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April 25th, 2009


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10:20 pm - i told you not to go in there
I don't go to a lot of parties. But I go to more now than I used to. My plan is to start writing party reports.


Party Report #1: Mitch-a-palooza
by Brendan

Occasion: Mitch's birthday.

Expectations: Loudness. Chris's friends are good guys who I am used to seeing from the comfort of my own couch. The party had a good name, but I thought a drinking party might just get loud and boring. There was a (sincere?) campaign on Facebook to convince me to attend this party.

Venue: Mitch's house had a salad bowl on a tripod, and a TV on what looked like the Canadarm. There was a beer pong table which was a slab of wood sitting on some tires, spray painted with the words "beer pong".

Attendance: 12 or 15 people

Heroes: Chris, Mitch, Neil C., Bauhaus, Seidl, and the guy who was barbecuing in the rain.

Highlights:
- Mitch recruiting the dog to play flip cup.
- Techno playing and Chris getting mad at techno.
- Me convincing the guys who peed outdoors to go wash their hands.

Outcome: Met some people I've heard about and got invited to ball hockey. Also I got dinner, even though I'd eaten at home already.

Score: 6 out of 10 for everyone being friendly, would have scored higher if people were funnier. I like that crowd. I think they will be going until pretty late tonight.
Current Music: The National - About Today

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From:stillbornteen
Date:April 26th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
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How did the dog do? Good? Air Bud sequel good? Are you taking him to the ball hockey game? If he wasn't good, did the dog have to drink a lot of beer? How did he hold the paddles?
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From:brendan62442
Date:April 26th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
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The dog's name is Bender. But he still refused to play.
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From:brendan62442
Date:April 26th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
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Also I don't think anyone was sentenced to drink anything when they lost at flip-cup. Which is good because there was a lot of cheating.
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From:dustyasymptotes
Date:April 27th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
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on this set of tossups (http://quizbowl.stanford.edu/archive/veto2008/FARSIDE-tu.html), the only one I got before reading to the end was 4. (end of first sentence) And the only ones I got reading to the end were White Man's Burden and Roundup ReadyTM
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From:dustyasymptotes
Date:April 27th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
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Phillipe made up the questions from Ottawa! I worked with him at PERC! We're facebook friends! and he's the only one who completed the political compass and was a right wing-ish libertarian-ish rather than the left-wing-ish libertarian-ish of everyone else.
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From:dustyasymptotes
Date:April 27th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)

in the same packet

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#8 by "The novel explores a nihilistic future in which drugs are sold in milk bars to placate the masses and gangs of fifteen-year-olds rape and murder for fun"

#21 by "Consisting of a phospholipid bilayer"

#24 by "Quizbowlers may remember him for his character’s exploits on “University Challenge” in Starter for 10"

#9 by end.

#15 (partially, since I said Dollhouse), # 16 (couldn't remember Arbour), #19 (couldn't remember Thomson)

decided to skip the bonuses because I couldn't avert my eyes.

also, I'm following aziz ansari on twitter.
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From:brendan62442
Date:April 27th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
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I think I joined, like, right after Philippe left. But I totally saw him on your Facebook list and asked you about him once. I like his packet because it has so much current events.

The White Man's Burden set is a little easier if you notice the theme. No one ever notices the theme when the packet is read out loud. My only early one on that was Stuff White People Like.
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From:brendan62442
Date:April 27th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
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I will totally have to write a packet this summer. It will be posted.
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From:dustyasymptotes
Date:April 28th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
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that's pretty exciting. we've spent about 6 hrs in the last 24 hrs doing trivia packets. I'm trying to persuade nathaniel to join the u of t trivia club. and then I could wave a hankerchief around when the two of you meet at a tournament and compete to win my love only to discover that you are more suited to each other bromance! style, leaving me to hang high and dry.
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From:dustyasymptotes
Date:April 28th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)

continuing with the trend of not responding to your post subject!

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I found an irc trivial bowl chat with a bot. unfortunately it doesn't randomized very well so after playing it 4 times, I already have a few repeat answers.

repeat answer that I knew:
metathesis

repeat answer that I didn't remember how to spell:
Ngugi

misspelling of answer
francis of assissi

answers I got wrong
reason (right answer: a priori)
nitrogen fertilizer (right answer: haber bosch. in my defense: I answered two lines in, and then tried to buzz again but the trivia bot wouldn't let me)
faure (right answer: Nijinsky. not in my defense: I spent like 2 months learning Afternoon of a faun in grade 11.)

answers I got right:
pointer
coleridge

answer that doesn't count because I shouted out the question to nathaniel and he answered:
hadith

answers I'd heard of but didn't get:
spinoza
gods of thunder and lightning
peroxisomes

answers I'd never heard of:
Thermopylae
actinoid
Interpretation of Cultures
Humboldt(') s Gift
Funes
(William) (Dean) Howells
Porifera
Mastersingers of Nuremberg
asch experiment
leverkuhn
(george) meredith
(The) Imaginary Invalid or (The) Hypochondriac or (Le) Malade Imaginaire

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