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by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Regular+ Spring Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Regular+ Spring Tournament

AGoodMan wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:24 pm
Does this mean that Terrapin is not happening next season?
Yes. We don't plan on producing another Terrapin.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Regular+ Spring Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Regular+ Spring Tournament

vinteuil wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:15 pm
Would this tournament be open? (Might change the pool of potential writers and editors.)
Good question. I think this tournament would likely be open, unless there is a strong community preference for it to be closed.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Regular+ Spring Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Regular+ Spring Tournament

Maryland would like to write a spring regular+ set in collaboration with another club or several outside editors. If you're interested in working with us, DM me.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Book To Learn Music
Replies: 3
Views: 1022

Book To Learn Music

I'm finally going to do it. What are some books I should read?
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 18657

Re: Player Poll 2019

Graham Reid should be in your overall top 25. He covers so much outside of science. He even beat Jakob to history at ICT to complete a 200 point comeback against MSU. No one I'd rather have on my team in the top bracket at ACF Nats.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 16392

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Could someone involved in the UCLA-Oklahoma protest explain what happened? Justin French apparently gave the answer "math is a science" for the mathematical realism tossup, and then, on protest, had his answer ruled prompt-able. However, his answer is simply wrong, as a cursory Google search would i...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 8886

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

I think the problem with both James and Geoff's arguments are that they presuppose that math is only interesting insofar as it's useful in science, and I think that this stems from the fact that math is currently grouped with science in the distribution. However, math really isn't a science; you can...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 8886

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

This guy gets it.

EDIT: Finn, Graham, some other people, and I talked about this over the weekend. One idea we had was combining religion and myth into a single 1/1 (since those two categories seem to be the least studied in the academy amongst the current distro), while expanding math to 1/1.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 16392

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

All that being said, I do not think this was a perfect set of questions on my part. For one, I would like to apologize about math getting the shaft as several players have vocalized. 6 math tossups and (5 bonuses) for the set were written. One of them ended up in finals, one in the emergency packet...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 16392

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

This set was really really good. Thanks to everyone who worked on it.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 13716

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

I haven't had any issues with the ICT seeding. It's always seemed pretty reasonable, even when my team didn't make the top bracket last year. However, I think that it would help if NAQT clearly announced the metric used to seed teams, or even published the seeds before the tournament. I think most p...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 38973

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

I suppose someone could make an argument that a team that knows more things but can't score more points on the bonuses is not necessarily a better team, but I would agree that they are a harder team to beat and that's good enough for me. This whole line of reasoning seems to presuppose that players...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 10292

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

Yes, Rebecca contacted me about that protest; I ruled against it because though all the clues to that point apply to "beliefs," they don't all apply to "justified true beliefs." The previous clue was: To attain one status, these states must be linked to their objects by “causal chains,” according t...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 10292

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I thought this set was pretty decent overall, but, echoing what Jacob, I felt like there was significant difficulty variance across categories. The history, for example, seemed like it could have played well at MUT or NSC, which isn't necessarily problematic, but was kind of jarring next to some of ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 15295

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

However, in my view, It's completely unfair to say that Nietzsche himself had no idea what he was talking about. That was a joke about the difficulties of exegetical work, not a serious claim my dude. Though, when the syphilis was hitting pretty hard, who knows? But, yeah, Alston nicely summarized ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 15295

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

There was a bonus part on Mill that claimed he developed a descriptivist theory of names. That's wrong he proposed a referentialist theory of names, which is pretty much the exact opposite thing. This was part of a larger theme of there being quite a few misleading/wrong clues in the philosophy and ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 40928

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

Arkansas, aka "Quizbowl Iran": F The mullahs of the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association are determined to force Arkansas teams to remain in the quizbowl stone age, enforcing a regime of bad quizbowl questions and bizarre rules like forcing teams to lug around reference books to protest the te...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 13310

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

Penn: Loses all off last years A team except Jamie. Look for big improvements out of Nitin, probably worth consideration towards the bottom of your poll. Yeah, as I found out at CO, Jaime is really good. She can buzz on almost any humanities category and knows a fair amount of science too. Penn sho...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6765

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

Can I see the Bunuel tossup? I remember at game speed having to recognize that this was about Bunuel's Mexican period to be somewhat tricky. I knew The Exterminating Angel was made in Mexico, but the film is also commonly interpreted as a metaphor about Franco Spain, for example. I made this exact ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 9825

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

As someone who believes that quizbowl ought to roughly track the academy, I think that this drastic increase in nonwestern art is a pretty terrible idea. This statement seems at odds with "Furthermore, a lot of the questions drew heavily from secondary sources (many of which I suspect few people in...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 9825

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Yeah, while this set included lots of fun stuff and was well written, I'd go a step farther and say that this set emphatically isn't the direction where quizbowl needs to go in the future. The distribution was skewed heavily towards nonwestern art and post-WWII literature which I think is problemat...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 9825

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

While I can't really speak to stuff outside my categories, the history and non-Western content in this set was a lot of fun. In terms of representation, this set laid out a fairly clear vision of where quiz bowl needs to go in the future. Solving the puzzle of how to translate that ethos to regular...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 14
Views: 8660

Re: Women in Sets

It's not surprising that writing staffs made up almost entirely of men, as is often the case in housewrites and independent sets, are writing about people like them. While having more women writing and editing has many positives, I find this claim unconvincing. I think most people in our community ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 15502

Re: High School Player Poll

Ever since Itamar informed me that Alex Schmidt kinda looks like me, i.e., this past Saturday, Alex Schmidt has been my favorite HS player. He should be in everyone's top 5.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Thu May 31, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 58035

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that this is not the first time that NAQT has attempted to save face by not publicly addressing incidents related to its reputation. Although I am unsure of the exact details of the situation, when in 2012 a player was accused of cheating by viewing NAQT questi...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 36871

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Regarding the sigma algebra tossup: “measure” seemed to have been asked about relatively frequently, but sigma algebras have not, and I thought it could reward people who really understand the topic rather than just memorizing types of measures. From the references I was using, the initial sentence...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)
Replies: 27
Views: 15508

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)

I'll be starting a PhD at Maryland in the fall.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 22039

Re: Players Choice Awards

I guess I'll make the case for Thatcher Chonka as fourth player of the year.

Pros: sick Harold Hotelling knowledge, drank a whole bottle of Captain Morgan after ACF Nats and didn't die, has the bushiest of eyebrows
Cons: recorded a neg after falling asleep on his buzzer
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 36871

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

The tossup on "pharmaceuticals" had a first line that was kind of negbait. Bill Ackman's massive loss on his Herbalife short has been a way bigger story than his loss on his Valeant short. I think you misunderstood the clue, which was: "A company in this industry was accused of inflating its profit...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 36871

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

This is probably my favorite tournament ever. Thanks to everyone whose hard work made this weekend so enjoyable. Minor gripes: The tossup on "pharmaceuticals" had a first line that was kind of negbait. Bill Ackman's massive loss on his Herbalife short has been a way bigger story than his loss on his...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 14493

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.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Dominance of Thought
Replies: 14
Views: 5404

Re: The Dominance of Thought

I feel like they tend to overly reward certain knowledge/interest bases and are not overly interesting to those who are not into "thought." For example, I feel like some of the "traditional" social sciences really get undervalued at hard tournaments as opposed to easy tournaments (I'm probably just...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 11583

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

yo I get that playing long questions tougher than you're used to is hard but please explain but you mean by "better pyramidality" additionally some people in fact like playing questions that have clues that haven't heard before. I'm not sure about your team but certainly when I read for teams at th...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?
Replies: 49
Views: 12232

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

Let's not forget the absolutely deplorable, misogynistic behavior of some University of Michigan (that school where you are the TD, remember?) quizbowlers during the HSNCT finals. Fuck. Off. (edit: scooped.) This made me and several of my teammates very uncomfortable. I am glad that someone finally...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 5708

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

My feelings about this set are pretty mixed. First off, the lit and fine arts in this set were really enjoyable. The lit was occasionally too easy but I don't think that is particularly bad especially at regular difficulty. Now to the bad stuff. The science didn't seem like it had been edited. The n...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 8866

Re: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement

Hmm, I think we have a fundamental difference in terms of what the game is meant to reward. For example, in psychology, is quizbowl meant to [completely] reward knowledge of what people who are psychologists or who have studied psychology on a formal basis know? I don't necessarily think so. Obviou...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 8866

Re: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement

As a historian, there's a lot of history tossups I can't convert...I think we have to be somewhat more specific here. Yeah the way I originally articulated my point was bad. Obviously, no one can know everything about a given field (this is especially true in fields like history which tend to be hi...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 8866

Re: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement

The idea that "if an Actual Psychologist doesn't do this or isn't likely to learn it, then it's not worth asking" is a bad criteria for ruling out material because you're devaluing knowledge that lots of people may have, and which moreover is worth knowing - one reason we learn from the past is not...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 8866

Re: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement

...A fuck-the-classroom approach often leads to tossups that on material that is more obscure and which fewer people in the field have engaged with (e.g., that goofy tossup at ACF Nats on "primal scream therapy"). I'm not familiar with the specific tossup, but I don't think that social science writ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 8866

Re: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement

1) They often end up focusing on works that are really obscure, and which few people in the field are likely to have engaged with. I don't think this is fair criticism of the back-to-the-classroom movement. Both of the examples you cited happen to be really important in their respective fields. I l...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 27514

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

It seems like teams not being able to find affordable transportation options is a problem that could be averted or at least minimized. Oklahoma was definitely in this boat. A trip to NYC would have cost us roughly three times as much as last year's trip to Ann Arbor. Columbia seems like less than i...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT general discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 3322

Re: 2017 ICT general discussion

I really enjoyed this set (even if I kinda played like trash.) It did a great job of balancing accessibility with interesting new canon-expanding content. However, in the future, I would like to see NAQT make geography easier across the board. I think the majority of our zeroed bonuses at this tourn...