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by Progcon
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: FONS V (Novice+)
Replies: 9
Views: 573

Re: FONS V (Novice+)

Pedro raises some very good points. Based off the history of this set and until these basic minimums of set quality are met, I'd caution against mirroring this set.
by Progcon
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Birth of a Nation: Slapdash Michigan Shootout Day (July 6)
Replies: 22
Views: 1460

Re: Interest in Slapdash Michigan Shootout Day (July 6 or 13)

Yeah, that's a thing wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:59 pm
Does anyone have a buzzer set they can bring? I have on old Judge with somewhere between 4-6 functioning pedals.
I can bring the MSU buzzer set. I would much prefer if this were on July 13 weekend.
by Progcon
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 26
Views: 3950

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

1mizfan wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:26 pm
Do you still need help writing for this?
You are welcome to submit questions if you'd like.
by Progcon
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: CANCELLED: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4961

Re: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019

So I'm certainly willing to attend but I'm not sure why this is is unexpected when six people confirmed that this weekend was okay as indicated by the poll above. I haven't yet confirmed because I wasn't sure if this was happening and didn't want to be out the hotel money. Again, I'd highly recommen...
by Progcon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 26
Views: 3950

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Templates were sent to the following people several weekends ago: Harris Bunker Taylor Harvey Chris Borglum Erik Christensen Nolan (half?) Eric Douglass Tim Morrison Purdue Quizbowl NYU Quizbowl Mike Cheyne William Golden Seth Kendall Aaron Dos Remedios Mazin Omer et al. Seth Ebner Max Wallace Pleas...
by Progcon
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Set Collaboration Thread-2019-2020 Season
Replies: 7
Views: 1168

Re: Set Collaboration Thread-2019-2020 Season

I don't think I will time in the fall to work on any high school sets but one thing I would encourage high school writers to take advantage of is playtesting with college players. I and other college/open people would be happy to playtest questions if we have the time. I think WHAQ III did this very...
by Progcon
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CANCELLED: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4961

Re: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019

12 would seem really optimistic seeing as how only 8 people said they were able to come on the poll. Maybe like 8-10 plus Purdue people? I guess I don't know how much getting rooms costs. We could also scale back to one day. I very much endorse the idea of one day event. That makes it much easier f...
by Progcon
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14941

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

If you want this to run at PACE, please let me know ASAP.
by Progcon
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: 64-bit Soundbyte - Gaming/Music Mini-Event (Gauging Interest)
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: 64-bit Soundbyte - Gaming/Music Mini-Event (Gauging Interest)

Cheynem wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:14 pm
I'd like that but I wouldn't be good.
I concur.
by Progcon
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14941

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

2. I'm more than willing to mirror this tournament (for the same fee, 15$/player) at HSNCT, PACE, and/or online (after NSC), depending on the amount of interest. I've had some requests to mirror it at HSNCT in particular. I've added tabs to the spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1w...
by Progcon
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)
Replies: 23
Views: 3824

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

I have yet to hear back from anyone on this, so at this time, the PACE reading will not take place. Contact me ASAP if you are still interested in playing.
by Progcon
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)
Replies: 23
Views: 3824

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

I sent the set to Harris in case anyone wants to play at NSC. I'm glad people like the event and definitely plan to keep organizing it in the future. So I'd prefer this to be Friday night after the Toronto/Golden State game. I'm going to try to go watch it at a local bar or restaurant and it'd be g...
by Progcon
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 12669

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

The set is now available. Please email me any errors or spelling/grammar mistakes within the coming weeks. I will then post the PDFs.
by Progcon
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)
Replies: 23
Views: 3824

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

At the risk of sounding like an idiot, I think events like this in some way are some of the purest form of quizbowl. No buzzers, no sleep, people sitting around a room from midnight to 1 AM, trying to answer increasingly harder and more obscure questions. I'd like to echo this statement. This set w...
by Progcon
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 5430

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

When an L 2 penalty is used in this process, the result is called Tikhonov regularization, or the "ridge" version of this process. In one form of this process, the matrix " X transpose X inverse X transpose" is called the "hat matrix." By the Gauss- (*) Markov theorem, the best unbiased estimator f...
by Progcon
Thu May 30, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 29
Views: 2804

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

I didn't get to play META at HSNCT, so I wouldn't mind playing that here. MIXTAPE is being run at Purdue, but could also presumably be remixed here. I might also have some film packets ready by this time. Would like playing Unanswered Question if that's done by this point. Depending on how many pac...
by Progcon
Tue May 21, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening
Replies: 34
Views: 10630

Re: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening

Thanks for the public lecture on how I’m doing my work wrong without even seeing what that work is, I guess?? I don't believe this level of sarcasm is warranted when I used the word "recommend." I think me and the rest of the community want HSQBRank to keep happening in the future, and I think we a...
by Progcon
Mon May 20, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening
Replies: 34
Views: 10630

Re: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening

Can you please post the code you used to calculate these adjustments and rankings? I think this work should be easily reproducible to make sure it is 100 percent accurate. It’s not code, it’s an Excel sheet where I hand calculate the adjustments. I’d be happy to post the stats I have collected, tho...
by Progcon
Mon May 20, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening
Replies: 34
Views: 10630

Re: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening

Can you please post the code you used to calculate these adjustments and rankings? I think this work should be easily reproducible to make sure it is 100 percent accurate.
by Progcon
Fri May 17, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online Restricted Open Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 1859

Re: ILLIAC Online Restricted Open Mirror

Please send out an email to teams with the Discord link. I'd like this tournament to start as smoothly as possible. Thanks.
by Progcon
Mon May 13, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 29
Views: 2804

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

If MIxtape isn't run earlier, this would seem to be an ideal place to run it, no? I know several people in the region are planning to write for it.
by Progcon
Sun May 12, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: FTP 3: The Final Sequence (Summer 2018)
Replies: 8
Views: 4615

Re: FTP 3: The Final Sequence (Summer 2018)

The set is being uploaded to the database. I hope people enjoy it and feedback is still encouraged. This set should be perfect for summer QB car rides or quizbowl casual get-togethers.

Edit: yup
by Progcon
Fri May 10, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 26
Views: 3950

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I will be sending out the templates tomorrow. Let me know if you still want to write!
by Progcon
Thu May 09, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: East Lansing, Michigan summer practices
Replies: 1
Views: 543

East Lansing, Michigan summer practices

Hi, I am living in East Lansing until August for at least part of the week and would be interested in hosting practices on MSU's campus on some night between Monday and Wednesday. If interested, please post here or email me with your preferred day of the week. We will be reading stuff that is approp...
by Progcon
Mon May 06, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 5174

Re: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019

I sent an email to the relevant parties, but I'd like to congratulate the following players on being selected to the Michigan 2019 NASAT team: Jason Lewis, Grosse Pointe South James Stephenson, Grosse Pointe South Aleija Rodriguez, Monroe County Middle College Drew Kiesling, DeWitt High School I ho...
by Progcon
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror
Replies: 16
Views: 3150

Re: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror

When will a thread for the collegiate mirror go up? My team and I would like to register.
by Progcon
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror
Replies: 16
Views: 3150

Re: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror

Given the timing of this tournament, is one's affiliation for thi sevent the school they played for in the 2018-2019 academic year, or the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year? I am also a bit confused on the nature of the closed mirror. Will it be for both closed high school and collegiate teams?
by Progcon
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 5174

Re: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019

I sent an email to the relevant parties, but I'd like to congratulate the following players on being selected to the Michigan 2019 NASAT team: Jason Lewis, Grosse Pointe South James Stephenson, Grosse Pointe South Aleija Rodriguez, Monroe County Middle College Drew Kiesling, DeWitt High School I hop...
by Progcon
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: California Summer Open(s)?
Replies: 15
Views: 3234

Re: California Summer Open(s)?

Likewise, I'd be interested in attending a California event if it's after I move to San Diego in late July/early August. Who is going to host and what dates are being considered? Perhaps a date poll would help speed this process up.
by Progcon
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 34
Views: 10389

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

I have elected to continue my academic study of the dismal science by entering a PhD program at UC San Diego. Of course, I will aim to staff events in the area and if UCSD B or C needs a player with sports knowledge and proximate "knowledge" of various other topics including economics, I may play.
by Progcon
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 26
Views: 3950

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I have updated the second post with a list of committed packets. I'm probably going to cap the number of packets at 16 or possibly fewer depending on the quality of submissions. I am super excited that people are interesting in submitting and I hope people do not feel bad if their packets are combin...
by Progcon
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 5174

Re: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019

Only a handful of students have contacted me about NASAT. I'd like at least 8 or so students to try out so we can form the strongest team possible. I plan on helping to prepare the team this year as I want Michigan to do as well at NASAT as possible. Email me if you are interested in trying out at N...
by Progcon
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 26
Views: 3950

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I just wanted to say that I've been blown away by the support for this event! I have already gotten almost 10 people to commit to writing which is pretty great. I still would appreciate packet commitments especially from groups that are typically underrepresented among quizbowl writers. I plan to se...
by Progcon
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CANCELLED: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 4961

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

While I am not opposed to playing alternative formats at events like this, I think I would prefer just playing some side events. There are a lot this year and it's going to be hard to fit them into one larger side event weekend (ala UIUC last year). If you guys want to run say 3 or 4 trash events, I...
by Progcon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 26
Views: 3950

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I am questioning, a bit, how Contemporary (2000 onward) Rock will be defined. Will it be the kind of hooky post-grunge pop punk pop rock "alternative" rock bands that Nirvana enabled and people call "generic" and critics don't really take seriously or will it lean more towards alternative revivalis...
by Progcon
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 26
Views: 3950

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

This post is reserved for committed packets. If you want to mirror this, please send me an email with the date of your event. I will allow this to be mirrored until December, 2019 so this can be run after Fall 2019 events if desired. -Me -Taylor Harvey -Chris Borglum -Max Wallace -Erik Christensen -...
by Progcon
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 26
Views: 3950

Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Hello. I am please to announce Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular (i.e. Trash) Music Event. Given that I am leaving East Lansing after this May and that I want to giveback to the community, all proceeds from this event will be given to The Greater Lansing Food Bank (https://greaterlansingfoodbank.org) whi...
by Progcon
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 12669

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

A quick update: Jakob has offered to run a closed Discord mirror on March 30th. I am staffing a high school tournament that day. Him and I want at least 8 closed HS or college teams to sign up. Please email me and cc him to do so. If we get eight teams in the next week or so, I will allow this mirro...
by Progcon
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 12669

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

Jakob and I have preliminarily decided to have another Discord mirror of this set due to the lack of mirrors in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. All teams should email me ASAP so we can try to get a date planned. This mirror will not run unless there is sufficient interest (i.e. greater than 8 CLOSED...
by Progcon
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 5174

Re: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019

We keep running into this team called Leelanau. Getting destroyed... they were founded 2 years ago and are winning... everything? Who are they? https://www.naqt.com/stats/school/results.jsp?org_id=91137 User was reminded to enable a signature. One of their better players used to attend Country Day....
by Progcon
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 5174

Re: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019

At this time, I hope to be able to run a NASAT tryout at University of Michigan's NAQT Michigan Championship on March 30. If you would like to be considered for the team but cannot attend, please send me a short email. I will likely be running this tryout on Spartan Housewrite, a regular difficulty ...
by Progcon
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite @ NYU (02/16/19)
Replies: 5
Views: 2263

Re: Spartan Housewrite @ NYU (02/16/19)

I hope this tournament went well and everyone enjoyed the set. I would implore any player with feedback to please post in the discussion forum or email me. Thanks!
by Progcon
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)
Replies: 9
Views: 4167

Re: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)

Thanks for running this CMU! We enjoyed playing some new teams in Pennsylvania and the tournament went well. However, there is an error in the stats. We played back-to-back games against OSU and the stats from each game seem to be duplicated. It would be great if this could be fixed before A values ...
by Progcon
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 5174

Re: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019

This the yearly reminder that MSU's Alumni Distinguished Scholarship test is happening this weekend. For this and future years, I'd invite quizbowlers to sit for the test as there appears to be a correlation between doing quizbowl and scoring well on the test. We are fortunate enough to have had sev...
by Progcon
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 12669

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

There is a private discussion forum for the set that I would encourage you to join if you played this set already. Also, due to the weather, several Ohio teams had to cancel when they were planning on attending the MSU site. I am hoping at a mirror in the Ohio area can materialize. If you missed the...
by Progcon
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite @ MSU (Jan. 19, 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 3016

Re: Spartan Housewrite @ MSU (Jan. 19, 2019)

So this happened. Chicago A cleared the field at 12-0 to clinch clear first. They played very well so congrats to them. Stats are missing for the last round for some reason in top bracket but this should be shortly. Please email me about any other stats fixes within the next week. I'd like to thank...
by Progcon
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite @ MSU (Jan. 19, 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 3016

Re: Spartan Housewrite @ MSU (Jan. 19, 2019)

Please confirm attendance ASAP! Several teams have dropped due to a coming snowstorm and I want to make sure this tournament can still happen.

Thanks!
by Progcon
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Playtest Discord Mirror December 22, 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 8017

Re: Spartan Housewrite Playtest Discord Mirror December 22, 2018

I am planning on testing some of the unread Fine Arts, History and other questions tonight in the playtest Discord at 8 pm EST. If people could make it, that would be very helpful.
by Progcon
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite @ MSU (Jan. 19, 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 3016

Re: Spartan Housewrite @ MSU (Jan. 19, 2019)

A logistics email has just been sent out to registered teams. Let me know if you have not received it.
by Progcon
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite @ MSU (Jan. 19, 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 3016

Re: Spartan Housewrite @ MSU (Jan. 19, 2019)

A reminder that this event will be taking place next weekend so please sign up ASAP if you haven't already done so. This tournament will now be taking place in Berkey Hall near Grand River.

I will send out more logistic information early next week.