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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: 24513

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: 46483

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: 314564

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: 10217

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: 3956

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: 27503

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: 27503

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: 18070

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: 18070

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: 18070

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: 46483

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: 46483

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: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Help with HSQBRank & 2x check this tournament list please!
Replies: 26
Views: 17354

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: 46483

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: 2473

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: 8272

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: 5218

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: 8272

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: 16322

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: 4037

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: 8272

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: 7826

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: 7826

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: 8272

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: 8272

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: 8272

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: 8478

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. ...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity (Preliminary Announcement)
Replies: 31
Views: 11936

Re: Math Monstrosity (Preliminary Announcement)

This sounds like a TON of fun.
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3232

Re: Discussion of language and vulgarity

I've split these posts into their own thread so that people can comment on this issue if they'd like, or on the general discussion of the set if they'd like. Thanks, Andrew. Although I understand that moderators and players don't necessarily want to be ambushed by vulgar language, I side with Mike'...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament (EMT) at UChicago – 5/13/17
Replies: 7
Views: 3956

Eisenhower Memorial Tournament (EMT) at UChicago – 5/13/17

The University of Chicago will mirror the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament on Saturday, May 13th. I, Alex Damisch, am directing this tournament, in collaboration with the University of Chicago's quizbowl team. EMT is a regular-minus undergraduate question set; you can read more about the questions (in...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACRONYM - (This) Tournament is a Crime main site - 2/26/17
Replies: 8
Views: 4580

Re: ACRONYM - (This) Tournament is a Crime main site - 2/26/

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:Mike Sorice/Saul Hankin/Matt Lafer/Billy Busse/Me won this tournament, stats to follow I'm sure
I also would like to see stats for this.
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3232

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

For what it's worth I have changed the phrasing of the question to read "tight [redacted]." If I could, I would put in "tight lucky charms" but that would unfortunately be confusing. I guess I will add that I agree with Mike Cheyne -- I don't remember who Earl Butz served when I was playtesting thi...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3232

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I think the difference between the two examples here is that quizbowl isn't really in the habit of giving direct quotes from literature to describe entire scenes, and so it's the default to paraphrase (so paraphrasing in a less graphic manner is fine) Yeah, and you can see in my post that that wasn...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3232

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I sympathize with being uncomfortable saying words, and perhaps you're right that in this case it was gratuitous seeing as how the gist was that it was a Secretary of Agriculture making horribly offensive statements. On the other hand, I still find the specific quote helpful in remembering who said...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3232

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

We don't need censorship. Moderators were given a choice about what to say, which is the standard gesture. I'll go a step further on the Earl Butz quote and say that the clue is interesting precisely because of the quote itself and the context in which it occurred - changing the quote or paraphrasi...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3232

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

The Earl Butz quote was not gratuitous; it was a famous quote illustrating his idiocy and it was easier to just put the quote in rather than paraphrase in my opinion. It made me super uncomfortable to have to talk about "tight pussy" during a game, and I don't consider myself particularly sensitive...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 11301

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

Also, I've already told Ike Jose, I have a big beef with packet 7 bonus 13 [infinitely divisible/normal/Levy]. As a person who actually does stats at a graduate level (EDIT--and who has also taken probability at a high level), I'm pretty sure I've never heard the term "infinitely divisible." Also, p...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Pronunciation Guides in College
Replies: 9
Views: 4351

Pronunciation Guides in College

So, it looks like nobody has complained about this long-form in about a year and a half, and not in a way that is specific to college. When you are editing a tournament, for the love of God, please include pronunciation guides. I have noticed that their absence has been particularly egregious in hou...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 11301

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

The Music/Opera bonus part on Adams had an abnormally high get rate. Did many people know this or was it fraudable (e.g. "contemporary composer" + "shares his surname")? There really aren't that many truly contemporary composers that come up, and John Adams is obviously one of them. I think most pe...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament (EMT) at UMN – 4/15/17
Replies: 3
Views: 2473

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

Field (teams/buzzers/staff)
Gustavus (1/0/0)
Carleton (1/1/0)
Wayzata (1/0/0)
Lawrence (3/1/1 [counting myself])
Minnesota (1/3/alum staffers)
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament (EMT) at UMN – 4/15/17
Replies: 3
Views: 2473

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

I am thrilled to announce the University of Minnesota mirror of the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament on Saturday, April 15th. I, Alex Damisch, am directing this tournament, in collaboration with and with the support of the University of Minnesota’s quizbowl team. EMT is a regular-minus undergraduate q...
by Aaron's Rod
Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Master List of Tournaments by Region
Replies: 5
Views: 8285

Re: 2016-17 Master List of Tournaments by Region

tiwonge wrote:Skype mirror of Penn Bowl?

(Are there any other Skype tournaments?)
EMT! The writers are doing a Skype mirror a week before the other sites so we can get feedback.
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: OAT Mirror @ ND
Replies: 5
Views: 2296

Re: OAT Mirror @ ND

I have a good friend at Notre Dame (oh no, quizbowl tourism!) and could staff. I'd prefer the 1st.
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 46095

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

Charlie is correct though in the fundamental bloodbath of some sectionals over others. It is unfair that some sectionals have a much better field than others, denying very good teams a chance to go to ICT. I would suspect the reform is probably not in cumbersome rules about travel, but rather in th...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 19097

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2017

[...] There was only one round at SoCal that had twenty or more tossups converted (with exactly 20), and Amherst never broke 18 converted or 19 read (and I doubt anyone else in DI did either). Amherst had rounds where we heard 12 questions (12!!) out of literally twenty four tossups. We heard fewer...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Religion and Other Academic
Replies: 12
Views: 2287

Re: 2017 WAO: Religion and Other Academic

The tossup on sausage, which I assume was Geography or Other, did not accept or prompt on "bologna" despite including a clue on Lebanon bologna. The answerline actually said to accept specific types of sausage, so that's down to moderator error. As a very enlightened vegetarian, I did not know unti...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2701

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

This set was a lot of fun to read, thank you for all the editors and people who submitted. I may have more things to say later. It feels like I'm more or less going to go to the grave asking for more/better pronunciation guides, but not having them in place for words like "Pirahã," "HWÆT," and "bejt...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Protobowl is borked
Replies: 5
Views: 3219

Re: Protobowl is borked

thesouthindian wrote:Seriously, can't ananyone make a better version of Protobowl? Anytime? I have a tournament coming up in a couple weeks and I can't even practice because of this.
In fact, they can, although few would say that it's the best use of your time with a tournament coming up in a couple of weeks.
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41422

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

There are also a lot of great writers out there who haven't been "discovered" yet so to speak. If you get a few experienced editors (I'd say one for each major category of Lit, Science, History, and Fine Arts) and a bunch of newish but motivated writers, I think you could produce some good content....