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by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 13640

Re: Player Poll 2019

Smuttynose Island wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 pm
I began by looking at the subcategory scoring breakdown for players at EFT, Terrapin, ACF Regionals, and Sun God.
Why not Penn Bowl?
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 13640

Re: Player Poll 2019

The biggest flaw this year to me, as the person organizing the poll, was simply the lack of ballots in certain categories. Maybe more ballots would balance things out, but I really do see the biggest problem as 1) a lack of pertinent information 2) bad interpretations of that information. Ryan has ...
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 13640

Re: Player Poll 2019

A small point: I find it counter-intuitive to continue reading to the side for the "& ...." when there's a tie—I missed a few players the first time for this reason. At least one other person I've talked to has had the same issue; would recommend putting everybody in the same column.
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 13640

Re: Player Poll 2019

Historical Results Visual Arts: 5. Derek So, McGill (39, 1 first place vote, lowest unranked) I'm shocked and saddened that I was the only person to put Derek at #1 here. There's a reason that dude got the most superpowers (among other things) at Jordaens. More broadly: I love the idea of recognizi...
by vinteuil
Wed May 15, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Making things stick.
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Making things stick.

I often made mnemonics for things that, for whatever reason, I was unable to make stick. For example, for the life of me I could not recall the order of the major battles of Alexander the Great. I could read about them all I could, but in the end I still messed up the order of Granicus River, Gauga...
by vinteuil
Mon May 13, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 8
Views: 1320

Re: Vulching

This is a good topic to discuss, and I think knowing when to just put the tossup to bed is a skill that has sometimes differentiated experienced team leaders from those who let close games slip away. Mike lays out a bunch of good strategies. Another solution would be to develop clear non-verbal comm...
by vinteuil
Wed May 08, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: South Central Connecticut Summer Practices
Replies: 1
Views: 271

South Central Connecticut Summer Practices

Hi everyone, Like last year, I'm happy to announce Wednesday practices ca. 9–11PM at my place (near the campus of the Harvard of Central Connecticut) from May 15 until August 28. Anybody's welcome, there will probably be a whimsical combination of very hard, somewhat hard, old, and subject-specific ...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 13640

Re: Player Poll 2019

EDIT: Daniel, what criteria did you use to pick the players for the VFA sheet? Strange to not see John Lawrence, among others. I looked through the advance stats for Terrapin, EFT, and Regionals, selecting players who appeared high (roughly top 5-10 at a given site) on the Paintings/Sculpture subca...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 13640

Re: Player Poll 2019

To help me with my ballot, I assembled a spreadsheet with Nats and ICT stats for a number of players, as well as Visual Arts stats for various other players. In case it helps others, you may find it here. If you would like to edit this spreadsheet, perhaps by adding other subject area stats, please...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Survey Texts and Other Resources List (aseemslegit.com)
Replies: 2
Views: 2682

Re: Survey Texts and Other Resources List (aseemslegit.com)

As announced in the other thread, this list can now be conveniently accessed from http://aseemslegit.com
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Book To Learn Music
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: Book To Learn Music

Books to Learn https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T4b8g_qTGsO_8ExU8Z_C4nzjDsw7jXr21lDOn2SBS3g/edit?usp=sharing :O music https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T4b8g_qTGsO_8ExU8Z_C4nzjDsw7jXr21lDOn2SBS3g/edit?usp=sharing :O :O EDIT: Kai's rec is good. EDIT: Since I send this out so much, I have decide...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 4390

Re: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019

For everybody who is trying to dispute Joseph's specific claims, please consider that, having lied and been exposed so publicly, it doesn't seem particularly likely that Joseph would cave upon being presented with yet another piece of evidence. That is: piling on won't do anything here, since it's t...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 4390

Re: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019

ansonberns wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:24 pm
Joseph in PMs wrote:so that the readers could practice reading and pronouncing some of the names and such
real amit bilgi hours
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 13640

Re: Player Poll 2019

2) Jaimie Carlson is being undersold a bit by this discussion as a "lit player" - if you take her as just that, I think it's a bit hard to make a case for her in the top 25 on the basis of being a top-3 lit player, since I don't think her level of lit dominance quite stack up to what elite science ...
by vinteuil
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 13640

Re: Player Poll 2019

Thanks for running this poll, Auroni! I like the new format, even if it means a lot more work. Curiosity: why are there separate polls for visual and audio arts, but not for any subcategories of the big 3? (I understand that "misc." covers this to a certain extent.) The rest of this post will concer...
by vinteuil
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 12263

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

the Sugar Plum Fairy clue was early, yeah, but it was well-written and I think a lot of people got buzzes on it (This post is very much from the peanut gallery—it is not intended even to comment on this set’s music, which I have not seen yet.) This sounds like a successful clue! People getting good...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 4
Views: 1186

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Do you expect there to be a mirror site further northeast than Columbia? If people want to organize one, I'm open to the possibility, but I would strongly prefer to have a bunch of big tournament sites with people of all different backgrounds and strengths playing. I like large events that can brin...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 12263

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

It's also hard because I don't know what the canon or curriculum of non-western music would look like at the collegiate level, or even what the main textbooks might be. Sounds like a perfect case for the hilariously over-detailed music section of https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T4b8g_qTGsO_8ExU...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 4581

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Personally, I care more about the integrity of ACF Nationals as a “players championship” than I do about its expansion. Obviously, I’m not a member of ACF and don’t knows its priorities, but if the field needs to be 40 teams instead of 48 to ensure a full RR in playoffs which is almost unanimously ...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 6040

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Because there's no clear reason that math should beat out any number of equally deserving things for a 1/1 slot among 20/20; if, hypothetically, the standard quizbowl tournament were to be 24/24, then I think math would have a case. Definitely agreed with this, but even then, I'm not sure math woul...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 33310

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

I do think this post could have been made in a way that doesn't come have a subtext feels denigrating to Columbia "Congratulations to Columbia, but . . ." No doubt you'll follow up with an apology or clarification here, but I'd question the sincerity of it, since I think it's pretty galling that we...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 33310

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

How did people feel about the new playoff format? Aside from the fact that 5 games is pretty few for determining final placement (the reduced sample size makes placement more vulnerable to single-packet swings), this format seems to have been fairly vulnerable to differences between the playoff brac...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 10390

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

I think I misunderstood your point as "seed alphabetically" or something.
by vinteuil
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 10390

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

If every team should be given the aforementioned respect of assuming that they could walk into ICT and win it, and every game counts equally towards the final standings, then there's no reason that higher seeded teams should be given any kind of preferential treatment related to when they meet up. ...
by vinteuil
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 10390

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

It would benefit the community to run an open-ballot pre-nationals poll that explicitly asks participants to predict how well the teams will finish at both ICT and Nationals. (It is also in everyone's interest to participate in such a poll, if it comes into being.) I love this idea, and it would mo...
by vinteuil
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 10390

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I would suspect that ACF might be slightly easier to seed since the rounds lend themselves to less variable "upsets" and the distribution is less unique (so looking at every other tournament probably gives a better idea of how teams will do). But even at ACF, there's still quirks--in 2011, the #1 a...
by vinteuil
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 10390

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

D-value overranks very good regular-difficulty teams who don't scale all that well. This is a well-known problem trying to evaluate teams from regular season stats, and I'm not sure there's a good statistical way to resolve it in the absence of detailed stats. I don't think using the midseason poll...
by vinteuil
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 10390

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

McGill: 11th on the midseason poll, 12th by D-value (or 13th, if we assume that Florida at full strength would have had a higher D-value), 4th by A-value. Based on those numbers it doesn't seem crazy to me that they'd be a low 2-seed (close to 12th overall) and have to face a strong 3-seed. Are the...
by vinteuil
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27666

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

This set is now clear and will be posted later today after typos and last-minute errata are fixed.
by vinteuil
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 3105

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

And because of Andy's insane knowledge of Thailand, I personally will be celebrating by eating Thai food every March 20th. gave me an oddly unsettled feeling when I read it that I've been struggling to put into words. Obviously you can do and eat whatever you want, but it's just kind of uncomfortab...
by vinteuil
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 6479

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

OK, but do you socialize with these people outside of quizbowl? Do you ever try to introduce your quizbowl friends to non-quizbowl friends? I don't think I'm wrong to say it's extremely rare for quizbowl people to drop each other a line when they're in town and get a group together to go to a museu...
by vinteuil
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 2384

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

I believe that the usual justification for this practice is that the better teams play each other in the finals (and playoffs) and thus harder answerlines are less likely to go dead in matches that will decide final placement. (With the perverse side "benefit" that more tossups go dead in lower brac...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 31
Views: 8685

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

As my signature, online activity, and malevolent demeanor have indicated, I am joining the Evil Empire for a PhD.
by vinteuil
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27666

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Courtesy of Matt Jackson, here are a few conclusions we've come to about how the set is playing, difficulty-wise: bonuses are noticeably easier to 20 than the most recent Nats, though seemingly not easier to 30 and maybe slightly harder to 30 lumping 15s and 10s, tossups are gotten at about the same...
by vinteuil
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 PIANO at Stanford (3/9)
Replies: 4
Views: 1645

Re: 2019 PIANO at Stanford (3/9)

I hope people enjoyed playing the set! There's a discussion forum up now—request access under User Control Panel→Usergroups.
by vinteuil
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 7469

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

I hope people enjoyed playing the set! There's a discussion forum up now—request access under User Control Panel→Usergroups.
by vinteuil
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 7469

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

Courtesy of Matt: Teams may not object to the specific replacement question which gets read unless it is an exact repeat (See C.13). (In particular, players have no basis for expecting that a replacement question be from the same category as a question which was thrown out, or for expecting that the...
by vinteuil
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 5680

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

As a very vocal advocate of themed tossups, I would like to 100% cosign with John's post. Put in all the good clues that fit the theme and then fill the rest of the tossup with other good clues instead of trying to force it. (This is as somebody who has rightly been called out for doing the latter b...
by vinteuil
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27666

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Since I seem not to have announced this, I should say that this tournament's literature was mostly edited by Will H-M and the philosophy by Joey Goldman—get excited!
by vinteuil
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 3856

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 att...
by vinteuil
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 3856

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

Can I suggest that perhaps saying that a traditionally novice-oriented set (and certainly not as difficult as "regular-minus" implies) should not have been advertised to "all college teams"? Because that seems to be encouraging bad actors to just roll in and beat up on a bunch of new and inexperienc...
by vinteuil
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 8650

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I liked a lot about this set, and I'm very happy I played it! A lot of fantastic new material to discover and many things I've been waiting to hear about. A few drive-by thoughts: The set had pretty wildly differing varying philosophies. Will H-M and Eric (and to an extent, Will N.) were writing clo...
by vinteuil
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mythology
Replies: 10
Views: 2753

Re: Mythology

Looking at an Amazon review Shakespeare was a real cool person for his time. Unfortunately, his plays are not a real cool thing to read for my time. It is English and I speak English. I just don't happen to speak Old English. Which is really ironic because I am old and speaking English. If you read...
by vinteuil
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mythology
Replies: 10
Views: 2753

Re: Mythology

As for Chinese mythology, much of the source material is highly historical and syncretic. I've found that researching myths individually (such as Hou Yi, Chang'e, etc) online is more efficient than trying to find a published compilation of these scattered stories, both in terms of knowledge acquire...
by vinteuil
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 27666

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Hi everyone—the JHU date is now in the parent post (3/9), and we should have a date for the OSU mirror soon. Thanks for your patience!
by vinteuil
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

Re: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials

I enjoy browsing the essays on the Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History ; the hyperlinks within the articles and suggested articles are great for getting context beyond memorizing painting clues. Also have to plug the fact the Met has uploaded PDFs of a ton of out of print exhibition catalogs or...
by vinteuil
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

Re: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials

You might want to take a look at my list of books and other resources If you're looking for an actual book, Thanks for the response! I have troved through that list at various times, including at 3 AM at one point. It is ridiculously valuable. As for a book I'm not so much interested in that. Smart...
by vinteuil
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

Re: Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials

You might want to take a look at my list of books and other resources, linked here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=123&t=21649 I like SmartHistory a lot! The Art Story is a nice website if you want to learn about modern and contemporary art, but many of the artists and theorists covere...
by vinteuil
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Approach Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 2565

Re: How to Approach Literature

Jack and Jakob are both wrong about secondary sources and may be thinking primarily of literary "theory" as opposed to criticism. (And many works of literary theory, including classic ones that come up in their own right, include very helpful descriptions and analyses of core literary works!) The se...
by vinteuil
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out
Replies: 15
Views: 2703

Re: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out

There's no such thing as "stealing" points. Whoever buzzes first gets them. That's always good for your team—you increase your chance of beating another team to the question. (It's of course fair for your teammate to think that your efforts would be better spent in another part of the distribution. ...