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by Ike
Sat May 04, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 5614

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

At any rate, this argument doesn't work very well because the whole point we're discussing is what is mandated in quizbowl by means of the distribution. Of course, someone could come along and write a tournament with loads of maths in the "misc" or "other" portion of the distribution, but the whole...
by Ike
Wed May 01, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 5614

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

I think cutting other categories to add 1/1 Math is an overreaction to this last ACF Nationals. I am not very good at most categories at the ACF Nationals level, usually when I play tournaments at that level I look forward to the Math questions. While I understand the editors' vision of blurting th...
by Ike
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11609

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

You're right, sorry we didn't do our due diligence by consulting with a panel of white guys who are extremely into Asian culture. I thought the point of quizbowl was to reward you for being interested in learning about lots of cultures, and that the entire point of this tournament was to try to rep...
by Ike
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 5614

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

One idea we had was combining religion and myth into a single 1/1 I like this idea. I'd use the resulting extra question to have 1/1 "mathematical sciences" including pure math, math applications, statistics, and CS, and 1/1 "other science" including Earth science, astronomy, engineering, and inter...
by Ike
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11609

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Also, what was the third math question you talked about? I don't remember a third math question in the rounds that most teams heard. Sorry, I miscounted since I didn't know the tournament format exactly. Just to be clear, the math tossups are DAGs, the one in the tiebreaker team packet, Collatz, Pi...
by Ike
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11609

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

The tossup on Picard was all (or mostly) stuff you encountered in complex analysis. And yeah the DAGs question has been discussed above, but it is something you cover in graph theory, discrete mathematics, and the clues were drawn from what I encountered in discrete mathematics class I took. Yeah hi...
by Ike
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 11609

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Hello all, I was responsible for editing the “other science” in this tournament. That being said, I think this year especially, the questions the product of a team effort. First of all, Alex Damisch was a great freelancer in these categories, so be sure to thank her for some nifty math questions. Se...
by Ike
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 32395

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

Jacob, I do think this post could have been made in a way that doesn't come have a subtext feels denigrating to Columbia "Congratulations to Columbia, but . . ." No doubt you'll follow up with an apology or clarification here, but I'd question the sincerity of it, since I think it's pretty galling t...
by Ike
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 50
Views: 8202

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

I just want to say this is the best set of video game questions I have seen a writer (Jason Thompson) produce. There's something in here for everyone that reflects the myriad ways in which people interact with games throughout their history. If anyone is on the fence about the tournament, I suggest ...
by Ike
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 2299

Re: Old time bonus formats

A team submitted an unusually fun bonus for ACF Nationals 2015. It had two hard parts, and I was loathe to cut either since they were both so cool. Rob Carson suggested reviving the 10/10/5/5 structure so we could have the two hard parts-cake and eat it too. 1. This building is currently the tallest...
by Ike
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 25
Views: 4563

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

I played in exactly one CBI tournament, and if I recall correctly, the tournament staff did not let teams leave the rooms to go to the restrooms until all games of one round were done for reasons due to question security. While the questions themselves were awful, the treatment of the players the st...
by Ike
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 6
Views: 1836

Re: 5th of March Incident

5. By far my favorite anecdote was having to change the IRC password to the writers room, because Ike Jose spoiled it. Since I was learning Irish mythology for nationals at the time, I made it "caladbolg", the sword Fergus Mac Roich used to cut off three hilltops. IIRC the password was CloudxAeris ...
by Ike
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Preparing From Benet's and Masterpieces of World Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 2019

Re: Preparing From Benet's and Masterpieces of World Literature

Speaking as an old person here who purchased Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia in 2006 -- It's not the most efficient study source. The breadth is great, but a lot of the topics are pretty arcane, even for ACF Nats and CO difficulty (not to mention, it hasn't been updated or a while, so it doesn't touch...
by Ike
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 4358

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

For the record, I found the advanced stats for this and other tournaments I have worked on to be informative, like Andrew Hart. I too, made a small handful of changes to my questions in this tournament based on the advanced stats. But, I think that advanced stats are useful in getting the big pictur...
by Ike
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 4358

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I'm looking at advanced stats for earlier mirrors of EFT and I'm seriously questioning why it was necessary to take them at all. The stats confirm unequivocally things that should have been obvious to the editors: T.S. Eliot was far too easy, the 1400s were far too fraudable, and Winterreise was fa...
by Ike
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 4358

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I think a more accurate complaint is that the bonus as written is very abrupt -- if you do not know those first two paintings, there is nothing to indicate Las Meninas is the next thing being described. Ironically, I think the solution is to be a bit more prolix so we can give a bit more about Velaz...
by Ike
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 13209

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

photosynthesis stuff NAQT's correctness guidelines specifically state: In general, a response to a tossup question must be compatible with every clue that has been read (e.g. a response that is correct for the second clue of a question but too specific to be correct for the first clue will be count...
by Ike
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately
Replies: 7
Views: 3537

Re: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately

Yeah, I agree with Jacob -- I don't think this is a counterpoint to really anything sensible, or if there is one, Eric has failed to identify the original point he's countering. Eric, are you perhaps explaining why you thought it was okay to distribute someone else's tournament? In line with Mike an...
by Ike
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 7305

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues. I'm in agreement. This thread, and the recent revival of the Quizbowl and Mental Health thread could have benefited b...
by Ike
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 7305

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues. I'm in agreement. This thread, and the recent revival of the Quizbowl and Mental Health thread could have benefited b...
by Ike
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 4316

Re: PACE Writing Mentorship Program

As the head editor of the PACE NSC 2019, I would like to encourage all interested writers to take advantage of the mentorship program if there is any desire in contributing to the National Scholastic Championship. This is by far the best way to contribute to the set: there are dedicated editors and ...
by Ike
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 8670

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I had fun at this tournament. Thanks to everyone for their efforts. I appreciated the "inclusionary" aspects of the questions in this tournament, but I must confess, I didn't really think much of it. I think a lot of tournaments these days have been asking about a lot of marginalized groups and this...
by Ike
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 6192

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I appreciate the metrics on museum, but I think it misses a key point. Even though large portions of art museums are devoted to non-western items, I don't think the audience really has the "eye" to unpack and analyze these pieces in a way that is conducive for quizbowl. To clarify with my own exampl...
by Ike
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 6815

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

One of the features I love about the NSC is its ability to ask about different material than you would find in college sets -- you can expect high schoolers to pay attention to and know different things than college players. For example, the lit bonus part on Helen Keller from ~The Miracle Worker~ I...
by Ike
Thu May 03, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 7206

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

This literature subdistribution tangent has gotten far afield from the original post. John's analogy about alternate rounds of ICT and Nationals is apt, if not exaggerated -- certainly no tournament in the modern era has been that jarring. The question then is whether the variation is so significant...
by Ike
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 15894

Re: Your Favorite Question

1. A “study” of this kind of science fiction is presented in Gary Westfahl’s book Cosmic Engineers, which examines Hal Clement’s story “Mission of Gravity.” For 10 points each: [10] Give this adjective that describes science-fiction stories that seemingly focus on scientific accuracy rather than ch...
by Ike
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 16141

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

I chose to quote that particular example because Illinois 2013 faced a similar situation, wherein this "facilitator" teammate is a cis-hetero male. Many of the roles he played for our team may have been "stereotypically effeminate" but I certainly didn't think so (perhaps because Illinois 2013 was b...
by Ike
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 16141

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

While 2013 Illinois' Nats Run was one of my fondest memories of quizbowl, one of the areas where I could have improved was being more cognizant of the mental health of every member of the Illinois team. I think there were a number of factors for this - I wanted to give ourselves the best chance of w...
by Ike
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Damn it. It's at my apartment. I'll um send this to the right parties.
by Ike
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 14943

Chicago Open Discussion

Hi guys, This is the CO discussion thread. First of all, thank you for coming out to play Chicago Open this year. I'd like to thank our tournament staff - Billy Busse, Jason Thompson, Ryan Westbrook, Morgan Venkus, Ramapriya Rangaraju, Alexandra Damisch, Eliza Grames, Halle Friedmann, Saul Hankin, Y...
by Ike
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Logistics Information: The tournament will be held in Cobb Hall. Registration will open at 8:15am, and Round 1 will begin at 8:30am. The reason for this abbreviated registration is you have all paid, there is no reason to dilly-dally. You will be getting a copy of the prelim schedule and the games w...
by Ike
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

We will be posting schedules and logistics information by Tuesday. Teams should be there by 8am. We are looking to have Round 1 underway by 8:30.

Ike
by Ike
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Hey friends,

A lot of you have failed to even contact me about payment after you have been invoiced, and I want to politely remind teams that payment is due this upcoming Sunday. Please get in touch with me / respond to the initial email I sent you.

Ike
by Ike
Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

The tournament will take place in Cobb Hall. With 18 teams, we will be doing a similar schedule to last year: 2 brackets of 9, followed by a top bracket comprised of the top 5 teams from each bracket - there will then be 5 crossover games for the top bracket and 4 crossover games for the bottom brac...
by Ike
Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Hey folks, I have sent every team an email containing an invoice to each team. Please pay by Venmo or Paypal. I will not be collecting payment at the tournament itself. You are expected to have paid me Sunday, July 16th. Unless you have made arrangements otherwise, please pay as a team. I will not b...
by Ike
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 15085

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Personally, my experience with NAQT has been good / great. As Mike Cheyne writes, no job is perfect, but NAQT sure has done a much better job than many other quizbowl organizations. I know that stuff happens, and I can accept the apology for that part and move on. But there's a larger picture here t...
by Ike
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

I have now sent out invoices to every team. I am going to give teams until June 30th - Friday, to let me know that they'll be bringing buzzers. After that, I will begin the payment collection phase.

If you have not emailed about the number of buzzers you are bringing, please do so.

Ike
by Ike
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 9725

Re: The Case for Short Questions

Not sure why this has to be or should be exclusive to regular difficulty events. CO this year will feature some kind of hard/soft cap on 8 line tossups, and I'm striving for bonus text length to not run more than 7 lines. I think unnecessarily prolix bonuses are worse than tossups that take an extra...
by Ike
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

I received no such email, and I'm glad you're letting me know now. In that, case, we still have space for one more team.

Ike
by Ike
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

With 18 packets in, the field is now closed. We do have the logistics to support going to 20 teams, but there needs to be enough interest. If you would like to play Chicago Open at this point, you can register as a standby / waitlist team, and you will be added into the tournament if another team jo...
by Ike
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Charbroil wrote:
Ike wrote: I have 17 packets now.
Any possibility we could get a field update with a list of the teams that have submitted packets? Thanks!
Done.

(See upthread)
by Ike
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Hey guys, I have 17 packets now. The next team that submits a packet will be the 18th team, and all subsequent teams will go on a waitlist. I will expand the field to 20 teams if there is interest - staffing does not appear to be an issue. Also, if you have an intent to register, but haven't let me ...
by Ike
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 34372

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

(I"m pretty sure) It changed the outcome of Clark's tie match against DCC in the super playoffs. It did not. This question was used in the superplayoffs game that took place beforehand (where Dublin Scioto played Barrington), unless my memory is really failing me. Even though I was ostensibly the r...
by Ike
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

A note on logistics: There are currently 11 registered teams. The field cap is set at 18. If there is more interest and the logistical power to do so, I will expand the field to 20 teams. The only way to be considered registered is to have your packet in or declare your intent to pay the "no packet ...
by Ike
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Daedalus wrote:Will there be an extension to the June 11th deadline for teams with players that are staffing PACE?
I'm sorry I didn't catch this - it's generally better to email me / PM me, but the answer to this inquiry is "no."

Ike
by Ike
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

As with last year, we might bring a couple of team staffers to CO. If we do, is there any way we could get a discount? We've started discussions about bringing staffers to CO, and as of now, we might be able to bring up to 3 +/- 1 staffers. Along those lines, it would be nice to know if a discount ...
by Ike
Tue May 23, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

These teams have submitted packets and are thus considered registered: +$0 Cheyne, Kothari, Steinbaum, Bailey So, Lin, Vardomskaya, Rombro, Hughes, Borglum, Beyer, Asher, Misuk, Rajeskaran, Otsaton, Su, Brownstein, Lawrence, Ray, Schindler, +$20 Lovestead, Christensen, Dewan, Kasinski +$40 Wang, Dro...
by Ike
Mon May 08, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 28807

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

It will be Lit -> Arts -> Bork.

I will have no hand in the running of these.
by Ike
Mon May 01, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 38313

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Cody's allegations are baseless. Eric has admitted that I wasn't speaking for NAQT during our exchange. After this exchange, I had the following discussions about the people who had copies of ICT-2017. - It came to my attention that the editors of ACF Nationals 2017 had a copy of the ICT 17, which w...
by Ike
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7039

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

There is one theoretical argument not covered above: increasing difficulty empirically fundamentally reduces the resolving power of a packet (between teams). Actually, it was considered above in reverse: by decreasing difficulty, say to a high school level packet, you can't resolve between Maryland...