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by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 51704

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

kdroge wrote:So it looks like I'm tentatively going to be around for this. Is there anyone looking to form another team(s) for Saturday?
Yes.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 41502

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

Connecticut: C+ Yale's high school tournaments anchor a small but growing group of teams playing good quizbowl in the Constitution State. There's still a strong lack of penetration into many of the urban areas, but the Middlesex/Darien pipeline seems to be growing a stellar team there and longtime ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 9719

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

Yeah, stats and probability are grossly underrepresented, especially given their wide applicability and use in not only the "hard" sciences, but also in things like Psych, Anthropology, Sociology, and the like.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 9719

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

One thing I thought of last night, that I don't think has been mentioned anywhere for any subject, but was helpful to me, is to go to talks and colloquia. When I was in undergrad, the Society of Physics Students would mail out lists of talks being given and every now and then (it probably should hav...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 9719

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

I'll note I've learned a fair amount of quizbowl math from reading cheap Dover books. As much as I love Boyce and DiPrima (and its little historical sidebars), I still had to pay an arm and a leg for it. A lot of Dover books are under $10 and if you're Kindle-oriented, under $5. Also, at the risk of...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed May 20, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 12239

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

History of Designate Bowl, as I recall it: It's definitely a Chicago thing. I think it was at some tournament in late 2008, early 2009 at UIUC where Sorice was reading for a team that included myself, Marnold, and David Seal. I forget exactly what the context was that had us trying to jokingly buzz ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed May 20, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 9726

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

History of Designate Bowl, as I recall it: It's definitely a Chicago thing. I think it was at some tournament in late 2008, early 2009 at UIUC where Sorice was reading for a team that included myself, Marnold, and David Seal. I forget exactly what the context was that had us trying to jokingly buzz ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat May 09, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 40881

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Cheynem wrote:You can write whatever you want, but I also think that "open" tournament doesn't always have to mean "harder than regular."
I'm a big fan of this idea and would most likely play a nearby regular-ish difficulty open tournament.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed May 06, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Question classification
Replies: 16
Views: 6361

Re: Question classification

Before anyone really gets their hopes up, some caveats/disclaimers: 1. This was done in just a few weeks as a final project for my text mining class. Only tossup questions were used. More than anything, the instructor wanted to see how well I could use Perl and regular expressions. Currently it's no...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed May 06, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Question classification
Replies: 16
Views: 6361

Re: Question classification

So I spent a couple weeks on and off trying to make a quick and dirty question classifier using multinomial logistic regression. Using a fairly small dataset (3 HSAPQ tournaments in the training set, 1 HSAPQ tourney in the test set), I was able to get around 80% overall accuracy, which seems tolerab...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 28766

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

I've never had any travel problems except during quiz bowl trips. On the way back from my first tournament ever - 2010 Collegiate Novice - one of Nolan Esser's tires blew out, leaving us stranded in mid-Michigan. This is pretty tame as far as quiz bowl travel disasters go, but in retrospect, it was...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8
Replies: 122
Views: 51704

Re: VCU Open at Michigan - August 8

About 95% sure I'll be in Michigan when this happens. Looking for teammates. Also, I'll express interest in doing side events if any happen on Saturday, rather than Sunday.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Question classification
Replies: 16
Views: 6361

Question classification

Hello all, So I'm in the middle of taking a class on Text Mining and have to submit a proposal for a final project (or else do the boring standard project). I was wondering if any work has been done into finding ways of having a program work through question text and determine its category. I think ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition
Replies: 74
Views: 30383

Re: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition

RexSueciae wrote:I will be present and may possibly have a Warren Zevon themed packet of questions (no actual knowledge of Warren Zevon's music necessary).
Now I have to show up.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SOLO: A Star Wars Tournament
Replies: 17
Views: 7513

Re: SOLO: A Star Wars Tournament

TU on the Endor Holocaust Theory, please.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 - General Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 21039

Re: ACF Fall 2014 - General Discussion

I might have more to say later, but a few quick notes: 1. I'm thrilled you guys kept my cinematography bonus. I was proud of that one. 2. Answering "The King" should be acceptable for "the dauphin" in the Huck Finn bonus, because, like, he's totally called that. 3. I might have misheard this one, bu...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 Global Announcement (11/8/14)
Replies: 40
Views: 27285

Re: ACF Fall 2014 Global Announcement (11/8/14)

Just to be clear, the ACF shorthanded/financial duress is still in efffect, correct?
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Lowest Point
Replies: 64
Views: 40297

Re: Your Lowest Point

The first few months of my freshman year of college. UChicago practices in those days were 12+ people in one big room with a knot buzzer system, playing free-for-all tossups for 3 hours. Andrew Yaphe, Seth Teitler, and Subash were all in the room, and Zeke visited occasionally. Some nights, I didn'...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 12873

Re: CO History Discussion

I'd love to see the Edmund Fitzgerald tossup because you know ... Michigan. Also, the Millerite tossup if possible. My brother named our 2012 fantasy baseball league "Mayan Doomsday Countdown" and the next year it was called "The Great Disappointment."
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 58970

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

I like that this is basically the quiz bowl version of "Slumdog Millionaire" without you know, the not cheating part.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/second summer open this year
Replies: 44
Views: 18942

Re: VCU Open/second summer open this year

I'm interested in playing the first and possibly the second, but most likely only if the final product is mirrored nearby (either Ann Arbor or somewhere in New England).
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 61760

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

Nothing in this thread even remotely compares to David Seal's "Bang Bang Boom" dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP4HYuBUNFY The video is from April 2007; the moves are timeless. I am stunned (and incredibly happy) that there is a record of this. As I recall, this was either right before or rig...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 61760

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

La Maga wrote:
JL beginning his reform of the Chicago team
I said it before and I'll say it again:
Barbershop Quartet
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 61760

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

Also, if you're friends with Seth on facebook, check out the recent photo of him with a baby. Since it's not qb related, I didn't post it here. Also I don't like disseminating images of kids without permission.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 61760

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

Found the original. It's part of the "Seth Teitler thinks/Seth Teitler despairs" diptych. It was posted to fb by Bruce in January 07. Here's "Seth Teitler despairs" for good measure:

Image
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 61760

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

More Seth! (Seriously, if anyone knows where to find the original of this photo, please post it! The pose and the bat shirt are both so great.) This photo originated on Berkeley's quizbowl webpage and was taken in one of our regular practice rooms. Hmm... I was sure that one came from the practice ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 61760

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

Feeding Kannan ICT 07

Image
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 61760

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

Ukonvasara wrote:
Michael Arnold: Style. Class. Grace.

(Fun fact: this was taken at a Waltham-area Wendy's after ACF Nats 2008, to which I got a ride in Matt Keller's sweet rental Mustang.)
And Seth's Bat shirt!
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 93138

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

I'll also note that 2007 UIUC was pretty beastly if I remember correctly.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:23 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg
Replies: 169
Views: 93138

Re: Quiz Bowl Survivor: 50 Buzz, 49 Neg

Are we just talking A-teams here? Because I'll note (only somewhat in self-interest) that the Chicago team of aught-nine won ACF, ICT, and Div II ICT, with Chicago B pulling some pretty sweet upsets.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 7187

Re: General Discussion

So I read for this tournament and noticed a few things that might (or might not) merit some attention/discussion: First, I'd like to say that the Sham-Wow thing was a terrible and stupid idea. At Yale, we started a little bit behind schedule and I remember being really miffed that I had to read that...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12584

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Could someone post the time derivative question? As a reader, I remember thinking tossups whose alternate answerlines require nearly as much text as the question itself might not be a good idea.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 26785

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

I feel like those who have to write packets are experienced enough in quizbowl to know that in the fall there is a tournament called "ACF Fall," which requires teams to write packets. Given that they know well ahead of time that this tournament exists and that writing questions can be a pain if you ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: McMaster Mirror of "An Intimate Engagement With Trash"
Replies: 34
Views: 11665

Re: McMaster Mirror of "An Intimate Engagement With Trash"

If anyone wants to discuss the set, there's a private forum called CO Trash 2013 discussion. I think David approves requests to join.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON at Yale (11/16/13)
Replies: 20
Views: 5819

Re: DRAGOON at Yale (11/16/13)

Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote:Just saw this. I might be able to staff.

My schedule's looking free. Sign me up to staff.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DRAGOON at Yale (11/16/13)
Replies: 20
Views: 5819

Re: DRAGOON at Yale (11/16/13)

Just saw this. I might be able to staff.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: State of the board discussion thread
Replies: 39
Views: 16948

Re: State of the board discussion thread

A majority of the posts in the college discussion forum are by people I'd consider elite quizbowl players. This is a bit intimidating ("I'm not qualified to join this discussion"), but it also makes the threads cool to read ("These people know their stuff"). I'm not sure if I'd like to see this cha...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO Trash Mirror - University of Washington - Sunday, 8/11/13
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

Re: CO Trash Mirror - University of Washington - Sunday, 8/11/13

The email was sent to Nolan Winkler whose email forward to me was just seen. If you haven't gotten it, I'll forward it right now.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving as a geography player?
Replies: 25
Views: 5618

Re: Improving as a geography player?

I'll echo spending half an hour every night watching your favorite network's evening world news. Aside from geography, you get some history, ce, and other stuff. Also, King of the Hill. I've gotten probably two tossups on Laos based on the show's mentions of Luang Prabang.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1620

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Some quick responses: To Mike: Raging Bull: I know very little about classical music; I wanted the question to be more academic. My fault on that one. You may be right about the Cedar Point question; when I thought of it it seemed interesting, but I can see why it doesn't play out well in practice. ...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 13573

Re: Urgent Call for Unity Discussion

I read and listened to the rounds, so I don't have much to contribute. I would have powered the TU on Mongol invasions of Japan and I know very little history. There were some really cool answerlines. I really liked the Mods/Rockers TU.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open food discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 9710

Re: Chicago Open food discussion

While I like the idea of centrally ordering CO food, improvements need to be made. I got proper lunch on Saturday, I know others did not. I did not get a proper lunch on Sunday since almost all of the chicken was consumed before the trash finals ended. More food or more specific central coordinatio...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash
Replies: 75
Views: 25752

Re: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash

This tournament and the CO main event made up a good weekend for emerging from dormancy for. Lots of thanks all around. I had to leave campus before such time as I found a good way to pay my outstanding entry fee. I'll be in contact about how to pay up from home instead. Thanks for the heads up. Mu...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash
Replies: 75
Views: 25752

Re: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash

The tournament was fully finished by 2:30, which I'm really happy with. The Marnold Believers beat Ada or Menardor on a protest which resulted in a replacement question to take first. If starts aren't already up, they will be so shortly. So, some thanks: Thanks to Joe Su for doing 20 !!! rounds wort...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash
Replies: 75
Views: 25752

Re: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash

I would like to advise all the staffers who are staffing this tournament to bring their laptops tomorrow morning. Packets will be sent via email one round at a time. I guess they won't be done through email. USB will be the mode of disbursement. I have only two or three, so if have one and have roo...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash
Replies: 75
Views: 25752

Re: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash

I would like to advise all the staffers who are staffing this tournament to bring their laptops tomorrow morning. Packets will be sent via email one round at a time.
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 56430

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

I'm not a celebrity, but I might drop by at lunchtime if anyone wants to pay me in advance for Sunday's trash tournament. Advance payment would be nice to streamline things Sunday morning. Also, one or two more staffers could be a help. I have enough, but having scorekeepers would help a lot, especi...
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash
Replies: 75
Views: 25752

Re: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash

PISTOL SHOOTING FOR LADIES wrote:Joe Hansen may want to play with us. Will update when positive.
That would make four and make me very happy. Thanks, Bernadette.