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by rahulkeyal
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 575
Views: 258550

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Jack Mehr and I are each writing a packet of hard (ranging from Nats to CO+), literature common links to be read sometime in mid-January on Discord. If this sounds interesting to you, indicate your availability on the following poll (times are EST).
by rahulkeyal
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23
Replies: 14
Views: 5922

Re: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23

One thing I would urge IQBT to consider is increasing the cost of registration to provide funding for a more convenient location for teams. Speaking from personal experience (I chose not to attend NASAT 2017 because it was prohibitively expensive), I know West Coast teams, and likely other areas, wo...
by rahulkeyal
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 3535

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

Could I see the tossups on Henry Fielding, Toni Morrison, and George Eliot? Despite all of these authors being quite prominent, I remember being lost for the majority of these tossups, and judging from the stats (0, 1, and 2 powers, respectively, over 78 rooms), it seems like this wasn't unique to me.
by rahulkeyal
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 3191

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I had a ton of fun playing this set! Huge props to the editors/writers for pretty consistently interesting ideas across the board that still felt difficulty-appropriate (most of the time) in their execution. In general, it seemed like most questions had enough middle clues to differentiate between t...
by rahulkeyal
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 11675

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

-I think the Bocaccio bonus part in Editors (6?) claimed that the Decameron was about 5 men and 5 women, escaping a flood Here's the bonus part that you're referring to: [10] Pizan’s Book was inspired by this author’s On Famous Women . Marguerite of Navarre parodied this author in a work about five...
by rahulkeyal
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 6764

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

This was overall a great set! I especially appreciated the wide variety of ballet questions, particularly the Coppelia bonus. It's nice to see more ballets that are essentials among ballet enthusiasts but not necessarily considered part of the quiz bowl canon be included in a set of this difficulty...
by rahulkeyal
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: This Must Be The Place
Replies: 5
Views: 2358

Re: This Must Be The Place

Extremely excited to see this is happening (and to play it)!
by rahulkeyal
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects
Replies: 12
Views: 5643

Re: Words and Objects

The set has been posted here.
by rahulkeyal
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects
Replies: 12
Views: 5643

Re: Words and Objects

Following a mirror at Valencia tomorrow evening, all scheduled mirrors for Words and Objects will have finished. I've heard word that there may be interest for a UK mirror, butI haven't received anything definitive thus far. I plan to publish the set to the archives if I haven't heard from anyone by...
by rahulkeyal
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 20060

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

I'm not actually attending, so my opinion is of limited value, but I'd also recommend Words and Objects be played as teams, following Tejas' suggestion of free agents just joining existing teams because 1) this is a cross-subject event as Mike noted, 2) players still get to play with the people they...
by rahulkeyal
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Re: Words and Objects Online Mirror

Mike Bentley wrote:Is there a private discussion forum for the set?
This has been done! Once logged in, go to User Control Panel -> Usergroups and select "2018 Words and Objects discussion" to request access.
by rahulkeyal
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Re: Words and Objects Online Mirror

No, there isn't. Would forum moderators be able to make one?
by rahulkeyal
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Re: Words and Objects Online Mirror

Congrats to "Kant's Ancient Humbugs" for defeating "Terrapin XXXTentacion" in the finals, 135-120 (on a TB tossup, no less!) It was extremely exciting seeing all the great buzzes today, and I hope players had as much fun playing as I did writing/reading. Thanks to Itamar, James, Eric, and (on quite ...
by rahulkeyal
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Re: Words and Objects Online Mirror

A reminder that this is happening in half an hour! Please be in the Discord server (PM if you need a link) on time so we can finish at a reasonable hour.
by rahulkeyal
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Re: Words and Objects Online Mirror

Given the number of free agents, I've added a spot for teams to add a fourth member. The field will remain at its current cap of 8 teams. I'm going to close the field tonight at 12 PM EST , so if you're a free agent, make sure to communicate with registered teams to figure something out by then! Aft...
by rahulkeyal
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Re: Words and Objects Online Mirror

Mike Bentley wrote:Are there any plans to expand the team size? It looks like there are 4 teams of people on the waitlist right now.
This is a very good idea. I've just added a column for teams to add an optional third teammate. I also expanded the field to accomodate 8 teams.
by rahulkeyal
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Re: Words and Objects Online (7/29)

A reminder that this is happening this upcoming weekend at 9 PM EST , so free agents should organize themselves into teams if they wish to play. It'd be great if a couple kind folks would be willing to offer a few hours of their time to moderate - I'll give $15 to the first two volunteers . To sign ...
by rahulkeyal
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Re: Words and Objects Online (7/29)

I will be running an online (Discord) mirror of Words and Objects on July 29th, beginning at 9 PM EST. Information regarding the event can be found here . The event will be run in doubles, and the team formation spreadsheet can be found here . Writing your team members' names down constitutes as a r...
by rahulkeyal
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Re: Words and Objects Online Mirror

It looks like 9 PM EST on Sunday, July 29th works best for people. I'll post a full announcement for the event tonight.
by rahulkeyal
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects Online Mirror
Replies: 11
Views: 3179

Words and Objects Online Mirror

I will later use this post to coordinate the final logistics for the event, but for now, I've created a poll to decide on the best time to run this. If you are interested in playing this event, please indicate ALL times that work for you with this Google form . If no times work, indicate as such on ...
by rahulkeyal
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects
Replies: 12
Views: 5643

Re: Words and Objects

I've updated the original post with the current confirmed sites, as well as the finalized number of packets (6). Please email me if you would like to mirror the event. I plan to also run an online mirror of the event, and will make a separate post regarding that in the coming week.
by rahulkeyal
Fri May 18, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Editor application
Replies: 3
Views: 2644

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Editor application

Are there plans for ACF to release a similar form for Fall 2018 in the near future?
by rahulkeyal
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) at Stanford, 4/28/18
Replies: 5
Views: 2822

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) at Stanford, 4/28/18

After the tournament, we'll be running Words and Objects , written by James Malouf and myself with help from Will Nediger. Due to the incomplete nature of the set (with only 3 packets fully written as of now), we're be using this as an initial playtesting as much as the first official mirror. It'll...
by rahulkeyal
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) at Stanford, 4/28/18
Replies: 5
Views: 2822

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) at Stanford, 4/28/18

After the tournament, we'll be running Words and Objects , written by James Malouf and myself with help from Will Nediger. Due to the incomplete nature of the set (with only 3 packets fully written as of now), we're be using this as an initial playtesting as much as the first official mirror. It'll ...
by rahulkeyal
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 9468

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

There's kind of a lack of what I would call flagship academic sets, but assuming they're finished, I could see RAPTURE, Words and Objects, and Human Use of Human Beings being the centerpiece of a day, followed by a dispersal of the various trash side events and Imaginary Landscape throughout the ev...
by rahulkeyal
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 8072

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

I thought the third part of the Esquire/JFK/racing bonus was confusingly worded. I was pretty sure that "The Last American Hero" was about auto racing, but the last clue was about the Hunter S. Thompson Kentucky Derby piece, so we said horse racing and got it right. Now, I believe the bonus part sa...
by rahulkeyal
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: History
Replies: 8
Views: 1600

Re: History

Just wanted to stop in and say that the tossup on the Atlantic Ocean/World was my favorite history tossup of the year, with the only other one I enjoyed about as much being the American Revolution TU from Regionals. I liked that the question was on an interesting, important topic in historiography ...
by rahulkeyal
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Dominance of Thought
Replies: 14
Views: 4932

Re: The Dominance of Thought

ErikC wrote:Tossups like [THINGS FROM CMST]
FYI, these questions have been replaced for future mirrors of CMST.
by rahulkeyal
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4392

Re: CMST: General Discussion

Overall I enjoyed the set, but I guess I'll use this space to note a broader issue. Namely, whenever distros are based on genre rather than region, non-Western regions get screwed. Art has had such a distro for years, with the result that world art is nearly nonexistent in the QB canon. This set us...
by rahulkeyal
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 8072

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

The only thing that in this set that actually bothered me is the Kate from She Stoops to Conquer tossup. This is more of a complaint to all of QB, but I hate when people use characters as answer lines unless the characters are truly important/unique literary characters. In general, I think people w...
by rahulkeyal
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 8072

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

Here's the "flowers" tossup. It does look like the question used "these objects" throughout the tossup, so assuming there weren't any moderator hiccups, you should have been able to choose between the two. 2. These objects are referred to in the original title of a novel in which a man visits the Ha...
by rahulkeyal
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 8072

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

11. An essay opposing these works, which distinguishes between “modern” and “modernist” writers, was written by Robert Graves and Laura Riding, and is called “A Pamphlet Against” these works. In a scene from The Merry Wives of Windsor, Abraham Slender looks for a book of riddles and one of these wo...
by rahulkeyal
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 8072

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

Here you go. 4. A track in this genre features a tenor saxophone solo by Tony Pastor against cymbal crashes played by Cliff Leeman; that track was on the B side of a record that included a cover of “Indian Love Call.” It’s not stride, but Andy Razaf wrote the lyrics to a song in this genre that had ...
by rahulkeyal
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects
Replies: 12
Views: 5643

Words and Objects

I'm excited to announce Words and Objects , a side event written by myself, James Malouf, and Bruce Lou with assistance from Will Nediger to be played at summer opens and possibly high school nationals, along with an eventual online mirror. The set will consist of 6 packets of 20 Regs+ difficulty (a...
by rahulkeyal
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Apoorva: A Southern California NASAT Mirror (8/5)
Replies: 1
Views: 1841

Re: Apoorva: A Southern California NASAT Mirror (8/5)

Registered Teams/Buzzers/Staffers: As of 8/4/17 Teams (9): Parikshit Chauhan (Jonathan Luck, Jason Cheng, Brandon Blischak, Nicholas Blischak) I Smell Good (Jeffrey Qiu, Daniel Wang, Boopala Arul, Oliver Ren, Nathan Mar) Chino Hills Big Ballers (Alan Zhu, Shreyank Kadadi, Raymond Song, Andrew Feng)...
by rahulkeyal
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Apoorva: A Southern California NASAT Mirror (8/5)
Replies: 1
Views: 1841

Apoorva: A Southern California NASAT Mirror (8/5)

I'm pleased to announce that Westview will be hosting Apoorva (name chosen upon the orders of Klaus Llwynog), a Southern California mirror of NASAT taking place on August 5th at Westview High School. More information about the set can be found here . Eddie Kim will be directing the tournament. You c...
by rahulkeyal
Mon May 01, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)
Replies: 37
Views: 16096

Re: Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)

I'm going to be heading to Berkeley in the fall, and definitely plan on playing quizbowl there. I know James Malouf of La Jolla is also planning on attending Berkeley and joining their team.
by rahulkeyal
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal State Championship (3/25/17) @ Westview HS
Replies: 2
Views: 2414

Re: SoCal State Championship (3/25/17) @ Westview HS

Field (teams / buzzers / moderators): (as of March 20th, 2017) San Dieguito (1/0/0) St. Augustine (2/1/0) La Jolla (1/0/0) Rancho Bernardo (2/1/0) Mt. Carmel (1/0/0) North Hollywood (1/1/0) Del Norte (3/0/0) Cathedral (2/0/0) Arcadia (3/2/0) Torrey Pines (3/2/0) Black Mountain (1/2/0) Canyon Crest ...
by rahulkeyal
Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal State Championship (3/25/17) @ Westview HS
Replies: 2
Views: 2414

SoCal State Championship (3/25/17) @ Westview HS

Westview High School is pleased to announce the Southern California State Championship, or SoCal State Champs, a high school tournament co-directed by Kevin Yu and Rahul Keyal. DATE/TIME: SoCal State Champs shall take place on Saturday, March 25th, 2017. Check-in shall begin at 8:00 A.M., and matche...
by rahulkeyal
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 28035

Re: Midseason Poll

The stats weren't transposed. As I mentioned in my post, we were missing two of our A-team members at ACE (Shivank Nayak and myself). Regardless, our team still went undefeated in the playoffs, so we got first at the tournament.
by rahulkeyal
Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 28035

Re: Midseason Poll

Arcadia was definitely one of the teams not in the previous poll that stood out when I was looking at that region. The toughest thing that I found was trying to limit such an incredibly broad geographic area (U.S. and Canada) to 25, when so many of the p/b statistics are so incredibly similar acros...
by rahulkeyal
Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 28035

Re: Midseason Poll

I would like to say that my only issue with the poll results is that Canyon Crest got straight up shafted by good ole East Coast bias. And as no high schooler from further west than Texas has commented on the thread, it is unlikely to change with the player poll. I guess I can offer my opinion on t...
by rahulkeyal
Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 16307

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

While I imagine the majority of people likely didn't care about me joining Berkeley A for the UCLA Terrapin mirror, I apologize that this knowledge wasn't passed on to Hidehiro and the like earlier to the start of the tournament. As a member of the SoCal community who attends a fair amount of colleg...
by rahulkeyal
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 6354

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Could I see the TUs on "lightness" and "graves" in Dickinson's poetry? Having recently read The Unbearable Lightness of Being , it was exciting to hear clues from the novel come up, especially something as memorable/important as the bit with Stalin's son (which introduces the whole section on kitsch...
by rahulkeyal
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2016 - 2017 Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 4989

Re: Southern California 2016 - 2017 Discussion

Yeah, I didn't include Nathan in the list for that reason. While he was clearly a major contribution to the team and got points in a lot of areas, the members of CCA's team who are returning seem to have a strong foundation in most of the areas he covered (save maybe religion and myth, which account...
by rahulkeyal
Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2016 - 2017 Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 4989

Re: Southern California 2016 - 2017 Discussion

I think one important thing to consider in this is the members of teams that graduated. To me, the teams that have been most severely hit by graduations are, in no particular order: Rancho Bernardo (loses Kion You and Howon Choo) Torrey Pines (loses Casimir Kothari, Vasu Vikram, Brandon Zhang, and W...
by rahulkeyal
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2016 - 2017 Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 4989

Southern California 2016 - 2017 Discussion

Hey everyone! I thought it would fun to make a thread to discuss the state of Southern California quizbowl this season. Better late than never, right :wink: . I also included a poll in the post, as it seemed like a good way to summarize discussion, however this thread is not meant to merely serve as...
by rahulkeyal
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 11221

Re: NSC 2016 Set Discussion

Personally, I didn't enjoy the Slaughterhouse-Five tossup as much. Maybe it's been that long since I read the novel, but I thought that the actual building wasn't significant enough to the novel as a whole to have a tossup on it. In addition, my teammate, despite having read the novel earlier this y...