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by vinteuil
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 36946

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I'm delighted to announce PIANO/MO : Pre-ICT and ACF Nationals Open/Minnesota Open, for mirrors in March 2019. I (Jacob Reed) will be head-editing the set, with other writers and editors including Sam Bailey, Michael Borecki, Stephen Eltinge, Adam Fine, Joey Goldman, Jason Golfinos, Will Holub-Moorm...
by vinteuil
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 36332

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

The question needs to say or imply "most commonly illustrated with" or "classic example of." These clues always run the risk of making such sheer fluke negs: indeed, the bet you make as a writer of this kind of clue is that the proportion of people learning the canonical example is sufficiently hig...
by vinteuil
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 36332

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Regardless of what the rules / correctness guidelines say (and they seem clear to me) I think this particular instance is a good illustration of an interesting philosophical problem with quizbowl questions in general. Let us postulate a player Bob, who has done balance puzzles with pills and only p...
by vinteuil
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 54239

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

Sure, I can be more explicit in that I'm a church organist.
by vinteuil
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 54239

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

After internal discussions, we have moved the date of Nationals one final time to the weekend of April 13th and 14th to make it easier for us to recruit the highest quality staff. We apologize for any inconvenience. Do you mind sharing more about this decision process? I'm having a hard time believ...
by vinteuil
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 54239

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

I did not make the final decision for the date of ACF Nationals, but April 27-28 is the date of NHBB Nationals. NHBB Nationals monopolizes a lot of staff. I supposed I'd be interested in seeing exactly how much overlap there is between the two staffer bases; I'd heard talk that it wasn't as big as ...
by vinteuil
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 54239

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

After internal discussions, we have moved the date of Nationals one final time to the weekend of April 13th and 14th to make it easier for us to recruit the highest quality staff. We apologize for any inconvenience. Do you mind sharing more about this decision process? I'm having a hard time believ...
by vinteuil
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Survey Texts and Other Resources List (aseemslegit.com)
Replies: 2
Views: 6005

Survey Texts and Other Resources List (aseemslegit.com)

Hi everyone, I think I've reached a point where my list of good, quizbowl-relevant survey texts, anthologies, reference works, and online resources at least touches on every major quizbowl topic. So, I'd like to share it here, with the understanding that it is presumably woefully incomplete and pret...
by vinteuil
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 54239

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/20-21/19

Have those organizing nationals considered that placing it on both Easter and the first two days of Passover will have adverse effects on attendance and competitiveness?
by vinteuil
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 14879

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

- I think the best Nats since 2012 is actually ACF Nats 2015. 2014, 2017, and 2018 attract a lot of attention because of the assertive philosophical underpinnings of their editors' questions. But I thought the general execution of 2015 across the tournament displayed the best control (finals packet...
by vinteuil
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 14879

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

rylltraka wrote:As someone who doesn't really have a lot to add to this discussion, but was interested, I found it rather difficult to find the previous thread on this topic (addressing 2010-2012 or so; I did eventually find it). Might be just me.
I literally linked to it in the first clause of my post.
by vinteuil
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 14879

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

This should make us wonder whether we've gotten to the point where the community at large is markedly better at writing than it is at editing, and whether we should self-examine why that is and how to alter that. I'd love to see you expand on this. I'd think that the difference comes from housewrit...
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 14879

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

Banana Stand wrote:TTIAC and Stanford Housewrite were both better than CMST.
The science in Stanford Housewrite had a lot of problems; TTIAC and CMST were both more consistent in that regard.
by vinteuil
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 14879

Fuck it, let's rank the sets

As Jonathan Suh recently pointed out , we haven't done this in forever, and it's actually a highly valuable exercise. (How else will posterity know what to read first?) I'm not going to produce a numerical ranking here, and I'm not going to plug any sets I've worked on (although I think 2014 Fall an...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 9426

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues. Naveed (personal communication): "There's nothing worse than "hypothetical" threads that are clearly about a specific...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 9426

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

I think if this thread was really meant to answer the question being posed, there was no reason to go through the specifics. On the other hand, if the events of the tournament production deserve a broader analysis, then maybe they should have been. But in that case, I think the OP should have been ...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 9426

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues. Naveed (personal communication): "There's nothing worse than "hypothetical" threads that are clearly about a specific...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 9426

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

I think there are some important details missing from the account presented here, which factor into the justifiability of the actions taken. If Eliza produced questions under the explicit understanding that Eric would not be involved in the production of the set, then I think she would be well just...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 9426

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

I'm curious what kind of "rights" you mean. In a legal sense, unless writers are operating under a formal work-for-hire contract, they are probably the copyright holders of their questions and have the right to withdraw them and publish them elsewhere as they see fit. In such a scenario, the editor...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 9426

When do questions "belong" to a set?

Near the end of production for this year’s CO, I encountered a situation that was new to me, and I realized that I don’t know of any standard community expectations regarding it. So I'd like to see what other people think, at least in the abstract. Late in the writing process, and with Auroni’s perm...
by vinteuil
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I think the Tienanmen Square tossup is probably a good example of a tossup that, in many rooms, played as six or seven lines of an art tossup that no one got, followed by a very short history tossup on Tienanmen Square (at the mention of the Goddess of Democracy statue). I don't doubt that there ar...
by vinteuil
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 12692

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I don't see why we can't have mixed questions with western and non-western art - people do learn about both separately, but I think integrating world art into more standard tossups could be a good compromise between the current movement and playability. For example, the violin in Indian music tossu...
by vinteuil
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I should have pointed out the specific thing that jumped out at me: the top Met museum exhibit on Old Masters painting (in fact, most of the exhibitions listed) got far fewer visits than its Chinese art show. Ah, I see. For what it's worth, I agree that we should be writing more questions on Han an...
by vinteuil
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

The same goes for floor space at museums. Having been to many, many art museums I can say with confidence that the concentration of museumgoers gravitates heavily toward western art. It doesn’t mean much for a museum to have half its floor space devoted to Asian or African art if that floor space i...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

The same goes for floor space at museums. Having been to many, many art museums I can say with confidence that the concentration of museumgoers gravitates heavily toward western art. It doesn’t mean much for a museum to have half its floor space devoted to Asian or African art if that floor space i...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

Can I see the Bunuel tossup? I remember at game speed having to recognize that this was about Bunuel's Mexican period to be somewhat tricky. I knew The Exterminating Angel was made in Mexico, but the film is also commonly interpreted as a metaphor about Franco Spain, for example. At the end of a sh...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

Two disconnected thoughts: 1. few people actually study nonwestern art in the real world. For example, this semester at OU there are 25 art history classes offered, only one of which is a nonwestern art class. As someone who believes that quizbowl ought to roughly track the academy, I think that thi...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

Andrew, I don’t disagree with your post, and it helpfully diagnoses a big part of the frustrafion from the set—thanks. But your argument cuts both ways. “Art is made in a historical and cultural context, therefore we can ask about it as history and human culture” seems just as good as “Historical an...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

The violin in India question seemed to vex people, and someone in my room negged with an Indian instrument. I don't see why the whole question needed to be about just the violin in India - perhaps another use for it in a different culture? Violins are probably the most-used and iconic melody instru...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

Will and I just had a pleasant chat, and it seems like we're on the same page—the majority of his post is very fair, and I'll be bearing his thoughts in mind in the future. I have a few quibbles and one larger points, which I'll preface in bold . Quibble: I didn't think the Great Zimbabwe question w...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7869

CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

So, I’ve heard from a number of people (particularly experienced quizbowl arts specialists) that the "world art" content didn’t, from a playability standpoint, come off so well. I can only apologize for that.* Knowing the intense outside-of-qb interest many quizbowlers (including almost all of these...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 12692

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Hi everyone! Two posts incoming. I’ll put an apology for how the arts played out in a separate thread, because I suspect it’ll generate a lot of responses; moreover, I’ll be away for a family birthday over the next few days and thus won’t be hovering over these threads—that's probably a good thing. ...
by vinteuil
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 54744

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Jonah, will you ever take the stats for this tournament and 2015 CO and have them uploaded to the main HSQB database?
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 6690

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

Jacob, I have no idea who should be doing the work of contacting all the high schools, but I do know that if this does get taken up by a QB organization that I would be glad to assist in every way I can. And for the question of who will run the tournaments, maybe fly out a few organized directors f...
by vinteuil
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 6690

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

Hi Yash, who do you think should run these tournaments? And who should be doing the work of contacting all those high schools?
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 20462

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

Anything like these awards we’re discussing in this thread? [...] Something as simple as a three paragraph press release about a kid winning $500 for a competition can get a snippet in a newspaper. Plenty can then follow from that - donations from the community to that team, more internal support, ...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 20462

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

You can’t do mailings about rankings without developing the rankings. Replace rankings with All-World or these awards. I, again, have nothing but admiration for your willingness to do the work it takes to compute the numerical rankings, which are reasonably objective and thus excellent tools for ou...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 20462

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

Maybe people in an activity shouldn't be garbage to others in that activity who are volunteering to do what amounts to unpaid outreach work. Outreach? Yeah, outreach, like the hundreds of letters that were mailed out to politicians for teams on the mid season rankings, garnering those teams officia...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 20462

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

AKKOLADE wrote:Maybe people in an activity shouldn't be garbage to others in that activity who are volunteering to do what amounts to unpaid outreach work.
Outreach?
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 20462

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

rhegde wrote:how are these awards consistent from year to year?
Why would they be, given the changing group giving nominations?
by vinteuil
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21525

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

Is there any particular reason we couldn't/shouldn't just start announcing regular-season sets in this forum? (And have the general announcements get archived every year so it doesn't get clogged)
by vinteuil
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New Haven Summer practices
Replies: 0
Views: 1206

New Haven Summer practices

will be held most Wednesdays this summer in the late evening, around 9-11, at my house. PM or facebook message me if you want the address!
by vinteuil
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 12275

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

Will, I'm not sure where you get that impression. I've found a gazillion instances in the past few years of exciting new material that I thought I was breaking into the canon actually getting scooped by the previous year's NSC. (I'm also not at all clear on what you mean by tabula rasa here.)
by vinteuil
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 12275

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

Thank you so much for writing such an excellent set, and I really enjoyed playing it. A few things, though: The music tossups on 9/11 and Psalms were extremely transparent very in power. Specifically for Psalms, there are no other Biblical texts that people would write music for, and it says so muc...
by vinteuil
Wed May 30, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 70721

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

I can't imagine NAQT continuing not to take inaction at this point, but I would urge them to consider that at least some parents and coaches will find out about the material that's been dug up here. If there's no action taken, that would be, at best, a huge hit to NAQT's bottom line. At worst, it wo...
by vinteuil
Wed May 16, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 16880

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

Tamara, I really appreciate your thoughtful analysis of the situation. I do wonder if you might be overestimating the quizbowl community's ability and willingness to confront toxic behavior, even if it's not coming from a "prestigious" individual. That's not to deny that there's a detrimental fixati...
by vinteuil
Tue May 08, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 54744

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

A slight clarification and revision of the distribution as originally posted. The 3/3 arts will be subdistributed as follows: 1/1 Auditory. This includes jazz and "world music," but not opera or ballet, which will count as "audiovisual" below. 1/1 Visual. This includes painting, sculpture, and anyth...
by vinteuil
Mon May 07, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:Finally, justice.
stephen's still too low you fool
by vinteuil
Mon May 07, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Probably the last year I can reasonably fit these all in one window:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing

EDIT: Also, I don't think the right side of this will ever be matched:
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by vinteuil
Thu May 03, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 11 @ HSNCT - Friday Night
Replies: 35
Views: 16734

Re: ACRONYM 11 @ HSNCT - Friday Night

I'm interested in joining any open team that is looking for a fourth player. When we read a packet from an old ACRONYM in practice I scored the greatest number of points, so I infer that I'm better than Jacob Reed at high school trash. Can confirm that Stephen will almost certainly add value to you...