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by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 26370

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

jonah wrote:Monday Begins on Saturday, and Sunday Comes Afterwards
I approve of this team name.

I don't suppose anyone has any plans to mirror CO, say, maybe in the greater NYC area? You know, for those of us (me) who got rekt by the airlines.
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21347

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Hi friends! I wrote and edited all of the jazz and computer science in this set (with the exception of a guest submission from Ike). This was my first time doing this much work at this high of a level, so I'm looking forward to hearing about what people thought- always feel free to PM/DM me in addi...
by grapesmoker
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 26370

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

dang it someone play this tournament with me

grapesmoker at gmail dot com
by grapesmoker
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 8154

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

Also it's hard for me to have this much sympathy for ACF when most of what you're doing is taking questions that teams wrote and repurposing them. This is one of the most remarkably ignorant things ever posted on this forum. /awakens from slumber It's not merely ignorant; it's downright disrespectf...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 26370

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

wcheng wrote:Jonathan Magin and I have formed a team and are looking for two more players to join us. A science player would be greatly appreciated!
sup
by grapesmoker
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 4336

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

I would like somebody who was on the Berkeley team in the early to mid 2000's, when it was organized along the lines of the Roman Republic with Consuls and Praetors and such, to come post in this thread. Apparently I have been summoned in my official capacity as An Old. This organizational structur...
by grapesmoker
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 11745

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I'm curious about the motivation behind answer lines like "photography books by Robert Frank" and "essays by George Orwell" -- especially the latter, since Robert Frank hasn't really done much else, as far as I know. Why not just "Robert Frank" or "George Orwell"? Having answered both these questio...
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 11745

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

For whatever my old man thoughts are worth... Yeah, this set was hard. Was it some crime against quizbowl? Nah. It's not the CO I most cherish, but I appreciate that Ike had the opportunity to put his vision into practice. I thought that there was a lot in this tournament that was neat and interesti...
by grapesmoker
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Naveed Bork Memorial Tournament
Replies: 34
Views: 12904

Re: Naveed Bork Memorial Tournament

Hey, is it too late to get in on this?

edit: ah, nevermind, can a mod delete this please
by grapesmoker
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)
Replies: 35
Views: 10760

Re: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)

This is still happening at Hamilton, right?
by grapesmoker
Mon May 29, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 15971

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

Unfortunately I can't actually make this event. Sorry to be missing it.
by grapesmoker
Tue May 09, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 15971

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

I'm tentatively interested.
by grapesmoker
Tue May 02, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Let's say it is free-riding (I'm not convinced but let's suppose for the sake of argument). What then? Is it inherently a terrible situation? It doesn't seem to me like quizbowl is in dire straits because of it, so even if NAQT is free-riding somehow, what does this entail and why should we be conce...
by grapesmoker
Tue May 02, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

A number of people in this thread have said a thing that I don't think is correct, which is that NAQT questions are somehow sufficiently different from normal circuit questions that not having them to practice on constitutes a disadvantage. In fact, NAQT's questions are more or less the same as othe...
by grapesmoker
Mon May 01, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Ok, putting my ACF member hat on, here are two things: My team was threatened with sanctions from ACF! ACF's structure is pretty amorphous and allows a wide latitude for discretion to the head editor, but just to be clear, no single individual has the authority to speak on behalf of ACF in this mann...
by grapesmoker
Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals survey
Replies: 3
Views: 1265

Re: ACF Nationals survey

Ok, at this point, everyone who attended either Nationals or Regionals should have received an email with the survey link. We'll be taking responses for another week (that is, until Friday, May 5th), at which point I won't close the survey but I'll probably stop checking it every day, and ACF will s...
by grapesmoker
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 16739

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

At 20 packets, this year's Nationals set was shorter than the past several. I'm curious as to the reasoning behind writing a shorter set and I'm interested in opinions as to whether Nationals sets should contain closer to 20 or 25 packets. This is part of the survey I put out; so far it seems most ...
by grapesmoker
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 4964

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

While maybe it's not a good idea to dramatically increase difficulty in finals packets, I think it's wrong to say that teams don't expect that to happen. Finals packets are hard, you know they're hard, you know playing in the finals is going to be difficult and you'll be up against a tough opponent....
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals survey
Replies: 3
Views: 1265

Re: ACF Nationals survey

If you came to Nationals, you just received an email asking you to fill out a survey. If you didn't come to Nationals but could potentially have (i.e. you played Regionals but either didn't qualify or turned down your bid), we'd appreciate it if you also filled it out. It shouldn't take you more th...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals survey
Replies: 3
Views: 1265

ACF Nationals survey

If you came to Nationals, you just received an email asking you to fill out a survey. If you didn't come to Nationals but could potentially have (i.e. you played Regionals but either didn't qualify or turned down your bid), we'd appreciate it if you also filled it out. It shouldn't take you more tha...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Nationalities of Title Winners
Replies: 8
Views: 4325

Re: Nationalities of Title Winners

2010 winner with Stanford Kristiaan de Greve is Belgian, I believe.
by grapesmoker
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 26134

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

In what has become an annual tradition, I'm happy to post videos of a few games, including the final. Unfortunately this year I wasn't able to get as many as I usually am, but hopefully people will still enjoy these. Thanks to Dylan Minarik for acting as official ACF videographer while I was reading...
by grapesmoker
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 4275

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

But seriously, I don't think one additional game over two days is a huge ask. If a lot of people think this truly a terrible imposition, we can revisit this question, but given that most teams were pretty happy to play these games, that doesn't seem super unreasonable to me.
by grapesmoker
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 4275

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

Cheynem wrote:Am I parsing Jerry correctly to note he never gets tired? I guess that's why he's sadistic.
MORBO HAS NO USE FOR YOUR CONCEPT OF FATIGUE
by grapesmoker
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 CO Trash general discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3809

Re: 2016 CO Trash general discussion

hi this tournament was very good kthx
by grapesmoker
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 16739

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

Aaron Manby (ironmaster) wrote:What are the roadblocks with ACF Nationals moving to a hotel?
the fact that we're not made of money
by grapesmoker
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 4275

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

I'm not sure anyone is upset about more quizbowl. We didn't have to break these ties, but since we already had ties we did have to break, there was no additional time needed to run these games. Quiz bowl is always better than the lack thereof. What has gotten into your head, Mr. Reed? Have you ever...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 3721

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

I mean that ICT has more schools, total. So if one school fails to bring buzzers, there are still more schools that might do so. And in fact we did end up relying on a smaller proportion of teams to bring a larger number of buzzers, so when those teams didn't bring them we were much more vulnerable....
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 3721

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

In that case, I think it would make more sense for ACF to just figure out why NAQT doesn't have the same issue with teams not bringing buzzers to nationals. That seems much easier than coming up with complex schemes about buying/storing thousands of dollars' worth of buzzers and then funding those ...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 16739

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

We were constrained by the number of teams that wanted to come (and the number of packets). We had a 3-stage format for 42 teams. As the field dropped to 40 teams, I drew up a 2-stage limited single-bye schedule for the tournament. (A format I will write up at some point.) Is there any thing in par...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 3721

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

I'm not suggesting this as the only plan of action for solving the buzzer dilemma, but perhaps a section of the site selection process could be devoted to buzzers. Just add a section to the bid form asking "how many house buzzers do you have?" and "are there local high schools with whom you share a...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 16739

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I was a little confused by the scheduling. Barring travel mishaps that aren't the fault of any team or ACF, the total number of teams seemed an odd choice. Was the tournament constrained by the rooms available? Originally, we had a schedule worked out for a 42 team field, which is what we thought w...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 16739

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

As a spectator, I really enjoyed the tossup on "venture capital" firms, which I thought was testing just the right kind of mix of historical and contemporary knowledge. Good job, whoever wrote that.
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: looking for these sets in docx
Replies: 3
Views: 1654

Re: looking for these sets in docx

Cody wrote:
grapesmoker wrote:2014 PADAWAN
2015 Claude Shannon
2015 VCU Open
The first two are only available in LaTeX. I can probably generate a docx of 2015 VCU Open soon-ish.
Actually, you can just send me the LaTeX; I strip out all the doc stuff anyway in processing.
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: looking for these sets in docx
Replies: 3
Views: 1654

Re: looking for these sets in docx

Continuing my search for packets in Word format:

2014 PADAWAN
2015 Claude Shannon
2015 CO visual arts
2015 Feynman's BONGOS
2015 RILKE
2015 SHEIKH
2015 VCU Open
2014 VCU Open
2014 College History Bowl
2014 Modern World

Send 'em if you got 'em.
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 4275

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

Hey, so I don't want to clog up the ACF Nationals discussion thread with this discussion, but I figured people might want to air some opinions on tiebreaker games. It does seem excessive to me that 9th (!) place was decided via tiebreaker, especially given that last year 4th place was left unbroken...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 3721

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

Apologies in advance for this idea sounding perhaps a bit unorthodox, but what prevents an event like ACF Nats, ICT, etc. from getting a rep from ZeeCraft or Electramatic (or wherever) to attend? That is, could a buzzer manufacturer attend said event with buzzers in-hand for the purposes of renting...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 3721

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

If ACF owned buzzers where would they be stored and who would take care of them. This is a serious question. ACF has much less turnover and institutional buildout than NAQT or NHBB. There's not a Dave Madden or R. Hentzel type figure who will always be there; the closest ACF ever had to such a Heim...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 3721

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

If ACF owned buzzers where would they be stored and who would take care of them. This is a serious question. ACF has much less turnover and institutional buildout than NAQT or NHBB. There's not a Dave Madden or R. Hentzel type figure who will always be there; the closest ACF ever had to such a Heim...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 3721

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

This situation seems like a bunch of teams fucked up and not on ACF or whatever. With responsible teams ACF buying like 10 buzzer sets seems wasteful... Furthermore, it's clear that there are enough buzzers out there (even locally) between official organizations (NAQT, PACE, NHBB, but NHBB was conf...
by grapesmoker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 3721

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

I'm not sure if we'll do this for Fall or Regionals (ok, I'm guessing almost certainly not for Fall) but for Nationals this idea is very much in play. We're definitely going to consider fining teams that say they will bring buzzers and don't. edit: I would formulate this as "If you have buzzers you ...
by grapesmoker
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 16739

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I too would like to offer my congratulations to Maryland, and of course especially to Jordan, who was electrifying over the course of the last two days, putting in an all-time great Nationals performance. And congratulations should go out to Michigan, who fought back from a tough loss to force the f...
by grapesmoker
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 16118

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Granny Soberer wrote:
grapesmoker wrote:
AKKOLADE wrote:if only acf hadn't fired brad's wife
we what

brad sent us cookies
this is one of those internet may-mays the youths like
the who

a what
by grapesmoker
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 16118

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

AKKOLADE wrote:if only acf hadn't fired brad's wife
we what

brad sent us cookies
by grapesmoker
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 16118

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Aaron's Rod wrote:what does the cracker barrel have to say about the buzzer situation at nats
it's bad
by grapesmoker
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: State of QB Databases, 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 2175

Re: State of QB Databases, 2017

I've recently updated QBDB; it's even got an API, which if you want, you can scrape (email for details). I'm not going to claim completeness, but I have ~10k tossups parsed into question/answer format and something like ~25k bonus parts, likewise parsed. I'm going to be updating this on a regular ba...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

I think we can all honestly say that anyone sending packets to people who are going to play a tournament on those packets is awful and deserves to be ratted out. Right, I'm ok with that. My problem is more like having people rat out individual college players who got hold of an ICT they shouldn't h...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

I'm not a fan of people acting as vigilante enforcers; as this thread's genesis indicates, turning this into an interpersonal issue is a recipe for having people fight each other. I think this is something that needs to be handled on an institutional level, and while I do encourage everyone to respe...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

I don't think that NAQT's decision to fence off their packets is a great one (by my lights they should just price all of this into the tournament entry fees and give the packets away) but at the same time, it's theirs to make and we should respect it. ICT is just one tournament; there are literally ...
by grapesmoker
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: upgrading server
Replies: 8
Views: 3680

Re: upgrading server

dnlwng wrote:Could you update this thread when you fix the sign-up/email verification system for qems2?
Thanks for doing this, it's been a really really helpful tool.
Could you help me by filing a Github issue detailing the exact problem? Thanks.