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by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database

This is a really great idea and I hope it streamlines the issue of finding staffers. The only possible suggestion I'd make is somehow giving some leeway when it comes to distance willing to travel. As long as I can drive there in the morning and get back at a reasonable hour, I'm fine staffing whate...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl at Queen's - October 27, 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1577

Re: Penn Bowl at Queen's - October 27, 2018

What are the eligibility restrictions/ policies on open teams for this tournament? I just realized this tournament is less than three hours away from me and I might consider coming if I don't have to play solo. Penn Bowl is closed, unfortunately, but this is a nice reminder that Kingston is only ab...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl at Queen's - October 27, 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1577

Re: Penn Bowl at Queen's - October 27, 2018

What are the eligibility restrictions/ policies on open teams for this tournament? I just realized this tournament is less than three hours away from me and I might consider coming if I don't have to play solo.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: This Must Be The Place
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: This Must Be The Place

This must be the best possible tournament name.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 2814

Re: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)

Bartleby wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:24 pm
Hey folks -- I am still looking to play this, and will gladly be placed on a free agent team if necessary, but if anyone would like to team up, I co-wrote CO Trash in 2014,
Don't let him fool you. This misrepresentation won't stand. It was 2013 CO Trash.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19
Replies: 29
Views: 4445

Re: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19

Don't really know of any doings up around the Syracuse/Central/Upstate NY area, but if there's a tournament within say an hour's drive, I'm willing to help out. Just thought I'd drop that here.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 11921

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

I don't know to what degree nitpicking the incident is worth it, but it seems to me as someone who's been on various antidepressants and mental health treatment since 1994, that mocking you for negging and being angry about negging is ridiculous and reprehensible. However, as someone who's been the ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 8066

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

If anyone other than Charles is interested in having a conversation about this with me, please continue, but I'm pretty much done having my well-intentioned posts needlessly picked apart and misinterpreted to satisfy Charles's ego. I keep trying and trying to explain very minor points only to have i...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 8066

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

As for "arbitrarily accusing" ACF of being "incapable," I did nothing of the sort... I retract my use of the word "arbitrarily," which was unwarranted. I stand by the rest of my paraphrasing of your argument and would be happy to explain why. Lest anyone believe what Charles is saying, I do not thi...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 8066

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

...the power text takes up a too substantial portion of the question (for me this would probably be anything over roughly 40% of the text)... ...NAQT does a pretty reasonable job placing powers. These two statements are contradictory; looking at the sample packet from last year's ICT, almost every ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 8066

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

...if 6 out of 8 lines are power, that doesn't give you a whole lot of space to write non-power clues. I never said anything about having "6 out of 8 lines" in power. Is this another number you "pulled out of roughly nowhere?" If there is a set where 6 out of 8 lines of each tossup are regularly in...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16228

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

I'm interested in playing!
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 8066

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

I'd think if we started powermarking ACF Nats, it would be an almost entirely wasted effort. If the power mark appeared roughly at 25%-33% of the way through the tossup, frankly, I don't think we'd be seeing a lot of powers. Why would the powermark have to be 25-33% of the way through a tossup? Chi...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 8066

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

I'd think if we started powermarking ACF Nats, it would be an almost entirely wasted effort. If the power mark appeared roughly at 25%-33% of the way through the tossup, frankly, I don't think we'd be seeing a lot of powers. As for powers being a self-esteem boost, I kind of feel the opposite way; w...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 1995 ACF Nationals program
Replies: 11
Views: 2605

Re: 1995 ACF Nationals program

Also, the money quote is from the Princeton team.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 1995 ACF Nationals program
Replies: 11
Views: 2605

Re: 1995 ACF Nationals program

jonah wrote:
Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote:I really want to know about "Harmonic Divergence Bowl".
I have the packets from a 1994 tournament at Berkeley called Harmonic Convergence Bowl, so I assume this is a follow-up to that.
Yeah, I think I meant "Convergence", which is in the program, but not in math.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 1995 ACF Nationals program
Replies: 11
Views: 2605

Re: 1995 ACF Nationals program

I really want to know about "Harmonic Divergence Bowl".
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Student looking to start a team
Replies: 5
Views: 2937

Re: Student looking to start a team

Thank you both for the help!! That article was pretty good and I’ll definitely go look at those packets. :grin: You're in Jamesville-Dewitt????!!!! I just moved to JD last July and have been bemoaning the lack of qb in this area. Please hit me up with any questions. I'm more than willing to help ou...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 5628

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

Not to bring up a certain sore topic, but evoking private messages from "quizbowl luminaries" in order to malign people that disagree with you in collegiate discussion does not help quizbowl's case against insularity or being unprofessional. It is not a good look for quizbowl to give off the impres...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 5628

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

In the poll on "What is the most pressing issue facing college quizbowl today?", "too insular" was the winner by a decent margin. "Too insular" could mean a lot of different things, or combinations of thing; I'd be interested to hear from people who voted for that option how they define "too insula...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 5709

Re: The looming crisis

Just for the record, I've toyed with the idea of working with PACE in my head, but I think I'm disconnected enough from the community that I wouldn't be nominated and as we all know, self-nominations are "discouraged." That always struck me as a good way to keep an "in-crowd" mentality. Me as well,...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 5709

Re: The looming crisis

If somebody is nominated to be a member of PACE, but then found to not be worthy, do you at least tell the person what they can do to meet your standards? It kind of sounds like the standard is "we know what a PACE member looks like when we see one" and that always risks devolving into just invitin...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 12896

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

The Dear Prudence thing is an awesome idea and should implemented if for no other reason than that there'll be a way of aggregating issues people have. On that note, does anyone think it would be beneficial to have like an actual climate survey type thing? Anonymous of course. I think I could get m...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 12896

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

You folks weren't around when an identifying signature wasn't required, but suffice it to say, it's much easier to be "toxic" when you're anonymous. If making people consider their words more carefully is the cost of keeping things more civil, I think it's a fair trade-off. That said, it's occasion...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 12896

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

I'm slightly nervous about posting this here when I know it's not anonymous. Yeah. This is me whenever I post something here, so I feel the need to word everything correctly. It's good to know that there's at least one other person who feels this way. Will second (third?) this as well. I've definit...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 15444

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

Are you straight? Are you identified as a man? Are you adopting a fashion to intentionally be provocative? Are you wearing your hair in such a way that it says something about your self-expression? Are you wearing your hair in a way that you feel looks actively better than other, more traditional o...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Nathan Freeburg
Replies: 14
Views: 6571

Re: Nathan Freeburg

ValenciaQBowl wrote: --Believed he had read a Nigerian novel called "The Palm Frond" that some of us made up on the way to lunch at a CO back in the mid-aughts
This is still probably my all-time favorite qb story, especially with "Giovanni Deformata" part.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 5333

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

Probably won't be able to play, but this looks like a great idea and tons o' fun, 'specially if there's questions on specific Catholic hymns written post Vatican 2. I got that "Be Not Afraid" and "One Bread, One Body" knowledge on lock.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 12968

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

Looks like there's a full slate of questions/packets. Given that a.) My Mountain Goats questions probably have a fairly limited appeal and b.) my larger family is doing their Christmas on the 23rd, I'm gonna hold off on my reading my questions for a while. That said, I still might be able to drop by...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?
Replies: 49
Views: 7704

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

Further, I argue that people who are paying often many hundreds of dollars to come to my tournaments deserve to not have to play next to someone who thinks they're less human than he is or would want to kill them. I believe this to be a fair position. Finally, I would argue it's inappropriate to ma...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 12968

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

~10 questions on the Mountain Goats, assuming I'm available to read them
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: I Need Serious Help With Bad Questions
Replies: 39
Views: 7743

Re: I Need Serious Help With Bad Questions

Given that there's a TV aspect, you may just be out of luck. There's a reason Jeopardy isn't ACF Regs. If they expect people to watch, the viewers will have to get some enjoyment out of it and let's face it, to the uninitiated, quiz bowl is really not much of a spectator sport. Honestly, rather than...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 12716

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

One thing to bear in mind is that the ease at which software is learned doesn't translate into being able to use it quickly and efficiently (which is of course paramount to running an on-time, successful tournament). I'd like to think I understand both R syntax and regular expressions pretty well; ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 12716

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

One thing to bear in mind is that the ease at which software is learned doesn't translate into being able to use it quickly and efficiently (which is of course paramount to running an on-time, successful tournament). I'd like to think I understand both R syntax and regular expressions pretty well; h...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 565
Views: 216966

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Hey all, This is just a quick announcement for what I'm tentatively calling "Songs for David Seal: A Mountain Goats Packet". Accepting applications for better names, though. Yep, it's a set of likely 15-40 tossups about the best of all possible bands, The Mountain Goats. It's gonna probably end up b...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament
Replies: 36
Views: 10565

Re: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament

Two questions:

1. I'm assuming 8PM Eastern time, correct?

2. I'm new to Discord. How can I find the correct chat?
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament
Replies: 36
Views: 10565

Re: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament

How was this? I'd probably be interested in a Skype/Discord/What have you mirror as well.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 5958

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

That is an extremely specific subset of players however. To pick a social science like sociology for example: how many quiz bowl players have sociology PhDs? I'd wager less than a dozen. This small sample of players--who may or may not be even elite level players--should not determine how appropria...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 5958

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

I'll just say that the "banking model" of Freire is something you would easily encounter outside of old questions. I read an excerpt by Freire on the model in a freshman "intro to liberal education" class in college. Also this is very true. I'm pretty sure Freire is talked about pretty widely in te...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 5958

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

15. A transcendent form of this phenomenon is directed towards other human beings in an anthropological theory of it by Juan Perez Lopez. It’s not color vision, but Solomon has developed a theory of it in which it arises by pairs of opposing emotions, called opponent-processes. A personality charac...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat May 13, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 10723

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

In about a month point five, I'll be moving to Syracuse, NY where my wife found a professorship. Thrilled for everything about the move, but the area seems to lack quiz bowl, at least collegiately. If anyone at Syracuse ever starts a team, I'll crash practices, but this might be the end of my utilit...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Documenting plagiarism
Replies: 20
Views: 5990

Re: Documenting plagiarism

Yeah, I've written (or thought about writing) stuff, only to find very similar questions in old packets. Seen it with other writers, too. Yup. Can confirm that I once wrote (and submitted) nearly the exact same Physics bonus as was on the ACF website at one point. Don't remember the amount of textu...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM At UConn, March 25th, 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 2587

Re: ACRONYM At UConn, March 25th, 2017

This was a hoot. Thanks to UConn and everyone. Also, I think everyone interested in outreach (and everyone else) should make note of Olin's success at creating a quiz bowl team out of nothing, and attending at least three (probably four) tournaments in their first year. They're a solidly talented te...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament
Replies: 36
Views: 10565

Re: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament

GIven that I never used a number of questions I wrote for this:, I'd be happy to contribute any or all of the questions that weren't used at 2013 CO Trash. I've probably got enough tossups to make a 2+ packets. If you want, I could packetize what I have and send it along.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM At UConn, March 25th, 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 2587

Re: ACRONYM At UConn, March 25th, 2017

What's the best place to park for Saturday?
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History
Replies: 58
Views: 25781

Re: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History

In the 2009 Chicago Open a team of me, Andrew Ullsperger, Paul Gauthier and Evan Nagler (lol, what a team) beat a team of Seth, Selene and Sorice. We thought we were world-beaters.... until we lost the next round to the Rom/Tim Hartman juggernaut when Rom obliterated a toss-up on ROME, OPEN CITY (1...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Thoughts on Quizbowl Employment
Replies: 9
Views: 2694

Re: Thoughts on Quizbowl Employment

50K would be almost double my old teaching salary. On the other hand, 3,000 questions in a year would be pretty hard to do (maybe? I haven't crunched the numbers). 3000 questions/year seems difficult, but within the realm of possibility. If you're willing to write on each weekday of the year, you w...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice at University of Connecticut (10/22)
Replies: 3
Views: 1690

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice at University of Connecticut (TBD

Depending on the date, I might be able to drive up from New Haven to staff. However, that's very dependent on getting a weekend off from work.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 18228

Re: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)

Actually, for discount purposes, I want to write my half-packet, which given that I've been writing questions for years, is more or less of usable quality.