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by Ike
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 30499

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

As with last year, we might bring a couple of team staffers to CO. If we do, is there any way we could get a discount? We've started discussions about bringing staffers to CO, and as of now, we might be able to bring up to 3 +/- 1 staffers. Along those lines, it would be nice to know if a discount ...
by Ike
Tue May 23, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 30499

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

These teams have submitted packets and are thus considered registered: +$0 Cheyne, Kothari, Steinbaum, Bailey So, Lin, Vardomskaya, Rombro, Hughes, Borglum, Beyer, Asher, Misuk, Rajeskaran, Otsaton, Su, Brownstein, Lawrence, Ray, Schindler, +$20 Lovestead, Christensen, Dewan, Kasinski +$40 Wang, Dro...
by Ike
Mon May 08, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 30499

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

It will be Lit -> Arts -> Bork.

I will have no hand in the running of these.
by Ike
Mon May 01, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 41684

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Cody's allegations are baseless. Eric has admitted that I wasn't speaking for NAQT during our exchange. After this exchange, I had the following discussions about the people who had copies of ICT-2017. - It came to my attention that the editors of ACF Nationals 2017 had a copy of the ICT 17, which w...
by Ike
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7727

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

There is one theoretical argument not covered above: increasing difficulty empirically fundamentally reduces the resolving power of a packet (between teams). Actually, it was considered above in reverse: by decreasing difficulty, say to a high school level packet, you can't resolve between Maryland...
by Ike
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7727

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

I will come out and say that I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with increasing the difficulty of the finals packets. To use a fun but suspect analogy, it's kind of like opening up a final Chopped basket and finding durian as an ingredient - unpleasant for some, and only really distingu...
by Ike
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 28121

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

Hey, I just wanted to say that Austin Brownlow was kind of a last minute replacement: the original physics editor was indisposed, and I suggested Austin as a good emergency replacement. Ideally, Austin would have used more submissions, but I think given the situation, it was more important to have g...
by Ike
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 16525

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

heterodyne wrote:Kai says something reprehensible. Max informs him that "keep it down or I'll slam into this median. Call that shit Maximillian Veers"
Alston, can you take over the driving for Max? No offense, just saying.
by Ike
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 41684

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Hey it has been some time, and I have finally been able to process this thread. I overreacted initially in my confrontation with Eric, but I was understandably very angry about the theft of a product that I put hundreds of hours into. I certainly let things get too personal, but I think my concern o...
by Ike
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 St. Mark's Results
Replies: 17
Views: 8178

Re: 2017 St. Mark's Results

Oh wow, another scandal in February. In my opinion, the most important thing is to try to figure out how the tournament's integrity was ruined - obviously it's beyond NAQT's direct control if a student snuck through a window to get access to the questions, but if there is a writer who is untrustwort...
by Ike
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open?
Replies: 15
Views: 7537

Re: The Second Summer Open?

The all side event monstrosity was one of the best things to happen to QB. I'm looking forward to play Max's (JL's) food tournament.
by Ike
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 7315

Re: Easy Parts

Here's the part where I'm worried that aspiring writers and editors may be led astray: when it comes to "choosing the difficulty of easy parts," I think writers and editors should be aiming for a delta function, not a normal distribution. (And in fact I think almost all sets have a lopsided distrib...
by Ike
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 7315

Re: Easy Parts

The fallacy here--and it's one I used to subscribe too*--is that if a team answers a tossup, they should be able to get the easy part perfunctorily since easy parts are about as easy tossups. This is faulty reasoning - just because a team answers a tossup in some category X doesn't mean that they ha...
by Ike
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10053

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

[10] This poem, whose speaker tells a “celestial choir” that “Columbia’s scenes of glorious toil I write,” commands: “Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side, / Thy ev’ry action let the Goddess guide.” ANSWER: “ To His Excellency George Washington ” [by Phillis Wheatley] The reason I bring th...
by Ike
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Thanks, Yale. I'm going to assume that some of the heat behind the posts was that you guys didn't enjoy the tournament that much. I think I speak for all the editors when I say, we wished you liked the tournament. Thanks for the thought-out post Jordan! I'll respond to your points. The point about p...
by Ike
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10053

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

[10] This poem, whose speaker tells a “celestial choir” that “Columbia’s scenes of glorious toil I write,” commands: “Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side, / Thy ev’ry action let the Goddess guide.”
ANSWER: “To His Excellency George Washington” [by Phillis Wheatley]
by Ike
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Again, I'd like to hear a response from Bruce. As I mentioned in another thread, no one on HSQB is obligated to give a response to what anyone posts. And honestly Isaac, I think you are being incredibly disrespectful and unreasonable in the way you have treated Bruce Lou in your collective interact...
by Ike
Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata
Replies: 10
Views: 1628

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata

I have modified this to make it more clear.
by Ike
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Why are you asking people to get stuff from "Scorpion and Felix," a book that I guarantee you no one reads? I don't know how important the Wheen bio is in the constellation of Marx biographies, but I think it's a real stretch to expect people to know much about it; you could at least clue the two r...
by Ike
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

[10] In a biography, Francis Wheen argues that this philosopher’s line “Every giant ... presupposes a dwarf, every genius a hidebound philistine,” which appears in this philosopher’s novel Scorpion and Felix, inspired this author’s treatise calling the government a “giant parasitic body.” I guess I...
by Ike
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10053

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

14. Answer the following about the nature of the universe in Sumerian tradition, for 10 points. [10] According to the Enuma Elish, these two contrasting substances are personified by Apsu and Tiamat, a husband-wife pair of primordial gods. ANSWER: fresh water and salt water [or sweet water instead ...
by Ike
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

[10] In a biography, Francis Wheen argues that this philosopher’s line “Every giant ... presupposes a dwarf, every genius a hidebound philistine,” which appears in this philosopher’s novel Scorpion and Felix, inspired this author’s treatise calling the government a “giant parasitic body.” I guess I...
by Ike
Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2571

Re: Literature

Ultimately, this does feel to me to be something that should go within "editor's discretion." In the lit I work on, I aim for three questions on poetry and plays. This effectively works out to be .75/.75 poetry per round and .75/.75 drama per a round, though I sometimes weigh poetry a bit more. Pers...
by Ike
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

You can pull up the conversion data and see that teams were...having a wide distribution of buzzes on Mussolini. Did I misread the stats? They say 0/8/2 in 9 rooms to me, which seems like a pretty narrow distribution of buzzes. EDIT: Add in 0/3/0 in 3 rooms for the Maryland site. EDIT 2: it's Bruce...
by Ike
Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10053

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

Ike, what was your thought process in that alt-right bonus? To get a 30, you'd have to have red a specific white-supremacist pamphlet by some anime nazi. How many people do you think have actually heard of Might is Right ? Also, yoga is not a "pseudo science!" Might is Right is an influential text ...
by Ike
Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I disagree a lot with your post Jacob. You can pull up the conversion data and see that teams, even players who are still in college, were converting Karl Marx, and having a wide distribution of buzzes on things like Theo van Vogh and Mussolini. And I think for a tournament like this that's supposed...
by Ike
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Record carryover
Replies: 19
Views: 5933

Re: Record carryover

After having read through Cody's post, I'm convinced that the status quo in non-NAQT tournaments is ideal. For the purposes of this argument, let's say skill is quantifiable on a linear scale that ranges from 0 - 1000. Imagine the top 9 teams are of comparable skill, ranging from the best team in th...
by Ike
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Also yeah the whole of the Changi sentence in the Singapore TU seems a bit out of place. The entire theme of this geography tossup was about the Draconian measures / homogenous culture of Singapore. The clue might be a bit easy - indeed 50% of the rooms at the main site powered it, but I don't thin...
by Ike
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10053

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

Just to be clear, there are legitimate uses and applications of the birthday problem, and the question did cover these in its early clues. I will say that I disagree with opening up the math to more non-applied topics. If we're going to have a math question every packet, it's going to be because eve...
by Ike
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10053

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

On a completely different note (and one that I had forgotten about until now): I really liked the tossup on the birthday problem. I think it's really cool to see more "recreational"-type math being tossed up -- I feel like oftentimes tournaments that only have 1 math per round stick to the typical ...
by Ike
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

First of all, thanks to the editors who put the set together. I had a lot of fun playing and I think this did a really good job of hitting the stated Nats-minus difficulty. Even though I was at a site that will probably be one of the weaker mirrors, not a lot of tossups went dead, and the easy part...
by Ike
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10053

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

I thought a bit about what "pronoun" to best use for modulo, and I settled on operation. I am sympathetic to the idea that the pronoun usage could be confusing, but I think choosing something like "function" or "relation" had similar problems. Jerry, that does seem awfully restrictive to require com...
by Ike
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8769

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

In general, I thought this was a fine tournament despite being old and not knowing anything anymore. The thing that I didn't like was how relatively uneven it was across categories. In the same round got wallopped by a really rough science bonus (I think it was physics but I forget what) and then h...
by Ike
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10053

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

I suppose as long as I'm here, I'd appreciate it if someone could post the above tossup as well as the one on "optimization." Alexia Massalin introduced the "super-" form of this practice in a paper that discusses various techniques in evaluating the signum function. Values are recomputed rather th...
by Ike
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 2758

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

For what it's worth I have changed the phrasing of the question to read "tight [redacted]." If I could, I would put in "tight lucky charms" but that would unfortunately be confusing. I guess I will add that I agree with Mike Cheyne -- I don't remember who Earl Butz served when I was playtesting this...
by Ike
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10053

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

That's rather galling, given that it appears that whoever decided the protest did absolutely no research before doing so. (If that person wants to disagree, I'll point him to the fact that the word "Holocaust" appears in literally the first search entry on Google when you Google "Ari Libsker" "Stal...
by Ike
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata
Replies: 10
Views: 1628

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Errors and Errata

There's a whole host of typos that when I'm less tired, I will handle. I apologize for leaving these in.
by Ike
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 6707

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

I'll talk about the ~drakaina~ because it's so rare I get to talk about female dragons and because it illustrates a central point. I will admit, the clue about Herodotus should be worded better, but I would not say it's incorrect, that...thing, is definitely a drakaina even if Herodotus doesn't use ...
by Ike
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 6707

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

I might respond to this when I'm finished with TTIAC writing, but one thing to keep in mind is that, you can't get into a question writer's head. I certainly didn't thumb through Graves's index to bring to you that delightful drakaina bonus, which Andrew Wang got from the sources of knowledge that I...
by Ike
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes VIII discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 2241

Re: Eyes VIII discussion

Before if and when I post more at a future date, I just want to thank Mike and Stephen for bearing with me, and for assuming that I was making a critique in good faith, and responding to me in kind. Recent forum posts show discussion of anything can get really spicy -- I know I get dramatic about so...
by Ike
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes VIII discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 2241

Re: Eyes VIII discussion

Hopefully this conversation is still dialectical. At the very least it should be more fun than dealing with the Vienna Circlejerk in the other forum. And to that end, I removed individual comments that don't add to the point I was trying to make. Ike, I think you're being unreasonable. Someone who h...
by Ike
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 21091

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

For PGs like that I tried to split the difference between the most technically correct pronunciation and the most common "Americanized" version, vaguely erring towards the latter if I thought confusion might be introduced. Since in a quizbowl context pronunciation guides function more as a way to p...
by Ike
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes VIII discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 2241

Re: Eyes VIII discussion

Perhaps the root of the disagreement here is the fundamentally different way that tossups work in regular quizbowl vs. in a visual format like this. Yes, several of the ones that you bolded would likely be difficult as regular quizbowl tossups in a Regionals packet. Let's look at the Lamentation. I...
by Ike
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes VIII discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 2241

Re: Eyes VIII discussion

Regionals and below: The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden Rest on the Flight into Egypt Boy Being Bitten by a Lizard Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s David The Lamentation of Christ Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci Penitent (some clues) Nationals and above: Giorgio Vasa...
by Ike
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 21091

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

I agree that Joey's and Alston's insights aren't the most clear, and it feels like some of the classic Mukherjee science scattershots we haven't seen in a while. However, I want to say two things in general about philosophy because I think they touch on some things: The first is that if you're writi...
by Ike
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes VIII discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 2241

Re: Eyes VIII discussion

Great set. I've been spilling a lot of ink in the Regionals discussion thread so I'll just chime in on a couple things: The version of the Hercules-Hydra tossup I played mixed Pollaiuolo slides and with Gustave Moreau slides. I buzzed on the third, misremembered which Moreau it was, and negged. But...
by Ike
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 40607

Re: 2017 ICT bids

University of Illinois can reserve 50-70 rooms free through the campus system. Obviously the problem becomes getting teams to come to the University of Illinois. If NAQT ever wanted to host ICT in good ol' Urbana, that would be great!
by Ike
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 40607

Re: 2017 ICT bids

This entire spiel about Max as a forum moderator is kind of silly. Idiots read HSQB all the time, and we don't have to listen to everything they say. In any case, Max has done enough to sufficiently disambiguate himself. Re: 2015 Chicago B. Yeah, so this is the problem with the morals argument. In p...
by Ike
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 40607

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Again, I agree with Chicago's position in the abstract, so I'm not going to rehash out agreement posts. However: I think it's more productive to actually engage with what's being said. Now this is my problem. Personally I don't think it's really going to bring about any rule change or really guilt t...
by Ike
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 40607

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Won't this just move any possible consernation over the bids earlier? Without a policy change it doesn't seem like that fixes much. It would have made sure that Eric Mukherjee showed up for instance. NAQT should consider making the autobid list viewable before SCT. Even before that they should also...