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by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 12146

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

The important overarching issue in my eyes is shifting from the goal of “bringing more women/POC/LGBT people into quizbowl” to the goal of “making quizbowl a better and safer space for those people”. I feel like this reframing helps a lot to work against the kind of arbitrary and ultimately condesce...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 29136

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

I think there’s a fine line with “having some care about your appearance is a good guideline” and actual real rules / codes about what acceptable dress / hair / etc is, especially when those rules do sometimes leave out people who either don’t (or can’t, because not everyone has the same hair type) ...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 18838

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

as a semi-retired SoCal qb player, I can confidently assert that a large portion of the memories I have of quizbowl are not from playing on teams associated with my schools but instead with interteam/circuit bonding - whether that was in mixed highschool/college tournaments, weekly ucsd practices th...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sun Nov 22, 2015 3:50 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 9838

Re: On Dressing Well for Staffing High School Tournaments

While I guess I understand the appeal of having small armies of teenage staffers in polos and slacks, I think we need some perspective on this. Ultimately, these are people taking huge chunks of time out of their weekend to read questions or take score for no reward other than the satisfaction of he...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: MYSTERIUM (UMD/Yale), March-April 2016
Replies: 24
Views: 17836

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: MYSTERIUM (UMD/Yale), March-April 2016

Can you expand a bit on the "GR myth will be partially covered by classical lit"? Are you just counting tossups on things like _Antigone_ and _The Odyssey_ as GR myth, or can we expect tossups on like, _Dionysus_ (using only clues from the Metamorphoses)? In either case, the focus on GR myth only se...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 3791

Re: VCU Open ‘15: Thanks and General Discussion

This is both a late and a very minor issue (this is hands down one of my favorite sets), but I noticed that a lot of the Greco-Roman mythology bonuses touched on more religious / worship / festivals than they did stories. I understand that it's a weird intersection of myth and religion and that it's...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MKULTRA - Online Mirror?
Replies: 20
Views: 8182

Re: MKULTRA - Online Mirror?

Very interested
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Using college sets for high school
Replies: 8
Views: 4506

Re: Using college sets for high school

Also, knowing harder things can often help you answer easier things. For starters, I don't think it's that unreasonable that a hard part at ACF Nats, or at least the answer itself, might come up in some capacity in a question at the first line of something like NASAT. I guess the way I'd think about...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good Teams Playing A Sets
Replies: 24
Views: 9861

Re: Good Teams Playing A Sets

Forgive me for being unclear - I meant 70% TU answered were powers, not TU heard. Under the theoretical situation I think we should avoid (good teams playing A-sets), I think it's pretty weird to use powers / TU heard as a metric given that the good teams will presumably be playing against other goo...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good Teams Playing A Sets
Replies: 24
Views: 9861

Re: Good Teams Playing A Sets

While there certainly is something to be gained if you're a top player playing an A-set, that doesn't automatically justify it. You have to think about the rest of the field, too. Even if a tournament isn't expressly billed as a novice tournament, the fact that it's run on an A-set will attract a gr...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should college regular difficulty be easier?
Replies: 13
Views: 5538

Re: Should college regular difficulty be easier?

I'm curious as to what the arguments are against lowering regionals and nationals difficulty to MUT / "nationals-" levels. I've heard from a lot of top players that "the lowest level of quizbowl they enjoy playing is MUT", and I've really never heard anyone saying "I only enjoy regionals or higher"....
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289178

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sM7 ... sp=sharing

Here's the packet, if anyone's interested. Ben Zhang narrowly beat out Eric Mukherjee with 75 points to Eric's 70 to win. Thanks to all for coming out and listening, it was fun to write!
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:02 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289178

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I will be reading a mini-packet of "Body Parts" themed questions tomorrow on the IRC at 1:30 PST. It'll probably be somewhere around 10+/10+, and it's mostly mythology with a little bit of trash thrown in there and some other random categories contributed by Jason Cheng. Be warned that, as you'd pro...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 18980

Re: 2015 HSNCT conversion stats discussion

Can I see conversion stats on the Hestia tossup? I'm wondering if the Priapus-rape clue threw off anyone else.
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14832

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

Sorry, but the whole "introduction at a dinner party" thing seems rather contrived to me, and not really at all relevant to quiz bowl. I drew up 25 random lit questions on quinterest, and extending your logic would lead to me introducing Saroyan as my "American friend", Tennyson as my "Victorian fri...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14832

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

If writers are going to try to emphasize this, they need to make sure not to let it get in the way of writing good, playable questions. A clue like "This philosopher, whose own sexuality helped enable his fascination with conformity and society" is quite vague. I guess it's okay for bonus filler if...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14832

Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions

In light of recent events, I decided to finally write this post; I've been thinking about it for a couple of months. Is membership in marginalized groups stated or implied appropriately in quiz bowl questions? Many of the important people asked about in quiz bowl are members of marginalized groups. ...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 17116

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

People on IRC were talking about the reason why people were afraid to post on the forums was because they're "starstruck" of people like the chatroom regulars. As the person who made this comment in the IRC (unless someone else used the same words), I'd like to clarify this a little bit, because it...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here
Replies: 11
Views: 8205

Re: Individual Writers Seeking Projects to Join, Post Here

I'm finishing up my work for CALI, so I'll have time to write for any event this fall. I'd be happy to write myth, philosophy, and some literature - this would be my first time writing officially at this level, but I do have some experience already.
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 8793

Re: San Diego Academic League

Biff shows Happy a rolled-up hose he found in the cellar, while Willy Loman swerves off the highway intentionally to crash and provide his family life insurance money in Death of a Salesman. For 10 points, who wrote Life on the Mississipi?
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California (CA) 2015 - 2016 Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 5107

Southern California (CA) 2015 - 2016 Discussion

Howdy, y'all. This thread will be used for discussion and predictions about the future of the Southern California teams in the 2015-2016 season. It's part of the effort to shift the focus of the SoCal discussion from the more insulated mediums we currently have onto a platform that can be seen by th...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!
Replies: 70
Views: 42387

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

Forewarning that this post isn't meant to sound bitter or salty, it's just that our own experiences as far as PPB / PP20TH ranking are the ones I can most easily point to. We had what I would consider an extremely hard prelim schedule, playing 1 eventual T-53, 2 T-34, 4 T-21, and 1 T-13 (not to ment...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Tue May 26, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Packet Study
Replies: 5
Views: 3133

Re: Packet Study

yeah, context is super important, especially for harder/earlier clues that you haven't heard 10-20 times just by existing in quizbowl. i've found that it's much, much harder for me to remember flashcards that I just straight c/p from quinterest rather than at least reading wiki/stanford enc / intern...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Mon May 25, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT
Replies: 12
Views: 3516

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II ICT

There were a couple of tossups that felt very on the difficult side - it's my understanding that at least some of them came about as a result of just writing alternate versions of D1 questions with answerlines that didn't really fit D2, but I'm still curious about seeing them as my disbelief about t...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sat May 02, 2015 2:26 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289178

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I'll be reading a packet of Myth, Philo, and Social Science questions on IRC at 7:00 PST tomorrow, Saturday May 2nd. Difficulty will be slightly lower than ACF regs with some variation, and there's a pretty heavy skew towards modern phil. Slightly less greco-roman than standard. Distro is 8/8 myth 7...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 7000

Re: Specific question discussion

Could I see the tossup on Adorno? I'm curious what the other clues used were, as I completely frauded it first line by completely confusing three different things and managing to come out with the right answer anyway.
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15
Replies: 39
Views: 21065

Re: Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15

Barring divine intervention, I will be attending UCLA and absolutely plan to continue playing quizbowl there.
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 105054

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

It's possible that these are already options and I'm just technologically illiterate, but I'll ask anyway. 1. Is there a way to use the "study" function such that it does not repeat questions that have already come up? This is an incredibly minor problem, but it might help when studying specific cat...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?
Replies: 15
Views: 7461

Re: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?

I'm not sure about the viability of different-language quizbowl as a whole - it seems plausible, but it would be really hard to find people who are both qualified to accurately translate packets and understand that direct translations would lead to some instances of transparent questions due to non-...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?
Replies: 17
Views: 7156

Re: Maintaining High Levels of Mental Stamina?

While it would be nice to get 9 hours of sleep and exercise between every round, I don't know how feasible that always is. For me, and at least a couple other people I know, it's pretty hard to get more than 6 hours of sleep the night before a quizbowl tournament. I just get too hyped, and my body n...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 105033

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Hey, first of all I just wanted to thank you for updating these rankings and keeping this project going, it's really fun to see stats and QB coming together like this. I have a couple of questions on the PPG's you're using for La Jolla A- and before I start I should note that the inaccuracies are mo...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good philosophy reads
Replies: 9
Views: 4987

Re: Good philosophy reads

As someone who has tried to get through some philosophical texts with very little experience ( to be fair, I tried to read wittgenstein's tractacus and leviathan, neither of which are that easy ), I found myself just skimming and then having 0 retention of what I'd read or any real understanding. At...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 27283

Re: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016

I find the discussion about eligibility for college events for high schoolers particularly interesting as a high school player who is technically a "novice" (having played less than one year) this year. The discussion parallels discussions within the high school community about eligibility for novic...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4245

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

Thanks, again, for providing extended feedback. I'll post the requested questions once I'm back at my computer (or maybe Raynor can). Corry, I actually disagree with you on several of your difficulty assessments, and while this is anecdotal, a lot of the specific difficult answerlines you provided ...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4245

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

Hey guys, thanks for all of your feedback. I'll try to respond to most of it—let me know if there's anything I miss. Like... many other people, I also echo concerns that a lot of 3rd parts in this tournament seemed randomly too hard. I realize that the point of HFT is to have "harder to 30" bonuses...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4245

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

I think we're steering a little away from question-specific discussion here, but I can't exactly reply to this conversation on a different thread, so I'll try and tie it in. For me, someone who is relatively inexperienced but still heard enough to know what's difficult and what isn't (especially in ...
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4245

Re: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)

Could I see the painting(art?) tossup that mentioned The Order of Things? (not sure if it namedropped the title because I buzzed before then, but it was the one that talked about Foucault analyzing one of these). Thanks :)
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 5386

Re: Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions

Thanks for the responses! I've already started incorporating some of the things you guys recommended, and it's been really helpful.
by Lo, a momentary rabbit-stage
Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 5386

Somewhat In-Depth Carding Questions

So, I've recently taken up carding to solidify my rather weak Philosophy knowledge, and I've really enjoyed it so far. I'm using Anki( http://ankisrs.net/ ) as a tool to help me not only remember who wrote what, but also to summarize the plots of some important philosophical works and movements. It'...