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by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87128

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I also think the finals packet seemed, at least tossup-wise, pretty normal--a lot of the dead answerlines (High Toned Old Christian Woman, the two Matt mentioned, even Amana) were hard, sure, but nothing insane. There's a huge difference between "a fine answer line for a tossup" and "a fine tossup,...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87128

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Obviously, thanks also to Matt Jackson who stepped in to direct the tournament. A grievous slander-by-omission of Jerry, the actual person who stepped up to be TD! This was certainly a well crafted set -- I think I have edited enough stuff now to have an intuitive "sense" of when a question, a pack...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 55304

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

A one-game overall final between Penn A and Chicago A will take place in Angell Auditorium A at 1 PM.

Stanford B has the advantage in a UG final against Illinois starting now.
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 55304

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

The parking structure on Maynard Street between Liberty and William is the one to shoot for. An update: From what I can tell, the "Liberty Parking Structure" is this thing, and it costs $3 flat-rate for Saturday and nothing for Sunday. It is closer to the tournament than everywhere else, so park th...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 55304

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

The parking structure on Maynard Street between Liberty and William is the one to shoot for. An update: From what I can tell, the "Liberty Parking Structure" is this thing, and it costs $3 flat-rate for Saturday and nothing for Sunday. It is closer to the tournament than everywhere else, so park th...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 32910

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

Matthew J wrote:
Gonzagapuma1 wrote:I'll hopefully have the Speedcheck stats by tomorrow night
Not to be That Guy on several levels, but do these stats still exist and have they been uploaded?
I do have some interest in these ever seeing the light of day.
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 63849

Re: CO History 2015

I don't know if we've decided on a final team format or not, but if we decide to go with a "third players join already-formed two-player teams" model, would anyone mind adhering to a sort of "gentlemen's agreement" wherein the stronger teams don't take on third players before the weaker ones do? I ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On Leaving Tournaments Early
Replies: 47
Views: 8986

Re: On Leaving Tournaments Early

I hope the claim that all finals must be played on-site is based on the assumption that the tournament was being run fairly well and not extremely late into the night and that the final involved teams from multiple schools. I would find it strange if, for example, LASA A and B were forced to play o...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On Leaving Tournaments Early
Replies: 47
Views: 8986

Re: On Leaving Tournaments Early

I am more or less fine with teams explicitly forfeiting, and in fact believe that a team leaving early should be construed as an explicit declaration of forfeit of all future games one might play at that tournament. I can't really speak for the 2007 Yale team (and would I really want to?) but it see...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On Leaving Tournaments Early
Replies: 47
Views: 8986

On Leaving Tournaments Early

It seems that for as long as I've been playing -- from the 2008 Weekend of Quizbowl ending situation where Dorman had to catch a flight, through the 2010 ACF Fall Northeast site where a winner was improperly decided on head-to-head because a tied team had to leave before the final, through this year...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 55304

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

I see one at 500 Thompson; is that to be avoided, or simply not preferable? Also, regarding the (very) late afternoon pause; is that a dinner break, or are we going right through? Teams will be instructed to remain in their Round 12 game rooms except when necessary for bathroom trips and such, and ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:10 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 25377

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

Further, summer's the best time for a flood of side events, when outside commitments are relatively low and people have more time to travel and/or hang out and read questions over a weekend. Let a hundred wacky packets bloom. This is all well and good, but there are some hard limits on what can be ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Tricon: The Next Generation
Replies: 50
Views: 25377

Re: Tricon: The Next Generation

This is the sixth side event proposed in 72 hours, people! Seriously, let's take a breather and consider reining some of these events in, making more of them 100-150 question shootouts, or pushing them to side events at future open(s) during the 2015-16 year or summer 2016. I don't really get what w...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th
Replies: 53
Views: 30005

Re: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th

Now that there is such a huge procession of potential side events in the works for this -- too many for one weekend to handle, frankly -- it makes sense for the organizers here and in Michigan to decide on a slate of, say, 3 events that they're planning on running so the other events can be told to ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing
Replies: 22
Views: 9558

Re: Thoughts on NHBB & IHBB Question Writing

Coach Gilbert, While it is not within my power to change the past, I assure you that the public behavior of PACE's officers under my tenure is absolutely a matter of the utmost serious concern to me and to PACE as a whole. I welcome any private communication re: details you might be willing to provi...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th
Replies: 53
Views: 30005

Re: VCU Open 2015 - August 8th

Is anyone going to be organizing another iteration of Triacontakaipentagon this year, or is that project dead now that Matt Weiner's gone? Eh, I don't really see what the point of continuing it would be. A lot of the themes are pretty forced / not very fun a third time around, so I wouldn't exactly...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)
Replies: 28
Views: 12621

Re: Emergency Situation - All Writers Needed (RESOLVED)

2. What does Dave plan on doing for the future? I have debated this with several people and I think that asking a single person to produce these sets is unrealistic and unsustainable; others disagree. I'd be interested in hearing what Dave is thinking, while understanding he's got a ton his plate t...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 53225

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

When during the day will this tournament take place? Stephen, Jeff, John: Can you three sit down or email each other or something to finally figure this out? Seems like History/NotHistoryOrLit/Lit worked fine as an order last year, but people have flights to plan and the three of you should declare...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pre-Nats Poll
Replies: 6
Views: 3422

Re: Pre-Nats Poll

I will probably not be able to write a pre-Nats preview article or help run a preview IRC chat this time around. If someone else wants to do so I might be able to briefly sprinkle the end product with levity and wit. Now that things are slightly calmer, and because I'd find it oddly relaxing/fun, I...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)
Replies: 117
Views: 51054

Re: Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Chicago Open (07/18-19/15)

A couple of people asked me to update the public-facing part of the registration form, so I did that. There are currently 13 teams registered. I think 15 or 17 would be nice numbers for a full round-robin, or 18 for 2 brackets of 9 with re-seeding. I don't know that we'll be able to do much to avoi...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 63849

Re: CO History 2015

If and when the field fills (around 30 interested players), we can discuss expanding teams at that point. That's 30 players who at some point have expressed interest in playing this tournament. Should more demand exist, we can start forming three-person teams. I reiterate that it will be much easie...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 48775

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

merv1618 wrote:A knowledge bowl question, ca. 1999: "Complete this joke by using the name of an Asian nation: Your knapsack is brown, but my..."
uzbek is tan

wait
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 19682

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

HCASC results from preliminary round robin here . Has anybody ever tried to invite these teams to good quizbowl tournaments? It seems like they already have existing organizations, making it a lot easier to bring them into the fold. A few years ago, I had the bright idea to try and invite Georgia H...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT
Replies: 27
Views: 5026

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT

Could I also see the tubulin tossup? The "dynamic instability" part of one clue and "this type/class of/one protein" threw me off and I negged with microtubules (a bad neg), but I was wondering why dynamic instability should be associated uniquely with tubulins (outside of just the tossup) when it'...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta
Replies: 73
Views: 34562

Re: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta

Were any recordings made of games from this year? I wasn't there, but I'd be very interested in listening to the set, especially the finals games. I recorded a few preliminary games in Division II, but I don't think they came out. I am not aware of any other recordings. What do the players' microph...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 4719

Re: 2015 ICT: general discussion

So I did end up making good on my promise from last year's thread. In the end, I wrote 227 questions that ended up in the 2015 Division I ICT, or about 27.8% of the set, then did a full read-through of the set with Ike Jose to help smooth out difficulty, catch errors, etc. (About 140 of my questions...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT
Replies: 27
Views: 5026

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT

A minor thing, but it was odd to hear of Laud Humphreys going undercover as a gay man even though he was actually gay. Sorry about this; the source I used to write this clue (Giddens et al., Introduction to Sociology ) didn't include this detail. Might have been better to say "disguised his identit...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 22924

Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

As Rumor flaps its wings across the desert and people start to hear back from transfer applications, grad school apps, job offers, etc., it seems high time for a thread in which current college players or members of the college quizbowl community can post where they'll be next. Please post only if y...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Predictions
Replies: 29
Views: 8890

Re: ICT Predictions

The United Stats of America wrote:
I wrote:
Joel Gluskin is not wearing a sports cap (500-1)
I didn't see him wearing a sports cap!
This was the biggest surprise of the tournament
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Predictions
Replies: 29
Views: 8890

Re: ICT Predictions

The United Stats of America wrote:What's the over under on the amount of caffeinated soft drink Max drinks?
2 bottles per round x 14 rounds = 28 bottles. PLACE UR BETS FOLKS
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15
Replies: 39
Views: 20200

Where Are You Going To College Next Year? 2014-15

Without further ado, the annual "Where will you be going to college next year?" thread for those in the prospective class of 2019 who want to keep the community informed, or perhaps reach out to college teams reading the boards, or hear about other students who'll be attending the same school. As bo...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pre-Nats Poll
Replies: 6
Views: 3422

Re: Pre-Nats Poll

I will probably not be able to write a pre-Nats preview article or help run a preview IRC chat this time around. If someone else wants to do so I might be able to briefly sprinkle the end product with levity and wit.
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Burnout
Replies: 20
Views: 7631

Re: Burnout

When I say status, I mean within the quizbowl community. Obviously, quizbowl status doesn't translate into status elsewhere. I do think that status-seeking within one's community (or at least status-enjoying) is inherent to man. Bruce worded it a little grandiosely, for sure, but it's certainly tru...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Burnout
Replies: 20
Views: 7631

Re: Burnout

Thank you, Mike, for making this post. In the sublimest of ironies, I am unable to post at length because I am busy writing a large number of questions. I suspect I will have many more thoughts, both about this topic and the broader "where do we go from here," when I have more time to compose them, ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?
Replies: 15
Views: 7057

Re: Quizbowl in Foreign Languages?

I would be happy to see this start to happen. That said, it probably can't be an immediate priority. I think it would require the first batch of translators to be very familiar with the game of quizbowl, how questions are supposed to sound/be written, how issues like word order and syntax affect clu...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: materials for practice?
Replies: 6
Views: 3401

Re: materials for practice?

Protobowl: http://protobowl.com, is an excellent resource, allowing players to adjust their difficulty and question type. The major problem is that is does not include bonuses. No, it is not. There is much more on why not in other threads, but among other problems its chatroom has often been filled...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 32910

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

Gonzagapuma1 wrote:I'll hopefully have the Speedcheck stats by tomorrow night
Not to be That Guy on several levels, but do these stats still exist and have they been uploaded?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: materials for practice?
Replies: 6
Views: 3401

Re: materials for practice?

Archive of past middle school quizbowl packets , to be read at practices Further middle school quizbowl question sets can be purchased from NAQT, which is by far the dominant provider of good middle school quizbowl questions. They have a New Middle Schools package for a discount rate and other sets...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 23009

Re: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting

Victor's original point - "experienced players, please don't just try to bulldoze your way into points (and think about if that's how you're coming off even if it's not your intent)" - was a good one. It's a good point, but I'm pretty sure everyone who has been in quizbowl for a while has been on b...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Praise Song Part II
Replies: 23
Views: 16859

Re: Praise Song Part II

Perhaps a longer post will come, but for now, a brief anecdote: I first started taking part in discussions on the now-official-ized #Quizbowl IRC chatroom about five years ago now, picking up much more during downtimes from college obligations in my first year of college. At that time, the channel w...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Stephen's Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 2425

Re: George Oppen: Stephen's Questions

I got here a little late, but even if you encounter 'Maschke's theorem' in algebra, there's a non-zero chance that you don't know it even has a name. For example, Fulton and Harris, which is a fairly traditional first book in representation theory doesn't give it a name and you could probable go yo...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pre-Nats Poll
Replies: 6
Views: 3422

Re: Pre-Nats Poll

I presume you don't want/allow ties?

Also, I suspect given that this poll is about how well teams are doing at national tournaments that it is worth looking at which teams are in the fields for each national while deciding who to add to ballots:
ICT
ACF
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!
Replies: 70
Views: 41370

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: May 30-31, Chicago

With over 20 teams on the waitlist, I have to think that they will expand the field to at least the number of teams that they had (at the same location) last year. Remember, though, that after the field was expanded to 272 last year, there were so many drops that the field fell to 256 with a wait l...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....
Replies: 28
Views: 14271

Re: Ghosts of Quiz Bowl's Past that You (sorta) Miss....

Not really in keeping with the first two examples, but: When I was "growing up" in high school quizbowl in the mid-Atlantic, it was often the case at some of the bigger high school-hosted tournaments (maybe for 4 or 5 times each year) that there would be a breakfast put out for teams in attendance, ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 55304

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

Dear folks, As was stated in the other thread, I am now coordinating staff for ACF Nationals through my personal inbox at REDACTED. If you have committed to staff ACF Nationals 2015 and any of the following applies to you: You contacted ACF personnel with your intention to staff but did not receive ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: An Apology, and General Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 14150

Re: George Oppen: An Apology, and General Discussion

Ike wrote:Either way - Matt's post was intended to warn people that this was definitely Regs+ - I think a lot of teams got smashed by this set, and I agree with Gautam that editors should try to stick to their intended difficulty.
I presume you meant "definitely not" that?
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes
Replies: 25
Views: 8735

Re: NHBB/USGO 2015 High School Nationals Prizes

I appreciate the explanation here. From my perspective, having "grown up" in an era where there were never any prizes for playing good questions ever, beyond eternal glory, any prize at all for a well-produced question-and-answer tournament seems like a bucket of gravy on top of what's already a goo...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 26469

Re: College History Bowl 2015 announcement

I doubt either myself or Matt Jackson want to be in charge of coordinating packet submissions. (This would be a decent idea for a future History Bowl event) I refuse to preside over any sort of packet submission plan for College History Bowl 2015. (Guerrilla History and CO History 2015 fill this ni...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 26469

Re: College History Bowl 2015 announcement

As mentioned, I'll respond when I have more time next week. There were a lot more specifics here, and at the risk of telling people how to post, I kindly ask that people reserve judgment until all the pertinent facts are aired. I can only hope this doesn't go down the "here is my diary entry about ...
by Adventure Temple Trail
Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 26469

Re: College History Bowl 2015 announcement

I have received permission to relay the following official message from David Madden, who does not have access to the forums at this juncture: Hi guys, Two points here: 1. The first is that if a critical mass of people have booked flights and non refundable hotel rooms to play the set on Sunday, the...