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by heterodyne
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Modern Age - A Lit/VisArts Side Event
Replies: 13
Views: 6349

Re: The Modern Age - A Lit/VisArts Side Event

I'd play this but I know absolutely nothing about art. I read some modern books though.
by heterodyne
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 23752

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Who will watch my home place , I wonder, as I think of being away from my sourdough starter for a weekend? I'll be standing by this cracker barrel the whole weekend, ready for conversatin' and sharing the dee-stinct observations that come. I'm going to call Yale and tell them you're doing a cultura...
by heterodyne
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 23752

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:Who will watch my home place, I wonder, as I think of being away from my sourdough starter for a weekend?

I'll be standing by this cracker barrel the whole weekend, ready for conversatin' and sharing the dee-stinct observations that come.
why are you like this
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 22592

Re: It's Lit

I'll play this. I really don't know anything about lit, but I probably won't neg so at worst you have an entertaining buzzer rock.
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Suggest new threads for the Best of the Best subforum
Replies: 14
Views: 4467

Re: Suggest new threads for the Best of the Best subforum

I do actually think that the best humor content of the forums does belong in there, since it's just the "best of the best," but having more useful threads there would be cool.
by heterodyne
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2327

Re: Literature

I more or less agree with Stephen's entire post. I did particularly want to chime on the distinction between epic and "non-epic" poetry - if your goal with this new distributional scheme is to reward engagement with different varieties of literature, then it's important to keep in mind that there is...
by heterodyne
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 2416

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I would argue that it's not hard to see that reading the phrase "tight pussy" would be awkward or uncomfortable for moderators (or players)—male or female. The quote led to Earl Butz's resignation, so that should say something about its offensiveness, no? The nice thing to do in this situation is t...
by heterodyne
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 6396

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

But also I wanted to leave the theme of this question hidden so that it didn't intrude on people who learned about drakaina from other sources--as Wang did--when they answer the question.
You can just say video games
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 19373

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

J: I think this is meant to be the philosophy tossup in this packet. Perhaps I am being hella western and bad here, but this is just a list of random stories without engaging with the philosophy or ideas? A: This is pretty uncharitable to Taoism qua “school of thought” as opposed to body of stories...
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 8427

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

Yeah, I don't mean to suggest that the people who were in fact excited or intruiged or whatever the opposite of bored is by this set are like, wrong or whatever. Obviously when talking about a subjective feeling I'm only going to be able to express that feeling in the end - I was just trying to see ...
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 19373

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

So, a couple things. First, I really don't mean to suggest that I don't think any of the criticisms I'm not responding to aren't worthwhile, important things to be talking about - I don't in fact think that anyone here is engaged in mental masturbation, mutual or otherwise - but I'm also frantically...
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 19373

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

Just saying, the post reads like Alston is just agreeing with everything Joey is saying, while adding nothing of substance on his own. Is this just to show that at least one other person (and thus far only one other person, though I'm willing to and will even assume that there are others) agrees wi...
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 19373

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

Another problem with the philosophy was the lack of engagement with argumentation, which made it feel like a bunch of literature-style tossups sprinkled with 'named thing' clues. This, to me, is the most serious problem. Most of the other things - weird answerline selection, openly inaccurate clues...
by heterodyne
Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 8427

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

Joey more or less made all of the points that I would have, although I can't speak to the painting, knowing literally nothing about it. I was having trouble pointing to particular bad questions (although, as a quizbowler, I of course have a few gripes that nobody but me cares about) but there was ju...
by heterodyne
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38483

Re: 2017 ICT bids

8) WKU, Virginia B, Columbia B, Youngstown State, Carleton, and UCF have been called out so far by McGill and Chicago players hoping those teams will decline bids so they can attend. Some of the aforementioned teams may perform as well as Amherst, Georgia Tech, or UCSD at ICT. We can also include L...
by heterodyne
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38483

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I, similarly, am entirely entitled to alter my opinion of you and your club’s character based on how you acquired it and whether or not is used. I really hate to drag in specific teams and don't want to impugn the quality of the people on 2015 Chicago B, and in fact I enjoyed playing against them. ...
by heterodyne
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38483

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Really?!?! A recent survey by Ike Analytics found that 69% of QBers find JL and Max to be the second-best shipping. I've commissioned Andrew Wang to start working on the dojinshi! See ya later! Also, the fact that you think (JL and Max are shipped => JL=Max) implies some uh, rather worrying things ...
by heterodyne
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38483

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I think it's more productive to actually engage with what's being said. Now this is my problem. Personally I don't think it's really going to bring about any rule change or really guilt teams into not accepting the autobids by discussing moral culpability or moral agency as it pertains to teams. I ...
by heterodyne
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38483

Re: 2017 ICT bids

And yeah, sorry Chicago, but it should be rather telling that "you're the only one!" who is making the moral culpability argument combined with a call out of game stats. I understand the temptation to treat Chicago as the monolithic evil empire since, you know, we are. It might help you, however, t...
by heterodyne
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38483

Re: 2017 ICT bids

If you're saying they shouldn't get the bid, you're basically suggesting that the agreement promised them by NAQT should be thrown out. I think the distinction between shouldn't get and shouldn't take is important. Could another possibility be that all the autobids be publicly posted PRIOR to SCT r...
by heterodyne
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38483

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I think Fred's point would be something like "the system is flawed, but that means you should reform the system, not get mad at the people using the system now." Right, so Fred's response to John would be along the lines of "the claim you make about the moral culpability of actors in bad systems is...
by heterodyne
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38483

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Next year, if you must! It is for the greater good! I fear that the 2017 D2 champion will not qualify for the 2018 D1 ICT at this rate. Like how the 2016 D2 champion did not qualify for the 2017 D1 ICT? yes I understand that the d2 team from last year was split etc etc the point is we're already th...
by heterodyne
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 38483

Re: 2017 ICT bids

It appears that Virginia has fielded a B team at exactly one tournament this year, and that team got ~10ppb. What gives?
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 15435

Re: Stimulants and Rituals for Quizbowl

200 mg (one 12oz cup of coffee) caffeine pills. I use these as a pick-me-up to counteract the post-lunch slumber. I have not had any negative quizbowl related experiences with these, and they don't give me the jitters unlike energy drinks. In addition to Kai's mysterious bag of pills, I generally g...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '16-'17
Replies: 145
Views: 46806

Re: Illinois '16-'17

I think there are a couple dark horses to look out for: Fremd and Waubonsie Valley. I'm pretty sure there are no seniors on Fremd's A team, and I'm assuming Brian K will study a lot this summer and become an even stronger player for Waubonsie. Having seen Gretchen and Bissmun play at ACE Camp, I ca...
by heterodyne
Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 33798

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

I'd presume you'd want the people running the tournament to be, you know, running the tournament instead of responding to this thread.
by heterodyne
Sat May 21, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BASK is looking for mirrors!
Replies: 22
Views: 13246

Re: BASK is looking for mirrors!

As someone owed money from this set who has repeatedly asked the person supposedly in charge of this (Ben) to send out invoices to no effect, I'd like to publicly echo the sentiment of the post above. Getting paid for this would be great!
by heterodyne
Mon May 02, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33819

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

When I saw the joy on David's face when he realized he could do a three-team game, I knew we were going to have to do this tiebreaker at least once. I was hoping this year would get it out of his system. But yes, it's easy enough for a Condorcet winner to lose a three-team playoff, and I think we'd...
by heterodyne
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 4536

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

Unless I'm mistaken, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso is one of the most famous violin showpieces in the repertoire, and it's placement was a tad early. Also, the tossups on Ficciones and Binary Trees had lead-ins that where unambiguous in the extreme if I recall correctly. To elaborate on the la...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 10578

Re: IHSA 2016

I leave for one year and IHSA isn't inspiring immediate rage? What has the world come to?
by heterodyne
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 18600

Re: Preseason Poll

Bruce Lou will be playing for Berkeley as far as I know.
by heterodyne
Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

gustavadolf wrote:http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... _no_final/

(Romero didn't run ACF Fall last year)
The pertinent one for this year's packet requirement is 2013, which he did run.
by heterodyne
Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

Kinda off-thread now, but you need to unknowingly get dragged to only one collegiate event as a ninth grader to meet ACF's packet submission requirement two years later. So outside of Texas, there is only one high schooler who would have to write a packet this year. In TX there are likely a few mor...
by heterodyne
Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

Kinda off-thread now, but you need to unknowingly get dragged to only one collegiate event as a ninth grader to meet ACF's packet submission requirement two years later. So outside of Texas, there is only one high schooler who would have to write a packet this year. In TX there are likely a few mor...
by heterodyne
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 18200

Re: 2015 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

It could also be that Behemoth is one of the most iconic things from the books, being on the cover of several editions.
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

Because you are writing packets for YOURSELF. You are playing the tournament! It's not like those packets are taken and used for some tournament you will never play.
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

Right. And they are paying for your packets! See, it's great how this packet sub thing works, isn't it?
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

So just to get this straight: you shouldn't have to write packets for college students to play on, but they should have to write packets for you to play on?
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

B) What IS ridiculous is that ACF expects high schoolers who are barred from college tournaments to write questions for them anyways. The two possible ways for making this feasible are either taking away the writing submission requirement or allowing the questions submitted by high schoolers to onl...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

Xochiquetzal wrote:Isn't a major reason high schoolers played collegiate tournaments the opportunity to play against better teams?
That's user-end. My point was that by downgrading it to HS only ACF doesn't have to put in any less work per mirror
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

I could understand if ACF felt that lowering their price point would lead to bigger revenues or some other positive effect, and that would be reasonable. What I don't think is reasonable is assuming that this is something they are obliged to do. You're paying for the same product as before, from ACF...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

It's completely reasonable for ACF to not want high schoolers at their official tournaments! This ties into quizbowl's professionalism problem. ACF is designed for teams representing colleges to compete and that is muddled when high schoolers can come play. Given that, why would they redesign their ...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

I fail to see how "you don't get any special treatment" is "unfair." I don't really think that the elite class of high school teams that are playing ACF Fall need any special dispensation in order to motivate them to play or whatever; ACF has produced a product for college novices that they've chose...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

I'm fully aware of his point. You're missing mine, which is that the writing requirements aren't onerous for the very small minority of HS teams that meet them. Illinois has run a HS mirror of ACF fall for several years on essentially these rules and it has never failed to fill.
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 18148

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

If you've played enough to meet ACFs packet submission requirement then I think you can handle a half packet of fall level questions.
by heterodyne
Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good Teams Playing A Sets
Replies: 24
Views: 9244

Re: Good Teams Playing A Sets

The reason we don't have a Ladue 2013 statline where they powered 80% of the questions is because, by and large, good teams don't play A sets. There's also the fact that Charlie was pretty clearly being hyperbolic, and 70% power rate is not some magical benchmark of too easy for the team.
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good Teams Playing A Sets
Replies: 24
Views: 9244

Re: Good Teams Playing A Sets

I don't fully understand why a good team would play an A-set, since they stop being fun pretty quickly. If a-sets are all you have in the early fall, it seems like hosting a housewrite or something would be better than playing a tournament that is clearly below your level.
by heterodyne
Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7328

Re: Quizbowl on social media

"My uncle at Nintendo told me I couldn't make a Facebook group, but I can't tell you the reason or he'd get fired."
by heterodyne
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 14404

Re: "This Things I Believe"

Jordan and I are not friends. I do not expect this to change. That being said... He did things like revive Hybrids and keep VETO alive (both of which should have died off after that summer). The unfortunate resurgent popularity of those tournaments and subsequent “fun” events like MacVanity and Cot...
by heterodyne
Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 50252

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

I added my name to the "free agents" thing on the spreadsheet, but I'd like to note here that I'm in need of a team for SHEIKH. I can't really be relied on to get many points, but those that I do will probably be in euro history.