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by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 4564

Re: Delta Burke 2017

ValenciaQBowl wrote:There's not yet, Conor. I've asked the King Adminstrator Bird Guy, though--just waiting on a reply (hint, hint!).
There is now!
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation
Replies: 8
Views: 4546

Re: Announcing the Bounceback Foundation

Hey, folks! The Bounceback Foundation's first fundraiser is live - we're selling shirts displaying the core of our message - to bounce back. https://proof-builder.booster.com/proof/xjp0-00b8-53s9/04661/front/big.jpg Shirts are available in both unisex and women's sizes, and there's a hoodie availab...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 6808

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

Americans (bizarrely!) put all of their punctuation marks inside quotation marks, even when said punctuation is completely unrelated to what is inside the quotation marks. This is probably just a matter of being used to seeing particular patterns, but I find punctuation much easier to see when it's...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MSU WAO 2 11/11/2017
Replies: 17
Views: 7872

Re: MSU WAO 2 11/11/2017

After WAO II has finished, I'll be running a mirror of TOEJAMANDEARL , a charity video game tournament written by Erik Nelsen and other cool people from Play Quiz Bowl . I have no idea how many people are interested, so for now I'm asking players to form doubles; if we end up with only a few teams,...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 10034

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

Yeah, I think this set could've done with another set of eyes, someone to catch the minor recurring issues like odd phrasings (my favorite was the assertion that Saturn "contains" two of its moons, entering a brave new world in both astronomy and quizbowlese), typos, dastardly Briticisms, and the li...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: we should be doing religion better
Replies: 26
Views: 9487

Re: we should be doing religion better

I thought of another way to articulate what I've been trying to say that may be helpful. With religion as a specific distributional section, we have the opportunity to ask questions that can only be asked there, and we should consider using this opportunity as we approach writing. For example, so m...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: we should be doing religion better
Replies: 26
Views: 9487

Re: we should be doing religion better

Again, let's focus on the main ideas that John was adressing, rather than doing these quick "You aren't top 25 so you don't know what you're talking about" drive-bys! Man, really? This is super disingenuous, because of course no one has said anything even resembling "you're not good enough to have ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: we should be doing religion better
Replies: 26
Views: 9487

Re: we should be doing religion better

Karl Barth and Thomas Altizer were on the cover of Time Magazine, with huge influence on what goes on in churches across America, subtle though it may be to the layperson, and yet I have never even seen anything related to them even in a hard part or a lead-in. As with many critiques of this sort, ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Washington, DC
Replies: 2
Views: 5656

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Washington, DC

Please see the new stickied thread for more information.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 11536

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

Here's the thing... either quiz bowl is a competition that has rules, or it's a competition that has guidelines which can be waived if you're in the in-crowd and know the right people. If it's the latter, and new people who aren't in the in-crowd show up to a college tournament to find a hybrid tea...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on Book Prizes
Replies: 8
Views: 4095

Re: Thoughts on Book Prizes

3. I'd also like to see more non-book things as prizes. Trash tournaments give out neat prizes--I won a LEGO prize at CO Trash as well as a Blu-Ray version of The Silence of the Lambs. Amazing! Maybe that's too junky, but what about CD's of classical music/soundtracks/operas ("CD's?" questioned the...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 19731

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

I fully endorse this post and will likely have more to say on this subject in the near future.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EFT at WUSTL (10/7/17)
Replies: 13
Views: 5528

Re: 2017 EFT at WUSTL (10/7/17)

If the answer is "arcane restrictions limiting high school teams", that's a perfectly reasonable answer; I was just curious, particularly given the frivolous nature of the pseudonyms assigned to players. If inquiring about this sort of thing on the boards is unsuitable, I was unaware of that. It's ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Starting to Write Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 7942

Re: Starting to Write Questions

One really easy way to start writing questions it write trash. I agree that this is a good way to get people performing the act of writing, but aspiring writers (or those directing aspiring writers) should be careful--one of the most important things to learn about writing is that you're trying to ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EFT at WUSTL (10/7/17)
Replies: 13
Views: 5528

Re: 2017 EFT at WUSTL (10/7/17)

Who or what is "QFOD" and why are its players unable to use their real names or the real name of their school? Not your business? Maybe they're a high school that needs to use pseudonyms because of some restriction? Naveed's question is not an illegitimate one, and Will's own history gives him a un...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33027

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

Gotta talk to Andrew/Carsten to see what sort of tying-to-CO-involvement we're doing this year, but don't let that stop you from forming teams!
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: TOEJAMANDEARL: Global Announcement (Video Game Tournament)
Replies: 35
Views: 17077

Re: TOEJAMANDEARL: Global Announcement (Video Game Tournamen

Cheynem wrote:I am looking forward to this set. I also greatly respect the cause Erik is supporting--as someone who has suffered from and continues to struggle with depression/anxiety, I think this is a very important thing to be aware of.
Seconded on all counts.
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Celebs Are At It Again
Replies: 12
Views: 5743

Re: The Celebs Are At It Again

After these games, we beat Yasogami High in what can best be described as an extremely Eliza tiebreaker series.
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRICON 5: COMING SUMMER 2017
Replies: 35
Views: 15579

Re: TRICON 5: COMING SUMMER 2017

Our packet will be done by the Michigan mirror.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 It's Lit: Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3095

Re: Discussion

In the ancient quizbowl tradition, I do have one nitpick: a tossup on Hartley Coleridge is a great idea, but if you're going to accept a descriptive answer like "Coleridge's son"--which I absolutely agree you should do!--you need to alert players to that fact, which as far as I could tell/remember,...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41901

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

(with apologies to the Chuck Berry enthusiasts, that seems like an awfully niche thing to bump Tricon for) Yeah, wouldn't want a tournament as niche as rock music to get in the way of the many fans of 1970s fads, US cities with population less than 50k, and numbers greater than 100 Yeah, seriously-...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 It's Lit: Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3095

Re: Discussion

I generally enjoyed this set quite a lot, and I think it executed its philosophy really well! I think it suffered a little, at least to me personally, from coming directly after this particular Chicago Open set, where the general preponderance of hard answers really messed with my sense of difficult...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 14481

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

auriana wrote: Let's Remember Some Guys 1030am-12:00pm
Word of warning--according to its thread, guy remembering has been postponed until the 2018 HS nats season.
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41901

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

Beast Mode wrote:(My personal preference would be for Stock Clues to be the last thing on Sunday, and for Friday night to be all Celebs all the time.)
This is a very good idea, unless my Stock Clues teammate won't be there Sunday night, in which case I hate it.
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41901

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

Seeking teammates for thought monstrosity, ideally ones who want a sniper/third scorer or, alternately, who don't mind losing too much. Also, up to one collaborator on a tricon packet!

EDIT: Bernadette and I are now looking for thought teammates and Auroni and I are writing a tricon packet.
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39342

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

Oh, hello.

(this is the set as it was played; in a few weeks I'll return and upload a version with a few further proofreading-related edits)
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 40
Views: 29506

Re: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

sarangyeola wrote:Terrapin XXX
Aha, bringing Puma back?
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41901

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

Seems like a better way to go here would be allowing people to just rank their top 7-8 events in order, then working out the actual schedule as a second step.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT writer applications are now open
Replies: 14
Views: 7684

Re: NAQT writer applications are now open

NAQT has announced its new payment rates for 2017-18. Writers will be able to make up to $7.25 per tossup and $5.45 per bonus in the coming year, beginning on July 1. (Each payment depends on question difficulty and writer experience; contact me at andrew.[email protected].com or NAQT at [email protected]....
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39342

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

Cheynem wrote:In Goodbye, Columbus, they drive to New York to go to the doctor's office. Neil wanders around Central Park and ends up in Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
Ah, fair--the clue should've been more specific.
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39342

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

The same happened with Hats and Waiting for Godot , as well as Remembrance and In Search of Lost Time . Just curious, can you elaborate on your specific issue with hats and remembrance? I remember thinking hats was an especially good and creative tossup, since the hats in those scenes are pretty me...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39342

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

This was, as stated above, a really good set, probably the best of the year, but, as with both sets, I had an extremely specific set of both issues and things I liked. ISSUES: 1) There was a distinctive subset of literature tossups that, while not common links per se, singled out a specific element...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39342

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

The amount of architecture in the tournament was the same as last year (4/4), although it's certainly possible there were more architecture clues in non-architecture questions. This was indeed what I was referring to -- I believe there were a lot more architecture clues (referring to cities, for ex...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39342

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

I'd like to see the tossup on "ice" because I'm curious where it went after One Hundred Years of Solitude clues. 12. A man who breaks plates without touching them opens a factory that produces this stuff, then builds a railroad to improve its business. In a tent, a giant with a copper nose ring ope...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39342

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

I'll write up a larger commentary on the set later, but overall I enjoyed it very much. One question I was curious about, however, was the bonus asking for "The Hebrew Bible," which prompted but did not outright accept "the Old Testament," when asking about some philosopher who did not consider the...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39342

2017 NSC set discussion

Hello everyone, As there are no mirrors of the set of any kind, you are free to publicly discuss the 2017 PACE NSC questions in this thread. A copy of the set as played should be posted within the next day or two, but until then you're free to request the text of individual questions; my only caveat...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 9891

Re: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement

I'll just say that the "banking model" of Freire is something you would easily encounter outside of old questions. I read an excerpt by Freire on the model in a freshman "intro to liberal education" class in college. Also, even if you don't immediately recognize the term but are paying attention to...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat May 27, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 23082

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Yeah, this was a delight. Highly recommended.
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri May 26, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 23082

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Where are we meeting?
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu May 25, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: Pseudonymous High School Nationals Teams And You
Replies: 1
Views: 9828

Pseudonymous High School Nationals Teams And You

Hello, forumgoers! As we move ever closer to the largest and most geographically diverse high school nationals tournaments, I'd like to issue a quick reminder: Please, please, please do not reveal (directly or indirectly!) the identities of teams playing nationals under pseudonyms! They are often do...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue May 23, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UK Player Poll 2017: Now With More Tweed
Replies: 27
Views: 15588

Re: UK Player Poll 2017: Now With More Tweed

Meanwhile, Americans will be conducting the "most stereotypically British-sounding name" poll, in which Oliver Sweetenham is an early favorite. Quite French, actually. He's literally named after the character from Le Chanson de Roland. I reject your reality, and substitute my own. https://i.ytimg.c...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon May 22, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 23082

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Dylan and I will play at HSNCT, to be clear.
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri May 19, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)
Replies: 58
Views: 26921

Re: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)

Yeah, I tend to agree with Stephen: mostly people just want to hear the questions; don't worry too much about providing some sort of format that determines a winner. I'd still encourage you to write more questions (always!) and run it in a couple rooms, so people can self-select on difficulty a bit-...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue May 09, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 24622

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

No need to take my desires into account now, since Michigan's site will be much cheaper to get to.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue May 09, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41901

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

All side events please, other than that I'd very much like to play Super ACRONYM (especially provided the bus can be fully assembled). Otherwise: Modern Age, MASSOLIT, Stock Clues, Celebs, and Thought are probably my hastily-assembled top 5, though I can and will play pretty much anything (including...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon May 08, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 24622

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

I and some other Midwest types would be extremely interested in coming to an all side event weekend (much less so a nasat mirror, since there's a localish one) here!
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed May 03, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 32872

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Haha, that initially came off targeted way more at you specifically than I intended! In any case, I too would like to know the order soon.
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed May 03, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Google Doc Hack
Replies: 6
Views: 2854

Re: Google Doc Hack

What is particularly nasty about this hack is that if you open the e-mail, it spreads the e-mail to all your contacts so the e-mail cannot be shared under any circumstances. The way to delete without opening it is to check (as in, check the box next to) the e-mail, move to spam, check it again, and...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed May 03, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 32872

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Cheynem wrote:Also, I'd like the Sunday schedule/order of events settled as soon as possible as I'm (and probably others) would like to plan when they're leaving on Sunday.
As always, I will note that if it is at all possible for you (edit: general you!), the low-stress prostrat is to simply leave Monday morning.