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by heterodyne
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at the University of Michigan (10/21)
Replies: 18
Views: 8999

Re: EFT at the University of Michigan (10/21)

t-bar wrote:Should we be expecting an SQBS report at some point? I know we have the scoresheets in the subforum, but many of the results that are easy to read off of SQBS reports are harder to extract from the raw data or Ophir's summary sheets.
bumpe
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46281

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In this instance, "according to Birkhoff's theorem" establishes the reference frame for the rest of the clue, which is thus about the properties of the vacuum solutions in the context of Birkhoff's theorem. To claim that the clue is outright wrong because it doesn't specify "spherical symmetry" som...
by heterodyne
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 29961

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

While Jaimie and JinAh certainly overlap, the stats seem to suggest that Clark is better than either of them individually - even if we award one all of the tossups that the other got, Clark is only about 6 playoff ppg below this chimera (eyeballing it), despite 1) buzzing on around the same swathe o...
by heterodyne
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 8134

Re: Postseason poll

It is worth recalling that Chicago B did not play a full team at ICT, so I would advise taking their ACF finish as indicative.
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 29961

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

There's plenty of people who deserve recognition, and if nobody has brought them up in a few days I'll do my best to make a case for as many as I can. In this post, however, I want to make a case for why I am choosing the order of my top four in the manner that I am (and hopefully convince some of y...
by heterodyne
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 11003

Re: The end of the match

Right now, when teams shake hands at the end of quizbowl games, it is mostly a shitshow where people are throwing their hands into a massive disorganized pile-on of players. This reeks of quizbowl. It would be better if teams stayed in the order they were sitting, faced each other, stood in lines, ...
by heterodyne
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 19337

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

I think powers are kind of like three pointers in basketball, they're okay but I could do with out them. Given that most ACF tournaments are poduced in pretty compressed timeframes, this proposal would also create extra stress/work for the editors. I think the status quo is just fine. This is more ...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 15162

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

The reason I made my point about literature editing is that I think there is a substantial difference between someone committing to "look over" questions and someone committing to edit questions. The latter implies a greater commitment of time and effort, and the former seems (to me) to suggest a mo...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 15162

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, Janaury 2019)

I would, generally, prefer for announced sets to have a designated literature editor. I'm also a bit confused by specifically pointing out that you will be writing the entirety of the philosophy and social science. Why is this true for you and not for the other editors? Frankly, given the quality of...
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: FTP 3: The Final Sequence (Summer 2018)
Replies: 8
Views: 8146

Re: FTP 3: The Final Sequence (Summer 2018)

Progcon wrote: note that questions on played-out answerlines like Arcade Fire will not appear.
is this what the kids call the "availability heuristic"
by heterodyne
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Midseason poll
Replies: 16
Views: 10044

Re: Midseason poll

Tibetan literature wrote:On the topic of team hyping, Oklahoma's full A team will, for the first time since ICT two years ago, actually be together at a national tournament. Also, we have the number 6 D value. Just saying.
ya these ppl are rly good
by heterodyne
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Midseason poll
Replies: 16
Views: 10044

Re: Midseason poll

One might be tempted to derive conclusions about the skill of all Chicago teams from the mixed results of the A team, but I would caution against this. In particular, Matthew Lehmann is exceptionally good and only improving, but all the players on the B are highly capable of converting tossups agai...
by heterodyne
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Midseason poll
Replies: 16
Views: 10044

Re: Midseason poll

One might be tempted to derive conclusions about the skill of all Chicago teams from the mixed results of the A team, but I would caution against this. In particular, Matthew Lehmann is exceptionally good and only improving, but all the players on the B are highly capable of converting tossups again...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 44
Views: 22103

Re: Best Film Player

Cheynem wrote: Am I incorrect in thinking that Stephen Liu is also a good film player?
Also judging from Scattergories 2, no.
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Matchmaking...for Those that Suck
Replies: 11
Views: 7452

Re: Chicago Open Matchmaking...for Those that Suck

Am happy to contribute tiny bits of literature and philosophy as well as the lowest-level generalism that could even be discussed as such.
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 44
Views: 22103

Re: Best Film Player

I don't think anyone has mentioned Nathan Weiser- judging from the 4 rounds of Scattergories I played with him, he's quite good at film indeed.
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Dominance of Thought
Replies: 14
Views: 5824

Re: The Dominance of Thought

I'm a bit confused as to what the complaint being made is. Is the complaint that "thought" takes up too much of the distribution? If so, I fail to see how this is true - 15% seems like a high upper bound, assuming thought is taking up a philosophy slot, a social science slot, and an "other academic"...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 54346

Re: Illinois '17-'18

First of all, thank you to everyone (Mr. Fischer, Mr. Wang, Mr. Prince) for writing this set! It was definitely a step up from previous years, and I really enjoyed playing it! I'm looking forward to playing the Sectional packets and hopefully the State ones as well. A couple things I noticed-- Scie...
by heterodyne
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WOW NASAT CAN BE USED FOR SUMMER OPENS AND MIRRORS AND STUFF
Replies: 6
Views: 3229

Re: WOW NASAT CAN BE USED FOR SUMMER OPENS AND MIRRORS AND S

Who is on the editing team for this tournament? Is the target difficulty similar to years past? The current description of the difficulty doesn't contain much content past "it will be good."
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Words and Objects
Replies: 12
Views: 6809

Re: Words and Objects

I very much look forward to underperforming at this tournament
by heterodyne
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 32478

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

With a little research and some reviews, you can often get cuts or dye jobs from current cosmetology students that are quite good for a fraction of the price such a cut would run you at a standard salon. (The "research" portion is of course paramount, as there are obviously students who will fuck up...
by heterodyne
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8581

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

As James gestured towards, any correlational argument does seem to fail to account for teams that got prevented from qualifying by this problem - and given the relative difficulty of qualifying via D-value in previous years, I can't imagine the effect is insignificant.
by heterodyne
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 20131

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

jasongg17 wrote:I took scores on my 19-tossup musicals packet for some reason, which came out as follows:

John Lawrence: 110
Greg Peterson: 100
Isabel Archery (?): 55
Dakota (?): 45
Alex Damisch: 10
Erik Christensen: -5
Adam Sperber: -10
I'm Isabel.
by heterodyne
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?
Replies: 49
Views: 14095

Re: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?

No, you can't ban Luke Tierney from tournaments just because you found out today that his politics are bad. I'd appreciate it if you followed me in my "let's not make this about one specific person" mission and not mention any names. Thanks Hmm, you don't want to make it about any specific person, ...
by heterodyne
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 It's Lit: Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3050

Re: Discussion

This set was the highlight of my weekend. I love the mix of textual clues and extratextual clues that actually rewarded the way people engage with literature - the Walser tossup clueing his photograph comes to mind but I'm sure there were others. I had an immense amount of of fun even buzzing only l...
by heterodyne
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 23955

Re: It's Lit

Should note that according to my own records, I was given 7 too many tossups and 3 too many negs in the game against Matt+Kai, and Jonathan was similarly not given those buzzes.
by heterodyne
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: UChicago Summer 2017 Practices
Replies: 7
Views: 4299

Re: UChicago Summer 2017 Practices

Practice will be occurring from 7-10 on Monday in Room 503 of the Regenstein Library. If you're not a student, just message me on Facebook where I'm most likely to see it and you can be let in.
by heterodyne
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan NASAT Mirror?
Replies: 17
Views: 7923

Re: Michigan NASAT Mirror?

Could we get a team formation spreadsheet? Hard to form teams if I don't know who is going
by heterodyne
Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41682

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

Looking for teammates for Modern Age, Thought Monstrosity, SACRONYM, and Chuck Berry. I've read some 20th century stuff and need someone who knows like, the other parts of the Modern Age distro. I'm uneven on TM but will probably be a good second scorer for someone. Would like to find someone who kn...
by heterodyne
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41682

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

Seconding Ryan - if Stock Clues is done as a shootout I won't be playing or staffing it to keep the packets fresh.
by heterodyne
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: UChicago Summer 2017 Practices
Replies: 7
Views: 4299

Re: UChicago Summer 2017 Practices

Practice will be happening in room 404 at the Ref from 7-10.
by heterodyne
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 11448

Re: The Case for Short Questions

I definitely agree with what both Auroni and Stephen said. In addition to the important gameplay effects of that linguistic "padding", I think there's a less important but still real aesthetic effect. I think it's in fact more tiring to listen to a set of six line questions that are a series of shor...
by heterodyne
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Giveaways for "lesser-known" stuff about common things
Replies: 17
Views: 7722

Re: Giveaways for "lesser-known" stuff about common things

Putting aside the problem of your theme, isn't it the case that an ideal tournament has an equal buzz distribution for all questions? For each question, A% of teams should buzz on the first line, B% on the second, and so on. So, your goal should be to have the same number of people buzzing on your t...
by heterodyne
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 11993

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

Writing regular difficulty questions for hs probably isn't an awesome way to improve your mats performance, just because the amount of time you spend learning new clues won't be that large - most HS regdiff TUs have pretty much identical second halves with a few clues swapped out, and if you're a fa...
by heterodyne
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: UChicago Summer 2017 Practices
Replies: 7
Views: 4299

UChicago Summer 2017 Practices

Starting next week*, UChicago will be hosting weekly quizbowl practices open to the public. All quizbowlers in the area are welcome to attend. If you are not a UChicago student, please PM me, message me on fb, or email me at alstonb[at]uchicago.edu if you are coming so that someone can let you in. I...
by heterodyne
Fri May 26, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An update on the state of the Discord
Replies: 2
Views: 4279

Re: An update on the state of the Discord

Toystory (bull) wrote:Is this discord intended for college players only or are there plans to integrate high school players into this?
High schoolers certainly went on the IRC. Presumably this is also true of the Discord.
by heterodyne
Wed May 17, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement
Replies: 41
Views: 20327

Re: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement

gyre and gimble wrote:If the field stays at 10 for Thursday, what would the schedule be? I'd prefer a full round robin over a schedule with byes, even if that means there's only one packet available for a final.
I agree with this.
by heterodyne
Tue May 09, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 13860

Re: IHSA 2017

While it's great that quality writers are taking over the production of IHSA questions, I'd just like to note that this certainly does not warrant referring to Andrew as Mr. Wang.
by heterodyne
Sun May 07, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll: WONDERFUL
Replies: 18
Views: 10431

Re: Player Poll: WONDERFUL

You should be considering Jason Zhou for your ballot. Here are two facts about Jason: 1) He is very good at history. If you have played him you should be able to confirm this fact. 2) He has become very good at history despite a systematic inability to take in information about the world. If you hav...
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 32347

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I'll write more later but I really liked this tournament. Cool philosophy questions on things that actually matter! Fun deep core literature! Cool stuff. (I also had issues because I'm a quizbowler playing a tournament but like I had food poisoning Saturday and it was still a super fun day of qb whi...
by heterodyne
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 27379

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

yale student adopts rural patois as schtick, is Cool and Good, more at 11
by heterodyne
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 17959

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

Borel hierarchy wrote:
Mewto55555 wrote:We throw one of Kai's rare pepes off the ferry. Say goooodbye to Exooooodia!!!
why are your posts the exact opposite of the other posts in this blog

*the other of course referring to alston's
this was my joke go back to danganronpa dear
by heterodyne
Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 17959

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

Kai spills the sugar from the Sour Patch Kids everywhere in the back seat of the car. Laments failing to lick it up earlier.
by heterodyne
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 17959

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

Oo-kamakiri wrote:Alston spends 26 minutes jerking himself off about how good he is at philosophy.
hey man I just needed a break from hearing about the 2013 international linguistics olympiad
by heterodyne
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 17959

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

Kai: "Wait, wait, we actually made these posts?!"
by heterodyne
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 17959

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

Kai says something reprehensible. Max informs him that "keep it down or I'll slam into this median. Call that shit Maximillian Veers"
by heterodyne
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 17959

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

15.366 wrote:
Aaron's Rod wrote:Since cbowl@lists.uchicago.edu has infinity dollars, how much of the decision to drive one way was "for the liveblog"?
I hassled them for the liveblog, Alex. Until this started happening, I didn't believe they would actually do it.
This is... not true.
by heterodyne
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 17959

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

Neither of the lottery tickets Max bought were winners.
by heterodyne
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 17959

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

heterodyne wrote:Max attempts to crank dat Soulja Boy while driving. The car hits the rumble strip immediately.
"Technically, I was trying to superman that OHHHHH."
by heterodyne
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 17959

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

Max attempts to crank dat Soulja Boy while driving. The car hits the rumble strip immediately.