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by Jem Casey
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 18133

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

2) The tossup on Sogdian s had an abysmal answerline with nothing else in it besides the primary one. This is particularly bad because "Sogdian" is a fairly generic term that, in ancient sources, seems to refer to urbanized East Iranians who spoke the common language of "Sogdian" (which, I might ad...
by Jem Casey
Thu May 17, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 30780

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

I'd like to play this. If you want a fourth scorer who knows some things about indie music, baseball, and a select few tv shows/movies, and who may be useful on academic/academic-adjacent things that crop up, put me on your team!
by Jem Casey
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7107

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Going to be playtesting 14/14 philosophy and possibly some lit questions starting at 10:30 EST; PM me for irc room details.
by Jem Casey
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7107

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Lit playtesting is beginning now.
by Jem Casey
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7107

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

After Andrew's session this evening (i.e. beginning around 9:45 pm CST), I'll be playtesting a batch of the set's literature questions in the same irc channel. If you're interested but won't be participating in Andrew's playtesting, PM me.
by Jem Casey
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2720

Re: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

To everyone joining the forum after this first crop of mirrors, welcome and thanks for playing SMT! As the set's head editor, I'd like to thank all the other editors and writers whom Young graciously named above for their work on the set--as well as Young himself, without whose vision, tireless logi...
by Jem Casey
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WAO II at Princeton - Nov. 18
Replies: 23
Views: 8273

Re: WAO II at Princeton - Nov. 18

Naveed, Ophir, and I are looking for a fourth teammate, preferably someone who can buzz on SCIENCE and is willing to write a few SCIENCE questions for our submission this week. PM me if you're interested.
by Jem Casey
Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thought Monstrosity on Skype (August 26th, 2017)
Replies: 9
Views: 3857

Re: Thought Monstrosity on Skype (August 26th, 2017)

I'm playing this. Let me know if you're interested in teaming up

Edit: I'll be playing with Jason Golfinos :party:
by Jem Casey
Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 5041

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts Discussion

The set has been added to the archive and is available here!
by Jem Casey
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 16216

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I respect Ike's vision, but I'm sort of puzzled...did anyone find the last few years of CO "overly canonical" or "too easy"? Indeed, people complained that last year's CO was too hard as well. Did we need a tournament to amp up difficulty so much in order to get interested in learning again? I thou...
by Jem Casey
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17912

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

Full detailed stats from the CO site are available here. Full detailed stats for the Skype mirror are here. Thanks again to Ophir for making these!

Edit: please PM or email me or Ophir with corrections or problems accessing the sheets.
by Jem Casey
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 5041

Jordaens Visual Arts Discussion

Since there are no more planned mirrors of Jordaens Visual Arts, please use this thread for any and all discussion of the set, be it general thoughts, comments on specific questions, or errata. Some thanks are in order, first and foremost to my co-writer Sarang Yeola. Sarang wrote 13 questions, a to...
by Jem Casey
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17912

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

If I have time, I'll read the tiebreakers packet and the three extra tb questions after Auroni reads the It's Lit packet. Also, thanks to Billy Busse, Halle Friedman, Jason Golfinos, Eliza Grames, Saul Hankin, Ophir Lifshitz, Tejas Raje, and Ryan Rosenberg for moderating, to Joe Su for handling stat...
by Jem Casey
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17912

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

John Lawrence and Jacob Reed beat Matt Bollinger, Trevor Davis, and Jason Thompson in the final to win the tournament. Thanks to everyone for playing; hope you all enjoyed the set.
by Jem Casey
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17912

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

Brackets are as follows. Please contact me privately if they look seriously unbalanced. Bracket 1 Athena Kern/Joey Goldman Aidan Mehigan/Bernadette Spencer/Chris Ray Raynor Kuang/Robert Chu Charles Hang/Patrick Butenhoff/Michael Coates Ryan Humphrey/Marianna Zhang/Foster Hughes Auroni Gupta/Will Ned...
by Jem Casey
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17912

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

I was under the impression Jason Asher already asked you to waitlist the two of us (initially as a team) - but in case he did not, we are interested in playing if you are assigning free agents to teams. Thanks. I don't believe I heard from Jason, but in any case you guys and the other free agents h...
by Jem Casey
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17912

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

I'll be assigning free agents to teams tomorrow evening, but feel free to find your own team before then.
by Jem Casey
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)
Replies: 19
Views: 7737

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)

For those unfamiliar with the IRC, you can access the channel here. Apologies for not providing a link sooner.
by Jem Casey
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)
Replies: 19
Views: 7737

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)

Ophir: hftf__ May want to get this corrected in the Google docs (Ophir is listed as htft__ --- that is, the "t's" and "f's" are switched). Otherwise, folks'll be adding some Skype rando. Thanks, Travis. Due to some player movement, we only have seven teams for this Skype mirror. We are looking for ...
by Jem Casey
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)
Replies: 19
Views: 7737

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)

It looked like the field was filling up so I put myself down for the last spot, but I don't have a teammate at the moment. I'm fine playing with anyone who doesn't neg too much. Seems like expanding to 8 teams wouldn't be a bad idea though, if there's available staff. Locking down a fourth moderato...
by Jem Casey
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)
Replies: 19
Views: 7737

Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)

I’m pleased to announce that an online mirror of Jordaens Visual Arts will be held at 8 pm EST on Saturday, July 15th. The purpose of hosting the online mirror before the set is played on Chicago Open Sunday is twofold: to fine-tune through playtesting what will already be a mostly polished set (sim...
by Jem Casey
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17912

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

With 15 teams signed up, I wanted to state explicitly (as I should have done a while ago) that the field is capped at 16 teams due to the number of packets in the set (9). If no one objects, we'll do the same schedule as the 2015 Visual Arts event--two brackets of eight, with winner of each bracket ...
by Jem Casey
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 37327

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

*the question to ask here is “where is a player in this field most likely to have learned this information?" "A CO packet" is probably a bad answer to this. A followup question is, "If it’s very unlikely to produce buzzes, is there any reason to put it in the question?" "Yes, to teach players about...
by Jem Casey
Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 37327

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

Hi all, I'm a person who wrote for NSC--specifically 64/41 questions, most of which were literature. Of my 59 literature tossups, 23 had answers that were not works, authors, or characters; so, my work for the set represented a not insignificant contribution to the "extremely large number of common-...
by Jem Casey
Wed May 10, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Subject-specific player polls
Replies: 29
Views: 12485

Re: Subject-specific player polls

I am late here as always, but wanted to shout out my teammates for being very good at their categories, since their countless hours of work and elite specialism may have been somewhat obscured by the stats and their bad luck on ACF Nationals 2017 – Editors’ Finals 1 (which was by far the worst packe...
by Jem Casey
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2017 Team Formation
Replies: 23
Views: 12648

Re: CO 2017 Team Formation

Hey, put Weijia Cheng on your CO team! I can pretty much guarantee that he'll get every religion question you don't neg him out of, plus lots of history, econ, and other random things.
by Jem Casey
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17912

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

Cheynem wrote:Sorry if this is the wrong thread, but what, if any, are other events happening on the CO Sunday?
I believe the other planned events are It's Lit and Naveed Bork Memorial.
by Jem Casey
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 17912

Jordaens Visual Arts

This is a somewhat overdue announcement for Jordaens Visual Arts Tournament, a tossups-only visual fine arts tournament to be played on Sunday, July 23rd at CO 2017. Named in honor of beloved Flemish artist Jacob Jordaens, the set will consist of 9 packets, and is being written by myself and Sarang ...
by Jem Casey
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8834

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I'm rather late, but just wanted to enumerate a few strengths and possible shortcomings of what was clearly a good open-level tournament. By category: Literature: Auroni did great work here. Tossup difficulty was consistent and reasonable, clues were evocative, and the few questions that pushed into...
by Jem Casey
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime at Maryland (March 4, 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 3810

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime at Maryland (March 4, 2017)

After the main event, 7 rounds of FRENCH (using packets 1-3, then 7-10) and 7 rounds of Scattergories (using packets 1-7) were played, both as one room shoot-outs. The final scores were: FRENCH Jordan Brownstein: 320 (joined for rounds 4-7) Richard Yu: 305 Brian Stack: 300 Jonathan Magin: 125 Lucian...
by Jem Casey
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Scattergories (February 2017)
Replies: 20
Views: 9618

Re: Scattergories (February 2017)

pure joy in quizbowl form 10/10
by Jem Casey
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13593

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

(This) Tournament was a Crime. It...wasn't very good. So, this is wrong. As Mike said, the set wasn't perfect, but had tons of wonderful questions and was competent throughout. If you're on the fence about playing it—say, for example, at the conveniently-located mirror at UMD this coming Saturday —...
by Jem Casey
Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2475

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

Yeah, I'm not sure what evidence is being (or could possibly be) adduced for the claim that "middle parts seem to have been chosen with the philosophy that anything that comes up at hard tournaments is fair." Of the things pointed out in my categories, I think a lot more of it is about a misjudgmen...
by Jem Casey
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2475

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

This was a very good set, and one that truly had that coveted "intellectual experience" feel to it. Perhaps authorial intent has no place in quizbowl discussion, but what Will said about "personal flavor" was a plus for me; many questions felt charged with the enthusiasm that they were written with,...
by Jem Casey
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes VIII discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 2255

Re: Eyes VIII discussion

This was a very fun set. To quote Cody's description of another Mike Bentley product, Eyes is always a "true quizbowl treasure." A bunch of the slides seemed "transparent." I note this is a pretty common useless complaint sometimes, but questions like "Heracles killing hydra," "Elizabeth," (and othe...
by Jem Casey
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Date Poll
Replies: 4
Views: 2679

Re: Chicago Open Date Poll

July 22nd is the most popular date for Chicago Open, so we're rolling with that. Unless I am mistaken, the only event on the docket besides Chicago Open proper is Auroni's literature tournament. Please post here if you wish for your event to be added to the docket on Sunday. Sarang Yeola and I are ...
by Jem Casey
Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin XXIX Skype mirror (January 7, 2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 3031

Re: Terrapin XXIX Skype mirror (January 7, 2017)

Would you be willing to let someone play this if they have had 3-ish tossups in packet 14 spoiled for them (from being told about how the Ohio State vs. Chicago final played out)--and thus can't play packet 14--but otherwise know nothing about the set? If not, I completely understand. If you want s...
by Jem Casey
Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 17438

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

I will just say that I don't think any of this is particularly difficult or necessarily earth-shattering. I think of the history question writers I enjoy (Chris Ray, Mike Bentley when he's being whimsical, Matt Weiner) and they already do these things people are calling for; I mean, as Matt Bolling...
by Jem Casey
Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 17438

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

Nonetheless, I don't like the fact that there's this sort of underclass of topics that people really do know about and that really are important, and that really seem to me to "belong to history," but can't be asked about in quizbowl because they "aren't really history." This is a really important ...
by Jem Casey
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 17438

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

While trapped in the airport without wifi earlier today, I wrote the following brain dump; the conversation has moved a bit since then, but I'll just put it up unedited. This post will be concerned with the European history distributional changes discussed so far, and not Jacob’s suggestion for the ...
by Jem Casey
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 18646

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

I'll let Jordan and Maryland step in here to give a full response to this, but Naveed this does seem needlessly aggressive. Will Alston got permission to play this tournament from Jordan at the UCLA site; I almost applied for the same thing because it's a Jordan Brownstein tournament. I certainly d...
by Jem Casey
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8541

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

So, I understand that almost all the books referenced in that tossup refer to the "working class" in their titles, but "proletariat" in common usage is often basically a synonym for the working class. Is there a reason not to just accept this, especially given that some of these books are by Marxis...
by Jem Casey
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8541

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Can I see the tossup on English workers or whatever the exact answerline was? A teammate negged with "Proletariat" and didn't know what to say after being prompted. I was thinking just like "factory worker in England" right before he buzzed. A book partly titled for this group claims that Methodism...
by Jem Casey
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8541

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Although I liked the drama in general, the Picnic tossup was exceedingly difficult. Everything up to "getting drunk on a man's whisky" could easily be lead-in lines, and were somewhat random lines from the play unconnected with the main plot. I appreciated the mention of Caryl Churchill, though--al...
by Jem Casey
Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8541

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Also, can I see the tossup on Antigone? I think I heard the pronoun for the leadin as "this play" and despite remembering that particular Eurydice anachronism I got really confused thinking "no way would they toss up Anouilh's Antigone , this must be from something else" and waited until it mention...
by Jem Casey
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8541

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Sorry about the weird timing, but I just remembered: there was a bonus part on Jusepe de Ribera which I was originally going to answer with "de Ribera," but then mentioned "a certain Italian nickname," so I said Lo Spagnoletto—which wasn't part of the answerline for some reason? The wording was act...
by Jem Casey
Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8541

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Short-beaked echidna wrote:The (excellent) tossup on Dickinson's 'graves' misquotes "I died for beauty, but was scarce" as saying "as kinsmen met at night" when it should be "as kinsmen met a night"
Fixed, thanks. Glad you liked it!
by Jem Casey
Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8541

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Hmm, I don't think I ever heard the stack/hash questions. Rather than wait for the set to come out, could I see them here? Sure. The article “The Geometry of Innocent Flesh on the Bone” described a technique in which this structure is made to execute bits of code called gadgets; that technique is R...
by Jem Casey
Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 8541

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

I profusely apologize about the state of the computer science in the set. Unfortunately I know very, very little about computer science and did not delegate effectively, so stuff got pushed to last-minute and most of it was written the night before and/or completely unedited. I will make sure ALL o...