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by Red Panda Cub
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved
Replies: 11
Views: 1495

Re: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved

Interested to hear that the "one hand up" system has worked effectively in the UK. My initial impression about that is that it's (a) exhausting depending on how you're doing it and (b) likely to lead to a lot of accidental non-compliance which leads to the norm of people not doing it. At the same t...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved
Replies: 11
Views: 1495

Re: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved

I don't understand why this has not been adopted as standard outside of the UK yet, but there is an incredibly easy way, when cameras are on, to make sure people aren't cheating. Just require players for whom it is possible to do so to keep one hand on screen at all times. You can keep the other han...
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Writing Good Poetry Tossups
Replies: 3
Views: 929

Re: Writing Good Poetry Tossups

I think the same process that goes into "understanding" a poem goes into writing it. It goes without saying that you should read the poem first, but the "reading" of the poem is of course greatly enhanced by getting context, since most readers won't be able to get every allusion or reference in the...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Wider camera requirements for online quiz bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 1257

Re: Wider camera requirements for online quiz bowl

I wonder if there is much marginal gain from this system over the easy to implement system I prefer. Namely: just require players to have at least one hand visible on their webcam during live questions. It's pretty hard to google stuff quickly typing with one hand, and most players can show a hand w...
by Red Panda Cub
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Mimir's Well Harvest League (starting August 2)
Replies: 1
Views: 717

ANNOUNCEMENT: Mimir's Well Harvest League (starting August 2)

[N.B. This post is not about a quizbowl tournament, but discussion with a forum mod led to the conclusion that this subforum was nevertheless the most appropriate venue for it] Mimir's Well: What is it? Daoud Jackson, George Charlson and I have started an online trivia league, which we think should ...
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5648

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

Will bonuses at this event be able to distinguish teams particularly well? I'm wondering if this would be more appropriate as a tossup-only mirror. For most teams involved, I take it that this is mainly going to be buzzer practice for fun, and most bonuses will get quickly 20d or 30d. I would be in...
by Red Panda Cub
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Lenscapes
Replies: 7
Views: 2673

Re: Imaginary Lenscapes

:party: :party: :party: :party:
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Difficulty Metrics
Replies: 4
Views: 5280

Difficulty Metrics

Assessing difficulty of questions is notoriously difficult, especially when the material covered is novel or under-asked. Even if the thing being asked about has come up before, without combing over tournament discussion or making use of only recently available advanced stats, it can still be hard t...
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16878

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I really liked this tournament, and don't have much to say by way of overarching criticism beyond two little things. I think this did echo some of the PIANO complaints where tossups may have been made a little bit worse by the drive to improve convertibility. One that immediately comes to mind (I di...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Deep Bench Format
Replies: 6
Views: 5538

Re: The Deep Bench Format

I think it is basically just, under the influence of Kyle Haddad-Fonda, the UK circuit that has much interest in the Deep Bench format. He likely introduced it at as a way to make up for the fact that at most tournaments Oxford comprised about 1/4 of the teams, so finding a format where the balance ...
by Red Panda Cub
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)
Replies: 9
Views: 3221

Re: ILLIAC Online 5/4 (Small Field / Trad. Open Audience)

What time is this likely to start/end? Am interested in playing, but being 5-8 hours ahead means my window of availability is shifted.
by Red Panda Cub
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 38848

Re: Player Poll 2019

People worth considering from this side of the pond, some of whom didn't get much exposure in virtue of not playing Nats this year: Joseph Krol -- strong on lit, fine arts, maths and basically everything else. Extremely conservative on the buzzer, but that doesn't stop him from buzzing a lot (betwee...
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 15908

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

Stock Clues remains the best quizbowl tournament.
by Red Panda Cub
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 14020

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I want to elaborate on two main goals that I wanted to achieve while editing the tournament. First, I wanted to align CO, an emblem of the very highest level of quizbowl, with the conversations that have been taking place throughout this year about how to make the game more inclusive and welcoming ...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 44
Views: 23336

Re: Best Film Player

Yogesh is obviously the best, but we have several very good players in the UK. The top three are probably Oliver Sweetenham, Charlie Clegg and Jonathan Gibson, but Mark Grant and Tris Cole are also really good.
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 11
Views: 10852

2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

It is an honour to announce the renewal of the Early Fall Tournament for autumn 2018 . I shall be head-editing the tournament, with subject assistance from Alex Damisch, Ewan MacAulay, Dylan Minarik, Tejas Raje, Ramapriya Rangaraju and Ryan Rosenberg. Will Alston and Rob Carson will be providing an ...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 14804

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

that bonus on artists from some poet writing about them (Vermeer / Reubens / Breugel the Elder) was bad, and very very hard. Contrary to this I thought this bonus was a lot of fun and a nice way to ask the questions, and wasn't at all out of place difficulty wise. The Vermeer part included a full d...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 14804

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

The string TU's answer line should probably have something to say about how to deal with someone buzzing and saying "bracelet". I was delighted to hear Harry Frankfurt's super excellent book on Descartes clued in the 'Meditations' tossup, but that clue, because of the title, really lends itself to f...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7197

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

I actually quite enjoyed this set, especially the lit, VFA and history. The lit and VFA I thought did a really good job of clueing things that people engage with organically and things were generally described well. On the one hand, the lit clueing was perhaps on the hard end. On the other hand, I t...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 24529

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

We used this at Oxford yesterday and most rooms didn't have two moderators and the tournament ran to schedule. Many people (including me) preferred using this system to paper scoring, and I think it is probably faster. I don't think anyone but me had used it before, and no one looked at how to use i...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: There Will Be Stock Clues
Replies: 31
Views: 16171

Re: There Will Be Stock Clues

This was the most fun I've had playing a quizbowl tournament. Thank you so much to John and Max for putting it together. I really hope someone else writes another food tournament soon.
by Red Panda Cub
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 17451

Re: Preseason Poll

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote: Cambridge gains Jason Golfinos
Cambridge also loses Evan Lynch, who top scored for them at ACF Nationals and BSQC. Evan will be at Southampton for a PhD, making them a threat on the UK circuit.
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: You're Not Laughing Now, Are You? - A British Side Event
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

Re: You're Not Laughing Now, Are You? - A British Side Event

I wonder which three post-Blair PMs will be tossed up.
by Red Panda Cub
Wed May 31, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 51833

Re: 2017 HSNCT discussion

In 1990 this country's Cighid orphanage became notorious for its terrible conditions. This country banned abortion and contraception in Decree 770. In 1989 mass protests in Timisoara led to the fall of this country's longtime Communist leader, who was (*) executed on television alongside his wife E...
by Red Panda Cub
Tue May 23, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UK Player Poll 2017: Now With More Tweed
Replies: 27
Views: 16014

Re: UK Player Poll 2017: Now With More Tweed

Muriel Axon wrote:Meanwhile, Americans will be conducting the "most stereotypically British-sounding name" poll, in which Oliver Sweetenham is an early favorite.
Quite French, actually. He's literally named after the character from Le Chanson de Roland.
by Red Panda Cub
Mon May 22, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 326050

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Tornrak wrote:
Short-beaked echidna wrote:I'm writing an extremely hard packet about early church history, available from Sunday.
Was this finished? Is anyone else interested in playing this?
Sorry, it got put on the backburner due to finals. I'll write it for early summer.
by Red Panda Cub
Sun May 07, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 40
Views: 30547

Re: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

Am free to write/edit lit/phil/VFA for anything regular difficulty or harder. If you enjoyed my WAO work feel free to PM or FB me to discuss.
by Red Panda Cub
Thu May 04, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Subject-specific player polls
Replies: 29
Views: 13796

Re: Subject-specific player polls

The only person who beat George to bio at Nationals this year was Eric, and, as Will said in the player poll thread, we had 26ppb on bio at Nats, so I think George deserves a look-in here. He also got the chemistry tossup in every playoff game except those against Stanford (who have a chemistry PhD ...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon May 01, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 326050

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I'm writing an extremely hard packet about early church history, available from Sunday.
by Red Panda Cub
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Poll
Replies: 11
Views: 7274

Re: Postseason Poll

We came 8th at Nats and Berkeley A came 9th, not the other way around.
by Red Panda Cub
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 19577

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

Athena Kern and I are teaming up for this.
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 9992

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Yeah, the Oates bonus--those are pretty memorable last words but it's very, very hard to pull the exact verbiage. I might have asked for a portion of the words ("Oates said he was just going outside and he may be what?") or given the words and asked for the situation. Amusingly, at the UK site, thi...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 14238

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

Well, I assume they're going to get more specific in the private discussion forum, but I also think that this sort of drive-by mockery isn't exactly productive. I thought the set wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable and particularly in some areas was really very strong. I agree my comment is unnece...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3454

2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity

Perhaps I'm a prig, but this set's sense of humour seemed to be that of an 11 year old boy. A good way to study would have just to look for instances of the words "cock" or "butt" in various categories. Also, many of us at the UK site felt that there was some racially careless language used, which s...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 12274

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

The accordion bonus said it was a wind instrument with a keyboard, and I don't think many people are going to anything other than guess accordion when they hear that description.
by Red Panda Cub
Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 14238

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

"It will adhere very closely to the difficulty and stylistic feel of last season's critically-acclaimed "stanford housewrite" set."

ummm
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 24589

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

There's not much point in saying this, for obvious reasons, but you can impute whatever motivations for that first post you want, but it really had nowt to with demonstrating some weird sense of superiority, whatever that means. The fact that that accusation seemed so off-base to my is why I thought...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 24589

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

Having had some time to think I'm going to reframe much of what I said. I'll recant all the points about things not being philosophy, or whatever, since that's clearly stylistic and coursework based, and the point about the interdisciplinary nature of the edges of philosophy is a good one. I'll chal...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 24589

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

I haven't seen all the packets so didn't realise there was a narrative TU on a platonic dialogue. Had I known you can rest assured it would have been listed in my syllabus of errors, too.
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 24589

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

I'll reply tomorrow to this very mean spirited post, but for now will point out that "Meanwhile, quizbowl (and the rest of the world!) has long treated Taoism as an important branch of Eastern philosophy, and George Santayana is a guy who is famous as fuck, important at least historically, and certa...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 24589

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

Philosophy commentary (with assistance from Alston Boyd). The causes of the perception described above here were of a very different and much more explicable sort than in lit and phil, which is why I'll make this post first. I will do my best to read the other categories through soon and try to work...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 10553

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

I appreciate the points made by you, Andrew and Stephen, and I have no disagreement with you in principle, and while reading your list of clues/answers here it looks reasonable. Nevertheless I cannot shake the sentiment I had (one that was echoed by other players at the site, and apparently other pe...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 10553

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

I have rather mixed feelings about this tournament. I thought the history, visual OFA, myth and religion were overall well executed, and people at my site seemed to enjoy the chemistry. However, the literature, painting and philosophy did not feel quite up to snuff, perhaps largely for reasons idios...
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 46063

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I extremely do not have a horse in this race, but the replies to John seem to rather miss the mark in ways demonstrated most clearly by Fred's odd post: The onus is on NAQT, not on the teams. If you earn a bid to a tournament, you should be able to accept it without criticism of that action. What is...
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: FLOREAT (Global Announcement)
Replies: 31
Views: 15084

Re: FLOREAT (Global Announcement)

I moderated at the UK site of this tournament and it was an awful lot of fun. The set is filled with a lot of great ideas and whimsy, so I strongly recommend people mirror it!
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 47777

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

Cheynem wrote:Charlie is from Kansas City; I assume he happened to be home when SCT was running. I also have thoughts on this topic, but I'll wait for a full thread.
Would the St. Louis site not have been twice as near, in that case?
by Red Panda Cub
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gauging interest for late spring Oxbridge mirror in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 5940

Re: Gauging interest for late spring Oxbridge mirror in NYC

Are there any significant differences between the Oxford and Cambridge sets? The Oxford one has been entirely written and already used for a tournament, while the Cambridge won't be used for its first mirror for about a month. Edit: Oxford one is 20/20 with 6 line TUs, Cambridge is 24/24 with 5 lin...
by Red Panda Cub
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2916

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

Yeah, I'm not sure what evidence is being (or could possibly be) adduced for the claim that "middle parts seem to have been chosen with the philosophy that anything that comes up at hard tournaments is fair." Of the things pointed out in my categories, I think a lot more of it is about a misjudgment...
by Red Panda Cub
Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Joey's stuff (phil, painting, Brit lit, &VisOFA)
Replies: 6
Views: 1521

Re: Joey's stuff (philosophy, painting & British lit [&VisOF

I noticed there was an usually large amount of ethics tossups. It was an interesting break from the more text-focused or thinker-focused tossups most people write to hear harder questions on things like compatiblism, even if that meant I got less questions or negged (which I did a lot of). Ummm, wh...
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Religion and Other Academic
Replies: 12
Views: 2370

Re: 2017 WAO: Religion and Other Academic

The tossup on sausage, which I assume was Geography or Other, did not accept or prompt on "bologna" despite including a clue on Lebanon bologna. The answerline actually said to accept specific types of sausage, so that's down to moderator error. As a very enlightened vegetarian, I did not know unti...