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by ecks
Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:28 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: Truman State Spring Tournament -- March 1, 2008
Replies: 68
Views: 5805

Truman State Spring Tournament -- March 1, 2008

Here is a tentative field update:

FTZ W (3x)
Savannah
NKC
Troy Buchanan (2x)
Knox Co.
Scotland Co.
by ecks
Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:02 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: Two Saints Conference
Replies: 115
Views: 5672

Two Saints Conference

ashkenaziCD wrote: Well, the better answer is to disregard individual statistics as truly meaningful and instead just say "OK, they're kind of fun but don't exactly mean anything, at least not the way that actual wins and losses do."
QFT.
by ecks
Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: Tournament Announcements and Discussion
Topic: Two Saints Conference
Replies: 115
Views: 5672

Two Saints Conference

Calculus at best is 1 tu a round. Just because your school covers it doesn't mean all do. On top of that limits and most derivatives are simplier than find the remainder. Of course, whether every school in Missouri covers a particular subject isn't important. Questions should match their target mar...
by ecks
Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Class schedules for next semester
Replies: 212
Views: 65317

Class schedules for next semester

MWF
930-1020
Sociolinguistics: Dialectology
1030-1120
Survey of Russian Lit II
330-420
Advanced Russian II

TR
130-250
Linguistic Anthropology
300-420
Cognitive Psychology

Also, a course on Ecofeminism, but I don't know when it is yet.
by ecks
Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FZW vs. Westminster
Replies: 1
Views: 336

FZW vs. Westminster

What kind of questions did you use? And I'm guessing this scrimmage was played on MSHSAA format?
by ecks
Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:31 am
Forum: College Quizbowl
Topic: how does one start a college quizbowl team?
Replies: 19
Views: 1684

how does one start a college quizbowl team?

Just curious... is this going anywhere? Rumors tell me no, but I'd like to know from the source.
by ecks
Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:18 am
Forum: College Quizbowl
Topic: Truman Capote 2007
Replies: 25
Views: 1696

Truman Capote 2007

here all who's interested, here are the stats: http://aco.truman.edu/OtherFiles/truman_ca..._standings.html I'd like to note that in such a relaxed setting, I was clearly the neg king, although it should be noted that individual stats should be taken with a grain of salt - the only people who have c...
by ecks
Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:06 am
Forum: College Quizbowl
Topic: Brainal Leakage III: Buzzer Rock Invitational
Replies: 23
Views: 1712

Brainal Leakage III: Buzzer Rock Invitational

Okay, this is the post where I'll be saying what teams are coming So far we have:

Rolla (1? 2?)
Drake (1 or 2)
Minnesota (1 or 2)
by ecks
Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Almost Dewey" State Invitational @ Truman State
Replies: 36
Views: 1810

"Almost Dewey" State Invitational @ Truman State

They have annouced hosting several tournaments since BL2 (I believe one each year) prove me wrong when they actully do. Yeah, this is completely wrong. This is the first time Truman has attempted to do a college tournament since I've gotten here - I can't say anything about years before me, as our ...
by ecks
Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Harry Potter, major spoilers probably
Replies: 216
Views: 8201

Harry Potter, major spoilers probably

All this bad love for the epilogue reminds me of Crime and Punishment; people said the same thing when Dostoyevsky wrote an ending to that. I loved the book, of course. I had already guessed at a few things - like Regulus being RAB, but I liked how Neville grew up. All the background information on ...
by ecks
Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: lalalalala
Replies: 1030
Views: 86488

lalalalala

redliberte wrote: i voted for the orwell one. sorry marie, but i just don't see how you can persist with your H/Hr shipping in face of the obvious couple... H/G.
Don't forget Hr/R
by ecks
Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Harry Potter, major spoilers probably
Replies: 216
Views: 8201

Harry Potter, major spoilers probably

Personally, I was a big fan of the portrayal of Luna Lovegood. She's one of my favorite characters, and the girl who played her had the right amount of sweetness and creepiness mixed together, not overdoing either one.
by ecks
Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:47 pm
Forum: College Quizbowl
Topic: how does one start a college quizbowl team?
Replies: 19
Views: 1684

how does one start a college quizbowl team?

I'd also say that it would probably be no problem at all to invite you to Truman Capote in September. There's no entry fee, and it's a really laid-back event that is a good start to the year. As a person somewhat in charge of Truman Capote, I'll second this, as we're trying to make it more like an ...
by ecks
Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Harry Potter, major spoilers probably
Replies: 216
Views: 8201

Harry Potter, major spoilers probably

My first midnight premiere since Star Wars ROTS!  (Making it my second ever...well, plus Snakes on a Plane, but that one they actually showed at 10.)  woot.  (Yes, I'm way too old for this junk.) This will be my 4th midnight showing. Also did: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy LOTR: ROTK Star Wars: ...
by ecks
Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ACE camp
Replies: 73
Views: 3227

ACE camp

Something has to explain that, any ideas? Money and advertisement. Those have got to be the biggest issues that would mask the number of kids who would like to go to these kinds of things but can't or don't know about it. Although anecdotal evidence isn't really a good measure of how many kids are ...
by ecks
Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ACE camp
Replies: 73
Views: 3227

ACE camp

I'm not really sure what this discussion has to do with ACE camp. Yes, it's true that a lot of kids wouldn't want to go to a quizbowl camp during the summer. It's also true that a lot of kids don't want to play quizbowl, period. It's no use arguing solely with your intuition or anecdotal evidence ("...
by ecks
Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:00 am
Forum: College Quizbowl
Topic: how does one start a college quizbowl team?
Replies: 19
Views: 1684

how does one start a college quizbowl team?

I'll preach here, but avoid CBI like the plague. Don't waste your time or money on that crap. It's the college equivalent of Chip Beall. Unless, of course, your college pays for it (and not from your general quiz bowl account). That seems to be the only reason people go to CBI nowadays... I'll agre...
by ecks
Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: things that suck...
Replies: 621
Views: 127166

things that suck...

S.C.Mitchell07 wrote: Sharing a birthday with the nation...
At least it's not Christmas and people don't try to screw you out of presents by giving you one to cover both holidays. (my birthday isn't anywhere near Christmas but I know people who do have them then)
by ecks
Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:51 am
Forum: College Quizbowl
Topic: how does one start a college quizbowl team?
Replies: 19
Views: 1684

how does one start a college quizbowl team?

Here's a good overall startup guide you may want to take a loot at: http://copland.udel.edu/stu-org/acc/links/start.html As for invididual advice, here's some (there may be overlap with the guide I posted): 1) Packets are more important than buzzer systems. They're also a lot easier to get. Your fir...
by ecks
Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2007-08 PREDICTIONS!!!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 2210

2007-08 PREDICTIONS!!!!!

East Buc & UMR wrote: Who does liberty have coming back?
Good JV players, as they lost their star trio of Stephanie, John, and Shane. It will be a rebuilding year for Liberty by their standards, but they should still be quite good.
by ecks
Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2007-08 PREDICTIONS!!!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 2210

2007-08 PREDICTIONS!!!!!

In class 4, I would say Kirksville will be quite good. Ladue is always good though so they should do well. Eureka will probably do better this year with players getting more experience. And I would still say Savannah will do quite well in class 3. I like Kirksville's chances this coming year. They'...
by ecks
Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hsquizbowl.org expired
Replies: 40
Views: 1971

hsquizbowl.org expired

Comparing the two schools outside of this is apples to oranges. Here's the thing: I wasn't comparing the two schools! You were! Your inane sidetracks that have absolutely nothing to do with the issue at hand are annoying and pointless. Stop it. Discussing the job prospects of TSU and Rolla graduate...
by ecks
Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hsquizbowl.org expired
Replies: 40
Views: 1971

hsquizbowl.org expired

I highly resent your smug implication (in this post and others) that having a "corporate" job is somehow superior to other jobs. While I might not know as many TSU students as you: I would say my list of 50 or so students is enough to warrent my lack of faith in a TSU graduate joining the corp. wor...
by ecks
Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hsquizbowl.org expired
Replies: 40
Views: 1971

hsquizbowl.org expired

I know it's up elsewhere on the internet but should we really be making an even bigger deal posting someone's personal information (and not just email, real live address and phone #) without their permission or knowledge? Website registries are available in many places on the internet for anyone to...
by ecks
Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hsquizbowl.org expired
Replies: 40
Views: 1971

hsquizbowl.org expired

A. I'm at work: in the corp. world (something you might find one of these days) Okay, that's a somewhat legitimate excuse, although I have worked in an office before and I highly resent your smug implication (in this post and others) that having a "corporate" job is somehow superior to other jobs. ...
by ecks
Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hsquizbowl.org expired
Replies: 40
Views: 1971

hsquizbowl.org expired

leftsaidfred wrote: Welp, this is awkward.

For Matt because I don't pay for it laughing out loud on the Internet.
Me too. What a great SNAFU.
by ecks
Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hsquizbowl.org expired
Replies: 40
Views: 1971

hsquizbowl.org expired

ps bill - IE? ewwwww
by ecks
Mon Jul 02, 2007 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hsquizbowl.org expired
Replies: 40
Views: 1971

hsquizbowl.org expired

I also can't view it.
by ecks
Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Team Missouri at Panasonic
Replies: 78
Views: 3757

Team Missouri at Panasonic

ecks wrote: I hope Team MO gets to the finals... and then loses to Team IL.









:P
Hey! This is exactly what happened!
by ecks
Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: things that suck...
Replies: 621
Views: 127166

things that suck...

East Buc & UMR wrote: newegg has ram dirt cheap all the time.
Yeah, but the intertubes steal your CCs and mail them to bank managers in Nigeria. Didn't you hear? I thought that was a required course at Rolla.
by ecks
Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: world of warcraft
Replies: 18
Views: 1099

world of warcraft

libertymark wrote:
ecks wrote:
East Buc & UMR wrote: Make Love not Warcraft
$575 might actually be a bargain for all those characters, they look pretty well set. His 48 Druid has a higher crit rate in Moonkin than my 57 one does.
still couldn't touch my priest, no one can...not even rogues
shadow spec I'm guessing?
by ecks
Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Team Missouri at Panasonic
Replies: 78
Views: 3757

Team Missouri at Panasonic

He dominated math and their team in general. In this tournament the math is incredibly disproportional (more math even then Missouri) and he was just on fire. Hunter was only in for the 5-point round, and Carlo didn't get anywhere near as much. That doesn't surprise me; Illinois teams are more used...
by ecks
Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Team Missouri at Panasonic
Replies: 78
Views: 3757

Team Missouri at Panasonic

ashkenaziCD wrote: Greg Gauthier from Illinois should probably get the All-American spot for our region (assuming they're in our region).
Really? I was under the impression that Carlo or Hunter were better.
by ecks
Sat Jun 23, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Team Missouri at Panasonic
Replies: 78
Views: 3757

Team Missouri at Panasonic

http://www.polk-fl.net/ac/PAC07CompSched.htm Good luck to Missouri tomorrow, although tough draw by being in the same room with Pennsylvania. That is, if Team PA has any State College players on it... I for one would have preferred the IA/NJ/WY/NH room... I hope Team MO gets to the finals... and th...
by ecks
Sat Jun 23, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: best movie of all time?
Replies: 44
Views: 1982

best movie of all time?

I'll agree that the chances of terribleness run quite high. I just hope fervently that it beats the odds. Michael Bay has been hit-and-miss with his films... I think "The Island" was probably his best one so far, but that's because I have a soft spot for sci-fi and paranoia (in movies). Interestingl...
by ecks
Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: avatars
Replies: 466
Views: 14257

avatars

I DECLARE MORE IMAGES OF THINGS WITH CAPTIONS THAT IS CLEARLY A SPIN OFF MEME FROM CATS BUT ALSO CLEARLY NOT CATS.
by ecks
Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: best movie of all time?
Replies: 44
Views: 1982

best movie of all time?

I really want to see Transformers.
by ecks
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NAQT State Championship
Replies: 50
Views: 2199

NAQT State Championship

KentB wrote: I thought Kyle was the one to defer to about highway travel anywhere in the US









:P
Yeah, but he's been pretty absent from the boards as of late.
by ecks
Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NAQT State Championship
Replies: 50
Views: 2199

NAQT State Championship

Not sure how fast you drive Chris but the best time I've made from downtown KC to downtown STL is 3 and half hours. going 90-95 most of the way in the middle. Thank you for pointing out the absolutely most irrelevant fact of my case. It really contributed to this discussion, let me tell you. In all...
by ecks
Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: best movie of all time?
Replies: 44
Views: 1982

best movie of all time?

You know that website wasn't made to praise that line... It was made to make fun of how dumb it was...right? It was made to point out the ridiculousness of the quote. Which is exactly why I like it. What's your point? In this case, "praise" IS makingy fun of it. I wouldn't expect anyone to praise t...
by ecks
Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Team Missouri at Panasonic
Replies: 78
Views: 3757

Team Missouri at Panasonic

This is one thing I've been really confused by -- my family always stays in places like Motel 6 and Comfort Inn and the like, which generally have free wifi. We stayed in an Ambassador Suite hotel once for a wedding, so I assumed that they would have free wifi, but they charged. Same with the breakf...
by ecks
Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NAQT State Championship
Replies: 50
Views: 2199

NAQT State Championship

I didn't see this thread before, so I guess I'll comment on it now. For starters, there will be no NAQT HS Championship for Missouri in 2008 - the deadline was May 31 2007. Overall, I'd like to see an NAQT HS Championship in Missouri - although Illinois' isn't really one to look to for encouragement...
by ecks
Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: best movie of all time?
Replies: 44
Views: 1982

best movie of all time?

I couldn't pick the best movie of all time, although if it were determined by volume of watching by me, it would be a tossup between Love Actually and Keeping the Faith (which gets better with every psychopathic, weird role that Edward Norton takes, enhancing the weirdness of his role as the loveabl...
by ecks
Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: best movie of all time?
Replies: 44
Views: 1982

best movie of all time?

So in 10 years changing cultural perspectives have changed so much that select movies gained that many spots? Probably not. But other criteria they ask people to evaluate is historical importance, or how much any particular movie has impacted the cinematic field, which can change pretty dramaticall...
by ecks
Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: best movie of all time?
Replies: 44
Views: 1982

best movie of all time?

Contention number one: musicals are always better in competant theater productions than they are in the movies. My high school did a production of Chicago a couple years back, it was at least on par with the movie version. Contention number two: movies can gain spots because of "changing cultural pe...
by ecks
Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Creation of a new question archive
Replies: 30
Views: 1624

Creation of a new question archive

Well we are doing that ...but our tourney is also very cheap and copying costs us a lot each time so we really need to charge. Frankly, I've preferred the policy of copies of the questions being included in the cost of the tournament. Some of the schools in the area are on tight budgets (hence why ...
by ecks
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Creation of a new question archive
Replies: 30
Views: 1624

Creation of a new question archive

ashkenaziCD wrote: And if you have a friendship that ends because you gave away free questions you people seriously need to get laid.
I feel like there ought to be a "laid corollary" to Goodwin's law.
by ecks
Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Creation of a new question archive
Replies: 30
Views: 1624

Creation of a new question archive

I write my questions knowing that they are going to be used in a tournament that will improve the reputation and following of the Academic Competition Organization at Truman State University. I do not view my questions as my personal intellectual property because I am knowingly writing them for the...
by ecks
Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Creation of a new question archive
Replies: 30
Views: 1624

Creation of a new question archive

I don't and being those questions were written under my tenure I don't support, endose or am I willing for them to be released. It just isn't fair for the teams that paid for them. Not to get off topic, but I don't really feel like the current UMR program needs the blessing of former players, quest...
by ecks
Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Creation of a new question archive
Replies: 30
Views: 1624

Creation of a new question archive

Most tourneys just give out a copy of the questions to the participating teams (and I know that for a fact). I personally haven't seen that all too often, especially with the college tournaments. Of the tournaments Truman went to the past couple years, I think the only times we've been given the qu...