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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: 4358

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: 21101

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 ma...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: A, B, C teams
Replies: 13
Views: 7324

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: 7324

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: 1780

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: 10477

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&quo...
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: 4823

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 sc...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 7922

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 ...
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: 11967

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: 19054

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: 4393

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: 42990

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: 19645

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: 42990

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: 9425

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: 51988

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: 5130

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, ...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri May 19, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUSTL Mirror of 2017 NASAT
Replies: 5
Views: 2827

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: 25226

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: 5334

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: 5130

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: 10610

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: 16605

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 cont...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon May 08, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 25226

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

Not entirely sure if I'd staff or play, but I'd do at least one of those things for at least one day. If I staff there's a possibility I could bring someone to scorekeep for me.
by Aaron's Rod
Tue May 02, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 48334

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

No, the SCT and ICT sets get used for different things at later dates. EDIT: Jeff beat me. The problem right now, illustrated by packet-trading that resulted in cheating scandals in the not-so-distant past, is that there are more and more uses of the same questions around the country resulting in g...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon May 01, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 326931

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Tornrak wrote:
Short-beaked echidna wrote:I'm writing an extremely hard packet about early church history, available from Sunday.
Me, in the announcement thread for OCTAVIAN wrote:I'd be really interested in getting no questions correct on this
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Nationalities of Title Winners
Replies: 8
Views: 10739

Re: Nationalities of Title Winners

Will Nediger is Canadian.
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament (EMT) at UChicago – 5/13/17
Replies: 7
Views: 4080

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament (EMT) at UChicago – 5/13/

Because of the late date of the tournament, the number of area teams (including UChicago) that have attended other EMT mirrors, and UChicago's desire to field house teams conflicting with potential IL high school teams, this mirror can't run as-is. I've sent out emails to >100 different contacts, bo...
by Aaron's Rod
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 28456

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

grapesmoker wrote:
Aaron's Rod wrote:what does the cracker barrel have to say about the buzzer situation at nats
it's bad
I was hoping to get something stupid out of IKD, but this works too.
by Aaron's Rod
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 28456

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

what does the cracker barrel have to say about the buzzer situation at nats
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 19131

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

heterodyne wrote:
15.366 wrote:
Aaron's Rod wrote:Since [email protected] has infinity dollars, how much of the decision to drive one way was "for the liveblog"?
I hassled them for the liveblog, Alex. Until this started happening, I didn't believe they would actually do it.
This is... not true.
But it feels true.
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 19131

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

Since [email protected] has infinity dollars, how much of the decision to drive one way was "for the liveblog"?
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)
Replies: 51
Views: 19131

Re: ACF Nationals Travel Liveblog- Featuring Max (and Kai)

Oo-kamakiri wrote:Not pictured: Alston's Giant Slim Jim™
Really did not need that much information, Kai.
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 48334

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

The problem right now, illustrated by packet-trading that resulted in cheating scandals in the not-so-distant past, is that there are more and more uses of the same questions around the country resulting in greater challenges for question security. The fewer packets floating around out there electr...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 48334

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

The problem right now, illustrated by packet-trading that resulted in cheating scandals in the not-so-distant past, is that there are more and more uses of the same questions around the country resulting in greater challenges for question security. The fewer packets floating around out there electr...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Help with HSQBRank & 2x check this tournament list please!
Replies: 26
Views: 18158

Re: Annual call for help with HSQBRank!

gettysburg11 wrote:High Tech A and B and Ithaca played EMT at Princeton yesterday. Stats here. http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... standings/
High schools also played EMT at UMN (Wayzata) and the University of Washington (Westview, OR?).
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 48334

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Chris makes a ton of great points. First and foremost, this impact is that the teams who get the packets are the teams who can afford to pay for them. Now, they're relatively cheap (more on that in a minute), but still, college teams run on thin margins; the poorer teams are the ones who don't go an...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament (EMT) at UMN – 4/15/17
Replies: 3
Views: 2604

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament (EMT) at UMN – 4/15/17

Minnesota took first place in this tournament, going 10-0. Wayzata took second, and Lawrence A and B tied in third place. Thanks so much to Sam Bailey, Carsten Gehring, Bernadette Spencer, and Rob Carson for staffing and for good advice in making everything run smoothly. Staaaaaaaaats are forthcomin...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 8575

Re: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

Also: I felt there was a ton of sculpture in the visual fine arts for this set and there were some pretty hard answerlines. I knew Canova but I think he is not a gimme answerline for this difficulty level (I may be wrong though). There was someone else who was pretty hard as well in this set. Was i...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 5642

Re: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion

Following one of these events on an episode of Frasier , the title character found himself babysitting the daughter of a model named Kristina. On another sitcom, one of these events led to Buster's relationship with Lucille Austero. Andy interrupts a state senator and offers to adopt twelve dogs du...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 8575

Re: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

I don't think the Revolutionary War question should've dropped that Boston Massacre woodcut clue so early. Same with search algorithms and breadth-first. The chiaroscuro bonus seems pretty easily 30'd for anyone who's taken a high school art course. I agree that Law of Large Numbers was a good idea...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 8
Replies: 25
Views: 16725

Re: 2017 NAQT ICT: Chicago, April 8

Father Comstock wrote:There are definitely more mirrors. I know at least that Northmont, OH is mirroring it on May 20.
There's also a DII mirror at Mizzou.
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hype Videos
Replies: 8
Views: 4315

Re: Hype Videos

In case someone hasn't seen the Amherst video, it's here (now with subtitles, thankfully). I loved it and am really looking forward to the Chicago drop in a short hour!
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 8575

Re: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

I probably only can comment on the music, but I found that most of the tossups I heard were definitely appropriate difficulty. Some clues were dropped fairly early in the question (e.g. Verdi for requiem) but otherwise the tossups seemed to contain good and rewarding clues. The bonuses were also fa...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open?
Replies: 15
Views: 8040

Re: The Second Summer Open?

[I can't read calendars, please delete]
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open?
Replies: 15
Views: 8040

Re: The Second Summer Open?

I would be all for another all-side-event monstrosity, though I also wouldn't mind an Americanized Cambridge Open. Count me in as another vote for Side Event-Palooza: I had a lot more fun getting a taste of a bunch of different sets than having to sit through another regular old academic tournament...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 8575

Re: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

David This question is also in need of some more early and middle clues - the words carved into the rocks in Napoleon Crossing the Alps is extremely well known, especially in quiz bowl, so it probably shouldn't be as early as it ended up being. So funny--someone else also mentioned this to me priva...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 8575

Re: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

EDITED 4/5/17: All of the questions mentioned in this post were edited quite a bit before the 3/25 or 4/1 mirrors. The arts, or at least the ones I know some things about, seemed to be a bit scattered in difficulty, though it trended towards being quite hard. The painting questions generally used go...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)
Replies: 21
Views: 8575

2017 EMT: Alex's Stuff (Fine Arts, some OSci/Religion)

Hey all, here's my stuff. I did: - Math: All - Computer Science: search algorithms, Turing/P=NP/Fortran, string/concatenation/dictionaries, classification/trees/KNN - Painting: David, Raphael, allegory, Watteau, Velasquez, Revolutionary War, Garden of Earthly Delights, PRB, Magritte, Jesus/Van Eyck/...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 8739

Re: 2017 EMT General Discussion

The religion also seemed fairly solid as well - the latter seemed biased towards the Bible and Christian practice, but I think that's better than having too many minor religions or something like that at a tournament of this level. The mythology seemed a bit hard and top-heavy on clues in general. ...