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by theMoMA
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7957

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I think the Tienanmen Square tossup is probably a good example of a tossup that, in many rooms, played as six or seven lines of an art tossup that no one got, followed by a very short history tossup on Tienanmen Square (at the mention of the Goddess of Democracy statue). I don't doubt that there are...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Forums are now good to go; request access by finding the "2018 CO Trash discussion" usergroup in your user control panel.
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: 2018 CO Trash discussion
Topic: Conversion data
Replies: 0
Views: 3428

Conversion data

Here are some stats. If you have any suggestions on other stuff to add, let me know. I forgot to enter data in a way that would let me show how many 30s and 0s there were of various bonuses this time, and I probably won't go back through all the scoresheets for that, but I'm happy to take other requ...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: 2018 CO Trash discussion
Topic: Discussion of specific questions
Replies: 12
Views: 6027

Discussion of specific questions

Here's a thread where you can go wild with your analysis of how we mistakenly ordered the clues for Oddibe McDowell's water bills. Also, if you noticed any factual errors, typos, or other errors, please bring them to our attention!
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: 2018 CO Trash discussion
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 9113

Thanks and general discussion

Hi all, A big thank you to everyone who came out to play Trash this year. It was a blast reading for you, and we hope you enjoyed the questions. Various intervening events prevented us from making this as polished a set as we might have liked, and to our moderators and players, we humbly apologize, ...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Hey all, a private discussion forum is now up. Please wait til I've had some time to post some threads before creating your own.
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7957

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I realize this topic is likely nestled inside the larger academic debate about the artificial distinction between "art" and "artifact," but perhaps for quizbowl purposes that's not the field of play for this particular discussion. I say this because quizbowl is primarily concerned with knowledge bin...
by theMoMA
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

I've sent out payment info to all team contacts, who have hopefully forwarded the info to their teammates if applicable (i.e. if you're all paying separately). I'd love to get most payments handled in advance of the event, so please Venmo (or PayPal) me if possible before Sunday!
by theMoMA
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Hey all, The field is now almost full--Stephen Liu and Shan Kothari are playing as the 24th team, but we'd love to get them some teammates. If you're interested, please email either them or me (I'm at [email protected].com). Also, I will be sending out logistical and payment information on Monday or Tues...
by theMoMA
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

We're still hoping to get that 24th and final team--we've got 2 people on the spreadsheet who are currently listed as free agents, so hopefully that's the nucleus of the final team. If I don't get that last registration by the end of the weekend, I'll reach out to anyone listed as a free agent and t...
by theMoMA
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Two more related updates: * We'd love to get that 24th team registered so we can guarantee a schedule with no byes. There are currently three free agents who I'm hoping can form the core of a 24th team (and possibly there are other folks playing CO proper who would be interested in playing a more ac...
by theMoMA
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: High-value clues
Replies: 0
Views: 2631

High-value clues

I've been thinking for a while about what makes for a good question. What first got me started thinking was Will Nediger's excellent Scattergories 2 set. I thought it was one of the most interesting and fun sets I've played, but I wasn't really sure why that was, other than the obvious fact that I f...
by theMoMA
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Scattered CO Trash announcements: * We now have 23 teams registered; one more registration and the field will be full. * There are four teams that still have an open slot. While it's possible that these teams have people in mind for their fourth players, free agents might want to reach out to them. ...
by theMoMA
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

I just sent an email to everyone listed as a prospective staffer on the sheet whose email I seem to have. If you're interested in staffing, please take 30 seconds to fill out this google form so we have your contact info and staffing preferences. Thanks!
by theMoMA
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

We now have 20 teams registered. I'd strongly advise anyone who hasn't formed a team yet to do so quickly. Because fields with 21-23 teams don't work particularly well, we're hoping to get to 24 teams even. (We can likely make the numbers work, but it would be preferable to have 24 to eliminate byes...
by theMoMA
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

We're up to 16 registrations; there are a couple teams on the spreadsheet who still haven't registered, so I encourage them to do that soon. Also, this tournament will (like CO proper) take place at Northwestern University because of issues with UChicago room reservations. Once we get info on the bu...
by theMoMA
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

There are 15 teams registered for the tournament and 9 spots available. There appear to be several free agents and several teams that are listed on the formation spreadsheet but that have not yet registered. Please get your registrations in soon! I am planning to email a list of local teams about th...
by theMoMA
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

The top post should be edited to include the spreadsheet. Right now it just says "link" where the link to the spreadsheet should be, and it looks like the spreadsheet exists. This is done (the link was a few posts done, so I hope no one was confused). Remember, you have to register your team via th...
by theMoMA
Tue May 29, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 28532

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Reston

I have 15 packets of varying sizes (about 200 tossups total) of "Let's Remember Some Guys." I won't be at NSC, but if anyone wants to organize some kind of informal reading of these packets, let me know and I'll send you the set.
by theMoMA
Sun May 27, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

We're reading the rest of the packets at 12:30 in L503.
by theMoMA
Sun May 27, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Guys were remembered (except for Luke Scott). By PPG (points per guy), the scorers were ranked: Tejas Raje: 2.61 Andrew Hart: 1.47 Naveed Chowdhury: 1.41 Mike Cheyne: 1.30 Cory Haala: 1.05 Alex Sankaran: 1.03 Ryan Rosenberg: 0.94 Chris Manners: 0.77 Robert Chu: 0.56 Jake Sundberg: 0.33 Rohin Devanat...
by theMoMA
Sat May 26, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Sorry for the repeated adjustments, but I just heard that Soundtrack isn't going to end for a while. Plan to meet in M105 at midnight and we'll try to start as soon as possible, pending the conclusion of other events if necessary.
by theMoMA
Sat May 26, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Apparently the Pokemon event is going to take a couple hours, so I think we need to start reading Guys before it ends. If you're interested in remembering guys, meet in M105 at 11:30. We'll split into two rooms if necessary. If you're playing the Pokemon set (or if Soundtrack hasn't ended yet by 11:...
by theMoMA
Sat May 26, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

This will probably be later than 10:30. I'll update in a bit.
by theMoMA
Sat May 26, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Meet in M105 after Pokemon/Soundtrack (should be around 10:30, I think). There are going to be at least a dozen packets (of ~12 tossups each), so there will be guys aplenty to remember, but it still shouldn't take that long.
by theMoMA
Wed May 23, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Let's plan to play this event on Saturday night after the Pokemon and audio tournaments conclude. Based on my informal survey of people who have expressed interest in writing, I'm guessing that we'll have at least 7 packets and probably no more than 10, so people should plan on this taking about a h...
by theMoMA
Wed May 23, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: List of HSNCT (2018) side events
Replies: 15
Views: 8287

Re: List of HSNCT (2018) side events

If you're interested in the extremely niche pastime of "remembering some guys," there's also going to be a short, shootout-style event called "Let's Remember Some Guys." (This is a tossup-only event with short questions on non-superstar athletes in various sports.) It will take place on Saturday nig...
by theMoMA
Mon May 21, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 30392

Re: Players Choice Awards

This is cool, and it's good to see that many people were interested in voting on ways to recognize their peers. I hope that continues. My suggestion might be, in the future, to hold a panel discussion for nominations instead of (or perhaps in addition to) an open call. The only real issue I see with...
by theMoMA
Mon May 21, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Reminder: please email your packets to me by Friday (to [email protected].com). I've written a double-sized packet, and I think there should be another 3-4 at least, but I'd love to get more. If you're interested in playing this at HSNCT, please fill out this form so I can determine the best time to read...
by theMoMA
Tue May 15, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Registration is now first come, first served. The field is half full, so please register quickly if you'd like to play.
by theMoMA
Tue May 15, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Ten more days to submit your packet. Info on HSNCT site forthcoming. If someone wants to run this at PACE (I will not be there), let me know.
by theMoMA
Wed May 09, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Yeah, we'll do an online mirror, and we'll also supply the set to physical mirrors after the main-site tournament date. Email me if you're interested in mirroring what will by then surely be described as the greatest set of all time.
by theMoMA
Mon May 07, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30466

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

This historical poll data is very cool, even if it makes me mad about 2011 again.
by theMoMA
Thu May 03, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 8832

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

I'm not sure if editors now are really more "squeamish" about throwing out submissions; the editors of Nationals certainly weren't. (Nearly half of the submitted packets were written from scratch, and most of the remaining questions underwent major surgery.) Most projects I've worked on have been wi...
by theMoMA
Thu May 03, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 8832

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

Perhaps this is beyond the scope of this thread, but I want to push back a bit on the idea that subdistributional balancing is a rigorous and scientific process. I'll preface this by saying that of course editors must pay some attention to subdistributional balance, because otherwise, a set might up...
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Cheynem wrote:Should we randomize or power mark the tossups?
Randomize, yes. I kind of feel that just getting these tossups should be enough, but if people want to power mark their questions, feel free.
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21166

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Remember: you have about a month to send me your packets in advance of our guy-remembering shootout at HSNCT/NSC.
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33023

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

We now have nine registered teams; please keep those registrations coming in! Remember that May 15 is the priority registration deadline for teams with at least one player staffing or playing CO proper.
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 47176

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I want briefly to discuss the subject of the different feel between editor and submitted packets. Although I don't deny that these packets had a different feel, I wanted to go back and take a look at the sources of questions from the two groups of packets to see how exactly they diverged, and what w...
by theMoMA
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 47176

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I don't personally subscribe to the idea that popular-science clues are verboten, although I find Shan's point about such clues appearing in more unfamiliar areas of the science distribution to be interesting and worthy of some thought. (I also find Shan's claim that the Haldane question was "kind o...
by theMoMA
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 47176

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

John, I appreciate the kind words on the various areas of the distribution that I was in charge of, and I'm sure that Aaron and Jordan also appreciate the thoughts about the philosophy and music. (As a minor aside, the tossup on the Jesus Prayer was actually my own, and I happened to write it withou...
by theMoMA
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 47176

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I will be releasing at least the questions that have for sure been spoiled in a standalone document (or perhaps added to an updated tiebreakers document). Depending on how unwieldy managing various exposures to questions turns out to be, I may just release the two reserve editors packets meant for p...
by theMoMA
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30466

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

John, I think we're basically talking past each other. My claim is that, if you look at past Nationals winners, you won't see a ton of similarities except for the fact that they average something like 11 tossups per game in the playoffs. Generally speaking, more of these tossups come against teams t...
by theMoMA
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 47176

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I read at Nationals both days for 4th bracket teams. What this tournament did so well, as Andrew spoke to me Saturday night, was to not give layups for easy parts of bonuses but rather you had to work for those easy parts and felt really good after getting them! It looks like only two teams got bel...
by theMoMA
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 7340

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

The question I submit to people who are involved with the issue of bringing "toxic" private conversations to public light is: what do you want to happen? If the private conversation occurred during the scope of a person's official duties as a representative of some organization or community effort, ...
by theMoMA
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30466

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

I don't really understand how you're getting all that from what I'm saying. My point is not that a team that scores the most tossups necessarily won all of its games, or the tournament, or anything, really. Rather, it's that the team that scores the most tossups stands the best chance of winning a p...
by theMoMA
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30466

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

I agree with all that as well, I just tend to favor backward-looking approaches to player rankings rather than forward-looking (or descriptive) ones in the particular context of a postseason poll. Descriptions of player skills definitely have an interesting place in various discussions, however.
by theMoMA
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30466

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

These discussions inevitably tend to conflate the related but distinct concepts of "talent" and "performance." "Talent" takes into account context such as teammate strength and overlap. "Performance" simply takes into account what you did without much caring how you did it. I personally think that p...
by theMoMA
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 47176

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

The most noticeable thing from my perspective is that there were very few tossups which people thought were bad or bonuses which were bad ideas or poorly executed, which felt to me like the positive impact of play-testing a lot of material which helped to purge some of the things which don't have m...
by theMoMA
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 47176

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

It seemed to me that there was an abundance of econ in the SS distribution, particularly in the tossups. I'm curious if this was actually the case, and if so, if this was a conscious editorial decision. There are certainly good reasons to weight econ higher than most of the other SS topics, so this...