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by DumbJaques
Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO BBQ Dialogue Liveblog
Replies: 3
Views: 2024

CO BBQ Dialogue Liveblog

John Lawrence: In my esteemed culinary opinion, that might be on fire.
by DumbJaques
Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at UMD
Replies: 3
Views: 1689

Re: Summer Practices at UMD

This was actually a (very poorly explained) post about having Maryland area high school practices at Maryland, which several players expressed a desire to do after their underclassmen found they just weren't getting all that much out of Chicago Open packets. I've unlocked the thread, but it should b...
by DumbJaques
Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DC Summer Practices at University of Maryland
Replies: 0
Views: 1248

DC Summer Practices at University of Maryland

Cross-posting an announcement from the Misc. boards, since those aren sometimes not checked by college/open people: Maryland, as usual, is hosting open practices for anyone in the DC area this summer. Practices will be Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 - 8:00 PM, on the first floor of Jimenez Hall at UMD. ...
by DumbJaques
Tue May 27, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51085

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

I will note that many of the edits and suggestions that I made were subsequently deleted or ignored. If I'm correct about the first question you're referring to, when it was first read to me I thought it was kind of a cheesy answerline, but one that was actually an important, influential trend in t...
by DumbJaques
Tue May 27, 2014 6:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51085

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

Firstly, why in the hell are we redacting material from this tournament? Are you people really planning to foist this abomination on future unsuspecting assholes? Come on. The question Ike was discussing was almost certainly on Japanese gay fanfic porn, or however you say that in IWishIWereJapanese....
by DumbJaques
Wed May 21, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 51085

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

Yeah, this is a side tournament; I and presumably many other people will not be a part of this if it in any way detracts from the ability to run NSC as efficiently as possible. I will say that ordering food Sunday night to save time makes a whole lot of sense though. And second Matt's call for the c...
by DumbJaques
Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20
Replies: 47
Views: 23440

Re: 3M: Chicago Open History Doubles, 7/20

Charles Tian, I do not know how to contact you. Nevertheless, I would like to play with you. Please reply if you see this. I believe the traditional method is to bury a plate of jerk chicken at a crossroads at the stroke of midnight, then return a week later. Eh, this actually didn't work for me. E...
by DumbJaques
Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 59632

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

Greetings, Steven Hines, you colossal pile of hippopotamus shit, I don't really care that you cheated at this fake online skype tournament .* Yeah, I know, cheating is abhorrent, you're moral bankruptcy approaches Hannah Kirsch levels, etc. etc. I mean, sure, you did take the most beautiful part of ...
by DumbJaques
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? [Collegiate edition, 2014]
Replies: 34
Views: 11401

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? [Collegiate edition, 2014

I'm going to UChicago for an IR Master's program. I will be entering the John Lawrence Reeducation Camp for Troubled Youngsters.
by DumbJaques
Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Mid-Atlantic @ Virginia Tech (2/8/14)
Replies: 18
Views: 5626

Re: NAQT SCT Mid-Atlantic @ Virginia Tech (2/8/14)

So are there 9 teams in Division I right now? Why wouldn't Virginia Tech instead use the house team in that division, to avoid byes? This year byes seem particularly problematic, since so few teams will qualify for at-large bids and minimizing variability across sites is paramount. Not to mention by...
by DumbJaques
Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Near East Ancient History - Where does it Belong?
Replies: 13
Views: 1862

Re: Near East Ancient History - Where does it Belong?

Where Egypt "belongs" in the distribution is an interesting question. Classical Egypt had a tendency of being otherized/orientalized in a way that downplays the continuity it forms with other nearby classical culture areas (most notably Greece). I almost don't want to legitimize this post by treati...
by DumbJaques
Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 5929

Re: General Discussion

I thought this was a pretty solid tournament, though definitely a touch too hard for regular difficulty. If that's the worst thing you can say about a team of editors doing their first unsupervised job, they've done well. From what I could see, Brian McPeak, Chris Manners, Isaac Hirsch, Jordan Brown...
by DumbJaques
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A second is a defined length of time
Replies: 26
Views: 8502

Re: A second is a defined length of time

I don't really know if the rules really logically imply we should prompt for answers on tossups (as it seems some people are suggesting), but I certainly don't think there's a clear reason not to. Most of the arguments in favor of changing that rule seem to stem from a personal preference stanpoint,...
by DumbJaques
Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice 2013 Mid-Atlantic at Maryland (9/28/13)
Replies: 6
Views: 2773

Re: Collegiate Novice 2013 Mid-Atlantic at Maryland (9/28/13)

Stats are available at http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1658/stats/combined_stats/ . Thanks to the (few) teams who made it out for this event. I was pretty disappointed not to see a number of area teams - GW, Mason, Penn, Penn State, Princeton, etc. etc. - though I gather at least Mason is p...
by DumbJaques
Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VETO 2013-The Thing That Will Not Die
Replies: 16
Views: 4542

Re: VETO 2013-The Thing That Will Not Die

minusfive wrote:According to my reading of the children's drawing, we now play ourselves, with gumballs.
Dude no, it's a gobstopper! How in the world can you not know your own history better than Tim Hortons-less Americans? Someone call the Masked Canadian History Bandit.
by DumbJaques
Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How is tossup formed?? How answer line get corrected??
Replies: 38
Views: 8824

Re: How is tossup formed?? How answer line get corrected??

he's dragging rule reforms we can use into some absurd vendetta against Matt/ACF/whoever. That is false. It never happened. No, I'm saying this is the RESULT of what you're doing. You are making a series of crappy rules arguments in favor of the protest, in the midst of what seems more centrally to...
by DumbJaques
Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How is tossup formed?? How answer line get corrected??
Replies: 38
Views: 8824

Re: How is tossup formed?? How answer line get corrected??

Before yesterday I only knew the basic facts of the protest (somebody said Providence, and was negged). Since I think we need rules that in a vacuum would trigger an anti-prompt in this situation, I actually came into this thread on Marshall's side, so to speak. I have since been entirely disabused ...
by DumbJaques
Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT ICT: March 29, Chicago
Replies: 19
Views: 9918

Re: 2014 NAQT ICT: March 29, Chicago

Since it currently says that the 2015 ICT will be confined to Saturday, does that mean that NAQT is also not contemplating the expanded schedule for that year as well?

Alternatively, CO-style midnight games!
by DumbJaques
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice 2013 Mid-Atlantic at Maryland (9/28/13)
Replies: 6
Views: 2773

Collegiate Novice 2013 Mid-Atlantic at Maryland (9/28/13)

The Maryland Academic Quiz Team will be hosting a mirror of the Collegiate Novice tournament on Saturday, September 28, 2013. This tournament is specifically geared for players new to quizbowl, or new to collegiate quizbowl. Please note the key differences in procedure/fee structure/elligibility out...
by DumbJaques
Wed May 01, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 28387

Re: ACF Nationals 2013 Discussion

No time for full reaction post now, so will just yell at Libo! This was a problem not only in a couple religion tossups but also in history; the tossup on comfort women required that exact term, but the tossup on atomic bomb survivors didn't require Hibakusha. "Comfort women" is the term that is use...
by DumbJaques
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2013 College Nationals: Sun. Apr. 14
Replies: 62
Views: 14235

Re: National History Bowl - 2013 College Nationals: Sun. Apr. 14

Although I've recently discovered Maryland wasn't officially registered for this event, I'd expressed our intention to play to Dave and had been very much looking forward to playing. I'm not, for the moment at least, going to get into the cancellation thing. Re: Rescheduling - here are the options I...
by DumbJaques
Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Invitational Tournament 2013 (3/24/13)
Replies: 57
Views: 27609

Re: Terrapin Invitational Tournament 2013 (3/24/13)

that was mentioned because this laziness in statskeeping (Gary had 30+ minutes to put in 3 scoresheets; these mistakes should not happen at that pace) is symptomatic of Maryland's entire method of running tournaments. A single transposed statline is symptomatic of Maryland's entire method of runnin...
by DumbJaques
Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 12384

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion

For a tournament whose subtitle called out the rest of the circuit for its poor use of language, this tournament sure had a lot of titulars, sentences without pronouns (or worse, with pronouns referring to things that are not the answer), unrelated clues needlessly strung together with "and," and j...
by DumbJaques
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion (?)
Replies: 25
Views: 3134

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion (?)

If it's so tremendously important, you can always hold your tryout the same weekend as the tournament. Because that's always a viable option. Oh, boo hoo! I mean, I do get where Fred's coming from and all, but it's not like ACF Regionals (or like, the other 3-5 sets one could use for this purpose e...
by DumbJaques
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 12384

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion

I liked playing this year's Regionals - it was a solid tournament full of solid questions on a range of asked and not-so-asked things - and the people who note that it's the hardest Regionals since 2007 are obviously correct. It seems like the regular difficulty "umbrella" or "bell curve" or what-h...
by DumbJaques
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 12384

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion

This set seemed kind of hastily edited, resulting in a lot of missing words (and questions!), packets with varying fonts and formats, and the aforementioned unevenness of the bonuses. I enjoyed many questions in this set, but, for example, when Ike asked me what my favorite tossup of the day was, I...
by DumbJaques
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 12384

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion

I felt like this set overestimated the knowledge that the field had. History in particular seemed to go into "Are you an expert in this time period/field of history? No? Too bad." way too often in the bonuses. I agree with the first sentence to a slight degree, though I don't think in the way you m...
by DumbJaques
Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 12384

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion

Oh, and last but definitely not least: I am so, so happy to give you feedback on your stuff for this set. Seriously, I really like doing this and believe in it as a quizbowl practice. So email me, tell me what you wrote (preferably include the questions in line, for ease of response), and I will tel...
by DumbJaques
Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion
Replies: 56
Views: 12384

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 General Discussion

I'd like to thank everyone who came out and joined us for ACF Regionals. I'll respond to some of the posts in a moment, but first will give a tournament wrap-up/share my impressions. Thanks: First off, thanks to John Lawrence, Rob Carson, and Cody Voight, who all worked very hard on this project. I ...
by DumbJaques
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Discussion (?)
Replies: 25
Views: 3134

Re: ACF Regionals Discussion (?)

There is no need whatsoever to make this discussion private; Rob (or any other admin), please go ahead and open it up. My actual post about the set can be found in the already-extant discussion thread. Re: NASAT tryout hemming/hawing - there are tons of sets out there that you can use for a tryout. ...
by DumbJaques
Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals @ University of South Carolina
Replies: 7
Views: 3074

Re: ACF Regionals @ University of South Carolina

Hey, they should be there - I sent you a confirmation text, but please call me ASAP at 240 672 1140 if you still don't have them.
by DumbJaques
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)
Replies: 69
Views: 22664

Re: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)

Ugh, Canadians. We're coming up Saturday morning, but Delaware is really quite close to us and pretty much a straight shot up the highway, so unless the roads are utterly undriveable (in which case I expect the tournament would be postponed), we'll be there. To clarify on Bill's DI schedule ideas, a...
by DumbJaques
Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)
Replies: 69
Views: 22664

Re: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)

Is there any chance of scaring up a 12th DI team, to avoid byes at an NAQT event and allow a schedule with more than 10 games? Neither of those things seem desirable to me, though of course you can't get around certain scheduling necessities. I'm assuming Delaware lacks the staffing capacity to run ...
by DumbJaques
Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Good Current Events Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 3696

Re: Writing Good Current Events Questions

As with many other questions (geography perhaps most notably), good current events questions often result from an understanding that one does not need to rigorously strip the material of any meaty content that isn't strictly CE. That is, a good current events question probably WILL have some history...
by DumbJaques
Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement
Replies: 28
Views: 21628

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement

As an update to hosts, I'm currently projecting 15-16 packets for this tournament. A more precise count will be in by the Monday or Tuesday before the tournament.
by DumbJaques
Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Mid-Atlantic at Maryland (2/24/2013)
Replies: 9
Views: 4448

ACF Regionals 2013 Mid-Atlantic at Maryland (2/24/2013)

2013 ACF Regionals Mid-Atlantic will be held at the University of Maryland - College Park on February 24, 2013 . Please note that this tournament is occurring on the Sunday of ACF Regionals weekend, due to VHSL states on the previous day. Where: A specific building for the tournament will be announc...
by DumbJaques
Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: discuss randomization here
Replies: 20
Views: 6130

Re: discuss randomization here

I have always done absolutely all question placement by hand. I don't think it takes that long (compared to how long everything else in editing takes), unless you're doing a massive tournament with more than 20 packets or something. I don't think momentum is that big of a deal, but I do like the pa...
by DumbJaques
Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Quizbowl
Replies: 22
Views: 9666

Re: Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Quizbowl

I don't think people in quiz bowl are bad people, but it's possible we make people feel unwelcome and uncomfortable. We aren't creating safe environments. It might come down to the nature of our social interactions--the things we say offhandedly without considering if they might cause offense. I ha...
by DumbJaques
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012
Replies: 38
Views: 10060

Re: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012

Thanks to Columbia for hosting a pretty well-run event. I do have some suggestions for the future, and am pretty sure there are numerous problems with the stats and from what I can tell not just ours (Kevin Koai's two well-deserved powers from our game, at the very least have disappeared). Alternati...
by DumbJaques
Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012
Replies: 38
Views: 10060

Re: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012

Hey, I've noted this in email, but "Maryland" is coming with two teams (which at one point someone attempted to put into some registration document somewhere, I believe). We've also got two free agents who are actively looking for spots - are any still available?
by DumbJaques
Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Logic of an Upper Midwest ACF Regionals Site
Replies: 11
Views: 3063

Re: The Logic of an Upper Midwest ACF Regionals Site

My current inclination is to just look for a Chicago-area host; if people have strong arguments against this, I encourage you to air them sooner rather than later.
by DumbJaques
Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes That Do Not See IV @ Minnesota Open 2012
Replies: 22
Views: 9080

Re: Eyes That Do Not See IV @ Minnesota Open 2012

What Ike said. I know these are a bitch to do, but it seriously enriches the quizbowl experiences every year. Thanks Mike!
by DumbJaques
Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement
Replies: 28
Views: 21628

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement

February 10, 2013: +$50 As alluded to above, extensions *may* be granted after the final February 8 deadline [...] Hopefully this will not apply to most teams, but which is it? Or is there some subtle difference I'm missing? This typo has been corrected. Southeast: Georgia Tech So this is the first...
by DumbJaques
Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement
Replies: 28
Views: 21628

ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement

This is the official global announcement for ACF Regionals 2013, which will take place on February 23, 2013. Editors: Head Editor: Chris Ray (Maryland) Co-Editors: John Lawrence (King's College London), Cody Voight (VCU), Rob Carson (Ball So Hard University) Hosts: Note that we are now actively seek...
by DumbJaques
Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUARK Mirror at GWU 11/10/12
Replies: 23
Views: 7623

Re: QUARK Mirror at GWU 11/10/12

Just a heads up. Buses are replacing trains between East Falls Church and Clarendon on the Orange Line this weekend, please add 10-15 minutes at least to your travels if you are coming from the Fairfax area. Uh, leave more than that, if you read this in time. Metro shuttle operations were designed ...
by DumbJaques
Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012
Replies: 38
Views: 10060

Re: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012

I think you're playing with fire banking on starting a tournament held in NYC at 8:30 - a lot of teams (mine included) don't have a ton of familiarity with local transportation, and for almost everybody it's going to require multiple steps in the transit merry-go-round. In my experience you can't ex...
by DumbJaques
Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012
Replies: 38
Views: 10060

Re: Minnesota Open Mirror @ Columbia 11/17-18/2012

Some manner of "Maryland" is going to show up to this tournament, with 1-2 teams. Also, given that Wild Kingdom II has been cancelled, I'd like to plead with the organizers of this tournament to truncate it into a one day event. Or, I guess, let's just play Eyes Saturday night - it's clear to me fro...
by DumbJaques
Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Fall: UVA Mirror, 11/3
Replies: 16
Views: 9251

Re: 2012 ACF Fall: UVA Mirror, 11/3

They played a round robin instead of crossover so that teams got an additional game. When you do that, the correct thing to do is not count the prelim game. Seems pretty straightforward. Right, I guess it's that logic I disagree with (rather than UVA making a mistake or anything, which obviously is...
by DumbJaques
Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 ACF Fall: UVA Mirror, 11/3
Replies: 16
Views: 9251

Re: 2012 ACF Fall: UVA Mirror, 11/3

I'm having trouble figuring out how the playoff procedure worked. . . it seems like prelim games were discounted and basically replayed instead of setting up some kind of crossover system; the only possible reason I can think of to do something like this is the field size, but it's not clear to me w...
by DumbJaques
Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT Mirror at Maryland (10/14/12)
Replies: 26
Views: 9784

Re: IFT Mirror at Maryland (10/14/12)

Congratulations to UVA A, who won the 2012 IFT mirror at Maryland. After 11 rounds of prelims and playoffs, UVA A held a 9-2 record, with a three-way tie for second between Princeton A, UNC, and Delaware, who were all 8-3. Those three teams were seeded by ppg and played two elimination games, with P...