IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

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Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Post by Silverman » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:26 pm

Silverman wrote:I'll hopefully be writing half-packets each on Harry Potter and Star Wars, with the possible addition of a couple vanity questions.
These are partially written and will be finished. In addition, they are now titled "Harry Potter and the Half Packet" and "POWERS! UNLIMITED POWERS!".
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Post by Hypersmart » Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:29 pm

How does one take part in this?
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Post by CPiGuy » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:36 pm

When are we going to get info about logistics for this if we're planning on reading packets?
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Post by Wynaut » Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:52 pm

CPiGuy wrote:When are we going to get info about logistics for this if we're planning on reading packets?
Usually there's a Google Doc set up on the morning of the tournament where people enter their names/packet themes depending on when they want to read. After that we just go down the list.

EDIT: Also, I changed my mind. I'll have a 10-15 tossup Philippines packet AND another music packet with an unimpressive mystery theme
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Post by SpanishSpy » Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:54 pm

When will we be exchanging contact information?
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Post by RexSueciae » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:04 pm

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.
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Post by Sima Guang Hater » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:13 pm

I can write 20/0 of stuff I like. I'm not sure what that is. I guess we'll all see.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:23 pm

Mike Bentley wrote:
Mike Bentley wrote:
Mike Bentley wrote:I'll have some combination of things. Possibly on videogames that skew heavily towards my interest. Possibly some biography questions on academic people.
There's also an off-chance I might write some questions on magazines, although whether I'll be able to finish all of these for Festivus is TBD.
I looked through what I already had written and the videogames portion of this is pretty much already done, so that will definitely be happening.
Just to confirm, I have a packet of 30 or so vidoegame tossups I'm calling "Iwata Asks". The other stuff mentioned here will have to wait for another time.
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Post by felgon123 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:47 pm

I've been incubating a Festivus packet. The distribution is roughly:

25% Game of Thrones mashups
25% hard answers from easy video games (i.e. more questions like the ones in my Nintendo packet from a couple years ago)
25% wint's Twitter (@dril)
25% Seinfeld and other miscellanies

So hopefully something for everybody! I hope to see this packet get destroyed by the Festivus crowd as efficiently and impressively as the last one was.
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Post by Milhouse » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:48 pm

felgon123 wrote: 25% wint's Twitter (@dril)
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Post by Kasper Kaijanen » Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:48 pm

Imperial Cormorant wrote:I might have a packet of comic book questions based mostly around the theme of "stuff I liked that wasn't in GRAPHIC"
This has been written to 10/0 and skews very much towards the last twenty years and also towards DC
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Post by Vainamoinen » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:18 pm

I have a partially completed 20 question packet on Haruki Murakami.
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Post by yeah viv talk nah » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:51 pm

Hypersmart wrote:How does one take part in this?
Could someone please answer this? Having never used the quizbowl IRC before, I am also unsure how exactly this works.
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Post by RexSueciae » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:02 am

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 register your nick with an email (Google this part) but it's not entirely necessary for Festivus unless you're concerned about people impersonating you.
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Post by yeah viv talk nah » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:35 am

RexSueciae wrote: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 register your nick with an email (Google this part) but it's not entirely necessary for Festivus unless you're concerned about people impersonating you.
Thanks! So are the questions just going to be typed/read line-by-line, with people typing "buzz" to buzz?
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Post by gettysburg11 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:59 am

crash bandicoot wrote:
RexSueciae wrote: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 register your nick with an email (Google this part) but it's not entirely necessary for Festivus unless you're concerned about people impersonating you.
Thanks! So are the questions just going to be typed/read line-by-line, with people typing "buzz" to buzz?
Exactly correct.
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Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:20 am

Tonight somebody gave me a copy of the Rukhnama as a Christmas present. I am going to try to put together a small packet of questions based on my soon-to-be-real knowledge of the Rukhnama. I won't be able to attend Festivus so if you'd like to read this on my behalf please let me know.

Edit - yes I know it's usually transliterated Ruhnama, but I have a copy of it literally on my bookshelf that spells it with a kh and seems to be the official English translation sanctioned by the Turkmen government
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Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Post by avp » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:42 pm

avp wrote:I'll probably have a packet on pre-2000 film/television/etc.
This is complete to 20/0, and titled "Screens of the 20th Century", with the following description:

"The packet is written as if the world never made it past December 31, 1999. All clues and answer lines are related to a range of people, places, and things that would have been seen on screens of some kind during the 20th century. Everything is fair game, except for the French New Wave, a topic which has been explicitly barred from inclusion in every possible way."
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Post by El Salvadoreno » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:22 pm

Skepticism and Animal Feed wrote:I am going to try to put together a small packet of questions based on my soon-to-be-real knowledge of the Rukhnama. I won't be able to attend Festivus so if you'd like to read this on my behalf please let me know.
If you do not already have a volunteer to do this I can read it for you (since I have not learned of the Rukhnama untill today, though judging from the wikipedia entry for it, it sounds like it is a fun read) after my TRICON packet.
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Post by Auroni » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:22 am

Auroni wrote:May have a 20/0 Ace Attorney packet ready for this.
Won't have time to write this, sadly.
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Post by dhumphreys17 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:03 pm

Auroni wrote:
Auroni wrote:May have a 20/0 Ace Attorney packet ready for this.
Won't have time to write this, sadly.
:capybara: ! I was so hyped for this too! Any possibility of 10/0, or even 5/0? I would be thoroughly interested and am sad this is not coming to fruition!
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Post by ThisIsMyUsername » Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:22 pm

ThisIsMyUsername wrote:I'm writing a packet on animation, live-action films, etc. featuring Batman. There will be no questions related to (or acknowledgment of the existence of) Batman v Superman.
Yeah, like Auroni, I probably won't be able to live up to my Festivus ambitions for this year. I wrote a couple of questions already, but I definitely won't have time to flesh this out to a proper packet. So, I'll save this for next year.
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Post by Cheynem » Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:29 pm

Some days you just can't get rid of a packet!!!
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Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Post by Progcon » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:14 pm

Progcon wrote:I hope to have the Pokémon packet done by then. It should be 20 tossups on mostly stuff from the video games.
This won't be happening.

I apologize, but I have been busy with finals and now writing some academic questions. I hope to have some Pokémon questions done for a Summer Open or something like that. Pokémon Sun and Moon are pretty fun though from the little I've been able to play. One of those games could be worth the time.
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Post by Wynaut » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:27 am

Progcon wrote:
Progcon wrote:I hope to have the Pokémon packet done by then. It should be 20 tossups on mostly stuff from the video games.
This won't be happening.

I apologize, but I have been busy with finals and now writing some academic questions. I hope to have some Pokémon questions done for a Summer Open or something like that. Pokémon Sun and Moon are pretty fun though from the little I've been able to play. One of those games could be worth the time.
I'll put together some questions I wrote months before Sun and Moon came out (so no content from those games, unfortunately) because I'm way too busy to write current ones. This'll replace the music packet.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:37 am

I have written 3 pop music questions for this. I may write more. Who would like to read my questions?
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Post by SpanishSpy » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:09 pm

Alex Wallace's Terrific Trash Packet (20/20) is ready for Friday.
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Post by AGoodMan » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:53 pm

randomguy1997 wrote:Time permitting, I want to write a half-soccer, half-baseball packet.
Yeah, not happening. Sorry.
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Post by naturalistic phallacy » Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:21 pm

felgon123 wrote:I've been incubating a Festivus packet. The distribution is roughly:

25% Game of Thrones mashups
25% hard answers from easy video games (i.e. more questions like the ones in my Nintendo packet from a couple years ago)
25% wint's Twitter (@dril)
25% Seinfeld and other miscellanies

So hopefully something for everybody! I hope to see this packet get destroyed by the Festivus crowd as efficiently and impressively as the last one was.
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Post by women, fire and dangerous things » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:09 pm

On account of the various canceled packets, I'll read a brief packet of tossups on the films of 2016.
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Post by Eddie » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:39 pm

Spheal With It wrote:In case Kenji's doesn't come to fruition, I'm also writing an "internet content" (aka memes) packet. There are currently four TUs, hopefully more to come.
Alas, this will also not come to fruition.
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Post by felgon123 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:00 pm

naturalistic phallacy wrote:
felgon123 wrote:I've been incubating a Festivus packet. The distribution is roughly:

25% Game of Thrones mashups
25% hard answers from easy video games (i.e. more questions like the ones in my Nintendo packet from a couple years ago)
25% wint's Twitter (@dril)
25% Seinfeld and other miscellanies

So hopefully something for everybody! I hope to see this packet get destroyed by the Festivus crowd as efficiently and impressively as the last one was.
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To paraphrase George Costanza: I'm never gonna have a child. If I lose this Festivus packet...that's it for me.
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Post by eliza.grames » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:18 pm

eliza.grames wrote:I'll have some myth packets (or maybe just one big packet of ~50 questions) ranging from regular difficulty to "why would you write that" without all that Greco-Roman crap.
Sorry to add to the disappointment of promised questions that didn't actually get *completely* done, but I only have 30 questions for this because grad school things happened. Four of the questions are written by one of the UConn players (Ben Watson) and I haven't actually seen them yet, but they're evidently done, probably delightful, and most certainly odd.

I stand by my statement that some of these are totally getable and others will make you judge my judgment on choosing answerlines. Hopefully more of them are the former. The questions are mostly North American, Celtic, and Middle Easternish (including Abrahamic) but there are some other regions too and Ben's are probably all Mesoamerican.
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Post by RexSueciae » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:37 pm

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.
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Post by The Billiards Fool » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:38 pm

Would anyone be interested in a "Things H Jon Benjamin is famous, or at least kinda famous, for" packet? Not entirely sure how much I could guarantee will be done by Friday night ("Writing" finals papers as I write this) but it'd be basically Archer and Bob's Burgers with some random cameos here or there. If people are interested I will make as much of it as possible happen, though I can't make any promises (which in the face of the packet cancellations is probably not what yall want to hear sorry :/ but I'll try)
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Post by Silverman » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:13 am

Silverman wrote:half-packets each on Harry Potter and Star Wars
These are written to 10/0 and 9/0, plus one crossover question to round out a full packet's worth.

The Harry Potter questions rely exclusively on the seven books, plus the Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them books. There are no clues from any of the movies, including the recent Fantastic Beasts, or (god forbid) Cursed Child.

The Star Wars questions, with one exception, have answers that only rely on the seven numbered movies, plus the Clone Wars and Rebels TV series. I tried to restrict all Legends/Expanded Universe clues to before the powermark. I ended up with rather more TV show clues than I'd have liked, but I think that'll prevent every question from being first- or second-lined. To avoid spoilers, there is no Rogue One content whatsoever.
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Post by SpanishSpy » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:19 am

Has the Google Doc gone up?
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Post by gettysburg11 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:59 am

I will have some number of assorted trash tossups with no theme other than "things I like enough to write about" for this. It's currently at 6, though I hope to have it at somewhere between 10-20 by Friday.
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Post by anderson » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:39 am

I'm done with 20 music tossups and might write more by Friday, though I'm also writing a few silly bonuses to cram in more material. Judging from the "Best Albums of 2016" thread, I think at least a decent number of people should have fun with this.
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Post by Unicolored Jay » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:41 pm

Unicolored Jay wrote:I have a non-zero number of Clickhole Clickventure TUs that I could read for this.
I have 20 tossups ready, plus a few bonuses I had already written if they're of interest. Due to a request, a significant number of these questions are very difficult, but there should be some that are gettable by the end even without Clickhole knowledge.
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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:57 pm

I'll have the preliminary google doc up tonight, at least listing the (promised) packets and outlining some rules and guidelines for the day. I would remind people that you're welcome to read basically any number of questions--no need to withdraw if you've only completed part of your initial plans, though if you want to save your questions for a full packet later, that's entirely fine too.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:28 pm

You know what, I'll have some version of that biography packet after all.
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Post by The Billiards Fool » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:35 pm

Would anyone be interested in a "Things H Jon Benjamin is famous, or at least kinda famous, for" packet? Not entirely sure how much I could guarantee will be done by Friday night ("Writing" finals papers as I write this) but it'd be basically Archer and Bob's Burgers with some random cameos here or there. If people are interested I will make as much of it as possible happen, though I can't make any promises (which in the face of the packet cancellations is probably not what yall want to hear sorry :/ but I'll try)
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Post by CPiGuy » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:51 pm

Auks Ran Ova wrote:I'll have the preliminary google doc up tonight, at least listing the (promised) packets and outlining some rules and guidelines for the day. I would remind people that you're welcome to read basically any number of questions--no need to withdraw if you've only completed part of your initial plans, though if you want to save your questions for a full packet later, that's entirely fine too.
Will that google doc be posted here?
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Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Post by Fuddle Duddle » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:36 am

Unicolored Jay wrote:I have a non-zero number of Clickhole Clickventure TUs that I could read for this.
On a related note, I am extremely excited for Festivus.
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Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Post by Auks Ran Ova » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:51 am

CPiGuy wrote:
Auks Ran Ova wrote:I'll have the preliminary google doc up tonight, at least listing the (promised) packets and outlining some rules and guidelines for the day. I would remind people that you're welcome to read basically any number of questions--no need to withdraw if you've only completed part of your initial plans, though if you want to save your questions for a full packet later, that's entirely fine too.
Will that google doc be posted here?
It will, though it won't have any information that's not already in the thread somewhere (other than rules and procedures) -- scheduling is always done on a fairly ad-hoc basis so we don't have to deal with people endlessly missing their slots or whatever.
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Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Post by Periplus of the Erythraean Sea » Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:57 am

Some small number of tossups from our packet have been written. Jason or I can read them if so desired.
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Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Post by UlyssesInvictus » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:15 am

I'm going to miss this because of travel :( Rob, will you be posting the questions on the archives? Similarly, did you ever post last year's set on the archives? I remember you emailing (or posting, maybe?) last year's somewhere, but if it would be annoying to format for the archives, I'll happily go through and label everything if you'd point me to where the set(s) are and give me permission to post them.
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Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Post by Unicolored Jay » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:40 am

UlyssesInvictus wrote:I'm going to miss this because of travel :( Rob, will you be posting the questions on the archives? Similarly, did you ever post last year's set on the archives? I remember you emailing (or posting, maybe?) last year's somewhere, but if it would be annoying to format for the archives, I'll happily go through and label everything if you'd point me to where the set(s) are and give me permission to post them.
Last year's packets are here.
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Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Post by Aaron's Rod » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:42 am

Aaron's Rod wrote:I should be free that day, and I've been encouraged to read my 20 academic/trash mashup tossups, where the academics basically follow an ACF distribution, and the trash distribution is "some stuff I like, some deplorable TV trash."
I'm not going to be there at noon but I'll be there. (Maybe 1-ish?)
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