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by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 1969

Re: Trash Questions in College Sets

Trash can be historically important, but can pop culture not be important in the present? Can a 2020 regionals bonus on the WNBA not reflect a growing recognition of that league, its players, their advocacy? Isn't a question on Megan Rapinoe (as a player) be just as much a comment on her broader ex...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Thu May 28, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 2694

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I heartily endorse Ganon's post; I don't have much to add because I think it pretty comprehensively lays out the systemic issues with quizbowl pop culture writing. It's really quite clear what kind of people make up most quizbowl writing corps when players have to sit through the umpteenth question ...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 32415

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

All this talk about proscriptions feel odd to me. Whether it's in poker, where it's common to use silly sounding terms like "angle shots" to describe acts of questionable integrity, to the goofy sounding term of "doping" to describe the serious act of using drugs to cheat, or "phishing" to describe...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5049

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

Seeing as the average team plays about half the bonuses in the tournament, 13 rounds of tossups is about the same amount of quizbowl as 9 rounds of tossups and bonuses. More if you're bad. I don't have a problem with paying the same amount. This is assuming that tossups and bonuses are equivalent w...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5049

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

Has there been a decision made as to whether this tournament will be tossup-only or not? Also, has there been any consideration given to adjusting the tournament price if we just play tossups, in light of the fact that people presumably signed up under the impression that it would be run with bonuse...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 6501

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

I didn't get points for saying "the prologue to Hopscotch" for the bonus part on the Table of Instructions. Was this a moderator error (possibly because of a long or complicated answerline) or was this a genuine omission by the packet? If the latter, I think the answer line should be expanded to in...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 6501

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

Someone in the General Discussion thread brought up an example of “bait,” which was disappointingly more widespread than one question. Off the top of my head, the E minor question had a sentence along the lines of, if I recall correctly, “Victor Herbert’s second cello concerto in this key inspired ...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 3972

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

Hey everybody! I wanted to thank everybody for playing the set and for giving such helpful feedback -- publicly or privately -- as well as elucidate my editing philosophies on my categories (which, as outlined above, were World/Other Literature, Classical Music, and Popular Culture). In general, I s...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: New England Discussion '19-'20
Replies: 13
Views: 1859

Re: New England Discussion '19-'20

I have a couple takes: - Acton-Boxborough should definitely be regarded as a threat to even nationally-contending teams -- last year, Basil received 5th place at IPNCT and narrowly beat Auburn in HSNCT prelims, and he will have had a whole year to improve on these results by the time nationals seaso...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 2453

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Thanks and General Discussion

I thought that this set was overall very polished and enjoyable to play, and I particularly admired the inventive yet accessible ways that the editors incorporated salient topics centering on women / POC / other marginalized communities into the set's content. The literature, history, arts, and popu...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 5555

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

While I do strongly agree with this post overall and also believe that people should not be dropping the ball with regards to their set writing and editing commitments (having also worked on sets where people have dropped the ball and subsequently having had to spend time and labor to make up for it...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Literature "Progression"
Replies: 3
Views: 4470

Re: Literature "Progression"

Although they're hardly exhaustive, NAQT's You Gotta Know lists are a great (and free!) place to start for all subjects. As far as progressing through the canon goes, it's simply not possible for one player to read every single work in the high school literature canon, so you should really just pick...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 10701

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

This may be just me (due to having been on the losing end of the upset), but Williams upsetting Chicago at D2 ICT was pretty wild – their lead scorer Jonathan Williams got about a third of his powers for the entire tournament in that single game, handing us our only non-UMD loss. They went on to get...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Wed May 15, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Help with HSQBRank - 2x check tournament list
Replies: 10
Views: 5487

Re: Help with HSQBRank - 2x check tournament list

DCC played FST at UChicago this past weekend, which appears to be unaccounted for.
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19
Replies: 76
Views: 34993

Re: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19

Based on my casual interest and general knowledge of the circuit, I would posit that Hunter will see the most success at HSNCT, followed by Ithaca and High Tech. The reason I would give Ithaca the edge here would be because they seem to be much stronger on the NAQT distribution (especially with Isai...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 7501

Re: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019

Joseph then later PMed me (after the tournament) assuring that he did not have access to the email between when I sent the questions and when he played them. He also PMed my teammate Shawn a long explanation of his performance (which I excerpted below) that broadly claimed that he was confused abou...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 37279

Re: Player Poll 2019

It's my turn to shill! (As many have said above, this is by no means an exhaustive list.) - Ben Miller is a ridiculously amazing history player with iron-clad consistency, incredibly low neg numbers, and the ability to scale (he was also leading scorer on Chicago B at SGI and PIANO!). Grant Li is an...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DII Midseason Poll
Replies: 14
Views: 7781

Re: DII Midseason Poll

It is worth noting that, as far as I know (I may be mistaken!), UCLA will not be fielding the roster that many assumed that they would at the season's outset, and Texas's D2 players will be playing D1, so voters should take these changes from the preseason into account. My quick take is that Chicago...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Approach Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 6564

Re: How to Approach Literature

Especially if you're starting out, learning clues that come up for works and authors is crucial – I carded a ton of literature clues for novels and short fiction in May and July, and that definitely gave me a great foundation from which to expand my knowledge further while still getting me points. R...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19
Replies: 76
Views: 34993

Re: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19

Barrington HS, being in Rhode Island, is also outside the region of the poll. However, they exclusively play tournaments in the NY region. As such, I decided to make an exception for them. My decision in this matter is final. Wait, what? Barrington has played two tournaments and registered for two ...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Discussion '18-'19
Replies: 19
Views: 10999

Re: New England Discussion '18-'19

To those I've met and befriended over the last two years up here: thank you for your collegiality, conversation, and passion. I'll be leaving my alma mater at the end of next week to begin a job in Washington, D.C., but will remain forever grateful for the opportunity to rejoin — as a coach — a str...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 BLISS I Open for Mirrors
Replies: 12
Views: 7577

Re: 2019 BLISS I Open for Mirrors

It appears that the radio silence after Charles' post was, as you'd expect, not a good sign; word from a friend of mine at Blue Ridge today is that rounds 1-5 didn't make it to the tournament host until 7:15 this morning, round 6 didn't arrive until just before lunch, and round 7 didn't arrive at a...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 10581

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

As for the music, I agree with the above comments that the score clues probably could have been used in a more consistent manner as they ranged from the very recognizable opening chord of Don Giovanni as the first clue for a Don Giovanni TU to a long, drawn-out score clue from Liebestraume in a bon...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18
Replies: 25
Views: 8429

Re: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18

[Neg5] also alleviated the need for a stats room and runners. This, in my opinion, is one of the biggest pitfalls about Neg5 (aside from the obvious issues with stats accessibility, overall glitchiness, and so on). A well-run tournament will almost always have a separate control room with at least ...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Groger Ranks 2018-19
Replies: 45
Views: 28666

Re: Groger Ranks 2018-19

I'm curious to see the results if A-sets were counted, as they are in HSQBRank (I don't believe MSNCT is). Would the rankings change significantly?
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19
Replies: 76
Views: 34993

Re: NY/NJ/CT/PA/DE Discussion '18-19

At least based on PHSAT results, I think it's fair to say that Hunter has recovered from their losses much quicker than anticipated, winning the tournament outright while missing Brian Lu.
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Discussion '18-'19
Replies: 19
Views: 10999

Re: New England Discussion '18-'19

I think the top 5 teams right now in New England including NY are the following: 1. Hunter From what I've seen from his forum posts, Daniel's talent is only eclipsed by his humility in saying that several teams will surpass his team. Let's face it. Hunter is and has been the best high school team i...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 9152

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

AGoodMan wrote:It's been awhile, but here are the long-awaited, forum-accessible stats: prelims, playoffs, and combined.
Thank you! It's very appreciated.
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 36944

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Could you post a few of the least converted tossup answerlines? I have a feeling that the Emcee from Cabaret tossup might be one of them.
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rebuilding a Circuit
Replies: 5
Views: 7120

Re: Rebuilding a Circuit

I think it could be worth it to contact the High School Quiz Show folks and ask if you and a couple others can advertise quizbowl, NAQT, local tournaments, and other related things at the Super Sunday tryouts (or even prior to them). While HSQS doesn't make a concerted effort to aid in the spread of...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 20955

Re: Boston Summer Open I

I also had a ton of fun, and I was very impressed at how well the whole day was run, especially considering how coagulated the schedule seemed to be (with back-to-back main events and side events and whatnot). Thank you to Raynor and co. for organizing this!
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Turning a small, mediocre team into a good one
Replies: 6
Views: 3981

Re: Turning a small, mediocre team into a good one

My team at the beginning of this past school year epitomized mediocrity. The first three tournaments I ever attended (March, October, and November 2017), we finished smack dab in the middle of the field. I was frustrated because I knew we had the potential to be good (my teammate was the second high...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 20955

Re: Boston Summer Open I

I'm on a team with Peter and Alex Schmidt and we are looking for a fourth. If anyone is interested, please email me at [email protected].com. Thanks! I know some high school players in the area that might sign up as free agents in the coming days; this information might be helpful for anyone looking...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Discussion '18-'19
Replies: 19
Views: 10999

Re: New England Discussion '18-'19

Thanks for doing this, Wonyoung. A couple of quick things to add from the New Hampshire end. I agree with your assessments here for the most part here. I would say though that when Plymouth did get it's full A-team together with the seniors, we were very tough to beat, as witnessed by a runner-up f...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Discussion '18-'19
Replies: 19
Views: 10999

Re: New England Discussion '18-'19

As someone who will be leaving this circuit and is now merely an observer (although I intend to continue to help from afar with circuit building efforts in whatever capacity I can), I'm excited to see what is on the horizon for New England quizbowl. I agree with all of Michael's points regarding CT,...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 36944

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Some animals have an organ called the VNO to augment this sense. It is often impaired in patients with Kartagener syndrome. The cribiform plate carries the first cranial nerve, which is named for this sense. This sense's signals bypass the thalamus, and go to a namesake (*) bulb after stimulation o...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 21132

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

Deviant Insider wrote:
Thiccasso's Guernthicca wrote:I think I remember hearing that the nomination ballots were cast before NASAT, so anything NASAT-related probably didn't have much of an effect on the nominees list.
FAKE NEWS! My ballot was cast after NASAT.
Whoops. Ignore me!
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 21132

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 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Open NASAT Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 4552

Re: Penn Open NASAT Mirror

Is this rescheduled date final? I know of several people (including myself) who were planning to play this mirror, but are no longer able to due to the rescheduling.
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HS Player Poll Results
Replies: 21
Views: 14391

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 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HS Player Poll Results
Replies: 21
Views: 14391

Re: HS Player Poll Results

There really isn't a way to get your name out there when you're on a slightly above average team (such as Irvine) in a circuit dominated by the same two/three teams every year. Yes, there is. Max Shatan of Bard (and, by the way, I would like to make clear that to call both Irvine and Bard "slightly...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HS Player Poll Results
Replies: 21
Views: 14391

Re: HS Player Poll Results

In retrospect, Ethan was pretty underrated here.
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror
Replies: 27
Views: 7962

Re: NASAT Online Mirror

I'm also tentatively interested.
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT
Replies: 35
Views: 14261

Re: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT

Late, but I really enjoyed playing this set! It was great to revisit the halcyon days of my childhood (and depressing once I realized how much of my childhood Pokémon knowledge I had forgotten), so thanks so much for putting this together. As a side note, do you have any idea when/if stats will be p...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HS Player Poll Results
Replies: 21
Views: 14391

Re: HS Player Poll Results

ansonberns wrote:Tejas Santanam was incorrectly referred to as Tejaskaran
And they said Infinity War is the most ambitious crossover event in history.

In all seriousness, thank you for organizing this!
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Writing Comp. / Human vs. Computer Expo (@PACE NSC)
Replies: 13
Views: 10555

Re: Question Writing Comp. / Human vs. Computer Expo (@PACE

An Economic Ignoramus wrote:Was video for this ever uploaded? If so, could you post a link?
This should be it, I think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNXN1SlVevc
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT summer practices
Replies: 6
Views: 2948

Re: MIT summer practices

Will these be happening again this year?
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 36944

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Were there repeated answerlines (but not repeated question content necessarily) between the morning and afternoon rounds? I recall playing Keats and Ishiguro tossups, although I do believe they were slightly different in terms of question content.
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 23144

Re: High School Player Poll

Forums drama aside, I would like to give a quick plug for Nick Rommel of Lexington. Despite being solely a humanities specialist, his PP20TUH at HSNCT was greater than those of his three other teammates combined. He led his team, one that was not projected to be a nationally competitive team at all,...
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 20955

Re: Boston Summer Open I

I'm just a high schooler who probably doesn't get much of a say, but I'd like to voice my support for keeping it on the original date. Also, using this as an opportunity to say that I'm also looking for a team. I am an unremarkable high school player, but I will ideally have had a month of summer st...