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by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen @ Columbia University (2/21/15)
Replies: 33
Views: 16180

Re: George Oppen @ Columbia University (2/21/15)

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:I think that our team and Harvard's both ended up X-2, but one of Harvard's losses was a forfeit. Perhaps we can organize a final by Skype sometime if we want to really settle this.
We're in—this weekend sometime?
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2015 Matchmaking
Replies: 47
Views: 17858

Re: CO 2015 Matchmaking

ReverseTranscriptase wrote:I'm also looking for a team.
Sriram and I are looking for teammates.

EDIT: Someone who knows history would be cool.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen @ Columbia University (2/21/15)
Replies: 33
Views: 16180

Re: George Oppen @ Columbia University (2/21/15)

Thanks to Columbia/staffers for running a great tournament! Sorry we had to head out a bit early.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen @ Columbia University (2/21/15)
Replies: 33
Views: 16180

Re: George Oppen @ Columbia University (2/21/15)

Our train leaves at 7pm, so if the tournament runs late, running Eyes after wouldn't be great. Any chance we could run at least part of it during lunch and order pizza or something?
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen @ Columbia University (2/21/15)
Replies: 33
Views: 16180

Re: George Oppen @ Columbia University (2/21/15)

Kouign Amann wrote:What is the interest level in playing Eyes at this site?
I'd play!
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Feb 15, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 44428

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

Mewto55555 wrote:If I'm at CO I'm in.
Same here.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4838

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

[On the other hand, there was yet another question on the show Hannibal, after one at ACF Regionals. I don't know anyone who watches this show, and both times I heard the question, a team just guessed based on "cannibal". This show seems a bit overrepresented, IMO.] Hannibal is one of the most crit...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 3860

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

Thanks, again, for providing extended feedback. I'll post the requested questions once I'm back at my computer (or maybe Raynor can). Corry, I actually disagree with you on several of your difficulty assessments, and while this is anecdotal, a lot of the specific difficult answerlines you provided w...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 3860

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

Hey guys, thanks for all of your feedback. I'll try to respond to most of it—let me know if there's anything I miss. I have to agree with some of the sentiments about the particularly hard third parts in bonuses, especially in the science. While some were reasonable progressions from one to another,...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 81515

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

And, of course, maybe mirror some question sets that aren't HFT, because HFT is a college-level question set ostensibly intended for high schools, which is inappropriate for newer teams and which goes to support a club that does Sweet Fanny Adams for the college circuit. You're entitled to your opi...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 3860

Re: Question-specific discussion

Hmmm, the question doesn't actually use the word "she." Must've just been the moderator slipping up--sorry about that.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

As far as the continued absence of statistics goes, I see no defense. Why were scoresheets for the HFT taken to New York by a student at Columbia? That makes no sense, nor does not making sure that all scoresheets are brought together, to the same place, by the end of the tournament day. Ben (who g...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

This is a tournament that was edited for a long time by Andy "Insane Sense of Difficulty" Watkins. I don't really see how the fact that Andy Watkins once edited a few (much, much earlier) incarnations of HFT has any bearing on this discussion. It's not like I was going back and using 2009's HFT as ...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

I do not think the Harvard team's oft-stated belief that accessible, properly run high school quizbowl is "illegitimate" and that teams outside of the 30 or so who have the interest and funding to travel to Harvard can go screw themselves is good for quizbowl as a whole... I think a lot of things y...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Ben took most, but not all, of the scoresheets from the matches that took place in the Yard with him back to Columbia when he had to leave before the tournament finished (I've got the rest of those). Raynor has the scoresheets from the SOCH because we couldn't use a runner from the SOCH to the Yard,...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

We'll get stats up as soon as possible. It might take a couple days, though, because most of the scoresheets are with Ben in New York.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 3860

Re: Question-specific discussion

Could I see the TU on The Master and Margarita and the bonus that went Franklin/Speak, Memory/Dahl? I thought the set was decent for the most part but both of those questions were not very good ideas. The tossup was almost certainly too hard, even for this set (How many people actually know what ha...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

The staffer in question wasn't running a room solo, and initially was only slated to keep score, but requested to read due to poor math skills. Due to a miscommunication, I thought this staffer was bringing a laptop. We had something like 10-12 staffers/volunteers combined either drop out in the few...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Errata (HFT 2014)
Replies: 10
Views: 1009

Re: Errata

Only one reader used paper packets at the tournament. Anyway, clearly at least one reader (John) saw my email!
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Laptop checkout is for three hours, and there's no library within a 15-minute walk of where Raynor was, so that wouldn't have really worked.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

We provided parking information to teams this year. We did utilize round-by-round distribution at Penn Bowl, but I thought that our situation of having multiple locations at HFT would potentially lead to that system causing delays.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

General discussion (HFT 2014)

Discuss the set as a whole in this thread. For reference, the set was written and edited with the following breakdown: - I wrote all of the literature, fine arts, social science, philosophy, and miscellaneous questions, and edited everything except for science. - Raynor wrote the religion and myth, ...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Errata (HFT 2014)
Replies: 10
Views: 1009

Errata (HFT 2014)

If you remember any mistakes (factual or writing) from the set, post them here.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 3860

Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

Use this thread to discuss specific questions.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

The location situation was not ideal. I booked the entirety of the SOCH during the summer, only to have them email me a few weeks ago that they had screwed up and had to take away half of our rooms. By that point, there weren't enough rooms available to host the tournament across two buildings, let ...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

State College A defeated Wilmington Charter A in a one-game final. Stats will be up once Ben Zhang, Raynor, and I are able to combine all of our scoresheets. Thanks to all the teams who came today, and especially to their volunteers! I'm sorry the tournament took longer than expected--we had several...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)
Replies: 15
Views: 6822

Re: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)

The above isn't to knock Stephen or to say that his complaints about the staffing at the tournament are unfounded, by the way--it's more just to explain why I didn't see the tournament as running especially slowly while it was going on.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)
Replies: 15
Views: 6822

Re: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)

"post-dinner" finish times are not the norm (as long as you aren't defining this too early); tournaments should be finishing around 5:00 PM +/- 30 minutes, absent finals, for a 10 to 11 round tournament. I agree that tournaments should end around this time--just making the point that of the college...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)
Replies: 15
Views: 6822

Re: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)

Hey! I'll do my best to respond to some of your thoughts, Stephen. According to my text history, we finished round 12 at around 7:25 PM. Assuming a start time of around 9:30 and an hour for lunch, this works out to 45 minutes per round. This is far slower than ideal. 7:25 is later than ideal--MIT wa...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)
Replies: 15
Views: 6822

Re: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)

MIT A defeated Yale A in the first match of an advantaged final. Completed stats are up.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)
Replies: 15
Views: 6822

Re: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)

We still have space for a few more teams in the field--shoot me an email if you'd like to register. I'll be sending more detailed information to registered teams this weekend.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

The field has been expanded to 36 teams (field and wait list are up-to-date).
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)
Replies: 15
Views: 6822

Re: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)

Current Field (Teams/Buzzers/Staffers):
Amherst (1/2/0)
Brown (1/0/0)
Ottawa (1/0/0)
Yale (2/2/0)
Cornell (2/0/1)
MIT (2/1/0)
Dartmouth (1/0/1)
Northeastern (2/1/3)
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)
Replies: 15
Views: 6822

Penn Bowl at Harvard (10/18/2014)

Harvard will be hosting a mirror of this year's Penn Bowl on October 18, 2014. The original tournament announcement is here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=15851 Fee Structure: Base fee: $120 per team Working buzzer discount: $5 each Approved moderator discount: $10 each, and we'll...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

With Kellenberg's registration, the field for HFT is now full. A field expansion at this point doesn't seem likely, but I'll start a waitlist for interested teams, in case any teams currently in the field drop out. HFT has also been platinum certified by PACE, meaning that the top 25% of the field w...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament IX Available For Mirrors
Replies: 11
Views: 8454

Harvard Fall Tournament IX Available For Mirrors

Hi all! The ninth annual Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) will be available for mirrors starting November 15, 2014, and lasting until three weeks before HSNCT. We're looking for mirrors in the following regions: Georgia - Marist School S. California - Capistrano Valley High School (announcement forthco...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!
Replies: 105
Views: 60238

Re: VCUO travel with John Lawrence -- the liveblog!!

Mewto55555 wrote:JL has mayo, pickles, and grilled onions.
The ideal burger.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 9450

Re: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

The National Monument is the important part. It's one of a series of monuments he's created (Presidents have the power to create National Monuments w/o congressional approval). I'm sure there are many rocks named after chimneys, but there's only one chimney rock national monument. Sure, but the rea...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal
Replies: 47
Views: 16485

Re: The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal

I'll write a packet for this.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 280808

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

This happened. Ian Lenhoff won, with a statline of 2/3/3/4 for 130, beating Ben Herman and his statline of 1/0/5/0 for 80. Thanks for playing, everyone - I'll post the packet soon.

edit: here's the packet.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 280808

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have a packet of 40 album tossups that I'll read in the IRC at 11pm EDT, unless people have objections to that time. A good number of the questions are very difficult, but if you liked the Hunter/Hirsch packets, there should be some stuff here you'll enjoy. Due to some internet issues (I'm abroad...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 280808

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have a packet of 40 album tossups that I'll read in the IRC at 11pm EDT, unless people have objections to that time. A good number of the questions are very difficult, but if you liked the Hunter/Hirsch packets, there should be some stuff here you'll enjoy. Due to some internet issues (I'm abroad...
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:51 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 280808

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have a packet of 40 album tossups that I'll read in the IRC at 11pm EDT, unless people have objections to that time. A good number of the questions are very difficult, but if you liked the Hunter/Hirsch packets, there should be some stuff here you'll enjoy.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 54692

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Barring a field expansion, this tournament is now half-full. Teams planning on coming should send in their registrations soon (if you've already sent one and don't see your school listed under "Current Field," PM or email me).
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:01 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 280808

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

This is easily the best trash packet I've ever read.
by hydrocephalitic listlessness
Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 30408

Re: New England 2014-2015

I don't think there enough remaining teams to run a New England only tournament, so Harvard Fall and MIT Fall for example will probably only occur if out of region teams (NJ/NY) sign up. Just want to jump in and say that Harvard Fall is definitely happening, and we encourage all New England teams (...