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by justinfrench1728
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 70
Views: 18702

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

A NASAT private discussion forum has been opened. You can access it by going to your User Control Panel, going to the tab Usergroups, and then scrolling down to 2019 NASAT and selecting the option to request access to that forum.
by justinfrench1728
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO online date poll
Replies: 0
Views: 193

RULFO online date poll

There will likely be an online mirror of RULFO: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=22039&p=353847 . The fee will be $10 a player. The field cap and structure will be determined based on interest. If you are interested in playing RULFO online, vote in the poll. Vote on every day on whic...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 2700

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

This text's prologue mentions a "war-duke" of Thrace named Lorikus, who becomes the foster father of a child born to a man named Munon and a daughter of King Priam named Troan. In its first section, a king gives a wandering woman as much land as four oxen can plow in a day, only for her to plow up ...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 2700

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

Difficulty is always a tricky thing. I think everyone in quizbowl wants the set to be only as hard as necessary. But sometimes I feel that it's necessary to stretch difficulty in the service of other goals. To bring up something that Olivia astutely pointed out -- the inclusion of women in quizbowl...
by justinfrench1728
Sun May 26, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: NASAT playtesting
Replies: 0
Views: 396

NASAT playtesting

We are looking for volunteers to playtest NASAT. If you are interested, message me on here or on discord with a list of the categories you are interested in playtesting. You can also email me at justinfrench1728@gmail.com. Note that for question security purposes playtesters must have graduated high...
by justinfrench1728
Mon May 20, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16902

Re: Player Poll 2019

Dropping the highest and lowest rank usually does a good job of making up for silly mistakes like forgetting Shan, although obviously this requires more votes.
by justinfrench1728
Thu May 16, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 5822

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

The first mirror of RULFO has been played: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5782/. I have requested a discussion forum. In the mean-time, anyone who has played the sets should feel free to pm me with questions or comments about specific tossups or the set in general. I have no idea if I screwed...
by justinfrench1728
Sun May 12, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 5822

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

The first mirror of RULFO has been played: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5782/.

I have requested a discussion forum. In the mean-time, anyone who has played the sets should feel free to pm me with questions or comments about specific tossups or the set in general.
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 2957

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

I have edited out all references to specific people in my posts and suggest that the other people in this discussion do the same at least until they actually speak to the people involved in running the tournament.
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 2957

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Suggesting that the stats Rama put up are in the same neighborhood of implausiblity as those Jakob cited is idiocy at best and intellectual dishonesty at worst. Yes, I agree that saying Rama cheated would be absurd, but nonetheless people did say he cheated, so I was using it as an example of why a...
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 2957

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Suggesting that the stats Rama put up are in the same neighborhood of implausiblity as those Jakob cited is idiocy at best and intellectual dishonesty at worst. Yes, I agree that saying ____ cheated would be absurd, but nonetheless people did say he cheated, so I was using it as an example of why a...
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 2957

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Yeah, I think winning ICT versus not even making top bracket at states is dramatically different. Also, did the Andy Watkins story emerge because people looked at the stats again, or did it emerge because NAQT found actual evidence that was a smoking gun?
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 2957

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Hitherto, I've kept things anonymous, but here I'll cite a specific example: _____. _____ is well known to have cheated on diverse occasions on discord readings, and lo and behold, further investigation has uncovered a highly statistically anomalous performance on _______. While there is no smoking...
by justinfrench1728
Wed May 08, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: ART NOUVEAU Sample Pack
Replies: 5
Views: 998

Re: ART NOUVEAU Sample Pack

Packets are the packets of packets.
by justinfrench1728
Tue May 07, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16902

Re: Player Poll 2019

Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 12:57 am
My sources lead me to believe that wolfram poh of Ucla 30d a bunch of science bonuses at nats And should be consideration for your science ballot so
can confirm that wolfram is very good at science
by justinfrench1728
Sun May 05, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 1385

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

fwiw i'm excited for a large amount of postmodern/contemporary poetry and I don't think the current quantity would require cuts too much deeper than what one would expect for this sort of tournament
by justinfrench1728
Sun May 05, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 1385

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

ivanilyich wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 5:17 am
2.5 Brit / 3 Anglo / 2.5 Euro / 2 World.
what is anglo?
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 03, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl at Cal State, Long Beach (8/10)
Replies: 20
Views: 2617

Re: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl at Cal State, Long Beach (Date TBD)

is this event in place of the usual norcal weekend of quiz bowl or is it a separate thing
by justinfrench1728
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 5822

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

I would very much like to play this at NASAT, if at all possible. I don't think NASAT typically has side side events, unless you're referring to a NASAT mirror other than the main site, in which case a mirror of RULFO would absolutely be possible assuming that the site requests it. There will be an...
by justinfrench1728
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 14879

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

I have no idea why we won the protest against Oklahoma, but what is ironic about the situation is that the protest actually ended up having a negative effect on our final standing. Since we had the PPG tiebreaker over both Michigan and Oklahoma, the protest only determined whether we would carry ove...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CamO 2019 available for mirrors
Replies: 2
Views: 874

Re: CamO 2019 available for mirrors

krollo wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:49 pm
(1/1) Other Anglosphere Literature (US-dominated)
(1/1) European Literature
(0.8/0.8) World/CL Literature
Will things like English-language Nigerian literature go under "Anglosphere" or "World"?

Also, will US literature not written in English be under Anglosphere?
by justinfrench1728
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36861

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

The problem with all-bracket entry tiebreakers is that they do significantly delay the tournament because there are far more tiebreaker situations to determine and read -- look no further back than PACE NSC 2018. Having played PACE NSC 2018, I did not notice any delays anywhere significant enough w...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36861

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

At the end of the round robin, only ties that concern entry into the top playoff tier will will be broken on a tiebreaker packet (Round 9); all other ties will be broken by PPG. This is a terrible decision. Why is the top bracket the only bracket worth playing a tiebreaker for? The difference betwe...
by justinfrench1728
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 44
Views: 10297

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

you appear to have mistakenly placed a mandatory "other history/other academic" question in the other science distribution : I would recommend amending this Agreed, "Any science" with one being mandated as "history science" feels like its going to be slotted into "other science," which is not what ...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 9
Views: 2289

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

I expect all questions to be shorter than 850 characters, or 7 lines of 10-point TNR 850 characters is still quite long— for comparison NASAT has a maximum of 900 characters. 24 tossups of 850 characters is about the length of 22 tossups of 900 characters, and 24 bonuses will take substantially lon...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 6920

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

A short anecdote: because of this discussion, I went back to look at some first-lines and I noticed in particular this lead-in for the "Volsunga saga": A poem about the “Lovers” of a character from this work appears in the third part of ​The Earthly Paradise​ by William Morris After a bit of researc...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DII Midseason Poll
Replies: 14
Views: 5214

Re: DII Midseason Poll

Attached is the reason why UCLA will not be attending ICT D2:
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by justinfrench1728
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36861

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

The thing your eyeball isn't taking into account is actual buzzes As has been brought up in other threads, tossup points are a bad way to measure team strength because they are incredibly field dependent, and they do not distinguish between teams past a certain skill level. Imagine if to distinguis...
by justinfrench1728
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 5822

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

Beside the online mirror, do you have any idea of where this will be hosted yet? e.g. which nationals events / summer opens this might be aiming for? We're looking for mirrors at summer side-event opens. Also, although the original post says "online playtest mirror," we are afraid that having an on...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5560

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

To go off that obviously rhetorical question, people like looking at advanced stats to see how players and teams from across the country compare. Having mirrors without advanced stats fucks with the point of having advanced stats in the first place. I don't know how it got in your head that the sol...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5560

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Justin, here's some unsolicited life advice: I get that you're upset that these 3 questions were not great. Ideally, every question would be great. But a difficulty miscalibration on 3 out of several hundred questions is not a socially acceptable reason to angrypost. You may think you're making som...
by justinfrench1728
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5560

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I'm looking at advanced stats for earlier mirrors of EFT and I'm seriously questioning why it was necessary to take them at all. The stats confirm unequivocally things that should have been obvious to the editors: T.S. Eliot was far too easy, the 1400s were far too fraudable, and Winterreise was far...
by justinfrench1728
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 5822

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

We are now 50% done with RULFO. Some notes: - The literature is double distributed. In addition to the geographical distribution in the announcement, we are also using a genre distribution. This is the overall literature distribution: 7 American long fiction 3.5 American short fiction 3.5 American d...
by justinfrench1728
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 5374

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

Smuttynose Island wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:55 pm
Directors such as Satyajit Ray are occassionally clued and asked about.
UlyssesInvictus wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:33 pm
Satyajit Ray IMO comes up more frequently than Krasznahorkai
AKKOLADE wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:14 am
I get 22 results for Satyajit Ray searching the DB there.
TIL there is only one Indian director.
by justinfrench1728
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 5374

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

Pascal Plays Poker wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:46 pm
obscure Hungarian movies like Satantango
Sátántangó is hardly obscure. Also, it has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
by justinfrench1728
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 70
Views: 18702

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

AKKOLADE wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:04 pm
We will continue to keep cost under control
AKKOLADE wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:04 pm
Teams travelling by air are advised that the closest airport is Lexington's Blue Grass Airport.
AKKOLADE wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:04 pm
The entry fee is $650 per team
2018 NASAT wrote: The entry fee is $600 per team
2017 NASAT wrote: The entry fee is $560 per team
:thinking:
by justinfrench1728
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5560

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

15. A man gives a thumbs up while inclining his head towards the viewer in this artist’s painting The Lunch, whose composition is similar to his Farmers’ Lunch. For 10 points each: [10] Name this Spanish artist of Las Meninas. ANSWER: Diego (Rodríguez de Silva y) Velázquez [10] The aforementioned g...
by justinfrench1728
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 5502

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

I don't think the bonus part on Things Fall Apart did a good job testing knowledge of Things Fall Apart. The way it was written, it was essentially "can you name these minor characters that show up in the first ten pages." Someone who carded the Sparknotes character list would have a better shot at ...
by justinfrench1728
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5560

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

While the set had a reasonable amount interesting content, the consensus at the UCLA site seemed to be that the questions were not particularly well written. First, a good deal of answerlines should not have been answerlines at this tournament. "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," "Wolf Hall," "Winterreise,"...
by justinfrench1728
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 EFT @ UCLA (December 1st, 2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 1535

Re: 2018 EFT @ UCLA (December 1st, 2018)

Current Field (7 teams):
UCSD (3 teams)
Caltech
The Ch_n(g)s
PCC
UCLA
by justinfrench1728
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 EFT @ UCLA (December 1st, 2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 1535

2018 EFT @ UCLA (December 1st, 2018)

UCLA is pleased to announce the SoCal mirror of EFT, to be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 . This tournament will be a mirror of the 2018 Early Fall Tournament. More information about the set can be found at http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=20808 . We are running this as an open...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 25219

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Even if all of these problems were always framed in terms of coins, coins still would be a pretty icky answerline for this tossup since there is nothing about these problems that is fundamental to coins. There's no interesting mathematical property of coins that makes them the object that must be us...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 7483

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

justinfrench1728 wrote: Symphony of Psalms and Chichester Psalms are by far the most famous works written on the Bible https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Matthew_Passion Okay yeah this is what I meant by blanking on something super famous. Regardless, the point still stands that the question seems tr...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 7483

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

The question on Psalms was transparent. Sure, people write music on other books of the bible or even other biblical "texts," but could you really write a tossup on those works at this level? Based on comments in the thread, most high schoolers don't even know that there is music written on other bib...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 14681

Re: High School Player Poll

I'm the best one in the game! If you try me with a sorry team like [some team we beat], that's the result you're gonna get! Don't you ever talk about me! Don't you open your mouth about the best or you know I'm gonna shut it for you real quick!
by justinfrench1728
Sun May 13, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSNCT-only predictions
Replies: 9
Views: 4823

Re: HSNCT-only predictions

Does buzzes per twenty tossups heard include negs? It seems like it does, but I can't think of what the use that stat would be for comparing teams if it can't distinguish between teams that score a lot and teams that neg a lot. Similarly, what's the advantage of using powers/buzz instead of powers/2...