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by Red Panda Cub
Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3705

Re: Oxford Open 2015

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Has another amusing Facebook discussion begun already?
Due to the coming mirrors the discussion is taking place on a private page and has thankfully been much more positive and pleasant.
by Red Panda Cub
Tue Nov 11, 2014 6:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Mirror @ Oxford, 29/11
Replies: 1
Views: 1719

Penn Bowl Mirror @ Oxford, 29/11

Oxford is hosting a mirror of Penn Bowl on the 29th of November. Registration will begin in the New Seminar Room St. John's College at 9.30am, with a view to beginning games at 10am. The tournament will be played on a moderately Briticised version of Penn Bowl. For information about the set in its o...
by Red Panda Cub
Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 29613

Re: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion

I'd think a much bigger issue for prospective hosts is that a lot of last year's set was just poorly written and full of low-quality questions. This was definitely true. This year all the writers have a lot more experience and the set will be done early enough to play test before any mirrors take p...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3705

Oxford Open 2015

Oxford Open is taking place again in 2015. The tournament is approximately regular difficulty. The UK event will be on the 31st of January, but the set is avaialble for mirrors on any date from the 31st forward. The tournament will largely be written by members of OUQS, Kyle Haddad-Fonda, and some m...
by Red Panda Cub
Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 29613

Re: 2014-15 Schedule Discussion

Not that I'm necessarily going to write such a tournament, but given the at least mixed success of Skype tournaments in the past year, there might be room in the schedule now for some event in December or early January, particularly an open event. Oxford is writing Oxford Open again for use at our ...
by Red Panda Cub
Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21
Replies: 91
Views: 44485

Re: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21

Goldman et al. would like to be known as The Special Relationship
by Red Panda Cub
Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21
Replies: 91
Views: 44485

Re: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21

For completeness' sake the "UK" team will be me, Tris Cole, Jonathan Elliott and noted non-British person Jerry Vinokurov.
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21
Replies: 91
Views: 44485

Re: Open online mirror of NASAT -- June 21

A UK team will play this.
by Red Panda Cub
Tue May 20, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 316325

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Due to late notice for this a lot of people only got to play half of this - sorry about that. Thanks for Auroni and Stephen for keeping score for me because I didn't know who everyone was. Final scores: Rob - 220 Ian (ilenhoff) - 65 Eric - 55 Dylan - 20 Auroni - 15 Carsten (octagonjoe) - 10 Richard ...
by Red Panda Cub
Tue May 20, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 316325

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have a packet of 40 mash up tossups of variable quality, length and difficulty written by me and another member of the Oxford club. I don't know what time would be best, but I don't really want to have to stay up much past, say, midnight to read these to people in the IRC. I could read them either...
by Red Panda Cub
Tue May 20, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 11615

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

Saying that Jackson's knowledge argument is about colour is like saying that the Allegory of the Cave is about, well, caves. [...] These are clues that can be used in a colour tossup, they should just be used more carefully. In quizbowl-land, the Allegory of the Cave is indeed about caves [...] It'...
by Red Panda Cub
Tue May 20, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 11615

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

I don't know if this is appropriate for this thread because I don't know if this question was used in DI or if it was only in DII, but the tossup on colour had two philosophy clues, both of which were incorrect, and then a giveaway about Newton (i.e. not really philosophy, whatever you think about "...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun May 18, 2014 6:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: British Student Quiz Championships 2014 (17th May, Oxford)
Replies: 4
Views: 2742

Re: British Student Quiz Championships 2014 (17th May, Oxfor

Kyle wrote:This result should silence any complaints about how Oxford A always wins this tournament.
Oxford A could reasonably be defined by whichever team has Ewan on it.
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Praise Song
Replies: 35
Views: 12213

Re: Praise Song

There are three people I'd like to thank for what they've done for the British quiz scene. First, Kyle Haddad-Fonda ought to be recognised for pretty much bringing quizbowl back to life. My understanding was that before his arrival Oxford practiced once a week throughout the entire academic year for...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals - Seattle & Online - 2/22/14
Replies: 20
Views: 7810

Re: ACF Regionals - Seattle & Online - 2/22/14

This was really great fun, many thanks to Mike for organising this and to all of the moderators! Thankfully lag proved not to be an issue for us in the end, though playing on Pacific time was a bit of a struggle after the lunch/dinner time. We were knackered. I think we'll certainly look to do this ...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 9295

Re: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion

Unrelated to any issues of set quality or editing philosophy: The "QLL TEAiM Gray Monks" packet, and the .zip file, both return an error message saying "The file does not exist" when I try to download them on quizbowlpackets. Is there a way to reupload those two? Sorry, I uploaded the wrong version...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 9295

Re: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion

A fair bit of discussion about the principles of good quizbowl have taken place on Facebook already. You can see me make posts ranging in tone from "quite annoyed" to "inadvisably uncouth" at people about this tournament here: https://www.facebook.com/chris.curtis.9887/posts/10152177328509598 I sen...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open 2014 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 9295

Oxford Open 2014 Discussion

The set available is here: http://collegiate.quizbowlpackets.com/634/ A fair bit of discussion about the principles of good quizbowl have taken place on Facebook already. You can see me make posts ranging in tone from "quite annoyed" to "inadvisably uncouth" at people about this tournament here: htt...
by Red Panda Cub
Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 136780

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Last year's BSQC grand final of KCL (feat. John Lawrence) vs Oxford A. This was played on a Briticised form of 2013's ICT DII set.
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6569

Re: Question Specific Discussion

Degas came up at least once, and having heard it the first time would help the second time as they both made reference to L'Absinthe. Thebes, Levites, Tancred (though I think these were all different Tancreds) all came up multiple times too, as I recall.
by Red Panda Cub
Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Global Announcement
Replies: 46
Views: 29462

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Global Announcement

I lied about the half-hour but I'm writing the email now. This was very frustrating for the UK site and happened last year as well. I'm confused -- did the extra half-hour really screw things up? I sent the British answerlines to Ewan earlier in the week so you guys could Briticize, and as I unders...
by Red Panda Cub
Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Global Announcement
Replies: 46
Views: 29462

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Global Announcement

gyre and gimble wrote:I lied about the half-hour but I'm writing the email now.
This was very frustrating for the UK site and happened last year as well.
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 27981

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

evilmonkey wrote:the fact that the UK is not holding ACF Fall this year.
Not quite:

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=14749
by Red Panda Cub
Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19842

Re: Question Specific Discussion

This is a pretty minor complaint about what was otherwise a good question, but, as I recall, the lead in to the free will tossup said that Schopenhauer posited three types of freedom in his analysis of it. You probably don't want to drop the word freedom in the first line of a free will tossup.
by Red Panda Cub
Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Oxford Open Tournament: 25 January 2014 @ Oxford
Replies: 0
Views: 951

Oxford Open Tournament: 25 January 2014 @ Oxford

The Oxford University Quiz Society is pleased to announce that it will host the Oxford Open Tournament on 25 January 2014. This tournament will be open to anybody who wishes to participate. We encourage any current university students, recent alumni, less recent alumni, and those who have never had ...
by Red Panda Cub
Wed May 29, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule
Replies: 79
Views: 22387

Re: The 2013-14 Tournament Schedule

To me, it seems as though there is now only one spot left for a tournament to fit in the calendar without risking overcrowding - something that runs from like January 18 to February 1 in various regions? As Kyle said upthread, January 25 is when we are planning on running Oxford Open. Obviously it ...
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament
Replies: 54
Views: 15653

Re: CAHOOTS: A Spring Guerilla Tournament

I have written a tossup-only packet of mash-up puns, if that would be any of interest. It's at 20 tossups now, but I'm sure that I will come up with more ideas before the first mirror. Various people at Oxford have been producing questions like this that have only been played at our practices. We w...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2013 General Discussion Thread
Replies: 9
Views: 1740

Re: MUT 2013 General Discussion Thread

Speaking as a representative of a perpetually fledgling quiz society, I found the difficulty to be a perfect blend of easy and regular. We play two easy tournament early in the year (Fall and IFT) and two regular difficulty in the middle. Many of our newer players were fairly good on the first lot b...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror at Oxford, 27/04/2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1150

Re: MUT Mirror at Oxford, 27/04/2013

This ended up having a field of 6, composed half of Oxford house teams. We played a double round robin. Results were as follows: Oxford Rock 10-0 Oxford Paper 6-4 Warwick 6-4 Oxford Scissors 4-6 Manchester 4-6 Sheffield/Bath 0-10 Rock cleared the field with gusto, so no finals or extra rounds were p...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals live broadcast
Replies: 2
Views: 1022

Re: ACF Nationals live broadcast

The stream seems to have stopped working.
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: falsifiability tossup and what to do in situations like this
Replies: 19
Views: 2087

Re: falsifiability tossup and what to do in situations like this

I think this question is especially tricky because Popper proposed his whole falsifiability shtick in large part as an attempt to nullify the problem of induction. The two concepts, therefore, are almost inextricably linked. Lots of things dealing with one will have strong connections with and conno...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 10978

Re: Tournament Discussion

-Should an early buzz of "induction [the problem of induction]" be acceptable for the tossup on "falsification"? This came up in the final match at our mirror, and I would be disinclined to say yes. Lakatos' work is pretty directly in response to falsification. His whole thing with the research pro...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 10978

Re: Tournament Discussion

Overall I really liked this set and, like John, found it more enjoyable than VCU. ...just like you'd use lesser known details from The Grapes of Wrath to lead in a tossup on Steinbeck, is perfectly fine. I'm not sure that is really true. While The Grapes of Wrath is comparable in importance to Stein...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WIT Mirror at Oxford, UK 02/03/2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

Re: WIT Mirror at Oxford, UK 02/03/2013

Oxford's mirror of WIT went well. There were many exciting games. Three of Oxford A's matches went to last tossup, including one in which John Lawrence won a buzzer race for a science question to clinch it. MLKJ, the team featuring John Lawrence, cleared the field in a 9 game round robin. Oxford A w...
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Japanese Lit
Replies: 4
Views: 3083

Re: Japanese Lit

Find out who the important authors are and read lots of (summaries of) books by them. I find it more rewarding - both in terms of points and fun - to read the actual books. I can heartily recommend The Master of Go by Kawabata as a starting point.
by Red Panda Cub
Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IFT Mirror at Oxford, 24/11/12
Replies: 5
Views: 2081

Re: IFT Mirror at Oxford, 24/11/12

This didn't end up being Briticised. Oxford's A team consisting of Alex Bubb, Zachary Vermeer, Simon Spiro and Kyle Haddad-Fonda went 9-0 to win the overall tournament. Both the Open University (Tris Cole and Hugh Bennett) and a solo John Lawrence went 7-2. Instead of a play off, John Lawrence and O...
by Red Panda Cub
Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 136780

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

I found that Japanese gameshow Oxford, Harvard, MIT and some other went on last year: http://vimeo.com/41135736
Password is bwc
by Red Panda Cub
Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2012 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8772

Re: MUT 2012 Discussion

I played for the only high school team at the Warwick mirror and had a great time. It was nice to finally play a tournament directed more to my knowledge level. I only noticed one factual error. It was in the bonus set about Vargas Llosa. I believe that it referred to him as the 2011 Nobel Literatur...
by Red Panda Cub
Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: # of Distinct Answer Lines in HS Regular Difficulty?
Replies: 5
Views: 1244

Re: # of Distinct Answer Lines in HS Regular Difficulty?

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12523

You could comb through the link Matt posted there and remove repeats.
by Red Panda Cub
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Deep Bench at Imperial, 10/3/12
Replies: 11
Views: 4469

Re: Deep Bench at Imperial, 10/3/12

What sets was the tournament played on? The questions were almost prohibitively hard for me and the rest of the even less experienced actual Cambridge students who comprised our 2nd quads team. Also, Kyle, I was listening to a podcast about [ a topic that came up in the morning rounds ] the night be...