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by Ike
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Preparing From Benet's and Masterpieces of World Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 1472

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
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 9724

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: 2962

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: 6160

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: 6160

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: 3855

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: 6973

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: 5320

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: 5666

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: 6364

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: 44
Views: 13145

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: 14672

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: 14672

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: 26795

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: 13606

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 14025

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: 26795

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: 8775

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 31966

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 26795

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: 34784

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: 6251

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...
by Ike
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 6251

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

I will come out and say that I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with increasing the difficulty of the finals packets. To use a fun but suspect analogy, it's kind of like opening up a final Chopped basket and finding durian as an ingredient - unpleasant for some, and only really distingu...
by Ike
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 21778

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

Hey, I just wanted to say that Austin Brownlow was kind of a last minute replacement: the original physics editor was indisposed, and I suggested Austin as a good emergency replacement. Ideally, Austin would have used more submissions, but I think given the situation, it was more important to have g...
by Ike
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 12989

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

heterodyne wrote:Kai says something reprehensible. Max informs him that "keep it down or I'll slam into this median. Call that shit Maximillian Veers"
Alston, can you take over the driving for Max? No offense, just saying.
by Ike
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 34784

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Hey it has been some time, and I have finally been able to process this thread. I overreacted initially in my confrontation with Eric, but I was understandably very angry about the theft of a product that I put hundreds of hours into. I certainly let things get too personal, but I think my concern o...
by Ike
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 St. Mark's Results
Replies: 17
Views: 7138

Re: 2017 St. Mark's Results

Oh wow, another scandal in February. In my opinion, the most important thing is to try to figure out how the tournament's integrity was ruined - obviously it's beyond NAQT's direct control if a student snuck through a window to get access to the questions, but if there is a writer who is untrustwort...
by Ike
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open?
Replies: 15
Views: 6239

Re: The Second Summer Open?

The all side event monstrosity was one of the best things to happen to QB. I'm looking forward to play Max's (JL's) food tournament.
by Ike
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 6212

Re: Easy Parts

Here's the part where I'm worried that aspiring writers and editors may be led astray: when it comes to "choosing the difficulty of easy parts," I think writers and editors should be aiming for a delta function, not a normal distribution. (And in fact I think almost all sets have a lopsided distrib...
by Ike
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 6212

Re: Easy Parts

The fallacy here--and it's one I used to subscribe too*--is that if a team answers a tossup, they should be able to get the easy part perfunctorily since easy parts are about as easy tossups. This is faulty reasoning - just because a team answers a tossup in some category X doesn't mean that they ha...
by Ike
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 6210

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

[10] This poem, whose speaker tells a “celestial choir” that “Columbia’s scenes of glorious toil I write,” commands: “Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side, / Thy ev’ry action let the Goddess guide.” ANSWER: “ To His Excellency George Washington ” [by Phillis Wheatley] The reason I bring th...
by Ike
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 5999

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Thanks, Yale. I'm going to assume that some of the heat behind the posts was that you guys didn't enjoy the tournament that much. I think I speak for all the editors when I say, we wished you liked the tournament. Thanks for the thought-out post Jordan! I'll respond to your points. The point about p...
by Ike
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 6210

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

[10] This poem, whose speaker tells a “celestial choir” that “Columbia’s scenes of glorious toil I write,” commands: “Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side, / Thy ev’ry action let the Goddess guide.”
ANSWER: “To His Excellency George Washington” [by Phillis Wheatley]
by Ike
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 5999

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Again, I'd like to hear a response from Bruce. As I mentioned in another thread, no one on HSQB is obligated to give a response to what anyone posts. And honestly Isaac, I think you are being incredibly disrespectful and unreasonable in the way you have treated Bruce Lou in your collective interact...
by Ike
Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata
Replies: 10
Views: 1178

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata

I have modified this to make it more clear.
by Ike
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 5999

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Why are you asking people to get stuff from "Scorpion and Felix," a book that I guarantee you no one reads? I don't know how important the Wheen bio is in the constellation of Marx biographies, but I think it's a real stretch to expect people to know much about it; you could at least clue the two r...
by Ike
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 5999

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

[10] In a biography, Francis Wheen argues that this philosopher’s line “Every giant ... presupposes a dwarf, every genius a hidebound philistine,” which appears in this philosopher’s novel Scorpion and Felix, inspired this author’s treatise calling the government a “giant parasitic body.” I guess I...