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by John Ketzkorn
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3945

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

Part of the problem with the Tyndall question may be its focus on a single person. Science on the whole tends to be about trends, major breakthroughs, and successful (and attempted) paradigm shifts (such as the development of string theory for example). The Tyndall question was pretty biographic and...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 3945

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

We need to understand that even when we think we've got it under control, we probably still haven't gone far enough. This is a big takeaway from this year. This year's editing team did a great job of rewarding people for knowing things. We often fall into a bias of "well, I know this thing, so it m...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 18345

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

DumbJaques wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:37 am
Please make every effort to pay me at some point tomorrow. I will not be accepting cash.
Given that this is the case, is there anyone willing to do cash -> venmo this year?
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Different Styles of Making Flashcards
Replies: 11
Views: 1372

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 John Ketzkorn
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Friday night, we played Imaginary Landscape No. 5 and META. John Lawrence decidedly took IL5. Imaginary Landscape Standings (10/-5) John Lawrence (89/13): -- 825 points Kai Smith (34/1): -- 335 points Bryan Lu (12/1): -- 115 points Colby Burnett (5/1): -- 45 points Mike Cheyne (4/0): -- 40 points Ha...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

For those that had Jimmy Johns on Sunday evening when we were running Unanswered Question, Tyler Vaughan graciously payed for those out of pocket and hasn't received much in way of payment. Please, if you were part of the order and you haven't already, venmo him $5 . His venmo is @Tyler-Vaughan-9
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Two things I'd like to remind people to be aware of this weekend: 1] There's a lot of quiz bowl people want to hear and we want to get through as much of it as we can. Please try your best to have fun, but to do so without slowing any given game down too far. 2] Other people affiliated with UIUC may...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

We will be meeting at David Kinley Hall in Room 317 starting around 8:30am. I encourage people to show up early. The OP has been updated to reflect start times and schedules have been attached. If you are interested in playing Eyes, we plan to play it across the weekend over breaks in play (morning ...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Sorry to hear that about Sorice :/

For those showing up today, we are in room 317 of David Kinley at the moment.
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

As far as I'm aware, the building's air conditioning is working. In a worse case scenario, we can move back to the English building. I placed the remaining free agents onto teams for MUSES, and the fields for Saturday's events are now final. Feel free to contact me if you have reason for wanting to ...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

I plan on being there, but 5 PM is super hard on people traveling. Of course, you did say times are pending... (I will have the Look at This Photograph and BUMPY II sets if people want to play those.) Yeah, I'm thinking we'll likely stick to shootout format so people can join in as they arrive. If ...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

I plan on being there, but 5 PM is super hard on people traveling. Of course, you did say times are pending... (I will have the Look at This Photograph and BUMPY II sets if people want to play those.) Yeah, I'm thinking we'll likely stick to shootout format so people can join in as they arrive. If ...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Cheynem wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:32 am
What is happening on Friday night?
We will be playing what we have time for and pending who turns up when. We plan to start at 5pm. As of now, the schedule is:

Eyes
Soundbyte-64
META
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Neuroscience Side Event Interest Gague
Replies: 11
Views: 972

Re: Neuroscience Side Event Interest Gague

I'd be interested in playing this wherever (including HSNCT / PACE)
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PSA: Don't Write For PACE
Replies: 12
Views: 2310

Re: PSA: Don't Write For PACE

Will, I find it difficult to have sympathy for your story when you're willing to publicly call for boycotting PACE after not getting membership. It strikes me as brash and almost gives more credence to your rejection. You worked really hard and should take pride in your work; you're not always going...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

It seems there's general agreement that the schedule reflected in the OP is fine then (unanswered question on Sunday). I acknowledge that the consensus is no one wants Super Acronym cut short (we have no plans to do so). We do plan to keep the CamO mirror similar to last year (8 to 9 rounds, with to...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

We will be deciding on the order of events Has this been done yet? I should have a formal update out soon. For now, informally, the expected order is: Saturday 7/20 Cambridge Open (morning) MUSES (afternoon + evening) Sunday 7/21 Super Acronym (morning) The Unanswered Question (afternoon) Other eve...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 5019

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

To addendum the nomination blurb for Rookie of the Year and pitch my teammate Mitch McCullar: It's worth mentioning that I still studied literature in college for two years (putting up 7 powers next to Jordan Brownstein at It's Lit and winning online MASSOLIT ). Around 30-50% of my buzzes are still ...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Available for Mirroring Starting 6/30
Replies: 17
Views: 2560

Re: NASAT Available for Mirroring Starting 6/30

Am I understanding this right that the Wustl mirror is now this Sunday? as opposed to 6/29 Saturday?
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 5019

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:09 pm
I think Penn-Chicago at ICT is at least as impressive as Stanford-Columbia, but it's a close running between those two for best upset.
While it is actually closer now that you bring that up, worth reflecting that ICT's format has inherently more variance than ACF Nationals.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards
Replies: 23
Views: 5019

Re: 2018-19 Players Choice Awards

I'd like to present the following games as potential candidates for upset of the year: ACF Nationals: Stanford A 325 - Columbia A 165 Speaks for itself really - tbh this should probably win. (7-9) vs (14-3). I was gonna bring up Illinois beating Minnesota at ICT, but this is the clear winner wow.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

please don't run muses saturday morning! Worry not, the order as of now -- Friday: <nothing planned> (we 100% can run stuff Friday evening) Saturday: CamO Muses Sunday: Super Acronym The Unanswered Question It's likely we will have time for more on Sunday, possibly on Saturday, and certainly on Fri...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Seems one of the most voted for sets was Cambridge Open, so we will be bringing that back to be played on Saturday with MUSES. We will run Super Acronym and The Unanswered Question on Sunday, followed by whatever else we have time for. If there's enough interest, we can run some sets Friday evening ...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Edited my form response to make this clear as well, but I would greatly appreciate Super ACRONYM being held Sunday, since circumstances have made it such that I'm likely going to end up getting into Champaign on Saturday. This is the current plan, with the hopes of getting to shootout / play more e...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

We will be finalizing the schedule for this by next week, so if you plan on attending, please fill out the google form sometime soon, so we can get an idea for what people would like to play.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 3442

Re: Vulching

An attempt to craft a theory for more experienced players: I maintain the writer has some responsible to ensure the giveaway isn't confusing or takes away a common answer, as such I usually operate under the assumption that the giveaway clue has the highest conversion rate of all the clues. Therefor...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 31, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Cheynem wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 4:36 pm
At least the MUSES sheet doesn't have public access (unless this was intentional).
Not intentional, fell into the trap of making the link with my UIUC email (which is a closed Gsuite, so it's not public access). Should work now.
by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 31, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Once they select the events, it would be cool if someone from Illinois could set up a doc with a spreadsheet for each event, so people could make themselves available for team forming, free agents, etc. The OP has been updated with hyperlinks to team formation sheets. I'll make a meta-sheet with mu...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu May 30, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 12226

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

I would recommend using an identifier such as "This unnamed location" if you're going to write a tossup on something that doesn't have a reified name. It feels much less hacky than saying "description acceptable." All else equal I would think a simple tag like "description acceptable" would be much...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat May 18, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Super ACRONYM 2 @ Illinois - Weekend of 7/20
Replies: 1
Views: 745

Re: Super ACRONYM 2 @ Illinois - Weekend of 7/20

If you're attending Illinois's Side Event Weekend and haven't filled out this form here, please do so at your earliest convenience.
by John Ketzkorn
Wed May 15, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Yeah both of those are on Mike Cheyne's list (huge thanks for putting that together), which I've linked on the form. If you're interested in playing something and plan on attending, definitely include it in the "Tournaments you'd like to play" part of the form. Ultimately, I think we'll have a bette...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon May 13, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 9779

Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

I'm happy to announce that Illinois will be hosting a summer open on July 20th and July 21st. If you wish to join us for a lovely weekend of quiz bowl, please fill out this form . LOCATION: David Kinley Hall I'll be there around 8:00am. We will be meeting starting at 8:30am in room 317. Please try ...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 10, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Final Date Poll: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 3
Views: 1940

Re: Final Date Poll: Illinois Side Event Weekend

Done with finals so I'm working on this now. Seems like the more popular date is July. My own opinion at the moment is the August date has the benefit of giving us more time to prepare logistically and the likelihood that more sets are completed / polished by that time. I'm willing to hear opinions ...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed May 08, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 20027

Re: Player Poll 2019

Not only does he bench 195 Relevant info that may sway your deision: I believe we are talking max here and not a 5 rep or 8-12 rep marker. But regardless of his bench, he's definitely top 25 since he was already crazy good back at CO 2016 and 2017 ( he had a crazy game at CO 2016 where he was picki...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror
Replies: 16
Views: 3762

Re: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror

Hey everyone, we will be running our online mirror on May 18th (announcement to come). This will be intended for undergrads and other less dominant players. Teams are allowed to be open (as in players need not attend the same institution and may be former college students, high schoolers, middle sc...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 20027

Re: Player Poll 2019

A name that should be on your top 15 religion list. Bradley McLain . In addition to studying the bible, he's read the thing 6 times (he also won the Illinois Summer Open RAPTURE mirror). When he didn't neg himself out of it, he ended up picking up a majority of the religion / myth at ACF Nats (and I...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 20027

Re: Player Poll 2019

Geoffrey Chen was buzzing before the pronoun/referent at PIANO. He also out-powered Billy. Listen to the Science Man and vote that kid #1 on the science poll. And be afraid, be very afraid. While no one can dispute how nuts Geoffrey's play is, I'd argue this is his biggest weakness. He buzzed befor...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 20027

Re: Player Poll 2019

Besides the above 25 people, here are a few others I think deserve your consideration and have entered play or gotten really good since last year (note that this is by no means an exhaustive list, and some picks are more intended to draw attention to underrated players than to indicate what my ball...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Final Date Poll: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 3
Views: 1940

Final Date Poll: Illinois Side Event Weekend

We are deciding between these two weekends. Please try to vote for both options (even if you have a preference) if you are able to make either, and feel free to reply to this thread or message me to voice any concerns, questions, comments.
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 17456

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Overall, the difficulty of this set felt like it hit a good range of difficulty. Nothing felt too nuts to expect someone to know at least something about, and nothing felt so easy that you didn't feel rewarded for a good buzz (as far as I'm aware). Huge thank you to all the editors / writers / proof...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 3554

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

Seems like there's a big group for a July mirror, but I'm assuming if I asked people to settle on one weekend those votes would be split. I'm currently leaning towards August 17th-18th to have a buffer after CO. This has the benefit of giving writers more time to polish their sets and not accidenta...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: FOLLOW-UP: July Date Poll - Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 2
Views: 1575

FOLLOW-UP: July Date Poll - Illinois Side Event Weekend

Per Will Nediger's suggestion, I'm trying to see how available the July dates are for Illinois Side Event Weekend. If you're confident you can attend a weekend to play some quiz bowl, please vote so. Any opinions / discussion is highly appreciated.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 3554

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

Seems like there's a big group for a July mirror, but I'm assuming if I asked people to settle on one weekend those votes would be split. I'm currently leaning towards August 17th-18th to have a buffer after CO. This has the benefit of giving writers more time to polish their sets and not accidental...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 14534

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I would think 6x6 -> 3x12 is much preferable to the reverse, because it will allow the rebracket to happen at lunchtime, and because it allows more TOP. TEAMS. to play directly against each other. Considering the inherent variability with NAQT format (timed / distro by set / trash / general knowled...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 18345

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

you appear to have mistakenly placed a mandatory "other history/other academic" question in the other science distribution : I would recommend amending this Agreed, "Any science" with one being mandated as "history science" feels like its going to be slotted into "other science," which is not what ...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 3554

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

Aaron's Rod wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:46 pm
Any reason why this can't be multiple-select?
Yeah, I should have caught that earlier. This is fixed.
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CANCELLED: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 6313

Re: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?

I too would very much like to come to a UIUC side event weekend again but would very much like it to not be the weekend after CO. I think having a week in between side event weekend and chicago open is a good idea. Is UIUC open to doing the 17-18 of August? I've made a new thread so this one can be...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 3554

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

I've added "July weekend" to the poll, if July ends up being a favorite, I'll make a new thead and we'll decide on a specific weekend.
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 3554

DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

I think for UIUC people, this works best if its after CO, but before school starts. If you are interested in having this be before CO, let me know.