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by Kouign Amann
Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)
Replies: 23
Views: 7721

Re: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)

With about a week to go, only two spots remain in the field, and several DC-area regulars aren't yet registered. If you want to play this tournament, please email me as soon as possible, especially if your team can provide a staffer.
by Kouign Amann
Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 49222

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

I'm going to have a comprehensive look at our staff situation on Monday. What were the results of this analysis? Your last few posts have all included "staffers still very much needed." A tournament with no field cap inevitably runs into these sorts of issues. What are your plans if these staffers ...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12
Replies: 30
Views: 11019

Re: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12

I thought it was fairly standard quizbowl operating procedure to count all of a team's games against the members of its final bracket. I could be mistaken, though, so never mind.
by Kouign Amann
Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12
Replies: 30
Views: 11019

Re: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12

Each bracket will then play another five-game round robin; this will mean that every team plays one other team twice, but will guarantee everybody 10 games. Prelim games will not count, except for placement into playoff brackets. Then, finals game(s) will follow playoffs. Doesn't this have essentia...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12
Replies: 30
Views: 11019

Re: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12

Some time tomorrow after the field is finalized, would you guys mind posting the planned schedule so everyone can see it and we can avoid having an issue similar to last time?
by Kouign Amann
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 DC NASAT Team
Replies: 2
Views: 1116

Re: 2012 DC NASAT Team

I think it's just going to be the standard me, Jacob Wasserman, Daniel B-N, and associated GDS people configuration again, or at least that's what I've told Magin.
by Kouign Amann
Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)
Replies: 23
Views: 7721

Re: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)

This tournament has been certified platinum by PACE. Why not register? The sooner the better.
by Kouign Amann
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Peaceful Resolution Discussion
Replies: 210
Views: 49976

Re: Peaceful Resolution Discussion

Pretty sure Gillian Welch never recorded a crappy album on purpose. Although I'm fairly sure I've heard of at least one instance of a band doing so, since the album was required by their contract but they didn't feel like doing a good job on it. I forget who it was though. Don't know if it's what y...
by Kouign Amann
Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)
Replies: 23
Views: 7721

Re: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)

SCHOOL - TEAMS - BUZZERS - STAFFERS Quince Orchard - 1 - 0 - 0 Wakefield - 2 - 2 - 1 GDS - 2 - 2 - 0 Gonzaga - 1 - 0 - 1 Blair - 2 - 1 - 1? Caesar Rodney - 1 - 1 - 1 Whitman - 1 - 2 - 0 George Mason - 1 - 0 - 0 New Kent - 1 - 0 - 0 Richard Montgomery - 1 - 2 - 1 Monticello Concerto - 2 - 2 - 0 BCC -...
by Kouign Amann
Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)
Replies: 23
Views: 7721

BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)

This is the official announcement for the DC Metro regional site of the Yale's BHSAT, a high school academic quizbowl tournament to be hosted by the quizbowl team of St. Anselm’s Abbey School on Saturday, April 14, 2012. This tournament is open to any high school team that wishes to attend. This tou...
by Kouign Amann
Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Assorted Freshmen Problems
Replies: 18
Views: 3091

Re: Assorted Freshmen Problems

One thing to do in practice is to stop reading the question when you realize they know they answer, and just tell them to buzz in and say what's on their minds. This, I believe, is the first part of what Chris Ray termed the "Arun rules" at last summer's UMD practices. The other rule was that Arun'...
by Kouign Amann
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)
Replies: 23
Views: 9438

Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Although St. Anselm's has greatly enjoyed our trip up to Prison Bowl in previous years, we will be unable to attend this year. Best of luck to everyone!
by Kouign Amann
Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESCHEDULED - TJIAT on 1/28/12 -- LIST II Mirror
Replies: 18
Views: 7180

Re: RESCHEDULED - TJIAT on 1/28/12 -- LIST II Mirror

1. Whitman 2. Blair 3. St. Anselm's 4. GDS This tournament was mostly ok, and thanks to TJ for hosting, but I'm confused as to the rationale for the playoff scheduling. Why weren't results from prelim games against playoff teams carried over? How were teams seeded into their playoff brackets? It see...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TANKBATTLE I
Replies: 18
Views: 4782

Re: TANKBATTLE I

This set from HSAPQ was fantastic, as it had literally no noticable flaws. I would contest this. The set was mostly good, but there were a number of answers that were too hard, and a number of repeats (including two tossups on the same thing in the final round). This set seemed like it was a little...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TANKBATTLE I
Replies: 18
Views: 4782

Re: TANKBATTLE I

This was a cool tournament. Thanks for hosting.

One note: as well as we played in the final, I don't think our bonus conversion was 31. Also, we and several other teams have a number of games with non-multiple-of-10 bonus points scored, so someone might want to take a look at that.
by Kouign Amann
Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Distribution
Replies: 60
Views: 9791

Re: ACF Distribution

Yeah Matt Bollinger, you ignorant slut! Why don't you know anything? Every time I see you at tournaments, it's just so obvious how comfortably ignorant you are. Remember when you first started playing quizbowl and were getting outscored by Aidan? During the finals of MAGNI this fall, I was repeated...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & 60 Second rounds
Replies: 37
Views: 12105

Re: NHBB & 60 Second rounds

And at some level here, I'm trying to balance different prerogatives The problem is that this balance is detrimental to and unneccessary at a national tournament. There's no need to cater to bad teams there. Use whatever wacky format you want at local tournaments to draw in the new teams, but shoul...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & 60 Second rounds
Replies: 37
Views: 12105

Re: NHBB & 60 Second rounds

but it keeps more teams longer in the hunt. My whole point is that you're doing this artificially and non-competively, and you should stop. Sure, this could make NHBB more funn for new teams, but NHBB isn't just some sort of recreational thing with no goals beyond enjoyment, right? As long as impor...
by Kouign Amann
Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & 60 Second rounds
Replies: 37
Views: 12105

Re: NHBB & 60 Second rounds

doesn't make late game comebacks very possible Comebacks are possible in any format, including 20/20, which provides the most equitable way comebacks to proceed. In 20/20, you can no longer come back if the fraction of the game remaining is less than the fraction of the game that you've screwed up....
by Kouign Amann
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Selection Bias or Excellence?
Replies: 14
Views: 5257

Re: Selection Bias or Excellence?

I would argue that the example of TJ provides an argument that it's not exactly a coach that is necessary. Rather, I contend it's the slightly hazier idea of "institutional continuity." Teams that are successful year after year have people making sure the next year's team is well-prepared not only t...
by Kouign Amann
Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 12139

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

Two things: 1. This tournament had a helluva lot of tossups that didn't start with "This X." Really, this isn't usually that hard to do, and it makes things much easier for players. 2. I forget whether this tournament was exactly guilty of this offense, but it's something writers and editors should ...
by Kouign Amann
Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12
Replies: 96
Views: 32208

Re: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12

St. Anselm's would like to claim April 14 for a tournament TBA.
by Kouign Amann
Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: History Resources
Replies: 17
Views: 5431

Re: History Resources

I've gotten a lot of good European history information from the Catholic Encyclopedia before that I've used for writing some quizbowl questions (as well as some AP Euro papers last year). Please don't use this; the online edition is the one that was printed in 1907, so it's woefully out of date in ...
by Kouign Amann
Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 3953

Re: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

wilsonmathteacher wrote:I think there were some issues with the questions, but obviously that needs to wait for them to be cleared.
Please direct any feedback about the questions to me by email, and I'll make sure it gets to the right people.
by Kouign Amann
Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 3953

Re: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

Congrats to TJ A for defeating Longfellow A in the champinoship game of the 2011 Fall Novice Tournament. Stats are here . Thanks to everyone who came out for this tournament, especially the many staffers without whom today would not have been possible. We hope y'all had a good time. Also, thanks are...
by Kouign Amann
Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 3953

Re: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

This is probably a little late to be useful, but if anyone is taking the Metro in the morning, please know that Brookland will be closed, and, inevitably, that will cause issues getting to Ft. Totten. Please adjust accordingly.
by Kouign Amann
Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 3953

Re: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

True - but that may (in a very nit-picky sense) give some teams an unfair advantage of already seeing how a team they could play in playoffs perform. This could result in changes of strategies for that team, etc. Mind you, it's very minuscule if that, but someone might say something about it. I don...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 3953

Re: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

That was my first thought. It just seems suboptimal to have only four teams in the top bracket, so I was wondering if anyone had any better ideas. If we had more packets, we could have playoff tiers consisting of two brackets of four and then do some crossing over, but we don't. Any creative solutio...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 3953

Re: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

A couple of drops have put us at 28 teams for Saturday. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to schedule 28 teams on 13 packets, assuming we need to save 2 for a final and 1 for tiebreaking?
by Kouign Amann
Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 1694

Re: General Discussion

One work about this concept claims that man is suspended in "webs of significance" he spun, and that work defined an explanation of not only a behavior but also its context as a "thick description." That work about this concept was written by the author of "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfigh...
by Kouign Amann
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 1694

Re: General Discussion

This set was solid. Answers were interesting and difficulty was very good. Inevitably, there will be haters who are all "OMG QUIZBOWL IS TOO EASY LOOK AT ALL MY POWERS," but, well, haters gonna hate. As always, there were some outliers, but if this set is indicative of what housewrites will look lik...
by Kouign Amann
Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 3953

Re: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

This tournament is now less than three weeks away! We'd really love some more teams and some more staffers, so get registered.
by Kouign Amann
Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Fall High School Tournament, 9/24
Replies: 43
Views: 50090

Re: Maryland Fall High School Tournament, 9/24

Isaac has just informed me for sure that Maryland doesn't have our buzzers. Did anyone happen to take them by mistake? They're in a big black case that is labeled with pieces of yellow tape reading "St. Anselm's Abbey School." If we could get those back, that'd be awesome.
by Kouign Amann
Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Fall High School Tournament, 9/24
Replies: 43
Views: 50090

Re: Maryland Fall High School Tournament, 9/24

Visa requirements for Romanian citizens wrote:
salmon of wisdom wrote:I think Whitman left their buzzers at UMD. Can we arrange to pick them up tomorrow?
I believe Chris Manners has your buzzers.
Oh crap I think I did this too.
by Kouign Amann
Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial Tournament Ellicott City, MD Sunday (12/04/11)
Replies: 42
Views: 12241

Re: Centennial Tournament Ellicott City, MD Sunday (12/04/11)

Back in the day, this thread happened. No one left very happy. However, a few posts in this thread contain offers to help Centennial create a high-quality pyramidal set if they ever desired to do so. Under this new administration, it appears that they now desire to do so. I'm wondering if those peop...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 3953

Re: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

SCHOOL - TEAMS - BUZZERS - MODERATORS St. Anselm's (MS) - 2 - 1 - some Wakefield - 2 - 2 - 1 Maret - 1 - 0 - 0 Centennial - 4 - 2 - 1 Wilson - 1 - 1 - 1 Marshall - 1 - 1 - 1 Longfellow - 3 - 1- 0 Seton - 2 - 1 - 0 Caesar Rodney - 1 - 1 - 1 New Kent - 1 - 2 - 0 Gonzaga - 1 - 0 - 1 GDS - 1 - 3 - 1 How...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 3953

Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

This is the official announcement for the DC Metro regional site of the Fall Novice Tournament, a high school academic quizbowl tournament to be hosted by the quizbowl team of St. Anselm’s Abbey School on Saturday, October 22, 2011. This tournament is open to any high school team that wishes to atte...
by Kouign Amann
Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ regional/state championships: spring 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1814

Re: HSAPQ regional/state championships: spring 2012

Will HSAPQ adopt NAQT's policy of treating DC as a part of Maryland for the purposes of this event?
by Kouign Amann
Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12
Replies: 96
Views: 32208

Re: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12

St. Anselm's FNT date will be October 22nd. This is a little later than I would have liked, but it's the best we can do. An official announcement should appear in the next few days.
by Kouign Amann
Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Torrey Pines Open Looking for PARTNER School and Mirrors
Replies: 16
Views: 1946

Re: Torrey Pines Open Looking for PARTNER School and Mirrors

To avoid confusion for anyone, I just want to make it clear that, while a link to PSAT appears in this thread, St. Anselm's will not be working on this year's iteration of TPOT.
by Kouign Amann
Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 22510

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

Visa requirements for Romanian citizens wrote:Anybody want to play basketball after this is all over? The gym is open until 10 and there are some reasonably well-lit outdoor courts.
Totally.
by Kouign Amann
Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in architecture tournament?
Replies: 47
Views: 17014

Re: Interest in architecture tournament?

I have decided to postpone this event. The large chunk that remains to be written is mostly stuff I'd really like to write once I find the time, and the responses here indicate that at least a few people will play this at whatever size. As Chris said, the quizbowl world might only get one shot at an...
by Kouign Amann
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12
Replies: 96
Views: 32208

Re: DC/MD/VA Date Claim '11-'12

jlchockey94 wrote:Is someone planning to run an FNT Mirror in the DC/MD/VA area?
St. Anselm's will be running one in early October, exact date TBA.
by Kouign Amann
Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in architecture tournament?
Replies: 47
Views: 17014

Re: Interest in architecture tournament?

Unfortunately, this tournament is at something of a crossroads. I've had great fun writing what exists of this event, but I don't think I can finish it. Between my summer job, Fall Novice editing, and my parents wanting me to apply to college right now , I've had much less time than I would have lik...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011-2012 DC Area
Replies: 11
Views: 2127

Re: 2011-2012 DC Area

Sure, I'm pretty terrible at NAQT, but Daniel Hafner and co. beat St. Anselm's (minus Jacob) at NAQT States this year. If he's back, Blair is nothing to sneeze at. Other predictions: Throughout the year, St. Anselm's will put up better stats (most of the time?) than TJ, but that team will continue t...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 22510

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

ITT Quizbowl passes the anti-bullying law to stop Chris Ray. Great, I can't wait to tell prospective employers that "I'm the reason they passed Mehigan's Law." Sorry, I don't mean to imply that you're bullying me. You're right, that was a bad post, and I was trying to make up for it. I don't feel b...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 22510

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

At Maryland practice tonight, Chris Ray, as arranger of the site, basically declared that he wants the architecture set to be run, but he wanted me to come on here and assert that myself, so: I will be running my architecture set Saturday night, pending interest. If this doesn't sit well with anyon...
by Kouign Amann
Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)
Replies: 96
Views: 22510

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open 2011 (08/13-08/14)

Are there any side events going to be attached to this? Perhaps the architecture set or Isaac's hat thing? At Maryland practice tonight, Chris Ray, as arranger of the site, basically declared that he wants the architecture set to be run, but he wanted me to come on here and assert that myself, so: ...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 8649

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

The same reason infomercials or whatever start with "Aren't you tired of _______ " , well now there's the new product! I guess contrast increases the effectiveness. It's important to focus on the ultimate goal. As a community, we supply pyramidal questions and tournaments. The goal is to increase t...
by Kouign Amann
Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 8649

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

So what I mean by that is in a vacuum, if somebody had never seen anything related to quizbowl before, and were told to write a question, that question that they write would not be pyramidal, it would be as your example, like a trivial pursuit question. The only significance of this is that newbies...