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by eliza.grames
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On talking about high schoolers
Replies: 14
Views: 7966

Re: On talking about high schoolers

Does NAQT plan on sharing this information with the quizbowl community (or, more conservatively, with other organizations that run competitions for high-schoolers)? If the people involved have committed offenses that merit their banning from NAQT events, it seems like they probably ought not to be ...
by eliza.grames
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 27609

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

At least from my perspective, it was almost entirely aimed at male members of the community, given that I personally haven't seen any quizbowl-playing women with bad facial hair or highly questionable apparel choicessuch). I didn't actually know where to start with you, so I quoted a random part of...
by eliza.grames
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 27609

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

Here's what I meant: I'm enjoying hesitantly and timorously pushing the boundaries on the binary because I want to. Makeup is the latest step in that, and because QuizBowl is largely the entirety of my social life, SCT was a big step for me. I was nervous about it, and my defence mechanism was to b...
by eliza.grames
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 27609

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

or perhaps we should all shut up and pretend that excess sugar consumption isn't a top of America's health problems no matter what your gender is Yes, I'm sure that addressing "excess sugar consumption" will immediately resolve quiz bowl's gender gap. I, for one, am extremely concerned about Americ...
by eliza.grames
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 27609

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

cut down on your sucrose consumption Oh I'm sorry, (straight) men of quiz bowl, are you grossed out by men who don't cut down on their sucrose consumption? Are overweight teammates something that would cause you to not play quiz bowl? I think we can all agree showering is a universally nice thing a...
by eliza.grames
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 27609

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

And honestly, I do think it could do a lot for improving the game's gender balance. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? You honestly think that this is why women play quiz bowl? That we're just bimbos who are here to stare at men who play quiz bowl, and not because, oh, I dunno, we like playing quiz bowl o...
by eliza.grames
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Tournaments need staff in order to run
Replies: 8
Views: 3231

Re: Tournaments need staff in order to run

None of the blame here should fall on Yale. That's, uh, exactly my point. Yale has plenty of internal staffers to host a tournament with a reasonable field size. When tons of unanticipated teams register, then you end up with a staffing problem. This means that teams who want to play the tournament...
by eliza.grames
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Tournaments need staff in order to run
Replies: 8
Views: 3231

Tournaments need staff in order to run

After two staff-frustrated tournaments in a row, I wanted to get the quizbowl community's input on a suggestion to require a minimum number of team staffers offered per team that attends a tournament. Caveat: This proposal only applies to teams that aren't brand new and have been around for a few ye...
by eliza.grames
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 15842

Re: Preseason Poll

Victor Prieto wrote:I made a spreadsheet compiling all stats from Penn Bowl and ACF Regionals, excepting Connecticut and the UK mirrors.
Auroni said he'll get the Northeast stats up tonight, so hopefully it's easy enough to add them in after the fact.
by eliza.grames
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ University of Connecticut (1/20/18)
Replies: 1
Views: 1943

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals @ University of Connecticut (1/20/18)

With Amherst's registration, we now have 17 teams for this site and the field is closed.

Just kidding - Yale D is blind to packets, so they're taking the spot of the house team since it won't disrupt the schedule at all.
by eliza.grames
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ University of Connecticut (1/20/18)
Replies: 1
Views: 1943

2018 ACF Regionals @ University of Connecticut (1/20/18)

UConn is hosting the Northeast mirror of 2018 ACF Regionals on January 20th, 2018. I will co-TD the tournament with Ben Watson. Packet Submission Any team with at least one person on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament (either as a college student or as a high school st...
by eliza.grames
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: TRICON 5: COMING SUMMER 2017
Replies: 35
Views: 14411

Re: TRICON 5: COMING SUMMER 2017

I wrote an unbelievably bad packet for this, so, uh, do the opposite of get excited for it.
by eliza.grames
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 It's Lit: Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 2790

Re: Discussion

In the ancient quizbowl tradition, I do have one nitpick: a tossup on Hartley Coleridge is a great idea, but if you're going to accept a descriptive answer like "Coleridge's son"--which I absolutely agree you should do!--you need to alert players to that fact, which as far as I could tell/remember,...
by eliza.grames
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 It's Lit: Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 2790

Re: Discussion

In the ancient quizbowl tradition, I do have one nitpick: a tossup on Hartley Coleridge is a great idea, but if you're going to accept a descriptive answer like "Coleridge's son"--which I absolutely agree you should do!--you need to alert players to that fact, which as far as I could tell/remember,...
by eliza.grames
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: On Trash Writing Absofuckinglutely NOT Considered a Fine Art
Replies: 8
Views: 3576

Re: On Trash Writing Absofuckinglutely NOT Considered a Fine

Borel hierarchy wrote:this could have been an audio tu
Ending with clips from Will It Blend, of course.
ErikC wrote:
The genesis of this tossup was that I googled "worst bands ever"
How often do you do this
Uh, have you played an Eliza trash tournament? Because that's all I do.
by eliza.grames
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: On Trash Writing Absofuckinglutely NOT Considered a Fine Art
Replies: 8
Views: 3576

On Trash Writing Absofuckinglutely NOT Considered a Fine Art

(a sample of rejected titles: "I guess I pictured the word 'definitely' being in there somewhere" - Auroni") This post is my attempt to reproduce my lack of thought process during the writing of a single tossup for The Celebs Are At It Again. I did not take notes while writing the tossup in question...
by eliza.grames
Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 39481

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

Celebs will be done in time for this and I can run it, assuming there is interest to play it.
by eliza.grames
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Celebs Are At It Again
Replies: 12
Views: 5419

Re: The Celebs Are At It Again

This thread is now a trainwreck of changed plans, but... The Celebs ARE At It Again. This set is now back in production and the estimated completion date is the end of July so it should be available for the second summer open and whatever is happening in Canada. Sorry for getting derailed by working...
by eliza.grames
Tue May 23, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)
Replies: 58
Views: 24708

Re: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)

Eddie wrote:Since João won't take longer than fifteen (15) minutes, I want to run it right after Saturday rounds so people have time to transition to other side events, etc.
eliza.grames wrote:Also, do silly bows count as hats?
Depends - are you wearing it on your head?
Of course!
by eliza.grames
Mon May 22, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)
Replies: 58
Views: 24708

Re: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)

Depending on when this is run, I want to play and would prefer that it be on Saturday night. Also, do silly bows count as hats?
by eliza.grames
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 16547

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

Since there are at least 10+ packets "promised" plus the fact probably even more people want to play, some logistics might be helpful, even if they aren't posted until Friday. We (probably?) don't need a team-based schedule format for this, but a full-on shootout might be improbable as well. That's...
by eliza.grames
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM At UConn, March 25th, 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 3635

Re: ACRONYM At UConn, March 25th, 2017

Steeve Ho You Fat wrote:Does this have sufficient field to happen?
Ben said that Northeastern and RPI are also coming, so I'll bug him to update the post. UConn can also field some teams.
by eliza.grames
Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament at Princeton - April 15
Replies: 21
Views: 8660

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament at Princeton - Date TBD

There's a chance I can bring the UConn team to this if it's on 4/15, but definitely not if it's 5/6.
by eliza.grames
Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 16547

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

CPiGuy wrote:When at ICT is this going to take place?
No clue.
by eliza.grames
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 16547

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

SpanishSpy wrote:When would you want this in advance? I'm not going to be at ICT but I might be able to rig something. Is there a particular packet length you want?
1) The day before ICT, I suppose, and 2) however many questions you end up writing.
by eliza.grames
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 16547

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

sonstige wrote:Fwiw, I graduated in 2004.

Eliza---do you want the finished packets in advance?
Only if you won't be there to read it yourself. I do want them all at some point though so I can distribute them for the enjoyment of people who won't be at ICT.
by eliza.grames
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 16547

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

sonstige wrote:I'm tentatively going to sign up to throw something together for this. Just TUs, yes?
Yes, just TUs.
by eliza.grames
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Pronunciation Guides in College
Replies: 9
Views: 3975

Re: Pronunciation Guides in College

Tangentially related to pronunciation since it's about making things readable and writing them out: 1) People should stop using the abbreviated form of units in science questions because it trips people up (or at least it does for me). At CO last year I had to double check with teams that Hz meant h...
by eliza.grames
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 16547

Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

In the interest of having silly things to read the weekend of ICT, everyone should write a packet of (hopefully embarrassing) pop culture things that they liked in high school or that remind them of junior high/high school even if they didn't like them. There's no distribution, but try to keep thing...
by eliza.grames
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 50096

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

I'll have some myth packets (or maybe just one big packet of ~50 questions) ranging from regular difficulty to "why would you write that" without all that Greco-Roman crap. Sorry to add to the disappointment of promised questions that didn't actually get *completely* done, but I only have 30 questi...
by eliza.grames
Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 50096

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

I'll have some myth packets (or maybe just one big packet of ~50 questions) ranging from regular difficulty to "why would you write that" without all that Greco-Roman crap.
by eliza.grames
Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4246

Re: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion

Overall I really liked the set and was pleasantly surprised with the difficulty level. I may be biased though because I finally got to power a question based on knowing something about zebu farming which made my day. This may not be worth fixing, but the pronouns could have been clearer and stated m...
by eliza.grames
Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall packet submission reform
Replies: 17
Views: 6809

Re: ACF Fall packet submission reform

A revise-and-resubmit approach might address this problem since it places the burden of work back onto the teams instead of on the editors 100% agree! This was my first time writing a packet, and I would love feedback or criticism or whatever the kids give these days. To clarify, this is not at all...
by eliza.grames
Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall packet submission reform
Replies: 17
Views: 6809

Re: ACF Fall packet submission reform

I think part of the reason teams submit bad packets is because there's an expectation that the editors aren't going to use submissions anyways. A revise-and-resubmit approach might address this problem since it places the burden of work back onto the teams instead of on the editors. If a team submit...
by eliza.grames
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall New England at Brown (November 5, 2016)
Replies: 7
Views: 4178

Re: 2016 ACF Fall New England at Brown (November 5, 2016)

Team B.A.D. wrote: School / Teams / Buzzers / Staffers
Uconn / 2 / 0 / 0
I'm staffing for UConn so we should be 2/0/1.
by eliza.grames
Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Celebs Are At It Again
Replies: 12
Views: 5419

Re: The Celebs Are At It Again

This tournament is now getting transformed into an effort to instruct UConn players on how to be better question writers, so the writers are now myself, Ian Drayer, Prayush Singh, Ben Watson, Chris Choi, and Jay Cizeski with possibly more folks joining us. I guess I'm "head editing" the set and leav...
by eliza.grames
Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Bride of the Guerrilla Tournament (Film 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 9726

Re: Bride of the Guerrilla Tournament (Film 2016)

Cheynem wrote:No.
...are you going to post it? You can't deprive the quizbowl community of my bad shark movie questions forever.
by eliza.grames
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Date Claims 16-17
Replies: 26
Views: 10497

Re: New England Date Claims 16-17

The WGBH auditions for High School Quiz Show are being held on November 13th, Super Sunday at the Boston studios. Many Mass teams do this, so it's probably a good idea to have it on the date claim calendar. I also think this could be an outreach opportunity to attract teams/schools new to the QB wo...
by eliza.grames
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 281455

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I'll read my second Clickhole packet in the IRC at 8pm Eastern time on Sunday (8/21). If there are enough people that haven't heard the first one, I suppose I could do that too. Will these Clickhole packets ever be posted? I would love to see them, though I'm sad someone beat me to it. Finally! 20 ...
by eliza.grames
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Guerilla Action Packet Tournament
Replies: 9
Views: 3335

Re: Guerilla Action Packet Tournament

How are these written? Much like the editors of Chicago Open, I like to type them in Google Docs. But seriously, they're quiz bowl questions. You come up with an idea for a question where the answer is something that can be acted out (like charades) and that has unique clues which can be arranged i...
by eliza.grames
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Guerilla Action Packet Tournament
Replies: 9
Views: 3335

Re: Guerilla Action Packet Tournament

AKKOLADE wrote:Is this packet available anywhere?
I evidently forgot to leave a date out of the original announcement, but this isn't happening until February.
by eliza.grames
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 21182

Re: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion

I'd like to also point out that this fee structure is regressive, in the sense that the more inexperienced teams will undoubtedly be penalized more (since, on average, inexperienced players don't write as well as experienced ones. I'm doing my best to phrase this delicately). At CO at least it seem...
by eliza.grames
Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice at University of Connecticut (10/22)
Replies: 3
Views: 2139

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice at University of Connecticut (TBD

Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote:Depending on the date, I might be able to drive up from New Haven to staff. However, that's very dependent on getting a weekend off from work.
That would be wonderful! I'll let you know as soon as we've got the date sorted out.
by eliza.grames
Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice at University of Connecticut (10/22)
Replies: 3
Views: 2139

NAQT Collegiate Novice at University of Connecticut (10/22)

The University of Connecticut will be hosting NAQT's Collegiate Novice on October 22. We are using set 158C. Eligibility Although I'm not going to set eligibility rules for this tournament, teams should remember that it is geared towards novice players. This means that if you've played at ICT, have ...
by eliza.grames
Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 281455

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

bird bird bird bird bird wrote:
eliza.grames wrote:I can assure you that you don't actually need to know anything about birds to play it, and I only got one question off of "real" birds knowledge
And this post started out so well!
I was also was mildly disappointed by the lack of actual birds, but hey, at least it involves birds!
by eliza.grames
Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 281455

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have a "bird" themed packet by Wilton Rao to read in the IRC tomorrow at around 8pm Eastern time tomorrow (Sunday, 8/28). Having heard this packet, I can assure you that you don't actually need to know anything about birds to play it, and I only got one question off of "real" birds knowledge becau...