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by aestheteboy
Tue May 01, 2012 1:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2011-2012 Season
Replies: 63
Views: 24428

Re: Player Poll 2011-2012 Season

This is kind of late, but I really have to say this: Doug is the best active player on Chicago quizbowl team (also, God knows that I love Sam). I'll let you guys decide whether Marshall or I understand quizbowl reality better.
by aestheteboy
Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2011-12
Replies: 86
Views: 25154

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2011-12

I will be attending the University of Chicago.
by aestheteboy
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA IV - Chicago, IL - Saturday, 3/31
Replies: 57
Views: 17223

Re: GUERRILLA IV - Chicago, IL - Saturday, 3/31

Hi, Marshall, Shantanu, Matt, and I are playing as a team.
by aestheteboy
Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GUERRILLA IV - Chicago, IL - Saturday, 3/31
Replies: 57
Views: 17223

Re: GUERRILLA IV - Chicago, IL - Saturday, 3/31

Are any other people interested in playing in this tournament? I'd really like to get at least 5 teams so we can hold a "viable" "tournament". Each year they've been a lot of fun, and it only costs you 6 or so tossups to play. I am not sure if I will form a team or be a free agent, but I will almos...
by aestheteboy
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question set dissemination
Replies: 20
Views: 2050

Re: Question set dissemination

Perhaps they wrote a shitty set and don't want to have their questions scrutinized. Perhaps they don't like some members of the community and want to just share the set with friends. I'm sorry, but these are not valid reasons. If you wrote a bad tournament, you deserve every bit of criticism you ca...
by aestheteboy
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question set dissemination
Replies: 20
Views: 2050

Question set dissemination

I think the issue of set distribution deserves more serious attention than it seems to have right now. I think Marshall doesn't articulate his position as well as he could, and he generally has some misguided ideas about reality, so it's tempting to dismiss the policy of non-open distribution by poi...
by aestheteboy
Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 68228

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

jonathanmarx wrote:the recent emergence of WJ
Is this actually a thing? If so, I am excited.
by aestheteboy
Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2012 @ UIUC on 2/18/12
Replies: 42
Views: 16783

Re: ACF Regionals 2012 @ UIUC on 2/18/12

Hi Charles,

Is it correct that each team will play only 6 + 3 games?
I like quizbowl, and those figures seem a bit low, especially considering the number of packets that you presumably will have from ACF.
I would be grateful if you could consider a format that would allow more games.

Thanks!
by aestheteboy
Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Selection Bias or Excellence?
Replies: 14
Views: 4703

Selection Bias or Excellence?

As a high school player, I used to study quizbowl statistics religiously. An item in my weekly tasks was to come to this forum, check the results of every major tournament held that Saturday, and idly speculate how good teams are, how like my team would play against them, who the best players are et...
by aestheteboy
Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/2/11)
Replies: 5
Views: 2179

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/2/11)

Northwestern A won, Chicago A got second.

Thanks to everyone who came today and to Uncle Joe's for some superb jerk chicken.
by aestheteboy
Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/2/11)
Replies: 5
Views: 2179

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/2/11)

Hi,

This is a reminder once again that tournament is coming up very very soon.
Furthermore, the field has been updated.
by aestheteboy
Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/2/11)
Replies: 5
Views: 2179

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/2/11)

Hi, everyone. I wanted to use this opportunity to remind you to register for this event, which is coming up pretty. Although we will be accepting registrations until pretty late, it would definitely help us and other teams to at least know which teams are interested in coming. Please shoot me an e-m...
by aestheteboy
Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/2/11)
Replies: 5
Views: 2179

Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/2/11)

The University of Chicago would like to invite you to Hyde Park for the Collegiate Novice Tournament, to be hosted on October 2nd, 2011. Northern Illinois will host an earlier mirror with the same question set on September 17th. This tournament is a mirror of the Collegiate Novice 2 set, produced by...
by aestheteboy
Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2011 thanks and discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 23107

Re: ACF Nationals 2011 thanks and discussion

First of all, I can't help but feel admiration for the editors, who, despite not being active players anymore, dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy for the sake of the quizbowl community and produced 24-packet (or whatever the figure actually is) set. Thank you. I guess I should also add ...
by aestheteboy
Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 9 SCT at University of Illinois
Replies: 36
Views: 4376

Re: Region 9 SCT at University of Illinois

The score that I have for Chicago D's game against ISU C is 635 to 70.
by aestheteboy
Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sack of Antwerp (Chicago 2/19/2011)
Replies: 144
Views: 42743

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sack of Antwerp (Chicago 2/19/2011)

I've been told "regular difficulty," so I am personally aiming for 2010 Regionals level.

I would also like to remind people that we are looking for mirror sites. It's going to be a enjoyable set for sure.
by aestheteboy
Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words
Replies: 49
Views: 28850

Re: A Moderator's Guide to Pronunciating Foreign Words

IMPORTANT: Japanese does not stress syllables, as far as a non-speaker is concerned. So Yukio Mishima is pronounced with a pacing dah-dah-dah, dah-dah-dah, all equal, not [YUU-kee-oh mi-SHEE-mah]. Familiarity with Romance languages often leads to wayward stressing of penultimate syllables. This is ...
by aestheteboy
Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THUNDER Discussion
Replies: 101
Views: 10461

Re: THUNDER Discussion

I enjoyed this tournament quite a bit. I remember not enjoying three tossups as much: Gladwell, The Affluent Society, and utility. All three of them got answered fairly early, so I'd like to see the tossups in full, if that's ok.
by aestheteboy
Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/9)
Replies: 17
Views: 4373

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UChicago (10/9)

Chicago E won the tournament. Northwestern A, OSU A, and Chicago B were also in the top 4.

Detailed stats are forthcoming.
by aestheteboy
Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009-10 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 8368

Re: 2009-10 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

I know, I have the packet; I'm wondering why it is not promptable, given that time dilation and acceleration are both phenomena that are key to the twin paradox. It doesn't really mean anything to say only one twin experiences time dilation - time dilation is a relative concept. If my understanding...
by aestheteboy
Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 94535

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Would it be too demanding to ask for a zip-file, too? I'm sure it'll save time for more than a couple people.
by aestheteboy
Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT charging for old packets
Replies: 33
Views: 7046

Re: NAQT charging for old packets

One of the advantages of charging for packets is that coaches have a source questions that they know are blind to their players. With that said, the claim about unfairness created by the underground-trading circuit is legitimate, and the practice seems counterproductive to the goal of promoting good...
by aestheteboy
Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSAPQ NASAT Discussion!
Replies: 57
Views: 19889

Re: 2010 HSAPQ NASAT Discussion!

This is a confusing year, in which 12th graders are the class of 2010 and 10th graders are the class of 2012.
by aestheteboy
Fri May 28, 2010 2:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)
Replies: 217
Views: 61084

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring Offensive at HSNCT (5/29/2010)

This is extremely late, but I would like to play; if that's not possible, I would like to help staff.
by aestheteboy
Thu May 13, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year
Replies: 64
Views: 15620

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year

I'll probably go to Chicago and play more quizbowl than I did this year.
by aestheteboy
Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN

One more thing: although Dunbar and Hume-Fogg were quite good last Saturday, ppb is somewhat inflated by bouncebacks.
by aestheteboy
Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN

As TD of ABC XXXIX, I'd like to thank the teams who came out to play, the moderators who read for the tournament, and Matt Jackson et al. and HSAPQ, who provided the question set for varsity and JV, respectively. At this tournament, we tried to introduce some good elements of modern quizbowl, such ...
by aestheteboy
Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN

As TD of ABC XXXIX, I'd like to thank the teams who came out to play, the moderators who read for the tournament, and Matt Jackson et al. and HSAPQ, who provided the question set for varsity and JV, respectively. At this tournament, we tried to introduce some good elements of modern quizbowl, such a...
by aestheteboy
Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN

This tournament took place, with 9 teams in varsity and 6 teams in JV. In the varsity division, Dunbar won, beating Hume-Fogg twice in an advantaged final. Dunbar also won JV; MLK got second.
Stats and tournament wrap-up forthcoming.
by aestheteboy
Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN

Hey y'all. The tournament is coming up pretty soon, so get your registration asap! Another important news: we will most likely be using Four Quarter set 2 for the JV division, in order to provide the most difficulty-appropriate questions to our audience. This set has only been used in West Virginia ...
by aestheteboy
Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN

Hi. We will send you an electronic registration form right away. We decided to change the JV requirement for this tournament because we believe that quizbowl experience has a much more direct influence on playing ability than the number of years in high school. This change is in no way permanent, so...
by aestheteboy
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN

We will have two separate divisions: Varsity for all high school players and JV for players with fewer than two years of experience in quizbowl. Just to make sure I understand this correctly--the eligibility for JV is based on years of experience in Quiz Bowl--NOT current grade in high school? So t...
by aestheteboy
Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Vanderbilt ABC XXXIX 3/20/10 at Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt Quizbowl Team would like to invite all interested teams to the 39th Academic Bowl Contest to be hosted on March 20th, 2010. This tournament will use questions from (EDIT) the Cooper Memorial Tournament set, written by members of Georgetown Day School (DC), Brown University, and Vanderbilt...
by aestheteboy
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Spring Semester Tournament III -- January 23, 2010
Replies: 47
Views: 9378

Re: VCU Spring Semester Tournament III -- January 23, 2010

Also, this was pretty awesome to get third place for CR. We've never gotten a trophy in a "good quizbowl" tournament since i've been the coach (almost exactly 4 years). So, even without this, it was worth the trip... but yeah, this was a neat thing to finally say that we did. Hey, congratulations! ...
by aestheteboy
Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 9375

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Thanks for the input, everyone. This is my first year at Vanderbilt, and I wasn't aware about the tradition of hosting the spring tournament around late March. I decided on the date because I had earlier heard that many schools in this area have spring break in March and April. My decision about the...
by aestheteboy
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 9375

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Joshua Rutsky wrote:Any word on the date for ABC XXXVIX?
We are planning for February 27th. I apologize for not writing the new tournament announcement yet, but we will do that very soon.
by aestheteboy
Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party
Replies: 76
Views: 15855

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party

When's the Centre mirror?
by aestheteboy
Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to get better/study for PACE
Replies: 32
Views: 3595

Re: How to get better/study for PACE

That people look at ACF Nats for clues to use at NSC is (most likely) false. That many clues and answers in ACF Nats come up at NSC is not. That studying Nats packets to prepare for NSC is a good method is more ambiguous.
by aestheteboy
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You
Replies: 92
Views: 8529

Re: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You

Well yeah, "for you" is implied. Obviously I'm only talking about top 10 teams or so. I'm also not denying that there are some things you can learn and some level of differentiation at HS events. I'm only saying that you learn more, have better differention, face better competition, etc. at college ...
by aestheteboy
Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You
Replies: 92
Views: 8529

Re: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You

Chuq mentioned something about being self-centered, but as human beings we have all the reasons to be self-centered. If I were as good as State College or Gov, and all the sets that I could play were ones that I get 27 ppb on, I would certainly be pissed that the questions are so easy - I don't lear...
by aestheteboy
Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 9375

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

The Varsity stats have been fixed. If people enjoy 15s, -5s, and individual stats, we might try to do that in the future so y'all should let us know.
by aestheteboy
Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 9375

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Do you have any of the JV stats? Thanks! We more or less ran the Varsity and JV divisions as separate tournaments with separate TDs, so I'm not sure what happened at the JV tournament. Jack may have the scoresheets, but my honest guess is that we won't have the JV stats for this tournament. I'm sor...
by aestheteboy
Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 9375

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Hey, sorry for the delay on the stats. You can find them here: http://results.scobo.net/aestheteboy. Please note that we used bouncebacks, and that we are missing scoresheets (not the scores themselves) from two games. Prelim games and Playoff games are in the same file (Every team has 5 prelims + 1...
by aestheteboy
Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The quizbowl decades project
Replies: 123
Views: 55663

Re: The quizbowl decades project

As a corollary to the "teams to come out of nowhere", how about "players who came out of nowhere"? Well, don't all players come out of nowhere, pretty much? I don't know anyone who got a lot of attention before becoming good and scoring a lot of points. EDIT: If you mean "players who came from stat...
by aestheteboy
Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:56 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The quizbowl decades project
Replies: 123
Views: 55663

Re: The quizbowl decades project

I haven't played quizbowl for very long, but I can say with some confidence that games and players from my era of quizbowl would rank high on "The most exciting HS quizbowl matches ever" (TJ's 10 negs in 2005, Whitman's Whistler bonus, Ben's exciting Heaney buzz, and Henry with his Zardari all came ...
by aestheteboy
Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to write packets on time
Replies: 22
Views: 1990

Re: How to write packets on time

I think the best policy for a tournament host is to accept the fact that some people are irrational (or have a lot of money and/or do not care about your welfare) and write a bunch of editor's packets. If people submit questions on time, great: you can use the questions you wrote for other tournamen...
by aestheteboy
Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009
Replies: 67
Views: 9375

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVIII--11/7/2009

Hey y'all. I'm sorry for our team's irresponsiveness; it's frustrating for me too to see my team so unorganized. I'll make sure that we will do a better job in the future, most likely by my taking over TD/communications. Anyway, my understanding is that we will try to start as close to 6 pm on Frida...
by aestheteboy
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The lost art of good teams getting easy tossups early
Replies: 17
Views: 4497

Re: The lost art of good teams getting easy tossups early

I think the point that Matt makes here, and the one that Jonathan makes in a related thread, is super important. I'm glad that people had the courage to speak out against something that I think defines quizbowl today; I've been thinking about if for a while (and discussed it privately with a limited...
by aestheteboy
Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: discussion of novice tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 6113

Re: discussion of novice tournaments

I'm wondering why this hypothetical novice-only event can't be a mirror of a high-level HS set. I know some people would oppose this idea for a very superficial reason, i.e. the fact that is a high school set, but the reality is that some high school sets are extremely well-written and fairly diffic...
by aestheteboy
Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You
Replies: 92
Views: 8529

Re: Canon Expansion, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and You

Are you seriously surprised that editors and writers sometimes misjudge difficulty?