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by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2012-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 12842

Re: Alabama 2012-2013

If anyone had doubts, Spain Park is officially the team to beat right now going into state. I don't think judging ASFA based off today is all that meaningful, since Yoni will be at state, and he probably totals out to over half their scoring. I mean they've beaten every team there with some level o...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2012-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 12842

Re: Alabama 2012-2013

They actually just recently did some redistricting. I thought it was just moving districts into different regions, which doesn't really help the cases like Vestavia and Altamont from this year. I think the Birmingham district used to be paired with the "Gadsden" district, which I would think would ...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2012-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 12842

Re: Alabama 2012-2013

Also - WOW! Those wildcard teams are virtually all from the same region. Has there been any discussion of redistricting? I feel like as is all of the perennial state powers, save for Russellville, Arab, and LAMP, all of whom are in relative down years, are in the same 2 regions and that leads to te...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville
Replies: 66
Views: 16099

Re: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville

The D-value being used for the teams from this site is taking both DI and DII into account under the place of finish (it's out of 28 teams instead of 7 or 21). I'm not sure how the D-value is calculated, so I have no idea if this is affecting it, but it's something I noticed that doesn't happen wit...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DII specific question discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: DII specific question discussion

The power for Castle ended really, really early. I would have been extremely impressed if anybody nailed that before "Martha Rogers School of Acting," which is where the power was, but I think the power mark should be before "mystery writer." I got it after it mentioned Chet, in power, but would've...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT writer feedback thread
Replies: 34
Views: 5160

Re: NAQT writer feedback thread

Cheynem wrote:They probably just didn't know the name of it; everyone's heard DOO DOO DOO, DOO DOO DOO DOO.
"Wait isn't that the song about meth?"
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville
Replies: 66
Views: 16099

Re: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville

Oh hey you can see my handwriting through the page.

Glad no one here knows what my handwriting looks like.

Oh wait.
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville
Replies: 66
Views: 16099

Re: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville

I thought that when they had gone to 9/6/6, they were selecting 3 teams from each bracket and then having the teams play the 6 teams that they didn't play in the prelims. That still would have been tricky with 16 packets at your disposal. I don't think that would have worked out either, but at leas...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville
Replies: 66
Views: 16099

Re: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville

There weren't enough packets to break a tie for second and then run an advantaged final. 21 teams is not a great number to work with, but running a different format, such as 3x7 rebracketed into 6/5/5/5 would have left enough packets to break the tie and have a final. The problem with 6/5/5/5 would...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville
Replies: 66
Views: 16099

Re: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville

There weren't enough packets to break a tie for second and then run an advantaged final. 21 teams is not a great number to work with, but running a different format, such as 3x7 rebracketed into 6/5/5/5 would have left enough packets to break the tie and have a final. The problem with 6/5/5/5 would...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville
Replies: 66
Views: 16099

Re: Region 5 SCT - Feb. 9 at UT - Knoxville

Since we're going to start playing at dawn, hopefully this thing will be over with quickly. hahahahahaha I'm not really sure the decision to attempt a 9 team round robin in the Division II top bracket here was the best idea. Especially when there weren't enough packets to do so. There were enough p...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall South at Vanderbilt University 11/3/12
Replies: 40
Views: 14640

Re: ACF Fall South at Vanderbilt University 11/3/12

I'd like to add to this that either scorekeepers or whoever was doing stats seem to have mixed mine and Matthew's stats up in a couple rounds. This notably would raise Matthew's PPG about 10 points, which would move him up a lot in the individual rankings, and something like that could have made a ...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 9298

Re: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion

I have not looked at this question, so I may be putting my foot in my mouth, but falsificationism is not at all the same thing as verificationism, and is often seen as a reaction against it (and a critique of corresponding aspects of positivism). I cannot imagine a question on verifiability where f...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion
Replies: 61
Views: 9298

Re: ACF Fall 2012 Discussion

In the ER tossup, this may have just been moderator error, but one of our players was negged for an answer of reticulum, which given that the question talked about the sarcoplasmic reticulum as well, it feels like the tossup should be clear to at least prompt on. On the positivism bonus, the only th...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2012 Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 7587

Re: MUT 2012 Discussion

My memory of a lot of individual things having faded a little in the past 2 weeks since I played it, I'm going to withhold individual question comments until the set is actually posted. The main thing I do remember, however, is that the religion distribution felt like a list: We must have 1 Jainism ...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT at Tulane (4/14)
Replies: 23
Views: 8217

Re: MUT at Tulane (4/14)

Have we the general results of this event? Sheerly from memory, through 6 prelim rounds(Round Robin, plus 1 against a random other. Auburn A got Tulane B twice, Auburn insert-random-Greek-letter-to-be-named-later-here got Tulane C twice, ULL got Tulane A twice): Tulane A: 6-0 Auburn A: 5-1 Auburn i...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Painfully Easy Giveaways
Replies: 30
Views: 6522

Re: Painfully Easy Giveaways

Also determinants are common middle school knowledge now? I learned them in 8th grade Geometry Math Team, so I wouldn't think common but certainly not implausible. As for the Lit answer lines, I read Ode on a Grecian Urn, Cry the Beloved Country, and A Doll's House in high school, so I don't see th...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

On a lighter, much less angry note, the ad hominem arguments to which Harrison refers: some Alabama grad student's stock clue monocle There were those 2, which were almost entirely directed at Harrison and served no logical purpose. Perhaps this phrase implies something different to you than it doe...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

See, this is the James Johnson sentiment alive and well. This one was technically making a legitimate argument, but instead just made everyone think about how dumb James Johnson's ideas were. It'd be approximately like comparing the average intelligent republican to Sarah Palin, and thus it aims to...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

The way I've been talking about things this whole time has been very deliberate to point out continually that the things I mentioned were nothing but little blips, and that overall the system is good. I've made no radically overhauling stab-in-the-dark proposal, and yet why not, accuse me of saying...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

We're not contesting the point that "it's okay to spend one year in D2." The argument we're making is that if you're good enough at quizbowl to say 'HOW DARE CUP OF GOLD BE A LEADIN' then you have graduated from D2. The people who need to have finely gradated games on D2 questions are not all buzze...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

For reference Oh, eww, the grammar/block writing is bad enough that the content almost seems less objectionable by comparison. But yeah, comparing my suggestion that it's okay to spend one year in D2 when you're a freshman who's in his first year on pyramidal questions to anything he said is probab...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

See, this is the James Johnson sentiment alive and well. (He proposed having a separate graduate division.) (I'm still not exactly sure who this is, but I've been informed this is approximately the equivalent of being called like Chip Beall or the like) But anyhow, I like to think I hold one key di...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

I'm not sure how I or my team from last year "broke the system" in any way. We were all eligible to play Division II, so we chose to play, prepared for it, and won all our games by showing that we knew enough to beat the other teams we played. Is there anything wrong with this? Other good high scho...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

How I read Jerry's post in thoroughly reduced form: We're fine as we are, SCT keeps bad teams from playing ICT, and doesn't get rid of any really good ones. How I read your posts in thoroughly reduced form: Screw D2, it's only for bringing people in, and not for anyone with any actual Quiz Bowl skil...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

This is so obviously correct. It should be shouted from the high heavens that D1 is what matters. D2 is great as a way of bringing people into the activity, but all this hand-wringing seems to think that it's an end-in-itself. It isn't. It barely matters, honestly, because the idea is you're suppos...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

I'd like to note that although the general arguments have sort of shifted away from where I was, I'm certainly not alleging some sort of set-wide problem. In fact, I agree that statistically speaking overall, I'd think our teams stats lined up with almost exactly what we should have expected to end ...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

Everyone who would characterize himself as a "top highschool player," no matter the region, should know some leadins at a sectional tournament on DII questions. The point of leadins is for some people to be buzzing on them and others not to be; you can't have that if zero people think "my word, I K...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 18923

Re: Difficulty

Quotes not here to prevent over-nesting Incidentally, no, they're not really worth keeping in mind. A DI field having to play DII questions is a bad situation nobody wants and everyone works hard to avoid, and really it happens very rarely in competitive regions where it would actually be a big pro...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bayou-a-Drank at Tulane 11/13
Replies: 13
Views: 3422

Re: Bayou-a-Drank at Tulane 11/13

TulaneKQB wrote:
jmannor2 wrote: p.s. Is a private forum going to be set up for question discussion?
I can do that or you can just email me. Whatever works.
I feel like we'll get better discussion out of a forum type setting.

Only slightly related, can I get you to e-mail me the set? josephnation28@gmail.com
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI Question Discussion
Replies: 138
Views: 23636

Re: Individual Question Requests and Discussion

For curiosity sake, why does the North Vietnam toss-up not prompt on Vietnam, at least through "Prior to unification"? I wrote this question. My reasoning was that "Vietnam" denoted the country pre-1954 partition and post-1976 reunification, and that there wasn't really a "Vietnam" in between those...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI Question Discussion
Replies: 138
Views: 23636

Re: Individual Question Requests and Discussion

For curiosity sake, why does the North Vietnam toss-up not prompt on Vietnam, at least through "Prior to unification"? Though I realize the first clue only applies to North Vietnam (Or at least I assume it does, since it refers to a specific country. Wikipedia's never heard of Operation Back to Real...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI General Thoughts
Replies: 64
Views: 6167

Re: General Thoughts

If I could be e-mailed the set also. josephnation28 at gmail dot com Overall, though, I thoroughly enjoyed playing the set, despite not having much to compare it to, and even less to compare it to that I can talk about, this being my first year actually playing on pyramidal questions. It would, howe...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall at Alabama (11/6/11)
Replies: 21
Views: 6820

Re: ACF Fall at Alabama (11/6/11)

How are y'all defining new to Quiz Bowl for the sake of that discount?
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 7th Hoover Invitational Tournament (7HIT) - 10/29/2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2920

Re: 7th Hoover Invitational Tournament (7HIT) - 10/29/2011

If I'm welcome and available, I'd be interested in helping moderate as well.
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2010-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 9022

Re: Alabama 2010-2011

at the Snead State District Like Joey said Going from Snead is Grissom Randolph DAR Bob Jones Buckhorn Huntsville High I think Huntsville had the best point total but can't remember what the exact number it was above 1400 total I am really hoping in the next season we switch question types and prov...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2010-2011
Replies: 48
Views: 9022

Re: Alabama 2010-2011

Is there any place where it's easy to see who made it past their respective districts for ASCA, or would this be the logical place for that to be established? After today, I feel like I still know nothing for ASCA sake, since we'll probably be the top seed coming out of our district, but we were 4-1...
by An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza
Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Professionalism for coaches
Replies: 21
Views: 9233

Re: Professionalism for coaches

2. Protesting that your own team should not receive points for a correct answer I feel like this should actually be considered good sportsmanship, unless I'm misinterpreting it. e.g. in a recent tournament's quarterfinals, a bonus read something along the lines of "Into which kingdom do the followi...