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by Fuddle Duddle
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC at Brown
Replies: 7
Views: 907

Re: ILLIAC at Brown

MaestroExtraordinaire98 wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:59 am
This tournament has been cancelled due to a lack of interest.
Would fielding a house team not bring this to a viable field size?
by Fuddle Duddle
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

As far as I can remember, this is the only quibble I had with the actual content of a history question, which happened to have a major effect on the outcome of one game and consequently our weekend - the question on Denmark in WW2, specifically the line about the White Buses, which iirc said someth...
by Fuddle Duddle
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

My spicy hot take is that some of the pull towards greater accessibility for non-western auditory art went a bit too far -- I felt as if some of these bonuses were easy 20s or 30s even for those without much musical knowledge. The Ewe music bonus seems like a good example. I'll re-evaluate this cla...
by Fuddle Duddle
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Unrelated to this incident, I found the questions in this tournament to be irredeemably miserable. I don't know if this is the fault of the editors or whether this is merely a symptom of the difficulty, but listening to thousands of impossibly difficult clues, many of which seemed quite unimportant...
by Fuddle Duddle
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2487

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Speaking purely schedule-wise, I think Sunday was a good length and one that accommodates teams the best because it isn't always possible to get later flights at a good price point. I do not think it is wise to have the rounds for most of the teams end past 12:00 PM, which means you can only ever o...
by Fuddle Duddle
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7739

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

This was quite possibly my favorite set I've ever played. The categories I knew about were almost uniformly well-written, fair tests of knowledge that showed that quite a lot of attention was paid to representation and difficulty control, and the categories I didn't were at least interesting to list...
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

Yeah I'll withdraw my complaint about McGill's seeding; with the data available where they were seeded is definitely fine.
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Summer Wrangling
Replies: 10
Views: 979

Re: Side Event Summer Wrangling

I know NASAT has been run as a summer open in the past; that should likely be included as an option.
by Fuddle Duddle
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

Considering the inherent variability with NAQT format Because teams don't split rounds when they play in other formats and see the result swing 330 points in their favor the second time around. If the results are supposed to exactly follow the seedings, then why bother to play the matches? While in...
by Fuddle Duddle
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

That being said, I really don't like the ingratitude of the tone on display here. The ICT took a lot of extra work to put together this year specifically so it could have enough tiebreaker packets available - and it seems like these tiebreakers generally shook out in favor of the better teams. Extr...
by Fuddle Duddle
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6890

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

I agree with this post. I would also add that the sheer number of tiebreakers it was necessary to play after prelims indicates that the number of prelim rounds currently on offer does not have sufficient resolving power to fairly sort teams into brackets. More transparency on a seeding method that p...
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4419

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Part of this is on the staffer's end: introducing yourself to the teams you're reading for if they don't know you is a good habit to get into. However, I strongly agree that staffers need more recognition, especially when they're not from the school that's hosting. If you don't already, thank your m...
by Fuddle Duddle
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 27
Views: 10477

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

Is the set now clear? Were the Wright State and Discord (closed) mirrors the last ones? This set is still being used for various states' NASAT trials, and there will be a high school mirror at TJ on May 4, so public discussion is a bad idea, but for collegiate teams, yes. Contact me if you want a c...
by Fuddle Duddle
Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)
Replies: 3
Views: 847

Re: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)

This happened (mostly) successfully! Stats are here. Congratulations to Maryland B (Jack Lewis, Vishwa Shanmugam, Jason Shi) for defeating Maryland A (Caleb Kendrick, Weijia Cheng, Graham Reid, and Justin Hawkins) in a thrilling one-game final! Congratulations are also due to this tournament's top s...
by Fuddle Duddle
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)
Replies: 3
Views: 847

Re: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)

Our field is currently sitting at 5 teams, so I'll wait a bit longer to close the field in hopes that another will sign up. Please do so quickly if you're on the fence!

Edit: field closed
by Fuddle Duddle
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Remember the '90s?
Replies: 8
Views: 1045

Remember the '90s?

As a youth, I enjoy hearing stories about quiz bowl in the 1990s (and, to a lesser extent, the early 2000s) a lot. I can gather some things from reading QBWiki and old threads, but I think a thread specifically about it might be interesting and beneficial. If you were around in the 90s, what was pla...
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 1333

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

I would strongly prefer this being in August, but I realize I'm likely close to the only one
by Fuddle Duddle
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)
Replies: 3
Views: 847

Re: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)

Update: This is in 5 days, and we'd like to see as many teams as possible register. Please do so by Friday morning; I plan to close the field then.
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 2214

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

I was 13 when this happened. I don't know why continuing to commemorate Watkins is necessary, especially in this weirdly celebratory tone. Cheating is bad, but I'm sure people are aware of this and that doesn't strike me as a terribly valid excuse to post. If this is just a Guy Remembering exercise...
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 2214

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

I was 13 when this happened. I don't know why continuing to commemorate Watkins is necessary, especially in this weirdly celebratory tone. Cheating is bad, but I'm sure people are aware of this and that doesn't strike me as a terribly valid excuse to post. If this is just a Guy Remembering exercise,...
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)
Replies: 3
Views: 847

Spartan Housewrite Online II (Closed) (March 30)

Given multiple mirror cancellations, our team felt it was fair to offer a second online mirror of Spartan Housewrite for March 30. The fee structure will be $100 per team, payable via venmo (strongly preferred) to Jakob Myers or by a check written to the MSU Academic Competition club (once again, co...
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 27
Views: 10477

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 mirr...
by Fuddle Duddle
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 20
Views: 3903

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

x-post from the matchmaking thread:

I made a team formation spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
If you have formed a team, please register that information therein.
by Fuddle Duddle
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 16
Views: 1925

Re: CO Matchmaking

I made a team formation spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
If you have formed a team, please register that information therein.
by Fuddle Duddle
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 1506

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

A fairly common trend in quizbowl is to tag some of the harder questions for the finals of a tournament. If I recall, this got some discussion at one point and there was some pushback against doing it, but I don't remember if that went anywhere. This isn't related to any specific tournament, but I'...
by Fuddle Duddle
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2558

Re: Indulge me a moment...

Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:16 am
An Economic Ignoramus wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:49 pm
Shill time: NASAT is notably available for mirroring as a summer open and is not terribly difficult!

I honestly didn't know that. Where 'bouts?
Keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for a mirror site near you!
by Fuddle Duddle
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2558

Re: Indulge me a moment...

Shill time: NASAT is notably available for mirroring as a summer open and is not terribly difficult!
by Fuddle Duddle
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4419

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

I'll have more thoughts later on, but for now, here are a few extremely scattershot observations that hopefully other people can build on: I honestly couldn't imagine something like that Tricon Kirk Jing question happening today. References to QB "notables" in questions for academic tournaments is s...
by Fuddle Duddle
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 2239

Where are you going to college next year? (2019)

This is about the time of year I posted this thread last year. If you're a current high school senior, post here once you know what your plans are!
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 129550

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

iarehavethestupid wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:27 pm
Are all/most of Norman Davies's books good for quizbowl?
Yes. Europe and Vanished Kingdoms (in addition to the aforementioned God's Playground) are both pretty good reads and very clue-dense. Highly recommend.
by Fuddle Duddle
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 11
Views: 2523

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19

In light of the recent kerfuffle surrounding tournaments geared for newer players, I would like to issue an addendum to the eligibility of players for this tournament, whose purpose is, per the editors, "to provide an accessible tournament for new college quiz bowl players that will still be engagi...
by Fuddle Duddle
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 3250

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

a) http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21943 for the additional reason that if you don't, teams that do not belong at your novice-oriented tournament will attend it and put up >25 ppb against clubs that acted in good faith and sent actual less experienced players (Chicago, etc.) b) If y...
by Fuddle Duddle
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)
Replies: 13
Views: 3128

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 Fuddle Duddle
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8696

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - register now!

Is there any word on the status of the Brown site? I've heard it was cancelled, but whatever that status is, it would be nice to get word from NAQT on it.
by Fuddle Duddle
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database
Replies: 4
Views: 2090

Re: Quiz Bowl Staffer Database

This project is now being integrated with QBNotify to tell registered staffers about local tournaments. If anyone has suggestions on an efficient way to notify tournament hosts of available staffers, I'd be open to hearing them. For now, name and email information on local staffers is available to t...
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8696

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

Cheynem wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:28 pm
A number of schools in those fields already registered to go elsewhere for SCT (Illinois and Purdue, for one).
Subtracting MSU and Illinois from last year's Northwestern SCT D1 field leaves just 4 Chicago teams, which doesn't sound like the most optimal field to me.
by Fuddle Duddle
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8696

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

Having sites at Northwestern and Michigan both strikes me as not the best idea, especially given that Northwestern SCT's Division 1 had 6 teams from 3 schools attend, at least one of which the Michigan site is more convenient for. It's roughly a 4 hour drive between the two, and all the teams that w...
by Fuddle Duddle
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 3117

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I'm not mad that three questions were bad, or even that a good portion of the tournament was bad. Lots of tournaments are bad. 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! ...
by Fuddle Duddle
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Approach Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 2163

Re: How to Approach Literature

OK Will and Jacob are correct that I definitely had too narrow of a view of what "literary criticism" is in my initial post. You should read the essays at the beginnings of editions of novels. I'll say, however, that whether pursuing secondary literature as a matter of first resort in learning about...
by Fuddle Duddle
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 37
Views: 8858

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

Oops; I was under the impression that a call to writers had already been posted in this thread. If you're interested in writing, email me at jakobsmyers@gmail.com or Fred at fred@iqbtnasat.com.
by Fuddle Duddle
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Approach Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 2163

Re: How to Approach Literature

I'd advocate learning the canon in terms of plots, character names, etc. before you start delving into literary criticism. My entry point into literature was noticing topics I was annoyed at getting beaten to and just reading either the works themselves or the wikipedia articles on them. Later, I st...
by Fuddle Duddle
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3991

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

Ray does have 5 of the 11 Indian films listed on TSPDT. For the other directors: Guru Dutt - 1 results (Scattegories '13; Pyaasa was mentioned without Dutt's name at the 2018 NSC) Ritwik Ghatak - 0 results Mehboob Khan - 0 results (Mother India was clued in Scattegories 2) Ramesh Sippy - 0 results ...
by Fuddle Duddle
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3991

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

If you mean Bollywood as in "Indian popular film", the Satantango comparison doesn't really hold water; they'd be in different parts of the distribution (art vs. trash). I'd also be interested in seeing an expansion in Nollywood content but recognize basically no one would convert that.
by Fuddle Duddle
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 37
Views: 8858

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

Hi everyone! To shift the discussion to the set itself, I'm very honored to be editing this year's iteration of NASAT. I am aware that last year's set had issues (many of which were the result of a rushed production schedule and no fault of the editors), so I've tried to approach this job with a con...
by Fuddle Duddle
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 37
Views: 8858

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

What if,,, Connor was just listing examples rather than giving an exhaustive list of good staffers and taking this personally is kinda silly

Note: this is not a judgment on the validity of Connor's arguments
by Fuddle Duddle
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Getting involved with the online quiz bowl community
Replies: 3
Views: 1420

Re: Getting involved with the online quiz bowl community

I heartily second everything in Alex's post. I realize this may seem odd coming from an elderly 19-year-old with an acronym or two in his sig, but I felt pretty much the same way you did upon first finding the forums. I know the sheer amount of information people seem to take for granted that everyo...
by Fuddle Duddle
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23
Replies: 14
Views: 5840

Re: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23

Yeah Kentucky actually seems like it'd have fewer local staffers than other sites.
by Fuddle Duddle
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Homewood-Flossmoor 2nd Annual Pop Culture Tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 2994

Re: Homewood-Flossmoor 2nd Annual Pop Culture Tournament

Here's a team formation spreadsheet for those who want to form teams

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
by Fuddle Duddle
Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago
Replies: 11
Views: 3822

Re: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago

I invite you to make and post your list of the 25 best history players in the greater Naperville area OK. 1. Me, the most important part of this list and also the protagonist of reality 2-25. The first 24 people in your dumb list lol Govind, Asil, and Arjun should also be in there somewhere but I d...
by Fuddle Duddle
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago
Replies: 11
Views: 3822

Re: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago

It's pretty cruel to make a list of the best history players in East Naperville and leave out regular Naperville