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by touchpack
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: TOEJAM III Online Doubles: January 31, 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 645

Re: TOEJAM III Online Doubles: January 31, 2021

I would selfishly prefer that this tournament remain in its original announced timeslot, as I work weekends and have to arrange tournaments with my schedule in advance.
by touchpack
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 65
Views: 5966

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

Cjh0024 wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:54 pm That’s assuming the whole country wants to get vaccinated, which I doubt would happen.
Read my post again. I accounted for that.
by touchpack
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 65
Views: 5966

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

Look, I don't like online quizbowl either. I think if you guys hate it that much, then cancelling would be a defensible decision. However, it's absolute fantasy to pretend that it will be safe to have in-person events in April. Some basic facts here: -It's not safe to have a gathering with so many p...
by touchpack
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 65
Views: 5966

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

Look, the way the pandemic has been mishandled in this country is like the Sorites paradox. Is any individual bad decision responsible for the 370,000 Americans and counting that are now dead? No, certainly not, it's the composite sum of thousands of bad decisions that have done it. But that doesn't...
by touchpack
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 WORKSHOP: A Retrospective
Replies: 7
Views: 1796

Re: 2020 WORKSHOP: A Retrospective

I can easily imagine scenarios where writers or even other editors would be unwilling to step in to comment on questions being edited, or where people would feel intimidated to have their questions edited in a public space I'm not sure what you mean here by "edited in a public space." If ...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 3074

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

I'm not sure if Olivia would agree with me here, but I think answers like "that time of the month" should just be rejected. To use a significantly more extreme example for rhetorical purposes, a hypothetical bonus part on black people would not accept or prompt on the n-word--all normal q...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 3074

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

I'm not sure if Olivia would agree with me here, but I think answers like "that time of the month" should just be rejected. To use a significantly more extreme example for rhetorical purposes, a hypothetical bonus part on black people would not accept or prompt on the n-word--all normal qu...
by touchpack
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Looking for a set - can be "older"
Replies: 13
Views: 1607

Re: Looking for a set - can be "older"

Please, don't do this. I get that your employers and co-workers are making bad decisions, but that doesn't mean you should join them and make a bad decision yourself. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health , Cullman County is currently in "High Risk" mode, which means gatheri...
by touchpack
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Statement on LIT Cheating Allegation: Princeton A
Replies: 16
Views: 5340

Re: Statement on LIT Cheating Allegation: Princeton A

If such an experiment cannot produce negative evidence, it side-steps the point of such an experiment. It can only serve to either kick the can down the road indefinitely or exonerate him. Are you suggesting that evidence is only useful if it can be used to prove Chase's guilt? If so, I find that a...
by touchpack
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Statement on LIT Cheating Allegation: Princeton A
Replies: 16
Views: 5340

Re: Statement on LIT Cheating Allegation: Princeton A

Speaking as an outside observer, not any organizations, I find the "family emergency" story to be extremely implausible. If someone truly were having a family emergency that required them to be constantly texting during rounds, you would expect their performance to be at least mildly, if n...
by touchpack
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: INTRODUCING THE AMERICAN QUIZBOWL LEAGUE
Replies: 23
Views: 5536

Re: INTRODUCING THE AMERICAN QUIZBOWL LEAGUE

I see that, at least for the first event of the year, AQBL is running a set that was produced by high schoolers and middle schoolers . I don't know who the regular writers will be (though Sadie suggests there is speculation that they will be largely high schoolers). I have concerns with a for-profit...
by touchpack
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 48
Views: 23829

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

Re: the concerns about the science distribution, the issue here is it's not really a per-packet distribution, it's a per-tournament distribution. Basically, there will be somewhat less than 1/1 chemistry and 1/1 physics, in order to make room for applied science topics. Don't get too concerned about...
by touchpack
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 37096

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Seems worth noting that Will has demonstrably improved a lot over the time span that the data set ranges, whereas other players have had more constant performances. Yeah, I take issue with this dataset. Some of these players (Will and Tejas especially) have had markedly different quizbowl careers t...
by touchpack
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 2625

Re: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)

A Very Long Math Tossup wrote: Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:55 pm
Fucitol wrote: Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:19 pm I am very ready to get thoroughly embarrassed on what is supposed to be one of my better categories.
by touchpack
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Difficulty Metrics
Replies: 4
Views: 5317

Re: Difficulty Metrics

My go-to when writing jazz questions for assessing the difficulty of albums is looking at the number of reviews on Allmusic. The logic is similar to your Goodreads example--it gets you an approximate comparative measurement of how many people are actually listening to X/Y/Z album.
by touchpack
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17001

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

This drug addict supposedly told his wife Louisa, “My poor darling, you have killed [me]” after realizing that she had mixed up his magnesia and chloral bottles. This scientist liked to wow audiences by catching a falling glass cylinder during Christmas lectures. This man, whose reputation suffered...
by touchpack
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17001

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

My $0.02 on the science history: I largely agree with James' post, and would also cite the tossup on Sophie Germain as a successful way of incorporating science history into the science distribution. However, I don't think science history should solely be put into science. Science history, as its n...
by touchpack
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 21288

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. Yeah, the clock can be cool for Serious National Championships but I don't think it'd be ...
by touchpack
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 21288

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

Last year, we did 8 rounds of Cambridge Open plus finals, and I thought that was just right length-wise. If the crowd really wants to reduce it to make room for more events, I would advise running CamO as a tossup-only event. I'd rather play 10-12 rounds of tossups than 5-6 rounds of tossup/bonus (s...
by touchpack
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 41825

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Looking back on this question, I think _orthonormal_ should be acceptable before the word "normalized"--while the wording of the clues more directly hints towards _orthogonal_, the first two sentences are both certainly true for an answer of "orthonormal" as well (in particular, ...
by touchpack
Wed May 29, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 41825

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

On another note on that question, I'm a huge fan of NAQT adopting verbose prompts! Within reason. When an answer line reaches three lines of text, it doesn't matter if we've been given a note to "look over this answer line in advance", it's going to be difficult to parse in real-time. Tho...
by touchpack
Wed May 29, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 41825

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Bar in Nighthawks should probably have been accepted upon protest, right? I don't think I lodged a protest, but they were looking for restaurant of diner. I don't think the protest would have mattered anyway. FWIW, I said "the bar in Nighthawks" and it was accepted, although I heard that ...
by touchpack
Tue May 28, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT
Replies: 18
Views: 6012

Re: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT

Echoing Noah and Jonathen here: this set did have some issues (weird difficulty swings and difficulty cliffs, some of the creative ideas just didn't work out that well, etc.) However, it also had a bunch of really excellent questions, and the whimsy factor was really, really enjoyable. Thanks to the...
by touchpack
Mon May 06, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media
Replies: 26
Views: 12215

Re: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media

Since NCTs run on timing, I don't think there's any actual risk of one game finishing entirely ahead of another game played on the same questions. Actually, this happens somewhat frequently, and it makes liveblogging question content for the prelims infeasible. The card system requires that game-de...
by touchpack
Thu May 02, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 22347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

As someone who is not a huge fan of most subfields of earth science, it's way more than just "geology and physical geography." Off the top of my head, there's also geophysics, atmospheric science and meteorology, hydrology (encompassing ocean science, freshwater science, and stuff about gr...
by touchpack
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 39397

Re: Player Poll 2019

Science Man here giving my thoughts on Science People: Geoff is #1, and it's not close. Look at his PIANO and ICT stats if you don't believe me--dude is a monster with high potential to become the GOAT in undergrad. #2 through #4 are, in some order, Kai Smith, Adam Silverman, and Stephen Eltinge. Ka...
by touchpack
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 10
Views: 7387

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

NAQT already has 1/1 math at the HSNCT and SSNCT, though some of the bonuses are computational.
by touchpack
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 22347

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Because there's no clear reason that math should beat out any number of equally deserving things for a 1/1 slot among 20/20; if, hypothetically, the standard quizbowl tournament were to be 24/24, then I think math would have a case. Definitely agreed with this, but even then, I'm not sure math woul...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25857

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Are stats going to be posted for this, or are they a casualty of the paper scoresheets / bad hotel internet?
by touchpack
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 57057

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

There is : here or on the Academic Competition Federation facebook page . Hey, for the future, please don't ever stream quizbowl on facebook. It's a notoriously garbage streaming service which, on top of other issues, has literally zero mobile support! I was unable to listen to the finals because o...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 30133

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Personally I'd love to see a 40-team ICT with 15 rounds - 7 prelims and 8 playoffs. Presumably teams are willing to pay more for the guaranteed extra rounds. Given that each round takes about 30 minutes, particularly considering the generally excellent logistics of the ICT, you could maybe start pr...
by touchpack
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25857

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

NAQT staff check-in (and some set-up tasks) for the ICT *starts* at 7:30, so a 6:30 start time for this tournament is completely infeasible (unless you can get Joel to exempt Lederberg participants)
by touchpack
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25857

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I would very much like to play this, but I am staffing GOLBEZ where/when it is run (currently Saturday night at ICT), regardless of the date/time chosen for this tournament.
by touchpack
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals playtesting
Replies: 26
Views: 9658

Re: ACF Regionals playtesting

I'm going to playtest physics and other science this weekend or early next week. I'll probably hold the sessions one after the other, but I'm open to having them at separate times depending on interest. I've made two doodle polls to select times: physics , other science . In addition to the times I...
by touchpack
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 9137

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I'm looking at advanced stats for earlier mirrors of EFT and I'm seriously questioning why it was necessary to take them at all. The stats confirm unequivocally things that should have been obvious to the editors: T.S. Eliot was far too easy, the 1400s were far too fraudable, and Winterreise was fa...
by touchpack
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 38879

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Can you guys decide on a date soon? I work ~26 weekends a year and need to request time off well in advance.
by touchpack
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 38879

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

One other point I'd like to make: part of the allure of playing a hard-difficulty open tournament is the opportunity for a highly competitive field to form from groups of highly talented quizbowlers of various ages and various locations travelling to one place. Like, Chicago Open has exactly one sit...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 38879

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I went to Michigan State as an undergraduate and road-tripped with Joe, Connor, and Ryan Dillon to Minneapolis for Minnesota Open -- that was just the sort of thing you had to do to play! There was an entire era when the main site of Minnesota Open was an event that people would travel long distanc...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 38879

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Do not hold two Midwest mirrors, period, full stop.

Nobody wants to play in the fractured fields that would result, and I implore the editors to cancel one of them immediately.
by touchpack
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 20662

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

This was a mostly quite good set of novice science questions, I can think of very little to nitpick! -The first clue of the tossup on "pressure" actually refers to energy density, but it doesn't accept that."It can be easily shown that the radiation pressure exerted by a light wave is...
by touchpack
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 9445

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

A receptor partially named for this compound is activated by a peptide found in Gila monster venom. A peptide that is “like” this compound is an example of an incretin, whose production is blocked by DPP-4 inhibitors like Januvia . This compound upregulates a pathway that uses enzymes like HMG-CoA ...
by touchpack
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 15988

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

I know this is tooting my own horn a bit, but for easier tournaments, I was really proud of the work my co-editors and I did on MUT 2014, and I remember that set being very well-received as well.
by touchpack
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 10248

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

I think if this thread was really meant to answer the question being posed, there was no reason to go through the specifics. On the other hand, if the events of the tournament production deserve a broader analysis, then maybe they should have been. But in that case, I think the OP should have been ...
by touchpack
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 57104

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Monday Begins on Saturday, and Sunday Comes Afterwards (Matt Bollinger, Shan Kothari, Adam Silverman, and Matt Weiner) defeated A Dead Meme Isn't Art (Ike Jose, John Lawrence, Jakob Myers, and Andrew Wang) in the first game of an advantaged final. I don't have the scoresheet for the final yet, so I...
by touchpack
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 38075

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Could I see the tossup on bacteriophages from Round 8? I remember protesting because they were referred to as organisms, which I believe was a dispute in other rooms as well. It's my understanding (correct me if I'm wrong) that viruses are not considered organisms, but the ruling from the control r...
by touchpack
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 35065

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I think there should be more regular-minus tournaments, and "regular" should be more carefully controlled (e.g. this year's Regionals, despite its brilliances, could have had much more tapering on the hard side of its distribution), but I don't think "regular" itself needs to ch...
by touchpack
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 7239

Re: CMST: General Discussion

I thought the science in this tournament was very good, especially considering the relative inexperience of the writers/editors. There was a bit of a lack of polish at times, but the core topics the writers selected tended to be very important, the execution was generally pretty good, and there were...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 8521

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

no matter what, the 1 v 2 match should never be the first round of the tournament . I would go a bit further, and say that the 1v3 and 2v3 matches also, in general, tend to be critical matches, and should never be put in round 1. As an addendum--PLEASE room-balance your schedules! It doesn't take t...