

Eh, it's just like quizbowlers to be all pedantic about rules of grammar. Go listen to the words of Meat Loaf on the spoken word - it ain't about grammatical perfection, it's about communicating clues orally (heh, that's totally how you get clues). A lot depends on how good the moderator is - if the...
by No Rules Westbrook
Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.20.10-11.21.10)
Replies: 125
Views: 31858

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.20.10-11.21.10)

If the whispered-about RPG event is still in the cards, I have a packet for that. It would need to finish pre-1:30ish on Sunday given my flight arrangements.
by No Rules Westbrook
Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IO Event: Wissenschaftslehre - History of Thought
Replies: 20
Views: 3807

Re: IO Event: Wissenschaftslehre - History of Thought

I would be interested in playing this event. But, yeah, try to monitor whether it's really feasible to do this and IO - and if there are problems, give a heads up. If it becomes necessary, someone like me (or even me) might be interested in helping with this event.
by No Rules Westbrook
Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IO @ UIUC - 3/5/11
Replies: 43
Views: 17585

Re: IO 2011 3/5 - 3/6

It's about time you started speaking for me. But yeah, you're right.
by No Rules Westbrook
Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eligibility
Replies: 39
Views: 6266

Re: Eligibility

Bruce has a pretty good perspective here - this compulsion with eligiblity ins-and-outs is a really weird development that's grown like a Frankenstein monster out of the 2006-era movement to soften the game and become more inviting to new players. Even I've conceded the wisdom of that movement at va...
by No Rules Westbrook
Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New Forum Section Request
Replies: 12
Views: 2665

Re: New Forum Section Request

Yeah, I support this idea. We can all probably agree on what the best editor should do in any given case, but things happen, some understandable and some not. This seems like it would be a good secondary option for anyone who can't find a way to rope their usual contacts into doing some needed writi...
by No Rules Westbrook
Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.20.10-11.21.10)
Replies: 125
Views: 31858

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnesota Open III (11.13?.10-11.14?.10)

I think either date's fine with me.

And, it's true, Ike Jose did use BOTH of the words "very" and "entertaining" at some point during the CO and VCU weekends. He may, however, have been referring to a passage in Some Prefer Nettles.
by No Rules Westbrook
Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: Michigan Location
Replies: 105
Views: 29648

Re: VCU Open: Michigan Location

Yeah, I can get you to the airport, Andrew.
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 51322

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

I'm happy to staff this, if needed (maybe in the secret ninth room located in a hollowed out tree on the quad).
by No Rules Westbrook
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 51322

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

If you still need teammates, C. Ray and E. Mukherjee, and you just can't stand getting less than 30 on that one bonus about women's tennis, I'm game.
by No Rules Westbrook
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: Michigan Location
Replies: 105
Views: 29648

Re: VCU Open: Michigan Location

Lafer and I will be playing with Freeburn and Cheyne on Saturday. Don't know about Sunday. Also, yes, some college teams and players in the mix would be nice.
by No Rules Westbrook
Sun May 30, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)
Replies: 217
Views: 77905

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

Thanks to Bruce for putting this event on, it was a lot of fun and I'm glad that I attended. Congrats to Jeff and Magin.
by No Rules Westbrook
Thu May 20, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2010: This is serious business
Replies: 66
Views: 14107

Re: Player Poll 2010: This is serious business

Yeah, I think there are a lot of really good descriptions by everyone here of how qb skill evolves and devolves. It's certainly true that some players atrophy a lot quicker than other players - I'd hypothesize that someone whose knowledge is very natural (a Kemezis or Yaphe) is going to be way more ...
by No Rules Westbrook
Tue May 18, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2010: This is serious business
Replies: 66
Views: 14107

Re: Player Poll 2010: This is serious business

I've thrown this opinion out there before, but I really don't think there's a meaningful difference between players 2-5 in this list. They all can beat each other any given day, roughly half the time, depending on the packet and team composition. And that's the question I would ask. If stats or titl...
by No Rules Westbrook
Sun May 16, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl Memoirs of a Robot (A Guide to Improving at QB)
Replies: 46
Views: 20025

Re: Quiz Bowl Memoirs of a Robot (A Guide to Improving at QB)

Something people who haven't done a lot of writing might not realize is how much time is spent coming up with good answers. Picking answers is a really time-consuming part of the writing process, which itself is absurdly time-consuming when done correctly. With the exception of writing literature, c...
by No Rules Westbrook
Sun May 16, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Weekend Aug 7-8 (Richmond, Ann Arbor, San Diego)
Replies: 22
Views: 11756

Re: VCU Open Weekend Aug 7-8 (Richmond, Ann Arbor, San Diego)

though Michigan's tournament may occur at a location other than the Michigan campus itself
I sure hope this doesn't mean, like, Florida.
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed May 05, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl Memoirs of a Robot (A Guide to Improving at QB)
Replies: 46
Views: 20025

Re: Quiz Bowl Memoirs of a Robot (A Guide to Improving at QB)

The bonus question is an interesting debate. I've always thought of bonuses as the domain of the generalist (and an impoverished domain no less, since I think bonuses get the shaft). Particularly the veteran generalist, who can go to the "well of past answers" and make reasonable guesses on a range ...
by No Rules Westbrook
Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open
Replies: 157
Views: 51322

Re: Announcement: Paul Goodman Memorial Open

Sure, I'll play this, if anyone's looking for that key four and a half ppg to get them over the top.
by No Rules Westbrook
Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit 2010
Replies: 124
Views: 39112

Re: CO Lit 2010

I'll play.
by No Rules Westbrook
Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trash in ACF/NAQT, for the umpteenth time
Replies: 10
Views: 1817

Re: Trash in ACF/NAQT, for the umpteenth time

I know that when I want to find out something more about a particular subject where that subject is not, like a TV show, easily accessible, I tend to read about it. Oh, the ivory towers of quizbowl land. Even amongst the very learned sector of our population, this "reading" of yours is a pretty dis...
by No Rules Westbrook
Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Comments
Replies: 52
Views: 7988

Re: ACF Nationals Comments

In addition to everything people have already posted, I think this tournament succeeded because it felt like a different experience. These days, sometimes it seems like every event you go to is like every other event. Even when it's very well-written - it's easy to get that feeling of "Oh, this feel...
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2010 Thanks
Replies: 3
Views: 1944

Re: ACF Nationals 2010 Thanks

Lest I forget to say it anyplace else, hats off to Zeke for making this tournament happen, in the face of any obstacles (some of which were regrettably provided by me). Everything about this event reflected a deep commitment to providing a great Nationals-worthy quizbowl experience, and I think ever...
by No Rules Westbrook
Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: HI Mirror at UIUC (3/20/2010)
Replies: 65
Views: 8898

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HI Mirror at UIUC (3/20/2010)

If up to three Michigan people want to ride with me, I'm fine with that (psst: have the university pay for the gas!).
by No Rules Westbrook
Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open matchmaking thread
Replies: 57
Views: 13766

Re: Chicago Open matchmaking thread

So, yeah, it's very likely that I'll be there, and I'd shoot for writing my part of a packet right after ACF Nats. I'm game for playing on any sort of amusing team. The only thing I absolutely cannot tolerate is finishing in first place. [email protected].
by No Rules Westbrook
Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: HI Mirror at UIUC (3/20/2010)
Replies: 65
Views: 8898

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: HI Mirror at UIUC (3/20/2010)

So, I'd like to start playing this game of "quizbowl" again, and I think I can make it to this. If anyone wants a washed up designated hitter, let me know.
by No Rules Westbrook
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes That Do Not See
Replies: 29
Views: 4531

Re: Eyes That Do Not See

Since my name's being invoked, I'll say that after quick perusal, this tournament looks like it was really cool and well done. Marnold fairly states that I believe there is too much hand-wringing these days over what is "real" and what is not. I call it the postmodern/critical era of quizbowl. I con...
by No Rules Westbrook
Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PENN BOWL: Difficulty Swings
Replies: 30
Views: 4286

Re: PENN BOWL: Difficulty Swings

In fact, I think it's an ideal hard part in that anyone who's read or read about Billiards at Half-Past Nine is likely to know it (because of its importance to the novel), An interesting claim, given that Jerry's very argument for it being a poor hard part is that people who have read said novel wi...
by No Rules Westbrook
Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PENN BOWL: Difficulty Swings
Replies: 30
Views: 4286

Re: PENN BOWL: Difficulty Swings

Hmmm, I distinctly remember an IO where convex hull was the easy part of a bonus. Delaunay triangulation or Voronoi diagrams, anybody?

Not that its at all an appropriate tu choice here; I just enjoy giving the quizbowl knowledge angle.
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How long should a tournament run?
Replies: 17
Views: 4345

Re: How long should a tournament run?

Well, there is no "ideal tournament length" because it differs depending on the experience and personal tastes of the player (and what they want out of their "qb weekend" - a nice outing, tourism, or as much frigging qb as they can get for their money). That said, even the hardest core players are b...
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 13412

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Outside of NMR and Mass Spec, and maybe a few other things, your choices for lab techniques/assays/etc. seem pretty limited at a regular difficulty event. Even things that have been mentioned in qb a fair bit like ELISA are clearly too hard, and FRET probably falls in that category. Sorry, I get a n...
by No Rules Westbrook
Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 13412

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Steve, noone's trying to make you feel stupid. You make a fine point - sometimes people start bonuses off with very difficult works that are made even more difficult when the author isn't provided. It's just that "Odour of Chrysanthemums" isn't a great example, because it's not that hard. This is so...
by No Rules Westbrook
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 13412

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Drat.
by No Rules Westbrook
Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 13412

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Meh, not to sidetrack discussion, but it's a collegiate event - that's what the C in ACF stands for. I'm the biggest proponent of high school age players taking on college events, but I don't particularly think that they should get special rules or consideration. That means occasional question profa...
by No Rules Westbrook
Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Geography Monstrosity 2
Replies: 64
Views: 24315

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Geography Monstrosity 2

I'll play, if I'm there.
by No Rules Westbrook
Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About "Your Choice"
Replies: 56
Views: 7498

Re: Let's Talk About "Your Choice"

Heh, took me awhile to decode IANAL. Anyway, I think it's been established that you can write a few "real law" questions here and there (jurisdiction, hearsay, torts, easements, the Uniform Commerical Code - that last one may be stretching it but these are all past tossups). I think it's always been...
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?
Replies: 43
Views: 6613

Re: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?

Yeah, Edward P Jones got popular a little while ago at high-end events, probably for good reason (and probably too cause Yaphe thought he was groovy, who can tell). The process of deciding which modern authors are worthy of coming up next (that is, which are "serious" enough) at any given difficulty...
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About "Your Choice"
Replies: 56
Views: 7498

Re: Let's Talk About "Your Choice"

This is a really thoughtful and well-done thread. I have no problem with any of the mentioned ideas coming up as "Your Choice," since we usually have 1/1 trash filling that role and so (for most casual tournaments - i.e. not ACF Nats, notably) we accept that there can be 1/1 per packet of fluff. I w...
by No Rules Westbrook
Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?
Replies: 43
Views: 6613

Re: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?

In line with what Andrew said, my suggestion to new writers was that if you're unsure whether something is lit or trash (like CS Lewis) - generally avoid writing it for the lit distro. You can write 1 tossup or bonus out of your 5/5 lit quota on something like that, but try to limit it to that and n...
by No Rules Westbrook
Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?
Replies: 43
Views: 6613

Re: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?

For the purposes of practicality, if you're really not sure whether something will be considered trash or lit, you probably shouldn't write it for the lit distro. As you gain more familiarity with what comes up in qb, you will generally be able to figure out what things are clearly lit, what things ...
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Length limits
Replies: 5
Views: 1464

Re: Length limits

The only conclusion for me to draw is that my words are so powerful that things retroactively alter themselves to conform with my conclusions.
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Length limits
Replies: 5
Views: 1464

Re: Length limits

Yeah, someone needs to blaze the trail. There's this phenomenon of slowly giving in to excess afoot here - the bloating just keeps getting more chronic. Someone needs to write a lovely little tournament with old school looking 6-7 line tossups and remind us all that it can be done.
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A hard question about hard questions
Replies: 3
Views: 999

Re: A hard question about hard questions

Yeah, that's well put. A while ago, I argued that writing good hard questions requires a lot of imagination and skill, and thousands of people scoffed "no way, writing good easy tossups is where all the skill is at!" Andrew's right: Implicit in the idea of writing a good hard tossup is this idea of ...
by No Rules Westbrook
Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: History project: Top 10 Tournaments of the Decade
Replies: 22
Views: 11612

Re: History project: Top 10 Tournaments of the Decade

If we're talking older tourneys that did some positive things, the old St. Louis Opens of Raj Bhan come to mind. I have a strange affection for the Wahoo Wars too, given how old they are.
by No Rules Westbrook
Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009-2010 Academic Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 7535

Re: 2009-2010 Academic Tournaments

In the vein of side events: I've now begun working on The Experiment III, a faithful next-gen sequel to the previous editions. If I'm feeling prolific in the coming months, I may have it ready for HI...if not, I'd be willing to run it at CO or any other tournament that might feature an exciting fiel...
by No Rules Westbrook
Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 1716

Re: Discussion discussion

Attempts to discern motive have their place, but such attempts are error-riddled and should be used only when it's clearly called for. Most people seriously discussing quizbowl here are not doing so in "bad faith;" they don't have secret motives or hidden agendas. So, I join the call to confront sub...
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 1716

Re: Discussion discussion

Okay, here is one of my pet peeves with tourney discussion. If you're going to assert some (hopefully systemic) flaw, provide an example (better yet, two or three). I know it takes time to rifle through a set and provide citations for your central theses, but you should do it. It's way too easy to j...
by No Rules Westbrook
Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 10 Writers of Today
Replies: 20
Views: 3786

Re: 10 Writers of Today

Man, that's a great post by Hart. I couldn't have better enumerated the qualities I value in a qb writer.

And, I second the notion that the Minny team can write - Rob, Hart, and Gautam are all very solid writers who produce a lot of good new stuff.
by No Rules Westbrook
Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Colleges with active teams
Replies: 22
Views: 7109

Re: Colleges with active teams

Sadly, "professional Scrabble player" is a far more sensical thing to say than "professional quizbowl player." Let's get to changing that.