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by Sima Guang Hater
Mon May 06, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Triton Pre-Nats @ UCSD (5/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Re: Triton Pre-Nats @ UCSD (5/18)

Why is an open tournament being run on a novice-oriented set? It's a college-level novice set that's entirely appropriate for an HSNCT-level field, targeted at the 4-5 teams worth of national-qualified players from this area for whom it is appropriate. Also this same team ran a large, successful to...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 4722

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

TheScientists wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:37 pm
Due to time constraints - we will be using older, obscure packets for the WC and finals game in order to not cause further delay.
Due to this - we will not upload any packets publicly.
Thank you for understanding!
Sounds like you need a bailout.
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 13060

Re: Player Poll 2019

Jaimie Carlson should be on your literature poll
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?
Replies: 7
Views: 2024

Re: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?

I guess the meta-question I have is - what kind of stats distribution do you want to see at nats? Having been privy to a lot of conversations among non-championship flight players and teams at this years nationals, there is at least a significant plurality that thinks that a finals that ends with ne...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Summer Wrangling
Replies: 13
Views: 2542

Re: Side Event Summer Wrangling

Also worth mentioning that I'm happy to run Lederberg as a shootout at NSC and HSNCT
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 9
Views: 3003

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Bump. Is this still happening?
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 53
Views: 12089

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I'd like to echo James and thank the players, staff, my fellow writers, and NAQT for making this tournament possible. I hope that people enjoyed it. Two orders of business: 1. I have much more to say about the philosophy of this tournament when I'm not tired, and I eagerly await everyone's feedback,...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 53
Views: 12089

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Hey everyone, with five days left before the tournament, here's some updates and additional requests. 1. We have 226/240 questions edited for this set, and are well on pace to finish 2. We have 10 teams signed up, and enough free agents to cover two more teams. Please form two more teams ASAP. 3. Ja...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 2991

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

Obviously you can do and eat whatever you want, but it's just kind of uncomfortable to hear about a (relatively) uninvolved person ironically celebrating the theft of one of my (and my teammates') potential peak life experiences. I don't think a yearly Two Minutes Hate is especially productive, nor...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 2991

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

I feel like at this point it's probably not worth pursuing. At worst, I think you come off as a vindictive crank to someone who doesn't understand the full implications. At best, I don't think it will actually lead to anything. What I will say, though, is that I think compared to other "cheating" t...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 2991

Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

In 2013, we discovered that Andy Watkins is human scum who cheated 3 ICTs worth of people out of a fair contest , including his own teammates. Worse than any other cheater before or after him (Baselius, Cam, Amit Bilgi, Steven Hines, Josh Alman, Scott Putzig, and Joe Brosch), Andy was uniquely one o...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 53
Views: 12089

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Hey everyone, a couple announcements. 1. This set is on track to be finished for ICT. It is over 75% written as of right now. 2. I would like to have an online mirror of this tournament after HSNCT. However, I will probably be unable to host it, because I'll be finishing up my program and moving aro...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 7258

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Because there were 14 teams for 15 packets, our team was denied the chance to play for a place in the final (we were x-2 along with Kim et al). Ideally this kind of thing would not happen.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 6
Views: 1862

Re: 5th of March Incident

As I remember it, I got an FB messenger from Dave Madden around 2PM (it was a Thursday) while I was doing labwork (either running a gel or collecting colonies). Originally I thought that I'd kick in a few questions and call it a day, then realized that he was in way worse shape than I realized. The ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 5502

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

Obviously, buzzer races in the first sentence aren't desirable and are, in fact, bad - probably worse than dead clues. But if less than 1% of the field are buzzing on the first line of the vast majority of questions, are we just wasting everyone's time? Fred's asked an excellent question here. As a...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 53
Views: 12089

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

For 12 teams, I would suggest a prelims of 6/6 to a crossover (split each bracket into top 3 and bottom 3, carry over 2 prelim games for every team). This takes the same number of rounds as splitting 4/4/4 but it keeps 50% of the field in contention instead of 33% and reduces variance in placement ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 53
Views: 12089

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Hey everybody, more updates. I would ideally like to have either 8 or 12 teams (8 would make a 7 game round robin and final, with an extra packet for play-in; 12 could be run in prelims of 6/6, then playoffs of 4/4/4, then two packets left for finals). Otherwise we would have to either have byes (wi...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Terrapin Open Discord mirror (2/23/19) [REGISTRATION CLOSED]
Replies: 15
Views: 4304

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

Hey, super last minute, but my schedule shifted literally this morning. If there's space for me on anyone's team, I'd be happy to join.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 53
Views: 12089

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Cody wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:49 pm
Since it's around the time people start booking flights (including me), is there a potential start time that we should plan for?
Sorry for the delay. Lets target 630PM as a start time. I would recommend ordering food during the tournament as well.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 8403

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I'd like to thank the playtesters for their helpful suggestions, Billy Busse for some help with the chem, and Will N. and Graham Reid for stepping in to finish a handful of questions when I was on call at the hospital. Please feel free to make any comments on the bio and chem. In general, I tried to...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 53
Views: 12089

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

To echo what Rob said, would you be okay with running this Friday night? There are several reasons that might work out for the best. At some past ICTs I've been busy with tournament setup work until pretty late in the evening on Friday, so if GOLBEZ ran on Friday night I'm not 100% sure when I'd be...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 53
Views: 12089

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

As Seth, Rob, and others have posted, I certainly think it's possible that both events will be able to run comfortably over the course of ICT weekend. How many packets/rounds do you think Lederberg will end up having? Hey Jason, thanks for being accommodating about this. It's currently 10 rounds of...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 53
Views: 12089

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

So production on this tournament is proceeding well - unfortunately I've noticed that Jason has claimed ICT for his video game set, and I have neglected to be proactive about picking a date. I'm open to suggestions - would people consider playing this at CO? Is there enough space at ICT for both eve...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately
Replies: 7
Views: 3554

Re: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately

Eric, are you perhaps explaining why you thought it was okay to distribute someone else's tournament? I apologized for that already, and if I knew it was going to come up repeatedly I certainly wouldn't have sent Chicago Open to two groups of people I'm writing tournaments with for criticism and il...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately
Replies: 7
Views: 3554

Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately

There's no reason that a question set, in the form it was played, can't be immediately disseminated to those who played it. If you want to take a few extra days to clean up spelling and grammar before sending it off to the archive, that's great and should be encouraged. But given how quickly memory ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 7334

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues. I'm in agreement. This thread, and the recent revival of the Quizbowl and Mental Health thread could have benefited b...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 7334

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

Well. Lots to unpack here. The real question isn't when questions "belong" to a set, it's when sabotage is acceptable. I agree with Rein that, to an extent, you have a right to withhold further labor if you feel alienated. I don't think you have a right to pull the set *backwards* because of that, w...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chill the fuck out about getting copies of sets
Replies: 2
Views: 2625

Re: Chill the fuck out about getting copies of sets

Regardless of my opinions on everything else, I shouldn't have sent out the set without your approval - it is yours, after all. That was a mistake on my part and I apologize.
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 David Riley Players & Coaches Conference
Replies: 9
Views: 4875

Re: 2018 David Riley Players & Coaches Conference

Small correction on my part: Ellie Warner (Cambridge) and Tamara Vardomskaya (Chicago B) were also in the top bracket.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 30, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 53958

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

I'm tracking the boycotts in a spreadsheet here, to show what percent of the 2018 ICT field is boycotting: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cx2xRfNFtAllrd4agjlC3FY7CJhGPM7ehkVFG4bArLo/edit?usp=sharing I will add a column for individuals later. I'm really quite exhausted by everything that's h...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 30, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 53958

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

On what date was the written grievance submitted? Or did I miss that in this thread?
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 30, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 53958

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

I don't exactly have the power of the purse anymore, but I can say this: -I wrote about 300$ of questions for NAQT in the past week, kicked in some well-received questions for HSNCT, and I advise a lot of science writers (who are at a premium, lest you forget). I cannot in good conscience continue t...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 16, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 13415

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

For a variety of reasons, I’m not going to go into details about the following here, but I have somewhat of a personal stake in this issue. Nothing comparable to the trauma the victims of those alluded to above ever happened to me, but I was indeed a victim of abuse of power within a sexual context...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri May 11, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Staying Motivated over the Summer
Replies: 3
Views: 2328

Re: Staying Motivated over the Summer

Summer practices over Skype are also a great way to stay motivated and interested.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue May 08, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Tennessee 2017-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 6530

Re: Tennessee 2017-2018

If anyone near Nashville needs an assistant coach or occasional moderator/volunteer of some kind starting in mid-2019, please get in contact with me
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 02, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

2. On the other hand, you could also argue that this is an unwieldy exercise--that really any lines of the Macbeth thing would be correct and even some description like "Macbeth's soliloquy after hearing of his wife's death" is also correct. There are also arguably a fair number of answers for the ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MSTP (Summer 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 2886

Re: MSTP (Summer 2018)

This is still happening (I have all the answers picked out) but will probably be postponed to 2019, after Lederberg 3
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I think the fact that some publishers choose to reprint facsimiles of that etching on modern book covers in no way changes that the question was about a specific work of art that served a different purpose - I don't think "the cover to La Mer " would be an acceptable answerline for The Great Wave o...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Man this is that kind of thread, huh. I dont' really want to litigate that CS tossup (I know which one you're talking about, and I'm pretty sure I know the moderator you're talking about) - I was offering my opinion on why I'd take that answer. I actually have read papers about that problem as well ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I forgot to say this earlier. I thought the social science in this set was really excellent and incorporated lots of things that social scientists actually do/care about, particularly methods (that surveys question, the Supreme court question, and the bonus part on Cohen's kappa stuck out to me as g...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In general, I thought this tournament hit its marks very well. In particular, I want to praise the fact that there were not that many dead tossups in our games, and on top of that the tossups that did go dead were largely on reasonable answerlines that we probably should have known anyway. Especiall...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 5563

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

This is kind of where I have misgivings. Harassing someone personally over a quizbowl debate should be unacceptable whether it's on the forums, or via PM, or out of the blue on Messenger. Since we agree that it hurts the community to act that way, what's the recourse here, especially if it's a repe...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 5563

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

Despite clearly being one of the people called out, I support this post. If you actually have a problem with me, my posting style, or really anything else, you're welcome to message me in private instead of intentionally rankling me in discussion forums.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I'd've supported a post about that was simply about ambiguity or confusion ("a small mistake"), but I am being confrontational about it because you rarely get pushback when you post a cliche Mukherjee criticism of a science question (here, that would be "I was negged/didn't get it, so the question ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

You do not have to explain the entire context of every scientific theorem in order to have a clue that isn't "outright wrong". Yes, you don't have to list the entire context of every single theorem or result - I don't have to say "Assuming the laws of physics don't change over time", "Assuming the ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

You may consider adding something about spherical symmetry to the Birkhoff's theorem clue in that tossup on flatness, because as it stands that clue is ambiguous or outright wrong. It is not outright wrong, and you know it. Birkhoff’s theorem states that the vacuum solution of the Einstein field eq...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

2. If you spotted any additional factual errors, or (as a moderator) any egregious typographical errors, please let me know. You may consider adding something about spherical symmetry to the Birkhoff's theorem clue in that tossup on flatness, because as it stands that clue is ambiguous or outright ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 23933

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

I have my opinions I don't care to get into. I'd ask that you don't forget I'm still the best science player ever and my performance against Yale in the 2nd place game cemented that pretty well.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 33656

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

1. Is there a reason the situs inversus bonus didn't accept "midline" for the second part or "Kartagener syndrome" for the third (unless they were mentioned in the question and I didn't hear it)? Not that it matters a ton, but we 30'd, like, 3 bonuses all tournament and I want my STEP studying to p...