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by Ike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Visual Arts
Replies: 9
Views: 831

Re: Visual Arts

So I, like Rob, like this question too. But I want to nitpick on something that caused me to mentally neg when I read this to myself: You wrote "A depiction of this place includes a musical fragment inscribed on bare buttocks, a giant knife protruding through ears, and a 'tree-man' whose torso is fo...
by Ike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2704

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Hairsplitting over sonar / sound while correct, I think touches on the bigger problem with this question. It's almost impossible to parse that text and make the jump from "oh that is side-scanning SONAR," and since that is a sub-type, "we're talking about SONAR," and thus the answer must be "sound" ...
by Ike
Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player
Replies: 8
Views: 12610

Re: Becoming and Being a Great Science Player

Someone should sticky this - if only for the science component, but there's a lot of good life advice in here as well as it turns out.

Ike
by Ike
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eternal Sonata (video game music)
Replies: 23
Views: 8563

Re: Eternal Sonata (video game music)

I get the need for a Skype tournament, but just to make it clear, I would rather not play a Skype tournament of this -- I think bandwidth transition rates, quality, just get too sacrificed for an audio tournament. I guess what I'm saying is, please mirror this physically as well before the Skype tou...
by Ike
Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eternal Sonata (video game music)
Replies: 23
Views: 8563

Re: Eternal Sonata (video game music)

Oh look! A music tournament that I can beat JL at! Sign me up!

Ike
by Ike
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 57957

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

I don't know much about this but I want to understand something: it seemed like dehydration synthesis could be argued to ( vacuously ) fit the clues of the second sentence. I highlighted vacuously here because I'm assuming that what you're trying to say is: It's a vacuous truth to say "If a dehydrat...
by Ike
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: warning: limitless indalecio discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 11541

Re: warning: limitless indalecio discussion

You keep saying that you "gathered a ton of information", but I'm not sure what making people play that packet taught you that simply asking anyone who played "hey, should I write a bunch of questions on things from the Final Fantasy Legend games and Shining Force III?" Because, no, of course you s...
by Ike
Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: warning: limitless indalecio discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 11541

Re: warning: limitless indalecio discussion

This much angst over a single vanity packet seems excessive. Ike, I also don't understand why you're angry that people got excited about nerdy things while playing a jRPG event where you chose to participate. The second half of your post is very confusing. To be clear: like, "we should have fewer/n...
by Ike
Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: warning: limitless indalecio discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 11541

Re: warning: limitless indalecio discussion

Now that I'm done with my NSC editing duties, I'm going to unpack this packet and other issues at large for anyone who cares. For anyone who wants the more pragmatic criticism, skip ahead to the red section. In my ten years of having been around playing quizbowl, I have never had a packet that was s...
by Ike
Mon May 30, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: warning: limitless indalecio discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 11541

Re: warning: limitless indalecio discussion

I do not have the time or the patience to respond to all of this since I don't think you get my original point at all. This packet was terrible. To be a bit glib: this packet was only legal because of Roe v. Wade. Making your tournament easier isn't going to solve the bullshit that's with this packe...
by Ike
Mon May 30, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your vanity writing sucks. Fix it!
Replies: 15
Views: 5686

Your vanity writing sucks. Fix it!

These days everyone is writing vanity packets on subject specific things. While I enjoy more quizbowl and enjoy playing some of them, I think it's worth taking a step back and just talking about their creation as a whole. I understand that the stakes are kind of low here, but I think the general pri...
by Ike
Wed May 18, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Podcast!
Replies: 6
Views: 4325

Quizbowl Podcast!

Hello friends, Eric Mukherjee, Andrew Wang, and I made a quizbowl podcast rating this year's tournaments and this year's players and teams. Join us, as we ramble on about a bunch of things for 4 hours! Right now the only two tournaments that are unclear for discussion are MUT and ICT - I've temporar...
by Ike
Wed May 18, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Podcast
Replies: 2
Views: 1495

Quizbowl Podcast

by Ike
Tue May 10, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!
Replies: 33
Views: 10358

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2016: We Have Prizes!

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote: 2 patrick liao's ghost
Still only knows one line of rule Brittania.
by Ike
Mon May 09, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 22180

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

It should be obvious that tossup numbers aren't the be-all end-all; otherwise we'd just do this poll on the basis of individual PPG. There are the obvious things, like the shadow effect, which hugely affects Chicago and Michigan, and significantly less on Maryland and Penn. But there are also more ...
by Ike
Sun May 08, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 12872

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

stuff Naveed, I find it hard to believe you've read my post at all. None of my post is about difficulty. If the point that I'm trying to make about empathy is so subtle that it needs its own forum topic, I will gladly do so, but I'm going to be a bit gauche and quote myself: Let me talk a bit about...
by Ike
Sun May 08, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 12872

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

Nigeria isn't an empire and your knowledge does not even pass for "superficial" if you think that is the case. Quizbowl is a worthwhile activity because you can get rewarded for genuine subject understanding, as well as knowledge of names (and opposed to knowledge of trivia) and achieve points. Thi...
by Ike
Sun May 08, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 12872

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

I'm not sure why it's a fuck you (other than the fact, that perhaps a slamdunk giveaway could be appended, saying it's an European empire that also owned, I dunno, India). It seems pretty clear what the question is asking for (the empire that controlled Nigeria and Africa in its colonial days). I m...
by Ike
Sun May 08, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)
Replies: 40
Views: 12872

Re: What Makes a Good Regular-Difficulty Set (comparatively)

I don't know what's going in on in this thread at all anymore, everyone's kind of incomprehensible after about the 7th post, so I'll just toss my two cents and move on: I support Mike Cheyne's list. I question the ability of any regular difficulty set being able to gradate across teams - otherwise w...
by Ike
Mon May 02, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8208

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I can't find anything that says ceres is not an asteroid. In fact you can be both according to many reliable sources! And come on dude, even if what im saying is not true, this tossup plays poorly for people who aren't hyperaware of this pedantry, I would just change the wording to be something akin...
by Ike
Mon May 02, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8208

Re: Thanks and general discussion

Sorry I'm on a phone so this may be shorter than intended. My criticism of the other other distribution was that it was more general knowledge, and often times inappropriately hard (dimming, eg). It's also the case that I felt a lot of stuff not in the other other category should have belonged in th...
by Ike
Mon May 02, 2016 4:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 8208

Re: Thanks and general discussion

I would agree with you that it's wrong to say that the biology in this tournament biased too far in favor of any particular topic. However, the biology distribution was extremely problematic because it was heavily biased AGAINST molecular biology / biochemistry. In the first 12 packets (the packets...
by Ike
Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Polls
Replies: 10
Views: 3370

Re: Postseason Polls

I was thinking it would be nice to expand the individual player poll a bit to recognize achievements that are somewhat external to the "who is objectively better than who" analysis. Some examples of this kind of thing would be Writer of the Year, Editor of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year...
by Ike
Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 17281

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

That said (and this takes nothing away from recent finalists, who've played brilliantly), having played and watched both recent and not-so-recent finals, the majority of questions aren't converted on slam-dunk, first- or second-clue buzzes. Rather, it seems to me that championship matches are settl...
by Ike
Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Make your questions interesting!
Replies: 9
Views: 3845

Make your questions interesting!

Hey, so I'm kind of feeling better from ACF Nationals. If you want individual feedback on your packet, contact me privately, and I'll try to swing around to it. But I want to make a PSA about "interesting questions." Interesting might be a bit of a subjective term, but there are tournaments that are...
by Ike
Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 40717

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Full Round Robin with 19 teams sounds like the way to go.

Ike
by Ike
Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 17281

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

The Gioia style of writing gained some traction, but thankfully not all, then the style of tossup most closely associated with John Lawrence started to become popular. John Lawrence writes great questions, but for the sake of the historical record, Evan was writing and recommending those two-work a...
by Ike
Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 17281

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

Though I'm sure Martin Faber and friends can post more about this if they want, I think it's too self-congratulating to call our era the era of "non-quizbowl learning." It may be hard to tell this from playing Nationals in 2005 now, but that tournament was definitely written with real knowledge in m...
by Ike
Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players
Replies: 29
Views: 17281

Re: 25 for 25: A Definitive List of the Greatest ACF Players

This is an fun list. I had no idea that its compilers looked so very thoroughly at individual tossups in the finals - if so, I would have written a tossup on the Alcubierre metric instead of making it just a bonus so that in the possible world where Austin Brownlow clinches tossup 16-19, we can talk...
by Ike
Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzers | You
Replies: 22
Views: 8473

Re: Buzzers | You

What? Are we in such dire straits that we need to fundamentally overhaul the system for buzzer discounts? I mean yeah, it does suck when people bring buzzers that don't work to tournaments, and I agree that PSAs like these are necessary - people should fix their buzzers. But only one tournament I ha...
by Ike
Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 21501

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

Hello friends,

The set has been sent off for archiving. It will be available shortly. Thank you for your continued patience!

Ike
by Ike
Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Oldest Tournament?
Replies: 8
Views: 2762

Re: Oldest Tournament?

Is there any way we can get questions from any of these tournaments? I think they would be fascinating on many levels, - if we ever had a grant for quizbowl historians, I think it would be worth the while to dig some of them up.

Ike
by Ike
Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016
Replies: 14
Views: 6899

Re: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016

While we were in our CAR RIDE on Friday night An Actual Clue From The Tournament was being demonstrated on our campus. I guess the best art does imitate life! No shit Okay, so CAR RIDE's winner is Kurtis Droge. He had the most hilarious common link, actually provided buzzable clues and made it meta...
by Ike
Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 21501

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

Yeah so there is another Buddhism tossup (though, look out!) in the Minnesota packet. Also, someone asked me where is all the math in the prelims. As it turns out, three math tossups can be found in Minnesota's packet, Chicago A's packet and Oxford's packet. - I use a 25-25-25-25 distribution for ma...
by Ike
Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 21501

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

I also really like how prompts in this set were merely underline d (in contrast to acceptable answers, which are underlined and bolded); I would like that to become the new standard for all mACF packets from here on out, since the current waffliness between displaying prompts between "quotes" (much...
by Ike
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 21501

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

I also really like how prompts in this set were merely underline d (in contrast to acceptable answers, which are underlined and bolded); I would like that to become the new standard for all mACF packets from here on out, since the current waffliness between displaying prompts between "quotes" (much...
by Ike
Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 21501

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

Alcibiades from Plato's Symposium I seriously doubt that you would ever read the Symposium in a philosophy class because it's not even really a work of philosophy! Certainly, if you take a class on the history of ancient philosophy you would probably read Timaeus or Parminedes...I have no idea why ...
by Ike
Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 21501

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

I don't know what Caleb is referring to in SS/P but if it's my questions on stuff like John Locke's Essay or Alcibiades from Plato's Symposium, those are not "super relevant in their fields" or whatever. People actually do read parts of the Theory of Moral Sentiments and Emile for undergraduate clas...
by Ike
Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 21501

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

Okay, so I'll talk a little bit about what I did for this tournament. - The biggest challenge for me was handling this tournament's religion. I honestly am a pretty terrible religion player and going into editing the set, I was kind of dreading editing it. I knew that I didn't want to produce standa...
by Ike
Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 21501

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Discussion

Hey guys, I want to reserve this post to dispel a common set of misconceptions: - We did not let tossups extend into the 10th and 11th lines outside of the finals. We blew up the font to be BIG this year due to a lot of moderator errors which I thought came from the font size. No tossup in the non-f...
by Ike
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016
Replies: 14
Views: 6899

Re: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016

CAR RIDE is attached. Couple of notes: This packet is definitely not G-rated, it contains some lewd material that makes it probably closer to T or R-rated. There's a couple of meta submissions that are injokey - but I've kept them because I only did minimal editing. I know there's an IRC reading of ...
by Ike
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016
Replies: 14
Views: 6899

Re: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016

I'm extending the deadline to when I wake up tomorrow morning. I have 31 tossups submitted, now's your chance folks!

Ike
by Ike
Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016
Replies: 14
Views: 6899

Re: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016

Cheynem wrote:For folks not traveling to ACF Nationals, I'd like to organize an IRC reading of it...maybe Friday night?
Sounds good with me! And just a reminder - you have a day left to submit for this. All players should submit one tossup!
by Ike
Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers
Replies: 23
Views: 8172

Re: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers

stuff about random half-packets I did not ignore this! Re: half packet. I believe NAQT and both ACF use this half packet policy and this isn't really anything inherently unfair as long as both organizations running the national tournament announce the policy ahead of time. As for random sampling of...
by Ike
Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5087

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

I find the argument that "if we all had 10 hours more for this tournament, everything would be fixed," misguided, at least in terms of what I want to see the editors to do next time. Let me explain: We've known about the existence of this tournament for a while. This tournament was originally announ...
by Ike
Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers
Replies: 23
Views: 8172

Re: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers

I'm writing this based on some experiences that I've had when I played ICT 2 years ago, as well as some of the experiences of my teammates this time around. I think the current tiebreaker system could be improved. Because as it stands doing a tiebreaker to determine bracket placing usually involves...
by Ike
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5087

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

This tournament was very good; the trash especially was really delightful, and I can't remember any outright clunkers (though Schindler's tossup on the un-knot was kind of eh). I'd be happy to make more specific comments once I have a copy of the set. I really disagree with this. The tournament was...
by Ike
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 34441

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

We've been joined by the legendary Chris Ray. i thought brian was in charge of stopping superteams I don't see a superteam here. Brian this is getting ridiculous, I hope you charge an exorbitant fee for assholes who are trying to freeload off of your tournament by signing up the last minute and not...
by Ike
Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016
Replies: 14
Views: 6899

Re: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016

Questions for these have started rolling in! This is going to be a delight! Everyone should submit a question.
by Ike
Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016
Replies: 14
Views: 6899

CAR RIDE - 4/15/2016

Hi folks, This is an announcement for CAR RIDE, a single packet tournament consisting of however many common link tossups I get. We all know that we want hilarious material to read on the way to / back from a tournament like ACF Nationals. CAR RIDE is the first tournament designed to fulfill that ne...