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by Megachile dupla
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Announcement (Trash + Academic)
Replies: 8
Views: 2933

Re: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Announcement (Trash + Academic)

Will this set be posted soon?
by Megachile dupla
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 5684

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

Thanks to Oli for running a good tournament and to all of the moderators.
by Megachile dupla
Tue May 19, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What makes a good tiebreaker?
Replies: 6
Views: 827

Re: What makes a good tiebreaker?

I think a lot of this just boils to “write good tossups” and the only difference from the rest of the set is your third point, that you don’t want to make them too hard to convert. I understand why people would put tossups they think are worse as some of the later tiebreakers, but doing so means the...
by Megachile dupla
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)
Replies: 18
Views: 3486

Re: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)

I enjoyed playing MWT tossups only, I think the online format hinders bonuses more so than it does tossups and would prefer to make this tossups only as well.
by Megachile dupla
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019-2020 PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 4
Views: 5072

Re: 2019-2020 PACE Writing Mentorship Program

The 2019-20 PACE Writing Mentorship Program has concluded. Congratulations to the graduates of the program: Jakob Boeye Briana Magin Noah Sheidlower Tony Chen Juliet Mayer Lalit Maharjan William Grossman William Yaeger I also want to give thanks to the following people: Ophir Lifshitz and Victor Pri...
by Megachile dupla
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Homewood-Flossmoor 3rd Annual Pop Culture (Trash) Tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 1170

Re: Homewood-Flossmoor 3rd Annual Pop Culture (Trash) Tournament

Can we get a field update as well as any other logistics info?
by Megachile dupla
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019-2020 PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 4
Views: 5072

Re: 2019-2020 PACE Writing Mentorship Program

All applicants should have been notified of the evaluation committee's decision a little while ago. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to apply.
by Megachile dupla
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Questions should mention all named works or people
Replies: 3
Views: 3294

Re: Questions should mention all named works or people

Cheynem wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:17 pm
My personal preference is if feasible, you should. If doing so would result in wordiness or lack of pyramidality, then don't. I do agree with including the information in a note in the answerline.
Agree with Mike here.
by Megachile dupla
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Questions should mention all named works or people
Replies: 3
Views: 3294

Questions should mention all named works or people

Just a note to writers that any time a question clues a work or person, they should be named at some point. Preferably they would be namedropped later in the question, if not there should be a note after the answerline with this info. This info is useful both for editors who need to be able to easil...
by Megachile dupla
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019-2020 PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 4
Views: 5072

Re: 2019-2020 PACE Writing Mentorship Program

Just as a reminder, applications are due Sunday by midnight Central time.
by Megachile dupla
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 2147

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

Can you give an estimate on when you expect the tournament to end? I don’t know how long the questions/rounds are.
by Megachile dupla
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019-2020 PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 4
Views: 5072

Re: 2019-2020 PACE Mentorship Program

Just a reminder that you have a little over a month to get your applications in. Let me know if you have any questions about the program.
by Megachile dupla
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Available for Mirroring Starting 6/30
Replies: 21
Views: 9157

Re: NASAT Available for Mirroring Starting 6/30

There will be. TBA. Any updates on this? I think we olds would appreciate getting practice on an all-category tournament before CO. Sorry; a family member had a medical emergency the week after NASAT, so that & work has kept me busy. I will be trying to get this set up soon. Is there any update on ...
by Megachile dupla
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019-2020 PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 4
Views: 5072

2019-2020 PACE Writing Mentorship Program

PACE is pleased to announce the continuation of our mentorship program for new writers. Program Details The program is scheduled for October 1 through January 12. Mentees admitted into the program will be expected to complete an assignment of 24 questions by January, with mentoring and feedback bein...
by Megachile dupla
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 10699

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

What were the details behind the "Lil Wayne" wrong answer? 11. This artist recorded the first LP to sell one million copies; that album by this man features seven songs written at least in part by Lord Burgess and concludes with a song that asserts “ever since the world began / woman was always tea...
by Megachile dupla
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PSA: Don't Write For PACE
Replies: 15
Views: 8910

Re: PSA: Don't Write For PACE

I'm suggesting that, as of right now, young writers ought to avoid PACE if they want to find an organization or project that encourages them to contribute, cultivates their talent, and offers them recognition for their efforts and opportunities to contribute more. I'll respond specifically to this,...
by Megachile dupla
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 20507

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

I like this schedule, although I’d rather not play on the clock. Relatedly, will someone be excising the excessively British tossups like last year? That would help cut it down a bit instead of having a clock.
by Megachile dupla
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 20507

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Seeing as this is side event weekend, I’d prefer to make Cambridge Open as short as possible in favor of hopefully getting another event in on Saturday.
by Megachile dupla
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Available for Mirroring Starting 6/30
Replies: 21
Views: 9157

Re: NASAT Available for Mirroring Starting 6/30

Any chance of an online mirror?
by Megachile dupla
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 8823

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Will we be playing guerrilla history? I’d like to have that, preferably Saturday but if not then Sunday after acronym.
by Megachile dupla
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Festivus (23 Dec)
Replies: 6
Views: 4487

Re: Festivus (23 Dec)

Can the packets be posted soon?
by Megachile dupla
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Homewood-Flossmoor 2nd Annual Pop Culture Tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 4187

Re: Homewood-Flossmoor 2nd Annual Pop Culture Tournament

Can we get a field update?
by Megachile dupla
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl 2018 Online Mirror (12/09/18)
Replies: 23
Views: 14103

Re: Penn Bowl 2018 Online Mirror (12/09/18)

Thanks to Rama and all the readers, this was the most well run online tournament I’ve played in.
by Megachile dupla
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 11
Views: 10641

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

All of the collegiate mirrors of this set are complete, the only remaining high school mirror is at Solon in February. To reiterate, EFT is not clear until February, so please discuss it only in the private discussion forum. If you are in college and would like a copy of the set, whether you played ...
by Megachile dupla
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 7644

Re: Guerilla History Event (December)

I would prefer to play in person (possibly after a PIANO mirror?).
by Megachile dupla
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8908

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

Could you post the tossup on "postmodernism"? I recall Lyotard's definition being clued very early. A 1993 book named for this adjective includes a story that begins by telling its end: “the Sun is going to explode.” Those “fables” of this type were created by a philosopher who argued that this mov...
by Megachile dupla
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8908

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

Can I see the tossup on the Book of Judges? I'm curious as to what translation was used for the quotation in the first line, as I remember it being different from the translations I've read. The final verse of this book declares that “everyone did as they saw fit,” a phrase repeatedly used througho...
by Megachile dupla
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8908

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

For the Critique of Pure Reason bonus, if I recall correctly, it said that David Hume read it and it awoke him from his "dogmatic slumbers." This is wrong, Kant read and said that about Hume. Hume died before Critique of Pure Reason was published. You’re right about that, sorry for the error. Edit:...
by Megachile dupla
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8908

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

Here you go: The first member of this ethnic group to become a millionaire in the U.S. was a farmer known as “The Potato King.” A 1913 Alien Land Act primarily targeting members of this ethnic group caused many of them to lease land under the names of their native-born children. This ethnic group’s...
by Megachile dupla
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 48
Views: 16427

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

janieldensen wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:10 am
Field Update (10/8/18):
[...]
Sally Hemings
[...]
Hasn’t this team been asked to stop doing this?
by Megachile dupla
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8908

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

Berniecrat wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:37 pm
For the Inquisition part, was there a reason Council of Blood not accepted or prompted?
By my understanding, it’s not quite equivalent since the Council of Blood occurred later and was primarily meant to target rebel lords. My apologies if there was any ambiguity.
by Megachile dupla
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) @ University of Maryland, College Park on 9/29
Replies: 10
Views: 5560

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) @ University of Maryland, College Park on 9/29

Thanks to everyone for playing. To discuss the set, please join the discussion forum at User Control Panel -> Usergroups -> 2018 EFT Discussion.
by Megachile dupla
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Michigan (09/29/2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 4799

Re: EFT at Michigan (09/29/2018)

Thanks to everyone for playing. To discuss the set, please join the discussion forum at User Control Panel -> Usergroups -> 2018 EFT Discussion.
by Megachile dupla
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Open Discord Mirror (09/22/2018)
Replies: 8
Views: 4825

Re: EFT Open Discord Mirror (09/22/2018)

The winners were Don't Forget to Bring a Towel! (Stephen Liu, Jason Golfinos, Alex Schmidt, Peter Schmidt). Stats will be up on SQBS within a few days. Also, I want to request again that anyone who played this tournament join the discussion forum and share your thoughts. The goal of this mirror was ...
by Megachile dupla
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8908

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

Here you go: Frederick Lugard laid out the British principles of indirect rule in this modern-day country, where he served as High Commissioner for its northern part. In this modern-day country, King Jaja worked his way out of slavery to rule the state of Opobo, which sold palm oil directly to Brita...
by Megachile dupla
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Open Discord Mirror (09/22/2018)
Replies: 8
Views: 4825

Re: EFT Open Discord Mirror (09/22/2018)

The discussion forum for this set is now up.
by Megachile dupla
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8908

EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

Please discuss specific questions or request to see questions here, with your reason for requesting them.
by Megachile dupla
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 8644

EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Thanks to everyone for playing EFT, I hope you enjoyed the tournament. The production of this set was not exactly smooth, since Joey abandoned the project a few weeks ago, so there are many people to thank for rescuing this set. First of all, thanks to Ike Jose, who ended up writing the most questio...
by Megachile dupla
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Open Discord Mirror (09/22/2018)
Replies: 8
Views: 4825

Re: EFT Open Discord Mirror (09/22/2018)

Thanks to everyone for playing, hope you enjoyed the set. A discussion forum will be up soon, but in the meantime please email me at tejascraje at gmail with any comments, criticism or feedback. Thanks again to Alex for running this and to all of the readers as well.
by Megachile dupla
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBTee Shirts
Replies: 12
Views: 6031

Re: IQBTee Shirts

I have serious concerns with the contents of these shirts, both of these make some sense in the context of quizbowl but I would absolutely not want to wear them in public. As you know, the usual definition of negging is something totally different and entirely negative and the second shirt seems lik...
by Megachile dupla
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 27130

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

Thanks to Mike and everyone else at UIUC for running this, it was a really fun and well organized weekend. Thanks as well to everyone who staffed and helped out, and of course to the writers.
by Megachile dupla
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 27130

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

I’m in favor of keeping the format as is for Words and Objects, with free agents just joining existing teams. I recognize the issue with not having the best way to determine a champion but I think this format will get the most out of the existing packets.
by Megachile dupla
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 27130

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

For what it’s worth, I’d prefer to move one of the two film tournaments to the Saturday night spot previously occupied by Snick and keep everything else the same.
by Megachile dupla
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2019 Terrapin 30 proto-announcement
Replies: 6
Views: 6894

Re: 2019 Terrapin 30 proto-announcement

Is there a reason you’re abandoning the longstanding and beloved tradition of Terrapin’s name using Roman numerals?
by Megachile dupla
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 30819

Re: Players Choice Awards

I’d suggest having a separate award for total newcomers, players who had never played quizbowl before.
by Megachile dupla
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: SOUNDTRACK playtesting at ICT
Replies: 15
Views: 5750

Re: SOUNDTRACK playtesting at ICT

I’ll second Mike, I haven’t watched as many of the movies that came up here but this was very fun to play.
by Megachile dupla
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 23888

Re: Your Favorite Question

I don't know much about the topic of this question, but it has one of the best leadins I've heard. This poet’s complaint about Ben Jonson’s phrase “the bodies that those souls were frighted from” is probably the source of the prescription against using prepositions to end sentences with. Matthew Pri...
by Megachile dupla
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 15384

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

I enjoyed the set, I thought in general the questions were quite good and I didn't notice any systemic problems. Here's a few general comments I had: The trash felt really imbalanced to me, I remember only one TV bonus and a couple film questions but almost all of it was music. There were two too ma...
by Megachile dupla
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 8280

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

I don’t think anyone’s mentioned this but one very important thing a TD needs to do is double check that for packet sub tournaments, no team is scheduled to play on their packet.
by Megachile dupla
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 13839

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

Someone should correct me if I'm wrong, but from my analysis, the median buzzpoint at the Georgia Tech site, which had (according to forum post here ) ten teams in attendance, was .996 (!!) (and an average above .90) Just to be clear, this was only referring to music tossups, as Chandler's hypothes...