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by An Economic Ignoramus
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Re: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)

Update: This is in 5 days, and we'd like to see as many teams as possible register. Please do so by Friday morning; I plan to close the field then.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 16
Views: 1432

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

I was 13 when this happened. I don't know why continuing to commemorate Watkins is necessary, especially in this weirdly celebratory tone. Cheating is bad, but I'm sure people are aware of this and that doesn't strike me as a terribly valid excuse to post. If this is just a Guy Remembering exercise...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 16
Views: 1432

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

I was 13 when this happened. I don't know why continuing to commemorate Watkins is necessary, especially in this weirdly celebratory tone. Cheating is bad, but I'm sure people are aware of this and that doesn't strike me as a terribly valid excuse to post. If this is just a Guy Remembering exercise,...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)

Given multiple mirror cancellations, our team felt it was fair to offer a second online mirror of Spartan Housewrite for March 30. The fee structure will be $100 per team, payable via venmo (strongly preferred) to Harris Bunker or Jakob Myers or by a check written to the MSU Academic Competition clu...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 25
Views: 9679

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

A quick update: Jakob has offered to run a closed Discord mirror on March 30th. I am staffing a high school tournament that day. Him and I want at least 8 closed HS or college teams to sign up. Please email me and cc him to do so. If we get eight teams in the next week or so, I will allow this mirr...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 9
Views: 1739

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

x-post from the matchmaking thread:

I made a team formation spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
If you have formed a team, please register that information therein.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 16
Views: 1494

Re: CO Matchmaking

I made a team formation spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
If you have formed a team, please register that information therein.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 1249

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

A fairly common trend in quizbowl is to tag some of the harder questions for the finals of a tournament. If I recall, this got some discussion at one point and there was some pushback against doing it, but I don't remember if that went anywhere. This isn't related to any specific tournament, but I'...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2118

Re: Indulge me a moment...

Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:16 am
An Economic Ignoramus wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:49 pm
Shill time: NASAT is notably available for mirroring as a summer open and is not terribly difficult!

I honestly didn't know that. Where 'bouts?
Keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for a mirror site near you!
by An Economic Ignoramus
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2118

Re: Indulge me a moment...

Shill time: NASAT is notably available for mirroring as a summer open and is not terribly difficult!
by An Economic Ignoramus
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 2006

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

I'll have more thoughts later on, but for now, here are a few extremely scattershot observations that hopefully other people can build on: I honestly couldn't imagine something like that Tricon Kirk Jing question happening today. References to QB "notables" in questions for academic tournaments is s...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 750

Where are you going to college next year? (2019)

This is about the time of year I posted this thread last year. If you're a current high school senior, post here once you know what your plans are!
by An Economic Ignoramus
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 212
Views: 127082

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

iarehavethestupid wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:27 pm
Are all/most of Norman Davies's books good for quizbowl?
Yes. Europe and Vanished Kingdoms (in addition to the aforementioned God's Playground) are both pretty good reads and very clue-dense. Highly recommend.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19
Replies: 8
Views: 1625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19

In light of the recent kerfuffle surrounding tournaments geared for newer players, I would like to issue an addendum to the eligibility of players for this tournament, whose purpose is, per the editors, "to provide an accessible tournament for new college quiz bowl players that will still be engagi...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 2884

Re: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)

a) http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21943 for the additional reason that if you don't, teams that do not belong at your novice-oriented tournament will attend it and put up >25 ppb against clubs that acted in good faith and sent actual less experienced players (Chicago, etc.) b) If y...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)
Replies: 13
Views: 2771

Re: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)

Just drawing attention to the fact that Columbia A is indeed flying to this because it's the only PIANO date that our whole team can play, and if MSU and Chicago can be roped in this there's suddenly a crazy strong pre-nats field, so I'm gonna need you all to FREE YOUR MINDS about a Sunday event an...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8078

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - register now!

Is there any word on the status of the Brown site? I've heard it was cancelled, but whatever that status is, it would be nice to get word from NAQT on it.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database
Replies: 4
Views: 1985

Re: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database

This project is now being integrated with QBNotify to tell registered staffers about local tournaments. If anyone has suggestions on an efficient way to notify tournament hosts of available staffers, I'd be open to hearing them. For now, name and email information on local staffers is available to t...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8078

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

Cheynem wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:28 pm
A number of schools in those fields already registered to go elsewhere for SCT (Illinois and Purdue, for one).
Subtracting MSU and Illinois from last year's Northwestern SCT D1 field leaves just 4 Chicago teams, which doesn't sound like the most optimal field to me.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8078

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

Having sites at Northwestern and Michigan both strikes me as not the best idea, especially given that Northwestern SCT's Division 1 had 6 teams from 3 schools attend, at least one of which the Michigan site is more convenient for. It's roughly a 4 hour drive between the two, and all the teams that w...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 2598

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I'm not mad that three questions were bad, or even that a good portion of the tournament was bad. Lots of tournaments are bad. If you read what I said, I'm mad that the editors required that hosts take advanced stats, and then (read closely, since this is the important part) did nothing with them! ...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Approach Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 2010

Re: How to Approach Literature

OK Will and Jacob are correct that I definitely had too narrow of a view of what "literary criticism" is in my initial post. You should read the essays at the beginnings of editions of novels. I'll say, however, that whether pursuing secondary literature as a matter of first resort in learning about...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 35
Views: 7555

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

Oops; I was under the impression that a call to writers had already been posted in this thread. If you're interested in writing, email me at jakobsmyers@gmail.com or Fred at fred@iqbtnasat.com.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Approach Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 2010

Re: How to Approach Literature

I'd advocate learning the canon in terms of plots, character names, etc. before you start delving into literary criticism. My entry point into literature was noticing topics I was annoyed at getting beaten to and just reading either the works themselves or the wikipedia articles on them. Later, I st...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3686

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

Ray does have 5 of the 11 Indian films listed on TSPDT. For the other directors: Guru Dutt - 1 results (Scattegories '13; Pyaasa was mentioned without Dutt's name at the 2018 NSC) Ritwik Ghatak - 0 results Mehboob Khan - 0 results (Mother India was clued in Scattegories 2) Ramesh Sippy - 0 results ...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3686

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

If you mean Bollywood as in "Indian popular film", the Satantango comparison doesn't really hold water; they'd be in different parts of the distribution (art vs. trash). I'd also be interested in seeing an expansion in Nollywood content but recognize basically no one would convert that.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 35
Views: 7555

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

Hi everyone! To shift the discussion to the set itself, I'm very honored to be editing this year's iteration of NASAT. I am aware that last year's set had issues (many of which were the result of a rushed production schedule and no fault of the editors), so I've tried to approach this job with a con...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 35
Views: 7555

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

What if,,, Connor was just listing examples rather than giving an exhaustive list of good staffers and taking this personally is kinda silly

Note: this is not a judgment on the validity of Connor's arguments
by An Economic Ignoramus
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Getting involved with the online quiz bowl community
Replies: 3
Views: 1328

Re: Getting involved with the online quiz bowl community

I heartily second everything in Alex's post. I realize this may seem odd coming from an elderly 19-year-old with an acronym or two in his sig, but I felt pretty much the same way you did upon first finding the forums. I know the sheer amount of information people seem to take for granted that everyo...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23
Replies: 14
Views: 5462

Re: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23

Yeah Kentucky actually seems like it'd have fewer local staffers than other sites.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Homewood-Flossmoor 2nd Annual Pop Culture Tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 2884

Re: Homewood-Flossmoor 2nd Annual Pop Culture Tournament

Here's a team formation spreadsheet for those who want to form teams

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago
Replies: 10
Views: 3083

Re: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago

I invite you to make and post your list of the 25 best history players in the greater Naperville area OK. 1. Me, the most important part of this list and also the protagonist of reality 2-25. The first 24 people in your dumb list lol Govind, Asil, and Arjun should also be in there somewhere but I d...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago
Replies: 10
Views: 3083

Re: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago

It's pretty cruel to make a list of the best history players in East Naperville and leave out regular Naperville
by An Economic Ignoramus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 88
Views: 22525

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

While I have no issue with going long distances (including to Minnesota!) for tournaments (and neither do my teammates ), we remain under budgetary and "no one wants to drive 9 1/2 hours"-ary constraints that people telling us to "suck it up and drive" and petulantly threatening to boycott this tour...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 88
Views: 22525

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Just posting here to say that this new OSU site is likely the difference between Michigan State attending this tournament and either not doing that or paying exorbitant sums out of pocket. I applaud the editors' decision to announce it.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 10628

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

I'm not sure if this is really an issue, but the book in the leadin of the cookbooks tossup has a name that literally translates from the Arabic as "Book of cooking". In an ideal scenario, that tossup might've been altered to reward knowledge of the history of cookbooks rather than language, but I r...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 6218

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I really enjoyed playing this set. A few feng shui challenges aside, the editing was quite strong, especially when it came to keeping difficulty appropriate and consistent throughout. My only major concern lies with how world history was handled in the set. Way too many packets had a "world history...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38845

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Stats are up. Thanks for your help, Jonah! (For future reference, it is perfectly possible to list someone else's email as the contact on a stat-database entry you own)
by An Economic Ignoramus
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38845

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I'm working on converting stats from this from QBWiki to SQBS since Jonah seems to show no interest in doing so. Stats should be up within a day, which in my opinion is a reasonable amount of time to make people wait for accessible stats in a standardized format (as opposed to, say, at least three m...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WORLDSTAR
Replies: 27
Views: 11122

Re: WORLDSTAR

Thanks to everyone for playing this set! With the British mirror complete, it'll be posted to the archive ASAP.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18
Replies: 25
Views: 5675

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

Given that the logistics issues I expressed concern about earlier in this thread seem to have come to pass, I would recommend giving more heed to community feedback in the future. Setbacks like this happen to us all, but I'd be concerned if the issues with this tournament were to be replicated next ...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database
Replies: 4
Views: 1985

Re: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database

Thanks for working on this, this will be useful to a lot of people. Will all of the staffers' information be available on the front page, or will viewing information of staffers near you require entering a query? If the former, will this be indexed by search engines? If the latter, are the people l...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database (cross-posted from the collegiate section)
Replies: 0
Views: 1560

Quiz Bowl Staffer Database (cross-posted from the collegiate section)

(This is the same as a thread created earlier in the collegiate section, but also seems highly relevant to high school) Given that connecting outsiders willing to staff and tournaments that need outside staff is a persistent problem in QB, Matt Mitchell, Ryan Rosenberg, and I are working on a projec...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database
Replies: 4
Views: 1985

Quiz Bowl Staffer Database

Given that connecting outsiders willing to staff and tournaments that need outside staff is a persistent problem in QB, Matt Mitchell, Ryan Rosenberg, and I are working on a project that should help remedy that. The following google form represents the data collection stage of what will eventually b...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats
Replies: 24
Views: 2613

Re: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats

Sorry if this got confused; I wasn't trying to imply that you can make meaningful cross- category comparisons with this; using a single threshold across all categories was a somewhat arbitrary decision.
by An Economic Ignoramus
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats
Replies: 24
Views: 2613

Re: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats

I made a list of teams and people who BPA indicates are very good at various categories (players with single category BPA above 25, teams with single category BPA above 30) (apologies for the formatting; this is copy-pasted from Excel). Brad McLain (Illinois A) Illinois A 32.955 Beliefs Kai Smith (C...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 7263

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

It looks like community opinion on this change (which, in my opinion, is a bad idea for the reasons outlined above) is pretty much unanimously against it. I realize NAQT is very busy, but can we expect a response on that soon?
by An Economic Ignoramus
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18
Replies: 25
Views: 5675

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

I applaud your ambition, but rather than trying to run two tournaments at once, it might be more advisable to run the SCOP mirror without the individual tournament. I realize this might reduce your revenue a bit, but providing a quality experience to all the teams playing this tournament rather than...
by An Economic Ignoramus
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 5723

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

In chess, it is my understanding that there are tournaments, say, for players with Elo of 1000-1500, 1500-1700, etc. Know how strong the people playing your tournament are. Chess has reduced "how good a player is" to a simple number, and made this number trivially easy to look up in an authoritativ...