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by heterodyne
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NOVEL: A Long Fiction Only Tournament (February 2022)
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: NOVEL: A Long Fiction Only Tournament (February 2022)

For what it's worth, I don't think you should shy away from ideas that have "been done" -- this is just a general pet peeve with quizbowl writing, but I think (for instance) something like Queequeg's tattoos can sustain (and has sustained!) multiple tossups. I like hearing a new take on an...
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NOVEL: A Long Fiction Only Tournament (February 2022)
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: NOVEL: A Long Fiction Only Tournament (February 2022)

Themed questions might focus on, for instance, a particular event (“the riot at the end of The Day of the Locust”), a specific character trait (phallic associations with "Caspar Goodwood"), or a notable thing/object ("Queequeg’s tattoos," "Ahab’s harpoon"), among many ...
by heterodyne
Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 ACF Nationals Qualifier
Replies: 10
Views: 3200

Re: 2021 ACF Nationals Qualifier

This seems pretty reasonable given the circumstances, though I'd like to make one suggestion. As a precaution for the possibility of a lot of demand and not enough slots to try out enough teams, I think it would be a good idea to initially restrict registration for this event to a school's A and B ...
by heterodyne
Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories 5 (Summer 2021)
Replies: 6
Views: 792

Re: Scattergories 5 (Summer 2021)

would love to play this with people who are good at art and poetry especially, hit me up if that's you!
by heterodyne
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)
Replies: 15
Views: 4686

Re: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)

This tournament was, in general, very well run, and I want to thank the staffers who made that possible. Getting through 11 rounds of difficult 22/22 with 75 minutes of break time in about 11.5 hours would be commendable in person, let alone online! I also think the "hand visible" rule was...
by heterodyne
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate Preseason Poll 2020-1
Replies: 14
Views: 4669

Re: Collegiate Preseason Poll 2020-1

A combination of Tim and (in my opinion) Stanford being underranked in last year's postseason poll.
by heterodyne
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 20690

Re: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community

One thing I would like to stress from Mahria's post is a point which has been repeatedly pointed out: men who perform well are repeatedly forgiven for their outbursts. Forgetting everything that Luke had done in high school, much of which was unknown at the time, how was anyone in club leadership o...
by heterodyne
Fri May 08, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 6479

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

A Yu-Gi-Oh match is composed of three duels. I suggest that Columbia and Chicago B have a play-in game to conclude ours– the winner can then play Chicago A. Yeah the goofiness of my post aside, I do mean this sincerely - I think a lot of folks want to see this happen, I'd obviously like to see this...
by heterodyne
Fri May 08, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 6479

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

A Yu-Gi-Oh match is composed of three duels. I suggest that Columbia and Chicago B have a play-in game to conclude ours– the winner can then play Chicago A.
by heterodyne
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 38647

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

You say that there is not enough evidence to make "a formal accusation", which suggests that you believe you have met some lesser standard of evidence which warrants only anonymous accusations. You are mistaken. There is no such standard. Anonymous accusations are irresponsible and harmful...
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 16910

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

From a perception perspective, people generally feel better about getting thrashed by their "equals" than by people with a perceived advantage - whether real or not (and it could very well be real). Is this true? I have always felt better about losing to people with more experience than m...
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 16910

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Without regards to difficulty this is a good bonus. With regards to difficulty, you have to have the knowledge of a grad student in the field to 30, and the knowledge of a physics student who has taken the right upper division classes to 20. This bonus doesn't strike me as a very good example. For ...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 16910

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Working hard to improve at an activity because you enjoy participating in it, even though it might give you no material benefit, is good. It strikes me as quite odd that your post presents this as bad.
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 16910

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I've said this elsewhere, but I'd like to note that the chance to play the best people in school was quite attractive to me when I started college quizbowl. Playing better opponents is more fun, I think. I suppose we could make things less fun, by limiting the field to only a portion of the people i...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 16910

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I whole-heartedly agree with this post. The difficulty of ACF Nats is absurd. Hard bonus parts and early tossup clues are essentially wasted in distinguishing teams. There's no reason to expect writers to write lines and lines of clues that maybe 3 people are going to get any information out of wha...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 16910

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I would, in general, echo what others have suggested in saying that middle parts are a good place to target if you want to make your set feel subjectively gentler. I appreciate that ACF Nats hard parts can get into interesting and unexplored territory, but those are a lot easier to stomach when you ...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 16910

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

300 teams know who's gonna dominate HSNCT and that it's not them; a solid 200+ of them still have "fight for 6-4" as a legitimate aspiration, and I think a lot of the kids in the neighborhood that Dylan's quoting are among those 200 teams. There's nothing for those kids in college nats; t...
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Reforming Tournament and Set Announcements
Replies: 5
Views: 1277

Re: Reforming Tournament and Set Announcements

Who do you suggest perform the work of building and maintaining this site? That is, do you take this as a suggestion aimed at organizations, a suggestion aimed at particular individuals, or a suggestion aimed at any individual who desires to use their time and energy executing your recommendations?
by heterodyne
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 3921

Re: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)

This tournament was fun and well-run. Thanks, UIUC! One note: one of my club-mates who played for a different team said that they were deprived of a game because Chicago D left before the last round, apparently to catch a train. This is, uh, not great of them. The tournament didn't really go abnorm...
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 5871

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

The original philosophy editor for this year's NSC ended up doing the philosophy for this year's Chicago Open (quite well, I might add). I guess editing 1/1 isn't really that "major" from my perspective, but for others I'm sure it's a big deal. Just want to clarify some things, since (spo...
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17320

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I'd also like to push back on the idea that "only 14 out of 34 questions on analytic content wouldn't be sufficient" or that 3/2 contemporary analytic content isn't enough, or the general trend of asking a lot of analytic philosophy at many hard tournaments. If we think about the ways tha...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17320

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

This set's difficulty was mostly fine. By and large I thought it "got things right" outside of having a bit much bonus variation in the too-hard tail direction and social science / philosophy being a bit more daunting than the other areas - your mileage may vary, but I don't think our tea...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 17320

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I edited the philosophy for this tournament, and am very happy to have received largely positive feedback on it (although I would certainly like to hear from anyone who didn't like it, since it was far from perfect.) This was my first outing editing submitted packets, as well as my first attempt at ...
by heterodyne
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Different Styles of Making Flashcards
Replies: 11
Views: 6730

Re: Different Styles of Making Flashcards

In addition to the great points other have made above, one reason you might want to use flashcards is if you have trouble regulating your studying. A given number of flashcards is an easily measurable daily benchmark, and will keep you from having to think about study time and efficiency in the same...
by heterodyne
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 20140

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

Also, from a pragmatic point of view, air travel is going to have to become drastically less common in the near future or we're all screwed -- might as well start adapting to it.
by heterodyne
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 20140

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

I endorse these posts.
by heterodyne
Fri May 10, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9861

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Jakob admitted in his post that this was not proof, nor has he talked to the tournament director. Your commitment to intransigence is really stunning. Have you, perhaps, considered that things might be slightly more complex than "is it conclusive proof or is it not?" Recognizing that the ...
by heterodyne
Fri May 10, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9861

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Suggesting that the stats Rama put up are in the same neighborhood of implausiblity as those Jakob cited is idiocy at best and intellectual dishonesty at worst. Yes, I agree that saying Rama cheated would be absurd, but nonetheless people did say he cheated, so I was using it as an example of why a...
by heterodyne
Fri May 10, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9861

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Yeah, I think winning ICT versus not even making top bracket at states is dramatically different. Also, did the Andy Watkins story emerge because people looked at the stats again, or did it emerge because NAQT found actual evidence that was a smoking gun? Once again, the stats provided are far more...
by heterodyne
Fri May 10, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9861

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

More recently, some of the same people that Jakob has cited in his exposé of Shubham have told me and other people that they believed that Ramapriya cheated at the online mirror of Stanford Housewrite. While he did indeed have some potentially suspicious buzzes, and (so I've been told) he's had a &...
by heterodyne
Sun May 05, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UPDATE - All the Lit We Cannot See (2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 3008

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

I am quite excited for this tournament's existence, and would be happy to either contribute to its completion or play it.
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 40075

Re: Player Poll 2019

Here are some facts about my teammates that will hopefully make you rank them higher. John Lawrence deals with some of the most overlap of any top scorer in the field. Matthew and I are buzzing on lit, I am buzzing on philosophy, Kai is buzzing on music and art, all of us doing so pretty well (but s...
by heterodyne
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 18206

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Essentially, this is the classic "pick 2 out of 3" situation: * Large ACF Nationals, with more than 40 teams * Championship bracket with 10+ teams playing a full round-robin * Tournament of a length that writers and editors can produce at a high quality; that moderators can read without l...
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 37
Views: 21816

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

I will be starting an two-year MA program at UChicago's Divinity School. I intend to continue to play.
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 10510

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Does this tournament have a head editor? If not, how do you plan on handling the well-documented issues that arise in the absence of one?
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 10763

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

Edit: I've asked a few non-involved science people about this (withholding names) and they unanimously agreed that it was not my place to jump in; obviously, this is a different community with a very defined set of justified beefs. I agree with this; the fact that he cheated at quizbowl is a matter...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 19349

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

OK, but if someone has a friend group who you see only in an extremely limited window of time, one would think that friend group would make a point of socializing after the event that has attracted them. I've said this before, but I think it's bizarre, to say the least, that quizbowl regularly conv...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 19349

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Why is it like pulling teeth for me to show up to ICT and convince people to leave the tournament at the end of the day and go eat a good dinner and then go out to enjoy a little nightlife in one of the largest cities in America? Isn't that what friends do? I enjoy the Chicago dining and nightlife ...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 5645

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

My point is something like this: it's clearly possible to have equally hard tossups on answerlines that, in themselves, have rather different "familiarity rates." If, as Jacob says, the questions are written with an eye to keeping difficulty consistent and then, after the fact, you decide ...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 5645

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

I'm against making the questions harder in the finals, but I'm perfectly fine with shifting some of the harder answerlines in the set to later packets, and we should make sure we're distinguishing between the two when we talk about it.
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 39212

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I think MJ/Jacob's assessment of this set as "nats with generally more accessible answerlines" (apologies if this is too much of a caricature) pretty accurately characterizes my experience playing it. I certainly do not think it qualifies as nats+, at least in those categories where I know...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 11154

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

Why is the history side event being run in the evening if there are no planned side events for Sunday*? I imagine we will all be rather tired after a long day of quizbowl, and running it in the morning seems somewhat better for everyone involved, unless there are extenuating circumstances that I'm u...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 13363

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

In my experience, many (in fact, likely the majority) of buzzes that are "on the first sentence" or "on the first clue" have a buzzpoint somewhere in the second sentence or later, because of parsing time/cautiousness/etc. In addition to the many arguments given elsewhere on these...
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 6116

Re: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)

Echoing what was said above, I was very excited for some of our newest players to get a chance to compete without the shadow of more experienced teammates. These are promising and motivated players, and it's very sad to see a group of true novices miss out on a tournament win to a team with a combin...
by heterodyne
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)
Replies: 13
Views: 6454

Re: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)

Milhouse wrote: Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:17 pm but isnt that not chicago b then
Yes. Chris likely marked it as such, not realizing B would be somewhere else. This will be resolved before the tournament. In the meantime, I am sure you will survive the disarray this confusion has thrown you into.
by heterodyne
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)
Replies: 13
Views: 6454

Re: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)

Is the Chicago B registered here the same Chicago B that's playing this at Hopkins two weeks prior, did Chicago drop their second team from the Hopkins mirror and that post just hasn't been updated, is the second Chicago team at Hopkins actually Chicago C, is "Chicago B" here a questionab...
by heterodyne
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 9263

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Detailed statistics are useful to any team trying to identify their weaknesses and improve, as well as any team attempting to compare their knowledge base to opponents they were not playing in a given game. Suggesting that their utility for player analysis only applies to the top 20 teams is mislead...
by heterodyne
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 72
Views: 40138

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

First off, it’s just veritably false that UIUC would have a smaller local staffing pool than Lexington. The population of quizbowlers around Champaign during the summer is so much higher than Lexington that I just don’t understand how the conclusion that UIUC would have less local staff could be ma...
by heterodyne
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 72
Views: 40138

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

The other bid was from Champaign, Illinois. It was a good bid, but it included less local staff and equivalent travel costs for teams. I also spoke with a few people from Illinois, who told me it would be easier to travel to Lexington than Champaign. Jacob has already commented on the insanity of c...
by heterodyne
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT
Replies: 7
Views: 4498

Re: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT

Since this is something I only announced in this thread, I'll also announce here that the Pop Culture National is not going to debut in 2019. I'll be looking at 2020. Won't CO Trash also be happening in 2020, as a presumably better candidate for the descriptor "open tournament intended to dete...