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by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Adjusting to College Quizbowl
Replies: 6
Views: 4066

Re: Adjusting to College Quizbowl

Attend as many practices and play as many tournaments as you can, and don't be intimidated if you don't do as well as you'd like at first. You will learn things from hearing the questions, you will learn things from chit-chat between questions, you will learn things from conversations in the hallway...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A unified theory of bonus leadins
Replies: 8
Views: 3687

Re: A unified theory of bonus leadins

Wasn't the "One character in this novel...for 10 points each" bonus format largely popularized by early iterations of ACF Fall, for the express purpose of teaching more clues to novice players? Even if that's just an urban legend (and what a lame urban legend to start), I'd like to plug the ability ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 17111

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

I also find it tasteless when people are visibly upset at losing a buzzer race to one of their own teammates.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:48 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Army Quizbowl
Replies: 4
Views: 4500

Re: Army Quizbowl

There definitely has been an Army quizbowl team before, I remember encountering one at an event in MIT circa 2008 or 2009. Anyway, it is fantastic to hear that you are starting a team, and I hope you can make it out to a lot of New England tournaments this fall. You will want to attend a tournament ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Weekend Length
Replies: 16
Views: 5485

Re: Chicago Open Weekend Length

And yet people continue to go to CO year after year and sign up for all of these side events, suggesting they are OK with it.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "This Things I Believe"
Replies: 44
Views: 15406

Re: "This Things I Believe"

Whenever I need to explain the ethos of the hardcore ACF player to somebody, I bring up the fact that at the most elite college quizbowl tournaments, the prizes are tattered old books. Its a great illustration of the ideals of the quizbowl community, that demonstrating knowledge of things is its own...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?
Replies: 25
Views: 8805

Re: Could High-Level College Quizbowl Stand to be Easier?

There's a difference between something like ACF Nationals, where the goal is to crown a national champion, and something like Chicago Open or a Chicago Open Side Event, where the goal is to give a bunch of crack addicts their high. Granted, it's no fun to lose a tournament like CO because the questi...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: questions about Judaism
Replies: 15
Views: 6355

questions about Judaism

Split from the 2015 CO thread --Mgmt. Grammatical clarity aside, though, I was really impressed by this submission: it was actually a good high-level question on a Jewish holiday. Rather than just spitting out names of songs for leadins like run-of-the-mill Jewish holiday tossups, this one tested k...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 42001

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

I have learned more about high school quizbowl from this post than I have in the last 11 years of reading HSQB.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: History Player
Replies: 20
Views: 10026

Re: History Player

My advice to the OP is to simply read and be curious. This is possibly the best advice ever given in the history of the forums. I don't have much to add besides "read a book". I have a ton of history books I could recommend that helped me become a pretty good history player in my day, but all of th...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other
Replies: 40
Views: 17111

Re: Resetting [pt. 5 of 6]: How We Treat Each Other

One thing I've found out about the quizbowl community over these last few years getting to know everybody is that even the biggest personalities on the forums are a lot more approachable and good-natured in real life than one may believe from just reading their forum posts. Matt Weiner was an extre...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Nonfiction Books in the Distribution
Replies: 4
Views: 2921

Re: Nonfiction Books in the Distrobution

Things you learn from nonfiction books can be used to answer questions in such categories as science or history. I have never been a fan of writing history tossups about specific history books, because I think they unfairly and arbitrarily privilege people who learn the same facts in one certain way...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 20839

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

One thing NHBB does well is get establishment recognition and sponsorship. When NHBB first started out, it got some kind of endorsement from an association of history professors (some old fogey professor sat on its Board of Directors, I think) and had some kind of sponsorship deal with the History C...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with it?
Replies: 12
Views: 4930

Re: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with

My standard line is "it's like Jeopardy, but with teams". The follow up question, 95% of the time, is "what are the questions about?" in which case I tell them that its mostly History, Literature, and Science, with a few questions about fine arts, geography, RMP, etc. thrown in. Notice I don't say a...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 3 of 6]: The Problem of Flakeouts
Replies: 6
Views: 4191

Re: Resetting [pt. 3 of 6]: The Problem of Flakeouts

There is no shame in asking people for help writing a tournament. I feel this is a norm we should promote.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 20839

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

I live a block away from the NHBB hotel in Arlington and I've made a point to moderate NHBB nationals every year unless it conflicts with ACF Nationals. I've had a lot of conversations with NHBB coaches and parents. One thing that has always struck me is that a lot of the history-only teams speak of...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 11677

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

It has been the view of quizbowl's ruling elites for a while now that there are too many tournaments, especially at the high school level, and that fewer things should be written to raise the overall quality of things being written. Matt Jackson articulates this view well. Matt Weiner has articulate...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article
Replies: 10
Views: 4911

Re: Thoughts on Andrew Hart's Deadspin Article

I thought it made playing quizbowl sound a bit more miserable than it actually is, but Andrew and his teammates at Minnesota put far more work into quizbowl than I ever did, so perhaps it's an accurate assessment of the drudgery of being an elite, high-level player with championship-or-nothing expec...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications
Replies: 17
Views: 9841

Re: History Bowl/Quizbowl on College Applications

I don't think any school is going to admit you because of quizbowl, the way that some schools might admit you because you play lacrosse or even because you play the trombone and they need a trombone player for their orchestra. I think this is hugely unfair, but it's the way it is. The only exception...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of pronunciation guides
Replies: 30
Views: 13756

Re: Discussion of pronunciation guides

We're talking about an issue that surfaced at HSNCT, but is applicable to all sets everywhere. I also think Andrew Hart's suggestion should be followed and decided not to mention that in my first post, since a million other people had already chimed in to support that fine idea.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of pronunciation guides
Replies: 30
Views: 13756

Re: Discussion of pronunciation guides

The people complaining about pronunciation guides in this thread represent the top 10% of moderators in terms of being able to pronounce foreign or technical words. The discomfort of Cody Voight is insignificant next to the discomfort of the thousands of children who might be subjected to confusing ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu May 21, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 12910

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

Hooray! One step closer to "Quiz Bowl Mogul"
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue May 19, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 12360

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Harvard for a time in the mid to late 2000's played "Speed Rounds", which would be where tossup 1 is worth 1 point, tossup 2 is worth 2 points, etc. Negs are worth as much as the tossup value. This would traditionally be played on an NAQT IS set. This is a pure gimmick format, generally played at th...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue May 19, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 10487

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Harvard for a time in the mid to late 2000's played "Speed Rounds", which would be where tossup 1 is worth 1 point, tossup 2 is worth 2 points, etc. Negs are worth as much as the tossup value. This would traditionally be played on an NAQT IS set. This is a pure gimmick format, generally played at th...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue May 19, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 26701

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

Anyway, as quizbowl becomes more international, I think it is useful to discuss what people in country x think of their history, versus what people in America think of their history. When I visited the UK to play Oxford Open in 2011, I was struck by how little interest British quizbowl players had i...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue May 19, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 26701

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

This thread delivered what the title promised.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed May 13, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 28381

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

Ike Jose sure seems to know what is going on inside of people's heads merely from his observations of their external behavior. Perhaps instead of telling him to stop posting and start editing tournaments, we should be telling him to stop posting and start solving big problems in mind science and psy...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun May 03, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 28381

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

You'd be amazed at what school administrators care about or find impressive.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun May 03, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 28381

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

Part of the reason we have a poll is to combine all the various ways of player evaluation. The dude who copy/pastes the high scores from ACF Nats submits a ballot, the guy who votes for dudes who had impressive buzzes against him submits a ballot, the guy who spends two hours researching each player...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sat May 02, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 289011

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I am looking for somebody (or a group of people) to write three high-quality music tossups. This is for a theme packet that will be first played at a private party in late May...but will subsequently be made available to the IRC (and will probably be playtested there too). I need these within two we...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49357

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I was told to omit the first sentence for the JV playoffs. I found that I often ended up accidentally starting to read the first line, then stopping myself, saying "sorry", and jumping to the start of the second sentence. Knowing that some teams wouldn't hear the first sentence also made writing a b...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB Nats: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1857

Re: General Discussion

I had an incident in my room where the buzzer somehow became unplugged between rounds. The buzzer had been working fine in the prior few rounds, and I wanted to keep things on time, so I didn't do a buzzer check before the game. On tossup 1, there was a buzzer race on an early clue, and because the ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Is culinary art a fine art?
Replies: 21
Views: 9636

Re: Is culinary art a fine art?

I wrote a history tossup on "Wonder Bread" once - this product was actually very important in 20th century US history and ending several malnutrition based diseases. It was universally panned.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49357

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I'll second the call for a private forum in which NHBB participants and writers can discuss the questions.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 49357

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I moderated all day on Saturday (and was one of the JV playoff readers who was delayed for an hour due to the protest) and wasn't involved with anything on Thursday, Friday, or Sunday. I also was part of the team that wrote questions for the Bee, Bowl, US History Bee, and Geo Olympiad. Based on my S...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Future of College History Bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 4573

Re: The Future of College History Bowl

Things that are being written in the spring that are unquestionably higher priorities than CHB: - ACF Nationals: there's generally just one person writing/editing most of the history thought - ICT (I have no clue how many people split history question duties for this) - HSNCT/SSNCT/MSNCT (see above)...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Submissions
Replies: 12
Views: 4996

Re: ACF Nationals Submissions

What was the most random repeat in the submissions?
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 30131

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

At some MLK while I was in college, the University of Chicago decided to save money by staying in Ypsilanti, Michigan instead of in Ann Arbor. MLK, as the name suggests, was a tournament hosted by the University of Michigan every MLK Day weekend. MLK weekend is in January, and Michigan is notoriousl...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 23390

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

I personally had no idea that Wilson or Margaret were Scottish names (I named my cat Margaret - well, Meowgaret technically - after a British Prime Minister who as I understand is not only notably not Scottish, but is indeed hated there!), but the phenomenon that Edmund describes, known lovingly in ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Lowest Point
Replies: 64
Views: 41362

Re: Your Lowest Point

I think it was 2011 Chicago Open where I showed up to CO History Doubles wearing a "Rulers of Bulgaria" t-shirt that had pictures and names of various Bulgarian monarchs on it. Then, in that same tournament, Jeff Hoppes beat me to a tossup about Bulgaria, where all of the clues had been about rulers...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 23390

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

I'll align myself with Jerry on this one. At least some of the history tossups at this tournament seemed to be lists of people or documents associated with this event/person/polity/movement, and if you didn't know them, then you would be participating in a buzzer race on a clue 2/3rds of the way int...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 126943

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I learned a ton about the Maya by playing a 1990's computer game called "Maya Quest", which I think was from the makers of Yukon Trail and Amazon Trail. Mostly, this means that I have never actually correctly answered a question on a Mayan city-state, because I know so many of them that I always get...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 90367

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I am still a Westbrookian and would not in theory object to Ruby Laffoon being a tossup one day if it came after many years of him coming up all the time as a clue. However, I think the empirics are on my side when I say there were a lot of hard history tossup answers in this set that were not ready...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:20 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The greatest quizbowl photos
Replies: 123
Views: 63859

Re: The greatest quizbowl photos

Did anyone snap a picture of the Jerry/Eric hug after the final at 2015 ACF Nats?
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 90367

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

A few disclaimers up front: I had nothing to do with the writing or editing of the tournament, I was not deeply involved in running it (I was in charge of assigning buzzers to rooms), and I participated mostly as a reader/moderator. First of all I want to praise the logistics of this tournament. Its...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Becoming Part of the Community
Replies: 43
Views: 27356

Re: Becoming Part of the Community

I guess a lot of people are talking about how they started playing quizbowl. That's fine - I'm not authorized to tell anyone how to post. But to me, starting to play quizbowl and becoming a member of the quizbowl community are two very different things. I feel like there were several years between w...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Becoming Part of the Community
Replies: 43
Views: 27356

Re: Becoming Part of the Community

When I was in college in the 2000's at UChicago, most of the tournaments were in places that were several hours away by car, such as Ann Arbor MI or Urbana IL, or even occasionally a random place like Cleveland. The UChicago team would drive out on Friday night and stay at a nearby motel. Often, oth...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On Leaving Tournaments Early
Replies: 47
Views: 9772

Re: On Leaving Tournaments Early

At Bulldogs over Broadway in either the fall of 2007 or spring of 2008, I was on a Harvard team that had made tight travel plans. We ended up qualifying for the final against a vastly superior Maryland team: there was no question that they would beat us head-to-head. We specifically asked if we coul...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th
Replies: 53
Views: 38458

Re: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th

Well, if it's a sea otter that's asking...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th
Replies: 53
Views: 38458

Re: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th

This is kind of a thread hijack, but if there is in fact room for a side event at VCU Open I would not be averse to coming out of side-event-writing retirement and put something together. I'd try to aim for a side event that has broad appeal and advances the game in some substantive way (or tries to...