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by grapesmoker
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: We Have Never Been Modern General Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 1733

Re: General feedback

This was one of my favorite quizbowl experiences in recent memory. That's all I really have to say about it. Mike hit so many cool topics in so many diverse ways that it was just a total joy to play this.
by grapesmoker
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VICO Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 3245

Re: VICO Thanks and Discussion

I mostly enjoyed this set and appreciated its exploration of all kinds of wacky thinkers. That said, I'd have to agree with Dr. Prof. Cheyne and say that some of the writing could have been a little more clear. I often found myself having trouble parsing just what it is that was being talked about i...
by grapesmoker
Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 53411

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

As I've said over email, I'm scrapping the whole mini-tournament plan for various reasons; I'd like to get an hour sometime on Saturday or Sunday to just read the tossups to 3 or 4 teams of interested people.
by grapesmoker
Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Hey, I quite liked this set. Point of no interest - my statline in the last match is actually the one that was assigned to Athena. I don't know if we just got swapped or if there are other mistakes. Attention must be paid! Sorry if I screwed that up. (If I remember correctly, your match's scoreshee...
by grapesmoker
Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: some numbers about Chicago Open
Replies: 9
Views: 4045

Re: some numbers about Chicago Open

Yawar Fiesta wrote:
grapesmoker wrote:North Dakota Partisan League (0)
Was this actually a tossup on the Nonpartisan League?
Yeah, whoops, typo.
by grapesmoker
Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: some numbers about Chicago Open
Replies: 9
Views: 4045

Re: some numbers about Chicago Open

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Caracas was only converted in three rooms?!? Were there a lot of negs?
What Tejas said. Also, negs wouldn't matter because I'm only looking at whether it was answered eventually.
by grapesmoker
Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: some numbers about Chicago Open
Replies: 9
Views: 4045

Re: some numbers about Chicago Open

So I crunched some more numbers and present to you the hardest tossups in each round. My criteria for "hardest" was "answered in no more than 50% of rooms" although obviously that still leaves a pretty decent gap between 50% conversion and 0%. I'll do the bonuses another time. Number in parentheses ...
by grapesmoker
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 53411

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

I need teammates for both SHEIKH and VICO. I have also sent out an email explaining what's happening with the leftover CO packets.

edit: in case it's a concern it won't cost anything to play.
by grapesmoker
Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 53411

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

I'll be emailing around a format for the remaining 3 CO packets. Basically, we're going to do an email draft so the teams are set up to play right away. There will be 8 teams and everyone will play all 3 packets. I'll need two more readers to make this happen so if you're interested in reading, plea...
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 16102

Re: "This Things I Believe"

Black Miao wrote:Man like you can complain about ACF's trophiesnow but this year's are a step up from 2013's which literally say "first place overall" and don't even tell you they're for ACF Nationals (does not make for good club recruiting material)
Hey, you won... something!

Sorry about that.
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 16102

Re: "This Things I Believe"

I mean, I understand that engraving your name on the trophy is a thing that's done in some competitive activities; it's just that no one has ever expressed any strong preferences for such a thing. Having a traveling trophy is suboptimal because it means that a school that wishes to exhibit said trop...
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: some numbers about Chicago Open
Replies: 9
Views: 4045

some numbers about Chicago Open

Since I took home the scoresheets from CO, I thought I'd spend some time entering them into a Google spreadsheet to do some statistical analysis of the questions. There's one sheet for every round, and two columns, tossups and bonuses, for each room. If someone converted a tossup, I put a 10 or 15 t...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 16102

Re: "This Things I Believe"

People occasionally seem to forget about quizbowl's voluntaristic nature. I keep meaning to do a post about it.
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Weekend Length
Replies: 16
Views: 5789

Re: Chicago Open Weekend Length

The problem with expanding the summer circuit (and I say this as someone wildly in favor of said expansion in general, not just as it pertains to this discussion) is that it requires a lot more travel. Which is fine for some people and not fine for others. I like CO weekend because it concentrates a...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 16102

Re: "This Things I Believe"

Yes, the logistical complications are mainly why it makes the most sense to resolve protests only when necessary. Obviously small tournaments don't have the same precautions taken as ACF Nationals does, but... is it really that important to know who made the top or middle bracket at Your Regional In...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 16102

Re: "This Things I Believe"

I'd like to point out that point #1 does have some basis, especially since a decent number of HS and collegiate tournaments use paper tiebreakers in some way to determine advancement. If you're using PPG or PPB to determine who gets to advance to playoffs or to the finals, then it's grossly unfair ...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Weekend Length
Replies: 16
Views: 5789

Re: Chicago Open Weekend Length

I'm less likely to play a Friday night event since it may keep me up late the day before the most important tournament, which is maybe not worth the risk. I don't understand the gist of this thread. If playing 4 events in a weekend tires you out, then play less - nobody's making you play all 4. It'...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 16102

Re: "This Things I Believe"

If the greatest quizbowl crime I've ever committed in my life is providing a sub-par book prize, I shall sleep very soundly indeed.
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 16102

Re: "This Things I Believe"

Incidentally, I strongly resent the implication that our trophies were in any way "dime-store." Just FYI, we spent over $800 on trophies for Nationals this year, including some pretty solid pieces that you would not be ashamed to put in a glass case at your institution of higher learning. So, you kn...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 16102

Re: "This Things I Believe"

These are the very strangest of quizbowl hills to die on.
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should college regular difficulty be easier?
Replies: 13
Views: 5758

Re: Should college regular difficulty be easier?

I don't personally mind Nationals difficulty as is but clearly I feel perfectly at home at CO-level difficulty, so I'm not much one to speak. What does bother me is that we are attempting to reach so many new teams at Nationals yet not moderating difficulty accordingly. Tossups don't really need to...
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?
Replies: 25
Views: 9185

Re: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?

Ok, so as someone who has also used some of these tools in the past, I'm sort of confused as to why people would want questions on them. It's not that they're not important and useful, but I think most of the questions written on these things are going to either immediately reward someone who uses t...
by grapesmoker
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

You can also watch all the videos I recorded of the rounds in one playlist.
by grapesmoker
Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 17458

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

I liked this tournament a lot. The only complaints I had were that some of the easy answers clued in material that was too easy. The Edgar Allan Poe and Socrates tossup struck me as egregious - the Poe TU used some relatively easy clues from Usher very early - that's like serving a three dollar sco...
by grapesmoker
Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 17458

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

I'd like to echo everyone else and say this was an enjoyable tournament. Thank you to the tireless editors and staff! Although I suppose I take issue with the hardness of a few TUs (some were pate-scratchingly easy for CO), on the whole it was a pleasant and gruelling experience. Congrats to the wi...
by grapesmoker
Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?
Replies: 25
Views: 9185

Re: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?

minusfive wrote:I guess if Arrabal and Sn'F come back
They won't.
Also: Bring Back the Trash distribution in CO for the love of god.
Edit CO, do what you want.
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 53411

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

My plan was to do a sort of "draft" (which can be done online or via email before the tournament) and have 8 teams that would play a quarterfinal/semifinal/final structure playoff. It would be like a 3-round single-elim tournament with consolation games so that everyone would get to hear all the pac...
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: High-level quizbowl questions should be shorter
Replies: 5
Views: 2752

Re: High-level quizbowl questions should be shorter

I apologize for the length of the questions. We definitely didn't control it the way we should have. All I can say is that in the google doc they seemed shorter than they ended up being in the PDF, not that that's any excuse.
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 17458

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

I guess since there's not a whole lot of discussion happening anyway, it won't derail it for me to briefly offer some opinions on the submitted packets. Overall, I thought the quality of submissions was quite high. There were a lot of teams that obviously took their question writing seriously and ev...
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?
Replies: 25
Views: 9185

Re: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?

I think this year's Chicago Open difficulty was fine. I don't really think this tournament should be any easier, or really much harder - after all a 20ppb metric isn't really a metric of quality or anything, it's just kind of arbitrary. There was only one packet - the one with tossups on the Philad...
by grapesmoker
Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Since it's traditional for the outgoing CO editors to choose their successors, consider this a call for editing CO next year. If you're interested, email me at [email protected].
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NEW ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-16
Replies: 2
Views: 2536

Re: NEW ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-16

no ice wrote:Will high school-only mirrors of ACF sets have the same registration fee as college mirrors?
There are no plans to change the fee structure at this time.
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35533

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

setht wrote:It looks like I won't make it to any of the VCU Open sites
you cannot fool me seth teitler

So yeah, I can write a packet if some enterprising chemist and/or biologist would like to team up with me. Can we get a definitive yea or nay on whether this is happening?
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: questions about Judaism
Replies: 15
Views: 6847

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

Grammatical clarity aside, though, I was really impressed by this submission: it was actually a good high-level question on a Jewish holiday. Rather than just spitting out names of songs for leadins like run-of-the-mill Jewish holiday tossups, this one tested knowledge of liturgical customs, so it'...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 17458

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

To be clear, I agree that the fact that one of my teammates also knew the clue is not relevant to protest resolution. What I disagree about is that you can have a clue without a pronoun. I agree in general that it is content, not syntax, which is relevant to whether something or not is a clue; thus...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 17458

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

As the person who made the ruling on the protest in question, I'm happy to explain my reasoning. According to the sheet I was handed, the buzz occurred after the two-word quote in the first line, somewhere around "a text." At that stage, I do believe that rule 4.2 does come into effect; substantive ...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 53411

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

As Eric mentioned in the CO thread, we still have 3 editor packets that are completely blind to all teams. I think there's probably sufficient interest at this field to hear them, right? If we split up the field into 8 teams, we could do a sort of "playoffs" type thing (quarterfinals, semifinals, fi...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 17458

Chicago Open thanks and discussion

Thanks to everyone who came out to play Chicago Open yesterday. It was a bit of a slog at times, but you were all real troopers, and I hope everyone had a good time. Before the discussion gets under way, I'd like to recognize the people who helped make all this happen. First, shoutout to my fellow e...
by grapesmoker
Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Congratulations to Sustainable Ibex Farming (Auroni Gupta, Matt Bollinger, Matt Jackson, and Tommy Casalaspi) on their victory in the 2015 Chicago Open! SFI ran the table against a tough field (and some tough packets) and cleared everyone by two games, obviating the need for a final. In addition, th...
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

I e-mailed Jerry about this, but the spreadsheet listing teams and amount owed is off for a few teams now. It claims, for example, our team submitted a packet not until July 6, which is way wrong, and that Carsten's team submitted in May which is also wrong. Yeah, sorry about that. We'll be working...
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Hi everyone, This post should serve as the "official" logistics plan for CO. The tournament is being held at Cobb Hall. I ask that everyone be in place by 8:30. That means be at Cobb, with the money you owe, and checked in with myself or Eric. We have potentially TWENTY DAMN ROUNDS for you to get th...
by grapesmoker
Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

I'll post a longer update later, but people have been asking about Saturday start times. So: I'd like everyone to be there by 8:30 AM on Saturday so we can start at 9 sharp. If all goes well, we'll do six or seven rounds before lunch, break for just about an hour, and then resume. If you're staffing...
by grapesmoker
Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

I have posted about the lunch arrangements for Sunday here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=16973&start=50#p305679 Do the folks organizing this tournament have lunch arrangements for Saturday? With 17 rounds it's important to have some plan that is real and somewhat efficient. ...
by grapesmoker
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Predictions
Replies: 7
Views: 3196

Re: Chicago Open Predictions

you should update your post to reflect new team names
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

The Davis and Minarik teams both submitted packets last night. Yetman et al and Canada are on the clock. If your packet is not in my inbox when I wake up on Thursday morning, you won't be playing this tournament. I'm serious. I'm not on this team, but "Canada" believes they've submitted according t...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

The Davis and Minarik teams both submitted packets last night. Yetman et al and Canada are on the clock. If your packet is not in my inbox when I wake up on Thursday morning, you won't be playing this tournament. I'm serious. I'm not on this team, but "Canada" believes they've submitted according t...
by grapesmoker
Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

The Davis and Minarik teams both submitted packets last night. Yetman et al and Canada are on the clock. If your packet is not in my inbox when I wake up on Thursday morning, you won't be playing this tournament. I'm serious.
by grapesmoker
Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

The Superfluous Man wrote:Today is the final deadline. Please submit the remaining packets!
I'm just going to say that if your packet is not in by Wednesday night, you're not playing this tournament.
by grapesmoker
Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

No Rules Westbrook wrote:Eric's spreadsheet doesn't show that my packet has been received - but Jerry's post does and a couple editors have told me it has - so I assume it's typo
Yeah, we got your packet.
by grapesmoker
Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 54427

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

Can we get an update, either in the Excel spreadsheet or a post, outlining the current field with submitted packets, dropped players, and added players all factored in? As far as dropped/added players, you are all on your own with that. I have not yet received any of the outstanding packets mention...