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by vinteuil
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Stamina during Nationals
Replies: 5
Views: 1668

Re: Stamina during Nationals

The jury's still out on how much your brain is "like a muscle" (c.f. the replicability problems of Roy Baumeister's "ego depletion' idea), but it sure does use energy. Echoing Matt: I find that a huge portion of quizbowl mental fatigue can be mitigated by judicious application of snacks (and water!).
by vinteuil
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 4
Views: 2941

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

Is there any update on the progress of this set or plans for mirror sites? Our logistics team started contacting potential hosts last week—we hope to have sites decided in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in hosting after February 15, particularly on February 29th (pre-nationals) or May 2nd (pos...
by vinteuil
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Call for 2020 CO Editors
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Re: Call for 2020 CO Editors

I’m not sure if this point has been mooted publicly, but I remember Auroni bringing up the (excellent) idea that players with current collegiate eligibility should, generally, edit CO—that helps mitigate burnout among the relatively limited pool of writers who can edit Nats and ICT. Honestly, I’d be...
by vinteuil
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

I'll also add that we have always provided lunch at every tournament we have hosted - even taco bars - so if you are going to complain about prizes please consider folks who provide lunch too - this is often a major cost that I rarely see when I travel to other tournaments. I can't speak for anybod...
by vinteuil
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

While certainly nobody wants tech manuals, I dunno about not giving out "battered copies of hyper-canonical books every top scorer will have as prizes." I guess I've rarely been a top scorer (I was, once! Seriously! At ACF Regionals, no less!), but I've never minded getting a copy of The Mayor of C...
by vinteuil
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

No prizes is better than insulting prizes

This post was prompted by my experience at Michigan's Penn Bowl mirror this past weekend, but my intent isn't so much to call them out as to raise this issue more broadly: that was far from the first time that I've seen a selection of books that frankly nobody wants handed out as "prizes." Don't do ...
by vinteuil
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: electronic distribution of NAQT practice materials
Replies: 6
Views: 3493

Re: electronic distribution of NAQT practice materials

Thanks for the quick response, and for all the thoughtfulness that seems to have gone into implementation!
by vinteuil
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: electronic distribution of NAQT practice materials
Replies: 6
Views: 3493

Re: electronic distribution of NAQT practice materials

This is very exciting!

Will teams be given electronic access to the sets played at tournaments they attended, or only to sets of practice questions that they purchased?
by vinteuil
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

TaylorH wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:49 am
The PDF packets that were just posted seem to be corrupted and cannot be opened.
We are aware of this and working on fixing it; expect them to work by tonight.

EDIT: This should be fixed. I think our use of an emoji in the subtitle may have screwed things up...
by vinteuil
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Pre-announcement: unnamed early 2021 open
Replies: 2
Views: 1370

Re: Pre-announcement: unnamed early 2021 open

This is very exciting! Who else is on the writing team?
by vinteuil
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I endorse Sam's analysis, particularly on the difficulty of estimating conversion when the numbers get very small. This is partly because experts in a subject---the only ones who know the answer---are the most likely to neg if the answerline is so out of left field!
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

For philosophy, I think it's way more dispersed - some people engage with philosophy through studying it as its own academic discipline, but I would wager that many more people encounter it as a lens on other disciplines which they are exploring, e.g. philosophy of science, literary theory and crit...
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

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 vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I was, however, quite disappointed with the music in this set. I'm not sure when the decision was made to roll jazz into the 1/1 Auditory Arts, but that combined with the world music, a tossup purely on film music, two tossup on performers, the opera tossup (although this is more understandable) an...
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

As an aside: I respectfully wish editors would keep team names as is unless there is a serious problem with them. It's a disheartening way to start the day to see your name tossed (even if it's not funny). We didn’t do this intentionally, so it must have been an internal communication mistake—sorry!
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I’ll populate this post with more stuff as I remember it, but first I’d like to reiterate my thanks to my fellow editors, and to acknowledge a few dumb mistakes—I screwed up the wording of a crucial late clue in the Trump (the dog) TU, and I likely should’ve moved the powermark or even some middle c...
by vinteuil
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 9
Views: 4791

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

I personally find this formatting extremely cramped and unnatural to read. (I have a lot of trouble with double-column text in general)
by vinteuil
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 31987

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

Similarly, a hearty thank you to our playtesters - Jarret Greene, Seth Teitler, Geoffrey Chen, Eric Douglass, Natan Holtzman, Naveed Chowdhury, and assuredly others who I'm neglecting to mention right now. Aside from extensive feedback from Wonyoung in particular and the other editors in general (C...
by vinteuil
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 6684

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

EDIT: To put it another way, ACF Fall cannot, and should not, exist to make Will Alston, Jacob Reed, or Auroni Gupta better editors. Its primary goal is to produce an incredibly important product for the players. If it serves as a useful set of training wheels, all the better! Of course not, I was ...
by vinteuil
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 6684

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

I think there are a lot of people who are juniors and seniors in college for whom ACF Fall is still a very appropriate tournament to play. Given that "ACF Fall is basically a high quality, HS nats-minus or regular-plus tournament" (I agree), does this mean that these people have a "high school" lev...
by vinteuil
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 6684

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

Coupled with a very high entry fee of $150, it seems like ACF is putting up a big barrier to entry for a lot of teams. Since the packet submission requirement is aimed explicitly at teams of upperclasspeople or underclasspeople who got college playing experience in high school, are you saying that ...
by vinteuil
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 4512

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

I'm intrigued the idea of putting ACCEPT/PROMPT/REJECT on separate lines, but I think it could actually decrease moderator speed. That's because the current best practice is to put "most-anticipated" answers first; sorting by ACCEPT/PROMPT/REJECT means that some very likely answers may end up on the...
by vinteuil
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 31987

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

To clarify one point on the distribution: there will be some amount of science history in each science category of the set (it's not all taking up "other science" slots).
by vinteuil
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 31987

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

DumbJaques wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:37 am
Jacob Reed, Jonathan Magin, WIll Holub-Moorman, and Alston Boyd have done fantastic jobs on this set, and were wonderful to work with.
(As have Wonyoung Jang and Sriram Pendyala—always a delight—and a few others.)
by vinteuil
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: TAPIR Set Available for 2020 Mirrors
Replies: 11
Views: 5478

Re: TAPIR Set Available for 2020 Mirrors

The $10 mirror fee norm is a holdover from quite a long time ago, and really should have gone up to $15 by now. If you believe that sets should be cheaper than that, you either believe that producing good questions doesn't deserve even remotely fair compensation, or you don't believe that sets need ...
by vinteuil
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Different Styles of Making Flashcards
Replies: 11
Views: 5514

Re: Different Styles of Making Flashcards

I am by no means an elite player, but I have done quite a bit of studying over the years, and have never used nor seen the appeal of flashcards. I take bulleted pencil-and-paper notes on the harder details of everything I study, and I don't understand how flashcards could be more helpful for me. Is...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 16952

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

While I don't think that Mike's second point meets my challenge above (i.e. "Say you get your political goals. If the legislation is strict enough to be truly effective, you'll have to drastically curtail this kind of polluting anyway."), I of course strongly endorse his message that activism, espec...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 16952

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

This is a phenomenal post. Two points to build on it: 1. "Eating local" (e.g. not making frivolous trips to other regional tournaments) isn't some dreary punishment; it has its own joys too. Building relationships with the other teams in your circuit, watching their younger players develop, helping ...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?
Replies: 9
Views: 4979

Re: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?

I wouldn't be opposed to a website that tracks all of that, but a key salient fact is that these are, in fact, separate organizations and I think it's best to keep that fact relevant. Someone looking to find information on Greater Pennsylvania quizbowl may not necessarily want to see every NAQT pos...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?
Replies: 9
Views: 4979

Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?

We've all complained about how the "blog" link on the HSQB front page leads to a very sparse page that hasn't been updated in ages. Now, even ACF has its own blog to go with NAQT's interviews and social media presence, PACE's social media, Greater Pennsylvania Quizbowl's fantastic website, etc. etc....
by vinteuil
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stop putting "Quiet Night Thought" in power for Li Bai
Replies: 4
Views: 3876

Re: Stop putting "Quiet Night Thought" in power for Li Bai

Justin is right, and so is Max, at least in terms of how those tossups inevitably play out. As far as I can tell, the root of the problem in both cases is a recognition that a topic is important enough to keep coming up, coupled with a lack of any collective sense of what the "famous but not-yet-qui...
by vinteuil
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 4
Views: 2941

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

We're delighted at the response we've gotten so far! Given the impressive number of applicants, we're going to close writer applications for now; applicants should expect to hear back tonight.
by vinteuil
Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PSA: Don't Write For PACE
Replies: 15
Views: 7908

Re: PSA: Don't Write For PACE

These are my personal thoughts and do not necessarily reflect those of any quizbowl organization. I'm going to leave aside any first-year issues with the mentorship program and focus on Will's grievance, i.e. the most direct impetus for this post. Let me try to characterize that grievance as I under...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 4
Views: 2941

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

I'm delighted to announce the inaugural iteration of WORKSHOP, a successor to PADAWAN . The set will be played in Spring 2020. The goal is to write a high-quality regular-difficulty (2.5 on Ophir's scale) set each year, and for the set to be mainly written by newer writers . In other words, we want ...
by vinteuil
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Preliminary announcement for PADAWAN-like set to be run Spring 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 4513

Preliminary announcement for PADAWAN-like set to be run Spring 2020

Hi everyone, I'm excited to announce that I'll be spearheading a PADAWAN-like set to be written in Summer/Fall 2019 and played in Spring 2020. Our team of editors/mentors is Alex Damisch (logistics), Adam Fine (chemistry and physics), Will Holub-Moorman (social science, trash/other), Olivia Lamberti...
by vinteuil
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Regular+ Spring Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 3952

Re: Regular+ Spring Tournament

Would this tournament be open? (Might change the pool of potential writers and editors.)
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 33706

Re: Player Poll 2019

Smuttynose Island wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 pm
I began by looking at the subcategory scoring breakdown for players at EFT, Terrapin, ACF Regionals, and Sun God.
Why not Penn Bowl?
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 33706

Re: Player Poll 2019

The biggest flaw this year to me, as the person organizing the poll, was simply the lack of ballots in certain categories. Maybe more ballots would balance things out, but I really do see the biggest problem as 1) a lack of pertinent information 2) bad interpretations of that information. Ryan has ...
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 33706

Re: Player Poll 2019

A small point: I find it counter-intuitive to continue reading to the side for the "& ...." when there's a tie—I missed a few players the first time for this reason. At least one other person I've talked to has had the same issue; would recommend putting everybody in the same column.
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 33706

Re: Player Poll 2019

Historical Results Visual Arts: 5. Derek So, McGill (39, 1 first place vote, lowest unranked) I'm shocked and saddened that I was the only person to put Derek at #1 here. There's a reason that dude got the most superpowers (among other things) at Jordaens. More broadly: I love the idea of recognizi...
by vinteuil
Wed May 15, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Making things stick.
Replies: 8
Views: 5201

Re: Making things stick.

I often made mnemonics for things that, for whatever reason, I was unable to make stick. For example, for the life of me I could not recall the order of the major battles of Alexander the Great. I could read about them all I could, but in the end I still messed up the order of Granicus River, Gauga...
by vinteuil
Mon May 13, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 10562

Re: Vulching

This is a good topic to discuss, and I think knowing when to just put the tossup to bed is a skill that has sometimes differentiated experienced team leaders from those who let close games slip away. Mike lays out a bunch of good strategies. Another solution would be to develop clear non-verbal comm...
by vinteuil
Wed May 08, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: South Central Connecticut Summer Practices
Replies: 1
Views: 3373

South Central Connecticut Summer Practices

Hi everyone, Like last year, I'm happy to announce Wednesday practices ca. 9–11PM at my place (near the campus of the Harvard of Central Connecticut) from May 15 until August 28. Anybody's welcome, there will probably be a whimsical combination of very hard, somewhat hard, old, and subject-specific ...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 33706

Re: Player Poll 2019

EDIT: Daniel, what criteria did you use to pick the players for the VFA sheet? Strange to not see John Lawrence, among others. I looked through the advance stats for Terrapin, EFT, and Regionals, selecting players who appeared high (roughly top 5-10 at a given site) on the Paintings/Sculpture subca...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 33706

Re: Player Poll 2019

To help me with my ballot, I assembled a spreadsheet with Nats and ICT stats for a number of players, as well as Visual Arts stats for various other players. In case it helps others, you may find it here. If you would like to edit this spreadsheet, perhaps by adding other subject area stats, please...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Survey Texts and Other Resources List (aseemslegit.com)
Replies: 2
Views: 5724

Re: Survey Texts and Other Resources List (aseemslegit.com)

As announced in the other thread, this list can now be conveniently accessed from http://aseemslegit.com
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Book To Learn Music
Replies: 3
Views: 4092

Re: Book To Learn Music

Books to Learn https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T4b8g_qTGsO_8ExU8Z_C4nzjDsw7jXr21lDOn2SBS3g/edit?usp=sharing :O music https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T4b8g_qTGsO_8ExU8Z_C4nzjDsw7jXr21lDOn2SBS3g/edit?usp=sharing :O :O EDIT: Kai's rec is good. EDIT: Since I send this out so much, I have decide...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 6805

Re: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019

For everybody who is trying to dispute Joseph's specific claims, please consider that, having lied and been exposed so publicly, it doesn't seem particularly likely that Joseph would cave upon being presented with yet another piece of evidence. That is: piling on won't do anything here, since it's t...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 6805

Re: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019

ansonberns wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:24 pm
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