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by grapesmoker
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after)
Replies: 35
Views: 19615

Re: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after

Conan, what is good in life? Announcing your goddamn tournaments in a forums thread, that's what's good. It's cool, I didn't want to play an open set in my own backyard anyway! What the fuck? I have been led to understand that Columbia intentionally did not announce the tournament because they have...
by grapesmoker
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after)
Replies: 35
Views: 19615

Re: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after

Conan, what is good in life?

Announcing your goddamn tournaments in a forums thread, that's what's good. It's cool, I didn't want to play an open set in my own backyard anyway!

What the fuck?
by grapesmoker
Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 35660

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

A few questions:

* Where is the spreadsheet for the history tournament?
* Anyone interested in splitting a hotel room and/or cost of vehicle rental?
* When and where will the "festivities" alluded to in the announcement be taking place?
by grapesmoker
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Packet submission
Replies: 15
Views: 6305

Re: Packet submission

Today, I view the fall of the packet submission tournament the way that my mother views the fall of Communism in Europe: as an amazing thing that I never thought would actually happen. It means that there has been a miracle: suddenly, there are a large number of people willing to put in the tremend...
by grapesmoker
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Packet submission
Replies: 15
Views: 6305

Re: Packet submission

Cheynem wrote:How many packets does ICT require?
ICT has an entirely different writing model. I think there are very good reasons for why that model would be hard to replicate with Nats. That aside, I also think that writing questions has value for players and for the community.
by grapesmoker
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Packet submission
Replies: 15
Views: 6305

Re: Packet submission

If ACF Nationals were not packet submission, the editors would have to write something on the order of 17 packets for even a standard-length Nats to occur, nevermind something like 25 for the multi-day Nats that we've had for the better part of the last decade.
by grapesmoker
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 23974

Re: It's Lit

I'll play. Contact me if you want to play with me.
by grapesmoker
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 35660

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

Cheynem wrote:But you are a top trash player!
Will that help?
by grapesmoker
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 35660

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

I'm interested in playing this. I fucking suck at quizbowl these days.
by grapesmoker
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2017 Team Formation
Replies: 23
Views: 13042

Re: CO 2017 Team Formation

JOIN ME OR DIE CAN YOU DO ANY LESS
by grapesmoker
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 23296

Re: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion

I should add: sympathetic though I am to the cause of making people submit questions that don't suck, it's not like people writing CO packets are out to ruin your day in the first place. This whole scheme is based on a misunderstanding of how people approach question writing in the first place and a...
by grapesmoker
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 23296

Re: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion

Ok, so right now, I'm going to put on my discarded ACF Treasurer hat and explain why this fee system is a bad idea. Here's the thing: keeping track of what people owe you under a much simpler system is a huge pain in the ass. Even for a relatively small tournament like CO, you're still tracking ~15-...
by grapesmoker
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Saying Farewell
Replies: 13
Views: 6191

Re: Saying Farewell

Thanks for all your hard work, Matt. The game is much better for your involvement. I have no intention of saying goodbye from the community for a while longer, but I wonder if, as my generation moves on, this might not be a time to assess the state of the game. Are we on a sustainable course? Are we...
by grapesmoker
Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)
Replies: 67
Views: 27251

Re: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)

I think you should look into co-running this event with a larger, more conventional tournament, as this would almost certainly guarantee you a larger field. I'd love to play this, but I doubt I'll be attending too many things in person; however, if you were to co-host this with Auroni's open event, ...
by grapesmoker
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Culture of Improvement discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 2325

Re: Culture of Improvement discussion

Actually if I have any complaints about this tournament (which I enjoyed immensely), it's the preponderance of biography and to a lesser extent, consumer products. I feel like an event of this sort has the potential to explore a lot of territory that is normally under-explored in quizbowl, and the f...
by grapesmoker
Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Monetizing my Madness: a PACE Fundraiser
Replies: 15
Views: 7285

Re: Monetizing my Madness: a PACE Fundraiser

How do we send the money?
by grapesmoker
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ARTSEE 2016: Apologies and General Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2561

Re: Apologies and General Discussion

I'm a fan of the singular, gender-neutral "they" in ordinary use, but it makes sense only in situations where we either don't know the gender of the individual involved or someone has asked to be referred to by that pronoun. There's no real question about whether e.g. Burne-Jones was "he" or not; I ...
by grapesmoker
Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16
Replies: 31
Views: 13629

Re: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16

Cheynem wrote:John won the NBA set?
yes
by grapesmoker
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hand Down, Neg Down: A Basketball Set
Replies: 7
Views: 3356

Re: Hand Down, Neg Down: A Basketball Set

Cheynem wrote:1. My set will include college-related questions.
GOOD DAY, I SAY GOOD DAY, SIR!
by grapesmoker
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16
Replies: 31
Views: 13629

Re: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16

this is an event that happened

john lawrence won every tournament
by grapesmoker
Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 10-Point Shootout (NBA Vanity Tournament)
Replies: 36
Views: 13958

Re: The 10-Point Shootout (NBA Vanity Tournament)

This was hella fun, thanks Mik! At the NYC site, we played all six packets shootout-style. I kept score as best I could and the following statistics were compiled which are probably mostly accurate. Player - 15/10/5 - total points Yi - 2/8/8 - 70 Richard - 2/7/4 - 80 York - 6/9/1 - 185 Jerry - 16/18...
by grapesmoker
Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ARTSEE (Summer/Fall 2016 Arts Side Event)
Replies: 11
Views: 7604

Re: ARTSEE (Summer/Fall 2016 Arts Side Event)

Here's a protip: don't use quizbowl questions as vehicles for linguistic change. The substitution of the correct pronouns with "they" in tossups is one of the most misguided things I have witnessed in recent qb memory.
by grapesmoker
Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38757

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

It would seem to make more sense to break the field into percentiles rather than raw counts.
by grapesmoker
Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38757

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Regarding that "Simi Valley" TU, I was reading it (as a 15-year resident of Los Angeles) and wondering how anyone could answer it, especially since it doesn't describe where Simi Valley is in terms of the geography of LA (say, just west of the Valley). And wow, it was negged in 90% of the rooms. I ...
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Do We Want/Need More Computer Stuff Per Round?
Replies: 13
Views: 4583

Re: Do We Want/Need More Computer Stuff Per Round?

In general, I'm definitely in favor of more computer stuff in quizbowl. I don't know that we should make it a required part of the distribution, but "real world programming" is definitely A Thing that we can ask about more than we do. These kinds of questions did show up occasionally in old packets,...
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 10182

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

When I say "fruitful areas" I don't mean necessarily that we should wholesale into Bantu myth or anything like that. I just mean that there are good ways of writing myth questions by focusing on things like rituals, cross-mythos clues, common links, and so on. This is sort of orthogonal to whether w...
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 10182

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

The stripping bare of sources is something I was talking about a long time ago, when we started getting into the world of people writing these ridiculous questions on minor items that show up once in the Eddas or something like that. In fact, it's a symptom of a kind of hypertrophy in question writi...
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 60021

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

One of the best things about this tournament was the current events stuff and the way it was written. Both trash and non-trash events should use this set as an object lesson for how to write about current events and reward people who keep up to date with the news.
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 60732

Re: community question clinic

This seems like a pretty good question on first reading; maybe there was some overlap or something? I can't see anything obviously wrong here.
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 10182

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

I was a pretty good myth player back in my day, though not to the extent of the Matts or Seth. I don't ever recall reading any myth specifically for quizbowl; I mostly read "the classics" because I was into it. I even took a class on Scandinavian mythology at Berkeley, which I'm not sure has helped ...
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38757

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

It seemed like the math at this CO skewed towards relatively exotic subjects, and it would have been nice if that had been tempered with some more accessible stuff, but you know, whatever. Physics was also strangely tilted towards particle theory for some reason, and should have been more diverse. I...
by grapesmoker
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38757

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Could someone post the text of the "Strong AI" tossup?
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 60021

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

this was so much fun
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16
Replies: 31
Views: 13629

Re: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16

I will definitely be there.
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 33111

Re: The Second Summer Open

I don't suppose there's some interest in running this in the NYC area in August?
by grapesmoker
Tue May 10, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 13677

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

Yeah, that's a fair point. By "gradate Michigan A and Chicago A," I mean, it's not like giving them a packet of Collegiate Novice where most questions will be buzzer races on the first line. I just meant that for the most part, players with more knowledge will be able to buzz quicker--are we going ...
by grapesmoker
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 33111

Re: The Second Summer Open

Maybe we should all write our questions and throw paper copies of them in a pile, burn them, and then dance nude around the pile while Jordan Boyd-Graber's quiz bowl robot reads us the questions and points out the ideal buzz points of each one at which point we all shake our heads in ecstasy sprayi...
by grapesmoker
Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016
Replies: 104
Views: 52381

Re: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016

DO YOU LOVE... TERRIBLE LIGHTING?! DO YOU LOVE... INCONSISTENT CAMERA ANGLES?!! DO YOU LOVE... THE GNASHING OF THE VERY MOUTH OF HELL AS IT READS QUESTIONS??!!! THEN HAVE I GOT THE YOUTUBE PLAYLIST FOR YOU it here Golden moment THE FINALE OF SAID MOMENT the greatest quizbowl moment ever captured on...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 22296

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

To be fair, Ray Luo benefited immensely from the "Virginia Woolf's brain"-heavy distributions of the early-mid 2000s. Ray knew about at least two other people's brains. Also, Kenny was the first person I'd ever seen answer music tossups from descriptions of the piece. You have to realize how incred...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 22296

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

These posts about specialists interest me. I'm what you might call a hyper-specialist--outside of my categories (science and jazz), I usually only get like, 1-2 tossups per tournament, and even within science, the bulk of my points come from physics and chemistry. This is assuming I'm playing in a ...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Make your questions interesting!
Replies: 9
Views: 4124

Re: Make your questions interesting!

As someone who has been banging on this drum for years, I endorse Ike's post.
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 22296

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

Also, comparing sets across times is hard, like comparing basketball across eras. I think people are really underestimating those mid-decade ACF Nationals sets with the benefit of hindsight. I'm not going to say they're all entirely up to modern standards, but there's a lot of stuff in there that wo...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 22296

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:(though today's Nationals make pre-2010 ACF Nats look like a joke...).
This is quite a silly thing to say.
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Team Formation
Replies: 22
Views: 13656

Re: Chicago Open Team Formation

Mike Sorice and I are now playing with Matt Bollinger and Tommy Casalaspi.
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016
Replies: 104
Views: 52381

Re: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016

DO YOU LOVE... TERRIBLE LIGHTING?!

DO YOU LOVE... INCONSISTENT CAMERA ANGLES?!!

DO YOU LOVE... THE GNASHING OF THE VERY MOUTH OF HELL AS IT READS QUESTIONS??!!!

THEN HAVE I GOT THE YOUTUBE PLAYLIST FOR YOU

it here
by grapesmoker
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June
Replies: 14
Views: 6918

Re: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June

Nine-Tenths Ideas wrote:I'd be interested in playing the singles tournament if I have nothing going on that day. I've always wanted to be a ritual offering for a much more powerful machine.
I Have No Knowledge and I Must Buzz
by grapesmoker
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June
Replies: 14
Views: 6918

Re: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June

I don't have anything to contribute to this thread other than saying that if you want some amazing tacos, you should check out Oscar's Mexican Seafood on Turquoise St. in Pacific Beach. That is all.
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 23919

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

The Anti-Canonist Movement wants to turn all question into audio/visual mosaics that speak in code to people who have taken the right class or read the right textbook, while excluding people who have learned clues on their filthy flashcards (at least until post-FTP - where those filthy dogs can hav...
by grapesmoker
Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 23919

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

I would like to repeat my semi-regular observation about the irony of Theory Westbrook expressing various crazy opinions that have absolutely nothing to do with what Practice Westbrook does. The Janus-like character of Ryan the Theorist and Ryan the Actual Editor is truly a sui generis quizbowl marv...