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by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue May 19, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 25535

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

Assuming for the sake of argument that a persistent bias is even there: What should an aspiring question writer to do combat this alleged bias, given other concerns about accessibility, factual accuracy of clues, and keeping difficulty appropriate?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue May 19, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 25535

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

I am very confused as to why Quizbowl thinks the On-To-Ottawa Trek is the most important thing to happen in Canadian History. ME TOO I mean, I don't think it does, actually -- it just happens to have been tossed up pretty notably at hard tournaments twice over the past 5 years, and has some pretty ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue May 19, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 25535

Re: CO History 2015

This one time there was a bad question. I disliked it. People should write questions that aren't as bad as that one.
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun May 17, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

This game is great at leading the horse to water, and while I certainly encourage said horse to drink, I don't know if, either "culturally" or on a game level, there's much to do that we aren't already doing to make it drink. Well, what sparked this whole discussion was the contention that Ryan's s...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun May 17, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

I think it's worth taking a larger view here. You're undoubtedly right about quizbowl qua quizbowl, but what about the extrinsic value of the activity to larger life concerns? I'll state outright that the position I've advocated on these matters throughout my involvement with the game has been moti...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun May 17, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Packet reading is a very good way to get you very competent very fast. Virtually no good-to-excellent (rather than just competent) players got good through packet-reading alone. These observations have relatively little moral weight. If you are actually a competent-to-good quizbowl player and really...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat May 16, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

I'll say that writers should, in general, be very careful with disseminating what they read as sources of clues - it really does give the game away. Sure, to a reasonable extent -- it is just poor strategy to wear your bookshelf on your sleeve. Especially if you're about to submit a question on a w...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat May 16, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

As a side note, Matt Jackson's statement about everyone reading Postwar at the same time to mine clues is really frustrating to me. This "insider quizbowl bookclub" phenomenon is a thing that happens, and an awful thing. Is this actually happening? Did a bunch of high level quizbowlers agree to rea...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat May 16, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 63849

Re: CO History 2015

If it's just 11 teams, are we doing a packet-sub RR followed by finals rather than whatever other thing is in the original post? Is there a deadline for the packets? Presuming target difficulty is "roughly the same as 3M" unless otherwise instructed.
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri May 15, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

It's both. You can't have good questions without good clues, obviously, but I think there's a view out there that it's only clues that determine creativity, and I just don't think that's right. For example, that question on "plebeian secessions" can't be isomorphically transformed into a question a...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu May 14, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Another example that may be closer to what I had in mind was my much-maligned-at-the-time tossup on Tony Judt in Nats 2011. While that question may not have been optimal for that particular context, it, and things like it, are actually the kind of stuff that you encounter on a regular basis while p...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu May 14, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Here's how I understand things. Quizbowl exists at sort of a "happy medium" between various types of engagement with intellectually weighty material. That's because this game wouldn't be playable unless a broad swath of people were able to answer a broad swath of questions on a broad swath of topics...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed May 13, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Like Ryan, I also didn't get to this thread. What I was going to add was this: Edmund's post is interesting, because it reveals that often times, players have types of knowledge and thought processes that editors can't readily predict. And most of the time, that's an argument that the "one-to-one" s...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat May 09, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39903

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

What Itamar and I mean by "Regionals+" is that this tournament is aiming to be at or slightly above the difficulty of 2014 Penn Bowl I agree with Mattb, Nick, Jacob, and others that it's really not a great idea to intentionally aim for this; better to say "at Regionals on the nose" and see what hap...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri May 08, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87124

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I don't really understand what this last go-round adds to the previous few go-rounds. I'm on board with the consensus we all more or less agreed to come to a few pages back (as articulated by Rob) that next year's event will have maybe one or two fewer "out-there" answers per round and slightly easi...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri May 08, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39903

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

I was unaware of any of the discussions that either did happen (or were slated to have happened) between Andrew, Matt W, and the rest of VCU, and did not realize that any of those people were planning an event until their posts in this thread. As such, the "as far as I know" in my past post was inco...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri May 08, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39903

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

EACN has been permanently discontinued. That is not true; unfortunately, it seems that Matt Weiner (without talking with me) began the VCU Novice project to be run in the Collegiate Novice spot. I've been working on plans to get Collegiate Novice back together on a more permanent basis, but they've...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri May 08, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39903

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Does this mean VCU is taking the place of EACN/ICCS or is proposed as running in addition to the previous event? I can't speak for Fred, Nick, or Andrew Hart, but as far as I know ICCS was very much a one-time thing to make up for the absence of EACN, and EACN has been permanently discontinued. So ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu May 07, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 9021

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

Cheynem wrote:But who is the top trash player?
Similarly, are there really no social science players?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed May 06, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Question classification
Replies: 16
Views: 6069

Re: Question classification

So I spent a couple weeks on and off trying to make a quick and dirty question classifier using multinomial logistic regression. Using a fairly small dataset (3 HSAPQ tournaments in the training set, 1 HSAPQ tourney in the test set), I was able to get around 80% overall accuracy, which seems tolera...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed May 06, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBDB 3: QBDB with a Vengeance
Replies: 15
Views: 8138

Re: QBDB 3: QBDB with a Vengeance

This looks like it will be a great thing. I am curious if you, Aseem (AseemsDB), and Jacob (Quinterest) have any plans to coordinate efforts for the future / put your heads together to ensure that your separate projects are mutually beneficial, rather than reduplicating effort to accomplish the same...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon May 04, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 BrainBusters Solo Tournament - May 16, 2015, Geneva HS
Replies: 5
Views: 4290

Re: 2015 BrainBusters Solo Tournament - May 16, 2015, Geneva

Anyone who goes to this website by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 13 to pre-register for BrainBusters Solo will receive a $5 discount ($20 instead of $25) on the registration fee when they arrive at Geneva on Saturday. Pre-registrations cannot be transferred to other players if the pre-registrant does ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat May 02, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

my teammate is really good and you should vote for them or else you are literally damned to two million years of purgatory at minimum
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat May 02, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1571

Re: General Discussion

One thing I will add is that the difficulty increase for the playoffs seemed pretty abrupt. It may have been because of the larger difficulty variation throughout the tournament made this necessary. I really loved the playoff questions and I may have enjoyed more questions on a similar level in the...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Brandeis Quiz Bowl Team - We're back!
Replies: 3
Views: 3735

Re: Brandeis Quiz Bowl Team - We're back!

Welcome back! I was sad to see the last incarnation of the Brandeis team fall, and while I'm no longer in the Northeast, I'd be glad to advise by email if you run into trouble. There are plenty of team captains and prominent players from other Northeast teams such as Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Dartmou...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1571

Re: General Discussion

Questions for the four 2015 high school championships of the NHBB organization -- the 2015 US History Bee, the 2015 Geography Olympiad, the 2015 National History Bee, and the 2015 National History Bowl -- were written more or less in their entirety between March 10 and April 8. When we began the wri...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 47258

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Since these events were all contained on Friday, I don't really see how their existence impacts and what time the bowl would end on Saturday. I don't either, perhaps because the Bowl's end time on Saturday isn't relevant to (or a dismissal of) any of the substance of my post. The "this issue" which...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 47258

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

But considering how packed the entire weekend was, I don't know what else could have been done. one might consider abandoning the Russian nesting doll principle of running tournaments, and, you know, cutting some. I'm sure the nearly 200 people each who signed up for the US History Bee and US Geogr...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1571

Re: General Discussion

Our team really enjoyed the increased difficulty, although the Bowl finals may have been a bit too high considering neither LASA nor Saratoga broke 300 pts. I had never heard of many of the answerlines in the bowl finals myself.. I believe the final score was 300-290, as a matter of fact. Regardles...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1571

Re: General Discussion

I will have many general things to say when I find the time to write them, hopefully by the end of this week. Apologies for the delay. In the interim I assure all involved that Eric and I take full responsibility for the errors and mishaps in the set; we do not seek to excuse ourselves on that score...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: American Academic Challenge (CANCELLED)
Replies: 9
Views: 8564

Re: American Academic Challenge, May 22-24, 2015, Chattanoog

I have heard word that this event was cancelled. Is this true? Has there been a formal announcement that I missed?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 47258

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Based on my [...] view into the tournament, I thought it was pretty well run, with the biggest screw-up (the JV protest that, as I understand, was over something non protestable) affecting only a relatively small portion of the field. Some really good people were in positions of great importance re...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE
Replies: 28
Views: 13013

Re: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE

UPDATE: If there is interest, I will figure out how to host a mirror of VICO in DC on August 15th, 22nd, or 29th. It would have to have a field cap of like eight teams, unless one of the UMD players can get us rooms there or something. Please post here if you would be interested in that. If this so...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Preview [sic]
Replies: 4
Views: 2001

ACF Nationals 2015 Preview [sic]

No fewer than 8 days after the tournament, I have finally had a moment to salvage what remains of my "ACF Nationals 2015 Preview" post. What you see here is the primary component of what would have been posted on the HSQuizbowl front page along with some more description of the team's year thus far ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 50187

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

grapesmoker wrote:Is there some kind of signup sheet for this? I'm contemplating switching my allegiance to this site.
With all relevant caveats about how unofficial it is, this sheet has a tab for the Michigan site.
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 47258

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

For those who didn't receive the results from some other medium: Bruce Lou (Saratoga, CA) won the U.S. History Bee Rohan Kodialam (High Tech, NJ) won the Geography Olympiad Saratoga High School (Saratoga, CA) defeated LASA (Austin, TX) on the last tossup to win the Varsity Bowl Hunter College High S...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Future of College History Bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 4381

Re: The Future of College History Bowl

There are very few people who can write the large amounts of hard history questions that this tournament requires. Those same people are almost to a person busy with much higher priorities writing for other events such as ACF Nationals, ICT, collegiate sets throughout the year, high school sets thro...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39903

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Oh man, Cardinal Classic and MLK -- party like it's 2008! Stanford is planning to write a tournament occupying the MO/George Oppen niche in the schedule, for probably around the same time of year (February). We'll confirm once we know how much people are willing to write, but I'll say now that we ar...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: My Personal Story about ACF Nats
Replies: 2
Views: 1608

Re: My Personal Story about ACF Nats

This is beautiful. My stories of this sort are generally a bit more mundane, a bit more self-satisfied, and a bit more reliant on the Internet than on physical books, but all of this nonetheless really rings true to me. Hopefully it does (or has, at least once) for other volume-writer types as well....
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 27488

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

Ah, yes. This reminds me of another Danila travel tale (not really a disaster, but still), from when were heading to SCT 2011 at Harvard. The evening prior to the tournament, Danila had concluded our logistics email thread with an email that read, in part, "get your lazy asses to Phelps gate [the s...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39903

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

there was only 1 non-ACF packet submission event this year. It'd be nice to have a non-ACF packet submission event in the fall, in addition to the usual 1 non-ACF packet submission event in the spring. There were supposed to be two: DEES and STIMPY. Note that both got a relatively low haul of packe...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT state championships 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 6802

Re: NAQT state championships 2015

Missouri: Hallsville won the NAQT Qualifier, and is likely to win their class of MSHSAA State. The state of Missouri confuses me. Which of these is the "state championship"? I hope it is whichever one required me to edit 150-character questions about driver's ed for three years. As I understand it,...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 27488

Your Travel Disaster Stories

Inspired by demand from the other thread.

Have at it.
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Becoming Part of the Community
Replies: 43
Views: 25196

Re: Becoming Part of the Community

Well, I don't want to wade too far into my origin story here, in part because I don't really like mentally revisiting the first two or three years of my career, and in part because it'd end up scooping large sections of my forthcoming quizbowl memoirs a year or two from now. But: In broad strokes, I...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 63849

Re: CO History 2015

I don't like the idea of four-man history teams if all the top history players get condensed onto one or two squads (does anyone want to face the Matt Bollinger/Jordan Brownstein/Chris Ray/whoever wrecking machine?). Being assigned to pair up with other teams is unappealing and/or free agents but m...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 63849

Re: CO History 2015

So how are teams working for this? Not to beat the same drum excessively, but it might help solve all of the scheduling problem, the tournament-length-given-other-stuff-in-schedule problem, and the packet submission problem (i.e. each person has less to write) if we expanded out to standard-size te...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22040

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Ike wrote:How long do you guys think it took me to learn enough about orbits to describe them, and then finally find clues that people had a potential of knowing? Hint: _very long_ (prompt on _long_).
It would take you a... long-period
#instantrimshot
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87124

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Here is a prime example: not just acknowledging that you sometimes write tossups that you don't expect anyone to answer (which is what "just way outside the usual difficulty" has to mean, in pragmatic terms), but taking a bizarre macho pride in doing so! Yaphe is absolutely right about this. If you...