AADL-GT Round 2: This Weekend!

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AADL-GT: Ann Arbor District Library Game Tournaments

Preregistration is now open for AADL-GT Round 2, happening this Saturday, September 24th, from Noon - 5 PM in the Basement of the Downtown Library. Doors will open at 11:30 for players in grades 6-12, so be early to get checked in and start warming up. Winners of the Sur-Prize round game will take home $70, $50, and $30 giftcards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. We'll have single-player and team events in both Mario Kart Double Dash and Super Smash Brothers: Melee, and the event will (really this time) be broadcast live on Comcast channel 18 in Ann Arbor, so be sure to bring a signed release form if you haven't turned one in before. We'll be implementing several enhancements this round, including smoother, faster registration & check-in, split-screen single player Kart for more races in less time, checkin and food and tables outside the room, and definitely more pizza. Read on for more.

We'll also be having an All-Ages DDR Tournament, Sunday Sept. 25th, from 1:00-4:00 at the Malletts Creek Branch. Open Gamecube play will be available, and prizes are $40, $30, and $20 giftcards.

One of our new features is a super-easy way to attach your clan logo to all your comments here on the axis blog. Just email me your clan logo at axis@aadl.org, and I'll add it to the server. You can then include your clan logo in your post just by adding:

[mygtclanlogo]

anywhere in your post, including in your signature! You can edit your signature on the 'edit' tab of your My Account page. Once you've added that tag to your signature, you'll never have to think about your clan logo again. Let me know if you run into any trouble or have any questions about this.

Also, it's time to announce the players who will be invited to do live, on-air commentary at this month's tournament. I will be appointing Lead and Relief Commentators for each event, with the Lead commentators doing most of the talking, and the Relief stepping in when the Leads are playing. Be aware that my goal is to produce the most entertaining event possible, so while I want to give several players a chance to do this, I will be making changes and cuts throughout the season. If I don't think you did a very good job, you won't be invited back to the 'press box' next month. So, be forewarned, and don't take it personally. Also, remember that this is an invitation. You don't have to do it if you don't want to. So, here are our commentary teams for Round 2:

Mario Kart Single-Player and Team:
Lead: Major Tom and Leinad
Relief: Muffincat and Duck

Super Smash Brothers Single-Player and Team:
Lead: Sravan and Galen (pr0 and c0n)
Relief: Black Shark and Duck

Surprize Round:
Lead: Muffincat and Black Shark
Relief: Major Tom and Leinad

A few tips for you commentators:

1) Look for the drama and build it with story, not with interjections.

Right: Wow, he's made it all the way to the final lap of the final race, only a master shell can ruin his day now...
Wrong: Oh! oh! wow! Man! Going! Going! Going! Gone!

2) Play off your partner, no matter who they are, use their name extensively, and set them up.

Right: I see she is truly dominant with DK, bob, isn't that one of your best characters?
Wrong: (in reply): Nope.

3) Remember that the audience at home may not know anything about the games.

Right: Wow, there goes Mario's Cape teleportation glitch... that's a bug in the game that's very difficult to execute, but very shocking when performed precisely....
Wrong: Oh man! Charizard!

4) Nothing impresses me more than a dazzling display of Nintendo Knowledge.

Right: You know, bob, the original Donkey Kong was Shigeru Miyamoto's first game for Nintendo, and it was built to be a conversion for thousands of unused Radarscope cabinets, as the US market had responded very poorly to Radarscope, despite it having been a smash hit in Japan.
Wrong: The Revolution is going to suck.

Anyway, enough of that. Get registered for the tournament, get practicing, and if you've got questions, now's the time. See you Saturday!

Comments

tom wtf y are u using our logo? u guys did win cuz of the suprise round and bubbling beebles got a 800 point bonus for the suprise round too.some suggestions
1.i'm glad eli considered making it 2 minute time mode it would go faster and have less sudden deaths and it forces u to move into combat if u wanna win
2.the melee scores were still messed up a 1st and 3rd should be the same as 2nds
3.please lei lets not do 4 player split screen its so laggy at the madden tournament we did that and it was horrible.
4.eli even though we dont ever do 1v1 march madness are we gonna do it if we have time for october?
5.eli for the october melee only tournament i think we should have 6 qualifying matches to get your score up, then get the top 16 and do march madness 1v1.
6.there should always be more qualifying matches for melee then mario kart.
7.what are the prizes for the melee only tournament?
8.this is an add-on to number 4 but 1v1 is better because it involves more skill, people can't complain about camping, there is the no teaming up factor me and meng didnt get into the top 4 cuz of that i think dragoon black and this other kid teamed up on me...

well anyway tp2 and I havent got any points out of the prize round and we are in the top 5!
o yea tom u wont be ahead of us cuz i got 6 recruitments and joe is bringing in 5 more!

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I had 4 from the last tournament. Plus I'm bringing at least 8 more in the next 2 tournaments. Did you already get everyone to say to Eli that you bought them, Sravan?


i will duck. yea duck is right u guys won by 800 points. that was really funny when u went upstairs to random people saying there is a tournament in the basement sign this lmao. lets see eli said he will get me our points for ugo and then there is david, galen have david email him. i just asked rod to post on the site saying i got him. darksoul will come to the next tournament and the melee only tournament but i'll ask him to post on the site. as for danny, joe ask him to email eli. and i'll ask ugo if i get the points for balla.

eli our roster for the september tournament was me,galen,joe, and darksoul just incase u missed some points or something.

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Two more comments:

1) Eli - I assume that you're going to review the commentary from this round on the video before deciding commentary for October? Because I couldn't hear anything at the tournament commentary-wise, and I assume that with running things, you couldn't either.

2) I know that this is kind of crazy. But what about dropping single player melee and doing more 2v2 melee? It eliminates the stalling arguments, moves people through faster without 4 player free for alls and allows for more matches by eliminating and event. Obviously there are downsides, but I just thoguht I'd throw the idea out there.

"Faulheit ist eine Tugend"


lol leinad that would never work cuz single player things are what we need for clans as duck said they are the main events and people who dont get a partner sometimes cant play melee. if we do 1v1 for elims i am fine.

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I agree with leinad, diss single melee, cause it is not fair, sometimes people team up, plus there are campers

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Good Morrow!
I would like to take this opportunity to repeat several posts which have been made regarding me, and to respond to several of them. Thusly, the questionable grammar and spelling are not attributable to me, but are, I'm sure, due to the speed at which the original authors composed their messages.

ok pickwick u got so lucky against my friend meng it was sudden death and a bomb hit both of u guys but he died first so u won. he would pwn u 1v1 but u are still a very good player

This description of events is completely accurate as to the facts of the matter, but when it enters the realm of speculation, who can say? It is certainly true that the game was won by chance; neither of us was willing to risk hitting the other during Sudden Death, and I was so convinced I had lost that I had actually left the console fully 3.3846 (repeating) seconds before being informed that I had won. During the match, I played with an unfair advantage, as I knew one of the other competitors, and this is something I am certainly ashamed of and will not repeat; I do, however, believe that I would have won in single combat, and would be most willing to attempt it could a meeting place and time be arranged. Next month's tourney would likely be most convenient, if we are, indeed, pitted against each other once more.

Pickwick the second is in a clan with DragoonBlack (3rd in single melee), FES and Beast From The East I belive.

This is, to the best of my knowledge, an accurate summation of affairs.

Pickwick the second where are you from? I mean nationality, the way you write on the blog is very interesting.

Why, thank you, Goodsir BCL! Actually, I am from the State of Washington, on the West Coast of this continent. I was but a small child when my family elected to transport themselves to this noble city of Ann Arbor, in which I have resided for nigh on fourteen years. I am very much a product of my environment; that is to say, I write in a manner similar to those of many of the authors whose books I have perused myriad times. Your praise, assuming that you intend 'interesting' to be taken as a compliment, is much-appreciated!!!
Coffee also aids in the process of crafting prolixitous posts.

don't get cocky, you won the ssbm but some of it was luck, like pro said. Personally, I did not do so well on single melee because I had really hard brackets. If items were off, and there was no time limit the score would be a different story.

In response to this, I must edify you as to the nature of my character choices. The character I played with at competition, Marth, is generally my SECONDARY; when playing with items, I tend to favor a faster, more nimble character in order to facilitate dodging. In the event, though, that items are off, I play with Ganondorf, and the Right Honourable Sir Duck can attest to the fact that I am a dangerous competitor. The time limit also hindered my usual playing style. I think that we can agree that playing without items and time limit would generate different stories, but not all stories have different endings.
I would also like to point out that I had played both games exactly twice in the past several months, which fact accounted for the layer of rust that spanned a depth of three-foot two; most will be gone by tournament next.
I do hope that none of this comes across as overbearing, condescending, or arrogant; I'm afraid my head may have swelled significantly at the competition. IN ANY CASE, I would, of course, be more than agreeable to any 'challenge matches' that may be scheduled, with any person or persons.

I hope I will verse you in melee next tournament.
Are you in a clan Pickwick the second?

I am, indeed, in a clan, the 'Foreign Exchange,' so titled because each member comes from a different ethnicity. We were new to the concept of the tournament this month, and especially the specifics of the Mario Kart competition (we had been operating under the impression that entrants would be able to select their own Karts, having never participated in a LAN game.)

I think you should look at the leaderboard, considering you only participated in one round and scored a decent amount of points your rank is pretty good, congratulations, but watch out, especially in team melee...

I agree with your assessment: Team Melee was the venue for a series of unforgivable errors on my part; my distinguished partner, Dragoon Black, would probably have been better off without me in some of the battles, most notably our final one, in which I quickly disposed of three of our collective lives. This is to be the subject of as much individual and team practice as can reasonably be fit into my busy schedule, and I hope to be more of an asset than a liability come next competition. Given that both of us were in the top three contestants in singles, my failures seem especially egregious. A character change is certainly not out of the cards...

His Honour, Pickwick the second, makes some excellent points. It is only fair that The Noise Machine should be given an opportunity to defend their license to use drums at the tournament. However, instead of a game battle, they simply need to make their case here, in this very forum, and sufficiently refute Mr. Pickwick's arguments. If they succeed from my sole perspective, the drums may return. If they fail, their percussion license will be revoked for the remainder of the season.

It is my honour to again express gratitude to the able arranger of competitions; I would beg to differ, though, with the premise that an in-forum discussion or argument would suffice, as I feel that my unimpeachable character has been besmirched by the parasitic poltroons in question. The severity of the ocasion calls, in my mind, for some form of revenge, preferably in the form of a contest involving skills at video games. As the recipient of the insult in question, it is my right, and my duty, to answer with a challenge. That they don't read the forum (according to Duck) is something of an impediment to my ambitions, but, having delivered my scathing rebuke, I feel that my honour has been satisfied on all points. If they fail to respond, it is yet another symbol of their fearful and cowardly natures; if they do, I will, of course, best them at whatever competition is proposed, and my escutcheon is improved by the encounter.

Wow. Just... Wow. Yay for Thomas White and his early-morning posts.
Just... Wow.

Yes, it was somewhat early, but how did you identify me? I don't recall declassifying any information regarding my identity for inspection by the general public. It is just possible, of course, that I may have told you in person, which would explain the lack of documentation with regard to the publication of this knowledge.

Dear, Pickwick the Second
Have you Preregistered? If so Good if not DO IT. You and your clan my not be able to be walk ins.
PS: You scare me.

Thank you!

I am not planning on turning anyone away this month. If the turnout is huge again, I'll announce during the tournament how registration will work for october.
p.s. pickwick is awesome.

Well, one doesn't like to blow one's own horn, but there seems to be no response more fitting than a bow. Which action, now performed, leads me to the next topic.

First, I think may have to do something you aren't planning. The tournament seems to have garnered much word of mouth and I wouln't be surprised if we hit fire code <_<.
Second, Pickwick is probably the most awesome person I know >_>

Again, I must extend my deepest gratitude. {Bows}

HA HA HA HA HA I got a new page!
who is
Pickwick?
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Pickwick is the title character of Charles Dickens' first published novel, entitled (it is not within the admittedly vast realms of my knowledge how to do so, but the title should, of course, be underlined) THE PICKWICK PAPERS. This was a work unlike any of Dickens' others in that it was an extremely amusing story in which, at least to my mind, themes and motifs were, while certainly important, less prominent than the humour itself; in the other works I have read (which, I believe, include all but HARD TIMES,) the story itself takes precedent and uses Dickens' remarkable wit as a method to lighten the deep morals and messages.
As for the reason I chose my name, I would be forced myself to admit to being in possession of a lack of certainty on that point. I was attempting to create a Yahoo Account with a name based loosely on supporting Barack Obama's hoped-for 2008 Presidential run, but, as it turns out, other than the five I had previously utilized (and locked myself out of due to a late-night password change!), there were few, if any, still available. I tried seventeen different combinations, then sat back, racking my brain; it was at this moment that my current nom de plume appeared in my head. Given that Dickens appears in only second place on my list of authors worth the substantial investment that would be required in order to facilitate their cloning, it seems odd to me that this would pop, unasked for, into my head. It is now my screen name on multiple account names; he who so wishes, may email me at pickwickthesecond@yahoo.com .

Oh guess you don't know about the other clans that are coming. First off MiniBlin's clan is coming and secondly Pickwick the Second (the guy that posted at 4am) has a clan with some pretty good people. Both these clans should score better then the BlackShark clan (sorry BlackShark but these guys are good). Plus if get half turn out for my promotions the VMC should be getting another 1800 points from new people.

While it is true that we beat the Black Shark Clan, I do not feel that we performed adequately, and we will try to make up for it next month.

Aside from my Post-Script, which will, course, follow, I think this message is complete. It is my firm belief that I have responded to all those comments which might be said to address me, which, while, of course, being completely unnecessary, has amused me for the past hour or so.

Till Next Post,
I remain,
Pickwick the Second

Good Morrow!

PS: Duck, were you absent from school today?
And, going along with page three's 'trivia questions' theme, I would like to ask: can anyone here prove the Riemann Hypothesis to be either true or false?


Okay, I'm not reading that Wall of Text, but in answer to your trivia question, no one can, because no mathematician has done it and many have tried for a long time. There is currently a large reward ($1,000,000?) out for proving it.

Another reason that no one here will be able to prove it is that no one here will understand it. I read the theorem and it sounded like another language, I literally understood none of it.

"Faulheit ist eine Tugend"


Thomas the reason both Major Tom and I knew who you were was because no one else would start with Good Morrow!

I was at school my 5th hour was in the media center. That should explain it's self.

Yes, pickwick is scary with Gannon.


why does the clan leaderboard say that tmc won? If we never win a tournament, can our clan still get in to the december clan cup?

I agree with leinad.

I think that it would be great if the noise makers played some cool beats like i was doing. I saw some people nodding their heads to the beat when i was playing their drums...otherwise i greatly disprove of their lame distractions.

pickwick i cant understandeth thou.

Eli-i wanna commentate cuz you know i have good knowledge about mariokart at least...i dont think i wanna commentate for melee though...

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Joe the reason your clan is in the lead is because your clan has accumulated more points over the last two tournaments then any other clan even though other clans beat you in the individual tournaments. If you stay in the top 4 you automatically qualify for the clan cup.

Fry: "Why am I sticky and naked? Did I miss something fun?"


Really well I'm glad that you are good with both marth and gannon, because there are too many n00bs using marth. I was really dissapointed that i didn't fight any one who was decently good with Marth at the tournament. I dont like the idea of getting rid of single ssbm, That was the reason that i came to this round of aadl-gt.

Pickwick if you wouldn't mind i would like to play you in ssbm during open play at the next tournament if you are going,
and if we have it


pro what are you taling about I came in second in single player mele, who is this pickwick, and why does he talk all sceintificly with big anoying words!


WOW! pickwick the second I have to congradulate you I never thought I would never meet anyone half as anoying as my sister but you proved me wrong by far!


Like is said, duck is the smart one, "no one else would start with good morrow!" I didn't catch that, then again i didn't really read the post.....

yeah, pickwick, most people who post doesn't care not about no grammer
we ain't speek good english ... just kidding,

Pick wick you need not be so formal when you post on the blog, however I am impressed with your flawless grammer skills.

I am curious what is the Riemann Hypothesis, i looked at the function and i do not quite understand the messed up "s" symbol, I can understand sigma and the infinite geometric sequence, but what is this hypothesis about? I am only in 10th grade, i am taking pre-calulas, but what is this? (Riemann Hypothesis)

and wow!!! your last post is 3 pages long on a standard microsoft word document.

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Eli, u did count Santa's points 4 us, rite? Nilofar's points didn't count 4 us on the September tournament, did u get that?

Let My People Go!

Black Shark Clan


Good Morrow.

{Sigh...}
It has come to my attention that I have been described as being at least'half as annoying' as some unknown person's younger sister. This would, of course, be considered an insult when applied to any other entity, but with my keen skills of logic, it is immediately obvious to me that the originator of the paraphrased arrangement of words is intending to compliment both his sister and I, rather than disparaging me. Oh, and to answer the question "who am I?" I'm the only one who beat you in single melee. (I would insert a "smiley" at this point, but doing so causes my message to cut off abruptly.)

And, yes, Commentator Leinad, you are quite correct that no one has yet proved the Riemann Hypothesis; I would also agree that one major obstacle toward proving it is that few, if any, can understand what the Hypothesis really means (in answer to your question, BCL, I'm one of the many who don't understand it, so I can't explain it too well. Sorry! And Pre-Calc in 10th means you're a year ahead; good on you, sir!) I was merely hoping that someone on the forum had solved it without knowing about the $1,000,000 reward. One thing I do know, however, is that it involves very, very large prime numbers.

I will, however, take Monkeyman's implied advice into consideration and make an attempt at composing my essays in a somewhat less circumlocutous and lengthy fashion, though the end result might depend on several factors, a miniature sampling of which might include my mood, the quantity of caffeine in my system, and my general disposition toward the topic about which I am to write. I would like to apologise for any mental, physical, or emotional harm that may have been incurred by my posts (e.g. Carpal Tunnel from scrolling down for three pages over my last post), but I specifically exclude from this general apology the Noise Machines; if they contract Carpal Tunnel, they won't be able to beat drums as loudly as presently they are able.

Good Day!

PS: I would tend to favor meeting the time restrictions by keeping all four events but decreasing the number of races, or perhaps simply by starting a couple of hours earlier.


I am not sure that we can start any sonner because the library already sent out flyers. I do agree with less races.


Stop using big words!! I have a small mental capacity! And do not understand what entity means. Also circumulocutus does not register in my limited vocabulary! You have caused me extreme mental damage from overloading my mind!

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I'd rather like to see the four to a cube "grand prix mode" qualifier adapted as I see it as best serving the interests of all parties involved in aadl-gt. Historically successful players would be much more concerned about the finals and prize round, and the new set up would not particularly impede their ability to play in those, as the four player pods would be seeded and the finals would take place in the familiar LAN mode. Those who just come for the fun of kart would see a drop in quality of each race with a halving of their screen space, but would get an extra guaranteed race and more guaranteed rounds in other events. All those who are primarily interested in melee would reap the greatest benefit from the oodles of extra time that could be alotted to their half of the program. It is also logistically simpler as there are far fewer station switches and scores only have to be aggregated and recorded at the end of each cup.

I have no experience in four player splitscreen kart, so I can not reply to pr0's statement about performance lag, which is the only objection thus far brought against the new model, but a significant one. Perhaps the claim's validity could be tested at various peoples' conveniences and the results relayed to eli for reference in making his decision, but unless the lag is truly pervasive enough to hinder the conduction of races, I would not mind playing under such conditions.


I also see 4-person split screen as being the simplest and most effective method of cutting down our time. If you didn’t notice there was a little lag with 2 person split screen but having 4 person split-screen can’t be worse for your game then having John D. banging that drum in your in your ear.

Eli, Some people that watched the tournament said that the light text and background made it hard to read the screen. It you would increase the contrast between text and background I think that would be much appreciated.

Pickwick your stratagem is effective in giving them headaches, using substantially multifaceted terminology was a stroke of genius. I can make out some of the some of the Riemann Hypothesis and associated math but not much. I know someone that could explain a lot of the math to me; I’ll tell you if I learn anything.

New page.

"...And that's how I got my new shell. It looks just like the shell I threw out yesterday, and I found it in the same dumpster, but this one had a live racoon inside."-Zoidberg


u guys made 15 comments in like 2 and a half hours wow.
Pickwick i really really apoligize to u u are a very kind person and i'm glad that u use a chatacter that not many other people use and that u are good with him. monkeyman i wouldnt be talking u guys got PWNED AT THIS TOURNAMENT. umm flare remember that white marth aka darksoul yea he beat u and he sometimes beats me and he is very skilled. he regrets selling his gamecube for an xbox....
pickwick u make the best first impression a guy can make and for that i admire u. congrats on 1st place in ssbm. monkeyman i could pwn u in single player but dragoon black and this kid teamed up on me.
we can all agree pickwick has the longest non-eli post ever.

joe u can see the top 4 clans on the scoreboard and how there is a 4000 point difference from SDK and the other one i cant remember the name so we are in the zone.

o yea keep using big words some of them are on my vocab quiz

New Page Again!

o yea what was that hypothisis that u were talking about i just wanna know.

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yea i remember that but if i hadn't been falling asleep things definitly would of been different give me a 1v1 battle with no items there would be no contest i saw the way he fights and i know that style's weakness. And i can beat you sometimes so don't just judge on 1 battle that can be a very big mistake


Oh Yeah I heard that there was a stormtrooper playing DDR at the tournament on sunday.


tmc has the most players in the top ten out of all the clans.

and whatever happened to that pownzors clan?

Eli-I would like to commentate for any of the events please.

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If we did 4-player grand prix, it wouldn't be in LAN mode at all, just standalone 4-player like at home. The only time when the lag is bad is when you do 8-player on 2 cubes, and when you do that, you don't get the auto GP scoring, so scorekeeping would be pretty daunting.

Our feed is processed by CTN before it goes to Comcast, and we think that's where the color balance can get messed up. I've heard the same thing about the pre-race screens, but if you saw the raw feed on the TV outside the room, those screens looked great; very sharp and readable. Unfortunately, keeping them that way during the live broadcast is out of our control.

I will be reviewing the commentary for quality before I announce next month's commentators.

I'm not interested in cutting an event; if we can make single player kart go faster still, we'll be fine, and that's sounding pretty feasible unless there's an outcry against 4-per screen, seeded, 1-cup quals. However, I am considering having the melee events first, since they have consistently drawn more registrants than the kart events, and it seems pointless to make them wait. Also planned is an express check-in station for preregistrants, so they don't have to wait in line.

Black Shark, send me an email at axis@aadl.org and we can confirm your clan rosters.

Pickwick, don't go changin' in pursuit of pleasing this crowd. The inability to distinguish between your flawless application of the rich conventions of regency correspondence, and the technical language of men of science, should be sufficient cause for one to safely ignore the concomitant invective. Plus, mad props for your exacting employment of an extremely rare word.

Galen, I have reason to believe that when you are reading these pages, you are sitting very, very near a device you could use to determine the meanings of words you're not familiar with. Can you find this magical, glowing box? Try squinting.

Pay no attention to the clan logos in the thread... our mygtclanlogo tag works great, except that whenever you use it it shows the clan logo of the person who is reading the post, not the person who posted it. Oops. We have a new idea, and Eric is working on it. Stay tuned.

There certainly was a Scout Trooper, TB4179, at the DDR tournament on Sunday. He performed in uniform, although he did remove his helmet for some of the more challenging matches. He got second place, falling to the mighty, mighty Keefner.

His only comment on his loss was aptly, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO".


Good Morrow!

It has registered with no small degree of shock to my personal ego that a phrase was uttered by another distinguished participant in this forum that ran thus: "we can all agree pickwick has the longest non-eli post ever." Needless to say, I was horrified upon the realization that none of my posts, even the three-pager, necessarily held the much-honoured position of the longest messages on the forum; I will rectify this at some point in the future, but for now, I think I shall do homework. I have several hours left of the said commodity, so you may hear from me at some point in the near future, for the simple, yet elegant, reason that I suffer from bad nerves even when merely practicing a speech, and there exists in my too-near-and-still-rapidly-approaching future a total sum of fifteen minutes of public speaking; thuslywise, I shall frequently take breaks to add characters to this missive. Who knows--perhaps by 5:30 in the morning, I will have surpassed even Eli in length of communication. This will likely entail a long, rambling series of miniature topics, which will come together like disparate lumps of clay to form an elegant, though metaphorical, clay tapestry.
The whole idea of extending the length of my comments implies, I realize, the exact opposite of that which I promised in my response to Monkeyman, but, in my defense, I had thought, at that particular time, that I was inarguably in possession of the great honour of being the longest poster; while it is possible that I am, the fact that the matter is open for debate alarms me and serves as a call to action. Let the words begin to aggregate!

And Now For Something Completely Different.

pr0, it is with a heavy heart that I reflect upon the misdeeds of my brief history with the Library tournaments; it seems to me that it is I who owe you an apology, rather than the reverse. Would you do me the honour of forgiving the imposition made upon your forbearance by my despicable act of working, for the beginning of the final match, with my friend, Dragoon Black, which, had I reflected upon it, should have been easily identifiable as taking an unfair advantage over the other two competitors? If so, then I, Pickwick the Second, do solemnly swear, here, in the presence of all those currently here present, never to recognise team allegiances outside of team battles, which is the designated location wherein such bonds are meant to govern one's actions; in addition to this, I will hereby, forthwith and forevermore, renounce my reliance upon fictitious words to express ideas; an example of this might be the arrangement of characters that reads like this: 'circumlocutous'. While I know the root word, 'circumlocution,' to refer to a tendency toward exhibiting character traits that are often representative of behavioral patterns that may involve a slight eccentricity in one's verbal orbit in the direction of gravitating toward an unexpressed goal of traversing a wide realm, a vast empire, a veritable mountain of arrangements of characters in manners designed to inflict some miniscule degree of meaning on those who may elect to perform the ofttimes painful task of perusing and distilling some sparse quantities of meaning from said characters; while I know the root word to exist, it was unkind and unprofessional of me to extrapolate, solely from its existence, the existence of an alternate form of the word that is an adjective rather than a verb, and which means, in short {heh heh}, "exhibiting character traits that are often representative of behavioral patterns that may involve a slight eccentricity in one's verbal orbit in the direction of gravitating toward an unexpressed goal of traversing a wide realm, a vast empire, a veritable mountain of arrangements of characters in manners designed to inflict some miniscule degree of meaning on those who may elect to perform the ofttimes painful task of perusing and distilling some sparse quantities of meaning from said characters." In short (REALLY, this time!), circumlocution is the infinitive form of a verb that means "to speak or communicate in a roundabout way, without ever seeming to directly touch upon the point at hand," and circumlocutous, if it was, indeed, a word, which it may be, would be the adjective descibing a tendency toward circumlocution, which is one of the key traits of my writing. It's quite a bountiful source of entertainment; you should try it! Next time you have to write a vocabulary sentence for English, try to top Dickens' record of 150 words (from BLEAK HOUSE, Mr. Boythorn's dialogue about English aristocrats.) With practice, you can easily extend sentences far beyond that; an acquaintance of mine, pursuant to the same hobby, composed a one-and-a-half page paper in three sentences. As yet, I have not surpassed his record, due to schoolwork and other considerations.
Another intangible benefit of this style of writing is that you can completely change your topic in the next sentence, and not a soul will notice because they won't remember what you were discussing before the fearsome barrage of words.

Speaking of changing topics abruptly, with regard to the team 4000 points below yours, it is called "The Foreign Exchange," which is my Clan. We didn't start out too well in our first competition, but we fully intend to move up in the rankings at every one hereafter. Just a heads-up!(insert smiley face here.)

The Riemann Hypothesis is an incredibly complex mathematical formula that involves the distribution of "interesting" points on a straight line to infinity and the relation of said points to prime numbers. This last was taken almost verbatim from the Clay Mathematical Institute's website; they have a detailed, and almost completely incomprehensible, discussion of the Zeta Function, which is Riemann's debated mathematical formula, at the following link:
"http://www.claymath.org/millennium/Riemann_Hypothesis/Sarnak_RH.pdf"
The Zeta Function is elaborated upon here: "http://www.claymath.org/millennium/Riemann_Hypothesis/Official_Problem_Description.pdf"
and here: "http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RiemannZetaFunction.html"
but I was unable to find a useful definition of the symbol zeta as used in mathematics. To highlight one of the only things I understand about it, the 'infinite' symbol over the Sigma implies that the function covers an infinite set of complex numbers and cannot, therefore, be proven with any degree of certainty. Of course, I'm only taking Pre-Calc myself (in 11th grade,) so it's as much a mystery to me.
For all those looking to work incredibly hard for an infinite number of years in a futile quest for a quick journey to wealth, there is, as Leinad mentioned in a previous message, a reward of $1,000,000 from the Clay Institute of Mathematics to the person who manages to prove the Riemann Hypothesis to be true for all "interesting" values. Just to give you a little head start on it, mathematicians have already proven it for the first billion and a half (or so) numbers, and: "As of Feb 18 2005, the largest known prime number is Mersenne25964951 which is 7,816,230 digits long."--Christyxo, from unfiction.com, with regard to another puzzle regarding the Riemann problem.

To Galen G., I must express my deepest sympathy, and I shall proceed to explain the meaning of the word 'entity' as used in my speech patterns; 'circumlocutous' has, I believe, already been discussed adequately and demonstrated to the fullest degree to which I felt up at the time I wrote the paragraph preceding this by two, and 'prolixitous,' if it is, indeed, a word, would mean "possessive of a tendency toward verbosity." According to the Princeton online dictionary: "(n) entity (that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving))"
In my words, an entity is a noun or a collective group of nouns; for instance, I am a loquacious entity, and Halliburton, which is made up of thousands of employees, is a greedy, dishonest, and despicable entity. I use the word to refer to any noun when: (a), I want to personify something nonliving; or, (b), when I want to avoid utilizing the same word for "person" multiple times within a brief space of time.
I aplogize for the mental anguish I have caused you; please don't sue me! Though, of course, there are far more frivolous lawsuits that have won massive settlements; take, for example, the driver of a Winnebago Recreational Vehicle who, while apparently not under the influence of alcohol, made a highly questionable judgment whilst returning home from a football game; he set the vehicle to cruise control and left the driver's seat to make himself a pot of coffee. This, while a commendable action under ordinary circumstances, allowed his RV to leave the highway at high speeds; it rolled several times before stopping, and, though he was unharmed, his vehicle was, of course, destroyed. Shortly afterwards, he filed suit against Winnebago for not including in their Owner's Manual an explanation of the differences between cruise control and auto-pilot. The jury concurred, and awarded him $1.75 million in damages, in addition to a new RV. I have just given you an example of a pico-meter-thin case that won an incredible sum of money, immediately after requesting that you not sue; the logic of this juxtaposition of topics eludes me, but perhaps someone will come to my rescue with a fitting explanation.

Leinad, are you still interested in string theory? (I seem to remember that you were Pioneer's resident expert on the subject.) There's a new book out by Brian Greene about superstring theory and other aspects of particle theory that I think you might be interested in; I think it goes by the title "THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE," but that might be an earlier book by the same author.

It has come to my attention that I overlooked a previous comment by the entity known as Flare regarding a challenge: It would be my honour and distinct privilege, Sir, to engage in single combat with you in the time immediately preceding the next tourney; to use a cliched phrase, wild horses would find themselves unable to render me incapable of or unwilling to attend the next event. As usual, though, I am puzzled by the relevance of wild horses to such a goal; perhaps if we knew the Ultimate Question regarding the Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything, the answer to which is 42, the origin of this phrase would be understood. At this time, I have just read your subsequent post, and I would like to point out what is probably already obvious to you: that we shall be forced to arrive at or before 11:30 in order to procure a console for the duration of the intended competition, as a single match would be inconclusive. May I suggest a first-to-five?
In refutation of the idea that I would call, as a reliable source, an entity with whom I had only once combated, I must explain that Duck and I have been acquainted for a period of time just slightly longer than the span of time that has elapsed since the competition(that is to say, almost exactly one year to date); though we have not had the opportunity to spar frequently, we have played more than one match. I owe it to him to say that he beat me, several times consecutively, at Mario Kart, and by a greater margin than that at which I beat him at Melee.

Goodsir Duck, it is, once again, my pleasure to congratulate you on your lofty position on the leaderboard, and upon your victory at the previous series of events. Might I inquire as to your disposition as it applies to the issue of amusing quotes from our Glorious Leader? If this is a matter in which you take an interest, may I recommend the following website?
"http://slate.msn.com/76886/"
While many are merely slight verbal missteps, some are, to use a term which seems to have occurred on the forum, '"ROFL" funny,' wherein I take ROFL to be an acronym for "Roll On the Floor Laughing."

Well! It does me good to know that, not only am I not alone on the forum, as Tournament GrandMaster Eli has just posted, but that, although it may not be a real word, 'prolixitous' has been used at least 26 times before the present date. By using the same method of Googling, I have determined that there are only 66 hits for 'circumlocutous' by my way of spelling it, but an additional 362 for 'circumlocuitous;' it may have been my less-than-common spelling of the word that confused you, Galen. Es tut mir leid! As for altering my posting style, Eli, I discarded that idea when I made an attempt to do so; no discernible change occurred. It looks as though Monkeyman will be disappointed. Vielen Dank for the support!
As this message spans well over three pages, I think it is time to wrap it up. I may edit it for additional length later on, but I wouldn't like to overload the Library's servers just yet...

Good Day!

PS: Duck and jlgelinas, happy Un-Birthdays!


Good Morrow!
This is an experience I do not think I would like to repeat again; this will, I hope, be the last early-morning post from me for a while. I'm not quite done with my homework yet...

Enjoy your days!

Pickwick the Second

PS: Ugh...


Oh...

My...

God...

In...

Heaven...

That was long. My eyes hurt.

OK, I think everone on here really needs to stop complaining about their standings in the tournament. So you lost, boo-frickedy-hoo. Stop trying to make excuses; "Oh, I had a strong bracket!" "Oh, I was tired!" "Oh, they ganged up on me!" "Oh, items aren't fair!" Waah waah wahh! Nobody cares why you lost, the fact is that you lost. I know it's kind of hard to come to terms with the fact that your now sterling record has been tarnished by a loss at a tournament, when up until now your record against four Lv. 9 computers was perfect, but you guys should get used to it. That's the thing about Melee. PEOPLE CAN INDEED BE BETTER THAN YOU!!! I came to terms with it a long time ago, and so should the rest of you.

And no, we shouldn't do split-screen four player Kart. If someone gets a bad player/kart combination, they're screwed over for the whole cup. There's a couple of possible solutions to this. We could:
a)Start earlier, end later
b)Split the tournament up into two weekends
Either of these are possibly feasible options, and I wouldn't have a problem with them.

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"Caboose: Sheeeeeeeilaaaaah! Come back to meeee! I made you a muffiiiiiiiiiiiiin!!"[mygtclanlogo]


Sorry, Tom, neither a nor b is feasible. We can't start earlier or change days, as there are already flyers out there announcing the start time. The library closes at 6, and we went until 5:45 last weekend.

However, remember that we're not talking about 4-player LAN mode. We're talking about a regular old 4-player standalone grand prix. You would get to choose your characters and kart. Wouldn't that be a trip, and a whole new angle to the event. What do you think about that? Although, now that I think about it, there is no 4-player grand prix, only 2-player, so so much for that idea. If you're not opposed to the small screen of a 4-player race, we can think of something. If you think we shouldn't go lower than 2 players per station, now's the time to make your voice heard....

Pickwick, you need not worry about overtaxing our servers. They are capacious. Also, when weighing our respective posts in the balance, you may wish to bear in mind that my participation here is a function of my employment. Thou art not found wanting. =)


I don't think we should go more than two people per screen. It's bad enough to cut it in half by putting two people per screen, let's not exacerbate the problem by cutting the available area in half again just to get more people through.

We should make all of the rounds past the first set of qualifications quad- or dual-elimination (Only the top 4 or top 2 go on), or something. It's not really feasible, I don't think, to just have two matches of Melee for qualification, because you can do one really good match and one really bad match, and there goes your chances against someone who got 2nd twice.

Obviously, no solution is going to please everybody, but I guess we have to try to do something.
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"Caboose: Sheeeeeeeilaaaaah! Come back to meeee! I made you a muffiiiiiiiiiiiiin!!"[mygtclanlogo]


Leinad, are you still interested in string theory? (I seem to remember that you were Pioneer's resident expert on the subject.) There's a new book out by Brian Greene about superstring theory and other aspects of particle theory that I think you might be interested in; I think it goes by the title "THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE," but that might be an earlier book by the same author.

Indeed. I am Pioneer's resident String Theory "expert". The Elegant Universe is Brian Greene's first book, which I absolutely love and recommend to anyone who is interested in relativity, quantum mechanics or string theory. His second, more recent book is entitles The Fabric of the Cosmos and deals with the nature of Spacetime. It is another interesting read, but is much harder to understand. I haven't found the time to quite finish it yet either. However, I will check and see if I can find any mention of a third book by the author, since you say new book and I loved his first two.

While many are merely slight verbal missteps, some are, to use a term which seems to have occurred on the forum, '"ROFL" funny,' wherein I take ROFL to be an acronym for "Roll On the Floor Laughing."

I really hope that that's short enough for my sig on GameFAQs.

Anyways, regarding split screen, I think 8 player is much better than 4 player, so I'll do any type of screen as long as it's still 8 player kart.

edit: after some exploration with Google, I've concluded that Brian Greene has yet to write a third book.

"Faulheit ist eine Tugend"


tom u are a very good sport and im not gonna try to insult u but those arguments were unfair except the im tired and i had a cramp and stuff. pickwick i accept your apoligie and i cant belive i read ur entire post.

eli picking characters is unfair cuz there are some kart that are good(toad) and some that are bad(DK). actually in august last year i thought we could pick characters and when eli told me and wenbo that it was random i was like OMFG and we raced in mushroom bridge and i got the DK car. wenbo got 1st,eli got 2nd, and i got 3rd.

melee first is a really good point that i agree with and i think that we should do it. more people come for the melee and when they realize that they lost and there are ppl better then them they can leave.

eli the system that we have now(2 ppl split screen, 3 races to qualify, random characters, random cars, random stages) is the way to go. u know the clans that won tournaments cuz of the suprise round shouldnt get their hopes up cuz the clan cup is mkdd and melee only!

but i think we should do melee first becuase we can do 1v1 march madness and more ppl are registered for that. so who wants melee first? 1-yes 0-no

Trouble Monkey Clan
Logo for the AADL-GT Trouble Monkey Clan.


how did eli get the last post on the PAX page?


Man Sravan you sour just because you lost.

Oh and Sravan I explained to Pickwick today that you have double standards. So I think he realized that he didn't need to apologize, because if you had a match with Galen you would have done the same.

Oh and read this Sravan:
"I'm not sure yet what form the clan cup will take, other than I don't want it to take too long, so it's going to be a little cutthroat. Because we could have as many as 8 clans qualified (if none of the single-round Clan Champs are top 4 at the end of the season), it may not involve much qualification play. It will probably involve Kart and Smash Brother elements, with a surprize finisher... more on that later."
I had to look though several blogs to find the most recent post on the actual clan cup and this was it and it was posted Sat, 07/09/2005 - 9:23pm.

"Yes, it's a perfect scale model of the universe's largest bottle. I put a tiny spaceship inside to keep it from being boring."-Professor F.


haha but no duck. im not sour i didnt even say anything offensive i was just saying teaming up is unfair so we should do 1v1. GO 1v1.

that was 2 monthes ago so i think he changed his mind about that but eli can we NOT have a suprise finisher for the clan cup. its bad enough we have it for the single tournament.

y would u look in those blogs just to make a point? do u high schoolers know what challenge day is? we had ours today and it was weird everyone was crying and hugging eachother...

Trouble Monkey Clan
Logo for the AADL-GT Trouble Monkey Clan.


Look Sravan I checked the blogs most recent to least recent and that was the most recent comment on it.

We have a Challenge Day. To my understanding it is a frivolous attempt to have normal people care about those that are downtrodden in life.

Oh I just want to point out. Of everyone that goes to the tournament I am most likely the only person that plays at elimination round level with Items. So everyone stop saying that if we didn't have Items on that you would have won, unless you’re talking to me.


noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo i wanted the last post on the pax page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you guys are sooooo mean

after reading only the first line of pickwicks post i got an idea, lets try to make this blog as long as possible so that it would be impossible to find anything.

Pick wick, that post on this page (the long one) is four pages long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

李 治 學 leaving

Auf Wiedersehen-


Good Morrow!

I do beg your pardon for raising your hopes, Commentator Leinad; upon further investigation, I found that it was only a new edition of THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE, containing a new preface by the author. My younger brother purchased it a few months ago, and he agrees that it makes for a very interesting read.

Ah, well; bhg bnn (this was typed by one of my cats, who leapt onto the keyboard before springing up onto the printer; hope nobody's allergic...)
BCL, that is a rather interesting idea; I imagine that, in time, my sporadic extended posts will cause this forum to increase beyond thirty pages or so, but this would occur only in the extended time frame; thus, it would be more efficient if others would aid me in clogging the information superhighway with words. I think it is only fair for me to accord myself the Keeper of the Rules with regard to forum-filling activities, given my career-long endeavors in this field, and as my first act, I will lay out the ground rules:
1. Posts must, of course, contain character strings that, once assembled, mean something, and they cannot contain excessive amounts of empty space. A convenient example is the filibuster; used on the floor of the Senate, this technique involves using the Senator's special right to unlimited debate time in order to stall a vote or other legislative process. The Senator performing this act may stand at the front and read aloud from a phonebook if he/she so chooses, but they must be speaking AT ALL TIMES, and I've never heard of a Senator uttering streams of gibberish while at the podium.

2. As with the Cloture Vote that may be invoked in the Senate, if a sufficient number of people feel that it is worth the effort of NOT achieving the goal of this quest (of sorts), we, or, to be precise, all those other than myself engaging in said activity, must immediately disengage. As Tournament GrandMaster Eli pointed out so eloquently, I tend to write in the manner in which I tend to write, so ceasing to do so would be out of the question.

3. In the event that the Library server is, after some years, bogged down with unnecessary, frivolous, and otherwise useless posts, I am of the opinion that we should celebrate our success by fleeing to Inner Mongolia, where we should be safe for an indefinite period of time from the wrath of irate Library patrons and staff.

Who's with us in our mission to enter a useless--nay, outright harmful!!--course of action?

On a side note, why do so few people post on or read this forum? It certainly holds many interesting posts...

Good Day!

PS: Why did I start this tradition of adding a postscript to every post? It is unnecessary and time-consuming.
I know; it's because I was writing in at uncatly times in the morning.

-----Pickwick the Second-----


Eli-ohhh man do i have an idea!
Okay. Get this. At 12:30, you print out like 50 schedules of when people are getting up to play and where they are playing at. Make sure that there is one taped on each table and station and then have a bunch of loose copies around with another schedule posted by the little stairs that are next to station 4. This would be repeated for the next event at like 3 or whatever. When it came to eliminations, you would just announce it. This would save a small amount of time due to the fact that people would know when to not go bathroom and they would be ready to go to their stations immediately. If staff was sufficient enough(maybe make it a volunteer project) there could be a staff member supervising each station to immediately record scores and set up lan mode if it gets disconnected. This is only a suggestion and though it would only save a small amount of time, i think that every minute counts...

heres my commentating tryout:
"Pr0 is about to execute the DK mountain half-pipe move which is a simple driving trick that is performed by powersliding up the side of the DK mountain hill and jumping to the other side of a cliff rather than making a real narrow and tedious turn. Now he has just jumped in to first place, proving how useful this trick really is. With a certain amount of control on this homestretch on the tilting bridge, he may just pull off a another win for the uber amazing trouble monkey clan."

Trouble Monkey Clan
Logo for the AADL-GT Trouble Monkey Clan.


Bravo joe i love your commentating tryout. eli let joe commentate.

u guys havent said if u wanted melee first come on.

joe's system works very well but how will we know the exact timings of the races.

Trouble Monkey Clan
Logo for the AADL-GT Trouble Monkey Clan.


Funny commentating while the half pipe trick is good to know it has a few problems one is if you get bumped at any point you significantly lower your chance to make the jump the other is that it is extremely easy to block that path with a harmful item especially if you do the maneuver before placing the item down.

Melee first is fine with me. It just means we have to set-up any lan connections during Pizza.

sweet Post 222.


I have no preference on the order.

Speaking of commentating, although MK:DD is still my first commentary choice, I'd like a shot at a Melee game as a back-up commentator or something.

And I have a question. I know that this forum is used to post lots of things unrelated to AADL-GT, but does anyone outside of us and library staff actually read it? We're certainly the only ones who have posted any comments.

"Faulheit ist eine Tugend"


Eli I forgot to tell you that tell you the subs tor TC1 and TC2.

UberNinja subbed on TC1.

wrxsti subbed on TC2.

This should tip us over the ten points we were behind, but I must applaud the VMs for making such a comeback.

The T-Unit is no longer in last!!

"TORTURIS EXUVIAS EUNT"


LEINAD, lazyness is NOT a virtue!!!
change your quote to a language that nobody else can read.

Flee to mongolia pickwick?
Have you lost it?

but don't worry i am sure Pensar TOrtuga will aid you in your quest to fill the blog with useless stuff

李 治 學 leaving

Auf Wiedersehen-


duck when we switch from mkdd to melee the LAN is still connected so eli and the crew can connect it ahead of time so we dont have to do it during the tournament.

Trouble Monkey Clan
Logo for the AADL-GT Trouble Monkey Clan.


Eli, y is this bear counting 4 babies thing on the aadl-gt side, the aadl-gt side should only have stuff about video games!

Let My People Go!

Black Shark Clan


Dear Tom and possibly Pro,
this was the part pro's post regarded my loss at the hands of darksoul:umm flare remember that white marth aka darksoul yea he beat u and he sometimes beats me and he is very skilled. he regrets selling his gamecube for an xbox....

notice this patticular comment: yea he beat u, is it jusst me or does sound at least a little bit demeaning and/or insulting? Dont bother anwsering because it doesn't matter to me if i am the only 1 who thinks something. My point is (And i will put it in caps) DON'T LOOK AT THE WORLD IN BLACK AND WHITE

this is my reply to pro's somewhat insulting comment: yea i remember that but if i hadn't been falling asleep things definitly would of been different give me a 1v1 battle with no items there would be no contest i saw the way he fights and i know that style's weakness. And i can beat you sometimes so don't just judge on 1 battle that can be a very big mistake

1)the falling alseep comment was just 1 out of many reasons why i lost
2)when i said "things would of been different" i am not saying that i would of won, but that the outcome of the macth could have been thrown into who made the first mistake or something along those lines.
3)the no contest comment was a mix of cockyness, lack of knowing my opponent's preferred playing style,(in this case with or without items.)and my next comment in that post.
4)Last but not least my don't judge on 1 battle comment should go without saying

So tom first off i have to say i wasn't complaining, and i came to terms with people being better than me a long time ago.Second the reasons i gave in my earlier post were not as much reasons as they were variables. But by posting your post you have the honor of being the second thing on my list. The first being Red Mage's hat.
Thank you for reading this Tom and Possibly Pro.(Assuming you read this of course)
Sincerly, (but not too sincerly)
Flare
P.S. If Tom doesn't get the list comment and you do, don't tell him, I want him to figure it out for himslef.

P.P.S. Pickwick a series out of 5 sounds great

P.P.P.S. i would prefer melee first

P.P.P.P.S. this may be a little to late but the reason i posted particuraly to Tom a possibly Sravan (Pro) is because i dont want to have people like fduck annoyed at me for posting sort of off topic


Good Morrow!

I would like to weigh in in favor of reversing the order and beginning with Melee.

Have you ever considered how difficult it would be to locate a specific person (or persons) in Mongolia, where there are few or no landmarks for much of the steppe? It might be possible to do via satellite or "Predator" spy drone thermoimagery, but the idea is that, using a fresh herring sandwich, we tunnel due north while approximately 38.4872938 feet underneath the Eastern Gobi Desert, beginning from the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin, until we reach Ulan Baator (still underground, of course.) At this point, we turn 132 degrees to the right and continue digging, though without the herring sandwich, which, by this time, will have gone bad. Eventually, our tunnel system will extend all the way to the Pacific Ocean, at which point we train a team of porpoises to carry us across to San Francisco Bay, where each will stand upright abruptly and put on a tweed coat; velveteen trousers; a green-and-orange striped silk handkerchief; a monochle; and a deerstalker cap, and explain, in English, the meaning of the phrase or name 'Pensar TOrtuga,' after which they will challenge us to a hand of Euchre.

I really don't have time right now to fully develop the idea that I've lost control of my mind, but I promise to return to this subject another time; it interests me.

Good Day!

PS: I think I'll leave this space blank next time.

-----The Right Honourable High Lord Most Supreme Executive Marquis de la Pickwick the Second, esquire, Member of Parliament, K.C.-----


oh and regarding my last comment 1 thing
1)the best way to deal with complaining is not complaining about the complaints


Good Morrow!

It is, then, settled; let it hereby be enrolled in the records of the stars that Flare and Pickwick the Second are to be pitted against each other in single combat to the death, with a first-to-five stipulation for victory.

Were it to take place now, without ever having seen you play I can safely assume that you would win; I'm having a very hard time keeping my eyes open long enough to type even just a word at a time.

Good Day.

PS:


Well this is for The Right Honourable High Lord Most Supreme Executive Marquis de la Pickwick the Second, esquire, Member of Parliament, K.C

”It has registered with no small degree of shock to my personal ego that a phrase was uttered by another distinguished participant in this forum that ran thus: "we can all agree pickwick has the longest non-eli post ever." You won’t hold longest non-eli after this.

“Needless to say, I was horrified upon the realization that none of my posts, even the three-pager, necessarily held the much-honoured position of the longest messages on the forum; I will rectify this at some point in the future, but for now, I think I shall do homework.” What you’re doing homework instead of constantly scouring the blogs for new posts. You should be ashamed of yourself.

“ I have several hours left of the said commodity, so you may hear from me at some point in the near future, for the simple, yet elegant, reason that I suffer from bad nerves even when merely practicing a speech, and there exists in my too-near-and-still-rapidly-approaching future a total sum of fifteen minutes of public speaking; Thomas you do fine at giving speeches, you don’t show nervous tendencies like myself atleast.

“thuslywise, I shall frequently take breaks to add characters to this missive. Who knows--perhaps by 5:30 in the morning, I will have surpassed even Eli in length of communication. This will likely entail a long, rambling series of miniature topics, which will come together like disparate lumps of clay to form an elegant, though metaphorical, clay tapestry.” While I fully approve of taking brakes between homework, I would think a clay tapestry would weigh several hundred pounds and look like well lumps of clay positioned into a mat like substance that has almost no artistic value whatsoever.

“The whole idea of extending the length of my comments implies, I realize, the exact opposite of that which I promised in my response to Monkeyman, but, in my defense, I had thought, at that particular time, that I was inarguably in possession of the great honour of being the longest poster; while it is possible that I am, the fact that the matter is open for debate alarms me and serves as a call to action. Let the words begin to aggregate!” You know I bet that a lot of people are going to hate me for getting into a post length war with you.

“And Now For Something Completely Different.” Yes, Monty Python I love it.

”pr0, it is with a heavy heart that I reflect upon the misdeeds of my brief history with the Library tournaments; it seems to me that it is I who owe you an apology, rather than the reverse. Would you do me the honour of forgiving the imposition made upon your forbearance by my despicable act of working, for the beginning of the final match, with my friend, Dragoon Black, which, had I reflected upon it, should have been easily identifiable as taking an unfair advantage over the other two competitors? If so, then I, Pickwick the Second, do solemnly swear, here, in the presence of all those currently here present, never to recognize team allegiances outside of team battles, which is the designated location wherein such bonds are meant to govern one's actions;” I already explained to you that this situation had it been anyone else it would have been the same. It is a natural from someone in a match with their clanmate(s) to not want to hinder them because them doing good gives your clan more points. So in essence helping (or at least not hindering) them is the same as helping yourself. So you are actually being greedy Thomas.

”in addition to this, I will hereby, forthwith and forevermore, renounce my reliance upon fictitious words to express ideas; an example of this might be the arrangement of characters that reads like this: 'circumlocutous'. While I know the root word, 'circumlocution,' to refer to a tendency toward exhibiting character traits that are often representative of behavioral patterns that may involve a slight eccentricity in one's verbal orbit in the direction of gravitating toward an unexpressed goal of traversing a wide realm, a vast empire, a veritable mountain of arrangements of characters in manners designed to inflict some miniscule degree of meaning on those who may elect to perform the ofttimes painful task of perusing and distilling some sparse quantities of meaning from said characters; while I know the root word to exist, it was unkind and unprofessional of me to extrapolate, solely from its existence, the existence of an alternate form of the word that is an adjective rather than a verb, and which means, in short {heh heh}, "exhibiting character traits that are often representative of behavioral patterns that may involve a slight eccentricity in one's verbal orbit in the direction of gravitating toward an unexpressed goal of traversing a wide realm, a vast empire, a veritable mountain of arrangements of characters in manners designed to inflict some miniscule degree of meaning on those who may elect to perform the ofttimes painful task of perusing and distilling some sparse quantities of meaning from said characters." In short (REALLY, this time!), circumlocution is the infinitive form of a verb that means "to speak or communicate in a roundabout way, without ever seeming to directly touch upon the point at hand," and circumlocutous, if it was, indeed, a word, which it may be, would be the adjective descibing a tendency toward circumlocution, which is one of the key traits of my writing. It's quite a bountiful source of entertainment; you should try it!” So that’s why I didn’t know that word you just make it up and assumed it would mean this. You kids and your slang terms. I’m sure that most people just ignored this section because they couldn’t understand the definition. You might try to (when explaining to someone) simplifying the definition to the level where the majority of readers can understand.

Next time you have to write a vocabulary sentence for English, try to top Dickens' record of 150 words (from BLEAK HOUSE, Mr. Boythorn's dialogue about English aristocrats.) With practice, you can easily extend sentences far beyond that; an acquaintance of mine, pursuant to the same hobby, composed a one-and-a-half page paper in three sentences. As yet, I have not surpassed his record, due to schoolwork and other considerations.
Another intangible benefit of this style of writing is that you can completely change your topic in the next sentence, and not a soul will notice because they won't remember what you were discussing before the fearsome barrage of words.
First that’s an extremely risky hobby because you might put it into a paper and teachers tend to take points off for run-on sentences and changing topics in mid sentence. Second you are extremely sadistic, taking pleasure in the confusing and… Oh wait I do that to. You’re a Saint Thomas.

“Speaking of changing topics abruptly, with regard to the team 4000 points below yours, it is called "The Foreign Exchange," which is my Clan. We didn't start out too well in our first competition, but we fully intend to move up in the rankings at every one hereafter. Just a heads-up!(insert smiley face here.)” You happen to be 6000 points below them but I don’t doubt that you could challenge them. I just read a things about the clan cup and Eli said “In addition to the 4 regular season Clan Champs, some of the highest scoring Clans over the regular season will be qualified for the clan cup, until we have 8 clans qualified.” Thus as long as you stay in the top 8 you will be in the clan cup. Unless one or more of the 'Clan Champ's drops below 8th place.

“The Riemann Hypothesis is an incredibly complex mathematical formula that involves the distribution of "interesting" points on a straight line to infinity and the relation of said points to prime numbers. This last was taken almost verbatim from the Clay Mathematical Institute's website; they have a detailed, and almost completely incomprehensible, discussion of the Zeta Function, which is Riemann's debated mathematical formula, at the following link:
"http://www.claymath.org/millennium/Riemann_Hypothesis/Sarnak_RH.pdf"
The Zeta Function is elaborated upon here: "http://www.claymath.org/millennium/Riemann_Hypothesis/Official_Problem_Description.pdf"
and here: "http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RiemannZetaFunction.html"
but I was unable to find a useful definition of the symbol zeta as used in mathematics. To highlight one of the only things I understand about it, the 'infinite' symbol over the Sigma implies that the function covers an infinite set of complex numbers and cannot, therefore, be proven with any degree of certainty. Of course, I'm only taking Pre-Calc myself (in 11th grade,) so it's as much a mystery to me.”
So basically where ever there is a point corresponds with a prime number. Ok, I still have a problem with these links. Are they supposed to go to wikipedia? My goodness I think I just figured out an easy way of finding prime numbers that would take a huge amount of memory.

“For all those looking to work incredibly hard for an infinite number of years in a futile quest for a quick journey to wealth, there is, as Leinad mentioned in a previous message, a reward of $1,000,000 from the Clay Institute of Mathematics to the person who manages to prove the Riemann Hypothesis to be true for all "interesting" values. Just to give you a little head start on it, mathematicians have already proven it for the first billion and a half (or so) numbers, and: "As of Feb 18 2005, the largest known prime number is Mersenne25964951 which is 7,816,230 digits long."--Christyxo, from unfiction.com, with regard to another puzzle regarding the Riemann problem.” I wonder if anyone makes a living off doing math problems?

“To Galen G., I must express my deepest sympathy, and I shall proceed to explain the meaning of the word 'entity' as used in my speech patterns; 'circumlocutous' has, I believe, already been discussed adequately and demonstrated to the fullest degree to which I felt up at the time I wrote the paragraph preceding this by two, and 'prolixitous,' if it is, indeed, a word, would mean "possessive of a tendency toward verbosity." According to the Princeton online dictionary: "(n) entity (that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving))"
In my words, an entity is a noun or a collective group of nouns; for instance, I am a loquacious entity, and Halliburton, which is made up of thousands of employees, is a greedy, dishonest, and despicable entity. I use the word to refer to any noun when: (a), I want to personify something nonliving; or, (b), when I want to avoid utilizing the same word for "person" multiple times within a brief space of time.”
Well we can tell you political outlook. I find I need to learn more words because I to use certain word to much.

“I aplogize for the mental anguish I have caused you; please don't sue me! Though, of course, there are far more frivolous lawsuits that have won massive settlements; take, for example, the driver of a Winnebago Recreational Vehicle who, while apparently not under the influence of alcohol, made a highly questionable judgment whilst returning home from a football game; he set the vehicle to cruise control and left the driver's seat to make himself a pot of coffee. This, while a commendable action under ordinary circumstances, allowed his RV to leave the highway at high speeds; it rolled several times before stopping, and, though he was unharmed, his vehicle was, of course, destroyed. Shortly afterwards, he filed suit against Winnebago for not including in their Owner's Manual an explanation of the differences between cruise control and auto-pilot. The jury concurred, and awarded him $1.75 million in damages, in addition to a new RV. I have just given you an example of a pico-meter-thin case that won an incredible sum of money, immediately after requesting that you not sue; the logic of this juxtaposition of topics eludes me, but perhaps someone will come to my rescue with a fitting explanation.” There are way to many people that do stupid things and then sue. I think that right now the juries that get on these cases see the stupid people as victims of big mean companies when it isn’t really the companies fault but that of the citizen. More and more people have less and less common sense it use to be if a kid fell out of a tree they brushed them selves off and went on but now people think that the owner of said tree is responsible for making it child proof, car proof, everything proof. Really it is a penalization for owning something that exists and can influence someone’s life in any way shape or form.

”Leinad, are you still interested in string theory? (I seem to remember that you were Pioneer's resident expert on the subject.) There's a new book out by Brian Greene about superstring theory and other aspects of particle theory that I think you might be interested in; I think it goes by the title "THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE," but that might be an earlier book by the same author. Oh I see you addressed this later on.

”It has come to my attention that I overlooked a previous comment by the entity known as Flare regarding a challenge: It would be my honour and distinct privilege, Sir, to engage in single combat with you in the time immediately preceding the next tourney; to use a clichéd phrase, wild horses would find themselves unable to render me incapable of or unwilling to attend the next event. As usual, though, I am puzzled by the relevance of wild horses to such a goal; perhaps if we knew the Ultimate Question regarding the Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything, the answer to which is 42, the origin of this phrase would be understood. At this time, I have just read your subsequent post, and I would like to point out what is probably already obvious to you: that we shall be forced to arrive at or before 11:30 in order to procure a console for the duration of the intended competition, as a single match would be inconclusive. May I suggest a first-to-five?” Wild horses are in every thing because wild goats wasn’t scary enough and wild lemurs was to scary. A proper duel (even if it’s with a video game) haven’t seen one of those since President Adams was shot.

”In refutation of the idea that I would call, as a reliable source, an entity with whom I had only once combated, I must explain that Duck and I have been acquainted for a period of time just slightly longer than the span of time that has elapsed since the competition(that is to say, almost exactly one year to date); though we have not had the opportunity to spar frequently, we have played more than one match. I owe it to him to say that he beat me, several times consecutively, at Mario Kart, and by a greater margin than that at which I beat him at Melee. Wait how many times have we played all I remember is the Robotics Competition and I don’t remember playing Mk at all.
”Goodsir Duck, it is, once again, my pleasure to congratulate you on your lofty position on the leaderboard, and upon your victory at the previous series of events. Might I inquire as to your disposition as it applies to the issue of amusing quotes from our Glorious Leader? If this is a matter in which you take an interest, may I recommend the following website?
"http://slate.msn.com/76886/"
While many are merely slight verbal missteps, some are, to use a term which seems to have occurred on the forum, '"ROFL" funny,' wherein I take ROFL to be an acronym for "Roll On the Floor Laughing." ”
I wasn’t able to get this link to work, but undoubtable you would not post it unless it was very interesting so I would like to see these funny quotes.

“Well! It does me good to know that, not only am I not alone on the forum, as Tournament GrandMaster Eli has just posted, but that, although it may not be a real word, 'prolixitous' has been used at least 26 times before the present date. By using the same method of Googling, I have determined that there are only 66 hits for 'circumlocutous' by my way of spelling it, but an additional 362 for 'circumlocuitous;' it may have been my less-than-common spelling of the word that confused you, Galen.” Ok I don’t think Eli qualifies as a GrandMaster per say because he doesn’t compete in the tournaments he is more of a “Tournament Moderator” or maybe “Supreme Overlord” but not a GrandMaster because that term is used to refer to the Veteran kids.(Is that an oxymoron?)

“Es tut mir leid! As for altering my posting style, Eli, I discarded that idea when I made an attempt to do so; no discernible change occurred. It looks as though Monkeyman will be disappointed. Vielen Dank for the support!
As this message spans well over three pages, I think it is time to wrap it up. I may edit it for additional length later on, but I wouldn't like to overload the Library's servers just yet...
Good Day!”
Oh come on overloading a sever is fun but I like your posting style and still hop you continue with it.
”PS: Duck and jlgelinas, happy Un-Birthdays!” Is it really my Un-birthday, I didn’t realize? I should have planed a party.

Ok Good night.


actully blackshark this is the axis site not the aadl-gt site


'Supreme Overlord' has a nice ring to it, but I generally prefer 'King of Geeks'.


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And now we hand you over to the King of Geeks Eli Neiburger.


Lol, Duck. We definitely need to do that.

As for Flare, I neither know nor care whatever it means to be on your "list". I wasn't talking to anybody specific, so don't take it like a personal insult when I say something.

I think that Joe Smolarski should be allowed to commentate. It gives more balance. We could alternate between me and Leinad for the other spot, to have less of a bias when it comes to commentating.
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YT6R5TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTER(My cat, Horatio, again.)Good Morrow! It seems that the Right Honourable Sir Duck has elected to engage in a war of length with regard to posts (I really must find another phrase or two; alternating between 'regarding' and 'with regard to' becomes highly tedious after a time. I feel that his tactic of duplicating the post most inclined toward the inverse of brevity and responding to it point by point in order to, be it howsoe'er briefly, is, while a variation on that utilised in a post of my own, slightly dishonourable, but, after pondering the matter for an extended period, I must admit that I feel no compunctions against utilizing it, so I don't believe that your escutcheon was tarnished by this, Duck. Now, I will let the genteel personage in question speak for himself (in precisely the same words as before), and, after a line-gap to mark the difference, shall add my further comments.
Well this is for The Right Honourable High Lord Most Supreme Executive Marquis de la Pickwick the Second, esquire, Member of Parliament, K.C
I really must post my full self-appointed title sometime; it runs for well over a page, but this is all I can remember consistently.

”It has registered with no small degree of shock to my personal ego that a phrase was uttered by another distinguished participant in this forum that ran thus: "we can all agree pickwick has the longest non-eli post ever." You won’t hold longest non-eli after this.
After this, though, I will again have that distinguishment; after your next post, should you choose to again utilise this method, you will hold the honours, and it shall, quite probably, rebound back and forth multiple times a day from now on.

“Needless to say, I was horrified upon the realization that none of my posts, even the three-pager, necessarily held the much-honoured position of the longest messages on the forum; I will rectify this at some point in the future, but for now, I think I shall do homework.” What you’re doing homework instead of constantly scouring the blogs for new posts. You should be ashamed of yourself.
In my defense, however, I was indeed awake for the entire duration of the morning; I fell asleep for brief periods of time approximately 11 times during the day, wandering off during mid-sentence in my AP History notes; not all words are legible, and many that are are meaningless once strung together into sentences. I am, therefore, highly fortunate in that I already had many notes on the topic discusse56drtggggggggr(Horatio) discussed that derived from the book. Most of the time spent was on my Robotics Speech, which went rather poorly, as I wasn't even semi-awake.

“ I have several hours left of the said commodity, so you may hear from me at some point in the near future, for the simple, yet elegant, reason that I suffer from bad nerves even when merely practicing a speech, and there exists in my too-near-and-still-rapidly-approaching future a total sum of fifteen minutes of public speaking; Thomas you do fine at giving speeches, you don’t show nervous tendencies like myself atleast.
I must beg to differ; I am not in possession of definite knowledge pertaining to the matter, having had not the occasion to have observed you in the process of speaking, but I do believe that I demonstrated, through facial expressions and habit of moving hands restlessly, an adequate quantity of nerves to qualify for the designation "nervous." I must thank you for the compliment, of course.

“thuslywise, I shall frequently take breaks to add characters to this missive. Who knows--perhaps by 5:30 in the morning, I will have surpassed even Eli in length of communication. This will likely entail a long, rambling series of miniature topics, which will come together like disparate lumps of clay to form an elegant, though metaphorical, clay tapestry.” While I fully approve of taking brakes between homework, I would think a clay tapestry would weigh several hundred pounds and look like well lumps of clay positioned into a mat like substance that has almost no artistic value whatsoever.
To be perfectly honest, the idea of a clay tapestry was lifted straight off the page of a Dilbert(tm) comic strip wherein the Boss (paraphrased) declaimed his intent to "weave the disparate lumps of clay [the individual talents of the team] into an elegant tapestry." All Hail Scott Adams!!!!! We should write Congress to create a new national holiday in his favor; most convenient for me would be this Friday, wherein I am to have a Chemistry test.

“The whole idea of extending the length of my comments implies, I realize, the exact opposite of that which I promised in my response to Monkeyman, but, in my defense, I had thought, at that particular time, that I was inarguably in possession of the great honour of being the longest poster; while it is possible that I am, the fact that the matter is open for debate alarms me and serves as a call to action. Let the words begin to aggregate!” You know I bet that a lot of people are going to hate me for getting into a post length war with you.
I am not, of course, one of them; in fact, this promises to be highly entertaining, amusing, and productive of much hilarity all at the same time; or, at least, it would appear that way from the inside of the said war.

“And Now For Something Completely Different.” Yes, Monty Python I love it.
As do I!! Perhaps Congress could institute another federal holiday still; what day would be most convenient for you, school-wise?

”pr0, it is with a heavy heart that I reflect upon the misdeeds of my brief history with the Library tournaments; it seems to me that it is I who owe you an apology, rather than the reverse. Would you do me the honour of forgiving the imposition made upon your forbearance by my despicable act of working, for the beginning of the final match, with my friend, Dragoon Black, which, had I reflected upon it, should have been easily identifiable as taking an unfair advantage over the other two competitors? If so, then I, Pickwick the Second, do solemnly swear, here, in the presence of all those currently here present, never to recognize team allegiances outside of team battles, which is the designated location wherein such bonds are meant to govern one's actions;” I already explained to you that this situation had it been anyone else it would have been the same. It is a natural from someone in a match with their clanmate(s) to not want to hinder them because them doing good gives your clan more points. So in essence helping (or at least not hindering) them is the same as helping yourself. So you are actually being greedy Thomas.
I will certainly keep your advice in mind when making a decision on how to play the final match next time, because at least two of us will be there again, though Dragoon Black will probably take the lead; it was due to two early accidental deaths that he ended up taking third. I think that the other members of the forum deserve to defend themselves against this charge, though.

”in addition to this, I will hereby, forthwith and forevermore, renounce my reliance upon fictitious words to express ideas; an example of this might be the arrangement of characters that reads like this: 'circumlocutous'. While I know the root word, 'circumlocution,' to refer to a tendency toward exhibiting character traits that are often representative of behavioral patterns that may involve a slight eccentricity in one's verbal orbit in the direction of gravitating toward an unexpressed goal of traversing a wide realm, a vast empire, a veritable mountain of arrangements of characters in manners designed to inflict some miniscule degree of meaning on those who may elect to perform the ofttimes painful task of perusing and distilling some sparse quantities of meaning from said characters; while I know the root word to exist, it was unkind and unprofessional of me to extrapolate, solely from its existence, the existence of an alternate form of the word that is an adjective rather than a verb, and which means, in short {heh heh}, "exhibiting character traits that are often representative of behavioral patterns that may involve a slight eccentricity in one's verbal orbit in the direction of gravitating toward an unexpressed goal of traversing a wide realm, a vast empire, a veritable mountain of arrangements of characters in manners designed to inflict some miniscule degree of meaning on those who may elect to perform the ofttimes painful task of perusing and distilling some sparse quantities of meaning from said characters." In short (REALLY, this time!), circumlocution is the infinitive form of a verb that means "to speak or communicate in a roundabout way, without ever seeming to directly touch upon the point at hand," and circumlocutous, if it was, indeed, a word, which it may be, would be the adjective descibing a tendency toward circumlocution, which is one of the key traits of my writing. It's quite a bountiful source of entertainment; you should try it!” So that’s why I didn’t know that word you just make it up and assumed it would mean this. You kids and your slang terms. I’m sure that most people just ignored this section because they couldn’t understand the definition. You might try to (when explaining to someone) simplifying the definition to the level where the majority of readers can understand.
I really must protest at this; apparently, you had not, at this time, read the end of my post, wherein I, using Eli's research and his research method in order to confirm that, yes, 'prolixitous' and 'circumlocutous/circumlocuitous' are words, though I deduced their existence merely from that of the known words 'prolixity' and 'circumlocution,' which are not, to correct my earlier post, true root words. As for the definition, I am of the opinion that it was contained in a more comprehensible form in the manner in which the definition was given than in the meaning of the words located in the definition, which serve merely as a backup explanation for those who can wade through the "veritable multitudes" of words but don't realize that I am attempting to define the words through an example.

Next time you have to write a vocabulary sentence for English, try to top Dickens' record of 150 words (from BLEAK HOUSE, Mr. Boythorn's dialogue about English aristocrats.) With practice, you can easily extend sentences far beyond that; an acquaintance of mine, pursuant to the same hobby, composed a one-and-a-half page paper in three sentences. As yet, I have not surpassed his record, due to schoolwork and other considerations.

Another intangible benefit of this style of writing is that you can completely change your topic in the next sentence, and not a soul will notice because they won't remember what you were discussing before the fearsome barrage of words. First that’s an extremely risky hobby because you might put it into a paper and teachers tend to take points off for run-on sentences and changing topics in mid sentence. Second you are extremely sadistic, taking pleasure in the confusing and… Oh wait I do that to. You’re a Saint Thomas.
Thank you, Sir; the description is fully accurate! In clarification of the manner in which I suggest using sentences of stupendous length, I must emphasize that *NEVER* are you to deliberately allow any grammatical errors into your lengthified sentences; a 'run-on sentence' is mislabeled, as it is not truly a sentence. If you don't intend follow the normal grammatical rules, there is absolutely no point in dividing said schoolpaper into sentences at all; a 1000-word sentence would, after all, be very impressive, right? WRONG! FOLLOW PROPER GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURE AT ALL TIMES. While doing so may seem, at first glance, to limit the maximum potential length of a sentence, it is not so; creative use of punctuation marks (such as parentheses, colons, semi-colons, und commas) can allow for any sentence to expand to its fullest potential of near-infinite length. My younger brother, with his page and a half in three sentences, is still the best example of this habit that I have found. You are absolutely correct that one should not implement abruptly a topic-changing function in school-related papers, or at least as it relates to a post-sentence paradigm.

“Speaking of changing topics abruptly, with regard to the team 4000 points below yours, it is called "The Foreign Exchange," which is my Clan. We didn't start out too well in our first competition, but we fully intend to move up in the rankings at every one hereafter. Just a heads-up!(insert smiley face here.)” You happen to be 6000 points below them but I don’t doubt that you could challenge them. I just read a things about the clan cup and Eli said “In addition to the 4 regular season Clan Champs, some of the highest scoring Clans over the regular season will be qualified for the clan cup, until we have 8 clans qualified.” Thus as long as you stay in the top 8 you will be in the clan cup. Unless one or more of the 'Clan Champ's drops below 8th place.
That is good to know. We'll be first by the end of the season, or at least after the Clan Cup!!!!!

“The Riemann Hypothesis is an incredibly complex mathematical formula that involves the distribution of "interesting" points on a straight line to infinity and the relation of said points to prime numbers. This last was taken almost verbatim from the Clay Mathematical Institute's website; they have a detailed, and almost completely incomprehensible, discussion of the Zeta Function, which is Riemann's debated mathematical formula, at the following link:
"http://www.claymath.org/millennium/Riemann_Hypothesis/Sarnak_RH.pdf"
The Zeta Function is elaborated upon here: "http://www.claymath.org/millennium/Riemann_Hypothesis/Official_Problem_Description.pdf"
and here: "http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RiemannZetaFunction.html"
but I was unable to find a useful definition of the symbol zeta as used in mathematics. To highlight one of the only things I understand about it, the 'infinite' symbol over the Sigma implies that the function covers an infinite set of complex numbers and cannot, therefore, be proven with any degree of certainty. Of course, I'm only taking Pre-Calc myself (in 11th grade,) so it's as much a mystery to me.” So basically where ever there is a point corresponds with a prime number. Ok, I still have a problem with these links. Are they supposed to go to wikipedia? My goodness I think I just figured out an easy way of finding prime numbers that would take a huge amount of memory. That is, indeed, an excellent summary of the facts as I view them. The links are not wikipedia sites; rather, two of them reference the Clay Institute of Higher Mathematics, if that is the title by which it goes (I'm operating from memory here.) The other is a mathematical site that I found with Google; it purports to explain the Zeta Function. All three links work for my computer...

“For all those looking to work incredibly hard for an infinite number of years in a futile quest for a quick journey to wealth, there is, as Leinad mentioned in a previous message, a reward of $1,000,000 from the Clay Institute of Mathematics to the person who manages to prove the Riemann Hypothesis to be true for all "interesting" values. Just to give you a little head start on it, mathematicians have already proven it for the first billion and a half (or so) numbers, and: "As of Feb 18 2005, the largest known prime number is Mersenne25964951 which is 7,816,230 digits long."--Christyxo, from unfiction.com, with regard to another puzzle regarding the Riemann problem.” I wonder if anyone makes a living off doing math problems?
Yes: college professors of mathematical theory. My grandfather took one such class and quit because it was about finding and proving obscure correlations between different functions or other mathematical structures, and he dropped the class because nothing discussed in it had the merest iota of relevance to anything in the outside world.

“To Galen G., I must express my deepest sympathy, and I shall proceed to explain the meaning of the word 'entity' as used in my speech patterns; 'circumlocutous' has, I believe, already been discussed adequately and demonstrated to the fullest degree to which I felt up at the time I wrote the paragraph preceding this by two, and 'prolixitous,' if it is, indeed, a word, would mean "possessive of a tendency toward verbosity." According to the Princeton online dictionary: "(n) entity (that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving))"
In my words, an entity is a noun or a collective group of nouns; for instance, I am a loquacious entity, and Halliburton, which is made up of thousands of employees, is a greedy, dishonest, and despicable entity. I use the word to refer to any noun when: (a), I want to personify something nonliving; or, (b), when I want to avoid utilizing the same word for "person" multiple times within a brief space of time.” Well we can tell your political outlook. I find I need to learn more words because I to use certain word to much.
This is a commendable goal; might I recommend, as the two best sources for new words, a) Charles Dickens' extensive list of novels, and b) my posts?

“I aplogize for the mental anguish I have caused you; please don't sue me! Though, of course, there are far more frivolous lawsuits that have won massive settlements; take, for example, the driver of a Winnebago Recreational Vehicle who, while apparently not under the influence of alcohol, made a highly questionable judgment whilst returning home from a football game; he set the vehicle to cruise control and left the driver's seat to make himself a pot of coffee. This, while a commendable action under ordinary circumstances, allowed his RV to leave the highway at high speeds; it rolled several times before stopping, and, though he was unharmed, his vehicle was, of course, destroyed. Shortly afterwards, he filed suit against Winnebago for not including in their Owner's Manual an explanation of the differences between cruise control and auto-pilot. The jury concurred, and awarded him $1.75 million in damages, in addition to a new RV. I have just given you an example of a pico-meter-thin case that won an incredible sum of money, immediately after requesting that you not sue; the logic of this juxtaposition of topics eludes me, but perhaps someone will come to my rescue with a fitting explanation.” There are way to many people that do stupid things and then sue. I think that right now the juries that get on these cases see the stupid people as victims of big mean companies when it isn’t really the companies fault but that of the citizen. More and more people have less and less common sense it use to be if a kid fell out of a tree they brushed them selves off and went on but now people think that the owner of said tree is responsible for making it child proof, car proof, everything proof. Really it is a penalization for owning something that exists and can influence someone’s life in any way shape or form.
Indeed. Another example of the over-litigiousness of our society runs thus: A man broke into a house knowing that the owners were on vacation for a week. He took everything of value, putting them into boxes. He didn't, however, want to remove them by the front entrance, for fear of being observed; thus, he struck upon the bright idea of leaving through the garage, which was attached to the house. He moved the bounty of his heist into the garage, went in, and closed the door behind him; it locked. This would have presented no problem, except that, when he pressed the automatic garage door opener, it failed to respond. He explored the surroundings and, finding no means by which to exit, realized he was stuck; he was, in fact, forced to subsist for the duration of the week on cases of Pepsi and bags of dog food, only being released upon the family's return. You might think that the injured party in the case were the family; it so happened, however, that the burglar sued the Homeowner's Insurance for failing to maintain the garage door opener, which failure caused him extreme mental and emotional anguish. He was awarded $500,000 dollars.

”Leinad, are you still interested in string theory? (I seem to remember that you were Pioneer's resident expert on the subject.) There's a new book out by Brian Greene about superstring theory and other aspects of particle theory that I think you might be interested in; I think it goes by the title "THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE," but that might be an earlier book by the same author. Oh I see you addressed this later on.
Yep.

”It has come to my attention that I overlooked a previous comment by the entity known as Flare regarding a challenge: It would be my honour and distinct privilege, Sir, to engage in single combat with you in the time immediately preceding the next tourney; to use a clichéd phrase, wild horses would find themselves unable to render me incapable of or unwilling to attend the next event. As usual, though, I am puzzled by the relevance of wild horses to such a goal; perhaps if we knew the Ultimate Question regarding the Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything, the answer to which is 42, the origin of this phrase would be understood. At this time, I have just read your subsequent post, and I would like to point out what is probably already obvious to you: that we shall be forced to arrive at or before 11:30 in order to procure a console for the duration of the intended competition, as a single match would be inconclusive. May I suggest a first-to-five?” Wild horses are in every thing because wild goats wasn’t scary enough and wild lemurs was to scary. A proper duel (even if it’s with a video game) haven’t seen one of those since President Adams was shot.
My goodness! I felt a sudden chill run through me as I read the pair of words "wild lemurs." It may have been caused by the illness for which I am at home today, but I prefer to attribute it to the terror inherent in the phrase.

”In refutation of the idea that I would call, as a reliable source, an entity with whom I had only once combated, I must explain that Duck and I have been acquainted for a period of time just slightly longer than the span of time that has elapsed since the competition(that is to say, almost exactly one year to date); though we have not had the opportunity to spar frequently, we have played more than one match. I owe it to him to say that he beat me, several times consecutively, at Mario Kart, and by a greater margin than that at which I beat him at Melee. Wait how many times have we played all I remember is the Robotics Competition and I don’t remember playing Mk at all.
While it is true that we have competed directly only at the Western Michigan Regional Competition, over the course of those three days we played innumerable Melee games, which I won handily in the event that Dragoon Black was not participating, in which case I took second place; and, on one night, several Kart races, in which you demonstrated that there is a maximum distance at which you can see the exhaust trail of the driver ahead of you.

”Goodsir Duck, it is, once again, my pleasure to congratulate you on your lofty position on the leaderboard, and upon your victory at the previous series of events. Might I inquire as to your disposition as it applies to the issue of amusing quotes from our Glorious Leader? If this is a matter in which you take an interest, may I recommend the following website?
"http://slate.msn.com/76886/"
While many are merely slight verbal missteps, some are, to use a term which seems to have occurred on the forum, '"ROFL" funny,' wherein I take ROFL to be an acronym for "Roll On the Floor Laughing." ” I wasn’t able to get this link to work, but undoubtable you would not post it unless it was very interesting so I would like to see these funny quotes.
In my haste, and, due to its length, inability to properly proofread my post, I left out three vital characters from the link. Here it is, in its entirety; I would like to note, again, that many of the quotes are not very funny, especially the more recent ones, but that, as you get farther back in time, it becomes clear that our current president was right at home, intellectually speaking, when he was reading to the kindergarten class in Florida on 9/11/01.
"http://slate.msn.com/id/76886/"

“Well! It does me good to know that, not only am I not alone on the forum, as Tournament GrandMaster Eli has just posted, but that, although it may not be a real word, 'prolixitous' has been used at least 26 times before the present date. By using the same method of Googling, I have determined that there are only 66 hits for 'circumlocutous' by my way of spelling it, but an additional 362 for 'circumlocuitous;' it may have been my less-than-common spelling of the word that confused you, Galen.” Ok I don’t think Eli qualifies as a GrandMaster per say because he doesn’t compete in the tournaments he is more of a “Tournament Moderator” or maybe “Supreme Overlord” but not a GrandMaster because that term is used to refer to the Veteran kids.(Is that an oxymoron?)
Not at all; we are all veteran gamers on this forum, objectively and by comparison. I like the sound of 'Supreme Overlord,' myself.

“Es tut mir leid! As for altering my posting style, Eli, I discarded that idea when I made an attempt to do so; no discernible change occurred. It looks as though Monkeyman will be disappointed. Vielen Dank for the support!
As this message spans well over three pages, I think it is time to wrap it up. I may edit it for additional length later on, but I wouldn't like to overload the Library's servers just yet...
Good Day!” Oh come on overloading a sever is fun but I like your posting style and still hop you continue with it.
I do intend to; that was just an excuse to sign off and get back to facilitating the completion of homework. You will, of course, have to aid me, because, as Eli has mentioned, the Library servers are quite capacious.

”PS: Duck and jlgelinas, happy Un-Birthdays!” Is it really my Un-birthday, I didn’t realize? I should have planed a party.
Nearly everybody in the world has 364 Unbirthdays every year, which makes it much more fun to celebrate them because everybody likes to receive presents as often as possible. The only exceptions are those who are born on the 29th of February; they are lucky enough to receive three extra Unbirthdays every four years. They are, of course, highly unfortunate in another sense, expressed most amusingly in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, the brilliant musical by Gilbert and Sullivan.
It would be interesting to have a party on each Unbirthday; the trouble then would be to plan to NOT hold a party on your actual birthday!
Ok Good night.
aaaaaaaaaaares(Horatio the cat) And the same to you, sir, although by the time I write this it is beyond midday. And remember: "Faulheit ist eine Tugend!" That is an inspired signature, Leinad! (I only just looked it up in my German Dictionary.)

Good Day!

-----Pickwick the Second------

PS: It would seem that this spans the width and breadth over seven pages!!!!!


Ok, nobody else post anything as long as Thomas White does, it only encourages him to post entries that, while entertaining, take up a lot of space.

I just had a random thought, Eli: Would it be at all possible to create separate message boards on here for each clan, or at least anyone that the clan allows to see them? I know we could email eachother or something, but it'd be a lot easier to have everything in one place, rather than having people make their own websites.

Like The Turtle Clan. Speaking of which, TP2, you need to make your website a lot harder to find if you want to share strategy and stuff on there.
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"tom u are a very good sport and im not gonna try to insult u but those arguments were unfair except the im tired and i had a cramp and stuff.

OK, how are those arguments unfair? That's the whole POINT of games like Melee and Kart. They're designed in such a way that someone who is bad can have something happen to swing the race or match in their favor. I know it's not fair to those of you who put hours of training time in, who look up all the secrets of your character online, who PAY people to train you in melee (there are people who do this, I swear), etc., but you just have to get over the fact that randomness is a part of the game, and you have to overcome it and deal with it when it happens.
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Someone that is a true expert can overcome virtually any set back for the win. And it is fair, someone that only studies physics won't score well when they take a physics and biology test irf it's half physics and half biology, it not a problem of the game being unfair but of you practicing the wrong part.

Pickwick why weren't you in Chem Lab today?


Good Morrow!

For the record, I would like to disagree strongly with the notion that, as hinted at by Major Tom, I post at length only in response to other messages; the truth is, now that I have discovered this forum, you are stuck with my ineffably long soliloquys!

It seems that, although all four of the links I posted worked for my computer just a few hours ago, they do not at this time. Thus, I would like to suggest that, in lieu of clicking upon them, any interested parties may copy in the following entries:
http://www.claymath.org/millennium/Riemann_Hypothesis/Sarnak_RH.pdf
http://www.claymath.org/millennium/Riemann_Hypothesis/Official_Problem_Description.pdf
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RiemannZetaFunction.html
and, regarding politics,
http://slate.msn.com/id/76886/

These should work; if they don't, I shall post again in an attempt to set the record straight.

Thank you for your forbearance!

Good Morrow!

PS: I noticed a failure to close a parenthesis in one of my previous posts. Gold Star to anyone who finds it!


Ok I will never try posting longer then pickwick agian it took way to long to respond to everything and he responded to fast.

Were you at school at all pickwick?


Major Tom is dead on; luck is, and always should be (in my humble but entirely unilateral opinion) a major factor in videogame tournaments. That's what makes them exciting. It's not a test of who can best wiggle their thumbs; it's a test of who can best adapt to changing random conditions.

As for you, Mssrs. Duck and Pickwick, that will be quite enough of your little recursive filibuster. I have a cloture button that requires not a single vote of support; don't make me use it as I have elsewhere.

Muhahaha.


Good Morrow!

In response to your question, Duck, no, I was not in attendance at the social institution known, colloquially, as "school," due to a debilitating condition brought on by (or, as suggested by my younger brother, 'facilitated by') lack of sleep.

Mr. King of Geeks, it will not be necessary to push the red button; the 'nuclear option' is undemocratic and, I am sure, an unpalatable choice. I will, however, cease to continue increasing the length of my posts, especially by use of the command pair "control-c" and "control-v;" as Duck has ceased to compete for the position that I now believe myself to hold, there is no logic that supports continuing to spend hours on each message when all that I have to say can be split into smaller, increasingly readable sections of text. I will comply with your demand as stated.

Good Day!

-----Pickwick the Second-----


ok flare calm down like take a chill pill i was just pointing out that u were wrong.

tom i dont think i complained about items i just did about camping and stuff.

yes can we make seperate message boards these guys are posting stuff off topic.

where are the results for the tournament on saturday?

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what was i wrong about? im wrong about a lot of things so could you point out which instance you are talking abuot.


topic? what topic?

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and also i was not replaying with anger at all the. The time that i put a sentance in caps didn't mean i was angry, I did it to empisize what i was saying


who currs u hurr? it just a video game. i agree with tom. OH and about my time crunching suggestion, you would just put each match 30 seconds past whatever the match time is...

Eli-also at bungie.net, they have like groups and forums that you can belong to online...do you think you could make something like that possible on axis?

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yea bungie.net is a cool site i check my friends' stats all the time. u can create groups and have ur seperate fourms.

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OMFG U GUYS LOOK AT THE LEADERBOARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
New Page Again!
what does match # mean eli?

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Pickwick it was student count day.

The leaderbroad looks nice. you can see player stats now.


hey eli why doesn't the libary have a eucher tournament?


Good Morrow.

In response to the harsh accusation, made via implication, of being off-topic in my ramblings, I must point out that, the tournament having occurred at a time very definitely in the past, the original subject to be discussed is now defunct. While there is, still, much relevance to further discussions regarding alterations that may be made to next month's tourney, such discussions occur but infrequently, and thus there would exist little use for this forum should it, indeed, be restricted to business-related usage. That said, I have no objection, be it explicit or implicit, if any entity is willing to open a venue that is intended for general discussion and informal communication.

Regards,

-----Pickwick the Second-----

PS: The improved appearance and detail of the new leaderboard are commendable, Supreme Overlord of all Geek Kings!


SUBS FOR TC

TC1-uberninja

TC2 WRXSTI

"TORTURIS EXUVAISE EUNT"


Yay! Pretty new leaderboard type-thingy!!!!

Eli, any word on whether separate message boards within AADL-GT would be feasible? If it's too much work, I can understand it, but it would be kind of a nice feature.
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TP2, uberninja's points were already counted toward TC1, I had entered that already. WRXSTI's scores have been added to TC2's score.

Tom, I'm looking into forums, it may be pretty easy, especially if we don't try to close any of them... more to come.


Haha! Victory is ours! We're still ten points ahead!!!
Boo-yah!!!
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Tom what did you mean by "Lol, Duck. We definitely need to do that.". I have no clue what you were talking about.

"September 29, 2005: Iraq Agrees On Constitution
(Illuminated News Service) After months of heated debate and repeated last-minute deadline changes, Iraq's elected representatives have reached agreement on their new Constitution.

It will be 10.

Next up for discussion is Dexterity. Observers anticipate that consensus will be reached on 12 or possibly 13. The current deadline for decision is in March 2006."-sjgames.com


yeah, i think eli deleted all the comments on that one blog.


last comment


you wish

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no you do

"Not after the last time"


all of u do!


give it up, eli always gets the last post, because he can close it whenever he wants. But, what happend to pickwick the second?
he is like not posting a wall of text.

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so ill just get the last non eli post

"Not after the last time"


eli do yu keep closing blogs early because we keep tryin g to get the last non-eli comment and doing that annoys you?

"Not after the last time"


yea he probably does but now i have the last non-eli post
muahahahahahahaha


you so do not

"Now it's over and I'm torn but I signed her up for beastiality porn"


Good Morrow!
In response to the honourable BCL's question, which is as follows:
"give it up, eli always gets the last post, because he can close it whenever he wants. But, what happend to pickwick the second?
he is like not posting a wall of text."
:
I must cite the Supreme Overlord of all Kings Geek:
"As for you, Mssrs. Duck and Pickwick, that will be quite enough of your little recursive filibuster. I have a cloture button that requires not a single vote of support; don't make me use it as I have elsewhere."
I interpret this as a threat to disallow my (and, possibly, Duck's) access to the forum in the event that we continue composing lengthy, short-story-esque communiques; thus, it is for the sake of caution that I refrain from inundating this line of communication.
By the by, it would seem that, as of this time, September 30, 2005, Anno Domini, it is I, Pickwick the Second, that holds the office of "Last Poster." I realise, of course, that this state of matters is unlikely to endure.

Good Day!!

-----Pickwick the Second-----