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by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5212

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I am not going to wade into the debates about the correct number and location of sites for this tournament, whether travel sacrifices should be reciprocal, etc. I just want to comment on this horror of an idea: So, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that the UMN site would require Illinois player...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 5175

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

The last mirror of this has concluded, and the set has now been posted to the archive.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4 Online Mirror
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4 Online Mirror

Congratulations to Samuel Lam for winning this mirror! Scores were as follows: Samuel Lam: (26/5) = 235 Mia Nussbaum: (20/0) = 200 Natan Holtzman: (23/9) = 185 David Dennis: (12/1) = 115 Sameer Apte: (15/8) = 110 Michael Li: (11/3) = 95 Aaron Rosenberg: (11/4) = 90 Jasper Lee: (9/1) = 85 Isaac Thies...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4 Online Mirror
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4 Online Mirror

Based on the results of the poll, we will hold the online mirror of Imaginary Landscape No. 4 on Friday September 14th, starting at 8 PM Eastern. If you plan to play this mirror, please e-mail or PM me to register and to discuss payment. Registered (13): Sameer Apte David Dennis Mia Nussbaum Jason Z...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4 Online Mirror
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Imaginary Landscape No. 4 Online Mirror

With Ophir’s kind assistance, I am running an online mirror of Imaginary Landscape No. 4 sometime on the week of September 10th. The fee for playing is $8 per player (reduced from the $10 fee for playing this at a physical site). Here is a Google poll so that those of you who wish to play the tourna...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: SNICK: Global Announcement (All 90s, Late Summer 2018)
Replies: 27
Views: 5567

Re: SNICK: Global Announcement (All 90s, Late Summer 2018)

Ditto to what Matt and Mike said. I would love to play this online, and even more to play it in person, should it be possible to hold a physical mirror sometime in the autumn.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 7082

Re: Best Film Player

Perhaps the FILM distro was too trashy to reward JL's knowledge A common (if perhaps understandable) misconception. The opposite was true. I'm lousy at art film. I'm strictly a trash film player. It's just that I'm better at older trash than I am at newer trash. You can really see how different whi...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chomping Down at Shoney's Memorial Tournament (Film)
Replies: 10
Views: 3837

Re: Chomping Down at Shoney's Memorial Tournament (Film)

This set is an absolute delight. Much recommended to potential players.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 10970

Re: Boston Summer Open I

Considering Imaginary Landscape may not be clear, posting these stats is probably not the wisest decision. I get why you withdrew the spreadsheet that included info about answer lines, but I don't see why the scores for IL can't be posted, along with the other side event scores. I don't either. I a...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stanford Weekend of Quiz Bowl (August 4–5, 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 2486

Re: Stanford Weekend of Quiz Bowl (August 4–5, 2018)

nadph wrote:Stats appear to be up for everything except WORLDSTAR and Imaginary Landscape.
Those who played Imaginary Landscape and wish to see their stats may request to join the private subforum.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 12154

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

I'm not sure when John plans on running Imaginary Landscape, since I assume he is interested in most of these events. People not interested in playing some of these events are welcome to play some gorilla trash or do that late Sunday. I am not, in fact, playing any of the Sunday events except for S...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Private discussion group e-mail requests
Replies: 2
Views: 883

Re: Private discussion group e-mail requests

Yeah, I reported this problem to the board staff two weeks ago and was told that they were trying to figure out what's going on. That's the last I heard. I also no longer receive e-mail alerts when someone sends me a PM on the forums.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 3928

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

I agree with a lot of the tournaments that have been praised so far. To this I might add a couple of things: - I think Jordaens is one of the best academic side events ever written, from a technical standpoint. It is not merely the model of how to write a good academic side event, but also of how to...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 12154

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

John Ketzkorn wrote: Imaginary Landscape for those interested on Saturday either concurrently or following FILM as probably a 1 room shootout.
Definitely not concurrently! (As if I would miss a film tournament...)
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 12154

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

Since there is now time for it, if there is any interest in a one-room shootout of Imaginary Landscape No. 4, please let me know.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 5175

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

Thanks to those who played the Illinois site. And especially to Adam and Ashvin for staffing. Congratulations to Ethan for handily winning. Here are the final scores for the 13 players who managed to stick it out for all 8 rounds (bearing in mind that tossups were worth 30 in the top room and 10 in ...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 5175

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

Scipio wrote:So, is there any way this could be mirrored in East Tennessee on 4 August?
Sure, I'm entirely open to such a mirror. Please feel free to e-mail/PM me to co-ordinate that.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 5175

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

The field is closed. If you signed up for this tournament, you should have gotten an e-mail from me about an hour ago about playing the seeding packet.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 5175

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

One last thing: Drew Scheeler offered to write the trash tossups. But I didn't get a response from him to my PM from a while ago, and I don't have his e-mail address. If anyone here does, please let me know. Thanks. Last I checked, his e-mail was andrew.scheeler (atsymbolhere) case.edu. Edit: Meant...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 5175

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

Since any room-variable scoring system is sensitive to the distribution of player strength, I really should get a diagnosis of the field before I finalize the format. So, here's what I'd like to do: If you are planning on playing this tournament, please e-mail me to register by 11:59 PM Eastern this...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 5175

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

Now that we finally know where we're going to be on CO Sunday (i.e. at Northwestern, because UChicago royally screwed us, and the Northwestern folks generously stepped up to bat), I'm ready to open the field for registration. I will cap this at 24 people for now. Please register by e-mailing me (hit...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 26456

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Is there a sign-up for Imaginary Landscape 4? Has a format been confirmed? I've had a format in mind for a while now. I'm still waiting for confirmation from the university as to which building(s) they're giving us this year. (Whether it will be Cobb again is up in the air.) This could affect how m...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed May 23, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 565
Views: 218320

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I plan to read my annual Before & After packet in the Discord sometime this coming week. Exact time TBD, but Wednesday night is a strong possibility, if that works for people. I plan to read this tomorrow night (05/23) at 9:30 PM Eastern. Kenji won. Here are the scores (thanks to Mike for scorekeep...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue May 22, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 565
Views: 218320

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

ThisIsMyUsername wrote:I plan to read my annual Before & After packet in the Discord sometime this coming week. Exact time TBD, but Wednesday night is a strong possibility, if that works for people.
I plan to read this tomorrow night (05/23) at 9:30 PM Eastern.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sun May 20, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 565
Views: 218320

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I plan to read my annual Before & After packet in the Discord sometime this coming week. Exact time TBD, but Wednesday night is a strong possibility, if that works for people.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue May 01, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 5112

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

Though it is obviously preferable in an ideal world, I'd like to challenge the idea that all four traditional geographical subdistributions must necessarily appear in a given packet under the genre-based model. I agree that they don't need to. There were several other packets where you (the editors...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue May 01, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 5112

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

Let me address the literature subdistribution at this year's ACF Regionals 2018 as an example of how not to sub-distribute a packet-submission set (or any set, really). This tournament used Auroni's alternative way of divvying up the literature distribution--by genre, rather than by geography. I do ...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue May 01, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 5112

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

The former, why "two tournaments" is a problem. I think that nearly everyone thinks that some version of the "two tournament" effect is bad. For example, I think most of us think that difficulty should be consistent across rounds. We would be upset if ACF Nationals were at high school difficulty fo...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 5112

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

Could you explain a little more why this is a problem? Intuitively it seems true that there shouldn't be any sudden jumps in the tournament, but as long as everyone hears the same questions I'm not sure I can articulate why. Sorry, to be clear, are you asking why I think the "two tournament" effect...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21429

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

As the author of the "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" question, I'll say no, not "presumably quite a few." Although I didn't consult on the protest resolution, I would have prompted on "out, out brief candle" but not awarded the tossup outright. (That said, it was shortsighted of me not to incl...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21429

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In my preoccupation with all of the chatter about stats in the Player Poll, I neglected to post in this thread, which I had planned to do much earlier. First of all, as everyone else has said, many thanks to the editors for a very enjoyable set. Luckily, many of the comments I would have made have b...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 5112

Smoothing Out Your Set

The "two tournaments" effect--a swing in question philosophy/aesthetic between submitted packets and editors' packets--has affected a lot of tournaments in recent years. Besides last year's CO, I am thinking also of really all of the ACF Nationals tournament since 2013 (but especially 2014 and this ...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 16004

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Whether Jonah wants to do this or someone else wants to instead: If we're looking to restrict ourselves to data involving only common opponents, I think the most logical place to start is to run PATH for the five matches when the six superplayoffs top-bracket teams (Yale A, Berkeley A, Chicago A, P...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 16004

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

I don't really understand how you're getting all that from what I'm saying. And I don't really understand who you're arguing against in your most recent post, or how your reasoning holds together. Let's take this piece by piece. My point is not that a team that scores the most tossups necessarily w...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 16004

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Obviously, I am not sympathetic to Andrew Hart's philosophy on what the player poll is meant to achieve. For those who are, though, I would be wary of measuring it using a statistic whose supposed soundness was entirely justified by this paragraph: My next guess was that squaring both team overall P...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 16004

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

The greatest limit of this list, of course, is that it doesn't account for the many great players who are surely Top 25 material but did not make the top bracket--such as Itamar, Jakob Myers, Charles Hang, Caleb, and Kenji, to name just the most obvious examples. Even if one were to use PATH lists ...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 16004

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Here is a spreadsheet containing the PATH and category-by-category PATH for CMST. Not sure how exactly to interpret the ratio, though. I don't really understand how you generated these numbers, Adam. I just ran some calculations myself, and what we're doing doesn't seem to line up at all. Let me ex...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 16004

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

A lot of our conversations within player poll threads tend towards proferring intuitions, and then looking to the stats to find support for them; or end up with everyone providing anecdotal evidence that their teammates are excellent players. I, of course, have neither the standing nor the wish to s...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 8206

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

Also it's hard for me to have this much sympathy for ACF when most of what you're doing is taking questions that teams wrote and repurposing them. If you don't understand that editors literally pore over questions for hours upon hours, often rewriting them from scratch, rather than merely "repurpos...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 26456

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Benin Rebirth Party wrote:Is the slate of side events confirmed yet?
Yes, it's Chicago Open Trash 2018 and Imaginary Landscape No. 4.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 3038

What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

We can step for a moment from discussing how the tournament lineup for the quizbowl season should come together, to publically discuss what we want it to look like. Partisans of opposite sides of the other debate might find common ground on this. It makes life easier if the two discussions are not i...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6479

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

It's somewhat disingenuous to say that the scheduling work could be done by anyone and is already being done: this subforum isn't really managed by anyone and is far from a very active place, nobody has produced a formal schedule for the year that is easily accessible from the main page, and nobody...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6479

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

It seems totally fantastic to think some kind of laissez-faire regime, where the signal "This is a bad tournament" is by your own admission indistinguishable from the signal "My team was kinda tired and/or busy," will actually serve as some invisible hand incentivizing better production. If only we...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6479

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

One model might be this. Affiliated programs pay a small annual dues, which compensates the members of the organization for their time and provides an operating budget. The members manage an official collegiate quizbowl calendar and try to harmonize tournament dates in a yearly scheduling discussio...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6479

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

It turned out that even when most of the online community says "You shouldn't write that extra hard tournament," it's very easy for some team to ignore the protest and just write that "Regionals+" event anyway. Since plenty of teams will end up going to whatever tournament is written on a given wee...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6479

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

I agree with all of the following premises: that there should be one place where one can see the schedule for the year, that this schedule might benefit from coming together via planning rather than happenstance, and that the process of organizing writing teams for tournaments could be more transpar...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6479

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

"Committee": one of the most soul-crushing words in the English language. What exactly is the disaster that this bit of officialdom is supposed to avert? Who are the rebel writers in need of policing lest they carry out their dastardly schemes of producing tournaments that people don't want to play?...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 57
Views: 16423

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

Cheynem wrote:I hope John does CO Trash next year.
Actually, I'm planning to do a hybrid tournament that's literature, non-fiction, music, food, and film, where some of each category is "highbrow" and some is "lowbrow." This is contingent on my dissertation being in good shape by the end of this summer.
by ThisIsMyUsername
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 57
Views: 16423

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

Recent threads have reminded me: I'm seeking teammates for this. My Trash experience consists mostly of being the high scorer on teams that lose most or all of their matches. (Sometimes because I'm playing with people deemed "the worst trash players ," but often because I'm a niche specialist who ha...
by ThisIsMyUsername
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 7082

Re: Best Film Player

While I always submit a film question to try and remedy this, the opera and ballet lobby is strong. Assuming the tournament divides Other Arts evenly between Auditory and Visual within each packet (which virtually every well-edited tournament does), it is simply not possible for film to get pushed ...