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by Fucitol
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll 2019-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 7684

Re: Preseason Poll 2019-2020

22. Chicago C (projected roster: Halle Friedman, Ian Baram, Edgar Lin, Wonyoung Jang) Placing any C team, even Chicago C, in the top 25, is a dicey proposition. There are plenty of questions about team composition and members' levels of competitiveness, but compared to the teams below them, Chicago...
by Fucitol
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 6116

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

Hey, so I wrote what was (as far as I can tell) the hardest science tossup in the set, judging from me asking around on the day of - the tossup on oozes , which made it in unedited from our team's submission. I intended for the tossup to link disparate pieces of knowledge about ocean science that I...
by Fucitol
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 6116

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

Science history: What we did: We had a science history question (tossup or bonus) like once every two packets. Did that shit work?: Eh. I was more mixed on this. I still think this IDEA is very good - science history belongs in the distribution, and it belongs in the science distribution. It's repr...
by Fucitol
Mon May 27, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Let's Remember Some New York Mets
Replies: 7
Views: 1744

Re: Let's Remember Some New York Mets

This is now the Bill Buckner memorial packet
by Fucitol
Mon May 27, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Let's Remember Some New York Mets
Replies: 7
Views: 1744

Re: Let's Remember Some New York Mets

Cheynem wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 10:55 am
No one will enjoy this.
You already said the packet was about the mets.
by Fucitol
Wed May 15, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Collegiate Post-Season Poll
Replies: 6
Views: 2854

Re: 2018-19 Collegiate Post-Season Poll

Everyone already knows this but the Yale ACF Nats placement in the spreadsheet should mention the lack of "not that bad at quizbowl" person Jacob Reed.
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22657

Re: Player Poll 2019

TeammateShilling.exe Halle Friedmann is really good at visual arts. Underrank her at your own peril especially if you're playing CO, she will still be able to get things ahead of you there. Olivia Kiser knows a shit-ton of random myth and history things. I recall at one point Olivia told me that he ...
by Fucitol
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Cody wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09 pm
Can you implement divisions (Upper/Lower)?
Divisioning and finals will be done when I'm back in Chicago (read: post easter)
by Fucitol
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 11577

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Because sets (not counting ACF Nationals 2019) have 1/1 math and usually more. Math that normal people usually care about is clued in almost every science tossup (and as you pointed out logic-based philosophy/thought TUs and probably some SS/Econ). There is no need for 1/1 "Content that is taught b...
by Fucitol
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 11577

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

For starters, people who want a tournament with 1/1 math should feel free to write tournaments with 1/1 math! There is no one "correct" distribution. Not to beat this dead horse again, but do that at something like Lederberg or WAO or Sun God or Terrapin, not ACF Nationals 2019. At least not until ...
by Fucitol
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Are stats going to be posted for this, or are they a casualty of the paper scoresheets / bad hotel internet? The google spreadsheets for stats are completed for everything up to finals. Someone in the editors groupchat has entered all of the games but one that I missed into SQBS, not sure what the ...
by Fucitol
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 37
Views: 14442

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

Going to SMU for a postdoc working on the DESI experiment. I will probably be around the Dallas area to staff things if asked and am always open to join open teams looking for some science help.
by Fucitol
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 11577

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Because sets (not counting ACF Nationals 2019) have 1/1 math and usually more. Math that normal people usually care about is clued in almost every science tossup (and as you pointed out logic-based philosophy/thought TUs and probably some SS/Econ). There is no need for 1/1 "Content that is taught by...
by Fucitol
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43396

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

A word of warning: April 13th is the night of "Spring Fling," which, for the uninitiated, is a concert at franklin field that leads to large numbers of drunken and otherwise intoxicated students running around campus with no regard for anything, often vomiting in random places. Probably best to avoi...
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43396

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

mtebbe wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:14 pm


Of course, Wawa (38th and Spruce) is also always an option. There are also food trucks along both Spruce and Walnut that are good options for cheap, fast food.
This is the one true philly lunch advice.
by Fucitol
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

A couple more reminders: I'm working on stats tonight. Should be up tonight or maybe tomorrow if I find motivation to do actual work. Thanks to everyone who venmo-ed me already. Please Venmo me $15 dollars if you haven't yet. I got physical payment from Sorice and Seth, and will track the remainder ...
by Fucitol
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Well, with regards to logistics, of all the tournaments that ever happened, this was one of them. Sorry for the issues that caused what should have been maybe a 4 hour tournament into a nearly 6 hour hellscape. Thanks to everyone who came to play the tournament. I hope you all were able to enjoy it....
by Fucitol
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Schedule is attached. Dylan et al, you were warned. Seth is optimistic about using game rooms. The chance of us using game rooms goes up if you come to the staff check-in table at 6 and help set up rooms so please do that. See you all soon. EDIT: Meet in the lobby at 6:30 so we can start the tournam...
by Fucitol
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I just Facebook messaged all of the people who volunteered a room in the spreadsheet. In the event that the game rooms that Seth spoke of don't materialize, we will need one more room to run this tournament. Please let me know if you have a room that would be available tonight from 6-9:30PM Also we ...
by Fucitol
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Okay, after talking with Joel, here's the deal: 1) we can start at 6:30, but we'll need to break around 7:30 so that staffers can check in and help with set-up. 2) teams providing buzzers to ICT need to check in their buzzers before starting in on the side event. Team buzzers can be checked in star...
by Fucitol
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I have not attempted to find a team because I was unsure of whether we'd be in Chicago on time; if it turns out we will be (which looks reasonably likely); is the TD amenable to allowing five-member teams? We really want to get to 12 teams since that makes a really easy schedule with no byes that a...
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Oh and if your team doesn't have a name, I'm going to give you the stupidest name I can think of. So do that before I make schedules late thursday night/Friday morning.
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17737

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Hey everyone, with five days left before the tournament, here's some updates and additional requests. 1. We have 207/240 questions edited for this set, and are well on pace to finish 2. We have 10 teams signed up, and enough free agents to cover two more teams. Please form two more teams ASAP. 3. J...
by Fucitol
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 16
Views: 4983

Re: CO Matchmaking

Now that we know when and where CO will be, the plebeians can start forming teams and writing packets. I'm looking for some teammates. I'm not good at anything, but can one-clue tossups on "Miss America." I write questions for a living so I'm comfortable writing a packet fast. I'll try not to pass ...
by Fucitol
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Chicago Open
Replies: 6
Views: 3612

Re: DATE POLL: Chicago Open

Sure would be nice to know if I’m able to play this tournament in time to write a packet for it.
by Fucitol
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 8823

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Courtesy of Matt: Teams may not object to the specific replacement question which gets read unless it is an exact repeat (See C.13). (In particular, players have no basis for expecting that a replacement question be from the same category as a question which was thrown out, or for expecting that th...
by Fucitol
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 8823

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

FYI to future tournament directors, if you are replacing a physics tossup, use a physics tossup.

If you don’t have a physics tossup, use some other science tossup.

If you don’t have some other science tossup, apologize to the teams and yell at the editors before sending some other question.
by Fucitol
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Chicago Open
Replies: 6
Views: 3612

Re: DATE POLL: Chicago Open

Am i the only one who’s going to graduate between July 20 and August 2?

I guess I’ll play anyway but I should be writing/editing my thesis then.
by Fucitol
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8089

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

Nearly a year has passed since Ryan's original post in this thread, and this year's SCT is fast approaching. Have any steps been taken to tweak the strength-of-schedule metric in the D-value calculation, in response to the flaws that Ryan demonstrated? Doubly noted. As someone who has been personal...
by Fucitol
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: John Charles Daly Mirror at WUSTL (6/30/18)
Replies: 8
Views: 3789

Re: John Charles Daly Mirror at WUSTL (6/30/18)

Five days out from the date of the tournament, it would be nice to know if there is more interest in this tournament than the 3 free agents in the google doc.
by Fucitol
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 19307

Re: Boston Summer Open I

wcheng wrote:I'd be completely unable to attend this tournament if it was moved to any later of a date, so I'm hoping it can stay where it is.

I can also only attend this date and have already booked travel for this date.
by Fucitol
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 19307

Re: Boston Summer Open I

If anyone is interested in going to Fenway Sunday night (8PM*) to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball, DM me. It looks like there are still some reasonably priced tickets available directly through the red sox website. *Assuming that there won't actually be any side events runn...
by Fucitol
Mon May 14, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24157

Re: Players Choice Awards

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I’m aware we are the big evil cabal, but as far as I know there’s still only one Chicago institution.
by Fucitol
Mon May 07, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 51170

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I emailed you a while back to register my team (Tamara Vardomskaya, Mike Cheyne, Sam Bailey, and me) for the tournament. Did you get the registration? It appears that we are not included in the field in the first post.
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 39604

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Now that I can access the "color" question from Editors one, I can confirm my suspicion that the first two clues are nearly unbuzzable and if you do buzz on them you are either a) the Eric Weisstein's world of astronomy page that the clue was taken from or b) about to neg with "Infrared" because in...
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 39604

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Now that I can access the "color" question from Editors one, I can confirm my suspicion that the first two clues are nearly unbuzzable and if you do buzz on them you are either a) the Eric Weisstein's world of astronomy page that the clue was taken from or b) about to neg with "Infrared" because inf...
by Fucitol
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 24157

Re: Players Choice Awards

Shameless Chicago promotion time: Matthew Lehmann and Luke Tierney are both freshmen who scored over 20 PPG in the ACF Nationals top bracket and led their team to it's first top 10 finish in at least the last 5 years (and probably more than that). If they aren't both in your ballot for rookie of the...
by Fucitol
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 39604

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

For the jazz, I did my best to be innovative, including writing on things like jazz practice (the bonus on fake books) and education (the bonus part on Stan Kenton). As a former, and hopefully future, jazz musician, this was noticed and appreciated although our team did not get to answer either bon...
by Fucitol
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 13586

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Researchers in 2007 observed the effect of sudden changes in this variable in the upregulation of alpha crystallins, or sHSPs, in the eggs of zebrafish. Saccharomyces mutants sensitive to this variable were used by Hartwell to figure out the role of cyclins in cell division. This variable is observ...
by Fucitol
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10771

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

It would necessitate rewriting a bunch of clues and the answerline, but "this variable" or "these reaction conditions" might work better. I hate tossups using “this variable” in bio and reaction chem since that immediately narrows it to an answer space of 3 or 4. “These reaction conditions” might b...
by Fucitol
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 5917

Re: CMST: General Discussion

I should also note that while Aseem claims that the balance of the other science was due to some form of mistake, I think the balance of the other science was better than any tournament I've played in a while. Math doesn't really deserve to have one or even more than one question per packet and I do...
by Fucitol
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 5917

Re: CMST: General Discussion

I don't think anyone has brought this up yet, but the bonus leadins were oppressively long in many cases. This caused my team to question at several points to wonder if the moderator was accidentally reading a tossup. The exhausting effect of this was only compounded by the fact that the bonuses usu...
by Fucitol
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 13586

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Marmaduke van Swearingen wrote:There were two too many questions on cryptocurrencies.

Given what is currently in the news, your acceptable number of cryptocurrency-related questions is at least one too low.
by Fucitol
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 13586

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

The first clue in the pendulum TU seems to me like it would be true for every SHO but that’s based on distant memories of sophomore physics. The first clue in the exoplanet tossup is taken almost directly from Wikipedia and the second half of it basically describes what an echelon spectrograph dies ...
by Fucitol
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 7695

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

Regarding point 3, while obviously you want every moderator in a top playoff bracket to be good, in my experience, the bottom brackets also especially require good moderators. I realize this sounds stupid--you want good moderators in every room if possible--but sometimes it's natural for staffers t...
by Fucitol
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8089

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

What about looking at SCT ppb only? I've strongly suspected this for years now while looking at recently underranked teams like Chicago B. PPB should definitely be more strongly included in the D-Value as it is a direct measure of team strength (albeit scattered by how strong the bonus rollercoaste...
by Fucitol
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8089

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

It might be useful to share a bit of data from our statistical survey of D values and ICT performance. Using the new D value calculation, the historical r^2 between D value and ICT performance for teams maintaining substantial roster continuity between the tournaments is about 0.75 (roughly speakin...
by Fucitol
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 11455

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Was the tossup on blood type unique for ABO typing? I negged with "Rhesus factor" (which I don't think fits the earlier clues) near the part about immunoglobulins crossing the placenta, but I'm curious as to exactly how wrong I was. I also was pretty sure that clue was describing (if not uniquely d...