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by The Kirk Store Called
Wed May 21, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51090

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

I also do not like the idea of playing on Saturday, though 40% of my sentiment comes from the fact I have other things I want to do that Saturday night.

Edit: The idea of ordering food seems to be picking up steam; people should throw out suggestions of what kind of food to order.
by The Kirk Store Called
Wed May 21, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51090

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

May I suggest that we order food during the tournament? That'll speed things up. I second this. Also, another topic for people to debate. Will actually raised an interesting point - since the tournament is running right after PACE and presumably using PACE moderators, it'd be possible to run the to...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon May 19, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 1
Views: 1271

Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

I don't know why this was never posted here (I was under the impression that it was). It's probably too late for people to change flight arrangements, but if you'll be sticking around after PACE for a while (for whatever reason) and really like current events questions, you might be interested in th...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun May 18, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament Playtesting
Replies: 44
Views: 8557

Re: Modern World Tournament Playtesting

7 on Tuesday to finish this up just in time for the actual tourny?
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon May 12, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament Playtesting
Replies: 44
Views: 8557

Re: Modern World Tournament Playtesting

can people make Tuesday on 7 or 9?
by The Kirk Store Called
Sat May 10, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament Playtesting
Replies: 44
Views: 8557

Re: Modern World Tournament Playtesting

Can people make it at 7 today? If not, does 9 tomorrow work better?
by The Kirk Store Called
Fri May 09, 2014 1:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament Playtesting
Replies: 44
Views: 8557

Re: Modern World Tournament Playtesting

Tournament is coming up - we should try to finish the rest of the packets in two sessions?

I'm busy this Sunday, so would people be up for doing this Saturday night?
by The Kirk Store Called
Sat May 03, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament Playtesting
Replies: 44
Views: 8557

Re: Modern World Tournament Playtesting

IIRC, people thought playtesting tomorrow worked?

If so, sounds good to me, but I'd also prefer an earlier time in the day (like 7 PM or something) so I can sleep earlier.
by The Kirk Store Called
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11770

Re: Modern World Tournament

Out of 277 tossups and bonuses, 274 and 276 are done. Packetization is complete except for those questions.

There will obviously be more playtesting/editing, but everyone can be assured that they will be playing SOME sort of tournament.
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51090

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

IIRC, we have like 10 tossups or so left to write. It would take divine intervention from Angra Mainyu to prevent us from finishing the tournament on time, especially since we're playtesting (already packetized) questions today.
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament Playtesting
Replies: 44
Views: 8557

Re: Modern World Tournament Playtesting

gamegeek2 wrote:Assuming this works for people, playtesting will begin on Monday, April 14th at 8PM EST. We will be starting with the US content.
I can't make it until about 9 PM or so.
by The Kirk Store Called
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51090

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

Good News Everyone
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The tournament is now 80-85% done, even though we decided to add another packet in case a circle of death happens.

This should lead to ample time for playtesting, extensive editing, and all the other stuff packets should get.
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 4756

Re: College History Bowl discussion

I liked the tournament and the questions a lot, but I'm sure many other people have posted the reasons why I do and I have nothing new to say, so I'll leave it at that. I haven't seen people discuss individual questions here (so I'm not sure this is where to discuss it, but I didn't see a usergroup)...
by The Kirk Store Called
Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 27381

Re: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

I do think that mythology tends to be overrepresented relative to various other categories, especially (I'm not sure anyone has pointed this out) relative to the amount of source material that actually exists. It does defy common sense, in my mind at least, that all of the ink that has been spilled...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51090

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

I agree with Matt on the difficulty. My target difficulty for questions is actually regular-difficulty since I'd prefer it be accessible to above-average/good HS teams as well (also known as most people at PACE). I'm just assuming I'll overshoot like many question writers and overshoot into regular ...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Near East Ancient History - Where does it Belong?
Replies: 13
Views: 1862

Re: Near East Ancient History - Where does it Belong?

Where Egypt "belongs" in the distribution is an interesting question. Classical Egypt had a tendency of being otherized/orientalized in a way that downplays the continuity it forms with other nearby classical culture areas (most notably Greece). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egypt_in_the_West...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 5929

Re: General Discussion

Well, classical in the sense of Greco-Roman. I traditionally place ancient history from the Middle East, Egypt, the rest of Africa, and Asia in world. I actually do think there's a lot of grey area in sub-distribution. For example, from what I've heard, the question on Anglo-Russian relations (the ...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 6688

Re: Question Specific Discussion

MY GOD. It's one question. You played the set. Was the history just geography bowl? I concede the question wasn't the greatest. If that's so, I don't see why the question flaw in mind needed to be defended as an intentional design choice instead fixed for future mirrors (the vast majority of places...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 5929

Re: General Discussion

Actually a very disputed topic. It's a can of academic worms that I'm not interested in opening right now In that case, please try to avoid needlessly introducing bullshit sophistry to otherwise reasonable tournament discussions. In quizbowl, "world history" is pretty much universally taken to mean...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 6688

Re: Question Specific Discussion

This may not be the best question ever, I haven't seen it. But discussing "quizbowl meta" seems particularly ill conceived--if anything, it may or may not be a misplaced clue. I initially suspected that it was a mere misplaced clue, but Dan's defense/justification of the reasons that I judged the c...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 5929

Re: General Discussion

T 3. No World History Tossup + Peru bonus based on dictatorship stuff Thutmose III isn't world history? I mean, I guess he's ancient, but he's also from Egypt, so.... Actually a very disputed topic. It's a can of academic worms that I'm not interested in opening right now because regardless of the ...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 6688

Re: Question Specific Discussion

The KMT question said a Chinese word in the second clue, which seems like a bad idea because it radically condenses the answerspace. According to Matt Jackson and Jacob Reed, the particular Chinese word was an important place in Taiwan, which makes this even more ill-conceived. I am totally fine if...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 6688

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I'm not sure why the Mongol invasion clue in the Kamakura Period tossup came before Emperor Go-Daigo or Emperor Antoku. The Mongol Invasions (or lack thereof) seem to be considerably better known than either of those clues. Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan. I guess it's not totally unr...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 5929

Re: General Discussion

There was a very very strange fixation on African/Latin American dictators in the world history distribution, as well as modern history. My favorite part of the history distribution is actually 20th century history, but I thought this was very much excessive. By packets. 1. No Clearly Identifiable W...
by The Kirk Store Called
Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11770

Re: Modern World Tournament

Although "Modern Culture" will have some overlap with "trash", it doesn't necessarily mean just better-written trash. We hoped to cover a variety of important cultural trends in the modern world, which often means analyzing and mentioning of works people consider trash. However, that also includes m...
by The Kirk Store Called
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 11770

Re: Modern World Tournament

Fuck you! Can we take that as an expression of interest? :razz: Anyways, before anyone gets worried, the East Asian culture tossups has been mostly written and none of them are anime. There are some clues that are convertible based on anime, but that's true in normal quiz-bowl too. I do want to get...
by The Kirk Store Called
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19005

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Kirk: Ike is completely right about your posts, which are incredibly unhelpful. Nobody cares to see you masturbating over how awesome you are at East Asian history or your various other antics. Any sane person would be pretty upset at receiving such useless, contradictory, and flat-out wrong feedba...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19005

Re: Question Specific Discussion

What on earth? It's called Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. You don't deserve a prompt if you said that. It's often referred to in the academic literature SOLELY as Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. It's definitely promptable. "Murderous Rage" was used a lot as a hit on Julia Gillard, so ...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19005

Re: Question Specific Discussion

The Thermopylae goatpath was my attempt to write on something that's very real and important, but which unfortunately is too similar to Thermopylae itself to play well, and the bloated answerline - which was very specific about what should have been prompted - seems to have confused readers at the ...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37564

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

For example, I-O Psychology is important , but I've certainly seen no class about it. http://dartmouth.edu/pbs/sites/dartmouth.edu.pbs/files/pbs_course_offering_rev_8_07.pdf 44. Psychology and Organizations. White, 9L. Look harder. I stand very corrected. In retrospect, that specific argument was p...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19005

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Specific tossup commentary. Absence of commentary on history/CE/geography tossups can probably be interpreted as me liking the tossup, since I really did enjoy the vast majority of history questions. Note that my criticism of specific questions doesn't change the fact that I did enjoy the overwhelmi...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5962

Re: General Discussion

Speaking as a player on a lower-tier team, I was a bit disappointed at first in the difficulty. It was advertised as Penn-ance level difficulty (and that's what I told my teammates), but I think it overshot that. I also told my teammates this, and was similarly dismayed to find it was harder than P...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19005

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I hesitate to comment without the actual set in front of me, but I also got the impression there were a lot of easy-easy/medium-IMPOSSIBLE questions, sometimes because the HARD parts were written to be obfuscatory or confusing on top of the difficulty. I powered every single East Asian history quest...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37564

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

I think we could assuage most people's worries if a member of the mod team posted their interpretation of the rule, which I have every reason to believe is the interpretation Mike just expressed, and link to it from the rule in question.
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37564

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

It would not be locked. I can't say why the rule isn't written that way because I didn't write it. This is clearly what it means though seeing as how anime/manga type questions are legitimately discussed in threads. It's banned from the off-topic forum for the reasons mentioned above. Fair enough. ...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37564

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

The rules are about no discussion of anime for the purposes of discussing anime. You can discuss it in the context of quizbowl. The reason the DBZ thread was locked (not FZ'ed) was because it was mistakenly believed it was just about discussing anime. There isn't a chilling effect. So the mod team ...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37564

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

Arguing that a policy "might not hurt you" does not stop it from having a chilling effect. As much as I would like to believe you, I don't think it qualifies as an over-reaction. Closing the DBZ thread is exactly what the policy calls for. Yes, that's unreasonable, but what's to stop a specific pers...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37564

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

The rule is not "don't talk about Japan", the rule is "don't talk about anime" (with the additional implication, DBZ tournament incident aside, that instances in which it is directly relevant to quizbowl, like that MAGNI tossup, are okay to mention). I'm not particularly swayed because the DBZ tour...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37564

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

Why does no one consider the disadvantages that I, a Dartmouth student, face? Either your reading comprehension is lacking or you didn't care enough to read before trying to snark, a remarkably common tendency among Quizbowlers trying to prove how clever they are. In extreme layman's terms, the arg...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37564

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

I have some antipathy towards anime because anime fans hijacked the boards not two years ago and posted all sorts of worthless threads and nonsense. Also, an "orientalized" culture? Haha. The rule long-predated that. And it's a silly reason regardless. And Japanese culture is absolutely orientalize...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19005

Re: Question Specific Discussion

ANSWER: goat path of Ephialtes at Thermopylae [or Thermopylae goat path ; or Anopaia path; or Vardates route before mention; or descriptive answers such as hidden path of Thermopylae , flanking path at Thermopylae , secondary path at Thermopylae , or path secretly taken by Persian forces at Thermop...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5962

Re: General Discussion

I would say that the End of History and the Last Man is both exceedingly important and tossup-able on normal difficulty, though I would not extend that latter judgement to replies and commentaries on it. So I would strongly disagree with you there, unless you're saying that it was just tossed up poo...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss the anime rule here
Replies: 112
Views: 37564

Re: Discuss the anime rule here

First, specific rules shouldn't be required in order to FZ terrible posts. So "oh, some posts suck" is just a totally irrelevant argument. Second, of note that there does exist serious academic relevant discussion of Japanese anime. I do remember a cinema tossup on Tokyo that mentioned The Place Pro...
by The Kirk Store Called
Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 5962

Re: General Discussion

I thought a lot of the "description acceptable" tossups had answer-lines that led to a lot of moderator and player pain. The "secret pass of Thermopylae" tossup was egregious on this. I saw someone buzz in the second-line, repeatedly say the Thermopylae pass, repeatedly get prompted, and finally get...
by The Kirk Store Called
Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Is there any widely-accepted definition of classical music?
Replies: 5
Views: 2203

Is there any widely-accepted definition of classical music?

Is there any widely-accepted coherent definition of classical music (for the purposes of quizbowl distributions that delineate classical music, ex: ACF)? It seems to get somewhat dicey and nuanced when it comes to 20th century works in the orchestral tradition. A mixture of google + HSquizbowl forum...
by The Kirk Store Called
Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13680

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

Commentary would be nice since it was my first time writing questions (for anything!) Tossups: Kuomintang, Douglas MacArthur, Australian Labour Party Bonus: Mortara/Papal States/Pius IX, Mesta/Revolt of the Communeros/Charles V, Gerschenkron/Austrian School/von Bawerk, Maroons/Great Dismal Swamp/Bla...
by The Kirk Store Called
Wed May 08, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament
Replies: 54
Views: 15114

Re: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament

Making quick edits to Pokemon packet. Difficulty level will be Indigo Plateau.

May possibly write a Japan packet (history, literature, fine arts, current events, popular media, RMP, geography).
by The Kirk Store Called
Fri May 03, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament
Replies: 54
Views: 15114

Re: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament

I could submit a Pokemon packet. I wrote it last term for our club, so it's already finished if people are interested.
by The Kirk Store Called
Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NorCal 09-10
Replies: 11
Views: 1662

Re: NorCal 09-10

I would be pleasantly surprised if MSJ actually knew its own team placements before the morning of the first tournament. :P In my personal opinion, Quizbowl in Northern California tends to be less formalized, less structured, and therefore unpredictable than Quizbowl in many other circuits, so specu...