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by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO at PACE NSC
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Re: RULFO at PACE NSC

Tentatively, the side event will be held on Friday, June 7th. We hope to begin the tournament by 6 p.m. However, if this time doesn’t work for a lot of people, it is subject to change. I'd like to suggest a later start time. Locals, especially those with jobs or internships, may have trouble gettin...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Mirror at BYU: 2 March 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 922

Re: ILLIAC Mirror at BYU: 2 March 2019

A discussion board for the set has now been created! You should be able to see it under

User Control Panel → Usergroups

Let me know if you're having difficulty finding it.
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 3457

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

(5) Contra Andrew Hart, I think themed tossups are more prey to structural problems than unthemed tossups are. When you are writing an unthemed tossup, you are controlling for one factor only: buzzability. When you are writing a themed tossup, you are controlling for two: buzzability and thematic c...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 2795

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

It seems like there's a lot of vitriol here, so I'm going to risk sounding like a bad guy to go out of my way to defend Toronto and Purdue here (if you're gonna potentially attack me too at least here what I have to say). Should Toronto have split their team? Absolutely. Should Toronto have not been...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC (Spring 2019 - ACF Fall + Set)
Replies: 10
Views: 4321

Re: ILLIAC (Spring 2019 - ACF Fall + Set)

tiwonge wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:05 am
Is there going to be a forum to discuss this? We were the first mirror, I think, and I have some errata and observations.
I'll work on this now. For the time being, feel free to email me (etzkornmichael [at] gmail [dot] com).
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin @ MSU
Replies: 3
Views: 1252

Re: Terrapin @ MSU

What does the field look like for this currently?
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)
Replies: 10
Views: 2020

Re: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)

Just drawing attention to the fact that Columbia A is indeed flying to this because it's the only PIANO date that our whole team can play, and if MSU and Chicago can be roped in this there's suddenly a crazy strong pre-nats field, so I'm gonna need you all to FREE YOUR MINDS about a Sunday event an...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 6348

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

One major issue that seemed to have slipped through the editing cracks was a notable clue referencing "I Know Where the Caged Bird Sings." :party: My personal favorite of the hexalogy is I Know How the Cage Bird Sings I enjoyed this set. The prose of the tournament was well done -- save for a few t...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 7942

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 c...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Common Links Across Scientific Disciplines
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: Common Links Across Scientific Disciplines

With respect to "this many" number tossups specifically, I think they're nearly always bad. You'll have a hard time constructing a numeric tossup where all the factual values are well known (like glucose being a 6 carbon sugar), and some of the clues end up playing out like math problems / name game...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3847

Re: Announcing Qblitz

I am strongly against the idea of running actual competitive events on a platform so divorced from normal gameplay. "Pure quizbowl" has a strategic value to it that you don't get in online asynchronous games, but that doesn't mean we should never hold these kind of events. There are plenty of quiz ...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 94
Views: 41593

Re: community question clinic

Would alternating "this status" with "one of these people" be all right? "This status" is a better pronoun choice, and altering between the two only creates confusion. To quote an MIT professor: Don't call a shovel a spade. There's a habit, probably instilled by well-meaning but misadvised high sch...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC (Spring 2019 - ACF Fall + Set)
Replies: 10
Views: 4321

Re: ILLIAC (Spring 2019 - ACF Fall + Set)

What's the difficulty of the set supposed to be? MUT, SMT and EMT are all 2.0 difficulty by Ophir's difficulty scale but the OP states a difficulty level of 1.5. Additionally, MUT/SMT/EMT are basically the same difficulty level as EFT, but the set is advertised as between ACF Fall and EFT level. I'...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 6100

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Overall, I liked this set. I thought it did a solid job of asking canonical questions while still using interesting clues. A majority of the tossups had a nice flow to them -- primarily avoiding moving bluntly from fact to fact and actually elaborating on the clues and why they're interesting / impo...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 38255

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

heterodyne wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:31 pm
An Economic Ignoramus wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:33 pm
I don't want to be the annoying stats guy, but is there any chance stats from this tournament could get posted to the DB soon?
I do mean to be the annoying stats guy, since it's been a few months now.
Second this
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Attention Louisville and Princeton Quizbowl
Replies: 9
Views: 3660

Re: Attention Louisville and Princeton Quizbowl

I find your outrage rather incomprehensible. UofL Quizbowl is a part of the University of Louisville, and as such, as absolutely no ability whatsoever to simply mail out checks to people. I'm not commenting directly on Harris's outrage, but I want to point out that the above is an oversimplificatio...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest is down
Replies: 10
Views: 4530

Re: Quinterest is down

Can we get a public statement about the death of this site (if that's what the plan is)?
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

We want to thank everyone who came out to play some fun tournaments. We enjoyed the opportunity to play / run events and we hope you did too! A huge thanks to the writers, anyone who staffed any of the events or helped us from the logistics end, and to everyone who made the trip out to Champaign. We...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Hey everyone, the University has amended their mistake and given us rooms on the first floor. Now, we fortunately will have all rounds on the ground floor. We will meet in room 101. Apologies for the constant room switching. For payments, the best time to pay for events would be before 8:45, you can...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Cheynem wrote:Is RAPTURE still shootout or teams?
We've elected to keep it as a shootout since it's a bit last minute to ask people to form teams.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

The RSO office informed us that they gave us two rooms on the first floor that will be undergoing construction and will be locked this weekend (including room 146). So we will be meeting in Armory room 333. We encourage free agents (for FILM especially) to start joining teams as we will be closing s...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Here's a straw poll so people can influence our decision on the Words & Objects change. Also feel free to discuss benefits/drawbacks, I've just laid out my own thought process so it's possible I've missed something. We have both formats ready for this Saturday so we'll likely do an in-person vote. O...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

-Rapture (as shootout) There's currently 25 people signed up for RAPTURE. I know that this is short notice to complain, but especially since there's plenty of staff signed up, is there any way we can make this a teams event? Here's my concern, we have a packet limit of 5 which makes it difficult to...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

I'm not sure when John plans on running Imaginary Landscape, since I assume he is interested in most of these events. People not interested in playing some of these events are welcome to play some gorilla trash or do that late Sunday. I am not, in fact, playing any of the Sunday events except for S...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Benji Nguyen has to catch a flight from O'Hare on Sunday, so in order to accommodate him, the order of WORLDSTAR and Human Use will be switched. If this change would negatively impact anyone, please let me know. Tournament schedules will be finalized by Thursday August 9th 11:59 PM CT so if you're s...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Hey everyone, We will be holding the event in room 146 of the Armory. We recommend people park at the main library. We will be aiming to start at 8:45 on both days so try to arrive at 8:15-8:30. Additionally, anyone who staffs, and brings a laptop, will be given a free entry to a side event for eac...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 3477

Re: Sports Teams as Answerlines

This "debate" seems to more boil down to "how much should the giveaway of tossups give away" than "Should we accept the city name for sports teams?" I think it's fair to expect people don't have any knowledge on the subject if they've let the tossup go to the end. As a result, it's also fair to expe...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Help studying
Replies: 8
Views: 2827

Re: Help studying

Lastly, I would suggest notetaking AND flashcarding. It might be cumbersome to read books/Wikipedia/packets, take notes, and then make flashcards from your notes, but I find that multistep process to be helpful in digesting and learning all that information (some people can just read stuff and reca...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Herb Voland Memorial Tournament: Gorilla Trash
Replies: 6
Views: 2818

Re: The Herb Voland Memorial Tournament: Gorilla Trash

I'll at the very least contribute 1 packet to this (distribution likely to only be vaguely followed)
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Imaginary Landscape for those interested on Saturday either concurrently or following FILM as probably a 1 room shootout. Definitely not concurrently! (As if I would miss a film tournament...) We can see how people react, but I think Shoneys will go pretty fast as a shootout, has gotten good review...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Per Raynor's advice, I've now made FILM doubles so feel free to start taking partners. All changes have been updated on the spreadsheet . The current plan is as follows: FTP3 on Friday (I presume Harris would prefer teams, so I've added to the spreadsheet as such). FILM as doubles following Words an...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 5492

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I think the Tienanmen Square tossup is probably a good example of a tossup that, in many rooms, played as six or seven lines of an art tossup that no one got, followed by a very short history tossup on Tienanmen Square (at the mention of the Goddess of Democracy statue). I don't doubt that there ar...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Erik has unfortunately decided to pull the Illinois mirror of SNICK, and I'm sorry to all those who were looking forward to playing it at the Illinois site. This should at the very least mean we have plenty of time to get through both FILM and Chomping Down at Shoney's. If people (myself included) a...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 7256

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I enjoyed this set as a whole. My one feedback for literature would be an attempt to confine 'canon-busting" tossups to 1/1. I'm suspicious that the number was higher than that this year, but I could just not know things. I won't strictly define "canon-busting" but something along the lines of "auth...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Cambridge open will be $25/player ($100 for a 4 person team).

For side events:

Worldstar, Words and Objects

$12/person

RAPTURE, FILM:

$10/person

Chomping Down at Shoney's:

$5/person

Human Use of Human Beings:

$2/person
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Is there a chance of any Friday events (perhaps some of the informal ones)? If there's enough interest, there's a very good chance we can run events Friday -- either at someone from the Illinois club's apartment or in a classroom on campus. I'm gonna hold off on doing a survey at the moment, but pe...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Here's our schedule as of today (June 12th). If you'd like to discuss possible reordering / evens I missed that you feel I should try, feel free to post here or email me. Informal: FTP 3 - Harris Bunker will presumably be organizing the logistics of this Saturday: Cambridge Open (no forum post, but ...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Cheynem wrote:When do you think you'll have a schedule of events finalized?
We should have a schedule of events out sometime within the next two weeks. Not necessarily "finalized" since I'd like to give people another week or two to make suggestions before cementing our plan for the weekend.
by John Ketzkorn
Sat May 19, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Looking at form responses, we've ultimately settled on keeping the dates as is.
by John Ketzkorn
Mon May 14, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

I've created a form here
by John Ketzkorn
Mon May 14, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

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

Would anyone be opposed to this event being pushed back to August 18th? Seems that may accommodate some people busy the weekend of the 11th, but if this adversely affects more people, I'd be against doing so.
by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 11, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 9089

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

Illinois event officially announced
by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 11, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18177

Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

With dates finalized and rooms reserved, I'm happy to announce that Illinois will be hosting a summer open on August 11th and August 12th. Ideally, I'd like to run one "main event" on Saturday, but that's pending a possible Cambridge Open / Oxford Open mirror since many Illinois players will have pl...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue May 08, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 9089

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

I'd be interested in like a mirror at Michigan State of Canada Hybrid/Oxford Open whatever and maybe the Florida trash tournament on Sunday. This sounds ideal to me but it's hard to plan this when I don't know when the Illinois event is. Given that we can't really host while I'm in New York, it is ...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 9089

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

Illinois plans on hosting a side event weekend in August with details regarding that coming out hopefully soon.
by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 19, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)
Replies: 58
Views: 21734

Re: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)

gyre and gimble wrote:This really has nothing to do with me, but if I may add my two cents: This isn't really a side event, since you're only providing 20 questions. I wouldn't worry too much about crowning a winner.
As a non-myth player, I still feel this to be the most important hat-wearing side event of the year.
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 5432

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

so in fact it's playing an extra game (maybe good) on a high-quality packet (good) Since when has playing an extra game of quizbowl been downgraded to "maybe good"? This varies person to person, but everyone has a limit for how much quiz bowl they're willing to play over the span of 1-2 days esp at...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT general discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2466

Re: 2017 ICT general discussion

While I think there's something here about quizbowl being weirdly obsessed with Canadian national parks, I really don't think this case has much merit. Geography players are not magical fruit that fall from the sky - geography, like any other quizbowl subject, can be learned. In fact, I personally ...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division II ICT: specific question discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 3570

Re: 2017 Division II ICT: specific question discussion

Can I see the Cummings toss-up in like round 15? It felt like it cliffed pretty hard from my end.

Also, the Hell in No Exit toss-up seemed extremely neg-baity. "Place" and "Play" sound very similar, and I negged thinking I heard the latter.
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 20327

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Anyone else find it odd that only one team in both Division I and II converted over 20 PPB for ICT, and neither of those teams had over 21 PPB? I don't know if anyone from NAQT reads this part of the forum, but if they do: does NAQT have any intention of adjusting its bonus difficulty, or is ~20 PP...