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by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289567

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

In the spirit of Let's Remember Some Guys, I've written a 20 question packet almost entirely on NBA guys. Difficulty ranges from "sure he's pretty famous" to "that rings a bell." Come prove the superiority of your NBA guy knowledge on Sunday at 8 pm EST in #RememberingGuys on slashnet's IRC. (I don...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289567

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

In the spirit of Let's Remember Some Guys, I've written a 20 question packet almost entirely on NBA guys. Difficulty ranges from "sure he's pretty famous" to "that rings a bell." Come prove the superiority of your NBA guy knowledge on Sunday at 8 pm EST in #RememberingGuys on slashnet's IRC. (I don'...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 29219

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

I think the only reason this post is remotely controversial is because of its tone. Frankly, the idea that maintaining a modicum of personal grooming habits is a cause for debate seems kind of worrisome. If you're not gonna cut your hair, at least wash it?
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 18867

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

My only real thought here is that I'm disappointed I didn't know SoCal tournaments are semi-open. I live here now! Hit me up, who wants 9 ppg?
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 51087

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

No promises, but I might write a "fun" packet akin to 1997 ISSAC, but without the 1997 conceit, if people are interested.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranking
Replies: 56
Views: 32126

Re: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranki

Though I'm by no means an authoritative or even particularly respected source, I thought I'd throw my own rankings in, which differ a little from the ones proposed so far. In the interest of time, I'm only providing a top 25 here. 1. Andrew Yaphe (Stanford) Everyone says he's the best and I have no ...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for PACE?
Replies: 7
Views: 3592

Re: Would You Recommend Working for PACE?

I was in PACE for a few years, even serving as VP of Outreach. Since PACE mostly does one, specific thing (NSC), it was very low-stress, and my only complaints about "working" for them come from the year before I joined (NSC 2011). Since they're under new leadership now, those complaints aren't real...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June
Replies: 14
Views: 6687

Re: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June

I'd be interested in playing the singles tournament if I have nothing going on that day. I've always wanted to be a ritual offering for a much more powerful machine.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun May 03, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 28413

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

I'll take Ike's post a step further. Voting in this poll or posting in this thread (or the collegiate team player and poll) is a waste of your time. Write questions for HSNCT, NSC, or NASAT instead. Why are you posting on the forums at all, when you could be writing questions? Playing video games? ...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Lowest Point
Replies: 64
Views: 41464

Re: Your Lowest Point

Much like Mike Cheyne, ACF Nationals 2011 was my lowest point in quizbowl. Unlike Mike Cheyne, it wasn't because my team let a real chance of winning the whole thing slip away [no offense intended to my teammates]. Simply put, the brutal difficulty of the tournament was unlike anything I had experie...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289567

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

40 characters in search of a username wrote:Maybe Wednesday night-ish, I'll read my well-received 1997 packet in IRC. It'll lose some stuff from not being read aloud, but we'll do our best.
This is happening at 9. HURRY
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289567

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Maybe Wednesday night-ish, I'll read my well-received 1997 packet in IRC. It'll lose some stuff from not being read aloud, but we'll do our best.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement
Replies: 66
Views: 35841

Re: COTTAGE Bowl - Global Announcement

A lot of what I wanted to say has been said, but this tournament is silly-expensive for what it was. In addition, literally almost everything in the "Internet" distribution was impossible to just about everyone in the field at the mirror, many of whom are regular people who use the Internet very oft...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 34366

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

Real quickly-- the packet is essentially a comedy packet, ostensibly written in 1997, where almost every question is a joke in some way. It follows a roughly normal distribution. It's free to play because I would never think of charging for it.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 34366

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

Hey everyone, while digging through Maryland's packet archives, I found a lone packet labelled 1997 ISSAC. It's pretty weird, and I don't think it's ever been seen before, so I'll read it if there's interest.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 35
Views: 5462

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I didn't write either question, and may have a weird knowledge base, but I really don't see why the second question is so self-evidently harder than the first.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Does anybody else keep track of their personal statistics?
Replies: 9
Views: 3794

Re: Does anybody else keep track of their personal statistic

I won't say who it was, but I once observed one of the best players in the history of quizbowl keeping track of the tossups that he and his teammates got during a tournament. What he was specifically doing was keeping track of how many of the questions they answered were "dead ducks" (i.e., tossups...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 51448

Re: Preseason Poll

Woah, woah, that's an awfully high ranking for Maryland B! You guys do know I don't go there anymore, right? Next time, consider voting for a team that did not play any DI nationals last year.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tricon 2.5 discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 3214

Re: Tricon 2.5 discussion

"this was indeed tricon" - only necessary discussion of this tournament
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DUST discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 1932

Re: DUST discussion

I actually enjoyed this [though I guess I'm biased]. There were some clunkers but also some cool ideas and mostly a bunch of competent, unremarkable questions.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289567

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Well this certainly happened! Rob Carson unsurprisingly won. Here's the packet.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289567

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

If you liked the Hunter trash packet but thought, "Boy, I wish it was only about music, weirder, and on decidedly less 'hip' stuff," you're in luck! Tonight at 9 PM I'll be reading a music packet I wrote. It's on music I like, mostly, so you're forewarned.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 51942

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

When you've got as few real accomplishments as I do, your favorite quizbowl experiences really puts emphasis on the "experiences" part. 2010 T-Party Indeed, this was a fun tournament. It was my first taste of being on a team where my scoring was not... necessary. I remember powering "A Personal Matt...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun May 18, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289567

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

This happened. We were tied 45-45 between Matts Weiner and Bollinger at the end, so I read an unrelated tossup on Peter Gabriel Music Videos, which Matt W negged, so Matt B won. Evan Nagler also powered a question that mentioned something he did last week. The packet is attached if you want it, thou...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun May 18, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289567

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

For the annual Maryland end-of-the-year packet, I've written a 20 tossup packet on various UMD players and events. I expect that most of the questions should be gettable at the end for people who know the Maryland program okay, though a few things will be impossible. Anyway, if you want to prove you...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue May 06, 2014 1:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Maryland Spring 2014)
Replies: 27
Views: 4228

Re: General Discussion

I really liked the questions Isaac wrote
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri May 02, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Japanese Literature
Replies: 18
Views: 7959

Re: Japanese Literature

Casey's got the right idea: while it may not come up very often (and rightfully so, in my opinion), it's worth knowing these are actual dudes that question writers will write about. Obviously, it wouldn't be time well spent if you try to read every Oe book and try to reach the level of scholarship ...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/3/2014
Replies: 25
Views: 10808

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/3/2014

Hello everyone,

The tournament will be held in the basement of Jimenez Hall. Registration will start at 8:30 AM, games will start at 9 AM.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday!
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: An arbitrary statistical ranking of career accomplishments
Replies: 6
Views: 3288

Re: An arbitrary statistical ranking of career accomplishmen

I'm really intrigued by this idea, but I wanted to tweak your metrics a little bit just to see what would happen. So for this build of the table, I assigned some number of points to players for the following accomplishments: 38th place finishes at PACE NSC 13th place finishes at ACF Nationals Number...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 13585

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

Excelsior (smack) wrote:Can I just point out that it's ridiculous that _nobody_ voted for Sriram? Sriram is, at minimum, the third best science player in the game right now, and I'd personally put him even with Billy.
Stephen Hines has some words for you, sir.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?
Replies: 29
Views: 12241

Re: Is there a space between "quiz" and "bowl"?

The Quizbowl Tribune stylebook has always maintained that "Quizbowl" is one word, and is unnecessarily capitalized.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 64049

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

Image
A feature done on my high school team in the Gazette led to this photo.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Role of a Moderator
Replies: 41
Views: 9210

Re: The Role of a Moderator

Pseudonyms are useful is a school or coach is particularly against a team attending a certain event. In the school's case, it may be because they don't want some unchaperoned high schoolers representing their institution [wisely, it would seem in this case]. I did some sneaking around in high school...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2014: April 12 & 13 at Columbia University NYC
Replies: 102
Views: 55816

Re: ACF Nationals 2014: April 12 & 13 at Columbia University

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e263/IsaacTheBobfan/PMButton.png In seriousness, though, I really enjoyed the tournament. I thought the set was very, very good. I had been dreading playing ACF Nationals because of bad memories from the last ACF Nats I played, but this set had lots of tossups on a...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 42272

Re: It's Academic discussion

As glad as I am that people who admit to having no idea what It's Academic even is are joining in on the discussion, it's time to put on my "2 time It's Academic finalist" hat and talk a little bit about why there are better ways to prepare. First of all, while John Gilbert has participated in a var...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Prediction Thread!
Replies: 30
Views: 7155

ACF Nationals Prediction Thread!

34. Berkeley B - Sorry, I'm not going to pretend like I know who is on this team. There's no way to underperform now, Berkeley B! 33. Columbia B - Same deal here. I'm sure you guys are smart, you go to Columbia! 32. Notre Dame - This is apparently a guy playing solo. I admire you, guy playing solo! ...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/3/2014
Replies: 25
Views: 10808

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/3/2014

Checks should be made out to "Maryland Academic Quiz Team," or "MAQT."
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Prediction Thread 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 7798

Re: ICT Prediction Thread 2014

Is this supposed to be funny and failing, or is it supposed to be realistic and failing?
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/3/2014
Replies: 25
Views: 10808

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/3/2014

Hey folks, we might have to set a field cap soon, so keep registering! Right now we have 13-14 teams registered.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MD Quizbowl Championship -- UMD Regional (2/22/14)
Replies: 16
Views: 6481

Re: MD Quizbowl Championship -- UMD Regional (2/22/14)

They'll be posted here. The delay is on UMD's end, not HSAPQ, but they should be getting them soon.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? [Collegiate edition, 2014]
Replies: 34
Views: 11399

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? [Collegiate edition, 2014

My quizbowl career is over after I graduate. It's been a fun 8 years, and I might get dragged out of retirement to play an open or something, but it's time to move on. As a way to cement my legacy, I'm writing a "fun" tournament that I want to be run sometime in 2015.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 11594

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

Matt Jackson's post is the post I agree with the most in this thread, by a wide margin. A lot of the other posts make me kind of uncomfortable for reasons I'm not exactly sure I can articulate, but here's an attempt. However, outside of novice tournaments, there is little reason to neuter high schoo...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Attendance Hindered by Coach
Replies: 10
Views: 3089

Re: Tournament Attendance Hindered by Coach

Yeah, I think I'd need to hear her rationale for refusing, here. If it's not a budget thing, what exactly is it? I had a coach in high school who was often... less than accommodating about going to tournaments, but that was more a result of there being bad tournaments and formats taking up a lot of ...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 5928

Re: General Discussion

Wow, a needle to other writers that includes me and a complete misunderstanding of what people like Sam Bailey are complaining about above! DRAGOON was creatively written whether you think so or not. e.g., You should take a look at Eric's notes about how the science for DRAGOON (specifically how mo...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 6687

Re: Question Specific Discussion

My fault about the Parfit bonus. I meant to change it and apparently never did. It'll be something easier for future mirrors.
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SUBMIT, Maryland Site [2/1/14]
Replies: 10
Views: 3787

Re: SUBMIT, Maryland Site [2/1/14]

Hey, this tournament is in, like, a week! Have you signed up yet? Why not?
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SUBMIT Playtesting
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Re: SUBMIT Playtesting

Maaaybe we'll playtest some other, too! WHO KNOWS
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SUBMIT, Maryland Site [2/1/14]
Replies: 10
Views: 3787

Re: SUBMIT, Maryland Site [2/1/14]

GW and Penn are the only teams I've received registrations from. If you want to register, email me!
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12915

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Hello. There were some questions at this tournament that I got. They were good questions, because I got them. I especially thought the question on She Stoops to Conquer was good, because I powered it. This tournament adequately rewarded my knowledge in most aspects, and so I liked it. It was a quali...
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SUBMIT, Maryland Site [2/1/14]
Replies: 10
Views: 3787

Re: SUBMIT, Maryland Site [2/1/14]

After this tournament, this site will run an event based on difficult 3-5 line questions Maryland players have written for practice over the past year. The distribution will be roughly even with the normal distro, though the difficulty will range from "regular" to "basically impossible." This exciti...