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by Progcon
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Michigan Winter @ UCSD (February 1, 2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Re: Michigan Winter @ UCSD (February 1, 2020)

We currently have 5 non-house teams registered for this event. Ideally, we if we could wrangle up some more local teams, that would be awesome. Please let me know if you if you'd like to play this event ASAP. I'm hoping for either an 8 or 6 team mirror to make the numbers as seamless as possible. Th...
by Progcon
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying Current Events
Replies: 12
Views: 1573

Re: Studying Current Events

Hey Cade, Like with any other category, the best way to lock down your subject is via immersion. This sounds daunting, but realistically in the case of Current Events, it just means keeping up to date on the news. How is this accomplished then? For quiz bowl (and in general; being up to date is ver...
by Progcon
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 13857

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Packets are being uploaded to the archive. Let me know if there are any errors and I will fix them. I mostly edited for formatting and some grammar things.
by Progcon
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spring Undergraduate Novice 2020 (Easy Difficulty)
Replies: 2
Views: 1795

Re: Spring Undergraduate Novice 2020 (Easy Difficulty)

I added some mirrors to the list. I am still actively seeking mirrors especially in high-density quizbowl areas such as the Midwest west, of say, Ohio. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested because I believe this set should be played by as many teams as possible. Additionally, I am still seek...
by Progcon
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019
Replies: 11
Views: 4049

Re: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019

Alex Damisch and ACF have been putting together a more sustained and professional version of this list I'd invite every collegiate team to check it out!

Link


At this time, I'm considering my lit to be deprecated and I'd invite teams to check out ACF's list instead.
by Progcon
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3740

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

In the OP, Harris notes that it would take "a group of less-experienced writers" about six hours to write 12/12, which comes out to an average of 15 minutes per question. This was surprising to me, because I would have guessed that it takes inexperienced writers much longer to write questions. Whil...
by Progcon
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019
Replies: 11
Views: 4049

Re: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019

The first master sheet and the by region sheets are redundant with each other. Is there a way to consolidate info so people just need to update info in a single place? eg delete master sheet and just have people update by region sheets, or have people update master sheet and protected by region she...
by Progcon
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019
Replies: 11
Views: 4049

Re: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019

I just wanted to bump this for people to update their contact information. Please fill in especially new clubs and teams that might have played ACF Fall this year! I am not sure if anyone is willing and able to verify the contact information of teams on this list, but I feel lists like this are very...
by Progcon
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Michigan Winter @ UCSD (February 1, 2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Re: Michigan Winter @ UCSD (February 1, 2020)

This post is reserved for field updates.

Team(s)/Buzzers/Staffers
UCSD/ >=1 /many
ASU/1/0
Westview HS/2/0
Brophy College Prep 1/0/0
UCLA 1/0/0
Del Norte HS 1/?/?

EDIT: last updated January 22
by Progcon
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Michigan Winter @ UCSD (February 1, 2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Michigan Winter @ UCSD (February 1, 2020)

The UCSD quizbowl team is pleased to announce a mirror of Michigan Winter Tournament (MWT) on February 1, 2020. I will be directing this mirror. Details are available here and me and the other writers are confident this is a set teams from across the skill distribution should feel comfortable playin...
by Progcon
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3740

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

My understanding is that the majority of the set had to be written and edited in a month. This doesn't seem ideal and is caused by the packet submission model. I don't mean to discount the rest of your post, which I think raises a number of valuable points for consideration. However, I did want to ...
by Progcon
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3740

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

My understanding is that the majority of the set had to be written and edited in a month. This doesn't seem ideal and is caused by the packet submission model. I don't mean to discount the rest of your post, which I think raises a number of valuable points for consideration. However, I did want to ...
by Progcon
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3740

Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

It’s time for ACF to stop using packet submission as a model for Fall. It fosters several perverse incentives and negative consequences that I will outline them using a combination of anecdotes and explanation. 1. First and chiefly, the best writers in quizbowl should not be playing ACF Fall which d...
by Progcon
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 ACF Fall at UCLA (11/02/2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 1526

Re: 2019 ACF Fall at UCLA (11/02/2019)

So apparently, several teams from this site left early which really delayed re-bracketing and worsened the tournament for other teams. Please do not do this in the future! If you need to leave early, it's best to tell the TD ahead of time so this issue does not arise. The effect of teams leaving ear...
by Progcon
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla Social Science (Fall 2020)
Replies: 8
Views: 3510

Re: Guerilla Social Science (Terrapin Open Side Event)

I'm very excited for this. I'm not sure where if/when/where I'll play Terrapin Open, but regardless, I'm seeking a collaborator for this. I'd be interested in writing economics obviously and I have some spicy ideas in other categories saved up. Preferably, a collaborator could write any of law, ling...
by Progcon
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: DCC Novice Tournament (October 19th-SCOP Novice)
Replies: 4
Views: 2249

Re: DCC Novice Tournament (October 19th-SCOP Novice)

Caveat: I did not attend this event. It doesn't seem proper that there were so many strong teams playing at an ostensibly novice event. In the future, I'd recommend to teams hosting a novice event prevent teams of players who are going to score 26 ppb from defeating less-experienced teams. DCC is a ...
by Progcon
Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 13857

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I can do so absolutely. I'll start at 6 Eastern or 3 Pacific. Thanks for reminding me.
by Progcon
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 13857

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Attention all: I have decided to revise this again. This Sunday, Sept. 22, I will be reading as many packets as possible starting at 6 pm Eastern or 3 pm Pacific in the normal Quizbowl Discord #packet room. I would highly, highly, encourage you to donate at least $10 to the Lansing food bank if you...
by Progcon
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 13857

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Attention all: I have decided to revise this again. This Sunday, Sept. 22, I will be reading as many packets as possible starting at 6 pm Eastern or 3 pm Pacific in the normal Quizbowl Discord #packet room. I would highly, highly, encourage you to donate at least $10 to the Lansing food bank if you ...
by Progcon
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 13857

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

The online mirror will be Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22. I will try to start at 6 pm Pacific or 9 pm Eastern. I will probably use a private Discord for his in order to try to encourage participants to donate. Please PM/email if interested.
by Progcon
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 13857

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Is there a possibility of an online mirror of this? I’d be interested in paying to play an online mirror. I'd also love to hear an online mirror and would be happy to support a good cause or the people who have written packets. There will be an online mirror within the next two weeks. I have been b...
by Progcon
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 18129

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

Reducing air travel by not flying in staff to national tournaments is likely a bad idea, because it reduces the quality of the staff pool while not really making an impact on the environment (as others have observed, those flights are almost certainly taking off anyway, with or without NCT/ACF Nats...
by Progcon
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll 2019-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 12945

Re: Preseason Poll 2019-2020

It's good to see this is happening. This poll usually does not get a lot of votes despite the overall community interest and hopefully this changes this year. Is there any reason this poll is due so early? Many schools won't even have had opening meetings by the time the poll is due, so it seems sil...
by Progcon
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QEMS2 Appears to be down
Replies: 6
Views: 3849

Re: QEMS2 Appears to be down

I'm a high schooler who is interested in using QEMS2 as a method of possibly writing small housewrite packets. However, after I created an account on QEMS2, it redirected me to verify my account, and when I attempted to connect to the "accounts" page, it doesn't appear to work and the domain cannot...
by Progcon
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spring Undergraduate Novice 2020 (Easy Difficulty)
Replies: 2
Views: 1795

Re: Spring Undergraduate Novice 2020 (Easy Difficulty)

Mirrors:

Mid-Atlantic: Princeton April 11
Great-Lakes/Ohio: Penn State April 11
East South Central: South Carolina March ?
by Progcon
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spring Undergraduate Novice 2020 (Easy Difficulty)
Replies: 2
Views: 1795

Spring Undergraduate Novice 2020 (Easy Difficulty)

I am pleased to announce 2020’s edition of the Spring Undergraduate Novice tournament. I hope this can become a yearly tradition. I was motivated to work on this tournament after reading Chris Chiego’s excellent thread here . This tournament is the unofficial successor to the Florida Spring Tourname...
by Progcon
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing QuizDroid PacketBuilder (qems csv --> packetized LaTeX pdfs)
Replies: 9
Views: 5724

Re: Introducing QuizDroid PacketBuilder (qems csv --> packetized LaTeX pdfs)

That sounds great, Harris. It would be excellent to cut down QEMS packetizing from a several-hour task to a several-minute one, especially if no special knowledge is required. Thanks to both of you for your work on this project! I timed it with the SHW csv, and it takes about a minute. Of course, s...
by Progcon
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing QuizDroid PacketBuilder (qems csv --> packetized LaTeX pdfs)
Replies: 9
Views: 5724

Re: Introducing QuizDroid PacketBuilder (qems csv --> packetized LaTeX pdfs)

This is a welcome development, but I think it would be extremely helpful to have a program that outputs this to Word, which is a document format that most people are more familiar with and allows for quick editing in Word or Google docs. Also, I'm not sure whether the final output is in columns, as...
by Progcon
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 18129

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

This is a good, thought-provoking thread. Perhaps we should using paper packets as often as we do. I can't imagine it's very environmentally conscious to use the thousands of pieces of paper that HSCNT or similar tournaments require. A proper substitute for paper packets (PDFs and laptops) has exist...
by Progcon
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Birth of a Nation: Slapdash Michigan Shootout Day (July 6)
Replies: 29
Views: 8478

Re: The Birth of a Nation: Slapdash Michigan Shootout Day (July 6)

So this happened I suppose. Stats from Star Bowl are posted below. Mike Cheyne and Connor Teevens battled it out for Sci-Fi supremacy with Connor taking it in the last round. I was just happy to not be in the negatives. Kenji won both rounds of mixtape played and we did not keep score for No Banter,...
by Progcon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 19491

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

Given that this will be my last event in the Midwest for the foreseeable future, I'd very much like to play CamO and Super Acronym with some new people.
by Progcon
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: FONS V (Novice) (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)
Replies: 12
Views: 5334

Re: FONS V (Novice+)

Pedro raises some very good points. Based off the history of this set and until these basic minimums of set quality are met, I'd caution against mirroring this set.
by Progcon
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Birth of a Nation: Slapdash Michigan Shootout Day (July 6)
Replies: 29
Views: 8478

Re: Interest in Slapdash Michigan Shootout Day (July 6 or 13)

Yeah, that's a thing wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:59 pm
Does anyone have a buzzer set they can bring? I have on old Judge with somewhere between 4-6 functioning pedals.
I can bring the MSU buzzer set. I would much prefer if this were on July 13 weekend.
by Progcon
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 13857

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

1mizfan wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:26 pm
Do you still need help writing for this?
You are welcome to submit questions if you'd like.
by Progcon
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: CANCELLED: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 13631

Re: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019

So I'm certainly willing to attend but I'm not sure why this is is unexpected when six people confirmed that this weekend was okay as indicated by the poll above. I haven't yet confirmed because I wasn't sure if this was happening and didn't want to be out the hotel money. Again, I'd highly recommen...
by Progcon
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 13857

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Templates were sent to the following people several weekends ago: Harris Bunker Taylor Harvey Chris Borglum Erik Christensen Nolan (half?) Eric Douglass Tim Morrison Purdue Quizbowl NYU Quizbowl Mike Cheyne William Golden Seth Kendall Aaron Dos Remedios Mazin Omer et al. Seth Ebner Max Wallace Pleas...
by Progcon
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Set Collaboration Thread-2019-2020 Season
Replies: 8
Views: 4867

Re: Set Collaboration Thread-2019-2020 Season

I don't think I will time in the fall to work on any high school sets but one thing I would encourage high school writers to take advantage of is playtesting with college players. I and other college/open people would be happy to playtest questions if we have the time. I think WHAQ III did this very...
by Progcon
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CANCELLED: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 13631

Re: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019

12 would seem really optimistic seeing as how only 8 people said they were able to come on the poll. Maybe like 8-10 plus Purdue people? I guess I don't know how much getting rooms costs. We could also scale back to one day. I very much endorse the idea of one day event. That makes it much easier f...
by Progcon
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 24253

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

If you want this to run at PACE, please let me know ASAP.
by Progcon
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: 64-bit Soundbyte - Gaming/Music Mini-Event (Gauging Interest)
Replies: 4
Views: 3859

Re: 64-bit Soundbyte - Gaming/Music Mini-Event (Gauging Interest)

Cheynem wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:14 pm
I'd like that but I wouldn't be good.
I concur.
by Progcon
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 24253

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

2. I'm more than willing to mirror this tournament (for the same fee, 15$/player) at HSNCT, PACE, and/or online (after NSC), depending on the amount of interest. I've had some requests to mirror it at HSNCT in particular. I've added tabs to the spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1w...
by Progcon
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)
Replies: 24
Views: 11111

Re: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)

I have yet to hear back from anyone on this, so at this time, the PACE reading will not take place. Contact me ASAP if you are still interested in playing.
by Progcon
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)
Replies: 24
Views: 11111

Re: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)

I sent the set to Harris in case anyone wants to play at NSC. I'm glad people like the event and definitely plan to keep organizing it in the future. So I'd prefer this to be Friday night after the Toronto/Golden State game. I'm going to try to go watch it at a local bar or restaurant and it'd be g...
by Progcon
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 15193

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

The set is now available. Please email me any errors or spelling/grammar mistakes within the coming weeks. I will then post the PDFs.
by Progcon
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)
Replies: 24
Views: 11111

Re: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)

At the risk of sounding like an idiot, I think events like this in some way are some of the purest form of quizbowl. No buzzers, no sleep, people sitting around a room from midnight to 1 AM, trying to answer increasingly harder and more obscure questions. I'd like to echo this statement. This set w...
by Progcon
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 36337

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

When an L 2 penalty is used in this process, the result is called Tikhonov regularization, or the "ridge" version of this process. In one form of this process, the matrix " X transpose X inverse X transpose" is called the "hat matrix." By the Gauss- (*) Markov theorem, the best unbiased estimator f...
by Progcon
Thu May 30, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 19491

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

I didn't get to play META at HSNCT, so I wouldn't mind playing that here. MIXTAPE is being run at Purdue, but could also presumably be remixed here. I might also have some film packets ready by this time. Would like playing Unanswered Question if that's done by this point. Depending on how many pac...
by Progcon
Tue May 21, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening
Replies: 34
Views: 18915

Re: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening

Thanks for the public lecture on how I’m doing my work wrong without even seeing what that work is, I guess?? I don't believe this level of sarcasm is warranted when I used the word "recommend." I think me and the rest of the community want HSQBRank to keep happening in the future, and I think we a...
by Progcon
Mon May 20, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening
Replies: 34
Views: 18915

Re: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening

Can you please post the code you used to calculate these adjustments and rankings? I think this work should be easily reproducible to make sure it is 100 percent accurate. It’s not code, it’s an Excel sheet where I hand calculate the adjustments. I’d be happy to post the stats I have collected, tho...
by Progcon
Mon May 20, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening
Replies: 34
Views: 18915

Re: HSQBRank 2018-19: Is Happening

Can you please post the code you used to calculate these adjustments and rankings? I think this work should be easily reproducible to make sure it is 100 percent accurate.