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by Mike Bentley
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 20
Views: 2656

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

By the way, the Eyes mirror is free if that's what's holding anyone back from signing up.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 20
Views: 2656

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Nice hockey Cote d'Azur wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:08 pm
Will we be playing guerrilla history? I’d like to have that, preferably Saturday but if not then Sunday after acronym.
Agreed that my strong preference remains to play Guerilla on Saturday, even if it's late. If we get kicked out you can always ad-hoc postpone it to Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - Date Poll
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Re: Online Guerrilla History Mirror - Date Poll

Hrmm I don't think I'm able to change my vote but I forgot that May 18th probably won't work for me unless we're starting in the morning.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 15
Views: 1099

Re: CO Matchmaking

Now that we know when and where CO will be, the plebeians can start forming teams and writing packets. I'm looking for some teammates. I'm not good at anything, but can one-clue tossups on "Miss America." I write questions for a living so I'm comfortable writing a packet fast. I'll try not to pass ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 15
Views: 1099

Re: CO Matchmaking

I'm looking for teammates. Last year I had an unexpectedly good CO so I assume I will play poorly this year.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA
Replies: 7
Views: 5069

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

We're up to 54 registered teams with another 28 having started the process. Get your deposits in soon to guarantee your spot in the tournament!
by Mike Bentley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Summer 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 293

The World As It Is - Summer 2020

I'm pleased to announce The World As It Is, a tossup and bonus general-subject open tournament that covers topics from 1990 until the present day. The closest equivalent to this tournament is Modern World, although this tournament will hopefully avoid most of the aspects that people did not like abo...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2047

Re: Indulge me a moment...

I guess I'll say for those who want to play more regular difficulty tournaments as an open player and haven't given a Discord playtest tournament a shot before, you should really try it. This is a great trend that I hope continues.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 20
Views: 2656

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Mike, you're right that I should have been more prompt in figuring this out -- basically, as someone who doesn't check the forums too often, I wasn't aware that these events existed until Tejas sent me messages about them. I also took too long to publicly announce that Sunday events were a possibil...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 20
Views: 2656

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Some of you have asked about side events. Thanks for your patience -- I'm sorry I didn't get back to you earlier! Here are my thoughts. There is some interest in the following events: ACRONYM, SHAWARMA, and Guerrilla History. We are considering hosting these on Sunday. (Eyes would be on Saturday at...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Listening to Quizbowl Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Listening to Quizbowl Questions

Although human readers are nice, I've found that today's text-to-speech technology is good enough for this purpose. I listened to a lot of this year's ACF Regionals in this fashion (here's an example packet: http://www.doc-ent.com/mike2/podcast/ACF%20Regionals%20M_Full.mp3). I've found that a good t...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!
Replies: 6
Views: 876

Re: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!

Congrats to both winners! Kelly was before my time, but I've known Rob for years. Playing tournaments Rob's edited is always a delight. He has a special knack for creating enjoyable to hear questions--think of the many action packets, CO trash tournaments, and NSC All-Star games he's worked on. It's...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Terrapin Open Discord mirror (2/23/19) [REGISTRATION CLOSED]
Replies: 15
Views: 3517

Re: 2019 Terrapin Open Discord mirror (2/23/19) [REGISTRATION CLOSED]

a bird wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:30 pm
We're going to be reading some of the remaining packets in Discord tonight, starting around 7:00 pm EST. Message me or Ophir if you need more details.
Are you just reading them on the same server?
by Mike Bentley
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 20
Views: 2656

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Any chance for a mirror of the Guerilla History tournament after the main event on Saturday?
by Mike Bentley
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Sponsoring an NSC Round
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Sponsoring an NSC Round

Cheynem wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:17 pm
Are people affiliated with PACE eligible to sponsor?
That's a good question. We'll evaluate that on a case-by-case basis.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Sponsoring an NSC Round
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Sponsoring an NSC Round

PACE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to promoting high school quizbowl. Each year PACE runs a prominent national championship tournament, hosts online resources like hsquizbowl.org, provides funds for quizbowl outreach, offers quizbowl scholarships and more. We rely on community support from peo...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 15
Views: 3929

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

Actually I think I will be at ICT after all. Looking for a teammate for this, especially someone who knows more recent videogames and/or RPGs.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eyes X - December 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 1675

Re: Eyes X - December 2018

There's not a discussion forum for this but I can create one if there's interest. You can also e-mail me your feedback.

I'll probably keep the set available for mirrors throughout the spring.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open?
Replies: 0
Views: 1079

2019 Chicago Open?

I searched and couldn't find the announcement for this tournament. Has anyone stepped up to edit it yet this year? Is Chicago going to be able to host it?
by Mike Bentley
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA
Replies: 7
Views: 5069

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

Wildcard bids are now open for teams who have not qualified through qualifier tournaments. To submit a wildcard bid, email PACE’s Wild Card Coordinator, Ian Drayer, at wildcard@pace-nsc.org with the following: team name, contact information, and a summary of the team’s accomplishments throughout th...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 15
Views: 3929

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

Any plans for an online mirror? Not sure I'll be able to make it to ICT.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 201x)
Replies: 11
Views: 4962

Re: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 201x)

ErikC wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:06 am
This was a great set - anyone with a passing interest in architecture should play this.
Oh yeah, forgot to mention that this tournament was really fun. Thanks to Aidan for writing it and reading it on Discord. You should play it in practice if you haven't already.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 201x)
Replies: 11
Views: 4962

Re: Angels in the Architecture 2: Build it Bigger (Summer 201x)

Oliver edged out Natan and me to win. Username 10 -5 Total Oliver Clarke 28 7 245 Natan Holtzman 29 13 225 Mike Bentley 30 17 215 Derek 15 3 135 Rahul Rao 5 50 Erik Christensen 7 7 35 ryu 4 1 35 Hidehiro Anto 4 2 30 Jeremy Tsai 3 1 25 Alex Schmidt 1 10 Max Wallace 1 10 Hu Ham 1 10 Eric Mukherjee 1 1...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials
Replies: 7
Views: 1204

Re: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials

You might want to take a look at my list of books and other resources If you're looking for an actual book, Thanks for the response! I have troved through that list at various times, including at 3 AM at one point. It is ridiculously valuable. As for a book I'm not so much interested in that. Smart...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Pacific Northwest Packet - 12/26/18 - 9 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1942

Re: 2018 Pacific Northwest Packet - 12/26/18 - 9 PM

Itamar won. I've posted this packet and the previous two here: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/questionsets/2258/
by Mike Bentley
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 88
Views: 22298

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Muriel Axon wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:33 pm
Sorry everyone! We've decided on March 30 and I just have to put up the announcement (Internet access currently spotty). Thanks for your patience.
Do you envision there being any Sunday events?
by Mike Bentley
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 5406

Re: Guerilla History Event (December)

When is the latest estimate fot when this tournament would run?
by Mike Bentley
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Pacific Northwest Packet - 12/26/18 - 9 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1942

Re: 2018 Pacific Northwest Packet - 12/26/18 - 9 PM

PavanV wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Great, I will definitely be there! Is this is on the main server or is it somewhere else?
It will be in the #packets channel on the main server.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Pacific Northwest Packet - 12/26/18 - 9 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1942

Re: 2018 Pacific Northwest Packet Date Poll

This will be held on Wednesday, December 26th at 9 PM eastern time on Discord.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1987

Re: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18

I've posted this packet and the ones from the previous two years here: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/questionsets/2255/

Jason won the Discord reading. I've attached the full set of scores.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1987

Re: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18

Will be starting in about 90 minutes.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Pacific Northwest Packet - 12/26/18 - 9 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1942

2018 Pacific Northwest Packet - 12/26/18 - 9 PM

I'm finally getting around to editing the third packet on things at least somewhat related to the Pacific Northwest (the packet is called A Bevy of Boodlers). I've edited out most of the local stuff so that it will be accessible to those who have never been to the region (although there are a couple...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1987

Re: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18

Reminder that this is on Wednesday.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: 2018 EFT Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 2522

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Perhaps there is an effect similar to bathos when a bonus prompt prattles on about hard clues before dropping something very easy, and perhaps it is worth avoiding the potential frustration or ridiculousness that such a construction could cause players to feel. That said, the example offered seems ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open Penn Bowl Mirror @ University of Washington - 12/1/18
Replies: 5
Views: 2481

Re: Open Penn Bowl Mirror @ University of Washington - 12/1/18

Oh and here are stats from Eyes:

Itamar: 240 - 7/22/17
PC: 165 - 8/8/7
Daniel: 105 - 7/8/16
Chris: 105 - 5/6/6
Alejandro: 45 - 2/8/13
Sally: 10 - 3/1/9
Shine: 5 - 0/1/1
Alex: 0 - 6/2/22
Ajay: -15 - 0/0/3
Jefferson: -20 - 0/0/4
Vikshar: -60 - 0/1/14
by Mike Bentley
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open Penn Bowl Mirror @ University of Washington - 12/1/18
Replies: 5
Views: 2481

Re: Open Penn Bowl Mirror @ University of Washington - 12/1/18

Itamar went 8-1 to clear the field at this tournament. Full stats will be posted in a day or two.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1987

Re: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18

This will take place on 12/12/18 at 9 PM EST on Discord.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1987

Re: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - Date Poll

Looks like there will be around 40 tossups and then some number (at least 20, possibly 40) speedcheck questions on stuff that was too dumb or too hard to turn into real tossups. I'll work on some sort of format and scoring rules once I finalize the packet.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18
Replies: 6
Views: 1987

New Tricks Your TV Can Do - VG Packet - 12/12/18

I'm working on another videogame packet (called New Tricks Your TV Can Do) similar to the ones I produced for the last two Festivus packet readings. I'm not going to tie it into Festivus this year, so if you're interested in playing it as a shootout on the Discord please fill out the poll. Like the ...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eyes X Online Playtest - 11/24/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

Re: Eyes X Online Playtest - 11/24/18

Apologies, I'm going to have to postpone this. It will most likely be on a weekday more into December. More details TBA.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eyes X Online Playtest - 11/24/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

Re: Eyes X Online Playtest

In the original thread, you mentioned potentially hosting a playtest mirror in December, but it looks like the only poll dates are in late November. Just to clarify, is this the only playtest mirror you plan on hosting? Thanks for running/making this! I'm really excited to play again. (I can't beli...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 3185

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

If you like Hardcore History, check out History on Fire. Mike Duncan's podcasts (History of Rome and Revolutions) are also pretty good. A lot of the stories he tells will pop up in quiz bowl questions. History of India, The Civil War (1861-186): A History Podcast, and The History of China are also ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eyes X Online Playtest - 11/24/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

Eyes X Online Playtest - 11/24/18

There will be an online playtest of Eyes That Do Not See X on Saturday, November 24th at 3 PM EST. To sign up, shoot me an e-mail at bentley.michael.j@gmail.com. There will be a limit of 10 players. It will be played as a shootout. There is no cost to play. The tournament will probably be played ove...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 3185

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

There's another thread on this here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=18171&hilit=podcast I'll note that in general podcasts are less information dense than things like audiobooks. The downside is that you often have to pay for these, but you should check if your library has access t...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eyes X - December 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 1675

Re: Eyes X - December 2018

The set is now done and is available for mirrors.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA
Replies: 7
Views: 5069

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

We're having some difficulties with our e-mail server at the moment. If you get a bounced e-mail sent to an @pace-nsc.org address, you can send your question to me at mbentleypace@gmail.com and I'll make sure it gets to the right person. I hope to get this issue resolved soon. Will post an update w...