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by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Outreach--Mentors and Newsletter
Replies: 2
Views: 426

Re: PACE Outreach--Mentors and Newsletter

We should also think about if we can use the Ken Jennings tweet about qb, although it has the undesirable property of saying “play qb instead of learning to code,” which is not the best message we’d want to convey. I mean, as someone who learned more useful things from quizbowl than from an entire ...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification
Replies: 15
Views: 4318

Re: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification

After spending a lot of time looking at D-values, reading arguments about DII corrections and PPB clamping, and spilling ink untold on the forums and Discord, there's something I've started to consider: Why not just use PPB? Given the massive amount of edge cases involved in deriving a D-value formu...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 2050

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

My worst experiences with enforcing this rule are actually with younger players. At least college players are used to having to "lateral" their way through a question, and are much better at keeping multiple (ACF/NAQT) formats straight in their heads. Anecdotally, at least on a sample of some dozen...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification
Replies: 15
Views: 4318

Re: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification

Chiming in to say that this proposal is good. It was moot for our site this year, since BYU retained one of their DI players and would not have qualified anyway, but the same thing could very well have happened again.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 5291

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

In general, I greatly enjoyed the science, and my problems with the set as a whole are limited to what Iain posted in the other thread. That said, I a couple questions could have done a better job of fleshing out clues/answerlines: 1. The bonus on numerically solving differential equations should ha...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 5291

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

Edit: Also, I thought some of the quantitative questions were a bit weird. For ex., asking for a "magic angle" of 1.05 degrees, or the precise number of bandits in a Chinese gang (118? forget the exact question. but maybe that one is OK, if it's well-known.) There seemed to be a few questions which...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)
Replies: 15
Views: 1477

Re: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)

Fucitol wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:19 pm
I am very ready to get thoroughly embarrassed on what is supposed to be one of my better categories.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Understanding Literature as a Category
Replies: 9
Views: 1365

Re: Understanding Literature as a Category

I personally think that the inclusion of literature has a lot of value, even if people aren't buzzing on works they've necessarily read. A familiarity with the breadth of the literature "canon" (if such a thing can be said to exist) is very useful in understanding both literary and historical trends...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 14
Views: 1884

Re: CO Matchmaking

I'm not particularly good and just in this to have fun, but if you have a spare spot on your team, I can get a few science buzzes. There's also a very small chance I may have to cancel depending on when the tournament gets scheduled and whether some family obligations overlap with my moving out for ...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Festivus 2019 (December 23rd, Discord)
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Re: Festivus 2019 (December 23rd, Discord)

I'll be collecting packets for this. Please email them to [email protected]ado.edu, or PM them to me via Facebook or Discord.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Protobowl VS NAQT Science Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1025

Re: Protobowl VS NAQT Science Questions

This is probably the result of Protobowl's archive being extremely old. Quizbowl science writing has changed a lot over the past decade, so you'll be better off studying from the archive and QuizDB . If you want an interactive reader, you can try QuizBug2 , which pulls from the QuizDB database (thou...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 40
Views: 8067

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

I heartily endorse everything that Conor, Mike, and Will have said. In addition, the lack of any site announcements outside the east coast is pretty damn annoying when the first mirror is in less than 2 months (though as Conor said, I wouldn't blame midwest hosts for being hesitant when the Columbia...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 NAQT SCT at CU Boulder (Feb 8)
Replies: 1
Views: 241

2020 NAQT SCT at CU Boulder (Feb 8)

I'm pleased to announce that for the firth year in a row, CU Boulder will host the Rocky Mountain site of NAQT's Sectional Championship Tournament. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at matthew.s.[email protected].edu Location and schedule: The tournament will be held on Saturday, Fe...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Notable Buzzers
Replies: 20
Views: 2572

Re: Notable Buzzers

It has occurred to me that it's been a really long time since I've seen "The Knot". It was a 16-player buzzer system, obstinately for four teams of four, but with all 16 cables coming out of a central console. The cables naturally became tangled up in a way that seemed to defy 3-dimensional Euclidi...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying Current Events
Replies: 12
Views: 1652

Re: Studying Current Events

Not sure how true this still is, but when I was in high school, regularly reading The Economist would get you a ton of early buzzes on CE.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Getting "Real" Literature Knowledge
Replies: 9
Views: 2173

Re: Getting "Real" Literature Knowledge

bdavery wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:31 pm
Use the Fact Mountain apps for American/British/Russian literature to get a really good start.
I'm sure it'll be deleted in due time, but new players: disregard this advice. Bryce Avery runs a shitty question writing company and keeps hawking his overpriced apps on this board.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should I quit quizbowl?
Replies: 8
Views: 2423

Re: Should I quit quizbowl?

Before I start, I'd like to clarify that, although I'm more in the "stick with it" camp, my goal for this reply is not to convince you to keep doing quizbowl. Quizbowl isn't for everyone, and that's okay! I'd simply like to offer my perspective to help clarify some of your arguments. 1. It sucks to ...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3882

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

I generally agree with Harris, in that the packet submission requirements of ACF Fall place too much of a burden on weak teams, especially when combined with the high registration fee. That said, I think there's some benefit to requiring packets: sometimes, freshmen sometimes need an extra push to t...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 4260

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

I was reading some rounds since the site was short-staffed, and I felt very, very uncomfortable saying the word "coon" in the vaudeville bonus. I don't think this word should be used in questions at all, much like I wouldn't use the n-word. If I remember correctly, the Native American lit bonus was...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 ACF Fall at Colorado (11/02/2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 2238

Re: 2019 ACF Fall at Colorado (11/02/2019)

Thanks for coming, everyone!

Congratulations to Colorado State, who beat Kansas State in the second round of an advantaged final, and to CSU's Henry Cafaro, who led the field in scoring with a full 114 PPG.

Stats are up.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Fall Open 2019 (November 2019)
Replies: 10
Views: 7713

Re: Fall Open 2019 (November 2019)

The Abydos Helicopter wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:20 pm
Is there any chance of an online mirror of this? I unfortunately cannot go to the UK site, but would love to play this tournament if possible.
Seconding this. I don't have the time or budget to fly to another tournament this semester, but I would absolutely be down to plan an online mirror.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19
Replies: 7
Views: 3133

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19

I don't know to what extent these clubs get support from their university to help fund such trips, but it's not feasible for a Colorado team to drive 12 hours to Boise for a tournament. (Matt comes because he grew up here, and he can see his family and his old school.) We get school funding, but th...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Colorado Fall Kickoff (9/28)
Replies: 0
Views: 894

Colorado Fall Kickoff (9/28)

It is my pleasure to announce the Colorado Fall Kickoff Tournament on September 28, 2019, hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder. At this tournament, teams will be able to qualify for both HSNCT and NSC. Question set: This tournament will use NAQT IS-185A. Location and schedule: The tournament...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 ACF Fall at Colorado (11/02/2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 2238

2019 ACF Fall at Colorado (11/02/2019)

I am pleased to announce that the Mountain West site of 2019 ACF Fall will be held at the University of Colorado Boulder on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The tournament will take place in the Duane physics building, with team check-in beginning at 8:30 AM in room G1B25 and gameplay beginning at 9:00 A...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 7042

Re: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament

Regarding PTT, moderators should also hold down the push to talk button a little bit after they stop talking. If you release the button right away, sometimes the end of the sentence is cut off. I've had this problem a couple of times. Teams should use push-to-talk, but for moderators, I think it's ...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7283

Re: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion

I wonder if there are some potential reforms such as: 1. More strongly encouraging good packet submissions, with perhaps the definition of "good" being slightly relaxed for ACF Fall, by the use of discounts. Having edited packet submission tournaments, you get a sense of what packets are of good qu...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CANONEXPANSION @ CO
Replies: 5
Views: 1523

Re: CANONEXPANSION @ CO

This was an immensely fun set, and I'd like to thank the writers for coming up with such creative questions.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Neuroscience Side Event Interest Gague
Replies: 11
Views: 4768

Re: Neuroscience Side Event Interest Gague

Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:35 pm
I'd love to score -7.5 ppg at this
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: 2019 David Riley Players and Coaches Conference - LOCATION CHANGE
Replies: 9
Views: 10187

Re: 2019 David Riley Players and Coaches Conference - LOCATION CHANGE

Hour 1 transcript: Aaron Rosenberg: Alright everyone, welcome on behalf of PACE to the 2019 David Riley Coaches Conference, er, Players and Coaches Conference. My name's Aaron, and on behalf of PACE, thank you all for coming. We do this every year for the improvement of quizbowl and the community, ...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System
Replies: 9
Views: 8526

Re: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System

Where is "The Judge" buzzer system in this? I feel like it's the best choice for a school hoping to make a solid, long-term investment in a buzzer system. The Judge is a great buzzer system, but everyone I know who's tried to order one in the past couple years has had a hard time getting through to...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: NSC 2019 All-Star Game
Replies: 7
Views: 4729

Re: NSC 2019 All-Star Game

Maths Wizard (Tau is King!) wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:43 pm
Question: if someone attended the all-star game but wanted to "come to" the discord to listen, say, just to see how other people do on the pack and because it was a good time, would that be allowed?
As a mod of the QB discord: stuff like this is totally fine!
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 33369

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

Strongly agree with Rahul and Will here. A $0 deadline would be extremely helpful.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Restarting the Mississippi State Quiz Bowl Team
Replies: 5
Views: 4626

Re: Restarting the Mississippi State Quiz Bowl Team

First of all, it's always great to see new teams popping up, especially in sparse circuits like the southeast. To answer your questions: 1. About what number of teams should be our limit? Even though we could field many, is two or three the regular number? As many teams as you can afford, assuming a...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Colorado open summer practices
Replies: 1
Views: 3484

Re: Colorado open summer practices

Practice will be in Duane G2B60. Note the new location! This is in the far east wing of Duane (the one closest to the geology and math buildings), one level below street level. Make sure to enter from the east end of the building, as other doors may be locked in the evenings.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Colorado open summer practices
Replies: 1
Views: 3484

Colorado open summer practices

For anyone in the Colorado front range this summer, the University of Colorado Boulder will be hosting open practices from 6 to 8 PM on Monday nights. Practices will start on June 3rd and end on August 19th, and anyone is welcome to attend. I'll finalize the room reservations on Monday morning and u...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat May 18, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Colorado end-of-year tournament (5/18)
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

Re: Colorado end-of-year tournament (5/18)

Congrats to Boulder B for winning the tournament, and to Henry Cafaro from Fort Collins for being the top scorer! All teams played exceedingly well, and this was a very fun tournament to watch.

Stats are here.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue May 14, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Colorado end-of-year tournament (5/18)
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

Colorado end-of-year tournament (5/18)

The University of Colorado Boulder will be hosting a mirror of WHAQ III on May 18, 2019. Location and schedule: The tournament will be held on May 18 the Engineering Center (subject to change). The tournament will begin at 9:45 AM MST, and teams should arrive by 9:15 Additional information will be e...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon May 13, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: NAQT IS/HS Level Math
Replies: 5
Views: 4602

Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math

Computational math or actual math?
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri May 10, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]
Replies: 29
Views: 9856

Re: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]

Due to school, research, and other writing commitments, this set will be postponed indefinitely (though it will eventually be finished).

Sorry, everyone.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 15795

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

...collect a bunch of previous tossups and make relevant and normal edits to them to prevent them from cheating and whatnot... All this does is prevent a cheater from directly looking up the packet, which not an insurmountable barrier. If someone's going to cheat in an online tournament, they can s...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 15795

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

Look, if you had just said "let's play some old NHBB questions on Discord," this would not be a problem in the slightest, and you would have saved a lot of effort on your part. Trying to turn it into an actual tournament with some house-written stuff and some modified versions of old packets just ma...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: California Summer Open(s)?
Replies: 15
Views: 7617

Re: California Summer Open(s)?

If this happens in the bay area during July, there's a significant chance I'll show up.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Authentication on this Website
Replies: 10
Views: 5743

Re: Authentication on this Website

I agree with Arnav's post, but Let's Encrypt is probably sufficient. I doubt there's any need to use a paid CA.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Roommate for ICT 2019 [Female]
Replies: 4
Views: 3816

Re: Roommate for ICT 2019 [Female]

Due to some last-minute changes/a budget surplus/other factors, it turns out that we will also be bringing one woman to ICT. I know this is on very short notice, but if anyone wants to trade roommates, please PM or email me.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Feeling Trapped in Hudson Valley(NY)
Replies: 8
Views: 5802

Re: Feeling Trapped in Hudson Valley(NY)

If any of you have any advice/an insider's guide for a long-time player, but first time hoster, feel free to DM, email or reply to this post. It would be greatly appreciated. I'll try to make my intentions known to my advisor and the schools in the area as soon as I get a better grasp on how I'm go...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Colorado State Championship (3/9)
Replies: 3
Views: 1453

Re: Colorado State Championship (3/9)

Field update:

Boulder A
Boulder B
CEC Aurora A
CEC Aurora B
Grand Junction A
Grand Junction B
Grand Junction C
Rock Canyon A
Rock Canyon B
Regis Jesuit
Weld Central A
Weld Central B
Weld Central C
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Terrapin Open Discord mirror (2/23/19) [REGISTRATION CLOSED]
Replies: 15
Views: 5988

Re: 2019 Terrapin Open Discord mirror (2/23/19) [REGISTRATION CLOSED]

Echoing Joe's sentiment---this was a very fun tournament on a very strong set.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Colorado State Championship (3/9)
Replies: 3
Views: 1453

Re: Colorado State Championship (3/9)

I'd also like to apologize for the overlap with Science Olympiad. This was unfortunately unavoidable, since we already have to schedule against Science Bowl, Knowledge Bowl, History Bowl, and other events. We'll be hosting more tournaments later this semester, which will be scheduled some time in th...