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by gyre and gimble
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 4104

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

As the years go by I find myself more and more weirded out by the idea of continuing to take this level of self-righteous glee in what was ultimately a really shitty series of events. In particular, And because of Andy's insane knowledge of Thailand, I personally will be celebrating by eating Thai ...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 13605

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

There seems to be a significant amount of interest for this and a few Penn people have said they would run it, I'll post in this thread if/when we confirm a date. Would love an online mirror. Personal request is, if at all possible, for a date to be determined before this Saturday, so I can decide ...
by gyre and gimble
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6115

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I thought that the set was pretty solid overall. Some questions dropped clues too early, but I'm sure the writers are already aware of those instances because people invariably complain in-game. The literature in general was much more stingily powermarked than the rest of the set (I thought science ...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cheyne movie set online mirror--August 19th
Replies: 13
Views: 4096

Re: Cheyne movie set online mirror--August 19th

Sorry to do this last-minute, but some work stuff came up and I have to drop from this event.
by gyre and gimble
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 9175

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

Now, the situation has reversed. I think the best regular-difficulty tournament (Terrapin 2016) and the best hard tournaments (stanford housewrite, TTIAC) have been housewrites. (It seems like many others agree with this general assessment.) And I think that these are on the whole better than the f...
by gyre and gimble
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6775

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I should have pointed out the specific thing that jumped out at me: the top Met museum exhibit on Old Masters painting (in fact, most of the exhibitions listed) got far fewer visits than its Chinese art show. Ah, I see. For what it's worth, I agree that we should be writing more questions on Han an...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6775

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

The same goes for floor space at museums. Having been to many, many art museums I can say with confidence that the concentration of museumgoers gravitates heavily toward western art. It doesn’t mean much for a museum to have half its floor space devoted to Asian or African art if that floor space i...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 9850

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

OU's course offerings aren't necessarily universal; my own university's nonwestern art history course offerings are, for the next two semesters, roughly 1/3 of the total (there's no reason why this should be the standard any more than an Oklahoma-based level of representation should, but this shoul...
by gyre and gimble
Wed May 23, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 49268

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Since the field's expanded, I'll tentatively express interest. My case schedule keeps getting moved around but theoretically I am free for CO weekend.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 36973

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I don't see how this is different from a tossup on "All the world's a stage" or "To be or not to be" or "Now is the winter of our discontent." Would you give 10 points for someone who says "the sleep-perchance-to-dream speech" or "the sea-of-troubles speech"? I wouldn't, and I don't think that's st...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 36973

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

A simlar thing could have happened in the Macbeth "tomorrow" soliloquy tossup, I buzzed and babbled a couple of lines from it, one of which was fortunately the "tomorrow" line. But what would have happened had I just said "tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury," and then protested when negg...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 36973

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In my earlier post in this thread, I accidentally spoiled some questions from the unread editors' packets that are being saved for next year. Perhaps it's hubris to think many people actually read my post, but in theory the milk has been spilt. So, here are the text of the questions, which are not a...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 25691

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Ryan, your chart is a very interesting way to organize this discussion and I think it’s largely correct. I do think that it overranks Isaac (sorry Isaac) for his NAQT ability, at the expense of players like Kenji and Caleb who are much stronger ACF players (remember, ACF is the dominant format, eve...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 25691

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Ryan, your chart is a very interesting way to organize this discussion and I think it’s largely correct. I do think that it overranks Isaac (sorry Isaac) for his NAQT ability, at the expense of players like Kenji and Caleb who are much stronger ACF players (remember, ACF is the dominant format, even...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 36973

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Did anyone else feel that the editors' packets and the submissions almost felt like two different tournaments? I'm trying to figure out how much of this difference in feel was just the fact that I played the editors' packets against top-bracket teams... but I think there's more to this than just "g...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 36973

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I wrote the majority of the poetry, other visual arts, and myth/legends. I'd love to hear how these questions played (both good and bad), as I wasn't able to staff the tournament. But before I get into the weeds, I want to thank everyone for playing the set. It's an honor to contribute to a question...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 36817

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Galstaff, Sorceror of Light wrote:Chicago A has won the tournament outright. The second place game will be played in 10-250 at approximately 2:45 PM.
Not sure if this has started, but if it were livestreamed in lieu of a final I for one would very much appreciate it.
by gyre and gimble
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 36817

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Will there be a final? And any chance it’s livestreamed or recorded?
by gyre and gimble
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 13466

Re: Best Film Player

I don't think anyone has mentioned Nathan Weiser- judging from the 4 rounds of Scattergories I played with him, he's quite good at film indeed. Nathan is probably better at film than anyone mentioned in this thread, excluding Yogesh, Will N., Matt L., and maybe Tommy (I haven't seen Tommy play that...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 11766

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

In gross violation of a post I made earlier in this thread, I'm now playing with Stephen Liu With all due respect, this seems like a...very strong team, given that a 10th team still needs to be created. I would have no issue with my team being split up. For what it's worth, this team is tentative -...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers
Replies: 11
Views: 4336

Re: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers

5) find clear, concise, and accurate ways to word clues, including selecting which aspects of the clue to mention (often the hardest part for me). I can't say I agree with the last point though—I've often been reading something, come across a quizbowl topic, realized "Oh wow, quizbowl has a somewha...
by gyre and gimble
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers
Replies: 11
Views: 4336

Re: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers

I'm not sure about the general situation since I don't know what Person B's criticisms actually were (maybe they were valid, maybe not). But I think your expectations of time investment are off-base: "up to half an hour" on a question is actually a really short amount of time. I've written a lot of...
by gyre and gimble
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers
Replies: 11
Views: 4336

Re: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers

Since I was spending up to half an hour writing and polishing each tossup or bonus, Person B's criticism has made it far harder for me to believe the time I am investing is worth it. Of the 10 questions I am scheduled to write, I have only completed half, and I'm already finding it more difficult t...
by gyre and gimble
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl Open Skype Mirror - December 3rd
Replies: 29
Views: 8851

Re: Penn Bowl Open Skype Mirror - December 3rd

Hey if anyone’s looking to fill out their team with someone who may or may not be able to make it to this tournament, shoot me a message. I’m happy to play with anybody.

EDIT: I’ve joined Sam, Joelle, and Laurence.
by gyre and gimble
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl Open Skype Mirror - December 3rd
Replies: 29
Views: 8851

Re: Penn Bowl Open Skype Mirror - Date TBD (poll in thread)

One last thing - I'm hoping to not have too many super-duper-OP teams in this tournament. If you're a national champion or CO winner or someone of similar skill, try not to fill your whole team with such people! This looks to be a really strong field and I'm excited to have a lot of competitive gam...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17463

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

I'd be really interested to see global detailed stats (Skype and CO combined), if it's possible with Ophir's stats system.

Also, since I haven't said so already, this was the best arts set I've ever played. It was well worth the half-day I took off from studying for the bar.
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Women in quizbowl discussion
Topic: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition
Replies: 28
Views: 10766

Re: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition

Women aren't that well represented in either category, as far as I'm concerned. Obviously the number of women relative to men in any "canon" is dismal and makes it difficult to write questions based on it, but it still feels like tokenism. Until women writers are a natural, unforced 50% of question...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)
Replies: 19
Views: 7564

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)

It looked like the field was filling up so I put myself down for the last spot, but I don't have a teammate at the moment. I'm fine playing with anyone who doesn't neg too much.

Seems like expanding to 8 teams wouldn't be a bad idea though, if there's available staff.
by gyre and gimble
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10348

Re: The Case for Short Questions

To build on Auroni's first point, I sometimes like to be "wordy" in order to give players time to process a clue. If a tossup moves from clue A to clue B, I think a player who recognizes clue A immediately should get the tossup over someone who can't recall it right away but knows it. But that secon...
by gyre and gimble
Sat May 20, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement
Replies: 41
Views: 19021

Re: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement

Great set, and really excellent for (as far as I know?) a first-time effort at this difficulty. I had a lot of fun playing, so much thanks to Noah for putting it together.

Will there be combined stats posted at some point?
by gyre and gimble
Fri May 19, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)
Replies: 58
Views: 24519

Re: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)

This really has nothing to do with me, but if I may add my two cents: This isn't really a side event, since you're only providing 20 questions. I wouldn't worry too much about crowning a winner.
by gyre and gimble
Wed May 17, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement
Replies: 41
Views: 19021

Re: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement

I was wondering the same myself. Byes wouldn't happen, but crossover games might. I like the idea of a full round robin. If there's only one packet for a final, is it better for the top two teams to play no matter what or only if their record is tied? I'm personally fine either way, but Jordan's go...
by gyre and gimble
Wed May 17, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement
Replies: 41
Views: 19021

Re: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement

If the field stays at 10 for Thursday, what would the schedule be? I'd prefer a full round robin over a schedule with byes, even if that means there's only one packet available for a final.
by gyre and gimble
Thu May 04, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Subject-specific player polls
Replies: 29
Views: 12187

Re: Subject-specific player polls

I say this because I think this thread is likely to make zero progress if a whole bunch of people just post to say, "My teammate is really good at X. I saw him second-line a tossup on Y one time!" For what it's worth, I'm more interested in those kind of posts than in making any real "progress." I ...
by gyre and gimble
Thu May 04, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll: WONDERFUL
Replies: 18
Views: 9717

Re: Player Poll: WONDERFUL

Nathan Weiser should be in your top 25. I'm pretty sure he's the second best US History player in the country (after Jordan). He also put up 17 powers at ICT (I think the stats awarded me one of his powers, not sure). I'll also note here that Benji is a top-tier thought player. He got more than 50% ...
by gyre and gimble
Thu May 04, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Subject-specific player polls
Replies: 29
Views: 12187

Re: Subject-specific player polls

I think this kind of thing only really works for a category like science, where every team is only going to have one (if any) dedicated specialist. Otherwise it's too hard to compare. Maybe history is another appropriate category. But literature seems too diverse and dilute to really compare across ...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 6524

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

For us and Chicago, it was more that we didn't want to play a game where we could only lose a spot in the standings, when we both felt that we had earned "t-5." The tiebreaking thing should at least have been announced ahead of time. Being mad that I had to play a tiebreaker definitely affected my p...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 31021

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

Paisley Park wrote:Hey, Carleton submitted a packet last night, but it's not listed. Was it received?
Same.
by gyre and gimble
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford American Tournament 2017 (OAT)
Replies: 14
Views: 7557

Re: Oxford American Tournament 2017 (OAT)

Having already played the greatest part of the set the difficulty is regular/regular minus. This set is a lot of fun and contains a lot of fantastic titbits which haven't come up before so I don't think it will be a boring day of quiz for even the most calloused of veteran brains. So, this tourname...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 7218

Re: Easy Parts

I thought Cody was saying that the difficulties of all the easy parts combined form of a bell curve. So if you have 20 easy parts, maybe 3-5 are very easy, 10-14 are standard, and 3-5 are a bit challenging. Also I don't think anyone is claiming that the distribution is perfectly normal, or should be...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 7218

Re: Easy Parts

Try to balance "hard" hard parts with an "easy" medium part within the same bonus, and vise versa. The idea was to vary the groups of teams that you want to have to work for their expected number of points. When the hard part of a literature bonus is "hard," you're challenging the teams that expect...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 7218

Re: Easy Parts

For this year's Regionals, I tried to make every easy part truly easy/accessible. Maybe that was wrong; I don't know. What I really wanted to post about was something else I did: Try to balance "hard" hard parts with an "easy" medium part within the same bonus, and vise versa. The idea was to vary t...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8444

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I thought the visual arts in this tournament weren't that much harder than in other open-difficulty sets (if it was harder at all, on average). I think it was a little heavy on the "art history" aspects, in the sense that there were a bit too many context-based clues relative to visual clues. I don'...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford American Tournament @ Stanford, 3/19
Replies: 2
Views: 1678

Re: Oxford American Tournament @ Stanford, 3/19

The field cap is unlikely to change, due to room availability. Not that we've had many tournaments that were bigger than that in our region this year.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2467

Re: Literature

As you said yourself, you are a "theater person." So obviously, in your interactions with literature, you've encountered a lot more drama than is normal for most quizbowl players. Stephen, I think the main disconnect here is that we all are thinking of "theater people" (of whom there are a sizable ...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2467

Re: Literature

My main overarching point here though is to share my experience with drama and hopefully, shed more light on the fact that there is still a ton of passion for theater today (my roommate from high school constantly tells me how often he has to work for his theater clubs at Boston University and how ...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2467

Re: Literature

The first is what Auroni and Mike have more or less laid out—theater people exist in large numbers, just like poetry people (and "classic novel" people—bookstore space is a completely useless metric as long as the Ken Folletts and Patrick O'Brians of the world take up so much of the novel space). I...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2467

Re: Literature

On the contrary, I've met several (non-theater) people for whom watching plays or acting them out for fun with friends is their primary mode of literary engagement. You're correct in that the number of plays people read is far fewer than the number of novels, but it's too early to halt the process ...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2467

Re: Literature

I liked this distributional breakdown. It makes more sense to have quotas by genre than according to arbitrary geographic boundaries. As a poetry specialist, I find few things more annoying than when there's no poetry tossup in a round. Here's how I would implement the breakdown, though: 1.5/1.5 Pro...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 6581

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

I think Daoud and Oliver are bringing up a subtly different, but related point, which I also agree with (it was the main thrust of my history post): categories should be written so that they're "accessible" to people who study the material academically. It's inevitable that academic study won't ali...