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by Banana Stand
Mon May 06, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 1336

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

This seems like a fun tournament! Very interested in either writing or playing.

(Autobiography of Red was tossed up at CO 2016, btw)
by Banana Stand
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16505

Re: Player Poll 2019

Thank you to those who have given me reps! I wouldn’t advise that you vote for me in the overall poll; my performances at both nationals have not warranted inclusion and I don’t think my uncharacteristically good PIANO statline is enough to do it. Instead, vote for my teammate Eric Xu who led us to ...
by Banana Stand
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5788

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

I know that Matt Weiner, among others, has in the past advocated breaking out Nats into "divisions." As a stopgap, would it be unreasonable to do that even without using two different question sets? (After all, the lowest-placing teams often come to test their mettle against the toughest questions....
by Banana Stand
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5788

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 c...
by Banana Stand
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 29269

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

This is slightly late, but I've finally played all the packets and I have to say that this set is not as hard as some people are making it out to be. The answerlines are mostly very reasonable (I'd say moreso than recent spring opens) and there was a lot of great early cluing. If you're playing on t...
by Banana Stand
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin @ UMD (3/2/2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 3019

Re: Terrapin @ UMD (3/2/2019)

Combined stats have games double-posted, btw.
by Banana Stand
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273177

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Jack Mehr and I are each writing a packet of hard (ranging from Nats to CO+), literature common links to be read sometime in mid-January on Discord. If this sounds interesting to you, indicate your availability on the following poll (times are EST). We'll be reading this in the discord tomorrow nig...
by Banana Stand
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Preparing From Benet's and Masterpieces of World Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 2304

Re: Preparing From Benet's and Masterpieces of World Literature

I bought a set of Masterplots for my house so I know a bit about the encyclopedia grind. My best piece of advice is to be the most thorough on the outer portions of the canon, and to largely ignore the most important works in the canon. Studying Great Expectations or Moby Dick from these books won’t...
by Banana Stand
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Approach Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 2798

Re: How to Approach Literature

I'll echo Jakob and say that reading literary criticism at this point isn't going to help you very much. I don't know your current level of play, but you're going to want to start by just amassing a lot of "author-work", "work-character", and "work-plot point" knowledge through reading packets, usin...
by Banana Stand
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 24794

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the tossup on “In the Penal Colony“?
by Banana Stand
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 8603

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

TTIAC and Stanford Housewrite were both better than CMST.
by Banana Stand
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273177

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

On Wednesday at 9 PM EST, I will be reading a 20 TU very hard short fiction packet in the discord. Every tossup answerline will be a character from a short story. I'll be doing a second reading of this at the same time on Thursday for people who can't make it Wednesday. These happened! Wednesday Sc...
by Banana Stand
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: META - Summer 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 4681

Re: META - Summer 2019

My favorite types of short fiction are poetry and non-fiction essays! (this sounds cool, though, I like these types of tournaments)
by Banana Stand
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273177

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Banana Stand wrote:On Wednesday at 9 PM EST, I will be reading a 20 TU very hard short fiction packet in the discord. Every tossup answerline will be a character from a short story.
I'll be doing a second reading of this at the same time on Thursday for people who can't make it Wednesday.
by Banana Stand
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273177

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

On Wednesday at 9 PM EST, I will be reading a 20 TU very hard short fiction packet in the discord. Every tossup answerline will be a character from a short story.
by Banana Stand
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 14
Views: 8337

Re: Women in Sets

On the flipside, a tossup on Martin Guerre on the surface is just “some tossup on a French dude from 500 years ago” but I’d guess that a decent percentage(probably not quite a majority?) would have encountered him while reading/reading about Natalie Zemon Davis and her view of the case through a fem...
by Banana Stand
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Top five college teams for 2017–18
Replies: 17
Views: 9739

Re: Top five college teams for 2017–18

Ditto on Cambridge, and I don't even think it's much of a hot take. Anyone who has played with/against Golfinos knows he's legit, and give him some teammates that can cover his weaknesses? Spooky. #7 seems a bit low, tbh.
by Banana Stand
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 10740

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

There are literally not enough weekends in the year to accommodate half of these. Imo, there are two major reasons for the use of housewrites. The first is for a team acquire revenue, and the second is that producing the housewrite will help with the development of their players since it forces you...
by Banana Stand
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read
Replies: 37
Views: 18633

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

Fun books that seldom come up in QB: "The Monk" by Matthew Lewis (a Gothic classic; the nuttiest book you will ever read) "McTeague" by Frank Norris (also wild) Fun books that never come up in QB: "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Choderlos de Laclos (probably my favorite book) These actually come up a...
by Banana Stand
Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read
Replies: 37
Views: 18633

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

Heart of Darkness is so good, what is going on in here? Moby-Dick is worth a read, too. Fundamental part of U.S Lit that comes up all the time and is a really awesome experience(I think the cetology parts catch too much flak from people who claim to dislike it). Beloved is also really good. Kafka an...
by Banana Stand
Sat May 20, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranking
Replies: 56
Views: 28017

Re: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranki

I think the basketball analogy works well here, if we view MattBo as Kobe and Jordan as Lebron(lol). Both are obviously insanely competitive people, but Kobe almost always seemed to "need" the win more than Lebron, and went to psychotic lengths to get it. Lebron is more reserved and only kicks it in...
by Banana Stand
Sun May 14, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl 3/25 NYC
Replies: 18
Views: 10581

Re: Prison Bowl 3/25 NYC

armitage wrote:This is in abysmally bad taste
by Banana Stand
Wed May 10, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Modern Age - A Lit/VisArts Side Event
Replies: 13
Views: 6341

Re: The Modern Age - A Lit/VisArts Side Event

This is also going to be 7 packets, not the 8 from the original announcement. There's a lot of side events going around and we figure 8 packets probably won't be played at any site. I'll echo Eric's sentiment that we're happy people are interested!
by Banana Stand
Mon May 08, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 20829

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

I'm down(to staff)!
by Banana Stand
Mon May 08, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories (February 2017)
Replies: 20
Views: 9184

Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

This was very fun to read through. The annotations are a sweet idea. I would've gladly first line-negged Sonmi-451, forgetting the full name of the section. That priming tossup is also cool since the spreading activation effect should come up more. Wish I could've played!
by Banana Stand
Thu May 04, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Poll
Replies: 11
Views: 6356

Re: Postseason Poll

I can't imagine a team that doesn't do better or worse depending on their mood and how much sleep they got. Berkeley B's top bracket run looks very compelling - knocking off Northwestern after their cinderella run and Penn for good measure, wish I had a chance to do that at my first Nats. Seems lik...
by Banana Stand
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7333

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

This is a good thread. Despite not coming anywhere near a spot in Nats finals, I've thought about this a lot since I noticed it watching/reading last year's finals(and 2015's). First, I'll say that as a spectator, it adds a bit of excitement to the matches. "Damn, this packet is really pushing them ...
by Banana Stand
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 16979

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

Eric Xu and I are going to be playing this.
by Banana Stand
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 26325

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

The literature in this set was really really good. It was very accessible across the board while offering a great challenge on interesting hard parts and early-middle clues. Common links probing core works of famous authors including the ones on teachers and the beach(which I unfortunately negged wi...
by Banana Stand
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 23525

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

This 'ol Cracker Barrel is tumblin' on, but don' mind me, I'm just passin' by before I get to my there destination in the ol' Big Apple. Yessir, New York City for some good ol' fashioned bowlin'.

I'm hammered and I hope Jordan wins.
by Banana Stand
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Documenting plagiarism
Replies: 20
Views: 8061

Re: Documenting plagiarism

A bit of self-plagiarism never hurt: Delta Burke 2012 Question: This author wrote of an "Arhat who sought Heaven under a mountain of stone" before claiming "humility is beatness before the absolute world" in "Sakyamuni Coming Out from the Mountain". This author asked, "Is this the sickness that is d...
by Banana Stand
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Documenting plagiarism
Replies: 20
Views: 8061

Documenting plagiarism

I sometimes come across plagiarism in old sets and just brush it off since most were written a decent amount of time ago, but I feel like having a thread to document egregious examples would be fun. This is not meant to be witch-hunty since most of the offenders probably aren't even active anymore; ...
by Banana Stand
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 4150

Re: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion

Could I see the tossup on Maad City?
by Banana Stand
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 4150

Re: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion

On another sitcom, one of these events led to Buster's relationship with Lucille Austero. Yeah, so I buzzed on this clue with "award shows," which is actually a correct answer given the way this is phrased. In the episode "Key Decisions," Lucille Austero gives Buster her phone number after he accid...
by Banana Stand
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Modern Age - A Lit/VisArts Side Event
Replies: 13
Views: 6341

The Modern Age - A Lit/VisArts Side Event

I am happy to announce The Modern Age, a literature and visual arts side event consisting entirely of material from after WWII. This tournament will consist of 7 power-marked packets of 20 tossups(8-10 lines of 10 TNR) and two-part related bonuses, aping Kurtis' format from Listory and Skype Lit. It...
by Banana Stand
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 19041

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

Liberty-- J: Spends a bunch of time on Constant, who is, like, not a philosopher? A: Yeah, once again, if your goal when writing a philosophy question is to reward engagement with philosophy, you should clue philosophers. How is Constant not a philosopher? Eric Xu first-lined this tossup with somet...
by Banana Stand
Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Writing for high school - difficulty?
Replies: 10
Views: 3725

Re: Writing for high school - difficulty?

Gauging difficulty as a new writer is probably one of the most difficult parts of the craft, and something I still struggle with from time to time. A very important concept to learn is that tossup difficulty and answerline difficulty do not have to go hand in hand, and there are many ways to adjust ...
by Banana Stand
Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 3765

Re: PB 2016: General Discussion

Before any more rumors go around, I would like to make it clear that this set was largely completed at the start of the tournament. It's not really acceptable for it to be "largely completed" on the day of the tournament, but disregarding that, isn't it just straight-up fact that this wasn't even n...
by Banana Stand
Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Improving as a Literature Writer
Replies: 5
Views: 3452

Re: Improving as a Literature Writer

Thanks Jon(and Jacob), that's some really useful advice. I definitely agree that good/playable questions are better than no questions, and that not every question has to be perfect or even close to it. Reading excerpts is definitely something I've utilized before and will definitely continue, especi...
by Banana Stand
Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Improving as a Literature Writer
Replies: 5
Views: 3452

Improving as a Literature Writer

Recently, I've been writing a lot of lit questions for both improvement and with the hope of eventually making something playable. One thing I've noticed as I've began to focus on constructing good pyramidal tossups on important topics is that I operate best on things I'd classify as "fringe canonic...
by Banana Stand
Sun May 08, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 21497

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

He hasn't been mentioned yet, but Eric Xu deserves some love. Coming off of being the best HS player in the country, Eric received the usual "can this kid even play on regular difficulty?" before leading UVA to 3rd at Penn Bowl(where we lost by one tossup to Columbia) and a respectable finish at Nat...
by Banana Stand
Thu May 05, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Roundtable?
Replies: 8
Views: 3436

Re: Postseason Roundtable?

I'd be free on Sunday.
by Banana Stand
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 20507

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

I really enjoyed this set, especially the literature. There were a lot of interesting and buzzable clues from works I'd read. This isn't much of a gripe, but for the tossup on Charles X, I remember the Anti-Sacrilege Act being dropped first line which seemed slightly easy, especially compared to mos...
by Banana Stand
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizlr: a new study resource
Replies: 15
Views: 8751

Re: Quizlr: a new study resource

http://ankisrs.net/docs/manual.html#sha ... -privately
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by Banana Stand
Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to study packets?
Replies: 12
Views: 6356

Re: How to study packets?

Since you're new, you should probably just blow through a few sets to gain canon knowledge, but not so fast that you don't gain anything. That's your highest ROI strategy right now since you probably don't know that many pre-FTP clues yet and it's important you learn some of those and a lot of givea...
by Banana Stand
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273177

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I'll be reading 25 morbid-themed questions in the IRC tomorrow night at 9 PM EST. On the whole, they're more difficult than last time, but more interesting, to me at least. This happened. Jamie Gold won it with 70, Eric Muhkerjee came in second with 50. Don't worry about it Matt, this one was too d...
by Banana Stand
Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:58 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 273177

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I'll be reading 25 morbid-themed questions in the IRC tomorrow night at 9 PM EST. On the whole, they're more difficult than last time, but more interesting, to me at least.
by Banana Stand
Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 16291

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

I also find it tasteless when people are visibly upset at losing a buzzer race to one of their own teammates. I don't think this is bad when it happens with two teams on a level playing field, but when someone is up 400 points and then does this, it really sucks. "Those opponents are empty chairs, ...
by Banana Stand
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 18543

Re: Preseason Poll

Pretty sure Jonathan Leidenheimer will still be playing at W&M