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by RexSueciae
Thu May 25, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10344

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

As of this past weekend, we've gone through every mirror that was planned. Unless somebody really really wants to mirror this set in the summer (in which case you should've asked me before, and anyways you could probably just mirror NASAT or a UK-written set or something else), the Eisenhower Memori...
by RexSueciae
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 32737

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I wanted to fire a question at the author of the Millay bonus in the Maryland packet -- for the bonus part on "tetrameter," which of her sonnets were you thinking about? I pulled this eventually while thinking of her "Three Sonnets in Tetrameter," which are some pretty dope sonnets, but (as "Three S...
by RexSueciae
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10344

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

starting Wednesday, I'm going to get in touch with recent hosts about specifics with mirror fees Update on this, I sat down and blasted out emails to everybody who has so far hosted an EMT mirror. Let me know if there's a discrepancy or to discuss payment and so forth. Mirror hosts for the 15th sho...
by RexSueciae
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 17301

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

Just submitted 8 questions. Someone let me know when this is going to be played.
by RexSueciae
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 316409

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have written a packet, which I will title [DATA EXPUNGED], consisting of a number of questions on the SCP Foundation. I'll read it this Wednesday on the IRC at 10pm EST. If that time doesn't work for you, then fill out this poll , and I'll try to read it again next week at some time. I'm interest...
by RexSueciae
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 18049

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

Finally, the Star Wars prequel memes bonus was absolutely wonderful. I spent the entire tournament waiting for a prequel memes question, and now I find out not only was there one in the tournament, but one in the packets played at the site I was at?!? Ironic. Can someone please post it so I can yel...
by RexSueciae
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10344

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

Hey, starting Wednesday, I'm going to get in touch with recent hosts about specifics with mirror fees and all that business -- forgot to mention this before, let me know if you'd like an invoice.

Also, if you've played EMT, there's a discussion forum for that that you can totally join.
by RexSueciae
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10344

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

As the weeks keep barreling along, we are still open to additional mirrors whenever in any of the still-unclaimed regions (although yeah, I get that a lot of people are busy and some circuits are just at a low ebb this year). If we get through our last mirror and there is no further interest, the pa...
by RexSueciae
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open?
Replies: 15
Views: 7857

Re: The Second Summer Open?

If somebody wants to write / edit a whole question set to the tune of the former VCU Open (good luck), the easiest source of questions seems to be Oxford's or Cambridge's sets. Since they're both complete, it might actually be easier to Americanize them by amalgamating them, which would allow for su...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17
Replies: 7
Views: 4488

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Skype Tournament 3/18/17

Followup edit: Will there be a discussion thread for this tournament soon? There is now! We'd love to hear from people who participated in the Skype playtesting (as we already have) and are in the process of polishing this question set for our first in-person mirrors. Thank you again to everybody w...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 18049

2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

This is the specific question discussion thread for the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament.

As an aside, thank you to our players for all the feedback we've heard so far, as we'll be making updates all the way through our first in-person mirrors.
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 8502

2017 EMT General Discussion

This is the general discussion thread for the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament. A broad overview of authorship credit runs something like the following: Literature was written by Charles Hang and Gabe Guedes. History was written by Jacob O'Rourke and myself (with several contributions by Charles). Bio...
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10344

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

Mini-update to the above, we are now also looking for a Kentucky mirror (or thereabouts) for teams wishing to play this set in that region. (Alternately, Kentucky teams can travel the couple hundred miles to our sites at OSU or WUSTL.)
by RexSueciae
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10344

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

Updating as another month rolls by, and our first mirrors are nearly upon us! Well, in a couple weeks. If you have questions about a specific mirror site, feel free to contact the hosting team or myself for more details. Thanks to everybody looking to host or play, by the way, you guys are swell. We...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Suggest new threads for the Best of the Best subforum
Replies: 14
Views: 5104

Re: Suggest new threads for the Best of the Best subforum

One of my favorite threads since 2013 was the Making Interesting Geography Questions thread of 2014. I remember this, actually, because I've been consulting it as part of my writing for EMT. Even discounting the discussion, it's a pretty great thread for "things what ought to come up besides name th...
by RexSueciae
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23645

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

I had fun.

On the subject of philosophy, could someone please post the tossup on "utilitarianism"? I am not in fact a philosophy player but am curious about modern variants of that school.
by RexSueciae
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10344

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

Writing on this continues apace, and we've already got a bunch of mirror sites. If you'd like for this set to be played in your region, sign up to host a mirror! The list of regional mirrors are listed in the main post, of course, but we're still seeking college hosts in several very active quizbowl...
by RexSueciae
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 46386

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

Said person posting on the forums is hardly a secondhand account. Naveed continues to be in the right here. Will Alston posting on the forums is not a secondhand account either. Independent of everything else, Will Alston posting about how people told him that what he did was cool and good is, like...
by RexSueciae
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 13137

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

In an amusing case study of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, I have since encountered multiple references to Air America over the intervening months, among them being /r/TodayILearned and an episode of Archer where they're introduced as his transport to some mission to some place, I forget which one. ...
by RexSueciae
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 46386

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

I really, really don't think anybody was buying plane tickets and flying out to other sites for the specific purpose of winning isolated SCT sites, regardless of the effects of people from schools outside the region playing quizbowl in a different region where they happen to be located at that momen...
by RexSueciae
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes That Do Not See VIII - January 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 7042

Re: Eyes That Do Not See VIII - January 2017

Overestimating one's own intelligence is hard to guard against, which was a pretty big reason why I specifically avoided pretending that I am in a position to directly judge the set. I can, however, offer empirical observations of the set's apparent quality (i.e. what I learned from people who know ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT at the University of Virginia: 2/4/17
Replies: 4
Views: 3045

Re: NAQT SCT at the University of Virginia: 2/4/17

Stats! Congratulations to Maryland A (DI) and Delaware (DII), who won their respective divisions! We had book prizes for individual scorers and for the winning teams. We were not able to get Delaware their book prizes. If Delaware folks are in the area at some point in the future, I can give them t...
by RexSueciae
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eyes That Do Not See VIII - January 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 7042

Re: Eyes That Do Not See VIII - January 2017

Um. I'm no arts player (hence why I was the guy presenting the questions at both UVA's WAO mirror and in practice later on) -- but that is the opposite of the impression I got, considering the reactions of everybody present. There were a few jokes tossed around, especially in the early clues of cert...
by RexSueciae
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WAO at the University of Virginia (1/28/17)
Replies: 2
Views: 2221

Re: WAO at the University of Virginia (1/28/17)

WAO final stats will be uploaded shortly. In the meantime, here's the final stats for the shootout we played on Eyes That Do Not See, which lasted for six full rounds until we got kicked out of our room. Matt B: 6 / 6 / 6 / 120 Tommy C: 1 / 1 / 2 / 15 Chris M: 2 / 3 / 3 / 45 Ria W: 5 / 11 / 6 / 155 ...
by RexSueciae
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 13123

Re: Saving the IRC

I much prefer the IRC to Skype when playing questions online. I would like the IRC to stick around for that reason, at least. I'm a bit busy to hang around chatting these days, but if there's a scheduled event I'd probably be able to join.
by RexSueciae
Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10344

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

Is the lack of Current Events intentional? Good point, the distribution should've said "Geography / Current Events" and "Popular Culture / Other." I've amended this. (Current Events will indeed make an appearance.) EDIT: Also, Alex Dzurick has joined us, and will be writing questions in Other Scien...
by RexSueciae
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10344

2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement

I am pleased to announce that the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament , a regular-minus undergraduate question set, will be ready to run in Spring 2017, starting from the approximate date of March 25. This tournament's writing staff, at present, includes the following brave souls: Alex Damisch, Ryan Hump...
by RexSueciae
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41710

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

I've heard from five or six people who are very keen on writing, and whom I think can put out a quality product. Once I hammer things out, I think I'll get everybody together, make a forum post, all the stuff that usually happens with producing a question set. Mark the calendars, there will be a lat...
by RexSueciae
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41710

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

Cambridge are writing a 14-packet set for the 11th of March that is intended to land around college regular difficulty. We'd be happy to offer it up for transatlantic mirrors if there's interest. Caveat: some of the history and literature as currently written will probably not play well among Ameri...
by RexSueciae
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41710

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

Also, forcing another regular difficulty tournament into January (especially since everybody is being reminded that it's being thrown together on short notice) seems like an odd allocation of quizbowl energy. I meant for another tournament to be written for spring, MUT-style. Not January -- what wi...
by RexSueciae
Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 41710

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

So we've got WAO, Regs, SCT, This Tournament is a Crime, aaand nothing else until nationals. That's two (!) regular-difficulty events in the spring semester and zero below regular (discounting delayed mirrors of sets from months in the past) (I guess DII SCT is below regular but nobody really plays ...
by RexSueciae
Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: James Blair Bowl and the Tribe Trash Tournament
Replies: 11
Views: 4805

Re: James Blair Bowl and the Tribe Trash Tournament

Your proposed distribution is alright with the proposed amount of literature, history, science, geography, and trash (I trust that the distribution within categories is standard as well), and fine arts is okay (1 visual, 1 auditory?) but 2 social science per round is very difficult at the high schoo...
by RexSueciae
Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 NAQT SCT: February 4
Replies: 14
Views: 9426

Re: 2017 NAQT SCT: February 4

It might be a good idea to push SCT back a week or so to give teams time to actually register, make travel plans, etc. -- this probably shouldn't go too far on account on ICT, ACF Regionals (Feb 28th), and This Tournament Is A Crime, but since this semester already has about one fewer regular-diffic...
by RexSueciae
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 52484

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

For posterity, the score for my Festivus packet looked something like this:
kenji 10 davidseal 10 avp 10 sambrochin 30 themoma 10 lafer 10 FestivusMaximus 30 Victor -5 csheep 10 gettysburg11 10 FestivusTrumpus 10 Dylan 10
by RexSueciae
Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 52484

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Nah, the order gets improvised.
by RexSueciae
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 52484

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

RexSueciae wrote:I will probably have finished at some point a packet on "fictional characters in popular music."
Without a doubt, this is still happening.
by RexSueciae
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 52484

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Go to mibbit.com and load up the client. On the drop-down list that says "Connect: Mibbit", select Slashnet instead. Type in a nick (your name, your forum username, something not stupid) and type "#quizbowl" into the space for the channel. Press the button that says "Connect." Ta da. You can registe...
by RexSueciae
Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 52484

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

We won't -- people will add their names to the scheduling doc, hop onto the IRC #quizbowl channel, and engage in feats of strength.

If anybody's looking for a good IRC client and not keen on installing stuff, I recommend Mibbit.
by RexSueciae
Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 18415

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

I remember when a number of people (including myself) had the bright idea that world literature was an important thing that people ought to ask about more in high school quizbowl, regardless of difficulty, how well they'd play, or how well the community at large would take this development. Can some...
by RexSueciae
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 61375

Re: community question clinic

Okay, so for these questions the number-one thing is, "does [clue] apply to only one reasonable answerline?" For example, I have no doubt that the police are testing proprioception when they make you touch your nose, and that this is to identify [alcohol] intoxication in humans, but police officers ...
by RexSueciae
Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 61375

Re: community question clinic

I'm only going to comment on the questions in subjects that I'm deeply familiar with: I like the Italy in religion tossup, and I think the clue progression is good (Bonfire of the Vanities is probably placed correctly given the intended audience) although I admit that when I think of Trent, I don't ...
by RexSueciae
Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 21271

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

There's nothing that says an ACF or a housewrite editor has to listen to feedback or even read criticism. I'll be honest, when you post mathematics or computer science complaints I just skip it over. Other editors are starting to do the same for your complaints in other categories. And you know wha...
by RexSueciae
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: I Don't Understand
Replies: 20
Views: 9022

Re: I Don't Understand

I suggest asking them about it.
by RexSueciae
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 52484

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

I will probably have finished at some point a packet on "fictional characters in popular music."
by RexSueciae
Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin XXIX @ UMD (11.19.16)
Replies: 4
Views: 3741

Re: Terrapin XXIX @ UMD (11.19.16)

Terrapin went really well. I had great fun.
by RexSueciae
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:29 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Writing for high school - difficulty?
Replies: 10
Views: 4168

Re: Writing for high school - difficulty?

If these questions are going to be used in the future, you should not discuss them here. Is there accepted protocol, then, for discussing theory and advice? It seems as if providing an example is complicated by this standard. Post questions that you're not planning on selling, or hire a set editor.
by RexSueciae
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Writing for high school - difficulty?
Replies: 10
Views: 4168

Re: Writing for high school - difficulty?

This leads me to my ultimate question: what difficulty should I be writing high school questions, the average high schooler or the average high school quizbowler? The latter, but you misunderstand what that means. When writing, your benchmark shouldn't be "would I, an intellectually curious young l...
by RexSueciae
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lack of Novice Tournaments
Replies: 8
Views: 4189

Re: Lack of Novice Tournaments

Consider that the high school question business is absolutely huge, with housewrites from both high schools and colleges (with varying results), not to mention NAQT basically printing money and HSAPQ steady with its sets for state-sponsored competitions. Consider also that there are considerably mor...
by RexSueciae
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 61375

Re: community question clinic

Would posting questions I intend to use for a high school tournament be kosher? Given how strict the community seems to be about leaking questions I'm hesitant. If a question is going to be used a tournament do not post it in an open forum. There is no way to control who would see it and you would ...