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by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers
Replies: 5
Views: 2759

Re: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers

For the second type of question you showed, do you feel that the bonus would have been made more clear if it had been prefaced with something along the lines of "Note: adjective and noun required" (or maybe "adjective and type of animal")? I've seen music tossups that explicitly mention at the begi...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18352

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

Words and Objects is a pretty well controlled and concise event - I definitely think you can comfortably fit it in after a main event.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers
Replies: 5
Views: 2759

Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers

This post addresses the increasing use of identifiers such as "this type" and "this sort" in questions. I believe these identifiers have a place in quizbowl if they can be employed in a fairly unambiguous manner, as they allow testing of knowledge that other types (heh) of questions may not allow. H...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 5395

Re: Guerilla History Event (late August)

I will tentatively express interest, as I, too, am dismayed at the relative lack of history tournaments these days. My actual participation in this, however, is dependent on time. Will, do you have some idea of when you would start this and how long it would run? Also, are you planning for singles ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion forums for old sets
Replies: 10
Views: 3387

Re: Discussion forums for old sets

I've started cleaning some of these up (moving the threads to College Area Archives, deleting the subforums, and deleting any associated usergroups that are still hanging around). One thing I'll note is that I would be very grateful if, as we move forward, private forum administrators would begin a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 9937

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

It would also be nice to have clear criteria regarding what the awards are specifically looking for. Does this consider PPG? Power count? Leadership ability? Finish at nationals? I think the area of confusion for many of us is inconsistent criteria- an indefensible omission in the mind of someone j...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 9937

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

I'm not sure how you can just say that all the other nominees are not as skilled and that's that. Let's take the comparison of Chloe Levine (who appears on both the top All-World Team and the above list of nominees) and Fred Zhang (who appears on neither of these). Chloe is a very skilled player wh...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 9937

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

I like rankings or awards and I like that they generate discussion. I don't mind people necessarily discussing or disputing the rankings or awards. I do think Fred is correct in that (some) people were unnecessarily rude or angry about his rankings. I didn't find the rankings discussion here necess...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 5916

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

So, would mirroring this be just as easy as getting the packets from you, and sending $15 a head either directly to you, or to the aforementioned charitable organization? Please send the money via to historature@gmail.com via PayPal or to my Venmo account (@walston). But yes, otherwise this is corr...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)
Replies: 19
Views: 5395

Guerilla History Event (PIANO side event)

Inspired by Ophir's Imaginary Landscape and moderately dismayed by the relative lack of history tournaments recently, I propose to host a Guerilla History Event that will be played after PIANO at sites where people want to play it. It will also be available to play online at a later date. Players of...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 5916

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

Scipio wrote:Is this tossup only?
Yes
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: META - Summer 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 2614

Re: META - Summer 2019

EDIT: post previously said XENOPHON. classics schmassics

EDIT 2: I am extremely illiterate. mods pls delet
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature - A Charity Side Event
Replies: 12
Views: 5916

Re: Historature - A Charity Side Event

I'm keeping this set private until the end of summer in case people want to use it for some side event weekends. It will be posted sometime late August.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: HS Player Poll Results
Replies: 21
Views: 7296

Re: HS Player Poll Results

In a player poll like this, we wouldn't expect players such as Shripad or any of the other players we mentioned to crack the top 40. However, each of these players probably deserved to receive at least a couple votes. These players had better overall numbers than some of those in the "others receiv...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 3484

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

I'll have stats up later today. Thanks to everyone who played and congratulations to Richard Yu, Jack Mehr, Chinmay Kansara, and Kirk Jing for clearing the field with a record of 7-2!

EDIT: Stats here
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 3484

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

Sincere apologies for the ongoing delays :(

Need to get more competent with Discord in the future
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 3484

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

People playing - please join this Discord server. Since it's not a full day event and I don't think anything tournaments are going on to conflict, I'm going to push the start time to 12 PM EST / 9 AM PST - so Eastern Time folks should get some food before we start.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 3484

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

I've resolved the conflict. The tournament will happen as planned. I'll randomize teams (if people don't have them) and send out logistical information tomorrow.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 3484

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

Because of a conflict, it looks like I won't be able to run this tournament at the planned time. If anyone is willing to take volunteer to direct this, please let me know. Also, we still need readers!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

Sorry for being so late with this - thank you so much to everyone who played this tournament! Stats can be found here.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 15394

Re: Boston Summer Open I

can we please call this event the Cambridge Open Weekend, since 1) it's in Cambridge 2) it's on the Cambridge Open set
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 5962

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

Will, I'm not sure where you get that impression. I've found a gazillion instances in the past few years of exciting new material that I thought I was breaking into the canon actually getting scooped by the previous year's NSC. (I'm also not at all clear on what you mean by tabula rasa here.) I'll ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 5962

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

I wonder how much of this apparent gap in perceptions of transparency has to do with the "filter-down" effect from the college canon. To detail this a bit: The writers of the PACE NSC, understandably, often draw a very large number of their topics and clues from the college canon, and then permute t...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 5962

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

I don't think the Pslams tossup is too transparent, but I do think there are ways in which the answerspace could hypothetically be widened. One way might be to write the tossup on "this book" and prompt on the Bible, since that gives you more of an answerspace if you suss out that it's a religious t...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My Health
Replies: 11
Views: 4694

Re: My Health

So glad to hear that you are doing well! Keep fighting the good fight.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 23686

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!

I'd like to thank PACE for making the experience of staffing this tournament a really positive and enjoyable experience. Communication was timely, people were professional and answered any questions, and things moved as smoothly as could be reasonably expected for such a large event. Also, shout-out...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 12000

Re: High School Player Poll

For the purposes of a high school poll, I don't know how important it is to consider whether someone can scale to ACF Nationals difficulty, as opposed to beat people at the high school nationals level, much as college polls consider primarily how well you can beat someone at the college nationals le...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

Muriel Axon wrote:The Bollinger-Hirsch team predictably eviscerated the me-Asher-Punyamurtula team in a head-to-head match, after which we elected not to play a final. Big thanks to the writers!
This is accurate. Thank you all for playing! I will post stats this week.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)
Replies: 9
Views: 4785

Re: Cambridge Open 2017 (CamO)

Just a heads up that there's very active discussion about possibility using this set (among others) for the various summer events, so could any release of this set wait until the Illinois and Boston events have confirmed what sets they're using? Thanks! (Side events thread here: http://hsquizbowl.o...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

Hey people who showed up and decided not to play: please don't do that. You are making other people very sad.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

High Dependency Unit wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Meet on the tenth floor at 7:10
Can we push this back? Some people are involved in tiebreakers.
Yes. 7:30.

EDIT: PACE is providing us with buzzers. Nobody needs to bring buzzers now.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

Meet on the tenth floor at 7:10
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 15394

Re: Boston Summer Open I

CPiGuy wrote:For what it's worth, I would strongly prefer that the tournament keep its original date.
Same
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

Please find the schedule for the tournament here . PACE has informed me that we will receive a block of rooms on the same floor, but I'm not sure what block of rooms we'll get yet. I'll post an update when we receive room information. SIGNUPS ARE STILL OPEN! Please feel free to sign on to any team, ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

We have secured rooms and moderators. We need one more buzzer - please let me know if you can volunteer yours!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 31, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 48283

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

As a side note - regardless of how disturbing Matt Bruce's blog posts are, can we please stop with the dehumanization? Yes, Matt is clearly a creepy pedophile. He may be guilty of sexual assault. There may be further horrifying proof that he actually acted on his pedophilic instincts - and there ma...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 31, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

Updated OP with planned schedule. For now, we're capping the field at twelve teams. Five-person teams may be formed if all twelve teams have four people (you can message me to ask for an exception to this). We will be taking signups on-site and assigning these free agents to teams - I don't want to ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 31, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 48283

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

In this particular case, NAQT has the summer offsesaon to conduct its formal grievance process, but what happens if (God forbid) concerns surface while the circuit is active? I sincerely hope NAQT and other organizations work to establish a more rapid internal process to address concerns about stud...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 31, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

Hi folks, Since PACE playoffs are scheduled to begin at 3PM and will consist of five rounds, I'd like to begin this tournament at 7PM. This should give teams adequate time to pick up dinner nearby. We will finish by 10:30 PM - even though this is a tossup-only tournament, this means no more than eig...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue May 29, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38634

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Inspired by a suggestion from Alex Damisch, I shall have a packet with the theme of "annoying / mean / horrible things to make people say" - not in the sense of the answers being offensive words, but in the sense of the answer being hard to give, or pertaining to making someone say something that's ...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 24, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)
Replies: 16
Views: 5556

Re: Historature at PACE NSC (Saturday evening)

I won't be able to post logistics until I know more about the staff room situation. For now, signups are wide open.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 24, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 3484

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

Since it's not a full day event, I'll say 11AM Eastern / 8AM Pacific. If we're efficient, we can probably get through things by 3PM Eastern / 12PM Pacific, which should be an okay lunch time.

EDIT: See below for changed times.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 24, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 3484

Re: Historature Online - June 23rd

Bumping this thread since we've settled on a date now. Sign up!
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon May 21, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38634

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

We have increased the fee by $5 a player in order to pay staffers It's very late to bring it up, but is replicating some form of this (probably not in the form of a sudden surcharge for teams) for CO proper possible, considering it's arguably the most physically demanding single day of reading in t...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Tue May 15, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 48283

Re: Matt Bruce

(The opinions expressed in this post are my own, and are independent of my role as an NAQT writer/editor) Irrespective of the very, very serious allegations made above, Matt seems to have a history of making what appear to be masturbation jokes about his six-year old son on social media and public p...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon May 14, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 18352

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

I'll play this site if there's a British event + any number of side events.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Mon May 14, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 15394

Re: Boston Summer Open I

Assuming there is a British main event and a solid side event selection, I'm going to this. EDIT: Appears that Cambridge Open is confirmed now. See you in Boston, folks! EDIT 2: Message me if you want to team. Prefer teammates who know literature, science, misc. arts, and Americana. EDIT 3: Rohith N...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Thu May 10, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 9107

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

I'd consider flying to Boston.
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed May 09, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature Online - June 23rd
Replies: 14
Views: 3484

Historature Online - June 23rd

This thread will be updated once we confirm a date for the mirror. For now, I've attached a poll asking what date people would like to play a Historature online mirror on. EDIT: The poll is closed; this tournament will take place on June 23rd. The entry fee will be $15 per player (100% to charity) a...
by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea
Wed May 09, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: List of NSC (2018) Side Events
Replies: 22
Views: 7214

Re: List of NSC (2018) Side Events

Will the QANTA match be a large exhibition event? I'm concerned about it drawing an audience away from my tournament and others'. If there's no way to avoid the conflict, it may just be wise for me to cancel my event.