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by vinteuil
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 5522

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I liked a lot about this set, and I'm very happy I played it! A lot of fantastic new material to discover and many things I've been waiting to hear about. A few drive-by thoughts: The set had pretty wildly differing varying philosophies. Will H-M and Eric (and to an extent, Will N.) were writing clo...
by vinteuil
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mythology
Replies: 10
Views: 1784

Re: Mythology

Looking at an Amazon review Shakespeare was a real cool person for his time. Unfortunately, his plays are not a real cool thing to read for my time. It is English and I speak English. I just don't happen to speak Old English. Which is really ironic because I am old and speaking English. If you read...
by vinteuil
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mythology
Replies: 10
Views: 1784

Re: Mythology

As for Chinese mythology, much of the source material is highly historical and syncretic. I've found that researching myths individually (such as Hou Yi, Chang'e, etc) online is more efficient than trying to find a published compilation of these scattered stories, both in terms of knowledge acquire...
by vinteuil
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 82
Views: 18297

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Hi everyone—the JHU date is now in the parent post (3/9), and we should have a date for the OSU mirror soon. Thanks for your patience!
by vinteuil
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials
Replies: 7
Views: 1031

Re: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials

I enjoy browsing the essays on the Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History ; the hyperlinks within the articles and suggested articles are great for getting context beyond memorizing painting clues. Also have to plug the fact the Met has uploaded PDFs of a ton of out of print exhibition catalogs or...
by vinteuil
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials
Replies: 7
Views: 1031

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 vinteuil
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials
Replies: 7
Views: 1031

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, linked here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=123&t=21649 I like SmartHistory a lot! The Art Story is a nice website if you want to learn about modern and contemporary art, but many of the artists and theorists covere...
by vinteuil
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Approach Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 1726

Re: How to Approach Literature

Jack and Jakob are both wrong about secondary sources and may be thinking primarily of literary "theory" as opposed to criticism. (And many works of literary theory, including classic ones that come up in their own right, include very helpful descriptions and analyses of core literary works!) The se...
by vinteuil
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out
Replies: 15
Views: 1807

Re: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out

There's no such thing as "stealing" points. Whoever buzzes first gets them. That's always good for your team—you increase your chance of beating another team to the question. (It's of course fair for your teammate to think that your efforts would be better spent in another part of the distribution. ...
by vinteuil
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 34
Views: 6296

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

I kind of want to push back on the idea that a 50 dollar increase to 650 dollars is out of line. HSNCT charges $675 per team. NSC charges $695 per team. I realize that NASAT teams are more likely to be paying out of pocket, but that's not a given and that doesn't change the bottom line costs. Histo...
by vinteuil
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 2583

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

What question set will this tournament use?
by vinteuil
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3619

Re: Announcing Qblitz

Comparing one player's buzzes in a vacuum to anybody else's does not really reflect how quizbowl is actually played. This is also a huge problem with people who try to conduct virtual games via detailed stats. I assume the idea is "if a player knows a clue, they will buzz. The players that know earl...
by vinteuil
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 34
Views: 6296

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

The other bid was from Champaign, Illinois. It was a good bid, but it included less local staff and equivalent travel costs for teams. I also spoke with a few people from Illinois, who told me it would be easier to travel to Lexington than Champaign. I literally cannot believe these sentences. My o...
by vinteuil
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 34
Views: 6296

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

The other bid was from Champaign, Illinois. It was a good bid, but it included less local staff and equivalent travel costs for teams. I also spoke with a few people from Illinois, who told me it would be easier to travel to Lexington than Champaign. I literally cannot believe these sentences. My o...
by vinteuil
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 34
Views: 6296

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

Is Justin's post really tongue-in-cheek? Considering that there's relatively little chance of getting any kind of school funding, fees rising by approximately $50 per year sounds precisely like costs running out of control, exactly the opposite of what's been advertised. Not to mention the additiona...
by vinteuil
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23
Replies: 14
Views: 4868

Re: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23

A belated reply to the above: we're aware of the relative difficulties of traveling into Lexington, Kentucky, but that is where IQBT is base. A lot of our connections for local staff and room reservations are dependent on hosting in Lexington. Additionally, one of the co-owners would also be unable...
by vinteuil
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: NAQT vs Housewrite
Replies: 8
Views: 2854

Re: NAQT vs Housewrite

I have played on both types of sets and have always noticed that there are a lot more trash questions in NAQT sets. Looking at set distributions from NAQT and multiple housewrites confirmed my observations. Is that all there is to it, or are there other differences between them? Look at the geograp...
by vinteuil
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: New England Date Claims '18-'19
Replies: 33
Views: 8151

Re: New England Date Claims '18-'19

Are there any upcoming tournaments that would consider doing 20 point powers, no negs, and bounce backs on bonuses? Obviously NSC's distribution and question style is also different, but I'd just like a chance to get an idea of how it affects gameplay and strategy. I know few NE teams go to NSC, bu...
by vinteuil
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Summer Open 2019 (August 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 950

Re: Summer Open 2019 (August 2019)

Very very hype for this

EDIT: I have been informed that the correct adjectival form is "hyped". Thanks Ophir!
by vinteuil
Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals @ Swarthmore (1/26)
Replies: 12
Views: 3912

Re: ACF Regionals @ Swarthmore (1/26)

Has ACF contacted Swarthmore about connecting the club with external staff? I know that there are a huge number of quizbowl alums in the DC/College Park/Philly areas that would presumably be happy to staff if asked.
by vinteuil
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 2416

Re: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch

This may or may not be the correct place for this post, so please feel free to move it to a better board. Our team is in a tough spot: we are better than many teams in our area, but we haven't made it to the point where we can beat the best teams. One of our biggest problems is... Lunch. At tournam...
by vinteuil
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 2827

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

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 to something like OverDrive. They have a pretty good mobile app to access free audio books. The selection ...
by vinteuil
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 82
Views: 18297

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I wish there were a similarly simple solution for the Eastern seaboard, but the modern incarnation of the Northeast circuit seems pretty unwilling to venture particularly far for tournaments. And of course, Yale has every right to host a tournament that they're writing a gigantic portion of. Will, ...
by vinteuil
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 208
Views: 124398

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Any recommendations for good page turner art books? Non-fiction preferred, but if it's a good novelization (like the suggested Agony and Ecstasy upthread), I would give it a go. It doesn't have to be a survey book. For reference, I liked the Art of Rivalry, which covered four notable two-wise relat...
by vinteuil
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 208
Views: 124398

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

iarehavethestupid wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:30 pm
Can somebody give me a recommendation for something that covers specifically European History? (And not just Britain)
As I put here, Palmer, Colton, and Kramer, A History of the Modern World is very clue-dense and very well-written.
by vinteuil
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 82
Views: 18297

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

One other point I'd like to make: part of the allure of playing a hard-difficulty open tournament is the opportunity for a highly competitive field to form from groups of highly talented quizbowlers of various ages and various locations travelling to one place. Like, Chicago Open has exactly one si...
by vinteuil
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 82
Views: 18297

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

It is understandable if the editing group of PIANO/MO and players in the Midwest desire a more accessible mirror. But if that was the intention from the start, what was the point of awarding essentially a 2-team mirror to Minnesota? Again, multiple times in the intervening two months, a number of r...
by vinteuil
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 82
Views: 18297

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Just to be clear, I'm talking to Shan about consolidating to one Midwest site and promise this will be resolved soon but like...I posted about this two months ago precisely in case people had problems with it! I wish people had brought up these concerns in the meantime.
by vinteuil
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 82
Views: 18297

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Do not hold two Midwest mirrors, period, full stop. Nobody wants to play in the fractured fields that would result, and I implore the editors to cancel one of them immediately. Agreed. The Midwest can't support substantial fields at two sites for a tournament of this difficulty. Traditionally editi...
by vinteuil
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 82
Views: 18297

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Auks Ran Ova wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:40 pm
vinteuil wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:26 pm
Lower Midwest: OSU (date TBD)
wait what

EDIT: to be clear, this will have the same field-decimating problem that the second Midwest mirror of CMST would have had.
I had a number of Midwestern teams say they simply wouldn't be able to attend a Minnesota mirror.
by vinteuil
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God @ UIUC (11/10/18)
Replies: 9
Views: 2844

Re: Sun God @ UIUC (11/10/18)

Becuase then I can commandeer a bunch of people to work on it all at once and not have to do merging 6 different SQBS files Doesn't it take more than 6 times longer to input a scoresheet into neg5 than into SQBS? (In fact, much more?) You have to go tossup by tossup (40 numbers) instead of just put...
by vinteuil
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God @ UIUC (11/10/18)
Replies: 9
Views: 2844

Re: Sun God @ UIUC (11/10/18)

Illinois Admin wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:42 am
Tomorrow we’ll start putting the stats into Neg5 and then use Bryan’s handy dandy parser to generate an SQBS file.
Why wouldn't you just enter the stats into SQBS directly?
by vinteuil
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 82
Views: 18297

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Beevor Feevor wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:38 pm
Has there been a decision made on whether a southern mid-Atlantic site will exist? I'd prefer to have a JHU site for convenience, given that JHU requires a hotel on our part already, but UVA will travel if necessary for Yale.
Are you asking if the JHU mirror is confirmed? It is.
by vinteuil
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 9584

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

I’m not fantastically knowledgeable about music, so I’m not sure if it’s technically correct to call the Große Fuge a string quartet, but I feel like that tossup should have accepted fugue in the first two sentences that were talking about it. Michael Yue negged with fugue on the first clue, and he...
by vinteuil
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 5552

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

To be clear, I played the Briticized version of the set, which may be the cause for some or all of these issues. In particular, the Briticizers apparently rewrote at least 80/80 of the set in about 24 hours, in part because the set was sent to the wrong email addresses. They seemed to have a low op...
by vinteuil
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 9584

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

-It is generally not a very good idea to write a tossup on "photosynthesis" that mixes clues from the light-dependent reactions and the Calvin cycle--in practice that causes a lot of people to neg with specific pathways that are part of photosynthesis (like the light-dependent reactions, Calvin cyc...
by vinteuil
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 6719

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

What, in NAQT's view, would constitute an exception-worthy circumstance? (Could we have some examples?) We don't currently have particular cases in mind. But as with a number of other places in our eligibility rules, we want to allow the possibility that teams finding themselves in unusual or unexp...
by vinteuil
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 82
Views: 18297

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

theclassicsguy wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:41 pm
Will there be an online mirror for this?
I'm happy to let other people use it for an online mirror, but not interested in running one myself.
by vinteuil
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 6719

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

4. Individuals wishing to compete at high school tournaments who are in homeschool programs, academic programs without grades, or academic programs that do not use standard American grades must not have turned 19 years old as of March 31 during the competition year—in other words, they must still b...
by vinteuil
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18
Replies: 25
Views: 5356

Re: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18

As we said before, the intent of the whole tournament, including the solos and trivia, was to give everyone a chance to have fun and play some competitive rounds. It definitely happened for some teams, and it clearly didn't for others. I apologize wholeheartedly to the latter. Please email me if th...
by vinteuil
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 161
Views: 66961

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Please stop using Neg5 as a substitute for more stable stats (SQBS) at your tournaments. This post outlines the current problems with using Neg5 quite well: In general, neg5 has two major issues: first, that oftentimes people forget to save the rounds stats, which are subsequently lost to the sands ...
by vinteuil
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying specific parts of the Lit Cannon
Replies: 3
Views: 1904

Re: Studying specific parts of the Lit Cannon

If your club has some cash to spare, NAQT's frequency lists seem like a clear starting point.
by vinteuil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 11356

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

I think it would be preferable to have more playoff games so teams have more games against closely match opponents. I understand your hands were probably tied by having 38 teams, but I think the prelim/playoff balance should be more of a consideration. The crossover playoff was a little disappointi...
by vinteuil
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where Stats Go
Replies: 13
Views: 4703

Re: Where Stats Go

I was reminded this weekend that last year' s Penn Bowl Northeast stats are only available on Neg5. This is inexcusable. We as a community have committed to maintaining the stats repository on hsquizbowl.org precisely because 3rd party/external sources do, and have gone down in the past. (Stats fro...
by vinteuil
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where Stats Go
Replies: 13
Views: 4703

Re: Where Stats Go

I was reminded this weekend that last year' s Penn Bowl Northeast stats are only available on Neg5. This is inexcusable. We as a community have committed to maintaining the stats repository on hsquizbowl.org precisely because 3rd party/external sources do, and have gone down in the past. (Stats from...
by vinteuil
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 11356

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

Thanks to Penn for hosting such a large tournament with basically no hitches! I was very impressed at the quality of the reader corps, for instance. I'm sure others will also have things to say about this, but I don't think that running 9 prelim rounds before lunch was a good idea. Everybody, especi...
by vinteuil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Introducing BPA, a new evaluation metric using detailed stats
Replies: 7
Views: 3384

Re: Introducing BPA, a new evaluation metric using detailed stats

I think this might be the most precise (and intuitively useful) non-PATH-like stat we've ever had—thanks to Ryan for the computations and visualizations!
by vinteuil
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 5080

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

I do wonder what the expectations on the hosts are, however. Last year, I believe we sent out the eligibility rules to the teams and mostly relied on them to enforce the rules. Are hosts required to search every player on rosters in the hsqb database and on naqt, or can attending teams be relied up...
by vinteuil
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Fall 2018 Open Tournament?
Replies: 13
Views: 4227

Re: Fall 2018 Open Tournament?

If I posted in this thread about an "open tournament" and it turned out to be a trash tournament or some vanity set, I think it would be pretty fair to call that misrepresentation, and I think people would reasonably question my motives for withholding such a core element of the set from the get-go....
by vinteuil
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBTee Shirts
Replies: 12
Views: 3443

Re: IQBTee Shirts

Thanks to everyone for the feedback. These shirts have already been ordered. This being the first time I've ordered with Custom Ink, I'm not sure what their policy is on changing designs. The "fifteen" design was too clever by half. I've requested that they change it to read "girl (*) power" to avo...