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by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 9991

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

Second, if staleness and size of answer space create issues, those issues exist around Regionals level. As others have correctly noted, this isn't a problem at lower difficulties. But critically, it's also not a problem at higher difficulties. ...we should also remember that not every tournament ne...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 9991

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

What I think reducing the myth distribution will do is reduce the strain on the content. I agree that mythology has a place, and that there are reforms to be made as it exists. But a major difference between myth and geography is the paucity of the subject material in the former. Geography writing ...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 9991

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

I want to make a couple of unrelated points. First, I want to outline what the mythology category is, or at least has been for a while. In terms of "why people are interested," I'd say it's closest to literature. It's fun to read, it provides us with insight into story structures, and it helps us to...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38312

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

I liked Matt's approach precisely because it does effectively increase the social science distribution (something that many people, including myself, have advocated) at the expense of one of the most overexposed categories relative to the amount of available material. The problem with this is that ...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 38312

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Personal comments: the religion and myth were great - I could tell Matt was trying to set a model of what questions in these areas should look like going forward and I think he did. RM As Will alluded to earlier, I did take deliberate steps with Religion and Mythology to stake out areas of future e...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17
Replies: 22
Views: 13835

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime - 02/25/17

I guess the editors are free to do what they want, but I'm a little confused why Legends gives up 0.25/0.25 to Religion when Legends already incorporates a lot of religious material (a "prudent mixture"). Do we really need over 1.5/1.5 Religion (traditionally defined) in a tournament?
by gyre and gimble
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 43511

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

Can we get a new name since Isaac isn't playing anymore?
by gyre and gimble
Sat May 28, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 32869

Re: The Second Summer Open

Cheynem wrote:Obviously sites can play anything they want, I just didn't find it optimal to list a set that some people would have already played.
Wouldn't it be more optimal to just list all the sets that are available to play? I really don't see the downside to listing CLEAR.
by gyre and gimble
Thu May 26, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 32869

Re: The Second Summer Open

Would those folks writing side events for the "second summer open" be comfortable setting firm dates by which their sets will be completed? Some folks out in the Bay Area are trying to put something together and we think the weekend of August 6/7 would be best for us. But to decide what we're playin...
by gyre and gimble
Tue May 10, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 22978

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

You make a good case here that I should have put Austin in what I called the third tier, and after reviewing the stats with your strictures in mind, I agree that I underranked him. (Luckily, I haven't voted yet!) That being said, I don't understand the way you use ICT stats to claim that Austin's v...
by gyre and gimble
Mon May 09, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 22978

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

I think the next tier after that is composed of: Will Alston, Kurtis Droge, Neil Gurram, Jacob Reed, Adam Silverman, and Andrew Wang. I have listed that last tier alphabetically. Just wondering, are you automatically promoting team-leader generalists over everyone else? Putting me in tier 2 without...
by gyre and gimble
Mon May 09, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 22978

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

Mewto55555 wrote:stanford housewrite
Stanford Housewrite
I'd like to gently remind everyone that the name of the set is " "stanford housewrite" ", quotation marks included. I cannot emphasize this enough.
by gyre and gimble
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Polls
Replies: 10
Views: 3450

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 gyre and gimble
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open
Replies: 61
Views: 32869

Re: The Second Summer Open

Although the myth side event is not confirmed (though due to an influx of volunteers, it most likely will happen), what will definitely be done by then are five 20-tossup packets comprising a Supreme Court side event. The distribution of answerlines in this set will endeavor to resemble a hypotheti...
by gyre and gimble
Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Polls
Replies: 10
Views: 3450

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 gyre and gimble
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 12012

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

A couple questions that really should have had more careful editing and, thankfully, didn't end up affecting our game results but really could have: The Lady Gregory tossup's second sentence began with "This man" and proceeded to describe, I think, Cathleen ni Houlihan , leading to a neg with "Yeats...
by gyre and gimble
Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 35348

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Secondly, if you're the powers that be, I urge you to cancel / postpone this tournament again to something more sensible. I urge this not to happen; rather, people should just be responsible with their writing. Seconded, mainly for the selfish reason that if this doesn't happen at Nats I won't get ...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10499

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

I guess I'd suggest that mixing the arms of Peleus, and those forged during the Iliad, is confusing - thinking about it, tossing up Achilles' original weaponry is a great (and original!) idea. I think you're right, it was a bit awkward to try to ask about both sets of armor in one tossup. I wanted ...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10499

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

I can't find the Paton essay - any chance of a link? Here's the Paton essay: https://www.jstor.org/stable/694770. It's entitled, "The Armour of Achilles." If you don't have a JSTOR account, you can also find it by searching for The Classical Review, Vol. 26-27 on Google Books. The second page of th...
by gyre and gimble
Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10499

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

I didn't write this question, but my understanding is that all of the clues are about solid-state NMR, and that many, if not all, of them are unique or generally specific to solid-state NMR. I think we did the prompt on MAS NMR to be lenient, and not because we used clues that apply with equal forc...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10499

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

In this particular case, the author did a good job of anticipating potential buzzes with NMR or MAS NMR, but the issue is that after the prompt or anti-prompt is made, the player has to make some sort of intuitive leap to get to solid-state NMR, which is really, really tricky because magic angle sp...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10499

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

Tell Nathan to stop writing on P2; before the tournament, I was telling people (half in jest, half seriously) to study up on their P2 members because Nathan was writing for this tournament. You tell him that. I don't see what the problem is--do people do studies on what different question writers l...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Eyes That Do Not See General Discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 1235

Re: General Discussion

Very fun, as always. Thanks again for putting this together. A couple of notes: 1. I think there were a bit too many common link questions (especially of the "name the common title/profession" variety). 2. I don't think it would be a bad thing to do repeats of artists that you've already asked about...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10499

Re: Question-Specific Discussion

christino wrote:Who wrote the P2 bonus? I think I know, but I want to be sure before I make another post.
That's a rather strange condition for posting...

Nathan wrote that bonus.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: "stanford housewrite"
Replies: 21
Views: 16412

Re: Announcement: "stanford housewrite"

Thanks to Chris, we've got a discussion forum set up! Just send the access requests in the usual way and I'll try to approve them in a timely manner.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Errata
Replies: 8
Views: 2398

"stanford housewrite" Errata

If you noticed any clear mistakes, let us know!
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 10499

"stanford housewrite" Question-Specific Discussion

Anything about your opinions regarding particular questions should go here.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" General Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 5905

"stanford housewrite" General Discussion

I'd like to start by thanking everyone who played this set. Hopefully you enjoyed it, or at least didn't come away from it wishing you could be refunded. This was my first time editing an upper-difficulty collegiate set. That meant that a lot of my judgment calls were simply done in good faith and a...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: "stanford housewrite"
Replies: 21
Views: 16412

Re: Announcement: "stanford housewrite"

Mods: Can we get a discussion forum set up for this? Thanks!
by gyre and gimble
Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)
Replies: 37
Views: 17005

Re: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)

Berkeley people: Are you guys not signed up for the Sunday events because you don't want to have to go back and forth two days in a row? If that's the case I think we probably can move Christmas Present to after Eyes, like Mike said. If there isn't additional interest, though, we should just budget ...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)
Replies: 37
Views: 17005

Re: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)

It's starting to look like maybe a shootout format would be best for all of the side events? I guess we could try to create a new, more interesting format, but at any rate it doesn't look like 4 or even 2 person teams will work.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzing In Too(?) Early
Replies: 11
Views: 4062

Re: Buzzing In Too(?) Early

Questions that spot you "the Great" should just be accepting "Otto" once you've said "Great," as they should just be accepting "Richard" after spotting you "the third of his name." So should a question that says "name this grammatical case that indicates possession" accept "possessive case" after "...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzing In Too(?) Early
Replies: 11
Views: 4062

Re: Buzzing In Too(?) Early

OK, how often is a protest on toss-up ambiguity after seven words actually won? I can only assume that I'm not being clear enough here, because I'm making a theoretical point that really can't be resolved by nitpicking about particular examples. To be crystal clear: Let's say that a tossup leads in...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzing In Too(?) Early
Replies: 11
Views: 4062

Re: Buzzing In Too(?) Early

I was wondering about a particular situation that can arise when playing a tossup with either 1) ambiguous clues or 2) things with multiple names: 1. Suppose you have a tossup leading in with the clue "this poet wrote about a prickly pear leaf," where the answer is Marianne Moore, and a player buzz...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzing In Too(?) Early
Replies: 11
Views: 4062

Buzzing In Too(?) Early

I was wondering about a particular situation that can arise when playing a tossup with either 1) ambiguous clues or 2) things with multiple names: 1. Suppose you have a tossup leading in with the clue "this poet wrote about a prickly pear leaf," where the answer is Marianne Moore, and a player buzze...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 12419

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:"Imaginary Communities"
I hope you didn't get points for saying "Imaginary Communities," because otherwise you should give those points back.
by gyre and gimble
Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 11020

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

Why would you be confused whether "that hammer" refers to anything else? Because most questions don't have two sentences and most cases aren't this simple? Well, I was under the impression that we were talking about the situation where sentence N in a tossup talks about "this item" and sentence N+1...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 11020

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

That's exactly my argument, going from your example and proceeding through the rest of your post (without quoting): Here is a standard test case to clarify. Let us say I am writing a tossup on Thor and I want to use a clue about Mjolnir. I don’t want to say “hammer” in the first sentence about Mjol...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 11273

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion

Separately, I thought the Durer tossup had a misplaced lead-in. It's pretty famous that he puts his monogram in all of his engravings, and Adam and Eve is one of his better-known works. Yeah, I had reservations about this lead-in, because it's real-life famous. But I got the impression that this is...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 12419

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion

some Goguryeo emperor (whom none of Eric Mukherjee, Jordan Brownstein, and myself had ever heard of) etc. Just saying, that guy is the one Goguryeo emperor worth knowing, except maybe its founder, Jumong. Gwanggaeto is a huge deal in Korea, made enormous territorial gains, and is probably the singl...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 11273

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion

I think the lead-in to the "cutting hair" tossup is confusing. I guess it's technically correct that the black witch's blood (and the other stuff mentioned, which I don't remember) is required by Ysbadadden for shaving his hair, specifically, it is also a requirement for "marrying Olwen" or "winnin...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 12419

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion

I liked this set. It seemed pretty conservative in terms of answer selection, which I guess gave it less potential to be exciting, but by consequence it was very well controlled and wasn't diminished by unpleasant surprises. In particular, the history and painting were well done.
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 11273

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Individual Question Discussion

I think the lead-in to the "cutting hair" tossup is confusing. I guess it's technically correct that the black witch's blood (and the other stuff mentioned, which I don't remember) is required by Ysbadadden for shaving his hair, specifically, it is also a requirement for "marrying Olwen" or "winning...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jan 12, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason College Poll
Replies: 18
Views: 10406

Re: Midseason College Poll

Just wanted to note an error in the stats compilation--our bonus conversion at Penn Bowl was actually 23.09. Doesn't change our rank for that tournament, but does make us a bit more competitive with the two teams ahead of us.
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)
Replies: 37
Views: 17005

Re: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)

Can people who are traveling and interested in side events post their preferences for the schedule? As far as I know, the Stanford team doesn't really care what order things happen in. The events will be Eyes, a trash set, and Will Alston's tournament. If we can't come to a consensus, if everyone's ...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: "stanford housewrite"
Replies: 21
Views: 16412

Re: Announcement: "stanford housewrite"

After re-thinking things, we've decided to make the tossups a line longer, but with a hard cap (so zero tossups will make it onto the 10th line after powermarking). I think there were some complaints about the length of George Oppen last year, but I think this will still keep things shorter.
by gyre and gimble
Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)
Replies: 37
Views: 17005

Re: "stanford housewrite" at Stanford (February 27, 2016)

My proposal is that we run Eyes after the main event, then play either a full trash set or only the tossups of a trash set plus Will's side event on Sunday. I'm in favor of not splitting up Eyes and just having a normal lunch, and not doing a full trash tournament because I'm guessing the Sunday fie...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 57255

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Sorry for the delay, everyone. I've finally got around to proofreading the set and just uploaded it, so it should appear on the database as soon as it's approved. Thanks again for all your interest, and for those of you who haven't seen them yet, I hope you enjoy the questions.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 4916

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Is this too little or too much? I think 6 lyric poetry tossups across five packets is actually about right. If it was six poetry tossups across 13 packets, we have an issue. Sorry about the spelling errors, I was typing on my phone. What I meant was 6 tossups on lyric poetry total (bees, Spoon Rive...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 4916

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

I wasn't very impressed with this set. It was generally just not very exciting or creative, although this got better as the rounds went on. My main issues with the questions were (through 13 packets, I haven't seen the last two yet): 6 tossups on lyric poetry, appearing across 5 packets (my contenti...