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by Santa Claus
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 17
Views: 1586

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

I've taken a look through the first packet and found that the majority of questions have been taken almost verbatim from existing question sets. Considering that this set will certainly not be posted on the archives and did not charge a mirror fee, I don't think this warrants much more than a stern ...
by Santa Claus
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 17
Views: 1586

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

jonpin wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:22 pm
#2 you absolutely can't post someone else's questions to the packet archive.
2018 Glenwood Winter Teacher Quiz Bowl should probably be removed then, considering it directly rips questions from 2017 Prison Bowl, 2015 Potatoville Varsity, 2016 HFT, 2015 BISB, and 2012 Ohio State+VCU Housewrite.
by Santa Claus
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Amherst College, 4/27/19
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Amherst College, 4/27/19

Don’t forget to register! We’re excited to host our first tournament in quite a while, and would love to have more teams attending. For those interested in coming, here are some food options in the area: Antonio’s - an excellent pizza chain that also has a location at Brown. I recommend the chicken ...
by Santa Claus
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC at Brown
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: ILLIAC at Brown

Is there a field update for this tournament?
by Santa Claus
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ Yale (3/30/19)
Replies: 16
Views: 3272

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ Yale (3/30/19)

ryanrosenberg wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:52 pm
Do stats exist for ACRONYM? Excited to see my team's 9/2/6 game immortalized on the DB.
Excited to see my negative ppg
by Santa Claus
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Amherst College, 4/27/19
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Amherst College, 4/27/19

The Amherst College Quiz Bowl team is very happy to announce that we will be hosting the Northeast Mirror of the 2019 Florida Spring Tournament on Saturday, April 27th, 2019. As stated in the set's announcement , this tournament will be "a regular minus collegiate quiz bowl set," or alternatively on...
by Santa Claus
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 3264

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

Also worth mentioning that Chicago has sent teams in the past that have racked up PPB > 25. I guess if we're going to use numbers then here's some numbers. Chicago B @ Delta Burke 2016: 4 years combined collegiate experience 4 players (1 year experience average) 7-3 record Finished 2nd 25.63 PPB Ch...
by Santa Claus
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 4743

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

It seems like this would have the effect of making the undergraduate championship as meaningless as the D2 championship (though what degree of meaninglessness that is is debatable), since right now only two such institutions (Amherst and NCF) are in the ACF Nationals field (though Gettysburg is nex...
by Santa Claus
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 4743

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

Smith doesn't have a team, but I had been assured that the Five Colleges had lots of crossover in their clubs/organizations and I could join the team at Amherst. My interest was never in competing at a nationals level-- I just enjoyed it. It was, however, disappointing to find that the Amherst team...
by Santa Claus
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 3161

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

If you read what I said, I'm mad that the editors required that hosts take advanced stats, and then (read closely, since this is the important part) did nothing with them! Are you just ignoring the statements of the editors and writers who have stated that they made use of advanced stats to make im...
by Santa Claus
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: ATHENA II Available for 2018-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 3566

Re: ATHENA II Available for 2018-2019

List of mirrors in chronological order:

11/10/18 Washington University Fall Academic Tournament IV @ WUSTL
11/17/18 T3 @ Fort Osage HS
03/02/19 LIMIT @ Lexington HS
by Santa Claus
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18
Replies: 25
Views: 6038

Re: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18

Tournament Format This tournament has three parts: ... a housewritten side event (Trivia) during lunch. ... Trivia (Side Event): TD: Austin Wang The rules are in the works and will be published very soon. The teams will not be restricted to players of the same school, and signups will be at the tou...
by Santa Claus
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid Spring Tournament (CMST) @ NYU (3/3/18)
Replies: 12
Views: 4991

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!
by Santa Claus
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On the Role of the Discord
Replies: 9
Views: 4210

On the Role of the Discord

Hey everyone I want to talk a bit about the Discord. I'll start with a little bit of a summary: just over a year ago I started the quiz bowl Discord as a potential replacement for the IRC. At the time of my first update four months in, the community was a few dozen people; now, eight months after th...
by Santa Claus
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Fundraising
Replies: 7
Views: 2657

Re: Fundraising

On Amazon right now, a box of 80 Welch's fruit snacks retails for roughly $12 with Prime. If sold for the modest price of $0.50 each, this generates $28 dollars of profit per box sold. Similarly, Kellogg's fruit snacks would generate $16 profit if sold for $1 each (they're bigger) and Annie's gets $...
by Santa Claus
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Flashcard Resources
Replies: 22
Views: 7204

Re: Flashcard Resources

Mike Bentley wrote:I don't recall having to pay for Anki on mobile. Maybe they only charge for iOS?
I was thinking of the iOS version, so that could very well be the case.
by Santa Claus
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Flashcard Resources
Replies: 22
Views: 7204

Re: Flashcard Resources

tooting my own here I think you misplaced your horn. I'd definitely agree with Raynor's sentiment - getting acquainted with the sorts of topics that come up in quiz bowl is one of the most important parts of the game, especially when starting out, and there's really no better way to do it than to i...
by Santa Claus
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36570

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

This last Friday, a question-reading session was held in the quiz bowl Discord channel. We read through the first packet of the 2012-2013 DII ICT, a set that our reader had purchased, to an audience of people who did not own the set. After we finished, Jonah entered and informed us that we were not ...
by Santa Claus
Mon May 22, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An update on the state of the Discord
Replies: 2
Views: 3175

An update on the state of the Discord

I think a fair number of people are aware of the existence of the Quiz Bowl Discord, whether it's from the post about the IRC not too long ago or the Imaginary Landscape readings that happened there. This post is meant to be a little bit of an update for everyone who hasn't really visited much or at...
by Santa Claus
Mon May 15, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23860

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

On the tossup on glutamate I got negged for giving "glutamic acid" and was just wondering what sort of difference there was between the two answers. The buzz was very late in question and they had already described it as an amino acid, so I felt that it was a bit much to not give points over a proto...
by Santa Claus
Sat May 13, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)
Replies: 37
Views: 16085

Re: Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)

rahulkeyal wrote:I'm going to be heading to Berkeley in the fall
:(
by Santa Claus
Sat May 13, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Subject-specific player polls
Replies: 29
Views: 11082

Re: Subject-specific player polls

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote: 17. Kevin Wang
what
by Santa Claus
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Better Hype Videos
Replies: 1
Views: 2170

Better Hype Videos

Did you guys see Cicago's sick hype video? Well guess what. Visionary director Kevin Wang, the man behind the lauded Amherst Hype Video, has taken his talents to Amherst, and Amherst's hype is about to blow them out of the water. Tune in in less than 3 hours for the greatest audio spectacle in quizb...
by Santa Claus
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT general discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2689

Re: 2017 ICT general discussion

I suppose this is the best place to put this: Currently this video is unlisted - you cannot find it by searching Youtube. Once there are no longer any mirrors or anything of that sort, I'll just make it public. Also someone mentioned adding subtitles to this; that would take a long time and I'll onl...
by Santa Claus
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 8
Replies: 25
Views: 15042

Re: 2017 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 8

Hey guys, I took video of the finals. Once I can, I will post a link to the video in the discussion sub-forum. The video is currently unlisted, as I uploaded it yesterday when TI was still happening. If this is no longer necessary (i.e. if there are no more mirrors) I would happy to have it be publi...
by Santa Claus
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 16621

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2017

And you're mad at...NAQT? It sucks that you've had a negative experience at SCT, but your frustration seems misdirected. It sounds like your moderators were just bad, and you should be frustrated at whoever is setting up these sites with inexperienced moderators. Do you honestly think you would hav...
by Santa Claus
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 16621

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2017

I hope the clock isn't eliminated for SCT, CCCT, or ICT. ... Having said that, I dislike the fact that some CC SCTs (not Florida, though!) saw rounds averaging around 18-19 TUH . Obviously, better teams have a better chance of winning when more questions are heard, and just in general it's ideal if...
by Santa Claus
Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 11030

Re: Saving the IRC

even though Kevin already made the Discord (I hardly use voice chat, since I can only stand insinuations about my mother's intimate activities so many times) The way the Discord is currently set up, the idea is that it'll be a text-based experience much like IRC is now; the voice chat is opt-in (I ...
by Santa Claus
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 11030

Re: Saving the IRC

So, I took a couple minutes and I made a Discord channel for quizbowl. For those interested at looking at a room with literally no people other than me in it right now, here's a link to the Discord: https://discord.gg/T4nYsCq. Please let me know if there are things I can change. EDIT: I changed the ...
by Santa Claus
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: A Comprehensive List of Science Topics
Replies: 11
Views: 8815

Re: A Comprehensive List of Science Topics

I mean the problem here is that you're trying to translate the high school canon into a finite list - the canon's pretty big, yo. Certainly this isn't a bad idea, but in the end I doubt you could ever get any sort of comprehensive list of high school topics (especially if you wanted to be rigorous a...
by Santa Claus
Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player
Replies: 8
Views: 11186

Re: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player

Another thing I've done to study science for the last four years, for what it's worth, is to read through current science journals. For those of you who have access to ProQuest or other similar services that allow access to papers and theses and what not (perhaps you're related to someone who works...
by Santa Claus
Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player
Replies: 8
Views: 6082

Re: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player

Another thing I've done to study science for the last four years, for what it's worth, is to read through current science journals. For those of you who have access to ProQuest or other similar services that allow access to papers and theses and what not (perhaps you're related to someone who works...
by Santa Claus
Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying math theory
Replies: 8
Views: 4879

Re: Studying math theory

Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote: Everything an More: A Compact History of Infinity - David Foster Wallace (yep, it's got footnotes).
This is a great book.
by Santa Claus
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Skype Practices
Replies: 16
Views: 4587

Re: Summer Skype Practices

I would love to participate in a Skype mirror of NASAT; I'd have to assume it would be open since it's currently the summer and it's online and all.

Also I would enjoy doing any sort of Skype Quiz Bowl thing at all and if these open practices start up I'll definitely try to come to some.
by Santa Claus
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: College Player v. World
Replies: 26
Views: 11547

Re: College Player v. World

I would love to lose to high schoolers in a game where I once could beat high schoolers; if I'm available during the appropriate time slot I'd love to play some Quiz Bowl.
by Santa Claus
Tue May 31, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 53231

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Hose is probably the wrong word, but I also doubt the second line here is a good clue. As far as I understand, labels are a very obscure and rarely-used feature in Java and C that most high schoolers would have never encountered. So I suspect that the clue likely would've prompted many negs from pl...
by Santa Claus
Tue May 31, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NorCal PACE NSC Hype Video
Replies: 5
Views: 2532

Re: NorCal PACE NSC Hype Video

After seeing this I'm legitimately sad the NASAT hype video was never made for Team California last year.
by Santa Claus
Tue May 31, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 53231

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

colons Also just so people who are interested don't have to look it up themselves, labels are pretty much only used to break the outer loop of a nested loop, with the syntax as follows: label1: for(){ label2: for(){ break label1; //this breaks the outer loop, rather than the inner } }
by Santa Claus
Tue May 31, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 53231

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

I want to just point out second clue in colons , which was a really, really bad hose in it. First off, colon's probably one of the harder punctuation marks to tossup in a CS context, since it's not very commonly used in the big programming languages, but that's fine; there's lots of clues, and as in...
by Santa Claus
Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 162
Views: 71016

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

toggle the player names to "active" (green background) or "unactive". Just a minor thing: please don't make the two states be "green" or "red"; just make it "green" and "uncolored" or "uncolored" and "red" or something along those lines. It seems like you're already doing that, but I think it would...
by Santa Claus
Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:57 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Understanding science topics
Replies: 18
Views: 6904

Re: Understanding science topics

When you just need to pick up what one concept is, a lot of the time that can be accomplished by a good ol' Wikipedia chain, where you open a page and just open the page on every concept you don't understand, then repeat. Often this will result in something like two billion tabs being open at any gi...
by Santa Claus
Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Science Bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 3429

Re: Science Bowl

So are you guys suggesting a yes or no, to do Science Bowl Yes, with a grain of salt. It is fun as a science exercise, but try not to get too invested in what is inherently a not-so-great format. Just spend your time studying for Quiz Bowl and your AP's and you'll be fine. (Important thing though: ...
by Santa Claus
Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Science Bowl
Replies: 7
Views: 3429

Re: Science Bowl

As someone who also did both Science Bowl and Ocean Sciences Bowl, I got some thoughts on this particular matter. Science Bowl is indeed cool beans when it comes to testing some more hands-on applications of knowledge you learn in science classes and in studying for Quiz Bowl. I had a lot of fun eve...
by Santa Claus
Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 18228

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

diffusion and effusion are not quite the same thing. Effusion is a gas entering an evacuated chamber through a small hole that only allows single molecules through; it obeys the same principles as diffusion but is simpler, allowing for Graham's law to be applied. There's a lot of precedent saying t...
by Santa Claus
Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall Northeast at Yale (November 7, 2015)
Replies: 14
Views: 7303

Re: ACF Fall Northeast at Yale (November 7, 2015)

I don't know if you guys still remember, but I'd appreciate hearing how the protests in our round against Vermont were resolved, because it looks like neither of us got points for our respective protests.
by Santa Claus
Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 18228

Re: 2015 ACF Fall general discussion

Overall I rather enjoyed the science; it had a lot of interesting early clues that I hadn't really heard often. I did notice that some of the bonuses tended towards the hard side (what is with the steadily decreasing difficulty of pipe roughness?!), but I feel like I'm biased as I tend to compare it...
by Santa Claus
Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open at Brown 11/14/15
Replies: 21
Views: 9846

Re: Missouri Open at Brown 11/14/15

Breaking news: Amherst College has drafted Doug Yetman for the 11/13/15 - 11/15/15 season as their wildcard pick. They will be paying him a league record $0/year, after taxes. In the words of Corry Wang, "he's pretty good". Yeah so if anyone else was jumping for the opportunity to play on our team,...
by Santa Claus
Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open at Brown 11/14/15
Replies: 21
Views: 9846

Re: Missouri Open at Brown 11/14/15

If any free agents are interested in joining the Amherst team, we have 1 (maybe 2?) spots open on our A team. Since the current team pretty much only covers science and history, anyone specializing in other subjects would be welcomed.
by Santa Claus
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Electronic Scorekeeping
Replies: 5
Views: 2507

Re: Electronic Scorekeeping

Irvine HS electronic scoresheets have also been used at every Arcadia tournament of the past year (not to mention every Irvine tournament), since we recently received a grant for a bunch of Chromebooks. If your school has access to wifi and laptops, there really is practically no downside to using e...
by Santa Claus
Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Using college sets for high school
Replies: 8
Views: 4052

Re: Using college sets for high school

I don't think such a rule of thumb exists, especially if you're going to NASAT or PACE. As a fun little example, "rule of thumb" (heuristics) was a particularly difficult answerline that came up as a tossup at the 2014 NASAT and 2015 HSNCT. One can imagine the shenanigans going on in the early clues...