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by Sam
Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)
Replies: 71
Views: 39364

Re: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)

Packet deadlines No packets before April 1, please. Packet submitted by May 1: $80 Packet submitted by June 4: $160 Packet submitted by June 15: $200 Packet submitted by July 1: $240 Packet submitted after July 1: +$10 per day (on top of $240) Is there any chance these deadlines could be altered so...
by Sam
Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open team formation (PRELIMINARY poll)
Replies: 20
Views: 4145

Re: Chicago Open team formation (PRELIMINARY poll)

Lately, we've had a problem dealing with registrations. Tying registration to packet submission results in races to complete packets and thus poor-quality submissions. But having registration on a first-come-first-serve basis encourages teams that might not be serious about attending to register fi...
by Sam
Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Old-Timey Guerilla QB Event - Pittsburgh, 11/23/2013
Replies: 30
Views: 7846

Re: Guerilla Side Event for Arrabal? - Pittsburgh, 11/23/2013

I'd be interested in doing this.
by Sam
Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37948

Re: State of the board discussion thread

It is a mirror of a real-life activity that exists primarily and overridingly as a hub for discussion of that activity. The anime rule, like the related 4ch*n/no memes rule, serves as sort of a buffer that reminds people they're not just "on the internet", the idea being that those are areas of dis...
by Sam
Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: What protests are for & why you should make less of them
Replies: 17
Views: 5031

Re: What protests are for & why you should make less of them

One of the "potential errors" in the list talks about answers that apply to "all the clues up to a significantly deep point in the question." What does "significantly deep" in this case mean? Is it an instance of discretion ("anyone who knows more about Louis XVI than a list of buzzwords would have ...
by Sam
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Updating old "top 10" lists for best sets and teams?
Replies: 15
Views: 15411

Re: Updating old "top 10" lists for best sets and teams?

I actually really liked MAGNI. If I can be a dickhead for just a sec, I think there was a mild backlash against MAGNI (at least among me) when the MAGNI writers/editors seemingly kept over-praising their own work all the time. But it was a very good tournament, probably the best regular difficulty ...
by Sam
Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2013: 8/3/13 at VCU
Replies: 30
Views: 12760

Re: VCU Open 2013: 8/3/13 at VCU

Is there a list of officially registered teams?
by Sam
Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13787

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

But, at this point, they're a bit stale and why use the one history tournament where the scope for introducing new things is widest to rehash the same stuff? I'm not sure gettable clues and interesting but hard clues are mutually exclusive. You obviously don't want bonus parts to be six lines long,...
by Sam
Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13787

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

While I can't speak at all for what Marshall's philosophy towards difficulty is nor can I judge anything about American history, but surely there is a minimum amount of knowledge needed to acquire a 10? This isn't the tournament to be giving out 10s because you know that the first President of Amer...
by Sam
Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13787

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

My general philosophy in writing for this tournament was to write some unexplored common link tossups and in general write on things that have never shown up in quizbowl, which I hope succeeded. My goal for bonuses was to have the easy part be something that's pretty well known in the quizbowl cano...
by Sam
Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13787

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

EDIT: After posting a question it occurred to me this may not be clear yet. Is it?
by Sam
Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 57189

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

Maybe a little late to ask, but do any of the people providing food (either for lunch or barbecue) want any sort of monetary reimbursement from those partaking?
by Sam
Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NASAT Set & Tournament Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 11739

Re: 2013 NASAT Set & Tournament Discussion

I thought that maybe the rational function prompt was placed there for the synthetic division clue. The prompt doesn't apply elsewhere, but maybe it's a prompt for generosity's sake??? This is basically the reasoning. Synthetic division seemed a place where many teams would buzz, and I couldn't ima...
by Sam
Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 39070

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ TBD

Is there any chance of a Minnesota Open 2012 type packet submission? Ten packets seems cutting it kind of close.
by Sam
Tue May 07, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 79
Views: 21897

Re: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule

I believe us at Michigan are going to be running a tournament in the October timeslot that we've run MOO and QUARK in the past two years. This will probably involve packet submission to some extent. In terms of difficulty, it seems like there'd be room for either a regular difficulty event or a reg...
by Sam
Mon May 06, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 79
Views: 21897

Re: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule

Thanks, Susan. How about NAQT? I take it that SCT will be two weeks before Regionals, as is traditional; will ICT be two weeks before ACF Nationals or two weeks after, given that after seems to be an option? And it seems like Fall did go for its traditional November spot. Does anyone have thoughts ...
by Sam
Wed May 01, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 28731

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

EDIT: If the question was irredeemably bad or Bruce didn't think it would get converted, replacing it seems fine; I haven't seen the submitted question so I can't remark on whether or not Bruce made the correct editorial decision. However, it seems ill-advised to write questions based solely on wha...
by Sam
Wed May 01, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 28731

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

[*] Tanzania (all mine. Columbia submitted a tossup on “Marxist Geography”, along with a warning telling me that if I replaced it with a tossup on Tanzania I was ignoring what academic geographers actually did. I took it as a challenge) A good choice! Why is this a good choice? EDIT: If the questio...
by Sam
Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2013 College Nationals: Sun. Apr. 14
Replies: 62
Views: 14306

Re: National History Bowl - 2013 College Nationals: Sun. Apr. 14

If this is paired with VCU Open at some unusual time (say, Friday during the day or evening), would that greatly affect a lot of people who can't get out of their summer employment and otherwise wanted to come? I personally like this idea the best, for the reasons Chris Ray outlined above. I think ...
by Sam
Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Different Way to Quantify Buzzing
Replies: 22
Views: 5522

Re: A Different Way to Quantify Buzzing

This exercise is a bit discouraging, since I reluctantly would conclude that this measure is not very useful by itself. Even combined with power rate and neg rate, it doesn't tell us an extraordinary amount of information. I think it is too early, however, to completely dismiss it. It is definitely...
by Sam
Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A Different Way to Quantify Buzzing
Replies: 22
Views: 5522

Re: A Different Way to Quantify Buzzing

This looks potentially interesting, but what new information does it provide, exactly? Based on the numbers I would guess UVA has a better chance of beating Chicago C than vice versa, but it seems PPG would show the same thing.
by Sam
Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

Re: Terrapin 2013 General Discussion

There were also a lot of common link ideas that I heard some people didn't really care for, with someone even hilariously suggesting that I'm attempting to sabotage the common link crusaders' movement. It's certainly not true I'm trying to sabotage the common link argument, as I wrote them to incor...
by Sam
Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 57189

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

Just to be clear, Chicago Open proper is still only one day, yes? July 21 will be a day of unrelated side events?
by Sam
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 10547

Re: Tournament Discussion

I believe only one or two instances of boring common-link tossups on words like "normal" or "simple" or whatever. So, yeah, if you want a model for how to write math, you could do a hell of a lot worse than this tournament. Answer lines like these allow the question to ask about math at different l...
by Sam
Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thinking about the Quizbowl Distribution
Replies: 72
Views: 10096

Re: Thinking about the Quizbowl Distribution

Most complaints about the structure of the distribution seem to really be complaints about lazy question writing, and changing the former won't fix the latter. I like that VCU Closed and WIT both tried out distributions slightly different from ACF (as many other regular season tournaments have in th...
by Sam
Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: autobid thread split
Replies: 62
Views: 10152

Re: autobid thread split

To summarize: out of the top 24 teams (as determined by infallible poll), one didn't play SCT, and one had some of its strongest players compete in DII. The other 22 earned bids (some of which were declined). Team number 25 probably won't squeak in. How consistent is the number of teams that declin...
by Sam
Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DI specific question discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 6600

Re: DI specific question discussion

There was one bonus whose lead-in asked players to name Old Testament books, and then went on to have questions on Jude, Acts, and Romans. This was confusing as those are not Old Testament books.

EDIT: It's also possible this was read wrong, or I just misheard it, in which case never mind.
by Sam
Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About Science History
Replies: 44
Views: 8251

Re: Let's Talk About Science History

A good science class might have a discussion on how creationism keeps cropping up as creation science, intelligent design etc when learning about initial resistance to Darwin's ideas. I was joking because "is taught in class" is often used as a criterion for answer line or clue selection, though wh...
by Sam
Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About Science History
Replies: 44
Views: 8251

Re: Let's Talk About Science History

touchpack wrote:On the ID tossup I personally was buzzing from things I learned from watching a PBS special, for example.
Intelligent design is something people definitely learn in science classes. Not good science classes, but still...
by Sam
Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Let's Talk About Science History
Replies: 44
Views: 8251

Re: Let's Talk About Science History

John Snow, the IAS, Challenger, for example, are incredibly important subjects in the history of science (I edited an essay on Snow once for one of these classes), but people don't like questions on them because no one actually studies the history of science and so they play poorly. I'm not sure th...
by Sam
Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WIT (March 2013)
Replies: 15
Views: 5600

Re: WIT (March 2013)

Should RMP and Fine Arts be divided equally into their usual subcategories (i.e. 1/1 R, 1/1 M, 1/1 P and then 1/1 visual, 1/1 concert music, 1/1 other)?
by Sam
Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 9512

Re: Question-specific discussion

I don't know enough about the Luces or Schurz to comment on question quality, but I think Kurtis's comment and the complaints about the achievement gap and punishment questions point towards a more general issue. In choosing answer lines, the primary focus should be on the game play aspect, rather t...
by Sam
Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MO Side Event: Oh You Didn't Know...This Was Vanity?
Replies: 32
Views: 10418

Re: MO Side Event: Oh You Didn't Know...This Was Vanity?

Cheynem wrote: There are no tiebreakers of any sorts; ideally all matches end in a tie in a Feit Thompson paradox.
That should come up more.

EDIT: I'd also be interested in playing this, conditional on not inconveniencing anyone sharing the car I'd be in.
by Sam
Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 10671

Re: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion

I mean, I'm not really sure what you want from me here. If a bonus is submitted to me that has a decent medium/easy/hard structure and where, as far as I can tell, all three parts are reasonably important, I'm not going to waste limited time editing it to be super-exciting. When you say that "it's ...
by Sam
Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 10671

Re: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion

But yeah, overall I really enjoyed playing this. There weren't any particularly flashy answer lines, but there probably shouldn't be given the goal of the tournament. I think it could actually have stood to have a couple more flashy answer lines. Many of the bonuses especially seemed not so much ea...
by Sam
Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Midwest at the University of Wisconsin 11/3
Replies: 22
Views: 11345

Re: ACF Fall Midwest at the University of Wisconsin 11/3

One other thing I noticed which was that after the prelims finished around four or five pm (!), stats were still being hastily compiled forcing several teams to leave (at least NU and Truman) before the individual awards were announced. I'm also wondering why Wisconsin A (Alex) was playing while th...
by Sam
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2516

Re: General discussion

I thought this set this a much better job of achieving a reasonable difficultly level than MOO and many other tournaments from last year that advertised a difficulty of "regular plus." The biggest weakness was the bonus difficulty: it was pretty variable, with many bonuses that were difficult to 10 ...
by Sam
Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Abbreviated) College Preview, 2012-2013 Season
Replies: 36
Views: 10192

Re: (Abbreviated) College Preview, 2012-2013 Season

It wouldn't be a predictions thread if someone didn't start a sentence and
by Sam
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 83
Views: 26240

Re: KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

It would be personally more convenient for movies and KABO to be the same day, but the division as it is now makes sense.
by Sam
Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 40789

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

I agree with what everyone else has said about this turning out better than expected, both from a logistical and question-quality perspective. A grand time was had by all. One logistical change I would suggest if this happens next year is an earlier final deadline for packets. Obviously a guerrilla ...
by Sam
Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise
Replies: 44
Views: 7631

Re: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise

Mike Bentley wrote: From a practical perspective, is there anyone besides Matt Bollinger and Jonathan Magin whose flight on Sunday night preculdes them playing WELD if it starts around 4?
I would miss all or most of WELD if it started around 4.
by Sam
Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise
Replies: 44
Views: 7631

Re: CO Lit and History Scheduling Compromise

I'd like to see CO History in the morning, WELD in the evening, and ACF Nationals 2013 during lunch. Rounds of history or WELD that don't get played can be used at a quad tournament held April 6. EDIT: If it actually makes things go faster, brackets doesn't seem like a bad idea for history. However,...
by Sam
Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 40789

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Many people have already "paid" for this tournament by writing 12-24 questions. Given that switching times may prevent some of those people from playing, I don't really see it as fair to change things now. I'll continue my streak of passive aggressive posting by pointing out that not playing this to...
by Sam
Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 40789

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

Could confirmation be given by teams that have not yet submitted a packet that they will actually do so? It would be nice to know what time this ends (and thus when the Lit tournament begins ) with more than two days notice.
by Sam
Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 83
Views: 26240

Re: KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

Is the Mike Cheyne film tournament to be held Saturday after KABO, then?
by Sam
Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August
Replies: 76
Views: 13111

Re: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August

I'd prefer the Michigan site 'cuz it's closer to me, but if we're doing this in Pitt, we should figure this out sooner or later so I can make flight reservations. Likewise. I'd also like to note my lack of sympathy for anyone bawling about the horrors of a five-hour drive. Well, there is something ...
by Sam
Thu May 31, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August
Replies: 76
Views: 13111

Re: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August

There's not any chance UVA wants to/can host this, is there? I'm not impartial, but I believe it's fairly accessible by train or bus.
by Sam
Sat May 05, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fall 2012 schedule discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 9723

Re: Fall 2012 schedule discussion

TheCopleyIndian wrote: Also, we will likely never again host a trash tournament, and the Pennbowl trash writers are no longer at this school.
The sway your team has with Penn's administration is frightening.
by Sam
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012
Replies: 131
Views: 40789

Re: CO History Doubles: 7/22/2012

I'm interested in playing this, and looking for a teammate.

EDIT: I will be on a team with Marshall Steinbaum.
by Sam
Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The New Oberhausen Manifesto: Film Question Reform
Replies: 28
Views: 13183

Re: The New Oberhausen Manifesto: Film Question Reform

I'm not sure "writing about movies I have seen" is a guarantee of better questions. Things critical consensus has decided are important may be completely missed, and I may overestimate the notability of things which randomly strike a personal chord with me. (This problem obviously holds for most sub...