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by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: SHAWARMA II (visual movies) [winter 2019]
Replies: 6
Views: 2478

Re: Announcement: SHAWARMA II (visual movies) [winter 2019]

Thanks for writing/running this, Saul! I would disagree with the set title, it's not weird at all and had a really good distribution of content (the lack of post-1991 does present itself a little, but that's what it says on the tin) and was really fun to play. Also disagreed with some of the soapbox...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

Re: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament

Super excited for this, and also to get destroyed by people who actually know things.
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Upper/Competitive Divisions
Replies: 6
Views: 1499

Re: Upper/Competitive Divisions

In general, playing upper/competitive in a tournament is the way to go if you want to improve. I really think this "in general" has to be stressed. Good teams buzz so much earlier in questions that often you're not even learning clues because you couldn't even figure out what the question is about....
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 6355

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

they offer the opportunity for people to buzz on their knowledge of frequently-taught scholarship and the chance to incorporate topics/people that have been underrepresented in past approaches to the category [...] The challenge [...] is to find good middle clues and to word the question in a way t...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Washington DC televised quiz bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 1011

Re: Washington DC televised quiz bowl

What a classic Raynell face...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 6
Views: 2997

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

Beside the online mirror, do you have any idea of where this will be hosted yet? e.g. which nationals events / summer opens this might be aiming for?
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Participating in Online Tournaments
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Participating in Online Tournaments

Generally the organizer of the online tournament will post in a thread about logistics for forming teams, registration, etc. From there the registered team usually just gets a link/email to the specific Discord/Skype server, and it's up to you to make an account and be there on time. If you're askin...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Feedback about Feedback
Replies: 7
Views: 2858

Re: Feedback about Feedback

Random idea that popped into my head, but have any writers tried just explictly emailing a Google form to the coaches/teams after a tournament and asking for feedback? (Or if a mirror site, asking the hosting site to do so on their behalf?) Just something with standard questions about difficulty, pa...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 35395

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

How should I send you the Prison Bowl 2018 packets? I think I can get them into word document form without too many format issues Thank you! You can email me them (see my user profile for address), or PM me a link to a Google Drive. EDIT: I'm a clunking doofus, and forgot--it would also probably be...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 35395

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

This may have been previously mentioned, but when downloading questions as a JSON and then converting to Excel files to import into Anki, some punctuation marks like apostrophes or accents translate into jumbles. An example would be "this author's" becoming something like "this author&%€s" which ca...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 24400

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

Hello! Could whoever has access to the set upload a Word files version to the archives as well, or just PM me with a link to the Google Docs/Word files? (Currently the archives only have PDFs.) Having access to the Word files helps a lot for parsing the packets, which helps get them uploaded to ques...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 11656

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

Hello! Could whoever has access to the set upload a Word files version to the archives as well, or just PM me with a link to the Google Docs/Word files? (Currently the archives only have PDFs.) Having access to the Word files helps a lot for parsing the packets, which helps get them uploaded to ques...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3569

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

Ray does have 5 of the 11 Indian films listed on TSPDT. For the other directors: Guru Dutt - 1 results (Scattegories '13; Pyaasa was mentioned without Dutt's name at the 2018 NSC) Ritwik Ghatak - 0 results Mehboob Khan - 0 results (Mother India was clued in Scattegories 2) Ramesh Sippy - 0 results ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3569

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

An Economic Ignoramus wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:30 pm
I'd also be interested in seeing an expansion in Nollywood content but recognize basically no one would convert that.
And excuse me, but someone (I think one of the Kirk-Davidoffs?) first lined my FILM Nigeria tossup, so don't count your chickens!
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3569

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

Satyajit Ray IMO comes up more frequently than Krasznahorkai, but at the rates we're comparing it's definitely just subjective. (With all due respect to Justin) they're both fairly arcane to even regular college playing levels, and _definitely_ to high school level players. I actually tried to do si...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Buzz Faster
Replies: 12
Views: 2732

Re: How to Buzz Faster

As someone who wins a decent amount of buzzer races, but also notoriously negs a lot, let me just say that you should be careful what you wish for.
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QuizDB App for iOS Announcement
Replies: 3
Views: 928

Re: QuizDB App for iOS Announcement

Wanted to add on that Matthew and Simon contacted me about working on this a while back, and I gave them my blessing. I found them really good developers, who made fast progress on the app, which I appreciate since QuizDB work has stalled somewhat lately (no need to rub it in...). I encourage you to...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 35395

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

First of all, thank you for making this database. It is my go-to for creating study material for my team! I'm writing because I used to use Quinterest (which is down now), and it seems that QuizDB gives me back significantly fewer results than Quinterest did. I think I read that QuizDB is a larger ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eyes X Online Playtest - 11/24/18
Replies: 3
Views: 1436

Re: Eyes X Online Playtest

In the original thread, you mentioned potentially hosting a playtest mirror in December, but it looks like the only poll dates are in late November. Just to clarify, is this the only playtest mirror you plan on hosting? Thanks for running/making this! I'm really excited to play again. (I can't belie...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18477

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

If we're considering staffing, how should we make ourselves available for this?
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl 2018 Online Mirror (12/09/18)
Replies: 23
Views: 6703

Re: Penn Bowl 2018 Online Mirror (12/09/18)

Looking for teammates--I know lit and FA, and a smattering of myth and science.
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 212
Views: 126544

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Any recommendations for good page turner art books? Non-fiction preferred, but if it's a good novelization (like the suggested Agony and Ecstasy upthread), I would give it a go. It doesn't have to be a survey book. For reference, I liked the Art of Rivalry, which covered four notable two-wise relat...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 212
Views: 126544

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Any recommendations for good page turner art books? Non-fiction preferred, but if it's a good novelization (like the suggested Agony and Ecstasy upthread), I would give it a go. It doesn't have to be a survey book. For reference, I liked the Art of Rivalry, which covered four notable two-wise relati...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: A Case for Online Scoresheets
Replies: 4
Views: 2058

Re: A Case for Online Scoresheets

Jon and Ricky would have to give their own opinions, but Harvard successfully used Neg5 today, and from what I can tell, it shaved off nearly an hour because stats that would otherwise have to have been input during rebracketing, forcing teams to wait around to discover a tiebreaker, allowed multipl...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 35395

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

I'm aware of the occasional timeout issues for QuizDB, we're basically hitting the server limits as the site (and QB) gets more popular. I still plan to migrate off of Heroku to Azure, but that doesn't really solve the cost issues, just scales the cost down. (I don't really have the bandwidth to imp...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 19512

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018

vengefulsweatermensch wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:34 pm
The set has been posted in the packet archive.
Any chance I could get the Word/Google Docs version of the files?
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Prison Bowl XI Main Site (3/24/18)
Replies: 11
Views: 5835

Re: Prison Bowl XI Main Site (3/24/18)

Hello! Could whoever has access to the set upload a Word files version to the archives as well, or just PM me with a link to the Google Docs/Word files? (Currently the archives only have PDFs.) Having access to the Word files helps a lot for parsing the packets, which helps get them uploaded to que...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 11656

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

There seems to be a significant amount of interest for this and a few Penn people have said they would run it, I'll post in this thread if/when we confirm a date. Would love an online mirror. Personal request is, if at all possible, for a date to be determined before this Saturday, so I can decide ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 35395

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

Wanted to give a quick update, since nothing has happened in a couple months: As mentioned in another thread, I'm moving to a new job right now, and it's adding a lot to my plate in terms of any free time whatsoever. In addition, I volunteered some of my time to help out Neg5. However, I very much s...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)
Replies: 27
Views: 13659

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)

I'm moving to NYC in a few weeks for a new job. I'll happily staff college and HS tournaments once I've had some time to settle in.
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 35395

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

A Very Long Math Tossup wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:55 pm
QuizDB is down right now.
It's working for me as of 10:08 PM. Could you describe the issue you experienced?
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 46
Views: 10218

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

I wouldn't mind being included on a team. My details are listed in the spreadsheet Jordan linked. I'd prefer not to write questions, but I wouldn't mind doing so if that's the only way to play.

I'm still a little iffy about being able to travel for this.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Simple Free Tournament Management Software
Replies: 2
Views: 1571

Re: Simple Free Tournament Management Software

https://neg5.org/ Pros are the obvious: essentially everything you asked for. Cons: not really maintained right now i.e. a little flaky in terms of hosting (should be reliable for a midsize tournament) & if something bad happens you may not be able to get tech help; UI can be a little unintuitive so...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: 2018 EFT Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 2617

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

Thanks to Stephen's other post, I just learned a Wolf Hall tossup exists, and now I'd really love to see it, just for the sake of seeing it. (I didn't play all the rounds in the mirror.) Although, before I even see it, that does seem rather difficult as answerline :/ Not out of the pale, though, I g...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Analysis
Replies: 3
Views: 2248

Re: Analysis

Some various things I've seen good coaches do: - Keep score. The players could do this, but maybe you have the kind of player who would play worse if they were distracted by having to keep score. - Call timeouts. Again, the player could do this, but a third party (i.e. you) can often better sense ru...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please hold online playtesting mirrors on Sundays
Replies: 4
Views: 2350

Re: Please hold online playtesting mirrors on Sundays

You know, now that this is being brought up, does anyone know why physical tournaments usually happen on Saturdays? Because schools usually only allow their buildings to be leased on Saturdays? Because of religious conflicts (i.e. Christian church; I know of Sabbath, but I apologize for not being ve...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: FILM side event (for charity @ JED)
Replies: 7
Views: 5143

Re: FILM side event (for charity @ JED)

I wanted to get another chance to read the set over Discord, but that's looking increasingly unlikely, so I'm going to go ahead and officially release the set (it should be on the archives soon), and wrap up donations. That means we've closed out the total make from FILM at $300 , which means I'll b...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT
Replies: 7
Views: 2937

Re: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT & Pop Culture National

Yeah, it'd be nice to know some of the estimated incentives for hosting as well. ACF Nats has the nice incentive that you qualify a team and you don't have to travel at all, but I'm wondering about estimated money split, tradeoffs from not being able to play the Pop Culture National, etc.
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 573
Views: 251384

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Another reminder that I'll be having another go of a FILM reading tonight. Please be punctual if you can, lest we mistakenly cancel it again :P
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 573
Views: 251384

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Apologies for the continual updates: on second thought, I've decided to just use a private server for this. You can join here: https://discord.gg/Wm9bz2q This was cancelled due to lack of interest. Next reading will be Tuesday evening, 10 PM EST as well. If there's trouble getting players then as w...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 573
Views: 251384

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Apologies for the continual updates: on second thought, I've decided to just use a private server for this. You can join here:

https://discord.gg/Wm9bz2q
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 573
Views: 251384

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

A reminder that I'll be reading FILM, starting tonight at 10 PM EST. I'll use the typical #packet channel in the main QB discord.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Survey Texts and Other Resources List
Replies: 1
Views: 1926

Re: Survey Texts and Other Resources List

This is such an amazing list! Thank you so much for sharing it!
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: FILM side event (for charity @ JED)
Replies: 7
Views: 5143

Re: FILM side event (for charity @ JED)

No physical mirrors remain, but I've announced an online shootout for next week over the Discord. See the post here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic. ... 84#p348884
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 573
Views: 251384

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Starting next week Wednesday night (8/22) around 10 PM EST, I'll be reading through the entirety of FILM over several nights on the Discord. I'd like to do this over two or three nights, depending on how quickly people get through packets. I'll also repeat this the following week for people who can'...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 10978

Re: Best Film Player

Tooting the horn for the Kirk-Davidoffs, who I got to see play in person over the Boston Open Weekend. Their coverage of art and international film is unsurprisingly amazing, but they were also pretty grand at non-academic film. Chip Horton also excelled at the trashier answerlines, while picking up...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18181

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

Here is the neg5 for FILM Thank you for posting these! I'm eagerly following along, and I hope everyone is having fun. I'll even be available for protest resolution, if needed. Looks like FILM is over. Thank you for playing! I had a lot of fun writing, so I'm really happy so many people got to hear...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18181

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

Illinois Admin wrote:Here is the neg5 for FILM
Thank you for posting these! I'm eagerly following along, and I hope everyone is having fun. I'll even be available for protest resolution, if needed.
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 15363

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. Sorry, I've been me...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 35395

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

When I type in a parenthesis (i.e. the "(" symbol or the ")" symbol) into any of the search parametres, the whole page suddenly goes blank until I refresh. I'm using Ubuntu and Firefox. Thanks for reporting. I've found the source of the error, and I generally know how to fix it, but it might be two...