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by Cheynem
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?

Oof, the weekend after CO?
by Cheynem
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?

I've been kind of not paying attention to what trash side events have been proposed for this summer: does anyone have a list?
by Cheynem
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 7
Views: 1277

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

I realize the first post is flippant...but should we *not* actually turn in any packets until after May 25?

Also, what are the Sunday events? I believe I see Scattergories and Age of Empires so far. You could probably do one more, even, but might be fun not having a long-ass Sunday.
by Cheynem
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I will write a packet that will appeal to the folks with bad musical taste such as myself, those who like bands such as Savage Garden, Wilson Phillips, and One Direction.
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

I was 13 when this happened. I don't know why continuing to commemorate Watkins is necessary, especially in this weirdly celebratory tone. Cheating is bad, but I'm sure people are aware of this and that doesn't strike me as a terribly valid excuse to post. If this is just a Guy Remembering exercise...
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

I feel like at this point it's probably not worth pursuing. At worst, I think you come off as a vindictive crank to someone who doesn't understand the full implications. At best, I don't think it will actually lead to anything. What I will say, though, is that I think compared to other "cheating" th...
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

Aside from cheating, I wonder if the Watkins story is also a cautionary tale about how relationships in quizbowl can be turned for bad. When I first started doing quizbowl, Andy seemed to be very popular. I say "seemed" because ex post facto, I hear a lot of people saying they couldn't stand him, bu...
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?

I think I'd be interested depending on what's being offered. I can't say I'm interested in a "name that tune" or TTGT11 thing, but existing events and a guerrilla thing might be fun.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 15
Views: 1146

Re: CO Matchmaking

Come now, Ryan, nobody knows science and doesn't card.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 15
Views: 1146

Re: CO Matchmaking

Not sure about the eating at Medici's part since the tournament is in Evanston, but Matt Bollinger has joined our team. We are especially trying to get a scientist now.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Quizbowl, like any activity, has a series of friendships that range from the superficial to the deep. You're correct that there's people who my friendship with is basically "see at national tournaments and opens," and yes, that's superficial, but really no different than seeing perhaps some family m...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

I think Charlie makes some good points--getting too wrapped up in the Internetiana of quizbowl where you're living and dying on every Discord, Facebook, or HSQB post is bad. Having friends in person and online is essential. Making quizbowl your life is probably a recipe for disaster. I do think his ...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 15
Views: 1146

CO Matchmaking

Now that we know when and where CO will be, the plebeians can start forming teams and writing packets. I'm looking for some teammates. I'm not good at anything, but can one-clue tossups on "Miss America." I write questions for a living so I'm comfortable writing a packet fast. I'll try not to pass o...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2073

Re: Indulge me a moment...

I think the idea is interesting; from my perspective, the only dilemma is logistics and time. We've seen in "regular" quizbowl this year the challenges in getting schools to host (or I should say, the schools battling their administrations and fee guidelines to host). An open tournament, even when h...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 1197

Harder Questions in the Finals?

A fairly common trend in quizbowl is to tag some of the harder questions for the finals of a tournament. If I recall, this got some discussion at one point and there was some pushback against doing it, but I don't remember if that went anywhere. This isn't related to any specific tournament, but I'l...
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2073

Re: Indulge me a moment...

That GIS project sounds terrific and super interesting. That's certainly outreach and could be very valuable outreach at that.
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Chicago Open
Replies: 6
Views: 1737

Re: DATE POLL: Chicago Open

Maybe there is no packet submission this year.
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2073

Re: Indulge me a moment...

There have been occasional attempts over the years to produce open tournaments that aren't on very hard questions. Some of these have been good, while some haven't. I'm certain that if done well, such a product would generate a lot of interest, especially in the summer. I also wonder if something li...
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

How We Treat Each Other: 2019

In 2015, Matt Jackson (for you young people, yes, the Jeopardy star) made a series of comprehensive posts about various quizbowl topics, including a very long post about "how we treat each other." http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=17571&hilit for the whole thread. I'm only going t...
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 20
Views: 2737

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

I'm not sure if things have changed since I was a minor poobah (an Abba Dabba Doo Guy) at UMN, but we never were able to reserve rooms in Blegen past 4 PM. This generally did not matter at all, aside from the fact the rooms would lock and you had to be careful about that. When I first started at UMN...
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 20
Views: 2737

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

I think the confusing aspect to an outsider was if this used the same model as last year, the announcement was handled entirely differently--side events were clearly booked for Saturday and Sunday and prices were adjusted ahead of time. I have no problem paying anything higher for these events (of c...
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 3564

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

I think the idea of "themed" and "unthemed" is primarily an aesthetic one that actually might be better for a different thread. I will say, in terms of talking about first lines, I would suspect sometimes, as Andrew says, that "theming" a tossup might make the first line appear more relevant and pro...
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Re: 5th of March Incident

Regarding the "vice president" thing, Bruce Arthur refused to do this, consciously or unconsciously I do not know. I remember Matt Jackson repeatedly telling him to read the e-mail all the way.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Re: 5th of March Incident

This was one of, if not the, most mind-blowing incidents in recent quizbowl history. Since I think everything and everyone turned out "well," I hope we can have some sober reflection of the various problems that allowed this incident to happen (Matt Jackson has talked about this a lot in some of the...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!
Replies: 6
Views: 882

Re: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!

I do not know Kelly--seems like a very deserving winner. I do know Rob very well. You don't need me to tell you about Rob's playing skills or writing/editing skills; those are obvious. Andrew's done a nice summary of his skills in making himself, others, and Minnesota in general into a place of good...
by Cheynem
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 2851

Re: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)

They didn't advertise it to all college teams. They were very clear on the difficulty and just said it was open to all college teams, which it is and probably should be (maybe UG-only, I suppose). Almost every school that showed up is regional and is the kind of school/team I would expect would atte...
by Cheynem
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)

The best part of my post is I had to look up Luke Scott's name.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)

I hope we don't get any more Luke Scott tossups.
by Cheynem
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 5794

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

If this doesn't happen at JHU, I'd be happy to play John (or anyone) at ICT and check them all into the Smackdown Hotel at Know Your Role Boulevard.
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Sponsoring an NSC Round
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Re: Sponsoring an NSC Round

Are people affiliated with PACE eligible to sponsor?
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 4368

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

Very interesting post--can I ask what you teach?
by Cheynem
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: SHAWARMA II (visual movies) [winter 2019]
Replies: 6
Views: 2612

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

I'm not sure if this will be run in the Midwest at anywhere that's not PIANO, but I certainly would be interested (perhaps an informal running at ICT?).
by Cheynem
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 4368

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

Would this require some changes at the level of the college/department as well? For example, during my brief time as a professor at U of M-Morris (which is kind of like a LAC), I probably could have tried to be an adviser of sorts to the team, but I became kind of overwhelmed doing all kinds of othe...
by Cheynem
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Grad Students and DII
Replies: 2
Views: 692

Grad Students and DII

As far as I know, both NAQT and ACF do not consider any grad students, regardless of quizbowl experience, to qualify for Division II. I seem to recall talking about this at one point before, but that was a while ago: EDIT: Apparently, I'm wrong and grad students can be considered DII. I wonder if Di...
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Tournament Announcements: Where Are They Going? Where Have They Been?
Replies: 0
Views: 852

Tournament Announcements: Where Are They Going? Where Have They Been?

So I'm noticing an annoying trend of late of tournament announcements being very slow to be made or announcements that are not made at all (some of the SCTs, PIANO at Ohio State, this year's Chicago Open, which I feel like usually has at least a placeholder announcement by this time). First of all, ...
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 55
Views: 18829

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

I think in general you're far more likely to convert tossups (especially stuff like common link tossups) then have a high bonus conversion. I've frequently seen teams, for instance, that may not have a top fine arts or science player but convert a fair share of, say, music or bio buzzes on late clue...
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: STIGMATA
Replies: 5
Views: 2157

Re: STIGMATA

Did this happen?
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT Great Lakes SCT at Michigan (9 Feb 2019)
Replies: 8
Views: 2714

Re: 2019 NAQT Great Lakes SCT at Michigan (9 Feb 2019)

This is not a "side event" by any means, but I'll be staffing this and will have a film packet that only some folks in Missouri will have seen if people are interested in playing that afterwards.
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 88
Views: 22373

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I'd love to play at MInnesota, but I can't play on the 30th, which is why I'm curious to know if OSU will be on a different date!
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 88
Views: 22373

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Yeah, this is kind of nuts. People want to go to these tournaments, but they have to know when the tournaments will be.
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Addressing Minor Misconduct as a TD
Replies: 3
Views: 2091

Re: Addressing Minor Misconduct as a TD

This is a really good post (is this cross-posted in the HS forum as well?). I wonder if you (or others) think that when talking to a respondent, having multiple around is a good idea. From my point of view, this might be effective if you're worried about a discussion getting out of hand or being acc...
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 29
Views: 6009

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I don't know how long this event will take; we ran SOUNDTRACK on Friday night pretty easily, but that was a shootout.
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 16
Views: 3993

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

I'd like to play this at ICT. I know old video games and like nothing after the SNES or so.
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8033

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

I don't dispute any of that, and I'm not totally opposed to a large number of SCT sites. I do think that the late announcement of these locations complicates matters entirely though--there's only a couple of weeks until SCT--would some of the schools who already made plans to go farther away have ch...
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8033

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

A number of schools in those fields already registered to go elsewhere for SCT (Illinois and Purdue, for one).
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is World History?
Replies: 11
Views: 3597

Re: What is World History?

Yeah, a lot of this just comes down to what the tossup focuses on. This might be clearer if we take a different approach--you could do a tossup on a "world" topic (Japan...Somalia...Iraq...Afghanistan...China) that is just an American history tossup because all the clues relate to American actions t...
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals playtesting
Replies: 26
Views: 5255

Re: ACF Regionals playtesting

Your day is so long ago that at your last birthday party, the fire marshal wouldn't let you put the right number of candles on the cake!

(I'll stop now.)
by Cheynem
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals playtesting
Replies: 26
Views: 5255

Re: ACF Regionals playtesting

Wow, the IRC, is this 2018???
by Cheynem
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Boundaries
Replies: 3
Views: 1831

Re: Maintaining Boundaries

This is a very good post. I think a challenge to a lot of these suggestions (by challenge, I mean difficulty, not that I oppose them) is how the Internet obscures ages. Thus, on Facebook or Discord or even the forums, you end up talking to people whom you're not totally sure how old they are. You en...