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by Progcon
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: DCC Novice Tournament (October 19th-SCOP Novice)
Replies: 4
Views: 605

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: 43
Views: 7810

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: 43
Views: 7810

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: 43
Views: 7810

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: 43
Views: 7810

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: 43
Views: 7810

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: 7316

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: 8002

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: 1104

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: 1
Views: 720

Re: Spring Undergraduate Novice 2020 (Easy Difficulty)

This post is reserved for mirrors and related updates.
by Progcon
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spring Undergraduate Novice 2020 (Easy Difficulty)
Replies: 1
Views: 720

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: 2301

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: 2301

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: 7316

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: 4181

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: 12324

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: 2389

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: 4181

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: 43
Views: 7810

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: 7865

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: 43
Views: 7810

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: 2264

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: 7865

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: 60
Views: 17991

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: 1167

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: 60
Views: 17991

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: 6507

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: 6507

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: 14145

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: 6507

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: 133
Views: 17351

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: 12324

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: 13438

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: 13438

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: 13438

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.
by Progcon
Fri May 17, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online Restricted Open Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 2400

Re: ILLIAC Online Restricted Open Mirror

Please send out an email to teams with the Discord link. I'd like this tournament to start as smoothly as possible. Thanks.
by Progcon
Mon May 13, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 12324

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

If MIxtape isn't run earlier, this would seem to be an ideal place to run it, no? I know several people in the region are planning to write for it.
by Progcon
Sun May 12, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: FTP 3: The Final Sequence (Summer 2018)
Replies: 8
Views: 5645

Re: FTP 3: The Final Sequence (Summer 2018)

The set is being uploaded to the database. I hope people enjoy it and feedback is still encouraged. This set should be perfect for summer QB car rides or quizbowl casual get-togethers.

Edit: yup
by Progcon
Fri May 10, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 43
Views: 7810

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I will be sending out the templates tomorrow. Let me know if you still want to write!
by Progcon
Thu May 09, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: East Lansing, Michigan summer practices
Replies: 1
Views: 1281

East Lansing, Michigan summer practices

Hi, I am living in East Lansing until August for at least part of the week and would be interested in hosting practices on MSU's campus on some night between Monday and Wednesday. If interested, please post here or email me with your preferred day of the week. We will be reading stuff that is approp...
by Progcon
Mon May 06, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 6581

Re: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019

I sent an email to the relevant parties, but I'd like to congratulate the following players on being selected to the Michigan 2019 NASAT team: Jason Lewis, Grosse Pointe South James Stephenson, Grosse Pointe South Aleija Rodriguez, Monroe County Middle College Drew Kiesling, DeWitt High School I ho...
by Progcon
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror
Replies: 16
Views: 4631

Re: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror

When will a thread for the collegiate mirror go up? My team and I would like to register.
by Progcon
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror
Replies: 16
Views: 4631

Re: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror

Given the timing of this tournament, is one's affiliation for thi sevent the school they played for in the 2018-2019 academic year, or the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year? I am also a bit confused on the nature of the closed mirror. Will it be for both closed high school and collegiate teams?
by Progcon
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 6581

Re: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019

I sent an email to the relevant parties, but I'd like to congratulate the following players on being selected to the Michigan 2019 NASAT team: Jason Lewis, Grosse Pointe South James Stephenson, Grosse Pointe South Aleija Rodriguez, Monroe County Middle College Drew Kiesling, DeWitt High School I hop...
by Progcon
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: California Summer Open(s)?
Replies: 15
Views: 4696

Re: California Summer Open(s)?

Likewise, I'd be interested in attending a California event if it's after I move to San Diego in late July/early August. Who is going to host and what dates are being considered? Perhaps a date poll would help speed this process up.
by Progcon
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 37
Views: 14724

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

I have elected to continue my academic study of the dismal science by entering a PhD program at UC San Diego. Of course, I will aim to staff events in the area and if UCSD B or C needs a player with sports knowledge and proximate "knowledge" of various other topics including economics, I may play.
by Progcon
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 43
Views: 7810

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I have updated the second post with a list of committed packets. I'm probably going to cap the number of packets at 16 or possibly fewer depending on the quality of submissions. I am super excited that people are interesting in submitting and I hope people do not feel bad if their packets are combin...
by Progcon
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 6581

Re: Michigan Discussion and Schedule 2018-2019

Only a handful of students have contacted me about NASAT. I'd like at least 8 or so students to try out so we can form the strongest team possible. I plan on helping to prepare the team this year as I want Michigan to do as well at NASAT as possible. Email me if you are interested in trying out at N...
by Progcon
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 43
Views: 7810

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

I just wanted to say that I've been blown away by the support for this event! I have already gotten almost 10 people to commit to writing which is pretty great. I still would appreciate packet commitments especially from groups that are typically underrepresented among quizbowl writers. I plan to se...
by Progcon
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CANCELLED: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 43
Views: 7865

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

While I am not opposed to playing alternative formats at events like this, I think I would prefer just playing some side events. There are a lot this year and it's going to be hard to fit them into one larger side event weekend (ala UIUC last year). If you guys want to run say 3 or 4 trash events, I...