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by Mewto55555
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Visualizations!
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Re: CMST: Visualizations!

I love these. In particular, they provide a really good way to quickly tell how a question played, and draw conclusions from it. For example, just given the following categories/names/buzz distributions, you can tell that these two weren't amazing science tossups*, without even looking at the answer...
by Mewto55555
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid Spring Tournament (CMST) @ NYU (3/3/18)
Replies: 12
Views: 3869

Re: Cal's Mid Spring Tournament (CMST) @ NYU (3/3/18)

Hey everyone - I'm currently looking for teammates for my team. There are two spots open, so let me know if you're interested! yo I'm on this team. we still need a 4th. ignore the haters, we're gonna win Celebratory lunchtime beers on me if we make top 2 or bottom 2 of our prelim pool (replace 2 wi...
by Mewto55555
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: There Will Be Stock Clues
Replies: 31
Views: 11099

Re: There Will Be Stock Clues

A private discussion subforum for this set is now open.
by Mewto55555
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 23104

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

We're still going, in Rosenwald. Enter via the wheelchair entrance (walk to the front of Rosenwald then go left)
by Mewto55555
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read
Replies: 37
Views: 14132

Re: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read

The QBWiki has a comprehensive list of all the books worth reading that come up in quizbowl.
by Mewto55555
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 9853

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

"Ben Zhang appears to have added more myth to the ACF Nationals schedule then he did to last year's ACF Regionals set" -- John Lawrence
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 25566

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Hey, I was reading the new rules for this year's nationals, and I have a question about part of the protest section (H.E.iv), which reads: The tossup or bonus part has no single correct answer, either because distinct clues have been read that each uniquely identify two or more distinct non-intercha...
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 9853

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

John Lawrence does a good impression of me doing an impression of anyone.
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 9853

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

We part ways. They head to the hotel. I go to the land of bow ties!
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 9853

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

We throw one of Kai's rare pepes off the ferry. Say goooodbye to Exooooodia!!!
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 9853

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

Kai relieves himself in a cup in the backseat minutes before we reach the ferry terminal, which has bathrooms.
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 9853

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

Mewto55555 wrote:Kai, with characteristic glee, after running across the room to steal my candy: "it's the Robbers' Cave experiment. I just robbed your cave!"
"Do you even know what the Robbers' Cave experiment was about?"
"Yes it's so stock, it's about Muzafer Sherif!!!"
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 9853

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

Our Arizona iced tea is Ginseng-flavored. Watch that you don't get caught passing it to other teams!
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 9853

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

Kai, with characteristic glee, after running across the room to steal my candy: "it's the Robbers' Cave experiment. I just robbed your cave!"
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 9853

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

Kai goes downstairs to get more forks, taking only two weapons with him: a room key and a slightly uncommon Pepe.
by Mewto55555
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hype Videos
Replies: 8
Views: 2606

Re: Hype Videos

It's here!

(mildly NSFW: profanity & drug jokes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci_R9O5zVoQ
by Mewto55555
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hype Videos
Replies: 8
Views: 2606

Hype Videos

Did you guys see Amhert's sick rap video? Well guess what. Visionary director Teddy Knox, the man behind the lauded Norcal Hype Video , has taken his talents to Hyde Park, and UChicago's hype is about to blow them out of the water. Tune in in less than 3 hours for the greatest cinematic spectacle in...
by Mewto55555
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 5296

Re: Easy Parts

Try to balance "hard" hard parts with an "easy" medium part within the same bonus, and vise versa. The idea was to vary the groups of teams that you want to have to work for their expected number of points. When the hard part of a literature bonus is "hard," you're challenging the teams that expect...
by Mewto55555
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 25729

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

This was a really fun weekend. Thanks again to everyone at Michigan for hosting and anyone else who staffed! One thing I do want to bring up, however, which put an unfortunate damper on the proceedings, is that it seems that anyone, even people who have been around the quizbowl circuit for a long ti...
by Mewto55555
Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 9250

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

On the whole, it seemed like the math tossups were significantly easier to buzz early on that nearly any other science category (compare the first line or two of, e.g., convex, binary trees, derivative, or power series to most of the biochem tossups). I don't think this was a function of me knowing ...
by Mewto55555
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 26702

Re: 2017 ICT bids

The system has been in place forever, and everyone knows the story going in; there is no stigma attached to doing whatever is within the bounds of the rules to get your team to ICT, whether it's splitting your A team, traveling to another site, or accepting autobids, nor ought there be. I pretty st...
by Mewto55555
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 26702

Re: 2017 ICT bids

This post is made in my capacity as a normal member of the forums, not as an administrator!!!!!!! Don't get tricked by the color of my name! I, similarly, am entirely entitled to alter my opinion of you and your club’s character based on how you acquired it and whether or not is used. I really hate...
by Mewto55555
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 26702

Re: 2017 ICT bids

OK, lest my motives or general positions continue to be slightly misconstrued, I’m making a big post outlining what I think the major issues being debated in this thread are and my positions on them. Hopefully this helps shape discussion into something more than a bunch of hilarious snipes. 0. The o...
by Mewto55555
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 26702

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I personally don't think they deserved those bids in a completely "fair" sense but under their agreement from NAQT they "earned" them. If you're saying they shouldn't get the bid, you're basically suggesting that the agreement promised them by NAQT should be thrown out. My position is that they 100...
by Mewto55555
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 26702

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Edit: What I think should happen is that the bid process must be reformed for next year. It is too late this year because it is not fair to teams who were offered (and by the rules of NAQT, apparently) "earned" bids this year to suggest they are wrong for taking them. I agree with Stephen and John ...
by Mewto55555
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 26702

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Eric Xu, you're a well-meaning dude, I'm sure, but your B-teamers who haven't played anything all season just took a spot at ICT from a Duke team that is objectively better than even your A team. Luckily, you realized this, and when NAQT gave you the bid you asked for, you rightfully...oh wait, you...
by Mewto55555
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 26702

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Eric Xu, you're a well-meaning dude, I'm sure, but your B-teamers who haven't played anything all season just took a spot at ICT from a Duke team that is objectively better than even your A team. Luckily, you realized this, and when NAQT gave you the bid you asked for, you rightfully...oh wait, you'...
by Mewto55555
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 31878

Re: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion

Note that, as discussed upthread, Chicago possesses all of the logistical requirements to split teams across multiple sites, the devious leadership required to sign off on it, is still livid as a club about our quite good B team getting D-value bubbled last year so that an auto host-bid could go to ...
by Mewto55555
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 31878

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

Gee, if only NAQT had a way to compare teams across sites so that they didn't have to give auto-bids to teams with mediocre stats that happened to win an 8 team mirror run on D2 questions...
by Mewto55555
Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Terrapin Mirror at OSU: 12/4/16
Replies: 17
Views: 6517

Re: DATE CHANGE: Terrapin Mirror at OSU: 12/4/16

Chris Ray OP, please nerf in the next patch.

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by Mewto55555
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 15075

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

One of most people’s least favorite things in all of quizbowl (behind, of course, being beaten to a math tossup by Chris Ray) is getting taken to Screwed City by a question when it turns out they were approximately right/knew what a specific clue referred to but were ruled technically incorrect for ...
by Mewto55555
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 2790

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Furstenberg is an ergodic theorist and has therefore proved lots of things topologically (literally most of the things he's done)...for example, Szemeredi's theorem (Rutgers!), which would be a topological proof about integers. This is a bit of a stretch -- did you (anyone) neg this with Szemeredi/...
by Mewto55555
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: BURI - Myth Side Event
Replies: 17
Views: 6067

Re: BURI - Myth Side Event

When will this be happening, given that it's not happening at This Tournament is a Crime?
by Mewto55555
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after)
Replies: 35
Views: 14643

Re: The Brief Wondrous Tournament of WAO (January 21st-after

Unclear on which end the miscommunication happened, but Chicago has just begun the process of internally communicating & figuring out if we can/will host a mirror of this tournament.
by Mewto55555
Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 2790

Re: Specific Question Discussion

The start of that primes tossup was awful. The first clue is not an important thing at all, but sure as hell sounds like it's about primes ("hmmmm what kind of number do I think 1000...07 is???). If you decide to err on the side of caution in this titanic game of chicken, you get a nonsensical clue ...
by Mewto55555
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Stats: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History
Replies: 15
Views: 4115

Re: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History

I did some stats wizardry of my own. (I'll publish the Excel sheet on Google docs once I see if I can put in some head-to-head data.) Since 2012, when ACF Nationals went to a 12-team top bracket, a team's tossup conversion percentage relative to the rest of the top bracket (by standard deviations) ...
by Mewto55555
Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll 2016-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 10085

Re: Preseason Poll 2016-2017

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote: 3. University of Chicago

they need to cover serious weaknesses in biology, chemistry,
:(
by Mewto55555
Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 14063

Re: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion

Willing to trade dollars in the Venmo system for cash/checks for only a 1% convenience fee.
by Mewto55555
Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 6106

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

I agree pretty strongly with most of what Stephen's saying. The main reason that myth seems stale and fully tapped of clues is because people are doing a crappy job of clue & answer selection, and relying on things that have been tossed up before. I am precisely zero surprised by the example given, ...
by Mewto55555
Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16
Replies: 31
Views: 10437

Re: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16

Triples for Listory would be awesome (and it looks like there's another group of three already signed up on the spreadsheet)! I endorse that. Most of the non-shootout side events sound like they're best suited for teams of 2 or 3, so I think that's generally the way to go, unless there's a rooms/mod...
by Mewto55555
Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston summer practices (2016)
Replies: 12
Views: 3517

Re: Boston summer practices (2016)

UlyssesInvictus wrote:Buzzer's broken, so only way to get in is to message us.
Why not loudly yell buzz or slap the door frame?
by Mewto55555
Mon May 30, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Comparison of Quizbowl Writers to Composers
Replies: 3
Views: 3791

Re: Comparison of Quizbowl Writers to Composers

Matt Weiner = Schubert
by Mewto55555
Mon May 09, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 17321

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

I won't be voting, but keep in mind that this is a player poll, not a poll about who is the best player at certain categories. Therefore when you're filling out the top 10, I would urge you to look at the total number of tossups candidate players are getting in the playoffs (or if you want, in key ...
by Mewto55555
Sat May 07, 2016 2:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 17321

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

I can talk briefly about how great my teammates are -- I don't have any sort of hard stats on fractions of buzzes in each category from nationals like I did last year, though. The shtick with John and Chris is the same as it is every year: John is an amazing specialist who is one of the top players ...
by Mewto55555
Thu May 05, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 25649

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

I'd like to solicit some advice regarding the timing and difficulty of a hypothetical Columbia-Michigan housewrite: would it be better September, November, February, March, or April (in terms of how well it would fit on the calendar)? Are some dates equally good/bad? Also, I strongly believe that t...
by Mewto55555
Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 NASAT available for mirrors
Replies: 9
Views: 5240

2016 NASAT available for mirrors

HSAPQ's NASAT tournament is available for open mirrors, at any summer date from June 18 on. Details about the set can be found here.

If you're interested, please email Jacob O'Rourke at orourke@hsapq.com.
by Mewto55555
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 15215

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

I already mentioned this to Eric, but I've noticed across tournaments that there doesn't seem to be a consistent standard of leniency when it comes to what to accept for questions on pathogens/the disease they cause. In particular, I was quite aggravated at this tournament by the tossup on Toxoplasm...
by Mewto55555
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016
Replies: 104
Views: 42175

Re: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016

Has a logistics email been sent out about this tournament?
by Mewto55555
Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1293

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

The Arc Hammer is apparently not a Super Star Destroyer, and may not be classed as a Star Destroyer at all: The Arc Hammer was a factory ship of a unique design ...The inside of the Arc Hammer was a large maze and was very similar to that of other Star Destroyer designs. (From: http://starwars.wiki...