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by Aaron's Rod
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to set up next year’s team for success
Replies: 5
Views: 7833

Re: How to set up next year’s team for success

My school’s entire varsity team is graduating this year. Now that our season is over, I want to focus on passing on the knowledge base that I’ve accrued to the sophomores (we’ve never had juniors ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). What are the best ways to do that? If this has already been discussed elsewhere, I’d apprec...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: PACE Website
Replies: 1
Views: 4901

Re: PACE Website

We're back! We apologize for any inconvenience.
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: PACE Website
Replies: 1
Views: 4901

PACE Website

The PACE website is currently temporarily down due to WordPress issues. I'll update this thread when it's back up.
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 28401

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Reston

I went to the Reston web site to try to reserve hotel rooms, and have gotten a "nothing available" response. Does PACE have a block of rooms reserved, and if so, what is the procedure for getting them? Should I be looking for another hotel in the immediate area (which there does not appear to be on...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]
Replies: 15
Views: 7118

Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

There were some suboptimal choices in both answer lines and pronouns, but this was very fun to casually shoot out after CMST. If packets 8-10 emerge at some point, I'd love to play those, too. There are also some simple conventions for visual tournaments that this tournament would do well to heed, s...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On talking about high schoolers
Replies: 14
Views: 8594

Re: On talking about high schoolers

Here's a bright idea: If you have an issue with seeing someone at a tournament, especially a nationals, please go through the appropriate channels** so that the organizations can adjudicate the issue themselves. How about we have no show trials of anybody? **EDIT: Not actually speaking for PACE at t...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 31635

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

P.S. Yay I'm an honorary Old for the purposes of this argument now even though Aria and I are the same age (I'm pretty sure). I'll take it I guess. older and/or accomplished quizbowl guys Let me rephrase some of this--I didn't mean to imply that Jakob or anybody else in this thread was being a tyra...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 31635

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Oy vey, guys. Younger(?) college woman posts something very reasonable about things that drove her away from quizbowl and then older and/or accomplished quizbowl guys go nitpicking strawmen. I take a lot of issue with this post because the bolded sections read, to me, like someone who was simply (as...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Membership Status Changes 2017-18
Replies: 2
Views: 3583

Re: PACE Membership Status Changes 2017-18

This winter, PACE welcomes Matt Mitchell as our new member. We look forward to his contributions in supporting high school quizbowl!
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 31635

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Shake the other team's hands after matches and say "good game" or whatever. At Delta Burke this year I really painfully lost a game by 5 points, and I tried to make myself look busy to avoid it. Somebody on Loyola waited very persistently by where I was sitting until I shook his hand. He was right a...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 13687

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

I suppose the issues feed off each other, but I was originally suggesting that more women in leadership positions within the quizbowl community would attract more women to the community. As an empirical matter, this has been correct in my experience (when Sarita Jamil became president our gender re...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 13687

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

As someone who seems to object to people prying in their chat logs , I sure as hell hope you got permission from both parties before posting screenshots of private conversations. Will any of you on the other side do the same? "Other side"? This is literally a post/thread about how to make quizbowl m...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 32664

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

Stop being a dick, folks. Multiple people** have personally DMed me to agree that you are a sexist piece of shit and should stop giving your bad opinions on the forums. I realize this is a very charged topic for you, but this makes for a poor juxtaposition. [...]you've suggested that female involve...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 32664

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

or perhaps we should all shut up and pretend that excess sugar consumption isn't a top of America's health problems no matter what your gender is Yes, I'm sure that addressing "excess sugar consumption" will immediately resolve quiz bowl's gender gap. I, for one, am extremely concerned about Americ...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 32664

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

And honestly, I do think it could do a lot for improving the game's gender balance. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? You honestly think that this is why women play quiz bowl? That we're just bimbos who are here to stare at men who play quiz bowl, and not because, oh, I dunno, we like playing quiz bowl o...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 32664

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

matt2718 wrote:my only collared shirt
This is also a thing you might want to consider amending.
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 32664

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

Hairstyles that look good on men... You know what else is good? Not blindly conforming to gender roles. you know the best solution to other quizbowlers having bad hair is to stop being so offended by other people's bad hair. it doesn't affect you, and it's not like you're deciding whether to hire t...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT at Mizzou (2/3/2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 1891

Re: NAQT SCT at Mizzou (2/3/2018)

WUSTL A went undefeated with a 10-0 record after beating DePaul in a one-game advantaged final. Stats are here.
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New NAQT Individual Player NCT - April 15, Chicago
Replies: 55
Views: 24042

Re: New NAQT Individual Player National Championship Tournam

The Future National Championship Dates & Sites page says this is happening on Sunday, April 14, a date that doesn't exist (this year).
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Nominate New PACE Members - January 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 1896

Re: Nominate New PACE Members - January 2018

Don't forget to get these in by the end of the week!
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Nominate New PACE Members - January 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 1896

Nominate New PACE Members - January 2018

Happy New Year, quizbowlers! The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is again seeking nominations for new members ! Nominations are due to secretary Michael Hundley at [email protected].org by Saturday, January 13 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. PACE has many objectives, among which are: • to...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 20210

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I took scores on my 19-tossup musicals packet for some reason, which came out as follows: John Lawrence: 110 Greg Peterson: 100 Alston Boyd: 55 Dakota (?): 45 Alex Damisch: 10 Erik Christensen: -5 Adam Sperber: -10 Dakota is Dakota Williams. I had so much fun last year reading my academic/trash mas...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 11 @ UMN, again (03.04.18)
Replies: 22
Views: 7287

Re: ACRONYM 11 @ UMN, again (03.04.18)

You: Can actually remember the names of actors/directors, and/or enjoys Remembering Some Guys I: Know some things about music and even fewer things about hockey. I was the exact middle of the field in Celebs individual PPG and randomly 30ed a volleyball bonus at ACRONYM X. Call me, beep me, if you w...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 20210

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I had so much fun last year reading my academic/trash mashups packet that I'm pleased to say I have another ~20 answer lines for "Trashups Packet 2: Electric Switcheroo." The trash will be mostly music and TV, the academics will roughly follow a standard ACF-ish distro (except maybe 2/0 math and 0/...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: WEEABOO Set announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 9323

Re: WEEABOO Set announcement

As the theme of the genre used in the bonus has become so overly abundant in its usage in anime memes and culture during recent years, I hadn't realized just how insensitive and inappropriate it was to those unacquainted with anime culture. Due to the already existing negative associations and bias...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition
Replies: 28
Views: 20471

Re: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition

even better our moderator was also a female it me Anger 2: Traveling MEN AND WOMEN CAN SHARE A BED WITHOUT IT BEING AWKWARD OR SEXUAL. Okay, so we are in college. We are adults, you'd think we'd be able to handle this one but yet it's still a problem. I will travel to a tournament with my team and ...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?
Replies: 4
Views: 3190

Re: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?

If your practices are big enough, some teams find it helpful to split into two simultaneous practices--one for the more experienced players to read harder questions, and one for the less experienced players so they actually get a chance to buzz.
by Aaron's Rod
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2017 at Northwestern (11/18/17)
Replies: 8
Views: 4135

Re: Delta Burke 2017 at Northwestern (11/18/17)

I hear there will be live-ish stats, anybody got a link?
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 20210

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I had so much fun last year reading my academic/trash mashups packet that I'm pleased to say I have another ~20 answer lines for "Trashups Packet 2: Electric Switcheroo." The trash will be mostly music and TV, the academics will roughly follow a standard ACF-ish distro (except maybe 2/0 math and 0/0...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: A, B, C teams
Replies: 13
Views: 6976

Re: A, B, C teams

While I don't know why any teams actually want to do this, it only causes problems when rosters aren't used/carefully scrutinized or whatnot and it leads to improper seeding. The solution is to require rosters if you're going to be creating brackets. Not denying that rosters are a good thing to hav...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: A, B, C teams
Replies: 13
Views: 6976

Re: A, B, C teams

While I don't know why any teams actually want to do this, it only causes problems when rosters aren't used/carefully scrutinized or whatnot and it leads to improper seeding. The solution is to require rosters if you're going to be creating brackets. Not denying that rosters are a good thing to hav...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 at UMN (11/4/17)
Replies: 1
Views: 1643

Re: ACF Fall 2017 at UMN (11/4/17)

St. Olaf won this tournament 11-0. Staaaaaaaaaats were posted the very same day (I know, right?).
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 9934

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

I really enjoyed playing this set; thank you, editors! For the "Eastern Orthodox" tossup, prompting on specific patriarchates doesn't seem like the right thing to do. If you're not going to accept one patriarchate outright, you should probably anti-prompt, as e.g. "Greek Orthodoxy" is a specific sub...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl 2017 @ UChicago (10/28)
Replies: 8
Views: 4634

Re: Penn Bowl 2017 @ UChicago (10/28)

A third shout-out to Jason and Samir––this tournament went a bit long, and some of the seeding was a little unwise. However, when we had a "circle of death" situation in the B bracket, Jason took input from the teams involved without being a doormat, and he and Samir re-did the playoffs schedule rel...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 7374

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

I2. In packet 8, bonus 4, part 2, the underlining should be " Weber 's law," not " Weber's law ," and going by Wikipedia, " Weber -Fechner law" should also be on the answerline. I know this is obvious to most experienced mods, but our reader was tripped up when I just said "Weber." If this is a con...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 11409

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

My only possible addendum worth discussing is to bring up the practice (which is infinitely more widespread through much of the high school circuit) of finding out that some team dropped an hour before the tournament and then making a call for extra players who are at the tournament to come togethe...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 18685

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

Hi Jeff, Last year about two weeks before ICT, you emailed my team asking if our D2 team could attend ICT. Due to the short notice, we declined the invitation, and also due to the short notice, we were informed that the players on the D2 SCT team would not have their D2 eligibility revoked had we p...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Collegiate Writers
Replies: 9
Views: 4126

New Collegiate Writers

In recent months, there has been a bit of hand-wringing about the lack of spring open/non-nationals tournaments, and with that the lack of new collegiate writers. Will Alston has already said plenty of great things on that and other current issues facing the community. As a new collegiate writer mys...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41812

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

Cheynem wrote:Where are zee super acronym playoff stats
Or Celebs, for that matter.
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 18715

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

Personal apology to those of you negatively affected by the insanely delayed pizza order--Papa John's was a nightmare to work with, including calling a number different than the one I asked specified, claiming they made calls to the correct number that I mysteriously never received, and at one point...
by Aaron's Rod
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41812

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

Consider me for your Celebs team! Résumé includes--7 years of experience as an actual teenage girl, and 22 years as a piece of trash.
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AARDVARK: An Arthur MiniTournament
Replies: 20
Views: 8976

Re: AARDVARK: An Arthur MiniTournament

Unfortunately, I don't believe I will be able to host tonight. If possible, I'd like to reschedule for next weekend. Let me know if this is an issue Uh...Chicago Open? EDIT: I would much prefer to postpone for an hour or something until you're available and just do it tonight, because it's harder t...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed May 31, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 50246

Re: 2017 HSNCT discussion

How different was the Peron question from this year compared to last year (when it was in Round 17)? The answer line could easily be Argentina with Peron being an acceptable answer line early in the question. I don't really see that this would have helped much That was my bad. I was adding up the s...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu May 25, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Theses on the Transitioning Quizbowl Community
Replies: 9
Views: 4950

Re: Theses on the Transitioning Quizbowl Community

The other thing I might suggest is for more experienced writers to post "guides" on general principles of question-writing/potential pitfalls/useful sources. Every tournament I work on I go back to the notes on question-writing that Seth and Auroni sent out to PADAWAN writers. Similarly, Austin's p...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri May 19, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUSTL Mirror of 2017 NASAT
Replies: 5
Views: 2678

Re: WUSTL Mirror of 2017 NASAT

The Google doc says you need to be given access.
by Aaron's Rod
Thu May 18, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 24515

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

By ACRONYM, do we mean ACRONYM or Super ACRONYM? I feel like a lot of people will have already played ACRONYM, right? CCCT, Crime, UConn, and HSNCT especially.

Edit: I see that the link goes to Super ACRONYM, it just says "ACRONYM," my bad.
by Aaron's Rod
Tue May 16, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Reading old Imaginary Landscape packets in the QB Discord
Replies: 11
Views: 5018

Re: Reading old Imaginary Landscape packets in the QB Discor

We laughed, we cried, we buzzed late on opera, and the Lawrence alumni came out swinging from the woodwork. Thanks so much to Ophir and the writers! It was a lot of fun!
by Aaron's Rod
Mon May 15, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Theses on the Transitioning Quizbowl Community
Replies: 9
Views: 4950

Re: Theses on the Transitioning Quizbowl Community

2. Better mentoring. This is hard, especially when time is of a premium, but experienced editors working with quasi-experienced writers or editors I think can produce good results. I learned so much as a writer from the folks at Minnesota and even from last year's CO, working with Matt Jackson. One...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed May 10, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity at HSNCT and MSNCT
Replies: 24
Views: 10168

Re: Math Monstrosity at HSNCT and MSNCT

So, some specific details about the MSNCT edition of this: We will meet between 6:30 and 6:45, finalize team formation and scheduling, and then play the tournament. We'll use the Dennard, Matthews, and Wentzel rooms, which are apparently on the upper level. After the tournament has finished, I will...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue May 09, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 16026

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

I will be transferring within the University of Tennessee system, but from the Knoxville campus to the Health Science Center (in Memphis) and continue grad school there. Am very curious about my eligibility to play under "Tennessee" or not (if not, it would highly limit my chances of continuing to ...