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by vinteuil
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3907

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

TaylorH wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:49 am
The PDF packets that were just posted seem to be corrupted and cannot be opened.
We are aware of this and working on fixing it; expect them to work by tonight.

EDIT: This should be fixed. I think our use of an emoji in the subtitle may have screwed things up...
by vinteuil
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Pre-announcement: unnamed early 2021 open
Replies: 2
Views: 658

Re: Pre-announcement: unnamed early 2021 open

This is very exciting! Who else is on the writing team?
by vinteuil
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3907

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I endorse Sam's analysis, particularly on the difficulty of estimating conversion when the numbers get very small. This is partly because experts in a subject---the only ones who know the answer---are the most likely to neg if the answerline is so out of left field!
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3907

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

For philosophy, I think it's way more dispersed - some people engage with philosophy through studying it as its own academic discipline, but I would wager that many more people encounter it as a lens on other disciplines which they are exploring, e.g. philosophy of science, literary theory and crit...
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3907

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

This drug addict supposedly told his wife Louisa, “My poor darling, you have killed [me]” after realizing that she had mixed up his magnesia and chloral bottles. This scientist liked to wow audiences by catching a falling glass cylinder during Christmas lectures. This man, whose reputation suffered...
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3907

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I was, however, quite disappointed with the music in this set. I'm not sure when the decision was made to roll jazz into the 1/1 Auditory Arts, but that combined with the world music, a tossup purely on film music, two tossup on performers, the opera tossup (although this is more understandable) an...
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3907

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

As an aside: I respectfully wish editors would keep team names as is unless there is a serious problem with them. It's a disheartening way to start the day to see your name tossed (even if it's not funny). We didn’t do this intentionally, so it must have been an internal communication mistake—sorry!
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3907

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I’ll populate this post with more stuff as I remember it, but first I’d like to reiterate my thanks to my fellow editors, and to acknowledge a few dumb mistakes—I screwed up the wording of a crucial late clue in the Trump (the dog) TU, and I likely should’ve moved the powermark or even some middle c...
by vinteuil
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 6
Views: 278

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

I personally find this formatting extremely cramped and unnatural to read. (I have a lot of trouble with double-column text in general)
by vinteuil
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 18284

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Similarly, a hearty thank you to our playtesters - Jarret Greene, Seth Teitler, Geoffrey Chen, Eric Douglass, Natan Holtzman, Naveed Chowdhury, and assuredly others who I'm neglecting to mention right now. Aside from extensive feedback from Wonyoung in particular and the other editors in general (C...
by vinteuil
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

EDIT: To put it another way, ACF Fall cannot, and should not, exist to make Will Alston, Jacob Reed, or Auroni Gupta better editors. Its primary goal is to produce an incredibly important product for the players. If it serves as a useful set of training wheels, all the better! Of course not, I was ...
by vinteuil
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

I think there are a lot of people who are juniors and seniors in college for whom ACF Fall is still a very appropriate tournament to play. Given that "ACF Fall is basically a high quality, HS nats-minus or regular-plus tournament" (I agree), does this mean that these people have a "high school" lev...
by vinteuil
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

Coupled with a very high entry fee of $150, it seems like ACF is putting up a big barrier to entry for a lot of teams. Since the packet submission requirement is aimed explicitly at teams of upperclasspeople or underclasspeople who got college playing experience in high school, are you saying that ...
by vinteuil
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 1068

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

I'm intrigued the idea of putting ACCEPT/PROMPT/REJECT on separate lines, but I think it could actually decrease moderator speed. That's because the current best practice is to put "most-anticipated" answers first; sorting by ACCEPT/PROMPT/REJECT means that some very likely answers may end up on the...
by vinteuil
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 18284

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

To clarify one point on the distribution: there will be some amount of science history in each science category of the set (it's not all taking up "other science" slots).
by vinteuil
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 18284

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

DumbJaques wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:37 am
Jacob Reed, Jonathan Magin, WIll Holub-Moorman, and Alston Boyd have done fantastic jobs on this set, and were wonderful to work with.
(As have Wonyoung Jang and Sriram Pendyala—always a delight—and a few others.)
by vinteuil
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: TAPIR Set Available for 2020 Mirrors
Replies: 11
Views: 1692

Re: TAPIR Set Available for 2020 Mirrors

The $10 mirror fee norm is a holdover from quite a long time ago, and really should have gone up to $15 by now. If you believe that sets should be cheaper than that, you either believe that producing good questions doesn't deserve even remotely fair compensation, or you don't believe that sets need ...
by vinteuil
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Different Styles of Making Flashcards
Replies: 11
Views: 1356

Re: Different Styles of Making Flashcards

I am by no means an elite player, but I have done quite a bit of studying over the years, and have never used nor seen the appeal of flashcards. I take bulleted pencil-and-paper notes on the harder details of everything I study, and I don't understand how flashcards could be more helpful for me. Is...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 2270

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

While I don't think that Mike's second point meets my challenge above (i.e. "Say you get your political goals. If the legislation is strict enough to be truly effective, you'll have to drastically curtail this kind of polluting anyway."), I of course strongly endorse his message that activism, espec...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 2270

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

This is a phenomenal post. Two points to build on it: 1. "Eating local" (e.g. not making frivolous trips to other regional tournaments) isn't some dreary punishment; it has its own joys too. Building relationships with the other teams in your circuit, watching their younger players develop, helping ...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?
Replies: 9
Views: 1346

Re: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?

I wouldn't be opposed to a website that tracks all of that, but a key salient fact is that these are, in fact, separate organizations and I think it's best to keep that fact relevant. Someone looking to find information on Greater Pennsylvania quizbowl may not necessarily want to see every NAQT pos...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?
Replies: 9
Views: 1346

Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?

We've all complained about how the "blog" link on the HSQB front page leads to a very sparse page that hasn't been updated in ages. Now, even ACF has its own blog to go with NAQT's interviews and social media presence, PACE's social media, Greater Pennsylvania Quizbowl's fantastic website, etc. etc....
by vinteuil
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stop putting "Quiet Night Thought" in power for Li Bai
Replies: 4
Views: 835

Re: Stop putting "Quiet Night Thought" in power for Li Bai

Justin is right, and so is Max, at least in terms of how those tossups inevitably play out. As far as I can tell, the root of the problem in both cases is a recognition that a topic is important enough to keep coming up, coupled with a lack of any collective sense of what the "famous but not-yet-qui...
by vinteuil
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 2
Views: 1448

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

We're delighted at the response we've gotten so far! Given the impressive number of applicants, we're going to close writer applications for now; applicants should expect to hear back tonight.
by vinteuil
Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PSA: Don't Write For PACE
Replies: 12
Views: 2297

Re: PSA: Don't Write For PACE

These are my personal thoughts and do not necessarily reflect those of any quizbowl organization. I'm going to leave aside any first-year issues with the mentorship program and focus on Will's grievance, i.e. the most direct impetus for this post. Let me try to characterize that grievance as I under...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 2
Views: 1448

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

I'm delighted to announce the inaugural iteration of WORKSHOP, a successor to PADAWAN . The set will be played in Spring 2020. The goal is to write a high-quality regular-difficulty (2.5 on Ophir's scale) set each year, and for the set to be mainly written by newer writers . In other words, we want ...
by vinteuil
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Preliminary announcement for PADAWAN-like set to be run Spring 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 623

Preliminary announcement for PADAWAN-like set to be run Spring 2020

Hi everyone, I'm excited to announce that I'll be spearheading a PADAWAN-like set to be written in Summer/Fall 2019 and played in Spring 2020. Our team of editors/mentors is Alex Damisch (logistics), Adam Fine (chemistry and physics), Will Holub-Moorman (social science, trash/other), Olivia Lamberti...
by vinteuil
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Regular+ Spring Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: Regular+ Spring Tournament

Would this tournament be open? (Might change the pool of potential writers and editors.)
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 19971

Re: Player Poll 2019

Smuttynose Island wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 10:17 pm
I began by looking at the subcategory scoring breakdown for players at EFT, Terrapin, ACF Regionals, and Sun God.
Why not Penn Bowl?
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 19971

Re: Player Poll 2019

The biggest flaw this year to me, as the person organizing the poll, was simply the lack of ballots in certain categories. Maybe more ballots would balance things out, but I really do see the biggest problem as 1) a lack of pertinent information 2) bad interpretations of that information. Ryan has ...
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 19971

Re: Player Poll 2019

A small point: I find it counter-intuitive to continue reading to the side for the "& ...." when there's a tie—I missed a few players the first time for this reason. At least one other person I've talked to has had the same issue; would recommend putting everybody in the same column.
by vinteuil
Mon May 20, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 19971

Re: Player Poll 2019

Historical Results Visual Arts: 5. Derek So, McGill (39, 1 first place vote, lowest unranked) I'm shocked and saddened that I was the only person to put Derek at #1 here. There's a reason that dude got the most superpowers (among other things) at Jordaens. More broadly: I love the idea of recognizi...
by vinteuil
Wed May 15, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Making things stick.
Replies: 8
Views: 1702

Re: Making things stick.

I often made mnemonics for things that, for whatever reason, I was unable to make stick. For example, for the life of me I could not recall the order of the major battles of Alexander the Great. I could read about them all I could, but in the end I still messed up the order of Granicus River, Gauga...
by vinteuil
Mon May 13, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 3414

Re: Vulching

This is a good topic to discuss, and I think knowing when to just put the tossup to bed is a skill that has sometimes differentiated experienced team leaders from those who let close games slip away. Mike lays out a bunch of good strategies. Another solution would be to develop clear non-verbal comm...
by vinteuil
Wed May 08, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: South Central Connecticut Summer Practices
Replies: 1
Views: 634

South Central Connecticut Summer Practices

Hi everyone, Like last year, I'm happy to announce Wednesday practices ca. 9–11PM at my place (near the campus of the Harvard of Central Connecticut) from May 15 until August 28. Anybody's welcome, there will probably be a whimsical combination of very hard, somewhat hard, old, and subject-specific ...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 19971

Re: Player Poll 2019

EDIT: Daniel, what criteria did you use to pick the players for the VFA sheet? Strange to not see John Lawrence, among others. I looked through the advance stats for Terrapin, EFT, and Regionals, selecting players who appeared high (roughly top 5-10 at a given site) on the Paintings/Sculpture subca...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 19971

Re: Player Poll 2019

To help me with my ballot, I assembled a spreadsheet with Nats and ICT stats for a number of players, as well as Visual Arts stats for various other players. In case it helps others, you may find it here. If you would like to edit this spreadsheet, perhaps by adding other subject area stats, please...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Survey Texts and Other Resources List (aseemslegit.com)
Replies: 2
Views: 3051

Re: Survey Texts and Other Resources List (aseemslegit.com)

As announced in the other thread, this list can now be conveniently accessed from http://aseemslegit.com
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Book To Learn Music
Replies: 3
Views: 1147

Re: Book To Learn Music

Books to Learn https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T4b8g_qTGsO_8ExU8Z_C4nzjDsw7jXr21lDOn2SBS3g/edit?usp=sharing :O music https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T4b8g_qTGsO_8ExU8Z_C4nzjDsw7jXr21lDOn2SBS3g/edit?usp=sharing :O :O EDIT: Kai's rec is good. EDIT: Since I send this out so much, I have decide...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 5750

Re: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019

For everybody who is trying to dispute Joseph's specific claims, please consider that, having lied and been exposed so publicly, it doesn't seem particularly likely that Joseph would cave upon being presented with yet another piece of evidence. That is: piling on won't do anything here, since it's t...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 5750

Re: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019

ansonberns wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:24 pm
Joseph in PMs wrote:so that the readers could practice reading and pronouncing some of the names and such
real amit bilgi hours
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 19971

Re: Player Poll 2019

2) Jaimie Carlson is being undersold a bit by this discussion as a "lit player" - if you take her as just that, I think it's a bit hard to make a case for her in the top 25 on the basis of being a top-3 lit player, since I don't think her level of lit dominance quite stack up to what elite science ...
by vinteuil
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 19971

Re: Player Poll 2019

Thanks for running this poll, Auroni! I like the new format, even if it means a lot more work. Curiosity: why are there separate polls for visual and audio arts, but not for any subcategories of the big 3? (I understand that "misc." covers this to a certain extent.) The rest of this post will concer...
by vinteuil
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 17434

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

the Sugar Plum Fairy clue was early, yeah, but it was well-written and I think a lot of people got buzzes on it (This post is very much from the peanut gallery—it is not intended even to comment on this set’s music, which I have not seen yet.) This sounds like a successful clue! People getting good...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 13
Views: 4794

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Do you expect there to be a mirror site further northeast than Columbia? If people want to organize one, I'm open to the possibility, but I would strongly prefer to have a bunch of big tournament sites with people of all different backgrounds and strengths playing. I like large events that can brin...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 17434

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

It's also hard because I don't know what the canon or curriculum of non-western music would look like at the collegiate level, or even what the main textbooks might be. Sounds like a perfect case for the hilariously over-detailed music section of https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T4b8g_qTGsO_8ExU...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 7728

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Personally, I care more about the integrity of ACF Nationals as a “players championship” than I do about its expansion. Obviously, I’m not a member of ACF and don’t knows its priorities, but if the field needs to be 40 teams instead of 48 to ensure a full RR in playoffs which is almost unanimously ...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 9523

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

Because there's no clear reason that math should beat out any number of equally deserving things for a 1/1 slot among 20/20; if, hypothetically, the standard quizbowl tournament were to be 24/24, then I think math would have a case. Definitely agreed with this, but even then, I'm not sure math woul...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 40302

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

I do think this post could have been made in a way that doesn't come have a subtext feels denigrating to Columbia "Congratulations to Columbia, but . . ." No doubt you'll follow up with an apology or clarification here, but I'd question the sincerity of it, since I think it's pretty galling that we...