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by gyre and gimble
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SHEIKH: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 16
Views: 3867

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

This was fun. I think you guys nailed the "interesting clues on easy answers" concept. It was also refreshing to play a history set with more centralized editorial control and vision (not to knock the past few CO History sets or CHBs too much, but those sets have always felt less stylistically cohes...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open thanks and discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 16916

Re: Chicago Open thanks and discussion

touchpack wrote:Will there be an IRC reading of the finals packets? I'd love to hear more of this tournament.
I would partake.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 3814

Re: VCU Open ‘15: Thanks and General Discussion

Just wanted to say that the "conversion to Christianity" myth tossup was probably the best below CO-level myth question I've ever played. The myth overall was fantastic, as was the set as a whole (certainly in theory, perhaps a bit less so in execution--see below). The main criticism I have about th...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)
Replies: 21
Views: 8142

Re: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)

So the main site is using bounceback bonuses. How do we feel about trying that? I'm all for it.
by gyre and gimble
Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 2959

Re: Discussion Thread

I'm greatly anticipating your philosophy and sources post Stephen. Same, I want to see what you looked at for this set. I plan on emulating it in future writing. It's up now, thanks for waiting. I don't have much in terms of sources, but as you can see, I have managed to bullshit a lot about writin...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4892

Re: RILKE Discussion

Is it fair to say that your criticism is primarily of the tossups that were both artificial and variable, and not truly of artificiality or variability on their own? That is, it seems to me that you are defending things like "mind", even when they're variable. And I assume that you don't object to ...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4892

Re: RILKE Discussion

This was, if anything, a carefully written set with interesting and quality clues. It wasn't exactly the right set for my personal tastes, but that shouldn't reflect as some kind of judgment on the questions. I do have a couple points on particular things about the common link questions I found prob...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 2959

Re: Discussion Thread

So I wasn't even going to ask about this, as I'd hate for it to seem as "sour-grapesy" as I'm afraid it could, but honestly I just want to understand what happened. During what was originally a tie between my team (me, Billy B, Foster) and Will Alston's team, Will interrupted the toss-up on the mos...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 2959

2015 CO Visual Arts Discussion

First of all, I'd like to again offer my thanks to Doug, Nathan, Benji, and Seth for their help with the set. And thanks to everyone for playing. I'll make a disclaimer at this point: The following is not necessarily my view on how everyone should write art questions. It's simply what I think were m...
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I'd like to reiterate my request for a private discussion forum. Thanks!
by gyre and gimble
Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Can I get a private discussion forum set up for this? Thanks. (Or alternatively, people thinking about maybe doing a mirror, let me know as soon as you can because at some point I'm just going to post the questions.)
by gyre and gimble
Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open History discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 10101

Re: Chicago Open History discussion

christino wrote:Back in 2012/2013 Eric Mukherjee and I had this idea for a myth side event, with either a partially or wholly filled out answersheet (I can't remember), but it didn't really end up being written.
Do this!
by gyre and gimble
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Thanks Will, but those questions aren't clear for discussion!
by gyre and gimble
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

You guys are welcome to run an online mirror, but I will neither be organizing nor staffing it.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Thanks to everyone who played this, and a big congratulations to the 2015 CO Visual Arts champions, Mike Sorice and Kelly Tourdot! I was very impressed by the buzzes I was seeing all day, and I hope everybody had a lot of fun. It seems like people did indeed enjoy the questions, and I must say nothi...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Hello everyone, As I said earlier today, please plan on arriving by 8:30 tomorrow. Due to some last minute adds and drops, as well as some reconsiderations, the brackets are now as follows: Gupta/Lawrence Brownstein/Manners Sorice/Tourdot Jackson/Ray Hart/Davis Alston/Wang/Golimlim Cheyne/Minarik/Pe...
by gyre and gimble
Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

The plan right now is 8:30.

Can I also get someone to do stats?
by gyre and gimble
Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 52868

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

I was thinking everyone get there by 8:30, and I'll try to be there a bit before (with some Chicago people, hopefully?) to set things up so we're ready to go. That said, my train pulls into Union Station at 7:50 (I'm planning to Uber down) so It would be nice to have someone serve as my backup if I'...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Here are the brackets and teams: Auroni Gupta / John Lawrence Rob Carson / Ike Jose Mike Bentley / Evan Adams Matt Jackson / Chris Ray Will Holub-Moorman / Jacob Reed Will Alston / Andrew Wang / Kenji Golimlim Charles Hang / Seth Ebner / Athena Kern Chris Borglum / Billy Beyer / Foster Hughes Tommy ...
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)
Replies: 21
Views: 8142

Re: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)

i never see pigeons in wheeling wrote:
Ah well ok then. I didn't think of you acting on behalf of Stanford since it's an open tournament and all.
I see how that could have been ambiguous. But yeah, I wasn't commenting on the viability of this event.

Also, are there plans for side events?
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)
Replies: 21
Views: 8142

Re: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)

i never see pigeons in wheeling wrote:
gyre and gimble wrote:It looks like we have enough interest for 2 teams.
I assure you, there's much more interest than that.
No man, what I mean is Stanford wants to bring 2 teams. Unless you know something I don't...?
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Nabonidus wrote:I think I've been added to the staffers list erroneously since I've never posted in this thread before... but I am actually willing to staff this.
Oh shit, sorry dude. I mixed you up with Joe Su, the other guy from your school with a short name.
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14847

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

Okay, one more post, because I've been exploring another line of thinking on this issue. This might clarify why I see Charlie's posts as political, even though I see Nick's posts as very much in agreement with my own, despite Nick's confusion with how I've chosen to argue that position. Now, I under...
by gyre and gimble
Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Just a reminder that this is the last day to add a third person to your team. I've come up with preliminary brackets, which I will post on Sunday, once I've decided which teams will gain players from the waitlist. I don't want to deal with something more complicated, but I also want to avoid major b...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14847

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

Look, you're missing my whole point about micropolitics. Personally, whether someone was gay or straight is not something I think about when I play quizbowl, because quite frankly, I don't care unless it is relevant to their work in a particular way. I don't want questions to preach to me about app...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14847

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

You're not getting it. As Sam mentioned, for most people and in most contexts, if you don't know another person's sexuality, you'll assume that that person is straight. (That's heteronormativity, or at least part of it.) It's not always conscious, but everybody does this in the real world--and stat...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14847

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

I think the reasonable middle ground here is to only note the author's sexuality in questions where it's important, but also to not automatically assume it's unimportant. I don't know much about Henry James, perhaps being gay was unimportant to his writing, but there are plenty of cases where an au...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)
Replies: 21
Views: 8142

Re: VCU Open @ Berkeley (Aug 8)

It looks like we have enough interest for 2 teams.
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14847

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

In my opinion mentioning somebody is gay doesn't marginalize them, but helps by spreading awareness. Unfortunately, the underlying assumption in our fairly-heteronormative culture is that unless someone is specifically mentioned as gay, they are assumed to be straight, so I kinda see including a su...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14847

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

I'm not advocating describing a person's sexuality in favor of other clues, but if there's room in the question and doesn't disrupt the focus (which I honestly can't see happening simply by adding "gay" or "bisexual"or "lesbian"), than I don't see the harm of adding it in. Here's one possible harm:...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 14847

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

increasing the amount of LGBTQ content shouldn't be difficult--in general, authors write what they know, and unless they were forced to be discreet during their lifetime (unfortunately, not uncommon) there's a chance that people have been writing something related to their orientation, somewhere. T...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

As for who plays with who, I like the gentlemen's agreement idea. (You're probably right, Mike C., but I don't want to force people into teams unless as a last resort.) If you're a really strong team, don't take on another player. Otherwise, play with who you want. Please do this soon so I can work ...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I'm glad that you're willing to reconsider, but for what its worth, I'm not at all satisfied by your initial resolution. I didn't realize I needed any more qualification than "I want to play this" to express my interest - the language is pretty clear, I'm attending CO proper, my packet has been sub...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I don't think there's so much interest that it's worth going with a different schedule. But if there are no strong objections, I'll open this up to a doubles or triples event. Thanks, Mike, I hadn't thought of that option. I will not arbitrarily add people to existing teams though. Those who still w...
by gyre and gimble
Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

The field will stay at 16 because I want to write 9 packets and don't want to burn a round on odd numbered brackets. The waitlist will be people who have unequivocally signed up to play this, and then people who expressed interest but have done little to follow up with me personally, post in this th...
by gyre and gimble
Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Okay, the field is now closed. If anyone wants to drop out, please let me and Athena know so she can take your spot. The format is the same as before, with two brackets doing a round robin in the prelims and a final. Ties in records will be broken either on a half or full packet (depending on how ma...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Oh okay, in that case Jasper and Jerry are now a team.
by gyre and gimble
Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Okay, unless two more teams sign up within June, I'm going to close the field at 16. (Mike and Jasper, you guys are now a team, assuming you haven't found teammates.) I'm doing this because: 1. Having to write 1 or 2 fewer packets will make things a lot more manageable for me (which isn't to say tha...
by gyre and gimble
Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

So we're at 15 teams now. I'd love to get this up to 16.

And if you can staff, please let me know! I'm going to need at least (2/3) more people to run a (16/18)-team event.

EDIT: Corrected the number of staff needed because I didn't notice other posts in this thread.
by gyre and gimble
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

This event will be $10 per player. Right now there are 26 people signed up and 9 more who have expressed interest. If everyone plays, that should fill the 18 team field. If you're one of those 9, please post in this thread sooner rather than later. Some of you are definitely going to be at CO right?...
by gyre and gimble
Wed May 27, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 55791

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Yes, I'll need at least 9 staffers other than myself (assuming the field fills) so please let me know or post in this thread if you're available! Although I suppose I can conscript bye-round players to read, I'll still need 10 total laptops. I'd also like to note that Doug Graebner has graciously st...
by gyre and gimble
Mon May 04, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 28416

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

I also wish that we discussed individual categories more (ranked Top 5 for each category, for example). It would give more recognition to specialists (science players being the obvious ones, but even specialists in particular humanities categories) who might be getting shut out of the poll, because...
by gyre and gimble
Mon May 04, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 28416

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

I don't understand all this backlash against this poll or against taking it seriously. Like, why does it matter if someone cares about it way more than you think they should? Or why does it matter that people post after the results are out with complaints about how X or Y is underrated? It's just a ...
by gyre and gimble
Sat May 02, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 28416

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

"where one buzzes" Okay people keep saying this--does it actually mean something???? I agree with Eric though, Saajid is probably top 10 and top ~12 at minimum. And everyone should have Tommy in their top 10. Max, you should add Nathan Weiser to your list. Anyone voting for Stanford B players shoul...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 41241

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Stanford is planning to write a tournament occupying the MO/George Oppen niche in the schedule, for probably around the same time of year (February). We'll confirm once we know how much people are willing to write, but I'll say now that we are looking for collaborative help on chemistry, and need s...
by gyre and gimble
Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 41241

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Stanford is planning to write a tournament occupying the MO/George Oppen niche in the schedule, for probably around the same time of year (February). We'll confirm once we know how much people are willing to write, but I'll say now that we are looking for collaborative help on chemistry, and need so...
by gyre and gimble
Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 90497

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

the Jarman/Olivier/Merchant Ivory bonus was abnormally hard compared to any film bonus I've seen at nationals level This seems like an odd assertion--Jarman is probably a tough hard part, though not out of the ordinary for Nats, but Olivier gives you "famous British Shakespearean actor" and M+I giv...
by gyre and gimble
Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 90497

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I'm just going to drop in here and say we knew Olivier but messed up because somebody wasn't paying attention and suggested Branagh (which was obviously wrong, since the question mentioned Olivier being brought out of retirement for War Requiem or something). That's on us, but lest it go down as "AC...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 90497

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

That said, I did not think that this set was anywhere near a good model for questions that should decide a national championship. For example, Nationals is not the place to make up for the lack of jazz in other tournaments by including a ton (seriously, the amount of jazz was ridiculous) of jazz to...
by gyre and gimble
Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 90497

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

First, of all, I want to say that the set was enjoyable as a collection of fun and interesting questions. It was absolutely clear that the editors put a lot of work into putting it together and I'd like to thank them for all their efforts. That said, I did not think that this set was anywhere near a...