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by Jason Cheng
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 12
Views: 6277

Re: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]

The private discussion forum is up--apply to join under Usergroups in the User Control Panel ("2018 Sun God"). Feel free to join and post your thoughts, comments, and concerns about the set!
by Jason Cheng
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 12
Views: 6277

Re: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]

UCSD and Berkeley, which both have representative editors on this set, are in the process of figuring something out for their respective sides of the state--no confirmed dates yet, however (most schools in California inc. UCSD haven't started yet and Berkeley has run into some other scheduling issue...
by Jason Cheng
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 12
Views: 6277

Re: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regu

Updated the announcement post with a current list of hosts; reminder to prospective hosts to contact me as soon as possible about potential/concrete bids so we can sort out a slate of mirror sites!
by Jason Cheng
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 8263

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

I could see also UCSD being good this year. Working on a tournament, and sort of knocking on the door last year. UCSD loses Parikshit Chauhan and myself from our ICT/Nats roster this year, but they do gain in youthful vibrancy and exuberance as a result and also they're getting Alistair from Homest...
by Jason Cheng
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 12
Views: 6277

Re: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regu

A couple of updates: 1) We will be making a detailed stats platform (buzzermetrics/buzzpoint data/detailed conversion stats etc) available to hosts for our questions. As such, we are seeking bids from hosts that can guarantee internet access for moderators to use online scoresheets and train moderat...
by Jason Cheng
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects
Replies: 12
Views: 4142

Re: Words and Objects

Rahul just read the questions at a UCSD practice—it was a great set, especially once you fully adopt the mental gymnastics mindset of the answer lines! I highly reccomend it! Stats: (5 rounds) Will Alston - 13/23/12 - 365 Jason Cheng- 11/13/7 - 280 (Heard all 6 rounds) Daniel Chung- 4/9/3 - 135 Bran...
by Jason Cheng
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6389

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

Isn't "not enough tournaments" equally an issue which more organization could solve? From what I can tell, the diminishing amount of regular tournaments come from a mix of announced tournaments disappearing, older writers/editors dialing back their commitments, and a lack of support and community e...
by Jason Cheng
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6389

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

Are there really enough tournaments where having to pick out scheduling slots is a necessity? It felt like this year was missing a tournament or two. There are certainly few enough tournaments every year that, say, people thinking about hosting in SoCal can just talk to the other clubs in the region...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 12897

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

This is a non-obvious one of which I’m a huge offender: it’s extremely demoralizing to other players in the room (at practice, in tournaments, on your team, on the opposing team) when you consistently buzz on something before anyone else does and proceed to say something like “Wow what a bad buzz” o...
by Jason Cheng
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 8016

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

EDIT: This also seems to me to be further reinforcement of the "negs are really bad" theory of quizbowl. Obviously it's hard to quantify aggression unless we are able to quantify player certainty about an answer (no way in hell for now) but if three fewer negs per tournament makes that big of a dif...
by Jason Cheng
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: General Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 1133

Re: PB 2017: General Discussion

Will's comments about literature got to the heart of what bugged me about this set when I played it about a month ago--much of the cluing/answer line selection (esp. in bonuses) actively excludes people who don't play a lot of quiz bowl, except at the regular difficulty level, which is the absolute ...
by Jason Cheng
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 12
Views: 6277

Re: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regu

The tournament will probably be ready by early fall, but we’ll let it be mirrored for as long as demand exists until, say, early winter 2019 We’ll have a firm date for the online open mirror (which will precede all physical mirrors) at some point further along the production timelin, likely at the e...
by Jason Cheng
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 12
Views: 6277

2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]

This is the global announcement for Sun God Invitational , a regular difficulty tournament set to be mirrored in Fall 2018. We will be aiming for the controlled end of ACF Regionals/something like Terrapin 2016, with an overarching goal to make questions as accessible as reasonably possible. The tou...
by Jason Cheng
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 2459

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

Could I see the bonus part on “alcohols”? I am aware that the pKa of an alcohol was given, but I’m pretty sure the Williamson synthesis uses an alkoxide, which wasn’t accepted. I agree--this threw me off too, since the SN2 of alcohols to alkyl halides occurs in basic conditions. Of the three clues ...
by Jason Cheng
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 5455

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

I forgot to say something in the team Slack before this thread got posted, but Will Alston helped me out a lot on the myth I edited with difficulty/playability/general advice, which was very useful since myth was a new category for me
by Jason Cheng
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 12717

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

After playing at, listening to a bunch of complaints about, and then getting shanghai'd into helping out with the UCSD EFT 2 site yesterday, I can't say the system is particularly hard to use even for staffers who didn't bother reading any of the instructions given to them (which I guarantee is most...
by Jason Cheng
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2017 EFT at UCSD (10/14)
Replies: 3
Views: 1812

Re: 2017 EFT at UCSD (10/14)

I've been given access to the scoresheets and will have stats up in about an hour or so
by Jason Cheng
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime @ UCSD (4/23)
Replies: 4
Views: 1691

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime @ UCSD (03/12/2017)

Unfortunately, due to lack of confirmed teams throughout our canvassing over the last two weeks (turns out it's hard when half the schools in the circuit, including us, are on the quarter system), it looks like I'll have to cancel this--hopefully, we can get it hosted at some point in April. I'll be...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime @ UCSD (4/23)
Replies: 4
Views: 1691

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime @ UCSD (03/12/2017)

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by Jason Cheng
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime @ UCSD (4/23)
Replies: 4
Views: 1691

(This) Tournament is a Crime @ UCSD (4/23)

San Diego Quizbowl is pleased to announce a last-minute mirror of (This) Tournament is a Crime at UC San Diego on Sunday, April 23, 2017 . Information about the set can be found here . Apologies for the late announcement, but we've only just now determined that there would be a playable turnout for ...
by Jason Cheng
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 14428

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2017

[...] There was only one round at SoCal that had twenty or more tossups converted (with exactly 20), and Amherst never broke 18 converted or 19 read (and I doubt anyone else in DI did either). Amherst had rounds where we heard 12 questions (12!!) out of literally twenty four tossups. We heard fewer...
by Jason Cheng
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 14428

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2017

Minor correction, though I agree in broad strokes with what Kevin is saying--the D1 site of SCT at UCSD had a minimum of 19.25 tossups heard per round for a team and 20.9 TUH per round for D2. I do agree that the timer does have a drastic effect on fields that aren't powering as much, to the tune of...
by Jason Cheng
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO at Caltech (2/25/17)
Replies: 4
Views: 1570

Re: WAO at Caltech (2/25/17)

As clarification, there may be chimera teams in attendance and I've gotten wind of open teams (some high school players) planning to play at this site. Obviously, at this point, it's too late to submit a packet, and it wouldn't do to turn them away at what may already a pretty small field since half...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 950

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

I don't remember where the source was, but maybe said first play to be translated into English then--in any case, I admitted that bonus part was written mostly because I was in a rush at that point and I apologize for the mistake. I didn't include that tidbit itself in the question for that reason, ...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 950

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

I did try to control difficulty as one of my two main goals while editing the literature--I also wrote on answers such as The Age of Innocence and Madame Bovary , for example. I was worried about this tournament turning into a death march overall given the rushed nature of the production process, so...
by Jason Cheng
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after)
Replies: 35
Views: 15014

Re: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after

As far as I know as a WAO editor, Will wasn't behind the decision to not post an announcement re: a mirror hosted at Columbia, so I'm not entirely sure where that's coming from, Jerry. Anyway, for my part, I'll post here to confirm that the WAO mirror at Caltech is, as it says in the first post in t...
by Jason Cheng
Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO Literature Discussion
Replies: 1
Views: 234

2017 WAO Literature Discussion

Along with the biology (which, aside from writing the replacement/editor's questions and providing feedback, was mostly Jonathan Luck, so credit should go where it's due), I edited/wrote the majority of the American, Euro, and World/Other lit, with assistance on the rest from Will. I tried to mainta...
by Jason Cheng
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2017 NAQT Sectionals Southwest @ UC San Diego (02/04/2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 1464

2017 NAQT Sectionals Southwest @ UC San Diego (02/04/2017)

Quiz Bowl at UCSD is pleased to announce the Southwest site of the NAQT Sectional Championship Tournament on February 4, 2017 . Location: This tournament will take place at UC San Diego, most likely in either the Humanities and Social Sciences or Center Hall buildings as usual. Explicit confirmation...
by Jason Cheng
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 12675

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

I'm surprised to learn of this confusion, Hidehiro, and I definitely should've been less laissez-faire about letting people handle communication about their attendance and letting people say things because I found them amusing--I apologize for the miscommunication. If you want to talk about anything...
by Jason Cheng
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 12675

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

Finally, I understand that the people running the Terrapin mirror in SoCal wanted to help out the circuit. Fine, and that's a great goal. We do need more teams in not just SoCal, but quizbowl in general. But we don't need to bend the eligibility rules to do so, especially because it'll look very ba...
by Jason Cheng
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 12675

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

Did UCSD have 8 students attend, and relegate two of them to a two-man C team because Will and Eddie wanted to play with UCSD A? If so, that's kind of destructive to one of the prime purposes of closed tournaments, which is to provide an outlet for university clubs to play together. I support limit...
by Jason Cheng
Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 12675

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

I'd like to clarify again that nothing about the individual situations you described within SoCal was secret, and in the three years or so that I've been organizing/involved with the circuit, we've used the relaxation of eligibility rules for pretty much universal common good. Some examples: -Berkel...
by Jason Cheng
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 12675

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

Some clarification: Eddie Kim regularly plays with UCSD under the name Klaus Fuchs as a joke, and has been for the last two years, and I am not aware of any club in Southern California expressing negative feedback or unhappiness re: his attendance and membership on our rosters and within the circuit...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB2016: Epistle to the Sons of the North
Replies: 9
Views: 1067

Re: Epistle to the Sons of the North

Even if it shouldn't have been a surprise, the fact that a large number of people committed to completing a sizeable portion of a large project over the course of half a year and proceeded to do (apparently) almost none of is pretty rantworthy. Should the writers have trusted the people mentioned he...
by Jason Cheng
Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 1797

Re: PB 2016: General Discussion

I'm on my phone right now, so I'll try to elaborate more later, but I have a preliminary comment to make: future iterations of this set needs to pay more attention to answer lines. This manifested in obvious things (like all the Lorca answers requiring _Garcia Lorca_, despite Lorca being his most co...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Thoughts on Target Difficulty
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: Thoughts on Target Difficulty

Without intending to speak for the other writers, I think most of what we did was to try to write the most forgiving possible questions you'd see pop up at an archetypal regular difficulty set. Personally, my goal was to "introduce" new members to what collegiate regular difficulty was like without ...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Tournament Goals/Philosophy and Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 878

Re: EFT Tournament Goals/Philosophy and Discussion

About your comment on the Tyrone family specifically, I did consider making that a tossup on the play itself, but I figured people would start getting bored of all the very standard tossups on authors that I filled the set with (variety is the spice of life and all that), and I didn't think there wa...
by Jason Cheng
Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: EFT @ UCSD (10/08/2016)
Replies: 2
Views: 1655

Re: EFT @ UCSD (10/08/2016)

UCLA A cleared the field yesterday by going undefeated during the 9 game round robin prelim and then winning all 3 playoff games for 1st place. Westview got second with a 9-3 record. Final standings: 1st) UCLA A 2nd) Westview t-3rd) Caltech t-3rd) Arcadia 5th) USC 6th) UCSD Alpha 7th) UC Irvine 8th)...
by Jason Cheng
Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I agreed with a good amount of your complaints in about the non-leadin parts of the tossup and have edited the tossup to its current form for mirrors tomorrow (this is more of a band-aid, since replacing it is still totally in the books): 12. In one stage of this process, high levels of inhibin cont...
by Jason Cheng
Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Specific Question Discussion

12. In one stage of this process, high levels of inhibin lead to selection of a single Graafian structure as the “dominant” type. High levels of prolactin production suppresses a hypothalamic hormone responsible for this process. This cycle sees a brief spike of basal body temperature by about 0.5 ...
by Jason Cheng
Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Re: Menstrual cycle-- 1) Hilariously, I realized process was a much better pronoun immediately after pasting it up thread and made that edit 2) The tossup is on every phase of the menstrual cycle, not just menstruation--I should've caught the folliculogenesis thing and added it to the answer line in...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 EFT Literature
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: 2016 EFT Literature

Thanks for the kind words, Brad! I was a little worried that not enough of my bonuses went deep into singular core works, but I'm glad you think I made the right decision on the tradeoff (not giving inexperienced teams a sad 0/10 if they've never read/watched the work) by abusing common themes and e...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I think the perception of "South Asia-heavy" might also have to do with the decent amount of East Asian religion in the set, which might easily be mixed up with myth on the day of a tournament by any number of players--in any case, I definitely agree with Will and Eddie on their subdistributional po...
by Jason Cheng
Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I've edited this question pretty heavily since the time of discussion, but here it is in its current form: 12. In one stage of this event, high levels of inhibin lead to selection of a single structure known as its Graafian type. High levels of prolactin production suppresses a hypothalamic hormone ...
by Jason Cheng
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Irreligion in Bangladesh wrote:I was on the basal temperature increase clue. Good to hear that ovulation is in the answer line.

Oh yeah, I didn't realize that; poor wording on my part. Thanks for the catch!
by Jason Cheng
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Social Science and "Other" Categories
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: Social Science and "Other" Categories

I see your point about flags, and I'm considering changing it to a flag salute tossup. That said, I do think there are a lot of things "free speech object" could be, and In general I tried not to be too worried about transparency since I figured the target EFT audience would have less experience wit...
by Jason Cheng
Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 3025

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Could you post the tossup on menstruation? I had a sentence-two buzz with pregnancy on a clue that seemed applicable to either (or, better yet, to ovulation, which is what I would have said if given 30 seconds to think instead of 5), so it's probably worth it to check the specifics of that for futu...